US Pat. No. 9,632,474

CLEANING BLADE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A cleaning blade comprising:
an elastic member; and
a supporting member supporting the elastic member,
wherein, the elastic member has a hardened region at at least a part of a portion exposed to a surface thereof, and
the hardened region comprises a material containing a polyether structure and a nurated isocyanate structure.

US Pat. No. 9,624,056

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus, comprising:
an apparatus body;
a sheet feed cassette provided attachably/drawably to/out of the apparatus body;
a stacking member, provided in the sheet feed cassette, on which a sheet is stacked;
a feed member configured to feed the sheet stacked on the stacking member in a condition in which the sheet feed cassette
is attached at an attachment position of the apparatus body;

a conveying member configured to convey the sheet fed by the feed member obliquely with respect to a feed direction in which
the feed member feeds the sheet; and

a conveyance guide member provided in the apparatus body and having a reference plane against which a side edge, in a width
direction orthogonal to the feed direction, of the sheet obliquely conveyed by the conveying member abuts, the reference plane
being provided upstream, in the feed direction, of a downstream end of the sheet stacked on the stacking member in a state
in which the sheet feed cassette is attached to the attachment position of the apparatus body and is provided, in terms of
a vertical direction, under an uppermost sheet stacked on the stacking member in the state in which the sheet feed cassette
is attached to the attachment position of the apparatus body,

wherein the sheet feed cassette is provided so as to be attachable/drawable in the width direction orthogonal to the feeding
direction, and

wherein a notch is provided on the reference plane and a vertical wall restricting a widthwise end portion of the sheet is
provided at a position coincident with the notch.

US Pat. No. 9,626,131

PRINT DATA PROCESSING METHOD, PRINT DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PROCESSING PRINT DATA ACCORDING TO PRINT SETTING INFORMATION IN THE PRINT DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print data processing method comprising:
receiving print data in a stream format by a first filter including an interface in a stream format as an input/output interface;
analyzing parts constituting the print data, which is output from the first filter, by a second filter including an interface
in a document format as an input/output interface; and

notifying of print setting information obtained by the analysis performed by the second filter,
wherein the first filter determines whether the notified print setting information is obtained,
wherein the first filter performs processing identified by the notified print setting information if it is determined that
the notified print setting information is obtained, and

wherein the second filter does not request remaining parts of the parts constituting the print data in a case where the print
setting information is obtained.

US Pat. No. 9,613,425

THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEASUREMENT METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A three-dimensional measurement apparatus comprising at least one processor coupled to at least one memory, the at least
one processor executing instructions to:
acquire an image including an object to which a pattern is projected, wherein the pattern includes a plurality of lines and
in which a plurality of features on at least one line among the plurality of lines are arranged so that a maximum value of
an interval between adjacent features on a same line is lower than two times of a minimum value of the interval between the
adjacent features on the same line and the maximum value is greater than the minimum value;

detect lines and features of the projected pattern in the acquired image;
identify to which line of the plurality of lines of the pattern each of the detected features belongs based on positions of
the detected features; and

measure a three-dimensional shape of the object to which the pattern is projected based on an identification result.

US Pat. No. 9,613,429

IMAGE READING OUT CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE READING OUT CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading out apparatus for reading out a frame of an image and a plurality of partial images in a frame of an image
within an image sensing unit, and for outputting first image data corresponding to the frame of the image and second image
data corresponding to the plurality of partial images to an image output unit, the apparatus comprising:
(A) a memory; and
(B) at least one processor operatively coupled to the memory, serving as:
(a) a reading unit configured to read out, in a first mode, the frame of the image within the image sensing unit and to read
out, in a second mode, the plurality of partial images within the image sensing unit;

(b) a detection unit configured to detect a plurality of objects in a frame of a first image read out from the image sensing
unit by the first mode for reading out the first image, not limited to a plurality of areas corresponding to the plurality
of objects, and to detect moving speeds of each of the plurality of objects in the frame of the first image; and

(c) a control unit configured (i) to determine a plurality of areas included in a frame of a second image in accordance with
the plurality of objects detected in the frame of the first image read out in the first mode, and (ii) to set, in accordance
with the detected moving speeds of each of the plurality of objects detected by the detection unit, different frequencies
for selectively reading out, in the second mode, each of the plurality of partial images of the plurality of areas in the
frame of the second image within the image sensing unit.

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. 9,612,780

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. 9,615,393

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,612,112

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. 9,609,328

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:
an image capture unit that obtains first RAW image data;
a compression unit that compresses the first RAW image data;
a decompression unit that decompresses the compressed first RAW image data into second RAW image data;
a development unit that generates first developed image data from the first RAW image data obtained by the image capture unit,
and generates second developed image data from the second RAW image data, the second RAW image data being RAW image data,
generated by compressing the first RAW image data obtained by the image capture unit by the compression unit and subsequently
decompressing the compressed first RAW image data by the decompression unit, the development unit using identical image development
parameters for both the first RAW image data obtained by the image capture unit and the second RAW image data compressed by
the compression unit and then decompressed by the decompression unit; and

an image quality evaluation unit for evaluating an image quality based on the first developed image data and the second developed
image data such that if image quality exceeds a predetermined upper threshold, a compression rate is increased, and if the
image quality is lower than a predetermined lower threshold, the compression rate is decreased,

wherein the image quality is evaluated based on a calculated ratio value,
wherein the development unit reduces the first RAW image data to generate the first developed image data, and reduces the
second RAW image data to generate the second developed image data.

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. 9,604,476

PAPER CUTTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A paper cutting apparatus, comprising:
a cutting unit configured to cut paper;
a moving unit configured to move the cutting unit from a moving start position to a stop position in a cutting direction intersecting
the conveyance direction of the paper;

a motor configured to drive the moving unit;
a detection unit configured to detect a current value of the motor;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a paper cutting time required for the cutting unit to pass through the paper in the
cutting direction from the moving start position to a distal end of the paper, and a moving time required for the cutting
unit to move from the start position to the stop position; and

a control unit configured to stop, before the moving time has elapsed, the drive of the motor on the basis of the current
value,

wherein the control unit does not execute determination for determining whether to stop the drive of the motor based on the
current value, before the paper cutting time has elapsed following the start of movement of the cutting unit from the moving
start position to the stop position, and

wherein the control unit begins the determination after the paper cutting time has elapsed following the start of movement
of the cutting unit from the moving start position to the stop position.

US Pat. No. 9,606,056

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,607,398

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. 9,606,371

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image shake correcting apparatus comprising:
a first optical correcting unit and a second optical correcting unit configured to correct optically an image shake by using
a shake signal output from a shake detecting unit;

a first position detecting sensor configured to output a first position detection signal related to a position of the first
optical correcting unit; and

a controller configured to calculate a first target position signal for controlling the first optical correcting unit based
on the shake signal,

wherein the first optical correcting unit has a correcting lens and corrects the image shake by relatively moving the correcting
lens with respect to an optical axis of an imaging optical system,

wherein the second optical correcting unit has a second correcting lens which is different from the correcting lens and corrects
the image shake by relatively moving the second correcting lens with respect to the optical axis, and

wherein the controller calculates a second target position signal for controlling the second optical correcting unit by using
the signal obtained by subtracting the first position detection signal related to the position of the first optical correcting
unit controlled by the first target position signal, from the first target position signal.

US Pat. No. 9,609,232

IMAGING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF NOTIFICATION OF INFORMATION ABOUT A PRESENCE OF A FLICKER AND EXECUTION OF PROCESSING FOR REDUCING AN INFLUENCE OF THE FLICKER, A CONTROL METHOD FOR AN IMAGING APPARATUS, AND A NON-TRANSITORY RECORDING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a sensor configured to output a signal according to an incident light amount; and
at least one processor that operates to:
calculate an evaluation value in regard to a flicker based on the output signal from the sensor;
notify a user of information about a presence of the flicker based on the evaluation value; and
control processing for reducing an influence of the flicker based on the evaluation value,
wherein, when the evaluation value is equal to or larger than a first threshold value, the at least one processor notifies
the user of the information about the presence of the flicker,

wherein, when the evaluation value is equal to or larger than a second threshold value which is larger than the first threshold
value, the at least one processor performs control to carry out processing for reducing the influence of the flicker,

wherein, when the evaluation value is equal to or larger than the first threshold value and is smaller than the second threshold
value, the at least one processor performs control not to perform the processing for reducing the influence of the flicker,
and

wherein the first threshold value is different value from the second threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,609,245

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,609,303

IMAGE GENERATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image generation apparatus that generates a range image indicating a subject distance by comparing, a first image with
a second image, the first and second images having a parallax, the image generation apparatus comprising:
a holding unit configured to acquire and hold pixel values of pixel groups that serve as targets for comparison from the respective
first and second images;

a reading unit configured to sequentially read out, from the pixel values of the respective pixel groups that are held in
the holding unit, pixel values while shifting a reading area in one direction;

a calculation unit configured to calculate an evaluation value based on the pixel values read out by the reading unit;
an estimation unit configured to estimate the subject distance based on the evaluation value; and
a generation unit configured to generate a range image based on the subject distance estimated by the estimation unit,
wherein the reading unit reuses, by alternately changing a direction in which pixel values are read out every time the pixel
values of the pixel groups held in the holding unit are renewed, a read-out result that is obtained immediately before the
direction in which pixel values are read out is inverted.

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. 9,600,884

OBJECT SHAPE ALIGNING APPARATUS, OBJECT PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHODS THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a unit configured to acquire an object shape regression model having an average object shape, a plurality of regression functions
and a plurality of feature selection maps, from a plurality of training samples;

a unit configured to set an initial object shape for an object image based on the average object shape;
a unit configured to calculate at least one feature vector with respect to a plurality of feature points of the initial object
shape;

a unit configured, for each coordinate of the plurality of feature points, to select feature fragments from the calculated
feature vector based on a corresponding one of the plurality of feature selection maps and assemble the feature fragments
into a sub feature vector; and

a unit configured, for at least one coordinate of at least one feature point, to predict a coordinate increment based on the
corresponding sub feature vector and a corresponding one of the plurality of regression functions.

US Pat. No. 9,602,687

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION WITH AN EXTERNAL APPARATUS USING GENERATED SESSION AND CHANGED SESSION, AND PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of communicating with an external apparatus, the communication apparatus comprising:
at least one processor;
a communication interface;
the at least one processor configured to function as at least one of a display control, a designation unit, a session control
unit, and a transmission control unit,

a display control unit configured to display candidates of data to be transmitted to the external apparatus, on a display
section;

a designation unit configured to designate transmission target data to be transmitted to the external apparatus out of the
candidates displayed on the display section;

a session control unit configured to control a session for communicating with the external apparatus; and
a transmission control unit configured to transmit, via the communication interface, the transmission target data designated
by the designation unit to the external apparatus with the use of the session generated by the session control unit,

wherein, even after data transmission by the transmission unit is started and before the session generated by the session
control unit is ended, the designation unit can further designate the transmission target data out of the candidates,

wherein, when the transmission target data is further designated by the designation unit, the session control unit performs
control to change information about an already generated session, and

wherein the transmission control unit transmits, via the communication interface, the further designated transmission target
data to the external apparatus, with the use of the session changed by the session control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,602,706

ROTATABLE OPERATING MEMBER AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A rotatable operating member comprising:
a member configured to have a circumferential surface; and
a sheet configured to be fixed to the circumferential surface,
wherein a reflectivity of a surface of said sheet is different from a reflectivity of the circumferential surface of said
member,

wherein said sheet has a plurality of holes formed side by side in a circumferential direction in the circumferential surface,
wherein in said sheet, a part of the circumferential surface is exposed from the holes, and said sheet is fixed to the circumferential
surface such that both ends of said sheet are opposed to each other in the circumferential direction, and

wherein a gap with a width in the circumferential direction substantially equal to a width of the hole in the circumferential
direction is provided between both ends of said sheet.

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. 9,599,914

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER HAVING BOW-SHAPED RESIN PARTICLES DEFINING CONCAVITY AND PROTRUSION AT SURFACE THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member comprising:
an electro-conductive substrate; and
an electro-conductive resin layer as a surface layer on the substrate, the electro-conductive resin layer comprising a binder
and retaining a bowl-shaped resin particle having an opening that is exposed at a surface of the electrophotographic member;

the surface of the electrophotographic member comprising a concavity derived from the opening of the bowl-shaped resin particle
exposed at the surface, and a protrusion derived from an edge of the opening of the bowl-shaped resin particle exposed at
the surface; and

a part of the surface of the electrophotographic member is constituted by the electro-conductive resin layer, wherein
a brightness observed at a bottom of the concavity K2< a brightness observed at the protrusion K1,

a brightness observed at an exposed surface of the electro-conductive resin layer K3 < a brightness observed at the protrusion K1, and

0.8?K2/K3?1.2

when the surface of the electrophotographic member is observed with a scanning electron microscope at an accelerating voltage
of 1 kV and a magnification of ×2000 while applying a DC voltage of 50 to 100 V between an electrode disposed opposite to
the electrophotographic member and the electro-conductive substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,599,915

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,597,870

INKJET PRINT HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,599,923

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. 9,602,491

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. A method of controlling an information processing apparatus (1) capable of being used via a plurality of user interfaces,
and (2) having a storage device that stores settings related to a user login, the settings including (a) information indicating
a user authority to use the information processing apparatus via a first type of user interface of the plurality of user interfaces
and (b) information indicating a user authority to use the information processing apparatus via a second type of user interface
of the plurality of user interfaces, the method comprising:
determining whether or not a user having user identification information has a user authority to use the information processing
apparatus via a user interface by which the user has input the user identification information, based on (a) a user authority
corresponding to the user identification information input via the first type of user interface or the second type of user
interface, (b) a type of user interface via which the user identification information has been input, and (c) the settings
stored in the storage device;

determining whether or not the user having the user identification information has the user authority to use the information
processing apparatus both (a) when the user uses the information processing apparatus via the first type of user interface
and (b) when the user uses the information processing apparatus via the second type of user interface; and

determining whether or not the user having the user identification information has the user authority to use the information
processing apparatus in a case (a) that it is determined that the user having the user identification information has the
user authority to use the information processing apparatus (b) and it is determined that the user has the user authority to
use the information processing apparatus via the user interface via which the user has input the user identification information.

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. 9,602,753

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix, and outputting a signal based on photoelectric conversion and a signal based on
a reset-state;

a comparator configured to compare the signal outputted from the pixel with a reference signal of which level changes dependent
on time;

a counter configured to output a count signal of a plurality of bits;
a plurality of first bit storage units configured to hold, bit by bit, the count signal, according to a write control signal
based on a result of the comparing by the comparator;

a plurality of second bit storage units configured to hold, bit by bit, the count signal, according to a write control signal
based on a result of the comparing by the comparator; and

a control unit configured to output the write control signal, wherein
the plurality of first bit storage units hold the count signal at a time of comparing the signal based on the reset-state
of the pixel,

the plurality of second bit storage units hold the count signal at a time of comparing the signal based on the photoelectric
conversion of the pixel, and

an order of lengths of a delay time of the count signal held by the plurality of first bit storage units is same as an order
of lengths of the delay time of the write control signal of the plurality of first bit storage units,

an order of lengths of a delay time of the count signal held by the plurality of second bit storage units is same as an order
of lengths of the delay time of the write control signal of the plurality of second bit storage units.

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. 9,601,534

SOLID STATE IMAGE SENSOR, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SOLID STATE IMAGE SENSOR, AND IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid state image sensor comprising a pixel array having a plurality of pixels,
each of the plurality of pixels including a photoelectric conversion device and a microlens configured to guide incident light
to the photoelectric conversion device,

the microlens having a lower surface, on an exit side of the incident light, which has a convex shape with respect to the
photoelectric conversion device,

wherein a vertex of the convex shape is closer to a first end portion of the microlens than to a second end portion of the
microlens along a direction toward a central side of the pixel array, and

wherein the first end portion is closer to the central side of the pixel array than the second end portion along the direction
toward the central side of the pixel array.

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. 9,592,605

ROBOT CONTROL METHOD, ROBOT CONTROL APPARATUS, ROBOT CONTROL PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A robot control method capable of, by a control unit, controlling a robot so as to be driven according to a commanded trajectory,
detecting an actual trajectory along which the robot is driven, and controlling the commanded trajectory by learning based
on a trajectory error between the actual trajectory and a target trajectory, the method comprising:
calculating, by the control unit, a trajectory error; and
controlling, by the control unit, the commanded trajectory by learning,
the controlling by learning including
performing storing, by the control unit, such that in a case where the calculated trajectory error is less than a trajectory
error stored in a storage unit, the trajectory error stored in the storage unit is updated by the calculated trajectory error,
the calculated trajectory error is stored in the storage unit, and a commanded trajectory stored in the storage unit is updated
by a commanded trajectory based on which the calculated trajectory error is obtained,

changing, by the control unit, a first compensator to a second compensator such that in a case where the calculated trajectory
error is more than the trajectory error stored in the storage unit, the first compensator is changed to the second compensator
that is configured to calculate an amount of correction of the commanded trajectory from the trajectory error and that is
configured to calculate the amount of correction in a different manner from a manner in which the first compensator calculates
the amount of correction, and

calculating, by the control unit, a commanded trajectory in a next-time operation such that the amount of correction for the
commanded trajectory stored in the storage unit is calculated using a selected compensator, and the commanded trajectory in
the next-time operation is calculated from the calculated amount of correction and the commanded trajectory stored in the
storage unit,

wherein the second compensator is a proportional compensator, an integral compensator, a derivative compensator, a PID compensator,
a low pass filter, a second-order derivative compensator, a time delay compensator, a time advance compensator or a notch
filter, and

wherein in changing, by the control unit, the first compensator, when the first compensator is changed to the second compensator
configured to calculate the amount of correction in a different manner from the manner in which the first compensator calculates
the amount of correction, the first compensator is changed by changing a formula defining the second compensator and one or
more parameters included in the formula such that a value of each parameter is changed within a predetermined range, and the
formula is changed.

