US Pat. No. 9,659,107

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a plug-in program for a web browser which displays a web page;
a processor, wherein the processor functions, by executing the plug-in program stored in the memory, as:
a cut out unit configured to cut out an object corresponding to a part of the web page displayed by the web browser;
a display control unit configured to cause a display device to display pages including a first object and a second object
which are cut out by the cut out unit;

a designating unit configured to designate an object from the first object and the second object in the pages displayed by
the display control unit, in accordance with an instruction by a user;

a moving unit configured to move the designated object designated by the designating unit, in a page of the pages, in accordance
with an instruction from a user;

an output unit configured to, if the designated object is moved by the moving unit to a boundary between two pages in the
pages which have been displayed by the display control unit, output image data corresponding to the two pages in which the
designated object is divided across the two pages and the other object of the first object and the second object is arranged,
and, if the designated object is moved to a position corresponding to a bottom end of a last page of the pages which have
been displayed by the display control unit, create a new page and output image data corresponding to the last page and the
new page in which the designated object is divided across the last page and the new page.

US Pat. No. 9,688,068

REAL-TIME LINEFEED MEASUREMENT OF INKJET PRINTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,692,944

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND DATA GENERATING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processor for printing an image on a first area of a printing medium by using a first nozzle group including part
of nozzles in a first nozzle array in which a plurality of first nozzles for ejecting a first ink are arranged and by using
a second nozzle group including part of nozzles in a second nozzle array in which a plurality of second nozzles for ejecting
a second ink having a color different from that of the first ink are arranged, and for printing an image on a second area
different from the first area of the printing medium by using a third nozzle group including a nozzle different from the nozzle
of the first nozzle group in the first nozzle array and by using a fourth nozzle group including a nozzle different from the
nozzle of the second nozzle group in the second nozzle array, the image processor comprising:
a color conversion processing unit configured to convert R,G,B signals to input ink color signals corresponding to a plurality
of inks, whose hues are different from each other, used for printing an image on the print medium;

a first conversion unit configured to (A) convert the input ink color signals for printing on the first area converted by
the color conversion processing unit, including an input ink color signal corresponding to the first ink and an input ink
color signal corresponding to the second ink, into output ink color signals for printing on the first area including an output
ink color signal corresponding to the first ink and an output ink color signal corresponding to the second ink by using a
first conversion table, and to (B) convert the input ink color signals for printing on the second area converted by the color
conversion processing unit, including an input ink color signal corresponding to the first ink and an input ink color signal
corresponding to the second ink, into output ink color signals for printing on the second area including an output ink color
signal corresponding to the first ink and an output ink color signal corresponding to the second ink by using a second conversion
table,

wherein the first conversion table defines a correspondence relationship between a combination of values of the input ink
color signals for printing on the first area and a combination of values of the output ink color signals for printing on the
first area, and the second conversion table is different than the first conversion table and defines a correspondence relationship
between a combination of values of the input ink color signals for printing on the second area and a combination of values
of the output ink color signals for printing on the second area, such that a difference between a color of an image printed
by using the first nozzle group and the second nozzle group in a case where predetermined input ink color signals are input
and a color of an image printed by using the third nozzle group and the fourth nozzle group in the case where the predetermined
input ink color signals are input is reduced;

a second conversion unit configured to (a) convert the output ink color signal of the first ink converted by the first conversion
unit corresponding to the image to be printed on the first area and the output ink color signal of the first ink converted
by the first conversion unit corresponding to the image to be printed on the second area, such that a difference between a
density of an image printed on the first area by ejecting the first ink only from the first nozzle group in a case where a
predetermined first output ink color signal is input and a density of an image printed on the second area by ejecting the
first ink only from the third nozzle group in the case where the predetermined first output ink color signal is input is reduced,
and to (b) convert the output ink color signal of the second ink converted by the first conversion unit corresponding to the
image to be printed on the first area and the output ink color signal of the second ink converted by the first conversion
unit corresponding to the image to be printed on the second area, such that a difference between a density of an image printed
on the first area by ejecting the second ink only from the second nozzle group in a case where a predetermined second output
ink color signal is input and a density of an image printed on the second area by ejecting the second ink only from the fourth
nozzle group in the case where the predetermined second output ink color signal is input is reduced; and

a generation unit configured to generate the first conversion table and the second conversion table on the basis of a result
of a color measurement obtained by measuring a measurement image printed on the print medium by using the first ink and the
second ink, the first conversion table being generated on a basis of a first result of color measurement of a first measurement
image for the first nozzle group and the second nozzle group and the second conversion table being generated on a basis of
a second result of color measurement of a second measurement image for the third nozzle group and the fourth nozzle group,
the second result of color measurement being different from the first result of color measurement,

wherein responsive to a case where the generation unit generates the first conversion table and the second conversion table,
parameters for the second conversion unit are updated, and thereafter, the first measurement image is printed by the first
nozzle group and the second nozzle group according to an ink color signal of the first ink and an ink color signal of the
second ink for the first measurement image converted by the second conversion unit with the updated parameters and the second
measurement image is printed by the third nozzle group and the fourth nozzle group according to an ink color signal of the
first ink and an ink color signal of the second ink for the second measurement image converted by the second conversion unit
with the updated parameters.

US Pat. No. 9,656,819

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS, DRIVE TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,692,970

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store a relation between an aperture value and a shutter speed for image restoration, the relation
being such that the shutter speed is determined using the aperture value;

a control unit configured to set the aperture value based on an object distance and a focal length and to set the shutter
speed based on the relation stored in the storage unit; and

an image pickup unit configured to photoelectrically convert an optical image formed via an image pickup optical system with
the set aperture value and shutter speed to output an image,

wherein the image restoration is processing to reduce a deterioration of the image caused by an aberration of the image pickup
optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,692,973

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. A control method for an image capturing apparatus, the control method comprising:
detecting a panning amount of the image capturing apparatus;
detecting a moving amount of a subject;
and displaying information which is related to a calculated difference between the detected panning amount of the image capturing
apparatus in the exposure duration and the detected moving amount of the subject before a start of the exposure, on a display
unit in an exposure duration.

US Pat. No. 9,692,983

APPARATUS, METHOD, AND MEDIUM FOR CORRECTING PIXEL SWITCHING PATTERN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,693,037

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,652,694

OBJECT DETECTION METHOD, OBJECT DETECTION DEVICE, AND IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object detection device comprising:
a memory which stores a program; and
a processor which executes the program stored in the memory to perform operations comprising:
detecting a specific object in an image captured by an image sensor;
generating a feature vector pool containing positive feature vectors and first negative feature vectors according to the detected
specific object;

selecting the positive feature vectors and the first negative feature vectors as candidates from the feature vector pool for
each feature group associated with the background in the image;

creating for each feature group associated with the background a first classifier according to the candidates from the feature
vector pool and the feature group;

creating a scene model by determining classification results using the candidates of the first classifiers; and
filtering object detection results of the detected specific object using the classification results of the scene model to
discard the background.

US Pat. No. 9,686,425

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that transmits information to notification destinations that have been registered in the image
forming apparatus in advance by using either Trap of Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) or InformRequest of SNMP, the
image forming apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the image forming apparatus to perform operations
comprising:

setting, for each of the notification destinations, whether to use Trap or InformRequest; and
transmitting predetermined information by using Trap in a case where the image forming apparatus shifts to a sleep state,
wherein, even in a case where use of InformRequest has been set for a specific notification destination, the predetermined
information is transmitted to the specific notification destination by using Trap.

US Pat. No. 9,682,552

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,685,143

DISPLAY CONTROL DEVICE, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CHANGING A REPRESENTATION OF CONTENT DISPLAYED ON A DISPLAY SCREEN

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control device comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to function as:
a detection unit configured to detect an input position, which is input by a user, on content at least a partial area of which
is displayed on a predetermined display screen;

an operation acquisition unit configured to acquire an operation instructing to change a display form of content, based on
a change of an input position detected by the detection unit; and

a display control unit configured to change the display form of the content in the predetermined display screen according
to the acquired operation,

wherein the display control unit is further configured to:
1) when the acquired operation instructs a change exceeding a threshold value for change set in the content, in an image representing
the content changed to correspond to the threshold value for change, provide a plurality of control points which are two-dimensionally
provided in a two-dimensional plane at equal spaces, and

2) in a state where, among the plurality of control points, a group of control points which correspond to edges of a portion
displayed on the predetermined display screen of the content are fixed and in two-dimensional plane coordinates or three-dimensional
space coordinates, each of which is defined to include a whole display area of the predetermined display screen, by moving
each control point other than the group of control points such that the smaller a distance between a position of each other
control point and the detected input position is, the larger a moving amount of each other control point is, generate an image
in which, among the area of the content displayed on the predetermined display screen, a periphery of the input position is
partially changed based on the change of the input position, and

wherein the operation acquisition unit is further configured to acquire a touch operation instructing scrolling, zooming in,
zooming out, or rotation of the area of the content displayed on the predetermined display screen.

US Pat. No. 9,686,447

DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor that executes instructions stored in the memory, wherein the processor
(a) detects a horizontal start position, a horizontal end position, a vertical start position, and a vertical end position
of an effective image area of an input analog image signal,

(b) calculates a first difference that represents a difference between the detected horizontal start position of the input
analog image signal and a horizontal start position of an effective image area of a candidate format,

(c) calculates a second difference that represents a difference between the detected horizontal end position of the input
analog image signal and a horizontal end position of the effective image area of the candidate format,

(d) calculates a third difference that represents a difference between the detected vertical start position of the input analog
image signal and a vertical start position of the effective image area of the candidate format,

(e) calculates a fourth difference that represents a difference between the detected vertical end position of the input analog
image signal and a vertical end position of the effective image area of the candidate format,

(f) determines whether the calculated first difference and the calculated second difference satisfy a first predetermined
condition,

(g) determines whether the calculated third difference and the calculated fourth difference satisfy a second predetermined
condition,

(h) determines the candidate format as a format of the input analog image signal if the calculated first difference and the
calculated second difference satisfy the first predetermined condition and the calculated third difference and the calculated
fourth difference satisfy the second predetermined condition,

(i) calculates a fourth value for each of candidate formats, by dividing a product of a first value and a second value by
a third value, if the first predetermined condition or the second predetermined condition is not satisfied, wherein the first
value represents a horizontal resolution of a candidate format, the second value represents a vertical resolution of a candidate
format, and the third value represents a total number of horizontal dots of a candidate format, and

(j) determines one of the candidate formats as a format of the input analog image signal, based on the fourth values calculated
for the candidate formats, if the first predetermined condition or the second predetermined condition is not satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,654,715

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A stacked-type solid-state image sensor including a first semiconductor layer in which an imaging pixel portion including
a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix is implemented, and a second semiconductor layer in which a digital signal processing
unit is implemented, comprising:
a first timing control unit configured to generate a drive timing signal of the imaging pixel portion;
an A/D converter configured to convert an analog signal output from each pixel of the imaging pixel portion into a digital
signal;

a second timing control unit configured to generate a drive timing signal of said A/D converter; and
a status generation unit configured to receive an event signal generated by at least one of said first timing control unit
and said second timing control unit and generate a status signal to restrict an operation of the digital signal processing
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,651,860

IMPRINTING METHOD AND IMPRINTING APPARATUS, SAMPLE SHOT EXTRACTION METHOD, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD USING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprinting method that forms a resin pattern on each of a plurality of shots arranged on a substrate by using a mold,
the method comprising:
acquiring layout information of the plurality of shots;
giving a feature corresponding to a volatility of an uncured resin to each of a plurality of regions into which each of the
plurality of shots is divided, based on the acquired layout information of the plurality of shots;

extracting a combination of sample shots out of the plurality of shots such that the combination of sample shots includes
all of the given features to a target shot of the plurality of the shots and each of the combination of sample shots is different
from the target shot of the plurality of the shots;

generating first information about application distribution of the uncured resin on each of the extracted plurality of sample
shots;

generating second information about application distribution of the uncured resin on the target shot based on the generated
first information;

applying the uncured resin onto the target shot using the generated second information about application distribution; and
forming the resin pattern by contacting the mold with the uncured resin applied on the target shot and releasing the mold
from a resin which is acquires curing the uncured resin.

US Pat. No. 9,684,945

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR TRANSFERRING IMAGE DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more hardware processors configured to cause the image processing apparatus to:
acquire image data,
determine first information related to a data amount corresponding to one pixel of the acquired image data, second information
related to a data amount corresponding to a writing unit of a memory into which the acquired image data is written, and third
information related to a designated display mode,

determine a change pattern of an order of bit data of the acquired image data such that bit data corresponding to the data
amount indicated by the second information among bit data of a first pixel is written into the memory, bit data of a second
pixel is written into the memory, and after that, remaining bit data of the first pixel is written into the memory in a case
where the data amount indicated by the first information is larger than the data amount indicated by the second information,
and the display mode indicated by the third information is a mute mode,

change an order of bit data of the acquired image data in accordance with the determined change pattern, and
read out image data written in the memory, change the order of bit data of the readout image data based on the determined
change pattern, and output the bit data whose order is changed based on the determined change pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,684,481

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A job processing apparatus comprising:
an executing unit configured to execute a job;
a storage unit configured to store history information of the job executed by the executing unit;
a print unit configured to print, in accordance with a user instruction, the history information stored in the storage unit;
a transmitting unit configured to automatically transmit history information that is not managed as output history information,
among the pieces of history information stored in the storage unit; and

a control unit configured to control not to manage, as the output history information, the history information printed by
the print unit if a setting has been made to automatically transmit the history information by the transmitting unit, and
to manage, as the output history information, the history information printed by the print unit if no setting is made to automatically
transmit the history information by the transmitting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,683,971

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus, comprising:
a probe including a plurality of conversion elements arranged in a first direction and that transmits acoustic waves to an
object, receives reflected waves that were reflected within the object, and converts the reflected waves into time-series
received signals; and

a processor that performs frequency domain interferometry, through application of adaptive signal processing, by using a plurality
of the received signals output from the plurality of conversion elements and a reference signal, and obtains acoustic properties
of a plurality of positions in the object,

wherein the probe is configured such that end portions in a second direction intersecting the first direction have a lower
transmission sound pressure of the acoustic waves than a midportion in the second direction,

wherein the reference signal is determined based on a waveform of the acoustic waves that are transmitted from the conversion
elements to a predetermined depth of the object, and

wherein the processor switches the reference signal according to the depth at which the plurality of conversion elements transmit
the acoustic waves to the object.

