US Pat. No. 9,749,490

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a human sensor;
a network interface which receives a data via a network;
a power controller which shifts the image forming apparatus to a first power saving state from which it is possible to return
to a normal power state in accordance with an output from the human sensor and possible to return to the normal power state
in accordance with an output from a network interface, and shifts from the first power saving state to the normal power state
in accordance with the output from the human sensor or the output from the network interface;

wherein the power controller further shifts the image forming apparatus to a second power saving state from which it is possible
to return to the normal power state in accordance with an output from the network interface but impossible to return to the
normal power state in accordance with an output from the human sensor, and shifts the image forming apparatus from the second
power saving state to the normal power state in accordance with the output from the network interface.

US Pat. No. 9,749,493

IMAGE READING APPARATUS THAT ILLUMINATES AN ORIGINAL AND READS AN IMAGE OF THE ORIGINAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a reading unit that illuminates an original and reads an image of the original,
wherein the apparatus can execute a first mode of reading the image of the moving original while the reading unit is kept
stationary, and a second mode of reading the image of the stationary original while moving the reading unit,

the apparatus further comprises a light condensing unit that condenses a light flux from the reading unit on the original
in the first mode,

the light flux from the reading unit incidents on the original without passing through the light condensing unit in the second
mode, and

the light condensing unit condenses the light flux in a section including a moving direction of the original and a reading
optical axis direction of the reading unit.

US Pat. No. 9,749,496

PERFORMING HALFTONE PROCESSING USING INTRA-CELL SUM VALUE DIFFERENCES APPLIED SO AS TO CORRECT BOUNDARY PIXELS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory coupled to the processor, the memory having instructions stored thereon which, when executed by the processor, cause
the image processing apparatus to:

perform screen processing on input image data;
detect a boundary pixel by determining whether or not a pixel of interest is a boundary pixel in the input image data, wherein
the pixel of interest is detected as a boundary pixel when the pixel of interest is not a white pixel and adjacent to a white
pixel;

selectively output image data based on a result of the detection,
wherein, in a case where the pixel of interest is determined as the boundary pixel, a value of the pixel of interest of the
input image data on which the screen processing has not been performed is outputted as an output value of the pixel of interest,
and

wherein, in a case where the pixel of interest is determined not to be the boundary pixel, a value of the pixel of interest
of the image data obtained by performing the screen processing is outputted as an output value of the pixel of interest;

calculate a sum value of the input image data as a first sum value for each cell in the screen processing;
calculate, as a second sum value for each cell in the screen processing, a sum value of image data output;
calculate a correction value based on a difference between the first sum value and the second sum value, and a number of effective
pixels in the cell; and

correct the output image data based on the correction value.

US Pat. No. 9,746,790

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, AND CHLOROGALLIUM PHTHALOCYANINE CRYSTAL AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing a chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal represented by formula (1) in which at least one organic
compound selected from N,N-dimethylformamide and dimethyl sulfoxide is comprised, the method comprising:
a synthesis step of synthesizing a chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal by reacting a gallium compound and a compound that
forms a phthalocyanine ring in a chlorinating aromatic compound;

an acid pasting step of obtaining a hydroxygallium phthalocyanine crystal by performing an acid pasting treatment in which
the chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal obtained in the synthesis step is mixed with sulfuric acid;

a hydrochloric acid treatment step of obtaining a chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal by mixing the hydroxygallium phthalocyanine
crystal obtained in the acid pasting step with an aqueous hydrochloric acid solution; and

a wet milling step of obtaining a chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal by mixing the chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal
obtained in the hydrochloric acid treatment step with at least one organic compound selected from N,N-dimethylformamide and
dimethyl sulfoxide and performing a wet milling treatment,

wherein a content of the organic compound comprised in the chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal represented by the formula
(1) is 0.10 mass % or more and 0.80 mass % or less based on a content of the chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal represented
by the formula (1),


where X1 to X4 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a chlorine atom.

US Pat. No. 9,772,795

PROCESSING APPARATUS TO RECOGNIZE PERIPHERAL COMPONENT INTERCONNECT EXPRESS DEVICES DURING BOOTUP

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to perform data processing by a first device and a second device, the information
processing apparatus comprising:
a power source unit configured to supply predetermined power to the first device and the second device,
wherein the first device includes a first communication unit configured to communicate with the second device, a first initialization
unit configured to initialize the first communication unit with the power supplied from the power source unit based on reception
of a notification from a second communication unit of the second device, a detection unit configured to detect the second
device with communication established between the initialized first communication unit and the second communication unit of
the second device, and a transmission unit configured to transmit specific logical information to the detected second device
with use of the first communication unit, and

wherein the second device includes the second communication unit configured to communicate with the first device, a storage
unit configured to store the specific logical information acquired from the first device, a second initialization unit configured
to initialize the second communication unit with the predetermined power supplied from the power source unit, and a third
initialization unit configured to complete an initial setting of the second device by writing the specific logical information
acquired from the first device into the storage unit with the communication established between the first communication unit
to be initialized and the second communication unit, based on the notification from the initialized second communication unit.

US Pat. No. 9,774,353

GENERATING APPARATUS, GENERATING METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A generating apparatus generating error-correcting code for data packet comprising:
a first determining unit configured to determine a redundancy range for the error-correcting code;
a second determining unit configured to determine a combination of a plurality of interleaving lengths indicating an interval
of a plurality of data packets for which the error-correcting code is generated; and

a generating unit configured to generate the error-correcting code for the data packet, based on the combination of the plurality
of interleaving lengths determined by the second determining unit, wherein

the second determining unit determines the combination of the plurality of interleaving lengths, such that a total redundancy
of the error-correcting codes for the data packets falls within a range of redundancy determined by the first determining
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,772,602

ROTATIONAL FORCE TRANSMITTING PART

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive drum unit usable in a process cartridge, the drum unit comprising:
(a) a cylinder having a photosensitive layer at an outer periphery thereof and an axis L1;

(b) a drum flange provided at one end of the cylinder, the drum flange including a recess formed on an inside thereof and
a gear portion provided along an outer surface of the drum flange; and

(c) a detachable retaining member provided entirely within the drum flange.

US Pat. No. 9,741,111

SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING DEVICE AND SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. A subject information acquiring device comprising:
an acoustic detector configured to convert an acoustic wave propagated in a subject into an electrical signal; and
a data processing unit which holds a plurality of items of template data, each item indicating a relationship between a real
image and an artifact which is a virtual image accompanying the real image, the plurality of items being different from each
other,

wherein said data processing unit is configured to:
acquire a first subject information distribution as pixel or voxel data using the electrical signal,
calculate a plurality of similarities respectively between the plurality of items of template data and the first subject information
distribution,

acquire an integrated similarity distribution using the plurality of similarities,
determine a site, in the integrated similarity distribution, including a higher similarity than a threshold, and
acquire a second subject information distribution of a type different from the first subject information distribution at the
site, as pixel or voxel data, using the electrical signal, and

wherein the plurality of items of template data correspond respectively to optical absorbers of different sizes.

US Pat. No. 9,740,109

HOLDING DEVICE, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ITEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A holding device that is configured to hold a substrate comprising:
a holding member in which a plurality of intake holes used for evacuating air in a space between a substrate and the holding
member are formed; and

a seal member that has a ring shape and is disposed on a lower surface of a stepped portion of the holding member and that
defines the space,

wherein, when an inner region of a figure that is concentric with a center of a plane figure of a holding surface of the holding
member and that is obtained by reducing a size of the plane figure by ? or more and ? or less is set as a first region, and
a region between the first region and the seal member is set as a second region, the plurality of intake holes are formed
in such a manner that a relationship of, ratio of total area of intake holes formed in the second region to area of the second
region is greater than, ratio of the total area of intake holes formed in a sum region that includes the first region added
to the second region to area of the sum region, is satisfied, and

wherein the plurality of intake holes are in communication with a common pipe.

US Pat. No. 9,740,136

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a charger that charges the photosensitive member;
an optical scanning apparatus configured to scan the photosensitive member with a light beam output from a light source when
a driving current modulated based on image information is supplied to the light source;

a developer configured to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive member by scanning of the light
beam by the optical scanning apparatus to form an image on the photosensitive member, and

a control unit configured to control the optical scanning apparatus,
wherein the optical scanning apparatus comprises:
the light source configured to output the light beam having a light power dependent on a value of the driving current;
a detection unit configured to detect the light power of the light beam output from the light source;
a capacitor configured to hold a voltage;
a charging unit configured to charge the capacitor, and
a comparison unit configured to compare a voltage corresponding to the light power detected by the detection unit with a reference
voltage corresponding to the target light power,

wherein the control unit is configured to control the charging unit so that the capacitor is charged by the charging unit
and configured to control the value of the driving current,

wherein the control unit is configured to control the charging unit so that the capacitor is charged by the charging unit
in a state where the driving current is not supplied to the light source, to control the charging unit based on a detection
result of the detection unit so that the voltage held in the capacitor is controlled from the voltage of the capacitor charged
in the state where the driving current is not supplied to the light source, and to control the value of the driving current
based on the voltage held in the capacitor controlled by the control unit,

wherein the control unit is configured to control the value of the driving current such that the light power of the light
beam is controlled to a target light power, by changing the voltage of the capacitor based on a comparison result of the comparison
unit such that the voltage corresponding to the light power detected by the detection unit approaches the reference voltage,

wherein the charging unit comprises a switch configured to selectively apply one of the reference voltage and the voltage
corresponding to the detected light power to the capacitor, and a resistive element connected between the switch and the capacitor,

wherein the charging unit is configured to apply, in a turn-off state of the light source before the light beam scans the
photosensitive member, the reference voltage to the capacitor during a period after charging of the capacitor has started
until the capacitor is charged to a voltage corresponding to a predetermined amount of charges, and

wherein the period is determined depending on the reference voltage, a predetermined voltage to which the capacitor is charged
by the charging unit, and a time constant determined by a capacitance of the capacitor and a resistance value of the resistive
element.

US Pat. No. 9,738,087

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD WITH COORDINATED FILLING OPERATIONS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:
a printhead having a discharging port surface on which a discharging port for discharging ink is formed;
a first tank for storing ink to be supplied to the printhead;
a second tank for storing ink to be supplied to the first tank;
a valve that can be switched between an open state in which the printhead communicates with the first tank and a closed state
in which the printhead does not communicate with the first tank;

a cap for covering the discharging port surface;
a pump for generating a negative pressure in an inside of the cap when the cap covers the discharging port surface; and
an internal pressure changing member for changing an internal pressure of the first tank; and
a control unit configured to perform a first filling operation which includes causing the pump to be driven when the cap covers
the discharge port surface and the valve is in the closed state so as to generate the negative pressure in the inside of the
cap, and then causing the valve to be switched to the open state, so that ink is supplied from the second tank to the printhead
through the first tank, and configured to perform a second filling operation which includes causing the internal pressure
changing member to be driven so that ink is supplied from the second tank to the first tank,

wherein the control unit performs the second filling operation in parallel with performing the first filling operation.

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. 9,773,296

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. 9,733,072

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A three dimensional measurement apparatus comprising:
an image obtaining unit configured to obtain an image obtained by capturing an object onto which a pattern including a measurement
pattern and a feature pattern is projected, the feature pattern being generated based on a first code sequence which is a
periodic code sequence including positions which can be uniquely specified when a partial sequence is observed;

a grouping unit configured to divide the image obtained by the image obtaining unit into a plurality of regions by regions
formed by using the measurement pattern in the pattern and a plurality of epipolar lines determined based on a positional
relationship between a projection unit that projects the pattern and an image capturing unit that captures the object, and
to group predetermined regions among the plurality of divided regions;

a feature recognition unit configured to recognize the feature pattern by estimating the region in which the feature pattern
exists among the grouped plurality of regions, by comparing ratios between each area of the grouped plurality of regions and
each area of the feature pattern in each of the grouped plurality of regions, such that the feature pattern can be recognized
in a case where one or more feature patterns overlap each other, or in a case where the feature pattern does not exist precisely
in one region;

a code sequence generation unit configured to generate a second code sequence based on a recognition result of the feature
pattern for each group by the feature recognition unit;

an association unit configured to associate the second code sequence generated by the code sequence generation unit with the
first code sequence used for generation within the feature pattern; and

a three-dimensional shape calculation unit configured to calculate a three-dimensional shape of the object based on an association
result of the association unit.

US Pat. No. 9,733,594

DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developing container configured to accommodate a developer containing toner and carrier particles;
a cylindrical developing sleeve rotatable while carrying the developer in said developing container;
a magnet provided in said developing sleeve and configured to generate a magnetic force for holding the developer; and
a plurality of grooves provided at a developer carrying surface of said developing sleeve and formed along a direction crossing
a circumferential direction of said developing sleeve,

wherein in a cross-section perpendicular to a rotational axis of said developing sleeve, each of said grooves is formed by
a flat bottom portion contacting the carrier particle and a pair of side surface portions provided in both sides of said flat
bottom portion with respect to the circumferential direction of said developing sleeve and satisfies the following relationships:

r 2×r
r/2?s<2r,
where r is a volume-average particle size of the carrier particles, w is a length of the flat bottom portion measured in the
cross-section perpendicular to the rotational axis of said developing sleeve, L is a width between said side surface portions
at the surface of said developing sleeve in the cross-section perpendicular to the rotational axis of said developing sleeve,
and s is a depth of each of said grooves.

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. 9,764,462

ROBOT APPARATUS AND ROBOT CONTROLLING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot apparatus comprising:
a multi-articulated robot including a plurality of rotational joints; and
a controlling apparatus that drive-controls the multi-articulated robot based on an input motion command, wherein
the controlling apparatus includes:
a joint angle computing unit that computes a joint angle command of each of the plurality of rotational joints, the joint
angle command being for driving the multi-articulated robot based on the motion command;

a joint drive controlling unit that moves the multi-articulated robot by rotationally driving each of the plurality of rotational
joints based on the joint angle command computed by the joint angle computing unit;

a singular point calculating unit that calculates one of a singular point angle and a singular point distance of each of the
plurality of rotational joints to a singular point of the multi-articulated robot; and

a joint speed limiting unit that limits a rotation speed of a rotational joint specified in advance based on a type of the
singular point when the one of the singular point angle and the singular point distance calculated by the singular point calculating
unit becomes smaller than a predetermined value,

wherein the joint angle computing unit includes:
a position command calculating unit that calculates a position command based on the motion command;
a correction level adjusting unit that calculates a correction rate that is a rate of correction according to the one of the
singular point angle and the singular point distance calculated by the singular point calculating unit;

a position command correcting unit that corrects the position command by adding a product of a previous correction amount
and the correction rate calculated by the correction level adjusting unit to the position command;

an inverse kinematics calculating unit that transforms the position command corrected by the position command correcting unit
into a tentative joint angle command;

a joint angle correcting unit that calculates a next joint angle command by calculating a joint angle deviation from the tentative
joint angle command and a previous joint angle command, and making the tentative joint angle command smaller such that the
joint angle deviation does not exceed the rotation speed;

a forward kinematics calculating unit that calculates a next position from the next joint angle command calculated by the
joint angle correcting unit; and

a correction amount calculating unit that calculates a next correction amount by adding the previous correction amount to
a difference between the next position and the position command.

US Pat. No. 9,734,774

IMAGE SIGNAL GENERATING APPARATUS, LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY APPARATUS, METHOD OF GENERATING IMAGE SIGNAL AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING IMAGE SIGNAL GENERATING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image signal generator configured to generate, from an input image signal, an output image signal for image display
by a liquid crystal display element, the image signal generator comprising:
a corner detector configured to detect, when the input image signal contains multiple frame images each of which includes
(a) a first image area having a first tone and including a corner portion and (b) a second image area having a second tone
higher than the first tone and being adjacent in vertical, horizontal and oblique directions to the corner portion, the corner
portion in each frame image;

a tone provider configured to generate the output image signal by providing a third tone lower than the second tone to one
specific pixel adjacent in the oblique direction to a vertex of the corner portion in at least one of the multiple frame images;
and

a determiner configured to determine whether the input image signal is a moving image signal or a still image signal,
wherein the tone provider is configured to provide the third tone to the specific pixel when the input image signal is determined
to be the moving image signal.

