US Pat. No. 9,686,442

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,654,715

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,651,860

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,684,945

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR TRANSFERRING IMAGE DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,684,481

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,683,971

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,648,238

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,644,998

TESTING ELEMENT, TESTING APPARATUS, AND TESTING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,645,517

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,648,341

VIDEO ENCODING AND DECODING WITH IMPROVED ERROR RESILIENCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,648,111

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,643,808

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH ACCELERATION/DECELERATION CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,648,195

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,672,300

PATTERN GENERATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,641,838

MOVING IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, METHOD AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,674,393

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,639,036

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING A RUBBING ROTATABLE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,673,141

MOUNTING MEMBER, ELECTRONIC COMPONENT, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MODULE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,669,628

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,641,739

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD WITH IMPROVED FOCUS ADJUSTMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,638,904

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,671,729

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,671,990

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,664,604

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, MEASUREMENT METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,665,201

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,667,830

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,667,836

COLOR CONVERSION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND COLOR CONVERSION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,667,841

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,665,020

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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


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

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


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

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

US Pat. No. 9,665,023

TONER AND TWO-COMPONENT DEVELOPER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,665,032

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,665,048

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,667,882

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,665,314

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MANAGING A PRINT-SETTING USER INTERFACE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,665,060

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND NOISE FILTER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,665,317

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,662,011

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,635,359

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING DEBLOCKING FILTER INTENSITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A moving image encoding apparatus for performing encoding using inter prediction between frames, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the apparatus to:
generate a predicted image for prediction encoding processing;
divide an original image into blocks each having a predetermined number of pixels, and perform orthogonal transformation and
quantization on a difference between an encoding target image and the predicted image for each of the blocks;

generate an encoded stream by encoding the transformation result;
generate a locally decoded image by performing inverse quantization and inverse orthogonal transformation on the transformation
result;

calculate a PSNR (Peak Signal-to-Noise Ratio) from the original image and the locally decoded image;
calculate a first filter intensity based on the calculated PSNR;
correct the first filter intensity based on a conspicuity value of block noise, wherein the conspicuity value is determined
by comparing a boundary difference value between adjacent boundary pixels and a peripheral difference value between adjacent
pixels other than the boundary pixels of the locally decoded image and another locally decoded image adjacent to the locally
decoded image, and a second filter intensity estimated based on encoding information obtained from a result of the prediction
encoding processing and pattern information of the adjacent boundary pixels; and

perform a deblocking filter processing on the locally decoded image using the corrected filter intensity.

US Pat. No. 9,635,207

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,635,214

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,635,241

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,632,432

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,635,258

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,632,446

CHARGING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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


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

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

US Pat. No. 9,632,450

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,632,455

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,632,458

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,632,459

DEVELOPING DEVICE HAVING A FEEDING MEMBER WITH A PROJECTED PORTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

a projected portion projected from a part of said disk portion that opposes said stepped portion.

US Pat. No. 9,632,479

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,626,137

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, SERVER DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. An information processing method for use in an image forming apparatus having a management unit that manages a device resource,
the information processing method comprising:
transmitting, to a server device, a first token acquisition request containing device credential information;
receiving from the server device, a first token corresponding to the device credential information;
storing the received first token in a storage unit;
acquiring the first token stored in the storage unit and transmitting, to the server device, a second token acquisition request
containing a valid first token and identification information for identifying the management unit that manages the device
resource, wherein, in a case where the first token stored in the storage unit is not valid, transmitting includes transmitting,
before transmitting the second token acquisition request, a third token acquisition request and, in response, receives a third
token that is used for refreshing the first token, and then acquires the refreshed first token and restores the not valid
first token with the acquired refreshed first token as the valid first token in the storage unit;

receiving, from the server device, a second token corresponding to the identification information; and
transmitting, to a resource server, a request for a process related to the device resource, wherein the request contains the
received second token,

wherein, in response to determining via at least one processor that an expiration date of the first token stored in the storage
unit is reached between performance of sequencing process to acquire the first token and performance of the sequencing process
to acquire the second token, it is determined that the first token stored in the storage unit is not valid.

