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. 9,539,808

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising a recording element substrate at one side portion of which an electrode is provided,
an electric wiring board arranged opposing to the one side portion of the recording element substrate, a connecting member
connecting the electrode provided at the one side portion of the recording element substrate to an electrode terminal provided
on the electric wiring board, a first sealing member formed across the one side portion of the recording element substrate
and the electric wiring board so as to cover the connecting member, and a second sealing member provided so as to cover an
opposite side portion on the side opposite to the one side portion of the recording element substrate,
wherein no electrode is formed on the opposite side portion of the recording element substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,541,854

ELECTROCONDUCTIVE MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electroconductive member for electrophotography, comprising at least:
an electroconductive support; and
a surface layer on an outer side of the electroconductive support,
wherein
the surface layer comprises a porous body and satisfies the following (1), (2), and (3):
(1) the porous body has a co-continuous structure including a skeleton that is three-dimensionally continuous and a pore that
is three-dimensionally continuous;

(2) when an arbitrary square region having one side length of 150 ?m of a surface of the surface layer is photographed, and
the region is equally divided into 60 parts vertically and equally divided into 60 parts horizontally so that the region is
equally divided into 3,600 square parts,

a ratio of a total sum of a number of the square parts of the skeleton and a number of the square parts of the pore with respect
to a number of all the square parts is 25% or less; and

(3) the porous body is non-electroconductive.

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. 9,541,877

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. 9,544,512

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF READING OUT PIXEL SIGNALS FROM AN IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor including a pixel region in which a plurality of pixels are arranged in a row direction and a column direction,
and readout circuit configured to read out pixel signals from the plurality of pixels; and

a controller configured to select one of a thinning readout mode in which the pixel signals are read out from the plurality
of pixels while thinning out the plurality of pixels and a combining readout mode in which the pixel signals of the plurality
of pixels are combined and read out, and to control the readout circuit to read out the pixel signals in the selected readout
mode,

wherein the controller controls the readout circuit to read out the pixel signals in the combining readout mode in a case
where a sensitivity is equal to or lower than a predetermined sensitivity, and to read out the pixel signals in the thinning
readout mode in a case where the sensitivity is higher than the predetermined sensitivity.

US Pat. No. 9,544,518

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM WITH AD CONVERTER OUTPUTTING IMAGE DATA AT FIRST RESOLUTION IN A CASE WHERE PIXEL SIGNALS ARE NOT HIGHER THAN THRESHOLD LEVEL AND AT SECOND RESOLUTION IN A CASE WHERE PIXEL SIGNALS ARE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels;
a readout circuit configured to read out pixel signals from the pixels;
an AD converter configured to provide the pixel signals with an AD conversion so as to output image data; and
a controller configured to control the AD converter so that the AD converter outputs the image data at a first resolution
in a case where the pixel signals are not higher than a threshold level, and outputs the image data at a second resolution
lower than the first resolution in a case where the pixel signals are higher than the threshold level,

wherein the controller changes the threshold level depending on a predetermined condition.

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. 9,541,825

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus for bringing a mold, having a first mark, a third mark, and a pattern region in which a pattern is
formed, into contact with an imprint material on a substrate having a second mark and a fourth mark, to form a pattern of
the imprint material, the apparatus comprising:
a deforming mechanism configured to deform the mold such that a first portion of the mold where the first mark is formed protrudes
toward the substrate;

a driving mechanism configured to adjust a distance between the mold and the substrate such that the mold and the imprint
material on the substrate come in contact with each other;

a detecting unit configured to detect, after the driving mechanism starts an operation of adjusting the distance such that
the mold and the imprint material on the substrate come in contact with each other, the first mark and the second mark in
a state in which the first portion of the mold where the first mark is formed and the imprint material on the substrate are
in contact with each other but a whole of the pattern region is not in contact with the imprint material; and

a control unit configured to control a relative position of the mold and the substrate based on a detecting result of the
first mark and the second mark,

wherein the detecting unit includes a photoelectric conversion device, an optical system, and an imaging optical system placed
between the photoelectric conversion device and the optical system,

wherein the imaging optical system illuminates the substrate through the optical system so as to form, on the photoelectric
conversion device, images of intermediate images of the first mark and the second mark, the intermediate images being formed
at a position between the optical system and the imaging optical system with light from the substrate,

wherein the first mark and the second mark are formed in respective first portions of the mold and the substrate,
wherein the third mark and the fourth mark are formed in respective second portions of the mold and the substrate,
wherein the respective second portions of the mold and the substrate come in contact with each other after the respective
first portions of the mold and the substrate come in contact with each other,

wherein the detecting unit is configured to detect the third mark and the fourth mark after detecting the first mark and the
second mark, and

wherein the control unit is configured to control the relative position of the mold and the substrate based on a detecting
result of the third mark and the fourth mark, after controlling the relative position of the mold and the substrate based
on the detecting result of the first mark and the second mark.

US Pat. No. 9,538,288

SOUND FIELD CORRECTION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sound field correction apparatus that corrects influence of interference between a plurality of sound waves on a frequency
characteristic in an acoustic space to obtain a target characteristic, comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions, which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the sound field correction
apparatus to:

measure an impulse response between a sound-producing source and a listening point in the acoustic space;
derive, from the impulse response, a frequency characteristic serving as a processing target of sound field correction;
calculate a level difference at a boundary frequency between a level representing a low frequency band and a level representing
middle and high frequency bands for the low frequency band not higher than the boundary frequency and the middle and high
frequency bands higher than the boundary frequency in the frequency characteristic; and

decide a level of a target characteristic in the low frequency band in the frequency characteristic to set the level difference
after sound field correction to be not larger than a predetermined value.

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. 9,533,503

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a plurality of element columns in which elements configured to generate energy used for ejecting liquid are aligned in a first
direction, the element columns being arranged side-by-side in a second direction intersecting with the first direction;

a plurality of first common electrodes that are commonly connected to each of the plurality of element columns and are also
arranged along each of the plurality of element columns;

a second common electrode that is commonly connected to the plurality of first common electrodes and extends in the second
direction; and

a common wiring that is connected to the second common electrode and extends in the second direction,
wherein the first common electrodes and the second common electrode are formed on the same layer, and
wherein the second common electrode and the common wiring are formed on different layers.

US Pat. No. 9,535,335

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus which projects a pattern of an original onto a substrate by a projection optical system within a
chamber to expose the substrate, comprising:
a measurement unit configured to obtain a measurement value; and
a controller configured to calculate a predicted deformation amount of the original and to correct a projection magnification
of the projection optical system so as to correct the predicted deformation amount, the predicted deformation amount of the
original is calculated based on information representing a relationship between a deformation amount of the original with
reference to a shape of the original at a certain temperature and a time for which the original receives exposure light,

wherein in the calculation of the predicted deformation amount of the original, the controller determines an elapsed time
in the relationship, the elapsed time is corresponding to the deformation amount of the original which is loaded into the
chamber and unused for exposure based on the measurement value before exposure, and calculates the predicted deformation amount
of the original based on the determined elapsed time in the relationship, the time for which the original receives the exposure
light, and the information.

US Pat. No. 9,535,369

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container comprising:
a developer accommodating portion configured to accommodate developer;
a developer discharging portion provided with a discharge opening configured and positioned to discharge the developer;
a feeding portion configured and positioned to feed the developer in said developer accommodating portion toward said developer
discharging portion with rotation thereof;

a drive receiving portion configured and position to receive a rotational force for rotating said feeding portion;
a pump portion provided to act at least toward said developer discharging portion and having a volume that changes with reciprocation;
a drive converting portion configured and positioned to convert the rotational force input to said drive receiving portion
into a force for operating said pump portion;

an arm portion provided at said drive converting portion and reciprocable to convert the rotational force into a force for
operating said pump portion;

regulating portions provided at respective sides of said arm portion with respect a crossing direction crossing a direction
in which said arm portion reciprocates and configured and positioned to regulate movement of said arm portion in the crossing
direction; and

an elastically deformable urging portion, provided at one of the sides of said arm portion with respect the crossing direction
and configured and positioned to urge the other side of said arm portion that is opposite to the one side of said arm portion
toward one of said regulating portions by said urging portion contacting to the other of said regulating portions.

US Pat. No. 9,533,849

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:
an apparatus body;
a sheet stacking portion on which sheets are stacked, the sheet stacking portion including an engagement portion and provided
to be insertable to and removable from the apparatus body; and

a conveyance guide portion provided to be insertable to and removable from the apparatus body and constituting a sheet conveyance
path through which a sheet passes in a state where the conveyance guide portion is mounted to a mounted position in the apparatus
body, the conveyance guide portion including an engaged portion that is pressed by the engagement portion accompanying an
operation where the sheet stacking portion is inserted to the apparatus body, and moves the conveyance guide portion to the
mounted position,

wherein the apparatus body has a positioning portion positioning the conveyance guide portion at the mounted position,
wherein the positioning portion has a positioning member positioning the conveyance guide portion at the mounted position
and a biasing member biasing the positioning member to position the conveyance guide portion at the mounted position,

wherein the conveyance guide portion has a projection protruding at least to one side in a width direction orthogonal to an
insertion and removal direction,

wherein the positioning member positions the conveyance guide portion to the mounted position by positioning the projection
by the biasing force of the biasing member,

wherein the apparatus body has a guide portion guiding the projection of the conveyance guide portion to the insertion and
removal direction.

US Pat. No. 9,529,560

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not a default device exists among devices that are associated with
a device management application being executed on the information processing apparatus, wherein the default device is set
by a user to any device displayed in a printer folder, and

a display unit configured to display, when it is determined by the determination unit that the default device exists among
the devices which are associated with the device management application, a friendly name of the default device in a device
name display part of the device management application, and configured to display, when it is determined by the determination
unit that no default device exists among the devices which are associated with the device management application, a friendly
name of any one of the devices that are associated with the device management application in the device name display part
of the device management application,

wherein a device management control file is installed in response to installation of a driver corresponding to any one of
the devices to be associated with the device management application, and display contents of the device management application
is determined in accordance with the device management control file.

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. 9,527,297

LIQUID TANK AND INK EJECTION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid tank comprising:
a structure for attaching to a attaching unit of a liquid ejecting apparatus, wherein the attaching unit of the liquid ejecting
apparatus includes an introducing portion, a locking portion and a first apparatus-side electrode, and wherein the structure
of the liquid tank includes a supplying portion for joining to the introducing portion and an engaging portion to be engaged
with the locking portion, the supplying portion being joined to the introducing portion at an attachment completion position
where the engaging portion is engaged with the locking portion to supply a liquid which is contained in the liquid tank from
the supplying portion to the liquid ejecting apparatus via the introducing portion;

a first tank-side electrode corresponding to the first apparatus-side electrode;
an informing unit; and
a control unit configured to control the informing unit in accordance with a conduction state between the first apparatus-side
electrode and the first tank-side electrode, wherein

the liquid tank is configured such that the engaging portion is engaged with the locking portion by movement of the liquid
tank relative to the attaching unit by force acting on a predetermined portion of the liquid tank, and the liquid tank is
attached to the attaching unit at the attachment completion position, and

in the movement, after the liquid tank has gone past the attachment completion position and the engaging portion has come
into a state of being partially engaged with the locking portion, the conduction state between the first apparatus-side electrode
and the first tank-side electrode shifts from a non-conductive state to a conductive state, and then the conduction state
between the first apparatus-side electrode and the first tank-side electrode shifts from the conductive state to the non-conductive
state.

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. 9,522,529

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. 9,525,813

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. 9,525,768

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. 9,525,786

FACSIMILE MACHINE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A facsimile machine comprising:
a non-transitory memory device;
a processor;
a receiving unit configured to receive a destination from a user;
a determining unit configured to determine a type of the destination received by the receiving unit; and
a connecting unit configured to connect with the destination via a SIP server based on the determining unit determining that
the type of the destination is a telephone number, and to connect with the destination not via a SIP server based on the determining
unit determining that the type of the destination is a SIP URI,

wherein said receiving unit, said determining unit, and said connecting unit are implemented at least in part by the processor
executing at least one program recorded on the non-transitory memory device.

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. 9,519,945

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus controlling generation of image data, comprising:
a division unit configured to divide a graphic region corresponding to a graphic image to be displayed into a plurality of
divided regions;

a determination unit configured to determine a generation order of the graphic image such that, in a case where the graphic
region is positioned across a first region and a second region, a first generation unit generates image data to be displayed
on the first region and a graphic image of at least one divided region to be displayed on the first region and a second generation
unit generates image data to be displayed on the second region and a graphic image of at least one divided region to be displayed
on the second region, wherein a first generation order of the graphic image for the first generation unit and a second generation
order of the graphic image for the second generation unit are different from each other; and

a control unit configured to control the first and the second generation units to generate the graphic image such that the
first generation unit generates the graphic image based on the determined generation order for the first generation unit and
the second generation unit generates the graphic image based on the determined generation order for the second generation
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,510,750

FUNDUS IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING FUNDUS IMAGING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fundus imaging apparatus comprising:
a wavefront detection unit configured to detect a wavefront of return light from an eye to be examined irradiated with light
through an optical system;

a correction unit configured to correct an aberration of the return light by driving a correction effective region which is
a partial region of a driving region of said correction unit based on the detected wavefront; and

a shift unit configured to shift a position of the correction effective region within the driving region of said correction
unit and in a direction perpendicular to an optical axis of said apparatus based on shift information of the pupil position
of the eye,

wherein said correction unit corrects the aberration of the return light by driving the shifted correction effective region
of said correction unit based on a detection result of said wavefront detection unit.

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. 9,516,502

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a first communicator for performing wireless communication by a first communication method for which a communication partner
apparatus accesses a storage unit included in the communication apparatus;

a second communicator for performing wireless communication by a second communication method having a higher communication
speed or a larger communication range than the first communication method; and

at least one processor that implements units, wherein the units comprise:
a transmission unit configured to, in a case where the first communicator receives a read command from the communication partner
apparatus if a communication parameter for connecting via the second communicator is stored in the storage unit, transmit
the communication parameter via the first communicator; and

a control unit configured to, in a case where the first communicator receives a write command from the communication partner
apparatus after the transmission unit transmits the communication parameter,

if identification information that meets a predetermined requirement is written in the storage unit via the first communicator,
execute a connection process based on the communication parameter via the second communicator, and

if the identification information is not written in the storage unit via the first communicator, limit to execute the connection
process via the first communicator.

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. 9,513,262

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. 9,511,493

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a program; and
a processor that executes the program to implement:
an arrangement unit configured to arrange a virtual object corresponding to a structural member in a virtual space corresponding
to a working space of a robot system;

a first acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of the virtual space images, different in arrangement of the virtual
object from one another, in the virtual space which corresponds to a captured image and in which the virtual object is arranged;

a second acquisition unit configured to acquire, without an instruction of an operator of the information processing apparatus,
a plurality of evaluation values each corresponding a respective one of the plurality of the virtual space images, each evaluation
value indicating an amount of adaptability of arrangement of the virtual object to the work of the robot system based on the
virtual space image; and

a selection unit configured to select an optimum evaluation value optimally suitable for the work of the robot system, from
among the plurality of the evaluation values, by determining a respective difference value between a reference value and each
of the plurality of evaluation values, and selecting as the optimum evaluation value an evaluation value having a smallest
difference value.

