US Pat. No. 9,748,155

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printed circuit board, comprising:
a semiconductor device including a power supply terminal and a ground terminal;
a capacitor including a first terminal and a second terminal; and
a printed wiring board having the semiconductor device and the capacitor mounted thereon, the printed wiring board including
a first conductor layer and a second conductor layer that are laminated through an intermediation of an insulator layer,

the printed wiring board including:
a power supply conductor pattern that is arranged on the first conductor layer and is electrically connected to the power
supply terminal of the semiconductor device, the power supply conductor pattern including a power supply pad on which the
first terminal of the capacitor is to be bonded;

a first ground conductor pattern that is arranged on the first conductor layer so as to be spaced apart from the power supply
conductor pattern and is electrically connected to the ground terminal of the semiconductor device, the first ground conductor
pattern including a ground pad on which the second terminal of the capacitor is to be bonded; and

a second ground conductor pattern that is arranged on the second conductor layer so as to be opposed to the power supply conductor
pattern and is electrically connected to the first ground conductor pattern,

wherein the second ground conductor pattern has a slit formed therein so as to pass through a projection portion defined by
projecting the power supply pad onto the second ground conductor pattern and divide a projection portion defined by projecting
the power supply conductor pattern onto the second ground conductor pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,749,493

IMAGE READING APPARATUS THAT ILLUMINATES AN ORIGINAL AND READS AN IMAGE OF THE ORIGINAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a reading unit that illuminates an original and reads an image of the original,
wherein the apparatus can execute a first mode of reading the image of the moving original while the reading unit is kept
stationary, and a second mode of reading the image of the stationary original while moving the reading unit,

the apparatus further comprises a light condensing unit that condenses a light flux from the reading unit on the original
in the first mode,

the light flux from the reading unit incidents on the original without passing through the light condensing unit in the second
mode, and

the light condensing unit condenses the light flux in a section including a moving direction of the original and a reading
optical axis direction of the reading unit.

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. 9,746,754

PROJECTING TYPE IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS INCLUDING LIGHT SOURCE CONTROL UNIT AND COOLING CONTROL UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a light source;
a light source control unit configured to control electric power to be supplied to the light source;
a cooling control unit configured to control electric power to be supplied to a light source cooling unit to control a cooling
performance of the light source cooling unit,

an image display device; and
an illumination optical system configured to guide light from the light source to the image display device,
wherein when the light source control unit receives a turn-off command, the light source control unit is configured to firstly
lower electric power to be supplied to the light source to a predetermined electric power that is lower than normal electric
power to be supplied when the light source is on, and then to block the supply of the electric power to the light source,
thereby turning the light source off, and

wherein, when the light source control unit receives the turn-off command, the cooling control unit makes cooling performance
of the light source cooling unit higher than the cooling performance when the normal electric power is supplied to the light
source, at a same timing when the light source control unit lowers the electric power to be supplied to the light source to
the predetermined electric power or at an earlier timing thereof, and

wherein, after the light source control unit lowered the electric power to be supplied to the light source to the predetermined
electric power, an interval of at least a second or more is provided until the cooling control unit blocks the electric power
to be supplied to the light source cooling unit.

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. 9,747,023

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for recognizing a gesture, comprising:
a processor configured to:
acquire an image obtained by capturing a gesture input region in which a gesture input is made;
detect an object being used for the gesture input from the acquired image;
detect image coordinates of an intersection point at which the detected object crosses a determination region being provided
in the acquired image;

compute base image coordinates based on an image coordinates group detected from images obtained by capturing the gesture
input region;

determine, based on reference image coordinates and the base image coordinates, a gesture coordinate system being used for
recognizing a gesture made by the object;

transform a feature amount group of the object to a transformed feature amount group of the object in the gesture coordinate
system,

recognize a movement of the object across the images, as a gesture made by the object, based on the transformed feature amount
group in the gesture coordinate system;

estimate average image coordinates of the image coordinates group of the object; and
determine a single manipulation target object from a plurality of manipulation target objects arranged in the gesture input
region based on a line that connects the average image coordinates and the base image coordinates,

wherein the reference image coordinates are image coordinates corresponding to the determined manipulation target object.

US Pat. No. 9,746,790

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, AND CHLOROGALLIUM PHTHALOCYANINE CRYSTAL AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing a chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal represented by formula (1) in which at least one organic
compound selected from N,N-dimethylformamide and dimethyl sulfoxide is comprised, the method comprising:
a synthesis step of synthesizing a chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal by reacting a gallium compound and a compound that
forms a phthalocyanine ring in a chlorinating aromatic compound;

an acid pasting step of obtaining a hydroxygallium phthalocyanine crystal by performing an acid pasting treatment in which
the chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal obtained in the synthesis step is mixed with sulfuric acid;

a hydrochloric acid treatment step of obtaining a chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal by mixing the hydroxygallium phthalocyanine
crystal obtained in the acid pasting step with an aqueous hydrochloric acid solution; and

a wet milling step of obtaining a chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal by mixing the chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal
obtained in the hydrochloric acid treatment step with at least one organic compound selected from N,N-dimethylformamide and
dimethyl sulfoxide and performing a wet milling treatment,

wherein a content of the organic compound comprised in the chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal represented by the formula
(1) is 0.10 mass % or more and 0.80 mass % or less based on a content of the chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal represented
by the formula (1),


where X1 to X4 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a chlorine atom.

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. 9,772,905

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including a plurality of pieces of firmware, comprising:
a memory device configured to store the firmware including control firmware which controls an operation of the information
processing apparatus and an updating program which executes an update process to update the control firmware;

an activation unit configured to activate the information processing apparatus using the updating program;
an update unit configured to update the control firmware which is different from the updating program, wherein the updating
program is executed to control the activation unit to activate the information processing apparatus; and

a control unit configured to, if a failure occurs while the control firmware is being updated, cause the activation unit to
restart the information processing apparatus using the control firmware which is different from the updating program that
has controlled a previous activation, and cause the update unit to update the updating program which is different from the
control firmware controlling the restarting.

US Pat. No. 9,740,117

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, AND CONDENSED POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC COMPOUND

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a conductive support formed of a material having electro-conductivity; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the conductive support,
a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising a polymerized product of a hole transporting substance
having a reactive functional group, wherein

a structure other than the reactive functional group of the hole transporting substance is one of (i) a structure consisting
of a carbon atom and a hydrogen atom, or (ii) a structure consisting of a carbon atom, a hydrogen atom and an oxygen atom,

the structure other than the reactive functional group of the hole transporting substance comprises a structure which comprises
a conjugate structure comprising 24 or more sp2 carbon atoms, wherein

the conjugate structure comprises a condensed polycyclic structure comprising 12 or more sp2 carbon atoms, and

the reactive functional group comprises one of an acryloyloxy group or a methacryloyloxy group, and wherein the hole transporting
substance comprises two or more units of the condensed polycyclic structures.

US Pat. No. 9,740,136

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a charger that charges the photosensitive member;
an optical scanning apparatus configured to scan the photosensitive member with a light beam output from a light source when
a driving current modulated based on image information is supplied to the light source;

a developer configured to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive member by scanning of the light
beam by the optical scanning apparatus to form an image on the photosensitive member, and

a control unit configured to control the optical scanning apparatus,
wherein the optical scanning apparatus comprises:
the light source configured to output the light beam having a light power dependent on a value of the driving current;
a detection unit configured to detect the light power of the light beam output from the light source;
a capacitor configured to hold a voltage;
a charging unit configured to charge the capacitor, and
a comparison unit configured to compare a voltage corresponding to the light power detected by the detection unit with a reference
voltage corresponding to the target light power,

wherein the control unit is configured to control the charging unit so that the capacitor is charged by the charging unit
and configured to control the value of the driving current,

wherein the control unit is configured to control the charging unit so that the capacitor is charged by the charging unit
in a state where the driving current is not supplied to the light source, to control the charging unit based on a detection
result of the detection unit so that the voltage held in the capacitor is controlled from the voltage of the capacitor charged
in the state where the driving current is not supplied to the light source, and to control the value of the driving current
based on the voltage held in the capacitor controlled by the control unit,

wherein the control unit is configured to control the value of the driving current such that the light power of the light
beam is controlled to a target light power, by changing the voltage of the capacitor based on a comparison result of the comparison
unit such that the voltage corresponding to the light power detected by the detection unit approaches the reference voltage,

wherein the charging unit comprises a switch configured to selectively apply one of the reference voltage and the voltage
corresponding to the detected light power to the capacitor, and a resistive element connected between the switch and the capacitor,

wherein the charging unit is configured to apply, in a turn-off state of the light source before the light beam scans the
photosensitive member, the reference voltage to the capacitor during a period after charging of the capacitor has started
until the capacitor is charged to a voltage corresponding to a predetermined amount of charges, and

wherein the period is determined depending on the reference voltage, a predetermined voltage to which the capacitor is charged
by the charging unit, and a time constant determined by a capacitance of the capacitor and a resistance value of the resistive
element.

US Pat. No. 9,743,000

MOVING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND MOVING IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A moving image processing apparatus comprising:
a shake amount acquisition unit configured to acquire and output a shake amount;
a period acquisition unit configured to acquire a period during which a change in composition occurs in a video image;
a setting unit configured to set a size and position of a cut-out range of image data for each frame of the video image based
on the shake amount output from the shake amount acquisition unit;

a correction unit configured to change, based on the shake amount, the position of the cut-out range set by the setting unit
in such a way as to correct shaking of the video image; and

a change unit configured to change the size of the cut-out range set by the setting unit in the period during which a change
in composition occurs acquired by the period acquisition unit,

wherein the setting unit sets a size of a first cut-out range based on a maximum shake amount within a first image reading
period and sets a size of a second cut-out range based on a maximum shake amount within a second image reading period, and

wherein the change unit changes the size of the cut-out range from the first cut-out range to the second cut-out range in
the period during which a change in composition occurs.

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. 9,773,296

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:
a target data extracting unit configured to extract, as target data, a set of signal values of pixels included in a target
region including a target pixel in an input image;

a reference data obtaining unit configured to obtain, as reference data for each of a plurality of reference pixels corresponding
to the target pixel, a set of signal values of pixels included in a reference region including the reference pixel;

a transformation reference data generating unit configured to generate transformation reference data from the reference data
and output a plurality of signal values of transformation reference pixels which the generated transformation reference data
has;

a weight determining unit configured to determine a weight for each of the plurality of transformation reference pixels based
on the target data and the reference data; and

a unit configured to generate an output pixel corresponding to the target pixel by using a signal value calculated based on
the transformation reference pixels and the weights,

wherein the transformation reference data generating unit generates the transformation reference data by transforming the
reference data in which a number of the pixels included in the reference region is larger than a number of the pixels included
in the target region based on the number of the pixels included in the target region and the number of the pixels included
in the reference region.

US Pat. No. 9,769,734

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication device comprising:
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire information relating to a first access point from a captured first image;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire information relating to a second access point from a captured second image
after acquisition of the information by the first acquisition unit and before execution of communication parameter share processing
of sharing a communication parameter with the first access point;

a first execution unit configured to execute the communication parameter share processing, required for establishing a wireless
network, with the first access point by using the information acquired by the first acquisition unit;

a reception unit configured to receive a completion notification indicative of completion of the communication parameter share
processing with the first access point, from the first access point,

a second execution unit configured to automatically execute the communication parameter share processing with the second access
point in response to the reception of the completion notification by the reception unit.

US Pat. No. 9,768,213

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor which includes a plurality of pixels arranged on a semiconductor substrate,
wherein in a plan view with respect to an upper surface of the semiconductor substrate, each pixel includes
a first impurity region of a first conductivity type configured to accumulate charges generated by photoelectric conversion,
a second impurity region of the first conductivity type formed in a position shifted from the first impurity region in a first
direction and configured to accumulate the charges generated by the photoelectric conversion,

a third impurity region of a second conductivity type formed between the first impurity region and the second impurity region,
a fourth impurity region of the first conductivity type formed in a position shifted from the third impurity region in a second
direction intersecting the first direction,

a first gate electrode of a transistor arranged between the first impurity region and the fourth impurity region and configured
to transfer the charges from the first impurity region to the fourth impurity region,

a second gate electrode of a transistor arranged between the second impurity region and the fourth impurity region and configured
to transfer the charges from the second impurity region to the fourth impurity region, and

a fifth impurity region of the second conductivity type formed between the first gate electrode and the second gate electrode,
and between the third impurity region and the fourth impurity region, and

a concentration of an impurity of the second conductivity type in the fifth impurity region is higher than a concentration
of an impurity of the second conductivity type in the third impurity region.

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. 9,764,914

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS WITH NIP GUIDE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
a conveying roller;
a separation member which presses against the conveying roller to form a separation nip portion that separates received sheets
one by one;

a feeding member configured to feed a sheet towards the separation nip portion;
a nip guide member including a first guide portion configured to contact with a leading edge of the sheet fed by the feeding
member and a second guide portion disposed at facing position facing the conveying roller and configured to guide the sheet
to the separation nip portion;

a biasing member configured to bias the nip guide member; and
a restricting portion configured to regulate a position of the nip guide member,
wherein in a case that thickness of a sheet bundle fed by the feeding member is larger than a distance between the second
guide portion and the conveying roller so that the second guide portion is pressed by the sheet bundle, the second guide portion
of the nip guide member is pushed by the sheet bundle to make the nip guide member move apart from the restricting portion
in opposition to biasing force of the biasing member, and

wherein in a case that the first guide portion is pressed by the sheet fed by the feeding member, the nip guide member is
positioned on the restriction portion by using a pressing force caused by the first guide portion to be pressed by the sheet
and a biasing force of the biasing member.

US Pat. No. 9,769,336

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, MOBILE TERMINAL, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system including an image processing apparatus with an image scanning unit and a mobile terminal,
wherein the mobile terminal comprises:
a wireless communication unit configured to perform wireless communication;
a memory storing instructions; and
a processor that can execute the instructions, causing the mobile terminal to:
identify a distance from the image processing apparatus based on wireless communication with the image processing apparatus
by the wireless communication unit;

display a first screen that prompts a first scanning method if the identified distance is less than a predetermined first
distance;

display the first screen or a second screen corresponding to a second scanning method different from the first scanning method
if the identified distance is not less than the first distance and the identified distance is less than a predetermined second
distance;

control, based on a user operation accepted via the first screen, an image scanning operation by the image scanning unit in
cooperation with the image processing apparatus; and

display not the first screen but the second screen if the identified distance is not less than the second distance.

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. 9,769,372

IMAGE ESTIMATING METHOD INCLUDING CALCULATING A TRANSVERSE CUTOFF FREQUENCY, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE ESTIMATING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image estimating method configured to estimate, using image data generated by capturing an object via an image-pickup
optical system at a plurality of positions that are spaced at first intervals in an optical-axis direction of the image-pickup
optical system, image data at a position different from the plurality of positions, the image estimating method comprising:
acquiring image data;
calculating a transverse cutoff frequency in a direction perpendicular to the optical-axis direction based on the acquired
image data, the transverse cutoff frequency corresponding to a permissible limit value of a spatial frequency of the acquired
image data; and

calculating the first interval based on the calculated transverse cutoff frequency.

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. 9,766,588

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly;
a supporting member capable of supporting a plurality of developing rollers and a plurality of photosensitive drums, said
supporting member being movable substantially linearly between an inside position which is inside said main assembly and an
outside position which is outside said main assembly, in a direction substantially perpendicular to axes of said developing
rollers while supporting said developing rollers and said photosensitive drums;

a plurality of developing cartridges each having said developing roller, said developing cartridges being mountable to and
dismountable from said supporting member, wherein in a state that said supporting member supports said plurality of photosensitive
drums in the outside position, said developing cartridges are mountable to and dismountable from said supporting member, without
removing said photosensitive drums;

an urging member for urging each said developing cartridge to urge said developing roller toward said photosensitive drum;
a spacing member for spacing said developing roller and said photosensitive drum from each other;
an upper surface provided on each of said developing cartridges and facing upward when mounted to said supporting member;
a pair of side walls provided on each of said developing cartridges and opposing each other in the longitudinal direction
of said developing roller;

a cylindrical engaging portion protruding from one side wall of said pair of side walls and extending in the longitudinal
direction of said developing roller to engage with said supporting member;

a groove provided on said supporting member; and
two recessed portions provided at the upper surface, each extending in a longitudinal direction of said developing roller,
wherein said two recessed portions are disposed along an arrangement direction of said developing cartridges and constitute
a gripping portion,

wherein with respect to the longitudinal direction of said developing roller, a width of said two recessed portions is narrower
than a width of said developing roller, and

wherein said cylindrical engaging portion is movably engaged with said groove to permit said developing cartridge to be moved
relative to said photosensitive drum by said spacing member and said urging member.

US Pat. No. 9,761,788

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
a main component containing a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by Formula 1, a first auxiliary component composed of
Mn, and a second auxiliary component composed of Bi or Bi and Li, wherein

the content of Mn is 0.040 parts by weight or more and 0.500 parts by weight or less based on 100 parts by weight of the metal
oxide on a metal basis; and the content of Bi is 0.042 parts by weight or more and 0.850 parts by weight or less and the content
of Li is 0.028 parts by weight or less (including 0 parts by weight) based on 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide on a
metal basis,

(Ba1-xCax)a(Ti1-yZry)O3 . . . (1), wherein, 0.030?x<0.090, 0.030?y?0.080, and 0.9860?a?1.0200.

US Pat. No. 9,727,021

CARTRIDGE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge used for forming an image on a recording material, the cartridge comprising:
a first cartridge constituent member;
a second cartridge constituent member;
a memory for storing information;
a supporting portion provided on the first cartridge constituent member and provided with a slit for permitting insertion
of the memory to be inserted in a longitudinal direction of the cartridge; and

a preventing portion, provided on the second cartridge constituent member, for preventing movement of the memory inserted
in the supporting portion in the longitudinal direction, the preventing portion projecting from a side surface of the second
cartridge constituent member in the longitudinal direction of the cartridge,

wherein, with respect to a direction crossing the longitudinal direction crossing a thickness direction of the memory, a width
of the preventing portion that is configured to contact the memory is shorter than a width of the slit in which the memory
is inserted.