US Pat. No. 9,762,800

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS FOR PREDICTING MOTION OF CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising a CPU that performs to:
acquire a first image signal and a second image signal of a frame later than a frame of the first image signal obtained by
photoelectrically converting, by a image sensor, an optical image incident via an optical system including a plurality of
lenses and an actuator that drives at least part of the plurality of lenses to realize optical image stabilization;

acquire information indicating a driving amount of the actuator; and
predict a motion of camera, having the image sensor, based on the first image signal, the second image signal, and the information
indicating the driving amount of the actuator in a case where the actuator drives at least the part of the plurality of lenses
when the second image signal is obtained,

wherein:
a plurality of corresponding points in a second image signal corresponding to a plurality of points of interest in the first
image signal are extracted,

a position of each of the plurality of corresponding points based on the driving amount of the actuator is corrected, and
a motion of camera is predicted based on plurality of points of interest and the plurality of corresponding points each position
of which is corrected.

US Pat. No. 9,761,788

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
a main component containing a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by Formula 1, a first auxiliary component composed of
Mn, and a second auxiliary component composed of Bi or Bi and Li, wherein

the content of Mn is 0.040 parts by weight or more and 0.500 parts by weight or less based on 100 parts by weight of the metal
oxide on a metal basis; and the content of Bi is 0.042 parts by weight or more and 0.850 parts by weight or less and the content
of Li is 0.028 parts by weight or less (including 0 parts by weight) based on 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide on a
metal basis,

(Ba1-xCax)a(Ti1-yZry)O3 . . . (1), wherein, 0.030?x<0.090, 0.030?y?0.080, and 0.9860?a?1.0200.

US Pat. No. 9,756,195

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF COMMUNICATING WITH EXTERNAL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a memory for storing data and a computer program; and
a processor coupled to the memory for executing the computer program, the computer program comprising instructions for:
connecting to a recording medium on which content data and management information about the content data are recorded;
communicating with an external apparatus; and
reading out, in response to receipt of a request for the management information about the content data from the external apparatus,
the management information about the content data from the recording medium and control the communication unit to transmit
the read-out management information to the external apparatus,

reading out-header information recorded in a header region of the content data from the header region and store the read-out
header information,

in a case where the header information recorded in the header region of the content data is requested from the external apparatus,
determining whether the header information was previously read out and stored, and

if the header information was previously stored, transmitting the stored header information to the external apparatus without
reading out the header information anew from the header region of the content data.

US Pat. No. 9,753,403

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR EXECUTING DEVELOPER REPLENISHMENT CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a latent image forming unit configured to form an electrostatic latent image on an image carrier based on an image signal;
a development unit that includes a circulation mechanism configured to circulate developer along a circulation course in the
development unit, and that is configured to develop the electrostatic latent image using the developer;

a sensor configured to detect a toner density of the developer in the development unit and output a detected value corresponding
to the detected toner density;

a determination unit configured to determine a replenishment amount of toner to the development unit based on the detected
value output by the sensor; and

a replenisher unit configured to replenish the development unit with toner based on the replenishment amount determined by
the determination unit,

wherein the determination unit reduces a long period ripple of the detected value that occurs in accordance with a period
of circulation of the developer along the circulation course by executing filter processing for reducing the long period ripple.

US Pat. No. 9,756,272

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF DRIVING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a pixel array comprising a plurality of unit cells arranged in matrix,
one of the plurality of unit cells outputting a digital signal based on an electric signal, and the one of the plurality of
unit cells comprising

a plurality of photoelectric conversion units each configured to output the electric signal generated by accumulating the
electric signal in a period based on electromagnetic waves incident on respective ones of the plurality of photoelectric conversion
units, and

a first circuit provided downstream of a photoelectric conversion unit among the plurality of photoelectric conversion units,
and a second circuit,

wherein the first circuit is configured to process the electric signal output from the photoelectric conversion unit after
the period, the second circuit is configured to process a signal processed by the first circuit,

wherein an operation period of the second circuit is shorter than an operation period of the first circuit, and
wherein a number of the first circuit arranged in the one of the plurality of unit cells is greater than a number of the second
circuit arranged in the one of the plurality of unit cells,

wherein the image pickup apparatus further comprises a third circuit configured to process a signal processed by the second
circuit,

wherein the second circuit is an amplifier configured to amplify the electric signal, and
wherein the third circuit is a signal processing unit configured to process the electric signal output by the amplifier.

US Pat. No. 9,718,278

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a color ink applying unit configured to apply color ink to a print medium;
a clear ink applying unit configured to apply a plurality of clear inks to the print medium to cover the applied color ink,
each clear ink of the plurality of clear inks having a degree of glossiness that is different from each other;

a glossiness data storage unit configured to store glossiness data of degree of glossiness of an image to be formed on the
print medium; and

a determining unit configured to:
determine an amount ratio of each clear ink to each other clear ink of the plurality of clear inks in accordance with the
degree of glossiness indicated by the glossiness data stored in the glossiness data storage unit, and

determine an amount of each clear ink of the plurality of clear inks such that the determined ratio is satisfied and such
that the plurality of clear inks cover the applied color ink and print medium at approximately 100% area coverage.

US Pat. No. 9,720,635

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor connected to the memory and configured to execute instructions that, when executed, cause the information processing
apparatus to:

edit a workflow formed by a first plurality of jobs which are to be processed in one or more job processing apparatuses of
a plurality of job processing apparatuses,

wherein the workflow includes a plurality of processes, associated with the first plurality of jobs, executed in a predesignated
order, and

wherein the workflow is edited at least to set settings for a process associated with a job of interest of the first plurality
of jobs;

obtain pieces of history information associated with a second plurality of jobs processed by the one or more job processing
apparatuses of the plurality of job processing apparatuses;

extract, from the second plurality of jobs, based at least on the obtained pieces of history information, a series of jobs
having a job type arrangement in common with the job of interest of the first plurality of jobs forming the edited workflow;

select a job from the extracted series of jobs, the selected job corresponding to the job of interest, so that the settings
of the selected job can be selected as settings for the process associated with the job of interest;

display settings set for the selected job; and
set, based on a selection of the displayed settings, the settings of the process associated with the job of interest.

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. 9,710,205

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication device communicating with a first unit and a second unit, the communication device comprising:
a transmission unit configured to transmit a signal to the first unit or the second unit;
a first transmission line connected to the transmission unit and the first unit;
a second transmission line connected to the transmission unit and the second unit;
a receiving unit configured to receive a signal transmitted by the first unit or the second unit;
a first receiving line connected to the receiving unit and the first unit;
a second receiving line connected to the receiving unit and the second unit;
a first connecting line connecting the first transmission line to the receiving unit;
a second connecting line connecting the second transmission line to the receiving unit;
a first switch arranged in the first transmission line; and
a second switch arranged in the second transmission line,
wherein when communicating with the first unit, the first switch is set to ON state and the second switch is set to OFF state,
the first transmission line becomes a conducting state by setting the first switch to ON state, and a voltage difference between
the first transmission line and the first receiving line is adjusted, and

the voltage difference between the first transmission line and the first receiving line is larger than a voltage difference
between the second transmission line and the second receiving line.

US Pat. No. 9,705,143

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM THEREOF, AND BATTERY FOR OPERATING ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fuel cell device supplying electric power with an image pickup device which can detect a consumption power of the image
pickup device, comprising:
a fuel cell stack which outputs the electric power through a chemical reaction between fuel gas and oxidant gas;
a purge valve which executes a purging operation of the fuel cell stack;
a fuel cell system controller which controls the purge valve in accordance with the consumption power detected by the image
pickup device; and

a cell voltage detector which detects an output voltage of the fuel cell stack,
wherein the fuel cell system controller determines whether or not to notify request of the purging operation based on the
detected output voltage of the fuel cell stack, and

wherein the fuel cell system controller decides whether or not an unoperated state of the image pickup device reaches a predetermined
time, and, when deciding that the unoperated state reaches the predetermined time, causes the purge valve to execute the purging
operation.

US Pat. No. 9,703,298

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a wide IO memory device stacked on an SoC (System on Chip);
at least one CPU configured to perform the steps of:
acquiring, from a temperature sensor provided in a memory chip that is included in the wide IO memory device, sensor information
that indicates a temperature of the memory chip at the location of the temperature sensor;

generating temperature distribution information that indicates a current temperature distribution in the memory chip, based
on the sensor information acquired by the acquisition and predetermined temperature information that includes information
that was generated using an analysis executed in advance and is related to the temperature distribution in the memory chip,
the predetermined temperature information corresponding to operating states of the SoC die and the wide IO memory device;
and

setting a thermal offset value to be used for a refresh operation of the memory chip in accordance with a difference between
a first temperature at a location at which the temperature is the highest in the memory chip and a second temperature at the
location of the temperature sensor, wherein the first and second temperatures are included in the temperature distribution
indicated by the temperature distribution information.

US Pat. No. 9,694,585

LIQUID FILLING METHOD OF LIQUID CONTAINER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid filling method of a liquid container that is equipped with: a case member having a supply port for leading out
liquid; a flexible sheet which is adhesively fixed to the case member to form, together with the case member, a liquid containing
chamber capable of containing the liquid; and a spring member which biases, via a plate member, the flexible sheet in a direction
in which a capacity of the liquid containing chamber is enlarged, the liquid filling method comprising:
a primary pressure reducing step of reducing pressure inside the liquid containing chamber to make the capacity of the liquid
containing chamber to be a minimum capacity;

a primary injecting step of injecting the liquid in an amount smaller than the minimum capacity into the liquid containing
chamber with the pressure reduced in the primary pressure reducing step;

a secondary pressure reducing step of reducing the pressure inside the liquid containing chamber with the liquid injected
in the primary injecting step to make the capacity of the liquid containing chamber to be the minimum capacity, followed by
sucking air in the liquid containing chamber with a predetermined amount of air remaining; and

a secondary injecting step of injecting the liquid into the liquid containing chamber after the secondary pressure reducing
step.

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. 9,690,235

INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER AND IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An intermediate transfer member for use in an image recording method comprising the steps of applying a reaction liquid
to the intermediate transfer member, applying an ink to the intermediate transfer member so as to overlap with at least a
part of a region to which the reaction liquid has been applied, thereby forming an intermediate image, and transferring the
intermediate image to a recording medium,
the intermediate transfer member comprising a surface having a plurality of protruded structures,
wherein the surface of the intermediate transfer member is such that 1.2?S2/S1?10, where S1 is a projection surface area in
a direction perpendicular to the surface of the intermediate transfer member, S2 is an actual surface area of the intermediate
transfer member, and S2/S1 is an average of a surface area per unit area of the surface of the intermediate transfer member.

US Pat. No. 9,690,527

PLUG-IN SOFTWARE PROGRAM, FUNCTION EXTENSION METHOD, AND FUNCTION EXTENSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method comprising:
inputting a sheet size of a sheet;
executing, in a first case where the input sheet size is not within a maximum page size which can be set in a page setting
of an application, a first setting to the page setting, the first setting being for setting a page size having an aspect ratio
corresponding to an aspect ratio of the input sheet size and having a size of which at least one of a width and a length fits
the maximum page size and is within the maximum page size; and

executing, in a second case where the input sheet size is within the maximum page size, a second setting to the page setting,
for setting a page size having the input sheet size,

wherein if the width of the input sheet size is smaller than a width of the maximum page size and the length of the input
sheet size is smaller than a length of the maximum page size, the page size having the input sheet size is set to the page
setting by the second setting as the second case.

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. 9,658,573

DEVELOPING UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing unit comprising:
a developer carrier configured to bear a developer including a toner and a carrier on a developer carrying area;
a first chamber configured to face at least a part of the developer carrier and receive the developer falling from the developer
carrier;

a second chamber provided next to the first chamber;
a partition configured to be disposed between the first chamber and the second chamber to separate the first chamber from
the second chamber;

a first conveying member, disposed rotatably in the first chamber, configured to convey the developer in the first chamber
in a first direction;

a second conveying member, disposed rotatably in the second chamber, comprising a spiral blade portion conveying the developer
in the second chamber in a second direction opposite to the first direction, and a reverse spiral blade portion disposed downstream
of the spiral blade portion in the second direction and configured to convey the developer in the first direction;

a discharging portion, provided in the second chamber and downstream of the reverse spiral blade portion in the second direction,
configured to discharge the developer; and

a plurality of communication portions communicating the first chamber and the second chamber with each other, and comprising
a first communication portion, disposed downstream in the second direction, through which the developer is conveyed from the
second chamber to the first chamber, and a second communication portion, disposed upstream in the second direction, through
which the developer is conveyed from the first chamber to the second chamber among the plurality of communication portions,

wherein a distance between an upstream end, in the second direction, of the first communication portion and a center, in a
rotational axis direction of the developer carrier, of the developer carrier is greater than a distance between a downstream
end, in the second direction, of the second communication portion and the center of the developer carrier.

US Pat. No. 9,692,934

COMMUNICATING APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communicating apparatus having an image forming unit, comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a request command which requires a response, wherein a partner apparatus transmits
the request command;

a determination unit configured to determine based on the request command received by the reception unit, whether a communication
mode of the partner apparatus matches a communication mode executed by the communicating apparatus; and

a response control unit configured to respond to the request command received from the partner apparatus, in a case where
the determination unit determines that the communication mode of the partner apparatus matches the communication mode executed
by the communicating apparatus,

wherein, in a case where the determination unit determines that the communication mode of the partner apparatus does not match
the communication mode executed by the communicating apparatus, the response control unit does not respond to the request
command received from the partner apparatus, and

wherein the communication mode of the communicating apparatus needs a negotiation process for determining an apparatus serving
as an access point between the communicating apparatus and the partner apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,688,069

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS AND LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus, comprising:
a liquid discharge head comprising:
a substrate;
a plurality of pressure chambers two-dimensionally provided on a first surface side of the substrate;
a discharge port, a pressure generating unit configured to discharge liquid through the discharge port, and a flow path connected
to the pressure chamber, which are provided correspondingly to each of the plurality of pressure chambers;

a common liquid chamber provided on a second surface side of the substrate; and
a plurality of supply paths provided between adjacent ones of the plurality of pressure chambers and connected to the common
liquid chamber;

a moving unit configured to relatively move the liquid discharge head and a recording object; and
a driving unit configured to drive the pressure generating units,
wherein flow paths respectively corresponding to the plurality of pressure chambers adjacent to the supply paths are connected
to the supply paths,

wherein the driving unit outputs drive signals to the pressure generating units respectively corresponding to the plurality
of pressure chambers connected to the supply paths at different timings,

wherein the pressure chambers having the flow paths connected to one of the supply paths are provided at vertices of a quadrangle
having a center corresponding to a center of the one of the supply paths,

wherein, when a plane in which a plurality of discharge ports corresponding to the plurality of pressure chambers are provided
is taken as an X-Y plane, and a direction in which the liquid discharge head and the recording object are relatively moved
is taken as a Y direction, a flow path corresponding to each of an even number of pressure chambers that sandwich the supply
path in an X direction is connected to the supply path, and

wherein the driving unit drives, alternately in the X direction, pressure generating units respectively corresponding to the
even number of pressure chambers connected to the supply path.

US Pat. No. 9,692,944

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,661,182

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing device, which processes image data in correspondence with one or more pixels of an image, comprising:
a first image processing module configured to operate in accordance with an instruction from a CPU, and
a second image processing module configured to operate in accordance with an instruction from the CPU,
wherein the first image processing module comprises:
a first receiving unit configured to receive first processing image data including image data and attribute data; and
a first processing unit configured to process the image data of the received first processing image data based on an attribute
value of the attribute data,

wherein the first image processing module
performs processing the image data of the received first processing image data by the first processing unit,
sets a new attribute value of the attribute data to enable a following image processing module incompatible with the attribute
data to process the image data including the attribute data, and

outputs second processing image data including the image data and the attribute data of which the new attribute value is set,
and

wherein the second image processing module is incompatible with the attribute data, and comprises:
a second processing unit configured to process image data corresponding to the image data of the second processing image data.

