US Pat. No. 9,116,751

RECONFIGURABLE DEVICE, PROCESSING ASSIGNMENT METHOD, PROCESSING ARRANGEMENT METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A processing assignment method of assigning a process to a structure element for a reconfigurable device including a plurality
of structure elements, the method comprising:
a data flow input step of inputting at least two different data flows including a first data flow and a second data flow that
is different from the first data flow, setting information for implementing the first data flow by the plurality of structure
elements, configuration information of said plurality of structure elements, and an execution order of the data flows, specifying
an order in which the data flows are to be executed for a subject processing, where each of the data flows represents each
of one or more processes to be executed by each of the plurality of structure elements;

a constraint step of inputting a constraint of the structure element; and
a processing assignment determination step of determining a processing assignment using a predetermined algorithm so that,
based on the constraint of the structure element and the execution order of the data flows, a setting change count indicating
a total number of changes of setting for reconstructing the plurality of structure elements when switching from the first
data flow to the second data flow becomes small,

wherein said processing assignment determination step includes
a candidate determination step of determining, based on the execution order, assignment candidates for assigning processes
to the structure elements for the first and second data flows,

a change count calculation step of calculating an assignment change count for each assignment candidate based on the setting
information and the configuration information, and

a determination step of determining a processing assignment to the structure elements so that the change count becomes small,
and

wherein said determination step includes:
a discrimination step of discriminating based on the configuration information whether the assignment candidate is assignable
to the structure element,

a penalty value determination step of determining a penalty value when said discrimination step discriminates that the assignment
candidate is not assignable,

an evaluated value calculation step of calculating an evaluated value for determining an assignment based on the change count
and the penalty value, and

an evaluated value discrimination step of discriminating whether the evaluated value is not larger than a threshold,
wherein when it is discriminated that the evaluated value is not larger than the threshold, said determination step includes
determining the assignment candidate as a processing assignment to the structure element, and

wherein at least one of said steps is performed by a computer.

US Pat. No. 9,111,826

IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP MODULE, AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup device comprising:
a transparent member;
an image pickup element chip including a photodiode; and
a fixing member that is arranged around the image pickup element chip, a space being surrounded by the transparent member,
the image pickup element chip, and the fixing member,

wherein the image pickup element chip includes a semiconductor substrate, and the semiconductor substrate includes a penetrating
electrode that penetrates through a first main face of the semiconductor substrate on a side of the transparent member and
a second main face of the semiconductor substrate opposite the first main face, and wherein in an orthogonal projection that
is orthogonal with respect to the transparent member, the penetrating electrode is arranged in a fixing area corresponding
to the fixing member, and a boundary with an area in which the thickness of the semiconductor substrate is smaller than the
thickness of the semiconductor substrate in a first area corresponding to the space is arranged within the fixing area;

wherein: in the orthogonal projection that is orthogonal with respect to the transparent member, part of the fixing area is
defined as a second area, and an area in which the penetrating electrode is arranged is defined as a third area; and the thickness
of the semiconductor substrate in the second area is smaller than or equal to the thickness of the semiconductor substrate
in the first area and greater than the thickness of the semiconductor substrate in the third area; and

wherein the relationship between the thickness T1 of the silicon substrate in the first area and the thickness T2 of the silicon substrate in the second area and the longitudinal width W1 of the space satisfies expression (1):

T1, T2>0.009W 11.33  (1).

US Pat. No. 9,110,395

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a development unit configured to develop an electrostatic image formed on an electrophotographic photosensitive member;
a cartridge, which is detachable from an image forming apparatus main body, configured to replenish the development unit with
developer;

a moving member equipped with a pressed portion and a detected portion, in which the detected portion is configured to move
to a predetermined position by the pressed portion being pressed by the cartridge when the cartridge is attached to the image
forming apparatus main body;

a detection device configured to detect whether the cartridge is attached by detection light passing the predetermined position,
and

a partition member configured to partition the cartridge and the detected portion,
wherein the moving member is provided so as to extend through a hole provided in the partition member.

US Pat. No. 9,110,422

COLOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including a rotating photosensitive member, a charging unit configured to charge the photosensitive
member, a light irradiation unit configured to perform light irradiation to form an electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive
member, a development unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image as a toner image, and a transfer unit configured
to transfer the toner image onto a member to be transferred, the light irradiation unit being capable of forming an electrostatic
latent image for correction on the photosensitive member, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a pre-exposure unit configured to be arranged on the upstream side of the charging unit in a rotational direction of the photosensitive
member and to irradiate the photosensitive member with light;

a detection unit configured to detect the electrostatic latent image for correction that is formed on the photosensitive member;
and

a control unit configured to correct a condition for forming an electrostatic latent image for image formation, based on the
result of detection by the detection unit,

wherein the control unit performs control such that the pre-exposure unit has a decreased light emission amount when the electrostatic
latent image for correction passes through a position facing the pre-exposure unit before being detected by the detection
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,112,736

DATA TRANSFER APPARATUS, DATA TRANSFER METHOD, AND INTER-CHIP COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data transfer apparatus that performs data transfer using a packet having a header field and a data field including data,
the header field including a plurality of pieces of attribute information that indicate types of the data transfer, the apparatus
comprising:
storing means for prioritizing and storing a combination of attribute information having a high frequency of appearance in
a first bus wherein the combination of attribute information and an identifier are associated with each other, and the combination
of the attribute information is a combination of at least two of a request type, cache information, security information,
data width information, and exclusive access information;

receiving means for receiving a packet including a plurality of pieces of attribute information from the first bus; and
transmitting means for, in the case where the plurality of pieces combination of attribute information included in the packet
received by the receiving means match a certain combination of attribute information stored in the storing means, transmitting
a packet including the identifier corresponding to the certain combination of attribute information instead of the plurality
of pieces of attribute information.

US Pat. No. 9,110,435

DEVICE CAPABLE OF EXTRACTING OUTPUT CONTROL INFORMATION, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing device comprising:
at least one processor; and
at least one memory,
wherein the at least one memory stores a program that, upon execution by the at least one processor, causes the at least one
processor to perform the functions of:

a receiving unit that receives an output start instruction for an image from a user;
a determining unit that determines a detection target region of the image based on a type of the output start instruction
received from the user;

a detection unit that detects a two-dimensional code from the determined detection target region of the image;
a permission determining unit that determines whether or not output of the image is permitted based on the detected two-dimensional
code; and

an output unit that either transmits the image to another device or prints the image, in accordance with the received output
start instruction, when output of the image is determined to be permitted;

wherein the output unit prints the image in a case where the type of the received output start instruction is printing and
output of the image is determined to be permitted, and transmits the image to another device in a case where the type of the
received output start instruction is transmitting and output of the image is determined to be permitted.

US Pat. No. 9,110,760

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of performing print processing, comprising:
an update unit configured to update firmware of the image forming apparatus;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire content information from an external apparatus on a network before the update unit
updates the firmware of the image forming apparatus, the content information being used by the image forming apparatus to
identify a content of correction to be executed by updating the firmware of the image forming apparatus; and

a determination unit configured to determine based on the content information acquired by the acquiring unit whether to update
the firmware of the image forming apparatus,

wherein the determination unit determines not to update the firmware of the image forming apparatus if the content of correction
identified from the content information is correction of a problem with an option unit not connected to the image forming
apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,108,406

DEVICE SUBSTRATE, LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING DEVICE SUBSTRATE AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A device substrate comprising:
a substrate body having an energy generating device provided thereon, the energy generating device generating energy for ejecting
liquid;

an ejection port forming member disposed on the substrate body, the ejection port forming member having a pressure chamber
that surrounds the energy generating device and at least one ejection port that communicates with the pressure chamber; and

a supply port configured to supply the liquid to the pressure chamber, wherein the ejection port forming member has a first
surface, which is in contact with the substrate body, and a second surface other than the first surface, and the supply port
is formed in the second surface.

US Pat. No. 9,107,651

TEST APPARATUS AND METHOD OF OBSERVING BIOPSY SPECIMEN SAMPLED BY USING TEST APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A test apparatus comprising:
a biopsy needle for sampling a biopsy specimen,
wherein the biopsy needle includes
a specimen holder that holds the sampled biopsy specimen, and
an optical window disposed in the specimen holder and configured to allow optical detection of the biopsy specimen.

US Pat. No. 9,110,238

OCULAR OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICK-UP APPARATUS INCORPORATING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ocular optical system used to view an image displayed on an image display surface, comprising: a first lens having positive
refractive power, a second lens of meniscus shape having negative refractive power with its concave surface facing the image
display surface side, and a third lens having positive refractive power arranged in this order from the image display surface
side to a viewer side, wherein, when f1 denotes a focal length of the first lens, f2 denotes a focal length of the second
lens and f denotes a focal length of the entire system, the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.82
?0.67

US Pat. No. 9,110,274

CATADIOPTRIC OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A catadioptric optical system comprising:
a catadioptric unit configured to form an intermediate image of an object;
a field lens disposed at a position where the intermediate image is formed; and
a dioptric unit configured to form an image of the intermediate image, the dioptric unit including a plurality of dioptric
optical elements,

wherein the catadioptric unit includes:
a first optical element including a first light transmission part having a convex surface on an object side, a positive refractive
power near an optical axis, and a first backside reflector having a first reflective film on a surface on the object side
in a periphery; and

a second optical element including a second light transmission part having a concave surface on the object side, a meniscus
shape, a negative refractive power near the optical axis, and a second backside reflector having a second reflective film
on a surface on an image side,

wherein the light flux from the object passes through the first light transmission part, the second backside reflector, the
first backside reflector, and the second light transmission part in this order, and is emitted to a field lens side, and

wherein the following condition is satisfied:
vdio where vcat denotes a smallest Abbe number in Abbe numbers of materials of the first and second optical elements, and vdio
denotes a smallest Abbe number in Abbe numbers of materials of the plurality of dioptric optical elements.

US Pat. No. 9,111,571

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processing unit configured to edit moving image data in scene units,
wherein the scene includes a plurality of moving image files each including moving image data and identification information
relating to continuity between the moving image file and another moving image file,

wherein the processing unit performs an editing process for deleting a portion of the moving image data from a head of one
scene,

wherein a portion of the moving image data, which is included in a predetermined moving image file among the plurality of
moving image files of the one scene, is deleted in accordance with the editing process for deleting the portion of the moving
image data from the head of the one scene; and

a control unit configured to change, in accordance with the editing process for deleting the portion of the moving image data
from the head of the one scene, the identification information of the predetermined moving image file of the one scene such
that it is discriminated that there is no moving image file which has continuity forwardly with the predetermined moving image
file.

US Pat. No. 9,106,898

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
at least one image sensor configured to receive light beams split after passing through an aperture and output a plurality
of stereopsis images; and

at least one processor or one circuit; and
a memory which is coupled to said at least one processor or one circuit and stores an instruction which cause said at least
one processor or one circuit to perform,

when an object brightness falls within a predetermined range and said at least one image sensor performs image capturing in
which the plurality of stereopsis images are output, an operation in which an opening of the aperture is controlled to be
closer to full-open side, compared to when said at least one image sensor performs image capturing in which the plurality
of stereopsis images are not output at the same exposure.

US Pat. No. 9,105,122

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,102,053

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an area state determination unit which determines, based on a result of measurement by a first sensor, a state of an area
where a plurality of target objects are arranged;

a control unit which controls a robot to hold one target object among the plurality of target objects by a holding unit of
the robot;

a holding state determination unit which determines a holding state of a holding target object held by the holding unit from
a result of measuring the holding target object by using a second sensor; and

an area decision unit which, when holding is determined based on the holding state determined by said holding state determination
unit to have failed, decides, by using at least one of the result of measurement by the first sensor and the result of measurement
by the second sensor, a return area where the holding target object is to be returned,

wherein said control unit controls the robot to return the holding target object in the return area.

US Pat. No. 9,104,163

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image forming section configured to form an image on a sheet based on an image forming job;
a conveying mechanism configured to convey the sheet to a post-processing apparatus configured to perform a binding process
for the sheet on which the image is formed;

an operation section configured to receive an input of information on a number of copies to be processed in a case where image
formation for a plurality of copies are performed in one image forming job, the information serving to identify a first number
of copies being a number of the sheet bundles to be subjected to a first binding process by using a binding fastener in the
post-processing apparatus and a second number of copies being a number of the sheet bundles to be subjected to a second binding
process different from the first binding process without use of the binding fastener; and

a control section configured to cause the post-processing apparatus to perform the first binding process for the first number
of copies and the second binding process for the second number of copies based on the information on the number of copies
to be processed which is received by the operation section,

wherein the operation section receives an input relating to a ratio between the first number of copies and the second number
of copies and an input of a total number of copies to be printed within the one image forming job.

US Pat. No. 9,100,599

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus that carries out exposure control by driving an aperture, the apparatus comprising:
an image sensor, including multiple pixels, that accumulates and transfers charges per predetermined pixel group;
a determination unit that determines an image region in the image sensor that serves as a region from which to output image
data for recording or image data for display;

a control unit that drives the aperture within a predetermined period; and
a changing unit that changes a cycle of the readout of the image data for recording or the image data for display from the
image sensor,

wherein the predetermined period includes a period where charge accumulation or charge transfer for the pixels which are not
included in the image region is being carried out, and does not include a period where charge accumulation or charge transfer
for the pixels which are included in the image region is being carried out, and

wherein the changing unit changes the cycle of the readout in order to drive the aperture within the predetermined period.
US Pat. No. 9,097,998

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

wherein the binder resin is a crystalline polyester.

US Pat. No. 9,098,221

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a scanning unit configured to scan an original to generate image data of the original;
a printing unit configured to print an image based on image data; and
a memory and a processor configured to:
manage applications dynamically installed, at least one of the applications executing a job using at least one of said scanning
unit and said printing unit and have a function of a security policy;

obtain security policy data that is transmitted from an external apparatus, the security policy data defining a security policy;
determine whether each of the managed applications corresponds to the security policy which is defined by the security policy
data; and

notify an administrator of at least one of the applications being determined not to correspond to the security policy which
is defined by the security policy data.