US Pat. No. 9,509,881

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DATA MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

20. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a program causing a computer to execute a method for managing
data executed by an image forming apparatus, the method comprising:
shifting an authentication state from a non-login state to a login state;
deleting, in a case where free storage space for storing setting information is less than a threshold value, the stored setting
information at a timing of shifting from the non-login state to the login state to secure a free storage space greater than
or equal to the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,501,016

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a sensor;
a control unit configured to calculate a distance between the image forming apparatus and a human located around the image
forming apparatus based on a detection result of the sensor; and

a power control unit configured to return the image forming apparatus to a first power state from a second power state in
which power consumption is lower than power consumption in the first power state, based on a distance at a first time being
longer than a distance at a second time, the second time being later than the first time, and a change amount of a distance
in a time period between the first time and the second time being greater than or equal to a predetermined amount.

US Pat. No. 9,501,019

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of controlling an image processing apparatus, comprising:
storing a plurality of determination tables corresponding to a plurality of halftone processing resolutions, which are different
from each other, respectively;

performing halftone processing for an image and generating a halftone processed image;
obtaining a resolution of the halftone processing;
selecting, by using at least the obtained resolution of the halftone processing, a determination table corresponding to the
resolution of the halftone processing from among the stored plurality of determination tables; and

predicting, by using the selected determination table, a printing material consumption amount for the halftone processed image.

US Pat. No. 9,502,306

PATTERN FORMATION METHOD THAT INCLUDES PARTIALLY REMOVING LINE AND SPACE PATTERN

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A pattern formation method of forming a pattern on a substrate by partially removing a line and space pattern formed on
the substrate, comprising:
a first formation step of forming a first layer including a plurality of first openings on the line and space pattern;
a second step of forming, on the first layer, a second layer including a second opening for exposing one or more first openings,
which are used to partially remove the line and space pattern, among the plurality of first openings; and

a removing step of partially removing the line and space pattern through the second opening and the one or more first openings,
wherein the plurality of first openings are located on a plurality of lines of the line and space pattern,
wherein a plurality of first openings on one line are arranged at an interval twice that of a pitch of the line and space
pattern along a direction in which the one line extends, and

wherein an arrangement of a plurality of first openings on one of two adjacent lines and an arrangement of a plurality of
first openings on the other of the two adjacent lines are shifted with each other by the pitch in the direction.

US Pat. No. 9,503,591

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, MOBILE TERMINAL, SYSTEM, METHODS OF CONTROLLING THESE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system in which a mobile terminal and an image processing apparatus are capable of communicating, the mobile terminal
comprising:
a wireless interface unit configured to transmit to the image processing apparatus, using a short-range wireless communication,
a start instruction for causing the image processing apparatus to start a read of an image and access information for accessing
the mobile terminal; and

a processing unit configured to, when job-related information related to a job corresponding to the start instruction and
identification information for identifying image data to be stored in a storage area of the mobile terminal by the access
information are received from the image processing apparatus in response to the start instruction, publicize accessibly the
storage area over the wireless interface unit, monitor whether or not the image data is stored in the publicized storage area
using the identification information, and make the publicized storage area to be inaccessibly unpublicized after predetermined
image data indicated by the identification information is stored in the publicized storage area,

and the image processing apparatus comprising:
a job-related information notification unit configured to receive the start instruction and the access information transmitted
by the wireless interface unit, to issue the job-related information, and notify the mobile terminal of the job-related information
and the identification information using the short-range wireless communication;

a reading unit configured to read an image from an original in accordance with the start instruction; and
a storage unit configured to store the predetermined image data including the identification information read from the original
by the reading unit by accessing, using the access information for accessing the storage area publicized by the publicizing
control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,503,655

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a first unit pixel, and
a second unit pixel,
wherein
the first unit pixel includes a first photoelectric conversion unit, a first transfer transistor, and a first impurity diffusion
region,

the second unit pixel includes a second photoelectric conversion unit, a second transfer transistor, and a second impurity
diffusion region,

the first transfer transistor transfers electric charges generated by the first photoelectric conversion unit to the first
impurity diffusion region when the first transfer transistor is turned on during an electric charge accumulating period,

the second photoelectric conversion unit accumulates generated electric charges during the electric charge accumulating period,
and the second transfer transistor transfers the electric charges generated by the second photoelectric conversion unit to
the second impurity diffusion region when the second transfer transistor is turned on after the electric charge accumulating
period is ended, and

a potential at a channel of the first transfer transistor when the first transfer transistor is on-state is higher than a
potential at a channel of the second transfer transistor when the second transfer transistor is on-state.

US Pat. No. 9,500,980

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS OF ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a light source configured to emit a light beam of which light amount corresponds to a driving current supplied;
a photosensitive member configured to be exposed to the light beam emitted from said light source;
a light receiving element configured to receive the light beam emitted from said light source;
a voltage setting unit in which a voltage for prescribing the driving current is set;
a voltage control unit configured to control the voltage set in said voltage setting unit so that the light amount of the
light beam received by said light receiving element becomes a target light amount;

a determination unit configured to determine a correction parameter for correcting the voltage set in said voltage setting
unit based on at least the voltage set in said voltage setting unit;

a correction unit configured to correct the voltage set in said voltage setting unit with the correction parameter determined
by said determination unit; and

a current supply unit configured to supply the driving current corresponding to the voltage corrected by said correction unit
to said light source based on image data.

US Pat. No. 9,500,981

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus comprising:
first and second light sources;
a deflector configured to respectively deflect first and second light beams emitted from the first and second light sources
by a first deflection surface and scan first and second scanned surfaces in a main scanning direction; and

first and second imaging optical systems configured to respectively collect the first and second light beams deflected by
the deflector to the first and second scanned surfaces,

wherein the first and second imaging optical systems include a shared multistage lens including first and second optical surfaces
arranged in a sub-scanning direction to which the first and second light beams enters, respectively,

a first mirror configured to reflect the second light beam passing through the second optical surface;
a second mirror configured to reflect the second light beam reflected by the first mirror toward the second scanned surface,
wherein the second scanned surface is disposed on a position closer to the deflector than the first scanned surface,
wherein a second optical path length from the first deflection surface to the second scanned surface is longer than a first
optical path length from the first deflection surface to the first scanned surface,

wherein the first and second imaging optical systems further include a shared first lens, separate from the shared multistage
lens, to which the first and second light beams enter, and

wherein a first reflection point on the first mirror and a second reflection point on the second mirror of the second light
beam are positioned on a same side with respect to a center position of an outer shape of the multistage lens in the sub-scanning
direction.

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. 9,494,918

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that is transportable in a state in which a cartridge that is detachably attached to a main
body of the image forming apparatus is mounted, the image forming apparatus comprising:
an opening and closing member that is able to be opened and closed when the cartridge is attached and detached;
a restricting member configured to prevent the cartridge, which is inserted through an opening portion of the main body, from
being inserted to an image forming position at which the cartridge performs image forming, the opening portion being formed
by an opening of the opening and closing member;

a driving unit configured to move the restricting member; and
a pressing unit configured to press the cartridge in a direction in which the cartridge is mounted at the image forming position,
wherein the cartridge is, when the image forming apparatus is transported, fixed at a transportation position which is different
from the image forming position so as to be urged to the restricting member by the pressing unit, and

wherein the restricting member is, when the image forming apparatus is used, moved to a retracted position by the driving
unit and the cartridge is movable to the image forming position.

US Pat. No. 9,477,914

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND MEDIUM FOR CONVERTING PAGE IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating a plurality of pixel rows each having a predetermined width, the image processing
apparatus comprising:
a unit, including at least one processor, configured to function as:
a first generation unit configured to generate a plurality of pieces of span data based on edges of objects included in a
page; and

a second generation unit configured to generate the plurality of pixel rows each having the predetermined width in a first
method to generate, from the plurality of pieces of span data, a plurality of sets of span data based on the predetermined
width, and to rasterize the plurality of sets of span data one by one,

wherein the second generation unit is configured to generate the plurality of pixel rows each having the predetermined width
in a second method to rasterize the plurality of pieces of span data into a pixel row and to divide the pixel row based on
the predetermined width, in accordance with a value relating a data size of an image which corresponds to the generated pieces
of span data, and

wherein generating the plurality of pixel rows each having the predetermined width in the first method or the second method
is determined based on comparison of the value with a predetermined threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,468,374

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
an image acquiring unit configured to acquire a plurality of fundus images of an eye to be inspected, at different times;
a processing unit configured to extract at least one characteristic region in a region other than a partial region having
a predetermined width from a peripheral portion in at least one fundus image among the plurality of fundus images; and

a measurement unit configured to measure a movement of the eye by using the at least one characteristic region.

US Pat. No. 9,466,627

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM USING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup device comprising:
a first transfer transistor configured to transfer carriers stored at a first semiconductor region of a first conductive type
disposed in a semiconductor substrate to a second semiconductor region of the first conductive type disposed in the semiconductor
substrate;

a second transfer transistor configured to transfer the carriers held at the second semiconductor region to a third semiconductor
region of the first conductive type disposed in the semiconductor substrate;

an amplification transistor configured to output a signal based on a potential of the third semiconductor region;
a first insulating film disposed over the first transfer transistor and the second transfer transistor; and
a light shielding film configured to overlap an edge of a gate electrode of the first transfer resistor on a first semiconductor
region side and an edge of the gate electrode on a second semiconductor region side in planar view,

wherein the light shielding film has:
a first bottom surface located above an upper surface of the gate electrode and below an upper surface of the first insulating
film;

a second bottom surface located above the first semiconductor region and at a position closer to a surface of the semiconductor
substrate than the first bottom surface; and

a third bottom surface located above the second semiconductor region and at the position closer to the surface of the semiconductor
substrate than the first bottom surface.

US Pat. No. 9,456,742

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus, comprising:
a tomographic image acquiring unit configured to acquire a tomographic image of a fundus of an eye to be inspected, the tomographic
image being a two-dimensional image including a depth direction of the fundus of the eye to be inspected;

an evaluation index calculation unit configured to calculate an image evaluation index of the tomographic image;
a tilt calculation unit configured to calculate a tilt of a first tomographic image acquired by the tomographic image acquiring
unit;

a relative position changing unit configured to change a relative position between the tomographic image acquiring unit and
the eye, by relatively moving the tomographic image acquiring unit in a plane perpendicular to an optical axis of the tomographic
image acquiring unit, based on the tilt of the first tomographic image, so as to reduce the tilt of a second tomographic image
acquired by the tomographic image acquiring unit, wherein the second tomographic image is acquired after the first tomographic
image is acquired; and

a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display information that the relative position is changed by
the relative position changing unit,

wherein the tilt of the second tomographic image is reduced such that the image evaluation index of the second tomographic
image is greater than the image evaluation index of the first tomographic image.

US Pat. No. 9,459,544

HYDROXYGALLIUM PHTHALOCYANINE CRYSTAL, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A hydroxygallium phthalocyanine crystal having peaks at Bragg angles 2?±0.2° of 7.5°, 9.9°, 25.2°, and 28.3° as determined
by X-ray diffraction with Cu K? radiation,
wherein the intensity of the peak at a Bragg angle 2?±0.2° of 9.9° is higher than the intensity of the peak at a Bragg angle
2?±0.2° of 7.5°.

US Pat. No. 9,460,061

PRINT SYSTEM, PRINT SERVER, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print system comprising:
a user device; and
a print server which communicates with the user device via a network, wherein the print server comprises:
an interpretation unit configured to interpret an HTML of a webpage that is displayed by a web browser of the user device,
and that is transmitted from the user device together with a print request;

a script transmission unit configured to transmit a script that causes acquisition of external data to the user device, in
the case where the external data could not be acquired when acquiring the external data in accordance with an external data
reference command that is contained in the HTML obtained as a result of the interpretation; and

a generation unit configured to acquire external data from the user device who acquired the external data by running the script
received from the print server, and to generate printing data corresponding to a webpage displayed by a web browser of the
user device based on the acquired external data and the HTML,

wherein the interpretation unit, the script transmission unit, and the generation unit are implemented by a processor and
a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,459,579

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CORRECTS IMAGE FORMING CONDITION BASED ON MEASUREMENT RESULT OF MEASUREMENT IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a converting unit configured to convert image data based on a conversion condition;
a photosensitive member;
an exposure unit whose light intensity is controlled, and configured to expose the photosensitive member based on the converted
image data to form an electrostatic latent image;

a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image to form an image on the photosensitive member;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the image developed by the developing unit onto a sheet;
a measuring unit configured to measure a plurality of measurement images formed on the photosensitive member by the exposure
unit and the developing unit, the plurality of measurement images including a first measurement image and second measurement
images;

a controller configured to control the exposure unit and the developing unit to form the plurality of measurement images on
the photosensitive member, and to control the measuring unit to measure the plurality of measurement images;

a generation unit configured to generate the conversion condition based on second measurement data corresponding to the second
measurement images measured by the measuring unit; and

a determination unit configured to determine an execution timing and the light intensity of the exposure unit based on first
measurement data corresponding to the first measurement image measured by the measuring unit,

wherein the controller is further configured to control, based on the execution timing determined by the determination unit,
a subsequent timing at which the plurality of measurement images are to be formed,

wherein the controller is further configured to update the light intensity of the exposure unit to the light intensity determined
by the determination unit at the subsequent timing, and

wherein the conversion condition is updated before the subsequent timing.

US Pat. No. 9,458,323

PRODUCTION PROCESS FOR SELF-DISPERSIBLE PIGMENT, SELF-DISPERSIBLE PIGMENT, INK, INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A production process for a self-dispersible pigment, the process comprising a step of bonding a functional group containing
a hydrophilic group to a particle surface of a pigment by causing at least one treatment agent selected from the group consisting
of a compound represented by the following general formula (1) and a compound represented by the following general formula
(2) to react with the particle surface of the pigment:
wherein R1, R2 and R3 are, independently of one another, a hydrogen atom, a group having at least one of an aliphatic group and an aromatic group,
a carboxylate ester group, or —S(?O)2—R4, with the proviso that R1, R2 and R3 are not hydrogen atoms at the same time, R4 is a hydroxy group or a group having at least one of an aliphatic group and an aromatic group, and A1 is selected from the group consisting of a carboxylic acid group, a sulfonic acid group, a phosphoric acid group, a phosphonic
acid group, and a group (a) having at least one of an aliphatic group and an aromatic group, and (b) being substituted with
at least one hydrophilic group selected from the group consisting of a carboxylic acid group, a sulfonic acid group, a phosphoric
acid group, and a phosphonic acid group; and
wherein R5 and R6 are, independently of each other, a hydrogen atom, a group having at least one of an aliphatic group and an aromatic group,
a halogen atom, a cyano group, a nitro group, an amino group, an alkoxy group, a thioalkoxy group, an acyl group, a carboxylate
ester group, an aryloxy group, a carboxylic acid group, a sulfonic acid group, a phosphoric acid group, or a phosphonic acid
group, with the proviso that R5 and R6 are not hydrogen atoms at the same time, R7 is a hydrogen atom, a group having at least one of an aliphatic group and an aromatic group or a carboxylate ester group,
and A2 is selected from the group consisting of a carboxylic acid group, a sulfonic acid group, a phosphoric acid group, a phosphonic
acid group, and a group (a) having at least one of an aliphatic group and an aromatic group, and (b) being substituted with
at least one hydrophilic group selected from the group consisting of a carboxylic acid group, a sulfonic acid group, a phosphoric
acid group, and a phosphonic acid group.