US Pat. No. 9,727,290

MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SETTING DATA VALUES ON AN INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A management apparatus configured to communicate with a plurality of information processing apparatuses, the management
apparatus comprising:
a memory storing instructions; and
a processor coupled to the memory that, upon execution of the stored instructions is operable to control
a generation unit configured to generate common data to be set into the plurality of information processing apparatuses in
common and individual data to be individually set into any one of the plurality of information processing apparatuses, in
such a manner that the common data and the individual data are associated with an installation location, identification information
for identifying an information processing apparatus to be set being not finalized for the any one of the plurality of information
processing apparatuses;

a management unit configured to register and manage the generated common data and the generated individual data in a storage
unit;

a first reception unit configured to receive an acquisition request for data to be set from any one of the plurality of information
processing apparatuses along with identification information for identifying an information processing apparatus;

a reply unit configured to send back a list of individual data registered to the information processing apparatus from which
the acquisition request is received; and

a distribution unit configured to distribute individual data on which a setting location is finalized and the common data
to the information processing apparatus from which the acquisition request is received, based on information for identifying
any pieces of individual data notified from the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,756,195

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF COMMUNICATING WITH EXTERNAL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a memory for storing data and a computer program; and
a processor coupled to the memory for executing the computer program, the computer program comprising instructions for:
connecting to a recording medium on which content data and management information about the content data are recorded;
communicating with an external apparatus; and
reading out, in response to receipt of a request for the management information about the content data from the external apparatus,
the management information about the content data from the recording medium and control the communication unit to transmit
the read-out management information to the external apparatus,

reading out-header information recorded in a header region of the content data from the header region and store the read-out
header information,

in a case where the header information recorded in the header region of the content data is requested from the external apparatus,
determining whether the header information was previously read out and stored, and

if the header information was previously stored, transmitting the stored header information to the external apparatus without
reading out the header information anew from the header region of the content data.

US Pat. No. 9,753,410

DEVELOPING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT GENERATE PREVENTION BIAS FOR SUPPRESSING SCATTERING OF DEVELOPER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device for developing an electrostatic latent image on an image carrier by using developer, comprising:
a developing bias output unit configured to output a developing bias generated by superimposing an AC bias on a DC bias;
a developing sleeve supplied with the developing bias output from the developing bias output unit;
a prevention bias generator unit configured to generate a prevention bias by holding a peak value of the developing bias of
the superimposed AC bias and DC bias, the prevention bias suppressing scattering of developer carried by the developing sleeve;
and

an electrode, disposed at a position opposing the developing sleeve, configured to output the prevention bias,
wherein the prevention bias generator unit includes:
a resistor supplied with the developing bias of the superimposed AC bias and DC bias;
a diode supplied with the developing bias of the superimposed AC bias and DC bias, a cathode of the diode being connected
to the resistor in series; and

a capacitor, with a terminal of the capacitor being connected to ground and another terminal of the capacitor being connected
to an anode of the diode, and

wherein the prevention bias generator unit outputs, as the prevention bias, a potential of the anode of the diode.

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. 9,718,278

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a color ink applying unit configured to apply color ink to a print medium;
a clear ink applying unit configured to apply a plurality of clear inks to the print medium to cover the applied color ink,
each clear ink of the plurality of clear inks having a degree of glossiness that is different from each other;

a glossiness data storage unit configured to store glossiness data of degree of glossiness of an image to be formed on the
print medium; and

a determining unit configured to:
determine an amount ratio of each clear ink to each other clear ink of the plurality of clear inks in accordance with the
degree of glossiness indicated by the glossiness data stored in the glossiness data storage unit, and

determine an amount of each clear ink of the plurality of clear inks such that the determined ratio is satisfied and such
that the plurality of clear inks cover the applied color ink and print medium at approximately 100% area coverage.

US Pat. No. 9,723,169

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:
an imaging unit configured to capture an object image and generate information representing a RAW image;
a first development unit configured to acquire the information representing the RAW image and develop the RAW image during
the image capturing operation;

an image compression unit configured to perform compressing and coding on the image information developed by the first development
unit and generate an image file;

a RAW compression unit configured to perform compressing and coding on the information representing the RAW image and generate
a RAW file;

a storage unit configured to store the image file and the RAW file in a storage medium; and
a second development unit configured to read the RAW file stored in the storage medium and develop the RAW image to obtain
an image having higher image quality than that obtained by the first development unit; and

a reproducing unit configured to reproduce an image stored in the storage medium,
wherein the storage unit records information for identifying the RAW file corresponding to the image file as metadata of the
image file and records information for identifying the image file corresponding to the RAW file as metadata of the RAW file

wherein, when the second development unit completes developing of the RAW file, the image compression unit performs compressing
and coding on the image information developed by the second development unit and generates an image file including a developed
image of high quality

wherein, when reproduction of a certain image is instructed, if there is the image file including the developed image of high
quality in the storage medium, the reproducing unit reproduces the image file including the developed image of high quality
and if there is not image file including the developed image of high quality in the storage medium, the reproducing unit reproduces
the image file including the image information developed by the first development unit.

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. 9,712,836

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 a significance map from an encoded bitstream, the method comprising:
identifying a scan pattern over which a plurality of discrete sets of flags are arranged;
decoding a set index value from the bitstream, the set index value identifying a set of flags from the plurality of discrete
sets of flags, the set of flags including a last significant coefficient flag of the significance map, and at least one zero-valued
significant coefficient flag located after the last significant coefficient flag in a forward direction of the scan pattern,
wherein each significant coefficient flag of the significance map is associated with one of the plurality of discrete sets
of flags; and

decoding individual significance flags and writing the decoded values into the significance map according to the scan pattern
and including all significance flags located before the identified set of flags, according to the identified scan pattern,
and for an entirety of the identified set of flags.

US Pat. No. 9,712,695

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a storing unit configured to store print data corresponding to a login user; and
a printing unit configured to print an image on a sheet;
an operation unit configured to receive a user instruction;
a voice unit configured to receive voice input data or output voice data, the receipt of voice input data and output of voice
data occurring at the image forming apparatus;

a setting unit configured to set voice setting information indicating whether or not the voice unit is operational; and
a print control unit configured to execute a first print control or a second print control based on the voice setting information
set by the setting unit,

wherein, the first print control being executed when the print control unit determines that the voice setting information
indicates that the voice unit is not operational, the print control unit causes the operation unit to display a list of the
print data and to causes the printing unit to print the image on the sheet based on receiving selection of the displayed list
of the print data from the login user via the operation unit, and

wherein, the second print control being executed when the print control unit determines that the voice setting information
indicates that the voice unit is operational, the print control unit does not display the print data list and causes the printing
unit to print the image automatically on the sheet without receiving selection the print data from the login user via the
operation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,709,382

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS AND INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light source apparatus comprising:
a light source that generates first pulsed light; and
a nonlinear optical medium that generates second pulsed light having a wavelength different from a wavelength of the first
pulsed light due to incidence of the first pulsed light,

wherein the light source is configured to be capable of emitting, as the first pulsed light, pulsed light having a wavelength
shorter than a zero dispersion wavelength of the nonlinear optical medium and pulsed light having a wavelength longer than
the zero dispersion wavelength of the nonlinear optical medium in a switchable manner.

US Pat. No. 9,712,718

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, wherein the processor performs:
identifying a portion of vector data object which has a narrower width than a threshold, wherein the threshold is an inverse
number of a printing resolution of a printing engine;

correcting the identified portion of the vector data object so that the width of the identified portion of the vector data
object becomes the threshold, wherein the threshold is an inverse number of a printing resolution of a printing engine;

rasterizing the corrected vector data object; and
transmitting the rasterized vector data object for printing at the printing resolution of the print engine.

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. 9,703,298

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. 9,699,465

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PARTITIONING AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of partitioning and encoding an image for transmission of one or more regions of interest of said image, the image
being composed of coding units, the method comprising:
performing a first partitioning of the image into two or more portions of coding units, all prediction mechanisms being broken
at their boundaries, a reign of interest comprising at least one portion; and

performing a second partitioning of the image onto two or more segments of coding units comprising at least one independent
segment which is encodable or decodable without any coding dependency on another of the segments, the size of the independent
segment being set to a selected size of at least one coding unit, and at least one dependent segment which is dependent on
header parameters of the independent segment for coding or decoding, the second partitioning being based on the portions of
the first partitioning, at least one segment being employed per portion;

encoding the image according to said first and second partitioning;
wherein at least part of one of the portions is encoded in the independent segment and at least part of another of the portions
is encoded in the dependent segment;

transmitting an independent segment associated with a region of interest of the image in response to a request for the region
of interest.

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. 9,694,937

COMPONENT CARRYING TRAY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A component carrying tray comprising:
a bottom plate having a planar carrying surface capable of having a plurality of components stacked thereon;
a plurality of projections formed to project from the planar carrying surface, each projection of the plurality of projections
including:

a main body, the main body being hollow and having a tapering shape defined by a pair of side-wall plates;
a regulator, the regulator being formed on at least one end of the pair of side-wall plates and having a regulating surface
perpendicular to the planar carrying surface, the regulating surface configured to regulate each of the plurality of components
stacked on the planar carrying surface by contacting an inside surface of each of the plurality of components stacked on the
planar carrying surface; and

an opening formed between the pair of side-wall plates and configured to avoid, when the component carrying tray is stacked
on an identical additional component carrying tray, interference between one of the plurality of projections of the component
carrying tray and a regulator of the identical additional component carrying tray;

a through-hole in the bottom plate at a position corresponding to the hollow portion of the main body configured to allow,
when the component carrying tray is stacked on the identical additional component carrying tray, a projection of the identical
additional component carrying tray to enter the hollow portion of the main body; and

a handle, the handle being disposed at a location surrounded by the plurality of projections and being formed to project from
the bottom plate in the same direction as the plurality of projections,

wherein, when the component carrying tray is stacked on the identical additional component carrying tray, the opening of the
component carrying tray is co-planar with the regulator of the identical additional component carrying tray, and

wherein the plurality of projections are spaced out from one another.

US Pat. No. 9,699,830

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a first radio communication unit that communicates with another communication apparatus;
a first transmitting unit that transmits device information regarding the communication apparatus via the first radio communication
unit;

a second radio communication unit that communicates with the other communication apparatus, using a different radio communication
system from that of the first radio communication unit; and

a second transmitting unit that, when the other communication apparatus is executing a predetermined service with the communication
apparatus based on the device information transmitted by the first transmitting unit, transmits via the second radio communication
unit a predetermined signal which stops executing of the predetermined service and includes the device information regarding
the communication apparatus;

wherein the other communication apparatus
(i) if the device information, included in the predetermined signal, regarding the communication apparatus is included in
the device information which has been transmitted by the first transmitting unit, stops processing of the predetermined service,
and

(ii) if the device information, included in the predetermined signal, regarding the communication apparatus is not included
in the device information which has been transmitted by the first transmitting unit, does not stop the processing of the predetermined
service.

US Pat. No. 9,656,459

INK JET RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink jet recording method of transferring onto a recording medium an intermediate image formed on an intermediate transfer
member by an ink jet technique to record an image on the recording medium, the method comprising:
(1) a pretreatment agent applying step of applying a pretreatment agent onto an intermediate transfer member;
(2) an ink applying step of applying an ink by an ink jet technique onto a region of the intermediate transfer member onto
which the pretreatment agent is applied, thereby forming an intermediate image;

(3) a transfer step of transferring the intermediate image formed on the intermediate transfer member onto a recording medium;
and

(4) a selection controlling step of controlling selection of execution or non-execution of at least one of the pretreatment
agent applying step and the transfer step, based on an amount of the ink applied onto the intermediate transfer member.

US Pat. No. 9,658,812

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to print an image onto a sheet by executing a print job comprised of first print data and second
print data; and

a controller configured to obtain a predetermined information included in the print job and control the ejection of sheets
on which images are printed by the printing unit in such a manner that, when the controller obtains the predetermined information
which is associated with the first print data and the second print data, a second sheet on which an image is printed based
on the second print data is ejected to a second position which is different from a first position of a first sheet on which
an image is printed based on the first print data,

wherein the controller controls the ejection of the sheets on which images are printed by the printing unit in such a manner
that, when the controller does not obtain the predetermined information which is associated with the first print data and
the second print data, the second sheet is ejected to the first position.

US Pat. No. 9,658,566

DEVELOPER CONTAINER, DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container, comprising:
a frame for accommodating developer;
an electrode;
a detecting member, disposed on the frame, including a first resin; and
a conductive path, connected to the detecting member, including a second resin,
wherein an amount of developer is determined based on a first capacitance between the detecting member and the electrode and
a second capacitance between the electrode and the conductive path.

US Pat. No. 9,658,573

DEVELOPING UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing unit comprising:
a developer carrier configured to bear a developer including a toner and a carrier on a developer carrying area;
a first chamber configured to face at least a part of the developer carrier and receive the developer falling from the developer
carrier;

a second chamber provided next to the first chamber;
a partition configured to be disposed between the first chamber and the second chamber to separate the first chamber from
the second chamber;

a first conveying member, disposed rotatably in the first chamber, configured to convey the developer in the first chamber
in a first direction;

a second conveying member, disposed rotatably in the second chamber, comprising a spiral blade portion conveying the developer
in the second chamber in a second direction opposite to the first direction, and a reverse spiral blade portion disposed downstream
of the spiral blade portion in the second direction and configured to convey the developer in the first direction;

a discharging portion, provided in the second chamber and downstream of the reverse spiral blade portion in the second direction,
configured to discharge the developer; and

a plurality of communication portions communicating the first chamber and the second chamber with each other, and comprising
a first communication portion, disposed downstream in the second direction, through which the developer is conveyed from the
second chamber to the first chamber, and a second communication portion, disposed upstream in the second direction, through
which the developer is conveyed from the first chamber to the second chamber among the plurality of communication portions,

wherein a distance between an upstream end, in the second direction, of the first communication portion and a center, in a
rotational axis direction of the developer carrier, of the developer carrier is greater than a distance between a downstream
end, in the second direction, of the second communication portion and the center of the developer carrier.

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. 9,692,923

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SUPPLYING POWER TO EXTERNAL DEVICE, PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus that is capable of supplying power to an external device, comprising:
a storage device; and
a processor configured to execute computer executable instructions recorded on the storage device, the computer executable
instructions including instructions, that when executed by the processor, cause the printing apparatus to:

determine power supply capability to be presented to the external device, based on a state of the printing apparatus, wherein
the power supply capability indicates a plurality of combinations of voltage and current;

present the determined power supply capability to the external device; and
supply power to the external device, based on a combination selected among the plurality of combinations by the external device,
wherein in a case where the printing apparatus is in a sleep state, first power supply capability is determined to be presented
to the external device,

in a case where the printing apparatus is in a printing state, second power supply capability is determined to be presented
to the external device, and

the number of the combinations indicated by the first power supply capability and the number of the combinations indicated
by the second power supply capability are different from each other.

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. 9,688,067

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. 9,692,936

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR CLIPPING, FROM A SECOND IMAGE, AN AREA AT A POSITION CORRESPONDING TO DESIGNATED POSITION IN A FIRST IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to read a plurality of documents which is in a common format;
a display control unit configured to display on a screen a first image acquired by reading of a first document which is among
the plurality of documents;

a receiving unit configured to receive designation of a position in the first image, the position being a starting point for
designating a first area in the first image;

a specifying unit configured to specify, in a second image acquired by reading of a second document which is different from
the first document and is among the plurality of documents, a position corresponding to the position designated in the first
image; and

a clipping unit configured to clip the second area from the second image based on the specified position,
wherein the display control unit displays on the screen the first image and displays, on the displayed first image, the first
area and the second area clipped by the clipping unit next to each other.

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. 9,658,863

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which is capable of hibernation, comprising:
a processor having a boot core and a plurality of slave cores;
a volatile memory;
a non-volatile memory;
a holding control unit configured to store, in a case where a suspend request for a system running on the apparatus is generated,
data to the non-volatile memory as a hibernation image which represents a memory state of the volatile memory, register values
of at least one peripheral of the apparatus, and register values of the processor; and

a return control unit configured to determine, in a case where a boot request of the system is generated, whether or not a
valid hibernation image is available in the non-volatile memory,

wherein, in a case where it is determined that the valid hibernation image is available, the boot core initializes a part
of the plurality of slave cores according to a number of peripherals of the apparatus, and the boot core and/or the initialized
slave core initialize the at least one peripheral so as to perform a kernel initialization of the system, and

wherein, after the kernel initialization is completed, the return control unit restores the memory state of the volatile memory,
the register values of the at least one peripheral, and the register values of the processor based on the valid hibernation
image.

US Pat. No. 9,656,819

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS, DRIVE TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus, comprising:
a conveying portion configured to convey a sheet;
a guiding member configured to move between a first position and a second position different from the first position, and
to guide the sheet;

a driving source configured to drive the conveying portion and the guiding member; and
a planetary gear mechanism configured to output a drive force inputted from the driving source to the conveying portion and
the guiding member,

wherein the planetary gear mechanism comprises a sun gear, an internally-toothed gear which has an internal tooth formed on
an inner peripheral portion thereof and is disposed coaxially with the sun gear, a planetary gear engaging with the sun gear
and the internally-toothed gear, and a planetary carrier rotatably supporting the planetary gear and revolving with the planetary
gear around the sun gear.

US Pat. No. 9,661,181

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for printing an image on a print medium with use of multiple inks, the image processing apparatus
comprising one or more processors and one or more computer-readable medias storing a program, the one or more processors and
one or more computer-readable media executing the program to function as:
a data acquisition unit configured to, for a target pixel, acquire first multi-valued data corresponding to a first ink, second
multi-valued data corresponding to a second ink and third multi-valued data corresponding to a third ink;

a threshold value acquisition unit configured to acquire a first threshold value corresponding to the target pixel from a
threshold value matrix that indicates an array of multiple threshold values;

a calculating unit configured to calculate a second threshold value by offsetting the first threshold value with use of the
first multi-valued data, and a third threshold value by offsetting the first threshold value with use of the first multi-valued
data and the second multi-valued data; and

a generating unit configured to generate first quantized data for printing a dot of the first ink by comparing the first multi-valued
data and the first threshold value, generate second quantized data for printing a dot of the second ink by comparing the second
multi-valued data and the second threshold value, and generate third quantized data for printing a dot of the third ink by
comparing the third multi-valued data and the third threshold value,

wherein:
the threshold value matrix is characterized in that dispersibility of dots printed at positions corresponding to threshold
values being continuous from a minimum value to a predetermined value is higher than dispersibility of dots printed at positions
corresponding to threshold values being continuous except for from the minimum value to the predetermined value; and

the first ink is an ink of a color different from black, and the second ink is a black ink.