US Pat. No. 9,098,005

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable image bearing member configured to bear an electrostatic latent image;
a plurality of development devices, each device including a developer bearing member configured to bear a developer for developing
the electrostatic latent image;

a rotatable development device supporting member configured to support the plurality of development devices,
wherein the developer bearing member is configured to execute development while contacting the image bearing member at a development
position via the developer,

wherein the developer bearing member rotates in the same direction as a rotating direction of the image bearing member at
the development position and a surface moving speed of the developer bearing member is faster than a surface moving speed
of the image bearing member,

wherein the development device supporting member rotates so that the development device supporting member changes a developer
bearing member existing at the development position to another developer bearing member, and

wherein a first relative speed of a surface moving speed of the developer bearing member with respect to a surface moving
speed of the image bearing member when the developer bearing member is about to abut on or is about to separate from the image
bearing member becomes higher than a second relative speed of the surface moving speed of the developer bearing member with
respect to the surface moving speed of the image bearing member when the electrostatic latent image is developed; and

wherein a first potential difference is a potential difference during the first relative speed between a potential of a bias
applied to the developer bearing member when the developer bearing member is about to abut on or is about to separate from
the image bearing member and a potential of a non-image area of the image bearing member when the electrostatic latent image
is developed,

wherein a second potential difference is a potential difference during the second relative speed between the potential of
the bias applied to the developer bearing member when the electrostatic latent image is developed and a potential of a non-imaging
area of the image bearing member when the electrostatic latent image is developed,

wherein the first potential difference is higher than a second potential difference.

US Pat. No. 9,098,006

ROLLER MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,098,026

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING INDUCTION HEATING FIXING UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,098,041

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,100,625

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR CORRECTING REPRODUCTION CHARACTERISTICS BASED ON DIFFERENCES BETWEEN FIRST AND SECOND FORMED CHARTS AND TARGET VALUES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first determination unit configured to determine whether a difference between a result of measuring a first chart formed
by an image forming unit and a target value is larger than a first preset threshold value; and

a control unit configured to, based on a result of determination by the determination unit, control execution of correction
of reproduction characteristics of an image formed by the image forming unit by using a result of measuring a second chart
formed by the image forming unit and the target value.

US Pat. No. 9,090,061

PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT DRIVE METHOD AND LIQUID EJECTING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A piezoelectric element drive method of applying drive voltage waveforms to a plurality of piezoelectric elements to deform
the piezoelectric elements, the method comprising:
a step of applying pre-drive voltages to the piezoelectric elements prior to applying said drive voltage waveforms; and
a step of applying the drive voltage waveforms to the piezoelectric elements using a drive circuit so as to drive the piezoelectric
elements, wherein

the pre-drive voltage of a piezoelectric element has a higher voltage than a highest voltage of the drive voltage waveform,
and

said drive circuit comprises (i) a first power supply section that outputs the drive voltage waveform, (ii) a switch circuit
that selectively applies the drive voltage waveform output from the first power supply section to first electrodes of the
plurality of piezoelectric elements, and (iii) a second power supply section that applies a voltage to respective second electrodes
of the plurality of piezoelectric elements and outputs a bias voltage after the output of the pre-drive voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,076,103

DEVICE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WHICH COOPERATES WITH A POWER MANAGMENT SYSTEM FOR MANAGING POWER CONSUMPTION CONSUMED BY A PLURALITY OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES, CONTROL METHOD FOR DEVICE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

5. A control method in a device management system that communicates through a network with a power management system that
associates identification information for identifying a configuration for power supply with a plurality of electronic devices
that includes at least one image forming apparatus to thereby manage power consumption consumed by the plurality of electronic
devices, the method comprising the steps of:
managing specific information for specifying each image forming apparatus of a plurality of image forming apparatuses that
is an object of management;

managing identification information corresponding to each image forming apparatus by association with the specific information
for specifying each image forming apparatus;

requesting information related to power consumption of each image forming apparatus from the power management system by use
of the managed identification information; and

managing the information related to power consumption acquired in the requesting step by association with the specific information
for specifying each image forming apparatus,

wherein the identification information that identifies the configuration of the power supply is identification information
read from an IC chip.

US Pat. No. 9,073,311

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINT CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,065,941

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a hard disk unit;
a control unit configured to output an instruction to retract a head of the hard disk unit;
a monitoring unit configured to monitor a state of the control unit and output, in a case where the monitoring unit determines
that the control unit is in a state where the instruction to retract the head of the hard disk unit cannot be output, an instruction
to retract the head of the hard disk unit; and

a hard disk controller configured to receive the instruction from the control unit or the monitoring unit and to issue a command
for retracting the head of the hard disk unit to the hard disk unit in a case where the hard disk controller receives the
instruction from the control unit or the monitoring unit,

wherein the hard disk unit retracts the head of the hard disk unit in a case where the hard disk unit receives the command.

US Pat. No. 9,065,988

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT HAVING IMAGE PICKUP PIXEL AND FOCUS DETECTION PIXEL AND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element including a plurality of image pickup pixels that perform a photoelectric conversion for an image
formed by a light beam from an image pickup optical system and a plurality of focus detection pixels that perform a photoelectric
conversion for an image formed by a divided light beam of the light beam from the image pickup optical system; and

a signal processor configured to perform a shading correction for a pixel signal from the image pickup element,
wherein the image pickup element generates a first pixel signal by combining signals from the plurality of image pickup pixels,
and generates a second pixel signal without combining a signal from the focus detection pixel, and

wherein the signal processor performs the shading correction for the first pixel signal and the second pixel signal using
correction data different from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,065,992

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF PIXELS FOR DETECTING FOCUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor including a plurality of pixels for detecting focus based on a phase-difference detection method,
each of the plurality of pixels including:
a semiconductor region including a plurality of photoelectric converters from which signals are allowed to be independently
read out for detecting focus;

a first microlens;
a second microlens, made of a single material, which is arranged between the first microlens and the semiconductor region;
and

an insulating film arranged between the second microlens and the semiconductor region, the insulating film having a flat upper
surface,

wherein the second microlens includes a central portion and a peripheral portion that surrounds the central portion, the central
portion having a flat upper surface, and a flat lower surface in contact with the flat upper surface of the insulating film,
the peripheral portion having a upper surface, and a flat lower surface in contact with the flat upper surface of the insulating
film, and

wherein the upper surface of the peripheral portion is configured such that the peripheral portion has a positive power.

US Pat. No. 9,061,844

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR CORRECTING SKEW OF A SHEET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:
a first conveyance roller pair configured to convey a sheet;
a second conveyance roller pair disposed upstream of the first conveyance roller pair and configured to convey the sheet;
a contact portion disposed downstream of the first conveyance roller pair and configured to contact the conveyed sheet;
a third conveyance roller pair disposed downstream of the first conveyance roller pair and configured to convey the sheet
with a skew having been corrected by contacting the contact portion;

a separation unit configured to separate the first conveyance roller pair; and
a control unit configured to control a conveyance speed of the sheet conveyed by the first conveyance roller pair, a conveyance
speed of the sheet conveyed by the second conveyance roller pair, and the separation unit,

wherein the control unit forms a loop of the sheet between the first conveyance roller pair and the second conveyance roller
pair, and separates the first conveyance roller pair before a leading edge of the sheet reaches the contact portion.

US Pat. No. 9,063,406

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND A METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A DEVICE THAT CONDUCT EXPOSURE USING A SET LIGHT SOURCE SHAPE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus that exposes a substrate via a mask, the apparatus comprising:
(a) a plurality of light sources arrayed two-dimensionally and configured to form a plurality of illumination modes to illuminate
the mask;

(b) a projection optical system configured to project a pattern of the mask illuminated by the plurality of light sources
on the substrate; and

(c) a light source control unit configured to control driving of each of said plurality of light sources, said light source
control unit comprising:

(i) a light source drive configured to drive each of said plurality of light sources;
(ii) a storage unit configured to store driving information of a plurality of illumination modes of each of said plurality
of light sources;

(iii) a console configured to designate an illumination mode from the plurality of illumination modes based on an exposure
recipe; and

(iv) a controller configured to invoke driving information of each of said plurality of light sources from the storage unit
in accordance with the illumination mode designated by said console, and to issue turning on and off driving instructions
to said light source drive, so that said plurality of light sources form the illumination mode designated by said console.

US Pat. No. 9,066,023

IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD OF THESE APPARATUSES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensing apparatus which is communicable with another image sensing apparatus, comprising:
a transmission unit configured to transmit an instruction signal, which instructs a start of exposure to said another image
sensing apparatus;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire delay time information of said another image sensing apparatus, indicative of delay
time from reception of the instruction signal transmitted by said transmission unit to the start of exposure of said another
image sensing apparatus; and

a control unit configured to control at least one of exposure-start timing of the image sensing apparatus itself and transmission
timing of the instruction signal, which is transmitted by said transmission unit, based on the delay time information acquired
by said acquisition unit,

wherein said acquisition unit acquires the delay time information by generating the delay time information based on a shooting
condition of said another image sensing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,057,977

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image, the image forming unit comprising a charge unit configured to charge a
surface of a photosensitive member, an exposure unit configured to expose the charged surface of the photosensitive member
to form an electrostatic latent image, a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image using a toner,
and a supply unit configured to supply toner to the developing unit;

a prediction unit configured to predict a toner consumption amount;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a time of toner agitation by the developing unit; and
a control unit configured to set a control condition for controlling the image forming unit, on the basis of the toner consumption
amount predicted by the prediction unit, the toner supply amount supplied by the supply unit, and the time of toner agitation
obtained by the obtaining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,054,691

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS OR INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
oscillating means for oscillating a clock;
supplying means for supplying the clock to an external device;
control means for transmitting to the supplying means a control signal for stopping supply of the clock;
receiving means for receiving data output from the external device in synchronization with the clock, and for stopping loading
the data in accordance with the control signal;

first delay means for correcting a phase shift of the data received by the receiving means; and
second delay means for delaying a control signal for stopping loading the received data so as to correct a period-to-period
shift of the received data, wherein the second delay means corrects a period-to-period shift in a data load timing of the
receiving means by inputting the control signal to the receiving means with a delay equal to an integer multiple of one cycle
of the clock oscillated by the oscillating means.

US Pat. No. 9,050,842

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PERFORMING DUPLEX PRINTING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus capable of performing duplex printing, comprising:
an assigning unit configured to assign original images of a plurality of pages to front and back surfaces of each of a plurality
of sheets, wherein assignment of the original images is performed, in both of a case of normal order output being instructed
and a case of reverse order output being instructed, in turn from a first page of the plurality of pages, and a blank page
is assigned when a number of consecutive pages of a same size is an odd number; and

a printing control unit configured to, when the normal order output is instructed, control to print the original images from
a sheet to which the assigning unit assigns an original image of the first page out of the plurality of pages, and when the
reverse order output is instructed, control to print the original images from a sheet to which the assigning unit assigns
an original image of a final page out of the plurality of pages,

wherein, when the normal order output is instructed, printing of the original images is started before the assignment by the
assigning unit is completed, and when the reverse order output is instructed, printing of the original images is started after
the assignment by the assigning unit is completed, and printing of the original images is performed based on a result of the
assignment in which the original images are assigned in turn from the first page of the plurality of pages, in both of the
case of the normal order output being instructed and the case of the reverse order output being instructed.

US Pat. No. 9,051,148

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of printing an image on a sheet and controlling one of a plurality of binding units
to bind sheets, the plurality of binding units being configured to perform a respective plurality of types of binding processes,
the image processing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to print an image on a sheet;
a control unit configured to control one of the plurality of binding units to bind sheets on which images are printed by the
printing unit;

a designation unit configured to enable designation of a binding process to be used to bind the sheets; and
a selection unit configured to select a sheet to be used for printing that has a greatest quantity that can be bound by the
designated binding process, from a plurality of different types of sheets having the same size,

wherein the printing unit prints an image on the type of sheet selected by the selection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,044,935

ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An element substrate comprising:
a plurality of print elements;
a plurality of drive elements provided in correspondence with said plurality of print elements and configured to drive said
plurality of print elements; and

a driving circuit configured to generate a double-pulse upon receiving a single reference voltage and two ramp waves and apply
the double-pulse to said plurality of drive elements and drive said plurality of drive elements,

wherein said driving circuit includes:
a generation circuit configured to generate the single reference voltage and the two ramp waves; and
a comparison circuit configured to compare the single reference voltage with the two ramp waves, and
said driving circuit generates a plurality of double-pulses having different pulse widths from a result of comparison of said
comparison circuit, using ramp waves having different slopes.

US Pat. No. 10,251,206

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:at least one memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor that, upon execution of instructions stored in the at least one memory, causes the communication apparatus to:
accept one instruction from a user;
execute, in accordance with the one instruction, a first search and a second search, wherein the first search is for searching for a first other communication apparatus in a first wireless network in which the communication apparatus is , and wherein the second search is for searching, by a method different from the first search, for a second other communication apparatus that is directly connectable to the communication apparatus in a second wireless network different from the first wireless network;
discriminably display, on a display unit, information of the first other communication apparatus detected by the first search and information of the second other communication apparatus detected by the second search; and
receive a user input indicating one of the first other communication apparatus and the second other communication apparatus as a connection target; and
perform control to initiate a connection with the connection target indicated by the received user input,
wherein, in a case where the received user input indicates that
the second other communication apparatus detected by the second search is the connection target,
the communication apparatus displays on the display unit information indicating that the communication apparatus will leave the first wireless network and prompting the user for confirmation to proceed with the second other communication apparatus as the connection target, and
the communication apparatus leaves the first wireless network and proceeds to initiate the connection with the second other communication apparatus if confirmation to proceed is received from the user, and
in a case where the received user input indicates that the first other communication apparatus detected by the first search is the connection target, the communication apparatus proceeds to initiate the connection with the first other communication apparatus without displaying the information indicating that the communication apparatus will leave the first wireless network.

US Pat. No. 10,244,576

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:at least one memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor that, upon execution of the instructions stored in the at least one memory, causes the communication apparatus to:
establish a communication session with another communication apparatus in a predetermined wireless channel;
determine a detection of a radar wave in the predetermined wireless channel;
transmit, in a case where the communication session is established, a predetermined signal for maintaining the communication session at a predetermined interval; and
transmit the predetermined signal even before the predetermined interval comes in response to the detection of the radar wave in the predetermined wireless channel being determined so as to maintain the communication session.

US Pat. No. 10,163,039

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors;
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to perform operations including:
specifying, under a predetermined condition, a set of images from among a plurality of images,
generating clusters by classifying, after the set of images is specified, the plurality of images into any of a number of clusters that is the same as a number of image layout regions, wherein the images specified as the set of images before the clusters are generated are included in the same cluster based on using information about the set of images as a reference,
collectively selecting images that constitute the set of images from among the images included in the generated clusters, and
creating a material by arranging, in the image layout regions that correspond to the clusters one-to-one, the selected images constituting the set of images.

