US Pat. No. 10,049,470

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GEOMETRIC CORRECTION OF OCT DATA REPRESENTING A SCAN OBTAINED BY MEANS OF OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY IMAGING OF A SAMPLE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for geometric correction of tomograms obtained by means of optical coherence tomography imaging of a sample, the method comprising:obtaining a plurality of tomograms by means of optical coherence tomography imaging of the sample;
obtaining a reference tomogram;
for each of one or more tomograms to be corrected from among the obtained tomograms:
(i) comparing the tomogram to be corrected with the reference tomogram to determine a relative geometric transformation of the tomogram to be corrected with respect to the reference tomogram, and
(ii) generating a corrected scan by performing on the tomogram to be corrected a transform that relates to the determined relative geometric transformation,
wherein the tomogram is a B-scan and generating a corrected tomogram involves calculating for the tomogram to be corrected a single offset value ?zb from a set of displacement values, and applying to the scan to be corrected a displacement equal to or derived from the single offset value ?zb,
wherein the step of comparing the tomogram to be corrected with the reference tomogram to determine a relative geometric transformation further comprises the step of calculating a set of displacements between a B-scan to be corrected b and a reference B-scan y by the formula:
?zb,c,a=zb,c,a?zy,c,a
Whereb denotes a B-scan index within a 3D data volume,a denotes an index of A-scans within a single B-scan,c denotes an index of the boundary for which the displacement is calculated,zb,c,a is a position along a z-axis of a c-th boundary for an a-th A-scan of a b-th B-scan, andzy,c,a is a position along the z-axis of c-th boundary for a-th A-scan of the reference B-scan, andwherein said single offset value ?zb is calculated by applying formulae:
?zb,c=median(?zb,c,a) or Average(?zb,c,a)
and
?zb=median(?zb,c) or Average(?zb,c,a).

US Pat. No. 10,048,728

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which recognizes an operation input using pointing, the apparatus comprising:a position acquisition unit configured to acquire at least one pointed position pointed on a display screen;
a pressure acquisition unit configured to acquire information related to pressure corresponding to each of the at least one pointed positions acquired by the position acquisition unit;
a determination unit configured to, in a case where there are plural pointed positions pointed on the display screen, determine a newest pointed position as making up an input used for an operation of the information processing apparatus, and
determine whether each of pointed positions that are not the newest point position makes up the input used for the operation of the information processing apparatus or not on a basis of a pressure difference between a pressure at the newest pointed position serving as a reference and a pressure at each of the pointed positions that are not the newest point position; and
a recognition unit configured to recognize the operation input, said recognition being made
by using the newest pointed position, and
by using, among the pointed positions that are not the newest point position, a pointed position determined on the basis of the pressure difference by the determination unit as making up the input used for the operation of the information processing apparatus, and
not by using, among the pointed positions that are not the newest point position, a pointed position determined on the basis of the pressure difference by the determination unit as not making up the input used for the operation of the pressure difference by the determination unit as not making up the input used for the operation of the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,043,247

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,043,275

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a system comprising a processor, a memory, or circuitry, the system being configured to function as units comprising:
(1) a distance calculation unit configured to calculate distance information on the basis of a first image based on a light beam from a first pupil region of an imaging optical system and a second image based on a light beam from a second pupil region of the imaging optical system; and
(2) a blur addition unit configured (a) to add a blur to an original image of original images, which are generated based on the first image and the second image, the blur being added by image processing using the distance information calculated by the distance calculation unit and (b) to generate an image in which a focus plane is moved by a predetermined refocus distance from a focus plane of the original image,
wherein the blur addition unit (a) adds the blur to a first original image of the original images when the refocus distance is equal to or less than a threshold and (b) adds the blur to a second original image of the original images, which second original image is an image having an effective F-number greater than an effective F-number of the first original image, when the refocus distance is greater than the threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,044,890

IMAGE READING APPARATUS WITH ORIGINAL SIZE DETECTION SENSOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:an original tray on which an original is placed;
a conveyor configured to convey the original on said original tray to a reading position along a conveying path;
a pair of restriction members configured to restrict the original in a width direction;
an original detector configured to detect the original being conveyed by the conveyor;
an image line sensor configured to read an image of the original passing through the reading position and output image data;
a processor;
a first determination unit configured to determine a size of the original in the width direction according to a result of detection by said original detector;
a second determination unit configured to detect edges at each of a plurality of positions in a main scanning direction intersecting a conveying direction of the conveying path based on the image data output from the image line sensor, and determine a size of the original in the width direction based on the detected edges;
a third determination unit configured to determine a size of the original in the width direction according to a space between said pair of restriction members; and
a selection unit configured to obtain a reading mode for an original, and, when the reading mode is a first reading mode in which a bundle of originals including originals having the same size in the width direction is read, select the size of the original in the width direction determined by said first determination unit, and, when the reading mode is a second reading mode in which a bundle of originals including a plurality of originals of different sizes in the width direction is read, select the size of the original in the width direction determined by said second determination unit,
wherein, when the size of the original in the width direction determined by said first determination unit and the size of the original in the width direction determined by said third determination unit are different, said selection unit is configured to select the size of the original in the width direction determined by said second determination unit, and
wherein said processor is configured to operate to function as said first determination unit, said second determination unit, said third determination unit, and said selection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,044,894

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING TIMER FUNCTION RELATED TO POWER CONSUMPTION MODES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that is controlled based on a first mode and a second mode in which power consumption is lower than that of the first mode and is shifted from the first mode to the second mode according to a designated time, comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a controller configured to control the image forming unit to execute an adjustment process; and
a setting unit configured to set the designated time;
wherein, the controller controls whether to execute the adjustment process based on the number of sheets on which the images are formed by the image forming unit,
the adjustment process includes a first adjustment operation and a second adjustment operation,
the controller executes the first adjustment operation in a case where the number of sheets on which the images are formed by the image forming unit has reached a first number since a previous first adjustment operation was executed last time,
the controller executes the second adjustment operation in a case where the number of sheets on which the images are formed by the image forming unit has reached a second number since a previous second adjustment operation was executed last time,
the controller executes the first adjustment operation in a case where the number of sheets has reached the first number prior to the designated time by a predetermined period, and
the controller skips the second adjustment operation in a case where the number of sheets has reached the second number prior to the designated time by the predetermined period;
the image forming apparatus further comprising a sensor configured to measure a
measurement image formed by the image forming unit,
wherein the image forming unit comprises a photosensitive member, a charging unit which charges the photosensitive member with electricity, an exposure unit which exposes the photosensitive member charged by the charging unit to light in order to form an electrostatic latent image, and a developing unit which develops the electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive member,
the charging unit comprises a cleaner which cleans the charging unit,
in the first adjustment process, the controller controls the cleaner to clean the charging unit, andin the second adjustment process, the controller causes the image forming unit to form the measurement image, causes the sensor to measure the measurement image, and adjusts image forming conditions for the image formation unit based on a measurement result of the measurement image.

US Pat. No. 10,042,590

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus which performs printing processing based on print data, and has a Wi-Fi Direct function, the printing apparatus comprising:a wired interface;
a wireless interface that performs a communication by the Wi-Fi Direct function;
a memory that stores programs; and
a processor that executes the programs to:
set both a first permitted port number and a second permitted port number,
wherein the first permitted port number is a port number that is permitted to be used both in the communication by the Wi-Fi Direct function and in a communication by the wired interface, and
wherein the second permitted port number is a port number that is permitted to be used in the communication by the Wi-Fi Direct function and not permitted to be used in the communication by the wired interface.

US Pat. No. 10,040,285

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION DEVICE, AND AGING TREATMENT METHOD AND INITIAL SETUP METHOD FOR A LIQUID EJECTION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejection head, comprising:a flow path forming member including a resin layer having a flow path;
a substrate including a heat-generating resistance element for ejecting liquid and a protective layer having a portion for covering the heat-generating resistance element, a surface of the portion being exposed to the flow path; and
an intermediate layer formed between the resin layer and the protective layer in a direction perpendicular to a surface of the substrate having the heat-generating resistance element provided thereon, the intermediate layer comprising a silicon carbonitride material.

US Pat. No. 10,036,971

CHARGING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A charging member, comprising:a support; and
a surface layer on the support, wherein
the surface layer contains a compound represented by formulae (a) or (a1):

where L1 represents a polymetalloxane having a structural unit represented by M1On/2;
n represents an integer of 1 to p when a valence of a metal atom M1 is p;
M1 represents at least one metal atom selected from the group consisting of Ti, Zr, Hf, V, Nb, Ta, W, Al, Ga, In, and Ge;
X1 represents any one of structures represented by formulae (1) to (4):

where * represents a bonding site with A1 and ** represents a bonding site with M1 in L1;
Y1 represents a group having a site that coordinates to M1 in L1; and
(i) when X1 represents a structure represented by formula (1), A1 represents an atomic group containing an aromatic ring needed for forming a four- to eight-membered ring together with M1, X1, and Y1, and one constituent carbon atom of the aromatic ring is bonded to an oxygen atom of X1, and
(ii) when X1 represents a structure represented by any one of formulae (2) to (4), A1 represents a bond or atomic group needed for forming a four- to eight-membered ring together with M1, X1, and Y1.

US Pat. No. 10,038,556

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, ENCRYPTION APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:an encryption processing device, which is configured to connect to a storage memory, encrypt data to be stored in the storage memory and decrypt the encrypted data read from the storage memory; and
a control unit configured to perform control to back-up a first key into a memory unit which is different from the encryption processing device, wherein the first key, which is used to decrypt data encrypted by the encryption processing device and stored in the storage memory, is encrypted using a second key set in the encryption processing device,
wherein, during an initialization process after the control unit is powered on, the control unit obtains an initial key from the encryption processing device and checks whether the data stored in the storage memory can be decrypted by using the initial key by determining whether data read from a specific area of the storage memory and decrypted by using the initial key coincides with predetermined data,
wherein, in a case where a check result indicates the data stored in the storage memory can be decrypted by using the initial key, the control unit backs-up the initial key encrypted by using the second key in the memory unit which is different from the encryption processing device, and
wherein, in a case where the check result does not indicate the data stored in the storage memory can be decrypted by using the initial key, the control unit acquires a back-up key which has been stored in the memory unit, and replace the initial key in the encryption processing device by the acquired back-up key.

US Pat. No. 10,038,847

IMAGE PROCESSING TECHNIQUE FOR GENERATING MORE APPROPRIATE MOTION VECTORS FOR A CAPTURED IMAGE THAT IS DISTORTED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors configured to execute one or more programs so as to function as units comprising:
(1) an acquisition unit configured to acquire a first captured image and a second captured image generated by photo-electrically converting a subject image formed by an optical system;
(2) a generation unit configured to generate N distortion corrected images, N being an integer greater than or equal to 2, by performing coordinate conversion on each of N partial areas of the first captured image, using a conversion parameter that depends on a position of the partial area, and to generate N distortion corrected images by performing coordinate conversion on each of corresponding N partial areas of the second captured image, using a conversion parameter that depends on a position of the partial area;
(3) a detection unit configured to detect N motion vectors by comparing each of the N distortion corrected images generated from the first captured image with the corresponding distortion corrected image generated from the second captured image; and
(4) a conversion unit configured to generate N converted motion vectors by performing inverse coordinate conversion on each of the N motion vectors, using a conversion parameter that depends on a position of the corresponding partial area.

US Pat. No. 10,031,450

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image forming unit including a plurality of image forming stations configured to respectively perform image formation of different colors, the image forming unit being configured to perform image formation on a recording sheet in any one of a first mode, in which image formation is performed through use of the plurality of image forming stations, and a second mode, in which image formation is performed through use of a predetermined image forming station among the plurality of image forming stations;
an operation unit configured to allow input of color mode information for setting whether the image forming unit is to perform image formation in the first mode or to perform image formation in the second mode; and
a controller configured to:
i) control the image forming unit to perform a preparation operation for image formation in accordance with the color mode information before image formation when detecting an operation from which a start instruction of image formation is predicted;
ii) set a restricted operation state in which the controller prohibits performing the image formation in the first mode and permits performing the image formation in the second mode when any one image forming station, except for the predetermined image forming station, among the plurality of image forming stations is incapable of performing image formation, and the predetermined image forming station is capable of performing image formation; and
iii) prevent the image forming unit from performing the preparation operation when the input color mode information sets to perform the image formation in the first mode, and the restricted operation state is set.

US Pat. No. 10,031,316

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,022,982

RECORDING DEVICE, RECORDING METHOD, AND RECORDING UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording device comprising:a recording unit including
a first recording part where there are provided at least
a first discharge orifice row where a plurality of discharge orifices that discharge a first ink are arrayed in a predetermined direction, and
a second discharge orifice row where a plurality of discharge orifices that discharge a second ink of a different color from the first ink are arrayed in the predetermined direction, and
a second recording part where there are provided at least
a third discharge orifice row where a plurality of discharge orifices that discharge the first ink are arrayed in the predetermined direction, and
a fourth discharge orifice row where a plurality of discharge orifices that discharge the second ink are arrayed in the predetermined direction,
the first recording part and the second recording part being separated from each other in an intersecting direction that intersects the predetermined direction;
a scanning unit configured to perform recording scanning by moving the recording unit; and
a recording control unit configured to, in a same recording scan by the scanning unit,
perform recording of a region on the recording medium in the intersecting direction, including one edge of the recording medium, by only the first recording part,
perform recording of a region on the recording medium in the intersecting direction, including the other edge of the recording medium, by only the second recording part, and
perform recording of a region on the recording medium between the region recorded only by the first recording part and the region recorded only by the second recording part in the intersecting direction, by both the first recording part and the second recording part,
wherein the second ink has a higher lightness than the first ink,
and wherein a distance between the first discharge orifice row and the third discharge orifice row in the intersecting direction is a first distance, and a distance between the second discharge orifice row and the fourth discharge orifice row in the intersecting direction is a second distance that is longer than the first distance.

US Pat. No. 10,028,126

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,027,872

ACCESSORY APPARATUS, IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE-CAPTURING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An accessory apparatus detachably attachable to an image-capturing apparatus, the accessory apparatus comprising:an accessory communicator configured to provide, with the image-capturing apparatus, three channels that are a notification channel used for providing a notice from the image-capturing apparatus to the accessory apparatus, a first data communication channel used for transmitting accessory data from the accessory apparatus to the image-capturing apparatus, and a second data communication channel used for transmitting camera data from the image-capturing apparatus to the accessory apparatus; and
an accessory controller configured (a) to transmit, in response to receiving a transmission request as the notice from the image-capturing apparatus through the notification channel, the accessory data to the image-capturing apparatus through the first data communication channel and (b) to receive the camera data transmitted from the image-capturing apparatus through the second data communication channel,
wherein:
the accessory communicator includes an accessory data buffer configured to store the accessory data to be transmitted to the image-capturing apparatus;
the accessory controller has a function of detecting a camera communication error in the camera data received from the image-capturing apparatus and is configured to, when detecting the camera communication error, transmit accessory error information to the image-capturing apparatus and erase the accessory data stored in the accessory data buffer.

US Pat. No. 10,026,157

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store information on first optical characteristic data;
a data generator configured to generate previously unstored second optical characteristic data based on the first optical characteristic data related to a shot image and defocus characteristic data; and
a restoration processor configured to restore the shot image based on the second optical characteristic data,
wherein the data generator is configured to combine, for each position of the shot image, the first optical characteristic data with the defocus characteristic data to generate the second optical characteristic data,
wherein the first optical characteristic data are aberration data determined depending on an image pickup optical system and a shooting condition, and
wherein the defocus characteristic data are aberration data determined depending on a defocus amount.

US Pat. No. 10,027,713

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT DISTRIBUTES SETTINGS COMPLIANT WITH SECURITY POLICY AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:at least one memory; and
at least one processor coupled to the at least one memory and configured to execute instructions that, when executed, cause the information processing apparatus to:
receive new settings for at least one image processing apparatus connected to the information processing apparatus, the new settings compliant with a security policy for distribution to the at least one image processing apparatus, the security policy relating to strength of a password to be input to an application installed in the at least one image processing apparatus;
receive, from the at least one image processing apparatus, application information including an application name of one or more applications installed in the at least one image processing apparatus, a version information of the one or more applications installed in the at least one image processing apparatus, and information indicating one or more security policy items supported by the one or more applications;
detect, among the one or more applications installed in the at least one image processing apparatus, based on the received application information, the version information, and the information indicating the one or more security policy items, a first application which does not support the new settings compliant with the security policy;
acquire information indicating that an updated version of the first application, which supports the new settings compliant with the security policy, is not stored in the at least one memory;
display a confirmation screen, prior to distributing the security policy to the at least one image processing apparatus, warning that the first application does not support the security policy and will be stopped in response to distributing the new settings compliant with the security policy;
stop the first application in response to receiving a confirmation to stop the first application; and
distribute the new settings compliant with the security policy to the at least one image processing apparatus after receiving the confirmation to stop the first application.