US Pat. No. 9,648,262

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel array including pixels arranged in a plurality of rows and columns;
a plurality of signal processing units each of which is provided correspondingly to a column of the pixel array; and
a drive signal transmitting unit which transmits a drive signal that drives the signal processing units,
wherein each of the signal processing units has an A/D converter, and a memory unit which holds a digital signal obtained
by the A/D converter;

the drive signal transmitting unit includes a first drive signal transmitting unit which transmits the drive signal to each
A/D converter of the signal processing units, and a second drive signal transmitting unit which transmits the drive signal
to each memory unit of the signal processing units;

the first drive signal transmitting unit includes a plurality of first sets, each set of which has a first buffer circuit
and a second buffer circuit;

the second drive signal transmitting unit includes a plurality of second sets, each set of which has a third buffer circuit
and a fourth buffer circuit;

an output terminal of the first buffer circuit of one first set of the plurality of first sets is connected to an input terminal
of the second buffer circuit of another first set, and an input terminal of the first buffer circuit of the another first
set;
an output terminal of the second buffer circuit of the one first set is connected to each A/D converter of a plurality of
signal processing units being part of the signal processing units;
an output terminal of the third buffer circuit of one second set of the plurality of second sets is connected to an input
terminal of the fourth buffer circuit of another second set, and an input terminal of the third buffer circuit of the another
second set; and

an output terminal of the fourth buffer circuit of the one second set is connected to each memory unit of a plurality of signal
processing units being part of the signal processing units.

US Pat. No. 9,644,998

TESTING ELEMENT, TESTING APPARATUS, AND TESTING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,645,517

CHARGING MEMBER, METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A charging member comprising:
an electro-conductive substrate and
an electro-conductive surface layer, the surface layer comprising a matrix including a binder resin and an electro-conductive
fine particle, and having a resin particle dispersed in the matrix,

the charging member having a protrusion provided by the resin particle on a surface of the charging member, the resin particle
including a plurality of electro-conductive domains inside of the resin particle, wherein

the electro-conductive domains are localized in the vicinity of the surface of the resin particle,
(i) wherein the resin particle is assumed to be a solid resin particle, defining a first circle having an area equal to the
area of a cross section passing through the center of gravity of the solid resin particle, and defining a second circle that
is a concentric circle defined within the first circle, the second circle having a diameter that is 0.8 times the length of
the diameter of the first circle:

(ii) wherein the first and second circle define a doughnut-shaped portion between the first circle and the second circle:
(iii) wherein in the cross section passing through the center of gravity of the solid resin particle, a region surrounded
by the surface of the solid resin particle and a line equally spaced from the surface is defined so as to have an area equal
to that of the doughnut-shaped portion; and

(iv) wherein the region defined in the step (iii) includes more than 50% of the electro-conductive domains located in the
cross section of the solid resin particle based on the number of electro-conductive domains.

US Pat. No. 9,648,341

VIDEO ENCODING AND DECODING WITH IMPROVED ERROR RESILIENCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encoding a sequence of digital images into a plurality of encoding units forming a bitstream, wherein at least
one portion of an image, belonging to a current encoding unit, is encoded by motion compensation with respect to a reference
image portion indicated by an item of motion information, comprising selecting a motion information predictor from among a
set of motion information predictors and encoding said item of motion information with respect to said motion information
predictor,
wherein said set of motion information predictors is permitted to include at least one temporal motion information predictor
associated with an image portion of a previous image of said sequence but is not permitted to include any spatial motion information
predictor that is unobtainable without encoded data of another encoding unit different from said current encoding unit.

US Pat. No. 9,643,808

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH ACCELERATION/DECELERATION CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,648,195

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a first image capturing device;
a second image capturing device;
a processor; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions that when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
capture an image of a subject to generate image data using the first image capturing device;
capture an image of a user who captures the image of the subject using the second image capturing device, for a predetermined
period before and after the image of the subject is captured;

obtain first classification information by analyzing, in the image captured by the second image capturing device, each of
a state of the user before the image of the subject is captured and a state of the user after the image of the subject is
captured; and

record the first classification information in association with the image data.

US Pat. No. 9,674,378

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus having a first wireless communication unit and a second wireless communication unit which can
communicate at a communication speed higher than that of the first wireless communication unit, the communication apparatus
comprising:
a communication control unit that, in a case where the communication apparatus is in a state that wireless communication cannot
be performed using the second wireless communication unit and the first wireless communication unit communicates with a communication
partner apparatus, establish a wireless connection between the communication apparatus and the communication partner apparatus
using the second wireless communication unit;

a receiving unit that receives print data from the communication partner apparatus via the wireless connection established
by the communication control unit; and

a print control unit that executes a print processing based on the print data;
wherein a portion where the communication partner apparatus is brought for wireless communication using the first wireless
communication unit is disposed on an operation unit, having an operation display, being not vertical to an undersurface of
the communication apparatus, and

after the print processing based on the print data is completed, the communication apparatus works in a state that the wireless
communication cannot be performed using the second wireless communication unit.

US Pat. No. 9,674,393

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus which includes:
a conveyer that conveys a document;
a reader that reads both a first side and a second side of the document conveyed by the conveyer;
a reader controller that determines whether the second side is a blank page based on image data of the second side read by
the reader, and notifies a controller of the determination result; and

the controller, wherein the controller comprises a storage that stores image data transferred by the reader controller,
wherein, based on the notified determination result indicating that the second side is not a blank page, the controller performs
a reserving process for reserving a storage area for the second side of the document in the storage and stores, in the storage
area, the image data of the second side transferred by the reader controller, and

wherein, based on the notified determination result indicating that the second side is a blank page, the controller does not
perform a reserving process for reserving a storage area for the second side of the document in the storage and does not store
data of the second side.

US Pat. No. 9,639,036

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING A RUBBING ROTATABLE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a first rotatable member and a second rotatable member configured to form a nip therebetween for heating a toner image on
a recording material;

a rubbing rotatable member configured to rub a surface of said first rotatable member, a peripheral surface of said rubbing
rotatable member having a plurality of recesses and protrusions formed by a particulate abrasive; and

a cleaning brush configured to clean a surface of said rubbing rotatable member,
wherein an average interval Sm of the plurality of recesses and protrusions on the surface of said rubbing rotatable member
is 10-20 ?m, and said cleaning brush includes fibers each having a diameter of not less than 5 ?m and not more than the average
interval Sm.

US Pat. No. 9,674,421

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND FOCUS DETECTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus that detects a focus state of a subject using first pixel signals and second pixel signals
obtained by performing photoelectric conversion on subject light beams which have passed through different pupil regions of
an imaging optical system for forming an optical image of the subject, the focus detection apparatus comprising:
a first detection unit configured to detect the focus state of the subject from the first pixel signals and second pixel signals;
an addition unit configured to add each of the first pixel signals and second pixel signals by a predetermined addition number;
a calculation unit configured to relatively shift the first pixel signals and second pixel signals that have undergone the
addition by the addition unit, and calculate an evaluation value based on a contrast of a signal obtained by adding the first
pixel signals and the second pixel signals after being shifted; and

a second detection unit configured to detect a defocus amount from the evaluation value,
wherein the addition unit sets the predetermined addition number in accordance with the focus state detected by the first
detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,672,392

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication device comprising:
a first wireless communication unit configured to, via near-field wireless communication, repeatedly read out data recorded
in a tag of an external device;

a second wireless communication unit;
one or more processors; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication device to perform operations
comprising:

storing identification information of the external device included in the data read out by the first wireless communication
unit in the memory,

in response to the first wireless communication unit reading out the data, controlling the first wireless communication unit
so that data causing the external device to do a predetermined operation is written to the tag of the external device;

when the first wireless communication unit reads out the data again and in a case where the data is read out from the external
device, controlling the first wireless communication unit so that data causing the external device to do a predetermined operation
is not written to the tag of the external device, and

when the first wireless communication unit reads out the data again and in a case where the data is read out from another
external apparatus different from the external device, controlling the first wireless communication unit so that data causing
the other external device to do a predetermined operation is written to the tag of the other external device.

US Pat. No. 9,674,468

IMAGING DEVICE AND DRIVING METHOD FOR SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR WITH MULTIPLE DIFFERENT ELECTRIC POTENTIALS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
a solid-state image sensor including a plurality of unit pixels, each including
a photo-electric converter that converts incident light into a signal charge,
a holding unit that temporarily holds the signal charge obtained by the photo-electric converter,
a first transfer gate arranged between the photo-electric converter and the holding unit, that transfers the signal charge
to the holding unit,

a charge-voltage converter that converts the signal charge into a voltage signal,
a second transfer gate arranged between the holding unit and the charge-voltage converter, that transfers the signal charge
to the charge-voltage converter, and that is in a non-conductive state in a case where an image capturing operation is performed
in the photo-electric converter, and

an overflow drain that discharges signal charge converted by the photo-electric converter; and
a driving unit that drives the solid-state image sensor,
wherein the driving unit supplies, within an exposure period of the photo-electric converter, a first electric potential to
the first transfer gate,

wherein the driving unit supplies, within a transfer period during which batch transfer in which the signal charge is collectively
transferred from the photo-electric converter to the holding unit is performed after the end of the exposure period, a second
electric potential, which is higher than the first electric potential, to the first transfer gate,

wherein the driving unit supplies, within a period after the end of the transfer period, a third electric potential, which
is lower than the first electric potential, to the first transfer gate,

wherein the driving unit performs control such that, at least during a period from the exposure period to the end of the transfer
period, the potential barrier of the overflow drain side becomes higher than that of the first transfer gate side, and such
that, after the third electric potential is supplied to the first transfer gate, the potential barrier of the overflow drain
side becomes lower than that of the first transfer gate side, and

wherein the driving unit further supplies, at least during a period from the start of the exposure period until after the
end of the transfer period, a fixed electric potential to the second transfer gate that heightens a potential barrier of the
second transfer gate.

US Pat. No. 9,671,704

VIBRATION REDUCTION APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A vibration reduction apparatus which reduces vibration of a first object supported by a first elastic member, the apparatus
comprising:
a driving unit configured to drive the first object, wherein the driving unit is arranged in parallel with the first elastic
member;

a reference system including a second object; and
a control system including a detector configured to detect a relative distance between the first object and the second object,
a compensator configured to output a signal to control the driving unit based on the detected distance and a target distance,
and a high-pass filter arranged in a path extending from the detector to the driving unit,

wherein the high-pass filter has a break frequency determined by a stiffness of the first elastic member.

US Pat. No. 9,638,904

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a front lens group including at least one lens unit;
a positive lens unit (Lp) having a positive refractive power; and
a negative lens unit (Ln) having a negative refractive power,
wherein an interval between the lens units adjacent to each other is changed during zooming,
wherein a combined focal length of the front lens group is negative at a wide angle end,
wherein the positive lens unit (Lp) moves toward the object side during zooming from the wide angle end to a telephoto end,
wherein the negative lens unit (Ln) moves toward the image side during focusing from an object at infinity to an object at
short distance at a first zoom position,

wherein during focusing from an object at infinity to an object at short distance at a second zoom position which is on a
telephoto side of the first zoom position, the positive lens unit (Lp) moves toward the image side, and the negative lens
unit (Ln) moves toward the object side, and

wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
fa1?0.8×fw+0.2×ft; and

fa2>0.2×fw+0.8×ft, where fw represents a focal length of the zoom lens at the wide angle end, ft represents a focal length of the zoom lens at
the telephoto end, fa1 represents a focal length of the zoom lens at the first zoom position, and fa2 represents a focal length
of the zoom lens at the second zoom position.

US Pat. No. 9,668,642

MEDICAL INSTRUMENT AND BENDING DEFORMATION DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A medical instrument having
an elongated bending deformation portion which includes a wire therein and which is bent by driving the wire; and
a manipulation unit which transmits power to the wire and which is detachable from the bending deformation portion,
wherein,
the bending deformation portion has a tension applying unit which applies tension to the wire; and
a relationship between tension T1 in the wire applied by the tension applying unit when the bending deformation portion and
the manipulation unit are decoupled and tension T2 in the wire applied by the tension applying unit when the bending deformation
portion and the manipulation unit are coupled satisfies 0
wherein the tension applying unit and the wire are included in the bending deformation portion so as not to be exposed to
an external at a state where the bending deformation portion and the manipulation unit are decoupled,

wherein the tension applying unit includes:
a stopper which restricts a position of a support member which supports the wire in order to apply tension T1 to the wire
when the bending deformation portion and the manipulation unit are decoupled from each other; and

the support member which may be moved further toward a base than the position in order to apply tension T2 to the wire when
the bending deformation portion and the manipulation unit are coupled to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,671,990

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CONTROLLING DISPLAY OF AN OPERATION SCREEN BASED ON SETTING VALUES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a display that displays an operation screen;
a setting database (DB) that stores a first personal setting value, of a predetermined setting item, being registered in association
with a first user and a second personal setting value, of the predetermined setting item, being registered in association
with a second user, and a common setting value, of the predetermined setting item, being used in common by the first and second
users, wherein the first and second personal setting values and the common setting value are used for displaying the operation
screen;

a memory that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
set permission or prohibition of registration of a personal setting value of the predetermined setting item in accordance
with an operation performed by an administrator user having an administrator authority;

perform login processing to allow a general user having no administrator authority to log in the image forming apparatus;
receive, from the first user having logged in the image forming apparatus or the second user having logged in the image forming
apparatus, a register instruction for registering a setting value of the predetermined setting item; and

store the setting value, specified in the register instruction, in the setting DB as the first personal setting value in a
case where the register instruction from the first user is received in a state where the permission of registration of the
personal setting value of the predetermined setting item is set, store the setting value, specified in the register instruction,
in the setting DB as the second personal setting value in a case where the register instruction from the second user is received
in a state where the permission of registration of the personal setting value of the predetermined setting item is set, and
store the setting value, specified in the register instruction, in the setting DB as the common setting value in a case where
the register instruction from the first user or the second user is received in a state where the prohibition of registration
of the personal setting value of the predetermined setting item is set.

US Pat. No. 9,664,604

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, MEASUREMENT METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measurement apparatus which includes a probe having a leading edge portion configured to come into contact with a surface
to be measured and a holding portion configured to hold the leading edge portion, and measures a shape of the surface by scanning
the probe relative to the surface in a state in which the leading edge portion and the surface are in contact, comprising:
a processing unit configured to correct measurement data at a measurement point on the surface based on data of a scanning
distance of the probe and information about abrasion of the leading edge portion caused by scanning of the probe.