US Pat. No. 10,148,922

DISPLAY SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display system comprising:a master device that displays a master image corresponding to a part of image data; and
a slave device that displays a slave image corresponding to another part of the image data,
wherein the slave device includes:
a slave signal generator that starts to generate a slave timing signal at a predetermined interval with reference to a timing based on a first instruction received from the master device;
a slave communicator that transmits, after the receipt of the first instruction, to the master device a completion notification indicating that a preparation for displaying the slave image is completed; and
a slave display that displays the slave image based on a second instruction which is received from the master device after the completion notification has been transmitted to the master device and which is in synchronization with the slave timing signal; and
Wherein the master device includes:
a master signal generator that generates a master timing signal at the predetermined interval;
a master communicator that transmits the first instruction generated based on a generation timing of the master timing signal, and transmits the second instruction to the slave device after the completion notification is received from the slave device and a preparation for displaying the master image is completed; and
a master display that displays the master image in synchronization with the master timing signal corresponding to the second instruction; and
wherein the master communicator transmits the first instruction to the slave device at a predetermined frame rate, and wherein the slave signal generator detects a frame rate based on the first instruction received from the master device, and generates the slave timing signal based on the detected frame rate.

US Pat. No. 10,139,766

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive member;
a charging member configured to electrically charge said photosensitive member;
a developing device configured to form a toner image by supplying toner to said photosensitive member;
a transfer member configured to transfer the toner image from said photosensitive member onto a toner image receiving member;
a cleaning member provided in contact with said photosensitive member and configured to remove the toner remaining on a surface of said photosensitive member after transfer; and
a controller configured to carry out a process for notifying information on a lifetime of said charging member on the basis of use amount information on a use amount of said charging member and contact pressure information on contact pressure applied by said cleaning member to said photosensitive member.

US Pat. No. 10,140,560

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF PRINTING APPARATUS, AND A STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a feed tray on which a sheet is to be placed;
a printer configured to print an image on the sheet fed from the feed tray;
a memory device configured to store a sheet size and a sheet type, which are selected by a user and set to the feed tray, and to store information indicating whether setting a sheet size and/or a sheet type is omitted; and
a controller configured to receive a print job,
wherein a first print job designates the feed tray as a sheet supply source and designates a sheet size and a sheet type of a sheet to be printed,
wherein a second print job designates the feed tray as a sheet supply source but does not designate a sheet size and a sheet type of a sheet to be printed,
wherein, in a case where the first print job is received and a sheet size and a sheet type are set to the feed tray, the controller controls the printer to execute a printing operation according to the sheet size and the sheet type in the first print job if the sheet size and the sheet type in the first print job corresponds to the sheet size and the sheet type set to the feed tray,
wherein, in a case where the first print job is received and a sheet size is set to the feed tray but setting of a sheet type is omitted, the controller controls the printer to execute a printing operation according to the sheet size and the sheet type in the first print job if the sheet size in the first print job corresponds to the sheet size set to the feed tray,
wherein, in a case where the first print job is received and setting a sheet size and a sheet type is omitted, the controller controls the printer to execute a printing operation according to the sheet size and the sheet type in the first print job, and
wherein, in a case where the second print job is received, the controller controls the printer to execute a printing operation according to a sheet size and a sheet type for the feed tray even when the setting a sheet size and a sheet type is omitted.

US Pat. No. 10,141,879

MOTOR CONTROL APPARATUS, SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS, DOCUMENT FEEDING APPARATUS, DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A motor control apparatus to control a motor based on an instructed phase indicating a target phase of a rotor of the motor, the motor control apparatus comprising:a detector configured to detect a driving current flowing through a winding of the motor;
a phase determiner configured to determine a rotation phase of the rotor based on the driving current detected by the detector;
a converter configured to convert a current value in a stationary coordinate system which is detected by the detector into a current value in a rotational coordinate system based on the rotation phase determined by the phase determiner; and
a controller including a first control mode for controlling the driving current in a manner that a magnitude of the driving current detected by the detector becomes a target value set in a manner that a phase deviation between the instructed phase indicating the target phase of the rotor of the motor and the rotation phase determined by the phase determiner is decreased, and a second control mode for controlling the driving current based on a current having a previously determined magnitude,
wherein, in a case where the control mode for controlling the driving current is switched from the second control mode to the first control mode, the target value in the first control mode is set based on a value of a torque current component of the driving current detected by the detector during execution of the second control mode, and
wherein the torque current component corresponds to a current component represented by the rotational coordinate system of the driving current converted by the converter.

US Pat. No. 10,138,083

SHEET DISCHARGING APPARATUS, SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet discharging apparatus comprising:an apparatus body;
a discharge member provided in the apparatus body and configured to discharge a sheet;
a movable tray movable with respect to the apparatus body and including a sheet supporting surface configured to support the sheet discharged by the discharge member;
a movable member provided in the movable tray and configured to move by being pressed by the sheet supported on the sheet supporting surface; and
a detecting portion provided in the apparatus body and configured to detect a presence of the sheet supported on the sheet supporting surface in response to a position of the movable member,
wherein the movable member includes an extension portion extending out of the movable tray toward the apparatus body,
the apparatus body is provided with an opening portion through which the extension portion extends into the apparatus body,
the opening portion is formed such that the extension portion is movable along a moving direction of the movable tray within the apparatus body, and
the detecting portion is configured to detect a position of the movable member by detecting the extension portion.

US Pat. No. 10,136,807

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography system comprising:an interferometer which includes single mode fibers and a plurality of polarization controllers, wherein at least one of the plurality of polarization controllers is disposed on each of the fibers of the interferometer, which include a fiber for a sample light beam, a fiber for a reference light beam, and a fiber for a detection light beam; and
an image forming unit which determines a pixel value from a data set consisting of two orthogonal polarization components simultaneously obtained at substantially identical spatial positions of an object,
wherein a measurement light beam has a static single polarization state.

US Pat. No. 10,142,497

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,142,502

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,143,033

COMMUNICATIONS APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communications apparatus, comprising:a receiving unit configured to receive a beacon signal from one of a plurality of apparatuses, wherein between the plurality of apparatuses, synchronization of a first period in which data is transmitted or received and a second period in which data is neither transmitted nor received is established;
a determination unit configured to determine the first period based on the beacon signal that was received by the receiving unit;
a transmission unit configured to transmit, in the first period that was determined by the determination unit, a signal that requests obtaining of information to the plurality of apparatuses;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information from each of the plurality of apparatuses in a case where the signal was transmitted by the transmission unit; and
a display control unit configured to control display on a display unit based on the information obtained by the obtaining unit.

US Pat. No. 10,137,683

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD SUBSTRATE, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head substrate comprising:a first heater row including a plurality of heaters arranged in a first direction in a plan view; and
a first transistor and a second transistor configured to supply current to a first heater of the plurality of heaters,
wherein the first heater and the first transistor are connected in series on an electric path between first wiring to which a first potential is supplied and second wiring to which a second potential different from the first potential is supplied,
wherein the first heater and the second transistor are connected in series on an electric path between the first wiring and the second wiring, and
wherein the first heater is arranged between the first transistor and the second transistor in a second direction crossing the first direction in the plan view.

US Pat. No. 10,137,690

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an ink image by a first liquid and a coloring material on an ink receiving medium;
a liquid absorbing member including a porous body formed into a belt shape having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface, wherein the first surface is configured to come into contact with the ink image and to absorb at least some of the first liquid from the ink image;
a compression member configured to come into contact with the second surface of the porous body in order to compress the second surface for extruding the first liquid from the first surface; and
a liquid collecting member configured to collect the first liquid extruded from the first surface by the compression member.

US Pat. No. 10,140,777

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:a memory configured to store instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the instructions to function as:
an extraction unit configured to extract a finger region from a captured image;
a generation unit configured to generate a finger model from the finger region;
a determination unit configured to perform a collision determination for a collision between the finger model and a CG model superimposed on the captured image; and
a control unit configured to:
when the collision determination indicates that the finger model has sunk into the CG model, calculate a movement amount of the finger model such that the finger model is not sunk into the CG model; and
control a display form of the finger model based on the determined movement amount of the finger model such that the finger model is not sunk into the CG model.

US Pat. No. 10,130,321

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:a processor coupled to a memory and programmed to function as:
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display a selecting screen for presenting a list of imaging information of registered radiation detectors and receiving a selection from the list, the imaging information being information in which information regarding a radiation imaging is associated with type information of each radiation detector; and
an associating unit configured to associate in such a manner that when a certain radiation detector is registered, the imaging information selected through the selecting screen is associated with inherent information of the certain radiation detector, the inherent information being information capable of identifying the certain radiation detector.

US Pat. No. 10,133,185

ILLUMINATION OPTICAL APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An illumination optical apparatus for illuminating a mask with light from a light source, the apparatus comprising:an optical integrator configured to reflect the light incident from an incident end plane in an inner surface a plurality of times;
an image forming optical system configured to form an image of an emission end plane of the optical integrator on the mask, an illumination area of the mask corresponding to a position of the emission end plane of the optical integrator; and
a tilting unit configured to tilt the optical integrator with a center position of the emission end plane of the optical integrator designated as a rotation center,
wherein telecentricity of light incident on the mask changes according to the tilt of the optical integrator.

US Pat. No. 10,132,681

NOISE REDUCTION APPARATUS AND DETECTION APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A noise reduction apparatus comprising:a first delaying/combining unit configured to branch a pulse light beam of a first period into two pulse light beams, provide a first delay time between the two branched pulse light beams, and combine the two branched pulse light beams, to output a first pulse light beam polarized in a first direction and a second pulse light beam polarized in a direction orthogonal to the first direction and delayed by the first delay time with respect to the first pulse light beam; and
a second delaying/combining unit configured to branch the first pulse light beam into two pulse light beams, provide a second delay time between the two branched pulse light beams, combine the two branched pulse light beams, to output a third pulse light beam polarized in a second direction and a fourth pulse light beam polarized in a direction orthogonal to the second direction and delayed by the second delay time with respect to the third pulse light beam, branch the second pulse light beam into two pulse light beams, provide the second delay time between the two branched pulse light beams, and combine the two branched pulse light beams, to output a fifth pulse light beam polarized in the second direction and a sixth pulse light beam polarized in a direction orthogonal to the second direction and delayed by the second delay time with respect to the fifth pulse light beam,
wherein a light intensity ratio between the first pulse light beam and the second pulse light beam is 1:1,
wherein a light intensity ratio between the third pulse light beam and the fourth pulse light beam is 1:3,
wherein a light intensity ratio between the fifth pulse light beam and the sixth pulse light beam is 3:1, and
wherein a delay time ratio between the first delay time and the second delay time is 1:2 or 2:1.

US Pat. No. 10,133,969

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM CONFIGURED TO FORM IMAGE LAYERS ON A FIRST RECORDING MEDIUM AND A SECOND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. A control method for an image forming apparatus to form one or a plurality of image layers on a plurality of recording media including a first recording medium on which a first number of image layers are formed and a second recording medium on which a second number of image layers are formed, wherein the second number is larger than the first number by two or more, the control method comprising:receiving a print job;
sequentially conveying recording media included in the plurality of recording media to a recording position used to form an image layer on a recording medium;
forming, each time a recording medium is conveyed to the recording position, one image layer on the recording medium conveyed to the recording position based on the print job;
re-conveying, to the recording position, a recording medium having one or a plurality of image layers formed on the re-conveyed recording medium; and
discharging, to a discharge destination in a sequence of discharging that is based on one or a plurality of print jobs each corresponding to the print job, a recording medium or media having an image layer or layers completely formed on the media,
wherein, regardless of the sequence of discharging, the second recording medium is conveyed to the recording position prior to the first recording medium, and
wherein, in a case where a number of remaining image layers to be formed on the second recording medium having one or more image layers already formed on the second recording medium and a number of remaining image layers to be formed on the first recording medium having no image layer yet formed on the first recording medium are equal to each other, the first recording medium is conveyed to the recording position.

US Pat. No. 10,133,201

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle containing an amorphous resin, a colorant, a release agent, and a crystalline resin;the amorphous resin comprising an amorphous polyester resin A having a monomer unit derived from polyhydric alcohol and a monomer unit derived from polybasic carboxylic acid; and
the content, in the monomer unit derived from polybasic carboxylic acid, of a monomer unit derived from at least one compound selected from the group consisting of tribasic and higher basic carboxylic acids and derivatives thereof is 25.0 to 80.0 mol %, wherein
3.0×104 Pa??0.01?2.0 ×105 Pa,
2.0?[?0.69/?0.01],
2.5×105 Pa??0.01(A)?7.5×105 Pa, and
3.0?[?0.69 (A)/?0.01(A)]
when ?0.01 represents the extensional viscosity of the toner at a Hencky strain at 90° C. of 0.01, ?0.69 represents the extensional viscosity of the toner at a Hencky strain at 90° C. of 0.69, ?0.01(A)represents the extensional viscosity of amorphous polyester resin A at a Hencky strain at 90° C. of 0.01 and ?0.69(A) represents the extensional viscosity of amorphous polyester resin A at a Hencky strain at 90° C. of 0.69.

US Pat. No. 10,135,869

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:a first information processing apparatus configured to set a security policy; and
a second information processing apparatus which is subject to a function restriction according to the security policy set by the first information processing apparatus;
the first information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory storing instructions; and
a processor, when the instructions are executed, configured to:
provide a policy screen, the policy screen being a screen for setting a security policy for enhancing security of the second information processing apparatus;
hold a conversation rule that associates the security policy with a plurality of setting values and control information;
generate forced data by converting the security policy set via the policy screen into the plurality of setting values and the control information based on the conversation rule,
the forced data including information indicating a plurality of setting values for determining an operation of the second information processing apparatus and control information for controlling prohibition of a change of the setting values in the second information processing apparatus,
wherein the control information is configured to control such that at least one of the plurality of setting values is allowed to be changed and at least another one of the plurality of setting values is prohibited from being changed; and
the second information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory storing instructions; and
a processor, when the instructions are executed, configured to:
perform application processing for setting up the setting values included in the forced data generated by the first information processing apparatus in the second information processing apparatus and execute prohibition control on a change of at least one of the setting values based on the control information about the setting values in the forced data, wherein at least one of the setting values is allowed to be changed and at least one of the setting values is prohibited from being changed.