US Pat. No. 9,661,454

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS THAT COMMUNICATES WITH INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a storage device; and
a processor configured to execute computer executable instructions recorded on the storage device, the computer executable
instructions including instructions, that when executed by the processor, cause the communication apparatus to:

display a first menu corresponding to a first control mode in which an original search for a predetermined device from among
other devices participating in the same network is performed and, in a case where after starting the original search for the
predetermined device, a first time period elapses without the predetermined device being found, the original search for the
predetermined device is stopped, and display a second menu corresponding to a second control mode in which the original search
for a predetermined device from among other devices participating in the same network is performed, in a case where after
starting the original search for the predetermined device, a second time period elapses without the predetermined device being
found, the original search for the predetermined device is stopped, and a process for transmitting the content data to a device
outside the network is performed;

receive an instruction for executing one mode of a plurality of modes including the first control mode and the second control
mode corresponding to one menu of the first menu and the second menu selected by a user's operation; and

operate according to the selected one mode of the plurality of modes including the first control mode and the second control
mode,

wherein the second time period is shorter than the first time period.

US Pat. No. 9,682,546

LIQUID DISCHARGING SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharging substrate comprising:
a plurality of discharging elements arrayed on the substrate;
a driving portion configured to drive the plurality of discharging elements;
a detecting portion including a metal pattern arranged via an insulating member on a corner region of the substrate, and configured
to detect damage to the corner region when the metal pattern breaks; and

a controlling portion which stops the driving portion in response to detection of damage to the corner region.

US Pat. No. 9,686,442

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that permits a user to use thereof through authentication, comprising:
an image capturing unit;
an extracting unit configured to extract feature information of each person recognized based on images captured by the image
capturing unit;

a temporary storing unit configured to temporarily store feature information of one or more persons authenticated by an external
apparatus, the external apparatus storing feature information of one or more persons to be authenticated;

a verification unit configured to verify whether each person has been authenticated based on feature information stored in
the temporary storing unit and feature information of each person extracted by the extracting unit; and

an authentication unit configured to transmit feature information of a person who cannot be verified as authenticated to the
external apparatus and request authentication of the person;

wherein feature information of an authenticated person authenticated by an external apparatus is deleted from the temporary
storing unit after the authenticated person left from an area, the extracting unit being able to extract feature information
of each person in the area.

US Pat. No. 9,686,473

LIGHTING DEVICE FOR AUTOMATICALLY CHANGE IRRADIATION DIRECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A camera system; comprising:
a lighting device having a mover including a light source;
an imaging apparatus;
a position setter configured to set an irradiation position which is to be irradiated with light from the light source;
an operator configured to accept an operation for starting photographing preparation operation;
a distance detector configured to detect information relating to object distance; and
a controller configured to perform driving control of the mover,
wherein, when the operator accepts an operation for starting photographing preparation operation, the controller performs
driving control of the mover for irradiating the set irradiation position with light from the light source and the position
setter sets an irradiation position which is to be irradiated with light from the light source based on a detection result
of the distance detector,

wherein, when the operator does not accept an operation for starting photographing preparation operation, the controller controls
to not perform driving control of the mover for irradiating the set irradiation position with light from the light source,
and

wherein the position setter, the operator, the distance detector, and the controller are implemented by at least one processor.

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. 9,684,270

FIXING APPARATUS HAVING STORAGE DEVICE FOR STORING CHARACTERISTICS OF FIXING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus for fixing an image onto a recording material, the apparatus comprising:
a fixing member configured to come into contact with the recording material onto which the image is formed and which fixes
the image on the recording material;

a first fuse;
a second fuse connected in series to the first fuse;
a power supply line connected to one end of the first fuse;
a first signal line connected to a connection point between another end of the first fuse and one end of the second fuse;
and

a ground line connected to another end of the second fuse,
wherein information regarding characteristics of the fixing member is held in accordance with melt states of the first and
second fuses.

US Pat. No. 9,684,279

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH AN INSERTION PORT CONFIGURED FOR A PROCESS CARTRIDGE, USABLE WITH THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus in which a process cartridge is configured to be attachable to and detachable from an apparatus
main body, the process cartridge having a configuration in which a first frame that supports an image bearing member for bearing
a developer image and a second frame that supports a developer bearing member for supplying developer to the image bearing
member are supported rotatably and the image bearing member and the developer bearing member can be brought into contact with
each other and separated from each other, wherein the apparatus main body has:
an insertion port through which the process cartridge cannot pass when the image bearing member and the developer bearing
member are separated from each other and through which the process cartridge can pass when the image bearing member and the
developer bearing member are in contact with each other; and

a guide that guides one of the first frame and the second frame when the process cartridge is inserted into the insertion
port, and

the image forming apparatus has a separation mechanism that separates the image bearing member and the developer bearing member
from each other when the process cartridge is further inserted after the other of the first frame and the second frame has
passed through the insertion port.

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. 9,648,341

VIDEO ENCODING AND DECODING WITH IMPROVED ERROR RESILIENCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,647,576

VIBRATION TYPE DRIVING APPARATUS, TWO-DIMENSIONAL DRIVING APPARATUS, IMAGE-BLUR CORRECTION APPARATUS, INTERCHANGEABLE LENS, IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS, AND AUTOMATIC STAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A two-dimensional driving apparatus comprising:
a common movable body;
a first vibrator including an electro-mechanical energy conversion device, the first vibrator being configured to move the
common movable body in a first direction;

a second vibrator including an electro-mechanical energy conversion device, the second vibrator being configured to move the
common movable body in a second direction intersecting the first direction;

a first driving force transmission unit configured to transmit a driving force of the first vibrator to the common movable
body and move with the common movable body in the first direction; and

a second driving force transmission unit configured to transmit a driving force of the second vibrator to the common movable
body and move with the common movable body in the second direction,

wherein the common movable body is slidable with respect the first driving force transmission unit in the second direction
and the common movable body is also slidable with respect the second driving force transmission unit in the first direction,

wherein the first vibrator and the first driving force transmission unit do not move in the second direction when the second
driving force transmission unit and the common movable body are moved in the second direction due to the driving force of
the second vibrator, and the second vibrator and the second driving force transmission unit do not move in the first direction
when the first driving force transmission unit and the common movable body are moved in the first direction due to the driving
force of the first vibrator, and

wherein the first vibrator and the second vibrator maintain a same positional relation to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,668,707

MOBILE RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MOBILE RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mobile radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
an irradiation unit configured to emit radiation;
a main body of the mobile radiation imaging apparatus;
a moving unit configured to move the main body of the mobile radiation imaging apparatus with the irradiation unit; and
an imaging unit configured to take an image of an object irradiated with radiation and capable of transmitting the image to
the main body via wireless communication or wired communication,

wherein the main body comprises:
a wireless communication unit configured to communicate with the imaging unit via the wireless communication;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information by receiving a signal that is transmitted from a first external transmitting
unit and indicates a boundary between a wireless prohibited area and a switching area located between the wireless prohibited
area and a wireless communication area, and a signal that is transmitted from a second external transmitting unit that is
different from the first transmitting unit and indicates a boundary between the wireless communication area and the switching
area; and

an instructing unit configured to instruct an operator to switch between wired communication and wireless communication in
a case in which the obtaining unit obtains information indicating that the mobile radiation imaging apparatus is at the switching
area.

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. 9,636,919

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a liquid storage chamber capable of holding a liquid;
a liquid communication pipe communicating with the liquid storage chamber and being configured to supply the liquid from a
liquid tank to the liquid storage chamber by connecting the liquid tank to the pipe to communicate with the liquid tank;

an electrode pair, each having an outside end portion located outside the liquid storage chamber and detecting a liquid level
of the liquid storage chamber; and

an electric contact portion connected to the outside end portion of each electrode of the electrode pair,
wherein when the apparatus is in use, the electric contact portion is located above the liquid communication pipe, and
wherein the electrode pair extends through a wall of the liquid storage chamber, with the outside end portions being outside
the liquid storage chamber and inside end portions located in the interior of the liquid storage chamber, and the inside end
portions are located below the liquid communication pipe.

US Pat. No. 9,639,778

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an image holding unit configured to hold a multi-viewpoint image captured from a plurality of viewpoints;
an object information holding unit configured to hold information about an object and relationship information indicating
a relationship between a user of the information processing apparatus and the object;

a recognition unit configured to recognize a plurality of objects in the multi-viewpoint image based on the information about
the object;

a determination unit configured to determine a target object from the plurality of recognized objects based on the relationship
information; and

a generation unit configured to generate a combined image in which the target object is in focus, based on the multi-viewpoint
image,

wherein, when the determination unit determines a plurality of objects as the target object, the generation unit sets a focal
length based on focal length of the target object and a parameter for an aperture diameter that provides a depth of field
covering the target object, and generates a combined image in which the target object is in focus, based on the multi-viewpoint
image.

US Pat. No. 9,640,581

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A device comprising:
a first member which includes a first substrate provided with a first transistor
and a first structure disposed on the first substrate, the first structure including a first portion containing a conductive
material and including a first wiring layer connected with the first portion, a first face of the first structure comprising
the first portion; and

a second member which includes a second substrate provided with a second transistor and a second structure disposed on the
second substrate, the second structure including a second portion containing a conductive material and including a second
wiring layer connected with the second portion, a second face of the second structure comprising the second portion,

wherein the first face of the first structure and the second face of the second structure are bonded so that the first structure
and the second structure are arranged between the first substrate and the second substrate, and the first portion and the
second portion are connected to each other,

wherein the first structure includes a first insulating film and a second insulating film, the second insulating film being
arranged between the first insulating film and the first substrate, a material of the first insulating film being different
from a material of the second insulating film, and the first wiring layer being arranged between the second insulating film
and the first substrate,

wherein the first portion is arranged in a groove formed of at least the second insulating film, the first face of the first
structure further comprises the first insulating film, and the conductive material of the second portion faces the first insulating
film, and

wherein the first portion contains a film of barrier metal which is arranged between the conductive material of the first
portion and the second insulating film, and the film of barrier metal of the first portion is arranged between the conductive
material of the first portion and the first insulating film in a direction along the first face.

US Pat. No. 9,672,874

BUFFER, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING BUFFER, SYNCHRONIZATION CONTROL DEVICE, SYNCHRONIZATION CONTROL METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A buffer, comprising:
a memory unit including a plurality of storage regions of a predetermined physical size;
a sequence setting unit configured to set an order of writing and reading from selected storage regions among the plurality
of storage regions, wherein each of the selected storage regions is identified with an indicator;

an access region selection unit configured to output a first indicator of at least one of the selected storage regions in
the set order of writing and a second indicator of at least one of the selected storage regions in the set order of reading;

a storage region number issuing unit configured to acquire the first indicator and the second indicator of one of the selected
storage regions, and issue the first identifier and the second identifier;

a receiving unit configured to receive a part of image data, to be written into the storage region associated with the issued
first identifier;

a writing unit configured to write the data received by the receiving unit into the storage region associated with the issued
first identifier;

a reading unit configured to read data to be transmitted from the storage region associated with the issued second identifier;
a transmitting unit configured to transmit the data read by the reading unit; and
a control unit configured to control the access region selection unit to output subsequent indicators upon completion of an
access to a storage region associated with output indicators by the reading unit

wherein an order of writing to selected storage regions is independent of the order of reading set by the sequence setting
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,674,421

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,641,742

IMAGING DEVICE AND METHOD OF DRIVING IMAGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a defocus amount for an optical image which is obtained by an imaging element;
a recording unit configured to record a driving speed of a lens in association with the defocus amount in response to an instruction
from a user, wherein the lens is controlled, for adjusting a position at which the optical image is focused, by a lens driving
unit;

an information generating unit configured to generate lens driving information specifying a relation between the defocus amount
and the driving speed of the lens based on information of the driving speed recorded by the recording unit; and

a control unit configured to control the lens driving unit so that the lens is moved to a position at which the optical image
is in-focused to the object at a predetermined speed specified in the lens driving information as a driving speed corresponding
to the defocus amount acquired by the acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,639,942

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store a first model feature representing a three-dimensional shape model of a target object and
a second model feature representing a three-dimensional shape model of the target object;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image feature from a two-dimensional image of the target object and range information
of a surface of the target object, wherein the two- dimensional image represents a shape of the target object and is captured
by an image capturing unit;

an association unit configured to associate, based on an approximate position and orientation of the target object, the acquired
image feature with the first model feature and to associate a three-dimensional point indicated by the range information with
the second model feature;

a first distance acquisition unit configured to acquire a first three-dimensional distance between a plane and a three-dimensional
position corresponding to the associated first model feature, wherein the plane is obtained based on a viewpoint position
of the image capturing unit, a two-dimensional position of the associated image feature on the two- dimensional image, and
a direction of the associated image feature;

a second distance acquisition unit configured to acquire a second three-dimensional distance between a three-dimensional position
of the associated three-dimensional point and a three-dimensional position of the associated second model feature set at the
approximate position and orientation in the three-dimensional space; and

a position and orientation derivation unit configured to derive a position and orientation of the target object based on the
acquired first three-dimensional distance and the acquired second three-dimensional distance,

wherein the acquisition unit, association unit, first distance acquisition unit, second distance acquisition unit, and position
and orientation derivation unit are implemented by at least one processor in the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,671,985

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a first power state and a second power state smaller in power consumption than
the first power state, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a sensor;
a user interface configured to receive a user operation for shifting a power state of the information processing apparatus;
and

a power controller which performs operations comprising:
shifting the power state of the information processing apparatus, from the second power state to the first power state, based
on the sensor having detected a person, and

shifting the power state of the information processing apparatus, from the second power state to the first power state or
from the first power state to the second power state, based on the user interface having received the user operation,

wherein the shifting the power state of the information processing apparatus, based on the user interface receiving the user
operation, is not executed while the information processing apparatus is returning from the second power state to the first
power state based on the sensor having detected a person.

US Pat. No. 9,671,731

FIXING MEMBER, FIXING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A fixing member, comprising:
a substrate;
an elastic layer; and
a release layer on the elastic layer, in this order,
wherein the release layer contains a tetrafluoroethylene-perfluoroalkyl vinyl ether copolymer,
wherein a content of the perfluoroalkyl vinyl ether based on all tetrafluoroethylene-perfluoroalkyl vinyl ether copolymers
in the release layer is 3.0 mol % to 5.8 mol %, and

wherein the elastic layer has an indentation elastic modulus EITs at a surface thereof and an indentation elastic modulus EITc at a position at a depth of 50 ?m from the surface, EITs and EITc being measured at a temperature of 150° C., such that EITs is larger than EITc, and EITc is 17 MPa to 24 MPa.

US Pat. No. 9,672,275

RECOMMENDATION APPARATUS, RECOMMENDATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recommendation apparatus that recommends contents to a recommendation target user that is a current user of the recommendation
apparatus, comprising:
a processor and memory;
a recommendation unit;
a content management unit; and
a relationship storage unit,
wherein a group of recommendation candidate contents is obtained from the content management unit, the group of recommendation
candidate contents being candidates to be used by the recommendation target user,

wherein a relationship is detected between a user of a similar work case similar to work by the recommendation target user
and used contents of the similar work case obtained from the content management unit,

wherein the used contents of the similar work case include contents other than the recommendation candidate contents, and
the recommendation candidate contents include contents other than the used contents of the similar work case,

wherein the relationship between a user and contents is held in the relationship storage unit,
wherein the recommendation unit recommends recommendation candidate contents having the detected relationship with the recommendation
target user by priority from among the group of recommendation candidate contents excluding the used contents of the similar
work case,

wherein at least one of the units is implemented upon execution of instructions stored in the memory by the processor.
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. 9,665,033

IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-forming apparatus comprising:
a light-irradiation unit configured to irradiate a surface of a charged photosensitive member with laser light emitted by
a light source in accordance with image data so that the laser light moves on the surface of the photosensitive member at
a non-constant scanning velocity in a main scanning direction to form a latent image on the surface of the photosensitive
member;

a first correcting unit configured to correct an emission period of the laser light so that the emission period of the laser
light becomes shorter as the scanning velocity increases, and/or the emission period of the laser light becomes longer as
the scanning velocity decreases; and

a second correcting unit configured to select at least one of correcting an emission ratio of the laser light so that the
emission ratio of the laser light increases as the scanning velocity increases, and/or the emission ratio of the laser light
decreases as the scanning velocity decreases, and correcting a brightness of the laser light so that an emission brightness
of the light source increases as the scanning velocity increases and/or the emission brightness of the light source decreases
as the scanning velocity decreases,

wherein the image-forming apparatus forms a toner image by applying toner onto the latent image.