US Pat. No. 9,623,671

IMAGE PROCESSOR, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,618,872

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,611,233

ORGANIC COMPOUND

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic compound represented by Formula [1]:

in Formula [1], A1 and A2 are each independently selected from the group consisting of alkyl groups having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, alkoxy groups having
1 to 20 carbon atoms, and optionally substituted aryl groups, wherein

each R1 independently represents a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, an alkoxy group having
1 to 20 carbon atoms, an alkyl ester group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, an optionally substituted aryl group, an optionally
substituted amino group, or a cyano group, wherein

the aryl group optionally has a substituent of an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms;
n is an integer of 2 to 3; and
each X is independently selected from the following Formulae [2] to [4], provided that X includes at least

in Formulae [2] to [4], R2, R3, and R5 are each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen atoms, halogen atoms, alkyl groups having 1 to 20 carbon
atoms, alkoxy groups having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, optionally substituted aryl groups, alkyl ester groups having 1 to 20 carbon
atoms, optionally substituted amino groups, and cyano groups; and

R4 represents an alkylene group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,606,456

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, DETERMINATION METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,606,718

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,608,033

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,606,474

DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,606,477

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,607,013

IMAGE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,606,496

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,606,266

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,607,361

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,607,384

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,606,649

ELECTRONIC DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,602,678

PERIPHERAL DEVICE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,602,169

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,602,685

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,599,930

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,597,884

INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET PRINTER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,594,915

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,593,170

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,592,668

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,596,363

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CONNECTING TO ACCESSORY DEVICE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND ACCESSORY DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus that includes an electronic apparatus body to which an accessory device can be connected, and performs
communication between the electronic apparatus body and the accessory device connected thereto,
wherein in a case where the electronic apparatus body transmits first data to the accessory device in synchronism with a clock
signal, and receives second data from the accessory device in synchronism with the clock signal, the electronic apparatus
body is capable of performing data communication selectively using a first communication method and a second communication
method which is different from the first communication method, and in the second communication method, a low level of the
second data is different in level from a low level of the clock signal and a low level of the first data in the first communication
method, and

wherein the electronic apparatus body includes:
a level changing unit configured to change, in a state in which the clock signal is set to a high level in the first communication
method, the first data from a high level to the low level, and then further change the first data from the low level to the
high level; and

a detection unit configured to detect a change in level of the second data responsive to a change in level of the first data
caused by said level changing unit, to thereby detect, based on a result of the detection, whether or not the accessory device
is normally connected to the electronic apparatus body, and whether or not the accessory device is compatible with the second
communication method.

US Pat. No. 9,596,368

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,596,382

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,594,103

CAPACITIVE DETECTION TYPE ELECTRO-MECHANICAL TRANSDUCER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

Cin??×GBW×RF×(CF)2  Expression (1).

US Pat. No. 9,596,424

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels each including a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions;
a holding portion which holds signals output from the plurality of pixels;
a driver which performs a first holding process for holding first signals supplied from a first number of photoelectric conversion
portions of each pixel in the holding portion and a second holding process for holding second signals supplied from a second
number of photoelectric conversion portions of each pixel in the holding portion, wherein a period of the first holding process
is set shorter than a period of the second holding process, and the second number being larger than the first number;

a signal processor which performs a predetermined process on the second signals and generate a captured image data;
a memory which stores the captured image data; and
a display unit which displays the captured image data,
wherein the second signal is used for generating the captured image data in the signal processor, and the first signal and
a difference signal between the second signal and the first signal are used for focus detection.

