US Pat. No. 9,817,633

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,815,650

SHEET SKEW FEED CORRECTION APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SKEW FEED CORRECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet skew feed correcting apparatus comprising:
a driving rotation member that is driven to rotate;
a first driven rotation roller that is pressure contacted against the driving rotation member so that the first driven rotation
roller and the driving rotation member nip and convey a sheet;

a first holder that rotatably holds the first driven rotation roller;
a second driven rotation roller which is pressure contacted against the driving rotation member so that the second driven
rotation roller and the driving rotation member nip and convey the sheet, wherein the first driven rotation roller and the
second driven rotation roller are arranged along a width direction of the sheet orthogonal to a conveying direction;

a second holder that rotatably holds the second driven rotation roller; and
a shutter portion that pivotally moves to a position through which the sheet is allowed to pass after a leading end of the
conveyed sheet comes into contact with the shutter portion for a skew feed correction of the sheet the shutter portion moving
pivotally with one end portion thereof supported by the first holder and another end portion thereof supported by the second
holder in the width direction of the sheet,

wherein the shutter portion has:
a plurality of abutting portions with which the leading end of the sheet comes into contact, the abutting portions arranged
at intervals in the width direction, and

a coupling portion extending in the width direction to couple the plurality of abutting portions together between the first
driven rotation roller and the second driven rotation roller in the width direction, the coupling portion arranged closer
to a center of rotation of each of the first and second driven rotation rollers than to an outer peripheral surface of each
of the first and second driven rotation rollers in a radial direction of the first driven and second driven rotation rollers,
and

wherein the plurality of abutting portions includes a first abutting portion and a second abutting portion, and the coupling
portion is independent from a shaft of the first driven rotation roller and a shaft of the second driven rotation roller,

wherein the first driven rotation roller is pivotally supported by the first holder and the second driven rotation roller
is pivotally supported by the second holder, so that inner ends of the first and second driven rotation rollers in the width
direction are, with respect to the conveying direction, located downstream of outer ends of the first and second driven rotation
rollers in the width direction.

US Pat. No. 9,807,332

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,798,276

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a charging roller configured to electrically charge said photosensitive member;
an exposing portion configured to expose said photosensitive member charged by said charging roller to form an electric image;
a developing portion configured to develop the electric image by toner to form a toner image;
a transferring portion configured to transfer the toner image to a sheet;
a fixing portion configured to fix the toner image on the sheet;
a compressor configured to generate compressed air;
a first blower configured to blow the compressed air generated by said compressor to said fixing portion to separate the sheet
from said fixing portion; and

a second blower configured to blow the compressed air generated by said compressor to said charging roller to clean said charging
roller.

US Pat. No. 9,798,277

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,798,124

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,795,294

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EYE TRACKING DURING RETINAL IMAGING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,797,718

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,789,718

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus which performs printing based on image data by scanning a printhead including a plurality of printing
elements arranged in an arrangement direction intersecting a scan direction of a scan of the printhead, comprising:
a print buffer configured to store image data;
a conversion unit configured to HV-convert image data, which rearranges raster data in which pixels are sequentially arranged
in a direction corresponding to the scan of the printhead, into data in which the pixels are arranged in accordance with the
arrangement of the plurality of printing elements, and supply the image data to the printhead; and

a transfer unit configured to read out data stored in the print buffer and transfer the data to the conversion unit,
wherein the print buffer stores image data divided into column groups used for printing in the same scan among a plurality
of scans of the printhead for completing printing of a region equivalent to one printing width, wherein each of the column
groups is a group of pixels arranged in a direction of a column corresponding to the arrangement direction, such that:

in each address of the first region of the print buffer, image data of the pixels of a first column group to be used for a
first scan of the printhead are stored in a sequence of use of the image data of the pixels consecutively, the image data
of the pixels stored in the same address are of the same raster line corresponding to the scan direction, and

in each address of a second region of the print buffer different than the first region, image data of the pixels of a second
column group to be used for a second scan of the printhead are stored in a sequence of use of the pixels consecutively, image
data of the pixels stored in the same address are of the same raster line corresponding to the scan direction, the second
column group is different than the first column group and the second scan of the printhead is different than the first scan
of the printhead, and

in accordance with the image data to be printed, the transfer unit transfers the image data by column group to the conversion
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,791,815

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,785,091

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,786,717

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,784,955

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,787,860

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,781,289

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,781,302

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR AVOIDING A FEEDING DIRECTION RESTRICTION WHEN PRINTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,781,304

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,781,328

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,781,116

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,781,374

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,747,523

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a tracking unit configured to identify a tracking region including a tracking object in an image;
an identification unit configured to identify a motion region inside the tracking region in the image;
a derivation unit configured to derive a ratio of the motion region relative to the tracking region; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether to continue tracking the tracking object based on the derived ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,748,302

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup device comprising:
a photoelectric conversion portion including a semiconductor region of a first conductivity type and configured to generate
a charge in accordance with incident light;

a charge holding portion including a first semiconductor region of the first conductivity type configured to hold the charge
generated by the photoelectric conversion portion and provided in a semiconductor substrate;

a floating diffusion region of the first conductivity type provided in the semiconductor substrate;
a first transfer gate electrode provided on a region between the photoelectric conversion portion and the first semiconductor
region;

a second transfer gate electrode provided on a region between the first semiconductor region and the floating diffusion region;
and

a semiconductor region of a second conductivity type including a second semiconductor region of the second conductivity type
provided under the first semiconductor region of the first conductivity type and in the semiconductor substrate,

wherein
in a cross section of a pixel including the first semiconductor region of the first conductivity type, the second semiconductor
region of the second conductivity type and the second transfer gate electrode, an impurity concentration at a first point
within the second semiconductor region of the second conductivity type and on a first line oriented toward a depth direction
of the semiconductor substrate and passing through the first semiconductor region of the first conductivity type is higher
than an impurity concentration at a second point at a same depth as the first point and on a second line oriented toward the
depth direction and passing through the second transfer gate electrode,

in the cross section of the pixel the first semiconductor region of the first conductivity type is provided laterally to the
semiconductor region of the first conductivity type of the photoelectric conversion portion,

in the cross section of the pixel the first semiconductor region of the first conductivity type and the second semiconductor
region of the second conductivity type are arranged along the depth direction,

the semiconductor region of the second conductivity type including the second semiconductor region of the second conductivity
type continuously and laterally extends from a position where the second semiconductor region of the second conductivity type
is provided to a position under the semiconductor region of the first conductivity type included in the photoelectric conversion
portion,

the semiconductor region of the first conductivity type and an extended portion of the semiconductor region of the second
conductivity type which is laterally extended under the semiconductor region of the first conductivity type are arranged in
order along a line oriented in the depth direction, and

the extended portion is provided under the semiconductor region of the first conductivity type of the photoelectric conversion
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,740,471