US Pat. No. 10,028,312

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,026,774

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,026,029

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which is able to communicate with a web server via a network, the image processing apparatus comprising:a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to control:
a scanning unit configured to scan an image of an original;
a storage unit;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain content data provided by the web server; and
a display unit configured to display, in connection with a form included in the obtained content data, a screen for selecting one from (a) a scan button for uploading first image data to be generated by a scan of the original by the scanning unit and (b) a storage button for uploading second image data stored in the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 10,019,206

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT TRANSMITS DATA TO A PRINTING APPARATUS USING A HYBRID APPLICATION PROGRAM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a processor;
a storage unit configured to store a hybrid application program having a layered structure including (i) a first layer which is described in a first language and is constituted by a script instruction which is translated to be able to execute the script instruction by the processor when executing an application, and (ii) a second layer which is described in a second language and performs invocation of a function of an OS (Operating System) on which the processor executes the application program, the application program executing the application by cooperation between the first layer and the second layer; and
a communication unit,
wherein the processor causes the communication unit to communicate with a printing apparatus in accordance with each of a plurality of communication protocols that are supported by the printing apparatus and each of the plurality of communication protocols corresponds to processing executed in communication with the printing apparatus, and
wherein the processor transmits, by executing the application program, data to the printing apparatus by the communication unit, so that an image corresponding to the data is printed by the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,021,305

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS WITH PANNING ASSISTANCE FUNCTION AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. A control method of an image capture apparatus, the method comprising:computing an object velocity of an object based on a comparison between a change amount of angular velocities detected by a first detection unit configured to detect an angular velocity and a change amount of motion vectors detected by a second detection unit configured to detect motion vectors for each region of an image;
changing an optical axis based on the object velocity during exposure; and
determining an object vector and a background vector from among the motion vectors detected by the second detection unit,
wherein the computing comprises:
determining regularity in motion of the object by using at least one of the change amount of the angular velocities, a change amount of the object vectors, a change amount of the background vectors, and a change amount of difference between the background vectors and the object vectors; and
computing he object velocity by a method based on the determination,
wherein the regularity in motion includes a uniform motion and a uniformly accelerated motion, and
wherein the computing further comprises one or more of the following:
computing, if it is determined that the object is in the uniformly accelerated motion, the object velocity based on an angular velocity detected by the first detection unit at a time when a latest image is captured and an angular velocity obtained by converting the object vector determines by the determination unit in the latest image; and
computing, if it is determined that the object is in the uniform motion, the object velocity based on an angular velocity obtained by converting the object vectors determined by the determination unit in a plurality of images including a latest image.

US Pat. No. 10,011,454

SHEET PROCESSING DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SHEET PROCESSING DEVICE, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR EXECUTING STAPLING PROCESSING IN RESPONSE TO AN EXECUTION KEY PRESSED BY A USER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet processing device comprising:a stapler configured to execute binding processing for a sheet;
a sheet detection sensor configured to detect the sheet inserted into the stapler;
an execution key which is pressed by a user for executing the binding processing;
a light emitting unit provided on the execution key; and
a controller configured to
control the stapler to execute the binding processing in response to a signal from the execution key in a case where the execution key is pressed by the user before a predetermined time elapses after detection of the sheet and control the stapler to execute the binding processing upon an elapse of the predetermined time in a case where the predetermined time has elapsed without pressing of the execution key by the user after detection of the sheet,
wherein the controller controls the light emitting unit to emit light in a first light emitting state in response to the detection of the sheet by the sheet detection sensor and, in the case where the predetermined time has elapsed without the pressing of the execution key by the user after the detection of the sheet by the sheet detection sensor, controls the light emitting unit to emit light in a second light emitting state that is different from the first light emitting state before execution of the binding processing.

US Pat. No. 10,015,326

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AUTOMATIC INSTALLATION METHOD FOR EFFICIENTLY INSTALLING AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:at least one processor coupled to a memory device and programmed to provide:
an access unit for accessing a storage unit that stores setting information of each of a plurality of image forming apparatuses and an identifier of each image forming apparatus associated with the setting information of the image forming apparatus, wherein the association between the setting information and the identifier is made for each of the plurality of image forming apparatuses;
a display control unit for displaying a selection screen for allowing a user to select removal of an image forming apparatus or installation of an image forming apparatus;
a first determination unit for determining, if the removal of an image forming apparatus is selected via the selection screen, whether or not the setting information associated with the identifier corresponding to the identifier of the image forming apparatus to be removed is included in the setting information of the plurality of image forming apparatuses stored in the storage unit;
a removal unit for removing the association between the identifier of the image forming apparatus to be removed and the setting information associated with that identifier stored in the storage unit, if it is determined by the first determination unit that the setting information associated with the identifier corresponding to the identifier of the image forming apparatus to be removed is included in the setting information of the plurality of image forming apparatuses stored in the storage unit;
a second determination unit for determining, if the installation of an image forming apparatus is selected via the selection screen, whether or not setting information which is not associated with any identifier of an image forming apparatus is included in the setting information of the plurality of image forming apparatuses stored in the storage unit;
an import unit for importing the setting information which is not associated with any identifier into the image forming apparatus to be installed, if it is determined by the second determination unit that the setting information which is not associated with any identifier of an image forming apparatus is included in the setting information of the plurality of image forming apparatuses stored in the storage unit; and
an associating unit for associating the identifier of the image forming apparatus into which the setting information has been imported with the setting information stored in the storage unit that was imported into the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,015,328

SHEET MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF SHEET MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus to print an image on a sheet stored in a sheet holding unit, the printing apparatus comprises:a storage configured to store a plurality of registered sheet attribute information;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain job sheet attribute information designated in a print job, wherein the job sheet attribute information includes sheet size information and at least first type of sheet attribute information and second type of sheet attribute information;
a determining unit configured to determine whether attribute information specified for the sheet holding unit and in registered sheet attribute information selected from the plurality of registered sheet attribute information matches all the attribution information in the obtained job sheet attribute information and, if not, the determining unit is configured to determine whether sheet size information specified for the sheet holding unit and in registered sheet attribute information selected from the plurality of registered sheet attribute information matches the obtained sheet size information;
a setting unit configured to set registered sheet attribute information as sheet attribute information of the sheet holding unit,
wherein, in a case where it is determined that attribute information specified for the sheet holding unit and in a selected registered sheet attribute information matches all the attribution information in the obtained job sheet attribute information, the setting unit sets the matching selected registered sheet attribute information as the attribute information of the sheet holding unit, and
wherein, in a case where it is determined that sheet size information specified for the sheet holding unit and in selected registered sheet attribute information matches the obtained sheet size information, the matched selected registered sheet attribute information is added to a list and the setting unit sets a registered sheet attribute information selected by a user from the list as the attribute information of the sheet holding unit; and
a printer configured to print, based on the registered sheet attribute information set by the setting unit, an image on the sheet conveyed from the sheet holding unit,
wherein the obtaining unit, the determining unit, and the setting unit are implemented by at least one processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 10,011,011

INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing method using:a displaying apparatus that includes a virtual environment displaying unit of virtually displaying a state of a robot apparatus identified by a plurality of position data and orientation data identifying a position or an orientation of each part of the robot apparatus, and a parameter displaying unit numerically displaying the position data and the orientation data;
an input unit for editing content of the position data and the orientation data; and
a controlling apparatus that performs information processing of controlling display on the displaying apparatus according to an input through the input unit,
the method comprising:
first calculating, when an input of changing a part of the position data and the orientation data expressed in a first coordinate system are performed through the input unit, causing the controlling apparatus to change the part of the position data and the orientation data expressed in the first coordinate system according to content of the input, the changed part of the position data and the orientation data being converted into a second coordinate system;
second calculating that causes the controlling apparatus to perform position and orientation calculation that identifies the position or the orientation of each part of the robot apparatus, based on the part of the position data and the orientation data changed in the first calculating, and calculate new position data and new orientation data based on a result of the position and orientation calculation; and
display updating that causes the controlling apparatus to update content of virtual display on the virtual environment displaying unit and numeric value display on the parameter displaying unit of the displaying apparatus, based on the part of the position data and the orientation data expressed in the first coordinate system changed and converted into the second coordinate system in the first calculating, and the new position data and the new orientation data calculated in the second calculating.

US Pat. No. 10,015,455

OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS HAVING MULTIPLE REFLECTIVE LIGHT MODULATORS AND MULTIPLE DICHROIC SURFACE THAT SEPARATE LIGHT INTO MULTIPLE COLOR LIGHTS AND COMBINES THEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:multiple reflective light modulators each having a light modulation surface that is rectangular;
an illumination optical system configured to illuminate the multiple reflective light modulators with a light flux from a light source;
a first optical element having a first dichroic surface and a second dichroic surface configured to separate the light flux from the illumination optical system into multiple color lights, introduce the multiple color lights to the multiple reflective light modulators, and combine the multiple color lights reflected by the multiple reflective light modulators; and
a second optical element configured to guide the multiple color lights combined by the first dichroic surface and the second dichroic surface to a projection optical system,
wherein the illumination optical system includes:
at least one third optical element configured to uniformly illuminate the light modulation surface with light from the light source; and
a condenser lens disposed between an area where a light source image is formed, other than at an incident surface of the at least one third optical element and the multiple reflective light modulators,
wherein a long side direction of the light modulation surface is parallel to a first plane and a short side direction of the light modulation surface is parallel to a second plane,
wherein the first plane is parallel to a normal of the first dichroic surface and a normal of the second dichroic surface,
wherein the second plane is orthogonal to the first plane and parallel to an optical axis of the illumination optical system, and
wherein the following condition is satisfied:
f/D1>f/D2,
where f represents a focal length of the condenser lens, D1 represents a maximum effective width of the area where the light source images are formed in the first plane, and D2 represents a maximum effective width of the area where the light source images are formed in the second plane.

US Pat. No. 10,014,708

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,012,935

IMAGE FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,003,806

OPTIMIZED PLENOPTIC IMAGE ENCODING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A device for encoding a plenoptic image comprising:a memory for storing at least one program; and
a processor coupled to the memory, the processor operating to execute the at least one program to:
decompose the plenoptic image into sub-aperture images,
encode at least a part of a first sub-aperture image using a set of encoding parameters, and
encode at least a part of a second sub-aperture image using restricted number of parameters among the set of encoding parameters;
wherein at least one encoding parameter of the restricted number of encoding parameters is a subdivision pattern for subdividing the part of the first sub-aperture image to be encoded; and
wherein at least one subdivision pattern is discarded in view of encoding the part of the second sub-aperture image.

US Pat. No. 9,994,031

LIQUID CONTAINER AND RECORDING APPARATUS ON WHICH LIQUID CONTAINER IS MOUNTED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink tank containing a liquid in a liquid containing portion, comprising:a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface,
wherein a supply port for supplying the liquid opens at the first surface, and the liquid containing portion has, on a bottom surface which is a lower surface in a gravity direction and connects the first surface to the second surface, a first inclined surface inclining downward in the gravity direction from the first surface side to the second surface side, a second inclined surface inclining upward in the gravity direction from the first surface side to the second surface side at a position closer to the second surface than to the first inclined surface, and a third inclined surface inclining upward in the gravity direction from the first surface side to the second surface side at a position closer to the second surface than to the second inclined surface,
wherein an angle to a horizon plane of the second inclined surface is different from an angle to horizon plane of the third inclined surface.

US Pat. No. 9,998,650

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,994,405

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,998,504

REMOTE SUPPORT SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHODS OF CONTROLLING THESE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A remote support system that includes an image processing apparatus, an information processing apparatus, and a relay server, and in which an operator that uses the information processing apparatus supports, via the relay server, a user that uses the image processing apparatus,the image processing apparatus comprising at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to the at least one processor which act as
a first communication unit configured to perform communication with the information processing apparatus via the relay server; and
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit of the image processing apparatus to display video in accordance with data received from the information processing apparatus by the first communication unit, and
the information processing apparatus comprising at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to the at least one processor which act as
a second communication unit configured to perform communication with the image processing apparatus via the relay server;
a decision unit configured to decide a mode for transmission to the image processing apparatus that is supported via the relay server; and
a transmission control unit configured to transmit video via the relay server to the image processing apparatus by the second communication unit in accordance with a transmission setting corresponding to the mode for transmission decided by the decision unit,
wherein the transmission control unit,
if the mode for transmission decided by the decision unit is a first mode in which video that captures a portion of a screen displayed on a display unit of the information processing apparatus is transmitted, displays on the display unit of the information processing apparatus a frame for deciding a region to be captured, and transmits to the image processing apparatus via the relay server video internal to the frame.

US Pat. No. 9,998,074

ELEMENT THAT OSCILLATES OR DETECTS TERAHERTZ WAVES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,984,291

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR MEASURING A POSITION AND AN ORIENTATION OF AN OBJECT BY USING A MODEL INDICATING A SHAPE OF THE OBJECT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memory devices, the one or more memory devices storing a partial model representing a shape of a part of a whole shape of a target object and a whole model representing the whole shape of the target object, the one or more memory devices storing executable instructions, which when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to:
derive an approximate position and an approximate orientation of the target object and derive a position and an orientation each having higher accuracy using the approximate position and the approximate orientation, based on measured three-dimensional information of a target object stored in a container and the partial model and the whole model of the target object stored in the one or more memory devices; and
based on the derived position and the orientation and the whole model of the target object stored in the one or more memory devices, determine whether the target object and the container will come into contact with each other when a robot hand moves the target object.

US Pat. No. 9,981,475

INK SUPPLY APPARATUS AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,969,182

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD, AND TREATMENT LIQUID AND LIQUID SET USED THEREIN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method comprising the steps of forming an image by applying an ink to an ink receiving medium and applying a treatment liquid containing an ink-viscosity-increasing component to the ink receiving medium so as to overlap with at least a part of a region of the ink receiving medium to which the ink is applied,wherein the treatment liquid contains:
a surfactant which lowers a surface tension of water to 25 mN/m or less when added into the water in an amount of 0.1% by mass; and
an additive containing at least one compound selected from the group consisting of compounds represented by general formulae (1) to (4):
wherein R1 and R2 are each independently a hydroxy group or a carboxylic acid ester group represented by —OCOCxH2x+1, R3 is a carboxylic acid ester group represented by —OCOCyH2y+1, and x and y are each independently an integer of 11 to 18;wherein R4 is a carboxylic acid ester group represented by —OCOCrH2r+1, R5 to R7 are each independently a hydroxy group or a carboxylic acid ester group represented by —OCOCzH2z+1, t is an integer of 4 to 9, and r and z are each independently an integer of 11 to 18;R9O(AO)pH   General formula (3)wherein R9 is a straight-chain or branched alkyl group having 11 to 18 carbon atoms, AO is an alkylene oxide group including an ethylene oxide group, p is an integer of 5 to 15, and (AO)p includes 5 to 15 ethylene oxide groups each of which is the ethylene oxide group; andwherein R is a straight-chain or branched alkyl group having 11 to 18 carbon atoms, and a sum total of 1+m+n is an integer of 5 to 15.

US Pat. No. 9,971,258

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A cylindrical electrophotographic photosensitive member to be rotatably driven in an electrophotographic apparatus,wherein,
a circumferential surface of the electrophotographic photosensitive member has concave portions that are independent one another,
each of the concave portions has an opening,
a contour of the opening has an apex having an angle ? of more than 0° and 90° or less on at least an upstream side of a rotational direction of the electrophotographic photosensitive member, and has a largest width in an axial direction of the electrophotographic photosensitive member of 20 ?m or more and 80 ?m or less, a width of the contour in the axial direction of the electrophotographic photosensitive member decreasing from a portion having the largest width toward the apex,
and wherein,
when viewing each of the concave portions in the axial direction, each of the concave portions has a depth that decreases from a deepest point of each of the concave portions toward the apex.

US Pat. No. 9,972,355

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more a memories storing a computer program which, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the one or more processors to perform operations comprising:
reading out a movie file that includes a plurality of RAW images from a recording medium;
developing the plurality of RAW images included in the movie file;
displaying a plurality of images developed in the developing on a display unit; and
instructing a display rate of images to be displayed on the display unit, wherein the display rate includes a first display rate and a second display rate which is lower than the first display rate,
wherein in the developing, first image development processing that develops the RAW images or second image development processing that has a higher quality processing than the first image development processing is executed, and
in the developing, image development processing of the RAW images is switched from the first image development processing to the second image development processing and image being displayed on the display unit is switched from image of the first display rate developed by the first development processing to an image of the second display rate developed by the second development processing, when the second display rate is instructed in the instructing while the image developed by the first image development processing is being displayed at the first display rate on the display unit.