US Pat. No. 9,589,320

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

wherein a condition below is satisfied:

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

wherein a condition below is satisfied:

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

US Pat. No. 9,588,043

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND MEASUREMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,591,180

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,591,436

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,591,199

IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,591,253

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,588,447

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

1.0??Z/?Z0?3.0  (A7),

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,586,400

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,588,724

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,581,920

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,581,784

COMPOSITE PLASTIC LENS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,581,788

LENS SYSTEM AND IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,578,254

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CAPABLE OF REDUCING EFFECT OF FLICKER, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
at least one processor or circuit configured to act as units comprising:
(1) an accumulation unit configured to make an image pickup device perform a plurality of times of charge storage and charge
readout at a predetermined interval to obtain a plurality of images;

(2) a photometry unit configured to perform photometry to the plurality of images to obtain a plurality of photometry values;
(3) a detection unit configured to detect a light-amount variation characteristic of light from an object based on the plurality
of photometry values;

(4) a combining unit configured to apply a combining process to the plurality of images to obtain a combined image; and
(5) an object recognition unit configured to apply an object recognition process to detect the object in the combined image,
wherein the accumulation unit makes the image pickup device perform the plurality of times of charge storage with a frequency
higher than a predicted frequency of light-amount variation of light from the object.

US Pat. No. 9,575,431

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,566,741

IMPRINT METHOD, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,569,846

OPHTHALMIC REFERENCE IMAGE SELECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,566,006

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,566,781

TRANSFER-TYPE IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,566,806

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,569,632

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,571,688

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,563,941

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,563,255

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,565,321

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING FAX DESTINATION INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. A method for controlling an information processing apparatus including a memory and processor in communication with the
memory, comprising:
storing connection numbers in the information processing apparatus;
receiving a destination number from a user;
determining a communication mode for each received destination number;
controlling the information processing apparatus in such a way as to use the destination number and a first connection number
as a destination in a case where the determined communication mode is a FAX mode, and controlling the information processing
apparatus in such a way as to use the destination number and a second connection number as a destination, which is different
from the first connection number, in a case where the determined communication mode is an IP-FAX mode, and

preventing, in a case where a stored connection number is included in a head of the destination number received, the information
processing apparatus from using the connection number as a destination.

US Pat. No. 9,565,352

OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,565,353

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element configured to perform photoelectric conversion on an optical image obtained through an image pickup
optical system to generate an image signal;

a processor performing the functions of a focus detention unit, a determination unit, a calculation unit and a control unit,
wherein

the focus detection unit configured to perform focus detection based on the image signal;
the determination unit is configured to determine an object image in an image based on the image signal;
the calculation unit is configured to calculate an in-focus position based on information of the object image determined by
the determination unit; and

the control unit is configured to perform in-focus control based on the in-focus position calculated by the calculation unit,
wherein the calculation unit is configured to, when the determination unit determines that a plural object images exist in
the image based on the image signal and each of the in-focus positions of the plural object images is within a predetermined
range, adjust the in-focus position to perform the in-focus control so as to focus on one of the plural object images, and

wherein the calculation unit is configured to, when the determination unit determines that the plural object images exist
in the image based on the image signal and each of the in-focus positions of the plural object images is not in the predetermined
range , adjust the in-focus position to perform the in-focus control based on each of the in-focus positions of the plural
object images that is in the predetermined range and also based on each of the in-focus positions of the plural object images
not in the predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 9,565,355

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,560,258

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,557,241

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,557,663

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

1.0??Z/?Z0?3.0  (A7),

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,553,117

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,552,443

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SEARCH METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,544,493

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,540,192

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,544,299

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,540,483

RESIN FOR TONER AND TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,542,594

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR PROCESSING INFORMATION, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,533,849

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:
an apparatus body;
a sheet stacking portion on which sheets are stacked, the sheet stacking portion including an engagement portion and provided
to be insertable to and removable from the apparatus body; and

a conveyance guide portion provided to be insertable to and removable from the apparatus body and constituting a sheet conveyance
path through which a sheet passes in a state where the conveyance guide portion is mounted to a mounted position in the apparatus
body, the conveyance guide portion including an engaged portion that is pressed by the engagement portion accompanying an
operation where the sheet stacking portion is inserted to the apparatus body, and moves the conveyance guide portion to the
mounted position,

wherein the apparatus body has a positioning portion positioning the conveyance guide portion at the mounted position,
wherein the positioning portion has a positioning member positioning the conveyance guide portion at the mounted position
and a biasing member biasing the positioning member to position the conveyance guide portion at the mounted position,

wherein the conveyance guide portion has a projection protruding at least to one side in a width direction orthogonal to an
insertion and removal direction,

wherein the positioning member positions the conveyance guide portion to the mounted position by positioning the projection
by the biasing force of the biasing member,

wherein the apparatus body has a guide portion guiding the projection of the conveyance guide portion to the insertion and
removal direction.