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for an information processing apparatus capable of communicating with a scan device, the method comprising:
displaying a setting screen provided by first software, the setting screen being capable of displaying a first region for
pull scan which is performed by scan instructions issued from the information processing apparatus and a second region for
push scan which is performed by scan instructions issued from the scanning device;

performing polling processing for push scan to the scan device, based on an operation having been performed on the second
region; and

determining whether second software capable of causing the information processing apparatus to perform the polling processing
to the scan device exists in the information processing apparatus,

wherein if it is not determined that the second software exists in the information processing apparatus, the setting screen
including the first region and the second region is displayed, and

wherein if it is determined that the second software exists in the information processing apparatus, the setting screen that
does not include the second region is displayed, whereby polling processing caused by the first software is not performed
and polling processing caused by the second software is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,772,578

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,742,984

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,742,985

AUTOMATIC FOCUS ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,771,226

FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,773,296

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,774,836

IMAGE PROJECTOR THAT CORRECTS SHIFT DIRECTION BASED ON DEFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,743,014

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,769,734

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,736,406

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an analog-digital converter unit that converts an analog signal into a digital signal using a plurality of reference signals
having mutually different slopes; and

a voltage supply unit that supplies analog signals having a predetermined plurality of different output levels to the analog-digital
converter; and

a calculator that calculates a ratio of the plurality of different slopes and an offset amount on the basis of a plurality
of digital signals obtained by converting the analog signals having the plurality of different output levels using the plurality
of reference signals, and calculates a correction coefficient for correcting digital signals obtained by the analog-digital
conversion unit converting analog signals output from a pixel section of an image sensor on the basis of the ratio of slopes
and the offset amount,

wherein the correction coefficient includes the ratio of slopes and an offset correction value.

US Pat. No. 9,733,339

POSITION AND ORIENTATION CALIBRATION METHOD AND APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,733,606

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR DELETING AN AREA OF IMAGE DATA BEFORE PRINTING AND BINDING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, causes the print control apparatus:
to determine whether a first binding process without using a staple or a second binding process with a staple has been specified;
and

to perform a data process for preventing a part of an image related to print data to be printed from being printed on a sheet,
based on a determination that the first binding process has been specified, wherein the part of an image corresponds to at
least a position where the first binding process is to be performed;

not to perform the data process to print data based on a determination that the second binding process has been specified,
and

to control a print unit so that the print unit performs a printing process to the sheet based on the image data on which the
data process has been performed in a case that the first binding process has been specified.

US Pat. No. 9,733,612

CARTRIDGE PACKAGE AND PACKAGEABLE PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,733,614

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,736,495

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR ENCODING AND DECODING THE SIGNIFICANCE MAP FOR RESIDUAL COEFFICIENTS OF A TRANSFORM UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of decoding at least one coding unit from a bitstream of video data, the method comprising:
decoding arithmetically coded data, coded consecutively in the bitstream, including a plurality of flags each for a different
one of a plurality of prediction units in the coding unit to be decoded by using intra prediction, the flag indicating whether
one of specific intra-prediction modes is to be used;

decoding, bypass coded data, coded consecutively in the bitstream, including a plurality of pieces of data each for a different
one of the plurality of prediction units;

determining intra-prediction modes each for a different one of the plurality of prediction units each according to a different
one of the flags each in the arithmetically coded data and a different one of the plurality of pieces of data in the bypass
coded data; and

decoding the coding unit using the determined intra-prediction modes.

US Pat. No. 9,766,586

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an apparatus body;
a door openably supported by the apparatus body;
a first member configured to restrict an opening angle of the door, the first member comprising a first engage portion engaging
with the door, and a second engage portion engaging with the apparatus body; and

a second member configured to restrict the opening angle of the door if the first member is broken such that the first and
second engage portions are separated.

US Pat. No. 9,766,588

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,727,289

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,761,185

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,726,866

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having positive refractive power; and
a fourth lens unit having positive refractive power,
wherein during zooming, the first lens unit is not moved, and the second lens unit, the third lens unit, and the fourth lens
unit are moved to change an interval between adjacent lens units,

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

US Pat. No. 9,723,169

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,715,191

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,710,062

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,705,426

ULTRASONIC MOTOR AND LENS APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,703,190

IMPRINT METHOD, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,703,214

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY METHOD, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,703,228

TIMING ADJUSTMENT OF MULTI-BEAM IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,699,465

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PARTITIONING AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,699,830

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,699,326

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,697,590

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,658,449

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,659,991

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,690,252

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,656,459

INK JET RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,659,533

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus, comprising:
a light source;
a display panel that displays an image by controlling a transmittance of light from the light source;
a first sensor that detects a brightness of the light source;
a second sensor that detects a brightness of the light source, a distance from the light source to the second sensor being
longer than a distance from the light source to the first sensor;

a memory that stores correspondence information indicating a predetermined correspondence relationship of a difference between
a first change degree of a detection value from the first sensor and a second change degree of a detection value from the
second sensor with a change in a brightness distribution or a color distribution in the display sand due to the light from
the light source; and

a controller configured to control a transmittance of the display panel, wherein
the controller performs:
acquiring the change in the brightness distribution or the color distribution in the display panel due to light from the light
source during a period on the basis of the first change degree during the period, the second change degree during the period
aid the correspondence information stored in the memory; and

controlling the transmittance of the display panel on the basis of the change in the brightness distribution or the color
distribution during the period.

US Pat. No. 9,656,465

INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND INK JET PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,656,474

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRINTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,661,095

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,688,008

MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR CARTRIDGE HAVING A MOLDED ELECTRODE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,658,549

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

X1

US Pat. No. 9,658,843

DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM AND ITS CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A distribution system comprising:
a first acceptance unit of a management unit configured to accept registration of an updated firmware package corresponding
to a plurality of different types of devices, the firmware package contains programs including information about 1) common
firmware which is common to the plurality of types of network devices, 2) unique firmware that is specific to a type of a
plurality of types of network devices, and 3) special firmware which is unique to a customer and specific to a type of a plurality
of types of network devices;

a second acceptance unit of the management unit configured to accept registration of a setting file describing control information
for controlling approval or denial of automatic updates to a special firmware included in the firmware package, said control
information includes an indicator stating if the special firmware allows periodic updates;

a third acceptance unit of the management unit configured to accept an update request for the special firmware, from a network
device containing special firmware, wherein the update request includes setting information related to the network device,
the setting information comprises authentication information and an identifier that indicates if the automatic update is a
periodic update;

the management unit configured to manage information indicating approval or denial of periodic distribution of firmware in
accordance with control information described in the setting file and the setting information, by comparing the control information
in the setting file and setting information, wherein the periodic distribution is approved if setting information is authenticated
as coming from a reliable source and the control information and setting information both indicate an identifier stating periodic
updates are approved for the requested special firmware, and the periodic distribution is denied if the authentication fails
or the control information and setting information do not both indicate periodic distribution is approved; and

a control unit configured to distribute special firmware which is updatable when the management unit indicates approval of
the periodic distribution of the special firmware and to transmit the registered special firmware to the network device.