US Pat. No. 9,968,308

COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHIC MAMMOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHIC APPARATUS FOR BREAST

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,969,165

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a recording element board having a first side having a first face on which a plurality of recording elements configured to generate energy to discharge liquid are provided;
discharge orifices provided corresponding to the plurality of recording elements;
pressure chambers, wherein the plurality of recording elements is within the pressure chambers;
a discharge orifice row extending in a first direction, wherein the discharge orifices are arrayed in the discharge orifice row;
a liquid supply channel extending in the first direction and provided as a groove to a second face of the recording element board that is on a second side of the recording element board that is opposite of the first side, wherein the liquid supply channel is configured to supply liquid to the pressure chambers;
a plurality of supply ports to communicate between the first face and the liquid supply channel, and configured to supply liquid to the pressure chambers from the liquid supply channel;
a cover provided on the second face, wherein the cover covers the liquid supply channel; and
a plurality of supply-side openings, provided to the cover and provided along the liquid supply channel, wherein the plurality of supply-side openings is configured to supply liquid to the liquid supply channel,
wherein, in a process of liquid being replenished to the pressure chambers after having discharged liquid from the discharge orifices, a pressure drop sum P1 of (i) pressure drop of liquid on the liquid supply channel from any supply-side opening to a supply port that communicates with the supply-side opening and is at a farthest removed position from the supply-side opening, and (ii) pressure drop of liquid at the supply port at the farthest removed position, is 5000 Pa or less.
US Pat. No. 9,957,340

IMPRINTING METHOD AND CURABLE COMPOSITION FOR IMPRINTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprinting method for forming a pattern of a cured product by irradiating a curable composition for imprinting disposed on a substrate with light while the curable composition is in contact with a mold having surface asperities and removing the mold from a cured product of the curable composition, the imprinting method comprising:bringing the mold into contact with the curable composition in a condensable gas atmosphere,
wherein the curable composition for imprinting has a viscosity in the range of 1 cP to 40 cP in air at 23° C., and
the condensable gas is introduced between the mold and the curable composition such that the curable composition for imprinting has a condensable gas solubility (gas/(curable composition+gas)) (g/g) in the range of 0.1 to 0.4.

US Pat. No. 9,961,221

MOTOR CONTROL APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS MOTOR BASED ON RESULT OF DETECTION BY POSITION DETECTION SENSOR THAT DETECTS ROTATIONAL POSITION OF ROTOR OF MOTOR, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A motor control apparatus that controls a driving current flowing in each of windings of a motor based on a designated position indicating a target position of a rotor of the motor, comprising:a counter configured to count a number of pulse signals that are output from a position detection sensor, which is provided in the motor, according to a change in a rotational position of the rotor;
a position determiner configured to determine the rotational position of the rotor based on a count value of the counter;
a controller configured to control the driving current flowing in each of the windings of the motor based on both a value of a torque current component and a value of an excitation current component so that a difference between the designated position and the rotational position determined by the position determiner is decreased, the torque current component being a current component that has a current value represented in a rotating coordinate system based on the rotational position and generates torque in the rotor, and the excitation current component being a current component that has a current value represented in the rotating coordinate system based on the rotational position and affects an intensity of a magnetic flux penetrating each of the windings of the motor; and
a discriminator configured to discriminate whether or not a time interval between two consecutive pulses among the pulse signals output from the position detection sensor is abnormal,
wherein the counter is configured to, if the time interval is discriminated to be abnormal, correct the count value.

US Pat. No. 9,961,223

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that is able to shift to a power saving state, comprising:a printer which performs printing processing;
a first controller which outputs a drive signal for at least one motor provided in the printer;
a power supply which outputs power to the at least one motor;
a switch arranged between the at least one motor and the power supply;
a second controller which turns on the switch and turns off the switch and outputs a predetermined signal to the first controller, wherein the first controller is able to output the drive signal while the predetermined signal is not input and does not output the drive signal while the predetermined signal is input;
a user interface which receives a return instruction;
a display; and
a storage which stores information indicating an initial screen, preset by a user, to be displayed when the user interface receives the return instruction,
wherein, when the user interface receives the return instruction in the power saving state, the second controller
(i) turns on the switch, and
(ii) outputs the predetermined signal to the first controller or does not output the predetermined signal to the first controller based on the information stored in the storage.

US Pat. No. 9,955,094

IMAGING APPARATUS AND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:an imaging unit including a plurality of pixels each including a first photoelectric conversion unit for generating a first photoelectric signal, second photoelectric conversion unit for generating a second photoelectric signal, and a microlens guiding a first light flux passed through a first exit pupil of an imaging optical system to the first photoelectric conversion unit and a second light flux passed through a second exit pupil of the imaging optical system to the second photoelectric conversion unit;
a first mixing unit configured to mix a plurality of first photoelectric signals output from each of a plurality of pixels to generate a first signal;
a second mixing unit configured to mix the first photoelectric signal and the second photoelectric signal to generate a second signal to be output from each of the plurality of pixels;
an image processing unit configured to generate an image based on the second signal; and
a focus detection processing unit configured to perform focus detection based on the first signal and the second signal.

US Pat. No. 9,950,525

ELEMENT SUBSTRATE FOR LIQUID EJECTING HEAD AND WAFER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,953,743

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printed circuit board comprising:a printed wiring board;
a semiconductor device mounted on the printed wiring board;
connection terminals which connect the printed wiring board and the semiconductor device,
wherein the connection terminals include plural signal line connection terminals for connection between signal terminals of the semiconductor device and signal lines of the printed wiring board; and
an underfill material which is disposed between the printed wiring board and the semiconductor device,
wherein the underfill material has a relative dielectric constant of 8.6 or more and 54.4 or less and is disposed between adjacent signal connection terminals that are next to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,954,026

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a pixel configured to generate a signal in accordance with an incident light by a photoelectric conversion;
a differential amplifier including a first input terminal to which a voltage based on the signal from the pixel is input, and a second input terminal to which a reference voltage is input;
a current supply unit configured to supply a bias current to the differential amplifier; and
a comparing unit configured to compare the voltage of the first input terminal of the differential amplifier with a threshold voltage, and configured to output a control signal based on a comparison result to the current supply unit,
wherein the current supply unit changes a magnitude of the bias current supplied to the differential amplifier in accordance with the control signal input from the comparing unit, and
wherein, when the control signal indicates that the voltage based on the signal from the pixel has changed, the current supply unit increases the bias current supplied to the differential amplifier.

US Pat. No. 9,945,658

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,944,479

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,933,603

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a rear lens group that includes at least two lens units and has a positive refractive power over an entire zoom range,
the zoom lens being configured such that intervals between adjacent lens units changes during zooming,
the second lens unit comprising, at least two successively arranged negative lenses, the at least two successively arranged negative lenses including a first negative lens arranged closest to the object side and a second negative lens,
wherein an object-side lens surface of the first negative lens comprises an aspherical lens surface having a positive aspherical surface amount; and
of an image-side lens surface of the first negative lens, an object-side lens surface of the second negative lens, and an image-side lens surface of the second negative lens, at least one lens surface comprises an aspherical lens surface having a positive aspherical surface amount and at least one lens surface comprises an aspherical lens surface having a negative aspherical surface amount.

US Pat. No. 9,933,743

RECORDING MATERIAL PROCESSING APPARATUS INCLUDING ALIGNMENT UNIT FOR ALIGNING RECORDING MATERIALS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording material processing apparatus comprising:a conveyance unit configured to convey a recording material;
an alignment unit including a first alignment member and a second alignment member, the first alignment member and the second alignment member being configured to support the recording material conveyed by the conveyance unit, wherein at least the first alignment member approaches the second alignment member to align the supported recording material in a direction perpendicular to a conveyance direction of the recording material;
a stacking unit on which the recording material is stacked, wherein the supported recording material is discharged to the stacking unit when at least the first alignment member separates from the second alignment member; and
a control unit configured to perform control of discharging the recording material to the stacking unit by switching between a first control not to align the recording material by the alignment unit and a second control to align the recording material by the alignment unit,
wherein, in a case where the control unit performs the first control after performing the second control, the control unit is further configured not to discharge the recording material supported by the alignment unit to the stacking unit at the end of the second control, and
wherein, in a case where the control unit does not perform the first control after performing the second control, the control unit is further configured to discharge the recording material supported by the alignment unit to the stacking unit at the end of the second control.

US Pat. No. 9,933,746

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,936,092

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus having a security function, the electronic apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the electronic apparatus to:
instruct cancellation of the security function that provides security protecting the electronic apparatus by authenticating with a password,
measure an elapsed time after the security function shifts from an enabled state to a canceled state in accordance with the instruction,
detect connection of an encryption device to the electronic apparatus, wherein the encryption device provides security by encryption which is different from the security provided by the security function,
determine whether the measured elapsed time has exceeded a predetermined time,
return the security function from the canceled state to the enabled state again based on the elapsed time being determined to have exceeded the predetermined time while the connection of the encryption device is not detected, and
maintain the security function in the canceled state regardless of the elapsed time, based on detection of the connection of the encryption device.

US Pat. No. 9,932,273

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A potassium-free piezoelectric material, comprising: a perovskite-type metal oxide having the following general formula (1); and at least one rare-earth element selected from La, Pr, Nd, Pm, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, and Lu, wherein a content of the rare-earth element is 0.25 mol % or more and 5 mol % or less of the amount of perovskite-type metal oxide(NaxBa1-y)(NbyTi1-y)O3  (1)(wherein x satisfies 0.80?x?0.95, and y satisfies 0.85?y?0.95).

US Pat. No. 9,936,121

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,930,242

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,930,245

FOCUS CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An focus control apparatus comprising:a focus detection unit that detects a defocus value;
a control unit that controls focus position adjustment using the defocus value;
a first acquisition unit that acquires reliability of the defocus value;
a storage unit that stores a plurality of images captured by an image sensor at a plurality of focus positions including an in-focus position based on the defocus value detected by the focus detection unit, and the defocus value detected for each of the plurality of images by the focus detection unit in association with each of the plurality of images; and
a second acquisition unit that, in a case where the reliability of the defocus value corresponding to a selected image from among the plurality of images is lower than a first threshold, acquires a first correction value to be used for correcting the focus position adjustment based on the defocus values of a plurality of unselected images among the plurality of images,
wherein the control unit adjusts the focus position using the first correction value in a case where the reliability of the defocus value corresponding to the selected image is lower than the first threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,927,688

ILLUMINATION OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,924,876

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,927,733

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH REDUCED POSTTRANSFER LATENT IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a rotatable photosensitive member including a photosensitive layer;
a charging member provided in contact with or in proximity with said photosensitive member and configured to be supplied with a DC voltage to charge a surface of said photosensitive member;
developing means configured to develop an electrostatic image formed on said photosensitive member into a toner image, after charging of said photosensitive member by said charging means;
a transfer member configured to transfer the toner image from said photosensitive member onto a toner image receiving member;
an application device configured to apply to said transfer member a transfer voltage for transferring the image from said photosensitive member onto the toner image receiving member;
a light projecting portion configured to project light to said photosensitive member before the charging by said charging means and after the image transfer by said transfer means; and
a controller configured to control a light quantity of the light projected to said photosensitive member by said light projecting portion, on the basis of information relating to the transfer voltage and information relating to a film thickness of said photosensitive layer,
wherein under a condition that the film thickness is the same, the light quantity controlled by said controller is smaller when the transfer voltage is a second value than when it is a first value, wherein a difference of the second value from a charged potential of said photosensitive member is smaller than that of the first value.

US Pat. No. 9,927,735

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT DIVIDES ONE PIXEL INTO PLURALITY OF PIXEL PIECES AND PERFORMS EXPOSURE ON PIXEL PIECE-BY-PIXEL PIECE BASIS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive member;
an exposure unit configured to divide one pixel into a plurality of pixel pieces and perform exposure on a pixel piece-by-pixel piece basis, to form an electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive member;
a determination unit configured to determine, based on image data, an isolated pixel surrounded by blank pixels in the electrostatic latent image;
a selection unit configured to select a correction target pixel from the blank pixels surrounding the isolated pixel; and
a correction unit configured to correct the image data so as to expose a pixel piece of the correction target pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,924,918

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus for controlling X-ray irradiations which are performed by plural X-ray generating units, comprising:an obtaining unit configured to obtain identification information for uniquely identifying one X-ray generating unit of the plural X-ray generating units, which is specified as a control target which is allowed to emit X-rays; and
a control unit configured to, based on the obtained identification information, control in such a manner that, for a period of time during which the one X-ray generating unit is specified as the control target, processes regarding the X-ray irradiations by the other X-ray generating units are restricted.

US Pat. No. 9,930,332

DERIVING REFERENCE MODE VALUES AND ENCODING AND DECODING INFORMATION REPRESENTING PREDICTION MODES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of deriving reference intra prediction mode values for encoding or decoding a mode value representing an intra prediction mode for a current unit to be encoded or decoded, the method comprising:deriving first, second and third reference intra prediction mode values to encode or decode the mode value for the current unit from respective intra prediction modes of at least two neighbouring units of the current unit, wherein the first, second and third reference intra prediction mode values are different from one another, wherein the number of the reference intra prediction mode values, to encode or decode the mode value for the current unit, is three,
wherein, deriving the first, second and third reference intra prediction mode values comprises checking whether the respective intra prediction modes of said at least two neighbouring units are the same or different and, if the respective intra prediction modes are the same and are either a planar prediction mode or a DC prediction mode, setting the first reference intra prediction mode value to a mode value corresponding to the planar prediction mode, setting the second reference intra prediction mode value to a mode value corresponding to the DC prediction mode and setting the third reference intra prediction mode value to a mode value corresponding to a vertical prediction mode,
and wherein the first, second or third reference intra prediction mode value is usable for the encoding or decoding of the mode value to be encoded or decoded.

US Pat. No. 9,928,595

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR HIGH-RESOLUTION MULTI-VIEW CAMERA CALIBRATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system comprising:two or more cameras;
a rotating stage, which has an axis of rotation;
one or more computer-readable media; and
one or more processors that are coupled to the one or more computer-readable media, the rotating stage, and the two or more cameras and that are configured to cause the system to
control the two or more cameras to capture respective images of a calibration target in a first pose, wherein the calibration target is positioned on the rotating stage;
control the rotating stage to rotate through an angular increment to a second pose;
control the two or more cameras to capture respective images of the calibration target in the second pose; and
calculate a transformation between two cameras of the two or more cameras based on the respective images of the calibration target in the first pose, on the respective images of the calibration target in the second pose, and on the angular increment,
wherein, to calculate the transformation between the two cameras of the two or more cameras, the one or more processors are further configured to cause the system to calculate a transformation between the first pose and the second pose.

US Pat. No. 9,928,598

DEPTH MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS AND DEPTH MEASUREMENT METHOD THAT CALCULATE DEPTH INFORMATION OF A TARGET PIXEL USING A COLOR PLANE OF WHICH A CORRELATION VALUE IS AT MOST A THRESHOLD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A depth measurement apparatus that calculates depth information of an object based on a first color image and a second color image, the apparatus comprising:at least one processor operatively coupled to a memory, serving as:
(A) a depth calculator adapted to calculate depth information of a target pixel in a color plane, using the two color images; and
(B) an evaluator adapted to calculate, for each color plane, an evaluation value to indicate a confidence coefficient of the depth information in the target pixel,
wherein the depth calculator (i) is further adapted to determine, based on the evaluation value, a color plane from which the depth information of the target pixel is calculated, (ii) calculates a correlation value in one color plane between the two color images, and calculates the depth information from the correlation value using a conversion table or a conversion formula that is different for each color plane, and (iii) calculates the depth information of the target pixel using a color plane of which a correlation value is a threshold or less.

US Pat. No. 9,925,802

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form a first image containing an aqueous liquid component and a coloring material on an ink receiving medium;
a liquid absorbing device including a porous body having a first surface configured to come into contact with the first image, the porous body being configured to absorb at least a part of the aqueous liquid component from the first image to form a second image;
a heat drying device configured to perform a heat drying treatment of the second image;
a first temperature measuring unit configured to measure a temperature T—After of the second image after being subjected to the heat drying treatment; and
a determination unit configured to determine a working state of the liquid absorbing device from the temperature T—After.

US Pat. No. 9,930,203

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

15. An information processing system comprising:an information processing apparatus; and
an image forming apparatus,
the information processing apparatus comprising:
a first memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions in the first memory to:
manage setting information regarding a setting of the image forming apparatus;
receive, from the image forming apparatus, setting information stored by the image forming apparatus, in a case where the image forming apparatus is connected to the information processing apparatus in such a state that the setting information of the image forming apparatus is not managed by the information processing apparatus, wherein the setting information includes a plurality of setting items;
transmit, to the image forming apparatus, a response to a setting item of the setting information received from the image forming apparatus; and
receive the update information of the setting item from the image forming apparatus in a case where the setting item stored by the image forming apparatus is updated and the image forming apparatus determines, based on the response, that the update information of the setting item is to be transmitted, wherein the update information of the setting item is not received in a case where the setting item stored by the image forming apparatus is updated and the image forming apparatus determines, based on the response, that the update information of the setting item is not to be transmitted, and
the image forming apparatus comprising:
a second memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions in the second memory to:
store, in a storage unit, the setting information;
transmit the setting information stored in the storage unit to the information processing apparatus in a case where the image forming apparatus is connected to the information processing apparatus in such a state that the setting information of the image forming apparatus is not managed by the information processing apparatus;
receive, from the information processing apparatus, the response to a setting item of the setting information transmitted from the image forming apparatus;
determine, based on the response, whether to transmit, to the information processing apparatus, update information of the setting item in the image forming apparatus; and
transmit the update information of the setting item to the information processing apparatus in a case where the setting item stored by the storage unit is updated and the image forming apparatus determines, based on the response, that the update information of the setting item is to be transmitted,
wherein the update information of the setting item is not transmitted in a case where the setting item stored by the image forming apparatus is updated and the image forming apparatus determines, based on the response, that the update information of the setting item is not to be transmitted.

