US Pat. No. 9,221,196

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING OPTICAL COMPONENT AND APPARATUS FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL COMPONENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing an optical component, comprising:
bringing a first mold including at least one portion made of an infrared transmitting material towards a substrate so that
a gap between the substrate and the first mold is from 100 ?m to 10 mm;

heating, in a state that the gap is present, a first surface of the substrate to a temperature 25° C. or more higher than
a glass transition temperature of the substrate by irradiating the substrate with an infrared ray through the infrared transmitting
material of the first mold;

contacting the first mold with the substrate at a speed of 0.2 mm/sec or less; and
placing the heated substrate and the first mold into tight contact with each other,
wherein the substrate is a near shaped gob.

US Pat. No. 9,223,264

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus for heating an image formed on a recording material, comprising:
a first heat generating element connected to an alternating-current-producing commercial power source;
a second heat generating element connected to the alternating-current-producing commercial power source, said second heat
generating element having a resistance value different from that of said first heat generating element, and generating heat
independently of said first heat generating element;

a temperature detecting element; and
a control portion for controlling said first heat generating element and said second heat generating element at a control
level depending on a detection temperature of said temperature detecting element, wherein said control portion controls said
first heat generating element and said second heat generating element by using phase control, and wherein said phase control
is control such that in a half-cycle of a waveform of the alternating current, electric power is supplied to said first heat
generating element and said second heat generating element at a phase angle depending on the control level,

wherein at the control level, a renewing period is two cycles of the waveform of the alternating current or an integral multiple
of the two cycles, wherein said control portion controls said first heat generating element and said second heat generating
element during the renewing period so that the heat generating element to which the power is to be preferentially supplied
is switched from said first heat generating element to said second heat generating element every one cycle of the waveform
of the alternating current,

wherein said control portion adjusts electric power at levels from a lowest control level to a predetermined control level
by supplying electric power to a preferential heat generating element to which the power is to be preferentially supplied,
and adjusts electric power at levels from the predetermined control level to a highest control level by fully supplying electric
power to the preferential heat generating element and by supplying electric power to an auxiliary heat generating element
different from the preferential heat generating element in phase with one cycle, of the waveform of the alternating current,
in which the electric power is fully supplied to the preferential heat generating element, and

wherein said control portion controls said first heat generating element and said second heat generating element during the
renewing period so that the phase angle of the waveform of the alternating current flowing to the first heat generating element
when the first heat generating element is the preferential heat generating element and the phase angle of the waveform of
the alternating current flowing to the second heat generating element when the second heat generating element is the preferential
heat generating element are the same phase angle, and so that the phase angle of the waveform of the alternating current flowing
to the first heat generating element when the first heat generating element is the auxiliary heat generating element and the
phase angle of the waveform of the alternating current flowing to the second heat generating element when the second heat
generating element is the auxiliary heat generating element are the same phase angle.

US Pat. No. 9,223,265

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH OPTION DEVICE DETECTION AND FIXING WARM UP MODE SELECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. An image forming apparatus, to which an option device is connectable, for forming a toner image on a recording material,
the image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an unfixed toner image on the recording material;
a fixing unit, having a heater, configured to fix the unfixed toner image on the recording material;
a temperature detection unit configured to detect a temperature of the fixing unit; and
a power control unit configured to control power to be supplied to the heater so that the detected temperature becomes a target
temperature for enabling fixing the unfixed toner image, and to set a maximum power suppliable to the heater according to
a total power to be supplied to the image forming apparatus,

wherein the image forming unit starts, in a case where the maximum power is greater than a threshold power in a warm-up period
of the fixing unit, to operate according to a time that has elapsed from when power supply to the heater has started, and
starts, in a case where the maximum power is less than the threshold power in the warm-up period, to operate according to
the detected temperature, and

wherein the power control unit sets a larger value to the threshold power when the option device is connected to the image
forming apparatus than a value set when the option device is not connected to the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,223,532

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR COMMUNICATING WITH AN IMAGE-FORMING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method comprising:
obtaining, at a computing device, a tap event that was generated in response to receiving a message from an image-forming
device through a first communication channel;

extracting an image-forming-device identifier of the image-forming device from the tap event;
obtaining a device-added event that was generated in response to successfully configuring the computing device to communicate
with a newly-added device through a second communication channel;

extracting a newly-added-device identifier from the device-added event;
comparing the image-forming-device identifier to the newly-added-device identifier to determine if the image-forming device
is identical to the newly-added device; and

sending an image-forming-operation request to the image-forming device in response to determining that the image-forming device
is identical to the newly-added device.

US Pat. No. 9,223,278

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS GRADATION CORRECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit including an image carrier having a surface configured to be charged, an exposure unit configured to
expose the image carrier with laser light based on an image signal to form an electrostatic latent image on the image carrier,
and a development unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image formed on the image carrier using toner;

a gradation correction unit configured to perform first gradation correction including forming a patch image on the image
carrier using the image forming unit, and correcting gradation characteristics of the image formed by the image forming unit
based on a correction amount corresponding to a result of measurement of the patch image;

a detection unit configured to detect or estimate a charge amount of toner possessed by the development unit; and
a light power correction unit configured to perform light power correction including correcting light power of laser light
emitted from the exposure unit, based on a difference between the toner charge amount detected or estimated by the detection
unit and a reference value,

wherein the gradation correction unit further performs second gradation correction including correcting the gradation characteristics
based on a correction amount corresponding to the toner charge amount detected or estimated by the detection unit when the
light power correction unit performs the light power correction.

US Pat. No. 9,223,290

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms a toner image on a recording medium, the apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit that forms the toner image on the recording medium;
a fixing unit that fixes the toner image on the recording medium by heating the toner image while conveying the recording
medium bearing the toner image at a nip, the fixing unit including

a heating member, and
a backup member that forms the nip with the heating member; and
an output unit, provided on a downstream side of the nip in a conveyance direction of the recording medium, that conveys the
recoding medium and outputs the recording medium to an outside of the apparatus,

wherein the recording medium is conveyed at the nip with a side of the recording medium facing the heating member set as an
upper side of the recording medium,

wherein a partition is provided so as to vertically partition a space above the upper side of the recording medium conveyed
at the nip on the downstream side of the nip in the conveyance direction, and an enclosed space, different from a space through
which the recording medium passes while the recording medium is conveyed from the nip to the output unit, is provided above
the partition,

wherein the partition has a first opening that allows a space below the partition to communicate with the enclosed space,
and

wherein the enclosed space is provided with a second opening that allows the enclosed space to communicate with an outside
of the enclosed space, and the second opening is provided above the first opening.

US Pat. No. 9,218,647

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that generates an output image by a deformation process including a coordinate transformation
on an input image, comprising a computer configured to implement:
an input unit configured to input a deformation parameter;
a divisor calculation unit configured to calculate a minimum value of a divisor for the coordinate transformation based on
the deformation parameter on the input image, in accordance with a divisor used in a division operation for the coordinate
transformation based on the deformation parameter on a maximum coordinate value and a minimum coordinate value among a plurality
of coordinate values in the input image;

a coefficient calculation unit configured to, based on a relation between a divisor and an error in a division operation,
obtain a range of the divisor in a way that a result of the division operation becomes equal to or smaller than an allowable
error, and calculate a ratio by dividing a minimum value of the range by the minimum value of the divisor calculated by the
divisor calculation unit;

a parameter adjustment unit configured to calculate an adjustment parameter, used in the coordinate transformation on the
input image, based on a result of multiplying the deformation parameter input by the input unit by the ratio calculated by
the coefficient calculation unit, and execute round processing on the adjustment parameter;

an image deformation processing unit configured to perform the deformation process including the coordinate transformation
of the plurality of coordinate values of the input image using the rounded adjustment parameter; and

a display control unit configured to control a display unit for displaying an output image based on image data obtained by
the deformation process on the input image by the image deformation processing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,216,606

RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium comprising:
a support; and
an ink-receiving layer,
wherein the ink-receiving layer contains alumina particles, silica particles and a binder,
wherein for a composition analysis of the recording medium performed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy while etching is
performed from a surface side to a support side in a direction substantially perpendicular to a surface of the recording medium
using argon gas under application of a power of 25.6 W (4 kV×6.4 ?A) at an etching angle of 45 degrees, a ratio of the amount
of Si element to the total amount of Al element and Si element at an etching time of 0 minutes is 10 atomic percent or more
and 90 atomic percent or less and a ratio of the amount of Si element to the total amount of Al element and Si element at
an etching time of 5 minutes is 50 atomic percent or more, and

wherein the binder is polyvinyl alcohol having a silanol group.

US Pat. No. 9,211,715

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a recording element substrate provided with a substrate and a flow-path-forming member forming a flow path in a principal
surface of the substrate;

a support member supporting the recording element substrate; and
an underfill material covering at least a joint portion at which the substrate and the support member are joined to each other,
wherein the recording element substrate is arranged in a depressed portion of the support member to form a space between a
side surface of the recording element substrate and a side wall of the support member forming the depressed portion opposing
the side surface,

wherein the underfill material does not completely fill the space between a side surface of the recording element substrate
and a side wall of the support member forming the depressed portion opposing the side surface,

wherein the flow-path-forming member has an end portion which projects from at least one side surface of the substrate, and
wherein the underfill material covers an external surface of the joint portion and covers the at least one side surface of
the substrate in such a manner that the underfill material reaches the projecting end portion of the flow-path-forming member.

US Pat. No. 9,206,005

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:
a conveying rotating member which is rotatably driven by a driving portion and conveys a sheet;
a cylindrical follower rotating member which is disposed to face the conveying rotating member;
a support member which passes through a hollow portion of the follower rotating member and supports the follower rotating
member;

a pressure portion which biases the support member toward the conveying rotating member so that the follower rotating member
comes into contact with the conveying rotating member;

a first bearing portion which is disposed between an outer peripheral surface of the support member and an inner peripheral
surface of the follower rotating member and rotatably supports the follower rotating member with respect to the support member;
and

a second bearing portion which movably supports the support member and has a slide friction coefficient higher than that of
the first bearing portion.

US Pat. No. 9,207,600

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus comprising:
first and second fixing rotatable members configured to fix a toner image on a sheet at a nip portion therebetween;
a rubbing rotatable member configured to rub the first fixing rotatable member; and
a moving mechanism configured to cause the first fixing rotatable member to reciprocate with respect to a sheet passage area
in a longitudinal direction of the first fixing rotatable member,

wherein a relationship X where X is a width of the rubbing rotatable member in the longitudinal direction, Y is a width, in the longitudinal direction,
of a maximum area where an image is able to be formed on a sheet having a maximum width usable in the fixing apparatus, and
Z is a width, in the longitudinal direction, of an area where the first fixing rotatable member is able to be rubbed by the
rubbing rotatable member as the first fixing rotatable member reciprocates.

US Pat. No. 9,209,425

ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENCE ELEMENT, DISPLAY APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, LIGHTING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic electroluminescence element, comprising:
a light reflective electrode;
a light transmissive electrode;
an emission layer formed between the light reflective electrode and the light transmissive electrode;
a low-refractive index layer having a refractive index at a maximum peak wavelength of an emission spectrum of light emitted
from the emission layer lower than that of the emission layer, the low-refractive index layer being formed between the light
reflective electrode and the emission layer; and

a light extraction member for changing an exiting direction of the light emitted from the emission layer, the light extraction
member being formed on the light transmissive electrode,

wherein an optical path L between a maximum emission surface of the emission layer and a reflection surface of the light reflective
electrode satisfies the following expression (1):

in the expression (1), ? represents the maximum peak wavelength of the emission spectrum and ? represents a phase shift [deg]
in the light reflective electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,203,987

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PRINTING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print apparatus which is arranged to communicate directly with a digital camera via a communication unit using the PTP
protocol and to serve as a host device during communication with the digital camera, the digital camera being used as a user
interface device for instructing printing, for printing a sensed image stored in a memory attached to the digital camera,
and to serve as a slave device during communicating with the print apparatus, the print apparatus comprising:
a search unit constructed to search, in response to the start of communication with the digital camera by said communication
unit, the digital camera for a script object indicating compatibility with direct printing by requesting the digital camera
to send information, one by one, until authentication information is found in the information sent for a script object or
there is no further script objet for which to request information stored in the digital camera, for script objects, said authentication
information being managed by the digital camera as information to be communicated in the PTP protocol and indicating that
the digital camera can communicate using a predetermined direct printing protocol used in an application layer; and

a notification unit constructed to notify the digital camera of authentication information being managed by the print apparatus
as information to be communicated in the PTP protocol and indicating that the print apparatus can communicate using the predetermined
direct printing protocol used in the application layer, after receiving from the digital camera the authentication information
indicating that the digital camera can communicate using the predetermined direct printing protocol used in the application
layer;

wherein, after said notification unit notifies the digital camera the authentication information, the print apparatus receives
a print job from the digital camera using the predetermined direct printing protocol.

US Pat. No. 9,199,472

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS, MIST COLLECTING MECHANISM AND MIST COLLECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejection apparatus comprising a liquid ejection head having an ejection port array, in which ejection ports configured
to eject liquid are arranged in a predetermined direction, the liquid ejection apparatus applying the liquid ejected from
the ejection ports to a medium, the liquid ejection apparatus further comprising:
a first blow-out port configured to blow out air toward the medium;
a suction port configured to suck air containing mists that are generated by ejection of the liquid from the ejection ports;
and

a second blow-out port configured to blow out air toward the medium, wherein
the ejection port array, the second blow-out port, the suction port, and the first blow-out port are arranged in this order
from an upstream side toward a downstream side in a movement direction of the medium, and wherein

a flow rate of the air blown out from the second blow-out port is less than a flow rate of the air blown out from the first
blow-out port.

US Pat. No. 9,195,129

SUBSTRATE HOLDING DEVICE, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS USING SAME, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A stage apparatus for moving a substrate, comprising:
a chuck that holds the substrate using an adsorption by a negative pressure;
a plurality of sensors that measure pressure in a negative pressure space during the adsorption;
a control section that controls a movement of the chuck based on the outputs of the plurality of sensors,
wherein the control section controls the movement of the chuck based on a first speed information when all outputs of the
plurality of sensors exceed a first threshold value indicating a predetermined pressure, controls the movement of the chuck
based on a second speed information of a speed that is lower than that of the first speed information when any one of the
outputs of the plurality of sensors have not reached the first threshold value, and provides an error notification when the
outputs of the plurality of sensors indicate a pressure distribution having a range that is narrower than that of a predetermined
pressure distribution.

US Pat. No. 9,189,771

CLIENT APPARATUS, SERVER APPARATUS, DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A document management apparatus comprising:
a managing unit configured to manage first data including first document information of a first document, first user information
regarding a first user, first operation information regarding a first operation to be executed for the first document by the
first user, and a comment for the first user, wherein the first data is set by a first client apparatus, and wherein the first
document information, the first user information, the first operation information and the comment are associated with one
another;

an acquiring unit configured to acquire a notification transmitted from a second client apparatus when a second user operates
a second document in the second client apparatus, wherein the notification indicates second document information of the second
document, second user information regarding the second user, and second operation information regarding a second operation
instructed for the second document by the second user;

a search unit configured to search for first data managed by the managing unit based on the notification transmitted from
the second client apparatus, wherein the search unit searches for first data in which the first document information included
in the searched-for first data is identical to the second document information indicated by the notification, the first operation
information included in the searched-for first data is identical to the second operation information indicated by the notification,
and the first user information included in the searched-for first data is identical to the second user information indicated
by the notification; and

a display control unit configured to control the second client apparatus to display the comment included in the first data
found by the search of the search unit.

US Pat. No. 9,183,475

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND APPARATUS CONFIGURED FOR PRINTING A PLURALITY OF MONOCHROME IMAGES HAVING DIFFERENT PARAMETERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing image data, the image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire monochrome image data indicating a gradation value of grey line;
a first conversion unit configured to convert the monochrome image data acquired by said acquisition unit into intermediate
image data by using a first lookup table, wherein the first lookup table associates a gradation value of grey line with a
coordinate value of a color space;

an image processing unit configured to process the intermediate image data converted by said first conversion unit; and
a second conversion unit configured to convert the intermediate image data processed by said image processing unit into ink
material data for printing a monochrome image by using a second lookup table, wherein the second lookup table associates a
coordinate value of the color space with the ink material data,

wherein a combination of the gradation value and the ink material data is assigned to a coordinate of the color space, and
wherein the first lookup table and the second lookup table are defined based on the color space.