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. 9,462,247

IMAGE PROCESSING AND WHITE BALANCE CONTROLLING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor performing the functions of a calculation unit, an estimation unit, and a white balance control unit wherein;
the calculation unit calculates a color evaluation value of each of blocks of an image obtained by capturing an object,
the estimation unit estimates, based on a shape of a distribution pattern of the calculated color evaluation values on a color
space, a depth of water at which the captured object is positioned; and

the white balance control unit performs white balance control using a white balance correction value determined in accordance
with the depth of water estimated by said estimation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,453,961

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an imaging optical system;
an image pickup device; and
an optical fiber bundle constituted by a plurality of optical fibers configured to guide light from the imaging optical system
to the image pickup device,

wherein
a light incident surface of the optical fiber bundle is a concave surface with respect to the imaging optical system,
an optical fiber distant from an optical axis of the imaging optical system among the plurality of optical fibers satisfies
the following Expression:


where ? is an inclination angle of the optical fiber with respect to the optical axis of the imaging optical system, ? is
an inclination angle of the light incident surface of the optical fiber with respect to the optical axis of the imaging optical
system, ? is an angle, with respect to the optical axis of the imaging optical system, of a principal ray from the imaging
optical system incident on the optical fiber, N1 is a refractive index of a core of the optical fiber, and N2 is a refractive
index of a clad of the optical fiber.

US Pat. No. 9,442,348

IMAGING DEVICE AND INTERCHANGEABLE LENS ARRANGED TO HAVE A REDUCED AMOUNT OF MAGNETIC FIELD REACHING AN IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
an imaging optical system;
an image pickup element arranged opposite to the imaging optical system, the image pickup element being configured to perform
photoelectric conversion on an optical image formed by the imaging optical system;

a magnetic field generation source that generates a magnetic field when receiving an electric current supplied; and
an annular magnetic member arranged between the magnetic field generation source and the image pickup element, the annular
magnetic member having an opening through which light directed from the imaging optical system toward the image pickup element
passes,

wherein
the annular magnetic member includes a first magnetic body and a second magnetic body, the second magnetic body being made
of a ferromagnetic material having higher relative permeability than relative permeability of the first magnetic body, the
second magnetic body having a smaller area than an area of the first magnetic body when seen in an optical axis direction
of the imaging optical system, and

a region in which the second magnetic body is arranged includes a region nearest to the magnetic field generation source of
the annular magnetic member.

US Pat. No. 9,445,436

METHOD, DEVICE, COMPUTER PROGRAM AND INFORMATION STORAGE MEANS FOR OPTIMISING ACCESS TO A WIRELESS MEDIUM IN A COMMUNICATION NETWORK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for optimizing access to a wireless medium in a communication network accessible by a plurality of nodes, each
node implementing a back-off counting based on carrier sense multiple access with collision avoidance, the plurality of nodes
comprising a collaborative group of peer nodes further implementing a back-off allocation scheme based on each node maintaining
a list of expected back-off values of the other nodes of the collaborative group by generating a virtual local image of the
other peer nodes back-off time counters values by computing the back-off time of each of said peer nodes, the group further
comprising a receiving node and an emitting node, the method comprising the following steps implemented by the receiving node:
detecting a Medium access request from the emitting node;
time stamping of the Medium access request;
identifying the emitting node as an origin of the Medium access request;
determining an expiration time corresponding to an expected back-off value or back-off count of the identified emitting node
in the list of expected back-off values of the other nodes of the collaborative group maintained by the receiving node;

determining a slot drift parameter from the said time stamp of the Medium access request and from the determined expiration
time by:

computing the difference between a timestamp of the determined expiration time and the timestamp of the Medium access request
when the expiration of the back-off time of the emitting node precedes the detection of a Medium access request; or

computing the remaining time before expiration of the back-off time of the identified emitting node when the detection of
a Medium access request precedes the expiration of the back-off time;

and, applying a slot drift correction based on the slot drift parameter comprising:
correcting a back-off counter of the receiving node, and
correcting all the expected back-off values of the list maintained by the receiving node;
sensing if the wireless medium is free, and if the medium is sensed to be free:
waiting a Short Inter-Frame Space period;
sending a Clear To Send message.

US Pat. No. 9,442,900

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus for arranging a plurality of elements, the apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a program; and
a processor configured to execute the program stored in the memory,
wherein the processor acquires a text element and an image element, each of which strides over a first page partition position
corresponding to a bottom of a first page in a vertical direction,

wherein the processor sets a line space, in a text element, nearest from the first page partition position over which the
text element strides, among line spaces that are at an upper side relative to the first page partition position in the vertical
direction, as a second page partition position, and

wherein the processor arranges the text element and the image element, so that the text element is divided, at the second
page partition position, into the first page and a second page, and a whole of the image element is arranged to the second
page, and so that a relative position between a portion, obtained by the dividing, of the text element and the whole of the
image element in the vertical direction of the second page is a relative position, in the vertical direction, in a case in
which a whole of the text element and the whole of the image element are arranged to one page.

US Pat. No. 9,445,002

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a plurality of image signals, which are captured from different viewpoints;
a setting unit configured to set a focal plane in association with a reconstructed image to be generated from the plurality
of image signals obtained by the obtaining unit;

a generation unit configured to generate the reconstructed image focused at the focal plane set by the setting unit by adding
pixel values of the image signal, wherein the pixel values correspond to respective pixels of the image to be reconstructed
at the focal plane; and

an output unit configured to generate and output a concatenated image including, as frames, a plurality of reconstructed images
generated by the generation unit in association with a plurality of different focal planes.

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. 9,445,142

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a communication interface configured to communicate with an image capturing apparatus, and which reproduces video data obtained
by sequentially acquiring segments indicating divisional data of the video data obtained by image capturing of the image capturing
apparatus;

a memory storing a program;
a processor for executing the program stored in the memory, the processor, when executing the program, implementing functions
of a list requesting function, a list acquiring function, a deciding function, a segment requesting function, a segment acquiring
function, and a calculating function, wherein:

the list requesting function is configured to request, via the communication unit, a segment list in which information of
segments of video data being captured by the image capturing apparatus is written, from the image capturing apparatus;

the list acquiring function is configured to acquire the segment list requested by the list requesting function;
the deciding function is configured to decide which segment, from the segments in the segment list acquired by the list acquiring
function, to request;

the segment requesting function is configured to request, via the communication interface, the segment decided on by the deciding
function, from the image capturing apparatus;

the segment acquiring function is configured to acquire the segment requested by the segment requesting function; and
the calculating function is configured to calculate a delay time for segment transmission based on a number of segments in
the segment list.

US Pat. No. 9,438,842

REPRODUCTION CONTROL APPARATUS, REPRODUCTION CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A reproduction control apparatus that controls reproduction of a moving image including a plurality of frames, comprising:
a storage device; and
a processor configured to execute computer executable instructions recorded on the storage device, the computer executable
instructions including instructions, that when executed by the processor, cause the reproduction control apparatus to:

reproduce a first frame among the plurality of frames of the moving image;
render an object frame which identifies an object according to both a position and a size of the object which is included
in the first frame of the moving image, during the reproduction of the first frame of the moving image;

detect selection of the object frame, of the first frame of the moving image, including the object during reproduction of
the first frame of the moving image;

detect a change in size of the selected object frame, in response to a user's operation;
search for a second frame among the plurality of frames of the moving image, including the object corresponding in size to
the changed size of the selected object frame; and

reproduce the second frame including the object corresponding in size to the changed size of the selected object frame in
response to the detection of the change in size of the selected object frame, the first frame having a first reproduction
time and the second frame having a second reproduction time different from the first reproduction time.

US Pat. No. 9,436,073

ILLUMINATION OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An illumination optical system capable of changing a light beam diameter in at least one of a first cross section and a
second cross section orthogonal to each other, the first and second cross sections including an optical axis, the illumination
optical system comprising:
a light source;
a condenser lens configured to concentrate light from the light source;
a first fly-eye lens including a first lens cell on which light concentrated by the condenser lens is incident;
a second fly-eye lens including a second lens cell corresponding to the first lens cell;
a polarization conversion element configured to perform polarization conversion on light from the second fly-eye lens; and
an image display element configured to display an image based on light from the polarization conversion element,
wherein the following relations are satisfied:
(?X/2)/(?Y)<0.9 or 1.1<(?X/2)/(?Y), and

0.78<(?X/2)/(?Y)×(y/x)<1.28,

where X and Y are widths of the image display element in the first and second cross sections respectively, x and y are widths
of a light emitting surface of the light source in the first and second cross sections respectively, D1x and D1y are widths of the first fly-eye lens in the first and second cross sections respectively, D2x and D2y are widths of the second fly-eye lens in the first and second cross sections respectively, and change rates ? and ? of the
light beam diameters in the first and second cross sections respectively are defined as ?=D2x/D1x and ?=D2y/D1y.

US Pat. No. 9,436,107

METHOD OF PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, AND EMULSION FOR A CHARGE TRANSPORTING LAYER

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 solution comprising a charge transporting material; and at least one compound selected from the group consisting
of a fluorine-atom-containing polyacrylate, a fluorine-atom-containing polymethacrylate, a polycarbonate having siloxane bond,
a polyester having siloxane bond, a polystyrene having siloxane bond, a silicone oil, a polyolefin, an aliphatic acid, an
aliphatic acid amide, and an aliphatic acid ester;

dispersing the solution in water to prepare an emulsion;
forming a coat for the charge transporting layer by using the emulsion; and
heating the coat to form the charge transporting layer.

US Pat. No. 9,436,118

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR FORMING AN IMAGE TO CHANGE THE POTENTIAL OF A PHOTOCONDUCTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photoconductor;
a corona charger disposed to oppose a surface of the photoconductor and configured to charge the surface of the photoconductor;
an exposure unit configured to expose the surface of the photoconductor that is charged by the corona charger to exposure
so as to form an electrostatic latent image on the surface of the photoconductor;

a developing unit configured to develop, with toner, the electrostatic latent image that is formed by the exposure unit so
as to form a toner image on the surface of the photoconductor;

a developing bias application unit configured to apply a developing bias obtained by superimposing a DC voltage and an AC
voltage to the developing unit;

a transfer unit configured to transfer the toner image that is formed on the photoconductor onto a recording medium; and
an execution unit configured to execute a first mode and a second mode, the first mode being a mode in which an electrostatic
latent image is formed by the exposure means on the surface of the photoconductor that is charged by the corona charger and
a toner image that is formed on the surface of the photoconductor by the developing means is transferred onto a recording
medium and is output, the second mode being a mode in which a toner image that is formed on the surface of the photoconductor
by the developing unit substantially without forming, by the exposure unit, an electrostatic latent image on the surface of
the photoconductor that is charged by the corona charger is transferred onto a recording medium and is output as a toner image,

wherein the execution unit sets a frequency of an AC voltage of the developing bias in the second mode to a value larger than
a frequency of an AC voltage of the developing bias in the first mode.

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. 9,424,174

CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A MEMORY HAVING A PLURALITY OF BANKS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus for controlling a memory having a plurality of banks, comprising:
an allocation unit configured to allocate the plurality of banks to a first region for interleaving access or a second region
for non-interleaving access, respectively;

a memory access unit configured to perform data transfer to a plurality of banks in the first region by interleaving access,
and perform data transfer to at least one bank in the second region by non-interleaving access; and

a control unit configured to set the plurality of banks in the first region and the at least one bank in the second region
independently to one of a low-power state and a normal operation state in accordance with the respective regions to which
the plurality of banks are allocated by the allocation unit,

wherein the control unit sets all of the plurality of banks in the first region to the low-power state if at least one bank
in the first region is set to the low-power state, and sets the at least one bank in the second region independently to the
low-power state in the bank unit if the at least one bank in the second region is set to the low-power state, and

wherein the control unit sets all of the plurality of banks in the first region to the normal operation state if the at least
one bank in the first region is set to the normal operation state, and sets the at least one bank in the second region independently
to the normal operation state in the bank unit if the at least one bank in the second region is set to the normal operation
state.

US Pat. No. 9,423,758

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus constructed to output a voltage obtained by superposing an alternate current voltage with a direct
current voltage, comprising:
one transformer whose primary side and secondary side are insulated;
a first driving unit connected to the primary side of the transformer and constructed to drive the primary side of the transformer
so as to output the alternate current voltage from the secondary side of the transformer;

a direct current voltage generation unit having a plurality of a capacitor and a diode and is connected to the secondary side
of the transformer and constructed to amplify a voltage output from the secondary side of the transformer and to output the
amplified voltage as a direct current voltage;

a voltage detection unit connected to the direct current voltage generation unit and constructed to detect the direct current
voltage output from the direct current voltage generation unit; and

a second driving unit connected to the detection unit and the direct current voltage generation unit and constructed to control
the direct current voltage output from the direct current voltage generation unit according to a detection result of the voltage
detection unit and a target voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,420,948

IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus for capturing an image of a subject's eye with imaging light having passed through an aberration
correction unit adjusted according to aberration of the subject's eye, the apparatus comprising:
an imaging light focusing unit configured to focus the imaging light for capturing the image of the subject's eye on the subject's
eye;

a fixation lamp configured to guide a line of sight of the subject's eye;
a fixation lamp focusing unit configured to focus light from the fixation lamp on the subject's eye, wherein the fixation
lamp focusing unit is different from the imaging light focusing unit; and

a control unit configured to interlockingly control states of the fixation lamp focusing unit and the imaging light focusing
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,423,867

POWER SUPPLY CONTROL FOR AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording medium;
a power supply unit to which AC power is input and which outputs a DC voltage for operating the image forming unit;
a relay switch of which opening/closing is controlled by the DC voltage output from the power supply unit being applied to
a coil of the relay switch;

a power switch which is manually operated to switch ON/OFF of the power supply for the image forming apparatus, and achieves
a first state when not manually operated and achieves a second state when manually operated, the power switch being connected
to the relay switch in series, and the relay switch being put into an open state when the power switch is in the second state
and the relay switch being put into a closed state when the power switch is in the first state;

a voltage suppressing unit configured to reduce the DC voltage to less than a predetermined value when the relay switch is
in a closed state and the power switch is in the first state; and

a control unit configured to close the relay switch so as to reduce the DC voltage to less than the predetermined value in
order to put the image forming apparatus into a power-off state, if the power switch is changed to the second state and thereafter
is changed to the first state, when the power switch is in the first state and the DC voltage is not reduced to less than
the predetermined value.

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. 9,420,135

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. 9,417,568

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrier configured to carry toner images;
an electrically conductive intermediate transfer belt movable in an endless manner to which toner images are primary transferred
from the image carrier;

first and second stretch members configured to stretch the intermediate transfer belt;
a secondary transfer member that contacts with the intermediate transfer belt, configured to secondary transfer the toner
images from the intermediate transfer belt to recording materials;

a contact member that contacts with the intermediate transfer belt; and
a voltage maintenance element that is connected to the contact member, wherein
the image carrier contacts with the intermediate transfer belt in between the first stretch member and the second stretch
member with respect to a moving direction of the intermediate transfer belt,

the contact member is disposed on the intermediate transfer belt side to which the image carrier is disposed and contacts
with the intermediate transfer belt in between the first stretch member and the second stretch member with respect to a moving
direction of the intermediate transfer belt, and

a potential of the contact member is kept to be equal to or higher than a predetermined potential according to a current that
flows from the secondary transfer member to the intermediate transfer belt.