US Pat. No. 9,928,933

ELECTRICAL DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR ARRANGING CONDUCTIVE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrical device comprising:a ground portion electrically grounded;
a conductive member which is contacted with the ground portion and is contacted with an electric wire; and
a first attachment member and a second attachment member, wherein the first attachment member and the second attachment member attach the electrical wire to the ground portion,
wherein the conductive member is between the first attachment member attached to the ground portion and the second attachment member attached to the ground portion, and
wherein the electrical wire attached to the ground portion by the first attachment member and the second attachment member presses the conductive member against the ground portion.

US Pat. No. 9,921,520

DEVELOPING DEVICE HAVING DEVELOPER COATING REGULATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a rotatable developer carrying member configured to carry a developer; and
a regulating portion, formed of a resin material, configured to regulate the amount of the developer carried on said developer
carrying member and

a guiding portion, formed of a resin material and connected with an upstream end of said regulating portion with respect to
a rotational direction of said developer carrying member, configured to guide the developer toward said regulating portion,

wherein in a cross section perpendicular to an axial direction of said developer carrying member, when coordinates are set
such that the upstream end of said regulating portion with respect to the rotational direction of said developer carrying
member is an origin E, a direction which is parallel to a contact flat plane contacting a surface of said developer carrying
member at a closest position where said developer carrying member and said regulating portion are closest to each other and
which is opposite to the rotational direction of said developer carrying member at the closest position is a positive side
of an X axis, a direction which is perpendicular to the X axis and which extends away from said developer carrying member
is a positive side of a Y axis, and a closest distance between said regulating portion and said developer carrying member
is G,

in a region where a component of the Y axis is approximately 1.5 G, said guiding portion is formed by a curved line, so that
a gap between said guiding portion and said contact flat plane monotonically decreases toward a downstream side of the rotational
direction of said developer carrying member, and said guiding portion has a surface such that a rate of a decrease in the
gap between said guiding portion and said contact flat plane increases toward the downstream side of the rotational direction
of said developer carrying member.

US Pat. No. 9,924,100

IMAGE-BLUR CORRECTION APPARATUS, TILT CORRECTION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE-BLUR CORRECTION APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING TILT CORRECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-blur correction apparatus comprising:
a designation unit configured to designate a level of an effect of image-blur correction and a level of an effect of first
tilt correction of an aging apparatus having an optical axis as a rotary axis;

an electronic correction unit configured to execute at least one of the image-blur correction and the first tilt correction
by changing an image clipping range set within an imaging screen; and

a control unit configured to vary a ratio of a correctable range of trapezoidal distortion caused by tilting of the image-blur
correction apparatus and a ratio of a first tilt-correctable range in, the electronic correction according to the level of
the effect of the image blur correction and the level of the effect of the first tilt correction,

wherein each unit is implemented by one or more processors, circuitry, or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,913,580

APPARATUS, METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY MEDIUM FOR OPTICAL STABILIZATION AND DIGITAL IMAGE REGISTRATION IN SCANNING LIGHT OPHTHALMOSCOPY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of obtaining an AO (Adaptive Optics) image of an area of a subject, the method comprising:
providing light from a light source;
a fast scanning step of scanning the light in a first direction by a first scanner to produce a first scanning line of light;
a slow scanning step of scanning the first scanning line of light in a second direction by a second scanner, wherein the second
direction is substantially orthogonal to the first direction to produce a first scanning area, wherein a scanning rate of
the slow scanning step is lower than a scanning rate of the fast scanning step;

an image constructing step of constructing an image with light from the first scanning area of the subject;
a position detecting step of detecting a relative change in a position of the first scanning area on the subject by analyzing
the image constructed in the image constructing step;

a tracking step of tracking the first scanning area by controlling the second scanner according to the detected relative change
in the position of the first scanning area; and

an AO image constructing step of constructing the AO image by adjusting a position of the image using the detected relative
change in the position of the first scanning area.

US Pat. No. 9,917,264

ORGANOMETALLIC COMPLEX AND ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT USING THE COMPLEX

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,916,785

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, LIGHT EMITTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a light emitting element group composed of three light emitting elements each having a different emission color;
a storage unit configured to store first adjustment information which characterizes correspondence between adjustment parameters
which are capable of being set and adjustment amounts of emission brightness of each of two light emitting elements among
the three light emitting elements;

a setting unit configured to set an adjustment parameter; and
an adjustment unit configured to adjust the emission brightness of the two light emitting elements based on the adjustment
parameter set via the setting unit and the first adjustment information stored by the storage unit; and

a generation unit configured to generate a graphic image including a user input area which enables a user to designate the
adjustment parameter,

wherein the setting unit is configured to set the adjustment parameter in response to a user's designation in the user input
area.

US Pat. No. 9,914,305

LIQUID STORAGE CONTAINER UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid storage container unit comprising:
a liquid storage container provided with an injection port for injecting a liquid therethrough;
a plug which is provided with a front edge for closing the injection port and is attachable to and detachable from the injection
port;

a support member which connects the plug and a member other than the plug and elastically supports the plug,
wherein the plug takes at least a first state, in which the plug closes the injection port, and a second state, in which the
plug opens the injection port and stands by, and

the front edge of the plug faces in the direction toward the support member in the second state.

US Pat. No. 9,910,863

COMMUNICATION DEVICE FOR SEARCHING FOR PREDETERMINED EXTERNAL DEVICE FROM NETWORK, COMMUNICATION DEVICE CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication device that participates in a network, the communication device comprising:
a memory for storing data and a computer program; and
a processor coupled to the memory for executing the computer program, the computer program comprising instructions for:
storing an image on a recording medium;
searching for a predetermined external device from the network after participating in the network;
transmitting an image stored on the recording medium to the predetermined external device via the network;
determining a number of times of participation in the network,
wherein a time period for searching for the predetermined external device in the network is changed according to a determination
result; and

a first mode and a second mode, wherein in the first mode the image is transmitted to another predetermined external device
via the network in a case that the predetermined external device is not found, wherein in the second mode a search for the
predetermined external device is terminated without communicating with the another predetermined external device in the case
that the predetermined external device is not found, and wherein the time period for searching for the predetermined external
device in the second mode is longer than the time period for searching for the predetermined external device in the first
mode.

US Pat. No. 9,900,493

FOCUS DETECTING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF PREDICTION FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detecting apparatus that predicts a future image-plane position of a moving object, the apparatus comprising:
an image-displacement-amount detecting unit configured to detect an image displacement amount between a pair of image signals
acquired from an image sensor;

a converting unit configured to convert the image displacement amount detected by the image-displacement-amount detecting
unit to a defocus amount using a conversion factor;

a position acquiring unit configured to acquire information on a lens position;
a predicting unit configured to predict the future image-plane position of the moving object using a plurality of data on
the defocus amount, the lens position, and time; and

a correcting unit configured to correct the conversion factor using the plurality of data on the image-plane position information
relating to the moving object,

wherein the predicting unit predicts the future image-plane position of the moving object based on the defocus amount converted
by the converting unit using the conversion factor corrected by the correcting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,900,520

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING A CLIP LIMITING FEATURE TO AVOID IMAGE SMEAR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus that outputs an image signal based on an optical signal photoelectrically converted by an image
sensor provided with a plurality of two-dimensionally arranged pixels, the image pickup apparatus comprising:
at least one processor configured to execute:
a clip limiting function that controls the image sensor to limit an output voltage of the image signal based on the optical
signal;

a gain upper limit setting function that controls the image sensor to set a gain upper limit to be applied to the image signal;
a condition determining function that determines whether or not a condition to cause occurrence of a smear in a shot image
is satisfied based on a gain that is set to be applied to the image signal; and

a smear control function that:
activates the clip limiting function to limit the output voltage of the image signal when the condition determining function
determines that the condition to cause occurrence of the smear is satisfied; and

deactivates the clip limiting function when the condition determining function determines that the condition to cause occurrence
of the smear is not satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,891,547

ULTRAVIOLET-CURABLE LIQUID DEVELOPER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ultraviolet-curable liquid developer comprising;
a toner particle containing a binder resin and a colorant;
a cationically polymerizable liquid monomer that does not dissolve the binder resin in the toner particle; and
a photoinitiator, wherein
the cationically polymerizable liquid monomer contains a vinyl ether compound satisfying A/B×1,000?8.5 where A is the molar
average number of functional groups for the vinyl ether compound and B is the molar average molecular weight of the vinyl
ether compound, A and B satisfy the relationship A/B×1,000?8.5; and

the photoinitiator contains a compound represented by formula (1):

wherein R1 and R2 are bonded to each other to form a ring structure selected from the group consisting of a succinimide structure, a phthalimide
structure, a norbornenedicarboximide structure, a naphthalenedicarboximide structure, a cyclohexanedicarboximide structure,
and an epoxycyclohexenedicarboximide structure; x is an integer of 1 to 8; and y is an integer of 3 to 17.

US Pat. No. 9,894,244

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD THAT PERFORM CORRECTION OF SHIFTING BITMAP DATA IN A SUB-SCANNING DIRECTION TO CANCEL BENDING OF AND ELECTRO-PHOTOGRAPHIC LASER SCANNING LINE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing system that performs correction of shifting bitmap data in a sub-scanning direction so as to cancel
bending of an electro-photographic laser scanning line, the system comprising:
(A) a memory storing instructions; and
(B) one or more processors that execute the instructions and cause an image processing apparatus to function as:
(a) a line command conversion unit that converts a first line drawing command defining a line width as an even-number pixel
width less than a predetermined even-number pixel width into a second line drawing command defining a line width as the predetermined
even-number pixel width, and converts a third line drawing command defining a line width as an odd-number pixel width less
than the predetermined even-number pixel width into the second line drawing command defining a line width as the predetermined
even-number pixel width;

(b) a generation unit that generates binary bitmap data with first resolution on a basis of drawing data including the second
line drawing command;

(c) a correction unit that performs the correction with respect to the binary bitmap data that is generated;
(d) a resolution conversion unit that converts the binary bitmap data, which is corrected, into multi-value bitmap data with
second resolution lower than the first resolution; and

(e) an output unit that outputs the multi-value bitmap data, which is converted, to a printing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,888,209

REMOTE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING REMOTE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A remote communication system comprising:
a first information processing apparatus, the first information processing apparatus including:
a first projection device;
at least one control circuit configured to function as:
a first projection unit that controls the first projection device to project an image onto a first projection surface,
an acquisition unit that acquires, as a meeting material shared with a user at a remote site, an image of a document placed
on the first projection surface,

a first image capturing unit that captures an image of an area including a projection area projected by the first projection
device by using an imaging device,

a first detection unit that detects a distance to an object for each of pixels of an image captured by the first image capturing
unit,

and a first extraction unit that extracts an image indicating a user and included in the image captured by the first image
capturing unit on a basis of the distances detected by the first detection unit; and

a storage unit that stores a mode for sharing a meeting material with a user at the remote site; and
a second information processing apparatus set at the remote site, the second information processing apparatus including:
a second projection device; and
at least one control circuit configured to function as:
a second projection unit that controls the second projection device to project an image onto a second projection surface,
a second image capturing unit that captures an image of an area including a projection area projected by the second projection
device by using an imaging device,

a second detection unit that detects a distance to an object for each of pixels of the image captured by the second image
capturing unit, and

a second extraction unit that extracts an image indicating a user located at the remote site and included in the image captured
by the second image capturing unit on a basis of the distances detected by the second detection unit,

wherein the first projection unit projects, onto the first projection surface, an image including at least an image indicating
the user at the remote site and extracted by the second extraction unit,

wherein the second projection unit projects, onto the second projection surface, the image of the document acquired by the
acquisition unit and the image indicating the user extracted by the first extraction unit, and

wherein the first information processing apparatus and the second information processing apparatus switch a scheme for sharing
a meeting material on a basis of the mode stored in the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,888,175

IMAGE CAPTURING ACCESSORY, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING COMMUNICATION CONTROL PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An accessory detachably attachable to an image capturing apparatus, the accessory comprising:
a communicator configured to communicate with the image capturing apparatus in multiple communication modes; and
a communication mode setter configured to set one of the multiple communication modes which corresponds to command information
received from the image capturing apparatus as a use communication mode used to communicate with the image capturing apparatus,

wherein the communication mode setter is configured to:
set the use communication mode corresponding to the command information in response to reception of the command information
and reception of first correspondence information different from the command information and in correspondence with the command
information, from the image capturing apparatus, and

transmit, to the image capturing apparatus, second correspondence information different from the command information and in
correspondence with the command information in response to the reception of the command information from the image capturing
apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,885,873

COLOR SEPARATION OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A color separation optical system which separates an entrance ray into at least three rays of different color lights called
a first color light, a second color light, and a third color light and which guides the three rays respectively to solid-state
image pickup elements disposed on different optical paths, the color separation optical system comprising:
a first prism including a first entrance surface and a first reflection surface provided with a first dichroic film which
reflects the first color light in a ray entering the first prism from the first entrance surface and which transmits the second
color light and the third color light;

a second prism including a second entrance surface disposed to face the first reflection surface with an air gap provided
therebetween, and a second exit surface from which a ray entering from the second entrance surface exits;

a third prism including a third entrance surface from which a ray exiting from the second exit surface of the second prism
enters the third prism, and a third exit surface from which the ray entering the third prism from the third entrance surface
exits; and

an absorption filter disposed between the second exit surface of the second prism and the third entrance surface of the third
prism and configured to absorb the second color light, wherein

the third entrance surface of the third prism or a surface of the absorption filter facing the third entrance surface is provided
with a second dichroic film which reflects the second color light and which transmits the third color light.

US Pat. No. 9,880,673

MULTI-TOUCH INPUT INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to recognize a multi-touch operation, the information processing apparatus
comprising:
an input information acquisition unit configured to repetitively acquire, in a situation where two touched points are detected
on a touch detection area, a position of each of the two touched points sequentially one by one;

a holding unit configured to hold, each time a latest position of one of the two touched points has been newly acquired by
the input information acquisition unit a position of the one of the two touched points having been updated with a latest position
in a memory;

a determination unit configured to determine whether all positions of the two touched points held in the memory are updated
with latest positions each time a position of one of the two touched points is acquired by the input information acquisition
unit; and

a distance acquisition unit configured to acquire an amount of distance between positions of the two touched points based
on the positions of the two touched points being held in the memory in a case where the determination unit determines that
all positions of the two touched points held in the memory are updated with the latest positions;

a decision unit configured to decide a type of input to the information processing apparatus using the amount of distance
between positions of the two touched points acquired by the distance acquisition unit, the type of input being one of a first
operation where the amount of distance between the positions of the two touched points is changed, and a second operation
where the two touched points are moved in a same direction and the amount of distance between the positions of the two touched
points is unchanged;

a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display one of a plurality of images stored in a predetermined
order,

wherein the display control unit causes the display unit to enlarge or reduce the displayed image, in response to a decision
by the decision unit that input by the two touched points is the first operation and selects, from within the plurality of
images stored in the predetermined order, an image at a position within the predetermined order that is not adjacent to the
displayed image, and cause the display unit to display the selected image in response to a decision by the decision unit that
input by the two touched points is the second operation, and

wherein the holding unit, the input information acquisition unit, the determination unit, the distance acquisition unit, the
decision unit and the display control unit are implemented by at least one processor in the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,874,846

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drum unit usable in a process cartridge, the drum unit comprising:
a photosensitive drum having an axis L1;

a drum flange provided at an end of the photosensitive drum, a part of the drum flange being positioned within the photosensitive
drum; and

a coupling member having an axis L2 and having (i) a first end at least a part of which is positioned within the drum flange and (ii) a second end including
at least one projection,

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

wherein the coupling member includes a first part, a second part, and a third part, with the second part being between the
first part and the third part in a direction of the axis L2, and

wherein, for each of the first part, the second part, and third part, a maximum distance from the axis L2 to an outermost surface of the coupling member as measured along a line perpendicular to the axis L2 is (i) D1 in the first part of the coupling member, (ii) D2 in the second part of the coupling member, and (iii) D3 in the third part of the coupling member, with the distances D1 and D3 being greater than the distance D2.