US Pat. No. 9,181,054

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising a first unit and a second unit attachable to the first unit,
the first unit including:
a first conveyance unit configured to convey a sheet;
a first drive unit configured to drive the first conveyance unit;
a first detection unit provided in the vicinity of the first conveyance unit and configured to detect the sheet; and
a first control unit configured to control the drive of the first drive unit so that a sheet conveyance speed of the first
conveyance unit changes based on a result of detection by the first detection unit; and

the second unit including:
a second conveyance unit provided upstream of the first conveyance unit and configured to convey the sheet;
a second drive unit configured to drive the second conveyance unit;
a second detection unit provided in the vicinity of the second conveyance unit and configured to detect the sheet; and
a second control unit configured to control the drive of the second drive unit so that a sheet conveyance speed of the second
conveyance unit changes based on a result of detection by the second detection unit; and

a one-way unit provided between the second drive unit and the second conveyance unit,
wherein, when the sheet is conveyed by the second and first conveyance units, the first control unit controls the first drive
unit and the second control unit controls the second drive unit so that a sheet conveyance speed of the first conveyance unit
becomes equal to or higher than that of the second conveyance unit,

wherein the one-way unit is configured to rotatably drive the second conveyance unit even if the sheet conveyance speed of
the second conveyance unit is made lower than that of the first conveyance unit such that the sheet can be conveyed without
causing a load on the first drive unit due to a bend of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,177,388

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A HASH CODE REPRESENTING A PORTION OF AN IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of retrieving feature vectors located within a predetermined search radius, the feature vectors being associated
with lattice points of a multidimensional permutohedral lattice, the method comprising:
receiving a query vector extracted from a query image and representing a feature vector to be matched by feature vectors associated
with lattice points of the multidimensional permutohedral lattice, the feature vectors being stored in records in a database
and representing features of images in the database, the lattice points corresponding to hash values of the feature vectors,
wherein the hash values are stored in a memory;

locating, from the memory, a first plurality of lattice points of the multidimensional permutohedral lattice that form an
enclosing region around the query vector;

determining a canonical mapping between at least one of the lattice points of the enclosing region and a canonical representation
of the enclosing region;

selecting, from the memory, a second plurality of lattice points using the canonical mapping, the second plurality of lattice
points being located within the predetermined search radius of a lattice hole of the enclosing region and being distinct to
the first plurality of lattice points, wherein the predetermined search radius defines the feature vectors associated with
lattice points of the multidimensional permutohedral lattice that are considered a match to the query vector; and

retrieving the feature vectors from the first and second plurality of lattice points as matching feature vectors.

US Pat. No. 9,171,107

CALCULATING METHOD OF STRUCTURAL DATA OF DIFFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENT, PROGRAM, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A calculating method for calculating structural data of a two-level diffractive optical element configured to form a set
of light intensity distributions point-symmetrical with respect to an axis on an image plane utilizing an iterative Fourier
transform algorithm executed by a computer, the calculating method comprising:
a first step of calculating a light intensity distribution and a phase distribution of a plane of the two-level diffractive
optical element which has a Fourier transform relationship with the image plane by performing an inverse Fourier transform
for a light intensity that is made by removing one of the set of light intensity distributions from the set of light intensity
distributions; and

a second step of calculating structural data of the diffractive optical element based upon the light intensity distribution
and the phase distribution which have been calculated.

US Pat. No. 9,170,087

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGING RANGE IN DEPTH DIRECTION OF OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical coherence tomography imaging apparatus that acquires a tomographic image from interference light between a reference
beam and a measuring beam obtained via an object, the optical coherence tomography imaging apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information indicating an imaging target region;
a control unit configured to control to set a first difference in optical path length between the reference beam and the measuring
beam and adjust the first difference in optical path length at first intervals when the information indicates a first imaging
target region, and to set a second difference in optical path length between the reference beam and the measuring beam and
adjust the second difference in optical path length at second intervals smaller than the first intervals when the information
indicates a second imaging target region; and

a signal processing unit configured to generate image data of the object based on an electrical signal obtained by detecting
the interference light with the difference in optical path length controlled by the control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,171,241

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND POWER SUPPLY UNIT THEREOF, FOR CONTROLLING CONDITIONS OF POWER SUPPLY UNITS ACCORDING TO INPUT VOLTAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus, comprising:
a first power supply unit including a rectification unit for rectifying an input voltage input from an AC power source and
a first capacitor for smoothing a voltage rectified by the rectification unit, the first power supply unit configured to output
a first voltage by converting the input voltage;

a second power supply unit including a rectification unit for rectifying an input voltage input from the AC power source and
a second capacitor for smoothing a voltage rectified by the rectification unit, the second power supply unit configured to
output a second voltage different from the first voltage;

a switch unit disposed in a power supply path from the AC power source to the second power supply unit so as to perform supply
and cut-off of the voltage input from the AC power source to the second power supply unit;

a detection unit configured to detect that a predetermined voltage or higher is supplied from the AC power source to the first
power supply unit; and

a control unit configured to turn the switch unit off by stopping the output with the first voltage from the first power supply
unit so as to cut off a voltage from the AC power source to the second power supply unit, when the detection unit detects
that the predetermined voltage or higher is supplied to the first power supply unit.

US Pat. No. 9,158,225

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DETECTION OF REMAINING DEVELOPER AMOUNT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image bearing member which bears an electrostatic latent image;
a developing device including:
a developing container which contains a developer;
a developer carrying member which carries the developer to develop the electrostatic latent image; and
an electrode member provided in the developing container;
a voltage applying device which applies an alternate-current voltage to the developer carrying member; and
a detecting device which detects information on a capacitance between the developer carrying member and the electrode member
when the voltage applying device applies the alternate-current voltage to the developer carrying member during developing
the electrostatic latent image,

wherein the voltage applying device has, as the alternate-current voltage, a first alternate-current voltage having a first
peak-to-peak voltage and a first frequency, and a second alternate-current voltage having a second peak-to-peak voltage higher
than the first peak-to-peak voltage and a second frequency lower than the first frequency, and

wherein the voltage applying device changes the first peak-to-peak voltage into the second peak-to-peak voltage if a number
of sheets used to form an image is equal to or greater than a predetermined number.

US Pat. No. 9,152,059

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND DEVICE FABRICATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus comprising:
a projection optical system configured to project a pattern of a mask onto a substrate;
a stage configured to move the substrate;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain data of a first imaging position at which light from a first pattern having, as a longitudinal
direction thereof, a first direction perpendicular to an optical axis of the projection optical system forms an image via
the projection optical system, and data of a second imaging position at which light from a second pattern having, as a longitudinal
direction thereof, a second direction which is not parallel to the first direction and is perpendicular to the optical axis
of the projection optical system forms an image via the projection optical system, when the first pattern and the second pattern
are respectively placed on an object plane of the projection optical system; and

a control unit configured to control the stage so that the substrate is positioned at a target position of the substrate along
the optical axis in projecting the pattern of the mask onto the substrate,

wherein the control unit determines the target position of the substrate along the optical axis based on the first imaging
position and the second imaging position in a time region where a part of or an entire depth-of-focus region at the first
imaging position overlaps a depth-of-focus region at the second imaging position, and interrupts projection of the pattern
of the mask onto the substrate when the depth-of-focus region at the first imaging position and the depth-of-focus region
at the second imaging position do not overlaps each other, when a mixed pattern which combines a pattern having the first
direction as a longitudinal direction thereof and a pattern having the second direction as a longitudinal direction thereof
is determined as the pattern of the mask and projected onto the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,150,019

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD BODY AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head body comprising:
a substrate; and
a channel forming member arranged on the substrate,
the channel forming member having a liquid ejection port for ejecting liquid and a liquid channel communicating with the liquid
ejection port, and

the substrate having an ejection energy generating element for generating energy for ejecting liquid on a first surface side
thereof where the channel forming member is arranged and a liquid supply port running through the substrate from a second
surface side opposite to the first surface side to the first surface side to supply the liquid to the liquid channel, wherein
a conductive layer for electrically connecting the first surface side and the second surface side is arranged along a lateral
surface of the liquid supply port.

US Pat. No. 9,153,703

THIN-FILM TRANSISTOR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a thin-film transistor comprising at least the steps of:
forming a gate electrode on a substrate;
forming a gate insulating layer;
forming an amorphous oxide semiconductor layer containing In, Ga and Zn and having an electron carrier density of 1014/cm3 or more and 1018/cm3 or less while controlling an oxygen partial pressure;

forming a source electrode and a drain electrode; and
forming a protective layer;
wherein the forming of the protective layer is performed by a sputtering method in an oxygen-containing atmosphere in which
a mixed gas of O2 and Ar is used and the O2/Ar mixing ratio of the mixed gas is 20% or more and 50% or less so that the gate electrode-side electron carrier density
of the oxide semiconductor layer is higher than the protective layer-side electron carrier density thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,139,003

METHOD FOR PRODUCING LIQUID-EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing a liquid-ejection head including:
a substrate on or above which a plurality of actuators are formed, the plurality of actuators generating energy for ejecting
a liquid; and

a flow-passage-forming member on or above the substrate, the flow-passage-forming member defining ejection ports through which
the liquid is ejected and a plurality of liquid chambers each having a corresponding one of the plurality of actuators,

the flow-passage-forming member including an orifice plate defining the ejection ports and liquid-chamber side walls defining
side walls of the plurality of liquid chambers,

the method comprising the steps of:
(1) forming molds on or above the substrate, the molds being used as molding members for forming the plurality of liquid chambers;
(2) forming the flow-passage-forming member by depositing an inorganic material on or above the substrate and the molds by
chemical vapor deposition, the flow-passage-forming member having depressed portions each formed in an area between an adjacent
pair of the liquid-chamber side walls in which the molds are not formed;

(3) forming a photosensitive resin layer by depositing a photosensitive resin on the flow-passage-forming member and in the
depressed portions;

(4) forming filling members in the depressed portions by grinding the photosensitive resin layer until an upper surface of
the orifice plate is exposed;

(5) after grinding the photosensitive resin layer, forming the ejection ports in the flow-passage-forming member; and
(6) after forming the ejection ports, removing the molds.

US Pat. No. 9,141,008

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, AND IMIDE COMPOUND

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
a support;
an undercoat layer formed on the support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the undercoat layer,
wherein the undercoat layer comprises:
a polymerized product of a compound represented by the following formula (1), or
a polymerized product of a composition comprising a compound represented by the following formula (1),
where,
n represents an integer of 0 or more,
R1 to R14 each independently represent a monovalent group represented by the following formula (A), a hydrogen atom, a cyano group,
a nitro group, a halogen atom, an unsubstituted or substituted aryl group, an unsubstituted or substituted hetero ring, an
unsubstituted or substituted alkyl group, a monovalent group derived from substitution of O for one of the carbon atoms in
the main chain of an unsubstituted or substituted alkyl group, a monovalent group derived from substitution of S for one of
the carbon atoms in the main chain of an unsubstituted or substituted alkyl group, or a monovalent group derived from substitution
of NR901 for one of the carbon atoms in the main chain of an unsubstituted or substituted alkyl group,

R901 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group,

at least one of R1 to R14 is the monovalent group represented by the formula (A),

a substituent of the substituted aryl group is selected from the group consisting of a halogen atom, a nitro group, a cyano
group, an alkyl group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, an alkoxy group, and an alkyl halide group,

a substituent of the substituted hetero ring is selected from the group consisting of a halogen atom, a nitro group, a cyano
group, an alkyl group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, an alkoxy group, and an alkyl halide group,

a substituent of the substituted alkyl group is selected from the group consisting of an alkyl group, an aryl group, a carbonyl
group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, and a halogen atom,

where,
at least one of ?, ?, and ? is a group having a polymerizable functional group,
l and m each independently represents 0 or 1, sum of 1 and m is 0 to 2,
? represents an unsubstituted or substituted alkylene group having 1 to 6 main-chain atoms, a divalent group having 1 to 6
main-chain atoms and derived from substitution of O for one of the carbon atoms in the main chain of an unsubstituted or substituted
alkylene group, a divalent group having 1 to 6 main-chain atoms and derived from substitution of S for one of the carbon atoms
in the main chain of an unsubstituted or substituted alkylene group, or a divalent group having 1 to 6 main-chain atoms and
derived from substitution of NR19 for one of the carbon atoms in the main chain of an unsubstituted or substituted alkylene group,

R19 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group,

a substituent of the substituted alkylene group is selected from the group consisting of the polymerizable functional group,
an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, a benzyl group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, and a phenyl group,

? represents an unsubstituted or substituted phenylene group,
a substituent of the substituted phenylene group is selected from the group consisting of the polymerizable functional group,
an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, a nitro group, a halogen atom, and an alkoxy group,

? represents a hydrogen atom, an unsubstituted or substituted alkyl group having 1 to 6 main-chain atoms, or a monovalent
group having 1 to 6 main-chain atoms and derived from substitution of NR902 for one of the carbon atoms in the main chain of an unsubstituted or substituted alkyl group,

R902 represents an alkyl group, and

a substituent of the substituted alkyl group is selected from the group consisting of the polymerizable functional group and
an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,134,670

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT DETECTS PHASE OF PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including a photosensitive drum, the image forming apparatus comprising:
an image formation unit configured to form an image on the photosensitive drum;
a detection unit configured to detect a reference position serving as a reference for rotation of the photosensitive drum
when the photosensitive drum is rotating at a predetermined speed;

a controller configured to control driving of the photosensitive drum;
a first time period measurement unit configured to measure a first time period from when the reference position is detected
by said detection unit to when the controller issues a command to stop rotation of the photosensitive drum, after reducing
the speed of rotation of the photosensitive drum from the predetermined speed;

a third time period measurement unit configured to measure a third time period that has elapsed from when the speed of rotation
of the photosensitive drum reached the predetermined speed to when the reference position is detected by said detection unit,
after rotation of the photosensitive drum is started again;

a phase determination unit configured to determine a phase of the photosensitive drum based on the first time period and the
third time period; and

an image formation control unit configured to control said image formation unit based on the phase of the photosensitive drum
determined by said phase determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,135,070

PREVENTING MEMORY EXHAUSTION OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS BASED ON THE PREDICTED PEAK MEMORY USAGE AND TOTAL MEMORY LEAKAGE AMOUNT USING HISTORICAL DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A support apparatus that supports an information processing apparatus that executes a plurality of jobs, the support apparatus
comprising:
a storage unit configured to store (i) a plurality of memory leak amounts corresponding respectively to the plurality of executed
jobs and (ii) a plurality of peak memory usage amounts corresponding respectively to the plurality of executed jobs;

an acquisition unit configured to, before executing a first job, (a) acquire a total memory leakage of the information processing
apparatus based on at least one of the plurality of memory leak amounts corresponding to the plurality of executed jobs and
(b) acquire a peak memory usage amount based on at least one of the plurality of peak memory usage amounts, wherein the at
least one of the plurality of peak memory usage amounts is selected for the acquisition based on comparison of a parameter
setting of the first job and a parameter setting of each of the plurality of executed jobs; and

a determination unit configured to determine, before executing the first job, whether or not an increasing memory usage that
would be caused by executing the first job exceeds a memory capacity of the information processing apparatus that is allowed,
based on the peak memory usage amount and the total memory leakage acquired by said acquisition unit,

wherein, based on the determination by the determination unit, (a) not executing the first job if the increasing memory usage
exceeds the memory capacity of the information processing apparatus, and (b) executing the first job if the increasing memory
usage does not exceed the memory capacity of the information processing apparatus, and

wherein said acquisition unit (a) acquires the peak memory usage amount corresponding to the first job based on average values
of the peak memory usage amounts corresponding to jobs similar to the first job stored by said storage unit, or (b) acquires
the peak memory usage amount based on the maximum value of the at least one of the plurality of peak memory usage amounts
corresponding to the jobs similar to the first job stored by the said storage unit, and

wherein the support apparatus includes a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,127,353

FILM-FORMING APPARATUS AND FILM-FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A film-forming apparatus for forming a thin film on a film formation subject by sputtering comprising:
a vacuum chamber;
a holder portion for holding the film formation subject in the vacuum chamber;
multiple cathode mechanisms for respectively supporting targets made of materials different from each other so that the targets
are opposed to the film formation subject in the vacuum chamber; and

multiple shutters, which correspond to respective targets, movable forward and backward individually between the targets and
the film formation subject to one of block and pass film-forming particles generated from the targets,

wherein at least one of the multiple shutters is formed of a target material different from the materials for the plurality
of the targets so that the at least one of the multiple shutters is configured as a shutter that also functions as a target,
and

wherein each of the targets supported by the multiple cathode mechanisms and the at least one of the multiple shutters formed
of a target material are used as a target to conduct the sputtering in turn.

US Pat. No. 9,105,122

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising a processor that is configured to:
input image data;
determine a plurality of areas in an image corresponding to the image data, based on the image, said plurality of areas meeting
respective predetermined conditions;

determine a tone correction characteristic for each of the plurality of areas based on image characteristic corresponding
to each of the plurality of areas;
perform tone correction processing to each of the plurality of areas by respectively using the tone correction characteristic
corresponding to each of the plurality of areas; and
output image data, in which the tone correction processing is performed, to a display unit, wherein
the plurality of areas are different areas in the image, and
the tone correction processing is performed in each of the plurality of areas by uniformly using the respective tone correction
characteristics corresponding to the respective areas.

US Pat. No. 9,097,998

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising toner particles each of which contains a binder resin and a coloring agent, wherein:
in a DSC curve as measured with a differential scanning calorimeter, the toner has a glass transition temperature of not less
than 50° C. and not more than 60° C.; and the toner has, in regard to a resin composition contained therein, a difference
of not less than 0.060 W/g in heat flow between a point on the curve at a temperature of 40° C. and a baseline in the range
exceeding the glass transition temperature; and

in viscoelastic characteristics measured at a frequency of 6.28 rad/sec, the toner has a storage elastic modulus (G?40) at
a temperature of 40° C. of not less than 7.0×108 Pa and not more than 2.0×109 Pa, and a storage elastic modulus (G?70) at a temperature of 70° C. of not less than 1.0×105 Pa and not more than 1.0×107 Pa,

wherein, in the DSC curve as measured with a differential scanning calorimeter, the binder resin has a first endothermic peak
P1 at a temperature of not less than 55° C. and not more than 75° C. and a second endothermic peak P2 at a temperature of
not less than 80° C. and not more than 120° C.; and the endothermic calorie at the first endothermic peak P1, ?H1, and the
endothermic calorie at the second endothermic peak P2, ?H2, is in a relationship of ?H1 ? ?H2, and

wherein the binder resin is a crystalline polyester.