US Pat. No. 10,131,806

AQUEOUS INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aqueous ink for ink jet, the aqueous ink comprising:a pigment; and
a resin,
wherein the pigment is impregnated with a compound having a structure in which at least two structures each represented by General Formula (1) are bonded by a glycoside bond:

 wherein, in General Formula (1), each of R1 to R6 is independently a hydrogen atom, a methyl group, a phosphonic acid group, —(CH2)x—OH, —(OCH(CH3))y—COOH, —NH(COCH2)z—H, —OCOCH2CH(OCOCH2(OH)C11H22CH3)C10H20CH3, or —NHCOCH2CH(OC11H22CH3)C10H20CH3, and at least one of R1 and R2 is a hydroxy group, and each of x, y, and z is independently a number from 0 or more to 6 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,129,551

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,128,015

X-RAY SHIELD GRATING AND X-RAY TALBOT INTERFEROMETER INCLUDING X-RAY SHIELD GRATING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray shield grating comprising:a substrate on which a plurality of recessed portions are arranged; and metal that is arranged in each of the recessed portions,
wherein the substrate includes a bent region that is bent in an arrangement direction in which the plurality of recessed portions are arranged,
wherein a radius of curvature of the bent region is 200 millimeters or less, and
wherein in the bent region,
in a case where a maximum value of a width of a region sandwiched between two adjacent recessed portions of the plurality of recessed portions is less than or equal to three times a minimum value of the width of the region sandwiched between the two adjacent recessed portions, and
in a case where a width of the substrate in an end portion of the bent region represents a shortest distance from the end portion to the metal when the end portion is part of the substrate, and represents 0 when the end portion is part of the metal,
wherein the end portion is cut off so the width of the substrate in the end portion of the bent region being less than or equal to three times the minimum value of the region sandwiched between the two adjacent recessed portions of the plurality of recessed portions,
wherein the substrate includes an outer frame region that is in contact with the bent region, and the radius of curvature of the outer frame region is greater than 200 millimeters, and
wherein the substrate has a first surface including the metal arranged in the plurality of the recessed portions and a second surface that is located on the opposite side of the first surface, and the first surface is broadened compared with the second surface.

US Pat. No. 10,126,996

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

17. A control method for a control apparatus configured to execute a job for producing a three-dimensional object, the control method comprising:acquiring a captured image of the object that is produced according to an execution of the job by the control apparatus, which is recorded by an imaging device; and
outputting the acquired captured image, attribute information indicating an attribute of the job, and data included in the job and indicating a target to be produced as history information of the job, from the control apparatus outward to accumulate in a data server,
wherein the output captured image including still images regarding plural timings during a time period from a start to an end of production carried out by the execution of the job.

US Pat. No. 10,129,415

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,124,558

THERMAL EXPANSION SUPPRESSING MEMBER AND ANTI-THERMALLY-EXPANSIVE MEMBER

KYOTO UNIVERSITY, Kyoto-...

1. An oxide represented by general formula (1):(Bi1-xMx)NiO3   (1),
wherein M represents at least one metal selected from the group consisting of Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu, Y, and In, and
wherein x represents a numerical value of 0.02?x?0.15.

US Pat. No. 10,124,608

IMAGE PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image printing apparatus, comprising:a printing head that ejects ink to perform printing;
a conveyance unit that conveys a recording medium in a first direction;
a platen that supports the recording medium at a position at which the platen faces the printing head;
a contact portion that is disposed on the platen and comes into contact with the recording medium;
a non-contact portion that is disposed on the platen so as to be surrounded by the contact portion and does not come into contact with the recording medium;
a first suction hole formed in the non-contact portion for causing the recording medium to adhere to the contact portion;
an ink receiving portion that is formed on the platen and receives ink ejected from the printing head to beyond the recording medium in a second direction intersecting the first direction during printing;
a second suction hole that is formed in the ink receiving portion and into which air is sucked near an edge of the recording medium in the second direction in an area through which the recording medium passes;
a recessed portion that extends in the first direction and is formed between the ink receiving portion and the contact portion in the second direction so as to be lower than the contact portion;
a supply portion that supplies air to a space defined by the recessed portion and the recording medium; and
a communication portion for communicating the second suction hole and the recessed portion with each other at a position lower than the contact portion.

US Pat. No. 10,124,609

CUTTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cutting apparatus comprising:a cutter unit having a cutter blade, the cutter unit being configured to reciprocate with the cutter blade from a first end portion of a sheet through a second end portion of the sheet to cut the sheet;
a sensing unit configured to sense a position of at least the second end portion of the sheet; and
a control unit configured to control movement of the cutter unit such that a return movement of the cutter unit occurs from a reverse position that is set in accordance with a sensing result of the sensing unit,
wherein the reverse position is settable to a position in which the second end portion remains in the cutter unit.

US Pat. No. 10,126,925

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGE DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a storage unit configured to store a plurality of imaging methods;
a memory storing a program; and
one or more processors which, by executing the program, function as:
a display control unit configured to display a plurality of imaging buttons each corresponding to the plurality of imaging methods on a screen, and to display an image obtained by imaging on the screen, the imaging buttons being lined up in an imaging method list;
a selection unit configured to select one of the displayed plurality of buttons; and
an imaging unit configured to perform imaging by an imaging method corresponding to the selected button read from the storage unit, wherein
the plurality of buttons include a first button that indicates that imaging by a first imaging method is in a ready state; a second button that indicates that an image obtained by imaging by a second imaging method is being displayed on the screen; a third button that indicates that imaging by a third imaging method is completed, and an image obtained by imaging by the third imaging method is not displayed on the screen; and a fourth button that indicates that imaging by a fourth imaging method has commenced but is not completed,
the display control unit displays the first button, the second button, and the third button on the screen in different display format, and displays the fourth button in the same display format as the third button, and
when an imaging method is completed, a focus of the imaging button corresponding to the imaging method automatically transitions to a next button of the imaging button in the imaging method list and the imaging apparatus transitions to an imaging ready state.

US Pat. No. 10,126,676

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,120,321

POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS COMPRISING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power transmission apparatus comprising:a first pulley rotationally driven by a driving unit;
a second pulley;
a belt extended around the first pulley and the second pulley; and
a supply unit configured to supply a voltage such that the first pulley and the belt are electrostatically attracted to each other and that the second pulley and the belt are electrostatically attracted to each other, wherein
the belt includes a conductor layer,
at least one pulley among the first pulley and the second pulley includes a first electrode to which a first voltage is applied and a second electrode that is insulated from the first electrode and to which a second voltage is applied,
an insulating layer or a dielectric layer is arranged between the conductor layer of the belt and the first electrode of the at least one pulley, and
another insulating layer or another dielectric layer is arranged between the conductor layer of the belt and the second electrode of the at least one pulley.

US Pat. No. 10,122,891

RECORDING DATA GENERATING APPARATUS, IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS, RECORDING DATA GENERATING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording data generating apparatus that generates recording data used for reproducing a gloss of an image by recording inclined structures on a recording medium, the recording data generating apparatus comprising:a conversion unit that converts gloss data with a first resolution having an inclined structure as one pixel into inclined structure data representing a combination ratio of a predetermined number of kinds of inclined structures;
a halftone processing unit that generates N-value quantization data representing one of the predetermined number of kinds of inclined structures by performing a halftone process of the inclined structure data of each pixel with the first resolution, N being equal to the predetermined number of kinds; and
a recording data generating unit that generates recording data used for recording one of the predetermined number of kinds of inclined structures for each pixel with the first resolution based on the quantization data.

US Pat. No. 10,120,331

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE INCLUDING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:an electrically conductive support; and
a photosensitive layer on the support, wherein
a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises a copolymer of a polymerizable functional group-containing charge transporting substance and a compound represented by formula (1):

where Ar is a substituted or unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon group and is an m-valent group obtained by eliminating m number of hydrogen atoms each bonded to a benzene ring of a compound represented by formula (2) other than from R1, R2 and R3;
Ln represents a divalent group represented by formula (3) or formula (4);
Fn represents a polymerizable functional group; and
m represents an integer of 1 to 4 and when m is equal to or larger than 2, m number of structures in parenthesis are the same or different:

where R1, R2 and R3 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a substituted or unsubstituted phenyl group; and
substituents on Ar, R1, R2 and R3 are each an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms or an alkoxy group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms:

where R4 represents an alkylene group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms and p represents 0 or 1; and
R5 represents an alkylene group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms and r represents an integer of 1 to 4.

US Pat. No. 10,117,099

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication apparatus to:
transmit an authentication request signal to another communication apparatus in a case where the communication apparatus provides the another communication apparatus with a communication parameter to be used for connecting to a wireless network;
receive an error notification from the another communication apparatus in a case where the authentication request signal is transmitted by unicast and authentication processing based on the authentication request signal fails in the another communication apparatus,
wherein in a case where the authentication request signal is transmitted by broadcast or multicast, the communication apparatus does not receive an error notification from the another communication apparatus even in a case where the authentication processing based on the authentication request signal fails in the another communication apparatus; and
provide the another communication apparatus with the communication parameter in a case where a notification that the authentication processing based on the authentication request signal has succeeded in the another communication apparatus is received.

US Pat. No. 10,114,303

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle, whereinthe toner particle has a core-shell structure constituted by a core portion and a shell portion,
the core portion contains a binder resin and a wax, and
the shell portion contains a polyester resin A,
the polyester resin A comprising an isosorbide unit represented by formula (1)

the polyester resin A being a polymerization product obtained by condensation polymerization of:
(i) a dicarboxylic acid or anhydride thereof, wherein the dicarboxylic acid is selected from the group consisting of maleic acid, fumaric acid, itaconic acid, oxalic acid, malonic acid, succinic acid, dodecyl succinic acid, dodecenyl succinic acid, adipic acid, azelaic acid, sebacic acid, decane-1,10-dicarboxylic acid, phthalic acid, tetrahydrophthalic acid, hexahydrophthalic acid, tetrabromophthalic acid, tetrachlorophthalic acid, HET acid, himic acid, isophthalic acid, terephthalic acid, cyclohexanedicarboxylic acid and 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid,
(ii) an isosorbide represented by formula (2)

(iii) a divalent alcohol other than the isosorbide, wherein the divalent alcohol is selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,2-propylene glycol, 1,4-butanediol, 1,5-pentanediol, 1,6-hexanediol, diethylene glycol, dipropylene glycol, triethylene glycol, neopentyl glycol, bisphenol A, bisphenol F, ethylene oxide adducts of bisphenol A, propylene oxide adducts of bisphenol A, xylylene diglycol, 1,4-cyclohexanedimethanol and hydrogenated bisphenol A, and
(iv) at least one compound selected from the group consisting of a tricarboxylic acid, a tetracarboxylic acid, a tricarboxylic acid anhydride, and a tetracarboxylic acid anhydride, wherein the tricarboxylic acid is trimellitic acid or methylcyclohexene tricarboxylic acid, the tetracarboxylic acid is pyromellitic acid, the tricarboxylic acid anhydride is trimellitic acid anhydride or methylcyclohexene tricarboxylic acid anhydride, and the tetracarboxylic acid anhydride is pyromellitic acid anhydride,
the isosorbide unit is contained in a molar ratio of 1.58 to 10.50 mol % based on a total number of monomer units constituting the polyester resin A,
an acid value of the polyester resin A is 2.0 to 15.0 mgKOH/g,
a content of the polyester resin A is 1.0 to 10.0 mass parts based on 100.0 mass parts of the binder resin, and
when observing a cross-section of the toner using a transmission electron microscope (TEM), 0.25 ?(r/R)st?0.50, where (r/R)st is an arithmetic mean of twenty r/R calculations determined by:
(1) selecting twenty toner particle cross-sections, each of the twenty toner particle cross-sections has a major axis R (?m) that satisfies a relationship 0.9?R/D4?1.1 with respect to a weight-average diameter D4 (?m) of the toner as measured with a flow particle image measuring apparatus, and
(2) determining r/R for each of the twenty toner particle cross-sections, wherein the r (?m) denotes the largest major axis of a domain composed of the wax present in the one toner particle cross-section.

US Pat. No. 10,109,091

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising a controller including a memory storing instructions and a processor that executes the instructions, the controller being configured to function as units comprising:an automatic recognition unit configured to automatically recognize a plurality of objects included in an image;
a management unit configured to manage information related to an automatically recognized object as management information which comprises information about a display order of each object;
a display control unit configured to display, on a screen, one object at a time as a display target object among the plurality of objects according to the display order;
a specification unit configured to specify, as an object, a region being displayed on the screen, as a result of following an instruction received from a user for changing a display magnification rate, where the instruction is performed in a state in which the display target object that has been automatically recognized by the automatic recognition unit is being displayed on the screen, wherein the region is a region that has not been automatically recognized as an object by the automatic recognition unit; and
an update unit configured to update the management information by adding information related to the object specified by the specification unit to the management information, wherein the information related to the object specified by the specification unit comprises a display order of the object specified by the specification unit,
wherein the display control unit displays, on the screen, the display target object among the plurality of objects according to the display order based on the updated management information.

US Pat. No. 10,108,105

DEVELOPING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:a developer container that accommodates a developer;
a developer carrying member that is rotatably supported by the developer container, and that carries the developer on a surface thereof;
a conveying member that is provided inside the developer container and that conveys the developer, the conveying member including a shaft portion and a conveying portion connected to the shaft portion; and
a restriction portion that restricts the developer carried on the developer carrying member, the restriction portion being disposed so as to oppose the developer carrying member in an area around the developer carrying member, the area corresponds to a side of the developer carrying member on which the surface of the developer carrying member moves gravitationally upwards during an image-forming period,
wherein the conveying member is configured to move during a non-image-forming period, and stops at a stop position during the image-forming period, and
wherein, when the conveying member stops at the stop position, a straight line, drawn from a base end of the conveying portion where the conveying portion connects to the shaft portion towards a tip of the conveying portion, intersects a surface of the developer carrying member opposing the inside of the developer container at a portion upstream in a rotation direction of the developer carrying member with respect to the restriction portion.