US Pat. No. 9,594,397

DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a first panel having a display unit on a first plane having a first side and a second side orthogonal to the first side;
a second panel having a display unit on a second plane having a third side and a fourth side orthogonal to the third side;
a connection member configured to connect the first panel and the second panel;
a first holding unit configured to hold a first end portion of the connection member at a position adjacent to the first side
the first panel;

a second holding unit configured to hold a second end portion of the connection member at a position adjacent to the fourth
side of the second panel; and

a connection region between the first end portion and the second end portion in the connection member,
wherein relative positions of the first panel and the second panel are changed such that the display apparatus has a first
state in which the first plane and the second plane face toward a same direction and the first side and the third side are
adjacent to each other, a second state in which the first plane and the second plane face toward a same direction and the
second side and the fourth side are adjacent to each other, and a third state in which a back side of the first plane and
a back side of the second plane face each other,

wherein the first end portion is held by the first holding unit so as to be rotatable about a first axis substantially in
parallel with the first side,

wherein the second end portion is held by the second holding unit so as to be rotatable about a second axis substantially
in parallel with the fourth side and orthogonal to the first axis, and

wherein the connection region is superimposed on a different one of the panels in the first state and the second state of
the display apparatus when the display apparatus is viewed from the first plane side and the second plane side.

US Pat. No. 9,592,667

PRINTHEAD SUBSTRATE AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printhead substrate comprising:
an electrothermal transducer configured to heat a printing material;
a first transistor configured to drive the electrothermal transducer;
a metal oxide semiconductor structure forming an anti-fuse element; and
a second transistor connected to the metal oxide semiconductor structure, and configured to break down an insulating film
of the metal oxide semiconductor structure,

wherein each of the first transistor and the second transistor includes a gate insulating film and a gate electrode, and the
gate electrode extends over both of the gate insulating film and an element isolation portion formed of an insulating portion
which is thicker than the gate insulating film.

US Pat. No. 9,596,093

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a communication start request from another communication apparatus when the communication
apparatus is in a first state;

a check unit configured to check whether the communication start request received by the reception unit is addressed to the
communication apparatus or not;

a memory configured to store the communication start request received by the reception unit in a case where the communication
start request is addressed to the communication apparatus;

a shifting unit configured to shift a state of the communication apparatus to a second state having power consumption which
is larger than that of the first state, in a case where the communication start request received by the reception unit is
addressed to the communication apparatus;

a setting unit configured to perform a communication setting for the communication apparatus in response to the state of the
communication apparatus having been shifted to the second state by the shifting unit;

an instruction unit configured to instruct the check unit to recheck whether the communication start request stored by the
memory is addressed to the communication apparatus or not in a case where the setting unit succeeds in the communication setting,
and not to instruct the check unit to recheck whether the communication start request stored by the memory is addressed to
the communication apparatus or not in a case where the setting unit fails in the communication setting; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit a response to the communication start request to said another communication apparatus
in a case where the check unit confirms that the communication start request stored by the memory is addressed to the communication
apparatus again, and not to transmit a response to the communication start request to said another communication apparatus
in a case where the check unit confirms that the communication start request stored by the memory is not addressed to the
communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,594,315

DETECTION APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A detection apparatus for detecting a position of a detection target, comprising:
an illumination optical system configured to perform dark-field illumination on a mark; and
a detection optical system configured to guide the light from the mark to a sensor, to detect a position of the mark in a
first direction,

wherein the mark includes one mark element in the first direction,
wherein a width of the mark element in the first direction is set such that two edges of the mark element in the first direction
are detected as one peak when the sensor detects the light from the mark, and

wherein letting ? be a wavelength of light from the illumination optical system, NA be a numerical aperture of the detection
optical system, and Wmax1 be a maximum width of the mark element in the first direction,

Wmax1

US Pat. No. 9,586,778

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,585,554

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a display control unit for causing a display unit to display respective display forms indicating a plurality of layer boundaries
in positions corresponding to the plurality of layer boundaries of a tomographic image of a retina in an overlapped state;

an instruction unit for providing an instruction for changing at least one of positions of the display forms overlapped on
the tomographic image; and

a changing unit for changing, when the changing unit is instructed by the instruction unit (a) to come into contact with two
adjacent display forms of the display forms indicating the plurality of layer boundaries and (b) to change the position of
one of the two adjacent display forms toward a side of another display form, the positions of the two adjacent display forms
in conjunction with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,591,203

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when the instructions are executed by the processors, cause the image processing apparatus
to function as:

a setting unit configured to set a focal plane of a still image, which is generated from moving image data including a plurality
of frames, each of which is refocusable;

a reconstruction unit configured to reconstruct a predetermined number of the frames of the moving image data in accordance
with the focal plane of the still image, which is set by the setting unit, to thereby generate the predetermined number of
refocused images; and

a combining unit configured to combine the predetermined number of the refocused images, which are generated by the reconstruction
unit, to thereby generate the still image.

US Pat. No. 9,579,791

CONTROL METHOD OF ROBOT APPARATUS AND ROBOT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot apparatus comprising:
a link pivotally connected to a base body via a joint and having an arm;
a pair of actuators that generate driving forces for pulling the link in mutually opposite directions relative to the base
body; and

a control unit configured to control the driving forces of the pair of actuators in accordance with a stiffness command value
representing a target stiffness of the link and a torque command value representing a target torque value of the link,

wherein the control unit determines, through iterative calculations, a stiffness command value and a torque command value
that satisfy a relationship where the stiffness command value is greater than the absolute value of the torque command value
divided by a length of the arm.

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. 9,566,791

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR CHIP

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a plurality of semiconductor chips from a single wafer comprising the steps of:
laying out the plurality of semiconductor chips on the wafer;
forming a layer of modified regions within the wafer by irradiating the wafer with laser light while moving the wafer, the
forming step being a dicing line formation step for forming a plurality of first dicing lines along long sides of the semiconductor
chips and a plurality of second dicing lines along short sides of the semiconductor chips that are shorter and more than the
first dicing lines; and

breaking the wafer along the first dicing lines and the second dicing lines, wherein
the second dicing line is inclined at an angle of 5° or less to a crystal orientation of the wafer.

US Pat. No. 9,568,606

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,571,742

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. 9,565,376

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR AT LEAST ONE OF CORRECTING AND REDUCING AT LEAST ONE COMPONENT OF A COLOR BLUR OF AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain, according to an image capturing condition of when a captured image is obtained
by forming an image on an image sensor via an imaging optical system, an image recovery filter for at least one of correcting
and reducing at least one component of a color blur of the captured image;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain, in a case where at least one of correction and reduction of the at least one
component of the color blur of the captured image using the image recovery filter has been performed on the captured image,
characteristics of at least one of the at least one component and at least another component of the color blur remaining in
the captured image, wherein at least one of the characteristics of at least one of the at least one component and the at least
another component of the color blur remaining in the captured image is obtained by comparing a predetermined color blur threshold
value with a blur amount of at least one of the at least one component and the at least another component of the color blur
remaining in the captured image;

a first correction unit configured to perform at least one of the correction and the reduction of the at least one component
of the color blur of the captured image using the image recovery filter on the captured image; and

a second correction unit configured to perform, according to the characteristics of the color blur obtained by the second
obtaining unit, correction for at least one of correcting and reducing at least one of the at least one component and the
at least another component of the remaining color blur of the captured image on the captured image on which at least one of
the correction and the reduction of the at least one component of the color blur of the captured image using the image recovery
filter has been performed.

US Pat. No. 9,561,651

ELEMENT SUBSTRATE AND METHOD FOR DISCHARGING LIQUID

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An element substrate comprising:
a base having a heat-generating resistor element which generates thermal energy used for discharging a liquid;
an electrically conductive protective layer covering the heat-generating resistor element; and
an insulating layer provided between the heat-generating resistor element and the protective layer,
the element substrate further comprising a potential applying unit for applying a potential to the protective layer such that
a potential of the protective layer is lower than a potential at one end of the heat-generating resistor element and higher
than a potential at the other end of the heat-generating resistor element with a voltage being applied between the one end
and the other end of the heat-generating resistor element.

US Pat. No. 9,561,658

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

28. A printing apparatus comprising:
an ink storage section configured to store ink;
a detection unit configured to detect an ink remaining amount of said ink storage section;
a printhead configured to discharge ink supplied from said ink storage section;
an air communication section through which said storage section communicates with air;
a suction unit having a cap and configured to suck ink from said printhead through the cap; and
a control unit configured to perform a preparation process before transport of the apparatus according to an instruction regarding
transport of the apparatus and to perform a start-up process when the apparatus is started up after the transport of the apparatus,

wherein the preparation process includes:
a detecting process of detecting the ink remaining amount by said detection unit;
a saving process of saving information regarding the ink remaining amount detected in the detecting process; and
a first suction process in which said suction unit sucks ink in said air communication section from said printhead,
wherein the start-up process includes a second suction process in which said suction unit sucks ink from said printhead based
on the information saved in the saving process.

US Pat. No. 9,565,320

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of executing short distance wireless communication, the apparatus comprising:
a first interface used when carrying out communication at a higher speed than the short distance wireless communication;
a second interface used when carrying out communication at a higher speed than the short distance wireless communication;
a receiving unit that receives a selection instruction for an interface to be activated;
a writing unit that writes network information corresponding to the interface, of the first and second interfaces, that has
been activated by the selection instruction into short distance wireless communication information transmitted through the
short distance wireless communication; and

a transmitting unit that transmits the short distance wireless communication information to a communication partner apparatus
through the short distance wireless communication,

wherein in the case where an inactive interface has been activated by the selection instruction, the writing unit overwrites
the network information written into the short distance wireless communication information with network information corresponding
to the activated interface.

US Pat. No. 9,557,690

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to carry a toner image;
an endless belt;
a belt frame configured to support a plurality of stretching rollers for stretching said belt;
a transfer roller provided inside of said belt configured to contact an inner surface of said belt to transfer the toner image
from said image bearing member onto said belt;

a first urging member provided between said belt frame and said transfer roller and configured to urge said transfer roller
toward said image bearing member through said belt;

a movable member movable relative to said belt frame in a first direction and movable between a first position for moving
said transfer roller to a contact position where said transfer roller contacts the inner surface of said belt and a second
position for moving said transfer roller to a spaced position where said transfer roller is spaced from the inner surface
of said belt;

a driving source configured to move said movable member relative to said belt frame, said driving source receiving a load
attributable to said first urging member when said driving source moves said movable member from the first position to the
second position; and

a load reducing mechanism configured to reduce the load of said driving source when said driving source moves said movable
member from a third position which is between the first position and the second position to the second position, said load
reducing mechanism including a first member, a second urging member and a second member,

wherein said first member is provided on said movable member so as to be movable in a second direction crossing with the first
direction, and said first member includes a first contact portion,

wherein said second urging member is disposed between said movable member and said first member and urges said first member
in the second direction relative to said movable member, and

wherein said second member is fixed to said belt frame and includes a second contact portion which contacts said first contact
portion when said movable member is between the third position and the second position, wherein said second member is cooperative
with said first member to convert an urging force of said second urging member to said first member in the second direction
to a force to said movable member in the first direction, and the converted force in the first direction reduces the load
of said driving source driving said movable member from the third position to the second position.

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. 9,560,220

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. 9,554,254

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,554,017

GENERATING A USERNAME BASED ON USER NAME AND DOMAIN NAME OBTAINED FROM PRINT DATA ATTRIBUTE INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which can communicate with an external device via a network and cause a displaying
device to display information, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a controlling portion comprising at least one memory configured to store a program and at least one processor configured to
execute the program, the controlling portion being configured to perform:

a process of obtaining print data having attribute information from the external device;
a process of obtaining user name information and domain name information from the attribute information of the obtained print
data;

a process of generating, based on the user name information and the domain name information, a name including the user name
and the domain name as identification information for uniquely identifying a user; and

a process of causing the displaying device to display the generated name including the user name and the domain name as the
identification information for uniquely identifying the user for performing a printing process by the user.

US Pat. No. 9,551,564

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a light source unit configured to change a wavelength of light over time;
an interference optical system configured to split the light from the light source unit into irradiation light to be applied
to an object and reference light and to generate interference light between reflected light of the light applied to the object
and the reference light;

a light splitting unit configured to split the interference light into two interference lights;
two optical detection units configured to receive the two interference lights;
an information acquisition unit configured to acquire information about the object on the basis of a temporal waveform of
an intensity of the interference lights;

a wavelength selector provided on an optical path between an emission end surface of the light source unit and the two optical
detection units, and having a wavelength selectivity with equal wavenumber intervals; and

a differential detection unit configured to detect a differential between the two interference lights detected by the two
optical detection units,

wherein the information acquisition unit obtains peak values in the temporal waveform of the intensity of the interference
lights and acquires the information about the object on the basis of the obtained peak values, and

wherein the wavelength selector is a Fabry-Perot filter.

US Pat. No. 9,553,952

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A server apparatus connected to a client apparatus through
a network, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor causes the server apparatus to:
receive first image data and second image data from the client apparatus, wherein the first image data is corresponding to
the second image data a size of the second image data is larger than that of the first image data, and the second image data
is received completely later than the first image data is received completely;

execute image processing on the first image data using an adjustment value before the second image data is received completely;
transmit a result of the image processing of the first image data to the client apparatus; and
start executing the image processing on the second image data in accordance with the adjustment value used for the image processing
of the first image data when the second image data is received completely after the result of the image processing of the
first image data is transmitted to the client apparatus.

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.

US Pat. No. 9,541,853

MAGNETIC CARRIER, TWO-COMPONENT DEVELOPER, REPLENISHING DEVELOPER, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A magnetic carrier comprising:
resin-filled magnetic core particles containing porous magnetic particles having pores therein and a resin present in the
pores; and

resin coating layers coating the surfaces of the resin-filled magnetic core particles, the resin coating layer including a
coating resin, wherein:

(i) the porous magnetic particles are made of Mn-Mg-Sr ferrite;
(ii) the porous magnetic particles have a specific resistance in the range of 1.0×107 ?·cm to 1.0×108 ?·cm at an electric field intensity of 300 V/cm; and

(iii) the porous magnetic particles have an electrical breakdown at electric field intensity in the range of 1,000 V/cm to
10,000 V/cm, and wherein:

(iv) the magnetic carrier has a specific resistance in the range of 1.0×107 ?·cm to 1.0×109 ?·cm at an electric field intensity of 2,000 V/cm;

(v) the magnetic carrier has a specific resistance in the range of 2.0×107 ?·cm to 2.0×109 ?·cm at an electric field intensity of 1,000 V/cm;

(vi) the magnetic carrier has an electrical breakdown at electric field intensity in the range of 1,000 V/cm to 15,000 V/cm;
(vii) the magnetic carrier exhibits a current in the range of 8.0 ?A to 50.0 ?A when a voltage of 500 V is applied thereto;
and

(viii) the resin content in the resin-filled magnetic core particles is in the range of 1.0 to 5.5 parts by mass relative
to 100 parts by mass of the porous magnetic particles.

US Pat. No. 9,539,810

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND HEAD UNIT USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:
a plurality of liquid discharge portions each including a discharge port for discharging a liquid and a pressure chamber,
a plurality of discharge ports forming a discharge port array;

a common liquid supply flow path extending adjacent to the discharge port array on one side of the discharge port array;
a common liquid collection flow path extending adjacent to the discharge port array on the other side of the discharge port
array;

a flow path member that forms the common liquid supply flow path and the common liquid collection flow path;
a pressure chamber forming member that forms the pressure chambers; and
a through-hole forming member that forms liquid supply through-holes that connect the common liquid supply flow path and the
pressure chambers, and liquid collection through-holes that connect the common liquid collection flow path and the pressure
chambers,

wherein the flow path member, the through-hole forming member and the pressure chamber forming member are laminated in the
order as listed,

wherein each of the plurality of liquid discharge portions includes a piezoelectric element facing the discharge port,
wherein each of the pressure chambers includes an inlet end portion connected to the common liquid supply flow path and an
outlet end portion connected to the common liquid collection flow path, and has an elongated shape connecting the inlet end
portion and the outlet end portion, and

wherein a plurality of inlet end portions are arranged along the common liquid supply flow path, and a plurality of outlet
end portions are arranged along the common liquid collection flow path.

US Pat. No. 9,542,894

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a display unit configured to display an image on a screen;
a light emission unit configured to individually control light emission for each of a plurality of divided regions that configure
the screen;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire a characteristic value of an image displayed on each of the plurality of divided
regions; and

a control unit configured to control the light emission of the light emission unit,
such that:
in a still image region, in which only a still image is displayed, among the plurality of divided regions, light is emitted
at a first brightness based on a characteristic value of the still image displayed in the still image region;

in a moving image region, in which only a moving image is displayed, among the plurality of divided regions, light is emitted
at a second brightness based on a characteristic value of the moving image displayed in the moving image region; and

in a mixed region, in which both of a moving image and a still image are displayed, among the plurality of divided regions,
light is emitted at a third brightness based on a characteristic value of the still image displayed in the mixed region, wherein
the third brightness is not based on a characteristic of the moving image displayed in the mixed region.