US Pat. No. 9,098,006

ROLLER MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A roller member for electrophotography comprising:
an electroconductive substrate and an electroconductive elastic layer as a surface layer;
wherein
the electroconductive elastic layer has a crown shape of which an outer diameter at the middle of the roller member in the
lengthwise direction is larger than those at both ends of the roller member;

the electroconductive elastic layer comprises a binder and a bowl-shaped resin particle;
the surface of the roller member has a concavity derived from an opening of the bowl-shaped resin particle and a protrusion
derived from an edge of the opening of the bowl-shaped resin particle; and

wherein the relation in the restoring rate of the roller member for elastic deformation between at the middle of the roller
member in the lengthwise direction and at both ends of the roller member is such that:

on the surface of the electroconductive elastic layer, the restoring rate is larger at the both ends than that at the middle,
and

at the position of depth t ?m from the surface of the electroconductive elastic layer, the restoring rate is larger at the
middle than that at the both ends.

US Pat. No. 9,098,026

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING INDUCTION HEATING FIXING UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form a toner image on a sheet;
a fixing unit configured to fix the toner image formed on the sheet by heat;
a temperature detection unit configured to detect a temperature of the fixing unit;
a power measurement unit configured to measure a fixing power consumption to be consumed by the fixing unit;
a current measurement circuit configured to measure a current flowing from the alternating power supply to the image forming
apparatus; and

a control unit configured to determine a second fixing power to be supplied to the fixing unit based on a temperature difference
between a temperature to be detected by the temperature detection unit and a target temperature of the fixing unit, the fixing
power consumption measured by the power measurement unit, and a first fixing power determined previously, and to generate
a control signal for supplying the determined power to the fixing unit,

wherein, in a case where a second controlling value for obtaining the second fixing power is larger than a first controlling
value for obtaining the first fixing power for more than or equal to a first predetermined value, the control unit is configured
to correct the second controlling value to a controlling value obtained by adding the first predetermined value to the first
controlling value, and

wherein, in a case where the current measured by the current measurement circuit exceeds a predetermined upper limit value,
the control unit is configured to control a power to be supplied to the fixing unit based on a third controlling value which
is obtained by subtracting a second predetermined value from the second controlling value.

US Pat. No. 9,098,041

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR DETECTING PATCH IMAGE INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF REGIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of photosensitive members;
a plurality of exposure units configured to expose the plurality of photosensitive members;
a plurality of developing units configured to develop, using developer, latent images formed on the plurality of photosensitive
members by the exposure units;

an image carrier, onto which the developed images formed on the photosensitive members are transferred;
a sensor configured to irradiate the image carrier with light, and detect an amount of reflected light;
a patch detection unit configured to detect a position of a patch image, transferred onto the image carrier, based on the
amount of reflected light detected by the sensor; and

a registration adjustment unit configured to calculate an amount of misregistration based on the position of the patch image
detected by the patch detection unit, and execute registration adjustment based on the amount of misregistration,

wherein the patch image has a first region and a second region immediately adjacent to each other, and a density of the second
region is lower than that of the first region,

the first region and the second region of the patch image are formed on the same photosensitive member, a rotation direction
of which is the same as that of a developing sleeve of a corresponding developing unit of the developing units,

the second region of the patch image is formed at a trailing side of the patch image in a conveyance direction of the image
carrier and is not formed at a leading side of the patch image in the conveyance direction of the image carrier,

the patch detection unit is further configured to detect the position of the patch image based on a comparison result between
the amount of reflected light and a predetermined threshold,

an amount of reflected light from the second region is lower than the predetermined threshold, and
an amount of reflected light from the first region is higher than the predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,085,185

INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND INK JET PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing method of performing a plurality of scans of a print head provided with a plurality of nozzle arrays for respective
ink colors, where each of the plurality of nozzle arrays is formed from a plurality of nozzles for ejecting ink which are
arranged in a predetermined direction, the plurality of nozzle arrays being arranged in an intersecting direction that intersects
the predetermined direction, with a print medium being conveyed in the predetermined direction between the plurality of scans,
to perform printing to a unit area of the print medium, which is a unit area where printing is completed by the plurality
of scans in a scan direction that intersects the predetermined direction, said method comprising:
a control step of selectively performing a first print mode, in which the scan by the print head to the print medium is performed
M times, conveying of the print medium at a first conveyance amount between the M times of scans being performed, to complete
the printing to the unit area, a second print mode, in which the scan by the print head is performed N times, N being greater
than M and the conveying of the print medium at a second conveyance amount between the N times of scans being performed, to
complete the printing of the unit area, and a third print mode which completes printing to the unit area by L times of scans,
L being greater than M but less than N; and

a printing ratio determination step of determining a printing permission ratio for each of the nozzles of the print head for
each of the plurality of scans, so that the printing permission ratio is determined independently for the ink colors and with
having a relative bias for each ink color with respect to a nozzle array according to the performed printing mode,

wherein said printing permission ratio determination step determines the printing permission ratio for the printing head so
that the printing permission ratios that are determined not to be zero are different between the first mode and the second
mode, and the relative bias of the printing permission ratio for each ink color with respect to a nozzle array is increased
in an order of the first print mode, the third print mode and the second print mode, and

wherein said printing permission ratio determination step determines the printing permission ratio for the printing head so
that in the case of performing printing of the second and third print modes, a center of gravity of the printing permission
ratio with respect to the nozzle array which ejects a higher print density ink is located at an upper stream in the predetermined
direction.

US Pat. No. 9,073,311

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINT CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control method in a printing apparatus which prints a plurality of images by using a full-line printhead having
a plurality of nozzles which discharge ink to a sheet, comprising:
inputting image data from a host apparatus;
calculating, for each of the plurality of nozzles, a time between a time of final ink discharge when an Nth image has been
printed and a time of initial ink discharge when printing an (N+1)th image following the Nth image;

determining, based on the calculated time, whether or not to perform preliminary discharge for each of the plurality of nozzles;
and

performing preliminary discharge between the Nth image and the (N+1)th image from the nozzles determined to be used for the
preliminary discharge.

US Pat. No. 9,075,589

MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR SETTING POWER CONSUMPTION OF AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A management system which includes an image forming apparatus having a plurality of functions, a management apparatus which
manages the image forming apparatus, and an external apparatus,
said management apparatus comprising:
a power consumption acquisition unit configured to acquire information of power consumptions for the respective functions
of the image forming apparatus;

a supply power acquisition unit configured to acquire information of a supply power to be supplied to the image forming apparatus;
a power consumption determination unit configured to determine a power consumption value to be consumed by the image forming
apparatus based on the information of the power consumptions for the respective functions acquired by said power consumption
acquisition unit and the information of the supply power acquired by said supply power acquisition unit;

a function determination unit configured to determine functions to be operated of the plurality of functions included in the
image forming apparatus so as to be operated at the power consumption value determined by said power consumption determination
unit;

a function setting unit configured to set the image forming apparatus to operate the functions determined by said function
determination unit;

a power determination unit configured to determine based on the information of the supply power acquired by said supply power
acquisition unit and the information of the power consumptions acquired by said power consumption acquisition unit whether
or not the supply power required to operate the functions of the image forming apparatus is insufficient;

an external function processing determination unit configured to determine, when the supply power required to operate the
functions of the image forming apparatus is insufficient, whether or not a function of the image forming apparatus is allowed
to be alternatively processed by the external apparatus; and

an instruction unit configured to instruct, when said external function processing determination unit determines that the
function is allowed to be alternatively processed by the external apparatus, the image forming apparatus to process a job
by the external apparatus;

wherein the image forming apparatus comprises a control unit configured to switch the job to execution by the external apparatus
upon reception of the instruction to process the job by the external apparatus from said instruction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,069,126

OPTICAL ELEMENT, OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OPTICAL APPARATUS HAVING ANTIREFLECTION COATING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical element comprising a substrate that is transparent to light having a used wavelength region and an antireflection
coating formed on the substrate,
wherein the antireflection coating includes an intermediate layer formed on the substrate, and an undulation layer that is
formed on the intermediate layer and has a plurality of convexes arrayed with spacing shorter than a shortest wavelength in
the used wavelength region,

wherein the undulation layer has a portion where refractive index increases from a light incident side to the substrate,
wherein the intermediate layer has a first layer closest to the substrate, and a second layer formed on the first layer, and
wherein when a refractive index of the first layer to light having a wavelength of 550 nm is denoted by n1, a refractive index
of the second layer to the light having the wavelength of 550 nm is denoted by n2, and a refractive index of the substrate
to the light having the wavelength of 550 nm is denoted by ns, the following conditional equations are satisfied:

1.75?ns?2.20;

n1
n1

US Pat. No. 9,067,862

CONDENSED POLYCYCLIC COMPOUND AND ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

3. An organic light emitting device comprising:
an anode and a cathode; and
a layer comprising an organic compound disposed between the anode and the cathode,
wherein the layer comprising a hole transporting layer,
the hole transporting layer comprising a condensed polycyclic compound represented by the following Formula [1]

wherein in Formula [1],
R1 to R16 each represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, a substituted amino group, an
aryl group that may optionally have a substituent group, or a heterocyclic group that may optionally have a substituent group,

provided that at least one of R1, R2, R7 and R8 is an aryl group that may optionally have a substituent group, or a heterocyclic group that may optionally have a substituent
group.

US Pat. No. 9,070,215

HEAD MOUNTED DISPLAY, DISPLAY, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A head mounted display having a display unit for displaying an image in front of eyes of an observer, comprising:
input hardware sequentially inputting images of frames;
a CPU carrying out functions of a detection unit, a calculation unit, a display control unit, a determination unit, and a
control unit;

the detection unit detecting an error image region in an image of a frame of interest input by the input unit hardware;
the calculation unit calculating a size of the detected error image region if the error image region has been detected; and
the display control unit causing the display unit to display the image of the frame of interest when the detection unit has
been detected no error image regions within the image of the frame of interest,

wherein the display control unit includes
the determination unit determining whether the calculated size of the detected error image region within the image of the
frame of interest is smaller than a predetermined threshold and determining whether the error image region has been detected
by the detection unit within a frame immediately before the frame of interest, when the detection unit has detected the error
image region within the image of the frame of interest, and

the control unit causing the display unit to display the image of the frame immediately before the frame of interest in place
of the image of the frame of interest when the calculated size of the detected error image region within the image of the
frame of interest is equal to or larger than the predetermined threshold and the detection unit has detected no error image
regions within the frame immediately before the frame of interest, and causing the display unit to display a result obtained
by correcting the detected error image region within the image of the frame of interest using a pixel group surrounding the
detected error image region when the calculated size of the detected error image region is smaller than the predetermined
threshold and the error image region has been detected within the frame immediately before the frame of interest.

US Pat. No. 9,071,768

METHOD OF TRANSMITTING VIDEO INFORMATION OVER A WIRELESS MULTI-PATH COMMUNICATION LINK AND CORRESPONDING WIRELESS STATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of transmitting video information over a wireless communication link made of several transmission paths between
a wireless transmitting station and a wireless receiving station, the method comprising, in the wireless transmitting station:
obtaining an uncompressed video frame made of an array of pixel blocks, a pixel in the array of pixel blocks being represented
by base pixel information and enhancement pixel information;

generating at least one set of complementary pixel blocks from a given pixel block of the obtained uncompressed video frame,
by applying different operations to said given pixel block for dropping different enhancement pixel information from the given
pixel block, so that the at least one set of complementary pixel blocks comprise different enhancement pixel information and
each of the at least one set of complementary pixel blocks comprises the base pixel information; and

for each of the at least one set of complementary pixel blocks, transmitting the complementary pixel blocks over respective
different transmission paths to the wireless receiving station.

US Pat. No. 9,069,232

LENS BARRIER UNIT AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens barrier unit adapted to open or close an opening portion of a cover member disposed in front of an image pickup
lens in a direction of an optical axis of the image pickup lens, comprising:
a first panel member and a second panel member, each of which having an opening communicating with said opening portion and
a plate-shaped portion for partially defining the opening;

a lens barrier member adapted to move between a lens protection position where said opening portion is closed and a lens exposed
position where said opening position is opened; and

a link member adapted to pivotally move around a shaft with one end thereof as a center and to move said lens barrier member
to said lens protection position or said lens exposed position, wherein

said lens barrier member and said link member are arranged between said first panel member and said second panel member with
said link member located on a side of said second panel member side,

said second panel member and said link member overlap with each other through a static pressure receiving structure portion,
and

said static pressure receiving structure portion includes a first static pressure receiving structure portion comprising a
first static pressure receiving surface disposed on an upper part of said opening of said second panel member and a first
static pressure receiving portion disposed at one end of an outer peripheral part of said link member so as to oppose to said
first static pressure receiving surface, and a second static pressure receiving structure portion comprising a second static
pressure receiving surface disposed on the plate-shaped portion of said second panel member and a second static pressure receiving
portion disposed at the other end of the outer peripheral part of said link member so as to oppose to said second static pressure
receiving surface.

US Pat. No. 9,066,228

COMMUNICATION CONTROL APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A first communication apparatus comprising:
a first reception unit configured to receive first information from a second communication apparatus via a near field communication;
a second reception unit configured to receive second information from the second communication apparatus via a wireless communication
according to a first wireless communication method different from the near field communication;

an authentication unit configured to perform authentication processing based on the first and the second information; and
a first transmitting unit configured to transmit, in accordance with a result of the authentication processing, a first communication
parameter used for performing a wireless communication according to the first wireless communication method to the second
communication apparatus via a wireless communication according to the first wireless communication method, wherein the first
communication parameter comprises at least one of a Service Set IDentifier, encryption type, encryption key and authentication
type,

wherein the first communication apparatus wirelessly communicates with the second communication apparatus using the first
communication parameter transmitted by the first transmitting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,064,201

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT INSTRUCTS PRINTING USING METADATA WITHOUT DIVULGING CONTENT OF THE METADATA AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
at least one memory comprising computer code, the at least one memory and the computer code configured to, with the at least
one processor, cause the apparatus at least to:

receive a document for variable printing and a job ticket including print settings, the print settings including a conditional
print setting that depends on metadata included in the document;

replace, in the received document, information that is common between the conditional print setting and metadata included
in the document with unique information, replace in the received lob ticket, a condition portion of the conditional print
setting with the unique information, and delete, in the received document, information that is not common between the conditional
print setting and metadata included in the document such that the deleted information is removed from the received document;
and

instruct printing, using the conditional print setting and the document in which the common information is replaced with the
unique information.

US Pat. No. 9,058,236

MONITORING APPARATUS, MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, FIRMWARE UPDATING METHOD, AND PROGRAM THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A monitoring apparatus for monitoring a plurality of image forming apparatuses, the monitoring apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to control:
an inquiry unit configured to make an inquiry to a management apparatus;
a reception unit configured to receive, as a response to the inquiry, an update instruction for updating firmware of the image
forming apparatus to be monitored;

a transmission unit configured to transmit to the image forming apparatus to be monitored an instruction for performing communication
with a distribution server to download the firmware based on the update instruction;

a monitoring unit configured to monitor a state of the image forming apparatus corresponding to the update instruction; and
a notification unit configured to notify the management apparatus of a result of monitoring performed by the monitoring unit,
wherein the monitoring unit monitors whether the firmware has been updated in the image forming apparatus according to time
information corresponding to the update instruction;

wherein, when the transmission unit fails in the transmission of the instruction, the notification unit notifies an error
to the management apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,053,225

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, DATA PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing apparatus, which circulates data in one direction between a plurality of communication interfaces connected
in a ring shape, said apparatus comprising:
at least one input/output interface connected to at least one of the plurality of communication interfaces, which inputs/outputs
data to/from the connected communication interface;

a plurality of circuits respectively connected to a plurality of communication interfaces other than the communication interface
connected to said input/output interface, which process data input from the connected communication interfaces and output
the processed data to the connected communication interfaces;

a path setting circuit that sets a parameter regarding a path representing whether data input from said input/output interface
is data to be processed by said plurality of circuits based on a parameter indicating a processing order set by a controller;
and

a switching processor that switches between a first data processing path and a second data processing path, based on the parameter
regarding the path set by said path setting circuit, wherein

the first data processing path transfers the data in an order in which the plurality of communication interfaces are physically
connected,

the second data processing path transfers the data in a set logical connecting order other than the order in which the plurality
of communication interfaces are physically connected, and

said switching processor switches to the first data processing path in a case where the parameter regarding the path represents
that the data input from said input/output interface is not data to be processed by said plurality of circuits in the processing
order, and said switching processor switches to the second data processing path in a case where the parameter regarding the
path represents that the data input from said input/output interface is data to be processed by said plurality of circuits
in the processing order.

US Pat. No. 9,044,987

RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium, comprising: a base, a first ink receiving layer, and a second ink receiving layer that is an outermost
layer in the stated order, wherein
the first ink receiving layer is a layer adjacent to the second ink receiving layer,
the first ink receiving layer contains a fumed silica,
the second ink receiving layer contains a colloidal silica and a polymer particle, and
an area in which the colloidal silica exists in a surface of the recording medium is 10% or more and 70% or less.