US Pat. No. 9,665,809

APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printer comprising:
a communication unit configured to execute communication by using NFC (Near Field Communication); and
a storage unit configured to store predetermined information, based on an amount of a recording material for printing of an
image by the printer,

wherein, in a case where the communication unit executes first communication with a mobile device via NFC after a first display
item which is selectable on a predetermined screen by an application executed on the mobile device is designated by a user
on the mobile device, a first display content is newly displayed by the mobile device based on the predetermined information
which the mobile device acquires from the storage unit, and

in a case where the communication unit executes communication with the mobile device via NFC after a second display item which
is selectable on the predetermined screen is designated by the user on the mobile device, a second display content different
from the first display content is newly displayed by the mobile device.

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. 9,662,007

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus, which is configured to perform observation and photographing of an eye to be examined via
an objective lens, the ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
a main body part comprising an optical system and the objective lens that are configured to perform the observation and the
photographing;

a stand part configured to support the main body part with respect to an installation surface;
a chin rest part configured to place a chin of an examinee thereon; and
a forehead rest configured to bring a forehead of the examinee into abutment therewith,
wherein the chin rest part, the forehead rest, and the main body part are capable of integrally changing in elevation angle
with respect to the stand part, while maintaining positional relationships of the chin rest part, the forehead rest, and the
main body part.

US Pat. No. 9,666,629

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing an electronic device, comprising:
forming a first electrode over a substrate;
forming a first insulating layer over the first electrode;
forming a second electrode over the first insulating layer;
forming a second insulating layer over the second electrode;
reducing a film thickness of at least a part of a surface of the second insulating layer; and
after the reducing, polishing the surface of the second insulating layer by chemical mechanical polishing,
wherein a closest to a rim of the substrate end portion of the second electrode is formed at a location closer to the rim
of the substrate than a location of a closest to the rim of the substrate end portion of the first electrode.

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. 9,635,258

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to correct image blur by controlling a first image blur correction unit configured
to perform correction optically by driving at least one of a part of an optical system and an image pickup element in a direction
for correcting blur in an object image formed by the optical system, and a second image blur correction unit configured to
perform correction electronically by controlling a readout position of the image pickup element in a direction for correcting
blur in the object image,
the image processing apparatus comprising:
a first correction amount calculating unit configured to calculate a first image blur correction amount based on a shake signal
detected by a shake detection unit configured to detect shake of the image pickup apparatus and output a shake signal;

a second correction amount calculating unit configured to calculate a second image blur correction amount for driving the
first image blur correction unit based on the first image blur correction amount; and

a third correction amount calculating unit configured to calculate a third image blur correction amount for driving the second
image blur correction unit based on the first image blur correction amount and a value representing a position of the at least
one of a part of the optical system and the image pickup element being driven by the first image blur correction unit, the
value being detected by a position detector configured to output a value representing the position of the at least one of
a part of the optical system and the image pickup element.

US Pat. No. 9,635,260

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a compression unit configured to compress image data of an image captured through an optical system;
an extraction unit configured to acquire the image data and extract a feature amount of the image;
a coordinate selection unit configured to acquire the feature amount extracted by the extraction unit and select a plurality
of coordinates having a relatively high feature amount;

a movement detection unit configured to detect a movement of coordinate points according to the plurality of coordinates selected
by the coordinate selection unit;

a generation unit configured to acquire the movement of the coordinate points detected by the movement detection unit and
lens information according to the optical system to generate a geometric deformation parameter; and

a recording unit configured to record the geometric deformation parameter generated by the generation unit as additional information
in association with each frame, for the image data compressed by the compression unit.

US Pat. No. 9,632,441

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising toner particles, each of which has a surface layer that contains an organosilicon polymer, the organosilicon
polymer having a substructure represented by formula (T3)
R—Si(O1/2)3  (T3)

where R represents an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbons or a phenyl group, wherein
a ratio ST3 of the peak area for the substructure represented by formula (T3) to the total peak area for the organosilicon
polymer in a 29Si-NMR measurement of a tetrahydrofuran-insoluble matter in the toner particles satisfies the relationship ST3?0.40, and

a silicon atom concentration dSi with reference to a total concentration (dC+dO+dSi) of the silicon atom concentration dSi,
an oxygen atom concentration dO, and a carbon atom concentration dC in electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis of a surface
of the toner particles is 2.5 atom % or more.

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. 9,632,458

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. 9,635,298

COMPARATOR CIRCUIT, IMAGING APPARATUS USING THE SAME, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING COMPARATOR CIRCUIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. An imaging system comprising:
an imaging apparatus; and
an image processing unit,
wherein the imaging apparatus comprises:
a plurality of pixels arranged in two dimensions, to output a pixel signal based on an incident light;
a readout circuit configured to be input the pixel signal, and to output the pixel signal processed;
a reference signal generating unit configured to output a ramp signal; and
an analog-digital converter,
wherein
the analog-digital converter is configured to convert the pixel signal into a digital signal, the digital signal having a
value corresponding to an amplitude of the pixel signal, and wherein the analog-digital converter comprises:

a comparator having a first input terminal, a second input terminal and an output terminal;
a first switch having terminals, one terminal of the terminals connected to the first input terminal, the other terminal of
the terminals connected to the output terminal, and short-circuiting between the output terminal and the first input terminal
at a conducting state;

a first capacitor having terminals, one terminal of the terminals of the first capacitor receiving the pixel signal, the other
terminal of the terminals of the first capacitor being connected to the first input terminal and the one terminal of the first
switch;

a second capacitor having terminals, one terminal of the terminals of the second capacitor being connected to the second input
terminal, the other terminal of the terminals of the second capacitor receiving the ramp signal; and

a second switch having terminals, one terminal of the terminals of the second switch being connected to the one terminal of
the second capacitor and the second input terminal, the other terminal of the terminals of the second switch receiving a fixed
voltage, and

wherein the analog-digital converter is input signals output from the readout circuit through the first capacitor, as the
pixel signal, and is input the ramp signal from the reference signal generating unit through the second capacitor.

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. 9,625,585

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of first pixels arranged in an image sensing region to obtain a radiation image;
a second pixel configured to obtain a dose of incident radiation during irradiation with radiation; and
a control unit configured to control the plurality of first pixels and the second pixel,
wherein the control unit causes the plurality of first pixels to accumulate electric charge corresponding to a radiation dose,
while causing the second pixel to operate in a detection cycle determined based on irradiation information of radiation before
irradiation with radiation, obtains a dose of incident radiation for each detection cycle, and

corrects the obtained radiation dose in accordance with an amount of noise output from the second pixel operating in the detection
cycle.

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. 9,625,688

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical system having a focal length shorter than a back focus, comprising:
a first lens unit with positive or negative refractive power,
a second lens unit with positive refractive power in order an object side to an image side;
wherein the first lens unit is not moved during focusing and the second lens unit moves during focusing,
the second lens unit includes an image stabilizing lens unit moving in a direction including a component perpendicular to
an optical axis to move an imaging position, the image stabilizing lens unit is arranged at a position adjacent to an aperture
diaphragm on an image side, and a cemented lens obtained by cementing a positive lens and a negative lens, the cemented lens
being arranged on an object side of the aperture diaphragm,

where a focal length of the optical system is set to f, a focal length of the image stabilizing lens unit is set to fis, a
focal length of the cemented lens is set to fc, a distance on the optical axis from the aperture diaphragm to a lens surface
on the object side of the image stabilizing lens unit is set to Dis, and a distance from a lens surface on a side closest
to an object side of the optical system to a lens surface on a side closest to an image side of the optical system on the
optical axis with the optical system is focused on an infinite-distance object is set to DL, conditional expressions

0.00
0.3
0.3

US Pat. No. 9,624,395

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD, INK, AND LIQUID COMPOSITION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method comprising the steps of:
applying an ink comprising a coloring material and anionic resin particles to a recording medium; and
applying a liquid composition to the recording medium so as to at least partly overlap with an area where the ink is applied,
the liquid composition destabilizing a dispersion state of the coloring material or of the anionic resin particles in the
ink,

wherein the ink comprises a polyamine compound having a group formed by substituting a hydrogen atom of an amino group by
a structure represented by —Rn—H, where R is an alkyleneoxy group including an ethyleneoxy group; and the number of Rs per molecule is 5 or more and 180
or less.

US Pat. No. 9,623,661

PRINTING APPARATUS AND HEAD PROTECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a print head having a nozzle portion;
a cap unit configured to form a small capping space surrounding the nozzle portion;
a humidifying unit configured to provide humidified gas in a humidified space;
a first channel being connected between the humidified space and a first side of the capping space;
a second channel being connected between the humidified space and a second side of the capping space which is apart from the
first side;

a pump disposed in the first channel configured to generate a gas flow;
a valve disposed in the second channel configured to close the second channel; and
a control unit configured to control at least the pump and the valve such that, the valve closes and the pump operates in
order to make the humidified space to be a depressurized state or a pressurized state, then the valve opens while the capping
space is formed in order to release the depressurized state or the pressurized state, thereby the humidified gas in the humidified
space is distributed to the capping space in a short time through the first channel or the second channel to fill the capping
space with the humidified gas.

US Pat. No. 9,612,781

PRINTING SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING JOB TRANSMISSION BASED ON AUTHENTICATION SETTING OF AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing system which includes an image processing apparatus and a printing apparatus,
wherein the image processing apparatus comprises:
a receiving unit configured to receive a print job transmitted from an information processing apparatus;
a generating unit configured to generate image data based on image information included in the received print job; and
a transmitting unit configured to transmit a print job data including the generated image data to the printing apparatus,
wherein the printing apparatus comprises:
an authentication unit configured to perform authentication based on authentication information included in the print job
data transmitted from the image processing apparatus; and

a printing unit configured to perform printing based on the generated image data included in the print job data according
to success of the authentication, and

wherein the image processing apparatus further comprises:
a first determining unit configured to determine whether or not an authenticating function of the printing apparatus is enabled;
a second determining unit configured to determine whether or not authentication information has been set in the print job
transmitted from the information processing apparatus; and

a controlling unit configured to control to:
i) transmit the print job-data including the authentication information to the printing apparatus in a case where it is determined
by the first determining unit that the authenticating function of the printing apparatus is enabled and it is determined by
the second determining unit that the authentication information has been set in the print job,

ii) not transmit the print job data to the printing apparatus in a case where it is determined by the first determining unit
that the authenticating function of the printing apparatus is enabled and it is determined by the second determining unit
that the authentication information has not been set in the print job, and

iii) transmit the print job data to the printing apparatus irrespective of whether or not the authentication information has
been set in the print job in a case where it is determined by the first determining unit that the authenticating function
of the printing apparatus is not enabled.

US Pat. No. 9,610,793

SHEET DETERMINING METHOD AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

5. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to print an image on a sheet;
a sensor unit configured to detect information from the sheet used for printing, the sensor unit being capable of changing
a distance relative to the sheet; and

a controller,
wherein the controller performs detections by changing the distance between the sensor unit and the sheet to obtain at least
two detection values, and evaluates a ratio of two detection values within two different distance ranges, respectively, and
compares a change rate of the evaluated ratios at the two different distance ranges with a threshold to determine a type or
a surface condition of the sheet.

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. 9,606,496

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. 9,606,760

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR EXECUTING A PRINT JOB BASED ON A RECEIVED PRINT REQUEST

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a print request of a print job issued from one or more information processing apparatuses
a control unit configured to store information of the print request received by the reception unit in a first print queue
in an issuing order of the print request received by the reception unit;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain a print job based on the information of the print request stored in the first print
queue;

an executing unit configured to execute the print job obtained by the obtaining unit;
a transmitting unit configured to transmit the print request received by the reception unit without storing the information
of the print request received by the reception unit in the first print queue, in accordance with a free capacity of the first
print queue, to an external apparatus including a second print queue for the image forming apparatus, wherein the external
apparatus is able to transmit the print request stored in the second print queue to the image forming apparatus in response
to an acquisition request by the image forming apparatus, and the second print queue stores the information of the transmitted
print request in the issuing order;

an issuing unit configured to issue the acquisition request of the transmitted print request to the external apparatus after
the executing unit executes the print job,

a determination unit configured to determine whether information of a print request stored in the first print queue is information
of the print request received from a first information processing apparatus via a wide area network; and

a second issuing unit configured to issue an acquisition request of the print job in a case where the determination unit determines
that information of a print request stored in the first print queue is the information of the print request received from
the first information processing apparatus via the wide area network,

wherein the obtaining unit obtains the print job from a second information processing apparatus, which is different from the
first information processing apparatus, based on print job information transmitted from the first information processing apparatus
according to the acquisition request issued by the second issuing unit, and

wherein each of the reception unit, the control unit, the obtaining unit, the executing unit, the transmitting unit and the
issuing unit is implemented using at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,606,266

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,604,465

INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink-jet recording apparatus, comprising:
a recording head configured to eject ink;
a sub tank containing ink to be supplied to the recording head;
an ink tank containing ink to be supplied to the sub tank;
a detector configured to detect an amount of ink contained in the sub tank;
a variable volume member provided between the recording head and the sub tank and configured to change inner volume; and
a controller configured to repeatedly perform first operation and second operation, thereby supplying the ink from the ink
tank to the sub tank, the first operation causing the variable volume member to switch from a first state to a second state,
the second operation causing the variable volume member to switch from the second state to the first state, wherein volume
of the variable volume member in the second state is larger than the volume in the first state,

wherein the controller prohibits the detector from detecting the amount of the ink during a period of time in which the first
operation is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,609,152

SYSTEM, USER INTERFACE DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, SERVER, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:
an information processing apparatus having a plurality of kinds of multifunction peripheral functions; and
a server, wherein
the server includes a processor coupled to a memory, the processor and the memory cooperating to function to:
provide, to the information processing apparatus, a first file for displaying a function selection screen including a plurality
of buttons including buttons corresponding to the plurality of kinds of multifunction peripheral functions and a button for
accepting a selection of a function, wherein the plurality of buttons are used when a user selects a function to be executed
and the plurality of buttons do not cause the function to be executed, and wherein the first file includes a script for instructing
the information processing apparatus to acquire and send, to the server, status information indicating a status of a device
of the information processing apparatus used by the function corresponding to a button selected by the user from the plurality
of buttons in accordance with the script,

receive button information indicating a kind of the button selected by the user and the status information sent from the information
processing apparatus,

determine whether the received status information indicates an error,
provide, to the information processing apparatus, a second file for displaying a setting screen based on the received button
information, in a case where it is determined that the received status information does not indicate the error, wherein the
setting screen includes a button for accepting a setting of the function and a button for executing the function, and

provide, to the information processing apparatus, a third file for displaying an error screen for indicating the error in
a case where it is determined that the received status information indicates the error, and

the information processing apparatus includes a processor coupled to a memory, the processor and the memory cooperating to
function to:

request the first file,
receive the first file from the server,
display the function selection screen including the plurality of buttons, wherein the plurality of buttons are used when the
user selects the function to be executed and the plurality of buttons do not cause the function to be executed, based on the
first file,

receive a selection of the button from the plurality of buttons,
acquire, in accordance with the script, the status information of the device of the information processing apparatus used
by the function corresponding to the selected button, wherein the status information is acquired before an instruction is
accepted by the button for executing the function via the setting screen,

send the acquired status information to the server in accordance with a user operation accepted via the function selection
screen, with the button information indicating a kind of the button selected by the user,

display, in a case where the second file is provided by the server as a response to the sending based on the user operation,
the setting screen based on the second file, wherein the setting screen is displayed before the instruction is accepted by
the button for executing the function via the setting screen, and

display, in a case where the third file is provided by the server as a response to the sending based on the user operation,
the error screen based on the third file, wherein the error screen is displayed before the instruction is accepted by the
button for executing the function via the setting screen.