US Pat. No. 9,527,286

PRINT APPARATUS AND PRINT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print apparatus comprising:
a print unit configured to include a plurality of inkjet-type line print heads;
a conveying unit configured to move a sheet used for printing to be performed by the print unit; and
a supply unit configured to supply humidified gas to a space between two adjacent print heads,
wherein the supply unit includes
a humidifying unit configured to generate the humidified gas,
a supply port which is configured to supply the humidified gas generated by the humidifying unit from a side of the space,
and

a discharge port which is configured to discharge the humidified gas from the space, and which is disposed so as to face the
supply port across the space in a direction parallel to a surface of the sheet and perpendicular to a moving direction of
the sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,530,530

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,532,076

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ENCODING COMBINED IMAGE INCLUDING DIFFERENT IMAGES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,529,527

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus operable to recognize a first operation made up of a first touch input and a second
operation made up of a combination of the first input and a touch input that follows after the first input, the touch input
that follows after the first touch input is input before a predetermined time period passes after the first touch, the information
processing apparatus comprising:
a detecting unit configured to detect that, as one touch input, an operating object touches a touch target surface and then
the operating object is released from the touch target surface; and

a control unit configured to control output to start a response corresponding to the first operation without waiting for the
predetermined time period to pass after the first touch input, in a case that at least a movement distance that the operating
object has moved in a direction parallel to the touch target surface in a state of proximity to the touch target surface after
the operating object is released from the touch target surface at the end of the first touch input exceeds a threshold, and
configured to control output not to start the response corresponding to the first operation by the predetermined time period
passes after the first touch input while the movement distance does not exceed the threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,529,284

PROCESS CARTRIDGE, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge detachably attachable to a main body of an electrophotographic apparatus, the process cartridge comprising:
a cylindrical electrophotographic photosensitive member;
a charging device that charges the electrophotographic photosensitive member; and
a developing device that forms a toner image on the electrophotographic photosensitive member through development using a
toner,

wherein the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises a surface layer comprising a polyarylate resin having a structural
unit represented by formula (B),


where R31 to R34 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a methyl group; X2 represents a single bond, a divalent group represented by formula (C) below, or a cyclohexylidene group; and Y1 represents a m-phenylene group, a p-phenylene group, or a divalent group in which two p-phenylene groups are bonded to each
other with an oxygen atom located therebetween,


where R41 and R42 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a methyl group, or a phenyl group,

the electrophotographic photosensitive member has an outer diameter of 23 mm or less,
the developing device is configured to collect a residual toner left on the electrophotographic photosensitive member after
the toner image has been transferred onto a transfer material,

the toner has a weight-average particle diameter (D4) of 7.1 ?m or more and 10.0 ?m or less,
the toner has an average circularity of 0.95 or more, and
the toner has an average aspect ratio of 0.90 or more.

US Pat. No. 9,525,795

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH ROTARY POLYGON MIRROR SPEED CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,525,796

DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,525,836

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,523,907

ZOOM OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom optical system comprising, in order from an enlargement conjugate side to a reduction conjugate side:
a first optical group; and
a second optical group having a zoom function,
wherein the zoom optical system is configured to conjugate an enlargement conjugation point on the enlargement conjugate side
with an intermediate imaging position located between the first optical group and the second optical group, and to conjugate
the intermediate imaging position with a reduction conjugation point on the reduction conjugate side,

wherein the second optical group includes, in order from the enlargement conjugate side to the reduction conjugate side, a
lens unit B21 with positive refractive power, a lens unit B22 with positive refractive power, and a lens unit B23 with positive refractive power, and

wherein the lens unit B21 and the lens unit B22 are configured to move during a zooming operation, such that a distance between the lens unit B21 and the lens unit B22 is changed and a condition

0.1
is satisfied, where fR represents a focal length of the second optical group in a wide-angle end, and fB22 represents a focal
length of the lens unit B22.