US Pat. No. 9,661,182

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing device, which processes image data in correspondence with one or more pixels of an image, comprising:
a first image processing module configured to operate in accordance with an instruction from a CPU, and
a second image processing module configured to operate in accordance with an instruction from the CPU,
wherein the first image processing module comprises:
a first receiving unit configured to receive first processing image data including image data and attribute data; and
a first processing unit configured to process the image data of the received first processing image data based on an attribute
value of the attribute data,

wherein the first image processing module
performs processing the image data of the received first processing image data by the first processing unit,
sets a new attribute value of the attribute data to enable a following image processing module incompatible with the attribute
data to process the image data including the attribute data, and

outputs second processing image data including the image data and the attribute data of which the new attribute value is set,
and

wherein the second image processing module is incompatible with the attribute data, and comprises:
a second processing unit configured to process image data corresponding to the image data of the second processing image data.

US Pat. No. 9,692,969

LENS APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING CAMERA SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens apparatus which is communicable with an image capturing apparatus and includes a focus lens, the lens apparatus
comprising:
at least one processor or circuit configured to perform the operations of the following units:
a communication unit configured to periodically receive information concerning a driving amount of the focus lens; and
a controller having a first mode and a second mode of controlling the focus lens,
wherein said controller selects to control the focus lens by which one of the first mode and the second mode based on the
received information concerning the driving amount of the focus lens and a driving permissible time of the focus lens, and

wherein said controller makes at least one of an acceleration and a deceleration of the focus lens in the first mode slower
than in the second mode, and

wherein said controller controls the focus lens by the second mode when it is determined that if said controller controls
the focus lens by the first mode and said controller cannot complete driving of the focus lens by the driving amount based
on the received information within the driving permissible time, and

wherein said controller controls the focus lens by the first mode when it is determined that if said controller controls the
focus lens by the first mode and said controller can complete driving of the lens by the driving amount based on the received
information within the driving permissible time.

US Pat. No. 9,689,665

POSITION DETECTION APPARATUS, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detection apparatus that illuminates diffraction gratings formed on two objects with light from a light source
and receives diffracted light from the diffraction gratings to acquire relative positions of the two objects, the position
detection apparatus comprising:
an optical system configured to cause plus n-th order diffracted light and minus n-th order diffracted light from each of
the diffraction gratings to interfere with each other, where n is a natural number;

a light receiving unit; and
a processing unit,
wherein the optical system is configured to cause the plus n-th order diffracted light and the minus n-th order diffracted
light from the diffraction gratings incident on the light receiving unit at different angles;

wherein the light receiving unit receives an interference fringe of the plus n-th order diffracted light and the minus n-th
order diffracted light from each of the diffraction gratings formed on the two objects, and frequency of the plus n-th order
diffracted light and frequency of the minus n-th order diffracted light are the same, and

wherein the processing unit acquires the relative positions of the two objects by using a phase difference between the interference
fringes at an area where interference fringes of the diffracted light from the respective diffraction gratings do not overlap
each other among the interference fringes of the diffracted light from each of the diffraction gratings formed on the two
objects, received by the light receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,661,244

IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensing apparatus comprising:
an image sensing element includes a first light receiving area and a second light receiving area, wherein the image sensing
element is formed by a plurality of exposure operations including a first divisional joint exposure operation and a second
divisional joint exposure operation, wherein the first light receiving area is formed on an image pickup surface of a semiconductor
substrate by the first divisional joint exposure operation and the second light receiving area is formed on an image pickup
surface of the semiconductor substrate by the second divisional joint exposure operation, wherein pixel signals obtained by
the first light receiving area and the second light receiving area are read out from the image sensing element via a same
channel;

a timing generator which generates a timing signal for outputting pixels signal from the first light receiving area via the
same channel and from the second light receiving area via the same channel, and provides the image sensing element with the
timing signal; and

at least one processor or circuit configured to perform the operations of the following devices:
a correction device which corrects difference between output levels of pixel signals output from the first light receiving
area and output levels of pixel signals output from the second light receiving area, wherein the difference between levels
of the signals is a level difference caused by the plurality of exposure operations; and

a control device which controls to write a signal corrected by said correction device to a memory as a frame image signal.

US Pat. No. 9,682,546

LIQUID DISCHARGING SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharging substrate comprising:
a plurality of discharging elements arrayed on the substrate;
a driving portion configured to drive the plurality of discharging elements;
a detecting portion including a metal pattern arranged via an insulating member on a corner region of the substrate, and configured
to detect damage to the corner region when the metal pattern breaks; and

a controlling portion which stops the driving portion in response to detection of damage to the corner region.

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. 9,684,954

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing method, which is implemented by a computer, comprising:
acquiring multiple parallax images of an object, the parallax images having a parallax to one another;
acquiring, by using the respective parallax images as mutually different base images, relative difference information for
each of the mutually different base images on a relative difference between that base image and at least one other parallax
image in the multiple parallax images;

detecting an unwanted component contained in each of the parallax images by using the relative difference information acquired
for the mutually different base images; and

correcting each of the parallax images by removing or reducing the detected, unwanted component contained in each of the parallax
images.

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. 9,686,286

AUTHORITY TRANSFER SYSTEM, AUTHORITY TRANSFER METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An authority transfer system comprising:
a document generating device for providing a document generating service;
a print management device for providing a print service that instructs a designated printer to perform print processing cooperating
with the document generating service; and

an authentication device,
wherein the authentication device includes at least one processor coupled to at least one memory, the at least one processor
being programmed to:

receive an acquisition request to acquire a token that certifies a transfer of an authority to use the print service;
transmit a service confirmation request from the authentication device to the print service before issuance of the token and
provide a permission confirming screen of the transfer of an authority for allowing the authority to use the print service
to be transferred to the document generating service,

wherein the permission confirming screen is not provided in a case where an answer indicative of disapproval is received as
a reply to the service confirmation request,

wherein, in a case where an answer indicative of approval, but with a mention that no printer that is capable of printing
the document generated by the document generating service exists, is received as a reply to the service confirmation request,
the permission confirming screen is provided with the mention that no printer that is capable of printing the document exists,

wherein, in a case where an answer indicative of approval with a mention that a printer that is capable of printing the document
generated by the document generating service exists is received as a reply to the service confirmation request, the permission
confirming screen is provided without any mention that no printer that is capable of printing the document exists, and

wherein the token is issued in response to permission of, via the permission confirming screen, the transfer of the authority
to use the print service to the document generating service, and the issued token is transmitted.

US Pat. No. 9,684,270

FIXING APPARATUS HAVING STORAGE DEVICE FOR STORING CHARACTERISTICS OF FIXING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus for fixing an image onto a recording material, the apparatus comprising:
a fixing member configured to come into contact with the recording material onto which the image is formed and which fixes
the image on the recording material;

a first fuse;
a second fuse connected in series to the first fuse;
a power supply line connected to one end of the first fuse;
a first signal line connected to a connection point between another end of the first fuse and one end of the second fuse;
and

a ground line connected to another end of the second fuse,
wherein information regarding characteristics of the fixing member is held in accordance with melt states of the first and
second fuses.

US Pat. No. 9,652,687

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS DEVELOPMENT BY ADJUSTING SATURATION LEVEL OF EACH COLOR SIGNAL, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that acquires developed data by developing photographed data, comprising:
a saturation level calculation unit configured to calculate a respective saturation level of each of three color signals of
the photographed data;

a pixel information acquisition unit configured to acquire a respective signal value of each of the three color signals in
each pixel of the photographed data as pixel information;

a determination unit configured to compare the respective saturation levels of the three color signals with one another and
determine, as substituted color signals, (a) a color signal of the three color signals having the second highest saturation
level of the respective saturation levels of the three color signals, and (b) a color signal of the three color signals having
the third highest saturation level of the respective saturation levels of the three color signals;

a substitution processing unit configured to, in a case where the color signal having the second highest saturation level
reaches its respective saturation level and its respective signal value is smaller than the respective signal value of a color
signal of the three color signals having the highest saturation level of the saturation levels of the three color signals,
perform substitution of the respective signal value of the color signal having the highest saturation level for the respective
signal value of the color signal having the second highest saturation level, and perform substitution for the respective signal
value of the color signal having the third highest saturation level using the respective signal value of the color signal
having the highest saturation level and the respective signal value of the color signal having the second highest saturation
level; and

a development processing unit configured to perform predetermined processing on photographed data on which the substitutions
have been performed by said substitution processing unit to thereby generate the developed data.

US Pat. No. 9,647,018

IMAGING DEVICE INCLUDING AN INTERMEDIATE ELECTRODE BETWEEN FIRST AND SECOND PIXEL ELECTRODES AND IN CONTACT WITH A PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION FILM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
a first pixel electrode;
a second pixel electrode adjacent to the first pixel electrode; and
a photoelectric conversion film continuously covering the first pixel electrode and the second pixel electrode, wherein
an insulating film is provided between the first pixel electrode and the photoelectric conversion film, and between the second
pixel electrode and the photoelectric conversion film, and

an intermediate electrode is provided in a position between the first pixel electrode and the second pixel electrode, the
intermediate electrode being in contact with a surface of the photoelectric conversion film, the surface being on a side where
the first pixel electrode and the second pixel electrode are arranged.

US Pat. No. 9,644,998

TESTING ELEMENT, TESTING APPARATUS, AND TESTING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A testing element for performing a specimen test, comprising:
an information recording section installed at a surface of and/or inside the testing element;
a plurality of fluid paths; and
a plurality of heater electrodes for heating each interior of the fluid paths, wherein information on a characteristic of
the testing element is stored in the information recording section, the information including, as pieces of information, characteristics
of the respective fluid paths which include a pressure resistance or a value of heater electrode resistance, and

wherein the information on the characteristic is read-out to set a control parameter for performing the specimen test.

US Pat. No. 9,643,808

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH ACCELERATION/DECELERATION CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a feeding member configured to feed a recording material stacked on a stacking unit;
a conveying member configured to convey the recording material fed by the feeding member;
a separation member configured to separate recording materials so that one recording material is conveyed in a case where
a plurality of recording materials are fed from the stacking unit by the feeding member;

a detecting unit disposed on a downstream side of the conveying member in a conveyance direction of the recording material,
and configured to detect the recording material;

a controller configured to control the feeding member and the conveying member; and
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the recording material conveyed by the conveying member,
wherein the controller controls the feeding member to feed the recording material stacked on the stacking unit at a first
speed,

wherein, in a case where the detecting unit does not detect the recording material before a predetermined time has passed
since the controller began controlling the feeding member to feed the recording material stacked on the stacking unit, the
controller controls the conveying member to change a speed of the recording material from the first speed to a second speed
that is faster than the first speed at a timing when the predetermined time has passed since the controller began controlling
the feeding member to feed the recording material stacked on the stacking unit and the controller sets a length of a conveyance
time to convey the recording material at the second speed based on a detection timing when the detecting unit detects the
recording material, and

wherein the controller sets a length of the predetermined time in such a manner that the recording material fed at the first
speed reaches at least the separation member at the timing when the predetermined time has passed.

US Pat. No. 9,636,919

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a liquid storage chamber capable of holding a liquid;
a liquid communication pipe communicating with the liquid storage chamber and being configured to supply the liquid from a
liquid tank to the liquid storage chamber by connecting the liquid tank to the pipe to communicate with the liquid tank;

an electrode pair, each having an outside end portion located outside the liquid storage chamber and detecting a liquid level
of the liquid storage chamber; and

an electric contact portion connected to the outside end portion of each electrode of the electrode pair,
wherein when the apparatus is in use, the electric contact portion is located above the liquid communication pipe, and
wherein the electrode pair extends through a wall of the liquid storage chamber, with the outside end portions being outside
the liquid storage chamber and inside end portions located in the interior of the liquid storage chamber, and the inside end
portions are located below the liquid communication pipe.

US Pat. No. 9,674,424

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging device configured to accumulate electric charge in accordance with an incident light quantity;
a processor configured to detect a subject region; and
the processor configured to perform a subject tracking;
wherein the imaging device performs a first accumulation and a second accumulation after the first accumulation, before the
shooting,

wherein the processor performs the subject tracking for a subsequent shooting in a continuous shooting, based on an image
signal obtained through the first accumulation immediately before the subsequent shooting is performed in the continuous shooting,
and a detection result of the processor based on an image signal obtained through the second accumulation immediately before
a previous shooting is performed in the continuous shooting, without using a detection result of the processor based on an
image signal obtained through the second accumulation immediately before the subsequent shooting is performed in the continuous
shooting.

US Pat. No. 9,639,053

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE GROUP

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first photosensitive drum;
a second photosensitive drum;
a first drive input portion located at one end in a first axial direction of the first photosensitive drum;
a second drive input portion located at one end in a second axial direction of the second photosensitive drum;
a first supporting member including a first supporting portion and a second supporting portion that support a side of the
one end in the first axial direction of the first photosensitive drum in such a way as to allow the first photosensitive drum
to rotate; and

a second supporting member including a third supporting portion and a fourth supporting portion that support a side of the
one end in the second axial direction of the second photosensitive drum in such a way as to allow the second photosensitive
drum to rotate,

wherein, when a line connecting a midpoint of a line segment connecting the first supporting portion and the second supporting
portion and a rotational center of the first photosensitive drum as viewed from the first axial direction is referred to as
a first straight line, and a line connecting a midpoint of a line segment connecting the third supporting portion and the
fourth supporting portion and a rotational center of the second photosensitive drum as viewed from the second axial direction
is referred to as a second straight line, the first straight line as viewed from the first axial direction and the second
straight line as viewed from the second axial direction are not parallel to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,671,674

STOP MECHANISM, LENS APPARATUS USING THE SAME, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A stop mechanism for a lens apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of stop blades;
a reception member configured to receive the plurality of stop blades;
a cam member configured to rotate to change an angle of the plurality of stop blades, to thereby change an aperture diameter
of the stop mechanism; and

an interlocking arm provided in the cam member and configured to interlock with rotation of the cam member,
wherein the plurality of stop blades each comprise:
an arc portion for defining the aperture diameter, which is configured to be received in the reception member at a maximum
aperture; and

a light-blocking projection portion integrally formed on the arc portion, which is configured to block light outside the aperture
diameter defined by the arc portion,

wherein the reception member comprises a plurality of cutouts for allowing the light-blocking projection portion to be projected
to an outside of the reception member at the maximum aperture,

wherein, in a state of the maximum aperture, the interlocking arm is located at a position where the light-blocking projection
portion does not overlap the interlocking arm in a circumferential direction of the stop mechanism, and the light-blocking
projection portions are projected outward through the plurality of cutouts,

wherein the light-blocking projection portion moves toward an inside of the reception member as the interlocking arm moves
in the circumference direction to make the aperture diameter small, and

wherein the interlocking arm rotates about an optical axis of a lens provided in the lens apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,636,851

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus that performs pressing of a mold against an imprint material on a substrate to form a pattern on the
substrate, the imprint apparatus comprising:
a supply unit configured to:
supply, between the imprint material on the substrate and the mold, permeable gas that includes helium or hydrogen or both
thereof and has a property of permeating the mold, the imprint material, or the substrate, or any two thereof or all thereof,
and condensable gas that includes hydrofluorocarbon or hydrofluoroether or both thereof and has a property of being liquefied
under a pressure generated by the pressing; and

adjust a component ratio of the permeable gas and the condensable gas so that an effect thereof on formation of the pattern
falls within an allowable range,

wherein the imprint apparatus is configured to perform the pressing in a state where the permeable gas and the condensable
gas, with the component ratio thereof adjusted, are supplied between the imprint material on the substrate and the mold.

US Pat. No. 9,665,939

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to perform operations of the following
units of the image processing apparatus:

an obtaining unit configured to obtain an input image acquired by image capturing;
a classification unit configured to classify the input image obtained by the obtaining unit into a main subject region and
a background region;

a determination unit configured to determine virtual image capturing conditions corresponding to an output image to be generated,
based on a positional relationship between a main subject and a subject of the background region in an image capturing environment
when the input image was captured;

a generation unit configured to deform the background region of the input image, and generate a background image of the output
image that corresponds to the virtual image capturing conditions determined by the determination unit; and

a composition unit configured to compose; the main subject region of the input image and the background image generated by
the generation unit, thereby generating the output image.

US Pat. No. 9,667,836

COLOR CONVERSION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND COLOR CONVERSION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A color conversion apparatus outputting image data on an object to be reproduced to a printing unit, comprising:
a roughness data obtaining unit configured to obtain roughness data indicating a roughness of the object;
a reduction ratio deriving unit configured to derive a reduction ratio of a color gamut in each pixel according to a roughness
of the pixel in the obtained roughness data;

a color gamut deriving unit configured to derive color gamut data to be applied to each pixel by changing color gamut data
for the printing unit according to the derived reduction ratio; and

a color conversion unit configured to perform color conversion on each pixel in the image data by using the derived color
gamut data.

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. 9,665,809

APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printer comprising:
a communication unit configured to execute communication by using NFC (Near Field Communication); and
a storage unit configured to store predetermined information, based on an amount of a recording material for printing of an
image by the printer,

wherein, in a case where the communication unit executes first communication with a mobile device via NFC after a first display
item which is selectable on a predetermined screen by an application executed on the mobile device is designated by a user
on the mobile device, a first display content is newly displayed by the mobile device based on the predetermined information
which the mobile device acquires from the storage unit, and

in a case where the communication unit executes communication with the mobile device via NFC after a second display item which
is selectable on the predetermined screen is designated by the user on the mobile device, a second display content different
from the first display content is newly displayed by the mobile device.