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. 9,656,819

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS, DRIVE TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,692,983

APPARATUS, METHOD, AND MEDIUM FOR CORRECTING PIXEL SWITCHING PATTERN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,689,665

POSITION DETECTION APPARATUS, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detection apparatus that illuminates diffraction gratings formed on two objects with light from a light source
and receives diffracted light from the diffraction gratings to acquire relative positions of the two objects, the position
detection apparatus comprising:
an optical system configured to cause plus n-th order diffracted light and minus n-th order diffracted light from each of
the diffraction gratings to interfere with each other, where n is a natural number;

a light receiving unit; and
a processing unit,
wherein the optical system is configured to cause the plus n-th order diffracted light and the minus n-th order diffracted
light from the diffraction gratings incident on the light receiving unit at different angles;

wherein the light receiving unit receives an interference fringe of the plus n-th order diffracted light and the minus n-th
order diffracted light from each of the diffraction gratings formed on the two objects, and frequency of the plus n-th order
diffracted light and frequency of the minus n-th order diffracted light are the same, and

wherein the processing unit acquires the relative positions of the two objects by using a phase difference between the interference
fringes at an area where interference fringes of the diffracted light from the respective diffraction gratings do not overlap
each other among the interference fringes of the diffracted light from each of the diffraction gratings formed on the two
objects, received by the light receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,658,424

OPTICAL APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH ROTATION RESTRICTING MECHANISM FOR LENS HOLDING FRAMES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:
a first lens holding frame configured to hold a first lens;
a second lens holding frame configured to hold a second lens and disposed rearward of said first lens holding frame; and
a third lens holding frame configured to hold a third lens and disposed rearward of said second lens holding frame,
wherein said first lens holding frame has a first protruding portion formed to protrude toward said second lens holding frame,
wherein said second lens holding frame has a first engagement portion for engagement with said first protruding portion,
wherein said third lens holding frame has a second protruding portion formed to protrude toward said first lens holding frame,
for engagement with said first protruding portion,

wherein said first protruding portion and said first engagement portion are brought into engagement with each other, whereby
rotation of said second lens holding frame relative to said first lens holding frame is restricted, and

wherein said first protruding portion and said second protruding portion are brought into engagement with each other, whereby
rotation of said first lens holding frame relative to said third lens holding frame is restricted.

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. 9,687,146

ADAPTIVE OPTICAL APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An adaptive optical apparatus comprising:
an irradiation unit configured to irradiate an eye with measurement light;
a wavefront aberration measurement unit configured to measure a wavefront aberration of the eye and to measure a number of
spots obtained by using return light from the eye irradiated with the measurement light;

a wavefront aberration correction unit configured to correct the wavefront aberration of the eye;
a detection unit configured to detect whether the number of spots which is measured by the wavefront aberration measurement
unit is less than a threshold; and

a control unit configured to control the wavefront aberration correction unit according to a measurement result of the wavefront
aberration measurement unit and a detection result of the detection unit.

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. 9,654,715

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. 9,648,238

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE THAT SYNTHESIZES A PLURALITY OF IMAGES, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing device that synthesizes a plurality of images obtained by photographing an object that moves at a predetermined
speed to thereby obtain a synthesized image, comprising:
a detection unit configured to divide each of the plurality of images into a plurality of blocks, and detect a motion vector
from each of the blocks;

a selection unit configured to estimate an object maximum movement amount indicative of a maximum amount of a movement amount
of the object between the plurality of images based on a focal length and an exposure interval which are applied when each
of the plurality of images is obtained, and to select motion vectors having a scalar amount smaller than the object maximum
movement amount; and

a synthesis unit configured to perform synthesis processing by aligning the plurality of images based on motion vectors selected
by said selection unit to thereby obtain the synthesized image.

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. 9,648,111

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication system including a first terminal, a second terminal, a relay server operable to relay between the first
terminal and the second terminal, and a management server operable to manage the first terminal,
the relay server comprises:
a requesting unit configured to generate a search condition in accordance with a connection request from the first terminal,
and to request so that the management server searches for a state of the first terminal;

a first transmitting unit configured to, when device information of the first terminal which is transmitted from the management
server in response to the request by the requesting unit is obtained, generate relay information and transmit the relay information
to the first terminal; and

a control unit configured to control communication between the first terminal and the second terminal in accordance with the
relay information,

and the management server comprises:
a notifying unit configured to search for state information of the first terminal in accordance with the search condition
requested by the requesting unit, and to communicate the state information to the relay server as the device information;
and

a second transmitting unit configured to, in accordance with receiving the relay information from the first terminal, transmit
the relay information to the second terminal,

and wherein the second terminal performs a communication for remote support for the first terminal via the relay server.

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. 9,672,300

PATTERN GENERATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for generating a pattern of a cell in a cell library used for a mask manufacturing method for manufacturing the
mask, the method comprising:
obtaining initial patterns of a plurality of cells as a cell pattern;
setting, as set parameter values, a cell pattern parameter value of the cell pattern and an exposure condition parameter value
when the cell pattern is illuminated to project image of the pattern of the cell onto a substrate to expose the substrate;

calculating, via a computer, images of the plurality of cells having the set cell pattern parameter value on an image plane
of a projection optical system under a exposure condition having the set exposure condition parameter value when the plurality
of cells are arranged on an object plane of the projection optical system so that the plurality of cells are separated from
each other with a distance in which an optical proximity effect is not exerted on each other;

obtaining an evaluation value of the calculated images;
changing the set cell pattern parameter value and the set exposure condition parameter value;
repeating calculating the image and obtaining the evaluation value using the changed parameter values and changing the set
parameter values;

determining, as the patterns of the plurality of cells configured to be used in generating the pattern of the mask, a cell
pattern having a cell pattern parameter value when the evaluation value obtained by the repeating satisfies a predetermined
evaluation standard; and

storing the determined patterns of the plurality of cells in the cell library,
wherein the mask manufacturing method comprises:
obtaining the determined pattern of the cell from the cell library,
generating a mask pattern using the obtained patterns of the plurality of cells, and
manufacturing the mask including the generated mask pattern using data of the generated mask pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,641,838