US Pat. No. 9,517,278

COMPOUND AND PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING CONTRAST MEDIUM CONTAINING THE COMPOUND

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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






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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,521,144

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,513,571

MAGNETIC CARRIER, TWO-COMPONENT DEVELOPER, DEVELOPER FOR REPLENISHMENT, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A magnetic carrier, comprising:
a resin-filled magnetic core particle, which is constituted by a porous magnetic particle and a resin disposed in pores of
the porous magnetic particle; and

a resin covering layer provided on a surface of the resin-filled magnetic core particle,
wherein a resin for use in the resin covering layer is a copolymer of:
a vinyl monomer having a cyclic hydrocarbon group in its molecular structure, and
another vinyl monomer,
wherein the porous magnetic particle has a peak pore diameter of 0.40 ?m or more and 0.88 ?m or less, the peak pore diameter
providing the maximum differential pore volume in the pore diameter range of 0.1 ?m or more and 3.0 ?m or less,

wherein the magnetic carrier has a 50% particle diameter (D50) of 30.0 ?m or more and 80.0 ?m or less on a volume basis, and
an electric current flowing through the magnetic carrier at a voltage of 500 V ranges from 8.0 to 50.0 ?A, and

wherein a proportion JR1 of a composition that is made up of the resin in a magnetic carrier portion of a region R1 and a proportion JR2 of the composition in a magnetic carrier portion of a region R2 satisfy the following relationship:

1.20?JR2/JR1?2.00

wherein the region R1 is defined as:

a line segment having a maximum length is drawn on a cross section image of the magnetic carrier,
two straight lines A and B that are parallel to the line segment and are separated from the line segment by 2.5 ?m are drawn,
a straight line C that passes through a point of contact between the line segment and a surface of the resin-filled magnetic
core particle and is perpendicular to the line segment is drawn,

a straight line D that is parallel to the straight line C, is closer to the center of the magnetic carrier than the straight
line C, and is separated from the straight line C by 5.0 ?m is drawn, and

the region R1 refers to a region surrounded by the straight lines A, B, and D and a circumference of the resin-filled magnetic core particle,
and

wherein the region R2 is defined as:

a straight line E that is parallel to the straight line D, is closer to the center of the magnetic carrier than the straight
line D, and is separated from the straight line D by 5.0 ?m is drawn, and

the region R2 refers to a region surrounded by the straight lines A, B, D, and E.

US Pat. No. 9,513,578

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,514,106

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,516,502

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,509,235

PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, OSCILLATORY WAVE MOTOR, AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric element comprising:
a single piece of a piezoelectric material having a first surface and a second surface;
a common electrode disposed on the first surface of the single piece of the piezoelectric material;
a pair of drive phase electrodes disposed, separately from each other, on the second surface of the single piece of the piezoelectric
material, and

a detection phase electrode disposed on the second surface of the single piece of the piezoelectric material at a position
different from positions of the pair of drive phase electrodes,

wherein an absolute value d(1) of a piezoelectric constant of the single piece of the piezoelectric material in a portion (1) sandwiched between the pair of drive phase electrodes and the common electrode and an absolute value d(2) of a piezoelectric constant of the single piece of the piezoelectric material in a portion (2) sandwiched between the detection phase electrode and the common electrode satisfy a relationship, d(2)

US Pat. No. 9,509,881

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DATA MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,501,249

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,500,995

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,501,253

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus which is capable of operating in a direct wireless communication mode for performing direct wireless
communication with an external apparatus, the communication apparatus comprising:
a memory storing a program, and;
a processor that executes the program stored in the memory to implement:
a processing unit configured to perform a login process for allowing a user to log in to the communication apparatus,
an accepting unit configured to accept, from a user, an operation instruction to instruct the communication apparatus to start
operating in the direct wireless communication mode, and

a controlling unit configured to, when the accepting unit accepts the operation instruction, control the communication apparatus
to start operating in the direct wireless communication mode,

wherein when the user logs out of the communication apparatus, the controlling unit controls the communication apparatus to
end operating in the direct wireless communication mode.