US Pat. No. 10,108,123

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member configured to be rotatable and bear a developer image;
a developer bearing member configured to be rotatable, bear a developer, and supply the developer to a surface of the image bearing member to form the developer image;
a switching unit configured to move the developer bearing member between a contact position in which the developer bearing member is in contact with the image bearing member, and a separated position in which the developer bearing member is separated from the image bearing member; and
a fixing unit including a heating member, a rotary member which is heated by the heating member, and a nip area where the rotary member comes into contact with a sheet, and configured to perform fixing by heating the developer image transferred to the sheet and fixing the developer image to the sheet in the nip area,
wherein when the developer bearing member is in the separated position, a rotation shaft of the image bearing member is located closer to the fixing unit than a rotation shaft of the developer bearing member,
the image forming apparatus further comprising a control unit configured to execute, while the fixing is not performed, a mode in which the image bearing member is rotated, with (1) the developer bearing member being in the separated position and (2) the heating member being controlled such that a temperature of a portion of a surface of the rotary member after the rotary member passes through the nip area is maintained higher than the temperature of the portion during the fixing.

US Pat. No. 10,108,125

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,102,622

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processing apparatus comprising:an obtaining unit configured to obtain, from a three-dimensional medical image of a target object, (a) a three-dimensional surface contour of the target object and (b) a reference point on the three-dimensional surface contour;
a calculation unit configured to (a) calculate a geodesic distance along the three-dimensional surface contour between the reference point and an arbitrary position on the three-dimensional surface contour, and (b) calculate an azimuth at the arbitrary position on the three-dimensional surface contour with reference to the reference point; and
a normalization unit configured to generate normalization transformation information for transforming a three-dimensional shape of a region of interest of the target object to a predetermined reference shape based on the geodesic distance and the azimuth,
wherein the transformation of the three-dimensional shape is a volumetric deformable transformation.

US Pat. No. 10,102,425

CONTROLLING APPARATUS AND INSPECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A controlling apparatus for controlling a printer, comprising:at least one memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor executing the instructions to
receive a print job;
determine whether there is a difference between a first conveying mechanism that has been used for a first print job received and a second conveying mechanism that is to be used for a second print job received after the first print job; and
execute, according to the determination that there is a difference between the first conveying mechanism and the second conveying mechanism, an inspection process based on a result of reading a print medium that has been conveyed using the second conveying mechanism, after a printing operation of the first print job.

US Pat. No. 10,101,688

GEAR UNIT, DEVELOPING DEVICE, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A gear unit, being a part of a cartridge which is capable of being mounted on an image forming apparatus, comprising:a bearing for rotatably supporting a developer bearing member for developing an electrostatic image;
a developing gear configured to include an engaging portion that is engagable with a shaft of the developer bearing member;
at least one drive transmission gear configured to be engaged with the developing gear in such a manner that drive force is transmitted to the developing gear; and
a cover member configured to be attached to the bearing so as to sandwich the developing gear and the drive transmission gear between the bearing and the cover member,
wherein the cover member supports the developing gear, and
wherein the cover member includes a temporary support portion for temporarily supporting the developing gear before the engaging portion engages with the shaft of the developer bearing member.

US Pat. No. 10,101,689

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a transfer belt configured to transfer the toner image from the image bearing member to a recording material;
a first brush configured to charge toner on the transfer belt; and
a second brush configured to contact the transfer belt at a position on an upstream side of a contact portion between the first brush and the transfer belt in a moving direction of the transfer belt, and collect material dust moved from the recording material to the transfer belt,
wherein an amount of inroad of the second brush into the transfer belt is larger than the amount of inroad of the first brush into the transfer belt.

US Pat. No. 10,104,301

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS PROCESS OF DETECTING CHANGE IN BRIGHTNESS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:at least one processor configured to execute a program stored in a memory, which functions as:
a detection unit configured to perform a detection process of detecting a flicker and a detection process set in advance other than the detection process of detecting the flicker based on an image acquired by picking up a subject; and
a control unit configured to control a frequency to perform the detection process of detecting the flicker and a frequency to perform the detection process set in advance using said detection unit depending on a detection result of the flicker performed by said detection unit at a time of picking up the subject,
wherein the detection process of detecting the flicker is a detection process of detecting at least a light amount change cycle of a flicker based on a plurality of images acquired in a charge accumulation period shorter than one cycle of the flicker,
wherein the detection process of detecting the flicker is performed in a period between successive detection processes set in advance, every predetermined cycle, and
wherein said control unit increases the frequency to perform the detection process of detecting the flicker using said detection unit when the detection result indicates that the flicker is present.

US Pat. No. 10,103,314

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,095,150

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of executing a cleaning operation in an image forming apparatus that includes (a) a rotatable image bearing member, (b) a charging member for electrically charging the image bearing member while contacting the image bearing member at a charging position by being supplied with a charging voltage, (c) an electrostatic image forming unit for forming an electrostatic image on the electrically charged image bearing member, (d) a developing device including a developing member for forming a toner image by being supplied with a developing voltage to supply a toner charged to a normal polarity to the electrostatic image on the image bearing member at a developing position, (e) a transfer member for electrostatically transferring the toner image from the image bearing member onto a toner image receiving member at a transfer portion by being supplied with a transfer voltage, (f) a discharging unit for discharging the image bearing member at a discharging position downstream of the transfer position and upstream of the charging position with respect to a rotational direction of the image bearing member, and (g) a controller for executing the cleaning operation during non-image formation, the method comprising:a transfer step of transferring an opposite polarity toner deposited on the charging member and charged to an opposite polarity opposite to the normal polarity from the charging member onto the image bearing member at the charging position;
a discharging step of discharging, by the discharging unit at the discharging position, a region of the image bearing member where the opposite polarity toner is deposited;
a polarity inversion step of inverting the opposite polarity toner deposited on said image bearing member into a normal polarity toner charged to the normal polarity by passing the region discharged by the discharging step through the charging position in a state in which the charging voltage is applied to the charging member; and
a collecting step of collecting the normal polarity toner by transferring the normal polarity toner from the image bearing member onto the developing member at the developing position.

US Pat. No. 10,095,153

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus comprising:a light source configured to emit a beam in accordance with image information;
a controller substrate configured to control said light source;
a deflector configured to scanningly deflect the beam emitted by said light source;
an optical system configured to direct the beam deflected by said deflector onto a member-to-be-scanned;
a casing supporting said controller substrate, said deflector and said optical system,
wherein said controller substrate is provided with a projected portion projecting relative to said casing; and
a connector configured to removably connect a cable for supplying a signal to said light source, said connector being provided on a surface of said projected portion where said controller substrate is supported by said casing,
wherein said cable is insertable and removable relative to said connector in a direction parallel with the surface of said projected portion provided with said connector.

US Pat. No. 10,095,171

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a sheet, comprising:a plurality of image forming units configured to form images of different colors based on image data;
an intermediate transfer member;
a measurement unit configured to measure a measurement image that is transferred onto the intermediate transfer member;
a selecting unit configured to control the plurality of image forming units to form first measurement images of different colors, control the measurement unit to measure the first measurement images on the intermediate transfer member, and select a color of interest based on measurement results of the first measurement images;
a determination unit configured to determine measurement image data based on (i) a measurement result of a first measurement image of the color of interest selected by the selecting unit and (ii) a measurement result of a first measurement image of another color; and
a controller configured to control the plurality of image forming units to form second measurement images of different colors based on the measurement image data, control the measurement unit to detect a color misregistration amount for relative positions of a second measurement image of a reference color of the second measurement images and a second measurement image of another color of the second measurement images, and correct a write timing of each of the plurality of image forming units based on the color misregistration amount.

US Pat. No. 10,095,180

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,097,802

IMAGE PROCESSING TECHNIQUE FOR REDUCING MOIRE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising a processor and a memory, wherein the processor is configured to:calculate a difference in a signal level, for an area of interest including one or more pixels, between a first image obtained by shooting a subject under a first shooting condition and a second image obtained by shooting the subject under a second shooting condition in which high-frequency components of an optical image of the subject are reduced compared to the first shooting condition; and
mix a signal level of the first image and a signal level of the second image at a mixing ratio based on the difference, so as to generate a third image,
wherein the processor sets the mixing ratio such that a ratio of the second image to the first image when the difference is a first value is larger than a ratio of the second image to the first image when the difference is a second value that is smaller than the first value.

US Pat. No. 10,096,545

SEMICONDUCTOR APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor apparatus comprising:a first transistor;
a first contact plug connected to a source or a drain of the first transistor;
a second transistor;
a second contact plug connected to a source or a drain of the second transistor; and
a third contact plug connected to a gate of the second transistor,
wherein the first transistor constitutes a pixel circuit configured to generate a pixel signal based on an electric charge generated by photoelectric conversion,
wherein the second transistor constitutes a logic circuit configured to output a signal based on the pixel signal,
wherein a diameter of the first contact plug is smaller than a diameter of the second contact plug, and
wherein the diameter of the first contact plug is smaller than a diameter of the third contact plug.

US Pat. No. 10,096,095

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND DISPLAY METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus, comprising:a display unit configured to display an image on a screen;
a first acquiring unit configured to acquire brightness information that is information related to a first display brightness; and
a correcting unit configured to, (1) in a case where a first image that is an image based on first image data having a first dynamic range and a second image that is an image based on second image data having a second dynamic range narrower than the first dynamic range are displayed on the screen, perform a brightness correction on the second image data so that the first image is displayed in accordance with the first display brightness related to the brightness information and the second image is displayed in accordance with a second display brightness that is lower than the first display brightness related to the brightness information, and (2) in a case where the first image is not displayed on the screen but the second image is displayed on the screen, not perform the brightness correction on the second image data.

US Pat. No. 10,092,264

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a memory storing a program; and
one or more processors which, by executing the program, function as units comprising:
(1) a right region image obtaining unit configured to obtain a three-dimensional radiation image of a right region of substantially symmetrical regions;
(2) a left region image obtaining unit configured to obtain a three-dimensional radiation image of a left region of the substantially symmetrical regions;
(3) an alignment unit configured to perform alignment between the three-dimensional radiation image of the right region and the three-dimensional radiation image of the left region based on a feature position of the regions;
(4) a display control unit configured to substantially symmetrically arrange and display the three-dimensional radiation image of the right region and the three-dimensional radiation image of the left region which have been aligned, and a tomographic image of the right region and a tomographic image of the left region; and
(5) an operation unit configured to change a section position of one of the tomographic image of the right region and the tomographic image of the left region,
wherein the display control unit (a) changes a section position of the other tomographic image of the tomographic image of the right region and the tomographic image of the left region in conjunction with a change in the section position of the one tomographic image by the operation unit, in a case that the alignment unit has performed alignment between the three-dimensional radiation image of the right region and the three-dimensional radiation image of the left region, and (b) substantially symmetrically arranges and displays (i) the tomographic image of the right region that corresponds to the changed section position of the tomographic image of the right region and (ii) the tomographic image of the left region that corresponds to the changed section position of the tomographic image of the left region.

US Pat. No. 10,095,124

DETECTION APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE, AND DETECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A detection apparatus which detects a position of a mark on a substrate, the apparatus comprising:a stage configured to be movable while holding the substrate;
an image capturing unit having an image sensor configured to capture an image of the mark; and
a processor configured to control a first image capturing and a second image capturing which cause the image capturing unit to capture images of the mark, the second image capturing being performed after the first image capturing, and determine the position of the mark based on an image obtained by the second image capturing,
wherein the processor controls the first image capturing such that an output value of the image sensor becomes a first target value which is smaller than a second target value to be used in the second image capturing, and determines an image capturing condition for controlling the second image capturing such that an output value of the image sensor becomes the second target value, based on an image capturing condition used in the first image capturing, and
wherein the processor starts the second image capturing at a timing when a vibration of the stage falls within an allowable range, and controls the first image capturing such that the image capturing condition for controlling the second image capturing is determined by the timing.

US Pat. No. 10,091,369

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,091,420

LIGHT-EMISSION CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light-emission control apparatus comprising:a focus detector configured to detect a focus;
a light emitter configured to emit assist light toward a subject while the focus detector is detecting the focus; and
a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a shooting-mode selecting unit configured to be capable of selecting at least a first shooting mode in which a predetermined correction is applied to a human face of a captured image or a second shooting mode different from the first shooting mode; and
a control unit configured to control an amount of emission of the assist light in the first shooting mode to a smaller amount than an amount of emission of the assist light in the second shooting mode,
wherein the light emitter emits the assist light when an illuminance of the subject is lower than a predetermined illuminance, and
wherein the control unit controls the light emitter in such a manner that, in the first shooting mode, the light emitter emits the assist light when the illuminance of the subject is lower than a first illuminance and does not emit the assist light when the illuminance of the subject is higher than the first illuminance, and in the second shooting mode, the light emitter emits the assist light when the illuminance of the subject is lower than a second illuminance higher than the first illuminance and does not emit the assist light when the illuminance of the subject is higher than the second illuminance.

US Pat. No. 10,091,424

IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image blur correction apparatus comprising:at least one processor configured to function as:
a first detection unit configured to detect motion vectors in plural different areas using a plurality of images,
a determination unit configured to determine an amount of movement of a main object based on the motion vectors in the plural different areas detected by the first detection unit, and
a control unit configured to correct an image blur of the main object based on the amount of movement of the main object determined by the determination unit,
wherein the determination unit determines a center of gravity or a peak movement amount of which value is included in a determination range near zero (0) among plural amounts of movement represented by the motion vectors in the plural different areas to be the amount of movement of the main object.

US Pat. No. 10,091,469

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to provide:
an image acquisition unit configured to acquire a projection pattern including a plurality of randomly arranged symbols, projected by a projection unit, and an image including a subject onto which the projection pattern is projected by the projection unit;
a first calculation unit configured to associate a first area in the projection pattern with a second area in the image;
a second calculation unit configured to calculate a pixel position of a symbol corresponding to a symbol in the first area, within the second area in the image, based on a calculation result obtained by the first calculation unit;
an evaluation unit configured to evaluate a contrast of the projection pattern in the image;
an accuracy determination unit configured to generate information indicating an accuracy of a calculation result obtained by the second calculation unit, based on an evaluation result obtained by the evaluation unit; and
a measurement unit configured to measure a three-dimensional shape of the subject based on the position of the symbol calculated by the second calculation unit,
wherein three-dimensional shape measurement accuracy is enhanced based on weighting settings indicating high accuracy and low accuracy.