US Pat. No. 9,609,157

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A PROJECTION TO REGULATE AN ATTITUDE BETWEEN TWO CASINGS WHEN A LOAD IS APPLIED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first casing configured to accommodate a reading portion for reading an image to be read;
a second casing configured to accommodate an image forming portion for forming an image to be formed, wherein said second
casing is provided below said first casing with respect to a vertical direction and includes a mounting portion, on which
said first casing is mountable, at an upper portion of said second casing, said mounting portion including a first mounting
portion provided at a first-side-surface side of said second casing and a second mounting portion provided at a second-side-surface
side perpendicular to the first-side-surface side of said second casing;

wherein between said first casing and said second casing, a space, for permitting discharge of a recording material on which
the image to be formed is formed by the image forming portion, is provided so as to continuously open toward a third-side-surface
side opposing the first-side-surface side and a fourth-side-surface side opposing the second-side-surface side;

a first supporting portion configured to support said first casing, wherein said first supporting portion is provided on at
least one of said first casing and said mounting portion at a position away from said second mounting portion with respect
to a widthwise direction of the first-side-surface side of said first mounting portion;

a second supporting portion configured to support said first casing, wherein said second supporting portion is provided on
at least one of said first casing and said mounting portion at a position at a second mounting portion side with respect to
the widthwise direction of the first-side-surface side of said first mounting portion;

a third supporting portion configured to support said first casing, wherein said third supporting portion is provided on at
least one of said first casing and said mounting portion at a position away from said first mounting portion with respect
to a widthwise direction of the second-side-surface side of said second mounting portion;

a projection provided on one of an upper surface of said first mounting portion and a bottom of said first casing and having
a surface facing the one of the upper surface of said first mounting portion and the bottom of said first casing on which
said projection is not provided, wherein said projection is disposed between the upper surface of said first mounting portion
and the bottom of said first casing, with a predetermined gap between the surface of said projection and the one of the upper
surface of said first mounting portion and the bottom of said first casing on which said projection is not provided, in a
state in which no load is externally exerted on said first casing, and wherein said projection regulates an attitude of said
first casing in a state in which a predetermined load is exerted downward on an upper portion of a corner formed between the
third-side-surface side and the fourth-side-surface side of said first casing; and

a cantilever provided on the second-side-surface side of said second casing on an opposite side to said first mounting portion
with respect to the widthwise direction of the second-side-surface, wherein said cantilever is configured so that the bottom
of said first casing is not mounted on said cantilever, and said cantilever includes a fixing portion configured to fix a
side surface of said first casing and said second casing.

US Pat. No. 9,607,107

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display method comprising:
receiving input of a keyword from a user;
displaying a first list and an index, the displayed first list being a list of contents included in a first subset of a set
of a plurality of contents, the displayed index being an index corresponding to a second subset of the set, wherein each of
the plurality of contents includes the keyword, and wherein the first subset and the second subset are different from each
other;

displaying a second list instead of the first list in response to a user clicking the index, the second list being a list
of contents included in the second subset corresponding to the clicked index; and

displaying, in response to the user hovering a cursor over the displayed index, attribute information of leading and last
contents among the contents included in the second subset corresponding to the hovered-over index while the first list of
the contents of the first subset remains displayed, wherein attribute information of contents other than the leading and last
contents among the contents included in the second subset corresponding to the hovered-over index are not displayed in response
to the user hovering the cursor over the displayed index.

US Pat. No. 9,609,188

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element converting an object image to an electric signal;
a magnetic shield member arranged in front of the image pickup element;
a fixing member to which the image pickup element and the magnetic shield member are attached; and
an elastic member arranged between the magnetic shield member and the image pickup element, and configured to press the image
pickup element so as to surround a circumference of a light receiving plane of the image pickup element and to press the magnetic
shield member toward the fixing member,

wherein the elastic member includes a first pressing part pressing the magnetic shield member,
wherein the elastic member further includes a second pressing part pressing the image pickup element,
wherein an end of the first pressing part and an end of the second pressing part are separated in an optical axis direction,
and

wherein a pressing force with which the end of the first pressing part presses the magnetic shield member from an image plane
side is larger than a pressing force with which the end of the second pressing part presses the image pickup element from
an object side.

US Pat. No. 9,606,599

POWER SUPPLY CIRCUIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply circuit for an apparatus that operates in a normal power mode and in a power saving mode, in which power
consumption is less than in the normal power mode, the power supply circuit comprising:
a power supply switch configured to be operated so as to turn ON/OFF a power supply of the apparatus;
a first power supply configured to supply power to the apparatus when the apparatus operates in the normal power mode;
a second power supply, which has a lower power supply capability than the first power supply and is connected in parallel
with the first power supply, configured to supply power to the apparatus at least when the apparatus operates in the power
saving mode, wherein the second power supply is in an ON-state even when the power supply switch is operated to OFF and the
apparatus is in a power-off mode;

a controller to which power from the first power supply and power from the second power supply are supplied via a common connection
point;

a first switch element, which is connected between an output terminal of the first power supply and the connection point,
configured to control power that is supplied to the controller,

a second switch element, which is connected between an output terminal of the second power supply and the connection point,
configured to control power that is supplied to the controller; and

a diode, which is connected between the second power supply and the connection point in series with the second switching element
and prevents a current from flowing from the first power supply to the second power supply via the connection point during
the normal power mode and the power saving mode,

wherein the first switch element is a first field-effect transistor, and includes a first internal diode between a source
terminal of the first field-effect transistor and a drain terminal of the first field-effect transistor, and the drain terminal
of the first field-effect transistor is connected to the first power supply side and the source terminal of the first field-effect
transistor is connected to the connection point side to prevent current flowing from the connection point toward the first
power supply, and

wherein the second switch element is a second field-effect transistor, and includes a second internal diode between a source
terminal of the second field-effect transistor and a drain terminal of the second field-effect transistor, and the source
terminal of the second field-effect transistor is connected to the second power supply side and the drain terminal of the
second field-effect transistor is connected to the connection point side to prevent a current from flowing from the second
power supply toward the connection point when the apparatus is in the power-off mode.

US Pat. No. 9,607,398

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories coupled to the one or more processors and having instructions stored thereon which, when executed by
the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to:

arrange representative points on an inputted image;
divide the inputted image into a plurality of areas by clustering a plurality of pixels in the inputted image based on the
arranged representative points, wherein the representative points are updated based on feature amounts of the respective divided
areas and the inputted image are further divided into updated areas by clustering the pixels in the inputted image based on
the updated representative points;

generate a graph connecting arranged representative points based on initial arrangement of the arranged representative points,
wherein the connected representative points in the graph have an adjacency relationship; and

unify the updated areas based on respective feature amounts of the updated areas and the generated graph.

US Pat. No. 9,607,164

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus having an auto-complete function using an LDAP protocol, the apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input character information;
a verifying unit configured to verify a certificate of an LDAP server; and
an obtaining unit configured to obtain, from the LDAP server by the LDAP protocol after the certificate of the LDAP server
has been verified by the verifying unit, address information including the character information input by the input unit.

US Pat. No. 9,598,253

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a feeding roller configured to feed a printing sheet stacked on a stacking unit;
a conveyance roller configured to convey the printing sheet fed by said feeding roller;
a printing unit configured to print on the printing sheet conveyed by said conveyance roller;
a conveyance control unit configured to control conveyance of printing sheets so that a trailing edge of a preceding sheet
as a printing sheet precedingly fed from the stacking unit and a leading edge of a succeeding sheet as a printing sheet succeedingly
fed from the stacking unit overlap each other;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire, before completion of a printing operation of the preceding sheet, information of
a leading edge position of the succeeding sheet after alignment of the succeeding sheet; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether to convey the succeeding sheet to a position facing said printing unit
while keeping an overlap state between the preceding sheet and the succeeding sheet in accordance with the leading edge position
of the succeeding sheet after alignment of the succeeding sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,600,854

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PROCESSING A PLURALITY OF INPUT DATA BASED ON RESPECTIVE ATTRIBUTE INFORMATION THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:
a controlling unit configured to receive a plurality of input pixel data and respective attribute information thereof, and
output the input pixel data and the attribute information in an order based on the attribute information;

an operating unit configured to perform an accumulating operation on the input pixel data output from the controlling unit,
by referring to a past accumulating operation result related to the attribute information of the input pixel data; and

a holding unit configured to hold the past accumulating operation result of the operating unit, wherein
the controlling unit controls the order of outputting the plurality of input pixel data, based on whether or not the past
accumulating operation results related to the respective attribute information of the plurality of input pixel data are held
in the holding unit.

US Pat. No. 9,602,706

ROTATABLE OPERATING MEMBER AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,599,913

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member comprising an electroconductive mandrel and an electroconductive layer, the electroconductive
layer comprising a perfluorosulfonylimide anion and a resin having a structure represented by at least one of formula (1)
and formula (2):

where R11 represents an alkylene group; R12 and R13 each independently represent an alkylene group or an alkylene oxide group; A1 represents a methine group or a nitrogen atom;
and X1 represents a quaternary ammonium cation structure; and


where R21 represents an alkylene group; R22 represents an alkylene group or an alkylene oxide group; and X2 represents a quaternary ammonium cation structure.

US Pat. No. 9,599,915

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
a conductive layer on the support; and
a photosensitive layer on the conductive layer,
wherein the conductive layer comprises:
a binder material;
a first metal oxide particle; and
a second metal oxide particle,
the first metal oxide particle is a zinc oxide particle coated with tin oxide doped with phosphorus, tungsten, niobium, tantalum,
or fluorine,

the second metal oxide particle is an uncoated zinc oxide particle,
a content of the first metal oxide particle in the conductive layer is not less than 20% by volume and not more than 50% by
volume based on a total volume of the conductive layer, and

a content of the second metal oxide particle in the conductive layer is not less than 0.1% by volume and not more than 15%
by volume based on the total volume of the conductive layer, and not less than 0.5% by volume and not more than 30% by volume
based on the content of the first metal oxide particle in the conductive layer.

US Pat. No. 9,599,932

DEVELOPER CONTAINER WITH SEALING MEMBER HAVING A PLURALITY OF HOLES AND ROTATABLE MEMBER HAVING A PLURALITY OF PROJECTIONS CONTACTABLE WITH THE SEALING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container comprising:
an accommodating chamber, provided with an opening, for accommodating developer;
a rotatable member rotatably supported inside said accommodating chamber, said rotatable member including a shaft portion
and a plurality of projections extending from said shaft portion in a direction away from said shaft portion, said plurality
of projections ensuring a peripheral length of said rotatable member; and

a seal member for unsealably sealing said opening, said sealing member including a sealing portion for sealing said opening,
a connecting portion connected with said rotatable member, and an interconnecting portion having a plurality of holes between
said sealing portion and said connecting portion,

wherein at least said plurality of holes and at least said plurality of projections are provided in a non-overlapping positional
relationship with respect to a direction along said shaft portion.

US Pat. No. 9,599,933

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND TONER CONTAINER ATTACHABLE TO AND DETACHABLE FROM IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of photoconductors and a plurality of developing devices corresponding to each of the photoconductors and configured
to develop electrostatic latent images, which are formed on the plurality of photoconductors, by using toner;

an optical scanning device disposed below the plurality of photoconductors and the plurality of developing devices in a direction
of gravity and including transparent windows, wherein each of the transparent windows allows a passage of a light beam which
corresponds to one of the plurality of photoconductors and forms the electrostatic latent images on the one of the plurality
of photoconductors;

a shutter provided with a plurality of portions each of which allows a passage of a light beam having passed through one of
the plurality of transparent windows, disposed between the plurality of photoconductor members and the optical scanning device,
and configured to slide between a first position and a second position which is different from the first position in a transversal
direction with respect to a scanning direction of the light beams, wherein the light beams pass through the plurality of portions
of the shutter at the first position and the shutter at the second position covers the transparent windows;

a transfer device including an intermediate transfer member to which toner images on the photoconductor members are transferred
and configured to transfer the toner images on the intermediate transfer member to a recording medium;

a cleaning device configured to recover residual toner that is not transferred to the recording medium and remains on the
intermediate transfer member;

a toner container holding unit configured to hold a toner container for containing the residual toner recovered by the cleaning
device, the toner container being attachable to and detachable from a body of the image forming apparatus and including a
protruding portion; and

a shutter moving mechanism including a first movement portion that moves around a rotation shaft as a rotation axis and a
second movement portion that contacts the shutter and that moves around the rotation shaft as the rotation axis in accordance
with movement of the first movement portion around the rotation shaft, wherein, in a process for attaching the toner container
to the toner container holding unit, the first movement portion contacts the protruding portion of the toner container before
the toner container is held by the toner container holding unit, the first movement portion pressed by the protruding portion
and the second movement portion move around the rotation shaft and the second movement portion presses the shutter in accordance
with movement of the toner container toward the toner container holding unit, and thereby the shutter slides from the second
position to the first position.

US Pat. No. 9,599,943

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND RECORDING MATERIAL DETERMINATION UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording material, the image forming apparatus comprising:
an ultrasonic wave detection unit including a transmission element configured to transmit an ultrasonic wave and a reception
element configured to receive the ultrasonic wave transmitted from the transmission element;

a first conveyance roller arranged on an upstream side of the ultrasonic wave detection unit in a conveyance direction of
the recording material, and configured to convey the recording material toward a position between the transmission element
and the reception element;

a second conveyance roller arranged on a downstream side of the ultrasonic wave detection unit in the conveyance direction,
and configured to convey the recording material conveyed by the first conveyance roller,

wherein the first conveyance roller and the second conveyance roller form a loop on the recording material by conveying the
recording material at respective different speeds; and

a processor configured to control an image forming condition for forming the image on the recording material, based on the
ultrasonic wave received by the reception element via the recording material in a first period and not based on the ultrasonic
wave received by the reception element via the recording material in a second period,

wherein the first period is a period in which no loop is formed on the recording material, and the second period is a period
in which a loop is formed on the recording material by the first conveyance roller and the second conveyance roller.

US Pat. No. 9,601,534

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,601,536

SOLID-STATE IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image capturing apparatus comprising:
a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type provided in a substrate;
a first photoelectric conversion portion and a second photoelectric portion, each disposed in the first semiconductor region,
the first photoelectric conversion portion and the second photoelectric conversion portion being adjacent to each other;

a first portion of the first conductivity type disposed in the first semiconductor region and configured to supply a first
potential to the first semiconductor region; and

two second semiconductor regions, in a cross sectional view including the first photoelectric conversion portion and the second
photoelectric conversion portion, of a second conductivity type, each of the two second semiconductor regions configured to
receive a second potential different from the first potential,

wherein, in a planar view for an upper face of the substrate,
the first portion is disposed between the first photoelectric conversion portion and the second photoelectric conversion portion,
and

one of the two second semiconductor regions is disposed between the first portion and the first photoelectric conversion portion
and the other of the two second semiconductor regions is disposed between the first portion and the second photoelectric conversion
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,599,754

OPTICAL ELEMENT ARRAY AND SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE INCLUDING THE ARRAY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical element arranged in a peripheral portion of an array region in which a plurality of optical elements is disposed,
wherein an outer edge of the optical element, projected on a face including a first direction and a second direction orthogonal
to the first direction, has a first width along the second direction and a second width, along the second direction, arranged
on a side closer to the peripheral portion of the array region than a position where the first width is arranged,
wherein a height of the optical element at the position where the first width is arranged is higher than a height of the optical
element at a position where the second width is arranged, and

wherein a curvature radius of the optical element at a cross section along the second direction gradually increases from the
position where the first width is arranged toward the position where the second width is arranged.