US Pat. No. 10,444,466

DRIVING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving device configured to transmit driving force to a manual operation member operable by a user, the manual operation member being configured to be rotatable, the driving device comprising:a driving source;
a rotation shaft;
a first driving member configured to be rotatable about an axial direction of the rotation shaft and that has a position fixed in the axial direction;
a second driving member that has a smaller diameter than the first driving member, is rotatable about the axial direction and configured to move in the axial direction to be coupled with the first driving member so that the driving force from the driving source becomes transmittable to the manual operation member, and further configured to move in the axial direction to be decoupled from the first driving member so that the driving force from the driving source is prevented from being transmitted to the manual operation member; and
a selection unit configured to select a position of the second driving member in the axial direction between a first position in which the second driving member is coupled with the first driving member and a second position in which the second driving member is decoupled from the first driving member,
wherein the driving force from the driving source is transmitted to the manual operation member in a case that the selection unit selects the first position as the position of the second driving member in the axial direction, and
wherein the second driving member is held at the second position in a case that the selection unit selects the second position as the position of the second driving member in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,420,152

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A wireless communication device comprising:a processor; and
a memory that stores a program executable by the processor, wherein the program causes, when executed by the processor, the processor to function as:
a storage unit configured to store, when registering an external device as a communication partner, an encryption key to be used in communications with the external device in association with the external device;
a determining unit configured to, if a search signal from an external device received through wireless communication does not include unique information for identifying a searched device being searched by the search signal, determine whether or not the external device has been registered as a communication partner by confirming whether the encryption key associated with the external device is stored in the storage unit or not using identification information of the external device included in the search signal; and
a cancellation unit configured to cancel registration of the external device if it is determined by the determining unit that the external device has been registered as a communication partner.

US Pat. No. 10,412,839

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD, POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printed circuit board comprising:a piezoelectric element mounted on the printed circuit board and including a primary side electrode pair configured to input a voltage, a secondary side electrode configured to generate an output voltage according to the input voltage to the primary side electrode pair and a conductive resistor that couples the primary side electrode pair;
a first connection part connected to the primary side electrode pair of the piezoelectric element;
a second connection part connected to the secondary side electrode of the piezoelectric element; and
an opening provided to the printed circuit board arranged between the first connection part and the second connection part so as to prevent an occurrence of leakage between the first connection part and the second connection part, the opening passing through the printed circuit board,
wherein the conductive resistor is arranged between the first connection part and the opening when viewed from a direction perpendicular to the printed circuit board.

US Pat. No. 10,375,816

PRINTED-CIRCUIT BOARD, PRINTED-WIRING BOARD, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. A printed-wiring board on which an electronic component having a heat radiation part can be mounted, comprising:a land group with which a terminal group of the electronic component is joined;
a first conductor pattern which is arranged in a mounting area where the electronic component is mounted and which is joined with the heat radiation part of the electronic component;
a second conductor pattern, at least a part of which is arranged on an outside of the mounting area; and
a third conductor pattern which connects the first conductor pattern and the second conductor pattern,
wherein the land group includes a first land adjacent to the third conductor pattern and a second land which is not adjacent to the third conductor pattern, and
the first land is formed in a shape different from that of the second land so as to be spaced from the third conductor pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,251,274

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printed circuit board comprising:a transmitting circuit having a signal terminal for transmitting a digital signal and a ground terminal to which a ground voltage is applied; and
a printed wiring board on which the transmitting circuit is mounted, and which has at least three conductor layers stacked via insulating layers, wherein the three conductor layers are a first conductor layer, a second conductor layer and a third conductor layer,
wherein the printed wiring board comprises:
a first signal conductor pattern formed in the first conductor layer, and connected to the signal terminal of the transmitting circuit;
a resonance portion which comprises:
a ground conductor pattern formed in the second conductor layer, and connected to the ground terminal of the transmitting circuit;
a second signal conductor pattern having two conductor patterns including a first conductor pattern and a second conductor pattern, and a connecting conductor connecting between the two conductor patterns, formed in the third conductor layer and arranged in opposition to the ground conductor pattern in the second conductor layer; and
a via conductor connecting the second signal conductor pattern to the first signal conductor pattern,
wherein a surrounding area formed by surrounding the two conductor patterns by a shortest surrounding line is substantially the same as an area of the resonance portion resonating with the fundamental frequency of the digital signal,
wherein an area of the first conductor pattern is substantially equal to ½ of the surrounding area, and an area of the second conductor pattern is substantially equal to ¼ of the surrounding area, and
wherein an area between the first conductor pattern and the second conductor pattern within the surrounding area is substantially ¼ of the surrounding area.

US Pat. No. 10,197,934

TONER, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising:a toner particle containing a binder resin, an amorphous polyester, and a colorant, wherein
a softening point of the toner is 110 to 140° C.,
an integrated value f1 for stress of the toner is not more than 10 g·m/sec, as measured using a tack tester, with a temperature for a probe end being 150° C. and a press holding time being 0.01 seconds, and
an integrated value f2 for stress of the toner is at least 30 g·m/sec, as measured using a tack tester, with a temperature for a probe end being 150° C. and a press holding time being 0.1 seconds.

US Pat. No. 10,197,942

IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including a photosensitive member, and a light-irradiation unit configured to form a latent image on the photosensitive member by scanning, with laser light, a plurality of sections in a main scanning direction at a non-constant scanning velocity, the image forming apparatus comprising:an image data changing unit configured to extract a pixel piece smaller in size than one pixel from image data or insert the pixel piece into the image data according to which of the sections in the main scanning direction data corresponds to among image data for scanning with the laser light; and
a brightness changing unit configured to change an emission brightness of the laser light according to which of the sections in the main scanning direction the laser light corresponds to,
wherein, in a first section in the main scanning direction, the image data changing unit changes a number of pixel pieces corresponding to the first section to a first number and the brightness changing unit changes an emission brightness of laser light corresponding to the first section to a first emission brightness,
wherein, in a second section, in which a scanning velocity is faster than that in the first section, in the main scanning direction, the image data changing unit changes a number of pixel pieces corresponding to the second section to a second number and the brightness changing unit changes an emission brightness of laser light corresponding to the second section to a second emission brightness, and
wherein the first number is smaller than the second number, and the second emission brightness is larger than the first emission brightness.

US Pat. No. 10,180,641

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONTROLLING CONDITIONS OF APPLIED BIAS BASED ON TEST IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member configured to carry a toner image;
a toner image forming device configured to form a toner image on said image bearing member;
a transferring device configured to transfer the toner image from said image bearing member onto a recording material at a transfer portion;
a transfer bias applying device configured to apply a leading end bias to the transferring device when a leading end side area of the recording material with respect to a feeding direction of the recording material is passing through the transfer portion and apply a central bias to the transferring device when a central area of the recording material with respect to the feeding direction is passing through the transfer portion;
a fixing device configured to fix the toner image transferred onto the recording material on the recording material;
a sensor configured to detect light projected to and reflected by the toner image fixed on the recording material by said fixing device; and
a controller configured to control the leading end bias and the central bias so that the leading bias is lower than the central bias,
wherein said controller sets a condition of the leading end bias on the basis of a detection result of said sensor from a first test image formed by the toner image forming device, and sets a condition of the central bias on the basis of a detection result of said sensor from a second test image formed by the toner image forming device, and
wherein a toner deposition amount per unit area of the first test image is less than that of the second test image.

US Pat. No. 10,168,967

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing method executed by an image forming apparatus including a display for displaying an operation screen and a memory for storing a personal setting value, of a predetermined setting item, in association with a user and a common setting value, of the predetermined setting item, being used in common by the first and second users, the method comprising:setting, in accordance with an operation performed by an administrator, to use a personal setting value for the user or to use the common setting value;
performing login processing to allow a user to log in to the image forming apparatus;
reading the personal setting value from the memory and displaying an operation screen based on the read personal setting value in a case where the user logs in to the image forming apparatus in a state where it is set to use the personal setting value, and
reading the common setting value from the memory and displaying an operation screen based on the read common setting value in a case where the user logs in to the image forming apparatus in a state where it is set to use the common setting value;
wherein a value of a display language included in the personal setting value is reflected on the operation screen in a case where the personal setting value is read, and, after that, a value of a display language included in the common setting value is reflected on the operation screen in response to receiving a logout instruction from the user.

US Pat. No. 10,162,067

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus, comprising:a sensor array in which a plurality of pixels are arranged in a matrix form; and
a control unit configured to, based on a synchronization signal comprised of a cyclical pulse train and a timing control signal synchronized to the synchronization signal, cyclically perform a storing operation that stores charge in the pixels and a reading out operation that reads out the charge stored in the pixels, wherein
the control unit, in accordance with a range of a partial region for trimming in a region of the sensor array in which read out is possible, changes a phase of the timing control signal in relation to the synchronization signal.

US Pat. No. 10,151,994

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive member on which an electrostatic latent image is formed;
a charging roller in contact with said photosensitive member and configured to electrically charge said photosensitive member;
a voltage source configured to apply only a DC voltage to said charging roller;
a detecting member configured to detect a current flowing from said charging roller into said photosensitive member; and
a setting portion configured to set the DC voltage applied to said charging roller in an image forming period on the basis of a detection result of said detecting member when the DC voltage less than a discharge start voltage is applied from said voltage source to said charging roller in a period other than the image forming period, wherein said setting portion sets the DC voltage so that an absolute value of the DC voltage when an absolute value of the detected current is a first value is greater than an absolute value of the DC voltage when the absolute value of the detected current is a second value less than the first value.

US Pat. No. 10,146,174

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:a cartridge provided with a photosensitive member and being removable from a main body of the image forming apparatus;
a light emitting member provided with a plurality of light emitting elements arranged in a rotation axis direction of the photosensitive member and configured to make the plurality of light emitting elements emit light to expose the photosensitive member;
a transfer member configured to transfer a toner image formed on the photosensitive member;
a cartridge moving member configured to move the cartridge between a first position for forming the image on the recording medium and a second position in which the cartridge is further retracted away from the transfer member than in the first position; and
a light emitting member moving member configured to move the light emitting member between a third position in which the light emitting member exposes the photosensitive member in order to form the image on the recording medium and a fourth position in which the light emitting member is further retracted away from the cartridge than in the third position,
wherein, viewed in a rotation axis direction of the photosensitive member, the cartridge moving member linearly moves the cartridge from the first position to the second position, the light emitting member moving member linearly moves the light emitting member from the third position to the fourth position, and a movement direction in which the cartridge is moved from the first position to the second position is parallel to a movement direction in which the light emitting member is moved from the third position to the fourth position, and
wherein when the cartridge is located in the second position and the light emitting member is located in the fourth position, the plurality of light emitting elements of the light emitting member are opposed to the photosensitive member and the cartridge can be removed from inside of the main body.

US Pat. No. 10,146,484

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CONTROLLING DISPLAY OF AN INDICATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of performing a software program including (1) a first program layer with an instruction set to be interpreted and performed by a processor of the information processing apparatus and (2) a second program layer with an instruction set compiled in advance by a unit other than the processor, the information processing apparatus comprising:the processor, operatively coupled to a memory, the processor serving as units comprising:
(a) a transmission unit configured to transmit parameter information used for performing image processing from the first program layer to the second program layer;
(b) an image processing unit configured to perform the image processing in the second program layer based on the parameter information;
(c) a display control unit configured to display an indicator related to the image processing on a screen of the information processing apparatus;
(d) an instruction unit configured to issue an instruction to control display of the indicator from the second program layer to the first program layer; and
(e) a print instruction unit configured to cause a printing apparatus to perform print processing based on data for which the image processing has been performed,
wherein in a case where the image processing that the image processing unit performs in the second program layer based on the parameter information is completed, the instruction unit issues the instruction corresponding to the completion of the image processing from the second program layer to the first program layer, and
wherein in a case where the instruction unit issues the instruction corresponding to the completion of the image processing from the second program layer included in the software program performed by the information processing apparatus to the first program layer included in the software program performed by the information processing apparatus, the indicator is caused to disappear from the screen before the printing apparatus completes the print processing.

US Pat. No. 10,142,497

IMAGE PRINTING SYSTEM, METHOD IN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image printing system comprising:an image processing apparatus that stores an image to be printed; and
a printing apparatus that is capable of operating as a first access point by fixed authentication information for a wireless LAN connection and which prints the image transmitted from the image processing apparatus via a wireless LAN, wherein
the printing apparatus includes:
a first communication portion configured to execute a communication by a wireless LAN; and
a first processor;
wherein the first processor controls a communication by the communication portion in a first mode for performing a wireless LAN connection with the image processing apparatus by the printing apparatus operating as the first access point, or in a second mode for performing a wireless LAN connection with the image processing apparatus via a second access point different from the printing apparatus and the image processing apparatus, and
the first communication portion transmits a specific signal in a case where the communication is controlled in the first mode by the first processor, and
the image processing apparatus includes:
a second communication portion configured to execute a communication by a wireless LAN; and
a second processor,
wherein the second processor establishes, by the second communication portion, a connection without intervention of the second access point with the printing apparatus by using the fixed authentication information and transmits the image to the printing apparatus using the established connection, in a case where a predetermined instruction is received and the second processor detects the specific signal, and
the second processor transmits, by the second communication portion, the image to the printing apparatus using a connection via the second access point with the printing apparatus, in a case where the predetermined instruction is received and the second processor does not detect the specific signal, and
the printing apparatus prints the transmitted image.

US Pat. No. 10,142,502

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING STORAGE WHICH STORES INFORMATION RELATING TO SHEET SIZE DETECTED BY SIZE DETECTOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

11. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image reading apparatus configured to read an image; and
an image forming unit configured to form an image based on image information read by the image reading apparatus,
wherein the image reading apparatus comprises:
an image reading unit configured to read the image of a sheet placed on a sheet positioning plate;
an opening-closing unit configured to open or close with respect to the sheet positioning plate, and configured such that an opening angle of the opening-closing unit is defined as an angle of the opening-closing unit with respect to the sheet positioning plate;
a holding unit configured to releasably hold the opening-closing unit at a first opening angle at which the opening-closing unit is closed on the sheet positioning plate;
a hinge unit including a biasing portion for biasing the opening-closing unit in an opening direction, configured to rotatably support the opening-closing unit with respect to the sheet positioning plate, wherein in a case where the opening-closing unit is released from a holding state by the holding unit, the hinge unit is configured to move the opening-closing unit from the first opening angle to a second opening angle automatically by force applied by the biasing portion, the second opening angle being greater than the first opening angle;
a size detecting unit which detects a size of a sheet placed on the sheet positioning plate; and
a storage unit which stores information relating to the sheet size detected by the size detecting unit, wherein the information relating to the sheet size stored in the storage unit is reset in a case where the opening-closing unit is moved from the first opening angle to a third opening angle that is between the first opening angle and the second opening angle,
wherein in a case where the opening-closing unit is released from a holding state by the holding unit, the opening-closing unit is moved from the first opening angle to the second opening angle through the third opening angle by force applied by the biasing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,133,230

DOOR FOR AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, said apparatus comprising:a main assembly;
an openable member openable and closable relative to said main assembly;
a flexible connecting member connecting said openable member with said main assembly, said connecting member being slidable relative to at least one of said main assembly and said openable member, wherein said connecting member slides with opening of said openable member relative to said main assembly; and
a sliding member swingably supported by said main assembly or said openable member and slidable relative to said connecting member which slides,
wherein when said openable member is opened, said connecting member contacts, while sliding, a part of said sliding member on one side with respect to a center of swing to press said sliding member, so that the other side with respect to the center of swing of said sliding member urges said connecting member to an urged portion to retard a sliding movement of said connecting member.

US Pat. No. 10,129,551

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to encode frames forming a moving image using temporal hierarchies, the frames including at least first frames corresponding to a first temporal hierarchy of the temporal hierarchies and second frames corresponding to a second temporal hierarchy of the temporal hierarchies, the first frames being capable of forming a moving image having a frame rate of a first rate, and third frames including at least the first frames and the second frames being capable of forming a moving image having a frame rate of a second rate higher than the first rate, the image processing apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire information related to a temporal hierarchy corresponding to an encoding target frame, the information indicating a temporal hierarchy of the encoding target frame;
a determination unit configured to determine an encoding parameter based on the information acquired by the acquisition unit; and
an encoding unit configured to encode the encoding target frame using the encoding parameter determined by the determination unit,
wherein the determination unit is configured to determine the encoding parameters for the second frames so that an average bit rate of the third frames is equal to or smaller than a predetermined bit rate, and
wherein the determination unit is configured to determine the encoding parameters for the first frames regardless of the predetermined bit rate.

US Pat. No. 10,129,415

IMAGE READING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE READING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus, comprising:a reading unit;
at least one processor; and
a memory,
wherein the reading unit includes:
a first line sensor including a plurality of light receiving elements which are arranged along a first direction and which include light receiving elements receiving light of a first color and light receiving elements receiving light of a second color different from the first color, and
a second line sensor including a plurality of light receiving elements which are arranged along the first direction and which include light receiving elements receiving light of the first color and light receiving elements receiving light of the second color,
wherein the reading unit is configured to read an image of a target object at a reading position and to generate read data representing the image read by the respective line sensors,
wherein the first line sensor and the second line sensor are arranged along a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, and
wherein the memory stores instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to function as:
an abnormal pixel detector configured to detect (i) a first abnormal pixel included in the read data read by the reading unit when the target object does not exist at the reading position, based on pixel data from the first and second line sensors and (ii) a second abnormal pixel included in the read data read by the reading unit when the target object exists at the reading position, based on pixel data from the first and second line sensors, and
a combining unit configured to generate at least one of (i) first abnormal pixel information obtained by combining results of detecting the first abnormal pixels and (ii) second abnormal pixel information obtained by combining results of detecting the second abnormal pixels.