US Pat. No. 9,541,875

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SHEET STORAGE DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus body formed with an opening;
an image forming portion configured to form an image on a sheet;
a conveyance unit configured to convey the sheet on which the image has been formed by the image forming portion;
a storage portion configured to store, inside the apparatus body, the sheet conveyed by the conveyance unit;
a sheet movement unit configured to move the sheet stored in the storage portion until the sheet is exposed outside of the
apparatus body via the opening;

a memory portion configured to store first information about a storing state of the storage portion; and
a control portion configured to receive an image forming instruction to perform image formation on a predetermined number
of sheets,

wherein, in a case where the predetermined number of sheets is greater than an upper limit number of sheets allowed to be
stored in the storage portion when the image forming instruction is received, the control portion provides notification of
a plurality of methods, each for causing the sheet moving unit to expose the predetermined number of sheets which are objects
of the image forming instruction outside of the apparatus body via the opening, based on the first information stored in the
memory portion and second information about the sheets which are the objects of the image forming instruction, and controls
the conveyance unit and the sheet movement unit based on a method selected from among the plurality of methods, and

wherein, in a case where the predetermined number of sheets is less than or equal to the upper limit number of sheets, the
control portion does not provide notification of the plurality of methods and controls the conveyance unit in such a way as
to convey the predetermined number of sheets to the storage portion.

US Pat. No. 9,541,877

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF CONTACTING/SEPARATING STATE OF COMPONENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
first and second photoreceptors, on which toner images are formed and which are replaceable, the first photoreceptor being
used for monochrome image formation and the second photoreceptor not being used for the monochrome image formation;

an intermediate transfer member, to which the toner images are transferred from the first and second photoreceptors, which
is replaceable, and which is configured to operate in contact with the first and second photoreceptors;

a driving unit configured to move the intermediate transfer member in a direction toward the first and second photoreceptors
and in a direction away from the first and second photoreceptors;

a storing unit configured to store information representing replacement timing of the first and second photoreceptors and
the intermediate transfer member;

a control unit configured to cause the driving unit to separate the intermediate transfer member from the first and second
photoreceptors in a case where the information represents that at least one of the first and second photoreceptors and the
intermediate transfer member has reached the replacement timing and the image forming apparatus shifts to a low-power state
in which power consumption of the image forming apparatus is suppressed compared with that of the image forming apparatus
in a normal operation; and

first and second transfer rollers which are positioned to face the first and second photoreceptors, respectively, interposed
by the intermediate transfer member, and which are movable in a direction toward the respective first and second photoreceptors
and in a direction away from the respective first and second photoreceptors,

wherein the driving unit brings the intermediate transfer member into contact with the first and second photoreceptors by
moving the respective first and second transfer rollers in the direction toward the respective first and second photoreceptors
and separates the intermediate transfer member from the respective first and second photoreceptors by moving the respective
first and second transfer rollers in the direction away from the respective first and second photoreceptors,

wherein the control unit is further configured to cause the driving unit to separate the intermediate transfer member from
the second photoreceptor and bring the intermediate transfer member into contact with the first photoreceptor in a case where
the information represents that the second photoreceptor has reached the replacement timing and the image forming apparatus
shifts to the low-power state.

US Pat. No. 9,538,916

FUNDUS INSPECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
a tomographic image acquisition unit configured to obtain a tomographic image of a fundus of an eye to be inspected based
on combined light obtained by combining (a) return light from the eye to be inspected irradiated with measuring light and
(b) reference light corresponding to the measuring light;

a position alignment unit configured to execute a first alignment between a first position on a pupil of the eye to be inspected
and the tomographic image acquisition unit, in an XY plane orthogonal to a depth direction of the fundus of the eye to be
inspected;

a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display, at the same time, (a) the tomographic image and (b)
a graphical user interface used for receiving an instruction to change an inclination of the tomographic image displayed on
the display unit, wherein the graphical user interface comprises two indicators designating different directions from each
other, and the directions designated by the indicators are directions in which incline of the tomographic image is displayed
on the display unit; and

a control unit configured to cause the position alignment unit to change a positional relation between the tomographic image
acquisition unit and the pupil of the eye to be inspected in the XY plane so as to execute a second alignment between a second
position on the pupil of the eye to be inspected and the tomographic image acquisition unit, based on the instruction received
by the graphical user interface, the second position being different from the first position in the XY plane,

wherein, by changing the positional relation from a state after the first alignment to a state after the second alignment,
a position on the pupil in the XY plane where the measuring light is incident is changed from the first position to the second
position, an incident angle to the fundus of the measuring light is changed, and a position on the fundus where the measuring
light is incident is not changed,

wherein the inclination of the tomographic image displayed on the display unit is changed by changing the positional relation
from the state after the first alignment to the state after the second alignment, and

wherein, after changing the positional relation from the state after the first alignment to the state after the second alignment,
the position alignment unit automatically continues to execute the second alignment between the second position on the pupil
of the eye to be inspected and the tomographic image acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,542,777

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, which determines, for a combined image obtained by combining pixels of a given first image
and pixels of an unknown second image either translucently or non-translucently using an unknown coefficient indicating a
transparency, whether at least one pixel included in the combined image is a translucently combined pixel, the apparatus comprising:
a calculation unit configured to calculate, from pixel values of the combined image and pixel values of the first image of
respective pixels in a predetermined area including one pixel, pixel values of an image corresponding to the second image
when each of a plurality of values is used as the coefficient, and to calculate a total of differences between the pixel values
of the one pixel and other pixels included in the predetermined area in the image corresponding to the second image;

an estimation unit configured to estimate one of the plurality of values of the coefficient that has a total of differences,
which is the smallest among totals of the differences corresponding to the plurality of values of the coefficient, as the
coefficient used for the one pixel to obtain the combined image; and

a determination unit configured to determine that the one pixel is a pixel obtained by translucently combining the first image
and the second image when the estimated value of the coefficient is larger than a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,542,551

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor coupled to the memory device, wherein the processor executes instructions, of the set of instructions,
to:

display a login screen for first login software, and perform user authentication using user information input through the
login screen for the first login software;

perform, based on the user information input via the login screen for the first login software, user authentication for second
login software, without displaying a login screen for the second login software; and

display the login screen for the second login software, in a case where a user credential used for the user authentication
for the second login software is required to be changed.

US Pat. No. 9,537,538

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus for controlling a communication unit configured to communicate with one of plural external devices
and a power transmission unit configured to transmit power to another or the same one of the external devices, comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a use request to use a function of said communication apparatus from a first device
included in the external devices via the communication unit;

an identification unit configured to identify a second device included in the external devices that requests power supply
by the power transmission unit;

a determination unit configured to determine whether to cause the power transmission unit to transmit power to the second
device based on whether the use request is received by the reception unit and whether the second device is the first device
that transmits the use request; and

a power transmission control unit configured to transmit, via the power transmission unit, power to the second device that
requests power supply when said determination unit determines to transmit power, wherein

the determination unit is configured to determine to cause the power transmission unit to transmit power to the second device
in a case where the use request is not received by the reception unit or where the second device is the first device.

US Pat. No. 9,533,516

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to print an image on a sheet;
a reversing unit configured to reverse the sheet on which the image has been printed by the printing unit;
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a staple position which is designated by a user among a plurality of staple positions,
the plurality of staple positions including at least a first stapling position for which reversing of the sheet by the reversing
unit is necessary and a second stapling position for which reversing of the sheet by the reversing unit is not necessary;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a type of the sheet on which the image is to be printed by the printing unit
among a plurality of types, the plurality of types including at least a first type a sheet of which can be reversed by the
reversing unit and a second type a sheet of which cannot be reversed by the reversing unit; and

a control unit configured to determine, based on the staple position obtained by the first obtaining unit and the type of
the sheet obtained by the second obtaining unit, whether or not, to start printing by the printing unit, and configured to
display a screen for a user to change the staple position in a case where the control unit determines not to start printing.

US Pat. No. 9,535,345

SOLUTION OF GALLIUM PHTHALOCYANINE METHOD FOR PREPARING THE SAME METHOD FOR PRODUCING GALLIUM PHTHALOCYANINE CRYSTAL METHOD FOR PURIFYING COMPOSITION CONTAINING GALLIUM PHTHALOCYANINE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing a gallium phthalocyanine crystal, comprising:
(a1) dissolving a gallium phthalocyanine represented by the formula (2) in a compound represented by the formula (1), to prepare
a solution of a gallium phthalocyanine represented by the formula (2),

wherein, in the formula (2),
X1 represents a chlorine atom or a hydroxy group

H2N—CH2—R1—CH2—NH2  (1)
wherein, in the formula (1), R1 represents a single bond, or a substituted or unsubstituted alkylene group having 1 to 10 main-chain carbon atoms,
a substituent of the substituted alkylene group is an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, an alkyl group having 1 to 3
carbon atoms and being substituted with an amino group, or a hydroxy group,

one of the carbon atoms in the main chain of the alkylene group may be replaced with an oxygen atom, a sulfur atom, or a bivalent
group represented by the formula —NR2—, and

R2 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, or an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms and being
substituted with an amino group, and

(b1) mixing the solution prepared in the step (a1) with a poor solvent for the gallium phthalocyanine represented by the formula
(2) to perform the crystal transformation of the gallium phthalocyanine represented by the formula (2), thereby forming a
hydroxygallium phthalocyanine crystal having peaks at Bragg angles 2? of 6.9°±0.3° and 26.6°±0.3° in X-ray diffraction with
CuK? radiation or a hydroxygallium phthalocyanine crystal having peaks at Bragg angles 2? of 7.4°±0.3° and 28.3°±0.3° in X-ray
diffraction with CuK? radiation.

US Pat. No. 9,529,562

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, IMAGE OUTPUT APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHODS THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus that configures, together with an other image display apparatus, a multi-screen display system
in which one screen is configured by a plurality of image display apparatuses, the image display apparatus comprising:
a light emitting unit having a plurality of divided regions of which light emission brightness can be individually controlled;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire information concerning a light emission brightness of each of the plurality of divided
regions of the light emitting unit of the image display apparatus, information concerning a light emission brightness of each
of a plurality of divided regions, of which light emission brightness can be individually controlled, of a light emitting
unit of an other image display apparatus arranged adjacently to the image display apparatus, and information concerning priority
levels of the image display apparatus and the other image display apparatus arranged adjacently to the image display apparatus;
and

a correcting unit configured to correct, in a case where a first light emission brightness and a second light emission brightness
acquired by the acquiring unit are not substantially equal to each other, among the first light emission brightness and the
second light emission brightness, a light emission brightness of a divided region of a light emitting unit of an image display
apparatus having a lower priority level such that a difference between the first light emission brightness and the second
light emission brightness decreases,

wherein the first light emission brightness is a light emission brightness of a first divided region of the light emitting
unit of the image display apparatus and the second light emission brightness is a light emission brightness of a second divided
region, which is one of the plurality of divided regions of the light emitting unit of the other image display apparatus and
which is arranged adjacently to the first divided region in a lateral direction.

US Pat. No. 9,531,937

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS FOR ACQUIRING A REFOCUS IMAGE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus capable of processing an input image to generate a plurality of output images with focus positions
different from each other, the image pickup apparatus comprising:
an imaging optical system;
an image pickup element including a plurality of pixels;
a lens array configured such that rays from the same position on an object plane are incident on pixels of the image pickup
element different from each other depending on a pupil region of the imaging optical system through which the ray passes;

a control unit configured to drive the imaging optical system to perform focus control; and
an image processing unit configured to acquire a first focus position and a second focus position, determine a third focus
position based on the acquired first focus position and the acquired second focus position such that a refocus control range
associated with the third focus position includes the first focus position and the second focus position, and perform image
processing for the input image acquired by the image pickup element to generate the output image,

wherein the image processing unit is configured to determine the third focus position by:
acquiring relative distance information between the first focus position and the second focus position, and
determining the third focus position by using a table that indicates a relationship between an object distance and the refocus
control range, and

wherein the control unit is configured to perform the focus control based on the determined third focus position.

US Pat. No. 9,531,944

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:
a first pixel configured to detect a light flux having passed through a partial area of an exit pupil of an imaging optical
system;

a second pixel configured to detect a light flux having passed through a partial area of the exit pupil of the imaging optical
system that is different from the area through which the light flux detected by said first pixel has passed;

a third pixel configured to detect a light flux having passed through an entire area of the exit pupil of the imaging optical
system;

a fourth pixel arranged at a position different from said third pixel and configured to detect a light flux having passed
through the entire area of the exit pupil of the imaging optical system;

a first computation unit configured to compute a first phase difference between a first image signal output from said first
pixel, and a second image signal output from said third pixel;

a second computation unit configured to compute a second phase difference between a third image signal output from said second
pixel, and a fourth image signal output from said fourth pixel; and

a defocus amount computation unit configured to compute a defocus amount of the imaging optical system by using a sum of the
first phase difference and the second phase difference.

US Pat. No. 9,531,973

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel array;
a first signal processing group and a second signal processing group each of which includes signal processing units each of
which is provided correspondingly to a column of the pixel array, the signal processing unit of the first signal processing
group being commonly connected to a first node, and the signal processing unit of the second signal processing group being
commonly connected to a second node;

a drive signal generating unit which generates a drive signal that drives the signal processing units; and
a drive signal transmitting unit including buffer circuits each of which transmits the drive signal, the buffer circuits including
first buffer circuits and second buffer circuits,

wherein an output signal of one of the second buffer circuits is given to the first node, and an output signal of another
one of the second buffer circuits is given to the second node,

wherein an output terminal of first one of the first buffer circuits is connected to an input terminal of the one of the second
buffer circuits and an input terminal of second one of the first buffer circuits, and an output terminal of the second one
of the first buffer circuits is connected to an input terminal of the another one of the second buffer circuits, and

wherein a number of all of the buffer circuits supplying the drive signal to the second node is larger than a number of all
of the buffer circuits supplying the drive signal to the first node, and

wherein the signal processing unit of the first processing group have an equal number of the buffer circuits to each other,
and the signal processing units of the second processing group have an equal number of the buffer circuits to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,530,953

VIBRATION-TYPE ACTUATOR, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND STAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration-type actuator comprising:
an electromechanical energy conversion element;
an elastic member including:
a vibrating portion to which the electromechanical energy conversion element is bonded;
a supported portion provided on a base; and
a connecting portion connecting the vibrating portion and the supported portion to each other; and
a first member having a spring characteristic and provided between the vibrating portion and the base,
wherein the vibrating portion comprises a first projecting portion and a second projecting portion arranged in a direction,
wherein the connecting portion is between the vibrating portion and the supported portion in the direction, andwherein the base is formed of one member.

US Pat. No. 9,532,054

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR DE-BLOCKING VIDEO DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of de-blocking video data, the method comprising:
receiving the video data encoding colour channels in a 4:2:2 format, the video data being encoded in a quad-tree;
generating a plurality of transform units for one chroma channel of the colour channels, each of the transform units including
at least one transform;

determining a chroma boundary distance representing a distance from a chroma edge of one of the transform units of the chroma
channel to a boundary of an inferred split of a transform of the transform unit, the inferred split dividing a rectangular
chroma region of the transform unit;

determining an edge flag for the transform unit, the edge flag indicating the determined chroma boundary distance; and
applying de-blocking to the transform units of the video data according to the determined edge flag.

US Pat. No. 9,529,245

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING FOCUS OPERATING APPARATUS AND FOCUS CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens system, comprising:
a lens apparatus including:
a focus lens unit;
a focus driving unit for driving the focus lens unit within a driving range; and
a drive control unit which controls to drive the focus driving unit based on a position command; and
a focus operating apparatus including:
a manual focus operating unit for a manual focus adjustment; and
a manual focus command unit for outputting, to the drive control unit, a position command which indicates a position of the
focus lens unit with respect to the driving range based on an operation amount of the manual focus operating unit,

wherein the manual focus operating unit is endlessly rotatable,
wherein the manual focus command unit is configured to output, to the drive control unit, the position command in a position
command range wider than the driving range of the focus lens unit,

wherein if the position command is out of the driving range, the manual focus command unit updates the position command to
a position command which corresponds to one of a close side end or an infinite side end of the driving range and is an end
nearer to the position command out of the driving range, and

wherein the drive control unit drives the focus driving unit in a manual mode in which a focus adjustment is performed manually
when the drive control unit determines that the position command changed during a predetermined period, and drives the focus
driving unit in an autofocus mode in which the focus adjustment is performed automatically when the drive control unit determines
that the position command did not change during the predetermined period.

US Pat. No. 9,529,289

METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER PARTICLES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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


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

US Pat. No. 9,522,529

SUBSTRATE FOR LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, AND APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EJECTING LIQUID

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A substrate for a liquid ejection head capable of ejecting liquid, the substrate being installed in the liquid ejection
head and comprising:
at least one liquid-ejection-energy generating element;
first and second connecting units connectable to a first external power supply circuit;
at least one first transistor connected between the first connecting unit and a first end of the liquid-ejection-energy generating
element;

at least one second transistor connected between the second connecting unit and a second end of the liquid-ejection-energy
generating element;

at least one control circuit configured to control a gate voltage of the first transistor to switch the first transistor;
and

a supply circuit configured to supply a constant gate voltage to the second transistor to constantly keep the second transistor
at ON state,

wherein the control circuit controls the first transistor to switch so as to drive the liquid-ejection-energy generating element
to an extent that the liquid is not ejected after the first and second connecting units are connected to the external power
supply circuit and then the constant gate voltage is applied to the second transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,525,799

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR UPDATING THE TRANSMISSION RESULT OF A MULTI-ADDRESS TRANSMISSION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a transmission unit configured to transmit, to an image forming apparatus, instruction information for causing the image forming
apparatus to perform FAX transmission;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire a result of the FAX transmission performed based on the instruction information
from the image forming apparatus; and

a display unit configured to display, if the transmission unit transmits instruction information for a multi-address transmission
for performing FAX transmission to a plurality of destinations and if the acquisition unit acquires a transmission result
indicating failure of FAX transmission to at least one of the destinations, a summary, in a single record, of a transmission
result of the multi-address transmission indicating failure of the multi-address transmission, and display, if the transmission
unit transmits the instruction information for the multi-address transmission and if the acquisition unit acquires a transmission
result indicating success of the FAX transmission to all the destinations, the summary, in the single record, of the transmission
result of the multi-address transmission indicating success of the multi-address transmission,

wherein the transmission unit transmits to the image forming apparatus instruction information for performing FAX transmission
again to, among the destinations of the multi-address transmission, a retransmission target destination to which FAX transmission
has failed,

wherein the acquisition unit acquires a result of the FAX transmission performed based on the instruction information for
performing the FAX transmission again to the retransmission target destination, and

wherein the information processing apparatus further comprises an update unit configured to update the summary, in the single
record, of the transmission result of the multi-address transmission including the retransmission target destination from
failure to success if the result of the FAX transmission to the retransmission target destination acquired by the acquisition
unit indicates that the FAX transmission by the retransmission has succeeded.