US Pat. No. 9,594,915

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,592,973

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
a stacking portion on which sheets are stacked, the stacking portion being movable up and down;
a lifting portion which lifts the stacking portion;
a feeding portion which abuts against a topmost sheet of the sheets stacked on the stacking portion, and feeds the topmost
sheet;

a first height detecting portion which outputs a signal corresponding to a position in a height direction of the topmost sheet
of the sheets stacked on the stacking portion;

a sheet presence detecting portion which is disposed contactably with the topmost sheet of the sheets stacked on the stacking
portion and outputs a signal corresponding to presence or absence of sheets stacked on the stacking portion;

a second height detecting portion which outputs a signal corresponding to a position in a height direction of the stacking
portion independent of the position of the topmost sheet in the height direction; and

a control portion controlling the lifting portion to perform a lifting operation such that the position of the topmost sheet
is kept within a predetermined range by lifting the stacking portion based on the signal from the first height detecting portion,

wherein the control portion performs a predetermined control based on the signal from the sheet presence detection portion
in a state in which the position of the stacking portion is detected to be above a predetermined height based on the signal
from the second height detecting portion, and does not perform the predetermined control in a case in which the position of
the stacking portion is detected to be below the predetermined height, in a state in which the stacking portion is positioned
at a position such that the topmost sheet is positioned within the predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 9,595,559

IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising a plurality of pixel units including a first pixel unit and a second pixel unit, each of the
first and second pixel units comprising:
a first photoelectric conversion region;
a second photoelectric conversion region;
a first transfer MOS transistor including a first transfer gate electrode and configured to transfer a charge generated by
the first photoelectric conversion region;

a second transfer MOS transistor including a second transfer gate electrode and configured to transfer a charge generated
by the second photoelectric conversion region,

an amplification MOS transistor configured to output a signal based on the charge generated by the first photoelectric conversion
region and/or a signal based on the charge generated by the second photoelectric conversion region, and

a selection MOS transistor connected to the amplification MOS transistor, wherein
the amplification MOS transistor of the second pixel unit and the selection MOS transistor of the second pixel unit are provided
in an active region,

at least a part of the active region is provided between the first and second photoelectric conversion regions of the first
pixel unit, and

the selection MOS transistor of the second pixel unit is provided between the first and second photoelectric conversion regions
of the first pixel unit.

US Pat. No. 9,594,301

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD USING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus that forms a pattern of a resin on a substrate-side pattern region of a substrate by using a mold,
the imprint apparatus comprising:
a first mechanism configured to apply a force to the mold to thereby deform a mold-side pattern region of the mold;
a second mechanism configured to irradiate only a partial region of the substrate corresponding to the substrate-side pattern
region with light that has passed through the mold, and capable of changing an illuminance distribution of an irradiation
region of the light; and

a control unit configured to obtain shape difference information between the mold-side pattern region and the substrate-side
pattern region, and to control the force and the illuminance distribution based on the obtained shape difference 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. 9,588,043

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND MEASUREMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A measurement apparatus comprising:
a sensor that photoelectrically converts received light to output image data;
a lens that condenses light reflected by an object surface to be measured on the sensor;
a lens control unit configured to control aperture angles of rays passing through the lens so that the aperture angles of
the rays incident on the sensor are different;

a measurement control unit configured to control the sensor and the lens control unit so as to acquire a multi-angular reflectance
property in a neighborhood of a specular reflection direction of the object surface;

a stage on which an object to be measured is placed; and
a stage control unit configured to control a tilt of the stage,
wherein the stage control unit changes the tilt of the stage in accordance with a declination angle instructed by the measurement
control unit, and the sensor outputs image data corresponding to the declination angle,

wherein the measurement control unit acquires a reflectance property of the object surface corresponding to the declination
angle from the image data corresponding to the declination angle, and

wherein the lens has object-space telecentricity, the sensor is an area sensor in which light receiving elements are arranged
two-dimensionally, and the reflectance property represents a two-dimensional distribution of reflectances in the object surface.

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. 9,586,400

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. 9,588,711

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system that includes a communication apparatus which includes a first close proximity wireless communication circuit
which makes a communication based on Near Field Communication (NFC) and an output apparatus which includes a second close
proximity wireless communication circuit which makes a communication based on the NFC,
wherein the communication apparatus further comprises a processor for controlling a saving unit configured to save, in a non-volatile
memory that is comprised in the first close proximity wireless communication circuit and thereby capable of being accessed
when a battery comprised in the communication apparatus is dead or empty, backup data obtained from a function that does not
utilize the NFC, wherein the backup data is managed in the communication apparatus and is specified as a backup target, and
save first user authentication information,

wherein the output apparatus further comprises a processor for controlling a controlling unit, an input unit, a receiving
unit and an information output unit,

wherein the controlling unit controls the second close proximity wireless communication circuit to transition from a target
of the NFC to an initiator of the NFC in response to activation of a backup output function,

wherein the input unit accepts an input of second user authentication information from a user,
wherein the receiving unit receives, via the second close proximity wireless communication circuit, the backup data and the
first user authentication information saved in the non-volatile memory by the saving unit, in a case where the communication
apparatus is in a state in which the battery comprised in the communication apparatus is dead or empty and the first close
proximity wireless communication circuit is a target of the NFC; and

wherein the information output unit outputs information based on the backup data received by the receiving unit under a condition
where the first user authentication information received by the receiving unit matches the second user authentication information
accepted as the input by the inputting unit.

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. 9,584,693

MEMORY CONTROL FOR POWER SAVING STATE BASED ON DETERMINATION OF VOLATILE MEMORY OR NON-VOLATILE MEMORY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus having a first memory to store a print job, the image forming apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
a second memory having instructions stored thereon, which when executed by the least one processor, cause the at least one
processor to:

determine whether the first memory is a non-volatile memory or a volatile memory;
a storage memory configured to store a result of the determination in a non-volatile manner,
erase a data stored in the first memory in accordance with an event that causes the image forming apparatus to transition
into a power off state or a power saving state, in a case where it is determined that the first memory is the non-volatile
memory;

cause the image forming apparatus to transition to the power off state or the power saving state after the data stored in
the first memory is erased in the case where it is determined that the first memory is the non-volatile memory,

receive an instruction to instruct the image forming apparatus to hold the print job in the first memory until the print job
is instructed to print; and

output a message indicating that the print job is to be kept in the first memory in a case where the image forming apparatus
receives the instruction and it is determined that the first memory is the non-volatile memory, and not output the message
in the case where the image forming apparatus receives the instruction and it is determined that the first memory is the volatile
memory.

US Pat. No. 9,581,880

SHUTTER DEVICE AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING SHUTTER DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A shutter device comprising:
a first shutter driving mechanism including a first motor, a first driven member configured to be driven by the first motor,
and a first light shielding member configured to be driven by the first driven member so as to open or close an aperture;

a second shutter driving mechanism including a second motor, a second driven member configured to be driven by the second
motor, and a second light shielding member configured to be driven by the second driven member so as to open or close an aperture;
and

a control unit configured to control the first motor and the second motor,
wherein in a case where the shutter device performs a first-frame shooting operation, the control unit controls the first
motor and the second motor such that the first shutter driving mechanism performs an exposure operation prior to an exposure
operation of the second shutter driving mechanism,

wherein in a case where the shutter device performs a second-frame shooting operation directly after the first-frame shooting
operation, the control unit controls the first motor and the second motor such that the second shutter driving mechanism performs
an exposure operation prior to an exposure operation of the first shutter driving mechanism,

wherein each of the first and second driven members is configured to provide a first driven zone and a second driven zone,
wherein in a case where the first and second driven members are driven in the first driven zone, the first and second light
shielding members maintain the closed state or the open state and do not continue to travel in a same direction, even if the
first driven member or the second driven member is moved, and

wherein in a case where the first and second driven members are driven in the second driven zone, the first and second light
shielding members travel from the closed state to the open state or from the open state to the closed state.

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. 9,572,546

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:
a probe in which a plurality of elements are arrayed in a first direction, wherein said plurality of elements perform electronic
scanning by transmitting an ultrasound wave to a measurement target region of an object and receiving a reflected wave;

a mechanical scanner arranged to position said probe in a scanning movement in said first direction and in a direction crossing
said first direction, wherein each movement in said first direction forms a stripe;

a transmission beam former which inputs, to each element included in a transmission aperture element row transmitting the
ultrasound wave, from among said plurality of elements, an input signal for driving the element;

a received signal beam former which combines received signals obtained by elements included in a reception aperture element
row receiving the ultrasound wave, from among said plurality of elements;

a generator which generates property information on the object from the combined received signal; and
a controller which gradually reduces the number of elements included in the transmission aperture element row or the number
of elements included in the reception aperture element row in the electronic scan as the position of said probe comes to the
stripe on an end section of the measurement target region of the object, such that with respect to the elements included in
the transmission aperture row or the reception aperture row, a center of the elements shifts within the array in a direction
to the end section of the measurement target region as the position of said probe comes to the stripe on the end section.

US Pat. No. 9,572,489

OPHTHALMOLOGIC IMAGING APPARATUS, OPHTHALMOLOGIC IMAGING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic imaging apparatus, comprising:
an illumination unit for illuminating a fundus of an eye to be inspected for observation with an infrared light;
an image pickup unit for imaging the fundus of the eye to be inspected through a focus lens by using reflection light from
the fundus illuminated by the infrared light;

an illumination light amount control unit for controlling a light amount of the infrared light;
a focus detection area determining unit for determining a focus detection area with respect to a fundus image taken by the
image pickup unit;

a focus detection unit for detecting a focus position of the focus lens in the determined focus detection area;
a photometry unit for calculating a photometry value by using an intensity value of the determined focus detection area; and
a setting unit for setting a focus mode from among (a) a manual focus mode for controlling the focus position of the focus
lens in accordance with an operation by an user, and (b) an automatic focus mode for controlling the focus position of the
focus lens based on a result of a detection by the focus detection unit,

wherein the illumination light amount control unit controls the light amount to decrease in a case that the photometry value
is higher than a reference value, and to increase in a case that the photometry value is lower than the reference value, and

wherein the focus detection unit performs focus evaluation after the light amount is controlled by the illumination light
amount control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,570,506

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a photoelectric conversion, the method comprising:
forming a pixel circuit section and a peripheral circuit section,
wherein forming said pixel circuit section comprises:
a step of forming a first semiconductor region for said pixel circuit section by implanting boron into a semiconductor substrate;
a step of forming a second semiconductor region for said pixel circuit section in said first semiconductor region by further
implanting boron into said first semiconductor region, said second semiconductor region having at least a p-type portion;

a step of forming an interlayer insulation film on said semiconductor substrate, said interlayer insulation film having a
contact hole on said second semiconductor region;

a step of forming a third semiconductor region for said pixel circuit section in said second semiconductor region by implanting
phosphorus from said contact hole into said p-type portion of said second semiconductor region; and

a step of forming a contact plug for said pixel circuit section on said third semiconductor region by filling said contact
hole with an electrical conductor,

wherein boron is implanted at an implanted intensity of 10 to 50 KeV in the step of forming said second semiconductor region,
and

wherein phosphorus is implanted at an implanted intensity of 30 KeV or less in the step of forming said third semiconductor
region.

US Pat. No. 9,570,276

PROJECTION-TYPE CHARGED PARTICLE OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGING MASS SPECTROMETRY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projection-type charged particle optical system, comprising:
a first electrode disposed so as to face a sample, the first electrode having an opening formed therein for allowing a charged
particle to pass therethrough;

a second electrode disposed on a side of the first electrode, the side being opposite to where the sample is disposed, the
second electrode having an opening formed therein for allowing the charged particle to pass therethrough; and

a flight-tube electrode disposed such that the charged particle that has been emitted from the sample and has passed through
the first and second electrodes enters the flight-tube electrode, the flight-tube electrode being configured to form a substantially
equipotential space thereinside,

wherein a principal plane is formed at at least two positions in a travel path of the charged particle.

US Pat. No. 9,570,632

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing an optical apparatus, comprising:
arranging a photo device above a substrate with an adhesive located between the photo device and the substrate;
forming a bonding member that bonds the substrate and the photo device by curing the adhesive after the arranging of the photo
device;

arranging, above the photo device, a transparent plate and a sealant, the sealant covering the photo device and being located
between the transparent plate and the substrate in contact with the transparent plate and the substrate; and

forming a sealing member by curing the sealant after the arranging of the transparent plate and the sealant,
wherein an elastic modulus of the bonding member is 1 GPa or less, and
wherein the forming of the sealing member includes a first ultraviolet irradiation to the sealant and a second ultraviolet
irradiation to the sealant after the first ultraviolet irradiation, and the second ultraviolet irradiation is stronger than
the first ultraviolet irradiation.

US Pat. No. 9,569,632

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING WIRELESS COMMUNICATION FUNCTION AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. A method of controlling a printing apparatus that performs wireless communication by establishing a connection to an access
point, the method comprising:
determining whether the access point connected by the printing apparatus is an authentication-free access point or not;
setting a predetermined security setting into the printing apparatus upon determination by the determination unit that the
access point connected by the printing apparatus is an authentication-free access point, the predetermined security setting
being a setting of at least prohibiting an external apparatus from acquiring management information managed by the printing
apparatus,

wherein, even if the predetermined security setting is set in the printing apparatus, the printing apparatus performs print
processing on the basis of a print request received from the external apparatus.

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. 9,568,614

RADIATION DETECTION APPARATUS, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation detection apparatus comprising:
a sensor panel in which a plurality of sensor units which detect radiation are arrayed,
wherein each of the plurality of sensor units includes
a substrate including a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels which detect light are two-dimensionally arranged,
a scintillator layer, which converts radiation into light, provided on the pixel array of the substrate, and
a first scintillator protective layer disposed to cover the scintillator layer, wherein the scintillator layer is surrounded
by both the substrate and the first scintillator protective layer, the first scintillator protective layer being one of a
plurality of first scintillator protective layers corresponding to the plurality of sensor units; and

a second scintillator protective layer disposed to cover the plurality of first scintillator protective layers of the plurality
of sensor units, the second scintillator protective layer, on or above the plurality of first scintillator protective layers,
extending over the plurality of first scintillator protective layers and across a boundary between one first scintillator
protective layer and its neighboring first scintillator protective layer.

US Pat. No. 9,568,878

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND FEEDING DEVICE THAT DETECT SHEETS WITH A SENSOR THAT IS CHOSEN ACCORDING TO SHEET SPACING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A feeding device comprising:
an accommodation unit that accommodates recording materials;
a feeding unit that feeds a second recording material accommodated in the accommodation unit to a conveying path, after feeding
a first recording material accommodated in the accommodation unit to the conveying path, with an interval being provided between
a trailing edge of the first recording material and a leading edge of the second recording material;

a first detecting unit that detects a recording material fed by the feeding unit at a first position in the conveying path;
a second detecting unit that detects a recording material fed by the feeding unit at a second position that is downstream
from the first position in a conveying direction of the recording material; and

a control unit that controls the feeding unit,
wherein, in a case where the interval is a first length, the control unit controls the feeding unit to feed the second recording
material based on a timing in which the first detecting unit detects the first recording material, and

wherein, in a case where the interval is a second length which is longer than the first length, the control unit controls
the feeding unit to feed the second recording material based on a timing in which the second detecting unit detects the first
recording material.

US Pat. No. 9,569,703

DATA TRANSFER APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data transfer apparatus for transferring data to an image processor configured to perform a predetermined image process,
using a buffer assigned to a storage device, the apparatus comprising:
an input circuitry configured to perform a reading process to read data of an area, which is divided from image data, from
the buffer storing the image data to be processed by the predetermined image process, and to perform a transmitting process
to transmit the read data of the area to the image processor; and

an output circuitry configured to perform a reception process to receive data generated in the predetermined image process
from the image processor, to set a parameter for a writing process based on an area size obtained by using position information
of a pixel, and to perform the writing process to write data generated from the received data to the buffer, the received
data of the area including the position information,

wherein the output circuitry comprises a first transfer circuitry configured to perform data transfer using direct memory
access (DMA) between the output circuitry and the buffer, and

wherein the output circuitry, in place of a CPU, is configured to set the parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,571,758

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND IMAGING APPARATUS DRIVING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel unit including a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix, each of the plurality of pixels including a plurality of
photoelectric conversion units configured to generate a signal charge and to output a pixel signal based on the signal charge;

a microlens array including a plurality of microlenses; and
an AD conversion unit configured to convert the pixel signal output from the each pixel into a digital signal by comparing
the pixel signal and a ramp signal;

wherein each of the plurality of microlenses is provided for corresponding one of the plurality of pixels,
wherein each of the plurality of microlenses is provided correspondingly to a plurality of photoelectric conversion units
arranged adjacent to each other in the corresponding one of the plurality of pixels,

wherein a first pixel signal based on the signal charges from m (m being an integer) photoelectric conversion units of the
photoelectric conversion units included in one pixel of the plurality of pixels is converted into a digital signal in a first
conversion period, and

wherein a second pixel signal based on the signal charges from n (n being an integer smaller than m, and equal to or larger
than 1) photoelectric conversion units of the photoelectric conversion units included in the one pixel is converted into a
digital signal in a second conversion period shorter than the first conversion period, a viable signal range of the second
pixel signal being smaller than a viable signal range of the first pixel signal.