US Pat. No. 9,667,825

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for managing still image files, comprising:
reproducing a first moving image file;
creating a first folder corresponding to the first moving image file when reproducing the first moving image file starts;
generating a still image file based on a video frame extracted from the first moving image file being reproduced;
storing the generated still image file being associated with the first folder each time the still image file is generated
based on the video frame of the first moving image file being reproduced;

creating a second folder that is different from the first folder, when a second moving image file that is different from the
first moving image file is selected to be reproduced;

storing a still image file generated based on a video frame which is extracted from the second moving image file being reproduced
after creating the second folder being associated with the second folder,

creating a third folder that is different from the first folder and the second folder, when the first moving image file is
selected to be reproduced again after selecting and reproducing the second moving image file; and

storing a still image file newly generated based on a video frame which is extracted from the first moving image file being
reproduced again, being associated with the third folder.

US Pat. No. 9,665,020

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
an electrically conductive support;
a charge generating layer on the electrically conductive support; and
a charge transporting layer on the charge generating layer,
wherein the charge transporting layer comprises:
a polysiloxane resin having a polycarbonate or polyarylate skeleton and a siloxane structure represented by the following
formula (1) at an end of the polycarbonate or polyarylate skeleton;

a polycarbonate resin A having a structural unit represented by the following formula (A); and
a charge transporting substance; and
wherein the content of the siloxane structure in the polysiloxane resin is not less than 0.5% by mass and not more than 10%
by mass based on the total mass of all resins in the charge transporting layer,


wherein, in the formula (1),
V1 represents a divalent organic group,

Ra to Re each independently represents an alkyl group or an aryl group,
“a” represents number of repetitions of a structure within the bracket, and an average of “a” in the polysiloxane resin ranges
from 1 to 500,


wherein, in the formula (A),
Z1 represents a substituted cycloalkylidene group having 1 to 3 substituent groups, the substituent groups of the substituted
cycloalkylidene group are alkyl groups having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, the substituted cycloalkylidene group is 5-membered to
8-membered ring, and

R1 to R8 each independently represents a hydrogen atom or a methyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,665,023

TONER AND TWO-COMPONENT DEVELOPER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising toner particles each comprising:
a binder resin containing a polyester ? as a main component thereof, said polyester ? comprising a polyvalent carboxylic acid
unit and a polyhydric alcohol unit comprising a polyhydric alcohol unit N derived from an alkylene oxide adduct of a novolac
type phenol resin;

a colorant;
a wax; and
a crystalline polyester obtained by subjecting a monomer composition to a condensation polymerization reaction, the monomer
composition comprising (i) a monovalent carboxylic acid monomer, (ii) an aliphatic diol having 2 to 22 carbon atoms, and (iii)
an aliphatic dicarboxylic acid having 2 to 22 carbon atoms, wherein

the polyester ? comprises 0.1 to 3.0 mol % of the polyhydric alcohol unit N with respect to a total number of moles of the
polyhydric alcohol unit.

US Pat. No. 9,665,032

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH EXPOSURE CONTROLLED IN DEPENDENCE ON CUMULATIVE OPERATING TIME AND HUMIDITY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable photosensitive member;
a charging portion, rotatably contacting said photosensitive member, configured to electrically charge said photosensitive
member by electric discharge under application of a DC voltage;

a charging voltage source configured to apply the DC voltage to said charging portion;
an exposure portion configured to expose said photosensitive member charged by said charging portion to light to form an electrostatic
image on a surface of said photosensitive member;

a developing portion configured to develop, with a toner, the electrostatic image formed on the surface of said photosensitive
member by said exposure portion to form a toner image on the surface of said photosensitive member;

a transfer device configured to transfer the toner image formed on the surface of said photosensitive member onto a transfer
material at a transfer portion, wherein image formation is effected without the exposure of said photosensitive drum to light
in a position downstream of the transfer portion and upstream of said charging portion with respect to a rotational direction
of said photosensitive member;

an obtaining portion configured to obtain information relating to a cumulative operating time of said photosensitive member;
an environment sensor configured to obtain information relating to water content of environment; and
a controller configured to effect control so that the surface of said photosensitive member is exposed to light by said exposure
portion over not less than one full turn of said photosensitive member during post-rotation after completion of formation
of a final electrostatic image and before stop of rotation of said photosensitive member in a period of successive rotation
of said photosensitive member, on the basis of the information obtained by said obtaining portion and the information obtained
by said environment sensor,

wherein said controller effects control during the post-rotation so that,
(a) when the cumulative operating time obtained by said obtaining portion is a first time, an exposure amount of said photosensitive
member by said exposure portion is a first exposure amount, and when the cumulative operating time obtained by said obtaining
portion is a second time longer than the first time, the exposure amount is a second exposure amount larger than the first
exposure amount, and

(b) when the water content obtained by said environment sensor is a first water content, the exposure amount by said exposure
portion is a third exposure amount, and when the water content obtained by said environment sensor is a second water content
more than the first water content, the exposure amount is a fourth exposure amount smaller than the third exposure amount.

US Pat. No. 9,667,882

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR GENERATING SYNTHESIZED IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first acquirer configured to acquire first image data generated based on a signal obtained from one of a first pixel and
a second pixel of an image sensor that includes a plurality of micro lenses, the first and second pixels sharing a micro lens
and receiving light passing through different pupil areas of an optical system;

a second acquirer configured to acquire second image data generated based on a signal obtained by synthesizing a signal obtained
from the first pixel with a signal obtained from the second pixel; and

an image synthesizer configured to select, depending on a pixel value indicating an object brightness, pixel data at a pixel
position corresponding to the pixel value from the first image data or the second image data to generate a synthesized image
data of the first and second image data.

US Pat. No. 9,665,317

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM FOR EXCHANGING LOCATION AND PROCESSING INFORMATION OF A JOB USING SHORT-RANGE COMMUNICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a generation unit, implemented by one or more processors, configured to generate handover information, wherein the handover
information includes position information indicating a saving location for data that is being processed, progress information
indicating a state of the process of the data, and setting information indicating a setting related to the process of the
data; and

an output unit, implemented by the one or more processors, configured to, according to establishment of short-range wireless
communication with a wireless communication apparatus, output the handover information to the wireless communication apparatus,

wherein the position information indicates a saving location of moving image data or audio data to be subjected to a reproduction
process, the progress information indicates a state of progress of the reproduction process, the setting information indicates
a setting of reproduction of a moving image when a handover request to hand over the reproduction of the moving image has
been made, and the generation unit generates the handover information in response to the handover request, wherein the handover
information is receivable by another information processing apparatus from the wireless communication apparatus using short-range
wireless communication.

US Pat. No. 9,635,207

MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS MANAGING INSTALLATION AND SETTINGS OF AN APPLICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A management system, comprising:
an information processing apparatus;
a management apparatus that manages an application for the information processing apparatus; and
a distribution apparatus that distributes data related to the application,
wherein the information processing apparatus includes:
an obtainment unit configured to obtain a job related to the application, from the management apparatus;
a control unit configured to control the application for the information processing apparatus in accordance with the job obtained
by the obtainment unit;

a setting unit configured to change, along with the control by the control unit, at least one of settings of the information
processing apparatus and settings of the application in accordance with setting information included in the job obtained by
the obtainment unit,

wherein, in a case in which the job obtained by the obtainment unit represents an instruction to install the application,
the control unit obtains, from the distribution apparatus, an application file and a license file that correspond to the application
designated by the job, and installs the application using the application file and the license file; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether communication with the management apparatus has failed for a certain
period, and

wherein, in a case in which the determination unit has determined that the communication with the management apparatus has
failed for the certain period,

the control unit stops an application installed in accordance with the job obtained from the management apparatus, and
along with the stopping of the application by the control unit, the setting unit changes the settings of the information processing
apparatus and the settings of the application to those of settings prior to installation of the stopped application.

US Pat. No. 9,635,214

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM FOR SETTING FILENAME TO RECEIVED IMAGE DATA, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store an address book which registers a plurality of names associated with numbers; and
a processor for executing a computer program to execute a process which comprises:
controlling to display a setting screen in which a user specifies a setting rule of a filename, wherein the setting screen
displays a plurality of fields in which a user selects types of information to be used for the filename and further displays
an arrangement order of the selected types of information by combining a separator and the types of information selected in
the plurality of fields by the user,

obtaining image data transmitted from an external apparatus,
obtaining a number of the external apparatus,
acquiring, from the address book, a name being associated with the obtained number of the external apparatus,
setting, using the acquired name and the setting rule specified in the setting screen, a filename to the received image data
in a case where the specified setting rule includes a registered name as one of the types of information selected in the plurality
of fields and the name being associated with the obtained number of the external apparatus is successfully acquired from the
address book,

wherein the filename is set using a default name as a part of the filename in a case where the name being associated with
the obtained number of the external apparatus is not successfully acquired from the address book, and

transferring, to a file server, the image data to which the filename has been set.

US Pat. No. 9,635,221

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR DISTRIBUTING CAPTURED IMAGES TO A TERMINAL VIA A NETWORK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:
a communication unit configured to receive, via a network, at least one of a first command for outputting a rotated captured
image, the captured image being obtained by an image pickup unit, and a second command for changing a coordinate system that
is used for changing an image capturing direction in which the image pickup unit is aiming to capture an image from a first
coordinate system to a second coordinate system which has been rotated by a certain angle from the first coordinate system;
and

a control unit configured to execute, if the communication unit receives one of the first command and the second command,
control to execute a first process corresponding to the first command and a second process corresponding to the second command,

wherein, if the communication unit receives a command specifying a first coordinate before the second process is executed,
the control unit causes the image pickup unit to capture an image in a first direction based on the first coordinate system,
and

wherein, if the communication unit receives the command specifying the first coordinate after the second process is executed,
the control unit causes the image pickup unit to capture an image in a second direction different from the first direction,
based on the second coordinate system.

US Pat. No. 9,635,238

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit that acquires a plurality of image signals; and
an autofocus processing unit that performs a focus adjustment operation for a focus lens based on focus evaluation values
obtained in a plurality of focus detection areas set for each of the plurality of image signals; and

a control unit that performs control that causes the imaging apparatus to execute a first continuous shooting mode and a second
continuous shooting mode based on the plurality of image signals,

wherein an image capturing condition in the first continuous shooting mode is different from an image capturing condition
in the second continuous shooting mode,

wherein the control unit acquires a peak position in each of the plurality of focus detection areas and performs the control
that causes the imaging apparatus to execute the first continuous shooting mode in a case where the plurality of focus detection
areas satisfy a predetermined condition, and

wherein the predetermined condition includes that a number of peak positions within a predetermined depth of field is less
than a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,632,458

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer storage portion configured to store developer; and
a developer agitation portion configured to rotate in the developer storage portion to agitate the developer;
wherein the developer agitation portion includes a plurality of agitation blade portions which include a set of two trap agitation
blades adjacent in an axis direction of the developer agitation portion, and the two trap agitation blades are disposed in
a direction intersecting with the axis direction,

wherein the plurality of agitation blade portions are arranged with being shifted from one another in a circumferential direction
and a longitudinal direction of the developer agitation portion,

wherein the two trap agitation blades adjacent in the axis direction alternately include an agitation collection portion,
a width of which becomes gradually narrower with respect to the rotation direction of the developer agitation portion.

US Pat. No. 9,632,474

CLEANING BLADE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,632,479

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly including a driving member for applying a driving force; and
a process cartridge detachably mountable to said main assembly, said process cartridge including:
a photosensitive drum;
a photosensitive unit rotatably supporting said photosensitive drum;
a rotatable developing roller for developing an electrostatic latent image on said photosensitive drum;
a rotatable developer supplying roller for supplying developer to said developing roller;
a drive receiving portion for receiving a driving force from said driving member;
a developing unit supporting said developing roller and said developer supplying roller; and
a connecting portion connecting said photosensitive unit and said developing unit, said connecting portion being disposed
below said drive receiving portion with respect to the direction of gravity in a state that said process cartridge is mounted
to the image forming apparatus,

wherein said developing unit is movable relative to said photosensitive unit by rotating about said connecting portion between
a contacting position in which said photosensitive drum and said developing roller contact each other and a spaced position
in which said photosensitive drum and said developing roller are spaced from each other,

wherein a rotational moving direction of said drive receiving portion is opposite to that of said developing roller and is
the same as a direction of rotation of said developing unit from the spacing position toward the contacting position, and

wherein said developer supplying roller is provided between said drive receiving portion and said developing roller on a driving
force transmission route.

US Pat. No. 9,624,056

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,626,131

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,623,671

IMAGE PROCESSOR, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processor for printing an image on a first area of a printing medium by using a first nozzle group including a
plurality of nozzles in a first nozzle array ejecting a first ink and a second nozzle group including a plurality of nozzles
in a second nozzle array ejecting a second ink, and for printing an image on a second area different from the first area of
the printing medium by using a third nozzle group including a plurality of nozzles different from the nozzles included in
the first nozzle group in the first nozzle array and a fourth nozzle group including a plurality of nozzles different from
the nozzles included in the second nozzle group in the second nozzle array, the image processor comprising:
a first conversion unit configured to convert a first input color signal including RGB color components and representing a
predetermined color to be printed on the first area into a first output color signal including RGB color components by using
a first multi-color shading table corresponding to the first and second nozzle groups which defines a correspondence relationship
between a combination of input values of the RGB color components of the first input color signal and a combination of output
values of the RGB color components of the first output color signal, and convert a second input color signal including RGB
color components and representing the predetermined color to be printed on the second area into a second output color signal
including RGB color components by using a second multi-color shading table corresponding to the third and fourth nozzle groups
which defines a correspondence relationship between a combination of input values of the RGB color components of the second
input color signal and a combination of output values of the RGB color components of the second output color signal, wherein
parameters for signal conversion that are defined by the first multi-color shading table and parameters for signal conversion
that are defined by the second multi-color shading table, are different, wherein the first multi-color shading table and the
second multi-color shading table are determined such that a color difference, which is caused by a variation of the ejecting
characteristic among the nozzles of the first nozzle array and a variation of the ejecting characteristic among the nozzles
of the second nozzle array, between a color of an image printed onto the first area by using the first nozzle group and the
second nozzle group to eject the first ink and the second ink based on the first output color signal and a color of an image
printed onto the second area by using the third nozzle group and the fourth nozzle group to eject the first ink and the second
ink based on the second output color signal is reduced;

a color conversion processing unit configured to convert RGB signal based on the first output color signal into a first multiple
ink signal including an ink signal of the first ink representing an ink density of the first ink and an ink signal of the
second ink representing an ink density of the second ink to be printed on the first area and convert RGB signal based on the
second output color signal into second multiple ink signal ink signal of the first ink representing an ink density of the
first ink and representing an ink signal of the second ink representing an ink density of the second ink to be printed on
the second area;