MOVING IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, METHOD AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A moving image coding apparatus for motion-prediction coding a moving image including a plurality of color components on
a color component basis, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the moving image coding apparatus to:
obtains obtain the plurality of color components configuring the moving image;
generate at least one motion prediction information for prediction-coding a coding-target image of the obtained color components,
for each color component;

determine a correlation relationship of at least one motion prediction information of each color component;
determine a color component which is to be a correction target, on the basis of a result of the determination of the correlation
relationship;

correct at least one motion prediction information of the determined color component using the motion prediction information
corresponding to at least one color component among the other color components;

prediction-code the coding-target image of each color component using corrected coding parameters;
if at least one motion prediction information of the color component to be the correction target is corrected, calculate an
inter-picture difference value between a reference image according to at least one motion prediction information of a color
component as the correction target and the coding target image, and an inter-picture difference value between the reference
image in a case of using motion prediction information corresponding to the other color component instead of at least one
motion prediction information of the color component of the correction target and the coding target image;

if a difference of the calculated inter-picture difference values is equal to or less than a predetermined value, output the
corrected motion prediction information of the color component of the correction target and the motion prediction information
of the other color component as the coding parameters; and

if the difference is more than the predetermined value, output uncorrected motion prediction information of the color component
of the correction target and the motion prediction information of the other color component as the coding parameters.

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. 9,673,141

MOUNTING MEMBER, ELECTRONIC COMPONENT, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MODULE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mounting member comprising:
a substrate having an upper surface and a lower surface opposite to the upper surface, an electronic device being provided
on the upper surface;

a plurality of internal connecting portions provided on the upper surface, each configured to be electrically connected to
the electronic device; and

a plurality of external connecting portions provided on the lower surface, each configured to be soldered, wherein
the plurality of external connecting portions include a first connecting portion electrically connected to at least one of
the plurality of internal connecting portions, and a second connecting portion, and

a first surface of the first connecting portion and a second surface of the second connecting portion include gold layers,
and a thickness of the gold layer of the second surface is less than a thickness of the gold layer of the first surface.

US Pat. No. 9,669,628

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD SUBSTRATE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND METHOD OF PROCESSING SILICON SUBSTRATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head substrate having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface, comprising:
a plurality of ejection energy-generating elements placed on the first surface,
a plurality of supply paths for supplying liquid to the ejection energy-generating elements, each supply path extending between
the first and second surfaces,

wherein a wall of the supply path has a cross-sectional shape which is perpendicular to the first surface, in which four or
more regions distinguished from each other due to different inclinations to the first surface are connected to each other
between the first and second surfaces, and in which a width of the supply path is maintained or expands from the first surface
toward the second surface;

the regions include a first region connected to an opening of the first surface allowing the supply path to pass through,
a second region connected to the first region, a third region connected to the second region, and a fourth region connected
to the third region;

the second region is a portion of the wall perpendicular to the first surface;
the width of the supply path at the second region is greater than a width of the opening at the first surface;
the width of the supply path at a position where the third and fourth regions are connected to each other is greater than
the width of the supply path at the second region; and

a width of an opening of the second surface allowing the supply path to pass through is greater than the width of the supply
path at the position where the third and fourth regions are connected to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,641,739

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD WITH IMPROVED FOCUS ADJUSTMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:
an image sensor configured to perform photoelectric conversion on a subject image formed by an image optical system including
a focus adjustment unit;

a scan AF operation circuit configured to:
set a first imaging area and a second imaging area;
extract a component of a first frequency band from an image signal output from the first imaging area;
extract a component of a second frequency band from the second imaging area, the second frequency band being higher than the
first frequency band; and

calculate a first focus evaluation value based on the component of the first frequency band and calculate a second focus evaluation
value based on the component of the second frequency band;

a memory; and
a CPU configured to execute computer executable instruction recorded in the storage device, the computer executable instructions,
when executed, cause the imaging apparatus to:

perform control based on the second focus evaluation value of a first focus adjustment process which moves the image optical
system to adjust a focus position and perform control based on a third focus evaluation value corresponding to a difference
between the first focus evaluation value and the second focus evaluation value of a second focus adjustment process which
moves the image optical system to adjust the focus position.

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. 9,671,729

HEATER, IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE HEATER AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE HEATER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A heater connectable with an electric power supply portion having a first terminal and a plurality of second terminals,
said heater comprising:
an elongate substrate;
a first set of electrical contacts provided on said substrate and electrically connectable with the first terminal;
a plurality of second sets of electrical contacts provided on said substrate and electrically connectable with the plurality
of second terminals;

a plurality of electrodes including a plurality of first electrodes electrically connected with the first set of electrical
contacts, and a plurality of second electrodes electrically connected with either one of said second sets of electrical contacts,
wherein said first electrodes and said second electrodes are arranged alternately with predetermined gaps in a longitudinal
direction of said substrate; and

a heat generating layer provided on said plurality of electrodes and configured to generate heat in an area between adjacent
first and second electrodes by electric power supplied between said adjacent first and second electrodes,

wherein a distance in a widthwise direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction between terminal ends of said adjacent
first and second electrodes is greater than the width of said heat generating layer in the widthwise direction perpendicular
to the longitudinal direction.

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. 9,665,201

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR RECOGNIZING A MULTI-TOUCH OPERATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a display configured to display an image;
a memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor that, upon execution of the instructions, is configured to:
acquire, in order, a first position of a first moving object touching the display, a first position of a second moving object
touching the display, a second position of the first moving object touching the display and a second position of the second
moving object touching the display;

acquire a distance between the acquired positions, in order, as (a) a first distance between the first position of the first
moving object and the first position of the second moving object, (b) a second distance between the second position of the
first moving object and the first position of the second moving object, and (c) a third distance between the second position
of the first moving object and the second position of the second moving object;

determine whether the second distance is longer than the first distance, and whether the third distance is longer than the
second distance; and

enlarge the displayed image in response to determining, in succession, that the second distance is longer than the first distance
and the third distance is longer than the second distance,

wherein the displayed image is not enlarged until it is determined that the third distance is longer than the second distance
after it has been determined that the second distance is longer than the first distance.