US Pat. No. 9,665,043

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS UTILIZING ADJUSTMENT TONER IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a movable image bearing member configured to carry toner images;
a toner image formation unit configured to form toner images on said image bearing member;
a rotatable roller configured to form a transfer portion for transferring the toner images from said image bearing member
onto transfer materials in contact with said image bearing member;

a controller configured to execute continuous image formation for continuously transferring the toner images onto transfer
materials supplied to said transfer portion, said controller causing said toner image formation unit to form an adjustment
toner image not to be transferred onto the transfer material in a region between adjacent transfer materials in the continuous
image formation, the region being on said image bearing member between transfer material regions on said image bearing member
which contact the transfer material in said transfer portion,

wherein said controller executes the continuous image formation selectively in a first mode in which a portion of said roller
contacting the adjustment toner image is contacted to the transfer material supplied to said transfer portion, after one full
rotation of said roller, immediately after the adjustment toner image, or in a second mode in which a portion of said roller
contacting the adjustment toner image is contacted to a portion of said image bearing member in the region between the transfer
materials where the adjustment toner image is formed after one full rotation of said roller.

US Pat. No. 9,666,621

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
a first substrate;
a second substrate; and
a plurality of pixels, each including
a photoelectric conversion unit disposed in the first substrate; and
an analog-to-digital converter disposed in the second substrate and configured to convert an analog signal based on a charge
generated by the photoelectric conversion unit into a digital signal,

wherein a first light shielding member is disposed between the first substrate and the second substrate, the first light shielding
member being configured to reduce light transmitted through the photoelectric conversion unit to enter the analog-to-digital
converter.

US Pat. No. 9,635,300

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERTER, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND DRIVING METHOD OF PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric converter comprising:
a signal source processing a signal generated at a photoelectric conversion unit;
a signal line configured to receive signals output from the signal source; and
a resetting unit configured to supply a reset voltage to the signal line,
wherein the signal source includes an amplifying transistor and a load which supplies current to the amplifying transistor,
that are serially arrayed between a first node to which a first voltage is supplied and a second node to which a second voltage
is supplied,

wherein the load is disposed at a side where the second voltage is supplied,
and wherein an absolute value of a difference between the reset voltage and the first voltage is smaller than an absolute
value of a difference between the reset voltage and the second voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,635,260

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a compression unit configured to compress image data of an image captured through an optical system;
an extraction unit configured to acquire the image data and extract a feature amount of the image;
a coordinate selection unit configured to acquire the feature amount extracted by the extraction unit and select a plurality
of coordinates having a relatively high feature amount;

a movement detection unit configured to detect a movement of coordinate points according to the plurality of coordinates selected
by the coordinate selection unit;

a generation unit configured to acquire the movement of the coordinate points detected by the movement detection unit and
lens information according to the optical system to generate a geometric deformation parameter; and

a recording unit configured to record the geometric deformation parameter generated by the generation unit as additional information
in association with each frame, for the image data compressed by the compression unit.

US Pat. No. 9,632,450

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONTROLLING DRIVING CURRENT FOR ADJUSTING LIGHT EMISSION INTENSITY OF LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a light-emitting element for emitting a laser beam;
a driving unit configured to drive the light-emitting element with a driving current, wherein the driving unit causes the
light-emitting element to emit light at a first light emission intensity and at a second light emission intensity lower than
the first light emission intensity; and

a polygon mirror configured to scan the photosensitive member with the laser beam while rotating at a predetermined speed,
wherein the driving unit causes the light-emitting element to emit light at the first light emission intensity with a driving
current obtained by adding a second driving current to a first driving current, and causes the light-emitting element to emit
light at the second light emission intensity with the second driving current, and

wherein the driving unit executes a first adjustment for causing the light-emitting element to emit light at the first light
emission intensity to adjust the first driving current, and a second adjustment for causing the light-emitting element to
emit light at the second light emission intensity to adjust the second driving current, and

wherein the driving unit, during a time period after the polygon mirror starts rotating until the predetermined speed is reached,
performs the first adjustment and the second adjustment, and after the polygon mirror has started rotating and before the
second adjustment is performed, causes the light-emitting element to emit light with an initial driving current to the first
driving current to perform the first adjustment for adjusting the first driving current, the initial driving current is larger
than the second driving current and is smaller than the driving current, and thereafter performs the second adjustment for
causing the light-emitting element to emit light at the second light emission intensity with the second driving current.

US Pat. No. 9,635,280

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 processor; and
a memory including instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
(a) select, based on luminance information of an object, a plurality of shooting conditions, wherein the plurality of shooting
conditions contain information on an aperture value and a shutter speed;

(b) acquire a time for shooting a plurality of images based on a moving amount of a focus lens dependent on the aperture value,
the number of shootings of the plurality of the images, and the shutter speed in each of the plurality of shooting conditions;

(c) determine a shooting condition from among the plurality of shooting conditions based on the time for shooting the images
of each of the plurality of shooting conditions; and

(d) perform control so as to sequentially shoot the plurality of images having in-focus positions different from each other
while discretely moving the focus lens by each moving amount depending on the aperture value.

US Pat. No. 9,635,281

IMAGING APPARATUS METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
at least one processor;
a first imaging unit;
a second imaging unit;
a control unit configured to perform control to display on a display unit an image obtained by combining an image captured
by the second imaging unit with an image captured by the first imaging unit in such a manner that the image captured by the
second imaging unit is superimposed on the image captured by the first imaging unit; and

a mode setting unit configured to set a shooting mode from a plurality of imaging modes including a first shooting mode and
a second shooting mode,

wherein the control unit performs control so that a composition position at which the image captured by the second imaging
unit is combined with the image captured by the first imaging unit in the first shooting mode is different from the composition
position in the second shooting mode,

wherein a plurality of images having different aspect ratios is recorded from the image captured by the first imaging unit
in response to an imaging instruction in the first shooting mode, and

wherein at least one of the control unit and mode setting unit is implemented by the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,635,292

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor;
a memory storing instructions executable by the processor, wherein the instructions, when executed by the processor, causes
the processor to function as:

an obtaining unit configured to obtain an image, wherein the image is obtained with an image sensor in which a plurality of
pixels, each of which corresponds to one of a plurality of colors, are arranged in a predetermined arrangement, and a plurality
of focus detection pixels are also arranged at consecutive positions for pixels corresponding to a particular color of the
plurality of colors in a predetermined pixel line;

a first setting unit configured to set a first area of the image, the first area including a position of a correction target
pixel in the predetermined pixel line, wherein the correction target pixel is a focus detection pixel;

a second setting unit configured to set a plurality of second areas of the image, the plurality of the second areas are respectively
set based on positions of a plurality of pixels existing in a first reference line, wherein the first reference line is different
from the predetermined pixel line and does not include a focus detection pixel;

a correlation computing unit configured to compute amounts of correlation between the respective second areas and the first
area; and

a correction unit configured to compute a correction value by using a value of a pixel in the first reference line, the pixel
being determined based on the amounts of correlation, and to correct a value of a pixel at the position of the correction
target pixel by using the correction value,

wherein the correlation computing unit computes the amounts of correlation while applying a larger weight to a correlation
in a portion that is closer to the correction target pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,628,648

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a receiver configured to receive a print job from an information processing apparatus;
a printer configured to print an image on a sheet based on the print job received by the receiver;
a stacker configured to stack printed sheets on a first tray, wherein the stacker is capable of loading the printed sheets
onto a second tray and then moving the second tray from a first position inside the stacker to a second position outside the
stacker; and

a controller configured to control the stacker based on the print job received by the receiver such that
in a case where a first instruction for taking out sheets is set to the print job, printed sheets on the first tray are loaded
onto the second tray before the print job and then the second tray is moved from the first position to the second position,
and

in a case where a second instruction for taking out sheets is set to the print job, printed sheets on the first tray are loaded
onto the second tray after the print job and then the second tray is moved from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,626,137

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, SERVER DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. An information processing method for use in an image forming apparatus having a management unit that manages a device resource,
the information processing method comprising:
transmitting, to a server device, a first token acquisition request containing device credential information;
receiving from the server device, a first token corresponding to the device credential information;
storing the received first token in a storage unit;
acquiring the first token stored in the storage unit and transmitting, to the server device, a second token acquisition request
containing a valid first token and identification information for identifying the management unit that manages the device
resource, wherein, in a case where the first token stored in the storage unit is not valid, transmitting includes transmitting,
before transmitting the second token acquisition request, a third token acquisition request and, in response, receives a third
token that is used for refreshing the first token, and then acquires the refreshed first token and restores the not valid
first token with the acquired refreshed first token as the valid first token in the storage unit;

receiving, from the server device, a second token corresponding to the identification information; and
transmitting, to a resource server, a request for a process related to the device resource, wherein the request contains the
received second token,

wherein, in response to determining via at least one processor that an expiration date of the first token stored in the storage
unit is reached between performance of sequencing process to acquire the first token and performance of the sequencing process
to acquire the second token, it is determined that the first token stored in the storage unit is not valid.

US Pat. No. 9,623,661

PRINTING APPARATUS AND HEAD PROTECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a print head having a nozzle portion;
a cap unit configured to form a small capping space surrounding the nozzle portion;
a humidifying unit configured to provide humidified gas in a humidified space;
a first channel being connected between the humidified space and a first side of the capping space;
a second channel being connected between the humidified space and a second side of the capping space which is apart from the
first side;

a pump disposed in the first channel configured to generate a gas flow;
a valve disposed in the second channel configured to close the second channel; and
a control unit configured to control at least the pump and the valve such that, the valve closes and the pump operates in
order to make the humidified space to be a depressurized state or a pressurized state, then the valve opens while the capping
space is formed in order to release the depressurized state or the pressurized state, thereby the humidified gas in the humidified
space is distributed to the capping space in a short time through the first channel or the second channel to fill the capping
space with the humidified gas.

US Pat. No. 9,625,735

IMAGE STABILIZER, LENS APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image stabilizer comprising:
a movable member holding a lens;
a tilting unit holding the movable member and configured to rotate around a predetermined point to tilt the movable member
relative to an optical axis; and

a driving unit configured to move a position in an optical axis direction of the movable member relative to the tilting unit,
wherein the tilting unit is configured to rotate around a first rotating shaft and a second rotating shaft that are orthogonal
to the optical axis direction to tilt the movable member,

wherein the driving unit is configured to move the position in the optical axis direction of the movable member relative to
the tilting unit without changing positions of the first rotating shaft and the second rotating shaft, and

wherein the movable member is configured to tilt such that a radius of curvature around the predetermined point varies according
to the position in the optical axis direction.

US Pat. No. 9,626,285

STORAGE RESOURCE ALLOCATION TO DATAFLOWS BASED ON DATA REQUIREMENTS AND ATTRIBUTES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A resource allocation apparatus comprising:
an attribute acquisition unit configured to acquire an attribute provided to a plurality of data flows beforehand, each data
flow of the plurality of data flows being a flow of data between a process and another process, wherein the process transfers
specific data on a specific data flow to the other process by (a) the process storing the specific data in a data storage
resource which is allocated to the specific data flow, and (b) the other process obtaining the specific data from the data
storage resource which is allocated to the specific data flow, wherein (1) the attribute indicates a requirement for a data
storage resource to store the data flowing on the data flow, and (2) the attribute comprises (a) a data size attribute indicating
a data size of the data storage resource required to store the data flowing on the data flow, and (b) a data type attribute
which indicates a type of data flowing on the data flow wherein the data type attribute is one of an RGB color image and a
grayscale image;

a graph generation unit configured to generate a data flow relationship graph indicating a relationship between the plurality
of data flows which potentially leads to access contention in the data storage resource; and

an allocation unit configured to, based on the attribute and the data flow relationship graph, allocate the data storage resource
to the plurality of data flows such that no access contention occurs upon transferring data on the data flow between the process
and the other process.

US Pat. No. 9,612,665

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a detection unit configured to detect a base point of an operation body that performs a gesture operation;
a distance measuring unit configured to measure a distance between the information processing apparatus and the base point;
a processing unit configured to perform processing according to a motion of the base point when the distance to the base point
satisfies a distance condition of whether the distance is equal to or less than a reference distance or the distance is equal
to or more than the reference distance;

a display control unit configured to display a picked-up image on a display unit, the picked-up image being an image of the
operation body picked up by an image pickup unit, and to perform control to display an identification mark at a position on
the display unit corresponding to a position of the base point in the picked-up image displayed on the display unit when the
distance to the base point satisfies the distance condition; and

an image pickup control unit configured to control focus of the image pickup unit to focus the base point in the picked-up
image at the reference distance and to control an aperture of the image pickup unit to make depth of field shallow with respect
to the base point in the picked-up image.

US Pat. No. 9,610,367

PARTICLE AND CONTRAST AGENT HAVING THE PARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A particle comprising a hydrophilic dye having a sulfonate group and a hydrophobic polymer, wherein the particle further
comprises a thiamine derivative.

US Pat. No. 9,615,026

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a main body unit;
an imaging unit included in the main body unit;
a clocking unit configured to clock elapsed time from an imaging process last performed, every time the imaging unit performs
the imaging process;

a monitor unit linked to the main body unit so as to be capable of being opened and closed as to the main body unit;
a display unit included in the monitor unit;
a monitor position detecting unit configured to detect the position of the monitor unit as to the main body unit;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain the elapsed time clocked by the clocking unit when the monitor position detecting unit
has detected the position of the monitor unit having been changed from a position at which a display face of the display unit
is closed with respect to the main body unit to a position at which the display face of the display unit is opened with respect
to the main body unit,

a display control unit configured to display, on the display unit, a shooting setting menu screen for receiving a setting
of shooting conditions in a case where the elapsed time is longer than a predetermined time, and display, on the display unit,
an image generated through the imaging process last performed in a case where the elapsed time is shorter than a predetermined
time.

US Pat. No. 9,612,780

SYSTEM FOR UTILIZING A CACHE EFFECTIVELY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:
a first apparatus having at least one first processor and at least one first memory coupled to the at least one first processor;
and

a second apparatus having at least one second processor and at least one second memory coupled to the at least one second
processor,

wherein the at least one first memory has first instructions stored thereon which, when executed by the at least one first
processor, cause the first apparatus to:

manage first management information for identifying objects whose rendered data has been stored in the at least one second
memory,

determine whether or not rendered data of a current object has been stored in the at least one second memory, based on the
first management information, and

instruct the second apparatus to acquire the rendered data of the current object being stored in the at least one second memory,
if a determination is made that the rendered data of the current object has been stored in the at least one second memory,
and

wherein the at least one second memory has second instructions stored thereon which, when executed by the at least one second
processor, cause the second apparatus to:

manage second management information for identifying rendered data of the objects being stored in the at least one second
memory, and

acquire the rendered data of the current object being stored in the at least one second memory by using the second management
information according to the instruction,

wherein the first management information and the second management information are updated so that the rendered data of the
objects which are identified by the first management information is identified by the second management information.

US Pat. No. 9,612,781

PRINTING SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING JOB TRANSMISSION BASED ON AUTHENTICATION SETTING OF AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing system which includes an image processing apparatus and a printing apparatus,
wherein the image processing apparatus comprises:
a receiving unit configured to receive a print job transmitted from an information processing apparatus;
a generating unit configured to generate image data based on image information included in the received print job; and
a transmitting unit configured to transmit a print job data including the generated image data to the printing apparatus,
wherein the printing apparatus comprises:
an authentication unit configured to perform authentication based on authentication information included in the print job
data transmitted from the image processing apparatus; and

a printing unit configured to perform printing based on the generated image data included in the print job data according
to success of the authentication, and

wherein the image processing apparatus further comprises:
a first determining unit configured to determine whether or not an authenticating function of the printing apparatus is enabled;
a second determining unit configured to determine whether or not authentication information has been set in the print job
transmitted from the information processing apparatus; and

a controlling unit configured to control to:
i) transmit the print job-data including the authentication information to the printing apparatus in a case where it is determined
by the first determining unit that the authenticating function of the printing apparatus is enabled and it is determined by
the second determining unit that the authentication information has been set in the print job,

ii) not transmit the print job data to the printing apparatus in a case where it is determined by the first determining unit
that the authenticating function of the printing apparatus is enabled and it is determined by the second determining unit
that the authentication information has not been set in the print job, and

iii) transmit the print job data to the printing apparatus irrespective of whether or not the authentication information has
been set in the print job in a case where it is determined by the first determining unit that the authenticating function
of the printing apparatus is not enabled.

US Pat. No. 9,612,112

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OPTICAL QUALITY MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical system comprising:
a photodetector;
a first optical system for causing the photodetector to receive first reflected light with a first angle of reflection from
a surface; and

a second optical system for causing the photodetector to receive second reflected light with a second angle of reflection,
different from the first angle of reflection, from the surface;

wherein an incident area on the surface, in which light generating the first reflected light is incident, is spaced apart
from an exiting area on the surface, which light, to be incident on the photodetector from the surface via the second optical
system, exits, to reduce noise for one of the first reflected light and the second reflected light by the other of the first
reflected light and the second reflected light.

US Pat. No. 9,607,240

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM FOR FOCUS BRACKETING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a first image, a second image, and a third image, the first image being an image captured
with focus set at a first distance, the second image being an image captured with focus set at a second distance different
from the first distance, the third image being an image captured using an f-number larger than an f-number used in capturing
of the first image and the second image;

an arranging unit configured to arrange at least a part of the first image and at least a part of the second image at a position
based on the third image, wherein the arranging unit shifts the first image and the second image such that a first subject
in the first image is superimposed with the first subject in the third image, the first subject being located at the first
distance, and such that a second subject in the second image is superimposed with the second subject in the third image, the
second subject being located at the second distance; and

a combining unit configured to generate a composite image having a deeper depth of field than the first image and the second
image by combining the first image and the second image that have been arranged by the arranging unit.

US Pat. No. 9,607,250

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a processor and a memory communicably coupled to function as:
a registration unit configured to register print setting information and a name of the print setting information;
a first display unit configured to display the name of the print setting information registered by the registration unit;
and

a second display unit configured to display a history data of print instruction when a generation of print data based on the
print setting information set via a setting screen is instructed,

wherein the second display unit displays the history data relating to a plurality of the print instructions, and
wherein, among the history data relating to the plurality of the print instructions, the second display unit displays the
history data using the name of the print setting information registered by the registration unit when the print setting information
set for the print data is the same as the print setting information registered by the registration unit, and displays the
history data without using the name of the print setting information registered by the registration unit so as to identifiably
display the history data for which the print setting information set for the print data is the same as the print setting information
registered by the registration unit from the history data for which the print setting information set for the print data is
different from the print setting information registered by the registration unit when the print setting information set for
the print data is different from the print setting information registered by the registration unit.