a second conversion unit configured to convert an input ink signal of the first ink representing an ink density of the first
ink to be printed on the first area which is based on the first multiple ink signal into a output ink signal of the first
ink using a first head shading table corresponding to the first nozzle group of the first nozzle array which defines correspondence
relationship between an input value of the input ink signal of the first ink and an output value of the output ink signal
of the first ink, and convert an input signal of the first ink representing an ink density of the first ink to be printed
on the second area which is based on the first multiple ink signal into an output ink signal of the first ink using a second
head shading table corresponding to the third nozzle group of the first nozzle array which defines correspondence relationship
between an input value of the input ink signal of the first ink and an output value of the output ink signal of the first
ink, the first head shading table and the second head shading table are determined such that a density difference, which is
caused by a variation of the ejecting characteristic among the nozzles of the first nozzle array, between a density of an
image printed onto the first area by ejecting the first ink only from the first nozzle group based on the output ink signal
of the first ink and a density of an image printed onto the second area by ejecting the first ink only from the third nozzle
group based on the output ink signal of the first ink is reduced,

and configured to convert an input ink signal of the second ink representing an ink density of the second ink to be printed
on the first area which is based on the second multiple ink signal into a output ink signal of the second ink using a third
head shading table corresponding to the second nozzle group of the second nozzle array which defines correspondence relationship
between an input value of the input ink signal of the second ink and an output value of the output ink signal of the second
ink, and convert an input signal of the second ink representing an ink density of the second ink to be printed on the second
area which is based on the second multiple ink signal into an output ink signal of the second ink using a fourth head shading
table corresponding to the fourth nozzle group of the second nozzle array which defines correspondence relationship between
an input value of the input ink signal of the second ink and an output value of the output ink signal of the second ink wherein
the third head shading table and the fourth head shading table are determined such that a density difference, which is caused
by a variation of the ejecting characteristic among the nozzles of the first nozzle array, between a density of an image printed
onto the first area by ejecting the second ink only from the second nozzle group based on the output ink signal of the second
ink and a density of an image printed onto the second area by ejecting the second ink only from the fourth nozzle group based
on the output ink signal of the second ink is reduced; and

a print data generating unit configured to generate print data used for printing on the first area and the second area by
the first nozzle array based on the output ink signal of the first ink for the first area and output ink signal of the first
ink for the second area converted by the second converting unit and print data used for printing on the first area and the
second area by the second nozzle array based on the output ink signal of the second ink for the first area and output ink
signal of the second ink for the second area converted by the second converting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,606,456

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, DETERMINATION METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus which forms a pattern on a substrate, the apparatus comprising:
a stage holding the substrate and being movable;
a measurement unit configured to measure a position of the stage;
a generation unit configured to generate a flow of gas in a space where the stage moves;
a detection unit configured to detect respective positions of a plurality of sample shot regions formed on the substrate;
and

a control unit configured to determine an order of detecting the sample shot regions by the detection unit such that, among
sample shot regions located on a downstream side of the flow of the gas from a center of the substrate, detection by the detection
unit is performed sequentially starting from a sample shot region closest to the measurement unit.

US Pat. No. 9,609,328

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,606,474

DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus, comprising:
a developer carrying member rotatably provided for carrying a developer containing a toner and a carrier to develop a latent
image;

a developer accommodating container for rotatably supporting said developer carrying member and for accommodating the developer
supplied to said developer carrying member, said accommodating container including a first chamber for accommodating the developer
and a second chamber for forming a feeding path for circulating the developer between itself and the first chamber;

a first feeding member for feeding the developer in said first chamber;
a second feeding member for feeding the developer in said second chamber;
a supply opening, provided on said accommodating container, for permitting supply of the developer;
a discharge opening, provided on said accommodating container for permitting discharge of excessive developer supplied through
said supply opening;

a shutter, provided at an outer surface of said developer accommodating container, for opening and closing said discharging
opening;

a sealing sheet, at an inner surface of said developer accommodating container, for unsealably sealing said discharge opening
and for sealing an initial developer in said accommodating container; and

a winding-up shaft, provided above said first feeding member in a state in which said developing device is mounted in said
image forming apparatus, for winding up the sealing sheet to remove the sealing sheet from said discharge opening after the
initial drive of said developing device;

wherein said winding-up shaft winds up the sealing sheet so as to pass through a space below said first feeding member and
between said first feeding member and said second feeding member.

US Pat. No. 9,606,477

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image carrying members that each carry a toner image;
an intermediate transfer body that is capable of moving while abutting against the image carrying members, the toner image
of each image carrying member being primarily transferred onto the intermediate transfer body;

a cleaning member that includes
an abutting member that scrapes off residual toner that remains on the intermediate transfer body without being secondary
transferred to a transfer material from the intermediate transfer body, and

a charging member that is positioned downstream of the abutting member in a moving direction of the intermediate transfer
body and that charges the residual toner that has passed through the abutting member; and

a control unit that is capable of executing
a first mode in which a toner image is primary transferred from each of the plurality of image carrying members to the intermediate
transfer body, and

a second mode in which a toner image is primary transferred from a single image carrying member among the plurality of image
carrying members to the intermediate transfer body,

wherein the control unit controls a value of a charging current that is generated when charging the residual toner with the
charging member such that the value when the first mode is executed is smaller than the value when the second mode is executed.

US Pat. No. 9,606,496

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printed circuit board, comprising:
a substrate on which a component which constitutes a circuit is configured to generate a high voltage is mounted by solder;
and

a contact plate including a soldered portion soldered on the substrate, the contact plate being configured to be brought into
contact with a spring contact, to which the high voltage is applied, mounted in an apparatus to which the substrate is to
be attached,

wherein the contact plate is attached to the substrate by the soldered portion being soldered on a surface of the substrate
opposite to a surface of the substrate on which the component is mounted, and

wherein the contact plate includes a suppressing portion configured to suppress an adhesion of a flux of the solder to a contact
portion in which the contact plate is to be contacted by the spring contact, the suppressing portion making a creeping distance
of the contact plate on which the flux of the solder flows from the soldered portion to the contact portion longer than a
straight-line distance from the soldered portion to the contact portion.

US Pat. No. 9,606,266

OPTICAL ELEMENT, OPTICAL ELEMENT ARRAY, AND SOLID-STATE IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical element comprising:
a bottom face;
a convex lens including a projecting surface attached to the bottom face;
an anti-reflection structure configured to cover the projecting surface; and
an orthogonal projection of an apex of the projecting surface onto the bottom face being located on a line segment connecting
a first end located on an outer edge of the bottom face and a second end located on the outer edge of the bottom face, and
being located on the first end side with respect to a center point of the line segment, wherein

the anti-reflection structure includes:
a first anti-reflection structure on the first end side with respect to the apex, and
a second anti-reflection structure on the second end side with respect to the apex, and wherein
a light transmittance of the second anti-reflection structure is greater than a light transmittance of the first anti-reflection
structure, and

the first anti-reflection structure and the second anti-reflection structure do not overlap in plan view.

US Pat. No. 9,604,476

PAPER CUTTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,607,384

OPTIMAL PATCH RANKING FOR COORDINATE TRANSFORM ESTIMATION OF MICROSCOPE IMAGES FROM SPARSE PATCH SHIFT ESTIMATES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

11. A method of forming a composite image from a first image and a second image captured by a microscope, said first and second
images having an area of overlap, said method comprising the steps of:
determining a rate of change of pixel values for each of a plurality of locations on the first image;
identifying a set of candidate alignment patches in the first image based upon the determined rate of change;
specifying a plurality of subsets of candidate alignment patches from the set of candidate alignment patches, each specified
subset containing at least three patches, based on a global error metric corresponding to each subset, said error metric depending
upon said rate of change of pixel values for the patches in a corresponding subset;

selecting a subset of candidate alignment patches from said plurality of subsets of candidate alignment patches based upon
a predetermined criterion which is dependent upon the selected subset;

estimating, for each patch in the selected subset, a shift between the patch and a corresponding patch in the second image,
the location of the corresponding patch in the second image being determined from the location of the patch in the first image;

determining a global coordinate transform between the first image and second image based on the estimated shifts; and
combining the first image and the second image using the global coordinate transform to form the single composite image.

US Pat. No. 9,606,649

ELECTRONIC DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a display unit and a touch panel on a screen of the display unit, the apparatus
comprising:
a processor implementing functions of:
a display control unit which controls the display unit to display an image;
a specifying unit which recognizes a first touch operation by a user to a first image displayed by said display unit and specifies
a selected item among a plurality of items included in the first image, wherein said specifying unit specifies, as the selected
item, an item corresponding to a touch decision area encompassing a touch position of the first touch operation, among a plurality
of touch decision areas corresponding to the plurality of items;

an execution unit which executes processing corresponding to the item specified by said specifying unit;
a first determination unit which, after the display unit displays a second image following the first image due to the execution
by the execution unit, determines whether or not the user has made a second touch operation for canceling the first touch
operation;

a second determination unit which, when said first determination unit determines that the second touch operation has been
made, determines a level indicating probability of erroneous operation of the first touch operation, and

an update unit, which updates a size of the touch decision area corresponding to the selected item so that the higher the
level determined by said second determination unit, the larger the change in the size of the touch decision area corresponding
to the selected item is, and, when the level determined by said second determination unit is a lowest level, does not change
the size of the touch decision area corresponding to the selected item,

wherein said display control unit causes the display unit to re-display the first image in response to inputting of the second
touch operation and said specifying unit specifies, when a new touch is detected, a newly selected item among the plurality
of items included in the re-displayed first image, referring to the updated touch decision area, and

wherein said update unit updates the size of the touch decision area corresponding to the selected item without changing a
size of the selected item so that each size of the plurality of items included in the re-displayed first image is the same
as each size of the plurality of items included in the first image displayed during the first touch operation.

US Pat. No. 9,609,303

IMAGE GENERATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,602,678

PERIPHERAL DEVICE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A web service server that communicates with a client device by using a web browser on the client device, the web service
server comprising:
a memory; and
a processor that can communicate with the memory, wherein the processor is configured to control:
a reception unit configured to receive an access by specifying, from the web browser, information indicating a location of
a web service provided by the web service server, and

a providing unit configured to provide, to the web browser on the client device and in accordance with the received access,
display control data used for a display for inputting a value of a print setting for a print process on an image forming apparatus,

wherein the web service server can provide display control data corresponding to each of multiple types of the image forming
apparatus,

wherein the provided display control data includes identification information of the image forming apparatus and data indicating
print settings corresponding to functions supported by the image forming apparatus,

wherein, based on the display via the web browser of the client device using the provided display control data, a value of
a print setting is inputted for a print process on an image forming apparatus corresponding to a selection by a user on a
selection area,

wherein, on the image forming apparatus corresponding to the selection by the user on the selection area, the print process
is performed based on print data created using the input value of the print setting by a print control program for the image
forming apparatus corresponding to the selection by the user on the selection area, and

wherein the web service server and the image forming apparatus corresponding to the selection by the user on the selection
area are built independently of each other on a network.

US Pat. No. 9,600,884

OBJECT SHAPE ALIGNING APPARATUS, OBJECT PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHODS THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,602,169

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR TRANSFERRING POWER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a first communication unit for wirelessly communicating with another communication apparatus;
a second communication unit for wirelessly supplying electric power to the other communication apparatus and for wirelessly
communicating with the other communication apparatus;

a control unit configured to cause the second communication unit to transmit specific data to the other communication apparatus;
and

a determining unit configured to determine, according to whether the first communication unit receives from the other communication
apparatus a signal representing that the other communication apparatus has received the specific data, whether to supply electric
power from the second communication unit to the other communication apparatus,

wherein the second communication unit supplies electric power to the other communication apparatus according to a result of
the determination by the determining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,602,685

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT GENERATE LEARNING DATA USED IN LEARNING A CLASSIFICATION RULE FOR CLASSIFYING AN INPUT IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that generates learning data used in learning a classification rule for classifying
an image that is input from an image input device, the apparatus comprising:
at least one processor operatively coupled to a memory, serving as:
(a) a reception unit configured to receive an initial image that is input from the image input device;
(b) a first generation unit configured to generate an image that is different from the initial image, by correcting the initial
image using a coefficient determined based on information about a type of the input device;

(c) a second generation unit configured to generate the learning data using the image generated by the first generation unit
and the input image; and

(d) a learning unit for generating the classification rule using the learning data generated by the second generation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,602,687

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,602,706

ROTATABLE OPERATING MEMBER AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,599,914

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

0.8?K2/K3?1.2

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

US Pat. No. 9,602,491

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,599,930

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER, DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating unit for accommodating developer, the developer accommodating unit comprising:
a flexible container provided with an opening for permitting discharge of developer accommodated therein;
a frame, including a fixing portion for fixing the flexible container, for accommodating the flexible container therein; and
a sealing member for covering the opening and peeled from the flexible container to unseal the opening,
wherein the fixing portion includes a first portion and a second portion having a longer length than the first portion, and
wherein, when the sealing member is unsealed, the flexible container is deformed to change a shape of the opening and the
second portion suppresses movement of the flexible container caused by the unsealing of the sealing member.

US Pat. No. 9,602,753

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,597,884

INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET PRINTER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink cartridge mountable to a cartridge mounting portion provided with an ink receiving tube, an electrical connecting
portion and a locking lever, in a mounting direction crossing with a direction of gravity, said ink cartridge comprising:
a casing including an ink accommodating chamber configured to accommodate ink to be supplied to the ink receiving tube, said
casing including a front surface at a leading side with respect to the mounting direction, an upper surface and a bottom surface;

a tube inserting portion into which the ink receiving tube is insertable and which is provided at said front surface in a
position closer to said bottom surface than to said upper surface;

an electrical contact electrically connectable to the electrical connecting portion and provided in a position above said
tube inserting portion, said electrical contact including an area crossing with the mounting direction;

an engaging portion provided in a position closer to said electrical contact than to said tube inserting portion, said engaging
portion being engageable with the locking lever to maintain a inserted state in which the ink receiving tube is inserted in
said tube inserting portion and a connected state in which said electrical contact is connected with the electrical connecting
portion; and

a force receiving portion capable of receiving, from an urging spring provided in the cartridge mounting portion, the urging
force for urging said ink cartridge in a dismounting direction which is opposite to the mounting direction, said force receiving
portion being provided in a position above said tube inserting portion and below said electrical contact, wherein said engaging
portion is engageable with said locking lever to maintain the inserted state and the connected state against the urging force.