US Pat. No. 9,417,333

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a detector including a detection unit in which pixels having a conversion element that converts radiation into an electric
charge are arranged in a matrix shape, a drive circuit configured to drive the detection unit to output electric signals that
correspond to the electric charges from the pixels, and a read circuit configured to output the electric signals as image
data;

a radiation detection unit configured to detect an irradiation state of radiation at a plurality of positions in the detection
unit such that the irradiation state of radiation at least at a center region in the detection unit and at a peripheral region
in the detection unit that is separated from the center region is detected, the irradiation state of radiation being different
from the image data; and

a control unit configured to control operations of the drive circuit and the read circuit in accordance with a detection result
obtained by the radiation detection unit,

wherein the radiation detection unit is configured to have a plurality of sensitivities such that the sensitivity at the center
region in the detection unit is greater than the sensitivity at the peripheral region in the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,417,593

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO SWITCH BETWEEN SUPPLYING AND SHUTTING-OFF OF POWER TO A PORTION OF THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a first power supply unit configured to output first output power;
a first device to which the first output power is supplied from the first power supply unit;
a second power supply unit configured to output second output power;
a second device to which the second output power is supplied from the second power supply unit;
a detection unit configured to detect an overcurrent of the second power supply unit;
a power source control unit to which the first output power is supplied from the first power supply unit, and configured to
switch between supplying and shutting-off of the second output power to the second device; and

a control unit to which the first output power is supplied from the first power supply unit, and configured to control an
operation of the first device,

wherein, when the detection unit detects an overcurrent of the second output power, the power source control unit shuts off
the second output power from the second power supply unit to the second device, and the control unit executes finish processing
for the first device.

US Pat. No. 9,417,604

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus in which a cartridge is removably mountable to a main body of the image forming apparatus, the
image forming apparatus comprising:
a containing member configured to contain the cartridge and movable between an outside position outside the main body and
an inside position inside the main body in a state of containing the cartridge, the containing member being moved from the
outside position in an inserting direction so as to be moved to the inside position, the containing member being movable from
the inside position in a first direction different from the inserting direction and movable from the inside position in a
second direction different from the first direction, the containing member being moved from the inside position in the first
direction so as to move the cartridge to an image forming position for an image formation, the containing member being moved
from the inside position in the second direction so as to be moved to a downstream side of the inside position in the inserting
direction, and the containing member being provided with a guided portion; and

a guiding portion provided in the main body and configured to guide a movement of the guided portion,
wherein the guiding portion includes:
a first guiding part configured to guide the guided portion while the containing member is moved between the outside position
and the inside position in the inserting direction; and

a second guiding part which comes into contact with the guided portion when the containing member is moved in the second direction,
the second guiding part having a shape to return the containing member toward the inside position when the second guiding
part comes into contact with the guided portion.

US Pat. No. 9,414,794

MOBILE X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A mobile X-ray imaging apparatus comprising:
a mobile cart having a casing;
an X-ray generation unit configured to generate X-rays;
a movable portion configured to be alternately stored in and pulled out from the casing by a handle portion, wherein an upper
portion of the movable portion is pulled out in an inclined state from the casing; and

an operation unit configured to operate the mobile X-ray imaging apparatus, wherein the operation unit is provided on the
upper portion of the movable portion,

wherein the operation unit is exposed when the movable portion is pulled out from the casing, and the operation unit is stored
in the casing to prevent an operator from operating the operation unit when the movable portion is stored in the casing.

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. 9,420,239

APPARATUS FOR PLAYING BACK RECORDED VIDEO IMAGES RELATED TO EVENT, AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a recording unit configured to record a video image;
a detection unit configured to detect an object event in which a state of an object changes from the video image;
a generation unit configured to generate, when the object event is detected from the video image, event information associating
the object event with an identifier of the object and a time when the object event occurred;

a display unit configured to display a frame of the video image with a time line on which a plurality of symbols indicating
respective object events are arranged, wherein a symbol indicating each of the object events is arranged in a position corresponding
to a time when each of the events occurred;

a specifying unit configured to specify an object in response to a selection of the object from one or more objects in the
displayed frame by a user;

an identification unit configured to identify, when the object is specified by the specifying unit, an object event concerning
the specified object based on the identifier of the specified object in the event information;

a display control unit configured to change a display form of a symbol indicating the identified object event concerning the
specified object on the time line, so that the symbol indicating the identified object event concerning the specified object
can be distinguished from symbols indicating other object events; and

a playback unit configured to start, in response to a selection of the symbol of which the display form has been changed,
a playback of the video image of an object event corresponding to the selected symbol.

US Pat. No. 9,418,440

IMAGE SEGMENTING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a segmenting unit configured to segment an input image into a plurality of areas on the basis of a similarity of pixels;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire sizes of the areas segmented by the segmenting unit;
a selecting unit configured to select one of a plurality of discriminating methods of discriminating, with respect to adjacent
areas among the plurality of areas, on the basis of a size of each of the adjacent areas acquired by the acquiring unit, whether
or not the adjacent areas are connecting targets by using different kinds of features;

an extracting unit configured to extract, from the adjacent areas, the feature of the kind which is used in the discriminating
method selected by the selecting unit;

a connecting unit configured to connect the adjacent areas determined as the connecting targets by the discriminating method
selected by the selecting unit; and

a classifying unit configured to classify a kind of area connected by the connecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,412,033

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PREVENTING PAGE MISSING, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input plural page images;
an extraction unit configured to extract a foreground image from each of the plural page images input by said input unit;
a page data generation unit configured to generate page data which includes the foreground image extracted by said extraction
unit;

an announcement page data generation unit configured to generate announcement page data corresponding to a page image from
which the foreground image has not been extracted by said extraction unit, the announcement page data having a link to a reference
image including a background image of a page image from which the foreground image has not been extracted by said extraction
unit; and

a file generation unit configured to generate a file which includes the page data generated by said page data generation unit
and the announcement page data generated by said announcement page data generation unit,

wherein said input unit, said extraction unit, said page data generation unit, said announcement page data generation unit
and said file generation unit are implemented at least in part by at least one processor and at least one memory.

US Pat. No. 9,403,379

PRINTING CONTROL METHOD AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing control method for performing control of printing so as to feed a sheet to a printing unit, print an image on
a first surface of the sheet, reverse the sheet for (i) a first surface and a second surface which is a back surface to the
first surface of the sheet and (ii) a leading side of the sheet in a feed direction and a trailing side of the sheet in the
feed direction, and print an image on the second surface in sequence, the printing control method comprising steps of:
acquiring information regarding ink application amounts to each of a plurality of different areas on a sheet trailing edge
of the first surface, including at least a first area which covers a center portion of the sheet in a width direction crossing
to the feed direction and a second area which covers one edge of the sheet in the width direction;

assessing a plurality of candidate times including a time T1 which is assessed in accordance with a weighted combination of the ink application amount to the first area indicated by
the information acquired by the acquiring step and the ink application amount to the second area indicated by the information
acquired by the acquiring step; and

determining a waiting time, for the control of the printing, until a start of printing on the second surface from an end of
printing on the sheet trailing edge on the first surface based on the plurality of candidate times.

US Pat. No. 9,405,491

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing control apparatus, comprising:
a storage unit configured to store sheet sizes and sheet attributes;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a sheet size of a sheet stored in a sheet holding unit of a printing apparatus;
a determining unit configured to determine, based on the sheet size obtained by the obtaining unit and the sheet sizes stored
in the storage unit, at least one sheet attribute to be set for the sheet holding unit from among the sheet attributes stored
in the storage unit;

a receiving unit configured to receive, from a print job management server storing print jobs for which sheet sizes and sheet
attributes are designated, designated sheet sizes and sheet attributes; and

a registering unit configured to register, based on delivery times of the print jobs in the storage unit, the designated sheet
sizes received by the receiving unit and the designated sheet attributes received by the receiving unit,

wherein at least one of the obtaining unit, the determining unit, the receiving unit, the registering unit is implemented
by at least one processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,405,494

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OUTPUTTING LAYOUT DATA ACCORDING TO TIMING INFORMATION, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
at least one memory configured to store at least one program; and
at least one processor configured to execute the at least one program to cause the apparatus to
specify a person in one or more images among a plurality of images, by analyzing the plurality of images;
first register the person and a date corresponding to the person, in a memory, in accordance with an instruction by a user;
second register an image including the person, with the person, in the memory, wherein in the memory, the date is related
to the person and the image is related to the person;

determine an output target date corresponding to a predetermined output timing, from a plurality of dates registered in the
memory, in accordance with the first registration;

determine an output target person corresponding to the output target date, from a plurality of persons related to the plurality
of dates in the memory, in accordance with the first registration;

select an output target image which is related to the output target person in the memory, in accordance with the second registration;
and

output the output target image to a display apparatus or a printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,406,120

OUTPUT DEVICE AND METHOD, SUITABLE FOR USE IN DIAGNOSIS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An output device that outputs a schematic view showing a position of a diseased part of a human body, comprising:
a memory adapted to store a plurality of schematic views and a plurality of medical images, wherein at least one of the schematic
views includes a layer superimposed thereon;

an acquisition unit adapted to acquire an evaluation value for each layer at a plurality of timings;
a detection unit adapted to detect a change in the acquired evaluation value for a layer that is greater than a predetermined
threshold value;

a read-out unit adapted to read out the schematic view in a case in which the change is greater than the predetermined threshold
value; and

a display unit adapted to display the schematic view read out by said read-out unit by superimposing layers,
wherein said display unit displays, from the plurality of medical images stored in said memory, a medical image which corresponds
to the schematic view read out by said read- out unit, and

wherein said acquisition unit, said detection unit, said read-out unit, and said display unit are implemented using a CPU.

US Pat. No. 9,400,374

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power, which does not move for zooming;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power, which moves during zooming;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power, which moves during zooming;
at least one lens unit having a positive refractive power, which moves during zooming; and
a last lens unit having a positive refractive power, which does not move for zooming,
wherein, when a focal length fm at an intermediate zoom position is expressed by fm=fw×(Z)1/2 where fw represents a focal length of the zoom lens at a wide angle end, and Z represents a zoom ratio, the following conditional
expressions are satisfied:

1.5
?30
?15 where L2W represents an interval between the second lens unit and the third lens unit at the wide angle end, L2fm represents
an interval between the second lens unit and the third lens unit at a zoom position at which an offaxial principal ray having
a largest image height is farthest from an optical axis on a lens surface disposed on a most object side in the first lens
unit in a zoom range from the wide angle end to the focal length fm, f1 represents a focal length of the first lens unit,
f2 represents a focal length of the second lens unit, f3 represents a focal length of the third lens unit, and f23W represents
a combined focal length of the second lens unit and the third lens unit at the wide angle end.

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. 9,400,466

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING A ROTATABLE CAM CONFIGURED TO MOVE A SHUTTER MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a movable image-bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a sensor opposed to the image-bearing member;
a shutter member arranged between the sensor and the image-bearing member configured to be movable between an open position
and closed position,

the sensor being exposed to the image-bearing member at the open position,
the sensor being shielded from the image-bearing member at the closed position;
a rotatable cam configured to move the shutter member, the cam being rotatable in a first phase range and a second phase range,
the second phase range being not contained in the first phase range,

a distance from a rotation center of the cam continuously increasing or decreasing in a circumferential direction in the first
phase range,

the distance varying in a stepped manner in the circumferential direction in the second phase range; and
an execution portion capable of selectively executing a first mode and a second mode,
the cam being rotated within the first phase range for moving the shutter member from the open position to the closed position
mutually in the first mode,

the cam being rotated at least through the second phase range for applying an impact to the shutter member in the second mode.

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. 9,395,807

POWER MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND POWER MANAGEMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power management apparatus for a circuit including a power shutoff domain that can be shut off independently of another
domain of the circuit, the apparatus comprising:
a power management unit that turns the power shutoff domain on and off;
a clock generating unit that stops and supplies a clock signal to the power shutoff domain;
a control unit that, if a condition for shifting to a sleep mode is satisfied, controls the clock generation unit to stop
the clock signal and shifts to the sleep mode in a case where a measured or estimated temperature of the circuit is lower
than a predetermined value, and controls the power management unit to turn the power shutoff domain off and shifts to the
sleep mode in a case where the measured or estimated temperature of the circuit is higher than or equal to the predetermined
value; and

a time measurement circuit for measuring a set time,
wherein the control unit calculates an index value corresponding to an estimated temperature of the circuit based on time
information including a time during which the power shutoff domain continuously operated and an interval between successive
operations, and determines whether or not the temperature of the circuit is estimated to be higher than or equal to the predetermined
value based on the index value.

US Pat. No. 9,397,131

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING ELECTRICAL CONNECTION PORTIONS WITH LENGTHS EXTENDING IN FIRST DIRECTION LONGER THAN IN SECOND DIRECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus including a first substrate on which a photoelectric conversion unit is arranged and a
second substrate from which a signal based on an electrical charge generated by the photoelectric conversion unit is output,
the solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a first conductive pattern which is arranged on the first substrate; and
a second conductive pattern which is arranged on the second substrate,
wherein the first conductive pattern has a first partial pattern extending in a first direction, and the second conductive
pattern has a second partial pattern extending in a second direction which intersects with the first direction as viewed in
planar view,

the first partial pattern has a first crossing portion where the first partial pattern intersects with the second partial
pattern,

the first crossing portion has a first electrical connection portion which electrically connects with the second partial pattern,
the second partial pattern has a second crossing portion where the second partial pattern intersects with the first partial
pattern,

the second crossing portion has a second electrical connection portion which electrically connects with the first partial
pattern, and

each of the first electrical connection portion and the second electrical connection portion has a length extending in the
first direction longer than a length thereof in the second direction.

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. 9,392,181

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. 9,387,681

RECORDING APPARATUS AND CARRIAGE UNIT HAVING A HEAD MOUNTING MECHANISM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A movable carriage unit for mounting a head for discharging ink, the movable carriage unit comprising:
a carriage in which a mounting portion configured to mount the head is formed;
a fixing member movable to a fixing position for fixing the head to the mounting portion and to a releasing position for releasing
the fixation of the head; and

an operating member configured to move between a first position and a second position in relation to the carriage and provided
with a guide portion for guiding the head to the mounting portion,

wherein, when the operating member moves to the first position, the operating member moves the fixing member to the releasing
position and the guide portion is placed to a position where the guide portion is able to guide the head to the mounting portion
while supporting the head from underneath, and

wherein, when the operating member moves from the first position to the second position, the operating member moves the fixing
member from the release position to the fixing position.

US Pat. No. 9,386,919

OPHTHALMIC PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A controlling apparatus, comprising:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire a plurality of photometric values based on output signals from an imaging unit for
acquiring a moving image of an eye to be examined; and

a first determination unit configured to determine whether photography is permitted based on the plurality of photometric
values being within a prescribed range;

a second determination unit configured to determine an amount of light of a photographing light source based on at least one
of the plurality of photometric values within the prescribed range; and

a control unit configured to output an instruction to start executing, based on the determined amount of light, a photography
operation in response to inputting an instruction to start executing the photography operation in a case where it is determined
that photography is permitted.