US Pat. No. 9,498,956

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,498,962

PRINTING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,501,012

FIXING APPARATUS FOR FIXING A TONER IMAGE TO A RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus for fixing a toner image on a recording material, the fixing apparatus comprising:
a cylindrical film;
a heater configured to make contact with the film, the heater including a substrate and a heat generation resistor formed
on the substrate; and

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,502,306

PATTERN FORMATION METHOD THAT INCLUDES PARTIALLY REMOVING LINE AND SPACE PATTERN

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,503,655

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,500,842

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,500,980

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS OF ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,500,981

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,468,376

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus configured to obtain an image of an eye to be examined, the ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
an aberration measuring unit configured to measure aberration of returning light;
a reflective optical modulation device configured to modulate at least one of a measurement light and the returning light;
and

a control unit configured to control the reflective optical modulation device based on a measurement result obtained by the
aberration measuring unit,

wherein the reflective optical modulation device includes:
a reflection mirror having an effective diameter of 7.5 mm or less, and
61 or more actuators that act on the reflection mirror within the effective diameter of 7.5 mm or less, the actuators having
a stroke length of 7.5 ?m or more in a direction intersecting a reflection surface of the reflection mirror.

US Pat. No. 9,462,091

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

14. A communication method in an information processing apparatus including a plurality of communication units connected to
one another in a ring shape by a bus, each of the plurality of communication units being connected to one of a plurality of
processing units, each of which executes a predetermined process, and transmitting data processed by the one of the plurality
of processing units to the bus as a packet, the information processing apparatus transferring data between the plurality of
processing units and processing the data in a predetermined order, the method comprising:
in among the plurality of communication units, at least one communication unit that comprises a holding unit configured to
receive a packet including data and suspension information indicating whether or not a process for the data has been suspended,
and hold the

received packet and a transmission unit configured to transmit a packet held in the holding unit to the bus,
performing a determination of whether or not data included in a packet held in the holding unit is to be processed by one
of the plurality of processing units to which the at least one communication unit connects, a determination of whether, in
a case where suspension information included in a packet received by the holding unit indicates that a process for data included
in the packet received by the holding unit has been suspended, setting for the suspension information is performed by the
holding unit or not, and a determination of whether, in a case where data included in a packet received by the holding unit
is to be processed by the one of the plurality of processing units to which the at least one communication unit connects,
a process for the data included in the packet received by the holding unit is to be suspended or not;

executing or not executing at the holding unit, according to the determination, a process for a held packet that is held by
the holding unit; and

transmitting at the transmission unit, to the bus, a packet for which the process has been executed or the held packet that
is held by the holding unit.

US Pat. No. 9,457,559

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,457,586

ADJUSTMENT METHOD OF PRINTING POSITIONS, PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,459,566

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,457,593

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD, RECORDING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,458,309

MOLDING MATERIAL AND LIQUID EJECTION FLOW PATH MEMBER USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,458,323

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,456,292

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

11. A method for a communication apparatus which has a direct wireless communication function, the method comprising:
identifying, by executing search processing, one device as a communication partner of a wireless communication by the direct
wireless communication function;

determining, via a processor, whether a user's instruction is necessary for establishing a wireless communication between
the communication apparatus and the identified device by the direct wireless communication function;

displaying, on a display unit and if it is determined that the user's instruction is necessary, an instruction screen for
a user to issue an instruction for establishing a wireless communication by the direct wireless communication function;

notifying, if it is determined that the user's instruction is necessary, the identified device of predetermined information;
and

executing, if the instruction for establishing a wireless communication by the direct wireless communication function is issued
by a user via the instruction screen, connection processing for establishing a wireless communication by the direct wireless
communication function,

wherein, if it is determined that the user's instruction is not necessary, executing includes executing the connection processing
with neither displaying the instruction screen by the display unit nor notifying the identified device of the predetermined
information.