US Pat. No. 9,607,253

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINT CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus that prints on a print medium by using a printhead including a plurality of print elements, comprising:
an input unit configured to input print data;
a first generation unit configured to generate a driving pulse to cause the plurality of print elements to perform a printing
operation;

a second generation unit configured to generate a print data signal based on the print data input by the input unit to cause
the printhead to print on the print medium;

a control unit configured to control a signal generation timing in one of the first generation unit and the second generation
unit so as to determine, based on a driving pulse width, a generation range of the print data signal so as not to overlap
with a leading edge and a trailing edge of the driving pulse or determine, based on the generation range of the print data
signal, the driving pulse width so that the leading edge and the trailing edge of the driving pulse do not overlap with the
generation range of the print data signal; and

a print unit configured to transfer the driving pulse generated by the first generation unit and the print data signal generated
by the second generation unit to the printhead and drive the printhead to print on the print medium.

US Pat. No. 9,607,013

IMAGE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image management apparatus comprising:
at least one processor operatively coupled to a memory, serving as:
(a) an obtaining unit configured to obtain a plurality of metadata corresponding to a plurality of image data, respectively;
and

(b) a generation unit configured (i) to generate, from the plurality of metadata respectively corresponding to the plurality
of image data, a plurality of first summary metadata, each of which summarizes each of a plurality of groups of metadata into
which the plurality of metadata are grouped, and (ii) to generate, from the plurality of first summary metadata, second summary
metadata that summarizes the plurality of first summary metadata.

US Pat. No. 9,606,760

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR EXECUTING A PRINT JOB BASED ON A RECEIVED PRINT REQUEST

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a print request of a print job issued from one or more information processing apparatuses
a control unit configured to store information of the print request received by the reception unit in a first print queue
in an issuing order of the print request received by the reception unit;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain a print job based on the information of the print request stored in the first print
queue;

an executing unit configured to execute the print job obtained by the obtaining unit;
a transmitting unit configured to transmit the print request received by the reception unit without storing the information
of the print request received by the reception unit in the first print queue, in accordance with a free capacity of the first
print queue, to an external apparatus including a second print queue for the image forming apparatus, wherein the external
apparatus is able to transmit the print request stored in the second print queue to the image forming apparatus in response
to an acquisition request by the image forming apparatus, and the second print queue stores the information of the transmitted
print request in the issuing order;

an issuing unit configured to issue the acquisition request of the transmitted print request to the external apparatus after
the executing unit executes the print job,

a determination unit configured to determine whether information of a print request stored in the first print queue is information
of the print request received from a first information processing apparatus via a wide area network; and

a second issuing unit configured to issue an acquisition request of the print job in a case where the determination unit determines
that information of a print request stored in the first print queue is the information of the print request received from
the first information processing apparatus via the wide area network,

wherein the obtaining unit obtains the print job from a second information processing apparatus, which is different from the
first information processing apparatus, based on print job information transmitted from the first information processing apparatus
according to the acquisition request issued by the second issuing unit, and

wherein each of the reception unit, the control unit, the obtaining unit, the executing unit, the transmitting unit and the
issuing unit is implemented using at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,604,454

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a liquid ejection head having a substrate, heat generating elements formed at a front surface
side of the substrate, and a nozzle layer forming liquid chambers and liquid ejection ports at the front surface side of the
substrate,
the method comprising:
preparing the substrate having the heat generating elements and a nozzle layer formation material layer at the front surface
side;

driving the heat generating elements for heating to form air bubbles serving as the liquid chambers in the nozzle layer formation
material layer; and

forming the liquid ejection ports which communicate with the liquid chambers in the nozzle layer formation material layer,
and then forming the nozzle layer forming the liquid chambers and the liquid ejection ports at the front surface side of the
substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,609,152

SYSTEM, USER INTERFACE DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, SERVER, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:
an information processing apparatus having a plurality of kinds of multifunction peripheral functions; and
a server, wherein
the server includes a processor coupled to a memory, the processor and the memory cooperating to function to:
provide, to the information processing apparatus, a first file for displaying a function selection screen including a plurality
of buttons including buttons corresponding to the plurality of kinds of multifunction peripheral functions and a button for
accepting a selection of a function, wherein the plurality of buttons are used when a user selects a function to be executed
and the plurality of buttons do not cause the function to be executed, and wherein the first file includes a script for instructing
the information processing apparatus to acquire and send, to the server, status information indicating a status of a device
of the information processing apparatus used by the function corresponding to a button selected by the user from the plurality
of buttons in accordance with the script,

receive button information indicating a kind of the button selected by the user and the status information sent from the information
processing apparatus,

determine whether the received status information indicates an error,
provide, to the information processing apparatus, a second file for displaying a setting screen based on the received button
information, in a case where it is determined that the received status information does not indicate the error, wherein the
setting screen includes a button for accepting a setting of the function and a button for executing the function, and

provide, to the information processing apparatus, a third file for displaying an error screen for indicating the error in
a case where it is determined that the received status information indicates the error, and

the information processing apparatus includes a processor coupled to a memory, the processor and the memory cooperating to
function to:

request the first file,
receive the first file from the server,
display the function selection screen including the plurality of buttons, wherein the plurality of buttons are used when the
user selects the function to be executed and the plurality of buttons do not cause the function to be executed, based on the
first file,

receive a selection of the button from the plurality of buttons,
acquire, in accordance with the script, the status information of the device of the information processing apparatus used
by the function corresponding to the selected button, wherein the status information is acquired before an instruction is
accepted by the button for executing the function via the setting screen,

send the acquired status information to the server in accordance with a user operation accepted via the function selection
screen, with the button information indicating a kind of the button selected by the user,

display, in a case where the second file is provided by the server as a response to the sending based on the user operation,
the setting screen based on the second file, wherein the setting screen is displayed before the instruction is accepted by
the button for executing the function via the setting screen, and

display, in a case where the third file is provided by the server as a response to the sending based on the user operation,
the error screen based on the third file, wherein the error screen is displayed before the instruction is accepted by the
button for executing the function via the setting screen.

US Pat. No. 9,609,157

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A PROJECTION TO REGULATE AN ATTITUDE BETWEEN TWO CASINGS WHEN A LOAD IS APPLIED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first casing configured to accommodate a reading portion for reading an image to be read;
a second casing configured to accommodate an image forming portion for forming an image to be formed, wherein said second
casing is provided below said first casing with respect to a vertical direction and includes a mounting portion, on which
said first casing is mountable, at an upper portion of said second casing, said mounting portion including a first mounting
portion provided at a first-side-surface side of said second casing and a second mounting portion provided at a second-side-surface
side perpendicular to the first-side-surface side of said second casing;

wherein between said first casing and said second casing, a space, for permitting discharge of a recording material on which
the image to be formed is formed by the image forming portion, is provided so as to continuously open toward a third-side-surface
side opposing the first-side-surface side and a fourth-side-surface side opposing the second-side-surface side;

a first supporting portion configured to support said first casing, wherein said first supporting portion is provided on at
least one of said first casing and said mounting portion at a position away from said second mounting portion with respect
to a widthwise direction of the first-side-surface side of said first mounting portion;

a second supporting portion configured to support said first casing, wherein said second supporting portion is provided on
at least one of said first casing and said mounting portion at a position at a second mounting portion side with respect to
the widthwise direction of the first-side-surface side of said first mounting portion;

a third supporting portion configured to support said first casing, wherein said third supporting portion is provided on at
least one of said first casing and said mounting portion at a position away from said first mounting portion with respect
to a widthwise direction of the second-side-surface side of said second mounting portion;

a projection provided on one of an upper surface of said first mounting portion and a bottom of said first casing and having
a surface facing the one of the upper surface of said first mounting portion and the bottom of said first casing on which
said projection is not provided, wherein said projection is disposed between the upper surface of said first mounting portion
and the bottom of said first casing, with a predetermined gap between the surface of said projection and the one of the upper
surface of said first mounting portion and the bottom of said first casing on which said projection is not provided, in a
state in which no load is externally exerted on said first casing, and wherein said projection regulates an attitude of said
first casing in a state in which a predetermined load is exerted downward on an upper portion of a corner formed between the
third-side-surface side and the fourth-side-surface side of said first casing; and

a cantilever provided on the second-side-surface side of said second casing on an opposite side to said first mounting portion
with respect to the widthwise direction of the second-side-surface, wherein said cantilever is configured so that the bottom
of said first casing is not mounted on said cantilever, and said cantilever includes a fixing portion configured to fix a
side surface of said first casing and said second casing.

US Pat. No. 9,607,107

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display method comprising:
receiving input of a keyword from a user;
displaying a first list and an index, the displayed first list being a list of contents included in a first subset of a set
of a plurality of contents, the displayed index being an index corresponding to a second subset of the set, wherein each of
the plurality of contents includes the keyword, and wherein the first subset and the second subset are different from each
other;

displaying a second list instead of the first list in response to a user clicking the index, the second list being a list
of contents included in the second subset corresponding to the clicked index; and

displaying, in response to the user hovering a cursor over the displayed index, attribute information of leading and last
contents among the contents included in the second subset corresponding to the hovered-over index while the first list of
the contents of the first subset remains displayed, wherein attribute information of contents other than the leading and last
contents among the contents included in the second subset corresponding to the hovered-over index are not displayed in response
to the user hovering the cursor over the displayed index.

US Pat. No. 9,607,398

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories coupled to the one or more processors and having instructions stored thereon which, when executed by
the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to:

arrange representative points on an inputted image;
divide the inputted image into a plurality of areas by clustering a plurality of pixels in the inputted image based on the
arranged representative points, wherein the representative points are updated based on feature amounts of the respective divided
areas and the inputted image are further divided into updated areas by clustering the pixels in the inputted image based on
the updated representative points;

generate a graph connecting arranged representative points based on initial arrangement of the arranged representative points,
wherein the connected representative points in the graph have an adjacency relationship; and

unify the updated areas based on respective feature amounts of the updated areas and the generated graph.

US Pat. No. 9,609,256

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising:
a plurality of pixels each of which includes a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions and outputs a first signal and
a second signal; and

an AD converter which converts an analog signal output from each of the plurality of pixels into a digital signal, wherein
the AD converter includes a reference signal generator which generates a reference signal whose electric potential varies
with a predetermined slope as a time elapses, and a comparator which compares the reference signal and the analog signal output
from each of the plurality of pixels,

wherein AD conversion of the second signal is controlled in accordance with an AD conversion result of the first signal by
the AD converter and a value according to the reference signal at a timing at which the output of the comparator has varied
when AD-converting the first signal is set to an initial value of the reference signal input to the comparator when AD-converting
the second signal, and

wherein the first signal is based on first charges generated by at least one of the photoelectric conversion portions of each
pixel, and the second signal is based on the first charges and second charges generated by at least one of the remaining photoelectric
conversion portions of the each pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,598,253

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

an acquisition unit configured to acquire, before completion of a printing operation of the preceding sheet, information of
a leading edge position of the succeeding sheet after alignment of the succeeding sheet; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether to convey the succeeding sheet to a position facing said printing unit
while keeping an overlap state between the preceding sheet and the succeeding sheet in accordance with the leading edge position
of the succeeding sheet after alignment of the succeeding sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,600,854

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PROCESSING A PLURALITY OF INPUT DATA BASED ON RESPECTIVE ATTRIBUTE INFORMATION THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:
a controlling unit configured to receive a plurality of input pixel data and respective attribute information thereof, and
output the input pixel data and the attribute information in an order based on the attribute information;

an operating unit configured to perform an accumulating operation on the input pixel data output from the controlling unit,
by referring to a past accumulating operation result related to the attribute information of the input pixel data; and

a holding unit configured to hold the past accumulating operation result of the operating unit, wherein
the controlling unit controls the order of outputting the plurality of input pixel data, based on whether or not the past
accumulating operation results related to the respective attribute information of the plurality of input pixel data are held
in the holding unit.

US Pat. No. 9,602,684

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING REMOTE OPERATION, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that provides an external apparatus accessing the image forming apparatus with a remote operation
screen which is for the external apparatus to remotely control the image forming apparatus, the image forming apparatus comprising:
at least one processor and a memory coupled to the at least one processor, the memory storing instructions that, when executed
by the at least one processor controls

an NFC control unit configured to execute proximity wireless communication and acquire, from an external apparatus brought
close to the image forming apparatus, identification information of the external apparatus;

a determining unit configured to determine, in a case where an access for requesting the remote operation screen occurs, whether
the external apparatus accessing the image forming apparatus matches the external apparatus indicated by the acquired identification
information; and

a providing unit configured to provide, in a case where the determination unit determines that the external apparatus accessing
the image forming apparatus does not match the external apparatus indicated by the acquired identification information, the
external apparatus accessing the image forming apparatus with a login screen which is for the external apparatus to log in
to the remote operation screen, and in a case where the determination unit determines that the external apparatus accessing
the image forming apparatus matches the external apparatus indicated by the acquired identification information, the external
apparatus accessing the image forming apparatus with the remote operation screen instead of the login screen.

US Pat. No. 9,602,723

IMAGING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING POWER CONSUMPTION AND ACCESS TO MEMORY AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a DRAM;
a plurality of image processing units each configured to process image data corresponding to a plurality of image frames,
and access the DRAM;

a recording unit configured to record the image data processed by the image processing units in a recording medium,
wherein the imaging apparatus has a plurality of modes including a first mode in which images associated with the plurality
of image frames processed by the plurality of image processing units are displayed by a display device without recording the
image data processed by the image processing units by the recording unit, and a second mode in which the recording unit records
the image data processed by the image processing units,

wherein the plurality of image processing units respectively access the DRAM in the first mode and the second mode;
a data transfer controlling unit configured to control data transfer to the DRAM;
a power controlling unit configured to control power consumptions of the plurality of image processing units; and
a CPU configured to control the data transfer controlling unit and the power controlling unit in accordance with a current
mode among the plurality of modes of the imaging apparatus,

wherein the CPU controls the data transfer controlling unit, in accordance with the current mode of the imaging apparatus,
to control a data amount accessed to the DRAM by remaining image processing units other than a predetermined one image processing
unit of the plurality of image processing units while the predetermined one image processing unit processes a predetermined
amount of image data,

wherein the CPU controls the data transfer controlling unit so that a data amount accessed to the DRAM by the remaining image
processing units while the predetermined one image processing unit processes the predetermined amount of image data in the
first mode is smaller than a data amount accessed to the DRAM by the remaining image processing units while the predetermined
one image processing unit processes the predetermined amount of image data in the second mode, and

wherein the CPU controls the power controlling unit so that, in the first mode, power consumption of the predetermined one
image processing unit after the predetermined one image processing unit ends the processing of the predetermined amount of
image data is lower than power consumption of the predetermined one image processing unit while the predetermined one image
processing unit processes the predetermined amount of image data.

US Pat. No. 9,599,913

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member comprising an electroconductive mandrel and an electroconductive layer, the electroconductive
layer comprising a perfluorosulfonylimide anion and a resin having a structure represented by at least one of formula (1)
and formula (2):

where R11 represents an alkylene group; R12 and R13 each independently represent an alkylene group or an alkylene oxide group; A1 represents a methine group or a nitrogen atom;
and X1 represents a quaternary ammonium cation structure; and


where R21 represents an alkylene group; R22 represents an alkylene group or an alkylene oxide group; and X2 represents a quaternary ammonium cation structure.

US Pat. No. 9,599,923

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CONTROL OF DEVELOPING BIAS AND CHARGING BIAS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording material, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a charging device configured to charge the photosensitive member by a charging bias being applied to the charging device;
an exposure device configured to expose the photosensitive member, which has been charged by the charging device, to light
to form a latent image on the photosensitive member;

a developer carrying member which carries a developer and which is configured to develop the latent image with the developer
by a developing bias being applied to the developer carrying member; and

a control portion configured to control the developing bias,
wherein, when an image forming area is defined as an area on the photosensitive member on which an image to be transferred
onto a recording material is formed, a printing portion is defined as an area in the image forming area to which the developer
carrying member makes the developer adhere, a non-printing portion is defined as an area in the image forming area to which
the developer carrying member does not make the developer adhere, and a non-image forming area is defined as an area on the
photosensitive member disposed between two adjacent image forming areas in a moving direction of a surface of the photosensitive
member, the exposure device exposes the printing portion in the image forming area at a first laser power, exposes the non-printing
portion in the image forming area at a second laser power smaller than the first laser power, and exposes the non-image forming
area at no laser power or a third laser power smaller than the second laser power, and

wherein said control portion sets the developing bias to a first value when the developer carrying member is in a position
which faces the image forming area, sets the developing bias to a second value when the developer carrying member is in a
position which faces the non-image forming area, and sets the first value and the second value so that a difference between
the second value and a value of the charging bias is smaller than a difference between the first value and the value of the
charging bias.

US Pat. No. 9,599,926

DEVELOPING UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing unit, comprising:
a developing container configured to store a developer including a non-magnetic toner and a magnetic carrier;
a developing sleeve configured to bear the developer on a surface thereof, and to rotate;
a developer regulating member configured to regulate an amount of the developer born on the developing sleeve; and
a magnetic field generating portion configured to be fixed within the developing sleeve, and to have a plurality of fixed
magnetic poles which generate a magnetic field which bears the developer on the developing sleeve, wherein

the magnetic field generating portion includes
(i) a cut pole which is disposed to oppose the developer regulating member and is closest to the developer regulating member
among the magnetic poles,

(ii) a drawing-up pole which is disposed adjacent to the cut pole on an upstream side in a direction of rotation of the developing
sleeve and has an opposite polarity from the cut pole, and

(iii) a peeling pole which is disposed adjacent to the drawing-up pole on the upstream side in the direction of rotation of
the developing sleeve and has a same polarity as the drawing-up pole,

and when a magnetic force in a direction toward a center of the developing sleeve is Fr, and a magnetic force in a tangential
direction of the surface of the developing sleeve is F?, in a peak-to-peak area which is a region from a peak of magnetic
flux density of the drawing-up pole to a peak of magnetic flux density of the cut pole, the magnetic field generating portion
is configured to be arranged such that a distribution of Fr in a circumferential direction of the developing sleeve has an
Fr flat area in which Fr is substantially constant or an Fr attenuation area in which Fr attenuates toward the cut pole side
from the drawing-up pole side, and F? is oriented toward the same direction as the direction of rotation of the developing
sleeve in the entire peak-to-peak area, and

when an increase amount of Fr per unit angle is ?Fr, the Fr flat area satisfies ?Fr?+5×10?9(N) in the circumferential direction of the developing sleeve.