US Pat. No. 9,869,032

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF PHTHALOCYANINE CRYSTAL BY MILLING CRYSTAL TRANSFORMATION FOR AT LEAST 1,000 HOURS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A process of producing a phthalocyanine crystal containing N,N-dimethylformamide, comprising:
performing a crystal transformation by milling for at least 1000 hours a mixture of phthalocyanine and the N,N-dimethylformamide,
and

obtaining the phthalocyanine crystal containing N,N-dimethylformamide, wherein
a content of N,N-dimethylformamide in said phthalocyanine crystal is 0.1 to 1.5% by mass based on phthalocyanine in the phthalocyanine
crystal.

US Pat. No. 9,868,600

SHEET CONVEYING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying device comprising:
a device body;
an opening/closing member supported to open and close relative to the device body;
a conveyance merging part where sheets conveyed from different directions join;
at least a first sheet conveying path and a second sheet conveying path configured to convey sheets to the conveyance merging
part;

a fixed guide member fixed to the device body;
a first pivoting guide member supported pivotally on a common axis between the fixed guide member and the opening/closing
member and disposed on a side of the fixed guide member;

a second pivoting guide member supported pivotally on the common axis between the fixed guide member and the opening/closing
member and disposed on a side of the opening/closing member; and

a third pivoting guide member supported pivotally on the common axis between the fixed guide member and the opening/closing
member and located between the first pivoting guide member and the second pivoting guide member,

wherein, in a state in which the first and second sheet conveying paths are formed, the first pivoting guide member pivots
toward the third pivoting guide member to expand the first sheet conveying path when pushed by a sheet conveyed from the first
sheet conveying path, and the third pivoting guide member pivots toward the first pivoting guide member to expand the second
sheet conveying path when pushed by a sheet conveyed from the second sheet conveying path.

US Pat. No. 9,871,471

OSCILLATORY WAVE DRIVE DEVICE AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An oscillatory wave drive device comprising:
an oscillatory wave driving unit having an electromechanical energy conversion element having at least two drive phase electrodes
and a detection phase electrode, an elastic body, and a rotor,

a drive phase power output unit which supplies a drive phase voltage to the oscillatory wave driving unit,
a drive phase voltage step-down unit which steps down the voltage to be supplied,
a detection phase voltage step-down unit which steps down a detection phase voltage detected through the detection phase electrode,
a phase difference detecting unit which detects a phase difference between the drive phase voltage and the detection phase
voltage, and

a control unit which controls the drive phase power output unit according to an output of the phase difference detecting unit,
wherein alternating voltages different from each other in phase are applied to the two drive phase electrodes of the electromechanical
energy conversion element to thereby generate a traveling wave on a surface of the elastic body, the rotor is driven by the
traveling wave, and a drive state of the rotor is controlled by the control unit at least based on a signal of the phase difference
detecting unit, and

the detection phase voltage step-down unit and the drive phase voltage step-down unit each contain a resistance voltage dividing
circuit having at least two resistors, and a voltage dividing ratio in the resistance voltage dividing circuit of the detection
phase voltage step-down unit is lower than 1/1 and higher than 1/20.

US Pat. No. 9,866,751

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

a determination unit configured to determine whether an input image is an ordinary rectangular image or a surrounding image
depending on black distribution in the input image;

a development unit configured to generate a developed image obtained by developing the surrounding image in a circumferential
direction; and

a control unit configured to record the input image on a recording medium that is detachable from the image recording apparatus,
wherein when the input image is determined as being the surrounding image, the control unit performs control so that the developed
image is generated by the development unit, and is recorded on the recording medium, and when the input image is determined
as not being the surrounding image, the control unit performs control so that the input image is recorded on the recording
medium without generating the developed image by the development unit, and

wherein, in a case where the input image is an input image captured in a firework imaging mode or a nightscape imaging mode,
determination by the determination unit is not performed, and the control unit performs control so that the input image is
recorded on the recording medium without generating the developed image.

US Pat. No. 9,862,216

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:
a power source configured to supply electric power to an electric load through a power supply line;
a capacitor arranged to be connected to the power supply line which connects the power source and the electric load to each
other;

a charge circuit configured to charge the capacitor by the electric power supplied from the power source;
a detector configured to detect a voltage value of the capacitor;
a controller configured to change, after the charge of the capacitor is completed, a current value of the charge circuit to
a first current value which is smaller than a current value supplied before the charge of the capacitor is completed; and

a processor that operates to:
determine whether a first condition is satisfied in accordance with the voltage value detected by the detector after the charge
of the capacitor is completed, the first condition being determined to be satisfied if the voltage value detected by the detector
is equal to or smaller than a predetermined threshold value; and

determine whether an error process is to be performed in accordance with a result of the first condition determination,
wherein, when the voltage value of the capacitor is equal to or smaller than the predetermined threshold value at a time when
a predetermined period of time has elapsed from a time when the processor determines that the first condition is satisfied,
the processor determines that the error process is to be performed,

wherein, when the voltage value of the capacitor is larger than the predetermined threshold value at the time when the predetermined
period of time has elapsed from the time when the processor determines that the first condition is satisfied, the processor
determines that the error process is not to be performed, and

wherein, if the processor determines that the first condition is satisfied after the charge of the capacitor is completed,
the controller changes the current value supplied from the charge circuit to a current value which is larger than the first
current value.

US Pat. No. 9,857,721

LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE, OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,858,680

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,854,134

COLOR PROCESSING APPARATUS AND COLOR PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A color processing apparatus for performing color conversion using a color conversion table which has signal values of
an output color space corresponding to grid points dividing an input color space into a plurality of unit cubes, the apparatus
comprising:
one or more processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors and having stored thereon instructions, which, when executed by the one or
more processors, cause the color processing apparatus to:

determine a quadrant to which an input signal belongs, in a chromaticity plane perpendicular to a lightness axis of the input
color space;

detect a unit cube to which the input signal belongs in the plurality of unit cubes; and
divide the detected unit cube into a plurality of polyhedrons for an interpolation operation by a segmentation method corresponding
to the determined quadrant,

wherein the dividing of the detected unit cube is performed along a direction of a diagonal line, which passes through an
origin of the chromaticity plane, in a part of the plurality of unit cubes in accordance with the segmentation method.

US Pat. No. 9,851,634

IMPRINT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus that forms a pattern of a resin on a region to be processed of a substrate using a mold including
a pattern region on which a pattern is formed, the imprint apparatus comprising:
a correction unit configured to correct a shape of a target region that is either the pattern region on the mold or the region
to be processed on the substrate,

wherein the correction unit further includes:
a first heating unit configured to heat the target region, the first heating unit including a light quantity adjusting unit
configured to adjust a light quantity of light emitted from a light source;

a scanning unit configured to scan a heating region having an area smaller than that of the pattern region on the mold with
respect to the target region; and

a control unit configured to acquire information regarding a deformation amount for correcting a shape of the target region
and control the first heating unit and the scanning unit based on the information,

wherein the light quantity adjusting unit is configured to adjust the light quantity of the light in accordance with scanning
the heating region.

US Pat. No. 9,854,204

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication system comprising:
a first projection unit configured to project an image on a first projection surface;
a first imaging unit disposed on or in the first projection surface and configured to capture an image of an object positioned
in front of the first projection surface;

a second imaging unit spaced away from, and directed or facing towards, the first projection surface and configured to capture
another image of the object;

a determination unit configured to: (i) determine a processing parameter for image processing to be performed on the object
image captured by the first imaging unit or on the another object image captured by the second imaging unit, by comparing
a distance between the first projection surface and the object to at least one predetermined distance threshold, and (ii)
determine whether to perform the image processing on the object image or on the another object image by comparing the distance
between the first projection surface and the object to the at least one predetermined distance threshold;

a processing unit configured to perform the image processing on the determined one of the object image or the another object
image based on the processing parameter determined by the determination unit; and

a second projection unit configured to project the object image having undergone the image processing or the another object
image having undergone the image processing on a second projection surface.

US Pat. No. 9,853,500

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising: a power supply unit; a first communication unit; a second communication unit; and
a control unit configured to control the power supply apparatus to wirelessly supply power to a power receiving device the
power supply unit, and wirelessly communicate with the power receiving device via the first communication unit; wherein in
a case where the power supply apparatus wirelessly supplying power to the power receiving device via the power supply unit,
the control unit determines, based on capability of the power receiving device, whether the first communication unit operates
in a peer-to-peer initiator mode (P2P mode) or a reader/writer mode, and wherein, in a case where the power supply apparatus
wirelessly communicates with the power receiving device via the first communication unit, the control unit determines, based
on an authentication mode for wireless communication executed by the second communication unit, whether the first communication
unit operates in the P2P mode or the reader/writer mode.

US Pat. No. 9,854,110

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,843,714

CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire capability information regarding a speed at which an imaging apparatus changes an
imaging range thereof;

a display control unit configured to, if an operation of moving an image for specifying the imaging range within which the
imaging apparatus captures an image is executed, move the image based on the capability information acquired by the acquisition
unit;

a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the imaging apparatus, an instruction for changing the imaging range according
to the operation; and

a specifying unit configured to specify a speed at which the imaging apparatus changes the imaging range according to the
operation,

wherein an input unit inputs a first instruction for changing display of the image by moving a pointer from a first position
to a second position on a display screen of a display unit,

wherein the specifying unit specifies a first speed at which the imaging apparatus changes the imaging range according to
a speed at which the pointer has moved from the first position to the second position, and

wherein the display control unit changes display of the image at a speed corresponding to the first speed specified by the
specifying unit if the first speed is equal to or lower than a second speed corresponding to the capability information acquired
by the acquisition unit, and changes display of the image at a speed corresponding to the second speed if the first speed
is higher than the second speed.

US Pat. No. 9,841,271

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,836,009

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,823,547

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,817,614

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of controlling an information processing apparatus for executing a program including a first program layer, described
by an operating system independent (OS-independent) program language, and a second program layer, described by an OS-dependent
program language, wherein the first program layer uses image data of a first format, the second program layer uses image data
of a second format different from the first format, and both the first and second program layers are executed in the information
processing apparatus, the method comprising:
causing the first program layer to transmit a selection instruction of image data to the second program layer;
causing the second program layer to convert the image data of the second format, which is selected in accordance with the
selection instruction transmitted from the first program layer, into image data of the first format;

causing the second program layer to transmit the image data of the first format to the first program layer, wherein the image
data of the first format to be transmitted to the first program layer is reduced in size for display;

adding an object;
describing content including the image data of the first format and the added object by an OS-independent drawing language;
causing the second program layer to execute rendering processing of the content described by the OS-independent drawing language
in accordance with a request from the first program layer; and

transmitting a print command based on an execution result of the rendering processing of the content, to a printer.

US Pat. No. 9,817,617

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,817,633

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including a display screen configured to display part of a document including text,
the information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory storing computer instructions; and
a processor configured to implement the computer instructions stored in the memory and execute:
a voice output task that outputs, in accordance with an arrangement order of the text included in the document, a voice corresponding
to the text included in the document;

a storing task that stores, in a data storage device comprising one of the memory or another storage device, position information
representing a position of part, of the text in the document, corresponding to the voice currently output by the voice output
task, the position information being updated in synchronization with progress of outputting the voice;

a detecting task that detects input of a user instruction to change a display layout of the document on the display screen;
a determination task that, upon the detecting task detecting the user instruction, determines whether a distance between a
reference target displayed on the display screen at the time of detection and the part of the text corresponding to the voice
output by the voice output task at the time of detection is not larger than a threshold; and

a display control task that, upon the detecting task detecting the user instruction, use the position information stored in
the data storage device to perform display control of the document on the display screen so that the part of the text corresponding
to the voice output by the voice output task at the time of detection is displayed on the display screen,

wherein when the distance is not determined to be larger than the threshold, the display control task controls the display
screen to display of a line including the part of the text corresponding to the voice output by the voice output task at the
time of detection and lines subsequent to the line on the display screen; and

when the distance is determined to be larger than the threshold, the display control task controls the display screen to display
a center line of respective lines displayed on the display screen at the time of detection and lines subsequent to the center
line on the display screen.

US Pat. No. 9,807,332

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor that includes a plurality of micro-lenses, wherein the image sensor outputs signals from which parallax images
of first image signal and second image signal are obtained; and

a calculation unit configured to calculate first correlation data based on the first image signal and the second image signal,
and second correlation data by combining a plurality of the first correlation data,

wherein a defective signal among the first image signal and the second image signal that is not appropriate for generating
the first correlation data is excluded upon calculating the second correlation data.

US Pat. No. 9,798,277

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,798,124

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
an image forming element configured to form an original image; and
a display optical system formed by an optical element whose inside surrounded by optical surfaces including a first surface,
a second surface, a third surface, a fourth surface and a fifth surface is filled with an optical medium and configured to
introduce a light flux from the original image to an exit pupil,

wherein the display optical system is configured to:
cause the light flux exiting from the original image to be refracted on the fifth surface, reflected on the fourth surface,
reflected on the third surface, reflected on the first surface and reflected on the second surface in this order and then
cause the light flux to be refracted on the first surface and exit toward the exit pupil;

cause the light flux to form an intermediate image inside the display optical system; and
cause at least part of an optical path of the light flux proceeding from the fifth surface to the fourth surface to intersect
with at least part of an optical path of the light flux proceeding from the third surface to the first surface, and

wherein the display optical system satisfies the following conditions:
0.62?L12/f?5.00

1.80?L45/L12?5.00
where, when a ray emitted from a center of an image forming area of the image forming element in which the original image
is formed and passing through a center of the exit pupil is referred to as a central-view-angle principal ray, and a distance
between hit points of the central-view-angle principal ray on the optical surfaces is referred to as a hit point distance,
L45 represents a hit point distance between a position at which the light flux is refracted on the fifth surface and a position
at which the light flux is reflected on the fourth surface, L12 represents a hit point distance between a position at which the light flux is reflected on the second surface and a position
at which the light flux is refracted on the first surface, and f represents a focal length of the display optical system in
a sectional view including optical paths of the central-view-angle principal ray between the optical surfaces of the optical
element.

US Pat. No. 9,795,294

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EYE TRACKING DURING RETINAL IMAGING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,797,718

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR, DISTANCE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR, AND CAMERA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A distance measurement apparatus comprising:
an imaging lens; and
a solid-state image sensor,
wherein the solid-state image sensor comprises:
a plurality of pixels,
wherein at least one pixel of the plurality of pixels includes:
a microlens,
an insulating film,
a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements disposed on one side of the insulating film, and
a control electrode disposed on the other side of the insulating film,
wherein the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements is configured to receive light flux passing through the microlens,
and

wherein the control electrode is configured to change a distance between centers of gravity of the photoelectric conversion
elements by applied voltages, and

wherein the distance measurement apparatus is configured to detect images by light flux passing through different exit pupil
areas of the imaging lens by using the plurality of pixels to measure a distance based on a deviation amount of the images.

US Pat. No. 9,791,815

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus capable of printing an image on at least one sheet of a predetermined type, comprising:
a printing unit;
a controller which includes at least a processor and a memory, configured to function as:
a setting unit configured to set an operation mode in which the printing unit prints the at least one sheet in accordance
with a second predetermined process speed, which is faster than a first predetermined process speed, the operation mode being
set by an activation of a function that raises the process speed for the printing unit that prints the at least one sheet
of the predetermined type from the first predetermined process speed to the second predetermined process speed;

a plurality of storage units including a first storage unit and a second storage unit, each of the plurality of storage units
storing an accumulated number of printed sheets and corresponding to different printing speed ranges, wherein the first storage
unit stores an accumulated number of sheets having been printed at a printing speed within a first printing speed range and
the second storage unit stores an accumulated number of sheets having been printed at a printing speed within a second printing
speed range, and wherein the printing speed within the first printing speed range can be reached before the activation of
the function and the printing speed within the second printing speed range, faster than the printing speed within the first
printing speed range, cannot be reached before the activation of the function;

a determination unit configured to determine a printing speed of the at least one sheet having been printed in the set operation
mode, in accordance with the second predetermined process speed, by detecting a discharge event of the at least one sheet
printed in the set operation mode, wherein the second predetermined process speed can be different from the printing speed;

a selection unit configured to select one storage unit among the plurality of storage units based on the determined printing
speed, wherein the selection unit selects the first storage unit if the determined printing speed falls within the first printing
speed range and selects the second storage unit if the determined printing speed falls within the second printing speed range;
and

an update unit configured to update the accumulated number of printed sheets having been stored in the selected one storage
unit by adding a number of the at least one sheet to the accumulated number of printed sheets stored in the selected one storage
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,794,425

APPARATUS WHICH CAUSES A DEVICE TO READ AN ORIGINAL AFTER COMMUNICATION WITH THE DEVICE VIA A SHORT DISTANCE WIRELESS COMMUNICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system including an apparatus and a device which reads an original,
the apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
a display screen,
the device comprising:
a reading unit,
wherein the at least one processor selects a function from a plurality of functions which the apparatus can cause the device
to execute, in accordance with an instruction of a user,

wherein, before a reading function for reading of the original is selected, the at least one processor causes the display
screen to display first information indicating the reading function and not to display second information for prompting the
user to put the apparatus close to the device for reading of the original,

wherein, after the reading function is selected, the at least one processor causes the display screen to display the second
information with the first information, and

wherein, after the display screen displays the second information with the first information and the device communicates with
the apparatus via a short distance wireless communication, the device reads the original.