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. 9,386,210

IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an illumination optical system configured to illuminate an object;
an imaging optical system configured to form an optical image of the object;
a first imaging sensor device;
a second imaging sensor device with a smaller integration degree than that of the first imaging sensor device; and
a controller,
wherein each of the imaging optical system and the illumination optical system has a light blocking portion,
wherein the controller is configured to:
execute a first imaging mode in which the first imaging sensor device is used to take an image of the object while the first
imaging sensor device is located at an image plane of the imaging optical system;

execute a second imaging mode in which the second imaging sensor device is used to take an image of the object while the second
imaging sensor device is located at the image plane of the imaging optical system; and

change a numerical aperture of at least one of the imaging optical system or the illumination optical system by controlling
the respective light blocking portion.

US Pat. No. 9,386,232

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS WHICH COMPOSES A PLURALITY OF IMAGES SHOT UNDER DIFFERENT EXPOSURE CONDITIONS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which composes a plurality of images shot under different exposure conditions, comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect an exposure error of a detection target image according to a position in the detection
target image, the detection target image having an exposure amount smaller than a predetermined exposure amount;

a calculation unit configured to calculate correction information to correct the exposure error detected by the detection
unit;

an adjustment unit configured to perform level adjustment on the detection target image in accordance with the exposure amount
of the detection target image and the correction information; and

an image composition unit configured to generate a composite image by composing the plurality of images including the detection
target image that has undergone the level adjustment,

wherein the detection unit detects the exposure error by defining, out of the plurality of images, a reference image having
an exposure amount not less than the predetermined exposure amount, and comparing the reference image with the detection target
image, and

wherein the calculation unit calculates the correction information for the detection target image and does not calculate the
correction information for the reference image,

wherein the image having an exposure amount smaller than the predetermined exposure amount is shot with a shutter speed higher
than a predetermined shutter speed and the image having an exposure amount not less than the predetermined exposure amount
is shot with a shutter speed not higher than the predetermined shutter speed.

US Pat. No. 9,386,249

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a semiconductor substrate;
a first photoelectric conversion unit that is disposed in the semiconductor substrate, is configured to accumulate charges,
and is of a first conductivity type;

a second photoelectric conversion unit that is disposed in the semiconductor substrate, is configured to accumulate charges,
and is of the first conductivity type;

an electrode that is disposed on a region between the first photoelectric conversion unit and the second photoelectric conversion
unit and is configured to control an electrical conduction between the first photoelectric conversion unit and the second
photoelectric conversion unit;

a first semiconductor region that is disposed under the electrode and between the first photoelectric conversion unit and
the second photoelectric conversion unit, is continuous from the first photoelectric conversion unit to the second photoelectric
conversion unit, and is of the first conductivity type; and

a second semiconductor region that is disposed under the electrode and between the first photoelectric conversion unit and
the second photoelectric conversion unit, is provided at a depth different from that of the first semiconductor region, and
is of a second conductivity type,

wherein a boundary between the first semiconductor region and the second semiconductor region is located between a surface
of the semiconductor substrate and a depth at which an impurity concentration peak of the first photoelectric conversion unit
is provided.

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. 9,382,426

WATER-INSOLUBLE COLORING COMPOUND, INK, THERMAL TRANSFER RECORDING SHEET, AND COLOR FILTER RESIST COMPOSITION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A water-insoluble coloring compound having a structure represented by Formula (1):
in Formula (1), both R1 and R2 represent a 2-ethylehexyl group; R3 represents an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an amino group; R4 represents a hydrogen atom, a cyano group, a carbamoyl group, a carboxylic acid ester group, or a carboxylic acid amide group;
R5 and R6 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, or an acyl group or R5 and R6 bind to each other to form a ring; and A represents a carbonyl group.

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. 9,381,746

INK MIST COLLECTION APPARATUS, INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS, AND INK MIST COLLECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink mist collection apparatus for collecting ink mist that is produced when an image is printed on a print medium in
an ink jet printing apparatus, the ink jet printing apparatus printing the image on the print medium by moving a print head
relative to the print medium while ejecting ink from the print head, the ink mist collection apparatus comprising:
a suction unit configured to suck air above the print medium with the ink mist, from a suction port through a suction path,
the suction port being located downstream of the print head with respect to a moving direction of the print medium relative
to the print head and being opposite to the print medium; and

an inner discharge unit configured to discharge gas from an inner discharge port into the inside of the suction path,
wherein the inner discharge port includes at least one of a first inner discharge port located at a downstream portion of
an inner wall of the suction path with respect to the moving direction and a second inner discharge port located at an upstream
portion of the inner wall of the suction path with respect to the moving direction.

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. 9,377,735

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus that heats, at a nip portion, a recording material, bearing a toner image, while conveying the recording
material to fix the toner image on the recording material, the fixing apparatus comprising:
a roller;
a heating unit configured to be in contact with the roller to form a heating portion with the roller, the heating unit including
a film, and a heating portion forming member configured to be in contact with an inner surface of the film and form the heating
portion with the roller via the film; and

a pressing rotator configured to be in contact with the roller and form the nip portion with the roller,
wherein a micro hardness of a surface of the roller is lower than a micro hardness of a surface of the film at the heating
portion,

wherein a difference between a maximum outer diameter difference, between the film and the roller, and a maximum outer diameter
difference, between the pressing rotator and the roller, is 30 ?m or more, and

wherein in at least a partial region of the heating portion, a velocity difference is provided between the surface of the
roller and the surface of the film.

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. 9,377,621

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light scanning apparatus, comprising:
a deflection element including a first deflection surface for deflecting a light beam from a first light source and a second
deflection surface for deflecting a light beam from a second light source;

a rotor including a top surface facing the deflection element, the rotor being configured to rotatably hold the deflection
element;

a first imaging optical system including a first imaging lens, the first imaging optical system being configured to guide
a light beam from the first deflection surface to a first scanned surface;

a second imaging optical system including a second imaging lens arranged to face the first imaging lens so as to sandwich
the deflection element, the second imaging optical system being configured to guide a light beam from the second deflection
surface to a second scanned surface;

a first shielding member arranged in an optical path of the first imaging optical system; and
a second shielding member arranged in an optical path of the second imaging optical system,
wherein the following conditional expression is satisfied:
where A represents a distance from a reference plane to an edge portion of the first shielding member in a sub-scanning direction
on a side closer to the top surface, the reference plane including a center of the first deflection surface in the sub-scanning
direction and being parallel to a main scanning cross-section, H represents a distance from the reference plane to the top
surface, L represents a distance from a deflection point of the light beam at the first deflection surface to the first imaging
lens, P represents a distance from an axis of rotation of the deflection element to the first imaging lens, S represents a
distance from the axis of rotation to the first shielding member, D represents a diameter of the top surface, and p represents
an angle of incidence of the light beam from the first light source with respect to the first deflection surface in a sub-scanning
cross-section.

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. 9,377,715

DEVELOPING UNIT AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing unit comprising:
a developer;
a developer container accommodating the developer;
a developer bearing member configured to bear the developer supplied from the developer container;
a magnetic-field generation member disposed in the developer bearing member, the magnetic-field generation member having a
magnetic-field generation area generating a magnetic field for attracting the developer to the developer bearing member; and

at least one sealing member disposed at the developer container, the sealing member being configured to prevent the developer
from leaking from a gap between a longitudinal end of the developer bearing member and the developer container;

wherein an end of the magnetic-field generation area of the magnetic-field generation member is disposed inside an inner end
of the sealing member in the longitudinal direction of the developer bearing member;

the developer is a magnetic one-component developer; and
the developer bearing member develops a latent image formed on an image bearing member with the developer while keeping in
contact with the image bearing member.

US Pat. No. 9,372,430

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING LENS ARRAY OPTICAL SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROGRAM PRODUCT, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member; and
an exposure unit, including a lens array optical system in which a plurality of lenses are disposed along a predetermined
direction, and a light-emitting unit having a plurality of light-emitting elements disposed so as to expose, through the lens
array optical system, every Lth pixel in L scanning lines of the photosensitive member,

wherein an interval of locations of adjacent lenses, corresponding to pixels of the photosensitive member, in a main arrangement
direction is 2×L×n, where n is any integer greater than or equal to 1, using a pixel of the photosensitive member as a unit
of the interval.

US Pat. No. 9,372,448

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
(i) first and second rotatable members configured to form a nip for heating a toner image on a recording material therebetween;
(ii) an external heating unit including:
(ii-1) an external heating belt configured to externally heat said first rotatable member;
(ii-ii) first and second supporting rollers configured to (a) rotatably support an inner surface of said external heating
belt and (b) urge said external heating belt toward said first rotatable member;

(ii-iii) an urging member configured to urge said first supporting roller in a direction away from said second supporting
roller;

(ii-iv) a holding mechanism configured to (a) rotatably hold said first and second supporting rollers and (b) permit relative
movement of said first supporting roller relative to said second supporting roller; and

(ii-v) a temperature detecting element configured to detect the temperature of said external heating belt; and
(iii) a moving mechanism configured to move said external heating unit between a first position in which said external heating
belt contacts said first rotatable member and a second position in which said external heating belt is positioned away from
said first rotatable member,

wherein said temperature detecting element is cantilevered by said holding mechanism so as to interpose said external heating
belt between itself and said first supporting roller, by which the positional relationship between said temperature detecting
element and said first supporting roller is different between when said external heating unit is in the first position and
when said external heating unit is in the second position, and

wherein said temperature detecting element is disposed such that in a state that the temperature of said external heating
belt is maintained at a predetermined temperature, the detected temperature at a predetermined position between the first
position and the second position is higher than the detected temperatures at the first position and the second position.

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. 9,360,561

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel array including a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix in which each pixel includes a conversion element configured
to convert radiation into a charge and a switch element configured to transfer an electric signal based on the charge;

a plurality of wirings arranged in the pixel array, wherein the plurality of wirings includes a drive wiring through which
the switch element is supplied with a signal for controlling a conductive state and a non-conductive state of the switch element,
a bias wiring through which the conversion element is supplied with a voltage for the conversion element to convert the radiation
into the charge, and a signal wiring through which the electric signal is transferred to a readout circuit; and

a detecting unit configured to detect radiation irradiation to the pixel array,
wherein the detecting unit includes a detecting circuit configured to detect the radiation irradiation to the pixel array
on the basis of a plurality of currents flowing through the plurality of wirings detected for each of the plurality of wirings,

wherein the detecting circuit includes a current detection circuit configured to detect the plurality of currents flowing
through the plurality of wirings for each of the plurality of wirings,

wherein the current detection circuit detects a current flowing through the bias wiring and a current flowing through the
signal wiring, and

wherein the detecting circuit detects the radiation irradiation to the pixel array based on values of the currents detected
by the current detection circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,363,403

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to execute a job, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor being configured to control:
a storage unit to store execution history information related to a job;
an acquisition unit to acquire an amount of time until a transition time at which the image forming apparatus transitions
from a first operation mode in which a job can be executed, to a second operation mode in which an amount of consumed power
is less than that of the first operation mode;

a transmission unit to transmit the execution history information stored in the storage unit to an external apparatus; and
a transmission control unit to control start of transmission of an execution history included in the execution history information
stored in the storage unit to the external apparatus by the transmission unit,

wherein the transmission control unit performs control, within a predetermined time period, such that the transmission unit
starts transmission of the execution history that has not yet been subjected to transmission by the transmission unit, while
the transition from the first operation mode to the second operation mode is suppressed, and

wherein after a job is executed within a time period other than the predetermined time period, in a case where it is determined
based on the amount of time acquired by the acquisition unit that transmission of the execution history corresponding to at
least one job to the external apparatus can be completed before the transition time, the transmission control unit performs
control such that the transmission unit starts to transmit the execution history corresponding to the at least one job.

US Pat. No. 9,360,420

APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MEASURING TERAHERTZ WAVE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A terahertz time domain spectroscopy apparatus comprising:
a laser light source;
a generating unit configured to generate terahertz wave;
a detection unit configured to detect the terahertz wave;
an optical system configured to direct laser light from the laser light source to the generating unit or the detection unit;
a driving unit configured to change an optical path length between the laser light source and the generating unit or the detection
unit by moving the optical system;

a processing unit configured to acquire a time-domain waveform of the terahertz wave based on a detection result of the detection
unit,

wherein the driving unit moves the optical system according to a first speed pattern and a second speed pattern different
from the first speed pattern, and

wherein the processing unit acquires the time-domain waveform based on a first detection result detected by the detection
unit in a case where the optical system is moved according to the first speed pattern and a second detection result detected
by the detection unit in a case where the optical system is moved according to the second speed pattern.

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. 9,348,283

FIXING DEVICE HAVING ROTATABLE PRESSING MEMBER WITH NEEDLE-LIKE FILLER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:
a rotatable heating member and a rotatable pressing member which are configured to fix a toner image on a recording material
in a nip therebetween; and

a heating mechanism configured to selectively heat regions of said rotatable heating member depending on sizes of the recording
material when the sizes are predetermined ones of all sizes usable in said fixing device,

wherein said rotatable pressing member includes a base layer and a porous elastic layer provided on said base layer and containing
a needle-like filler, said elastic layer having a thermal conductivity, with respect to a longitudinal direction thereof,
which is 6 times to 900 times a thermal conductivity with respect to a thickness direction thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,347,802

SCALE, VERNIER ENCODER AND APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A scale for a vernier encoder including a sensor relatively movable with the scale in a first direction and configured
to read periodic patterns provided in the scale, the scale comprising:
a first scale track and a second scale track each including multiple periodic patterns (a) having mutually different periods
in the first direction and (b) being arranged parallel in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction,

wherein the first and second scale tracks provide a plurality of paired periodic patterns, each pair including one period
pattern from the first scale track and one periodic pattern from the second scale track, including:

first paired periodic patterns having mutually different periods for producing a first periodic signal by a vernier operation
performed on output from the sensor that reads the first paired periodic patterns, the first periodic signal having a shortest
period among multiple periodic signals produced from the output from the sensor that reads the plurality of paired periodic
patterns; and

second paired periodic patterns having mutually different periods for producing a second periodic signal by the vernier operation
performed on output from the sensor that reads the second paired periodic patterns, the second periodic signal having a longer
period than that of the first periodic signal among the multiple periodic signals, the first and second periodic signals being
used in combination with each other to provide position information, and

wherein, among the plurality of paired periodic patterns, the first paired periodic patterns are provided closest to a boundary
between the first and second scale tracks, and the second paired periodic patterns are provided farther from the boundary
than the first paired periodic patterns.

US Pat. No. 9,349,084

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING ERROR IN CENTRAL PROCESSING UNIT AND PERFORMS RESETTING PROCESS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus in which a first board including a first central processing unit (CPU) and a second board
including a second CPU communicate with each other to control image processing, wherein the first CPU transmits an instruction
related to image processing to the second CPU, and the second CPU performs image processing according to the instruction from
the first CPU, using a scanner or a printer, the image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more computer-readable media storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one
or more processors to perform operations comprising:

monitoring whether the second CPU is operating normally, wherein the monitoring is performed using a watchdog timer;
displaying a message that the image processing apparatus is to be rebooted, when the second CPU is not operating normally;
notifying the first CPU of an interrupt request when the second CPU is not operating normally; and
causing the first CPU to reset the second board by stopping power supply to the second CPU, according to the notification,
wherein, when the first CPU receives the notification, the first CPU restrains error processing, and, after resetting the
second board, the first CPU stores, in a memory on the first board, information indicating a failure occurred in the second
CPU, and

wherein the first CPU reboots the first board after resetting the second board, and wherein, when the first board is rebooted,
the second board is also rebooted.