US Pat. No. 10,129,416

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. A method to control an image processing apparatus configured to accept an operation instruction for the image processing apparatus from an operation unit of the image processing apparatus, and to accept an operation instruction for the image processing apparatus from an information processing apparatus connected to the image processing apparatus via a network, the method comprising:setting a restriction on change in a setting of the image processing apparatus through an operation of the operation unit;
setting whether to permit cancellation of the restriction setting through an operation of the operation unit;
making a control in such a way that the cancellation of the restriction setting through an operation of the operation unit is permitted in a case where the cancellation of the restriction setting through an operation of the operation unit is set to be permitted;
making a control in such a way that the cancellation of the restriction setting through an operation of the operation unit is not permitted in a case where the cancellation of the restriction setting through an operation of the operation unit is set not to be permitted; and
accepting an instruction to cancel the restriction setting from the information processing apparatus regardless of the setting of whether to permit the cancellation of the restriction setting through an operation of the operation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,126,676

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a light source configured to emit a light beam having an amount of light corresponding to a value of supplied current;
a detection unit including a first light-sensitive element on which a light beam emitted from the light source is incident and configured to output a voltage corresponding to an amount of light that is incident on the first light-sensitive element;
a rotating polygon mirror including a plurality of reflecting surfaces and configured to deflect a light beam emitted from the light source by the plurality of reflecting surfaces so that the light beam emitted from the light source scans over a photosensitive member;
a second light-sensitive element configured to generate a periodic signal having a period corresponding to a rotation speed of the rotating polygon mirror by incidence of the light beam obtained by deflection by each reflective surface;
a light amount control unit configured to control a value of current to be supplied to the light source based on the voltage output from the detection unit so that an amount of light of a light beam that is incident on the second light-sensitive element becomes a target amount of light;
a voltage output unit configured to output a predetermined threshold voltage corresponding to an amount of light lower than the target amount of light; and
an identification unit configured to perform identification processing for identifying a reflecting surface on which the light beam is incident from the plurality of reflecting surfaces using the period of the periodic signal,
wherein the identification unit performs the identification processing when the voltage output from the detection unit is equal to or higher than the predetermined threshold voltage and does not perform the identification processing when the voltage output by the detection unit is lower than the predetermined threshold voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,118,396

PRINTING APPARATUS AND LIQUID STORAGE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a print head having an ejection port surface on which an ejection port which ejects a liquid is formed; and
a liquid storage container including:
a liquid storage chamber configured to store the liquid to be supplied to the print head;
a liquid injection portion configured for injection of the liquid into the liquid storage chamber from the outside;
an atmosphere communication chamber configured to communicate with the atmosphere, the atmosphere communication chamber being arranged under the liquid storage chamber in a direction of gravity; and
a communication flow path configured to allow communication between the liquid storage chamber and the atmosphere communication chamber, the communication flow path having an opening in the atmosphere communication chamber, the opening being arranged under the ejection port surface in the direction of gravity.

US Pat. No. 10,119,203

GLOSSY MEMBER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A glossy member, comprising:a polymer substrate; and
a polymer fiber assembly disposed on the polymer substrate,
wherein:
the polymer fiber assembly consists of polymer fibers having fiber diameters of 0.05 ?m to less than 1 ?m and forming a film shape;
the polymer fibers are in contact with each other and are oriented in a given direction such that the polymer fibers have an orientation degree of at least 90%;
an absolute value of a difference between an average solubility parameter of a constituent material for the polymer substrate and an average solubility parameter of a polymer material of the polymer fibers is less than 5 (J/cm3)1/2; and
each of the polymer fibers contains a polymer material having a repeating unit, which has a dipole moment of 0 D to 3.50 D, and an absolute value of a SOMO of 9 eV to 12 eV.

US Pat. No. 10,116,820

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing instructions, when executed by the processor, causing the image forming apparatus to function as:
an input unit configured to input image data;
a printing unit configured to print an image based on the image data input by the input unit;
a control unit configured to determine if the image forming apparatus is operating in a first mode or a second mode,
wherein if the control unit determines the image forming apparatus is operating in a first mode then perform control to print by the printing unit an image generated from the image data input by the input unit, and
wherein if the control unit determines the image forming apparatus is operating in a second mode then print by the printing unit an image obtained by adding a predetermined pattern image to the image generated from the image data input by the input unit; and
an operation unit including a display and accepting unit,
wherein if the image forming apparatus operates in the second mode, display a confirmation screen to a user prior to printing to accept selection regarding whether to perform printing in the second mode in response to operation performed to start printing the image.

US Pat. No. 10,115,042

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

36. An image processing apparatus for generating print data used in each of K relative scans performed on a unit area on a print medium by a print head for discharging ink, the print data determining discharge or non-discharge of ink to each pixel area corresponding to a plurality of pixels in the unit area, the image processing apparatus comprising:the print head;
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire image data that corresponds to an image to be printed in the unit area and that determines an attribute of each of the plurality of pixels in the image, and a number of discharges of ink from zero to N (N?2) to each of the plurality of pixels; and
a generation unit configured to generate the print data based on the image data acquired by the first acquisition unit, and K mask patterns that correspond to the K scans and that determine allowing or disallowing ink to be discharged in accordance with the attribute and number of discharges indicated at each of the plurality of pixels by the image data,
wherein first print permitting pixels and second print permitting pixels are placed in the K mask patterns such that (i) a difference between a number of the first print permitting pixels placed in J (1

US Pat. No. 10,110,801

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING A CAMERA TO PERFORM A TASK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for controlling a camera to perform a selected task from a set of tasks, the method comprising:determining a viewing condition of the camera to perform each task from the set of tasks;
determining a posterior probability of task success for each task from the set of tasks based on the determined viewing conditions and a prior probability of task success for each task;
determining a change in rate of information gain for task success for each task from the set of tasks based on the posterior probability;
selecting the task to be performed based on the change in rate of information gain; and
controlling the camera to perform the selected task.

US Pat. No. 10,110,823

POSITION OUTPUT UNIT, AND LENS APPARATUS AND LENS SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An output apparatus comprising:a detector configured to detect a position of a movable member;
a first processor configured to generate, based on an output from the detector, a pulse train signal including a number of pulses representing a displacement amount of the movable member and to output the pulse train signal; and
a second processor configured to send information of the position of the movable member by data communication,
wherein the first processor is configured to generate the pulse train signal such that a total number of pulses in the pulse train signal corresponding to a displacement amount of the movable member over an entirety of a movable range of the movable member is equal to a maximum value of the position of the movable member of which information is sent by the second processor.

US Pat. No. 10,108,125

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion configured to form an image;
a casing configured to accommodate said image forming portion;
an image reading portion provided above said casing and configured to read image information from an original;
a first controller substrate provided on one of side surfaces of said casing and configured to control said image forming portion on the basis of the image information from said image reading portion;
a second controller substrate provided on the side surface, wherein a component mounting surface of said second controller substrate is in a non-overlapping position with a component mounting surface of said first controller substrate;
an electric wire configured to connect said first controller substrate and said image reading portion and provided along the component mounting surface of said second controller substrate; and
a shielding member fixed to said casing so as to be provided between said electric wire and said second controller substrate and configured to shield electromagnetic radiation from said second controller substrate toward said electric wire.

US Pat. No. 10,103,183

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing method of an imaging device including, in a semiconductor substrate:a plurality of pixels each including:
a first active region in which an electric charge accumulation region of a first conductivity type configured to accumulate signal electric charges is disposed; and
an element isolation portion that isolates the first active region from a second active region adjacent to the first active region, the method comprising:
ion-implanting impurity ions of a second conductivity type different from the first conductivity type into a first region and a second region using a first mask, the first region being disposed under a region to be the electric charge accumulation region and the second region being under the element isolation portion, continuous with the first region, and positioned shallower than the first region; and
ion-implanting impurity ions of the second conductivity type into a third region and a fourth region. using a second mask, the third region being disposed under the region to be the electric charge accumulation region and positioned shallower than the first region, and the fourth region being under the element isolation portion, continuous with the third region and the second region, and positioned shallower than the third region and the second region,
wherein the first mask covers an upper part of the element isolation portion and has an aperture corresponding to at least a part of the region to be the electric charge accumulation region, and
wherein the second mask covers the upper part of the element isolation portion and has an aperture corresponding to at least a part of the region to be the electric charge accumulation region.

US Pat. No. 10,103,314

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, METHOD OF PRODUCING PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by Formula (1): (NaxBa1-y)(NbyTi1-y)O3,
where x is 0.83 or more and 0.95 or less, y is 0.85 or more and 0.95 or less, and x/y is 0.95 or more and 1.05 or less;
at least one of Mn and Ni; and
Mg,
wherein
the content of Ni is 0.050 mol or less based on 1 mol of the perovskite-type metal oxide,
the content of Mn is 0.005 mol or less based on 1 mol of the perovskite-type metal oxide; and
the content of Mg is 0.001 mol or more and 0.020 mol or less based on 1 mol of the perovskite-type metal oxide.

US Pat. No. 10,093,103

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus comprising:a container divided into a first chamber and a second chamber by a dividing member, said first chamber including a discharge outlet that discharges a liquid onto an object placed on a base plate and configured to contain the liquid, said second chamber configured to contain a liquid filler;
a tank configured to store the liquid filler;
a connecting portion that provides liquid filler communication between said tank and said second chamber;
a measurement unit configured to measure an amount of the liquid filler supplied from said tank to said second chamber; and
a controller configured to determine an amount of the liquid contained in said first chamber based on a measurement result from said measurement unit.

US Pat. No. 10,095,165

FIXING APPARATUS FOR FIXING A TONER IMAGE TO A RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus for fixing a toner image on a recording material, the fixing apparatus comprising:a cylindrical film;
a heater configured to contact the film, the heater including a substrate having a narrow and long shape and a heat generation resistor including an electrode portion and formed on the substrate along a longitudinal direction of the substrate;
a roller configured to form a nip portion with the film;
a plurality of heat conduction members configured to contact a surface of the heater opposite to a surface of the heater contacting the film, each of the plurality of heat conduction members having a higher thermal conductivity than that of the substrate; and
a connector configured to be connected with the electrode portion and through which power is supplied to the heat generation resistor, the connector being provided on either one of both longitudinal end portions of the heater,
wherein the recording material on which the toner image is formed is conveyed and heated at the nip portion to fix the toner image on the recording material, and
wherein the plurality of heat conduction members include a first heat conduction member and a second heat conduction member which are arranged in the longitudinal direction of the substrate with a gap therebetween, the first heat conduction member contacting a region of the heater continuously extending from a longitudinal center of the heat generation resistor to a non-passing region of the heater where a small-sized recording material does not pass in the longitudinal direction of the substrate, the first heat conduction member being provided at a position nearer to the connector than the second conduction member.

US Pat. No. 10,095,180

DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE WHICH IS MOVABLE TOWARD AND AWAY FROM IMAGE BEARING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing cartridge attachable/detachable to/from a main body of an image forming apparatus, the developing cartridge comprising:a developer bearing member that bears developer to form a developer image on an image bearing member provided in the main body of the apparatus;
a developing frame that supports the developer bearing member; and
a pressed part that is provided on the developing frame,
wherein, in a state in which the developing cartridge is attached to the main body of the apparatus, the developing frame moves when the pressed part is pressed by a press member, provided in the main body of the apparatus, to move the developer bearing member,
wherein the pressed part is provided with a positioning part that contacts and positions the press member, and the press member is urged toward the positioning part by an urging member, and
wherein the developing frame has a guiding part that moves the press member against an urging force of the urging member when the developing cartridge is attached to the main body of the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,095,446

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING TEST PRINTING FUNCTION, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus which is capable of performing test printing that prints, as a trial, one copy of a plurality of copies of print data for which the plurality of copies are to be printed, comprising:a network interface configured to receive print data from an external apparatus via a network;
a user interface configured to accept, after the receiving of the print data, an instruction to perform the test printing for the received print data; and
a controller including one or more processors, wherein the controller is configured to act as:
a determination unit configured to determine whether the received print data includes a plurality of sections for which different numbers of print copies are able to be set; and
a prohibition unit configured to prohibit the user interface from accepting the instruction to perform the test printing for the received print data in a case where the determination unit determines the received print data includes the plurality of sections for which different numbers of print copies are able to be set.

US Pat. No. 10,096,090

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM, RELATING TO EMPHASIZING A CONTOUR REGION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing a program which, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the image processing apparatus to:
identify a plurality of contour regions, each respectively including a contour component, in an image;
determine a scatter degree of the plurality of contour regions in the image;
increase, in a case where the scatter degree of the plurality of contour regions is greater than a first predetermined value, an emphasis degree of the plurality of contour regions in comparison to a case where the scatter degree is equal to or less than the first predetermined value; and
output, to a display unit, the image including the plurality of contour regions, in which the emphasis degree of the plurality of contour regions is the increased emphasis degree,
wherein the scatter degree is a degree to which the contour regions are spatially scattered in the image.

US Pat. No. 10,088,778

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A TONER DISCHARGING PORTION AND A COVER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material using toner, said apparatus comprising:a main assembly;
an image developer unit configured to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on an image bearing member, using the toner;
a toner container detachably mounted to said main assembly, said toner container containing the toner and provided with a toner discharging portion including a discharge opening configured to discharge the toner from said toner container;
a storage container configured to store the toner discharged through said discharge opening and to supply the stored toner into said image developer unit, wherein said toner discharging portion extends at least partly in said storage container through an opening of said storage container; and
a cover configured to cover said toner discharging portion and extending inwardly from an inside of a wall of said storage container, which wall is provided with said opening, at least below said toner discharging portion,
wherein a length L1 by which said cover extends from said wall inwardly of said storage container with respect to a mounting direction in which said toner container is mounted to a mounting portion, and a length L2 by which said toner discharging portion extends from said opening inwardly of said storage container satisfy L1

US Pat. No. 10,085,710

RADIOGRAPHING SYSTEM, METHOD OF CONTROLLING RADIOGRAPHING SYSTEM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM OF COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiographing system, comprising:a plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses each of which has a radiation detecting panel, the radiation detection panel having a plurality of pixels arrayed in a two-dimensional matrix and converts radiated radiation into an image signal;
a composition processing unit which composites a plurality of radiation images acquired from the plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses to generate a long-length image, wherein
each of the plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses includes a position acquiring unit which acquires positional information by communicating with an external apparatus; and
a position deciding unit which decides an order, in which the plurality of radiation images to be composited by the composition processing unit are composited, based on the positional information acquired by the position acquiring unit.

US Pat. No. 10,089,561

GENERATING A RASTER IMAGE REGION BY RENDERING IN PARALLEL PLURAL REGIONS OF SMALLER HEIGHT AND SEGMENTING THE GENERATED RASTER IMAGE REGION INTO PLURAL REGIONS OF SMALLER WIDTH

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which segments a raster image having a predetermined width and a predetermined height, the apparatus comprising:an acquiring unit configured to acquire print data;
a plurality of rendering units configured to generate a raster image having the predetermined width and the predetermined height, wherein each rendering unit is configured to perform rendering to generate respective raster images each having the predetermined width and a height smaller than the predetermined height based on the print data, the rendering being performed in parallel by the plurality of rendering units; and
a segmenting unit configured to segment the generated raster image having the predetermined width and the predetermined height into raster images of a plurality of segments each having a width smaller than the predetermined width and the predetermined height.

US Pat. No. 10,088,795

CLEANING BLADE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A cleaning blade, comprising:an elastic member containing urethane rubber; and
a supporting member supporting the elastic member,
wherein a free end of the elastic member has:
an edge; and
a first plane and a second plane constituting the edge,
either or both of the first plane and the second plane have a hardened surface,
wherein, the cleaning blade satisfies the following relationships represented by Formula (1) and Formula (2):
0.10?DHs?0.40  (1)
DHs?DHm  (2)whereDHs (mN/?m2) represents a dynamic hardness of the hardened surface; and
DHm (mN/?m2) represents a maximum value of a dynamic hardness obtained in a positional range in which a distance L from the edge on a straight line that bisects an angle of the edge in a cross-section of the elastic member orthogonal to a longitudinal direction of the elastic member satisfies 0 ?m wherein, the elastic member satisfies a peak intensity ratio Ibs/Ifs of 1.0 or less, wherein
Ibs represents a peak intensity of ? C?O bond (1708 to 1720 cm?1) derived from a urethane group hydrogen bond and Ifs is a peak intensity of ? C?O free (1724 to 1736 cm?1) derived from a urethane group in urethane rubber in an IR chart obtained at the hardened surface with AFM-IR,
and wherein,
when M1 is defined as a maximum value of a peak intensity ratio of Ib1/If1 in a positional range in which a distance L from the edge on the straight line satisfies 0 ?m the maximum vale M1 is greater than the peak intensity ratio Ibs/Ifs.

US Pat. No. 10,091,369

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

11. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing computer executable instructions that cause a control method for controlling an image processing apparatus to be executed, the image processing apparatus comprising a reading unit configured to read a document and generate image data, the control method comprising:receiving, via a network from an external apparatus, a transmission request for transmitting data based on an image obtained by reading a document using the scanner to a destination designated by a user operation via the external apparatus;
displaying, on a display unit, a confirmation screen for confirming the destination to be transmitted based on the received transmission request before executing reading a document using the scanner, after receiving the transmission request from the external apparatus;
notifying, in a case where a further transmission request for transmitting data based on an image obtained by reading a document using the scanner to a destination designated by a user operation via another external apparatus is received from said another external apparatus while a screen related to the received transmission request is being displayed, the external apparatus that has transmitted the further transmission request of signal indicating that the further transmission request can not be executed; and
controlling to transmit the data based on the image obtained by reading the document using the scanner to the specified destination set for the transmission request based on a user instruction.