US Pat. No. 10,082,666

SCANNING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A scanning device comprising:a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a deflecting unit configured to deflect and scan the light beam emitted from the light source;
a driving unit configured to drive the deflecting unit to scan the light beam in a full-scanning region;
a generating unit disposed in a second region of the full-scanning region, wherein the second region is excluding a first region on which the light beam based on image data is scanned, and the generating unit is configured to generate a signal in response to reception of the light beam; and
a control unit configured to control a first light emission state and a second light emission state in an activation period from start of activation of the driving unit to when the number of rotations of the driving unit reaches a target number of rotations, the control unit controlling the light source to emit light such that the light beam scans the first region and the second region in the first light emission state and controlling the light source to emit light such that the light beam scans the second region,
wherein the control unit acquires cycles of the signals generated by the generating unit, determines a timing for changing from the first light emission state to the second light emission state on the basis of the cycles of two serial signals, and changes the light source from the first light emission state to the second light emission state according to the timing.

US Pat. No. 10,073,322

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:an image sensor having a focus detection pixel;
a focus detection unit configured to perform focus detection of a phase difference detection method, by using a signal from the focus detection pixel;
a focus adjustment unit configured to control focus adjustment of an imaging lens, by using an output of the focus detection unit;
a lock unit configured to lock the focus adjustment of the imaging lens; and
a control unit configured to control so as to, if the focus adjustment of the imaging lens is caused to transition by the lock unit from a locked state to a state where the focus adjustment lock is cancelled in continuous shooting for continuously capturing a subject by the image sensor, temporarily cause the continuous shooting to stop, and, after performing focus adjustment of the imaging lens by the focus adjustment unit and confirming that the imaging lens has focused on the subject, restart the continuous shooting.

US Pat. No. 10,073,370

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,073,374

DEVELOPING APPARATUS HAVING MULTI-PART REGULATING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:a developer carrying roller rotatable in a first rotating direction, and
a developer regulating member which controls a thickness of a developer layer carried on a surface of the developer carrying roller, wherein
the developer regulating member has a developer layer thickness regulating part and a projecting part,
the developer regulating member has a part abutting with the surface of the developer carrying roller at the developer layer thickness regulating part,
the projecting part is extending towards an upstream side in the first rotating direction from the abutting part,
the projecting part and the surface of the developer carrying roller form a non-contacting gap therebetween,
when a width of the gap is defined as H, the gap has a portion where a gap width H satisfies Expression (1):
0.05 mm?H?0.5 mm;  Expression (1)
when a maximum value and a minimum value of the gap width H in the portion are defined as Hmax and Hmin respectively, Hmax and Hmin satisfy Expression (2):
Hmax/Hmin?3.0;  Expression (2)
and the portion has a continuous length L which satisfies Expression (3):
L?0.8 mm, and wherein  Expression (3)
the projecting part has a concave shape at a side facing the developer carrying roller that follows an arc-shaped surface of the developer carrying roller, and forms the portion having the gap width H and the continuous length L.

US Pat. No. 10,073,382

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,073,383

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING CLEANING OPERATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including a rotatable image bearing member, a charging member for electrically charging said image bearing member at a charging portion opposing said image bearing member by being supplied with a charging voltage from a charging voltage source, a developing member for forming a toner image at a developing portion opposing said image bearing member by being supplied with a developing voltage from a developing voltage source thereby to supply a toner charged to a normal polarity to said image bearing member, and a transfer member for transferring the toner image from said image bearing member onto a toner image receiving member at a transfer portion opposing said image bearing member by being supplied with a transfer voltage from a transfer voltage source, wherein said image forming apparatus is capable of collecting the toner remaining on a surface of said image bearing member after passing through the transfer portion by said developing member, said image forming apparatus comprising:a discharging device for discharging said image bearing member at a discharging portion opposing the surface of said image bearing member after passing through the transfer portion and before reaching the charging portion; and
a control unit for executing, during non-image formation, a cleaning operation for transferring the toner deposited on said transfer member onto said image bearing member by applying a voltage from transfer voltage source to said transfer member,
wherein said control unit does not effect discharge by said discharging device for at least a region of said image bearing member which passes through the transfer portion while a transfer voltage for transferring a normal-polarity toner of the toner deposited on said transfer member onto said image bearing member is applied to said transfer member in the cleaning operation of said transfer member, and then passes the region of said image bearing member through the charging portion in a state in which a voltage larger than a surface potential of said image bearing member in a normal polarity side is applied to said charging member.

US Pat. No. 10,073,397

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR UPDATING CONVERSION CONDITION CONVERTING MEASUREMENT RESULT OF MEASUREMENT UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
an intermediate transfer member to which a measuring image formed by the image forming unit is transferred;
a measurement unit configured to measure the measuring image on the intermediate transfer member;
a conversion unit configured to convert a measurement result of the measuring image on a basis of a conversion condition;
a determination unit configured to determine an image forming condition on a basis of the measurement result converted by the conversion unit; and
an update unit configured to control the image forming unit to form first measuring images, control the measurement unit to measure the first measuring images, control the conversion unit to convert the measurement results of the first measuring images, control the determination unit to determine a measuring image forming condition on a basis of the converted measurement results of the first measuring images, control the image forming unit to form second measuring images on the sheet on a basis of the measuring image forming condition, obtain measuring results of the second measuring images output from another measuring unit different from the measurement unit, and update the conversion condition on a basis of the measurement results of the second measuring images,
wherein a number of the second measuring images is lower than a number of the first measuring images.

US Pat. No. 10,063,736

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR PROVIDING A PRINT SETTING SCREEN TO BE DISPLAYED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory having stored thereon instruction that when executed by the processor cause the information processing apparatus to:
accept, on a print setting screen provided by a first application, an instruction causing a browser to display information; and
determine, if the instruction causing the browser to display the information is accepted, whether a second application that has issued a print instruction to a printer driver is a default browser of an operating system,
wherein if determined that the second application is the default browser, the first application displays the information, and if determined that the second application is not the default browser, the default browser displays the information.

US Pat. No. 10,063,746

APPARATUS FOR GENERATING IMAGE DATA, METHOD, AND MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for generating image data for reproducing material appearance of an object to be rendered on a printed material, the apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory coupled to the at least one processor, the memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor cause the apparatus to:
obtain a gloss level that evaluates glossiness of the object to be rendered;
obtain a sparkle level of the object to be rendered, the sparkle level being a level of a property that changes positions of a plurality of luminous points depending on a position of a light source and an observation angle; and
derive a parameter relating to use of a printing material for reproduction of the material appearance by an image forming device, the image forming device receiving and printing the image data based on the obtained gloss level and sparkle level.

US Pat. No. 10,061,544

PRINTING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF RECEIVING A PLURALITY OF JOBS AND SELECTING SHEET INFORMATION BASED ON USER INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a storage configured to store sheet information and user identification information in association with each other, wherein the storage stores the sheet information including attribute information; and
a processor that executes a set of instructions to cause the printing apparatus to function as:
a receiving unit configured to receive a print job including attribute information of a sheet and user identification information;
a selecting unit configured to select, from the storage, sheet information based on the attribute information and the user identification information, which are included in the print job received by the receiving unit; and
a register unit configured to register, with the storage, sheet information generated from the attribute information included in the received print job in association with the user identification information included in the received print job, in a case in which the sheet information including the attribute information included in the received print job is not stored in the storage in association with the user identification information included in the received print job.

US Pat. No. 10,061,550

PRINTER MULTIFUNCTION SYSTEM HAVING SCANNER CONTROLLED DATA TRANSMISSION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printer multifunction system comprising a printer having a printer controller and a scanner having a scanner controller and a memory configured to store data obtained by reading a print original by a sensor,wherein the printer and the scanner are connected to a network to which a computer is connected,
wherein the scanner controller determines whether to transmit the data stored in the memory to the printer or the computer, based on at least one of a state of the printer, a reading setting of the scanner, and a state of the memory, and causes the scanner to transmit the data stored in the memory to a destination determined by the scanner controller,
wherein the printer controller receives the data from the scanner in a case where the data is transmitted to the printer, and receives the data from the computer in a case where the data is transmitted to the computer from the scanner, and
the printer controller causes the printer to execute a printing operation, based on the data.

US Pat. No. 10,061,042

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:a housing including a transmission plate with an incident surface of radiation;
an imaging panel stored in the housing and including an effective region for detecting radiation incident through the incident surface;
a buffer member arranged between the incident surface and the imaging panel; and
an electrically conductive member fixed to the buffer member, wherein
an edge of the electrically conductive member surrounds an edge of the effective region in a planar view with respect to the incident surface, and
the transmission plate and the buffer member are stacked.

US Pat. No. 10,055,174

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store instructions, and
a processor configured to execute the instructions to:
register, to a web service, a version of the web service supported by the information processing apparatus and identification information of the information processing apparatus, before an update of firmware of the information processing apparatus for communication with the web service;
perform the update of the firmware of the information processing apparatus for communication with the web service,
obtain a version of the web service supported by the information processing apparatus before the update as a first version;
obtain a version of the web service supported by the information processing apparatus after the update as a second version;
control a display unit to display information for allowing a user to confirm whether to delete registration of the version of the web service supported by the information processing apparatus before the update and the identification information, in a case where the first version and the second version differ from each other and it is determined that the version of the web service supported by the information processing apparatus before the update and the identification information are registered to the web service.

US Pat. No. 10,057,478

FOCUS DETECTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detecting apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing instructions, which when executed by the processor, cause the focus detecting apparatus to function as:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire an image signal generated by an image capturing unit that performs photoelectric conversion on light passing through an imaging optical system;
a receiving unit configured to receive designation of a position in a region of an image formed based on the image signal;
a setting unit configured to set a first region in the image;
an object detecting unit configured to detect a region of an object corresponding to the first region in the image which is continuously acquired;
a focus detection unit configured to detect a focusing state of the object based on a signal from the image capturing unit, the signal corresponding to the region of an object detected by the object detecting unit; and
a calculating unit configured to calculate a predetermined index related to the focusing state based on the image signal,
wherein, when the predetermined index of a second region corresponding to the position designated through the receiving unit indicates a first state, the setting unit sets the first region based on the second region, and
wherein, when the predetermined index of the second region indicates a second state which is less suitable for detecting the focusing state than the first state and the predetermined index of a third region near the second region indicates the first state, the setting unit sets the first region based on the third region.

US Pat. No. 10,055,443

INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,057,496

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,052,891

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,049,700

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus including a display unit, arranged to play back an image sequence, comprising:a detection unit configured to detect an attitude of the display apparatus or the display unit;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information of a time of length of the image sequence to be played back before the image sequence is to be played back; and
a control unit configured to control to play back the image sequence in a state that a display size or a display direction of the image sequence is not changed based on the attitude detected by the detection unit, if the time of length of the image sequence obtained by the obtaining unit is greater than or equal to a predetermined time, and to control to play back the image sequence in a state that the display size or the display direction of the image sequence is based on the attitude detected by the detection unit, if the time of length of the image sequence obtained by the obtaining unit is less than the predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 10,049,445

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD OF A THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEDICAL IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

7. A diagnostic imaging support apparatus comprising a processor coupled to a memory and programmed to provide:an acquisition unit configured to acquire a three-dimensional medical image including multiple frames of cross-sectional image from a database and to acquire a text description of an image finding selected by a user from candidates of text description findings after interpretation of the acquired three-dimensional medical image by the user;
an identification unit configured to identify the type of an image feature to be calculated based on the acquired text description finding;
a calculation unit configured to calculate the identified image features from pixel values of the multiple frames of cross-sectional image;
a graph generation unit configured to generate a graph illustrating the calculated image features; and
a determination unit configured to determine a representative cross-sectional image from the multiple frames of cross-sectional image based on the calculated image feature.

US Pat. No. 10,049,470

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,048,581

IMPRINTING METHOD, IMPRINTING APPARATUS, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprinting method for forming a pattern of imprint material on a substrate supported by a substrate holding unit having at least a first attraction area and a second attraction area, attraction forces of the first attraction area and the second attraction area being changeable, the substrate having a plurality of shot areas, each having an alignment mark formed therein, the pattern being formed in each of the shot areas by using a mold, the method comprising:reducing the attraction force of the first attraction area to less than the attraction force of the second attraction area when arrangement information regarding the shot areas are acquired and the pattern is sequentially formed in each of the shot areas using the arrangement information;
changing the attraction forces of the first attraction area and the second attraction area after forming the pattern in the shot area corresponding to the first attraction area;
detecting the alignment mark in the shot area corresponding to the second attraction area and obtaining position information regarding the shot area corresponding to the second attraction area;
measuring positional displacement of the shot area corresponding to the second attraction area in relation to the substrate holding unit by comparing the obtained position information with position information regarding the shot area corresponding to the second attraction area based on the arrangement information;
performing positioning of the substrate and the mold using the arrangement information if the measured positional displacement is less than or equal to a threshold value; and
obtaining the arrangement information regarding the shot areas again and performing positioning of the substrate and the mold using the obtained arrangement information if the measured positional displacement is greater than the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,043,247

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,045,045

MOTION VECTOR CODING APPARATUS, METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR CODING MOTION VECTOR, MOTION VECTOR DECODING APPARATUS, AND METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR DECODING MOTION VECTOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An encoding apparatus for encoding a predicted motion vector in a hierarchical coding process using a plurality of layers, the encoding apparatus comprising:an obtainer configured to obtain, for prediction of a motion vector for a target block in a current picture on one of the plurality of layers, at least one of
(i) a first motion vector for a block, at a position corresponding to a position of the target block to be encoded, in a previous picture of the one of the plurality of layers before the current picture including the target block,
(ii) a second motion vector for a block, at a position corresponding to the position of the target block to be encoded, in a corresponding picture on another layer of the plurality of layers, and
(iii) a third motion vector for one of neighboring blocks of the target block to be encoded in the current picture on the one of the plurality of layers;
a generator configured to generate a candidate group of motion vectors used for prediction of a motion vector for the target block in the current picture on the one of the plurality of layers, the candidate group having the second motion vector and the third motion vector excluding the first motion vector if the second motion vector is in the candidate group, and the candidate group having the first motion vector and the third motion vector if the second motion vector is not in the candidate group;
a determiner configured to determine the predicted motion vector from the motion vectors in the generated candidate group for the target block; and
an encoder configured to encode information about the determined predicted motion vector for the target block in the current picture on the one of the plurality of layers.