US Pat. No. 9,340,385

SKEW CORRECTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A CONTROL UNIT TO CONTROL ROLLERS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A skew correction apparatus comprising:
a first roller pair configured to nip a sheet to convey the sheet;
a second roller pair provided upstream of the first roller pair in a sheet conveyance direction and configured to nip the
sheet to convey the sheet wherein the second roller pair comprises a second roller pair shaft;

a stopping portion provided downstream of the first roller pair in the sheet conveyance direction and configured to stop a
leading edge of the sheet conveyed by the first roller pair to correct a skew of the leading edge of the sheet;

a separation mechanism configured to set the second roller pair to a separated state; and
a control unit configured to stop the rotation of the first roller pair and the second roller pair such that the sheet conveyed
by the first roller pair and the second roller pair is stopped at a predetermined position, wherein a leading edge of the
sheet stopped at the predetermined position is displaced from the stopping portion and is upstream of the stopping portion
in the sheet conveyance direction, and to set the second roller pair to the separated state in a state where the sheet being
nipped by the first roller pair is stopped at the predetermined position, and after the second roller pair is set to the separated
state, to restart the rotation of the first roller pair so as to convey the sheet from the predetermined position in the sheet
conveyance direction to make the leading edge of the sheet in contact with the stopping portion for correcting the skew of
the leading edge of the sheet in a state where the second roller pair is in the separated state, wherein the axis of the second
roller pair shaft remains fixed during skew correction.

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. 9,342,290

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INSTALLATION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
A processor;
a starting unit configured to start installation of a driver customized as to a function setting value that can be set in
a function setting screen;

a creation unit configured to create a customized driver including a catalog file in which a has value is written corresponding
to the driver on which the customization has not yet been performed; and

an installation unit configured to compare a hash value of a setting file of the driver on which the customization has not
yet been performed included in the customized driver with the has value in the catalog file, and if the hash values match
with each other, to install driver on which the customization has not yet been performed and to replace a setting filed of
the installed driver with the setting file of the driver on which the customization has been performed included in the customized
driver;

wherein the starting unit, creation unit, and the installation unit are implemented at least in part by the processor executing
at least one program;

wherein the function setting value that can be set through the driver is determined based on a setting file of the driver,
and wherein the installation unit modifies the driver by replacing a setting file of the installed driver with a setting file
created through the customization.

US Pat. No. 9,345,126

SEMICONDUCTOR PACKAGE AND PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A semiconductor package comprising:
an interposer; and
a semiconductor element mounted on the interposer, wherein
the interposer comprises a plurality of conductor layers comprising:
a first conductor layer having:
a first conductor pattern which is electrically connected to one terminal out of a power terminal and a ground terminal of
the semiconductor element;

a second conductor pattern which is arranged while being separated from the first conductor pattern; and
a third conductor pattern which is formed so as to have a wiring width thinner than that of the second conductor pattern,
and connects the first conductor pattern with the second conductor pattern; and

a second conductor layer, which is adjacent to the first conductor layer through a first dielectric, having:
a fourth conductor pattern which faces the second conductor pattern through the first dielectric and is electrically connected
to the other terminal out of the power terminal and the ground terminal of the semiconductor element.

US Pat. No. 9,327,499

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND SUBSTRATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
an ejection port for ejecting liquid;
a liquid chamber communicating with the ejection port; and
a substrate having a heat generating resistor arranged in the liquid chamber at a position corresponding to the ejection port
and a bubble detecting device arranged on the heat generating resistor to control driving of the heat generating resistor
by detecting a bubble produced by heat generated by the heat generating resistor,

wherein the bubble detecting device has a first electrode and a second electrode arranged in the liquid chamber and, as viewed
in a direction perpendicular to the substrate, the first electrode is arranged at a position overlapping the heat generating
resistor whereas the second electrode is arranged at a position not overlapping the heat generating resistor, and

wherein the first electrode has an area in a direction along the substrate that is smaller than that of the heat generating
resistor.

US Pat. No. 9,329,560

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SWITCHING A POWER SOURCE OF A COOLING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for performing job processing, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a cooling unit configured to cool an inside of an enclosure of the image forming apparatus;
a heating unit arranged inside of the enclosure of the image forming apparatus;
a power generating unit configured to generate power by heat of the heating unit;
an external power source configured to store the power generated by the power generating unit;
a power supply control unit configured to supply power to the cooling unit from the external power source when the cooling
unit starts, after the cooling unit starts by the power from the external power source, switch a power source of the cooling
unit from the external power source to the power generating unit when a predetermined time elapses;

a first determination unit configured to determine whether the cooling unit is capable of being driven by a power amount suppliable
from the external power source,

wherein, if the first determination unit determines that the cooling unit is capable of being driven by the power amount suppliable
from the external power source, the power supply control unit switches the power source of the cooling unit from the external
power source to the power generating unit according to a time elapsed from when the cooling unit has been driven by the power
from the external power source, and

wherein, if the first determination unit determines that the cooling unit is incapable of being driven by the power amount
suppliable from the external power source, the power supply control unit switches the power source of the cooling unit from
the power supplying unit to the power generating unit according to the time elapsed from when the cooling unit has been driven
by the power from the power supplying unit; and

a second determination unit configured to determine whether the cooling unit is capable of being driven by a power amount
suppliable from one of the power generating unit and the external power source,

wherein, if the second determination unit determines that the cooling unit is incapable of being driven by the power amount
suppliable from the power generating unit and the cooling unit is capable of being driven by the power amount suppliable from
the external power source, after the cooling unit has been driven by the power from the external power source, the power supply
control unit switches the power source of the cooling unit from the external power source to the power generating unit according
to a cooling state of the cooling unit, and

wherein, if the second determination unit determines that the cooling unit is incapable of being driven by the power amount
suppliable from one of the power generating unit and the external power source, after the cooling unit has been driven by
the power from the power supplying unit, the power supply control unit switches the power source of the cooling unit from
the power supplying unit to the power generating unit according to the cooling state of the cooling unit.

US Pat. No. 9,329,828

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING ADJACENT PARTIAL IMAGES OUT OF A PLURALITY OF PARTIAL IMAGES THAT CONSTITUTE ONE IMAGE ON DISPLAY UNITS OF A PLURALITY OF ADJACENT INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUSES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for displaying, in cooperation with a display unit of another apparatus adjacent to
the information processing apparatus, adjacent partial images out of a plurality of partial images that constitute one image,
the information processing apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect posture change information about movement of the information processing apparatus;
an identification unit configured to identify a site of the information processing apparatus that adjoins the another apparatus
based on the posture change information about movement which has been detected by the detection unit, wherein, based on transition
of the posture change information detected by the detection unit within a period during which the information processing apparatus
is proximate to the another apparatus and at a period immediately before the information processing apparatus is stilled,
the identification unit is configured to identify a first site as the site of the information processing apparatus that adjoins
the another apparatus, the identified first site is a site which is, out of sites of the information processing apparatus,
at a vertically lower position when the information processing apparatus is tilted just before the information processing
apparatus is stilled;

a coupling unit configured to couple the information processing apparatus and the another apparatus based on coupling permission
information and the transition of the posture change information; and

a display control unit to cause a display unit of the information processing apparatus to display a partial image that is
identified based on the site identified by the identification unit out of the plurality of partial images that constitute
the one image,

wherein the detection unit, the identification unit, the coupling unit, and the display control unit are implemented by at
least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,329,523

DEVELOPING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus, comprising:
a developer carrying member provided in a rotatable manner and configured to carry a developer including a toner and a carrier
to develop an electrostatic latent image;

a magnet fixedly disposed inside the developer carrying member and configured to cause the developer carrying member to carry
the developer on a surface of the developer carrying member, the magnet including a first magnetic pole and a second magnetic
pole disposed downstream of the first magnetic pole in a rotation direction of the developer carrying member and having the
same polarity as a polarity of the first magnetic pole to form a repulsive magnetic field between the first magnetic pole
and the second magnetic pole;

a developing chamber disposed opposite to the developer carrying member and configured to supply the developer to the developer
carrying member;

a collection chamber configured to form a circulation route for circulating the developer with the developing chamber and
configured to collect the developer from the developer carrying member;

a first screw disposed in a rotatable manner in the developing chamber and configured to convey the developer in the developing
chamber;

a second screw disposed in a rotatable manner in the collection chamber and configured to convey the developer in the collection
chamber in a direction opposite to the first screw;

a third screw disposed in a rotatable manner in the collection chamber and configured to convey the developer in the collection
chamber in a direction opposite to the second screw; and

a protrusion provided on a bottom surface of the collection chamber between the second screw and the third screw, with a top
of the protrusion being lower than a rotation center of the third screw,

wherein the second screw and the third screw are disposed opposite to each other without a partition wall therebetween, and
the developer is free to move directly from the third screw to the second screw, and

wherein a first position is a position of a local maximal peak of a component, in a normal direction of the developer carrying
member, of a magnetic flux density, on the surface of the developer carrying member, of the first magnetic pole,

a second position is a position of a local minimal peak of the component, in the normal direction of the developer carrying
member, of the magnetic flux density, on the surface of the developer carrying member, of the magnet, the position of the
local minimal peak being located immediately downstream of the first position in the rotation direction of the developer carrying
member, and

the rotation center of the third screw is disposed in a projection area on which an area of the surface of the developer carrying
member downstream of the first position in the rotation direction of the developer carrying member and upstream of the second
position in the rotation direction of the developer carrying member is projected downward in a gravity direction in a cross
section orthogonal to a rotation axis of the third screw.

US Pat. No. 9,332,600

DRIVING CIRCUIT FOR LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT, AND LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving circuit that switches a light emitting element between an ON state and an OFF state in synchronization with an
input signal, the driving circuit comprising:
a driving current supply unit that has a control terminal and a first MOS transistor for supplying the light emitting element
with a driving current whose value changes with dependency on a potential of the control terminal;

a control unit that switches the light emitting element between the ON state and the OFF state by changing the potential of
the control terminal in synchronization with the input signal;

a supplementary current supply unit including a variable capacitor, the capacitor having a first electrode that is connected
to the control terminal and a second electrode to which a signal based on the input signal is supplied, and

an adjustment unit having a photoelectric conversion element and an adjustment circuit,
wherein a voltage applied to the second electrode of the capacitor changes in synchronization with the input signal, and a
supplementary current is generated by change in the voltage applied to the second electrode of the capacitor,

wherein the second electrode of the capacitor is not electrically connected with any of a source of the first MOS transistor
and the light emitting element, and

wherein the photoelectric conversion element measures a light emission amount of the light emitting element due to the driving
current, and the adjustment circuit adjusts, based on the measured light emission amount, the value of the driving current
supplied by the driving current supply unit and changes a capacitance value of the capacitor in accordance with the adjusted
value of the driving current.

US Pat. No. 9,325,875

READING CONTROL APPARATUS AND READING CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A reading apparatus including a light source configured to irradiate an original on an original table with light, and a
sensor configured to receive light reflected by the original, to read the original, comprising:
a changing unit configured to execute control for changing an irradiation angle of the light source with respect to the original;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire read images of the original corresponding to respective irradiation angles changed
by said changing unit, based on reflected beams that correspond to the respective irradiation angles and have been received
by the sensor; and

a detection unit configured to detect a region of a correction target on the original based on the read images acquired by
said acquisition unit,

wherein the reading apparatus reads the original by relatively moving the light source and the sensor with respect to the
original table,

and wherein said changing unit executes the control to change between a plurality of the irradiation angles for one light
source, when a direction of reading scanning of the light source and the sensor changes.

US Pat. No. 9,325,902

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit;
a first acceptance unit configured to accept a display mode switching instruction from a user;
a display mode switching unit configured to switch, in response to the display mode switching instruction, to a next display
mode in a predetermined order from a plurality of display modes including a first display mode wherein a live view image is
displayed on a display unit, a second display mode, different from the first display mode, wherein a live view image is displayed
on the display unit, and a third display mode wherein no live view image is displayed on the display unit;

a second acceptance unit configured to accept a shooting preparation instruction for performing a shooting preparation processing
including at least one of an automatic focus processing, an automatic exposure processing, an automatic white balance processing
and a flash pre-emission processing from a user; and

a control unit configured to control, in the predetermined order such that the display mode is switched to the first display
mode from the third display mode, and when the display mode is the third display mode, (i) the display mode switching unit
to switch the display mode from the third display mode to the first display mode upon accepting the display mode switching
instruction from a user and (ii) the display mode switching unit to switch the display mode from the third display mode to
the second display mode upon accepting the shooting preparation instruction from a user,

wherein the first display mode, the second display mode, and the third display mode are display modes in a shooting mode,
and controls of switching from the third display mode to the first display mode and of switching from the third display mode
to the second display mode are performed in the shooting mode.

US Pat. No. 9,325,919

IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor including a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels are arrayed in matrix, a first noise storage portion
configured to hold a noise signal which is output from each of the pixels, a first light signal storage portion configured
to hold a light signal which is output from each of the pixels, a second noise storage portion configured to hold a signal
transferred from the first noise storage portion, and a second light signal storage portion configured to hold a signal transferred
from the first light signal storage portion, and

a controller configured to control the image sensor so that a signal transfer from the first noise signal storage portion
to the second noise signal storage portion is executed after completion of a signal write operation in the first noise signal
storage portion, and a signal transfer from the first light signal storage portion to the second light signal storage portion
is executed during a signal write operation in the first light signal storage portion.

US Pat. No. 9,315,041

PRESSURE REGULATING UNIT, LIQUID SUPPLYING APPARATUS, AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

3. The pressure regulating unit according to claim 1, wherein at least a part of the first pressure chamber is formed of a first flexible member that is displaced according to
the pressure in the first pressure chamber, and
the first flexible member functions as the first urging member by applying, to the valve, an urging force as the first urging
force that changes according to displacement of the first flexible member.