US Pat. No. 9,599,932

DEVELOPER CONTAINER WITH SEALING MEMBER HAVING A PLURALITY OF HOLES AND ROTATABLE MEMBER HAVING A PLURALITY OF PROJECTIONS CONTACTABLE WITH THE SEALING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container comprising:
an accommodating chamber, provided with an opening, for accommodating developer;
a rotatable member rotatably supported inside said accommodating chamber, said rotatable member including a shaft portion
and a plurality of projections extending from said shaft portion in a direction away from said shaft portion, said plurality
of projections ensuring a peripheral length of said rotatable member; and

a seal member for unsealably sealing said opening, said sealing member including a sealing portion for sealing said opening,
a connecting portion connected with said rotatable member, and an interconnecting portion having a plurality of holes between
said sealing portion and said connecting portion,

wherein at least said plurality of holes and at least said plurality of projections are provided in a non-overlapping positional
relationship with respect to a direction along said shaft portion.

US Pat. No. 9,600,444

METHOD FOR GENERATING INFORMATION SIGNAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method executed by an optical coherence tomography imaging apparatus to reduce noise in a tomographic image, the method
comprising:
acquiring a tomographic image based on an optical spectral interference signal output from a detector of the optical coherence
tomography imaging apparatus when a light source irradiates a specimen; and

processing the tomographic image with a processor to perform image processing steps comprising:
(a) obtaining a spectrum signal F(b) of a tomographic layer of the tomographic image by performing a Fourier transform on
a signal f(a) of the optical spectral interference signal;

(b) detecting a maximum peak intensity of the spectrum signal F(b);
(c) calculating an amplitude, a phase, and a frequency of the signal f(a) by performing an inverse Fourier transform on the
maximum peak intensity of the spectrum signal F(b);

(d) generating an extended signal f?(a) which extends along a wavenumber axis on the basis of the amplitude, the phase, and
the frequency of the signal f(a);

(e) extracting from the extended signal f?(a) an extrapolation signal by multiplying the extended signal f? (a) with a window
function such that the extrapolation signal has wavenumber values lower than a1 and greater than a2, where a1
(f) generating a composite signal by combining the extrapolation signal with the signal f(a) in a spatial frequency range
from wavenumber values a1 to a2, wherein the wavenumber values from a1 to a2 correspond to a spectral band of the light source;
and

(g) performing a Fourier transform on the composite signal to generate a noise-reduced tomographic image.

US Pat. No. 9,599,933

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND TONER CONTAINER ATTACHABLE TO AND DETACHABLE FROM IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of photoconductors and a plurality of developing devices corresponding to each of the photoconductors and configured
to develop electrostatic latent images, which are formed on the plurality of photoconductors, by using toner;

an optical scanning device disposed below the plurality of photoconductors and the plurality of developing devices in a direction
of gravity and including transparent windows, wherein each of the transparent windows allows a passage of a light beam which
corresponds to one of the plurality of photoconductors and forms the electrostatic latent images on the one of the plurality
of photoconductors;

a shutter provided with a plurality of portions each of which allows a passage of a light beam having passed through one of
the plurality of transparent windows, disposed between the plurality of photoconductor members and the optical scanning device,
and configured to slide between a first position and a second position which is different from the first position in a transversal
direction with respect to a scanning direction of the light beams, wherein the light beams pass through the plurality of portions
of the shutter at the first position and the shutter at the second position covers the transparent windows;

a transfer device including an intermediate transfer member to which toner images on the photoconductor members are transferred
and configured to transfer the toner images on the intermediate transfer member to a recording medium;

a cleaning device configured to recover residual toner that is not transferred to the recording medium and remains on the
intermediate transfer member;

a toner container holding unit configured to hold a toner container for containing the residual toner recovered by the cleaning
device, the toner container being attachable to and detachable from a body of the image forming apparatus and including a
protruding portion; and

a shutter moving mechanism including a first movement portion that moves around a rotation shaft as a rotation axis and a
second movement portion that contacts the shutter and that moves around the rotation shaft as the rotation axis in accordance
with movement of the first movement portion around the rotation shaft, wherein, in a process for attaching the toner container
to the toner container holding unit, the first movement portion contacts the protruding portion of the toner container before
the toner container is held by the toner container holding unit, the first movement portion pressed by the protruding portion
and the second movement portion move around the rotation shaft and the second movement portion presses the shutter in accordance
with movement of the toner container toward the toner container holding unit, and thereby the shutter slides from the second
position to the first position.

US Pat. No. 9,599,943

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND RECORDING MATERIAL DETERMINATION UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording material, the image forming apparatus comprising:
an ultrasonic wave detection unit including a transmission element configured to transmit an ultrasonic wave and a reception
element configured to receive the ultrasonic wave transmitted from the transmission element;

a first conveyance roller arranged on an upstream side of the ultrasonic wave detection unit in a conveyance direction of
the recording material, and configured to convey the recording material toward a position between the transmission element
and the reception element;

a second conveyance roller arranged on a downstream side of the ultrasonic wave detection unit in the conveyance direction,
and configured to convey the recording material conveyed by the first conveyance roller,

wherein the first conveyance roller and the second conveyance roller form a loop on the recording material by conveying the
recording material at respective different speeds; and

a processor configured to control an image forming condition for forming the image on the recording material, based on the
ultrasonic wave received by the reception element via the recording material in a first period and not based on the ultrasonic
wave received by the reception element via the recording material in a second period,

wherein the first period is a period in which no loop is formed on the recording material, and the second period is a period
in which a loop is formed on the recording material by the first conveyance roller and the second conveyance roller.

US Pat. No. 9,599,944

METHOD OF MOUNTING ELECTRONIC PART, CIRCUIT SUBSTRATE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical detector having a circuit substrate comprising:
a light emitting element mounted on the circuit substrate;
a light receiving element mounted on the circuit substrate;
a first land portion to which a first electrode of the light emitting element is soldered;
a second land portion to which the first electrode of the light emitting element is soldered;
a third land portion to which a second electrode of the light emitting receiving element is soldered;
a fourth land portion to which the second electrode of the light emitting receiving element is soldered;
a fifth land portion to which a first electrode of the light receiving element is soldered;
a sixth land portion to which the first electrode of the light receiving element is soldered;
a seventh land portion to which a second electrode of the light receiving element is soldered; and
an eighth land portion to which the second electrode of the light receiving element is soldered; and
a cover member connected to the circuit substrate, configured to cover the light emitting element and the light receiving
element,

wherein the first electrode of the light emitting element and the second electrode of the light receiving element are arranged
on the circuit substrate side by side, wherein a distance between the second land portion and the fifth land portion is greater
than a distance between the first land portion and the second land portion,

wherein a height of solder on the first land portion is higher than a height of solder on the second land portion, a height
of solder on the third land portion is higher than a height of solder on the fourth land portion, a height of solder on the
fifth land portion is higher than a height of solder on the sixth land portion, and a height of solder on the seventh land
portion is higher than a height of solder on the eighth land portion,

wherein the cover member has a first opening and a second opening, and
wherein a light emitted to a member as an emitting object from the light emitting element passes through the first opening,
and a reflected light emitted from the light emitting element passes through the first opening and is reflected by the member
as the emitting object passes through the second opening and is received by the light receiving element.

US Pat. No. 9,601,536

SOLID-STATE IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image capturing apparatus comprising:
a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type provided in a substrate;
a first photoelectric conversion portion and a second photoelectric portion, each disposed in the first semiconductor region,
the first photoelectric conversion portion and the second photoelectric conversion portion being adjacent to each other;

a first portion of the first conductivity type disposed in the first semiconductor region and configured to supply a first
potential to the first semiconductor region; and

two second semiconductor regions, in a cross sectional view including the first photoelectric conversion portion and the second
photoelectric conversion portion, of a second conductivity type, each of the two second semiconductor regions configured to
receive a second potential different from the first potential,

wherein, in a planar view for an upper face of the substrate,
the first portion is disposed between the first photoelectric conversion portion and the second photoelectric conversion portion,
and

one of the two second semiconductor regions is disposed between the first portion and the first photoelectric conversion portion
and the other of the two second semiconductor regions is disposed between the first portion and the second photoelectric conversion
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,601,540

METHOD FOR PRODUCING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing a semiconductor device comprising:
preparing a wafer having a plurality of portions each of which serves as a semiconductor device and having an insulator having
a plurality of openings on the plurality of respective portions;

forming an embedding member in each of the plurality of openings and on the insulator;
partly removing the embedding member formed on the insulator; and
after the partly removing of the embedding member, planarizing the embedding member,
wherein
the plurality of portions have a first portion and a second portion positioned at an outer side of the wafer than the first
portion,

the first portion has a first region and a second region at a position different from a position of the first region, and
the second portion has a third region and a fourth region at a position different from a position of the third region,

the plurality of openings in the first portion are disposed in the first region with a density higher than a density in the
second region, and the plurality of openings in the second portion are disposed in the third region with a density higher
than a density in the fourth region, and

the partly removing of the embedding member includes:
a first removal process in which a part of the embedding member positioned in the second region and a part of the embedding
member positioned in the fourth region are removed by etching using a first resist pattern as a mask; and

a second removal process in which at least a part of the embedding member positioned in the second region is removed by etching
using a second resist pattern as a mask while a third resist pattern is positioned on at least a part of the embedding member
positioned in the fourth region,

wherein a first removal amount in the partly removing of the embedding member positioned in the second region and a second
removal amount in the partly removing of the embedding member positioned in the fourth region are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,594,915

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory storing code; and
a processor, wherein upon execution of the stored code the processor functions as
a trusted device which has a plurality of registers and performs data protection by encryption of data associated with a value
of one of the plurality of registers;

a management unit that, for each application, manages an association between the respective application and a first register
number used by that application for performing the data protection;

an application execution unit that, during execution of an application, issues a data protection request that designates a
second register number preset in the application; and

a protection unit that, when a data protection request is issued for an application, (i) obtains the first register number
that is associated with that application, (ii) replaces, in the data protection request, the second register number that is
preset in the application with the first register number that is associated with the application, and (iii) transfers to the
trusted device the data protection request in which the second register number has been replaced with the first register number.

US Pat. No. 9,593,170

COMPOUND, PHOTOCURABLE COMPOSITION, AND METHODS FOR PRODUCING PATTERNED FILM, OPTICAL COMPONENT, CIRCUIT BOARD, ELECTRONIC COMPONENT BY USING THE PHOTOCURABLE COMPOSITION, AND CURED PRODUCT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photocurable composition comprising:
a component (A) which is a polymerizable compound;
a component (B) which is a photopolymerization initiator; and
a component (C) which is a compound represented by general formula (1):
where Rf represents an alkyl group at least part of which is substituted with fluorine, RO represents a repeated structure of an oxyalkylene group or an oxypropylene group, N represents a nitrogen atom, RA represents an alkyl group, and RB represents an alkyl group or a hydrogen atom.

US Pat. No. 9,594,738

DISPLAYING CHANGES RELATED TO PAGES LOCATED BEFORE AND AFTER A CURRENTLY DISPLAYED PAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an editing unit configured to edit an electronic book;
a display control unit configured to control displaying a plurality of pages included in the electronic book on a display
unit in order for editing the electronic book by said editing unit;

an extraction unit configured to extract changes in the electronic book edited by said editing unit; and
a classifying unit configured to classify the changes extracted by said extraction unit into first changes related to pages
before a page displayed on said display unit and second changes related to pages after the page displayed on said display
unit,

wherein said display control unit causes the changes to be displayed on the page displayed on said display unit such that
the changes can be discriminated as any of the first changes or the second changes.

US Pat. No. 9,595,559

IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising a plurality of pixel units including a first pixel unit and a second pixel unit, each of the
first and second pixel units comprising:
a first photoelectric conversion region;
a second photoelectric conversion region;
a first transfer MOS transistor including a first transfer gate electrode and configured to transfer a charge generated by
the first photoelectric conversion region;

a second transfer MOS transistor including a second transfer gate electrode and configured to transfer a charge generated
by the second photoelectric conversion region,

an amplification MOS transistor configured to output a signal based on the charge generated by the first photoelectric conversion
region and/or a signal based on the charge generated by the second photoelectric conversion region, and

a selection MOS transistor connected to the amplification MOS transistor, wherein
the amplification MOS transistor of the second pixel unit and the selection MOS transistor of the second pixel unit are provided
in an active region,

at least a part of the active region is provided between the first and second photoelectric conversion regions of the first
pixel unit, and

the selection MOS transistor of the second pixel unit is provided between the first and second photoelectric conversion regions
of the first pixel unit.

US Pat. No. 9,596,121

SERVER APPARATUS COMMUNICATING WITH A CLIENT APPARATUS VIA THE INTERNET, SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A server apparatus that communicates with a client apparatus via the Internet, the server apparatus comprising:
a memory, and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to control:
a first communication unit configured to support a network communication in HTTP;
a second communication unit configured to support a network communication in a specific communication mode in which instruction
from the server apparatus is possible without a request from the client apparatus, wherein the specific communication mode
is a protocol different from the HTTP;

a receiving unit configured to receive a query from the client apparatus via the first communication unit;
a transmitting unit configured to transmit, via the first communication unit, as a reply to the received query, first condition
information including information of a condition triggering performance of an initial communication in order to switch to
the specific communication mode, wherein the first condition information includes, as the information of the condition, information
about a trigger event detected by the client apparatus; and

an instructing unit configured to switch to the specific communication mode by performing the initial communication with the
client apparatus according to the first condition information, and configured to transmit, via the second communication unit,
an instruction to the client apparatus in the specific communication mode.

US Pat. No. 9,594,103

CAPACITIVE DETECTION TYPE ELECTRO-MECHANICAL TRANSDUCER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a plurality of cells, each cell including
(a) a first electrode, and
(b) a second electrode opposed to the first electrode with a gap between the first and second electrodes;
a plurality of detection circuits, each detection circuit being configured to detect a current output from a respective detection
electrode that is one of the first and second electrodes; and

an addition circuit for adding signals from the plurality of detection circuits,
wherein the plurality of cells are classified into a plurality of groups, each group including at least two cells,
wherein a plurality of the detection electrodes of the cells in one group are commonly connected to one detection circuit
of the plurality of detection circuits,

wherein the one detection circuit adds currents output from the plurality of the detection electrodes of the cells in one
group and converts a current resulting from an addition of the currents output from the plurality of the detection electrodes
of the cells in one group into a voltage,

wherein the addition circuit adds respective voltages converted by the plurality of the detection circuits,
wherein each detection circuit comprises a current-to-voltage conversion circuit including an operational amplifier, a feedback
capacitance, and a feedback resistance, and

wherein, a gain bandwidth of the operational amplifier is GBW, a resistance value of the feedback resistance is RF, a capacitance
value of the feedback capacitance is CF, a parasitic capacitance of an inverting input terminal of the operational amplifier
is Cin, following Expression (1) is met:

Cin??×GBW×RF×(CF)2  Expression (1).

US Pat. No. 9,585,555

OCT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An OCT apparatus for obtaining a tomogram using optical interference between signal light and reference light, comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a position of a specific image with respect to a coherence gate from a first tomogram
obtained by imaging;

a moving unit configured to move the coherence gate by a set moving distance along a predetermined moving direction; and
a determination unit configured to determine a positional relationship between the specific image and the coherence gate based
on the position of the specific image with respect to the coherence gate obtained from a second tomogram obtained by imaging
after movement of the coherence gate and the position obtained by said obtaining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,588,447

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member to be negatively electrified, comprising:
a conductive substrate;
a photoconductive layer on the conductive substrate, the photoconductive layer being formed from hydrogenated amorphous silicon;
and

a surface layer on the photoconductive layer, the surface layer being formed from hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide,
wherein

the surface layer has a change region in which a ratio (C/(Si+C)) of the number of carbon atoms (C) with respect to the sum
of the number of silicon atoms (Si) and the number of carbon atoms (C) gradually increases toward a surface side of the electrophotographic
photosensitive member from a side of the photoconductive layer,

the change region having
an upper charge injection prohibiting portion containing a Group 13 atom, and
a surface-side portion positioned closer to the surface side of the electrophotographic photosensitive member than the upper
charge injection prohibiting portion and not containing the Group 13 atom, wherein

when a precipitous property of the distribution of the Group 13 atom in the surface layer is defined as ?Z, ?Z satisfies a
relationship represented by the following expression (A7),

1.0??Z/?Z0?3.0  (A7),

wherein ?Z is determined as follows:
(A1) obtaining a depth profile of the surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member by an SIMS analysis;
in the depth profile,
defining an ionic strength of the Group 13 atom in the thickness direction of the surface layer as f(D),
defining a maximal value of f(D) as f(DMAX),

defining a second order differential of f(D) as f?(D),
defining a distance from the surface of the electrophotographic photosensitive member to a first position at which the following
relation is satisfied in the surface layer as DA;

f?(D) changes from f?(D)=0 to f?(D)<0
defining a distance from the surface of the electrophotographic photosensitive member to a second position at which the following
relation is satisfied in the surface layer as DB;

f?(D) changes from f?(D)<0 to f?(D)=0
defining a distance from the surface of the electrophotographic photosensitive member to a third position which satisfies
f((DA+DB)/2)?f(DMAX)×0.5 as DS, wherein in case of existing plural positions satisfying the above condition in the thickness direction of the surface layer,
the nearest position to the surface of the electrophotographic photosensitive member is chosen as the third position,

defining the ionic strength f(D) at their position, as f(DS); and

when f(DS) is defined as a standard ionic strength,

defining a fourth position at which the ionic strength first reaches 16% with respect to the standard ionic strength, and
defining a fifth position at which the ionic strength first reaches 84% with respect to the standard ionic strength,

?Z is determined as a distance between the fourth position and the fifth position, and
wherein the ?Z0 is determined as follows:

(A2) providing a standard laminated film A consisting of a film A1 that has a composition corresponding to the upper charge injection prohibiting portion and a film A2 that has a composition corresponding to the surface-side portion, stacked in this order;

(A3) obtaining a depth profile of the surface layer of a standard laminated film A by an SIMS analysis in the depth profile,
defining f(D), f(DMAX), DA, DB, DS and f(DS) of the standard laminated film A corresponding to those defined in (A1),

defining a sixth position at which the ionic strength first reaches 16% with respect to the standard ionic strength of the
standard laminated film A, and defining a seventh position at which the ionic strength first reaches 84% with respect to the
standard ionic strength of the standard laminated film A,

?Z0 is determined as a distance between the sixth position and the seventh position.