US Pat. No. 9,563,039

LENS APPARATUS AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus comprising:
a first operating member rotatable around an optical axis of an optical element so as to move the optical element in an optical-axis
direction;

a first elastic member configured to press the first operating member;
a second elastic member configured to press the first operating member;
a second operating member rotatable around the optical axis and movable in the optical-axis direction; and
a first interposition provided between the first operating member and the second operating member,
wherein when the second operating member is moved in the optical-axis direction, the first interposition is moved in the optical-axis
direction without rotating around the optical axis and presses the first elastic member and the second elastic member.

US Pat. No. 9,557,167

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A three-dimensional-shape measurement apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories coupled to the one or more processors and having instructions stored thereon which, when executed by
the one or more processors, cause the three-dimensional-shape measurement apparatus to:

acquire first captured images of a space onto which a first pattern formed from a bright portion and a dark portion has been
projected;

acquire second captured images of the space onto which has been projected a second pattern formed from a bright portion and
a dark portion and having a boundary position between the bright portion and the dark portion that is different from a boundary
position between the bright portion and the dark portion of the first pattern;

select, for each of at least one predetermined region of the first captured images or the second captured images, based on
a luminance value in the first captured images and a luminance value in the second captured images, one of the first captured
images and the second captured images containing the at least one predetermined region as a selection image to be used for
three-dimensional-shape measurement; and

perform three-dimensional-shape measurement of an object included in the space based on the selection image,
wherein the first captured images include a first non-inverted image as a captured image of the space onto which the first
pattern has been projected and a first inverted image as a captured image of the space onto which a first reversed pattern
obtained by inverting the bright portion and the dark portion of the first pattern has been projected, and

wherein the second captured images include a second non-inverted image as a captured image of the space onto which the second
pattern has been projected and a second inverted image as a captured image of the space onto which a second reversed pattern
obtained by inverting the bright portion and the dark portion of the second pattern has been projected.

US Pat. No. 9,555,653

INSPECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inspection apparatus for inspecting a liquid discharge head including an energy generation element configured to generate
energy for discharging liquid, a wiring layer for supplying an electrical signal to the energy generation element, the wiring
layer including a first wiring connected to one end of the energy generation element and a second wiring connected to the
other end of the energy generation element, a first conductive protection film extending from the first wiring to the second
wiring, and a second protection film having an electrical insulating property and provided between the wiring layer and the
first protection film, comprising:
a detection circuit configured to detect a potential of the first protection film when the electrical signal is supplied to
the energy generation element; and

a determination circuit configured to determine a driving state of the energy generation element from information about the
potential detected by the detection circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,555,655

RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium comprising:
a substrate; and
an ink-receiving layer,
wherein the ink-receiving layer comprises a second ink-receiving layer containing inorganic particles having an average particle
size of 50 nm or less and a first ink-receiving layer containing an amorphous silica having an average secondary particle
size of 1.0 ?m or more and inorganic particles having an average primary particle size of 50 nm or less, in this order from
the substrate, and

a content of the amorphous silica in the first ink-receiving layer is 30 mass % or more and 95 mass % or less based on a total
content of all inorganic particles in the first ink-receiving layer.

US Pat. No. 9,560,302

IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING COMPARATOR CONFIGURED TO COMPARE PIXEL SIGNAL WITH REFERENCE SIGNAL THAT CHANGES WITH TIME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:
a pixel configured to output a signal;
a counter that counts a count value;
a comparator configured to perform a comparison of the signal with a reference signal; and
a control circuit,
wherein
the comparator performs the comparison by using the reference signal which changes with a first rate in a first period until
the count value reaches a predetermined value,

the control circuit changes a change rate from the first rate to a second rate larger than the first rate in response to the
count value reaching the predetermined value, and

the comparator further performs the comparison using the reference signal which changes with the second rate in a second period
in which the count value is changing, in the case where the control circuit changes the change rate to the second rate.

US Pat. No. 9,557,241

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,556,290

METHOD FOR PRODUCING COMPOUND HAVING COLORANT STRUCTURE AT MAIN CHAIN TERMINAL OF POLYMER, AND PIGMENT DISPERSANT, PIGMENT COMPOSITION, PIGMENT DISPERSION AND TONER CONTAINING COMPOUND OBTAINED BY THE PRODUCTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for producing a compound, comprising the following (i) to (ii):
(i): subjecting a polymerizable monomer represented by formula (A) to radical polymerization in the presence of a radical
polymerization initiator and an iodine molecule to provide a polymer; and

(ii): binding a colorant to a terminal of a main chain of the polymer:

wherein
R1 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group, and

R2 represents a phenyl group, a phenyl group having a substituent, a carboxy group, an alkoxycarbonyl group or a carboxamide
group.

US Pat. No. 9,560,689

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication device comprising:
a connection unit configured to establish a first connection to a first other communication device, establish, based on the
first connection, a second connection to a second other communication device that is connected to the first other communication
device, while the first connection has been established, and perform direct communication with the second other communication
device using the second connection;

a determination unit configured to determine whether an operation mode of the first connection is a mode in which a periodic
search for another network is performed while a network has been established by the first connection; and

a control unit configured to, if the operation mode of the first connection is the mode in which the periodic search is performed,
control the connection unit so as to restrict at least one of establishment of the second connection and switching of a channel
in the second connection, while the first connection has been established.

US Pat. No. 9,560,181

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus accepting connection of a telephone and connecting to a telephone line, the communication apparatus
comprising:
a memory storing a program;
at least one processor which executes the program stored in the memory;
a line connection terminal configured to connect the communication apparatus to the telephone line;
a telephone connection terminal configured to connect the communication apparatus to the telephone;
a modem provided on a connection path between the line connection terminal and the at least one processor;
a connection relay configured to switch between connection and disconnection of the telephone connection terminal to and from
the modem

wherein the at least one processor executes first determination for determining whether a first voltage of the connection
path under conditions where the telephone connection terminal is connected to the modem is greater than or equal to a first
threshold value

if the at least one processor determines by the first determination that the first voltage is greater than or equal to the
first threshold value, the at least one processor executes second determination for determining whether a second voltage of
the connection path under conditions where the telephone connection terminal is disconnected from the modem tends to decrease;
and

the at least one processor executes third determination for determining connection states of the telephone connection terminal
and the line connection terminal based on a determination result of the first determination and a determination result of
the second determination,

wherein, if the at least one processor determines by the second determination that the second voltage has decreased more than
once, it is determined by the third determination that a wrong connection has been made.

US Pat. No. 9,560,230

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an operation key;
a cover which is able to be opened and closed;
first and second switches which are pushed when the cover is closed; and
a controller that:
a) in accordance with operation of the operation key, performs an operation based on a status of the first switch and a status
of the second switch, and

b) performs notification of an error according to operation of the operation key in a case where the status of the first switch
and the status of the second switch are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,555,620

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING PRINTING POSITION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus for performing printing on a print medium by scanning with a print head in which a first scanning
speed of the print head and a second scanning speed that is higher than the first scanning speed are capable of being set,
the apparatus comprising:
a pattern forming unit configured to form a plurality of adjustment patterns for each of the first scanning speed and the
second scanning speed, the plurality of adjustment patterns each including a first pattern and a second pattern and having
a different shift amount corresponding to a difference in a relative printing position between the first pattern and the second
pattern; and

an adjustment value obtaining unit configured to obtain an adjustment value based on the plurality of adjustment patterns
formed for adjusting a printing position, for each of the first scanning speed and the second scanning speed,

wherein the adjustment value obtaining unit obtains an adjustment value for the first scanning speed before the pattern forming
unit forms adjustment patterns for the second scanning speed; the pattern forming unit forms adjustment patterns by scanning
with the print head at the second scanning speed with a shift amount based on the adjustment value obtained for the first
scanning speed; and the adjustment value obtaining unit obtains an adjustment value for the second scanning speed based on
the adjustment patterns formed by scanning with the print head at the second scanning speed.

US Pat. No. 9,552,792

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING THE DISPLAY OF IMAGE DATA ON A DISPLAY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
at least one processor coupled to a memory, wherein the at least one processor controls:
an acquisition unit that acquires a plurality of pieces of image data;
a display control unit that causes a display to display a first screen that is for displaying selection objects each corresponding
to a different one of a plurality of image groups that are generated by classifying the plurality of pieces of image data
based on image information related to each of the plurality of pieces of image data, and a second screen that is for displaying
a plurality of images based on the plurality of pieces of image data acquired by the acquisition unit; and

a detection unit that detects selection of a selection object from the selection objects displayed on the first screen,
wherein the display control unit causes the display to display the second screen in a case where the detection unit detects
the selection of the selection object from the selection objects displayed on the first screen

wherein in a case where the second screen is displayed by the display, the display control unit causes the display to display
newly, on the second screen, a first plurality of images based on at least more than one piece of image data included in an
image group corresponding to the selection object selected on the first screen and a second plurality of images, including
at least one image that is not displayed on the first screen, based on at least more than one piece of image data included
in an image group corresponding to a selection object that is different from the selection object selected on the first screen,
and

wherein the first plurality of images displayed on the second screen are displayed in a manner distinguishable from the second
plurality of images displayed on the second screen.

US Pat. No. 9,553,117

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,552,443

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SEARCH METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,541,853

MAGNETIC CARRIER, TWO-COMPONENT DEVELOPER, REPLENISHING DEVELOPER, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A magnetic carrier comprising:
resin-filled magnetic core particles containing porous magnetic particles having pores therein and a resin present in the
pores; and

resin coating layers coating the surfaces of the resin-filled magnetic core particles, the resin coating layer including a
coating resin, wherein:

(i) the porous magnetic particles are made of Mn-Mg-Sr ferrite;
(ii) the porous magnetic particles have a specific resistance in the range of 1.0×107 ?·cm to 1.0×108 ?·cm at an electric field intensity of 300 V/cm; and

(iii) the porous magnetic particles have an electrical breakdown at electric field intensity in the range of 1,000 V/cm to
10,000 V/cm, and wherein:

(iv) the magnetic carrier has a specific resistance in the range of 1.0×107 ?·cm to 1.0×109 ?·cm at an electric field intensity of 2,000 V/cm;

(v) the magnetic carrier has a specific resistance in the range of 2.0×107 ?·cm to 2.0×109 ?·cm at an electric field intensity of 1,000 V/cm;

(vi) the magnetic carrier has an electrical breakdown at electric field intensity in the range of 1,000 V/cm to 15,000 V/cm;
(vii) the magnetic carrier exhibits a current in the range of 8.0 ?A to 50.0 ?A when a voltage of 500 V is applied thereto;
and

(viii) the resin content in the resin-filled magnetic core particles is in the range of 1.0 to 5.5 parts by mass relative
to 100 parts by mass of the porous magnetic particles.

US Pat. No. 9,539,808

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,541,854

ELECTROCONDUCTIVE MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

(3) the porous body is non-electroconductive.

US Pat. No. 9,542,894

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a display unit configured to display an image on a screen;
a light emission unit configured to individually control light emission for each of a plurality of divided regions that configure
the screen;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire a characteristic value of an image displayed on each of the plurality of divided
regions; and

a control unit configured to control the light emission of the light emission unit,
such that:
in a still image region, in which only a still image is displayed, among the plurality of divided regions, light is emitted
at a first brightness based on a characteristic value of the still image displayed in the still image region;

in a moving image region, in which only a moving image is displayed, among the plurality of divided regions, light is emitted
at a second brightness based on a characteristic value of the moving image displayed in the moving image region; and

in a mixed region, in which both of a moving image and a still image are displayed, among the plurality of divided regions,
light is emitted at a third brightness based on a characteristic value of the still image displayed in the mixed region, wherein
the third brightness is not based on a characteristic of the moving image displayed in the mixed region.

US Pat. No. 9,539,831

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONVEYANCE APPARATUS, AND CONVEYANCE CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A conveyance apparatus for pulling out, in a conveyance direction, a sheet wound into a roll around a roll shaft and conveying
the pulled out sheet by a conveyance roller, comprising:
a conveyance motor configured to rotate the conveyance roller;
a first control unit configured to control said conveyance motor such that a rotation velocity of the conveyance roller in
the conveyance direction increases in an acceleration region of the conveyance roller, becomes constant in a steady region
of the conveyance roller, and decreases in a deceleration region of the conveyance roller;

a feed motor configured to rotate, about the roll shaft, a rolled portion that is a portion of the sheet wound into the roll;
and

a second control unit configured to control driving of said feed motor,
wherein a single conveyance in intermittent conveyance of the pulled out sheet includes the acceleration region, the steady
region and the deceleration region, and

said second control unit is further configured to control said feed motor so as to:
rotate the rolled portion by a predetermined torque, in the conveyance direction in the steady region,
rotate the rolled portion by a torque obtained by adding, to the predetermined torque, a torque in the conveyance direction
necessary for accelerating rotation of the rolled portion in the acceleration region,

rotate the rolled portion by a torque obtained by adding, to the predetermined torque, a torque in the conveyance direction
necessary for decelerating rotation of the rolled portion in the deceleration region, and

apply a back tension to the sheet between the rolled portion and the conveyance roller in a state where said first control
unit does not execute driving of said conveyance motor for conveyance by the conveyance roller after a first conveyance in
the intermittent conveyance and before a second conveyance following the first conveyance.

US Pat. No. 9,542,734

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT DETERMINE TONE CHARACTERISTICS FOR RESPECTIVE OBJECT SIGNALS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit that acquires an image having object regions;
a detector that detects each object region from the image acquired by said acquisition unit;
a luminance distribution calculator that calculates a plurality of luminance distribution information for respective object
regions detected by said detector;

a representative luminance value calculator that calculates a plurality of representative luminance values for respective
object regions detected by said detector; and

a determination unit that determines tone characteristics, which are used for tone compression, for respective object regions,
wherein said determination unit determines the tone characteristic for a target object region based on a luminance distribution
of the target object region and a difference between the representative luminance value of the target object region and the
representative luminance value other than the target object region.

US Pat. No. 9,543,791

POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, POWER TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a transmission unit configured to transmit inquiry information for inquiring presence or absence of a power receiving request
to a plurality of power receiving apparatuses;

a receiving unit configured to receive response information to the inquiry information from each of the power receiving apparatuses;
a determination unit configured to determine an end timing at which a response waiting time during which the receiving unit
waits for the receiving of the response information based on a receiving situation of the response information within a first
time from a transmission timing at which the inquiry information has been transmitted; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit power after a lapse of the end timing.

US Pat. No. 9,541,756

OPTICAL APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:
a light source including a plurality of light-emitting points arrayed in a first direction; and
an imaging optical system including a plurality of lens optical systems arrayed in the first direction wherein the imaging
optical system forms images of the plurality of light-emitting points on a light-receiving surface; and

wherein a condition of

is satisfied, where
in a first cross-section which is parallel to the first direction and an axial direction of the lens optical systems, ?m represents a half-value of a maximum value of angle of divergence of an imaging optical flux input to the light-receiving
surface, Pm [lp/mm] represents resolution, and Dm [mm] represents a size of each image of the plurality of light-emitting points, formed on the light-receiving surface, and

in a second cross-section which is perpendicular to the first direction, ?s represents a half-value of a maximum value of angle of divergence of an imaging optical flux input to the light-receiving
surface, Ps [lp/mm] represents resolution, and Ds [mm] represents a size of each image of the plurality of light-emitting points, formed on the light-receiving surface.