US Pat. No. 9,310,713

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container comprising:
a storage chamber that stores developer;
a conveying member provided in the storage chamber and configured to convey the developer;
a transmitting member configured to transmit a signal for detecting an amount of developer; and
a first projecting portion provided on an inner sidewall of the storage chamber, the first projecting portion projecting toward
a side of a conveying-member shaft of the conveying member when seen in a longitudinal direction of the storage chamber and
being different from the transmitting member,

wherein the transmitting member includes a second projecting portion projecting from the inner sidewall of the storage chamber
toward a side of the conveying-member shaft of the conveying member when seen in the longitudinal direction of the storage
chamber, and

wherein the conveying member is deformed elastically by coming into contact with one of the first projecting portion and the
second projecting portion while being in contact with the other projecting portion by which the conveying member has already
been elastically deformed, or the conveying member is deformed elastically by simultaneously coming into contact with the
first projecting portion and the second projecting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,310,724

IMAGE HEATING UNIT, RECORDING MEDIUM CONVEYING UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
(i) an image forming station configured to form an image on a recording material;
(ii) a mounting portion;
(iii) an image heating unit detachably mountable to said mounting portion, said image heating unit including,
(iii-i) a pair of rotatable members configured to nip and feed the recording material in heating an image formed on the recording
material by said image forming station;

(iii-ii) a casing enclosing said rotatable members and provided with an opening configured to permit passage of the recording
material;

(iii-iii) a movable member movable relative to said opening between a first position taken when the image heating process
is carried out and a second position in which a jam clearance operation is operable through said opening and in which a test
finger stipulated in JIS C 0922 probe cord B is prevented from entering through said opening into said casing;

(iii-iv) a locking mechanism including a locking portion configured to lock said movable member in the second position and
an urging portion configured to urge said locking portion;

(iv) an interrelating mechanism configured to interrelate a locking operation of said locking member with an operation of
dismounting said image heating unit from said mounting portion and to interrelate an unlocking operation of said locking mechanism
with an operation of mounting said image heating unit to said mounting portion;

(v) a door configured to open and close when said image heating unit is dismounted from said mounting portion; and
(vi) a movable portion configured to move said locking portion to an unlocking position against an urging force of said urging
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,308,743

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to irradiate a photosensitive member rotating in a sub-scanning direction with light
beams, with which the photosensitive member is scanned in a main scanning direction perpendicular to the sub-scanning direction,
to form a latent image, develop the latent image formed on the photosensitive member, and transfer the developed image onto
a recording sheet, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of light sources configured to emit a plurality of light beams via an optical system the plurality of light beams
being used to scan different positions on the photosensitive member in the sub-scanning direction;

a storage unit configured to store a profile and a table by correlating them with each of the plurality of light sources,
wherein information indicating a shift amount from an ideal position of a scanning line of the corresponding light source
in the sub-scanning direction with respect to each of a plurality of positions of the scanning line in the main scanning direction
is stored in the profile,

wherein a correspondence relation between a distance and a coefficient is stored in the table, and
wherein the distance is between a peripheral pixel and a target pixel in the sub-scanning direction;
a setting unit configured to calculate a target shift amount from the ideal position corresponding to the target pixel by
referring the profiles based on the position information of the target pixel in the main scanning direction and set a target
coefficient for the target pixel by referring the table based on the target shift amount, an upstream peripheral shift amount
corresponding to an upstream peripheral pixel and a downstream peripheral shift amount corresponding to a downstream peripheral
pixel;

an image processing unit configured to correct a value of the target pixel so that a density of the target pixel is increased
or reduced according to wideness or narrowness between a plurality of scanning lines formed on the photosensitive member at
a position of the target pixel based on a value of the upstream peripheral pixel and a value of the downstream peripheral
pixel in a sub-scanning direction and the set target coefficient for the target pixel when the photosensitive member is scanned
with the light beams from the plurality of light sources; and

a drive unit configured to cause light beam emission from the plurality of light sources based on the image data to which
the image processing is performed by the image processing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,291,903

FORMING METHOD AND SUBSTRATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of forming a detection mark from a line pattern formed on a substrate, comprising:
a first step of deciding a first region for forming the detection mark on the substrate, and a second region which surrounds
the first region and in which formation of the detection mark is forbidden; and

a second step of projecting, onto the substrate by a projection optical system, patterns including a first cut pattern for
partially cutting the line pattern in the first region to form a plurality of mark elements, and a removal pattern for removing
the line pattern in the second region, and forming the detection mark including the plurality of mark elements.

US Pat. No. 9,291,973

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING COLOR REGISTRATION CONTROL BASED ON DETECTION RESULT OF PATCH IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image forming units configured to form images using an electrophotographic technique;
an image carrier onto which images formed by the plurality of image forming units are transferred;
a sensor configured to irradiate the image carrier with light, and detect reflected light;
a detection unit configured to detect, among output values of the sensor corresponding to one patch image, an output value
of the sensor corresponding to a density varied edge area of the one patch image on the image carrier, the one patch image
being formed on the image carrier by one of the image forming units, the density varied edge area being an area where densities
of the one patch image are varied due to an edge density variation phenomenon;

a setting unit configured to set a correction condition based on the output value corresponding to the density varied edge
area of the one patch image;

a determination unit configured to correct the output values of the sensor corresponding to the one patch image based on the
correction condition, and determine a position of the patch image based on the corrected output values; and

a color registration control unit configured to perform color registration control based on the determined position of the
patch image.

US Pat. No. 9,291,881

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an image sensor; and
a fixing member in which an opening is formed,
wherein the image sensor is positioned at the fixing member and adheres to and is fixed to the fixing member by pouring an
adhesive into the opening,

wherein the opening has a first opening part formed on a side not facing the image sensor and a second opening part formed
on a side facing the image sensor,

wherein the first opening part and the second opening part are arranged in a thickness direction of the fixing member,
wherein the first opening part has a first opening width on the side not facing the image sensor,
wherein the second opening part has a second opening width on the side facing the image sensor,
wherein the second opening part is formed such that the second opening width is uniform,
wherein the first opening part is formed such that the first opening width becomes gradually larger from the second opening
width toward the side not facing the image sensor, and

wherein in a case where the adhesive poured into the opening is cured, the cured adhesive reaches at least a part of the first
opening part.

US Pat. No. 9,285,725

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH SIMPLEX AND DUPLEX OPERATIONS AND CLEANING MODE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a toner image forming portion configured to form a toner image on a recording paper;
a fixing portion including a first rotatable member and a second rotatable member to fix the toner image on the recording
paper while nipping and feeding the recording paper carrying the toner image formed by said toner image forming portion; a
feeding portion configured and positioned to reverse a facing orientation of the recording paper on which the toner image
is fixed by said fixing portion and refeed the recording paper to said toner image forming portion and said fixing portion;
an executing portion configured to execute an operation in a cleaning mode in which a predetermined toner image is formed
and fixed on one side of the recording paper by said toner image forming portion and said fixing portion, and thereafter,
the recording paper being refed by said feeding portion to said toner image forming portion and then to said fixing portion
with the reversed facing orientation, so that the second rotatable member is cleaned;

a first integrating portion configured to integrate number of the executions of the operations of a simplex mode in which
the toner image is formed only on the one side of the recording paper;

a notifying portion configured to notify for promoting execution of the cleaning mode when the integrated value of said first
integrating portion is not less than a predetermined value;

a second integrating portion configured to integrate a number of executions of operations of a duplex mode in which toner
images are formed on both sides of the recording paper; and

a correcting portion configured to correct the integrated value of said first integrating portion in accordance with the integrated
value of said second integrating portion.

US Pat. No. 9,278,571

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:
a sheet stacking portion on which sheets are stacked;
a binding portion binding a plurality of sheets stacked on the sheet stacking portion as a bundle by deforming the sheets
without a staple;

a first aligning member arranged to contact a first end of the sheets stacked on the sheet stacking portion in a width direction
orthogonal to a sheet conveying direction;

a second aligning member arranged to contact a second end of the sheets stacked on the sheet stacking portion in the width
direction, wherein the first and second aligning members align the sheets on the sheet stacking portion in the width direction;
and

a control portion controlling the first aligning member and the second aligning member,
wherein the control portion (a) moves the second aligning member, which is in contact with the second end of the bound sheets
that has been bound by the binding portion in the width direction, to separate the second aligning member from the second
end of the bound sheets after the binding by the binding portion is finished and then (b) moves the first aligning member,
which is in contact with first end of the bound sheets, to move the bound sheets toward the second aligning member.

US Pat. No. 9,282,230

AUTOMATIC TRACKING CAMERA SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An automatic tracking camera system, comprising:
an image pickup portion comprising a lens apparatus and an image pickup apparatus;
a driver configured to rotate the image pickup unit in at least one of a panning direction and a tilting direction;
a signal receiver configured to receive an object information signal which an object to be tracked is transmitting;
an image signal processor configured to recognize the object in an image obtained by the image pickup unit, and detect a motion
of the object in the image;
a controller configured to control the image pickup unit, the driving unit, and the image signal processor; and
a memory configured to store, for each of one or more passageways, standby positions at which the image pickup portion is
brought into a standby state so that the image signal processor detects the object,
wherein the controller is configured to:
obtain an approaching passageway and an approaching direction of the object based on the object information signal received
by the signal receiver;
select, based on the approaching passageway and the approaching direction, a corresponding standby position from among the
standby positions stored in the memory;control the driver to the selected corresponding standby position; and
control, when the image signal processor has recognized the object, the driver so as to automatically track the object based
on information detected by the image signal processor, and

wherein, when the signal receiver has not acquired a new object information signal after the object is automatically tracked
for a predetermined time, the controller controls the driver and the lens apparatus to a previous standby position.

US Pat. No. 9,282,233

INFORMATION REGISTRATION SYSTEM, INFORMATION REGISTRATION METHOD, REGISTRATION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information registration apparatus including a registration portion which is configured to register optical correction
information of a lens apparatus in an image pickup apparatus by connecting to and communicating with the image pickup apparatus,
comprising:
an acquire unit that is configured to acquire, from the image pickup apparatus, identification information that is set in
a lens apparatus that is attached to the image pickup apparatus; and

a display control unit that is configured to control displaying a list of models of lens apparatuses to select a model of
lens apparatus for transmitting optical correction information to the image pickup apparatus, such that the model of the lens
apparatus corresponding to the identification information, which is acquired by the acquire unit and which corresponds to
the lens apparatus that is attached to the image pickup apparatus, can be distinguished from the model of another lens apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,282,246

BLUR CORRECTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A blur correction apparatus comprising:
a processor configured to perform functions of a computation unit, a panning determination unit, an offset value generation
unit, and a control unit;

the computation unit configured to compute, based on an output of a shake detection unit, data for correcting image shake;
the panning determination unit configured to determine, based on an output of the shake detection unit, whether a panning
operation is being done;

the offset value generation unit configured to generate an offset value to be subtracted from the data for correcting image
shake; and

the control unit configured to control a shake correction unit based on an output of the shake detection unit, in order to
correct image shake,

wherein the offset value is data for approaching the shake correction unit approaching a correction limit to a correction
center position,

wherein, if it is determined by said panning determination unit that a panning operation is being done, said control unit
controls the shake correction unit based on data obtained by subtracting the offset value from the data for correcting image
shake, and

wherein said offset value generation unit generates the offset value so that a first offset value corresponding to a first
focal length of an imaging optical system is smaller than a second offset value corresponding to a second focal length of
the imaging optical system being smaller than the first focal length.

US Pat. No. 9,274,484

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND TONER ACCOMMODATION CONTAINER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a toner container provided detachably mountable in image forming apparatus and configure to discharge a toner by rotating,
the toner container including a flange portion being regulated in rotation when the toner container is inserted into the image
forming apparatus and a rotation portion provided rotatably with respect to the flange portion, the rotation portion including
an internal space to accommodate the toner;

a phase detection sensor configured to detect whether or not the toner container is positioned at a predetermined phase;
a detected portion provided on the rotation portion configured to change the output of the phase detection sensor when the
toner container is positioned at the predetermined phase;

a door member that opens and closes an opening portion through which the toner container is inserted and removed;
an opening and closing detection sensor that detects whether the door member is positioned in a close position in which the
door member closes the opening portion or in an open position in which the door member opens the opening portion;

a display portion configured to display an information prompting for replacement of the toner container; and
a controller configured to control the rotation of the toner container based on the signal from the phase detection sensor
in order to stop the toner container in the predetermined phase, the controller controlling a display of the information based
on a output of the phase detection sensor and the opening and closing detection sensor, wherein

the toner container includes an insertion and removal detected portion provided on the flange portion so as to change the
output of the phase detection sensor along with the insertion of the toner container into the image forming apparatus or the
removal of the toner container from the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,268,263

DEVELOPMENT APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A development device comprising:
a developing container which houses two-component developer including toner and a magnetic carrier;
a developer bearing member which bears the two-component developer; and
a magnetic field generation member which includes a plurality of magnetic poles including first and second magnetic poles
having the same polarity and being adjacent to each other in a peripheral direction of the developer bearing member, the magnetic
field generation member being arranged inside the developer bearing member,

wherein the magnetic field generation member, between the first magnetic pole and the second magnetic pole, includes a low
magnetic field area in which a magnetic force measured on a circumferential face approximately coinciding with an outer peripheral
face of the developer bearing member is 10 mT or less, and a magnetic force distribution of the developer bearing member in
a longitudinal direction at positions at which a magnetic flux density of the low magnetic field area is minimal in the peripheral
direction of the developer bearing member is set such that a difference between a maximum magnetic flux density in a range
from a maximum position at which an attenuation rate of the magnetic flux density is maximal to a 30 mm distant position toward
the center of the developer bearing member and a magnetic flux density on a further center side of the developer bearing member
than the range is 3 mT or less, and an absolute value of the magnetic flux density of a further outer side in the longitudinal
direction of the developer bearing member than the maximum position is set to 3 mT or less, and

wherein, in a space between the developing container and the developer bearing member, an electric field formation member
which is arranged in a peripheral area of an end portion of the developer bearing member and can form an electric field repelling
normal charged polarity of the toner is included.

US Pat. No. 9,268,270

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus for fixing a toner image onto a recording material by heating the recording material bearing the toner
image while conveying the recording material at a nip portion, comprising:
a sleeve;
a nip portion forming member that contacts an inner surface of the sleeve;
a pressure member that forms the nip portion together with the nip portion forming member through the sleeve; and
a regulation member that regulates a movement of the sleeve in a generatrix direction of the sleeve, the regulation member
including a first surface opposed to an inner surface of an end portion of the sleeve in the generatrix direction, and a second
surface, positioned farther away from a center portion of the sleeve in the generatrix direction than the first surface and
opposed to an end surface of the sleeve in the generatrix direction,

wherein the first surface includes an upstream side region, on an upstream side of the nip portion in a conveyance direction
of the recording material, in which the distance between the inner surface of the sleeve and the first surface in a radial
direction of the sleeve increases toward the center portion of the sleeve in the generatrix direction of the sleeve,

wherein the upstream side region on the first surface is arranged at a position closer to the center portion of the sleeve
in the generatrix direction than a contact portion on the second surface which the end surface of the sleeve contacts at first
when the sleeve moves toward the regulation member, and

wherein the end surface of the sleeve contacts the upstream side region when the sleeve moves in the generatrix direction.

US Pat. No. 9,268,302

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DEMOUNTABLE IMAGE FORMING UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

5. A color electrophotographic image forming apparatus, including detachable cartridges, for forming a color image on a recording
material, said apparatus comprising:
a plurality of electrophotographic photosensitive drums configured to develop images;
an intermediary transfer member onto which developed images formed on said electrophotographic photosensitive drums are transferred,
said intermediary transfer member being provided opposite to said electrophotographic photosensitive drums;

an image forming unit comprising a plurality of cartridge mounting portions for demountably mounting said cartridges, being
movable between a transfer position for transferring, onto the recording material, the developed images transferred onto said
intermediary transfer member from said electrophotographic photosensitive drums, and a mounting and demounting position for
mounting and demounting said cartridges relative to said cartridge mounting portions;

positioning members movable between a positioning position for positioning said cartridges at a predetermined place when said
mage forming unit is at the transfer position and a retracted position retracted from the positioning place;

wherein with movement of said image forming unit from the transfer position to the mounting and demounting position, said
positioning members move from the positioning place to the retracted position to permit mounting and demounting of said cartridges
relative to a cartridge mounting portion of said image forming unit, and

further comprising a manual operating member, and a first interrelating member for moving said positioning members to the
retracted position in interrelation with movement of said manual operating member from a first position to a second position
and for moving said positioning members to the positioning place in interrelation with movement of said manual operating member
from the second position to the first position.