US Pat. No. 9,785,091

DEVELOPER CONTAINER, DEVELOPER STORAGE UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A SEALING MEMBER AND AN UNSEALING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container comprising:
a developer storage chamber that stores developer and includes an opening;
a sealing member that seals the opening;
an unsealing member for unsealing the opening by rotating such that the sealing member is peeled;
a stirring member that is attached to the unsealing member; and
a regulating portion that regulates rotation of the unsealing member by contacting the stirring member,
wherein the regulating portion is provided to regulate the rotation of the unsealing member when the developer container receives
an external force, and to allow the unsealing member to rotate in an unsealing direction such that the opening is unsealed
when the unsealing member receives driving power,

wherein the regulating portion includes a first regulating portion that regulates the rotation of the unsealing member in
a first direction and a second regulating portion that regulates the rotation of the unsealing member in a second direction
that is opposite to the first direction,

wherein, if the unsealing member rotates in the first direction, the stirring member contacts the first regulating portion
before unsealing of the opening is started, and

wherein, if the unsealing member rotates in the second direction, the stirring member contacts the second regulating portion
before unsealing of the opening is started.

US Pat. No. 9,786,717

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a photoelectric conversion device, the method comprising:
forming a wiring structure above a semiconductor substrate including a photoelectric converter;
forming, by a plasma CVD method, a silicon oxide film which contains hydrogen, above an uppermost wiring layer in the wiring
structure;

planarizing the silicon oxide film;
performing, after the planarizing, first annealing in a hydrogen containing atmosphere on a structure including the semiconductor
substrate, the wiring structure, and the silicon oxide film;

forming, after the first annealing, an antireflection film above the silicon oxide film, the antireflection film including
a first silicon oxynitride film, a silicon nitride film arranged on the first silicon oxynitride film, and a second silicon
oxynitride film arranged on the silicon nitride film; and

performing, after the forming of the antireflection film, second annealing in the hydrogen containing atmosphere on a structure
including the semiconductor substrate, the wiring structure, the silicon oxide film, and the antireflection film,

wherein a temperature of the first annealing is lower than that of the second annealing, and
wherein a time of the first annealing is shorter than that of the second annealing.

US Pat. No. 9,784,955

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power and including a positive lens and at least two negative lenses; and
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein a distance between adjacent lens units being configured to change during zooming,
wherein, during zooming, the first lens unit is stationary,
wherein, during zooming from a wide angle end to a telephoto end, the second lens unit is configured to move toward the image
side and then to move toward the object side, and the third lens unit is configured to move toward the object side, and

wherein, when an amount of movement of the third lens unit during zooming from the wide angle end to the telephoto end is
represented by M3 and a focal length of the third lens unit is represented by f3, a conditional expression 1.30 is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,787,860

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH OPTION FOR DISABLING NEAR-FIELD COMMUNICATION AND DIRECT WIRELESS COMMUNICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printer;
a Near Field Communication (NFC) tag;
a wireless communicator that has a direct wireless communication function in which the printing apparatus and an external
apparatus execute wireless communication without using a relay device;

a display that displays a setting screen for a user to set an NFC function using the NFC tag to be enabled or disabled;
a memory; and
a processor that executes instructions stored in the memory to:
determine whether or not the NFC function is set to be enabled;
in a case where the NFC function is set to be enabled, start the direct wireless communication function when the printing
apparatus is started up, and write wireless connection information corresponding to the direct wireless communication function
into the NFC tag; and

in a case where the NFC function is set to be disabled, start the direct wireless communication function when the printing
apparatus receives a predetermined instruction from a user, and the direct wireless communication function is not started
when the printing apparatus is started up.

US Pat. No. 9,781,289

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing image data used for printing by a printing unit configured to discharge ink
droplets from a plurality of nozzles that are arranged in a predetermined direction of a printhead, thereby printing an image
on a printing medium based on image data in a printing direction, intersecting with the predetermined direction, that is a
scanning direction of the printhead, comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire the image data;
a processing unit configured to perform processing to change, by filter processing, a pixel value of the image data acquired
by the acquisition unit, using a filter configured to enhance sharpness of the image; and

an output unit configured to output the processed image data as data used for printing by the printhead,
wherein a degree of enhancing the sharpness of the image, by the filter processing so as to change frequency characteristics,
is greater in the scanning direction than in the predetermined direction, and

wherein the acquisition unit, the processing unit, and the output unit are implemented by at least one processor and at least
one memory.

US Pat. No. 9,781,302

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR AVOIDING A FEEDING DIRECTION RESTRICTION WHEN PRINTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. A method of controlling an image forming apparatus comprising a memory and a controller, the method comprising:
receiving, in the controller, image data;
in a case where the image data has a first resolution, storing, in the controller, the image data in the memory without halftone
processing;

in a case where the image data has a second resolution higher than the first resolution, storing, in the controller, the image
data in the memory after the halftone processing thereof;

in a case where the halftone processing has been performed for the image data stored in the memory and a direction of the
sheet does not correspond to the direction of the image data stored in the memory:

performing, if a type of the sheet is an envelope, a rotation processing of the image data, and causing the image forming
device to perform an image forming on the sheet based on the rotated image data, and

causing, if the type of the sheet is not an envelope, a display device to display an alert screen without performing the rotation
processing.

US Pat. No. 9,781,304

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR NEAR FIELD WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SELECTS PROCESS TO EXECUTE BASED ON SCREEN ID OF DISPLAYED SCREEN, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. A method of performing near field wireless communication using an information processing apparatus, the method comprising:
displaying a screen on a display unit;
acquiring information from an external device by using the near field wireless communication;
selecting a process that the information processing apparatus is to execute, from among a plurality of processes including
at least a destination setting process for setting an address corresponding to the acquired information, as a destination
of data, based on a screen ID of the screen that the display unit is displaying, when the acquiring acquires the information
from the external device; and

executing the process selected by the selecting,
wherein the selecting selects the destination setting process, in a case where the screen ID of the screen that the displaying
is displaying coincides with a screen ID of a send screen.

US Pat. No. 9,781,328

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,781,329

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
an image sensor capable of acquiring an image signal to be used in focus detection of a phase-difference detection type;
a CPU that executes a program stored in a non-volatile memory, wherein the CPU, by executing the program, functions as:
a first computing unit that computes a defocus amount of an imaging optical system based on the image signal;
a second computing unit that computes an evaluation value that is based on contrast information of the image signal;
a determining unit that determines based on the evaluation value, whether or not to consider a defocus amount computed in
the past; and

a third computing unit that computes a final defocus amount based on a plurality of defocus amounts including at least one
defocus amount computed in the past if it is determined to consider the defocus amount computed in the past by the determining
unit, or compute the final defocus amount based on a defocus amount that does not include any defocus amount computed in the
past if it is determined not to consider the defocus amount computed in the past by the determining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,781,347

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING LIVE VIEW FUNCTION, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup device;
at least one processor that executes a program or programs stored in at least one non-transitory memory so as to function
as units comprising:

(1) a photometry unit configured to perform photometry of an image acquired by performing image pickup by said image pickup
device;

(2) an exposure control unit configured to perform exposure control based on a result of photometry by said photometry unit;
and

(3) a display control unit configured to cause the image acquired by performing image pickup by said image pickup device to
be displayed on an image display section,

wherein in a case where an enlargement instruction is received from a user when a plurality of images acquired by performing
image pickup by said image pickup device are being sequentially displayed on the image display section, said display control
unit causes an enlarged image corresponding to a partial area of an object area as a target of image pickup by said image
pickup device to be displayed on the image display section, and

wherein in a case where an instruction for still image photographing is received when the enlarged image is being displayed
on the image display section, said exposure control unit determines an exposure at a time of still image photographing based
on a result of photometry of the image acquired by performing image pickup by said image pickup device before the enlarged
image is displayed on the image display section.

US Pat. No. 9,781,116

AUTHORITY TRANSFER SYSTEM, METHOD THAT IS EXECUTED BY AUTHORITY TRANSFER SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An authority transfer system, which includes a terminal, a server that provides a service via a network, and a client that
uses the service, the authority transfer system comprising:
an authentication unit configured to determine, based on authentication information input by a user via an authentication
screen displayed on the terminal, whether the user is an authorized user;

an issuance unit configured to, in a case where the user determined by the authentication unit to be an authorized user has
performed, via an authorization screen displayed on the terminal, an authorization operation to permit an authority of the
user in the service to be transferred to the client provided in the terminal, issue authorization information indicating that
the authority of the user has been transferred to the client;

an authorization unit configured to authorize the client to use the service by the authority of the user based on the authorization
information, which the terminal transmits to the client when the client makes a request to use the service; and

a checking unit configured to check with the user whether to perform, on a tenant to which the user who has been determined
by the authentication unit to be an authorized user belongs, a setting such that, when an additional user belonging to the
tenant uses the service via the client provided in the terminal, the authorization information corresponding to the client
is issued without the additional user performing the authorization operation,

wherein, in response to the user performing the setting such that, when an additional user belonging to the tenant uses the
service via the client provided in the terminal, the authorization information is issued without the additional user performing
the authorization operation, the authorization unit authorizes the additional user to use the service without performing the
authorization operation when the additional user uses the service via the client provided in the terminal

wherein in a case where the terminal that the user uses is not a terminal in which common setting has been set, the checking
unit checks with the user whether to perform, on the user who has been determined by the authentication unit to be an authorized
user, a setting such that, when the user uses the service via a client provided in an additional terminal, the authorization
information corresponding to the client provided in the additional terminal is issued without the user performing the authorization
operation.

US Pat. No. 9,781,374

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS, PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION SYSTEM, AND DRIVING METHOD FOR THE PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit;
a signal line;
a reset unit having an input node, and an output node connected to a floating diffusion node;
a driving unit connected to the floating diffusion node;
an amplification unit having an input node, and an output node connected to the signal line; and
an output control unit, wherein the photoelectric conversion unit includes a first electrode, a second electrode, a photoelectric
conversion layer that is arranged between the first electrode and the second electrode and accumulates signal carriers, and
an insulating layer arranged between the photoelectric conversion layer and the second electrode,

a magnitude relationship between a potential applied to the first electrode and a first potential applied to the second electrode
by the driving unit is a first relationship in a first period,

in the first period, the input node is supplied with a potential corresponding to the first potential, and the amplification
unit outputs a signal corresponding to the potential of the input node, to the signal line,

in a second period, the magnitude relationship is in a second relationship that is opposite of the first relationship by changing
a potential applied to the second electrode by the driving unit from the first potential to a second potential,

in a third period, during which the amplification unit outputs a signal corresponding to a potential of the input node, the
potential of the input node corresponds to the signal carriers accumulated by the photoelectric conversion layer during the
third period, the magnitude relationship is in the first relationship, the second period is a period between the first period
and the third period, and

the output control unit sets a potential range of the output node in the second period to be smaller than each of a potential
range of the output node in the first period and a potential range of the output node in the third period, or the output control
unit puts the amplification unit into a non-operating state in at least a part of the second period.

US Pat. No. 9,746,865

CURRENT-TO-VOLTAGE CONVERSION CIRCUIT, RECEPTION APPARATUS, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A current-to-voltage conversion circuit comprising:
an input/output node configured to input a current signal including a direct current component and an alternating current
component, and to output a voltage based on the current signal;

an amplification unit configured to input the voltage of the input/output node;
an extraction unit configured to output a voltage based on a direct current component of a voltage output from the amplification
unit;

a first current supply unit configured to supply a current based on the voltage output from the extraction unit to the input/output
node; and

a second current supply unit configured to supply a current based on the alternating current component of the current signal
to the input/output node,

wherein:
the current supplied by the second current supply unit corresponds to a difference between a current of the current signal
and the current supplied by the first current supply unit;

the second current supply unit comprises a bipolar transistor;
the bipolar transistor has an emitter connected to the input/output node; and
the bipolar transistor has a base to which, when the voltage of the input/output node is a voltage based on the direct current
component of the current signal, a bias voltage is input so that the bipolar transistor is cut off.

US Pat. No. 9,747,671

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

obtain information on each pixel of a target region associated with a target pixel, and information on each pixel of a reference
region associated with reference pixels, in image data;

determine whether a reference pixel is the same pixel as the target pixel, based on the obtained information;
derive a weight according to a similarity between the target region and the reference region according to a result of the
determination; and

decide a pixel value of the target pixel according to the weight and a pixel value of the reference pixel,
wherein the instructions, when executed by the one or more processors, further cause the image processing apparatus to:
in a case where the target pixel is used as the reference pixel, switch between derivation methods so as to derive a weight
for the target pixel by a different method from that in a case where the target pixel and the reference pixel are not the
same, and

in a case where it is determined that the target pixel matches the reference pixel, derive a set value as a weight for the
reference pixel as the target pixel,

wherein the set value is equal to or more than 0 and is 5 or less times the expected value of the weight in a case where the
pixel value of the target region and the pixel value of the reference region are same value as each other when a noise component
is disregarded.

US Pat. No. 9,773,827

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA WHERE THE PLURALITY OF PIXELS FORM A PIXEL GROUP UNDER A SINGLE MICROLENS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor including a semiconductor substrate having a first face and a second face opposite to the first
face, the solid-state image sensor comprising:
a plurality of pixel groups each including first and second photoelectric converters located in the semiconductor substrate,
a floating diffusion, a first transistor through which the first photoelectric converter is connected to the floating diffusion,
a second transistor through which the second photoelectric converter is connected to the floating diffusion, and an amplifier
transistor configured to output a signal according to a potential of the floating diffusion;

a wiring layer located at a side of the first face of the semiconductor substrate;
a plurality of microlenses located at a side of the second face of the semiconductor substrate, wherein each of the plurality
of microlens is provided for the first and second photoelectric converters of a corresponding one of the plurality of pixel
groups; and

a plurality of color filters located between the plurality of microlenses and the semiconductor substrate, the plurality of
color filters including plural color types having colors different from each other,

wherein the plurality of color filters are arranged such that only one color type is provided for the first and second photoelectric
converters of each of the plurality of pixel groups.

US Pat. No. 9,772,578

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR COUNTING IMAGE SIGNALS WITH CHANGED IMAGE SIGNAL WIDTH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a scanning unit configured to scan, in accordance with image signals, a photosensitive member with laser light in a main scanning
direction at a scanning speed that is not constant;

an image signal generation unit configured to generate image signals that are changed such that the faster the scanning speed
is, the narrower an image signal width becomes;

a clock signal generation unit configured to generate sampling clock signals for sampling the image signals whose image signal
width is changed such that the faster the scanning speed is, the shorter a sampling interval becomes; and

a count unit configured to count image signals whose image signal width is changed based on the sampling clock signals.
US Pat. No. 9,740,117

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,774,276

CAPACITIVE ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electromechanical transducer comprising:
a plurality of elements, each element including a plurality of cells, each cell including a first electrode and a second electrode
opposed to the first electrode with a gap sandwiched therebetween, and

a substrate including a plurality of first through wiring lines and a plurality of second through wiring lines, wherein
the first electrodes are electrically separated for every element and electrically connected within each element,
the second electrodes are electrically separated for every element and electrically connected within each element,
each of the first through wiring lines is electrically connected to the first electrodes electrically connected within a different
one of elements, and

each of the second through wiring lines is electrically connected to the second electrodes electrically connected within a
different one of elements.