US Pat. No. 9,542,594

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR PROCESSING INFORMATION, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,542,098

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more computer-readable media storing one or more programs, the one or more programs comprising instructions that, when
executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to perform operations comprising:

reading audio data and allocation data for playing the audio data in synchronism with images, a displaying timing of images
in synchronism with the audio data and categories of the images being associated with each other in the allocation data;

selecting, by a user operation, images to be allocated, for each of the categories included in the allocation data;
receiving an instruction to change a displaying timing of an image from a first displaying timing to a second displaying timing;
determining a displaying order of the images, wherein the determining the displaying order comprises rearranging an order
for displaying the images based on the instruction in a case where the second displaying timing is associated with a category
to which the image is allocated, and wherein the determining the displaying order comprises rejecting the instruction to change
the displaying timing of the image in a case where the second displaying timing is not associated with the category to which
the image is allocated; and

performing control so that the audio data are played and images allocated to the categories are displayed at a displaying
timing associated with the categories in the allocation data, to thereby display the images sequentially in the displaying
order in synchronism with the audio data.

US Pat. No. 9,538,288

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,535,381

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic member comprising:
a rubber layer having a lightness of 15 or less and comprising a marked portion formed so as to have a depth of 35 ?m or more
and 100 ?m or less;

a fluorine-based resin layer having a light transmittance of 60% or more; and
an adhesive layer disposed between the rubber layer and the fluorine-based resin layer, the adhesive layer having a lightness
of 60 or more and having a thickness of 3 ?m or more and 10 ?m or less in a portion surrounding the marked portion.

US Pat. No. 9,535,645

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DISPLAYING ON A MULTI-DISPLAY SYSTEM BASED ON DISPLAY TYPE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for displaying a window of an application program on a first display device and an
external display device, comprising:
a memory device; and
a processor connected to the memory device,
wherein the memory device stores window information and first identification information, the window information being information
on the window that was displayed on the first display device and the external display device when shutdown processing was
performed, the first identification information being identification information of the external display device,

wherein the first identification information was acquired from the external display device before completion of the shutdown
processing by the information processing apparatus,

wherein the processor acquires second identification information that indicates the external display device after restart
processing by the information processing apparatus,

wherein, in a case where the second identification information corresponds to the first identification information stored
in the memory device, the processor causes the information processing apparatus to perform:

processing of displaying, on the first display device, on the basis of the information stored in the memory device, the window
that was displayed on the first display device when the shutdown processing was performed, and

processing of presenting, to the external display device, on the basis of the information stored in the memory device, the
window that was displayed on the external display device when the shutdown processing was performed, and

wherein, in a case where the second identification information does not correspond to the first identification information
stored in the memory device, the processor performs:

control of not displaying, on the external display device, on the basis of the information stored in the memory device, the
window that was displayed on the external display device when the shutdown processing was performed, and

control of displaying, on the first display device, on the basis of the information stored in the memory device, the window
that was displayed on the first display device when the shutdown processing was performed and the window that was displayed
on the external display device when the shutdown processing was performed.

US Pat. No. 9,534,888

DETECTION APPARATUS, MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE, AND MEASUREMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A detection apparatus which detects an original mark on an original or an original reference member and a substrate mark
on a substrate or a substrate reference member, the original mark and the substrate mark being arranged via a projection optical
system, the apparatus comprising:
an optical system including an imaging device and configured to form an image of the original mark and an image of the substrate
mark onto the imaging device,

wherein the optical system includes a detection reference member having a first mark and a second mark, and is configured
to:

form an image of the first mark onto the original or the original reference member, and form an image of the second mark onto
the substrate or the substrate reference member via the projection optical system and the original or the original reference
member, and

form an image of the original mark, an image of the substrate mark, an image of the first mark, and an image of the second
mark onto the imaging device.

US Pat. No. 9,536,181

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input an image;
an operation unit configured to accept, from a user, information relating to length of a flap of an envelope on which the
image is to be printed;

a conveyance unit configured to convey the envelope;
a determining unit configured to determine a position in which the image is to be printed based on the information relating
to the length of the flap of the envelope accepted by the operation unit; and

a control unit configured to control printing of the image so that the image is printed in the position determined by the
determining unit, in a case where a side, which has the flap, of the envelope is parallel to a conveyance direction of the
envelope,

wherein the operating unit is configured not to accept, from the user, the information relating to the length of the flap
of the envelope, in a case where the side having the flap intersects with the conveyance direction of the envelope.

US Pat. No. 9,536,185

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to print an image on a sheet;
an engine control unit configured to control the printing unit to execute a preparation operation of the printing unit;
an error detection unit configured to detect an error of the printing unit;
a function restriction unit configured to restrict a function based on the error detected by the error detection unit; and
a power control unit configured to shift, in a state in which the function is restricted by the function restriction unit,
the image forming apparatus from a standby state in which power is supplied to the engine control unit to a sleep state in
which power is not supplied to the engine control unit;

wherein the engine control unit does not control the printing unit to execute the preparation operation of the printing unit
when the power control unit returns the image forming apparatus from the sleep state to the standby state in a state in which
the function is restricted by the function restriction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,529,560

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,529,562

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, IMAGE OUTPUT APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHODS THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus that configures, together with an other image display apparatus, a multi-screen display system
in which one screen is configured by a plurality of image display apparatuses, the image display apparatus comprising:
a light emitting unit having a plurality of divided regions of which light emission brightness can be individually controlled;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire information concerning a light emission brightness of each of the plurality of divided
regions of the light emitting unit of the image display apparatus, information concerning a light emission brightness of each
of a plurality of divided regions, of which light emission brightness can be individually controlled, of a light emitting
unit of an other image display apparatus arranged adjacently to the image display apparatus, and information concerning priority
levels of the image display apparatus and the other image display apparatus arranged adjacently to the image display apparatus;
and

a correcting unit configured to correct, in a case where a first light emission brightness and a second light emission brightness
acquired by the acquiring unit are not substantially equal to each other, among the first light emission brightness and the
second light emission brightness, a light emission brightness of a divided region of a light emitting unit of an image display
apparatus having a lower priority level such that a difference between the first light emission brightness and the second
light emission brightness decreases,

wherein the first light emission brightness is a light emission brightness of a first divided region of the light emitting
unit of the image display apparatus and the second light emission brightness is a light emission brightness of a second divided
region, which is one of the plurality of divided regions of the light emitting unit of the other image display apparatus and
which is arranged adjacently to the first divided region in a lateral direction.

US Pat. No. 9,527,297

LIQUID TANK AND INK EJECTION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,531,912

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
a specifying unit configured to specify pixels to be processed in a scanned image, the pixels to be processed being included
in a target area including a target pixel and pixels in a vicinity of the target pixel;

a smoothing unit configured to smooth a pixel value of the target pixel by using pixels specified by the specifying unit;
and

a determination unit configured to determine whether the target pixel is a color pixel or monochrome pixel based on the smoothed
pixel value,

wherein a result of the determination by the determining unit is used for a process of determining whether the scanned image
is a color image or a monochrome image, and

wherein the specifying unit, in a case where the target area includes a plurality of background areas which are not adjacent,
specifies pixels which are between the background areas and are included in other than the background area in the target area,
and does not specify pixels which are not between the background areas in the target area.

US Pat. No. 9,530,692

METHOD OF FORMING THROUGH WIRING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of forming a through wiring in a substrate using electrolytic plating, the method comprising, in stated order,
steps (1)-(6):
(1) forming a first insulating film on a first surface and a second surface of the substrate, the first surface and the second
surface being located at opposite sides of the substrate from each other;

(2) forming a through hole to pass through the first insulating film formed on a first surface side and the substrate so that
at least a part of the first insulating film formed on the second surface remains;

(3) forming a second insulating film on an inner wall of the through hole, the second insulating film being formed from a
material different from a material of the first insulating film;

(4) forming a conductive film on the first insulating film formed on the second surface;
(5) forming an opening in the first insulating film by processing the first insulating film formed on the second surface from
the first surface side so that the conductive film is exposed at a terminus of the through hole on a second surface side;
and

(6) filling an inner portion of the through hole with a conductive material by electrolytic plating using the conductive film
exposed at the terminus of the through hole as a seed layer.

US Pat. No. 9,525,826

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup unit capable of changing an image pickup direction to pick up an image;
a receiving unit configured to receive a command including a normalized position for setting a mask image to be displayed
on the picked up image;

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the received command further includes a designation of the image
pickup direction of the image pickup unit for setting a position of the mask image to be displayed on the picked-up image;
and

a setting unit configured to set the position of the mask image to be displayed on the picked up image on the basis of the
normalized position, the position of the mask image being set relative to the designated image pickup direction of the image
pickup unit in the received command if it is determined by the determination unit that the received command includes the designation
of the image pickup direction and

to set the position of the mask image to be displayed on the picked up image on the basis of the normalized position in the
received command, the position of the mask image being set relative to a current image pickup direction of the image pickup
unit if it is determined by the determination unit that the received command does not include the designation of the image
pickup direction.

US Pat. No. 9,525,786

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,519,971

POSITION AND ORIENTATION MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND POSITION AND ORIENTATION MEASUREMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position and orientation measurement device that measures a position and orientation of an object to be measured, the
device comprising:
a processor; and
a memory containing instructions that, when executed by the processor, perfom operations as:
a storage unit configured to store a three-dimensional shape model of the object;
a two-dimensional image input unit configured to input a two-dimensional image representing the object;
a distance image input unit configured to input a distance image sensed by a distance sensor, which indicates a distance from
the distance sensor to the object;

an approximate position and orientation input unit configured to input an approximate position and orientation of the object;
and

a position and orientation calculation unit configured to calculate, a first position and orientation of the object by associating
the three-dimensional shape model with the two-dimensional image based on the approximate position and orientation of the
object and thereafter calculate a second position and orientation of the object by associating the three-dimensional shape
model with both the two-dimensional image and the distance image based on the first position and orientation.

US Pat. No. 9,519,470

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, DEVICE, SOFTWARE INSTALLATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR EXECUTING SOFTWARE INSTALLATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system, comprising:
a device; and
an information processing apparatus which enables connection of an external storage device,
wherein the device comprises:
a storing unit configured to store a saving instruction for data and for a script containing identification information of
the device in the external storage device, in response to the device detecting that the data and the script required for software
installation corresponding to the device do not exist in the external storage device when the external storage device is connected;
and

an installing unit configured to execute the software installation using the script and the data contained in the external
storage device when the external storage device containing the script and the data corresponding to the device is connected,
and

wherein the information processing apparatus comprises:
a determining unit configured to determine whether or not the saving instruction for the script and the data required for
the software installation exists in the external storage device when the external storage device is connected; and

a saving unit configured to acquire a script and data corresponding to the identification information of the device contained
in the saving instruction for the script and the data required for software installation, and to save the script and the data
to the external storage device, in response to a determination that the saving instruction exists in the external storage
device,

wherein the saving unit with which the information processing apparatus is provided further saves a saving history of the
script and the data in the external storage device, and does not save the script and the data in the external storage device
in response to a determination that upon referencing the saving history that the script and the data corresponding to the
identification information contained in the saving instruction have been saved in the external storage device.

US Pat. No. 9,519,250

HEATER AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS, THE HEATER HAVING HEAT GENERATING PORTIONS DISPOSED OFFSET FROM A CENTER LINE OF A SUBSTRATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A heater usable with an image heating apparatus including an electric energy supplying portion provided with a first terminal
and a second terminal, and an endless belt configured to heat an image on a sheet, wherein said heater is contactable to the
belt to heat the belt, said heater comprising:
a substrate;
a first electrical contact provided on said substrate and electrically connectable with the first terminal;
a plurality of second electrical contacts provided on said substrate and electrically connectable with the second terminal;
a plurality of electrode portions including first electrode portions electrically connected with said first electrical contact
and second electrode portions electrically connected with said second electrical contacts, said first electrode portions and
said second electrode portions being arranged alternately with predetermined gaps in a longitudinal direction of said substrate;

a plurality of heat generating portions provided between adjacent ones of said electrode portions so as to electrically connect
between adjacent electrode portions, said heat generating portions being capable of generating heat by electric power supply
between adjacent electrode portions;

a first electroconductive line portion configured to electrically connect said first electrical contact and said first electrode
portions; and

a second electroconductive line portion configured to electrically connect one of said second electrical contacts and a part
of said second electrode portions;

wherein said heat generating portions are disposed so as to be offset from a center line of said substrate with respect to
a widthwise direction of said substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,517,004

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for controlling, in one image capture region, image capture of a plurality of high-magnification
images having a viewing angle smaller than the viewing angle of the image capture region, the apparatus comprising:
a presenter configured to present to an operator for selection a plurality of basic patterns each representing a distribution
of positions at which to respectively capture high-magnification images;

an adjuster configured to adjust, in accordance with an instruction of the operator, an image capture condition of the plurality
of high-magnification images associated with the basic pattern selected from the plurality of basic patterns;

a controller configured to cause an image capture apparatus to capture the plurality of high-magnification images in the image
capture region in accordance with the adjusted image capture condition; and

an obtainer configured to analyze an image representing the entire image capture region of a magnification lower than that
of the high-magnification images and to obtain information representing a feature of the image,

wherein said adjuster further adjusts the image capture condition based on the information.

US Pat. No. 9,513,583

FIXING DEVICE FOR SUPPRESSING REDUCED DURABILITY OF A FLEXIBLE ROTARY MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device that fixes an image formed on a recording material to the recording material, the fixing device comprising:
a flexible cylindrical rotary member that rotates while contacting the recording material on which the image has been formed;
a roller that forms a fixing nip portion that nips and conveys the recording material together with the rotary member;
an inner-surface opposing portion that opposes an inner surface of the rotary member at an end portion of the rotary member
in a generatrix direction,

an end-surface opposing portion that opposes an end surface of the rotary member, wherein the inner-surface opposing portion
and the end-surface opposing portion are an integrated part, and form a movable member;

a holding member that movably holds the movable member; and
an urging member that is provided between the holding member and the movable member, the urging member urging the movable
member so as to push back the rotary member with respect to the lateral shift of the rotary member,

wherein, when the rotary member is laterally shifted and pushes the end-surface opposing portion, the inner-surface opposing
portion moves upstream in a recording material conveying direction at the fixing nip portion by a force for pushing the end-surface
opposing portion by the rotary member.

US Pat. No. 9,514,106

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,513,170

SPECTRAL COLOR SENSOR AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A spectral color sensor comprising:
a spectroscopic unit configured to irradiate a measurement target with light from a light source and disperses reflected light
from the measurement target;

a light detection element that comprises a plurality of pixels and detects the dispersed light from the reflected light;
a storage unit configured to store (i) a first correspondence relationship between the plurality of pixels and a wavelength
of a dispersed light received by each of the plurality of pixels, (ii) a second correspondence relationship between the plurality
of pixels and a stray light component received by each of the plurality of pixels, wherein the stray light component is, of
light which is irradiated from the light source and is detected by the light detection element, light which is not the reflected
light from the measurement target, and (iii) a third correspondence relationship between the plurality of pixels and a dark
output which is output from the light detection element in a state that the light source does not emit a light;

a first correction unit configured to, correct the first correspondence relationship between the plurality of pixels and a
wavelength of a dispersed light received by each of the plurality of pixels, stored in the storage unit, depending on, of
the plurality of pixels, a pixel which receives a specific wavelength of the dispersed light; and

a second correction unit configured to, in accordance with a correction result by the first correction unit, correct the second
correspondence relationship between the plurality of pixels and the stray light component received by each of the plurality
of pixels stored in the storage unit,

wherein the second correction unit does not correct the third correspondence relationship, but corrects the second correspondence
relationship.

US Pat. No. 9,513,262

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:
a receiver that receives an acoustic wave propagating inside an object and convert the acoustic wave into an electric signal;
a scanning unit that causes the receiver to move relative to the object and scan the object;
a control unit that controls an operation of the scanning unit;
a detection unit that detects an error in an acoustic wave reception; and
a processing unit that acquires characteristic information on the inside of the object on the basis of the electric signal,
wherein the control unit decides, on the basis of the detection of the error by the detection unit, whether or not to change
the operation of the scanning unit.