US Pat. No. 9,522,554

IMAGE PRINTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image printing apparatus for printing an image comprising:
a print head including an ejection port array having a plurality of ink ejection ports arranged in an arranging direction
to eject ink;

a scanning unit configured to relatively scan the print head over a printing medium with the print head in a scanning direction
that crosses the arranging direction a plurality of times;

a conveying unit configured to relatively convey the printing medium in a conveyance direction that crosses the scanning direction
between scans of the print head performed by the scanning unit, so that a first area in which an image is printed in K (K?2)
scans of the print head and a second area in which an image is printed in (K+1) scans of the print head are arranged in the
printing medium in the arranging direction, a plurality of first ejection ports arranged at one end of the ejection port array
in the arranging direction form an image in the second area in a first scan of the (K+1) scans, and a plurality of second
ejection ports arranged in the other end of the ejection port array in the arranging direction form an image in the second
area in a second scan that differs from the first scan of the (K+1) scans;

an acquiring unit configured to acquire first image data corresponding to the ejection ports other than the first ejection
ports and the second ejection ports and second image data corresponding to at least the first ejection ports and the second
ejection ports;

a generating unit configured to generate first print data used for printing an image in the K scans over the first area on
the basis of the first image data and K first mask patterns each having print permitting pixels and non-print permitting pixels
therein and corresponding to one of the K scans over the first area, and second print data used for printing an image in the
(K+1) scans over the second area on the basis of the second image data and (K+1) second mask patterns each having print permitting
pixels and non-print permitting pixels therein and corresponding to one of the (K+1) scans over the second area; and

an ejection control unit configured to cause the print head to eject ink into the first area in accordance with the first
print data generated by the generating unit in each of the K scans, and cause the print head to eject ink into the second
area in accordance with the second print data generated by the generating unit in each of the (K+1) scans,

wherein (i) among the (K+1) second mask patterns, each of the second mask patterns corresponding to the first ejection ports
and the second mask patterns corresponding to the second ejection ports is formed from a plurality of first pixel group areas
and a plurality of second pixel group areas, each of the first pixel group areas being formed by both of the print permitting
pixels and the non-print permitting pixels disposed therein, and each of the second pixel group areas being formed by only
plurality of the non-print permitting pixels disposed therein,

wherein (ii) each of the first pixel group areas of the second mask pattern corresponding to the first ejection ports is disposed
at a position corresponding to one of the second pixel group areas of the second mask pattern corresponding to the second
ejection ports, and each of the first pixel group areas of the second mask pattern corresponding to the second ejection ports
is disposed at a position corresponding to one of the second pixel group areas of the second mask pattern corresponding to
the first ejection ports, and

wherein (iii) each of a print permission ratio for the second mask pattern corresponding to the first ejection ports and a
print permission ratio for the second mask pattern corresponding to the second ejection ports is lower than each of the print
permission ratios for each of the K first mask patterns, the print permission ratio being a ratio of a number of print permitting
pixels to a sum of the number of print permitting pixels and a number of non-print permitting pixels, and

wherein (iv) each of the print permission ratio for the second mask pattern corresponding to the first ejection ports and
the print permission ratio for the second mask pattern corresponding to the second ejection ports is lower than each of the
print permission ratios for each of K?1 second mask pattern corresponding to a part of ejection ports other than the first
ejection ports and the second ejection ports.

US Pat. No. 9,525,813

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control device comprising:
a detecting unit configured to acquire an output signal from an imaging unit having an imaging element so as to perform phase
difference type focus detection, wherein the imaging element outputs a signal photoelectrically converted at a predetermined
cycle;

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not an output signal for phase difference type focus detection from
the imaging unit is saturated; and

a control unit configured to perform exposure control of the imaging element and to perform focus adjustment control of an
imaging optical system with respect to an object by acquiring detection information from the detecting unit,

wherein the control unit performs the focus adjustment control so as to move a focus lens comprised in the imaging optical
system from a first position to a second position different from the first position, and performs exposure control when the
determination unit determines that the output signal for the phase difference type focus detection from the imaging unit is
saturated, and

wherein the determination unit determines whether or not the output signal for the phase difference type focus detection from
the imaging unit which is acquired when the focus lens is positioned at the first position is saturated and determines whether
or not the output signal for the phase difference type focus detection from the imaging unit which is acquired when the focus
lens is positioned at the second position is saturated.

US Pat. No. 9,523,943

DEVELOPMENT DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A development device used for an image forming apparatus, the development device comprising:
a frame member;
a developer bearing member configured to develop a latent image formed on an image bearing member using developer; and
an edge portion sealing member provided between an edge portion in a rotational axis direction of the developer bearing member
and the frame member to prevent the developer from leaking to an outside of the development device from between the edge portion
and the frame member, and including a layer that includes an aggregate of a plurality of foam cells in which a foam cell communicating
with an adjacent cell via a communication hole and a foam cell not communicating with the adjacent cell are mixed in the rotational
axis direction,

wherein a recessed portion is formed by a sheet member, the frame member, and the edge portion sealing member, and
wherein an elastic sealing member is formed by filing thermal plastic resin into the recessed portion while filling a foam
cell communicating with an adjacent cell via the communication hole with the thermal plastic resin.

US Pat. No. 9,525,768

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of close proximity wireless communication with a plurality of external apparatuses including
a first external apparatus controlled by a first control program, and a second external apparatus controlled by a second control
program of a type different from the first control program, the communication apparatus comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold a plurality of pieces of activation information for activating an application;
a reception unit configured to receive a request to acquire information held in the holding unit from the external apparatuses
via the close proximity wireless communication; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the activation information held in the holding unit to the external apparatuses,
in response to the request being received by the reception unit, wherein the transmission unit can transmit both first application
activation information and second application activation information that are the activation information held in the holding
unit to an external apparatus which has transmitted the request, regardless of whether the request received by the reception
unit is a request from the first external apparatus or from the second external apparatus, and the first application activation
information is defined by a format compatible with the first control program, and the second application activation information
is defined by a format compatible with the second control program.

US Pat. No. 9,521,283

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearer configured to include an image bearing member which bears a toner image to be transferred onto a recording
material conveyed;

a conveyer configured to convey the recording material to the image bearer in a status that skew of the recording material
is corrected;

a door for opening and closing an opening through which the image bearer is inserted or removed;
a frame:
a first positioning member disposed at a first side of the frame and configured to position the conveyer and to position the
image bearer; and

a second positioning member disposed at a second side of the frame, opposite to the first side and configured to position
the conveyer and to position the image bearer,

wherein each of the first positioning member and the second positioning member includes a guide portion which guides the conveyer
and the image bearer which is inserted or removed through the opening in a state that the door is opened.

US Pat. No. 9,517,004

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for controlling, in one image capture region, image capture of a plurality of high-magnification
images having a viewing angle smaller than the viewing angle of the image capture region, the apparatus comprising:
a presenter configured to present to an operator for selection a plurality of basic patterns each representing a distribution
of positions at which to respectively capture high-magnification images;

an adjuster configured to adjust, in accordance with an instruction of the operator, an image capture condition of the plurality
of high-magnification images associated with the basic pattern selected from the plurality of basic patterns;

a controller configured to cause an image capture apparatus to capture the plurality of high-magnification images in the image
capture region in accordance with the adjusted image capture condition; and

an obtainer configured to analyze an image representing the entire image capture region of a magnification lower than that
of the high-magnification images and to obtain information representing a feature of the image,

wherein said adjuster further adjusts the image capture condition based on the information.

US Pat. No. 9,517,007

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,521,412

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING RESIDUAL DATA FOR ENCODING OR DECODING AT LEAST PART OF AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of determining residual data for encoding or decoding at least part of an image of an enhancement layer of video
data, the video data including the enhancement layer and a base layer, the enhancement layer being composed of processing
blocks and the base layer being composed of elementary units each having associated residual data, the method comprising:
for a processing block of the enhancement layer, determining, based on at least the number of elementary units of the base
layer spatially corresponding, at least partially, to the processing block, whether or not to use residual data of one or
more of said spatially corresponding elementary units of the base layer for prediction of the processing block,

wherein in the case where only one elementary unit spatially corresponds to the processing block, the residual data associated
with the said one elementary unit is used for prediction of the corresponding processing block of the enhancement layer;

otherwise, in the case where a plurality of elementary units spatially correspond at least partially to the processing block,
either:
1) the residual data of none of the said plurality of elementary units is used for prediction of the corresponding processing
block of the enhancement layer; or

2) the residual data of at least one of the plurality of elementary units is used, under a predefined condition, for prediction
of the corresponding processing block of the enhancement layer,

wherein the predefined condition defines that the motion vectors of the plurality of elementary units are consistent with
one another.

US Pat. No. 9,513,586

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,513,588

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR FORMING AN IMAGE ON A RECORDING MATERIAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,516,185

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS ENABLING COOPERATION WITH A NETWORK SERVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus in which a relay function operates to cooperate with a service provided on a network,
the information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory storing one or more sets of instructions; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor, when executing the one or more sets of instructions, controls
a management unit configured to manage a plurality of applications installed on the information processing apparatus, the
plurality of applications including applications categorized into a first application capable of using the service provided
on the network;

a checking unit configured to check, with the management unit, a second application different from the applications categorized
into the first application and installed to use the service provided on the network, wherein the second application is used
for enabling the applications categorized into the first application to use the service provided on the network; and

a control unit configured to control, according to a result of checking by the checking unit, registration processing by the
relay function for registering function information used to cooperate with the service provided on the network or invocation
processing by the relay function for invoking the service provided on the network using the registered function information,

wherein the control unit is configured to stop, if the result of checking indicates that the second application has not been
installed, the registration processing or the invocation processing by the relay function.

US Pat. No. 9,516,196

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS CALIBRATION FOR MAINTAINING IMAGE QUALITY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a correction unit configured to correct image data using a correction condition;
an image forming unit configured to form (i) an image, having a density, and (ii) a measurement image on a recording medium,
based on the image data corrected by the correction unit;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain read data obtained by a reading unit configured to read the measurement image formed
on the recording medium by the image forming unit;

a determination unit configured to determine a contrast potential used in a case when the image forming unit forms the image
based on the image data, based on the read data obtained by the obtaining unit;

a conversion unit configured to convert the read data to density data, using a conversion condition corresponding to the recording
medium;

a first generation unit configured to generate the correction condition, based on the density data obtained by the conversion
unit converting the read data;

a storage unit configured to store a first conversion condition corresponding to a specific recording medium;
a second generation unit configured (i) to control the image forming unit to form a first image pattern on the specific recording
medium and to form a second image pattern on another recording medium, different from the specific recording medium, and (ii)
to generate a second conversion condition corresponding to the other recording medium using first read data, second read data,
and the first conversion condition stored in the storage unit, the first read data being obtained by the reading unit reading
the first image pattern on the specific recording medium, and the second read data being obtained by the reading unit reading
the second image pattern on the other recording medium, wherein the first image pattern and the second image pattern each
have a density; and

a control unit configured to control the contrast potential used in a case when the image forming unit forms the first image
pattern and the second image pattern, so that (i) the maximum density of the first image pattern and the second image pattern
formed by the image forming unit is higher than (ii) the maximum density of the image formed by the image forming unit,

wherein (i) the first conversion condition is used for converting read data of the measurement image on the specific recording
medium into density data on the specific recording medium, and (ii) the second conversion condition is used for converting
read data of the measurement image on the other recording medium into density data on the specific recording medium.

US Pat. No. 9,513,170

SPECTRAL COLOR SENSOR AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A spectral color sensor comprising:
a spectroscopic unit configured to irradiate a measurement target with light from a light source and disperses reflected light
from the measurement target;

a light detection element that comprises a plurality of pixels and detects the dispersed light from the reflected light;
a storage unit configured to store (i) a first correspondence relationship between the plurality of pixels and a wavelength
of a dispersed light received by each of the plurality of pixels, (ii) a second correspondence relationship between the plurality
of pixels and a stray light component received by each of the plurality of pixels, wherein the stray light component is, of
light which is irradiated from the light source and is detected by the light detection element, light which is not the reflected
light from the measurement target, and (iii) a third correspondence relationship between the plurality of pixels and a dark
output which is output from the light detection element in a state that the light source does not emit a light;

a first correction unit configured to, correct the first correspondence relationship between the plurality of pixels and a
wavelength of a dispersed light received by each of the plurality of pixels, stored in the storage unit, depending on, of
the plurality of pixels, a pixel which receives a specific wavelength of the dispersed light; and

a second correction unit configured to, in accordance with a correction result by the first correction unit, correct the second
correspondence relationship between the plurality of pixels and the stray light component received by each of the plurality
of pixels stored in the storage unit,

wherein the second correction unit does not correct the third correspondence relationship, but corrects the second correspondence
relationship.

US Pat. No. 9,515,249

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by general formula (1) as a main component
(Ba1-xCax)a(T1-yZry)O3 (where 1.00?a?1.01, 0.155?x?0.300, 0.041?y?0.069)  (1) and

a manganese component,
wherein a manganese content relative to 100 parts by weight of the perovskite-type metal oxide is 0.12 parts by weight or
more and 0.40 parts by weight or less on a metal basis,

wherein an auxiliary component content other than manganese relative to 100 parts by weight of the perovskite-type metal oxide
is less than 1.2 parts by weight on an oxide basis,

wherein the piezoelectric material is constituted by crystal grains having an average circular equivalent diameter of more
than 1 ?m and less than 10.4 ?m, and

wherein the piezoelectric material has a relative density of more than 92.1% and 100% or less.

US Pat. No. 9,513,478

MIRROR SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mirror system for displaying an image on a mirror surface, comprising:
a mirror which reflects incident light from an object facing on a front surface side to present a reflected image, and transmits
incident light from a rear surface;

a display unit configured to generate a presentation image to be superimposed on the reflected image;
an optical unit which is arranged between the display unit and the rear surface of the mirror, and images the presentation
image;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire distance information between the object and the mirror in a depth direction with
respect to the mirror surface; and

a controller configured to control, in the depth direction, an imaging point of the presentation image by the optical unit
according to the distance information in the depth direction, such that the presentation image is arranged at a position where
the same angle of convergence and focal length as those of the reflected image of the object are obtained, and such that the
position of the presentation image is adjusted forward or backward with respect to the mirror.

US Pat. No. 9,515,027

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printed circuit board comprising:
a semiconductor device having a power source terminal and a ground terminal; and
a printed wiring board on which the semiconductor device is mounted,
wherein the printed wiring board comprises:
a first wiring layer formed, as being a first surface layer of the printed wiring board, on which the semiconductor device
is mounted;

a second wiring layer having a first ground conductor plane to which the ground terminal is connected;
a third wiring layer formed from at least one layer having a first power source conductor plane to which a direct power source
voltage is applied, and a second power source conductor plane arranged so as to be arranged with a space from the first power
source conductor plane in opposition to the first ground conductor plane, such that the second power source conductor plane
and the first ground conductor plane form a planner capacitor;

a fourth wiring layer formed on the printed wiring board at a second surface layer which is a back side surface of the first
surface layer; and

a capacitor element mounted on the fourth wiring layer, wherein a first terminal of the capacitor is electrically connected
to the power source terminal and a second terminal of the capacitor is electrically connected to the ground terminal,

wherein the power source terminal and the second power source conductor plane are connected through a first connecting conductor,
the second power source conductor plane and the first power source conductor plane are connected through a second connecting
conductor,

the first terminal of the capacitor is electrically connected to the second connecting conductor, and the second terminal
of the capacitor is electrically connected through a third connecting conductor to the first ground conductor plane, and

the ground terminal is electrically connected through a fourth connecting conductor to the first ground conductor plane, and
wherein:

the first connecting conductor comprises a first via through which the first wiring layer and the second power source conductor
plane are connected electrically,

the second connecting conductor comprises a second via through which the fourth wiring layer and the second power source conductor
plane are connected electrically, a third via through which the fourth wiring layer and the first power source conductor plane
are connected electrically, and a wiring pattern formed on the fourth wiring layer for connecting the second via to the third
via,

the third connecting conductor comprises a fourth via through which the fourth wiring layer and the first ground conductor
plane are connected electrically,

and the fourth connecting conductor comprises a fifth via through which the first wiring layer and the first ground conductor
plane are connected electrically.