US Pat. No. 10,085,003

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus, comprising:an image sensor;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain three-dimensional information of a subject, the three-dimensional information including an image obtained by using the image sensor, and depth information relating to the image;
a comparison unit configured to make a comparison between a resolution of the three-dimensional information and a resolution of a formative apparatus; and
a judging unit configured to judge whether or not recapturing of the subject is required, based on a result of the comparison,
wherein the obtaining unit obtains three-dimensional information relating to each pixel position, based on a defocus amount at each pixel position obtained based on parallax images, and
the judging unit judges that recapturing is required when a maximum value of a distance between the three-dimensional information of adjacent pixel positions is greater than or equal to the resolution of the formative apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,075,832

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,073,370

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a holding unit configured to hold information indicating spot diameters of light, at positions along a main scanning direction, exposed on a surface of a photoreceptor;
a correction unit configured to generate, from pixel data of interest, a plurality of pieces of correction data based on a plurality of tone correction properties respectively corresponding to a plurality of representative spot diameters of light exposed on the surface of the photoreceptor;
a setting unit configured to determine a spot diameter, based on position of the pixel of interest, referring to the holding unit and to set a blending ratio based on the determined spot diameter; and
a blending unit configured to blend, based on the blending ratio, the plurality of pieces of correction data to generate corrected data for the pixel of interest.

US Pat. No. 10,073,382

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT APPLIES BIAS VOLTAGE ACCORDING TO STORED IMAGE BEARING MEMBER INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a plurality of image bearing members, each on which a developer image is formed;
an intermediate transfer medium to which the developer image on the image bearing member is primarily transferred;
a transfer member that secondarily transfers the developer image, primarily transferred to the intermediate transfer medium, to a recording medium;
a charging member that charges residual developer remaining on the intermediate transfer medium after the developer image is secondarily transferred from the intermediate transfer medium to the recording medium;
a storage portion that stores information about a film thickness of each of the plurality of image bearing members; and
a control portion that controls a bias voltage applied to the charging member based on the stored information about the film thickness of an image bearing member having a smallest film thickness value among the plurality of image bearing members, to charge the residual developer remaining on the intermediate transfer medium before the residual developer is transferred from the intermediate transfer medium to the plurality of image bearing members.

US Pat. No. 10,063,770

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:an image capturing unit;
a controller;
a first communication interface configured to communicate with an image capturing device which is attachable to the communication apparatus by using an attachment member; and
a predetermined operation unit,
wherein the controller,
in a first state in which the image capturing device is not attached to the communication apparatus, causes the predetermined operation unit to function as a member for instructing image capturing by the image capturing unit,
and, in a second state in which the image capturing device is attached to the communication apparatus, causes the predetermined operation unit to function as a member for transmitting a capturing instruction via the first communication interface to the image capturing device which is attached to the communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,063,798

IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,061,119

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,057,457

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS TO PRINT IMAGE DATA RECEIVED BY FACSIMILE COMMUNICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a network controller connecting a network;
a facsimile controller connecting a facsimile communication line different from the network;
a storage;
a memory storing instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the instructions to cause the information processing apparatus to:
receive, using the facsimile controller, image data from the facsimile communication, wherein the received image data has a main scanning size prescribed by a recommendation as a standard for the facsimile communication,
acquire the main scanning size and a sub scanning size of the received image data,
determine, according to the acquired main scanning size, a first size as a target size of a main scanning direction from a plurality of candidates, wherein each candidate indicates a size corresponding to a different print paper independent of the recommendation,
determine, according to the acquired sub scanning size, a second size as a target size of a sub scanning direction from a plurality of candidates corresponding to the determined first size,
perform adjustment processing for the received image data according to the determined first size and the determined second size,
generate a file using an image data that has a converted main scanning size and a converted sub scanning size, converted by the adjustment processing, and
store the generated file in the storage.

US Pat. No. 10,055,443

INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,057,496

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the display control apparatus to perform operations comprising:
storing image data associated with positional information;
determining whether information representing a type of satellite used for determining the positional information associated with the stored image data is associated with the image data; and
controlling, in accordance with a result of the determination performed by the determining, display of information representing a type of satellite used for determining the positional information associated with the image data in a form in which the type of satellite is recognizable,
wherein the determination is performed when the display control apparatus is in a reproducing mode.

US Pat. No. 10,052,891

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a first wireless communication unit and a second wireless communication unit which is capable of performing faster communication than the first wireless communication unit, comprising:a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display a first selection screen on which can be selected first print target data as print target data if a first selection item is selected via a predetermined screen, wherein, if a second selection item is selected via the predetermined screen, the display control unit causes the display unit to display a second selection screen on which can be selected second target data as the print target data, wherein the predetermined screen is displayed before the first and second selection screens;
a determination unit configured to determine a first sheet attribute as a sheet attribute if the first selection item is selected via the predetermined screen, wherein, if the second selection item is selected via the predetermined screen, the determination unit determines a second sheet attribute as the sheet attribute;
a communication control unit configured to cause the second wireless communication unit to establish a wireless connection with an image forming apparatus by communicating with the image forming apparatus by using the first wireless communication unit to obtain communication information for use by the second wireless communication unit to establish the wireless connection; and
a transmitting unit configured to transmit print data based on the print target data selected using the first or second selection screen to the image forming apparatus via the established wireless connection,
wherein if the first sheet attribute is determined as the sheet attribute by the determination unit and the determined first sheet attribute corresponds to at least one of first sheet information set in a first sheet tray of the image forming apparatus and second sheet information set in a second sheet tray of the image forming apparatus, print processing based on the print data is executed,
wherein, if the first sheet attribute is determined as the sheet attribute by the determination unit and the determined first sheet attribute corresponds to neither the first sheet information set in the first sheet tray of the image forming apparatus nor the second sheet information set in the second sheet tray of the image forming apparatus, a third selection item including, as a display content, the first sheet information set in the first sheet tray of the image forming apparatus and a fourth selection item including, as the display content, the second sheet information set in the second sheet tray of the image forming apparatus, are displayed concurrently, and
wherein, if the third selection item is selected, a print processing corresponding to the third selection item is executed, while, if the fourth selection item is selected, a print processing corresponding to the fourth selection item is executed.

US Pat. No. 10,057,297

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a communication unit configured to establish communication with a communication relay device with one of a plurality of encryption methods;
a display unit configured to display at least a security policy setting screen and warning screen, the security policy setting screen being for determining whether or not to validate a security policy setting for setting whether to enable or disable the security policy of prohibiting the use of a weak encryption method that does not satisfy a predetermined encryption strength, wherein a warning that the network is disconnected by validating the security policy setting is displayed in the security policy setting screen;
at least one hardware processor; and
at least one memory coupled to the at least one hardware processor and having instructions stored therein,
wherein, upon execution of the stored instructions by the at least one hardware processor, the at least one hardware processor and the at least one memory cooperate to function as
a reception unit configured to receive, via the setting screen, a first input from a user that indicates validation of the security policy setting for restricting establishing communication with an encryption method which does not satisfy the predetermined encryption strength; and
a control unit configured to display on the display unit, after disconnection of communication with the communication relay device, a first screen, which is the warning screen indicating a reason for the disconnection of the previously established communication in a case where the reception unit has received the first input and the communication unit is re-establishing communication with the communication relay device having the disconnected communication previously established using the encryption method which does not satisfy the predetermined encryption strength, the first screen indicating that the encryption method used in the attempted communication between the communication unit and the communication relay device does not satisfy the predetermined encryption strength.

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. 10,046,931

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:a first roller that is provided to an apparatus body and rotates by receiving driving force from a drive source;
an opening-closing member that is provided to the apparatus body and is movable between an open position where a jam recovery of a sheet is enabled and a close position where sheet conveyance is performed;
a second roller that is provided to the opening-closing member, the second roller being urged toward the first roller to convey the sheet with the rotation of the first roller, when the opening-closing member is in the close position;
an urging member that is provided on the opening-closing member at a position between the second roller and the opening-closing member, the urging member applying a force to the second roller toward the first roller when the opening-closing member is in the close position;
a restraint member that is provided to the opening-closing member, the restraint member being brought into contact with a rotation shaft of the second roller and restraining the rotation shaft relative to the opening-closing member with the urging member being compressed when being moved, the restraint member switching between a restraint state in which the rotation shaft is restrained and a release state in which the rotation shaft is released from the restraint, by being moved,
wherein, when the opening-closing member is in the close position and the rotation shaft is in the release state, the restraint member switches the rotation shaft to the restraint state from the release state during the movement of the opening-closing member from the close position to the open position, and keeps the rotation shaft in the restraint state until the opening-closing member reaches the open position, and during the movement of the opening-closing member from the open position to the close position, the restraint member keeps the rotation shaft in the restraint state; and
a releasing member that is moved by driving force from the drive source when the opening-closing member is in the close position and the rotation shaft is in the restraint state, the releasing member switching the rotation shaft to the release state by moving the restraint member as being engaged with the restraint member.

US Pat. No. 10,046,945

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,045,753

STRUCTURE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND TALBOT INTERFEROMETER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray Talbot interferometer comprising:an X-ray diffraction grating capable of diffracting x-ray radiation from an X-ray source to form an interference pattern;
an X-ray shield grating capable of partially blocking the X-ray radiation forming the interference pattern; and
an X-ray detector capable of detecting X-ray radiation from the X-ray shield grating;
wherein the X-ray shield grating includes:
a silicon substrate having a plurality of recessed portions, each recessed portion having a bottom and a side wall;
silicide layers, each silicide layer disposed in one of the plurality of recessed portions and in contact with the bottom of the one of the plurality of recessed portions; and
a metal structure including metal portions, each metal portion disposed in one of the plurality of recessed portions.

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. 10,044,911

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,036,971

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. 10,038,803

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus which comprises power modes including a first power mode and a power saving mode in which less power is consumed as compared to the first power mode, and the image forming apparatus is configured to be switched to the first power mode from the power saving mode according to a predetermined factor, the image forming apparatus comprising:a sheet tray on which a sheet is placed;
a feeder configured to feed the sheet which is placed on the sheet tray;
a first detector configured to detect presence/absence of any sheet on the sheet tray in each of the power saving mode and the first power mode;
a second detector provided upstream of the first detector, with respect to a feeding direction of the feeder, the second detector configured to detect presence/absence of the sheet on the sheet tray for determining a length of the sheet in the feeding direction, wherein the second detector includes a light emitting element and a light receiving element, the light receiving element being configured to receive light irradiated from the light emitting element and reflected by the sheet, and the second detector being configured not to receive power supply in the power saving mode; and
a controller configured to control so as not to turn on the light emitting element in a case where the power mode is switched to, due to a factor other than a detection of a newly placed sheet on the sheet tray by the first detector, the first power mode from the power saving mode.

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. 10,027,881

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:(A) a memory that stores instructions; and
(B) a processor that executes the instructions to cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
(a) a refocused-image generating unit generating a refocused image having a focus position changed by using image data including information indicating a direction and an intensity of a light beam entered from an object; and
(b) a depth-of-field setting unit setting a depth of field of the refocused image to be used for reproduction of a moving image based on a type of reproduction mode relating to the reproduction of the moving image.

US Pat. No. 10,027,182

WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD FOR WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER DEVICE AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A wireless power transfer device, comprising:a power transmission antenna configured to wirelessly transfer power to a plurality of wireless power receiving devices; and
a CPU configured to cause the wireless power transfer device to
provide, in a case where the power transmission antenna is transmitting power greater than a predetermined value to a first wireless power receiving device, a first notification that wireless power transfer to a second wireless power receiving device different from the first wireless power receiving device is not available, and provide, in a case where the power transmission antenna is transmitting power smaller than the predetermined value to the first wireless power receiving device, a second notification that the wireless power transfer to the second wireless power receiving device is available,
wherein the first and second notifications are visually recognizable notifications.

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. 10,026,029

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. 10,018,923

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus that performs patterning on a substrate using an original, the lithography apparatus comprising:a supply device configured to supply a gas to a space between the substrate and the original;
a chuck configured to hold the substrate and having a first side that faces the original and a second side opposite the first side;
a movable device that holds the chuck and is movable; and
a plate provided on the movable device and surrounding the chuck,
wherein the chuck includes an edge portion having a first edge on the first side and a second edge on the second side, and
wherein the first edge is disposed protruding farther outwardly toward the plate than the second edge.

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. 10,021,293

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING IMAGE CAPTURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus, having an image capturing unit, comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the apparatus to perform operations including:
obtaining an image capture order including information about one or a plurality of target portions of a subject, the one or the plurality of target portions corresponding to a portion of the subject to be captured;
displaying, on a display screen, a live view and a schema in which at least one target portion from among the one or the plurality of target portions corresponding to the information is displayed;
receiving an image capture command in a state in which the live view and the schema are displayed on the display screen; and
determining whether or not the image capture has been completed for all of the one or the plurality of target portions corresponding to the information.

US Pat. No. 10,020,337

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE, MANUFACTURING METHOD OF PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:a semiconductor substrate having a photoelectric conversion unit;
a first conductive layer formed over the semiconductor substrate;
a first diffusion prevention layer formed over the first conductive layer; and
a light guide that guides an incident light into the photoelectric conversion unit,
wherein the first diffusion prevention layer contains hydrogen atoms and carbon atoms, and a composition ratio of the hydrogen atoms is 46 at % to 50 at %.

US Pat. No. 10,013,632

OBJECT TRACKING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An object tracking apparatus for tracking an object included in images provided successively, the object tracking apparatus comprising:at least one non-transitory memory device;
at least one processor;
a first registering unit configured to register a template generated based on a partial image indicating an object in a predetermined image among the provided images;
a first matching unit configured to estimate coordinates of a first object region by performing template matching in which the registered template is compared to another image of the provided images;
a second registering unit configured to register a histogram generated based on pixel values of the partial image indicating the object in the predetermined image;
a second matching unit configured to estimate coordinates of a second object region by performing histogram matching in which the registered histogram is compared to a histogram of a partial region of the another image;
an object region determination unit configured to determine, based on estimation results of the first matching unit and the second matching unit, an estimated object region by employing the estimation results of both the template matching and the histogram matching,
wherein, in a case where a distance between the coordinates of the second object region and the coordinates of the first object region is within a predetermined range, the object region determination unit determines the first object region as the estimated object region using the template matching,
wherein, in a case where the distance between the coordinates of the second object region and the coordinates of the first object region is not within the predetermined range, the object region determination unit determines the second object region as the estimated object region using the histogram matching, and
wherein the first registering unit, the first matching unit, a second registering unit, a second matching unit, and the object region determination unit are implemented by the at least one processor executing at least one program recorded on the at least one non-transitory memory device.

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. 10,006,762

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to provide:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image captured by an imaging apparatus while a pattern including a plurality of first features and a second feature different from the first features is projected onto a measurement target object;
an initial value acquisition unit configured to associate the first features included in the projected pattern and the first features included in a captured image based on the captured image to identify the first features included in the captured image, and acquire an initial value of shape information on the measurement target object in an area including the first features within the captured image based on an identified result;
a setting unit configured to set a candidate for the shape information in a first area based on an initial value of shape information in an area surrounding the first area within the captured image;
an evaluation unit configured to decide an area in the pattern corresponding to the first area as a second area based on the candidate for the shape information in the first area, and evaluate a correlation between the first area and the second area based on the second feature included in the first area and the second feature included in the second area; and
a derivation unit configured to derive the shape information in the first area based on the correlation evaluated by the evaluation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,003,587

AUTHORITY TRANSFER SYSTEM, METHOD, AND AUTHENTICATION SERVER SYSTEM BY DETERMINING WHETHER ENDPOINTS ARE IN SAME OR IN DIFFERENT WEB DOMAIN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An authority transfer system including a server system having a service usable from a client and the client configured to use the service, the authority transfer system, wherein the server system includes memory device, and at least one processor coupled to the memory device, and the at least one processor having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor cause the authority transfer system to function as:an authentication unit configured to determine whether a user is a valid user based on authentication information input from the user via an authentication screen displayed on the client;
an issue unit configured to issue authority information indicating that an authority of the user with respect to the service is transferred to the client, if the user determined to be the valid user by the authentication unit provides an instruction to permit a transfer of the authority of the user with respect to the service to the client via an authorization confirmation screen displayed on the client;
an authorization unit configured to authorize the client to use the service under the authority of the user based on the authority information transmitted when the client requests use of the service; and
wherein the issue unit receives, from the client, a URL of an authorization endpoint of an authorizing server set as a parameter of a redirect request by the service and further receives an authorization request including a Cookie in which a domain name of the service is set, and a) in a case where a domain name determined from the URL of the endpoint is not the same as the domain name of the service included in the Cookie, provides the authorization confirmation screen to the client and, based on the instruction to permit a transfer of the authority of the user with respect to the service to the client having been provided by the user, issues the authority information and, b) in a case where the domain name determined from the URL of the endpoint is the same as the domain name of the service, issues the authority information without providing the authorization confirmation screen to the client,
wherein the authorization endpoint is a web-hosted client configured to generate a script for causing the client that is the web browser to acquire the authority information, and
wherein in a case where the client is the web browser, the web browser acquires the script from the web-hosted client and acquires the authority information according to the script, and in a case where the client is not the web browser, the client that is not the web browser cancels redirection of a response to the authority information to the web-hosted client and acquires the authority information from a URL included in the authority information.