US Pat. No. 9,667,830

PRINT SYSTEM, PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR MAKING A BOOKBINDING PRODUCT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:
a reversing unit configured to reverse a front and back of a printed sheet and then discharge the sheet;
a determination unit configured to determine, upon receiving print data for bookbinding that includes image data of a front
cover and a body, whether or not a sheet on which image data of the front cover is to be printed is a particular sheet; and

a control unit configured to, when the determination unit determines that the sheet on which the image data of the front cover
is to be printed is the particular sheet, control to execute by switching between:

(i) a first control that prints on sheets image data of the body in an order from an end of the body toward a head of the
body, discharges the printed sheets without reversing by the reversing unit, finally prints the image data of the front cover
on the particular sheet, and discharges the particular sheet without reversing by the reversing unit, and

(ii) a second control that firstly prints a mirror image of the image data of the front cover on the particular sheet, discharges
the particular sheet without reversing by the reversing unit, next prints on sheets the image data of the body in an order
from the head of the body toward the end of the body, reverses sheets on which the body has been printed by the reversing
unit and discharges the reversed printed sheets.

US Pat. No. 9,667,836

COLOR CONVERSION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND COLOR CONVERSION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A color conversion apparatus outputting image data on an object to be reproduced to a printing unit, comprising:
a roughness data obtaining unit configured to obtain roughness data indicating a roughness of the object;
a reduction ratio deriving unit configured to derive a reduction ratio of a color gamut in each pixel according to a roughness
of the pixel in the obtained roughness data;

a color gamut deriving unit configured to derive color gamut data to be applied to each pixel by changing color gamut data
for the printing unit according to the derived reduction ratio; and

a color conversion unit configured to perform color conversion on each pixel in the image data by using the derived color
gamut data.

US Pat. No. 9,667,841

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a program; and
a processor configured to execute the program stored in the memory, wherein the processor:
(A) reduces, by a factor of 2 to 1, each of (a) a reference image, having a plurality of pixels with each pixel having a pixel
signal value, to a reduced reference image and (b) a comparative image, having a plurality of pixels with each pixel having
a pixel signal value, to a reduced comparative image, the reducing being performed by setting a pixel signal value for each
pixel in (i) the reduced reference image and (ii) the reduced comparative image using the pixel signal values for a group
of four pixels in each of the reference image and in the comparative image, respectively,

(B) extracts, from the reduced reference image, a first feature point corresponding to an edge in the reduced reference image,
(C) specifies (a) a first point in the reduced comparative image that corresponds to the first feature point extracted from
the reduced reference image using a first filter with a 3×3 pixel size to produce corresponding point, (b) a second feature
point in the reference image based on a position of the first feature point in the reduced reference image, and (c) a second
corresponding point in the comparative image that corresponds to the second feature point in the reference image using a second
filter with a 5×5 pixel size, the second feature point corresponding to the first feature point, and the second corresponding
point corresponding to the first corresponding point, respectively, and

(D) calculates a motion vector between the reference image and the comparative image using a difference between the second
feature point and the second corresponding point.

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. 9,665,048

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A TEMPERATURE SETTING PORTION TO CONTROL A TARGET TEMPERATURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a fixing portion for fixing an image, formed on a recording material, on the recording material;
an electric power consumption calculating portion for calculating electric power consumption of said fixing portion, wherein
said calculating portion calculates the electric power consumption at a control target temperature during a stand-by mode
in which said fixing portion awaits a print instruction; and

a temperature setting portion for setting, depending on the electric power consumption calculated by said calculating portion,
the control target temperature during the stand-by mode.

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. 9,665,314

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MANAGING A PRINT-SETTING USER INTERFACE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for managing a print-setting user interface, the method comprising:
receiving a request to display a print-setting user interface (UI) from an application, wherein the request includes at least
an application identification (ID) of the application;

obtaining first hardware profile data of an application-host device, wherein the application-host device has the application
installed thereon;

displaying a first print-setting UI for a first display size based on first print-setting UI data conforming to the application
ID and the first hardware profile data indicating that a display size is a first size;

determining whether one or more changes are made to the first hardware profile data:
responsive to determining that the one or more changes are made to the first hardware profile data, obtaining second hardware
profile data, which encompasses the one or more changes made to the first hardware profile data and indicates that the display
size is a second size different from the first size;

determining whether the first print-setting UI data conforms to the second hardware profile data;
responsive to determining that the first print-setting UI data conforms to the second hardware profile data, continuing to
display the first print-setting UI according to the first print-setting UI data; and

responsive to determining that the first print-setting UI data does not conform to the second hardware profile data,
obtaining second print-setting UI data, which conforms to the application ID and the second hardware profile data,
generating a second print-setting UI for a second display size according to the second print-setting UI data, and
displaying the second print-setting UI for the second display size based on the second print-setting UI data,
wherein a print setting item included in the first print-setting UI is different from a print setting item included in the
second print-setting UI.

US Pat. No. 9,665,060

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND NOISE FILTER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus, comprising:
a first capacitor including at least one capacitor whose one end is connected to a live side of an AC line of an AC voltage
supplied from an AC power supply;

a second capacitor including at least one capacitor whose one end is connected to a neutral side of the AC line;
at least one first ground pattern to which another end of the first capacitor is connected;
at least one second ground pattern to which another end of the second capacitor is connected; and
a substrate on which the first capacitor and the second capacitor are mounted, and the at least one first ground pattern and
the at least one second ground pattern are formed,

wherein the at least one first ground pattern and the at least one second ground pattern are not connected electrically on
the substrate.

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. 9,662,011

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus, comprising:
a scanning unit configured to project and scan a measuring beam on a fundus of an eye to be inspected;
an adjustment unit configured to carry out focus adjustment for a plurality of image acquiring planes different in position
from one another, each of which is perpendicular to an optical axis of the measuring beam projected on the fundus;

an image acquiring unit configured to acquire images for the plurality of image acquiring planes; and
a calculation unit configured to calculate, in correspondence to a diopter of the eye to be inspected, a focus displacement
amount when an image of a first image acquiring plane in the plurality of image acquiring planes is obtained and when an image
of a second image acquiring plane in the plurality of image acquiring planes, which is at a predetermined distance in the
direction of the optical axis from the first image acquiring plane, is obtained,

wherein the adjustment unit is configured to carry out the focus adjustment in accordance with a calculation result in the
calculation unit.