US Pat. No. 9,513,262

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:
a receiver that receives an acoustic wave propagating inside an object and convert the acoustic wave into an electric signal;
a scanning unit that causes the receiver to move relative to the object and scan the object;
a control unit that controls an operation of the scanning unit;
a detection unit that detects an error in an acoustic wave reception; and
a processing unit that acquires characteristic information on the inside of the object on the basis of the electric signal,
wherein the control unit decides, on the basis of the detection of the error by the detection unit, whether or not to change
the operation of the scanning unit.

US Pat. No. 9,494,882

METHOD OF PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of producing an electrophotographic photosensitive member which comprises a support and a charge transporting
layer formed thereon, comprising the steps of:
preparing a dispersion liquid comprising:
particles comprising a charge transporting substance and a binder resin, and
liquid medium;
forming a coat of the dispersion liquid;
heating the coat to dissolve the particles with liquid medium; and
drying the coat to form the charge transporting layer; wherein liquid medium comprises at least one selected from the group
consisting of propylene glycol monopropyl ether, propylene glycol-n-butyl ether, 3,3-dimethyl-1-hexanol, ethyl acetyl lactate,
2,2,4-trimethyl-1-pentanol, 2-methyl-2-ethyl-1-pentanol, ethylene glycol monoethyl ether acrylate, butyl formate, phenetole,
diethylene glycol dimethyl ether, and methyl propylene glycol acetate.

US Pat. No. 9,494,915

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,494,916

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge comprising:
a frame;
a developing roller rotatably supported by said frame;
a coupling member provided at one longitudinal end of said frame and configured to receive a driving force;
a gear provided at the one longitudinal end and configured to receive the driving force from said coupling member;
a covering member provided at the one longitudinal end and configured to cover said gear;
a movable member provided at the one longitudinal end and movable relative to said frame; and
an urging member urging said movable member,
wherein said movable member includes a projected portion capable of projecting beyond said covering member, and said movable
member is movable between a first position in which said projected portion projects beyond said covering member and a second
position in which said projected portion is closer to said frame than in the first position,

wherein said movable member is movable from the first position to the second position by an urging force of said urging member,
and

wherein, when said movable member is in the first position, said movable member is rotatable about an axis parallel with a
longitudinal direction of said frame.

US Pat. No. 9,487,035

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a conveying unit configured to convey a continuous sheet in a conveyance direction;
a printing unit configured to print an image on the continuous sheet;
a cutting unit configured to cut the continuous sheet at a location of a leading edge side and a trailing edge side of the
image printed on the continuous sheet; and

a control unit configured to, when an image whose length in the conveyance direction is less than a predetermined length is
printed, perform control of adding a margin portion on the trailing edge side of the image such that a length from a cutting
position on the leading edge side of the image to a cutting position on the trailing edge side becomes more than the predetermined
length,

wherein in a case in which a marginless image is to be printed, if the margin portion is added on the trailing edge side of
an image before the marginless image, the control unit performs control of printing the marginless image next to the margin
portion, and if the margin portion is not added on the trailing edge side of the image before the marginless image, the control
unit performs control of providing a margin portion of more than the predetermined length before the marginless image.

US Pat. No. 9,489,167

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit;
a display unit configured to move into a first position where a display surface of the display unit is oriented in a direction
different from a direction in which the image capturing unit performs image capturing and into a second position where the
display surface of the display unit is oriented in the direction in which the image capturing unit performs the image capturing,
with respect to a main body portion;

a setting unit configured to set, in a case where the display unit is in the first position, any of a plurality of settings
including a first setting, with which a normal image of the image captured by the image capturing unit is displayed, and a
second setting, with which a mirror image of the image captured by the image capturing unit is displayed; and

a display control unit configured to perform control such that, in a case where the first setting has been set, a normal image
of the image captured by the image capturing unit is displayed when the display unit is in the first position, and a mirror
image of the image captured by the image capturing unit is displayed when the display unit is in the second position, and
in a case where the second setting has been set, a mirror image of the image captured by the image capturing unit is displayed
when the display unit is in the first position, and a mirror image of the image captured by the image capturing unit is displayed
when the display unit is in the second position,

wherein, in both of the case where the first setting has been set and the case where the second setting has been set, a mirror
image of the image captured by the image capturing unit is displayed when the display unit is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,483,221

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR ON-DEMAND PRINTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a first display controlling unit configured to display a composite job object, a print job object, and a post-processing job
object as candidates for a to-be-outputted job in a first display area,

the composite job object representing a composite job, the composite job including a print job and a post-processing job for
forming a product,

the print job object representing the print job for forming the product, and
the post-processing job object representing the post-processing job for forming the product;
a second display controlling unit configured to display a logical device object, a printing apparatus object, and a post-processing
apparatus object as candidates for an output destination device in a second display area,

the logical device object representing a logical device to which the printing apparatus and the post-processing apparatus
are assigned,

the printing apparatus object being an object of the printing apparatus, and
the post-processing apparatus object being an object of the post-processing apparatus; and
a transmitting unit configured to transmit the print job included in the composite job to the printing apparatus and the post-processing
job included in the composite job to the post-processing apparatus in a case where the composite job object displayed in the
first display area is selected and where the logical device object displayed in the second display area is selected, and transmit
the print job to the printing apparatus in a case where the print job object displayed in the first display area is selected
and where the printing apparatus object displayed in the second display area is selected.

US Pat. No. 9,468,414

IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,465,338

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A fixing member comprising:
a base member;
an elastic layer provided on a surface of the base member; and
a surface layer,
wherein the surface layer contains a tetrafluoroethylene-perfluoroalkyl vinyl ether copolymer having a partial structure represented
by structural formula (1):


 and
wherein the surface layer has a surface having a contact angle of 67 degrees or more as measured in a mixed liquid for a wetting
tension test having a wetting tension of 31.0 mN/m.

US Pat. No. 9,463,624

LIQUID DISCHARGING HEAD AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharging head comprising:
a recording element substrate configured to discharge a liquid;
an electric wiring substrate that is provided with a lead terminal that is connected to the recording element substrate; and
a supporting member having a supporting surface to which the electric wiring substrate is bonded,
wherein the electric wiring substrate is bonded to the supporting surface with two or more types of adhesives including at
least a first adhesive and a second adhesive whose volume resistivity is higher than that of the first adhesive, a bond strength
of the first adhesive is higher than a bond strength of the second adhesive, and, at the supporting surface, the second adhesive
is applied such that the second adhesive is provided closer to the lead terminal than the first adhesive.

US Pat. No. 9,456,748

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,461,988

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF EXECUTING AUTHENTICATION PROCESSING, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive data from an external apparatus via a network, the data including authentication information,
the authentication information being written in plain text or hash;

a setting unit configured to set a first mode or a second mode;
a control unit configured to determine whether a user authentication should be performed;
an authentication unit configured to authenticate a user on the basis of the authentication information obtained from the
data, when the control unit determines that the user authentication should be performed; and

a process unit configured to execute a process on the data on the basis of a result of the user authentication performed by
the authentication unit,

wherein the control unit determines, in a case where the first mode is set, whether the user authentication should be performed
by the authentication unit, on the basis of whether the authentication information which is obtained from the data received
by the reception unit is written in the plain text or the hash, and

the control unit determines, in a case where the second mode is set, that the user authentication should be performed by the
authentication unit, regardless whether the authentication information which is obtained from the data received by the reception
unit is written in the plain text or the hash.

US Pat. No. 9,456,155

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,456,161

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,444,693

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,442,221

PRECURSOR SOL OF ALUMINUM OXIDE, OPTICAL MEMBER, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING OPTICAL MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical member comprising:
a layer on a surface of a base, the layer mainly containing aluminum oxide and having a textured structure formed of aluminum
oxide crystals,

wherein the optical member meets the following expression (1):
Y?X?0.4  (1)
where letting the number of aluminum atoms obtained by analyzing a surface of the optical member using X-ray photoelectron
spectroscopy at a photoelectron take-off angle of 45° be 1, X represents the ratio of the number of oxygen atoms to the number
of aluminum atoms, i.e., O/Al; andletting the number of aluminum atoms obtained by analyzing the surface of the optical member using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
at a photoelectron take-off angle of 75° be 1, Y represents the ratio of the number of oxygen atoms to the number of aluminum
atoms, i.e., O/Al,
wherein X exceeds 2.0.

US Pat. No. 9,440,465

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a feeding roller configured to feed a printing sheet;
a conveyance roller configured to convey the printing sheet fed by the feeding roller;
a printing unit having a plurality of printing elements arranged in a conveyance direction of the printing sheet and configured
to perform a printing operation on the printing sheet conveyed by the conveyance roller;

a determination unit configured to perform a determination operation to determine whether or not a predetermined condition
is satisfied;

a conveyance control unit configured to control conveyance of printing sheets so that an overlap state, in which a trailing
edge of a preceding sheet as a printing sheet precedingly fed by the feeding roller and a leading edge of a succeeding sheet
as a printing sheet succeedingly fed by the feeding roller overlap each other, is formed between the feeding roller and the
conveyance roller, wherein the conveyance control unit is further configured to control conveyance of printing sheets, so
as to, in a case where it is determined that the predetermined condition is satisfied, convey the succeeding sheet to a position
facing the printing unit while keeping the overlap state and, in a case where it is determined that the predetermined condition
is not satisfied, convey the succeeding sheet to the position in a state in which the overlap state is cancelled; and

a printing control unit configured to set said determination unit, printing elements of the printing unit to be used in the
printing operation so as to satisfy the predetermined condition in the determination operation.

US Pat. No. 9,445,114

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING SLICE BOUNDARIES BASED ON MULTIPLE VIDEO ENCODING PROCESSES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of determining slices for encoding an image of a video sequence, the image being represented by a plurality of
coding units, the encoding comprising a first encoding process and a second encoding process for encoding the image wherein
each encoding process introduces coding dependencies between coding units, the method comprising:
determining, for each encoding process, a respective set of slice boundaries wherein the set of slice boundaries for each
encoding process partitions the image into one or more slices for the respective encoding process, the one or more slices
each including a set of coding units of the image between a pair of respective slice boundaries and the coding units of one
slice being encoded independently of the coding units of another of the slices of the encoding process concerned;

wherein the slice boundaries for the first encoding process are determined as a function of at least one slice boundary defining
parameter independently from the slice boundaries for the second encoding process, the at least one slice boundary defining
parameter being representative of at least one of characteristics of a network via which the encoded image is to be transmitted,

wherein the at least one slice boundary defining parameter defines a size of a maximum transport unit of said network so that
the size of a slice between two slice boundaries is determined in the following way:

if the packet loss rate of the network is above a predetermined packet loss rate threshold, the slice boundaries are defined
such that the size of a slice between two slice boundaries is less or equal to the size of a maximum transport unit; otherwise

if the packet loss rate is less than the predetermined packet loss rate threshold, the slice boundaries are defined such that
the size of a slice between two slice boundaries corresponds to N times the size of a maximum transport unit where N>1.

US Pat. No. 9,436,132

DEVELOPMENT DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A development device comprising:
a first developer bearing member configured to bear and convey a developer including magnetic particles and develop an electrostatic
latent image;

a second developer bearing member rotatable in a same direction as a rotation direction of the first developer bearing member
and configured to bear and convey the developer delivered from the first developer bearing member and develop the electrostatic
latent image developed by the first developer bearing member;

a development container configured to expose portions of the first developer bearing member and the second developer bearing
member in an opening portion and accommodate the developer;

a first magnetic field generation member configured to be disposed within the first developer bearing member and include a
plurality of magnetic poles including at least a first magnetic pole provided to face the second developer bearing member;

a second magnetic field generation member configured to be disposed within the second developer bearing member and include
a plurality of magnetic poles including a second magnetic pole and a third magnetic pole, the second magnetic pole being provided
to substantially face the first magnetic pole and being different in polarity from the first magnetic pole, the third magnetic
pole being same in polarity as the second magnetic pole and being disposed on an upstream side as compared with the second
magnetic pole as regards the rotation direction of the second developer bearing member;

a first magnet member provided in an end portion in an axis direction of the first developer bearing member and provided on
a side opposite to an image bearing member, of the first developer bearing member, the first magnet member being provided
on a downstream side as compared with the first magnetic pole as regards the rotation direction of the first developer bearing
member, the first magnet member being disposed along a peripheral surface of the first developer bearing member; and

a second magnet member provided in an end portion in an axis direction of the second developer bearing member and provided
on a side opposite to the image bearing member, of the second developer bearing member, the second magnet member being provided
on an upstream side as compared with the second magnetic pole as regards the rotation direction of the second developer bearing
member, the second magnet member being disposed along a peripheral surface of the second developer bearing member, the second
magnet member being disposed to face a zero Gauss zone, which becomes 50 Gauss or less in magnetic flux density, formed between
the second magnetic pole and the third magnetic pole,

wherein as regards the rotation direction of the second developer bearing member, an upstream end of the second magnet member
is disposed on an upstream side as compared with an upstream end of the zero Gauss zone, and a downstream end of the second
magnet member is disposed on a downstream side as compared with the upstream end of the zero Gauss zone and on an upstream
side as compared with a downstream end of the zero Gauss zone.

US Pat. No. 9,436,147

CALCULATION METHOD OF TONER CONSUMPTION AMOUNT FOR USE IN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording medium, comprising:
a count unit configured to count, among a plurality of pixels in image data for forming the image, the number of pixels whose
relationship with an adjacent pixel satisfies a predetermined edge condition to provide an edge count and to count the number
of pixels having a density greater than or equal to a predetermined density to provide a pixel count;

a determination unit configured to determine information regarding a type of the image based on the edge count and the pixel
count; and

a calculation unit configured to calculate a toner consumption amount based on the determined information regarding the type
of the image and the pixel count.

US Pat. No. 9,436,149

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of first image bearing members;
a second bearing member, onto which an image formed on each of the first bearing members is transferred;
a driving roller configured to rotate the second bearing member;
a drive source;
a first gear which includes teeth which are configured of a resin material to transmit a driving force from the drive source;
a second gear which includes teeth which are configured of a metallic material to transmit the driving force from the first
gear to the driving roller by meshing with the first gear,

wherein the second gear is established so that a number of the teeth of the second gear is larger than a number of the teeth
of the first gear, and is equal to the integral multiple of a number of the teeth of the first gear,

wherein the first gear and the second gear transmit the power to the driving roller for driving the second bearing member,
and

wherein the first image bearing members are disposed at equal intervals L, and the interval L is an integer multiple of a
peripheral length of the driving roller.

US Pat. No. 9,433,355

PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoacoustic imaging apparatus comprising:
a light source configured to emit first light and second light;
a light diffusion member;
a light amount measurement unit configured to measure a light amount of a part of the first light emitted from the light source;
an acoustic wave conversion unit configured to receive an acoustic wave generated by irradiating a subject with the first
light and convert the acoustic wave into an electric signal;

a processing unit configured to generate image data based on the electric signal; and
an imaging unit configured to capture an optical pattern of the second light on the light diffusion member, the optical pattern
being generated by irradiating the light diffusion member with the second light,

wherein the first light is light emitted by the light source to irradiate the subject, and the second light is light emitted
by the light source to irradiate the diffusion member without irradiating the subject,

wherein the processing unit is configured to calculate relative light irradiation density distribution of the second light
based on the optical pattern of the second light captured by the imaging unit,

wherein the processing unit is configured to calculate light irradiation density distribution of the first light based on
the relative light irradiation density distribution of the second light calculated by the processing unit and the light amount
of the part of the first light measured by the light amount measurement unit,

wherein the processing unit is configured to calculate light amount distribution of the first light in the subject based on
the light irradiation density distribution of the first light calculated by the processing unit, and

wherein the processing unit is configured to generate image data of a light absorption coefficient distribution in the subject
based on the light amount distribution of the first light in the subject and the electric signal.

US Pat. No. 9,436,706

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR LAYING OUT IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain an image group including one or more images;
a creating unit configured to create a layout candidate, by laying out the one or more images, hereinafter referred to as
each image, included in the image group obtained by the obtaining unit; and

an evaluation unit configured to evaluate the layout candidate created by the creating unit, based on individual evaluation
including image blurring evaluation for each image laid out within a layout image,

wherein the image blurring evaluation is evaluated based on a magnitude of blurring of each image and a size of each image
placed in the layout image, and the image blurring evaluation of each image becomes lower when each image including the blurring
is placed with a larger size in a layout candidate and the image blurring evaluation of each image becomes higher when each
image including blurring is placed with a smaller size in a layout candidate,

wherein at least one of the obtaining unit, the creating unit, and the evaluating unit is implemented by at least one processor
in the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,426,350

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,420,123

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR REGISTERING ANOTHER APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which uses predetermined processing by a predetermined device, comprising:
a registration unit configured to perform registration so as to allow said information processing apparatus to use the predetermined
processing of the predetermined device;

a confirmation unit configured to confirm a registration state of an other information processing apparatus capable of using
the predetermined device, by communicating with the other information processing apparatus; and

a deregistration unit configured to perform deregistration processing for deregistering the other information processing apparatus,
if a confirmation results of said confirmation unit indicates that the other information processing apparatus is already registered
as an apparatus which uses the predetermined processing of the predetermined device,

wherein said registration unit performs the registration based on the deregistration processing by said deregistration unit.
US Pat. No. 9,417,540

TONER AND TWO-COMPONENT DEVELOPER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising:
a binder resin;
a colorant; and
a wax,
the toner being obtained through a step of melting and kneading the binder resin, the colorant, and the wax,
wherein:
the binder resin comprises:
a polyester resin A having a polyhydric alcohol unit and a polyvalent carboxylic acid unit, and
a polyester resin B having a polyhydric alcohol unit and a polyvalent carboxylic acid unit;
a mass ratio (polyester resin A/polyester resin B) of the polyester resin A to the polyester resin B is from 10/90 or more
to 60/40 or less;

the polyester resin A has a softening point of from 120° C. or more to 180° C. or less;
the polyester resin A contains 90 mol % or more of a polyhydric alcohol unit derived from an aromatic diol with respect to
a total number of moles of the polyhydric alcohol unit, and contains 0.1 mol % or more to 10.0 mol % or less of a polyhydric
alcohol unit derived from an oxyalkylene ether of a novolac type phenol resin with respect thereto;

the polyester resin A contains 15 mol % or more to 50 mol % or less of a polyvalent carboxylic acid unit derived from an aliphatic
dicarboxylic acid, which contains a straight-chain hydrocarbon having 4 or more to 16 or less carbon atoms as a main chain
and has carboxyl groups at both terminals of the main chain, with respect to a total number of moles of the polyvalent carboxylic
acid unit;

the polyester resin B has a softening point of from 80° C. or more to 100° C. or less;
the polyester resin B contains 90 mol % or more of a polyhydric alcohol unit derived from an aromatic diol with respect to
a total number of moles of the polyhydric alcohol unit;

the polyester resin B contains 90 mol % or more of a polyvalent carboxylic acid unit derived from one of an aromatic dicarboxylic
acid and a derivative thereof with respect to a total number of moles of the polyvalent carboxylic acid unit; and

the polyester resin B contains 0.1 mol % or more to 10.0 mol % or less of a polyvalent carboxylic acid unit derived from one
of an aliphatic dicarboxylic acid and a derivative thereof with respect to the total number of moles of the polyvalent carboxylic
acid unit.