US Pat. No. 9,261,802

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, ALIGNMENT METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus for transferring a pattern formed on an original to each of a plurality of shot regions on a substrate,
the lithography apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a mark provided in a target shot region to which the pattern of the original is to be
transferred and a mark provided on the original; and

a control unit configured to:
control alignment between the target shot region and the pattern of the original based on a detection result of the detection
unit;

generate information representing a positional shift amount between a mark in a shot region and a corresponding mark on the
original, based on an overlay error on a sampled shot region different from the target shot region, and relative positions
between substrate-side marks and original-side marks, when the pattern of the original was transferred to the sampled shot
region;

determine, based on the information, a positional shift amount with respect to each mark to be detected by the detection unit
out of a plurality of marks provided in the target shot region; and

control alignment between the target shot region and the pattern of the original so that the mark in the target shot region
detected by the detection unit and the corresponding mark on the original are shifted by the determined positional shift amount.

US Pat. No. 9,261,832

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS FOR HEATING TONER IMAGE ON SHEET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a heat rotatable member configured to heat a toner image on a sheet at a nip portion;
a plurality of heating elements arranged substantially along a longitudinal direction of the heat rotatable member and configured
to heat the heat rotatable member;

a controller configured to selectively actuate at least one of the heating elements based on a width of the sheet;
a first sensor configured to detect a temperature of a center region in the longitudinal direction of the heat rotatable member;
and

a second sensor configured to detect a temperature of an end region in the longitudinal direction of the heat rotatable member,
wherein in a case where an image heating operation is performed on a predetermined sheet having a width which is smaller than
a maximum width of the sheet usable in the apparatus, the controller actuates at least one of the heating elements which are
not in a positional relationship overlapped with the predetermined sheet so that a detection temperature of the second sensor
becomes a temperature lower than a detection temperature of the first sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,261,842

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DENSITY DETECTING APPARATUS, AND DENSITY DETECTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image bearing member;
an image forming unit configured to form a first detection image and a second detection image, which are toner images, on
the image bearing member;

a first detecting unit having a singular first light-receiving element, which is only one light-receiving element of the first
detecting unit, and is configured to receive normal reflection light obtained from light having been emitted from a first
light-emitting element toward the first detection image formed on the image bearing member and specularly reflected from the
image bearing member;

a second detecting unit having a singular second light-receiving element, which is only one light-receiving element of the
second detecting unit, and is configured to receive diffused reflection light obtained from light having been emitted from
a second light-emitting element toward the second detection image formed on the image bearing member and diffuse-reflected
from the second detection image; and

a control unit configured to obtain a value relating to toner density based on a first detection result detected by the first
detecting unit and a second detection result detected by the second detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,263,162

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MICROSTRUCTURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

20. A method for producing a microstructure, comprising:
the first step of forming a recessed section at a first surface of a silicon substrate;
the second step of filling the recessed section with a metal to form a base substrate including the silicon substrate and
a metal structure;

the third step of forming a supporting layer on the base substrate including the silicon substrate and the metal structure
so as to come in contact with the metal structure at the first surface; and

the fourth step of forming a structure including the metal structure and the supporting layer by selectively etching the silicon
substrate to expose from the silicon substrate at least a surface of the metal structure, the surface being opposite to a
surface thereof in contact with the supporting layer and being in contact with a bottom face of the recessed section; and

the fifth step of selectively etching the supporting layer of the structure formed in the fourth step.

US Pat. No. 9,257,921

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus for forming a pattern on a substrate, comprising:
a motor configured to drive a table for holding the substrate in accordance with a driving profile;
a setting unit configured to set one of a normal mode and a power saving mode as an operation mode of the motor; and
a controller configured to change the driving profile when the power saving mode is set, such that an amount of generated
heat of the motor caused by driving of the table is smaller than that in the normal mode, and the number of substrates to
be processed by the lithography apparatus per unit time is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,256,156

DEVELOPING ASSEMBLY, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing assembly, comprising:
a container that contains developer including colored particles and externally added particles dispersed on the surface of
the colored particles;

a developer bearing member that bears the developer; and
a regulating portion that regulates a layer thickness of the developer borne by the developer bearing member, wherein
a first dielectric portion and a second dielectric portion are disposed on a surface of the developer bearing member bearing
the developer, and

the regulating portion, the first dielectric portions and the second dielectric portion have the following relationships:
concerning charging polarity,
the first dielectric portion and the second dielectric portion have a same polarity as the colored particles, and the regulating
portion and the externally added particles have opposite polarities;

concerning triboelectric series,
the second dielectric portion is located between the colored particles and the first dielectric portion, and the first dielectric
portion is located between the second dielectric portion and the externally added particles, and

the second dielectric portion is located between the colored particles and the first dielectric portion, and the first dielectric
portion is located between the second dielectric portion and the regulating portion; and

concerning work functions,
the difference between the colored particles and the second dielectric portion is smaller than the difference between the
second dielectric portion and the externally added particles,

the difference between the colored particles and the first dielectric portion is smaller than the difference between the first
dielectric portion and the externally added particles, and

the difference between the colored particles and the regulating portion is greater than the difference between the regulating
portion and the externally added particles.

US Pat. No. 9,253,385

IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus that incorporates a wireless communication unit for performing wireless communication, the imaging
apparatus comprising:
an optical member that guides light incident on the imaging apparatus to an eyepiece optical system; and
an outer covering member that covers the optical member,
wherein the optical member has a reflection surface that reflects incident light toward the eyepiece optical system,
wherein the wireless communication unit is arranged in a space formed between the reflection surface and the outer covering
member, and

wherein an electrical resistivity of a region facing the antenna section of the wireless communication unit in the outer covering
member is set relatively higher than the periphery of the region.

US Pat. No. 9,250,573

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a developer carrying member capable of carrying a developer containing a toner and a carrier, wherein said developer carrying
member includes therein a magnet having a plurality of magnetic poles disposed along a circumferential direction thereof and
includes a plurality of grooves formed at an outer surface thereof with a predetermined interval with respect to the circumferential
direction; and

an image bearing member, provided opposed to said developer carrying member, for bearing an electrostatic image,
wherein the electrostatic image on said image bearing member is developed with the developer carried on said developer carrying
member by applying a developing bias including an AC electric field to a developing region which is an opposing portion between
said developer carrying member and said image bearing member, and

wherein when a linear speed of said developer carrying member is Vs, a linear speed of said image bearing member is Vd, a
peripheral speed ratio of said developer carrying member to said image bearing member is ?=Vs/Vd, a radius of said developer
carrying member is Rs, a radius of said image bearing member is Rd, a distance of a rectilinear line connecting a most upstream
point and a most downstream point in the developing region with respect to the circumferential direction is Lnip, a pitch
of the grooves of said developer carrying member is p, and an arbitrary natural number is n, the following relationship is
satisfied:

(1?0.05)×np?2[?×Rd×arcsin(Lnip/2Rd)?Rs×arcsin(Lnip/2Rs)]?(1+0.05)×np.

US Pat. No. 9,239,811

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing apparatus configured to execute at least two processes of data paths, each data path meaning a sequential
process on data, the data processing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of data processing units configured to perform data processing;
a plurality of communication processing units connected by a ring bus, wherein at least one of the plurality of communication
processing units is directly connected to at least one of the plurality of data processing units; and

a control unit configured to independently perform a reset operation on at least one of the plurality of communication processing
units for restricting at least one of the plurality of data paths,

wherein each of the plurality of communication processing units controls transmission and reception of data for at least one
corresponding data processing unit,

wherein the control unit determines a data path to be restricted among the plurality of data paths and performs a reset operation
on at least one of the plurality of communication processing units associated with only the determined data path to be restricted,

wherein each of the plurality of communication processing units is assigned an identification (ID) different from each other,
wherein each data is assigned identification information,
wherein each of the plurality of communication processing units determines whether received data is to be processed by the
corresponding data processing unit based on the identification information with the received data and the assigned ID, and

wherein each of the plurality of communication processing units, after performing the reset operation by the control unit,
determines whether received data is to be invalidated based on the identification information with the received data and the
assigned ID.

US Pat. No. 9,239,694

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR ALLOWING OR INHIBITING REPRINT OF DATA BASED ON USER AUTHENTICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an authentication unit configured to authenticate users;
a printing unit configured to print data; and
a control unit configured to (a) in a case where the authentication unit has authenticated a user and the printing unit has
printed the data in accordance with an instruction of the authenticated user, store log information including at least the
data and a user ID of the authenticated user such that reprint of the data is limited to only the authenticated user, and
(b) in a case where the printing unit has printed the data in accordance with an instruction of a non-authentication user
who has not been authenticated by the authentication unit, store log information without including the data such that reprint
of the data is inhibited.

US Pat. No. 9,235,720

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a web browser capable of displaying a web page and configured to change a web page being displayed in accordance with a user's
operation; and

a processor configured to, in a case where the user's operation corresponds to a designation of a link attribute which is
included in the web page being displayed and which indicates a change of the web page being displayed, check for whether or
not the link attribute includes an invalid keyword, wherein the invalid keyword is a specific tag,

wherein the processor is configured to:
in a case where the link attribute includes the invalid keyword, invalidate the change of the web page being displayed;
in a case where the link attribute does not include the invalid keyword, allow the change of the web page being displayed;
and

in a case where the user's operation corresponds to a designation using a bookmark of the web browser, allow the change of
the web page being displayed.

US Pat. No. 9,231,010

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM HAVING IMPURITY CONCENTRATION PROFILE IN A DEPTH DIRECTION OF THE PLURAL SEMICONDUCTOR REGIONS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus having a plurality of photoelectric conversion units, each including a plurality of
photoelectric conversion elements, the apparatus comprising:
a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type configured to collect signal charges in each of the plurality of
photoelectric conversion elements; and

a second semiconductor region of a second conductivity type between the first semiconductor regions of the photoelectric conversion
elements that are included in a photoelectric conversion unit and are disposed adjacent to each other, wherein

the first semiconductor region has a plurality of impurity concentration peaks arranged at different depths from each other;
and

the second semiconductor region has a plurality of impurity concentration peaks arranged at different depths from each other;
wherein

the plurality of impurity concentration peaks in the first semiconductor region include
a first impurity concentration peak;
a second impurity concentration peak having a lower impurity concentration than that the first impurity concentration peak
has; and

the plurality of impurity concentration peaks in the second semiconductor region include
a third impurity concentration peak;
a fourth impurity concentration peak having a higher impurity concentration than that the third impurity concentration peak
has, and arranged on a surface side of the third impurity concentration peak; and

a fifth impurity concentration peak having a higher impurity concentration than that the third impurity concentration peak
has, and arranged on a deeper side of the third impurity concentration peak; wherein

a difference between the depth where the third impurity concentration peak is arranged and the depth where the second impurity
concentration peak is arranged is smaller than a difference between the depth where the third impurity concentration peak
is arranged and the depth where the first impurity concentration peak is arranged.

US Pat. No. 9,223,119

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens which changes an interval between adjacent lens units during a zooming operation, the zoom lens comprising:
a first lens unit having a negative refractive power, a second lens unit having a positive refractive power, a third lens
unit having a negative refractive power, and a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power, disposed in order from
an object side to an image side; and

an aperture stop disposed between a lens surface closest to the object side of the second lens unit and a lens surface closest
to the object side of the third lens unit,

wherein the third lens unit is moved to the image side during a focusing operation from an infinite object to a short distance
object,

wherein each of the lens units moves during the zooming operation so that the interval between the third lens unit and the
fourth lens unit at a telephoto end is larger than that at a wide angle end,

wherein the first lens unit is, in order from the object side to the image side, configured by at most two negative lenses
and one positive lens,

wherein the third lens unit is configured by a single lens or a cemented lens, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are met:
?0.70
0.17<|f3|/f4<0.60

3.2 where f2 is a focal length of the second lens unit, f3 is a focal length of the third lens unit, f4 is a focal length of the fourth lens unit, f3Rw is a combined focal length of the third lens unit and the fourth lens unit when focusing on the infinite object at a wide
angle end, and fw is a focal length of the zoom lens at the wide angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,221,174

ROBOT CONTROLLING DEVICE, ROBOT APPARATUS, ROBOT CONTROL METHOD, PROGRAM FOR EXECUTING ROBOT CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM ON WHICH PROGRAM IS RECORDED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot controlling device that outputs a position command at a predetermined time interval to a drive controlling unit
that controls an operation of each actuator for driving each joint of an articulated robot so that each joint is operated
to sequentially follow a plurality of teach points including a teach position of each joint as a vector component, comprising
a calculating unit,
wherein the calculating unit executes:
an interpolation function calculation process of calculating an interpolation function that passes through a plurality of
interpolated teach points for interpolation between the respective teach points;

a differential coefficient calculation process of calculating each differential coefficient obtained by differentiating each
vector component included in each interpolated teach point by a variable number of the interpolation function;

a temporary setting process of temporarily setting each pass velocity indicating a differential value obtained by time-differentiating
the variable number in each interpolated teach point;

an estimated value calculation process of calculating an estimated velocity of each joint in each interpolated teach point
on the basis of each pass velocity and each differential coefficient;

a time optimal control process of changing the respective pass velocities and minimizing an objective function obtained by
integrating reciprocal numbers of the respective pass velocities by the variable number under a constraint condition including
a condition that the ratio of the estimated velocity of each joint and a predetermined allowable velocity is within a predetermined
constraint range;

a pass velocity function calculation process of calculating a pass velocity function from each pass velocity obtained in the
time optimal control process; and

a position command generation process of generating the position command by substituting, whenever the pass velocity function
is time-integrated by a value of the predetermined time interval, a value of the integration in the variable number in the
interpolation function.

US Pat. No. 9,221,176

ROBOT SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A robot system comprising:
a robot body including an articulated arm and an end effector supported by the articulated arm;
a visual sensor provided on the robot body; and
a control apparatus configured to control a position and orientation of the robot body, and to calculate a position and orientation
of a workpiece by using a measurement value measured via the visual sensor,

wherein the control apparatus performs processing comprising:
measuring, via the visual sensor, a reference member at each position and orientation of a first position and orientation
group including a first reference position and orientation of the robot body and a position and orientation of the robot body
within a first offset range surrounding the first reference position and orientation;

calculating a first calibration value by using the measurement value of the reference member, the measurement value being
measured via the visual sensor at each position and orientation of the first position and orientation group;

measuring, via the visual sensor, the reference member at each position and orientation of a second position and orientation
group including a second reference position and orientation of the robot body, which is different from the first reference
position and orientation, and a position and orientation of the robot body within a second offset range surrounding the second
reference position and orientation, the second offset range being a range separated from the first offset range, or being
a range whose one part overlaps the first offset range and another part does not overlap the first offset range;

calculating a second calibration value by using the measurement value of the reference member, the measurement value being
measured via the visual sensor at each position and orientation of the second position and orientation group;

moving the robot body to the first reference position and orientation to measure the workpiece via the visual sensor followed
by calibration using the first calibration value, and then, moving the robot body close to the second reference position and
orientation followed by calibration using the second calibration value; and

activating the robot body.