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. 9,635,241

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor including a plurality of unit pixels each having a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions for one
out of a plurality of microlenses;

a readout circuit that is capable of reading out pixel signals by scanning the image sensor with a first scan method of adding
and reading out signals from a portion of the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions by a predetermined number of
unit pixels, and a second scan method of adding and reading out signals from the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions
by the predetermined number of unit pixels;

a control/operation circuit configured to perform the functions of:
a detection unit that obtains a defocus amount; and
a controller that forms an image by determining, for each read out pixel signal, to use a pixel signal read out with the second
scan method in a case in which the defocus amount is larger than a predetermined threshold value, or a larger signal out of
the pixel signal read out with the second scan method and a signal obtained by using the pixel signal read out with the first
scan method in a case in which the defocus amount is less than or equal to the predetermined threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,632,432

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, STAGE APPARATUS, AND DEVICE FABRICATION METHOD FOR TRANSFERRING A PATTERN OF A RETICLE ONTO A SUBSTRATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus configured to transfer a pattern of a reticle onto a substrate, comprising:
a stage configured to receive the reticle;
a holding mechanism configured to hold the reticle placed on the stage;
a driving unit configured to drive the stage; and
a selection unit configured to select, based on information related to a type of the reticle placed on the stage, one of holding
states of the reticle held by the holding mechanism and one of control parameters set in the driving unit to drive the stage.

US Pat. No. 9,632,446

CHARGING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A charging member comprising an electroconductive support and an electroconductive surface layer, the electroconductive
surface layer comprising: at least one compound selected from the group consisting of a compound represented by formulae (1)
and (3); a binder resin; and a conducting agent:

wherein R1 represents a substituent represented by the following formula (2), and R2 to R10 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a hydroxyl group, wherein at least one of R1 to R10 is a hydroxyl group;


wherein “*” represents a bonding portion with the 3-position carbon atom of the compound represented by the formula (1);

wherein R11 to R20 each independently represent an atom or a group selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, a hydroxyl group, and
a methoxy group, wherein at least one of R11 to R20 is a hydroxyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,632,450

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONTROLLING DRIVING CURRENT FOR ADJUSTING LIGHT EMISSION INTENSITY OF LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a light-emitting element for emitting a laser beam;
a driving unit configured to drive the light-emitting element with a driving current, wherein the driving unit causes the
light-emitting element to emit light at a first light emission intensity and at a second light emission intensity lower than
the first light emission intensity; and

a polygon mirror configured to scan the photosensitive member with the laser beam while rotating at a predetermined speed,
wherein the driving unit causes the light-emitting element to emit light at the first light emission intensity with a driving
current obtained by adding a second driving current to a first driving current, and causes the light-emitting element to emit
light at the second light emission intensity with the second driving current, and

wherein the driving unit executes a first adjustment for causing the light-emitting element to emit light at the first light
emission intensity to adjust the first driving current, and a second adjustment for causing the light-emitting element to
emit light at the second light emission intensity to adjust the second driving current, and

wherein the driving unit, during a time period after the polygon mirror starts rotating until the predetermined speed is reached,
performs the first adjustment and the second adjustment, and after the polygon mirror has started rotating and before the
second adjustment is performed, causes the light-emitting element to emit light with an initial driving current to the first
driving current to perform the first adjustment for adjusting the first driving current, the initial driving current is larger
than the second driving current and is smaller than the driving current, and thereafter performs the second adjustment for
causing the light-emitting element to emit light at the second light emission intensity with the second driving current.

US Pat. No. 9,632,455

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developer supply container detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus, the developer supply container comprising:
a developer accommodating portion configured to accommodate a developer;
a discharge opening configured to permit discharging of the developer from said developer accommodating portion;
a drive receiving portion configured to receive a driving force; and
a pump portion capable of being driven by the driving force received by said drive receiving portion to alternate an internal
pressure of said developer accommodating portion between a pressure lower than an ambient pressure and a pressure higher than
the ambient pressure by increasing and decreasing a volume of said pump portion,

wherein a position of said pump portion, before said developer supply container is mounted to the image forming apparatus,
is set such that said pump portion starts with a stroke in which the volume increases in an initial action of said pump portion.

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. 9,632,459

DEVELOPING DEVICE HAVING A FEEDING MEMBER WITH A PROJECTED PORTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer carrying member for carrying a two component developer comprising toner and carrier;
a first chamber configured to accommodate the developer;
a second chamber in fluid communication with said first chamber to constitute a circulation path along which the developer
circulates;

a partition for partitioning between said first chamber and said second chamber;
a first feeding member rotatably provided in said first chamber and configured to feed the developer in a first direction;
a second feeding member rotatably provided in said second chamber and configured to feed the developer, said second feeding
member including a first spiral portion configured to feed the developer in a second direction opposite to the first direction,
a second spiral portion provided downstream of said first spiral portion with respect to the second direction to feed the
developer in the first direction, a disk portion provided downstream of said second spiral portion with respect to the second
direction, and a shaft portion provided downstream of said second spiral portion with respect to the second direction;

a discharge opening provided at a position downstream of said disk portion with respect to the second direction and configured
to discharge the developer;

a stepped portion provided in said second chamber at a position downstream of said disk portion and upstream of said discharge
opening with respect to the second direction, said stepped portion having a height high enough to oppose a lateral surface
of said disk portion; and

a projected portion projected from a part of said disk portion that opposes said stepped 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. 9,618,872

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus comprising:
a light source configured to emit a light beam for exposing a photosensitive member;
a rotary polygonal mirror configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source so as to scan the photosensitive
member;

an optical box configured to house the rotary polygonal mirror in an interior thereof and provided with a plurality of box
engaging portions at a plurality of positions on an outer surface of a wall of the optical box; and

a cover mounted on the optical box and provided with a plurality of first protrusions and a plurality of second protrusions
along the outer surface,

wherein each of the first protrusions is provided with a cover engaging portion configured to engage one of the plurality
of box engaging portions and the plurality of cover engaging portions engages the plurality of the box engaging portions respectively
to fix the cover to the optical box,

wherein the plurality of second protrusions protrudes from corners of the cover when looked from a direction of rotating axis
of the rotary polygonal mirror,

wherein the plurality of the first protrusions and the plurality of the second protrusions are provided to the cover so that
a distal end of at least one of the plurality of the second protrusions and a top portion of the wall pass each other prior
to timing when distal ends of the first protrusions and the top portion of the wall of the optical box pass each other when
mounting the cover on the optical box, and

wherein the distal ends of the plurality of the second protrusions function as guide members for determining the direction
of relative movement between the cover and the optical box while moving along the wall by either allowing or restricting movement
between the cover and the optical box.