US Pat. No. 10,000,406

AMORPHOUS ALLOY MOLDING DIE AND METHOD FOR FORMING OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An amorphous alloy comprising Ni and Nb,wherein the amorphous alloy has
a composition containing Nb with a content in the range of 19.6 atomic % to 80.9 atomic %, Re with a content in the range of 7.4 atomic % to 59.2 atomic %, and Ni with a content in the range of 4.1 atomic % to 56.9 atomic %, and
wherein the sum of the contents of Nb, Re and Ni is 97.0 atomic % or more.

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. 9,998,631

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR PROCESSING INFORMATION, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for image processing, the method comprising:obtaining an input image including a shade component by capturing a document;
estimating a shade component image, the shade component image representing the shade component of the input image, the shade component depending on an image capture environment in which the document has been captured;
calculating at least one difference value between a pixel value of a target pixel in the input image and a pixel value in the shade component image at coordinates identical to those of the target pixel; and
correcting the pixel value of the target pixel in the input image based on the pixel value in the shade component image and a correction rate to remove a shade component in the target pixel, the correction rate depending on the difference value associated with the target pixel in the input image, wherein as the difference value increases, the correction rate decreases.

US Pat. No. 9,992,478

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an image capturing condition acquirer configured to acquire image capturing condition information of a plurality of images having angles of view different from each other;
a distance information acquirer configured to acquire distance information included in the plurality of images;
an angle of view information acquirer configured to acquire angle of view information; and
an image generator configured to generate an image corresponding to the angle of view information from the plurality of images based on a deterioration amount of a resolution calculated by using the image capturing condition information, the distance information, and the angle of view information,
wherein the distance information is object distance information for at least two objects in an image.

US Pat. No. 9,983,490

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic apparatus comprising:an electrophotographic photosensitive member;
a charging roller disposed so as to abut on the electrophotographic photosensitive member; and
a charging unit charging the electrophotographic photosensitive member by applying only a direct-current voltage, wherein
the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises:
a support;
a photosensitive layer; and
an undercoat layer between the support and the photosensitive layer, the undercoat layer comprising:
(?) a metal oxide particle;
(?) a benzophenone compound represented by formula (1)

wherein R1 to R10 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a hydroxy group, a halogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group or an amino group, provided that at least 3 of R1 to R10 is a hydroxy group; and
(?) a compound represented by formula (2)

wherein R11 to R15 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a hydroxy group, a halogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group or an amino group and A1 represents an alkenyl group having 2 to 4 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,974,012

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first communication interface configured to perform communication based on a first wireless communication protocol;
a second communication interface configured to perform communication based on a second wireless communication protocol, the first wireless communication protocol having a slower communication speed than the second wireless communication protocol or being shorter in communication distance than the second wireless communication protocol;
one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication apparatus to perform operations comprising:
transmitting via the first communication interface a request message for requesting for connection based on the second wireless communication protocol to another apparatus,
wherein, in a case where communication with the another apparatus has been started by the first communication interface in a state in which a service that is to be executed via the second communication interface and accompanying information about the service have been selected, the communication apparatus includes in the request message transmitted to the another apparatus, information about the service and the accompanying information, and
wherein, in a case where communication with the another apparatus has been started by the first communication interface in a state in which a service that is to be executed via the second communication interface and accompanying information about the service have not been selected, the communication apparatus does not include in the request message transmitted to the another apparatus, information about the service and the accompanying information.

US Pat. No. 9,959,482

CLASSIFYING METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM, INSPECTION METHOD, AND INSPECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A classifying method of classifying an article into one of a plurality of groups based on an evaluation value for an image of the article, the method comprising:a creating step of creating, based on sample images, which are images of a plurality of samples each of which has already been classified into one of the plurality of groups, a list of at least one image feature estimated to have been used to classify each sample;
a determining step of determining an evaluation method for obtaining the evaluation value, the evaluation method using a feature amount of the at least one image feature included in the list as a parameter;
a first obtaining step of obtaining evaluation values for the sample images by the determined evaluation method;
a changing step of changing the evaluation method by changing in the list, so that an evaluation value of at least one sample image having a singular evaluation value among the sample images is changed, and a degree of dissimilarity in an evaluation value range for sample images between the plurality of groups is increased; and
a second obtaining step of obtaining the evaluation value for the image of the article based on the changed evaluation method, and classifying the article into one of the plurality of groups based on the obtained evaluation value for the image of the article.

US Pat. No. 9,959,651

METHODS, DEVICES AND COMPUTER PROGRAMS FOR PROCESSING IMAGES IN A SYSTEM COMPRISING A PLURALITY OF CAMERAS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. A device for optimizing processing of at least two images obtained from at least two sources of images, a sub-image of each of the at least two images representing an overlapping area of a real scene, the device comprising a processor configured for carrying out the steps of:generating a two-dimensional (2D) map representing the overlapping area of the real scene;
partitioning the overlapping area of the generated 2D map into a plurality of sub-areas as a function of an occlusion criterion determined for each point of the overlapping area;
associating an identifier of a source of images with each point of the generated 2D map, the associating step being based on the occlusion criterion or on a detection score depending on the sub-areas; and
generating a 2D role map based on the generated 2D map and on the associated identifiers, the 2D role map comprising a plurality of parts, all the points of each part of the 2D role map being associated with a single identifier of a source of images so that only one of the at least two sources of images is to be selected to process a representation of a portion of the overlapping area.

US Pat. No. 9,961,215

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,961,233

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM TO DISPLAY AN INITIAL SCREEN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors;
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to perform operations including:
setting, as a first setting, a common initial screen that is made common to each user of the information processing apparatus based on an operation performed by an administrator user having an administrator authority,
setting, as a second setting, a user initial screen that is made specific to each user of the information processing apparatus based on an operation performed by each user, and
setting, as a third setting and based on an operation performed by the administrator user having the administrator authority, whether to display the user initial screen for each user; and
a display configured to display a screen,
wherein, in a case where it is set by the third setting that the user initial screen for each user is to be displayed and the information processing apparatus starts to be used, the display displays the user initial screen set by the second setting, and
wherein, in a case where it is set by the third setting that the user initial screen for each user is not to be displayed and the information processing apparatus starts to be used, the display displays the common initial screen set by the first setting even in a case where priority is placed on the user initial screen by a user for the user.

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. 9,953,414

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,953,743

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. 9,955,081

IMAGING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF ADJUSTING IMAGING RANGE TO INCLUDE TARGET REGION, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:a reception unit configured to receive a first command including information indicating a first coordinate value and a second coordinate value, from a client apparatus;
a control unit configured to set an imaging range to be captured with the imaging apparatus; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not an object to be detected exists at a boundary of the imaging range, the imaging range corresponding to the first coordinate value and the second coordinate value that are included in the first command received by the reception unit,
wherein, in a case in which the determination unit determines that the object to be detected exists at the boundary of the imaging range, the control unit adjusts an imaging range to be captured, from the imaging range corresponding to the first coordinate value and the second coordinate value to an imaging range including the object to be detected by changing an imaging direction of the imaging apparatus, and an amount of the change in the imaging direction of the imaging apparatus is determined on a basis of a distance from a midpoint of the first coordinate and the second coordinate to the center of the captured image and on a basis of a zoom magnification before the change in the imaging direction, and
wherein in a case in which the determination unit determines that the object to be detected does not exist at the boundary of the imaging range, the control unit sets an imaging range to be captured, to the imaging range corresponding to the first coordinate value and the second coordinate value.

US Pat. No. 9,942,301

INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing terminal comprising:a memory storing instructions for operation of a web browser, the web browser having a function to save data relating to a web site into a storage area of the information processing terminal for the web browser; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the information processing terminal to:
control display of a first confirmation screen, the first confirmation screen being for confirming whether to permit securing of an area of a particular size for saving data therein, according to a request from the web site;
secure, in a case where permitting is confirmed via the first confirmation screen, the area of the particular size using a FileSystem Application Programming Interface (API) supported by the web browser;
save the data relating to the web site into the secured area, wherein the saved data in the area secured using the FileSystem API is different from cookie data, WebStorage data and IndexedDataBase (indexedDB) data;
detect a movement from the web site on the web browser;
control, on the web browser, display of a second confirmation screen for confirming whether to delete the data relating to the web site, in a case where a movement from the web site is detected;
delete, in a case where deleting is confirmed via the second confirmation screen, data which has been saved for the web site into the area secured using the FileSystem API, wherein the deleted data is data for which a persistent type is specified as a storage type; and
release the secured area for the web site,
wherein at least in one of cases where a uniform resource locator (URL) of a web site different from the web site is specified, where a tab of the web site is closed on the web browser, and where the web browser is closed, a movement from the web site is detected.

US Pat. No. 9,939,748

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS POSTURE OF INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER AND IMAGE FORMATION POSITION BASED ON RESULTS OF DETECTION OF PREDETERMINED PORTION OF INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a first image forming station configured to form a first image of a first color;
a second image forming station configured to form a second image of a second color;
an intermediate transfer member configured to have the first image and the second image transferred thereon;
a transfer portion configured to transfer the first image and the second image transferred on the intermediate transfer member to a recording medium;
a first sensor configured to detect a position of a predetermined portion of the intermediate transfer member at a first location;
a second sensor configured to detect a position of the predetermined portion of the intermediate transfer member at a second location different from the first location in a direction of movement of the intermediate transfer member;
a steering mechanism configured to adjust a posture of the intermediate transfer member;
a first filter configured to perform smoothing processing on posture data determined based on a result of detection by the first sensor and a result of detection by the second sensor;
a second filter configured to perform band stop filter processing on the result of detection by the second sensor; and
a controller configured to control the steering mechanism based on a result of processing by the second filter, and control a forming position of the second image based on a result of processing by the first filter.

US Pat. No. 9,939,776

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, AND COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus cartridge comprising:a guide member positioned at a side of the image forming apparatus cartridge;
developer contained in the image forming apparatus cartridge;
a developing roller having an axis L1, the developing roller being rotatably supported in the image forming apparatus cartridge to permit rotation about the axis L1; and
a coupling member having an axis L2, the coupling member including (i) a first end portion operatively connected to the developing roller, (ii) a second end portion including at least one projection, with the at least one projection including a facing portion that faces the axis L2, and (iii) a connecting portion connecting the first end portion and the second end portion,
wherein, for at least a part of the connecting portion, a maximum distance from the axis L2 along a line perpendicular to the axis L2 to an outermost surface of the connecting portion is shorter than a distance between the facing portion and the axis L2 along a line perpendicular to the axis L2, and
wherein a relative positioning of the coupling member and the guide member is changeable between (i) a first relative position in which a tip of the at least one projection is a first distance away from an end of the guide member as measured in the direction of the axis L1 and (ii) a second relative position in which the tip of the at least one projection is a second distance away from the end of the guide member as measured in the direction of the axis L1, wherein the first distance is greater than the second distance.

US Pat. No. 9,940,334

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a storage configured to store deletion target exception information for identifying a file or a directory that is to be treated as a deletion target exception when a system application is deleted;
one or more processors; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image forming apparatus to perform operations comprising:
specifying an application to be a deletion target from among a plurality of kinds of applications including a system application and a general application, and
deleting, from among files or directories related to the specified application, a file or a directory related to the application excluding the file or the directory that is to be treated as the deletion target exception by using the deletion target exception information,
wherein the general application is an application added to the image forming apparatus, the system application is an application that is able to be redeveloped from firmware, and the file that is to be treated as the deletion target exception when the system application is deleted is a license file of the general application.

US Pat. No. 9,939,367

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:an optical transmission system for transmitting light from a light source; a photoacoustic probe including an irradiating end for irradiating an object with the light and a receiver for receiving acoustic waves generated by the object that has been irradiated with the light;
a processor for acquiring information on the object based on the acoustic waves;
a light quantity meter removably positioned facing the irradiating end, for measuring a quantity of light emitted from the irradiating end prior to irradiating the object with the light by acquiring a total quantity of light or a light quantity distribution within a plane irradiated by the light;
a memory for storing a measurement value measured by the light quantity meter; and
a presentation unit,
wherein the processor is configured to compare the measurement value with a reference value of light quantity or a history of measurement value stored in the memory to determine whether or not the measurement value is within a reference range, and cause the presentation unit to present a result of the determination thereon,
the processor is configured to, when a difference between the measurement value and the reference value of light quantity or the history of measurement value stored in the memory is larger than a predetermined value, cause the presentation unit to present thereon an indication to the effect that the measurement value is anomalous, and when the difference is less than the predetermined value, the processor enables photoacoustic measurement of the object.

US Pat. No. 9,933,593

DRIVING APPARATUS AND OPTICAL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving apparatus comprising:a plurality of vibrators vibrating by application of a high-frequency voltage thereto, said plurality of vibrators each having a contact portion vibrating elliptically upon energization;
a friction member in frictional contact with each of said contact portions of said plurality of vibrators; and
a pressing portion for bringing said vibrators into pressed contact with said friction member,
wherein said plurality of vibrators are arranged to be juxtaposed and a single drive force is extracted by moving said plurality of vibrators relative to said friction member in a relative moving direction, and
wherein a position where the single drive force is extracted is a central position of said plurality of vibrators in a direction in which said plurality of vibrators are juxtaposed and is close to a level of a frictional contact position with respect to a pressing direction of said pressing portion.

US Pat. No. 9,934,882

AMINE COMPOUND AND IONIC CONDUCTIVE AGENT, AND ELECTROCONDUCTIVE RESIN COMPOSITION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electroconductive resin composition comprising:a resin selected from the group consisting of an ultraviolet curing resin, a rubber and a pressure-sensitive adhesive; and
an amine compound having an anion portion and a cation portion, the anion portion having a structure of:

wherein each of R9 and R10 is independently selected from the group consisting of a fluorine atom and a perfluoroalkyl group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms; and
the cation portion having a structure of:

wherein:
each of R1 to R3 is, independently, an alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms;
each of R4 to R7 is independently selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom and an alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms;
R8 is an unsubstituted aminoalkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms; and
each of n and m is, independently, an integer of 1 to 20.

US Pat. No. 9,933,690

LENS DRIVER ADAPTER, LENS BARREL, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens drive adapter detachably attachable to a lens barrel having an operation member, a lens electric contact portion, and a connecting portion configured to connect with a camera, the lens drive adapter comprising:a drive unit including a drive member configured to transmit a driving force to the operation member;
an adapter electric contact portion configured to contact the lens electric contact portion to be electrically connected therewith; and
an adapter coupling mechanism configured to couple with the lens barrel at two circumferential locations on the lens barrel to fix the lens drive adapter to the lens barrel,
wherein the adapter electric contact portion is disposed, in a first direction corresponding to an optical axis direction of the lens barrel, at a position different from that of the drive member and between the two circumferential locations, and
wherein, in a connected state where the lens drive adapter is attached to the lens barrel, the adapter coupling mechanism is disposed only in a region on a side of the connecting portion and disposed away from the operation member in the optical axis direction.

US Pat. No. 9,933,713

ELECTRO-CONDUCTIVE BELT AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electro-conductive belt, comprising:an electro-conductive resin layer, the electro-conductive resin layer containing:
(1) a matrix containing a thermoplastic resin having at least one bond selected from the group consisting of an amide bond, an ester bond and a carbonate bond;
(2) particles; and
(3) a domain containing an ionic liquid including a hexafluorophosphate anion or an anion expressed by the following formula (1):

wherein m and n each represent an integer of 1 to 4,
wherein the particles contain a silicone resin having a structural unit expressed by the following formula (2):
R0—SiO3/2,
wherein R0 represents a hydrocarbon group having a carbon number of 1 to 6, and
wherein the amount of the particles is in the range of 30 to 100 parts by mass relative to 100 parts by mass of the ionic liquid.

US Pat. No. 9,933,740

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT GENERATES CONVERSION CONDITION BASED ON MEASUREMENT RESULT AND FIRST COEFFICIENT, AND WHERE CHROMATIC COLOR IMAGE IS FORMED AFTER PREDETERMINED NUMBER OF MONOCHROME IMAGES, GENERATES CONVERSION CONDITION BASED ON NEW MEASUREME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a conversion unit configured to convert image data based on a conversion condition;
an image bearing member;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the image bearing member based on the converted image data;
a measuring unit configured to measure a measurement image on the image bearing member; and
a controller configured to control the image forming unit to form a first measurement image, to control the measuring unit to measure the first measurement image, and to generate the conversion condition based on a result of measurement of the first measurement image and a first coefficient,
wherein in a case where a chromatic color image is formed after a predetermined number of monochrome images are formed, the controller controls the image forming unit to form a second measurement image, controls the measuring unit to measure the second measurement image, and generates the conversion condition based on a result of measurement of the second measurement image and a second coefficient different from the first coefficient before the chromatic color image is formed,
wherein the image forming unit comprises a first image forming unit that forms an image with a black developer and a second image forming unit that forms an image with a developer of a different color different from the black, and
wherein the conversion condition comprises a first conversion condition for correcting a tone characteristic of the image formed by the first image forming unit and a second conversion condition for correcting a tone characteristic of the image formed by the second image forming unit.

US Pat. No. 9,936,090

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A reading apparatus comprising:a reading device configured to read an image of an original document and generate image data;
a first memory configured to store the image data generated by the reading device;
a second memory configured to store the image data transferred from the first memory; and
at least one processor that operates to:
determine whether there is a storage area corresponding to data size of the image data generated by the reading device in the second memory; and
cause the reading device to start reading the image of the original document before the determination is completed,
wherein the image data is not transferred from the first memory to the second memory before the determination is completed, and
wherein the image data is transferred from the first memory to the second memory after it is determined that there is the storage area corresponding to data size of the image data generated by the reading device in the second memory.