US Pat. No. 9,742,984

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus including an image sensor having a plurality of pixels each including at least two photoelectric conversion
portions and a focus adjustment unit for performing a phase-difference detection type focus adjustment using image signals
detected by the photoelectric conversion portions the imaging apparatus comprising:
a readout unit configured to readout a first image signal from each of the photoelectric conversion portions and added image
signal as a sum of the first image signal;

a subtraction unit configured to obtain a second image signal by subtracting the first image signal from the added signal;
and

a suppression unit configured to suppress at least the second image signal not to exceed a predetermined value before performing
the focus adjustment,

wherein the subtraction unit subtracts a luminance signal generated from the first image signal of the luminance signal generated
from the added image signal, and

wherein the suppression unit suppresses the luminance signal of the second image signal obtained by the subtraction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,742,985

AUTOMATIC FOCUS ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An automatic focus adjustment apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to generate an image signal by performing a photoelectric conversion on a light flux incident via
an image pickup optical system including a focus lens;

a first focus detection unit configured to detect defocus information by a phase difference detection;
a second focus detection unit configured to detect a focus state based on the image signal;
a setting unit configured to set on the image sensor a first range in which the first focus detection unit detects the defocus
information and a second range in which the second focus detection unit detects the focus state; and

a control unit configured to control driving the focus lens based on the defocus information detected by the first focus detection
unit,

wherein the setting unit sets the second range such that the second range includes the first range, and
wherein, in a case where the focus state in the second range detected by the second focus detection unit is in an in-focus
state, the control unit changes a control mode into a predetermined control mode in which the control unit limits the driving
of the focus lens according to the defocus information in the first range detected by the first focus detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,771,226

FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A feeding device comprising:
a stacking member configured to stack a sheet thereon;
a raising device configured to raise the stacking member;
a feeding member configured to be movable between a contact position and a retracting position, and to rotate in contact with
the sheet stacked on the stacking member in a state of being located at the contact position to feed the sheet;

an interlocking device including a sheet contact portion configured to contact the sheet stacked on the stacking member, and
configured to move by being pressed by the sheet stacked on the stacking member in a case where the raising device raises
the stacking member;

a switching device configured to mechanically switch the raising device between a permitted state, where the stacking member
is permitted to rise, and a regulated state, where the rise of the stacking member is regulated according to a position of
the interlocking device;

a holding member configured to hold the feeding member and the interlocking device;
a movement device configured to move the feeding member to the retracting position above the contact position by moving the
holding member; and

a regulation device configured to regulate the movement of the holding member,
wherein the regulation device contacts with the holding member so that the state of the raising device does not change from
the regulated state to the permitted state.

US Pat. No. 9,773,296

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,774,836

IMAGE PROJECTOR THAT CORRECTS SHIFT DIRECTION BASED ON DEFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image projector comprising:
an image forming element that is illuminated by a light from a light source;
a projection optical system that projects a light output from the image forming element as a projection image;
a shifter that shifts the projection optical system with respect to the image forming element along a shift direction;
a deforming part that deforms an image formed on the image forming element; and
a corrector that corrects the shift direction on the basis of a deformation state by the deforming part,
wherein the shifter shifts the projection optical system along the corrected shift direction to shift the projection image
along a predetermined direction.

US Pat. No. 9,743,014

IMAGE RECOGNITION SYSTEM, IMAGE RECOGNITION APPARATUS, IMAGE RECOGNITION METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recognition apparatus comprising:
an inter-image relative direction acquisition unit configured to acquire a relative direction relationship between a first
input area image and a second input area image obtained by taking images of a particular person from different directions;

a person identification unit configured to identify the particular person by comparing a feature of the first input area image
with a feature of a first registered area image included in a set of registered area images including registered area images
obtained by taking images of the particular person or another person from at least three directions, comparing a feature of
the second input area image with a feature of a second registered area image of the same person as the person of the first
registered area image included in the set of registered area images, and determining whether the person in the first and second
input area images is the same as the person in the first and second registered area images,

wherein the first registered area image and the second registered area image are selected such that the relative direction
relationship between the first registered area image and the second registered area image is equal or similar to the relative
direction relationship between the first input area image and the second input area image; and

a person tracking unit configured to track the particular person in an input image and estimate the location coordinate information
of the particular person,

wherein the inter-image relative direction acquisition unit acquires the relative direction relationship between the first
input area image and the second input area image based on location coordinate information associated with a first image pickup
apparatus by which the first input image is taken, location coordinate information associated with a second image pickup apparatus
by which the second input image is taken, and location coordinate information associated with the particular person estimated
by the person tracking unit,

wherein the relative direction relationship between images is a relative relationship between the images in terms of angle
in a horizontal plane.

US Pat. No. 9,769,734

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,733,339

POSITION AND ORIENTATION CALIBRATION METHOD AND APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory containing instructions that, when executed by the processor, perform operations of:
a three-dimensional information obtaining unit configured to obtain range information of a surface of an object, which is
measured by an active range sensor;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain a plurality of edge features representing a shape of the object from an image including
the object;

an associating unit configured to associate a plurality of geometric features which are features on a line of a three-dimensional
shape model of the object with the obtained plurality of edge features respectively and a plurality of second geometric features
which are features on a plane of the three-dimensional shape model of the object with the range information of the surface
of the object respectively, based on an approximate position and orientation of the object; and

a deriving unit configured to derive a position and orientation of the object based on a result of an association by the associating
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,733,611

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of photosensitive bodies;
light sources each of which corresponds to one of the plurality of photosensitive bodies;
a deflection unit configured to deflect a plurality of light beams emitted from the light sources;
optical members each of which guides one of the plurality of light beams deflected by the deflection unit to the corresponding
photosensitive body;

an optical box configured to store the deflection unit and the optical member, the optical box being provided with the light
sources;

a cover configured to cover an opening of the optical box, the cover having a plurality of transparent windows each of which
passes one of the plurality of light beams;

a shutter configured to move between a first position for retreating from optical paths of the plurality of light beams passed
through the transparent windows and a second position for covering the transparent windows, the shutter being disposed at
a position between the photosensitive bodies and the cover;

a first spring configured to engage with the cover at one end of the first spring and configured to engage with the shutter
at another end of the first spring, the first spring urging the shutter in a direction of the second position from the first
position with elastic force, wherein the first spring is stretched and contracted depending on the position of the shutter
between the first position and the second position;

a second spring configured to contact with the shutter at one end of the second spring and of which an elastic coefficient
is larger than an elastic coefficient of the first spring, wherein the second spring is stretched and contracted depending
on the position of the shutter between the first position and the second position;

a buffer member disposed at another end of the second spring; and
a rotating member configured to contract and shrink the second spring via the buffer member by rotating around a rotation
axis, the rotation axis being fixed to a main body of the image forming apparatus,

wherein the shutter moves from the second position to the first position in a state in which the second spring is pressed
by the buffer member which is pressed by the rotating member,

wherein the length of the second spring is longer than the solid height of the second spring in a case which the shutter is
at the first position.

US Pat. No. 9,733,612

CARTRIDGE PACKAGE AND PACKAGEABLE PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A packing member for packing a cartridge for an image forming apparatus, said packing member comprising:
a frame portion having a recess for accommodating the cartridge;
a closing member portion for openably closing said recess;
a hinge portion for movably connecting said closing member portion relative to said frame portion to open and close said recess;
and

a connecting portion connecting said frame portion and said closing member portion to close said recess,
wherein said packing member further comprises lines of perforations provided between said closing member portion and said
hinge portion in a direction perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of said hinge portion, and

wherein the cartridge can be taken out of said packing member by tearing said lines of perforations and opening said closing
member portion relative to said frame portion while leaving said connecting portion on said frame portion.

US Pat. No. 9,733,614

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

a drum flange provided at one end of the photosensitive drum; and
a coupling member having an axis L2, connected to the drum flange, including two coupling projections diametrically opposed from each other, each of the two
coupling projections extending in a direction away from the drum flange,

wherein the coupling member is movable from a first position where a straight line between the projections passes through
the axis L1 to a second position where the straight line between the projections does not pass through the axis L1,

wherein the casing includes a casing projection, projected substantially in the direction of the axis L1, and

wherein, when the coupling member is in the first position, the casing projection extends at least as far as part of the coupling
member in the direction of the axis L1.

US Pat. No. 9,767,563

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OBTAINING POSITION AND ORIENTATION OF IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor and memory;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image from an imaging apparatus that captures an image of a physical space;
a detection unit configured to detect at least one image feature from the acquired image;
a generation unit configured to generate a combined image by combining a predetermined object which indicates the detected
image feature with the captured image;

a display unit configured to display the combined image to a user; and
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a position and an orientation of the imaging apparatus based on a three-dimensional
position of the detected image feature and a user's instruction indicating whether the detected image feature is a disabled
image feature or an enabled image feature,

wherein the display unit displays a feedback image to the user on the basis of the position and the orientation of the imaging
apparatus, and

wherein at least one of the units is implemented upon execution of instructions stored in the memory by the processor.

US Pat. No. 9,766,588

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,727,289

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD PERFORMING PRINTING TO A PRINTER WITH A CHARGING FUNCTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program that, when executed by the processor, causes the information processing apparatus to execute:
acquiring information on a printing apparatus that is specified as an output destination by a user; and
determining whether or not to present charging information relating to printing based on the acquired information on the printing
apparatus

wherein the information on the printing apparatus includes model type information indicating whether or not the printing apparatus
is a model type compatible with stepwise charging, setting information indicating whether or not the printing apparatus makes
use of a stepwise charging function, and setting information indicating whether or not to permit presentation of information
relating to stepwise charging to the user to permit a change in information relating to stepwise charging from the user.

US Pat. No. 9,761,185

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus capable of executing calibration of at least one of brightness and a color of a screen, the
image display apparatus comprising:
a light-emitting device;
a display panel configured to display an image on the screen by modulating light from the light-emitting device;
one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing a program which, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the image display apparatus
configured to:

control light emission of the light-emitting device on the basis of input image data;
execute, for each of a plurality of groups, to each of which two or more images for calibration belong, display processing
for displaying the two or more images for calibration belonging to the group on the screen in order;

execute, for each of the plurality of images for calibration, processing for acquiring a measurement value of light emitted
from a region, of the screen, where the image for calibration is displayed; and

execute the calibration on the basis of the measurement values of the plurality of images for calibration, wherein
for each of the plurality of groups, at least a part of the display processing for the group is executed again in a case where
it is determined that a light emission state of the light-emitting device changed during the execution of the display processing
for the group from a light emission state of the light-emitting device before the execution of the display processing.

US Pat. No. 9,726,866

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE 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 positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having positive refractive power; and
a fourth lens unit having positive refractive power,
wherein during zooming, the first lens unit is not moved, and the second lens unit, the third lens unit, and the fourth lens
unit are moved to change an interval between adjacent lens units,

wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
?4.9
?2.0
?25.0
where m2 is a moving amount of the second lens unit during zooming, which is a difference of a position of the second lens
unit on an optical axis of the zoom lens at a wide angle end and at a telephoto end, m3 is a moving amount of the third lens
unit during zooming, which is a difference of a position of the third lens unit on the optical axis of the zoom lens at the
wide angle end and at the telephoto end, f2 is a focal length of the second lens unit, and fw is a focal length of the zoom
lens at the wide angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,754,198

PRINTING APPARATUS TO AUTOMATICALLY SELECT SHEET SUPPLY SOURCE, CONTROL METHOD FOR PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of sheet storage portions;
a reading unit configured to read an image on a document to generate image data corresponding to the read image;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information about the document the image on which is read by the reading unit;
a printing unit configured to print an image on a sheet supplied from any one of the plurality of sheet storage portions based
on the image data generated by the reading unit;

a control unit configured to cause, in response to accepting a job execution instruction, which is an instruction to execute
a job, the reading unit to perform image reading and the printing unit to perform image printing;

an automatic selection unit configured to automatically select, from among the plurality of sheet storage portions, a sheet
supply source, which is a source for supplying a sheet that is used for printing, based on the information acquired by the
acquisition unit; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether the automatic selection unit is enabled or disabled,
wherein, in a case where it is determined by the determination unit that the automatic selection unit is enabled, if a user
specifies a predetermined sheet storage portion as a sheet storage portion that supplies a sheet for printing from among the
plurality of sheet storage portions and the specified sheet storage portion has no sheet stored therein, the control unit
does not allow the job execution instruction,

wherein, in a case where it is determined by the determination unit that the automatic selection unit is disabled, if a sheet
storage portion that supplies a sheet for printing from among the plurality of sheet storage portions has no sheet stored
therein, the control unit allows the job execution instruction, and

wherein the acquisition unit, the control unit, the automatic selection unit, and the determination unit are implemented by
at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,723,169

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,715,191

POWDER FEEDING MECHANISM, POWDER FEEDING METHOD, DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER, CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A powder feeding mechanism comprising:
a flat feeding member, having a flat surface along which powder moves, for feeding the powder; and
a vibration applying member for applying reciprocating acceleration to said feeding member,
wherein maximum acceleration applied from said vibration applying member to said feeding member in a powder feeding direction
is smaller than maximum acceleration applied from said vibration applying member to said feeding member in a direction opposite
to the powder feeding direction to feed the powder in the powder feeding direction by said feeding member, and

wherein said vibration applying member vibrates the feeding member at a frequency of 5-100 Hz.

US Pat. No. 9,710,062

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRONIC APPARATUS TO PROVIDE TACTILE SENSATION FEEDBACK

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

14. A method for controlling an electronic apparatus comprising:
detecting a touch on a display unit;
generating tactile sensations to be given to an object touching the display unit;
capturing content by an imaging unit;
controlling the display unit to display a setting item for specifying a tactile feedback setting detail and for setting detail
to be set about content on a setting screen for making a setting about content based on meta data before capturing of the
content by the imaging unit, wherein the content comprises at least an image, capture of the image, and display a content
item representing the captured image on a content screen; and

controlling the generating of the tactile sensations to give the object touching the setting item on the setting screen a
tactile sensation according to the touched setting item, and controlling the generating of the tactile sensations to give
the object touching the content item on the content screen the same tactile sensation as that given when the setting item
for specifying the tactile feedback setting detail set for the touched contents is touched,

wherein the tactile sensation according to the touched setting item occurs when the object touches the setting item on the
setting screen, and

wherein the generating can simultaneously generate different tactile sensations on different portions of the display unit
based on multiple touches on the different portions.

US Pat. No. 9,710,207

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM IN WHICH A PRINTER ASSOCIATED WITH A WEB BROWSER CAN BE DELETED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A content printing system comprising a printing system and an information processing apparatus, wherein the printing system
registers a service printer associated with a printer, and generates print data based on content data in accordance with a
print instruction via the service printer, the print data being provided to the printer associated with the service printer,
and the information processing apparatus has a second Web browser including a print relay service, the print relay service
being capable of communicating with the printer, a terminal having a first Web browser that instructs the printer to print
via the service printer and the printing system,
wherein the second Web browser receives the print data generated by the print system and transmits the received print data
to a destination printer associated with the second Web browser, and

the information processing apparatus including at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to the at least one
processor and having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one
processor to function as:

a display unit configured to display a setting window of the second Web browser, the setting window containing a button for
inputting an instruction to delete a printer associated with the second Web browser in response to that displaying the setting
window is instructed via a menu of the second Web browser;

a reception unit configured to receive the instruction to delete the service printer registered in the printing system in
response to a push of the button contained in the setting window displayed by the display unit of the second Web browser;
and

a deletion instruction unit configured to transmit, to the printing system, the instruction to delete the service printers
registered via the second Web browser in the printing system after the reception unit has received the instructions to delete
the service printer,

wherein the printing system comprises a deletion unit configured to delete the service printer to be deleted according to
the instruction received from the deletion instruction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,705,426

ULTRASONIC MOTOR AND LENS APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration actuator, comprising:
a vibrator configured to include a contact surface that is brought into contact with a member and a piezoelectric element,
and wherein the vibrator is configured to cause a relative movement of the member by a drive of the piezoelectric element;
and

a pressing member guided by a restraining part of a fixing unit so as to move in a direction perpendicular to a direction
of the relative movement and not to move in the direction of the relative movement against the fixing unit, the pressing member
being configured to apply a bias force to the vibrator by an elastic member so as to press the contact surface against the
member.

US Pat. No. 9,703,190

IMPRINT METHOD, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint method of forming a pattern of an imprint material on a peripheral shot region on a substrate by bringing the
imprint material on the substrate into contact with part of the pattern formed on a mold, the imprint method comprising the
steps of:
changing a position of a detector that detects an alignment mark formed on peripheral shot region on the substrate;
contacting the mold with the imprint material supplied on the peripheral shot region on the substrate; and
detecting the alignment mark using the detector after completing the changing step,
wherein changing of the position of the detector in the changing step is started before contacting the mold with the imprint
material in the contacting step, and

wherein the contacting of the mold with the imprint material in the contacting step is started before completing the changing
of the position of the detector in the changing step.

US Pat. No. 9,703,214

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY METHOD, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus which forms a pattern on a substrate, the apparatus comprising:
a detector configured to detect a mark formed on the substrate;
a controller configured to obtain a displacement amount of a position of the detected mark from a reference position thereof
based on an output of the detector;

wherein the controller is configured to obtain information relating to a position of a shot region on the substrate based
on a plurality of ones of the displacement amount respectively obtained based on outputs of the detector with respect to a
plurality of ones of the shot region, and obtain, from the plurality of ones the displacement amount, a representative value
of, with respect to each of a plurality of ones of the mark associated with a shot region on the substrate, a plurality of
ones of the displacement amount respectively obtained with respect to a plurality of ones of the shot region, and obtain information
relating to a rotation of the shot region on the substrate based on a plurality of ones of the representative value respectively
obtained with respect to the plurality of ones of the mark.