US Pat. No. 9,420,135

SHEET READING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet reading apparatus, comprising:
a feed unit configured to feed the sheet from a document tray to a conveyance path one by one;
a conveyance unit configured to convey the sheet to a reading position along the conveyance path;
a delivery unit configured to convey a sheet having passed through the reading position to an output tray;
a motor for driving the conveyance unit and the delivery unit;
a detection unit configured to detect a sheet being conveyed along the conveyance path;
a reading unit configured to read the sheet being conveyed by the conveyance unit at the reading position; and
a control unit configured to control the motor based on a detection result of the detection unit,
wherein the control unit is further configured to stop the motor, not waiting for the delivery of the sheet to the output
tray, in a case where a rear end of the sheet being conveyed is not detected within a predetermined time after a timing at
which a front end of the sheet being conveyed is detected, and

wherein the control unit is further configured to set a time for driving the motor, and based on the set time, to control
stopping the motor such that, in a case where a distance between a preceding sheet which is being conveyed by the delivery
unit and a following sheet which is being conveyed by the conveyance unit is shorter than a predetermined distance, the preceding
sheet is delivered to the output tray and the following sheet remains on the conveyance path.

US Pat. No. 9,417,566

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SYSTEM OPERABLE IN GHOST-SUPPRESSION MODE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a movable intermediary transfer member;
first to third toner image forming units arranged in the listed order along a moving direction of said intermediary transfer
member from an upstream side toward a downstream side with respect to the moving direction and configured to sequentially
form different color toner images on said intermediary transfer member, said first toner image forming unit for forming a
first toner image and including a first photosensitive member and a first exposure member configured to form an electrostatic
latent image by exposing said first photosensitive member to light with a predetermined exposure amount, said second toner
image forming unit for forming a second toner image and including a second photosensitive member and a second exposure member
configured to form an electrostatic latent image by exposing said second photosensitive member to light with a predetermined
exposure amount, and said third toner image forming unit for forming a third toner image and including a third photosensitive
member, a charging member configured to be supplied with a voltage having only a DC component to charge said third photosensitive
member in a charge portion, a transfer member configured to form a transfer portion between said third photosensitive member
and said transfer member with said intermediary transfer member therebetween;

a voltage source configured to apply a voltage to said transfer member to form in the transfer portion an electric field for
transferring the third toner image formed on said third photosensitive member onto said intermediary transfer member while
passing the first toner image and the second toner image;

an execution portion configured to execute an image forming operation for forming an image on a recording material by transferring
altogether the toner images sequentially formed on said intermediary transfer member by said first to third toner image forming
units;

an input portion configured to input an image adjustment setting, the image adjustment setting including a first setting and
a second setting; and

a control portion configured to set, when the first setting is inputted, a transferring current to a first current and the
exposure amounts of said first and second exposure members so as to provide a first maximum toner deposition amount during
the execution of the image forming operation by said execution portion, and said control portion being configured to set,
when the second setting is inputted, the transferring current to a second current which is greater than the first current
and the exposure amounts of said first and second exposure members so as to provide a second maximum toner deposition amount
which is smaller than the first maximum toner deposition amount during the execution of the image forming operation by said
execution portion.

US Pat. No. 9,420,206

IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DETECTING DEFECTIVE PIXEL THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus including a solid image pickup device for converting an optical image formed by a plurality of
pixel groups arranged two-dimensionally to an electric signal and outputting the electric signal, each pixel group being formed
by a plurality of pixels having a pixel structure in which two or more pixels share part of electrical construction therebetween,
comprising:
a storage unit configured to store position information on each of defective pixels;
a defective pixel-detecting unit configured to detect a new defective pixel on which position information is not stored in
said storage unit, out of the plurality of pixels forming the pixel group, by a plurality of different types of defective
pixel detection processing; and

a control unit configured to add respective results of the plurality of different types of defective pixel detection processing
by weighted averaging dependent on the number of defective pixels which are included in each pixel group and on which the
position information is stored in said storage unit and determine based on a result of the addition whether or not a detection
target pixel is the new defective pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,420,261

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor which includes a left-eye light-receiving element and a right-eye light-receiving element, and outputs a left-eye
captured image for left eye and a right-eye captured image for right eye upon receiving light beams having passed through
one imaging optical system; and

one or more processors configured to function as the following units:
a detection unit which is able to detect a difference, between the left-eye captured image and the right-eye captured image,
of each of subjects included in the left-eye captured image and the right-eye captured image;

a control unit which is able to control a focusing unit of the imaging optical system to focus on a given subject included
in the left-eye captured image and the right-eye captured image, based on the difference of the given subject between the
left-eye captured image and the right-eye captured image detected by the detection unit; and

a creation unit which is able to create an image for binocular stereopsis using the left-eye captured image and the right-eye
captured image,

wherein the creation unit creates the image for binocular stereopsis so that a difference, between the left-eye captured image
and the right-eye captured image, of a subject which is different from the given subject and is included in both the left-eye
captured image and the right-eye captured image has a predetermined value in the image for binocular stereopsis.

US Pat. No. 9,420,303

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPLACEMENT VECTOR COMPONENT TRANSFORMATION IN VIDEO CODING AND DECODING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for decoding values of a first and a second component of a vector representative of the position in an image of
a predictor block used to predict a current Coding Unit of the same image, wherein the method comprises:
decoding the value of a first component of said vector;
determining a range of allowed values for the second component of said vector as a function of the value of the first component;
decoding the value of the second component of said vector;
transforming the value of the second component of said vector in function of the determined range.

US Pat. No. 9,407,439

AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM AND AUTHENTICATION CODE CONVERTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An authentication system, comprising:
a to-be-authenticated device configured to generate first authentication data;
an authentication code convertor configured to convert the first authentication data generated by the to-be-authenticated
device into a second authentication data; and

an authentication device configured to perform authentication of the to-be-authenticated device based on the second authentication
data converted by the authentication code convertor,

wherein the first authentication data includes a first authentication code and predetermined data included in the to-be-authenticated
device, the to-be-authenticated device being configured to calculate the first authentication code using challenge data output
from the authentication device in accordance with a common key encryption method using a common key,

wherein the second authentication data includes a second authentication code and the predetermined data included in the to-be-authenticated
device, the authentication code convertor being configured to connect the predetermined data and the challenge data as second
connection data, encrypt the second connection data as a second authentication code in accordance with a public key using
a private key, and output the second authentication data to the authentication device, and

wherein the authentication device is configured to decrypt the second authentication code of the second authentication data
using a public key, and to perform authentication of the to-be-authenticated device using a decrypted result.

US Pat. No. 9,405,105

ZOOM LENS SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens system, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a focus lens portion;
a zoom portion including a lens unit that moves for zooming;
an aperture stop for light amount adjustment;
a relay portion that does not move for zooming; and
wherein:
the relay portion comprises:
a negative lens unit having negative optical power,
a positive lens unit disposed at the image side with respect to the negative lens unit, and having a positive optical power,
and

an insertable unit that is insertable into an optical path between the negative lens unit and the positive lens unit, and
shifts a focal length range of an entire system to a long focal length side by being inserted into the optical path, and

wherein
when, an effective diameter of a lens surface closest to the object side of the negative lens unit is denoted by ea41, a distance from the aperture stop to a lens surface of the insertable unit closest to the object side on the optical path
when the insertable unit is inserted into the optical path is denoted by l_in, a focal length of the negative lens unit is
denoted by f41, a combined focal length of the negative lens unit and the insertable unit when the insertable unit is inserted into the
optical path is denoted by f41_ex, the following expressions are satisfied: insertable

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US Pat. No. 9,401,704

ACTIVE MATRIX PANEL, DETECTION APPARATUS AND DETECTION SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A detection apparatus comprising:
a plurality of conversion elements for converting radiation or light into a charge;
a plurality of transistors corresponding to the conversion elements to output an electric signal in accordance with the converted
charge;

a gate line connected to control electrodes of the transistors; and
a drive circuit supplying the gate line with a conducting voltage in which the transistors are in a conductive state and a
non-conducting voltage in which the transistors are in a non-conductive state,

wherein the drive circuit comprises a shift register comprising a plurality of shift register unit circuits connected to each
other, and a demultiplexer comprising a plurality of demultiplexer unit circuits into which output signals of the plurality
of shift register unit circuits are respectively input,

wherein the demultiplexer unit circuit comprises a first transistor and a second transistor, and the first transistor supplies
the conducting voltage to the gate line at the conductive state and does not supply the conducting voltage to the gate line
at the non-conductive state, and the second transistor supplies the non-conducting voltage to the gate line at the conductive
state and does not supply the non-conducting voltage to the gate line at the non-conductive state, and

wherein the first transistor is changed from the non-conducting state into the conducting state when the second transistor
is in the conducting state.

US Pat. No. 9,398,887

RADIATION IMAGING CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING RADIATION IMAGING CONTROL APPARATUS, MEDICAL IMAGING APPARATUS, MEDICAL IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging control apparatus comprising:
a communication circuit for communicating with a radiation detector for obtaining a radiation image;
a processor; and
memory storing a program to be executed by the processor to:
cause a display unit to display one or more imaging condition(s) for one inspection of an object to be imaged;
designate one imaging condition of the one or more imaging condition(s);
obtain, based on the designated imaging condition, a past image which is an image of the object and is of an inspection different
from the one inspection;

cause a display unit to display a past thumbnail image corresponding to the obtained past image;
receive a captured image from the radiation detector using the communication circuit, wherein the captured image has been
captured based on one of the one or more imaging condition(s); and

cause a display unit to display the captured image, so that the at least one imaging condition, the past thumbnail image and
the captured image are simultaneously displayed in one imaging window.

US Pat. No. 9,402,021

IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS, LENS UNIT, CONTROL METHOD OF THE IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF THE LENS UNIT, AND IMAGE-PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-pickup apparatus to which a lens unit that includes an imaging optical system including a focus lens is attachable,
the image-pickup apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to photoelectrically convert an object image formed via the lens unit that has been attached, and
to generate an image signal; and

a controller configured to generate information on driving of the focus lens in the lens unit based upon the image signal
and to provide focus control, the controller communicating data with the lens unit in synchronization with a vertical synchronizing
signal by a fixed-length packet communication,

wherein the controller instructs the lens unit on a defocus amount on an image plane corresponding to a driving amount of
the focus lens when a command mode is a first mode, and instructs the lens unit on a driving direction and driving speed of
the focus lens when the command mode is a second mode different from the first mode, and

wherein information on the defocus amount on the image plane corresponding to the driving amount of the focus lens is set
in a first data area included in data transmitted in the fixed-length packet communication when the command mode is the first
mode, and information on the driving direction of the focus lens is set in the first data area when the command mode is the
second mode.

US Pat. No. 9,402,025

DETECTION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR DETECTING FEATURE POINT AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A detection apparatus for detecting feature points in an image, the detection apparatus comprising a processor and a memory
storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the detection apparatus to:
receive a shooting mode for shooting the image;
set a number of feature points to be detected from first and second regions of the image when the shooting mode is a first
mode such that a ratio between a number of feature points detected from the first region of the image when the shooting mode
is the first mode and a number of feature points detected from the second region of the image when the shooting mode is the
first mode is larger than a ratio between a number of feature points detected from the first region of the image when the
shooting mode is a second mode and a number of feature points detected from the second region of the image when the shooting
mode is the second mode; and

detect the feature points of the number set in accordance with the shooting mode.

US Pat. No. 9,402,041

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGING APPARATUS USING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor provided with a plurality of pixels which photo-electrically convert an object image formed
by an imaging optical system,
wherein at least a portion of the plurality of pixels are pixels for ranging in which a first photoelectric conversion unit,
a barrier region and a second photoelectric conversion unit are provided in alignment in a first direction in this sequence;

wherein when the region of the solid-state image sensor is divided by a straight line perpendicular to the first direction
and passing through the center of the solid-state image sensor, into a first region which is positioned in a negative direction
of the first direction from the straight line, and a second region which is positioned in a positive direction of the first
direction from the straight line:

more than half of the pixels for ranging in a portion of the first region which is distanced by at least a prescribed distance
from the straight are first pixels in which the center of a barrier region is situated eccentrically in the negative direction
of the first direction with respect to the center of the pixel, and

more than half of the pixels for ranging in a portion of the second region which is distanced by at least the prescribed distance
from the straight line are second pixels in which the center of a barrier region is situated eccentrically in the positive
direction of the first direction with respect to the center of the pixel; and

wherein a center of a pixel for ranging is a center of gravity of a region defined by the first photoelectric conversion unit
and the second photoelectric conversion unit.

US Pat. No. 9,402,049

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that generates second image data from first image data, the first image data consisting of
signals corresponding to a plurality of color components, the apparatus comprising:
a first correction unit that generates a first signal of a pixel of interest in the second image data by adding a plurality
of signals in the first image data that correspond to the same color component;

a second correction unit that generates a second signal of the pixel of interest in the second image data by adding a plurality
of signals in the first image data that correspond to different color components; and

a mixing unit that mixes the first signal generated by the first correction unit and the second signal generated by the second
correction unit based on color information of the pixel of interest.

US Pat. No. 9,395,674

CURL CORRECTION APPARATUS, SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A curl correction apparatus disposed downstream in a sheet conveying direction with respect to a fixing unit which fixes
a toner image onto a sheet, the apparatus for correcting a curl of the sheet, the apparatus comprising:
a first roller;
a second roller having a hardness lower than that of the first roller, the first roller and the second roller forming a nip
portion;

an urging member configured to urge the first roller to the second roller;
a guide member configured to guide the sheet onto which the toner image is fixed by the fixing unit to the nip portion, the
guide member being disposed on an upstream side of the nip portion in the sheet conveying direction,

wherein a length of the nip portion in the sheet conveying direction at a longitudinal central portion of the nip portion
is shorter than a length of the nip portion in the sheet conveying direction at two longitudinal end portions of the nip portion,

wherein a downstream edge of the guide member in the sheet conveying direction at a longitudinal central portion of the guide
member protrudes further in the sheet conveying direction than a downstream edge of the guide member in the sheet conveying
direction at the two longitudinal end portions of the guide member, and

wherein the guide member is positioned such that the downstream edge of the guide member at the longitudinal central portion
of the guide member overlaps with the first roller in the conveying direction when the first roller and the guide member are
viewed in an urging direction of the urging member.

US Pat. No. 9,396,524

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus capable of generating a restored image from an original image, the image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element configured to photoelectrically convert an object image formed via an image pickup optical system
to obtain the original image;

a storage unit configured to store a first optical transfer function which is different depending on an image pickup condition
and on a position in the original image, and an image restoration filter whose distribution of two-dimensional filter values
is constant with respect to a position in the original image and different depending on an aperture value or a function designed
to generate a second optical transfer function;

a data obtaining unit configured to obtain the first optical transfer function when the aperture value is less than a predetermined
value, and obtain the image restoration filter or the second optical transfer function generated based on the function designed
to generate the second optical transfer function when the aperture value is not less than the predetermined value;

a filter generating unit configured to generate an image restoration filter based on the first optical transfer function or
the second optical transfer function when the data obtaining unit obtains the first optical transfer function or the second
optical transfer function; and

an image processing unit configured to generate the restored image from the original image by using the image restoration
filter stored in the storage unit or the image restoration filter generated by the filter generating unit.

US Pat. No. 9,398,194

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD PERFORMING DENSITY ADJUSTMENT ON IMAGE DATA BASED ON GENERATED DENSITY CHARACTERISTICS DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of performing density adjustment on a plurality of density ranges, comprising:
an input unit configured to input an adjustment level of a density range independently on a plurality of density ranges based
on a user's instruction;

a determination unit configured to determine, in accordance with a combination of density ranges whose adjustment level have
been input by the input unit, points to be used for an interpolation out of points dividing the density ranges whose adjustment
level have been input by the input unit;

an adjustment unit configured to adjust an output density level at an intermediate points in density characteristics used
for the density adjustment based on the adjustment level input by the input unit;

a generation unit configured to generate the density characteristics by interpolating between the points determined by the
determining unit and the intermediate points whose output density level have been adjusted by the adjustment unit.