US Pat. No. 10,042,320

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR FORMING A HIGH-QUALITY ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:an electrophotographic photosensitive drum;
a developer bearing roller for supplying a developer to an electrostatic latent image forming region of the electrophotographic photosensitive drum; and
a developer regulating member in contact with a surface of the developer bearing roller,
wherein the developer bearing roller is rotatable in the direction of supplying the developer to the electrostatic latent image forming region and has a developer bearing region on the surface,
the developer bearing region includes a developing region for bearing the developer with which an electrostatic latent image formed in the electrostatic latent image forming region is developed,
the developer bearing region has a width, in the direction of the axis of the developer bearing roller, larger than the width of the developing region,
the developer regulating member and the developer bearing roller are arranged such that the center of the developer regulating member is in accord with the center of the developer bearing region in the direction of the axis of the developer bearing roller so as to constitute a contact region,
the contact region has a width larger than the width of the developing region in the direction of the axis of the developer bearing roller and extends in the circumferential direction of the developer bearing roller,
the developer regulating member has a protruding portion that protrudes over the entire width of the contact region from the end portion on the upstream side of the contact region in the upstream direction and in the direction in which the developer bearing roller is rotatable, and
a protrusion length L1 of the protruding portion in a direction perpendicular to a width direction of the developer regulating member, in a region corresponding to the developing region is substantially constant and larger than a protrusion length L2 of the protruding portion in a direction perpendicular to a width direction of the developer regulating member, at the location corresponding to the end portion in the width direction of the contact region, and
wherein the developer regulating member has a connection region in which the protrusion length of the protruding portion gradually decreases from the start point that corresponds to the end portion of the developing region toward a location corresponding to the end portion of the contact region,
the connection region has a width of at least 1 mm in the direction of the axis of the developer bearing roller, and
the amount of change in the protrusion length in the connection region is 0.1×L3 (mm) or less per 0.1 mm of width of the connection region, when the protrusion length of the end portion in a region corresponding to the developing region is assumed to be L3 (mm).

US Pat. No. 10,044,894

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING TIMER FUNCTION RELATED TO POWER CONSUMPTION MODES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,042,590

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,044,911

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,038,152

ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An organic light-emitting element comprising:a pair of electrodes; and
an organic compound layer placed between the pair of electrodes,
wherein the organic compound layer has an iridium complex represented by the following general formula [1] and a heterocycle-containing compound represented by the following general formula [5]:

in the formula [1]:
R1 to R8 each represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a trifluoromethyl group, a cyano group, a substituted or unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heteroaromatic group;
m represents an integer of 1 to 3 and n represents an integer of 0 to 2, provided that m+n equals 3;
a ring A represents a cyclic structure selected from a benzene ring, a naphthalene ring, a fluorene ring, a phenanthrene ring, and a 9,9-spirobifluorene ring, and is covalently bonded to a benzo[f]isoquinoline skeleton and an Ir metal, and the ring A may further have a substituent;
X represents a bidentate ligand; and
a partial structure IrXn comprises any one of structures represented by the following general formulae [2] to [4]:

in the formulae [2] to [4]:
R9 to R23 each represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a trifluoromethyl group, a cyano group, a substituted or unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heteroaromatic group,

in the formula [5]:
Z represents an oxygen atom or a sulfur atom;
a ring including Z is a five- or six-membered ring;
a ring B1 and a ring B2 each represent a cyclic structure selected from a benzene ring, a naphthalene ring, a phenanthrene ring, a triphenylene ring, and a chrysene ring, and may be identical to or different from each other;
Y1 and Y2 each represent an alkyl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon group;
a represents an integer of 0 to 4, and when a represents 2 or more, multiple Y1's may be identical to or different from each other;
b represents an integer of 0 to 4, provided that when the ring B2 represents a benzene ring, b represents an integer of 0 to 3, and when b represents 2 or more, multiple Y2's may be identical to or different from each other;
Ar1 represents a substituted or unsubstituted divalent aromatic hydrocarbon group;
Ar2 represents a substituted or unsubstituted monovalent aromatic hydrocarbon group; and
p represents an integer of 0 to 4, and when p represents 2 or more, multiple Ar1's may be identical to or different from each other,
wherein when:
(a) both of B1 and B2 are benzene rings,
(b) Z is a sulfur atom, and
(c) the ring including Z is a five-membered ring, then
p is not 0, and
the Ar1 is selected from the group consisting of a naphthalenediyl group, a phenanthrenediyl group, an anthracenediyl group, a benzo[a]anthracenediyl group, a fluorenediyl group, a benzo[a]fluorenediyl group, a benzo[b]fluorenediyl group, a benzo[c]fluorenediyl group, a dibenzo[a,c]fluorenediyl group, a dibenzo[b,h]fluorenediyl group, a dibenzo[c,g]fluorenediyl group, an acenaphthylenediyl group, a chrysenediyl group, a benzo[b]chrysenediyl group, a pyrenediyl group, a benzo[e]pyrenediyl group, a triphenylenediyl group, a benzo[a]triphenylenediyl group, a benzo[b]triphenylenediyl group, a picenediyl group, a fluoranthenediyl group, a benzo[a]fluoranthenediyl group, a benzo[b]fluoranthenediyl group, a benzo[j]fluoranthenediyl group, a benzo[k]fluoranthenediyl group, a perylenediyl group, and a naphthacenediyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,036,940

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROJECTOR USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus comprising:a first optical system for changing a field curvature by moving in an optical-axis direction;
a control unit for moving the first optical system to a target position in the optical-axis direction specified based on a predetermined amount input as a field curvature amount while a relationship between a position of the first optical system in the optical-axis direction and the field curvature amount is previously stored;
a position detection unit for detecting a reference position of the first optical system in the optical-axis direction; and
a movement amount detection unit for detecting a movement amount of the first optical system from the reference position to the target position in the optical-axis direction.

US Pat. No. 10,035,670

SHEET STORING APPARATUS, SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:a sheet feed portion configured to feed a sheet; and
a sheet storing apparatus configured to store the sheet to be fed by the sheet feed portion and comprising a sheet regulating portion regulating a position of the sheet by abutting with an edge of the sheet stored in the sheet storing apparatus, the sheet regulating portion comprising:
a body portion comprising a regulating surface facing the edge of the sheet to regulate the edge of the sheet;
a pressing member comprising a pressing portion capable of projecting out of the body portion and of pressing the sheet, and an upper portion formed integrally with an upper part of the pressing portion so as to project to a sheet side and regulating an upward move of the sheet stored in the sheet storing apparatus;
an urging member configured to urge the pressing member such that the pressing member projects out of the body portion so that the pressing portion presses the edge of the sheet; and
a holding portion configured to hold the pressing portion movably from a projecting position where the pressing portion projects out of the body portion to a retracting position where the upper portion enters within the body portion while inclining the pressing portion with respect to the regulating surface by resisting against the urging member when the upper portion is pressed from above.

US Pat. No. 10,036,971

CHARGING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,038,556

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, ENCRYPTION APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,037,049

MANAGEMENT SYSTEM THAT PERFORMS PROCESSING FOR SYNCHRONIZING SETTING DATA, ALTERNATIVE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A management system comprising:a management server;
a client apparatus; and
a backup server,
wherein
the management server includes:
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions to:
store, in a first storage device, setting information of the client apparatus with a time on a clock of the management server,
the client apparatus includes:
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions to:
transmit, to the management server, an update request of setting information stored in the first storage device of the management server, in a case where setting information of the client apparatus is updated; and
the backup server includes:
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions to:
receive, from the management server, the setting information stored in the first storage device and the time on the clock of the management server stored in the first storage device;
store, in a second storage device of the backup server, backup data including the received setting information and the received time on the clock of the management server as an update time;
manage time difference information between time measured by the management server and time measured by the backup server;
update, in a case where the backup server works as an alternative management server, the setting information of the backup data, based on an update request received from the client apparatus; and
store, in the second storage device, in the case where the backup server works as the alternative management server, a time as the update time based on a time on a clock of the backup server and the time difference information.

US Pat. No. 10,033,908

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS WITH REMOVAL OF UNDER-COLOR BACKGROUND IMAGE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a conversion unit configured to convert a signal value of an input image obtained by reading an original, wherein for an achromatic color at least closer to white than a predetermined signal value and having a lower luminance than luminance of an under-color level, the conversion unit converts such an achromatic color in the signal value of the input image into a color closer to white than the under-color level, and wherein for a chromatic color closer to white than the predetermined signal value and having a lower luminance than the luminance of the under-color level, the conversion unit converts such a chromatic color in the signal value of the input image into a chromatic color having a lower luminance than the luminance of the under-color level; and
an under-color removal unit configured to remove, in an image having a signal value converted by the conversion unit, an under-color of the image by converting a signal value having a higher luminance than a luminance of the under-color level into white, for printing of the under-color-removed image.

US Pat. No. 10,033,438

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a power supply unit that wirelessly supplies power to an electronic apparatus;
a communication unit that performs wireless communication for acquiring status information from the electronic apparatus;
a detection unit that detects an external apparatus different from the electronic apparatus; and
a control unit that performs control so that the wireless communication is repeatedly performed with the electronic apparatus, after performing authentication via the communication unit,
wherein the control unit performs the authentication again in a case where timing at which communication is to be performed with the electronic apparatus via the communication unit comes in a state that the external apparatus different from the electronic apparatus is newly detected by the detection unit after the power supply unit starts wirelessly supplying power, and
wherein the control unit does not perform the authentication again in a case where timing at which communication is to be performed with the electronic apparatus via the communication unit comes in a state that the electronic apparatus different from the electronic apparatus is not newly detected by the detection unit after the power supply unit starts wirelessly supplying power.

US Pat. No. 10,022,982

RECORDING DEVICE, RECORDING METHOD, AND RECORDING UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,022,983

IMAGE PROCESSOR, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processor for printing an image using a printing unit having a first nozzle array in which a plurality of nozzles ejecting a first ink are arranged in a predetermined direction and a second nozzle array in which a plurality of nozzles ejecting a second ink are arranged in the predetermined direction, the second nozzle array being shifted position from the first nozzle array in a crossing direction crossing the predetermined direction, during a relative movement of the printing unit and a printing medium in the crossing direction, to print an image on a first area of the printing medium by using a first nozzle part in a first nozzle array and a second nozzle part in a second nozzle array, and to print an image on a second area different from the first area of the printing medium by using a third nozzle part in the first nozzle array which is different from the first nozzle part and a fourth nozzle part in the second nozzle array which is different from the second part, wherein the first area and the second area are printed during the relative movement in the same direction, the image processor comprising:a first conversion unit configured to convert a color signal input for printing on the first area and including plural color components different from a color component corresponding to the first ink and a color component corresponding to the second ink, into a first color signal including said plural color components by using a first conversion data that is set based on information on ejection characteristics of the first nozzle part and the second nozzle part, and convert a color signal input for printing on the second area and including said plural color components, into a second color signal including said plural color components by using a second conversion data that is set based on information on ejection characteristics of the third nozzle part and the fourth nozzle part,
wherein in the conversion, one component of said plural color components included in the first color signal is based on said plural color components included in the color signal input for printing on the first area, another component of said plural color components included in the first color signal is also based on said plural color components included in the color signal input for printing on the first area, one component of said plural color components included in the second color signal is based on said plural color components included in the color signal input for printing on the second area, and another component of said plural color components included in the second color signal is also based on said plural color components included in the color signal input for printing on the second area,
a second conversion unit configured to convert the first color signal into a third color signal including plural color components that are different from color components included in the first color signal and including a color component corresponding to the first ink and a color component corresponding to the second ink, and convert the second color signal into a fourth color signal including plural color components that are different from color components included in the second color signal and including a color component corresponding to the first ink and a color component corresponding to the second ink, and
a unit configured to generate data that is used for printing such that an image is printed on the first area based on the third color signal by the printing unit and an image is printed on the second area based on the fourth color signal by the printing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,028,126

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,027,871

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus for displaying an image from an imaging unit by changing a viewing angle, the display control apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire a captured image captured by the imaging unit; and
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to turn on displaying, on the captured image, at least one panning direction guide indicating that a viewing angle of the imaging unit changes along the at least one panning direction guide by changing panning angle of the imaging unit if the viewing angle moves close to a panning rotation center of the imaging unit,
wherein the display control unit causes the display unit to turn on displaying the at least one panning direction guide if an angle between direction of the imaging unit and the panning rotation center is less than a predetermined angle value.

US Pat. No. 10,027,881

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,026,157

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,027,186

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, POWER SUPPLY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:an output unit configured to wirelessly output electric power to an electronic device;
a detecting unit configured to detect a current flowing to the output unit;
a control unit configured to perform a process to restrict a current flowing to the output unit in a case where the current detected by the detecting unit is greater than or equal to a predetermined value set according to a predetermined magnetic field strength while the output unit outputs electric power to the electronic device, and
a resonance unit configured to resonate the output unit and the electronic device, wherein the process includes controlling a capacitance of the resonance unit;
wherein the resonance unit includes a coil, a first capacitor, and a second capacitor, wherein the coil is connected to the output unit in series, wherein the first capacitor is connected to the output unit in series via the coil, and wherein the second capacitor is connected to the output unit in parallel.

US Pat. No. 10,018,923

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,019,206

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,021,264

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EXECUTING AND CONTROLLING SEQUENTIAL PROCESSING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including a platform on which an application configured to control an execution of a processing flow including a plurality of process steps defined according to a definition file is operated, the apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the information processing apparatus to:
manage definition files included in an expansion program as a bundle for locating each definition of a plurality of process steps on the platform, if a manifest file included in the expansion program satisfies a specific condition and a license corresponding to the expansion program is valid, wherein the bundle includes the definition files, the manifest file describing a type of data, and objects associated with each definition file;
determine, if a type of data relating to an event generated in the information processing apparatus is an expansion program for locating at least one definition of a plurality of process steps on the platform, a type of the event; and
register, according to installation of the expansion program including the managed definition files, all of the objects associated with the each definition file included in the expansion program, if it is determined that the event type is installation, wherein the objects are displayed on a menu configured to accept an instruction to call each program installed in the information processing apparatus, according to the registration of the objects,
wherein the application different from the expansion program performs control in such a way as to execute processing corresponding to the defined process steps by using the definition file associated with one of the objects selected via the menu.

US Pat. No. 10,021,293

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,019,814

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING A LUMA VALUE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of determining luma values from 4:4:4 RGB video data for encoding chroma downsampled 4:2:0 YCbCr video data into a bitstream, the method comprising:determining initial coefficents for a region of a colour space, the region being one of a plurality of regions located in the colour space and each region having a plurality of associated coefficients;
applying the determined initial coefficients to an initial image to produce a test image, the test image being a chroma downsampled 4:2:0 YCbCr version of the initial image;
determining a measure of quality by comparing the initial image and the test image;
modifying the determined initial coefficients to increase the determined measure of quality; and
determining luma values from 4:4:4 RGB video data for encoding chroma downsampled 4:2:0 YCbCr video data into a bitstream using the modified coefficients.