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. 9,606,718

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a touch-screen device which can display one or more icons;
a touch detection unit configured to detect a touch operation on the touch-screen device;
a display control unit configured to control to display a specific display item on the touch-screen device, wherein the specific
display item represents a specific function and overlaps at least a portion of a first area and at least a portion of a second
area, the first area and the second area do not overlap each other on the touch-screen device; and

a control unit configured to control to execute the specific function in response to a touch operation as a touch at a position
in a first area, at least a portion of which is included in a display area of the specific display item, and

to control not to execute the specific function in response to a touch operation as a touch at a position in a second area,
at least a portion of which is included in a display area of the specific display item,

wherein the specific function is not executed when a touch is made in the second area, even if the touch occurs in the display
area of the specific display item, and

wherein the specific function is not executed when a touch-up occurs in the first area after a move-in action occurs from
the second area to the first area.

US Pat. No. 9,608,033

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND CAMERA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a solid-state image sensor which includes a pixel area where a plurality of pixels are arrayed
and a peripheral circuit area where a circuit configured to read out a signal from the pixel area is arranged, the pixel area
including a first MOS transistor, and the peripheral circuit area including a second MOS transistor, the method comprising:
a step of forming a gate electrode of the first MOS transistor and a gate electrode of the second MOS transistor on a semiconductor
substrate;

a step of forming a first insulating film to cover the semiconductor substrate on which the gate electrode of the first MOS
transistor and the gate electrode of the second MOS transistor have been formed;

a first etching step of etching the first insulating film in the peripheral circuit area in a state in which the pixel area
is masked so as to form a side spacer on a side face of the gate electrode of the second MOS transistor from a part of the
first insulating film;

a second etching step of etching the first insulating film in the pixel area in a state in which the peripheral circuit area
is masked; and

a step of forming, after the first etching step and the second etching step, the second insulating film to cover the semiconductor
substrate on which the gate electrode of the first MOS transistor, the gate electrode of the second MOS transistor, and the
side spacers have been formed.

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. 9,607,013

IMAGE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image management apparatus comprising:
at least one processor operatively coupled to a memory, serving as:
(a) an obtaining unit configured to obtain a plurality of metadata corresponding to a plurality of image data, respectively;
and

(b) a generation unit configured (i) to generate, from the plurality of metadata respectively corresponding to the plurality
of image data, a plurality of first summary metadata, each of which summarizes each of a plurality of groups of metadata into
which the plurality of metadata are grouped, and (ii) to generate, from the plurality of first summary metadata, second summary
metadata that summarizes the plurality of first summary metadata.

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. 9,607,361

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a correction unit configured to perform distortion aberration correction on a plurality of image data in which distortion
aberration has occurred; and

a combining unit configured to perform combining processing for combining the plurality of the image data by adjusting positions
of the plurality of the image data based on a position of an object included in each piece of the plurality of the image data,

wherein the correction unit reduces an amount of the distortion aberration correction in a case where the combining processing
is not performed, as compared to a case where the combining processing is performed.

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. 9,609,223

IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup element for picking up an optical image focused thereon and outputting an image signal corresponding to
the optical image, comprising:
a first chip including a plurality of pixels arrayed in a matrix, configured to output an image signal corresponding to the
optical image; and

a second chip including a control information generation unit and an output unit,
wherein the control information generation unit is configured to generate control information to be used for image-pickup
in accordance with a first image signal which is obtained from a first pixel group among the plurality of pixels and output
the control information in synchronization with a first synchronization signal, and

the output unit is configured to output, as an image display signal for image display, a second image signal which is obtained
from a second pixel group among the plurality of pixels in synchronization with a second synchronization signal different
from the first synchronization signal.

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. 9,602,678

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. 9,602,169

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. 9,602,491

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. 9,594,397

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. 9,593,170

COMPOUND, PHOTOCURABLE COMPOSITION, AND METHODS FOR PRODUCING PATTERNED FILM, OPTICAL COMPONENT, CIRCUIT BOARD, ELECTRONIC COMPONENT BY USING THE PHOTOCURABLE COMPOSITION, AND CURED PRODUCT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photocurable composition comprising:
a component (A) which is a polymerizable compound;
a component (B) which is a photopolymerization initiator; and
a component (C) which is a compound represented by general formula (1):
where Rf represents an alkyl group at least part of which is substituted with fluorine, RO represents a repeated structure of an oxyalkylene group or an oxypropylene group, N represents a nitrogen atom, RA represents an alkyl group, and RB represents an alkyl group or a hydrogen atom.

US Pat. No. 9,592,668

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
an element substrate configured to eject liquid according to an electrical signal;
an electrical circuit substrate configured to send the electrical signal to the element substrate; and
a body including the element substrate on a first face and the electrical circuit substrate on a second face crossing the
first face,

wherein the liquid ejection head is mounted in a mount unit of a liquid ejection apparatus via an electrical connector including
an electrical contact point with the electrical circuit substrate,

wherein the body includes pressure-receiving portions for, in a case where the body is mounted to the mount unit, receiving
a force including a component in a first direction in which the second face is pressed against the mount unit and a component
in a second direction in which the element substrate ejects liquid,

wherein the liquid ejection head includes first positioning portions provided on the first face and second positioning portions
provided on the second face, that determine a position of the body with respect to the mount unit in the first direction by
abutting the mount unit,

wherein the first positioning portions are arranged at both outsides of an arrangement region of the element substrate in
a direction along an intersection line between the first face and the second face,

wherein the second positioning portions are arranged at both end portions of the second face in a direction along the intersection
line, and

wherein the pressure-receiving portions are arranged at both end portions of the body and at an intermediate portion between
both end portions in the direction along the intersection line in such a manner that one of the pressure-receiving portions
that is arranged at the intermediate portion is located between the pressure-receiving portions arranged at both end portions.

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. 9,596,368

SERVER APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SERVER APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. A method for controlling a server apparatus configured to receive a job from
an information processing apparatus and generate print data to be printed by a printing apparatus, the method comprising:
searching for, in response to reception of the job, a camera configured to image a printing apparatus identified by the job;
instructing the camera about imaging conditions for the printing apparatus to be imaged by the searched camera;
receiving an image of the printing apparatus captured by the camera; and
and distributing the received image to an information processing apparatus identified by the job;
detecting a user who operates the printing apparatus based on the image distributed from the camera; and
in a case where the detection unit detects the user who operates the printing apparatus, performing a control not to transmit
the print data generated from the job to the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,596,382

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CUSTOMIZING OPERATION SCREEN BASED ON PERSONAL SETTING INFORMATION AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of communicating with a server apparatus, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
input user information for identifying a user;
obtain, from the server apparatus, personal setting information corresponding to the inputted user information;
display, in a case where first personal setting information of a first type has been obtained from the server apparatus within
a predetermined time corresponding to the first personal setting information, an operation screen by using the obtained first
personal setting information;

display, in a case where the first personal setting information has not been obtained from the server apparatus within the
predetermined time, an operation screen by using cache information corresponding to the inputted user information, the cache
information being stored in the image forming apparatus before an obtaining of the personal setting information; and

display, without depending on whether the predetermined time has elapsed to obtain second personal setting information of
a second type from the server apparatus, an operation screen by using the obtained second personal setting information.