US Pat. No. 9,601,534

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,592,605

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,594,397

DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,594,915

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,592,667

PRINTHEAD SUBSTRATE AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,596,093

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,594,315

DETECTION APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

Wmax1

US Pat. No. 9,594,103

CAPACITIVE DETECTION TYPE ELECTRO-MECHANICAL TRANSDUCER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

Cin??×GBW×RF×(CF)2  Expression (1).

US Pat. No. 9,589,320

IMAGE-PICKUP UNIT, IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image-pickup unit comprising:
an image sensor including M×N pixels and configured to photoelectrically convert an object image; and
a color filter disposed on an object side of the image sensor, and including a plurality of filter segments,
wherein each filter segment corresponds to one of the pixels of the image sensor, and the plurality of filter segments include
first to Z-th filter segments having spectral transmittances different from each other,

wherein a condition below is satisfied:

where L is an integer equal to or larger than four, and Pk represents the number of pixels of the image sensor, which receive light of a wavelength band k (k=1, 2, . . . , L), and

wherein a condition below is satisfied:

where Fk(i,j) (i=1, 2, . . . , M, and j=1, 2, . . . , N) represents a distribution of the spectral transmittance corresponding to
the wavelength band k, Fk1 represents a distribution of the spectral transmittance corresponding to a wavelength band k1 (k1=1, 2, . . . , L), Fk2 represents a distribution of the spectral transmittance corresponding to a wavelength band k2 (k2=1, 2, . . . , L), and Rk1,k2 represents a cross-correlation between the Fk1 and the Fk2.

US Pat. No. 9,585,554

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,591,199

IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A drive unit which is communicable with a lens apparatus, the drive unit comprising:
a driver that drives a movable optical member;
a first communicator which is connected to the lens apparatus; and
a second communicator that is communicable with the lens apparatus through a wireless communication with the first communicator,
wherein the first communicator receives an electric power supply different from an electric power supply which supplies an
electric power to the drive unit, and

wherein the first communicator is configured to send and receive signals to and from the second communicator while the first
communicator is not electrically connected to the second communicator.

US Pat. No. 9,591,253

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus for capturing a moving image, the imaging apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store scenario data for forming one scenario with a plurality of scenes and for managing, in
association with one of the plurality of scenes in the scenario, a moving image captured by an imaging unit;

a display control unit configured to perform control so that a list of pieces of information representing the plurality of
scenes is displayed on a display unit by using the scenario data;

a selection unit configured to select one of the plurality of scenes from the list displayed on the display unit; and
a control unit configured to perform control so that when the scene selected by the selection unit is a captured scene, the
selected captured scene is played back, and when the scene selected by the selection unit is an uncaptured scene, the imaging
apparatus enters a shooting standby state for capturing the selected uncaptured scene,

wherein when the captured scene is selected by the selection unit, the display control unit is configured to display an instruction
screen for issuing an instruction for recapturing the selected captured scene, and

wherein when the instruction for recapturing the selected captured scene is issued, the control unit is configured to perform
control so that the imaging apparatus shifts to a standby state for recapturing the selected captured scene.

US Pat. No. 9,586,400

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head, comprising:
a substrate; and
an energy-generating element that is provided on a first surface side of the substrate and that generates energy to discharge
liquid, wherein

the substrate is provided with a flow path that penetrates through the substrate from the first surface to a second surface
that is a surface on another side, the flow path supplying the liquid from the second surface side to the first surface side,

the flow path including a plurality of first flow paths and a second flow path that is positioned on the second surface side
with respect to the first flow paths, the plurality of first flow paths being open on a bottom portion of the second flow
path, and

the plurality of first flow paths include a long flow path that is relatively long in a direction perpendicular to the first
surface, and a short flow path that is relatively short in the direction perpendicular to the first surface, the long flow
path having a flow path resistance per unit length that is smaller than a flow path resistance per unit length of the short
flow path.

US Pat. No. 9,579,791

CONTROL METHOD OF ROBOT APPARATUS AND ROBOT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,581,920

COATING FILM-REMOVING METHOD FOR CYLINDRICAL SUBSTRATE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A manufacturing method for an electrophotographic photosensitive member including forming a coating film of an electrophotographic
photosensitive member coating liquid on a cylindrical substrate by a dip coating method,
the manufacturing method comprising removing, after the forming the coating film of the electrophotographic photosensitive
member coating liquid on the cylindrical substrate by the dip coating method, the coating film present on a lower side of
the cylindrical substrate in a longitudinal direction by a coating film-removing method,

wherein the coating film-removing method includes supporting the cylindrical substrate having formed thereon the coating film
of the electrophotographic photosensitive member coating liquid in a vertical direction, and removing the coating film at
a portion to be subjected to coating film removal present on the lower side of the cylindrical substrate in the longitudinal
direction through use of a coating film-removing member, and the coating film-removing method further comprises:

a solvent-supplying step of supplying a solvent to an inside of the cylindrical substrate from an opening through which the
solvent is discharged;

an outer peripheral surface coating film-removing member abutment step of causing, through use of, as the coating film-removing
member, an outer peripheral surface coating film-removing member configured to remove the coating film at the portion to be
subjected to coating film removal in an outer peripheral surface of the cylindrical substrate, the outer peripheral surface
coating film-removing member to abut against a region ranging from an upper end to a lower end of the coating film at the
portion to be subjected to coating film removal in the outer peripheral surface of the cylindrical substrate; and

an outer peripheral surface coating film-removing step of removing, under a state in which the outer peripheral surface coating
film-removing member abuts against the region ranging from the upper end to the lower end of the coating film at the portion
to be subjected to coating film removal in the outer peripheral surface of the cylindrical substrate, the coating film at
the portion to be subjected to coating film removal in the outer peripheral surface through rubbing by relatively rotating
the cylindrical substrate and the outer peripheral surface coating film-removing member while supplying the solvent, which
is supplied to the inside of the cylindrical substrate and then flows to a lower end of the cylindrical substrate, to an abutting
portion between the coating film at the portion to be subjected to coating film removal in the outer peripheral surface and
the outer peripheral surface coating film-removing member.

US Pat. No. 9,581,784

COMPOSITE PLASTIC LENS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A composite plastic lens comprising:
a resin lens including a convex surface, a surface on the side opposite to the convex surface, a side surface, a protrusion
protruding from at least part of the side surface; and

a resin light-shielding holder configured to hold the resin lens,
wherein the resin lens is joined with the resin light-shielding holder at least at the protrusion on the side of the convex
surface, and an interface of the resin light-shielding holder with respect to the protrusion on the side of the convex surface
is inclined inward from an outer periphery of the composite plastic lens in a direction approaching the surface on the side
opposite to the convex surface; and

an angle F formed between the interface and a plane including a line orthogonal to an optical axis falls within a range from
5° to 80°.

US Pat. No. 9,581,788

LENS SYSTEM AND IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens system comprising:
a lens device including an optical member; and
a position detection device including a detection unit that obtains position information regarding the optical member,
wherein the position detection device includes a generation unit that generates a connection request signal for requesting
the lens device to establish a first communication path between the lens device and the position detection device, and

wherein the connection request signal generated by the generation unit includes the position information obtained by the detection
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,575,431

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus comprising:
a light source having a plurality of light-emitting points;
a deflection unit with a first deflection surface configured to deflect a plurality of light fluxes emitted by the plurality
of light-emitting points;

a scanning optical system configured to guide the plurality of light fluxes deflected by the first deflection surface onto
a scanned surface; and

a synchronous detection unit configured to detect light fluxes from at least two light-emitting points deflected by the first
deflection surface,

wherein the synchronous detection unit has a plurality of imaging elements including first and second imaging elements made
of materials different from each other, and

wherein the first imaging element, of the plurality of imaging elements, exhibits a smallest change in refractive index with
respect to temperatures and has a largest refractive power in a main scanning section.

US Pat. No. 9,566,806

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD IN WHICH ROTATION SPEED OF CONVEYANCE AND REVERSING ROLLERS IS CONTROLLED BASED ON AMOUNT OF DISCHARGED INK ON FIRST SURFACE OF PRINTING SHEET

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printhead configured to print an image by discharging ink to a first surface of a printing sheet and a second surface of
the printing sheet;

a conveyance roller arranged upstream of the printhead in a conveyance direction of a printing sheet when executing a printing
operation, wherein the conveyance roller is configured to convey a printing sheet in the conveyance direction by rotating
in a first direction and to convey the printing sheet in a direction opposite to the conveyance direction by rotating in a
second direction opposite to the first direction;

a reversing path configured to reverse a printing sheet;
a reversing roller arranged in the reversing path, and configured to reverse the printing sheet conveyed by the conveyance
roller rotating in the second direction and convey the printing sheet to the conveyance roller; and

a control unit configured to control a rotation speed in the second direction of the conveyance roller and a rotation speed
of the reversing roller based on an ink discharge amount on the first surface of the printing sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,571,688

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus comprising:
first and second light source units including respective light sources;
a rotating polygon mirror that performs deflection scanning of laser beams emitted from the light sources of the first and
second light source units;

an optical box accommodating the rotating polygon mirror, the optical box includes:
a first abutting portion on which the first light source unit abuts configured to position the first light source unit; and
a second abutting portion on which the second light source unit abuts configured to position the second light source unit;
a first pressing member pressing the first light source unit toward the first abutting portion to fix the first light source
unit to the abutting portion; and

a second pressing member pressing the second light source unit toward the second abutting portion to fix the second light
source unit to the second abutting portion,

wherein the first and second abutting portions are molded integrally with the optical box
wherein a first opening is formed in a portion of the optical box opposite to the first abutting portion and a second opening
is formed in a portion of the optical box opposite to the second abutting portion in the rotation axis direction,

wherein a direction in which the first opening is opened and a direction in which the second opening is opened faces away
from each other in the rotation axis direction.

US Pat. No. 9,561,658

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,563,255

METHOD FOR TERMINATING OR POWERING A WIRELESS CONNECTION TO IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS BASED ON TYPE OF CONNECTION MODE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus connectable to an external apparatus, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a recording control unit configured to perform control so that image data is recorded on a recording medium;
a transmission unit configured to transmit image data selected by an operation on an operation unit of the image processing
apparatus to the external apparatus in a first connection mode and transmit image data selected by an operation on an operation
unit of the external apparatus to the external apparatus in a second connection mode; and

a control unit configured to, in a case where a user operation to terminate a wireless connection to the external apparatus
started in the first connection mode is inputted in the external apparatus, perform control so that the connection to the
external apparatus is terminated and the image processing apparatus is not turned off, and in a case where a user operation
to terminate a wireless connection to the external apparatus started in the second connection mode is inputted in the external
apparatus, perform control so that the image processing apparatus is turned off.

US Pat. No. 9,565,352

OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus operable in a still image pickup mode and a motion image pickup mode, the optical apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to detect a pair of image signals, and configured to photoelectrically convert an optical image
formed by an optical system;

a first focus detector configured to provide a focus detection based upon a phase difference between the pair of image signals
detected by the image sensor;

a second focus detector configured to provide a focus detection based upon a contrast of the optical image formed by the optical
system; and

a controller configured to perform a focusing operation in the motion image pickup mode by using the first focus detector
when an image magnification variation amount by a wobbling of the optical system used for the second focus detector is equal
to or higher than a threshold and by using the second focus detector when the image magnification variation amount is less
than the threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,565,355

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element configured to photoelectrically convert an optical image;
a first detector configured to perform focus detection by using a focus signal generated from a high frequency component of
an image signal outputted from the image pickup element;

a second detector configured to perform focus detection by a method different from the focus detection by the first detection
unit;

and a controller configured to control a drive of a focus lens and configured to control a frame rate,
wherein when a predetermined operation to instruct focusing is performed, the controller is configured to switch the frame
rate from a first frame rate to a second frame rate, which is faster than the first frame rate, and perform a first operation
to drive the focus lens for the focus detection by the first detector,

wherein the controller is configured to start driving the focus lens based on a focus detection result by the second detector
during performance of the first frame rate but before completion of switching the frame rate from the first frame rate to
the second frame rate.

US Pat. No. 9,560,258

IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS, IMAGE SENSING SYSTEM AND FOCUS DETECTION METHOD OF DETECTING A FOCUS POSITION OF A LENS USING IMAGE SIGNAL PAIR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensing apparatus which is able to detect a focus position of a lens using image signal pair, comprising:
an image sensor configured to generate an image signal for detecting the focus position; and
a correction unit configured to correct a signal level of the image signal based on correction information, wherein the correction
information is related to a light amount, which changes in response to an image height and a production error which includes
an alignment error at a time of manufacturing the image sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,557,241

WAVEFRONT ABERRATION MEASURING METHOD, WAVEFRONT ABERRATION MEASURING APPARATUS AND OPTICAL ELEMENT MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A wavefront aberration measuring method comprising the steps of:
measuring an intensity distribution of a measuring light transmitted through or reflected by an object to be measured, using
a light-receiving sensor;

calculating a first differential wavefront, which is a differential wavefront of the measuring light on the light-receiving
sensor;

calculating a second differential wavefront by performing a correction process on the first differential wavefront depending
on a distribution of an incident angle of the measuring light to the light-receiving sensor; and

calculating a wavefront aberration of the object using the second differential wavefront.

US Pat. No. 9,557,663

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

1.0??Z/?Z0?3.0  (A7),

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,551,564

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

wherein the wavelength selector is a Fabry-Perot filter.