US Pat. No. 10,020,337

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,015,288

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a communication unit configured to establish a TCP connection with an external communication apparatus and communicate with the external communication apparatus;
a reception unit configured to receive device information, if the communication unit establishes the TCP connection with the external communication apparatus; and
a control unit configured to perform control to determine a re-transmission timeout (RTO) timer value of the TCP connection based on (i) a Round Trip Time (RTT), (ii) at least one of first information and second information included in the received device information, and (iii) the number of HTTP sessions, wherein the first information is information for specifying a hardware configuration of the external communication apparatus and the second information is information for specifying a software configuration of the external communication apparatus,
wherein the control unit increases the RTO timer value based on the at least one of the first information and the second information, and decreases the RTO timer value based on the number of HTTP sessions.

US Pat. No. 10,015,045

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS THAT DELAYS A START OF DATA COMMUNICATION BASED ON INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM ANOTHER COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication apparatus to:
obtain from another communication apparatus information relating to a service provided by the other communication apparatus, before forming a wireless network with the other communication apparatus;
form the wireless network with the other communication apparatus, after the information is obtained; and
delay, based on the obtained information, after addresses for performing a communication in the wireless network are assigned to the communication apparatus and the other communication apparatus, a start of data communication with the other communication apparatus, until an address overlap confirmation for confirming whether or not an IP (Internet Protocol) address of the other communication apparatus, which is provided by the communication apparatus, is overlapped in the wireless network is completed by the other communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,015,362

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS FOR RESIZING RAW IMAGE DATA AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image sensor in which pixels including pixels in a correction pixel region and an effective pixel region are arrayed two-dimensionally and which outputs uncompressed or losslessly-compressed effective pixel region image data acquired from the effective pixel region and uncompressed or losslessly-compressed correction pixel region image data acquired from the correction pixel region;
a processor which resizes the effective pixel region image data; and
a controller which controls the processor not to resize the correction pixel region image data in a case where the processor resizes the effective pixel region image data, and controls the processor to generate an image data of one frame by combining the resized effective pixel region image data with the non-resized correction pixel image data; and
an output circuit which outputs the image data of one frame outside of the image capturing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,011,011

INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,012,823

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein during zooming, the first lens unit is configured not to move, and the second lens unit and the third lens unit are configured to move along mutually different loci,
wherein the second lens unit comprises at least one positive lens, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
?3.20 0.35 1.90 vd2p<20.0,where fw represents a focal length of the zoom lens at a wide angle end, ft represents a focal length of the zoom lens at a telephoto end, f2 represents a focal length of the second lens unit, f3 represents a focal length of the third lens unit, and Nd2p and vd2p respectively represent a refractive index and an Abbe number of a material of the at least one positive lens of the second lens unit.

US Pat. No. 10,011,056

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus that forms a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate using a mold, the imprint apparatus comprising:a detection unit configured to output a signal of displacement between the mold and the substrate by detecting positions of the mold and the substrate in a direction parallel with a surface of the substrate;
an amplifier configured to amplify the signal; and
a control unit configured to perform alignment between the mold and the substrate, by relatively moving the mold and the substrate in the direction, based on the signal that has been amplified by the amplifier,
wherein force in the direction applied to at least one of the mold or the substrate, by relatively and continuously moving the mold and the substrate in the direction in a state where the mold is in contact with the imprint material, due to a viscoelasticity of the imprint material, increases at a first increasing rate in a first region where the amount of movement of the substrate from an initial point, which is a position of the substrate when starting the movement, with respect to the mold, does not exceed a threshold, and increases at a second increasing rate that is smaller than the first increasing rate in a second region where the amount of movement exceeds the threshold,
wherein the control unit performs the alignment through a first operation of causing the substrate to move with respect to the mold in a first direction so that the amount of movement exceeds the threshold, and a second operation of moving causing the substrate to move with respect to the mold in a second direction that is opposite to the first direction by an amount of movement that does not exceed the threshold, and
wherein in the first operation, the control unit sets the gain of the amplifier to a first gain in the first region, and sets the gain of the amplifier to a second gain that is smaller than the first gain in at least a part of the second region.

US Pat. No. 10,011,057

IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which forms a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate by using a mold, the apparatus comprising:an image sensing unit configured to sense an image of the imprint material via the mold; and
a control unit configured to, in a state in which the mold and the imprint material are in contact with each other, cause the image sensing unit to sense the image of the imprint material while scanning the image sensing unit and obtain information on forming of the pattern of the imprint material based on the image obtained by the image sensing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,013,632

OBJECT TRACKING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,012,617

PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS, OPERATION METHOD OF PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoacoustic apparatus comprising:an acoustic wave transmission unit configured to transmit a transmission acoustic wave to a specific area;
a control unit configured to control a transmission waveform of the transmission acoustic wave transmitted from the acoustic wave transmission unit;
a light source configured to generate light emitted to an area including the specific area when the acoustic wave reaches the specific area;
an acoustic wave reception unit configured to receive the acoustic wave and to output a time-series received signal; and
a signal processing unit configured to acquire optical property information based on the time-series received signal,
wherein the control unit controls the transmission waveform in such a manner that amplitude of a photoacoustic wave generated in the specific area is reduced by the transmission acoustic wave transmitted from the acoustic wave transmission unit.

US Pat. No. 10,011,116

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF SUPPLYING LIQUID

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:an ejection opening for ejecting a liquid;
a passage in which an energy generation element for generating energy used to eject the liquid is disposed;
an ejection opening portion that allows communication between the ejection opening and the passage;
a supply passage for allowing the liquid to flow into the passage from an outside; and
an outflow passage for allowing the liquid to flow out to the outside from the passage,
wherein an expression of H?0.34×P?0.66×W>1.7 is satisfied when a height of the passage at an upstream side of a communication portion between the passage and the ejection opening portion in a flow direction of the liquid inside the passage is set to H,
a length of the ejection opening portion in a direction in which the liquid is ejected from the ejection opening is set to P, and
a length of the ejection opening portion in the flow direction of the liquid inside the passage is set to W.

US Pat. No. 10,012,924

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC ELECTRO-CONDUCTIVE MEMBER HAVING A DUAL RUBBER ELASTIC LAYER, METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic electro-conductive member comprising:an electro-conductive mandrel; and
an electro-conductive elastic layer on the electro-conductive mandrel, wherein
the electro-conductive elastic layer has an elastic coefficient of 1 MPa or more and 100 MPa or less;
the electro-conductive elastic layer includes a matrix containing first rubber and a plurality of electro-conductive domains dispersed in the matrix;
each of the electro-conductive domains contains an electro-conductive particle;
the electro-conductive elastic layer includes regions containing second rubber in circumferences of the electro-conductive domains, the second rubber being a polymer gel derived from the first rubber; and
the matrix has an elastic coefficient R1, and the regions containing second rubber have an elastic coefficient R2, wherein the elastic coefficients R1 and R2 satisfy a relationship: R1

US Pat. No. 10,003,806

OPTIMIZED PLENOPTIC IMAGE ENCODING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,003,821

IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image encoding apparatus that divides image data into a plurality of tiles and performs encoding for each tile, the apparatus comprising:a transformation unit configured to perform, for each tile, a wavelet transform and obtain transformation coefficient data; and
an encoding unit configured to encode, for each tile, the transformation coefficient data obtained by the transformation unit,
wherein, if a neighboring tile that neighbors an encoding target tile is present,
the transformation unit obtains the transformation coefficient data by performing the wavelet transform with reference to pixel data of the encoding target tile and a plurality of pieces of pixel data that neighbor the encoding target tile out of the neighboring tile, and
the encoding unit, out of the transformation coefficient data obtained by referring to the plurality of pieces of pixel data of the neighboring tile, encodes at least transformation coefficient data necessary to decode the pixel data of the encoding target tile, and does not encode a portion of the transformation coefficient data obtained by the transformation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,002,423

MEDICAL IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, MEDICAL IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND MEDICAL IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A medical image processing apparatus comprising:an image acquiring unit configured to acquire a plurality of medical images obtained by imaging an identical region of an object under different radiographing conditions;
a relation acquiring unit configured to acquire a correlation between a signal value and a radiographing condition at a pixel at a same position in the plurality of medical images;
a condition acquiring unit configured to acquire a virtual radiographing condition that is different from the radiographing conditions of the plurality of medical images;
a generating unit configured to generate a diagnosis image by acquiring a signal value of each pixel based on the correlation and the virtual radiographing condition;
a display condition acquiring unit configured to acquire a window width value and a window level value for displaying one medical image of an identical cross section of the object; and
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display the diagnosis image based on the window width value and window level value acquired by the display condition acquiring unit.

US Pat. No. 9,998,650

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,997,927

POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power transmission apparatus that wirelessly transmits power, the power transmission apparatus comprising:a power transmission unit configured to perform authenticating power transmission, which is for supplying power necessary for authentication processing, in an authentication phase, and perform power transmission in a power transmission phase, in which it is possible to supply larger power than that of the authenticating power transmission;
a detection unit configured to detect an object;
an authentication unit configured to, upon detecting the object by the detection unit, cause the power transmission unit to perform the authenticating power transmission to the object, and execute, in the authentication phase, the authentication processing that includes determining whether the object detected by the detection unit is a power reception apparatus that is capable of receiving the power transmitted in the power transmission phase or not;
a reception unit configured to receive a power transmission stop request that is a request for stopping the power transmission in the power transmission phase; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where the power transmission in the power transmission phase is stopped in response to the power transmission stop request received by the reception unit from the object determined to be a power reception apparatus, cause the power transmission unit not to perform the authenticating power transmission even in a case where the object is detected by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,998,074

ELEMENT THAT OSCILLATES OR DETECTS TERAHERTZ WAVES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,981,475

INK SUPPLY APPARATUS AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,983,490

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,971,258

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,968,308

COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHIC MAMMOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHIC APPARATUS FOR BREAST

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,969,165

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a recording element board having a first side having a first face on which a plurality of recording elements configured to generate energy to discharge liquid are provided;
discharge orifices provided corresponding to the plurality of recording elements;
pressure chambers, wherein the plurality of recording elements is within the pressure chambers;
a discharge orifice row extending in a first direction, wherein the discharge orifices are arrayed in the discharge orifice row;
a liquid supply channel extending in the first direction and provided as a groove to a second face of the recording element board that is on a second side of the recording element board that is opposite of the first side, wherein the liquid supply channel is configured to supply liquid to the pressure chambers;
a plurality of supply ports to communicate between the first face and the liquid supply channel, and configured to supply liquid to the pressure chambers from the liquid supply channel;
a cover provided on the second face, wherein the cover covers the liquid supply channel; and
a plurality of supply-side openings, provided to the cover and provided along the liquid supply channel, wherein the plurality of supply-side openings is configured to supply liquid to the liquid supply channel,
wherein, in a process of liquid being replenished to the pressure chambers after having discharged liquid from the discharge orifices, a pressure drop sum P1 of (i) pressure drop of liquid on the liquid supply channel from any supply-side opening to a supply port that communicates with the supply-side opening and is at a farthest removed position from the supply-side opening, and (ii) pressure drop of liquid at the supply port at the farthest removed position, is 5000 Pa or less.

US Pat. No. 9,961,274

IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an image sensor configured to pick up an image;
a reception interface configured to receive an acquisition request from a client apparatus, for acquiring information associated with a superimposing option of the image pickup apparatus, wherein the information is related to a parameter for superimposing a content on the image; and
a transmission interface configured to transmit the information associated with the superimposing option of the image pickup apparatus in a case where the acquisition request for the information associated with the superimposing option available in the image pickup apparatus is received by the reception interface.

US Pat. No. 9,956,761

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aqueous ink for ink jet, the aqueous ink comprising:a self-dispersible pigment;
an aromatic sulfinic acid or a salt thereof; and
an aromatic sulfonic acid or a salt thereof,
wherein a concentration (mmol/kg) of a sulfonic acid group derived from the aromatic sulfonic acid or the salt thereof is 0.25 mmol/kg or more to 15.00 mmol/kg or less.

US Pat. No. 9,960,366

ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An organic light emitting element, comprising:an anode;
a cathode; and
an organic compound layer disposed between the anode and the cathode,
wherein:
the organic compound layer comprises an organic functional layer; and
the organic functional layer comprises an organic compound represented by the following general formula [1]:
in the general formula [1], X1 and X2 each represent an aryl group, and the aryl group may further have a halogen atom or an alkyl group, and R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, R8, R9, R10, R11, R12, R13, R14, R15, and R16 each represent a hydrogen atom or a substituent selected from a halogen atom, an alkyl group, and an aryl group, and when any one of R1 to R16 represents an aryl group, the aryl group may further have a halogen atom or an alkyl group that may have a halogen atom.
US Pat. No. 9,957,340

IMPRINTING METHOD AND CURABLE COMPOSITION FOR IMPRINTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,961,221

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,950,525

ELEMENT SUBSTRATE FOR LIQUID EJECTING HEAD AND WAFER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,944,096

RECORDING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:a plurality of feeding units each configured to feed a sheet;
a conveyance unit provided on an upstream side of a recording unit in a direction in which the sheet is conveyed, wherein the conveyance unit conveys the sheet to the recording unit by a first motor driving the conveyance unit;
a first detection unit provided on the upstream side of the recording unit in the direction in which the sheet is conveyed, wherein the first detection unit detects whether there is the sheet;
a control unit that controls driving of a second motor for a roll sheet feeding unit among the plurality of feeding units, so as to convey a roll sheet fed from the roll sheet feeding unit; and
at least one processor in communication with at least one memory storing computer-executable instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, further causes the apparatus to function as:
a determination unit that determines which feeding unit among the plurality of feeding units feeds the sheet to the recording unit,
wherein, if the first detection unit detects that there is the sheet, the control unit drives the second motor in a direction for rewinding the roll sheet with the sheet fixed by the conveyance unit, and the determination unit determines the feeding unit that feeds the sheet to the recording unit based on an output value associated with the driving of the second motor, which is output when the second motor is driven in the direction for rewinding the roll sheet with the sheet fixed by the conveyance unit.

US Pat. No. 9,945,658

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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