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. 9,591,180

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing image data to be used for image formation, comprising:
at least one hardware processor; and
at least one memory coupled to the at least one hardware processor and having stored thereon instructions which, when executed
by the at least one hardware processor, cause the image processing apparatus to:

determine a black background area formed from a plurality of black lines using the number of consecutive black lines and the
number of consecutive lines adjacent to the black lines and other than the black lines out of the image data; and

perform thinning processing for the black background area by switching a thinning pattern to convert a value of a pixel based
on the number of lines included in the black background area determined in the black background area determining step.

US Pat. No. 9,591,436

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a storage unit configured to store device identification information identifying a device in association with access point
identification information identifying an access point;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain, from a device, communication information for communicating with the device;
a specifying unit configured to specify, from access point identification information stored in the storage unit, access point
information corresponding to device identification information included in the communication information; and

a wireless communication unit configured to connect to an access point indicated by the access point information specified
by the specifying unit, and execute communication between a device indicated by the device identification information included
in the communication information and the communication apparatus.

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. 9,588,447

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. 9,586,400

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. 9,588,724

APPARATUS FOR PRINTING ON A SHEET AND CONVEYING THE PRINTED SHEET TO A READING UNIT TO READ, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a reading unit having first and second conveyance paths for conveying sheets and a scanner capable of changing a read position
in order to read a sheet that passes through the first conveyance path and a sheet that passes through the second conveyance
path respectively, configured to obtain image data by reading an image of a sheet;

a printer engine configured to print an image on a sheet; and
at least one processor and at least one memory that act as:
a specification unit configured to specify a location of the sheet to which a predetermined image is to be attached;
a print processing unit configured to control to convey the sheet read by the reading unit to the printer engine and to cause
the predetermined image to be printed at the location of the sheet specified by the specification unit; and

an output unit configured to cause the sheet on which the predetermined image has been printed by the print processing unit
to be conveyed to a read position of the reading unit and read by the reading unit, and to transmit image data of the printed
sheets obtained by the reading unit to an external apparatus via the network and the printer engine prints the image data
originated from a reading process by the reading unit for a copy of the printed sheet,

wherein the output unit, by causing the sheet on which the predetermined image has been printed by the print processing unit
to be conveyed through the first conveyance path of the reading unit and to pass through the second conveyance path, so that
the scanner for which the read position is changed to read the sheet conveyed through the second conveyance path reads a front-surface
of the sheet on which the predetermined image has been printed.

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. 9,566,741

IMPRINT METHOD, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint method of forming a pattern of a resin on a substrate, the method comprising:
holding the substrate on a holding surface;
bringing an uncured resin on the substrate in contact with a mold;
thermally deforming, in a deforming step, a partial region of the substrate by irradiating the partial region with light so
as to change an outer circumferential shape of the partial region;

curing the uncured resin on the partial region by irradiating light having a wavelength that is different from the light used
in the deforming step; and

releasing the mold from the cured resin on the partial region in contact with the mold,
wherein, in at least a portion of a period during the deforming step, a region different from the partial region is held at
a first suction force, while the partial region is held at a second suction force that is less than the first suction force,
the first suction force and the second suction force acting between the substrate and the holding surface.

US Pat. No. 9,569,846

OPHTHALMIC REFERENCE IMAGE SELECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for selecting a representative image of an eye from a sequence of captured images, the method comprising:
forming at least first and second chains of connected images from the sequence of captured images by associating neighbouring
images of the sequence with each other, wherein at least two chains are formed in response to failing to associate at least
one pair of neighbouring images, the images in each chain are connected using a relative spatial relationship between the
images in the chain;

establishing a spatial relationship between the first and second chains by joining the first and the second chains to form
a joined chain, the joining being performed by determining a quality value between a first and a second anchor images, the
anchor images being determined using initial quality values for images in the corresponding chain;

determining an accumulated quality value for at least one portion of each image in the joined chain using the initial quality
values for images overlapping said portion, wherein an overlapping between a portion of an image and other images being identified
based of the established spatial relationship between the chains and the relative spatial relationship between the images
in each chain; and

selecting a representative image from the joint chain using at least the initial quality value for the image and the determined
accumulated quality value for at least one portion of the image.

US Pat. No. 9,566,006

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquisition apparatus comprising:
an irradiating unit configured to irradiate an object with light;
a detecting unit configured to output a signal by receiving an elastic wave generated from the object irradiated with light;
a distribution acquiring unit configured to acquire a light intensity distribution within the object irradiated with light;
a setting unit configured to select a minimum block unit in which light intensity is lower than a predetermined threshold
value, using the light intensity distribution; and

a generating unit configured to acquire object information using the outputted signal,
wherein acquisition of object information is excluded for the selected minimum block unit.

US Pat. No. 9,566,781

TRANSFER-TYPE IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transfer-type image recording method comprising the steps of:
applying a treatment liquid that causes aggregation of a component contained in an ink to an image formation surface of an
intermediate transfer member;

applying an ink to the image formation surface to which the treatment liquid is applied to form an intermediate image;
transferring the intermediate image from the image formation surface to an recording medium; and
applying an aqueous cleaning liquid to the image formation surface after the transfer of the intermediate image,
wherein the treatment liquid contains a nonionic surfactant,
wherein in the step of applying a treatment liquid, the following Expression (1) is satisfied:
T1 where T1 is a temperature of the treatment liquid applied to the image formation surface, and Tc1 is a cloud point of the
treatment liquid, and
wherein in the step of applying an aqueous cleaning liquid, the following Expression (2) is satisfied:
T2>Tc2  (2)
where T2 is a temperature of a liquid mixture, formed on the image formation surface, of a remainder of the treatment liquid
and the aqueous cleaning liquid, and Tc2 is a cloud point of the liquid mixture.

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. 9,563,941

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image generated by image pickup through an optical system; and
a processor configured to provide unsharp mask processing to the image by using a filter generated based on information of
a point spread function of the optical system corresponding to an image-pickup condition of the optical system,

wherein the filter used for the unsharp mask processing to the image includes a filter where two-dimensional tap data is rotationally
asymmetrically distributed.

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.