US Pat. No. 9,553,117

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM USING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup apparatus comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit disposed in a semiconductor substrate;
a charge storage unit disposed in the semiconductor substrate;
a floating diffusion unit disposed in the semiconductor substrate;
a first gate electrode disposed on a surface of the semiconductor substrate, the first gate electrode having a first portion
disposed on the charge storage unit, and a second portion not disposed on the charge storage unit;

a second gate electrode disposed on the surface, and disposed between the charge storage unit and the floating diffusion unit;
and

a light shielding member disposed over the first gate electrode and the charge storage unit, disposed between the first gate
electrode and the second gate electrode, and having a bottom face, wherein a part of the bottom face disposed between the
first gate electrode and the second gate electrode is located closer to the surface than another part of the bottom face disposed
over the first gate electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,552,443

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SEARCH METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an execution unit configured to execute a search of target data based on a first search condition to produce a first search
result and then execute a search of the target data based on a second search condition, as a new search condition, to produce
a second search result;

a specification unit configured to specify at least one data included in the first search result;
a storage unit configured to store, in a storage medium, data specified by the specification unit;
a generation unit configured to generate an integrated result to display based on the specified data stored in the storage
medium and the second search result, wherein, even though the specified data does not match the second search condition and
is not included in the second search result, the generation unit puts the specified data in the integrated result, wherein,
except for the specified data, the generation unit does not put, in the integrated result, the first search result which does
not match the second search condition; and

a display unit configured to display the integrated result generated by the generation unit,
wherein, based on a number of pieces of the specified data, a ratio of an area to display a part of the second search result
in a display area whose size is limited changes, thereby the display unit preferentially displays the specified data, and
displays part of the second search result,

wherein, in a case where specifying of at least one piece of specified data is canceled while the display unit is displaying
the integrated result, the generation unit is configured to dynamically regenerate the integrated result based on remaining
pieces of specified data and the second search result and the display unit is configured to display the regenerated integrated
result, and

wherein at least one of the execution unit, the specification unit, the storage unit, the generation unit, and the display
unit are implemented by a central processing unit in the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,544,493

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

16. A solid-state imaging apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of imaging pixels each configured to generate, through photoelectric conversion, electric charge as an imaging
signal;

a plurality of focus detection pixels each configured to generate, through photoelectric conversion, electric charge as at
least a first focusing signal among first and second focusing signals used for a phase difference focus detection; and

an adding unit configured to add the electric charge generated by the plurality of imaging pixels to generate an added imaging
signal, and configured to add the electric charge generated by the plurality of focus detection pixels to generate an added
focusing signal,

wherein a number of the focus detection pixels to be used for generating one added focusing signal by the adding unit is larger
than a number of the imaging pixels to be used for generating one added imaging signal by the adding unit,

wherein each of the imaging pixels and each of the focus detection pixels include:
a photoelectric conversion unit configured to generate the electric charge through the photoelectric conversion,
a floating diffusion region configured to convert the electric charge into a voltage signal, and
a transfer transistor configured to transfer the electric charge from the photoelectric conversion unit to the floating diffusion
region, and

wherein the adding unit includes an adding transistor configured to allow the floating diffusion regions to be switched between
one of a mutually connected state and a mutually disconnected state.

US Pat. No. 9,540,192

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
a conveying roller configured to convey a sheet;
a separation roller configured to come into pressure contact with the conveying roller;
a conveying roller shaft to which the conveying roller is attached;
a separation roller shaft supported in a cantilever condition and to which the separation roller is attached through a torque
limiter;

a driving source configured to drive the conveying roller;
a shaft holding portion configured to hold the separation roller shaft;
a swing support shaft mounted on the shaft holding portion in parallel with the separation roller shaft and swingably supporting
the separation roller shaft; and

an elastically deformable bearing portion supporting the swing support shaft,
wherein the bearing portion supports the swing support shaft such that the separation roller shaft is inclined with respect
to the conveying roller shaft so that a first end portion of the separation roller shaft, to which the separation roller is
attached, is positioned on an upstream side in a sheet conveying direction of a second end portion of the separation roller
shaft, and

wherein the bearing portion is elastically deformed such that the separation roller shaft is substantially parallel with the
conveying roller shaft in a state in which the separation roller receives a force from the conveying roller driven by the
driving source.

US Pat. No. 9,544,299

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, SERVER, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that communicates with a server via a network, comprising:
a hardware processor; and
a first memory, which is not detachable from the information processing apparatus, that stores identification information
of the information processing apparatus and a program that is executed by the hardware processor and causes the hardware processor
to perform the functions of:

a request unit that transmits an issuance request that requests a certificate necessary to connect to the server, including
the identification information of the information processing apparatus stored in the first memory, to a certificate authority;

a reception unit that receives the certificate, including the identification information of the information processing apparatus,
issued by the certificate authority in accordance with the issuance request;

a second memory that stores the certificate received by the reception unit, the second memory being detachable from the information
processing apparatus;

a determination unit that determines whether or not the identification information of the information processing apparatus
stored in the first memory corresponds to the identification information included in the certificate stored in the second
memory; and

a connection control unit that controls the information processing apparatus to:
(i) transmit a connection request to the server in accordance with the determination unit having determined that the identification
information stored in the first memory corresponds to the identification information included in the certificate stored in
the second memory, and

(ii) restrict transmission of the connection request to the server in accordance with the determination unit having determined
that the identification information stored in the first memory does not correspond to the identification information included
in the certificate stored in the second memory.

US Pat. No. 9,540,483

RESIN FOR TONER AND TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A crystalline polyester resin, comprising a condensation polymerization product of:
(i) a dicarboxylic acid component containing at least one compound selected from the group consisting of terephthalic acid
and terephthalic acid derivatives; and

(ii) a diol component containing at least one compound selected from the group consisting of 2-methyl-1,3-propanediol and
derivatives of 2-methyl-1,3-propanediol,

said crystalline polyester resin having a weight-average molecular weight as measured by gel permeation chromatography of
5000 to 50000, and

a Young's modulus as measured by an ultramicro durometer at 25° C. of at least 2 GPa and a melting point of 60° C. to 125°
C.

US Pat. No. 9,542,594

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR PROCESSING INFORMATION, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

18. A method comprising:
acquiring a target image;
obtaining, from a holding unit, positional information regarding a target region in the target image obtained by a first detection
unit;

detecting, by a second detection unit, positional information regarding a target region in the target image, the second detection
unit configured to have detection characteristics different from detection characteristics of the first detection unit;

determining whether the positional information of the target image obtained by the obtaining includes positional information
which substantially matches the positional information of the target image detected by the second detection unit;

causing, if the positional information of the target image obtained in the obtaining includes positional information which
substantially matches the positional information of the target image detected in the detecting, the holding unit to hold,
as positional information regarding a target region in the target image, either the information obtained in the obtaining
or the positional information detected in the detecting; and

causing, if the positional information of the target image obtained in the obtaining does not include positional information
which substantially matches the positional information of the target image detected in the detecting, the holding unit to
hold as positional information regarding a target region in the target image, the positional information detected in the detecting.

US Pat. No. 9,533,516

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,535,345

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,531,937

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,531,944

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,532,054

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR DE-BLOCKING VIDEO DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,530,530

SCINTILLATOR PANEL, RADIATION DETECTOR, AND METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a scintillator panel including a substrate and a scintillator layer containing a plurality of
crystals formed by depositing a scintillator material on a deposition surface of the substrate, the method comprising:
depositing the scintillator material on the deposition surface of the substrate such that the scintillator material incidents
on the deposition surface obliquely with respect to the normal to the deposition surface; and

varying the angle between a reference direction on the deposition surface and a projected incident direction that is obtained
by projecting the direction of the scintillator material incident onto the deposition surface,

wherein the amount of the scintillator material deposited onto the deposition surface changes according to the angle between
the projected incident direction and the reference direction.

US Pat. No. 9,532,076

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ENCODING COMBINED IMAGE INCLUDING DIFFERENT IMAGES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A coding apparatus comprising:
a first generating unit that generates first difference image data from a target block included in a combined image and a
reference block included in a reference image, wherein the combined image includes a first image, a second image, and an image
boundary separating the first image and the second image;

a first conversion unit that converts the first difference image data into first converted data;
a quantization control unit that generates a quantization parameter, the quantization parameter being used in an expression
in a coding standard to determine not to perform deblocking at the image boundary and to determine whether or not to perform
deblocking at a block boundary separating blocks in the combined image and different than the image boundary;

a quantization unit that quantizes the first converted data using the quantization parameter to generate quantized data;
an encoding unit that encodes the quantized data;
an inverse quantization unit that inversely quantizes the quantized data to generate second converted data;
a second conversion unit that converts the second converted data into second difference image data;
a second generating unit that generates a decoded image data from the second difference image data;
a filtering unit that determines whether or not to apply a deblocking filter to the decoded image data according to the quantization
parameter and the expression if the target block is not next to the image boundary, and determines not to apply the deblocking
filter to the decoded image data according to the quantization parameter and the expression if the target block is next to
the image boundary; and

a processor that acts as at least one of the first generating unit, the first conversion unit, the quantization unit, the
encoding unit, the inverse quantization unit, the second conversion unit, the second generating unit, the filtering unit,
or the quantization control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,525,795

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH ROTARY POLYGON MIRROR SPEED CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a receiving portion configured to receive image data from an external information device;
a reading device configured to read an original to generate image data;
an operating portion through which an image forming condition and an instruction to start image formation are input;
a light source configured to emit a light beam for forming an electrostatic latent image on a photosensitive member;
a rotary polygon mirror configured to deflect the light beam so that the light beam scans the photosensitive member;
a motor configured to rotate the rotary polygon mirror;
a motor control portion configured to start the motor to control the motor at a first rotation speed in response to a fact
that a predetermined action is performed on one of the operating portion and the reading device in a stopped state of the
rotary polygon mirror, and then to control the motor at a second rotation speed higher than the first rotation speed in response
to the instruction from the operating portion, the motor control portion being configured to control the motor at the second
rotation speed, without controlling the motor at the first rotation speed, in response to a fact that the receiving portion
receives the image data before a rotation speed of the motor reaches the first rotation speed; and

a light source control portion configured to control the light source to emit the light beam based on the image data in a
state in which the rotary polygon mirror is rotated by the motor at the second rotation speed.

US Pat. No. 9,525,796

DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A device comprising:
a storage unit configured to store settings data for each of a plurality of setting items; and
a processor and a memory coupled to each other and cooperating to act as units comprising:
(a) a receiving unit configured to receive, from a server via a network, information including difference data between settings
data stored in the server and the settings data stored in the storage unit;

(b) a processing unit configured to execute reset processing according to a setting item of the received information, the
reset processing being executed during at least one of a log-in state and a state in which a predetermined operation screen
is displayed in a display unit of the device; and

(c) an update unit configured to update the settings data stored in the storage unit by using the information including the
difference data after execution of the reset processing.

US Pat. No. 9,522,554

IMAGE PRINTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,525,836

AD CONVERSION APPARATUS, SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An analog-to-digital (AD) conversion apparatus configured to convert an analog signal into a digital signal, comprising:
a reference signal generating circuit configured to output a first reference signal and a second reference signal whose voltages
change with time;

a comparison circuit configured to perform a comparison between a voltage of the analog signal and the voltage of the first
reference signal;

a control circuit configured to generate and output digital data based on the comparison;
a digital-to-analog converter configured to generate, using the second reference signal, a signal whose voltage changes with
time from a comparison base voltage, the comparison base voltage being based on the digital data, and configured to output
the signal to the comparison circuit; and

a counter configured to generate a count value by measuring an elapsed time,
wherein the comparison circuit is further configured to perform a comparison between the voltage of the analog signal and
the signal output from the digital-to-analog converter,

wherein the counter obtains a first count value by measuring a time from when changing of the voltage of the first reference
signal with time starts, to when a magnitude relationship between the voltage of the analog signal and the voltage of the
first reference signal, which are input to the comparison circuit, is changed,

wherein the digital data has a value based on the first count value.

US Pat. No. 9,523,943

DEVELOPMENT DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,517,278

COMPOUND AND PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING CONTRAST MEDIUM CONTAINING THE COMPOUND

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A compound represented by any one of formula (1) to formula (6):






wherein, in the formula (1), A1 represents an organic dye which absorbs light in a near-infrared wavelength region, L1 represents a linker part which is any one of —NH—, —CO—, —O—, and —S— or which contains at least one of —NH—, —CO—, —O—, and
—S—, q represents an integer of 1 to 5, m and n represent independently an integer of 10 or more and 2,500 or less, and R1 and R2 represent independently an alkyl group having 1 to 5 carbon atoms,

wherein, in the formula (2), A1 represents an organic dye which absorbs light in the near-infrared wavelength region, L1 represents a linker part which is any one of —NH—, —CO—, —O—, and —S— or which contains at least one of —NH—, —CO—, —O—, and
—S—, p and q represent independently an integer of 1 to 5,1, m, and n represent independently an integer of 10 or more and
2,500 or less, and R1 and R2 represent independently an alkyl group having 1 to 5 carbon atoms,

wherein, in the formula (3), A1 represents an organic dye which absorbs light in the near-infrared wavelength region, L1 represents a linker part which is any one of —NH—, —CO—, —O—, and —S— or which contains at least one of —NH—, —CO—, —O—, and
—S—, q represents an integer of 1 to 5,1, m, and n represent independently an integer of 10 or more and 2,500 or less, and
R1 and R2 represent independently an alkyl group having 1 to 5 carbon atoms,

wherein, in the formula (4), A1 and A2 represent independently an organic dye which absorbs light in the near-infrared wavelength region, L1 and L2 represent independently a linker part which is any one of —NH—, —CO—, —O—, and —S— or which contains at least one of —NH—,
—CO—, —O—, and —S—, p, q and r represent independently an integer of 1 to 5, m and n represent independently an integer of
10 or more and 2,500 or less, and R1 and R2 represent independently an alkyl group having 1 to 5 carbon atoms,

wherein, in the formula (5), A1, A2, A3, and A4 represent independently an organic dye which absorbs light in the near-infrared wavelength region, L1, L2, L3, and L4 represent independently a linker part which is any one of —NH—, —CO—, —O—, and —S— or which contains at least one of —NH—,
—CO—, —O—, and —S—, p and q represent independently an integer of 1 to 5, and n represents an integer of 10 or more and 2,500
or less, and

wherein, in the formula (6), A1 represents an organic dye which absorbs light in the near-infrared wavelength region, L1 represents a linker part which is any one of —NH—, —CO—, —O—, and —S— or which contains at least one of —NH—, —CO—, —O—, and
—S—, p and q represent independently an integer of 1 to 5, and n represents an integer of 10 or more and 2,500 or less wherein,
in the formulae (1) to (6), A1, A2, A3, and A4 are independently represented by any one of formulae (7) and (8):



wherein, in the formula (7) and in the formula (8), the symbol * represents a bond with any one of L1, L2, L3, and L4 in the formulae (1) to (6),

wherein, in the formula (7) and in the formula (8), Z forms a cyclic aromatic ring composed of a benz[e]indole ring, benz[f]indole
ring, or benz[g]indole ring together with a hydrogen atom, a sulfonate group, or an indole ring bonded to Z, and furthermore,
a hydrogen atom of the cyclic aromatic ring may be substituted with an alkyl group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms, an alkoxy
group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms, or a sulfonate group,

wherein, in the formula (7) and in the formula (8), R3 represents any one of an alkyl group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms and —(CH2)b—SO3? where b represents an integer of 1 to 10, and when R3 is an alkyl group, a halogen ion or an organic acid ion may be contained as a counter ion, and R4 and R5 represent independently any one of a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms, an alkoxy group having 1 to
10 carbon atoms, —(CH2)b—-SO3?, where b represents an integer of 1 to 10, and —(CH2)b—SO3X, where b represents an integer of 1 to 10 and X represents any one of sodium, potassium, ammonium, triethylammonium, lysine,
and arginine,

wherein, in the formula (7) and in the formula (8), a represents an integer of 1 to 10 and s represents 2 or 3, and
wherein, in the formula (8), R6 represents any one of an alkyl group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms, —(CH2)b—SO3?, where b represents an integer of 1 to 10, —(CH2)b—SO3X where b represents an integer of 1 to 10 and X represents any one of sodium, potassium, ammonium, triethylammonium, lysine,
and arginine.