US Pat. No. 9,395,657

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND DRIVE CONTROL OF IMAGE BEARING MEMBER MOTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to carry a toner image;
a belt member which is in contact with the image bearing member, wherein the toner image from the image bearing member is
transferred to the belt member;

a first driving source configured to drive the image bearing member;
a first detection member configured to detect a rotation speed of the image bearing member;
a rotary member configured to apply a driving force to the belt member;
a second driving source configured to drive the rotary member;
a second detection member configured to detect a rotation speed of the rotary member;
a transfer member that is in contact with the image bearing member across the belt member;
a power supply configured to apply a voltage to the transfer member;
a control unit configured to control the first driving source on the basis of a detection result of the first detection member
and control the second driving source on the basis of a detection result of the second detection member;

a switching unit configured to switch between a first state and a second state, no voltage being applied from the power supply
to the transfer member in the first state, a voltage being applied from the power supply to the transfer member in the second
state;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire information on a load torque applied to the second driving source when the second
driving source drives the rotary member at a predetermined rotation speed; and

an execution unit configured to execute an image formation with a rotation speed of the image bearing member based on a first
relationship and a second relationship,

the first relationship being a relationship between each of a plurality of different rotation speeds with which the image
bearing member is driven in the first state and the corresponding information acquired by the acquisition unit, and

the second relationship being a relationship between each of a plurality of different rotation speeds with which the image
bearing member is driven in the second state and the corresponding information acquired by the acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,387,717

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH ROTARY MEMBER TO CONVEY SHEETS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus, comprising:
a sheet conveying portion configured to convey the sheet;
a sheet stacking portion on which a sheet conveyed by the sheet conveying portion is stacked;
a regulating portion configured to regulate a position of the sheet on the sheet stacking portion;
a binding portion configured to bind a plurality of sheets regulated by the regulating portion;
a rotary member pair having a first rotary member and a second rotary member, the rotary member pair configured to convey
the sheet toward the regulating portion through rotation in a first direction, and configured to convey a sheet bundle, which
is bound by the binding portion, through rotation in a second direction opposite to the first direction;

a moving portion configured to move the second rotary member to a separation position, at which the second rotary member is
separated away from the first rotary member, after the rotary member pair conveys the sheet toward the regulating portion,
and configured to move the second rotary member from the separation position to a nipping position, at which the second rotary
member and the first rotary member nip the sheet bundle, before the rotary member pair conveys the bound sheet bundle;

a drive portion configured to drive the first rotary member and the second rotary member; and
a control portion configured to control the drive portion and the moving portion so as to rotate the rotary member pair in
the second direction after the second rotary member is moved to the separation position and before the second rotary member
is moved to the nipping position.

US Pat. No. 9,389,821

PRINTING AND PRINTING CONTROL INCLUDES DETERMINING WHETHER TO SET SHEET ATTRIBUTE INFORMATION OF SHEETS IN SHEET HOLDING UNITS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

18. A method for controlling a printing control apparatus, the method comprising:
storing, in a storing unit, a size of a sheet and attribute information of the sheet;
receiving, from a printing apparatus, a size of a sheet stored in a sheet holding unit of the printing apparatus;
determining attribute information of a sheet based on the received size, wherein the attribute information of the sheet is
stored in association with the received size in the storing unit;

sending, to the printing apparatus, the determined attribute information; and
receiving, from a user, an instruction indicating whether a function is enabled or disabled, wherein the function is for setting
attribute information of a sheet stored in association with the size of the sheet stored in the sheet holding unit in the
storing unit as attribute information of a sheet stored in the sheet holding unit,

wherein, in a case where the instruction received is an instruction indicating that the function is enabled, sending includes
sending the determined attribute information to the printing apparatus, and

wherein, in a case where the instruction received is an instruction indicating that the function is disabled, sending includes
not sending the determined attribute information to the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,392,642

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a heating rotatable member configured to heat a toner image on a recording material, in a nip;
a nip forming member cooperating with said heating rotatable member to form the nip;
a rubbing rotatable member configured to rub a surface of the heating rotatable member;
a moving mechanism configured to move said rubbing rotatable member between a position spaced from said heating rotatable
member and a position for rubbing said heating rotatable member; and

a controller configured to execute, when the recording material is not passing through the nip, an operation in a first mode
and continuously therewith an operation in a second mode,

wherein in the first mode, said heating rotatable member is rotated at least through one full-turn in a state that said rubbing
rotatable member is in the spaced position and that said heating rotatable member is in contact with said nip forming member
with a target temperature of said heating rotatable member higher than a target temperature of said nip forming member, and
in the second mode, said rubbing rotatable member contacts said heating rotatable member by said moving mechanism and rubs
the surface of said heating rotatable member,

wherein said controller causes a temperature difference in the first mode between the target temperature of said heating rotatable
member and a target temperature of said nip forming member to be larger than the temperature difference when the toner image
is heated by the nip, and

wherein said controller raises the temperature of said heating rotatable member in a state that said heating rotatable member
and said nip forming member are spaced from each other, before said at least one rotation, in the first mode.

US Pat. No. 9,392,181

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
an image sensor that captures an object image and outputs image data;
a photometric value acquisition processor that acquires, from the image data, a first photometric value which is an average
photometric value and a second photometric value which is a maximum photometric value different from the first photometric
value; and

an exposure change processor that changes exposure such that the first photometric value comes close to an average photometric
target value which is a predetermined value,

wherein said exposure change processor calculates a third photometric value that is a maximum photometric value for target
exposure, which is different from the first photometric value and the second photometric value, based on the first photometric
value, the average photometric target value, and the second photometric value, and corrects the exposure in accordance with
a difference between the third photometric value and a maximum photometric reference value.

US Pat. No. 9,387,677

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:
an inkjet printing head including an ejection opening face formed with an ejection opening;
a cap being capable of sealing the ejection opening face;
a tube pump connected with the cap and configured to be able to generate a negative pressure inside of the cap;
a buffer member provided between the cap and the tube pump and including a bottom face and a film member mounted opposite
to the bottom face;

a first flow path that allows the cap and the buffer member to communicate with each other;
a first joint portion that connects the first flow path and the buffer member with each other;
a second flow path that allows the tube pump and the buffer member to communicate with each other;
a second joint portion that connects the second flow path and the tube pump with each other; and
a flow passage groove formed at the bottom face and configured to allow the first joint portion and the second joint portion
to communicate with each other inside the buffer member.

US Pat. No. 9,387,690

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING RADIATION REDUCING BACKGROUND EXPOSURE PROCESSING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that can perform image forming processing by forming a latent image on a charged photosensitive
member and causing toner particles to adhere to the latent image, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a light irradiation unit configured to emit light based on a light-emission signal corresponding to an image to be formed
and form a latent image by irradiating and scanning the charged photosensitive member with light; and

a signal generation unit configured to store information relating to a plurality of light-emission patterns having been set
beforehand in accordance with a plurality of density levels of toner particles to be supplied to the photosensitive member,
and configured to generate a plurality of light-emission signals based on the information relating to the plurality of light-emission
patterns,

wherein the signal generation unit is configured to generate the plurality of light-emission signals corresponding to a plurality
of pixels that constitutes the image based on information relating to the light-emission patterns,

wherein the signal generation unit is configured to store information relating to a toner non-adherent area oriented light-emission
pattern having been set beforehand according to a level that does not cause toner particles to adhere to the photosensitive
member, and generate a toner non-adherent area oriented light-emission signal based on information relating to the toner non-adherent
area oriented light-emission pattern,

wherein the toner non-adherent area oriented light-emission signal is at least one of the plurality of light-emission signals
generated based on information relating to the plurality of light-emission patterns, and

wherein while the light irradiation unit scans based on the toner non-adherent area oriented light-emission signal, when the
light irradiation unit scans a portion corresponding to two pixels adjacently disposed in a scanning direction, at least one
of (a) light-emission start timing of the light irradiation unit and (b) light-emission termination timing of the light irradiation
unit is differentiated between the two pixels.

US Pat. No. 9,385,152

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup device comprising:
a first substrate having a first transistor and a photoelectric conversion element;
a second substrate having a second transistor, the first and second substrates being laminated;
a first interconnect electrically connected to the second transistor, the first interconnect being mainly made of copper;
a second interconnect electrically connected to the first interconnect, the second interconnect being mainly made of copper;
a third interconnect electrically connected to the second interconnect and disposed between the first substrate and the second
substrate, the third interconnect being mainly made of aluminum; and

a plug arranged in a hole of an insulating interlayer between the first substrate and the second substrate, the plug being
made of tungsten,

wherein
a distance between the second interconnect and the second substrate is greater than a distance between the first interconnect
and the second substrate,

a distance between the second interconnect and the first substrate is greater than a distance between the third interconnect
and the first substrate,

the distance between the third interconnect and the first substrate is greater than a distance between a gate electrode of
the first transistor and the first substrate, and

the distance between the third interconnect and the first substrate is greater than a distance between the plug and the first
substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,383,949

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor;
a providing unit configured to provide, from an application, at least a first screen, which is managed as a screen for forced
notification, and a second screen, which is managed as a screen for non-forced notification;

an input unit configured to input information to be displayed in a screen;
a notification control unit configured to notify a screen of the information,
wherein, in a case where the second screen is in an active state as a screen registered at a predetermined position in a list,
the notification control unit is configured to notify the second screen of the information,

wherein, in a case where the second screen is in an inactive state, the notification control unit is configured not to notify
the second screen of the information, and to notify the first screen of the information regardless of whether the first screen
is in an active state or an inactive state, and

wherein the at least one processor implements the providing unit, the input unit, and the notification control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,385,788

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, POWER SUPPLY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive a power supply request and a power supply condition from a power receiving apparatus;
and

a power supply control unit configured to instruct a power supply unit to perform a test power supply to a target power receiving
apparatus that is a transmission source of the power supply request, and to instruct the power supply unit to perform actual
power supply according to the power supply condition when the receiving unit receives a success notification of the test power
supply from the target power receiving apparatus after performing the test power supply.

US Pat. No. 9,384,326

DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT APPARATUS, STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM, AND METHOD FOR DEDUCING A DIAGNOSIS BASED ON INPUT FINDINGS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A diagnosis support apparatus connected to a display unit and an operating unit, the diagnosis support apparatus comprising:
a display control unit configured to cause the display unit to display a plurality of input graphical user interfaces (GUIs)
into which a plurality of findings regarding a subject is to be input;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire a deduction result of diagnosis for the subject by a deduction unit based on a plurality
of findings input through the plurality of input GUIs in response to input from the operating unit;

a processor configured to determine, as an effect of at least one input finding, a degree to which the input finding positively
or negatively contributes to the diagnosis on the basis of a difference between a probability that the deducing unit deduces
a predetermined diagnosis by using the input finding and a probability that the deducing unit deduces the predetermined diagnosis
without using the input finding; and

a selection unit configured to, based on the determined degree, select at least one finding from the plurality of input findings,
wherein the display control unit is configured to cause the display unit to display the at least one finding input through
at least one of the plurality of input GUIs and selected by the selection unit together with the plurality of input GUIs so
that the at least one selected finding is distinguished from findings input through the at least one of the plurality of input
GUIs and not selected by the selection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,386,169

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS PROCESSING IN COOPERATION WITH AN EXTERNAL APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, PROGRAM AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus being capable of executing a specific copy job to generate image data by reading an original,
to transmit the generated image data to an external apparatus, to receive, from the external apparatus, the image data processed
by the external apparatus, and to print the received image data, comprising:
a processor connected to a memory, the processor and memory configured to:
receive a user's instruction;
issue, according to reception of an execution instruction of the specific copy job, a specific copy job identification (ID);
notify the external apparatus of a start of the specific copy job with the specific copy job ID;
read an image on the original in accordance with a scan job for the specific copy job, and generate image data;
transmit the generated image data to the external apparatus;
receive a print job for printing processed image data which the transmitted image data is processed by the external apparatus,
with a print job ID issued by the external apparatus based on the notified specified copy job ID;

print an image on a printing material based on the received print job;
receive, before the print job is received, a cancel instruction of the specific copy job;
register, according to reception of the cancel instruction of the specific copy job before the print job is received, the
print job ID corresponding to the specific copy job ID as a print job ID to be canceled; and

cancel a print based on the print job when the print job ID of the print job, received after registering the print job ID,
coincides with the registered print job ID.

US Pat. No. 9,377,732

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus comprising:
an endless film;
a contact member configured to contact an inner surface of the endless film;
a nip portion forming member configured to form a nip portion with the contact member via the endless film; and
a supporting member configured to support the contact member,
wherein a recording material bearing an unfixed image is heated while being pinched and conveyed by the nip portion, and the
unfixed image on the recording material is heated and fixed onto the recording material, and

wherein a plurality of sheets, each having a thermal conductivity in a planar direction higher than in a thickness direction
and having a thickness of less than 100 ?m, are superposed on a surface of the contact member opposite to a surface of the
contact member contacting the endless film, are sandwiched between the contact member and the supporting member, and contact
both the contact member and the supporting member.

US Pat. No. 9,376,276

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
a containing unit that contains a sheet bundle formed of a plurality of sheets;
a lifting and lowering unit that lifts and lowers the sheet bundle contained in the containing unit;
a loosening unit that loosens the plurality of sheets of the sheet bundle contained in the containing unit by blowing air
into the sheet bundle;

a feed unit that feeds sheets loosened by the loosening unit;
a sheet-surface detection unit that detects a sheet surface of a top of the sheet bundle contained in the containing unit;
an aligning member that is movable to align an end face of the sheet bundle contained in the containing unit on a trailing-edge
side in a direction of feeding performed by the feed unit;

a trailing-edge detection unit that moves together with the aligning member and that detects a sheet surface of the top of
the sheet bundle on the trailing-edge side;

a double-feed detection unit that detects occurrence of double feed in which two or more sheets are fed in an overlapping
manner by the feed unit; and

a control unit that performs control in which, in a case where the double-feed detection unit does not detect double feed
from the containing unit, a detection operation is not executed on the containing unit, and in which, in a case where the
double-feed detection unit detects double feed from the containing unit, the detection operation is executed on the containing
unit such that, as part of performing the detection operation, the detection operation detects whether the aligning member
is located at a position at which the end face of the sheet bundle on the trailing-edge side is aligned, wherein the detection
operation is performed in consideration of a result of detection performed by the trailing-edge detection unit when the sheet
bundle lifted by the lifting and lowering unit reaches a position at which the sheet surface is detected by the sheet-surface
detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,380,175

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

14. A method for controlling an image forming apparatus capable of communicating with an external apparatus, the method comprising:
receiving Email transmitted from the external apparatus;
setting a reception function of the Email to valid or invalid;
printing the Email transmitted from the external apparatus in a case where the reception function has been set to valid; and
setting an auto shutdown function for automatically shutting down the image forming apparatus to valid or invalid;
executing shutdown processing of the image forming apparatus in a case where the auto shutdown function has been set to valid;
and

setting the auto shutdown function to invalid in a case where the reception function of the Email is set to valid when the
auto shutdown function has been set to valid.

US Pat. No. 9,380,216

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a photographing unit configured to capture image of an object to generate an image signal;
a mode setting unit configured to set an image capturing mode from a plurality of image capturing modes corresponding to video
systems of different standards; and

a control unit configured to control an image signal acquisition period for representing a frame rate,
wherein, in a case that the mode setting unit changes from a first image capturing mode to a second image capturing mode,
the control unit sets the image signal acquisition period to be the nearest image signal acquisition period to an image signal
acquisition period set in the first image capturing mode, among image signal acquisition periods corresponding to the second
image capturing mode, and

wherein image signal acquisition periods corresponding to the first image capturing mode include an image signal acquisition
period that is not able to be set in the second image capturing mode.

US Pat. No. 9,378,422

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire image capturing information when an object has been captured;
an estimation unit configured to estimate, based on the image capturing information acquired by the acquisition unit, an existence
probability of a least one of classes which indicate classification of the object at each of predetermined regions of a captured
image of the object; and

an identification unit configured to identify the class at each of the regions based on the existence probability estimated
by the estimation unit and on image information relating to the captured image.

US Pat. No. 9,373,478

RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray generating apparatus comprising:
a transmission-type X-ray tube including
an envelope having an aperture,
an electron source arranged in said envelope,
a transmitting-type target having a target layer for generating X-ray responsive to irradiation with an electron emitted from
said electron source and an inner window supporting said target layer; and

a tubular shield member arranged at said aperture and holding said transmitting-type target inside thereof so as to shield
a part of the X-ray emitted from said transmitting-type target,

a container storing said transmission-type X-ray tube inside thereof and having an outer window through which the X-ray emitted
from said transmission-type X-ray tube transmits, and

an electrical insulating liquid filling a space between said container and said transmission-type X-ray tube,
wherein said tubular shield member has a protruding portion which protrudes outside said envelope beyond said aperture so
as to contact said electrical insulating liquid, and

wherein a separating member is connected to said protruding portion so as to form a thermal insulating portion between said
inner window and said electrical insulating liquid and permit said electrical insulating liquid to flow across an inter-window
region between said separating member and said outer window.

US Pat. No. 9,372,455

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
an endless and flexible belt configured to heat an image on a sheet, and having a heat generating layer configured to generate
heat by energization;

an abutting member configured to abut on an outer peripheral surface of the belt so that a nip portion is formed between the
belt and the abutting member to nip and convey the sheet;

a pressing mechanism configured to press the belt and the abutting member against each other;
a first ring-shaped member provided along the outer peripheral surface of the belt at one end of the belt on an outer side
of the nip portion in a longitudinal direction of the belt, the first ring-shaped member being electrically connected to the
heat generating layer;

a second ring-shaped member provided along an inner peripheral surface of the belt at the one end of the belt on the outer
side of the nip portion in the longitudinal direction, the second ring-shaped member clamping the belt along with the first
ring-shaped member; and

a power feed member configured to abut on the first ring-shaped member to feed power to the first ring-shaped member,
wherein the second ring-shaped member has a chamfered portion chamfered on a surface abutting on the belt and in an end portion
on a side of the nip portion in the longitudinal direction of the belt.