US Pat. No. 9,588,456

SCANNING OPTICAL DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A scanning optical device comprising:
a laser light source that emits a laser light beam;
a laser control section that controls a light amount of the laser light beam emitted from the laser light source;
a rotary polygon mirror having a plurality of surfaces that reflect the laser light beam and scan an image bearing member
surface;

a photodetector that converts the laser light beam reflected by the rotary polygon mirror into an electric signal;
a signal-width detecting section that detects a signal width using an output waveform of the photodetector as a detection
signal on the basis of a threshold set in advance; and

a control section that cause the laser light source emit laser light beams at light amounts in a plurality of stages controlled
by the laser control section, causes the signal-width detecting section to detect the signal width from output waveforms of
the photodetector of the respective laser light beams, acquires, from information concerning the light amounts and the detected
signal width, an increase ratio of the signal width increasing according to an increase in the light amounts, and determines,
as the light amount affected by stray light, the light amount at which the increase ratio of the signal width of at least
one reflection surface of the rotary polygon mirror is equal to or larger than an increase ratio set in advance,

wherein when the light amount used in image formation is equal to or larger than the light amount affected by the stray light,
the control section acquires a corrected signal width corresponding to the light amount used in the image formation from the
increase ratio of the signal width of the detection signal acquired in a region having a light amount smaller than the light
amount affected by the stray light.

US Pat. No. 9,588,466

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrying member that carries a toner image;
a transfer unit that includes a transfer roller configured to transfer the toner image from the image carrying member to a
recording material;

an engaging unit configured to separate the transfer roller from the image carrying member when the engaging unit engages
with the transfer unit, the engaging unit being movable, in an axial direction of the transfer roller, from one end of the
transfer roller toward the other end of the transfer roller or from the other end of the transfer roller to the one end of
the transfer roller; and

a stopper member configured to stop movement of the engaging unit,
wherein the stopper member moves while stopping the movement of the engaging unit to thereby enable the engaging unit to move
in the axial direction of the transfer roller and makes the engaging unit disengaged from the transfer roller.

US Pat. No. 9,588,724

APPARATUS FOR PRINTING ON A SHEET AND CONVEYING THE PRINTED SHEET TO A READING UNIT TO READ, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a reading unit having first and second conveyance paths for conveying sheets and a scanner capable of changing a read position
in order to read a sheet that passes through the first conveyance path and a sheet that passes through the second conveyance
path respectively, configured to obtain image data by reading an image of a sheet;

a printer engine configured to print an image on a sheet; and
at least one processor and at least one memory that act as:
a specification unit configured to specify a location of the sheet to which a predetermined image is to be attached;
a print processing unit configured to control to convey the sheet read by the reading unit to the printer engine and to cause
the predetermined image to be printed at the location of the sheet specified by the specification unit; and

an output unit configured to cause the sheet on which the predetermined image has been printed by the print processing unit
to be conveyed to a read position of the reading unit and read by the reading unit, and to transmit image data of the printed
sheets obtained by the reading unit to an external apparatus via the network and the printer engine prints the image data
originated from a reading process by the reading unit for a copy of the printed sheet,

wherein the output unit, by causing the sheet on which the predetermined image has been printed by the print processing unit
to be conveyed through the first conveyance path of the reading unit and to pass through the second conveyance path, so that
the scanner for which the read position is changed to read the sheet conveyed through the second conveyance path reads a front-surface
of the sheet on which the predetermined image has been printed.

US Pat. No. 9,584,686

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a printer configured to form an image on a sheet;
a display configured to display an information;
a human sensor configured to detect a human; and
a controller configured to turn on the display without performing a preparation operation for putting the printer into a printable
state on a basis of a detection result of the human sensor and then to control to perform the preparation operation on a basis
of receiving a user instruction via a screen displayed on the display.

US Pat. No. 9,581,880

SHUTTER DEVICE AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING SHUTTER DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A shutter device comprising:
a first shutter driving mechanism including a first motor, a first driven member configured to be driven by the first motor,
and a first light shielding member configured to be driven by the first driven member so as to open or close an aperture;

a second shutter driving mechanism including a second motor, a second driven member configured to be driven by the second
motor, and a second light shielding member configured to be driven by the second driven member so as to open or close an aperture;
and

a control unit configured to control the first motor and the second motor,
wherein in a case where the shutter device performs a first-frame shooting operation, the control unit controls the first
motor and the second motor such that the first shutter driving mechanism performs an exposure operation prior to an exposure
operation of the second shutter driving mechanism,

wherein in a case where the shutter device performs a second-frame shooting operation directly after the first-frame shooting
operation, the control unit controls the first motor and the second motor such that the second shutter driving mechanism performs
an exposure operation prior to an exposure operation of the first shutter driving mechanism,

wherein each of the first and second driven members is configured to provide a first driven zone and a second driven zone,
wherein in a case where the first and second driven members are driven in the first driven zone, the first and second light
shielding members maintain the closed state or the open state and do not continue to travel in a same direction, even if the
first driven member or the second driven member is moved, and

wherein in a case where the first and second driven members are driven in the second driven zone, the first and second light
shielding members travel from the closed state to the open state or from the open state to the closed state.

US Pat. No. 9,578,202

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit;
a communication unit;
a memory; and
a processor for executing a program stored in the memory, the program including following steps of:
capturing an object by the image capturing unit and generating image data;
communicating with an external apparatus via the communication unit by a connection procedure selected from a plurality of
connection procedures, the plurality of connection procedures including a first connection procedure in which an external
apparatus is connected in accordance with a predetermined operation on the communication apparatus and a second connection
procedure in which an external apparatus is connected in accordance with an operation whose operation amount is smaller than
the predetermined operation performed on the communication apparatus to do connection by the first connection procedure, wherein
the connection procedure is selected before connection between the communication apparatus and the external apparatus is established
by the communication unit;

operating in a first transmitting mode when the connection with the external apparatus is established by the first connection
procedure;

operating in a second transmitting mode when the connection with the external apparatus is established by the second connection
procedure;

wherein, in the first transmitting mode, a content that is selected based on an operation on the communication apparatus is
transmitted and, in a second transmitting mode, a content that is selected based on an operation on an external apparatus
is transmitted,

wherein the first transmitting mode is executed after establishing the connection between the communication apparatus and
the external apparatus and the second transmitting mode is executed after the connection between the communication apparatus
and the external apparatus is established by the communication unit, and

wherein the contents recorded in a recording medium include the image data generated by the image capturing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,578,230

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS SHADING CORRECTION AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor including a photoelectric conversion portion configured to receive light beams having passed through a first
portion of a pupil area of an imaging lens and output an image signal, wherein the pupil area of the imaging lens includes
the first portion and a second portion;

a comparison unit configured to compare a plurality of image signals which are obtained by capturing light beams having passed
through the first portion of the pupil area by the photoelectric conversion portion while shifting a focus position of the
imaging lens; and

a calculation unit configured to calculate a correction coefficient for shading on the image sensing plane based on the image
shift amount obtained by comparing signals corresponding to the same object among the plurality of image signals in the comparison
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,568,709

AUTOMATIC FOCUSING APPARATUS AS WELL AS LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM INCLUDING THE AUTOMATIC FOCUSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An automatic focusing apparatus comprising:
a first detector that detects first information based on a signal from a phase difference sensor;
a second detector that detects second information based on a signal from an image pickup element;
a focusing mechanism;
a focus controller that controls the focusing mechanism based on the first information and the second information;
a speed setting unit that sets, in a process obtaining an in-focus state using the focus controller, a driving speed for the
focus controller to drive the focusing mechanism by comparing a threshold value with the second information; and

a threshold value setting unit that sets the threshold value based on third information obtained by the phase difference sensor,
the third information being different from the first information.

US Pat. No. 9,571,547

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR GENERATING MEDIA FRAGMENT REQUESTS FOR REQUESTING FRAGMENTS OF AN ENCODED MEDIA STREAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of requesting fragments of an encoded media stream stored on a server device, the method being implemented by
a client device storing a structure representative of fragments of the media stream previously received and stored on the
client device, the structure comprising first and second types of addressing information associated with fragments already
received, and the method comprising:
receiving a user request for a first media fragment having a first portion overlapping with at least one of the already received
fragments; and

forming a media fragment request to obtain media data corresponding to a new fragment of the media stream, the media fragment
request specifying at least one piece of addressing information of the first type and at least one addressing information
of the second type, wherein the first type of addressing information is spatial or temporal information and wherein the second
type of addressing information is byte position information within the media stream;

wherein the new fragment corresponds to a second portion of the first media fragment that is contiguous with the first portion
and does not overlap with the already received fragments, the second portion being specified by the at least one piece of
addressing information of the first type and the at least one piece of addressing information of the second type.

US Pat. No. 9,570,276

PROJECTION-TYPE CHARGED PARTICLE OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGING MASS SPECTROMETRY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projection-type charged particle optical system, comprising:
a first electrode disposed so as to face a sample, the first electrode having an opening formed therein for allowing a charged
particle to pass therethrough;

a second electrode disposed on a side of the first electrode, the side being opposite to where the sample is disposed, the
second electrode having an opening formed therein for allowing the charged particle to pass therethrough; and

a flight-tube electrode disposed such that the charged particle that has been emitted from the sample and has passed through
the first and second electrodes enters the flight-tube electrode, the flight-tube electrode being configured to form a substantially
equipotential space thereinside,

wherein a principal plane is formed at at least two positions in a travel path of the charged particle.

US Pat. No. 9,569,838

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a CPU and memory, programmed to operate as:
a designation acceptance unit configured to accept designation of a first diseased part region from a first image of an object
to be examined by a medical doctor;

a determination unit configured to determine a first diseased part reference region, of the object to be examined by a medical
doctor, surrounding the diseased part region accepted by said designation acceptance unit;

a feature amount extraction unit configured to extract a feature amount in the diseased part reference region, of the object
to be examined by a medical doctor, determined by said determination unit;

a registration unit configured to register the feature amount in the diseased part reference region extracted by said feature
amount extraction unit into dictionary data;

a detection unit configured to detect from a second image a corresponding region corresponding to the diseased part reference
region using the dictionary data registered by said registration unit; and

a determining unit configured to determine whether a second diseased part region is included in the second image based on
whether the corresponding region detected by said detection unit is included in the second image.

US Pat. No. 9,569,846

OPHTHALMIC REFERENCE IMAGE SELECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for selecting a representative image of an eye from a sequence of captured images, the method comprising:
forming at least first and second chains of connected images from the sequence of captured images by associating neighbouring
images of the sequence with each other, wherein at least two chains are formed in response to failing to associate at least
one pair of neighbouring images, the images in each chain are connected using a relative spatial relationship between the
images in the chain;

establishing a spatial relationship between the first and second chains by joining the first and the second chains to form
a joined chain, the joining being performed by determining a quality value between a first and a second anchor images, the
anchor images being determined using initial quality values for images in the corresponding chain;

determining an accumulated quality value for at least one portion of each image in the joined chain using the initial quality
values for images overlapping said portion, wherein an overlapping between a portion of an image and other images being identified
based of the established spatial relationship between the chains and the relative spatial relationship between the images
in each chain; and

selecting a representative image from the joint chain using at least the initial quality value for the image and the determined
accumulated quality value for at least one portion of the image.

US Pat. No. 9,566,006

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquisition apparatus comprising:
an irradiating unit configured to irradiate an object with light;
a detecting unit configured to output a signal by receiving an elastic wave generated from the object irradiated with light;
a distribution acquiring unit configured to acquire a light intensity distribution within the object irradiated with light;
a setting unit configured to select a minimum block unit in which light intensity is lower than a predetermined threshold
value, using the light intensity distribution; and

a generating unit configured to acquire object information using the outputted signal,
wherein acquisition of object information is excluded for the selected minimum block unit.

US Pat. No. 9,570,632

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing an optical apparatus, comprising:
arranging a photo device above a substrate with an adhesive located between the photo device and the substrate;
forming a bonding member that bonds the substrate and the photo device by curing the adhesive after the arranging of the photo
device;

arranging, above the photo device, a transparent plate and a sealant, the sealant covering the photo device and being located
between the transparent plate and the substrate in contact with the transparent plate and the substrate; and

forming a sealing member by curing the sealant after the arranging of the transparent plate and the sealant,
wherein an elastic modulus of the bonding member is 1 GPa or less, and
wherein the forming of the sealing member includes a first ultraviolet irradiation to the sealant and a second ultraviolet
irradiation to the sealant after the first ultraviolet irradiation, and the second ultraviolet irradiation is stronger than
the first ultraviolet irradiation.

US Pat. No. 9,568,854

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO EXECUTE REMOVAL CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member disposed rotatably and configured to bear a latent image;
a first developer bearing member disposed rotatably and bearing developer on its surface to develop the latent image formed
on the image bearing member;

a second developer bearing member disposed rotatably in a same direction as the first developer bearing member and disposed
at a downstream side of the first developer bearing member in a rotary direction of the image bearing member to develop the
latent image developed by the first developer bearing member;

a power supply configured to apply a developing bias to the first developer bearing member and the second developer bearing
member; and

a controller configured to execute a control mode including both a first mode and a second mode to drive the first developer
bearing member and the second developer bearing member during a non-image forming period,

wherein the controller is configured to control a drive of the first developer bearing member and the second developer bearing
member so that the first developer bearing member and the second developer bearing member are driven in the first mode and
configured to control the developing bias and a potential of the image bearing member in the first mode so that a sign of
a value of a DC component of the developing bias in the first mode minus a potential of the image bearing member in the first
mode and a sign of a value of the DC component of the developing bias in an image forming period minus the potential of the
image bearing member at a non-image forming area in the image forming period are the same, and so that a first potential difference
between the DC component of the developing bias in the first mode and the potential of the image bearing member in the first
mode is larger than a second potential difference between the DC component of the developing bias in the image forming period
and the potential of the image bearing member at a non-image forming area in the image forming period,

wherein the controller is configured to control a drive of the first developer bearing member and the second developer bearing
member in the second mode so that the first developer bearing member rotates at a circumferential velocity faster than a circumferential
velocity of the second developer bearing member, and the controller is configured to control a potential difference between
the DC component of the developing bias in the second mode and a potential of the image bearing member in the second mode
so as to be zero.

US Pat. No. 9,569,153

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH WIRELESS COMMUNICATION FUNCTION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a processor connected to a memory, the processor and memory configured to:
cause a user to log on the image forming apparatus by performing a user authentication process;
carry out a wireless communication;
display wireless connection information for carrying out the wireless communication between an external device and the image
forming apparatus; and

generate new wireless connection information in response to the user logging off the image forming apparatus,
wherein new wireless connection information is not generated during a period from when the user has logged on the image forming
apparatus to when the user logs off the image forming apparatus, and

wherein the new wireless connection information is generated independent of the completion of a wireless print job.

US Pat. No. 9,571,729

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an image pickup unit configured to capture an image of an object;
a reception unit configured to receive superimposition information from an external apparatus through a network;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the received superimposition information is larger than a first amount
determined based on the image captured by the image pickup unit;

an output unit configured to output part of the received superimposition information when the superimposition information
is larger than the first amount and output the received superimposition information when the superimposition information is
not larger than the first amount;

a superimposition unit configured to superimpose the superimposition information output from the output unit on the captured
image; and

a delivery unit configured to deliver the captured image on which the superimposition information is superimposed to the external
apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,569,682

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD TO PERFORM NOISE REDUCTION ON AN IMAGE AND DETERMINE AN OUTPUT PIXEL VALUE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

perform a noise reduction process on image data including noise to obtain noise reduced image data;
calculating a weighted mean value of each pixel value of a plurality of reference pixels for each target pixel in the noise
reduced image data and

determine an output value of each target pixel by calculating a true value of the target pixel on the basis of a predetermined
correlation to be established among the weighted mean value for each target pixel in the noise reduced image data, a pixel
value of the target pixel in the image data, and a noise reduction parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,571,742

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
an image capture unit including an image sensor that periodically captures a set of images having different exposure amounts;
a video signal processor that generates a frame image of an HDR moving image by compositing the set of images having different
exposure amounts captured by the image capture unit;

an evaluation value detector that detects evaluation values from at least two out of the set of images having different exposure
amounts captured by the image capture unit and that selects a greater one of a plurality of evaluation values detected by
the evaluation value detector; and

a system controller that controls an operation of the image capture apparatus for capturing a next set of images, based on
the evaluation value selected by the evaluation value detector.

US Pat. No. 9,571,747

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND CAMERA SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An illumination apparatus attachable to an imaging apparatus, the illumination apparatus comprising:
a light emitting unit;
a movable unit, including the light emitting unit, configured to be rotatable relative to a main body unit;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain first distance information about a distance to a target in a shooting direction of
the imaging apparatus to which the illumination apparatus is attached, and second distance information about a distance to
a target in a direction different from the shooting direction;

a determination unit configured to determine, based on the first distance information and the second distance information,
a lighting direction of the light emitting unit; and

a control unit configured to control a position of the movable unit to match a lighting direction of the light emitting unit
with the lighting direction determined by the determination unit,

wherein the obtaining unit obtains, in a case where a self-timer mode is set in the imaging apparatus to which the illumination
apparatus is attached, the first distance information after a lapse of a predetermined time following obtainment of the second
distance information.