US Pat. No. 9,521,144

AUTHORITY DELEGATE SYSTEM, AUTHORIZATION SERVER SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An authority delegate system, including a provider server system which provides a service to a device having an application,
and an authorization server system which performs authorization processing to delegate user authority in the service to a
usage source of the service, the authority delegate system comprising:
at least one processor coupled to a memory;
a management unit of the authorization server system configured to receive a request from the device to register the application
as the usage source of the service, to identify authority of the application in accordance with the received request, and
to manage, in an associated manner, an identifier of the application and the identified authority; and

a providing unit of the provider server system configured to provide the service in a case where
(i) an authorization operation has been performed to permit delegating the user authority to the application that will be
transmitting a request to use the service, and

(ii) the management unit issues an authorization code to the application in response to permitting delegating the user authority
to the application, and

(iii) the issued authorization code is received by the providing unit from the application, wherein a scope identification
(ID) is acquired based on the authorization code, and

(iv) a range authorization ID, identified by the acquired scope ID, is included in range authorization IDs set in the application,
wherein the management unit and the providing unit are implemented by the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,521,412

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,513,578

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer chamber in which developer is accommodated;
a developer supplying chamber in which a developer carrying member for developing a latent image forming on an image bearing
member is rotatably provided and which is provided with an opening communicating with said developer chamber;

a sealing member for sealing the opening; and
a feeding member for feeding the developer from said developer chamber to said developer supplying chamber through the opening,
wherein said feeding member is rotatably provided in said developer chamber and has a rotation center below a rotation center
of the developer carrying member,

wherein a first surface of said developer supplying chamber defining a lower inner surface of the opening connects with a
second surface defining a lower inner surface of said developer supplying chamber,

wherein said first surface of said developer supplying chamber and said second surface of said developer supplying chamber
are provided in a same plane in a direction of developer flow, and the same plane is flush with or provided above a lower
inner surface of said developer chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,513,588

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR FORMING AN IMAGE ON A RECORDING MATERIAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,514,106

EMBEDDED DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, PROGRAM FOR IMPLEMENTING THE CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING THE PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus adapted to communicate with an external server via a network, the image processing apparatus
comprising:
a display;
a Web browser unit configured to load Web content data containing document data described by a markup language and embedding
a JavaScript or information for identifying a JavaScript and to generate screen information to be displayed by the display
based on the loaded Web content data, wherein the embedded JavaScript or the JavaScript identified by the embedded information
is linked to a document object model, wherein the Web content data is transmitted from the external server, and wherein the
Web browser unit comprises a script interpreter configured to interpret the document data contained in the Web content data
to perform script processing based on the embedded JavaScript or the JavaScript identified by the embedded information; and

an executing unit configured to execute at least one of a plurality of functions of the image processing apparatus based on
a command instructing execution of the one of the plurality of functions, wherein the command is included in the embedded
JavaScript or the JavaScript identified by the embedded information based on which script processing is performed by the script
interpreter,

wherein the at least one of the plurality of functions, executed based on the command included in the embedded JavaScript
or the JavaScript identified by the embedded information, is executed by calling a control API (Application Program Interface)
from an event processing unit, associated with the document object model, included in the image processing apparatus, and
wherein at least another of the plurality of functions of the image processing apparatus, executed based on a user interaction,
is executed by calling the control API from one or more applications associated with one of scanning or copying, included
in the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,516,502

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,509,881

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DATA MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,501,249

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINT CONTROL METHOD CONTROLLING PRINTING BASED ON MEASURED DETECTION PATTERN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus that conveys a print medium and performs printing on the conveyed print medium, the printing apparatus
comprising:
a processor and a memory;
a print data generation unit configured to generate print data by quantizing image data to be printed in which predetermined
pseudo halftone processing of the image data is performed;

a pattern data generation unit configured to generate print data of a detection pattern by quantizing data of the detection
pattern in which the same predetermined pseudo halftone processing of the data on the detection pattern is performed;

a pattern printing unit configured to print a detection pattern based on the generated print data of the detection pattern;
a measuring unit configured to measure the printed detection pattern, the measuring unit being placed downstream of the pattern
printing unit in a conveying direction of the print medium;

an image printing unit configured to print an image based on the print data of the image data that is generated by the print
data generating unit, the image printing unit being placed downstream of the measuring unit in the conveying direction of
the print medium; and

a print control unit configured to control printing by the image printing unit based on a measurement result of the detection
pattern by the measuring unit,

wherein the print data generation unit, the pattern data generation unit, the pattern printing unit, the measuring unit, the
image printing unit and the print control unit are implemented at least in part by the processor and the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,500,995

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating container for accommodating developer, said developer accommodating container comprising:
a frame provided with a hole;
a rotatable member penetrating the hole; and
a seal member, provided on said frame by injection molding and penetrated by said rotatable member, for sealing a gap between
the hole and said rotatable member to prevent the developer from leaking out of said developer accommodating container,

wherein said seal member includes (i) a projected portion that projects toward an inside of the hole and contacts said rotatable
member, (ii) a preventing portion for preventing movement of said seal member in an axial direction of the hole by being engaged
with a surface of said frame that surrounds the hole, and (iii) a base portion from which said projected portion and said
preventing portion project.

US Pat. No. 9,498,956

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, METHOD FOR CLEANING THE HEAD, RECORDING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH THE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head, comprising:
liquid ejection ports;
a liquid chamber communicating with the liquid ejection ports;
an electrothermal converting portion disposed in the liquid chamber;
an insulating protective layer configured to insulate the electrothermal converting portion from a liquid in the liquid chamber;
an upper electrode configured to cover at least a heat generating portion heated by the electrothermal converting portion
of the protective layer, and made of a material eluted by an electrochemical reaction with the liquid; and

a counter electrode provided to be electrically connectable with the upper electrode via the liquid, and configured to cause
the electrochemical reaction between the upper electrode and the liquid,

wherein the liquid ejection head includes a conductivity measuring unit of the liquid provided with an electrode pair that
touches the liquid in the liquid chamber, and the one electrode of the electrode pair is the counter electrode, and the other
electrode of the electrode pair is an electrode provided separately from the upper electrode and the counter electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,498,962

PRINTING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing device, comprising:
a head that ejects ink on a medium to perform printing; and
a mist collection unit, provided near the head, including:
a suction port facing the medium and sucking in air with ink mist;
a housing having an inside space that includes a first spatial region located on a side of the suction port, a second spatial
region located adjacent to the first spatial region and an opening provided between the first spatial region and the second
spatial region, wherein the air sucked from the suction port flows through the first spatial region, the opening, and the
second spatial region, and then is exhausted from the second spatial region; and

a liquid receiver provided in the housing to receive and hold liquid of the ink mist which liquefies on an inner wall in the
housing and drops due to gravitation.

US Pat. No. 9,501,012

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 make contact with the film, the heater including a substrate and a heat generation resistor formed
on the substrate; and

a plurality of heat conduction members configured to make contact with a surface of the heater opposite to a surface of the
heater being in contact with the film, each of the plurality of heat conduction members having a higher thermal conductivity
than that of the substrate,

wherein the toner image formed on the recording material is fixed on the recording material by heat of the film,
wherein the plurality of heat conduction members are arranged in a longitudinal direction of the heater with a gap to each
other, and

wherein one of the plurality of heat conduction members is configured to make contact with the heater continuously from a
center of a heat generation region of the heater to an end of the heat generation region of the heater in the longitudinal
direction of the heater, the center of the heat generation region corresponding to a virtual line which divides the heat generation
region into two regions having the same length in the longitudinal direction of the heater.

US Pat. No. 9,502,306

PATTERN FORMATION METHOD THAT INCLUDES PARTIALLY REMOVING LINE AND SPACE PATTERN

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,503,655

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,500,842

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side: a front unit that consists of a first lens unit
having a negative refractive power; and a rear unit that includes at least one lens unit and has a positive refractive power
over an entire zoom range, an interval between the front unit and the rear unit varying during zooming,
wherein the rear unit includes: a first focus lens section that has a positive refractive power and moves to the image side
during focusing from infinity to a close range; a second focus lens section that has a negative refractive power and moves
to the image side along a locus different from a locus of the first focus lens section during focusing from infinity to the
close range; and a lens section LP that has a positive refractive power and is immovable during focusing, the lens section
LP being arranged on the image side with respect to the second focus lens section, and

the zoom lens satisfies following conditional expressions,
0.0
0.5
?30.0
where DF1 is a maximum amount of movement of the first focus lens section during focusing from infinity to the close range,
DF2 is a maximum amount of movement of the second focus lens section during focusing from infinity to the close range, fLP
is a focal length of the lens section LP, fF2 is a focal length of the second focus lens section, fLRw is a focal length of
the rear unit at a wide angle end, and fw is a focal length of the zoom lens at the wide angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,500,980

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS OF ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,500,981

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,494,882

METHOD OF PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,494,915

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,494,916

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,483,221

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,465,338

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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


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

US Pat. No. 9,457,559

METHOD OF MAKING SEMICONDUCTOR SUBSTRATE USING AN ETCHING MASK AND METHOD OF MAKING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD SUBSTRATE USING AN ETCHING MASK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

14. A method of making a liquid ejection head substrate, comprising:
preparing a circuit substrate on which an energy generating element for ejecting a liquid and a circuit are mounted;
forming a liquid channel in the circuit substrate;
forming an ejection port for ejecting the liquid in the circuit substrate; and
forming a plurality of holes in the circuit substrate,
wherein the step of forming the holes includes
forming an etching mask on a surface of the circuit substrate in accordance with a pattern corresponding to the holes, the
circuit substrate including an oxide layer disposed therein,

forming the holes by etching the circuit substrate, on which the etching mask has been formed, by reactive ion etching so
the holes extend at least to the oxide layer, and

wherein, viewing from a direction facing to the surface, the etching mask comprises a mask portion configured to mask the
circuit substrate from the etching, and a plurality of openings corresponding to inner edges of the holes, a part of the mask
portion being located on at least one of inner sides of the openings; and

the part of mask portion is not connected with the mask portion located outside of the opening by the etching mask, and is
independent from the mask portion located outside of the opening; and

removing an area of the semiconductor substrate masked by the part of the mask portion from the semiconductor substrate after
the reactive ion etching.

US Pat. No. 9,457,586

ADJUSTMENT METHOD OF PRINTING POSITIONS, PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a print unit including a first array of a plurality of first ejection openings for ejecting a liquid of a predetermined color
and being arrayed in a predetermined direction and a second array of a plurality of second ejection openings for ejecting
the liquid of the predetermined color and being arrayed in the predetermined direction, the first array and the second array
being arranged in a scan direction crossing the predetermined direction, wherein when relative movement between the print
unit and a print medium is effected in at least one scan direction crossing the predetermined direction, the liquid of the
predetermined color is ejected from the plurality of first ejection openings and the plurality of second ejection openings
at a predetermined relative timing between the plurality of first ejection openings and the plurality of second ejection openings;

a pattern printing unit configured to cause the print unit to print a pattern on a print medium by ejecting the liquid of
the predetermined color from the plurality of first ejection openings and the plurality of second ejection openings during
the relative movement in a predetermined one scan direction crossing the predetermined direction;

a storage unit configured to store information regarding relative deviation between print positions by the plurality of first
ejection openings and print positions by the plurality of second ejection openings in the relative movement in the predetermined
one scan direction, the information being based on the printed pattern; and

a print control unit configured to control a printing operation for printing an image on a print medium using the print unit
according to the stored information so as to adjust relative ejection timings between ejection timings from the plurality
of first ejection openings and ejection timings from the plurality of second ejection openings in the relative movement in
the predetermined one scan direction for printing on the printing medium.

US Pat. No. 9,459,566

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONTROLLING THE OPERATION SPEED OF EACH OF AN IMAGE FORMING PORTION AND A FIXING PORTION THEREOF WHEN AN IMAGE FORMATION PROCESS IS CONTINUOUSLY PERFORMED FOR A PLURALITY OF SHEETS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion configured to form a toner image on a sheet;
a fixing portion configured to fix the toner image formed on the sheet by said image forming portion; and
a controlling portion configured to control the operation speed of each of said image forming portion and said fixing portion
when an image formation process is continuously performed for a plurality of sheets,

wherein when the number of the image formation processes is not less than a predetermined number, said controlling portion
sets the operation speeds at speeds based on the type of the sheet, and

wherein when the number of the image formation processes is less than the predetermined number, said controlling portion sets
the operation speeds at speeds which are higher than the operation speeds based on the type of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,457,593

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD, RECORDING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head that ejects liquid from a plurality of ejection orifices thereof for recording while being moved
relative to a recording medium, the liquid ejecting head comprising:
a gas discharge port configured to allow gas to be discharged therefrom, the gas discharge port being disposed on a downstream
side of the ejection orifices in a direction of relative movement of the recording medium as viewed from the liquid ejecting
head,

wherein the gas discharged from the gas discharge port joins an airflow that forms a vortex on an upstream side of the ejection
orifices in the direction of relative movement, the vortex being generated by the liquid ejected from the ejection orifices.

US Pat. No. 9,458,309

MOLDING MATERIAL AND LIQUID EJECTION FLOW PATH MEMBER USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejection head including a liquid ejection flow path member, the liquid ejection flow path member comprising a
cured product of a molding material comprising a liquid epoxy resin composition containing an epoxy resin, a curing agent
or a curing catalyst, a filler, a thixotropy-imparting agent, and a wetting dispersant,
wherein a content of the filler in the molding material is at least 70% by volume, and
wherein a content of the liquid epoxy resin in the molding material is from 1% by volume to 30% by volume.

US Pat. No. 9,458,323

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,443,554

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

5. A method of controlling an image capturing apparatus which records Raw moving image data including a plurality of Raw image
frames, the method comprising the steps of:
generating a development parameter corresponding to each of a plurality of first Raw image frames, which satisfy a predetermined
condition, included in the Raw moving image data; and

recording, on a recording medium, the Raw moving image data and the development parameter generated in the step of generating
for each of the plurality of the first Raw image frames,

wherein the plurality of first Raw image frames which satisfy the predetermined condition are Raw image frames extracted from
the plurality of Raw image frames at a predetermined frame interval or Raw image frames corresponding to a scene change, and

when a user issues an instruction to stop generating the Raw moving image,
the step of generating is configured to generate a development parameter corresponding to a last Raw image frame, which does
not satisfy the predetermined condition, and

the step of recording is configured to record, on the recording medium, the development parameter corresponding to the last
Raw image frame together with the Raw moving image data.