US Pat. No. 9,703,228

TIMING ADJUSTMENT OF MULTI-BEAM IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a light source including a plurality of light emitting elements that each emit a light beam;
a deflection unit configured to deflect a plurality of light beams emitted from the plurality of light emitting elements,
such that the plurality of light beams scan a photosensitive member;

an optical sensor, that is provided on a scanning path of a light beam deflected by the deflection unit, configured to output
a detection signal that indicates that a light beam deflected by the deflection unit has been detected due to the light beam
being incident on the optical sensor;

a measurement unit configured to control the light source such that, in a non-image-forming period during which a region other
than an image forming region on the photosensitive member is scanned, light beams from first and second light emitting elements
among the plurality of light emitting elements are sequentially incident on the optical sensor, and to measure a time interval
between two detection signals output sequentially from the optical sensor; and

a control unit configured to, in an image forming period during which the image forming region is scanned and which is subsequent
to the non-image-forming period, control the light source such that a light beam from the first light emitting element is
incident on the optical sensor, and control, using one detection signal output from the optical sensor as a reference, emission
times of light beams based on image data for the plurality of light emitting elements, according to a correction value calculated
using a measurement value obtained by measurement performed by the measurement unit,

wherein when image formation on a plurality of recording mediums is performed, each time image formation on a predetermined
number of recording mediums is performed, the measurement unit executes the measurement in the non-image-forming period until
image formation on a subsequent recording medium is started, and

wherein the correction value is calculated using a current measurement value and a measurement value from a prior time of
image formation on the predetermined number of recording mediums.

US Pat. No. 9,699,465

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PARTITIONING AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,699,830

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,699,326

APPARATUS FOR IDENTIFYING ABNORMALITIES IN AN IMAGE SYSTEM AND, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a controller including a memory storing instructions and a processor which executes the instructions, the controller being
configured to function as:

an obtaining unit configured to obtain first image data obtained by reading, performed by a reading unit, a chart on which
an image has not been printed by an image forming unit and second image data obtained by reading, performed by the reading
unit, a chart on which an image has been printed by the image forming unit;

a determination unit configured to determine whether an abnormality has occurred in the reading unit using a feature amount
obtained from a result of analyzing the first image data;

a correcting unit configured to correct, if the determination unit determines that an abnormality has occurred in the reading
unit, a feature amount obtained from a result of analyzing the second image data using the feature amount obtained from a
result of analyzing the first image data; and

an estimation unit configured to estimate a cause of an abnormality that has occurred in the image forming unit using the
feature amount corrected by the correcting unit,

wherein, if the determination unit determines that an abnormality has not occurred in the reading unit, the estimation unit
estimates a cause of an abnormality that has occurred in the image forming unit using the feature amount obtained from a result
of analyzing the second image data.

US Pat. No. 9,697,590

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing method comprising the steps of:
acquiring an image generated by image pickup through an optical system;
selecting a plurality of optical transfer functions in a particular image height direction that depend on an image-pickup
condition of the image and an image height with respect to a reference position;

rotating the optical transfer functions around the reference position and providing an interpolation appropriate for a pixel
array so as to two-dimensionally arrange the optical transfer functions on the image;

generating a point spread function for each position in the image based on the optical transfer functions thus two-dimensionally
arranged;

generating a filter having a rotationally asymmetric coefficient in a filter plane based on the point spread function;
generating a correction signal by applying the filter to the image; and
providing sharpening processing to the image based on the correction signal and the image.

US Pat. No. 9,658,449

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light scanning apparatus comprising:
first and second light sources, either of which comprises a plurality of light emission points;
a deflector that deflects first and second light fluxes emitted from the first and second light sources to scan first and
second scanned surfaces along a main scanning direction;

a first stop arranged between the first and second light sources and the deflector and provided with a shared aperture that
regulates the width of the first and second light fluxes with respect to the main scanning direction; and

a second stop arranged between the first and second light sources and the first stop and configured to regulate the width
of the first and second light fluxes with respect to a sub-scanning direction.

US Pat. No. 9,659,991

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a back-side illumination image capturing apparatus, the image capturing apparatus including:
a semiconductor substrate having a first surface for receiving incident light and a second surface located on the opposite
side as the first surface, and including a photoelectric conversion portion, and a gate electrode located above the second
surface;

a contact plug connected to the gate electrode; and
a light-cutting portion for cutting light, of the incident light, that has passed through the photoelectric conversion portion,
the method comprising:
forming a first insulating layer above the second surface of the semiconductor substrate after forming the gate electrode;
forming an interlayer insulation film above the first insulating layer;
forming a first opening for forming the contact plug by etching away part of the interlayer insulation film and part of the
first insulating layer; and

forming a second opening for forming the light-cutting portion by etching away another part of the interlayer insulation film,
wherein in the step of forming the first opening, the first opening reaches the gate electrode; and
in the step of forming the second opening, at least part of the first insulating layer is left between the bottom of the second
opening and the semiconductor substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,690,252

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an opening and closing member which is movably provided with respect to an apparatus main body of the image forming apparatus
to open and close the inside of the apparatus main body; and

a movable member which has an operating unit, in which a pressing operation is performed, and is movably connected with respect
to the opening and closing member,

wherein the movable member moves in conjunction with the opening and closing operation of the opening and closing member to
be able to open and close the inside of the apparatus main body, together with the opening and closing member, and

wherein the movable member includes a bumping portion, the opening and closing member includes a bumped portion, and the bumping
portion abuts against the bumped portion in an open state of the opening and closing member, thereby restricting the movement
of the movable member in a direction in which the operating unit is pressed,

wherein the movable member moves, while changing a posture with respect to the opening and closing member so that a facing
direction of the operating unit is maintained in a predetermined direction, when moving in conjunction with movement of the
opening and closing member.

US Pat. No. 9,656,459

INK JET RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,656,465

INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND INK JET PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet printing apparatus that performs printing by discharging ink, the ink jet printing apparatus comprising:
a printing head including at least
a board,
a printing element array disposed on the board, in which a plurality of printing elements configured to generate thermal heat
to discharge ink are arrayed in a predetermined direction, and

a plurality of detecting elements disposed at different positions from each other in the board, and configured to detect temperature
at their respective positions;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of information pieces relating to temperatures that have been detected
by the plurality of detecting elements;

a selecting unit configured to select a predetermined combination of the information pieces from the plurality of information
pieces acquired by the acquisition unit; and

a control unit configured to effect a plurality of types of temperature control relating to ink temperature nearby the printing
element array, based on the information pieces selected by the selecting unit,

wherein the selecting unit selects combinations of information pieces that are different from each other, in accordance with
the type of temperature control performed by the control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,656,474

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRINTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
an ejection port array that ejects droplets to a printing medium while moving relative to the printing medium; and
at least one gas blowing port disposed with reference to the ejection port array that blows gas as the ejection port array
ejects droplets to the printing medium,

wherein the gas blowing port blows gas, where the gas is blown at a speed equal to or lower than a maximum speed at which
no vortex due to the gas is generated when only the gas is blown from the gas blowing port, to an upstream side of an airflow
of a vortex generated in an area between an ejection port surface of the ejection port array and the printing medium while
the liquid ejection head is moving relative to the printing medium, the gas blowing port being disposed at a position within
a distance between the ejection port surface and the printing medium from the ejection port array.

US Pat. No. 9,661,095

CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, CONTENT MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, CONTENT MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A content management system comprising a server apparatus and a plurality of client apparatuses that are communicating
with each other via a network, the plurality of client apparatuses including a first client apparatus and a second client
apparatus,
the first client apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the first client apparatus to:
store a plurality of content pieces;
selectively edit the content pieces before uploading the content pieces;
store the content pieces in association with editing information indicating that a content piece has been edited before uploading
the content piece to the server apparatus, or store the content piece in association with editing information indicating that
the content piece has not been edited before uploading the content piece to the server apparatus; and

upload, to the server apparatus, either the content pieces which have been edited before uploading or the content pieces which
have not been edited before uploading and the editing information corresponding to the content pieces to be uploaded,

the server apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the server apparatus to:
receive the content pieces and the editing information from the first client apparatus;
store the received content pieces and the editing information in a storage device;
receive a first request for the content pieces from the second client apparatus which differs from the first client apparatus;
determine, based on the editing information, whether each of the content pieces corresponding to the first request have been
edited before being uploaded to the server apparatus;

generate display data for displaying each of the content pieces with a mark indicating whether the content piece has been
edited before being uploaded to the server apparatus;

transmit the display data to the second client apparatus;
receive, from the second client apparatus, a second request for a first content piece which is one of the content pieces displayed
based on the display data;

issue, to the first client apparatus, after receiving the second request, a third request for a second content piece which
corresponds to the first content piece and has not been edited if the first content piece has been edited before being uploaded
to the server apparatus; and

receive, from the first client apparatus, the second content piece; and
store the second content piece in place of the first content piece in the storage device.

US Pat. No. 9,688,008

MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR CARTRIDGE HAVING A MOLDED ELECTRODE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing method of a cartridge detachably mountable to an apparatus main assembly of an image forming apparatus,
wherein said cartridge includes:
(i) process means for effecting image formation,
(ii) a frame for supporting the process means, and
(iii) a cartridge electrode including a first contact portion provided for being electrically connected to a main assembly
contact of the apparatus main assembly and a second contact portion provided for being electrically connected to the process
means,

wherein said manufacturing method comprises:
a step of integrally molding the cartridge electrode with the frame in a manner such that a mold is contacted to the frame
so as to form a space including a first space for forming the first contact portion, a second space for forming the second
contact portion, and a connecting space branching from an injection portion into the first space and the second space and
an electroconductive resin is injected from the injection portion into the space.

US Pat. No. 9,658,549

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle including a binder resin,
wherein,
the binder resin comprises a styrene acrylic resin and a vinyl-modified crystalline polyester resin,
the vinyl-modified crystalline polyester resin has a crystalline polyester segment having structures of following i) or a
structure of following ii),

i) at least two structures selected from the group consisting of:
a structure derived from an aliphatic dicarboxylic acid,
a structure derived from an aliphatic diol and
a structure derived from an aliphatic hydroxycarboxylic acid;
ii) a structure derived from an aliphatic hydroxycarboxylic acid; and
wherein, when
a modification rate (mass %) of the vinyl-modified crystalline polyester resin having a molecular weight of at least 1×103.5 and less than 1×10{3.5+(A90?3.5)/4} is defined as X1;

a modification rate (mass %) of the vinyl-modified crystalline polyester resin having a molecular weight of at least 1×10{3.5+(A90?3.5)/4} and less than 1×10{3.5+(A90?3.5)×2/4} is defined as X2;

a modification rate (mass %) of the vinyl-modified crystalline polyester resin having a molecular weight of at least 1×10{3.5+(A90?3.5)×2/4} and less than 1×10{3.5+(A90?3.5)×3/4} is defined as X3; and;

a modification rate (mass %) of the vinyl-modified crystalline polyester resin having a molecular weight of at least 1×10{3.5+(A90?3.5)×3/4} and 1×10(A90) or less is defined as X4; where,

1×10(A90) represents a molecular weight at an integrated value 90% of the integral molecular weight distribution curve,

X1, X2, X3 and X4 satisfies the following formula (1):

X1

US Pat. No. 9,688,068

REAL-TIME LINEFEED MEASUREMENT OF INKJET PRINTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of determining line feed error in an image forming apparatus for printing an input image by overprinting multiple
times on the same area of a print medium, wherein the image forming apparatus includes a print head having ink ejection nozzles
within nozzle banks and a head sensor configured to sense information from the input image printed on a print medium, the
method comprising:
obtaining swaths by half-toning the input image, wherein each swath includes a correlatable noise pattern in a bottom area
of the swath and height of the bottom area is equivalent to a line feed distance;

printing a first swath of the swaths on the print medium while the print head moves across the print medium in a scan direction;
repositioning the print head relative to the print medium on which the first swath is printed by at least one line feed distance
in a feed direction which intersects the scan direction; and

after the repositioning, sensing the bottom of the first swath on the repositioned print medium by the head sensor and determining
the line feed error based upon information sensed from the printed first swath by the head sensor, between the time when the
print head reaches an edge of the printed first swath in the scan direction and the time when the ink ejection nozzles start
to print a second swath of the swaths, and then printing the second while the print head moves across the print medium in
the scan direction,

wherein the line feed error is determined from a vertical shift represented by a position of the head sensor before the repositioning,
the line feed distance, and a position of the printed first swath in the feed direction, and

wherein the second swath is printed on top of the printed first swath on the print medium while compensating for the determined
line feed error by controlling the ejection of ink from the ink ejection nozzles within the nozzle banks of the image forming
apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,656,819

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS, DRIVE TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,692,983

APPARATUS, METHOD, AND MEDIUM FOR CORRECTING PIXEL SWITCHING PATTERN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus for controlling an image capturing sensor, the control apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory for storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor and the memory to function as:
a generation unit configured to selectively determine an exposure time from at least two or more different exposure times
for each pixel constituting image data and to generate exposure time data indicative of an exposure time for each pixel; and

a gain adjustment processing unit configured to make a gain adjustment to the image data based on the determined exposure
time, wherein

the generation unit calculates an output value from acquired image data, determines an exposure time for each pixel based
on the calculated output value, calculates an error related to the calculated output value, and diffuses the calculated error
to pixels adjacent to a processing-target pixel, thereby turning a pixel switching pattern into a blue noise pattern,

the generation unit determines the exposure time for each pixel based on image data acquired by preliminary photographing
that is performed before actual photographing and characteristics of the image capturing sensor,

the generation unit calculates the output value from the image data acquired by the preliminary photographing, and
the calculated error is a difference between the calculated output value and a threshold value that is a value at which luminance
response characteristics of the image capturing sensor lose linearity.

US Pat. No. 9,661,247

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, METHOD OF DRIVING SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:
a pixel including:
a photoelectric conversion element;
a floating diffusion layer;
a transfer transistor configured to transfer charges generated in the photoelectric conversion element to the floating diffusion
layer;

a reset transistor configured to reset a potential of the floating diffusion layer; and
an amplifier transistor configured to output a signal based on the potential of the floating diffusion layer; and
a control unit configured to:
supply a first voltage to a gate of the reset transistor when charges are accumulated in the photoelectric conversion element,
the first voltage being a voltage between a second voltage and a third voltage;

subsequently supply the second voltage to the gate of the reset transistor when the reset transistor is turned on in order
to reset the potential of the floating diffusion layer; and

subsequently supply the third voltage to the gate of the reset transistor when the amplifier transistor outputs the signal
based on the potential of the floating diffusion layer.

US Pat. No. 9,693,037

IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING AN IMAGING ELEMENT IN WHICH A PLURALITY OF LIGHT RECEIVING ELEMENTS IS ARRANGED WITH RESPECT TO A MICRO LENS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a sensor that has a plurality of photoelectric conversion units configured to receive and photoelectrically convert light
fluxes having passed through an imaging optical system with respect to one micro lens and is capable of outputting first viewpoint
image data and second viewpoint image data;

a movement detecting processor configured to detect the movement of an object by calculating first statistics of each of a
plurality of the first viewpoint image data and comparing the first statistics or calculating second statistics of each of
a plurality of the second viewpoint image data and comparing the second statistics;

a phase difference detecting processor configured to acquire information corresponding to a phase difference between a first
viewpoint image and a second viewpoint image by comparing the first viewpoint image and the second viewpoint image; and

a controller configured to control focus adjustment based on the phase difference detected by the phase difference detecting
processor,

wherein, in a case where the movement is detected by the movement detecting processor, the phase difference detecting processor
compares the first viewpoint image and the second viewpoint image in a region restricted by each region of the first viewpoint
image and the second viewpoint image in which the movement is detected by the movement detecting processor,

wherein the movement detecting processor detects the movement of an object in a case where the movement of the object is equal
to or less than a threshold value, and

wherein, when a movement amount of an object detected by the movement detecting processor is equal to or less than a threshold
value, the controller calculates center coordinates of an object position on a first viewpoint image or a second viewpoint
image from the movement amount and instructs the movement detecting processor to calculate an characteristic amount of the
object on the center coordinates.

US Pat. No. 9,682,552

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, METHOD OF CLEANING THE SAME, AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of cleaning a liquid ejection head, the liquid ejection head comprising:
a liquid ejection orifice;
a liquid chamber communicating with the liquid ejection orifice;
a first electrothermal conversion portion disposed in the liquid chamber;
a protective layer having an insulating property and being configured to prevent contact between the first electrothermal
conversion portion and liquid inside the liquid chamber;

an upper electrode covering at least a heat generation portion of the protective layer, which is heated by the first electrothermal
conversion portion, and being formed of a material containing a metal to be dissolved through an electrochemical reaction
with the liquid;

an opposing electrode provided such that a voltage is applied between the upper electrode and the opposing electrode for dissolution
of the upper electrode; and

an opposing electrode wiring connected to the opposing electrode,
the method comprising:
cleaning the liquid ejection head by removing kogation, which is deposited on a surface of the upper electrode, through the
dissolution of the upper electrode; and

heating, during the cleaning or after the cleaning, the opposing electrode wiring, which is located at a periphery of the
opposing electrode so as to be in contact with the liquid.