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. 9,927,683

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,927,701

DETECTION APPARATUS, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A detection apparatus for detecting a plurality of marks formed on a shot region of a substrate to which a pattern of a mold is to be transferred, the apparatus comprising:a plurality of detection units, each of the plurality of detection units including a mirror and a scope configured to detect light from a mark via the mirror,
wherein the substrate includes, as the shot region, a deficient shot region which is arranged in a peripheral portion of the substrate and to which a portion of the pattern of the mold is to be transferred, the deficient shot region including a chip region in which marks are arranged with a spacing narrower than a width of the scope,
wherein the plurality of detection units include a first detection unit, a second detection unit, and a third detection unit which are configured to be able to respectively detect light from the marks arranged in the chip region by bringing the mirrors close to each other, and
wherein in a surface direction parallel to a surface on which the plurality of marks are arranged, a direction of an optical axis between the mirror and the scope in the first detection unit, a direction of an optical axis between the mirror and the scope in the second detection unit and a direction of an optical axis between the mirror and the scope in the third detection unit are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,930,273

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING TRANSFER SWITCHES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a plurality of pixels, each of the plurality of pixels including
a photoelectric conversion unit configured to perform accumulation of charges generated by incident light,
a holding unit configured to hold the charges,
an amplification unit configured to output a signal based on the charges,
a first transfer switch configured to transfer the charges from the photoelectric conversion unit to the holding unit, and
a second transfer switch configured to transfer the charges from the holding unit to the amplification unit,
wherein the photoelectric conversion unit in each of the plurality of pixels starts the accumulation of the charges at a first time,
wherein the first transfer switch in each of the plurality of pixels is controlled to be turned on after the first time and to be thereafter turned off at a second time to transfer the charges accumulated in the photoelectric conversion unit to the holding unit,
wherein the second transfer switch in at least one pixel among the plurality of pixels is controlled to be turned on at a third time after the second time to transfer the charges held in the holding unit to the amplification unit,
wherein the second transfer switch in the at least one pixel is controlled to be turned on at a fourth time after the third time to transfer the charges held in the holding unit to the amplification unit, and
wherein the first transfer switch in the at least one pixel is maintained to be in an off state during a period from the third time to the fourth time.

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. 9,930,203

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. 9,921,525

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a rotatable transfer belt to which the toner image on the image bearing member is transferred to a transfer material; and
a transfer device provided in contact with the transfer belt and configured to transfer the toner image from the image bearing
member to the transfer belt,

wherein the transfer device includes
a rubbing member provided in contact with the transfer belt;
a supporting member supporting the rubbing member,
a pressing member configured to press the supporting member so as to press the rubbing member toward the image bearing member;
and

a damping member configured to damp vibration of the transfer device, and
wherein the damping member is fastened to the supporting member, and an end of the damping member in a width direction that
is orthogonal to a direction of rotation of the transfer belt is a free end.

US Pat. No. 9,922,040

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
one or more hardware processors; and
a memory which stores instructions to be executed by the one or more hardware processors, wherein in accordance with the instructions
executed by the one or more hardware processors, the information processing apparatus performs:

(1) obtaining structured data comprising character strings to be subjected to encoding;
(2) determining at least one of (a) a first parameter for limiting a length of a character string of the structured data to
be subjected to encoding and (b) a second parameter for limiting a number of attributes of character strings of the structured
data to be subjected to encoding, so that a data size of information indicating correspondence between character strings of
the structured data to be subjected to encoding and codes for encoding the character strings of the structured data to be
subjected to encoding is less than a predetermined size;

(3) storing information indicating correspondence between the character strings of the structured data to be subjected to
encoding and the codes for encoding the character strings of the structured data to be subjected to encoding, wherein the
information is generated according to at least one of the first parameter and the second parameter;

(4) encoding the character strings of the structured data to be subjected to encoding using the information indicating correspondence
between the character strings of the structured data to be subjected to encoding and the codes for encoding the character
strings of the structured data to be subjected to encoding, wherein the information indicating correspondence between the
character strings of the structured data to be subjected to encoding and the codes for encoding the character strings of the
structured data to be subjected to encoding comprises a correspondence table;

(5) analyzing the obtained structured data; and
(6) estimating a data size of each entry of the correspondence table or estimating a compression effect for each entry of
the correspondence table, wherein at least one of the first parameter and the second parameter is determined based on a result
of the estimating.

US Pat. No. 9,924,106

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM WITH INCREASED SATURATION CHARGE QUANTITY OF PIXELS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels, each pixel including a photoelectric conversion unit configured to generate charge in response to incident
light and to accumulate the charge, a holding unit configured to hold the charge, an amplification unit configured to output
a signal based on the charge, a first transfer switch configured to transfer the charge from the photoelectric conversion
unit to the holding unit, and a second transfer switch configured to transfer the charge from the holding unit to the amplification
unit; and

an output line to which the plurality of pixels are connected,
wherein
at a first time point, the photoelectric conversion units of the plurality of pixels start accumulation of charge,
the first transfer switch of at least one of the plurality of pixels is kept off from the first time point to a second time
point and the photoelectric conversion unit of the at least one of the plurality of pixels accumulates charge generated in
a first period from the first time point to the second time point,

in the first period, the second transfer switches of the plurality of pixels are turned on and the amplification units of
the plurality of pixels output the signals to the output line in turns,

at the second time point the first transfer switch of the at least one of the plurality of pixels is controlled from off to
on,

in a second period from the second time point to a third time point, the holding units of the plurality of pixels hold charge
generated by the photoelectric conversion units in the first period and the photoelectric conversion units of the plurality
of pixels accumulate charge generated by the photoelectric conversion units in the second period, and

at the third time point, the first transfer switches of the plurality of pixels transfer the charge generated by the photoelectric
conversion units in the second period into the holding unit so that the holding units of the plurality of pixels hold the
charge generated in the first period and the charge generated in the second period.

US Pat. No. 9,919,518

PRINTING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing element substrate comprising:
a plurality of printing elements;
a first transistor electrically connected to one end of each of the plurality of printing elements; and
a plurality of second transistors for driving the plurality of printing elements independently of each other,
wherein an electrical pathway is formed between a first power node and a second power node in order of the first transistor,
one of the plurality of printing elements, and one of the plurality of second transistors, and

wherein a plurality of electrical pathways is formed between the one end of each of the plurality of printing elements and
the first transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,919,526

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a liquid discharge head, the method comprising:
a transferring step of transferring a dry film supported by a supporting member to a substrate having a hole;
a peeling step of peeling the supporting member off the dry film on the substrate;
wherein in the peeling step, the dry film is in contact with a wall surface defining the hole in the substrate; and
wherein a length of a part which is in the hole of the dry film is 25 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 9,919,537

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A PATTERN, MANUFACTURING APPARATUS FOR MANUFACTURING A PATTERN, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING STRUCTURAL BODY AND MANUFACTURING APPARATUS THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a pattern, the method comprising:
applying ink and reaction liquid comprising a compound which reacts to a compound in the ink, according to image data representing
an image, to form an ink pattern having a shape of the image formed by the ink combined with the reaction liquid on a transfer
member;

reducing solvent content of the ink pattern;
applying a thermoplastic resin powder to the ink pattern of which solvent content has been reduced;
removing the thermoplastic resin powder not adhering to the ink pattern to form a pattern of the thermoplastic powder;
heating the formed pattern of the thermoplastic resin powder to melt the thermoplastic resin powder in the formed pattern
on the transfer member, thereby forming a melted resin pattern, and

bringing a layer formed of the melted resin pattern on the transfer member into contact with a previously stacked layer formed
of the pattern of the thermoplastic resin powder to form a structural body.

US Pat. No. 9,914,225

ROBOT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot apparatus comprising:
a hand device;
a hand side contact point which is provided in the hand device and to which a voltage is applied;
a tool device which can be attached to and detached from the hand device;
a tool side contact point which is provided in the tool device, and comes in contact with the hand side contact point as the
tool device is mounted on the hand device;

a tool side voltage detecting unit which is provided in the tool device, and detects a voltage of the tool side contact point;
a controlling unit which determines a contact state between the hand side contact point and the tool side contact point, by
using a value of the voltage that has been detected by the tool side voltage detecting unit; and

a hand side voltage detecting unit which detects a voltage of the hand side contact point, wherein
the controlling unit determines the contact state by using a value of the voltage which has been detected by the hand side
voltage detecting unit and the value of the voltage which has been detected by the tool side voltage detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,914,295

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING STRUCTURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a structure having a substrate in which holes are formed and a photosensitive resin layer provided
on the substrate in such a manner as to cover at least a part of the holes, the method comprising:
preparing a substrate in which holes formed by a surface in which a wavelike shape is formed and a photosensitive resin layer
provided on the substrate in such a manner as to cover at least a part of the holes; and

exposing the photosensitive resin layer on the substrate,
wherein the wavelike shape of the surface forming the holes diffuses reflection in the holes during the exposing step causing
light entering the hole to be absorbed and attenuated by the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,902,586

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CREATING FOLD SECTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus capable of performing folding processing on sheets, comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a fold unit configured to form a fold line on the sheet having the image formed thereon by the image forming unit and discharge
the sheet having been folded in two along the fold line;

a storage device; and
a processor configured to execute computer executable instructions recorded on the storage device, the computer executable
instructions including instructions, that when executed by the processor, cause the sheet processing apparatus to:

receive a bookbinding lap and receive a folding position-adjustment amount, the bookbinding lap being received according to
a first user setting through a console section and the folding position-adjustment amount being received according to a second
user setting through the console section, the first user setting and the second user setting each being independently received;
and

control the fold unit to form the fold line at a folding position determined based on the received bookbinding lap and the
received folding position-adjustment amount.

US Pat. No. 9,906,696

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
a magnetic field generation source that generates a magnetic field when receiving an electric current supplied; and
an image pickup element including a light-receiving unit configured to perform photoelectric conversion on incident light;
and,

a magnetic member arranged between magnetic field generation source and the image pickup element,
wherein
the magnetic member includes a first magnetic body and a second magnetic body, the second magnetic body being made of a ferromagnetic
material having higher relative permeability than relative permeability of the first magnetic body, and

the second magnetic body is arranged nearer than the first magnetic body to the magnetic field generation source.

US Pat. No. 9,900,496

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire evaluation information having been associated with recorded content;
an input unit configured to input additional information for content; and
a control unit configured to perform control to record additional information input from the input unit to be associated with
the recorded content, upon not acquiring evaluation information representing that the recorded content has been evaluated,
by the acquisition unit, and record additional information input from the input unit to be associated with not the recorded
content but content to be recorded, upon acquiring evaluation information representing that the recorded content has been
evaluated, by the acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,891,549

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light scanning apparatus, comprising:
a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a rotary polygon mirror configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source so that the light beam scans on
a surface of a photosensitive member in a main scanning direction;

a motor configured to rotate the rotary polygon mirror; and
a rotational position detection unit configured to detect a magnetic flux change caused by rotation of the motor to generate
a rotational position detection signal,

wherein an emitting start timing of the light beam from the light source is determined based on the rotational position detection
signal in order to maintain a writing start position of the light beam with respect to the photosensitive member in the main
scanning direction.

US Pat. No. 9,892,243

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,888,460

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
at least one processor;
a wireless communication interface;
wherein the at least one processor is configured to function as the following units:
a specifying unit configured to, before joining a wireless network, specify an external device that will be a content data
transmitting source;

a first receiving unit configured to, before joining a wireless network, receive related information relating to content data
to be transmitted from the external device specified by the specifying unit via the wireless communication interface;

a determination unit configured to, before joining a wireless network, determine whether to receive the content data to be
transmitted based on the related information received by the first receiving unit;

a network joining unit configured to make the communication apparatus join a wireless network via the wireless communication
interface when the determination unit determines to receive the content data to be transmitted; and

a second receiving unit configured to receive the content data to be transmitted from the external device specified by the
specifying unit via the wireless communication interface after the communication apparatus has joined the wireless network
via the network joining unit,

wherein the wireless communication interface is a single common interface used for reception of the related information by
the first receiving unit and reception of the content data by the second receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,883,076

IMAGE FORMATION WITH GRADATION VALUE OF BOUNDARY PIXELS CORRECTED USING CUMULATIVE SUM OF GRATAION VALUES OF PIXELS IN SIGNIFICANT IMAGE PORTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image by performing scanning exposure upon a photosensitive member on the basis
of a gradation value represented by pixel data, comprising:
a reading unit configured to sequentially read, from image data, pieces of pixel data of target pixels along a predetermined
direction;

a cumulative sum calculation unit configured to calculate a cumulative sum of gradation values represented by pieces of pixel
data of target pixels in a significant image portico read by the reading unit;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the target pixel read by the reading unit is located at a boundary between
the significant image portion and a background portion that is a non-significant image portion; and

a correction unit configured to, in a case where the determination unit determines that the target pixel is located at the
boundary, correct a gradation value represented by pixel data of the target pixel by adding a correction amount based on the
cumulative sum up to the target pixel calculated by the cumulative sum calculation unit to the gradation value.

US Pat. No. 9,881,242

PRINTING APPARATUS AND POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,876,940

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD GENERATING QUANTIZED DATA BASED ON A DETERMINED PRINT OPERATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing data used for printing an image on a print medium by ejecting multiple types
of mutually different inks from a print unit, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory storing computer executable code; and
one or more processors which executes the code to perform the following steps:
determining a print operation to be performed, from among multiple print operations, which perform printing with use of the
print unit, at least including a first print operation and a second print operation, wherein an unevenness of an image due
to a displacement of a print position on a print medium in the second print operation is larger than an unevenness of an image
due to a displacement of a print position on a print medium in the first print operation;

acquiring multi-valued data for each of the multiple types of inks;
generating, in accordance with the determined print operation to be performed, quantized data for printing a dot by comparing
a threshold value acquired by a threshold value acquisition unit, wherein the threshold value is arranged in a threshold value
matrix providing an array of threshold values corresponding to pixel positions and corresponds to the target pixel, and the
multi-valued data with each other for each of the multiple types of inks; and

outputting the generated quantized data used by the print unit to eject multiple types of inks,
wherein, in a case where the determined print operation is the second print operation, the generating generates quantized
data for a first type of ink with use of threshold values obtained from a first threshold value matrix and generates quantized
data for a second type of ink with use of threshold values obtained from a second threshold value matrix having different
threshold value arrangements than the first threshold value matrix, and

wherein, in a case where the determined print operation is the first print operation, a dot arrangement of the first and second
types of inks printed on the print medium by the print unit on a basis of the generated quantized data is higher in exclusiveness
and dispersibility between or among dots of the first and second types of inks and lower in an overlap rate between or among
the dots of the first and second types of inks than a dot arrangement of the multiple types of inks printed on the print medium
by the print unit on a basis of the generated quantized data in the case where the determined print operation is the second
print operation.

US Pat. No. 9,876,947

OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:
an optical system configured to form an optical image on a rectangular image capturing surface having long sides and short
sides;

a plastic lens included in the optical system;
a holder holding the plastic lens; and
a pressing member pressing the plastic lens to the holder in an optical axis direction of the optical system,
wherein a first member that is one of the plastic lens and the holder includes a first protrusion and a second protrusion
each extending in the optical axis direction and are located on mutually opposite sides across an optical axis in a first
direction parallel to the short sides, and

a second member that is the other one of the plastic lens and the holder includes (a) a first hole portion into which the
first protrusion is inserted, the first hole portion having a shape such that the first hole portion impedes a displacement
of the first protrusion in a second direction parallel to the long sides and in the first direction and (b) a second hole
portion into which the second protrusion is inserted, the second hole portion having a shape such that the second hole portion
impedes a displacement of the second protrusion in the second direction and allows a relative displacement of the second protrusion
in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,868,603

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,871,471

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. 9,866,715

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO SELECTIVELY PRINT AND DELETE ATTACHED FILE IN ELECTRONIC MAIL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a communication interface configured to receive an electronic mail from a mail server;
a storage unit configured to store an image based on a file attached to the electronic mail received by the communication
interface;

a printing unit configured to print the image on a sheet;
a deletion unit configured to delete the image from the storage unit and to transmit an instruction to delete the electronic
mail stored in the mail server; and

a user interface configured to accept a stop instruction of printing,
wherein the deletion unit is configured to delete the image from the storage unit and to transmit the instruction to delete
the electronic mail from the mail server, in accordance with printing of the image being completed, and to delete the image
from the storage unit and not to transmit the instruction to delete the electronic mail from the mail server, in accordance
with the stop instruction being accepted by the user interface in printing of the image, and

wherein the deletion unit is implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,864,310

FIXING APPARATUS HAVING A STORAGE FUNCTION INCLUDING FIRST AND SECOND PARTS THAT SWITCH FROM A CONDUCTIVE STATE TO A NON-CONDUCTIVE STATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A fixing apparatus comprising:
a fixing member configured to fix an image, formed on a recording material, onto the recording material;
a circuit board;
a first part and a second part mounted on the circuit board and connected in series;
a first line mounted on the circuit board and connected to one end of the first part;
a second line mounted on the circuit board and connected to another end of the first part and one end of the second part;
and

a third line mounted on the circuit board and connected to another end of the second part,
wherein each of the first part and the second part is capable of switching from a conductive state to a non-conductive state,
and information regarding characteristics of the fixing member corresponds to a switch state of the first part and the second
part, and

wherein the first line is supplied with a voltage from a power source, and the third line is connected to a ground.