US Pat. No. 9,571,494

AUTHORIZATION SERVER AND CLIENT APPARATUS, SERVER COOPERATIVE SYSTEM, AND TOKEN MANAGEMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An authorization server, which authorizes an access request from a client apparatus to a resource server based on a valid
access token received from the client apparatus in association with the request, the server comprising:
a processor;
and a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the server to execute:
an issuance step of issuing an access token used to access the resource server and a refresh token used to re-issue a new
access token in accordance with an issuance request received from the client apparatus, wherein the refresh token is a first
refresh token that has been issued first based on an authorization request from the client apparatus;

a re-issuance step of re-issuing a new access token and a new refresh token in accordance with a refresh processing request
received together with the refresh token, and storing the refresh token issued by the issuance step so as to re-issue a new
refresh token and access token as initial update authorization information in association with the re-issued access token
and refresh token;

and an invalidation step of invalidating, in accordance with an invalidation request received together with the refresh token,
a refresh token with which the received refresh token is associated as initial update authorization information,

wherein the refresh token received in the invalidation step together with the invalidation request is the first refresh token
issued in the re-issuance step before re-issuance of a refresh token in accordance with an authorization request from the
client apparatus,

and wherein, where the first refresh token is received in the re-issuance step together with the invalidation request after
re-issuance of a new refresh token, both the new refresh token and the first refresh token are invalidated.

US Pat. No. 9,571,750

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:
an XY addressing type of image sensor having a plurality of pixels;
a focal plane shutter having a mechanical second curtain shutter configured to perform shielding such that light receiving
in the pixels of the image sensor is suspended in sequence;

an electronic first curtain shutter configured to reset the pixels in each line in sequence before the mechanical second curtain
shutter travels, and to cause accumulation of charges in the pixels to start;

at least one processor; and
a memory storing instructions which cause the at least one processor to perform operations of a detection unit, a period detection
unit, a prediction unit and a control unit, wherein:

the detection unit is configured to detect brightness of light from an object;
the period detection unit is configured to detect periodic variation in a light amount by sampling light from the object for
a certain period of time using the detection unit;

the prediction unit is configured to, based on the period of the variation in the light amount of light from the object detected
by the period detection unit, predict variation in the light amount in a predetermined exposure time; and

the control unit is configured to control a reset time of the electronic first curtain shutter such that charge accumulation
amounts of the pixels of each line fall within a predetermined range according to the variation in the light amount predicted
by the prediction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,569,703

DATA TRANSFER APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data transfer apparatus for transferring data to an image processor configured to perform a predetermined image process,
using a buffer assigned to a storage device, the apparatus comprising:
an input circuitry configured to perform a reading process to read data of an area, which is divided from image data, from
the buffer storing the image data to be processed by the predetermined image process, and to perform a transmitting process
to transmit the read data of the area to the image processor; and

an output circuitry configured to perform a reception process to receive data generated in the predetermined image process
from the image processor, to set a parameter for a writing process based on an area size obtained by using position information
of a pixel, and to perform the writing process to write data generated from the received data to the buffer, the received
data of the area including the position information,

wherein the output circuitry comprises a first transfer circuitry configured to perform data transfer using direct memory
access (DMA) between the output circuitry and the buffer, and

wherein the output circuitry, in place of a CPU, is configured to set the parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,571,756

APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus for communicating with an external apparatus through a network, the apparatus comprising:
an image capture unit configured to capture an image of a subject;
a superimposing unit configured to superimpose a superimposed image upon the captured image, the superimposed image including
a character and a background;

a storage unit configured to store capability information in a memory, the capability information being associated with color
information, which indicates a color relating to the superimposed image;

a transmission unit configured to transmit the capability information in accordance to requirement for the capability information
from the external apparatus;

a reception unit configured to receive color information which is related to the capability information transmitted by the
transmit unit;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the color information received by the reception unit includes a color
of a background color; and

a setting unit configured to set an outline color of the superimposed character based on the received color information, in
case that the determination unit determines the color information includes the color of a background color.

US Pat. No. 9,571,769

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup device comprises an image pickup area, on a semiconductor substrate, which includes plural columns
of pixels, and plural column amplifier circuits each provided at each column of pixels or at every plural columns of pixels,
wherein:
each of the column amplifier circuits includes at least two amplifier circuit stages;
a preceding amplifier circuit is a variable-gain amplifier circuit and the switchable gains include plural one or more gains;
a subsequent amplifier circuit is capable of amplifying, at one or more gains, the signal amplified at one or more gains in
the preceding amplifier circuit;

a first switch is disposed on an electric path between an output node of the preceding amplifier circuit and an input node
of the subsequent amplifier circuit;

capacitance for phase compensation is disposed at the output node of the preceding amplifier circuit via a second switch;
and

a path on which reference potential is supplied to the input node via a third switch is disposed between the first switch
and the input node.

US Pat. No. 9,563,606

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a displaying unit configured to display a page image including a plurality of objects on a screen;
a determining unit configured to determine an amount of movement of the end of an object to be displayed, of the plurality
of objects, from the end of the screen by detecting an operation on the screen; and

a setting unit configured to set the end position of the object based on the determined amount of movement when the object
to be displayed is larger than the screen,

wherein (a) when the determined amount of movement of the end of the object from the end of the screen to the inside of the
screen is more than a predetermined amount, the setting unit sets the display position of the object such that the opposite
end of the object from the end of the object which has moved to the inside of the screen in a movement direction is displayed
at a position of the end of the screen opposite the end of the screen in the movement direction, and (b) when the determined
amount of movement is less than a predetermined amount, the setting unit sets the display position of the object such that
the end of the object which has moved to the inside of the screen is displayed at the position of the end of the screen.

US Pat. No. 9,563,941

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image generated by image pickup through an optical system; and
a processor configured to provide unsharp mask processing to the image by using a filter generated based on information of
a point spread function of the optical system corresponding to an image-pickup condition of the optical system,

wherein the filter used for the unsharp mask processing to the image includes a filter where two-dimensional tap data is rotationally
asymmetrically distributed.

US Pat. No. 9,565,323

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to execute a plurality of applications, the image processing apparatus comprising:
an operation unit;
a display unit;
a scanner configured to read an image on an original as image data;
a printer configured to perform printing based on the image data; and
a sending unit configured to send the image data outside the image processing apparatus,
wherein the plurality of applications include a copy application configured to cause the printer to perform printing based
on the image data, a send application configured to cause the sending unit to send the image data, and a portal application
including a function of accessing and reproducing setting information related to processing executed by the copy application
and setting information related to processing executed by the send application,

wherein each of the copy application and the send application is configured to:
cause the display unit to display a setting screen via which respective setting information is settable by a user, the respective
setting information related to processing executed by the application concerned,

send, to the portal application, a respective registration request including a respective application ID for identifying the
application concerned based on reception of a user's instruction for registering the respective setting information set via
the setting screen by the operation unit, and

store the registration-instructed respective setting information in association with a respective access ID for accessing
the registration-instructed respective setting information,

wherein the portal application is configured to:
store, for each of the copy application and the send application, the respective application ID, included in the respective
registration request sent from the respective application, and the respective access ID in association with a respective item
of button information,

cause the display unit to display the stored respective items of button information in a user selectable form, and
send the respective access ID stored in association with the respective item of button information selected by a user from
among the respective items of button information displayed by the display unit, to one of the copy application or the send
application identified by the respective application ID stored in association with the selected item of button information,
and

wherein the one of the copy application or the send application is configured to cause the display unit to display the setting
screen on which is reflected the respective setting information stored in association with the respective access ID sent from
the portal application.

US Pat. No. 9,563,039

LENS APPARATUS AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus comprising:
a first operating member rotatable around an optical axis of an optical element so as to move the optical element in an optical-axis
direction;

a first elastic member configured to press the first operating member;
a second elastic member configured to press the first operating member;
a second operating member rotatable around the optical axis and movable in the optical-axis direction; and
a first interposition provided between the first operating member and the second operating member,
wherein when the second operating member is moved in the optical-axis direction, the first interposition is moved in the optical-axis
direction without rotating around the optical axis and presses the first elastic member and the second elastic member.

US Pat. No. 9,564,837

VIBRATION WAVE ACTUATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration wave actuator comprising:
a vibrator including at least an electro-mechanical energy conversion element and an elastic body to which the electro-mechanical
energy conversion element is joined, the elastic body including a contact portion;

a driven element that is in pressure contact with the contact portion of the vibrator, the driven element including a magnetic
substance; and

a magnet,
wherein the magnet, the vibrator and the driven element are arranged consecutively in the order as listed, and
wherein the elastic body comprises a paramagnetic substance metal material.

US Pat. No. 9,555,653

INSPECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inspection apparatus for inspecting a liquid discharge head including an energy generation element configured to generate
energy for discharging liquid, a wiring layer for supplying an electrical signal to the energy generation element, the wiring
layer including a first wiring connected to one end of the energy generation element and a second wiring connected to the
other end of the energy generation element, a first conductive protection film extending from the first wiring to the second
wiring, and a second protection film having an electrical insulating property and provided between the wiring layer and the
first protection film, comprising:
a detection circuit configured to detect a potential of the first protection film when the electrical signal is supplied to
the energy generation element; and

a determination circuit configured to determine a driving state of the energy generation element from information about the
potential detected by the detection circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,560,289

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR RECORDING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit configured to capture a moving image;
an image processing unit configured to apply an effect to the moving image captured by the image capturing unit; and
a control unit configured to perform control to record the moving image captured by the image capturing unit into a recording
medium,

wherein the image processing unit applies an effect to a moving image corresponding to a partial period of a normal moving
image to be recorded into the recording medium with no effect being applied, and

wherein the control unit connects the normal moving image and an effect moving image created by applying the effect to the
moving image corresponding to the partial period of the normal moving image, to record the normal moving image and the effect
moving image into the recording medium as a continuous moving image.

US Pat. No. 9,558,549

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least a CPU and memory, cooperating to function as:
a shape obtaining unit configured to obtain information indicating a surface shape of a target object;
a determination unit configured to obtain information on a contact region of an imaging surface of an ultrasonic probe, which
is in contact with the target object, and a noncontact region of the imaging surface of the ultrasonic probe which captures
an ultrasonic image of the target object;

a position and orientation obtaining unit configured to obtain information indicating a position and orientation of the ultrasonic
probe at the time of capturing; and

an alignment unit configured to estimate deformation of the target object based on the information indicating the surface
shape, the information on the contact region and the noncontact region, and the information indicating the position and orientation,
and align the surface shape with an ultrasonic image obtained by using the ultrasonic probe, wherein

the determination unit is configured to obtain the information on the contact region and the noncontact region by determining
whether each position in a plurality of positions on the imaging surface of the ultrasonic probe is in a contact state or
in a noncontact state at the time of capturing,

the alignment unit is configured to switch an alignment method based on the information on the contact region and the noncontact
region which indicates the contact state or the noncontact state for each position of the plurality of positions.

US Pat. No. 9,556,290

METHOD FOR PRODUCING COMPOUND HAVING COLORANT STRUCTURE AT MAIN CHAIN TERMINAL OF POLYMER, AND PIGMENT DISPERSANT, PIGMENT COMPOSITION, PIGMENT DISPERSION AND TONER CONTAINING COMPOUND OBTAINED BY THE PRODUCTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for producing a compound, comprising the following (i) to (ii):
(i): subjecting a polymerizable monomer represented by formula (A) to radical polymerization in the presence of a radical
polymerization initiator and an iodine molecule to provide a polymer; and

(ii): binding a colorant to a terminal of a main chain of the polymer:

wherein
R1 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group, and

R2 represents a phenyl group, a phenyl group having a substituent, a carboxy group, an alkoxycarbonyl group or a carboxamide
group.

US Pat. No. 9,556,300

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING RESIN PARTICLES AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING TONER PARTICLES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing resin particles, each of which contains a resin having an ionic functional group and pKa of
6.0 or more and 9.0 or less,
the method comprising the step of:
producing the resin particles by using a liquid which is prepared with the resin, an organic solvent, which can dissolve the
resin and which has a solubility parameter of 12.0 or less, water, and a neutralizer in an amount necessary for neutralizing
50 percent by mole or more and 90 percent by mole or less of the ionic functional group,

wherein the neutralizer contains at least one type selected from the group consisting of an acid having a pKa of 3.0 or less
and a base having a pKb of 3.0 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,558,423

OBSERVER PREFERENCE MODEL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A computer implemented method for determining at least one parameter of an image process to be applied to a target image
to form a transformed image, the method comprising the steps of:
receiving the target image to be processed using the image process, the target image being associated with a salience map
determined for the target image;

receiving a content masking map associated with the target image, the content masking map comprising at least one metric corresponding
to a degree of visual perceptibility of changes to the target image arising from the image transform being applied to the
target image;

combining the salience map and the content masking map to determine a distribution of a set of preference measures with respect
to the image transform, at least one of the preference measures being associated with an intermediate preference with respect
to two other preferences; and

determining the at least one parameter of the image process in accordance with the determined distribution of the preference
measures.

US Pat. No. 9,560,220

NETWORK SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A network system comprising:
an image forming apparatus; and
a management system configured to manage firmware in the image forming apparatus,
wherein the management system includes:
a first management unit configured to manage a first management table to determine whether a message related to firmware to
be applied is able to be output according to an installed environment and an operation mode of the image forming apparatus,

a first reception unit configured to receive a request for information on applicable firmware from the image forming apparatus,
an identification unit configured to identify information on firmware applicable to the image forming apparatus from information
on firmware that has been applied to the image forming apparatus included in the request,

a first determination unit configured to determine, based on an output ability of the image forming apparatus in the request
and a result of referring to the first management table, whether the message related to the firmware to be applied is able
to be output by the image forming apparatus, and

a response unit configured to transmit a response to the request, the response including the identified information on firmware
and information indicating whether the message is able to be output as a result of the determination by the first determination
unit, and

wherein the image forming apparatus includes:
a second management unit configured to manage a second management table to determine a message to be output according to a
type of firmware,

a request unit configured to make the request,
a second reception unit configured to receive the response,
a second determination unit configured to determine a message to be output based on a result of referring to the second management
table in a case where the response includes the information indicating that the message is able to be output, when firmware
is applied, and

a control unit configured to control displaying of the message determined by the second determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,553,474

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, POWER SUPPLY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:
a wireless power supply unit configured to wirelessly supply power to an external device, wherein in a case where each of
a plurality of external devices is a power supply target, the wireless power supply unit switches a power supply destination
and supplies power in sequence;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from the external device, mode information indicating whether the external device
is in a first charging mode or a second charging mode different from the first charging mode

a storing unit configured to store time information indicating a supply time corresponding to the first charging mode and
a supply time corresponding to the second charging mode, wherein the supply time corresponding to the second charging mode
is longer than the supply time corresponding to the first charging mode; and

a specifying unit configured to specify a supply time for power supply to the external device based on the mode information
acquired by the acquisition unit and the time information stored by the storing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,550,693

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing an optical element, comprising:
in a heating process, heating a phosphate-based glass containing Bi2O3 in a proportion of 10 mass % or higher and 30 mass % or lower to a first temperature, the first temperature ranging from a
temperature at which the glass viscosity is log ?=9 [dPa·sec] to a temperature at which the glass viscosity is 10 [dPa·sec],

in a pressing process, pressing the heated glass with an upper mold and a lower mold at the glass viscosity of log ?=9 [dPa·sec]
to 10 [dPa·sec] at a first pressure, the first pressure being in the range of 10 MPa or higher and 100 MPa or lower,

in a pressure holding process, holding the glass pressed in the pressing process with the upper mold and the lower mold at
a second pressure, the pressure holding process comprising a first period where the second pressure is held at the first temperature
and a second period where the second pressure is held while and cooling the glass to a second temperature, the second temperature
ranging from a temperature that the heated glass is pressed at the viscosity of log ?=9 [dPa·sec] in the pressing process
to a temperature at which the glass viscosity is log ?=12 [dPa·sec],

in a cooling process, after the pressure holding process, cooling the pressed glass, and in an extracting process, extracting
the cooled glass from the upper mold and the lower mold,

wherein from a time of bringing the glass into contact with a pressing surface of the mold to a time of the glass reaching
the second temperature, one of the first pressure and the second pressure is applied to the glass, and

wherein the second pressure is equal to or higher than a critical pressure of oxygen and equal to or lower than 10 MPa.

US Pat. No. 9,552,537

COLOR CONVERSION METHOD AND PROFILE GENERATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A color process method comprising:
setting a gray chromaticity point for converting a black and white signal into a monochrome signal having a chromatic tincture,
the gray chromaticity point being set by designating a color using a two-dimensional color map in which color thereof changes
in both of the two dimensions; and

converting the black and white signal into the monochrome signal having the chromatic tincture wherein a gray chromaticity
point of the monochrome signal having the chromatic tincture matches the set gray chromaticity point,

wherein, in setting the gray chromaticity point, the designated color is identical to a color corresponding to the set gray
chromaticity point, and the set gray chromaticity point controls a color on a gray line in a color plane between a black point
of the monochrome signal and the set gray chromaticity point.

US Pat. No. 9,550,643

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:
a pair of rotary portions that nip and convey a sheet in a sheet conveying direction;
a reference surface which is provided along the sheet conveying direction;
a first conveying portion which, obliquely with respect to the sheet conveying direction, conveys the sheet conveyed by the
pair of rotary portions so as to contact the side edge of the sheet to the reference surface;

a second conveying portion which is disposed downstream of the first conveying portion in the sheet conveying direction and
which, obliquely with respect to the sheet conveying direction, conveys the sheet so as to contact the side edge of the sheet
to the reference surface;

a switching portion which switches the pair of rotary portions between a state of nipping the sheet and a state of nip releasing
the sheet;

a detecting portion which detects the sheet conveyed by the pair of rotary portions; and
a controller which controls to stop the rotation of the pair of rotary portions based on the detection of the detecting portion
before the leading edge of the sheet reaches the second conveying portion, and controls the switching portion so that the
nip of the sheet by the pair of rotary portions is released after the pair of rotary portions starts rotating and the leading
edge of the sheet in the conveying direction reaches the second conveying portion.