US Pat. No. 9,438,783

AUTOMATIC TRACKING CONTROL APPARATUS FOR CAMERA APPARATUS AND AUTOMATIC TRACKING CAMERA SYSTEM HAVING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An automatic tracking control apparatus for a camera apparatus having a panning or tilting function, comprising:
an object recognition unit configured to recognize an object in a picked-up image from the camera apparatus;
a tracking object setting unit configured to set the object recognized by the object recognition unit as an object to be tracked;
an output position setting unit configured to set an output position on a monitor screen, which is a first position in the
picked-up image on the monitor screen at which an image of the object to be tracked is to be displayed;

a control computing unit configured to output to the camera apparatus a drive signal for driving the camera apparatus to pan
or tilt in such a way that the object to be tracked is displayed at the output position set by the output position setting
unit; and

an image output unit configured to output an image in which an indication for distinguishing the object to be tracked from
another object is superimposed on the picked-up image,

wherein after automatic tracking of the object to be tracked has started, when at least one of the panning and tilting functions
is manually performed during automatic tracking of the object to be tracked, the control computing unit suspends the automatic
tracking of the object to be tracked, drives the camera apparatus according to the manually-performed panning and/or tilting
to change the first position of the object to be tracked in the picked-up image on the monitor screen to a second position
in the picked-up image on the monitor screen, allows the output position setting unit to set the second position of the object
to be tracked in the picked-up image as an updated output position, and then restarts the automatic tracking by outputting,
to the camera apparatus, a drive signal for driving the camera apparatus in such a way that the object to be tracked is displayed
at the updated output position.

US Pat. No. 9,436,994

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING A TOMOGRAM OF AN EYE TO BE EXAMINED, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one memory; and
at least one processor to perform operations comprising:
extracting boundaries of retina layers from a tomogram of an eye to be examined;
extracting an exudate region from a fundus image of the eye to be examined;
specifying a region where an exudate exists in the tomogram using the extracted boundaries of the retina layers and the extracted
exudate region;

calculating, according to distances between the extracted boundaries of the retina layers, likelihoods of existence of the
exudate in the specified region of the tomogram; and

extracting, according to voxels having intensities higher than a threshold and the calculated likelihoods, an exudate region
in the specified region of the tomogram.

US Pat. No. 9,438,842

REPRODUCTION CONTROL APPARATUS, REPRODUCTION CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,438,847

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing device comprising:
a position acquisition unit configured to acquire position information periodically;
a generating unit configured to generate log data by associating each of the plurality of position information with date and
time information, indicating a date and time at which the position information was acquired;

a control unit configured to control processing for establishing a connection with an image capturing device, and transmitting
position information included in the log data to the image capturing device to add the position information to images recorded
on the image capturing device, wherein the control unit performs control so that position information acquired after a predetermined
timing, out of position information acquired during connection with the image capturing device, is not transmitted to the
image capturing device; and

at least one processor configured to function as at least one of the position acquisition unit, the generating unit, and the
control unit,

wherein the position acquisition unit acquires the position information (i) before the connection with the image capturing
device is established and (ii) while the connection with the image capturing device is established.

US Pat. No. 9,436,319

COORDINATE INPUT APPARATUS, METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A coordinate input apparatus which detects a position pointed in a region surrounded by at least four sensor units, based
on detection outputs from two sensor units corresponding to the pointed position out of the at least four sensor units, an
arithmetic control circuit of each sensor bar controls the two sensor units, the operation between the arithmetic control
circuits is executed by master-slave, comprising: a input unit configured to input a plurality of directions corresponding
to a common position detected by the at least four sensor units; a calculation unit configured to calculate correction data
based on the plurality of directions corresponding to the common position detected by the at least four sensor units: and
a storage unit configured to store the correction data in a memory unit, wherein the calculation unit is configured to calculate
the pointed position based on the detection outputs from two sensor units corresponding to the pointed position, and on the
correction data stored in the memory unit.

US Pat. No. 9,436,107

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing an electrophotographic photosensitive member which comprises a support and a charge transporting
layer formed thereon, comprising the steps of:
preparing a solution comprising a charge transporting material; and at least one compound selected from the group consisting
of a fluorine-atom-containing polyacrylate, a fluorine-atom-containing polymethacrylate, a polycarbonate having siloxane bond,
a polyester having siloxane bond, a polystyrene having siloxane bond, a silicone oil, a polyolefin, an aliphatic acid, an
aliphatic acid amide, and an aliphatic acid ester;

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

US Pat. No. 9,436,118

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,436,139

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion configured to form a toner image on a recording material; and
an image heating device configured to heat the recording material having the toner image formed thereon while conveying the
recording material, in a nip; and

said image heating device including:
a rotatable member;
a plurality of heat generating elements including a first heat generating element and a second heat generating element configured
to heat said rotatable member, said heat generating elements extending in a longitudinal direction of said rotatable member,
wherein the ratio of a heat generation amount of said second heat generating element at an end portion thereof to that at
a central portion thereof with respect to the longitudinal direction is larger than the ratio of a heat generation amount
of said first heat generating element at an end portion thereof to that at a central portion thereof with respect to the longitudinal
direction;

a back-up member contacting said rotatable member to form the nip;
a temperature detecting portion configured to detect the temperature of said rotatable member or said heater, and
a controller configured to control the electric power supplied to said heater in accordance with the detected temperature
detected by said temperature detecting portion, said controller being configured to control the electric power supplied to
said first heat generating element and the electric power supplied to said second heat generating element, independently from
each other,

wherein said controller switches the ratio of the electric power supplied to said second heat generating element to the electric
power supplied to said first heat generating element from a first ratio to a second ratio, which is smaller than the first
ratio, while small size recording materials are being conveyed through said image heating device, the small size recording
materials having the same size, and

wherein the electric power supplied to said first heat generating element in the second ratio is larger than that in the first
ratio at a timing of the switching from the first ratio to the second ratio, and the electric power supplied to said second
heat generating element in the second ratio is smaller than that in the first ratio at the timing of the switching.

US Pat. No. 9,417,102

ABSOLUTE ENCODER, SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, DRIVING APPARATUS, AND INDUSTRIAL MACHINE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An absolute encoder comprising:
a scale in which a plurality of marks including a plurality of types of marks are arranged with a space therebetween and at
a period;

a detector including a plurality of elements arranged along a direction corresponding to a direction in which the plurality
of marks are arranged, and configured to detect a partial plurality of marks of the plurality of marks by the plurality of
elements; and

a signal processor configured to perform quantization of an amplitude with respect to each period of periodic signals with
a plurality of periods output from the detector to generate a data string, and generate, based on the data string, first position
data which represents an absolute position of the scale or the detector, and has a resolution of the period,

wherein the signal processor is configured to obtain a plurality of thresholds for the quantization respectively corresponding
to a plurality of periodic signals of the periodic signals with the plurality of periods based on a plurality of representative
values obtained from the periodic signals with the plurality of periods.

US Pat. No. 9,406,120

OUTPUT DEVICE AND METHOD, SUITABLE FOR USE IN DIAGNOSIS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,401,704

ACTIVE MATRIX PANEL, DETECTION APPARATUS AND DETECTION SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,402,025

DETECTION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR DETECTING FEATURE POINT AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,396,524

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,398,194

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,387,717

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,389,821

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,392,642

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,383,660

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus which includes a projection optical system and exposes a substrate to radiant energy via the projection
optical system, the exposure apparatus comprising:
a temperature measuring device configured to perform measurement of a temperature of a temperature measurement portion of
a barrel of the projection optical system; and

a controller configured to perform prediction of a change in an optical characteristic of the projection optical system based
on a change in temperature measured by the temperature measuring device, and to perform processing of reduction, based on
the prediction, of a change in a state of an image formed on the substrate by the projection optical system,

wherein the controller is configured to perform the prediction in accordance with a second-order lag response function of
the change in the measured temperature of the temperature measurement portion, by repeatedly calculating, at a time interval
?t, the optical characteristic of the projection optical system based on the change in temperature ?T(t) from temperature
at time t0, as measured by the temperature measuring device, and the optical characteristic calculated at time t??t, where t=t0+?t×n, and where n is a number of times the optical characteristic is to be calculated.

US Pat. No. 9,383,703

LINE WIDTH CORRECTION AND TAILING SUPPRESSION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a buffer that stores an image;
a line width correction processing unit that receives the stored image from the buffer, detects an edge neighboring region
of an object in the received image in a predetermined direction and subjects the detected edge neighboring region to a line
width correction processing;

a determination unit that determines setting information based on the predetermined direction; and
a tailing suppression processing unit that receives the stored image from the buffer, and subjects the received image to a
culling processing to suppress a tailing, on a basis of the determined setting information,

wherein the line width correction processing unit and the tailing suppression processing unit are arranged for parallel processing.

US Pat. No. 9,383,704

GRAMMAGE DETECTION SENSOR FOR RECORDING MATERIAL AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ultrasonic wave sensor used in an image forming apparatus having an image forming unit for forming an image on a recording
material and a control unit for controlling an image forming condition of the image forming unit when an image is formed on
the recording material, comprising:
a transmission unit configured to transmit an ultrasonic wave; and
a reception unit configured to receive the ultrasonic wave transmitted from the transmission unit,
wherein the ultrasonic wave sensor outputs a first ultrasonic wave and a second ultrasonic wave to the control unit so that
the control unit controls the image forming condition, the first ultrasonic wave being received by the reception unit not
via the recording material after the ultrasonic wave is transmitted by the transmission unit, and the second ultrasonic wave
being received by the reception unit via the recording material after the ultrasonic wave is transmitted by the transmission
unit,

wherein a plurality of recording materials including a first recording material and a second recording material following
the first recording material are continuously conveyed between the transmission unit and the reception unit,

wherein in a case where an interval between a trailing edge of the first recording material and a leading edge of the second
recording material is longer than a predetermined threshold, the ultrasonic wave sensor outputs the first ultrasonic wave
and the second ultrasonic wave to the control unit so that the control unit controls the image forming condition when an image
is formed on the second recording material, the first ultrasonic wave being received by the reception unit between the first
recording material and the second recording material, and the second ultrasonic wave being received by the reception unit
via the second recording material, and

in a case where the interval is shorter than the predetermined threshold, the ultrasonic wave sensor outputs the first ultrasonic
wave and the second ultrasonic wave to the control unit so that the control unit controls the image forming condition when
the image is formed on the second recording material, the first ultrasonic wave being received by the reception unit before
the first recording material reaches between the transmission unit and the reception unit, and the second ultrasonic wave
being received by the reception unit via the second recording material.

US Pat. No. 9,382,426

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,383,706

APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM ACQUIRING TONE LEVEL CORRECTION DATA, AND ADJUSTING THE ACQUIRED TONE LEVEL CORRECTION DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus used with a printing unit that prints a test pattern and with an image reading unit that reads the test pattern
printed by the printing unit to produce tone level correction data used for bringing the reproduction characteristics of an
image that is subsequently output by the printing unit close to a target value, comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire from the reading unit the tone level correction data;
a conversion unit configured to convert the acquired tone level correction data into density data for the image subsequently
output by the printing unit, wherein the density data includes density data corresponding to a maximum density value of the
image;

a first generate unit configured to generate adjusted tone level correction data obtained by adjusting the tone level correction
data so that a predetermined density area of the image to be printed by the printing unit will increase in density in a case
where the maximum density value of the image exceeds a target maximum density value of the image to be printed by the printing
unit; and

a second generate unit configured to generate color material amount correction data adjusted so that the amount of color material
that is used for image formation by the printing unit decreases in the case where a first density value of the image corresponding
to the tone level correction data is smaller than a second density value of the image corresponding to the adjusted tone level
correction data, by using a density increase ratio of the first density value to the second density value.

US Pat. No. 9,383,454

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels are arrayed, each of the plurality of pixels including a converter configured
to accumulate charges corresponding to radiation;

a bias line configured to apply a bias potential to the converters of the plurality of pixels;
a detection circuit configured to detect a current flowing to the bias line; and
a control unit configured to detect a start of radiation irradiation to the pixel array based on an output from the detection
circuit and configured to control a charge accumulation operation of the plurality of pixels in accordance with the detection
of the start of radiation irradiation,

wherein the detection circuit includes a differential amplifier circuit and a feedback path and is configured to apply a potential
corresponding to a reference bias potential to the bias line,

the differential amplifier circuit includes a first input terminal to which the reference bias potential is applied, a second
input terminal to which the bias line is connected, and an output terminal, and the feedback path connects the output terminal
and the second input terminal, and

an impedance of the feedback path in a detection operation of detecting radiation irradiation is higher than the impedance
of the feedback path in a readout operation of a signal from the pixel array.

US Pat. No. 9,383,712

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a developer bearing member which bears developer to which additive particles have been added;
an image bearing member which bears a developer image obtained by developing an electrostatic image, by contacting the developer
bearing member;

a cleaning member which cleans a surface of the image bearing member by contacting the image bearing member; and
an intermediate transfer member for bearing the developer image transferred from the image bearing member,
wherein a first operation in which the image bearing member makes rubbing contact with the cleaning member is carried out
in a state where the image bearing member is separated from both the intermediate transfer member and the developer bearing
member;

a second operation in which the developer bearing member temporarily is placed to contact the image bearing member and in
which the additive particles are supplied to a contact portion between the cleaning member and the image bearing member, can
be carried out during the first operation.

US Pat. No. 9,385,788

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, POWER SUPPLY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,383,487

LAMINATED DIFFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A laminated diffractive optical element comprising:
a first layer having a diffraction grating surface; and
a second layer disposed on the diffraction grating surface of the first layer,
wherein one of the first layer and the second layer comprises an organic-inorganic composite containing a resin and metal
oxide, and

wherein the other one of the first layer and the second layer comprises a colorant selected from the group consisting of dyes
and pigments,

wherein the metal oxide is selected from the group consisting of tin-doped indium oxide (ITO), antimony-doped tin oxide (ATO),
zinc-doped indium oxide (IZO), aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO), and fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO), and

wherein the layer comprising the colorant has high refractive index and low dispersion characteristics as compared with the
one of the first layer and the second layer comprising an organic-inorganic composite containing a resin and metal oxide.