US Pat. No. 9,369,609

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS E.G. PRINTING APPARATUS TO PRINT IMAGE BASED ON DATA TO BE PRINTED, DETERMINES PARAMETER TO BE USED BASED ON DEGREE OF COMPRESSION WHEN ERROR DIFFUSION PROCESSING IS PERFORMED ON EXPANDED IMAGE DAT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information corresponding to a degree of compression of lossy-compressed image data
to be printed;

a determination unit configured to determine, based on the degree of the compression corresponding to the information acquired
by the acquisition unit, a parameter to be used when error diffusion processing is performed on the image data to be printed
which has been expanded, the parameter being for identifying an error which is to be distributed to a different pixel of the
image, and the identified error being identified based on the parameter and an error between a pixel of target included in
an image based on the image data and a predetermined threshold value; and

at least one processor configured to function as the acquisition unit and the determination unit,
wherein the determination unit determines a first parameter, in a case where that when the degree of compression corresponding
to the information is more than a predetermined degree of compression, and determines a second parameter, in a case where
the degree of compression corresponding to the information is less than or equal to the predetermined degree of compression,
and

wherein an error to be distributed to pixels positioned vertically and/or horizontally relative to the pixel of target in
a case where the first parameter is used is smaller than that in a case where the second parameter is used.

US Pat. No. 9,367,945

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS, DISPLAY METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An object information acquisition apparatus comprising:
a plurality of conversion elements configured to transmit elastic waves to an object, to receive reflected waves reflected
at respective positions within the object, and to convert the reflected waves into a plurality of receiving signals;

a fixed signal processing unit configured to apply addition with a predetermined weight to the plurality of receiving signals
to acquire first distribution information;

an adaptive signal processing unit configured to apply to the plurality of receiving signals adaptive signal processing with
a weight adaptively changing according to the receiving signals to acquire second distribution information; and

a display control unit to which the first distribution information and the second distribution information is input, and configured
to output image information for displaying on a display unit an image indicating a distribution related to acoustic characteristics
within the object,

wherein the display control unit receives information about a user-input depth range, within the object subjected to display
of a distribution related to the acoustic characteristics, and outputs, when the depth range is narrower than a predetermined
range, image information for displaying on the display unit an image of the second distribution information or a combined
image obtained by combining the first distribution information and the second distribution information for an area corresponding
to the depth range.

US Pat. No. 9,361,548

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND CONTROL PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an execution unit configured to execute a printing job using a tab sheet to be supplied from a first sheet supply unit and
a sheet other than a tab sheet to be supplied from a second sheet supply unit;

a reception unit configured to receive an instruction to confirm printed material of the printing job; and
a control unit configured to control the execution unit to stop a printing operation of the printing job that the execution
unit is executing and print, for confirmation, at least one page included in the printing job, based on the reception unit
receiving the instruction,

wherein the control unit further controls the execution unit to restart the stopped printing job after the printing for the
confirmation is ended, and

wherein the control unit controls the execution unit to execute the printing for the confirmation without using a tab sheet
to be supplied from the first sheet supply unit and by using a sheet other than a tab sheet to be supplied from the second
sheet supply unit.

US Pat. No. 9,354,680

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING A FIRMWARE UPDATE FUNCTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of performing printing comprising:
an update unit configured to execute firmware update processing;
a generating unit configured to generate, in a case where the update unit executes the firmware update processing, setting
difference information indicating a setting item added by the firmware update processing, a setting item deleted by the firmware
update processing, a setting value of a setting item, which is changed by the firmware update processing, before the firmware
update processing, and a setting value of the setting item, which is changed by the firmware update processing, after firmware
update processing;

a storage unit configured to store the setting difference information generated by the generating unit in association with
an update history;

a display unit configured to display a firmware update processing history screen; and
a determining unit configured to determine whether the firmware update processing has been successfully executed,
wherein, in a case where a user selects a specific update history from among a plurality of update histories in the firmware
update processing history screen, the display unit displays, based on the setting difference information corresponding to
the specific update history, a setting item added by the firmware update processing indicated by the specific update history,
a setting item deleted by the firmware update processing indicated by the specific update history, a setting value of a setting
item, which is changed by the firmware update processing indicated by the specific update history, before the firmware update
processing, and a setting value of the setting item, which is changed by the firmware update processing indicated by the specific
update history, after firmware update processing,

wherein, in a case where the determining unit determines that the firmware update processing has been successfully executed,
the generating unit generates the setting difference information, and

wherein, in a case where the determining unit determines that the firmware update processing has not been successfully executed,
the generating unit creates a firmware update history entry indicating update failure and the display unit displays an error
message.

US Pat. No. 9,340,034

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INKJET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a conveyance unit configured to convey a print medium;
a printing unit configured to print a first test pattern using a print head having a plurality of print elements arranged
in a first direction on a part of a print medium conveyed in a second direction intersecting the first direction by the conveyance
unit, and print a second test pattern using the print head on another part of the print medium, on which the first pattern
has been printed, conveyed in the second direction by the conveyance unit,

wherein in the first direction a width of the widest print medium of print mediums that the conveyance unit conveys is smaller
than a width with which the plurality of print elements is arranged in the print head,

and wherein the first test pattern is printed with a first group of print elements, the number of which is smaller than the
number of the print elements of the print head and which are continuously aligned from one edge of the print head, the second
test pattern is printed with a second group of print elements, the number of which is smaller than the number of the print
elements of the print head, and at least some of the print elements in the second group are not included in the first group;

a moving unit configured to move the print head in the first direction such that a position of the print head with respect
to the print medium when the first test pattern is printed is different from a position of the print head with respect to
the print medium when the second test pattern is printed,

wherein the moving unit moves the print head in the first direction and the printing unit prints the second test pattern such
that a printed region of the first pattern and a printed region of the second pattern overlap in the first direction;

a measurement unit having a measuring area in the first direction and configured to measure the first test pattern and the
second test pattern on the print medium by relative movement between the print medium and the measurement unit, in the second
direction; and

a generation unit configured to generate print data for printing an image with the first and second groups based on measurement
results of the first test pattern and the second test pattern measured by the measurement unit.

US Pat. No. 9,344,652

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM INCLUDING AN AD CONVERSION UNIT TO CONVERT A SIGNAL INTO A DIGITAL SIGNAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels are arranged in rows and columns; and
column signal processing units each provided in correspondence with one of the columns of the pixel array,
wherein each of the column signal processing units includes
a sample-and-hold unit configured to hold a signal output from the pixel,
a buffer unit configured to output the signal held in the sample-and-hold unit, and
an AD conversion unit including a comparison unit having a first terminal and a second terminal, the first terminal being
connected to the buffer unit, the second terminal being configured to receive a reference signal whose level changes corresponding
to elapsed time,

wherein the comparison unit outputs a comparison signal indicating a result of comparing the level of the reference signal
and a level of the signal buffered by the buffering unit,

wherein the buffer unit outputs the signal held by the sample-and-hold unit to the first terminal during a period that the
level of the reference signal changes corresponding to the elapsed time, and

wherein the AD conversion unit converts the signal output from the buffer unit into a digital signal using the comparison
signal.

US Pat. No. 9,344,659

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus including a plurality of pixel units each including a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements,
a plurality of amplifying transistors configured to amplify signals generated by the plurality of photoelectric conversion
elements, and a plurality of reset transistors configured to reset the signal generated by the plurality of photoelectric
conversion elements, the image pickup apparatus comprising:
a noise signal holding unit configured to hold a noise signal output from the pixel unit and output the noise signal to a
following-stage circuit;

a first signal holding unit configured to hold a first optical signal based on signals generated by N photoelectric conversion
elements and output from the pixel unit and output the first optical signal to the following-stage circuit where N is an integer
equal to or greater than 1; and

a second signal holding unit configured to hold a second optical signal based on signals generated by M photoelectric conversion
elements and output from the pixel unit and output the second optical signal to the following-stage circuit where M is an
integer equal to or greater than 2 and greater than N,

wherein a common mode noise rejection ratio obtained as a result of a subtraction process by the following-stage circuit to
subtract a signal output from the noise signal holding unit from a signal output from the second signal holding unit is greater
than a common mode noise rejection ratio obtained as a result of a subtraction process by the following-stage circuit to subtract
the signal output from the noise signal holding unit from a signal output from the first signal holding unit, and

wherein an area of the first signal holding unit as viewed in plan is smaller than an area of the second signal holding unit
as viewed in plan and/or than an area of the noise signal holding unit as viewed in plan.

US Pat. No. 9,344,152

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a communication unit configured to communicate in a card emulation mode defined by Near Field Communication (NFC), which is
a mode in which a memory of the communication apparatus is accessed by a second communication apparatus that is set in a reader/writer
mode defined by NFC;

a detection unit configured to detect an access from the second communication apparatus to the memory; and
a shift unit configured to shift an operation mode of the communication apparatus in a case where the communication apparatus
connects to the second communication apparatus via the communication unit and the detection unit has detected that information
has been written in the memory, and configured not to shift the operation mode of the communication apparatus in a case where
the communication apparatus connects to the second communication apparatus via the communication unit, the detection unit
has not detected that the information has been written in the memory, and the detection unit has detected that reading to
the memory has been performed.

US Pat. No. 9,343,908

POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, POWER TRANSFER SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD FOR POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power transmitting apparatus, comprising:
a power transmitting unit configured to transmit power to a power receiving apparatus using an antenna; and
a control unit configured to change, in a case where the power receiving apparatus is moved from a first position to a second
position when the transmitting unit transmits power to the power receiving apparatus using the antenna having a resonance
frequency with a first value, the resonance frequency of the antenna from the first value to a second value according to the
second position before the power receiving apparatus reaches the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,344,697

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR TRANSITIONING BETWEEN AN IMAGE OF A FIRST VIDEO SEQUENCE AND AN IMAGE OF A SECOND VIDEO SEQUENCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of transitioning between an image of a first video sequence and an image of a second video sequence, wherein images
of the one of the video sequences correspond to at least one sub-region of respective images of the other video sequence,
the method comprising
receiving at least one image of the first video sequence;
providing, from the at least one image, at least one pre-transition image;
for each at least one pre-transition image:
determining a confidence region within the at least one pre-transition image based on a set of confidence values, each confidence
value representing, for a respective block of the at least one pre-transition image, the level of reliability of determining
one or more blocks of a corresponding image in the second video sequence from the respective block;

computing a transition image corresponding to the second video sequence, the transition image being a function of the determined
confidence region of the pre-transition image; and

displaying the transition image.

US Pat. No. 9,342,392

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to operate in a first power state and a second power state that uses less power than
the first power state, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect an error that occurs in initialization processing;
a registration unit configured to associate and register in a storage unit error information for identifying processing that
resolves the error detected by the detection unit during the initialization processing; and

a resolution unit configured to execute processing for resolving the detected error based on the error information registered
in the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,344,957

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a communication unit configured to perform wireless communication with a communication partner apparatus;
an identification unit configured to identify an access point that can be selected by the communication unit;
a transmission unit configured to transmit information indicating the access point identified by the identification unit to
the communication partner apparatus, via the communication unit;

a reception unit configured to receive information designating an access point from the communication partner apparatus to
which the information indicating the access point has been transmitted by the transmission unit, via the communication unit;
and

a registration unit configured to register the access point corresponding to the information received by the reception unit
as a relay access point used when the communication apparatus operates in an infrastructure mode.

US Pat. No. 9,339,929

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A robot device, comprising:
a manipulator including
a first link rotatably linked to a base by a first joint, and
a pair of first actuators, modeled as a parallel connection of a force generating element, elastic element, and viscous element,
selectively generating one generated force of tensile force and pushing force, and situated on either side of the first link
so as to rotationally drive the first link on the first joint; and

a control unit which performs
non-antagonistic driving where driving control of the first link is performed by causing one of the pair of first actuators
to generate tensile force and the other to generate pushing force such that a first joint angle of the first joint reaches
a first target joint angle, and

antagonistic driving where driving control of the first link is performed by causing both of the pair of first actuators to
generate tensile force, such that stiffness of the first joint reaches a first target stiffness when the first joint angle
has converged at the first target joint angle;

wherein the control unit executes
first joint torque computing processing to compute a first torque for the first joint, necessary to change the first joint
angle to the first target joint angle,

first summing processing to obtain a first sum value, indicating a sum of generated force to be generated at each first actuator,
from the first target stiffness,

first setting processing to set a first restricting coefficient to a value greater than 1 when performing the non-antagonistic
driving, and to set the first restricting coefficient to 1 when performing the antagonistic driving,

first restricting processing in which |T1|
first generated force computing processing to compute generated force at each first actuator, based on the first joint torque
restricted in the first restricting processing;

and wherein, in the first setting processing, setting is performed at the time of the non-antagonistic driving when switching
from the non-antagonistic driving to the antagonistic driving, such that the first restricting coefficient gradually nears
1.

US Pat. No. 9,323,493

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD, AND CONTROL PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of communicating with a printing apparatus, and having an application which
sets printing setting information for a document to be printed and a printer driver which generates print data, the information
processing apparatus comprising:
a selecting unit arranged to select a printing apparatus;
a first determining unit arranged to determine whether a printer driver of the selected printing apparatus is not supported
by the application;

a second determining unit arranged to determine whether the printing setting information set using the application includes
printing setting information for which the application is not able to issue an instruction to a printer driver of a selected
printing apparatus; and

a display control unit arranged to display, along with a setting screen of the printer driver of the selected printing apparatus,
a navigation window for displaying printing setting information which is set using the application and for which the application
is not able to issue an instruction to the printer driver of the selected printing apparatus, as a screen different from the
setting screen of the printer driver of the selected printing apparatus in a case where the first determining unit determines
that the printer driver of the selected printing apparatus is not supported by the application and the second determining
unit determines that the printing setting information set using the application includes the printing setting information
for which the application is not able to issue an instruction to the printer driver of the selected printing apparatus,

wherein the display control unit does not display the navigation window in a case where the first determining unit determines
that the printer driver of the selected printing apparatus is not supported by the application and the second determining
unit determines that the print setting information does not include the printing setting information for which the application
is not able to issue an instruction to the printer driver of the selected printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,325,882

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO BE CAPABLE OF PREVENTING DISCONNECTION OF CONNECTORS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a lens unit;
an image pickup device;
a circuit substrate on which the image pickup device is mounted;
a fixing member directly fixed to the image pickup device;
a flexible substrate;
a first connector mounted on the circuit substrate;
a second connector mounted on the flexible substrate; and
a cover member fixed to the fixing member,
wherein a position of the fixing member is adjustable with respect to the lens unit;
wherein in a case where the first connector is connected to the second connector and the cover member is fixed to the fixing
member, a gap is provided between the cover member and the flexible substrate, and

wherein the gap is smaller than a travel distance for disconnecting the second connector from the first connector.

US Pat. No. 9,310,741

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND COLORIMETRIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a fixing unit that fixes a toner image to a recording material;
a colorimetric unit that is provided on a conveyance path downstream of the fixing unit in a recording material conveyance
direction, and colorimetrically measures a test pattern formed on the recording material;

a facing member that is disposed facing the colorimetric unit with the conveyance path interposed therebetween;
a drive unit that drives the colorimetric unit or the facing member such that the colorimetric unit and the facing member
are closer to each other or separated from each other; and

a control unit that controls the drive unit,
wherein the colorimetric unit and the facing member are provided on a double-sided conveyance path through which, for image
forming on both of a first face and a second face of a recording material, the recording material on which an image has been
formed on the first face thereof is conveyed in order to form an image on the second face of the recording material, and

in a case where single-sided printing is instructed, the control unit controls the drive unit such that the colorimetric unit
and the facing member are closer to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,310,746

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus having a plurality of sheet storage units that stores sheets to be supplied to a printing unit, the
printing apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive, from an external printing apparatus in which a sheet storage unit group constituted
by arbitrary sheet storage units of a plurality of sheet storage units has been formed, sheet storage unit group settings
of the external printing apparatus including paper information that is information of sheets stored in respective sheet storage
units that constitute the sheet storage unit group;

a determination unit configured to determine whether a sheet storage unit group with a same configuration as that of the sheet
storage unit group of the external printing apparatus can be formed in the printing apparatus, based on the information of
the sheets stored in each of the plurality of sheet storage units which the external printing apparatus has, and the sheet
storage unit group settings of the external printing apparatus including the paper information received by the reception unit;
and

a creation unit configured to form, when the determination unit determines that a sheet configuration with the same configuration
as that of the sheet storage unit group of the external printing apparatus can be formed in the printing apparatus, sheet
storage unit group settings of the printing apparatus and a sheet storage unit group corresponding to a sheet storage unit
group formed in the external printing apparatus using arbitrary sheet storage units of the plurality of sheet storage units
which the printing apparatus has, based on the information of the sheets stored in each of the plurality of sheet storage
units which the external printing apparatus has, and sheet storage unit group settings of the external printing apparatus
including the paper information received by the reception unit,

wherein configurations of the sheets in the sheet storage units which belong to the sheet storage group of the external printing
apparatus are formed to become the same as the sheet storage units of the printing apparatus based on differences between
the sheet storage unit group settings of the external printing apparatus and the sheet storage unit group settings of the
printing apparatus.