US Pat. No. 9,443,554

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,438,783

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,436,994

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,438,842

REPRODUCTION CONTROL APPARATUS, REPRODUCTION CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,438,847

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,436,319

COORDINATE INPUT APPARATUS, METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,436,867

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD USING SPARSE CODING, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing method of producing, from a first image, a second image by using sparse coding, the method comprising
when an average pixel value in a partial region of an image is referred to as a DC component, and a component acquired by
subtracting the DC component from a pixel value distribution in the partial region is referred to as an AC component:
producing, from the first image, a processing intermediate image having a pixel value distribution in which a difference among
multiple pixel values in a partial region of the processing intermediate image is equal to the DC component in a partial region
of the first image corresponding to the partial region of the processing intermediate image;

performing a first process of acquiring, by using the AC component in a first partial region extracted in the processing intermediate
image and a basis produced by dictionary learning, the AC component in a second partial region; and

performing a second process of acquiring a difference among multiple pixel values in the second partial region as the DC component
in a partial region of the second image corresponding to the second partial region,

wherein the method repeats the first and second processes with changing a position of extracting the first partial region
in the processing intermediate image to acquire the DC components in multiple partial regions of the second image.

US Pat. No. 9,436,107

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,436,118

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,436,139

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,417,102

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,411,720

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH OVERWRITE DELETION FUNCTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that is equipped with an overwrite deletion function for overwriting data stored in
a nonvolatile memory device, and a hibernation function for causing data stored in a volatile memory device to be stored in
the nonvolatile memory device, comprising:
a non-transitory memory device;
a processor;
an input unit configured to receive an instruction for enabling the overwrite deletion function or the hibernation function;
and

a control unit configured to perform a control, in a case where one of the overwrite deletion function and the hibernation
function is enabled, such that the other function is disabled,

wherein when said input unit receives the instruction for enabling one of the overwrite deletion function and the hibernation
function and the other function has been set to be enabled, said control unit inhibits the one function from being set to
be enabled, or sets the other function to be disabled and sets the one function to be enabled, and

wherein the control unit is implemented at least in part by the processor executing at least one program recorded on the non-transitory
memory device.

US Pat. No. 9,408,017

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparaus, comprising:
a first communication unit configured to perform wireless communication using a first communication method;
a second communication unit configured to perform wireless communication using a second communication method whose power consumption
is less than power consumption used when the first communication unit performs wireless communication;

a determination unit configured to determine disconnection of a wireless connection between the communication apparatus and
a partner apparatus via the second communication unit; and

a control unit configured to control, in a case where the first communication unit is in a sleep state whose power consumption
is less than power consumption in an awake mode when the determination unit determines the disconnection, the first communication
unit so that a mode of the first communication unit is switched from the sleep mode to the awake mode.

US Pat. No. 9,407,778

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND MEDIUM WITH TOUCH SCREEN OPERABILITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus provided with a touch panel comprising:
a display unit configured to display document data;
a detection unit configured to detect a flick operation on the touch panel;
a storage unit configured to store a table for defining a processing that is to be executed on the document data displayed
on the display unit, and is to be executed according to a flick operation towards a predetermined direction; and

a control unit configured to perform control to execute a processing defined by the table stored in the storage unit, on the
document data, according to the detection unit detecting the flick operation towards the predetermined direction while the
document data is being displayed on the display unit,

wherein the control unit transmits, according to the detection unit detecting the flick operation towards the predetermined
direction while the document data stored in the information processing apparatus is being displayed on the display unit, the
document data and an instruction to execute processing on the document data to a data processing apparatus, and transmits,
according to the detection unit detecting the flick operation towards the predetermined direction while the document data
stored in the data processing apparatus is being displayed on the display unit, the instruction to execute processing on the
document data to the data processing apparatus without transmitting the document data to the data processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,407,825

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising a memory and at least one processor that executes a program to function as:
a first imaging unit;
a second imaging unit;
a combining unit configured to generate a composite image by combining a first image captured by the first imaging unit and
a second image captured by the second imaging unit;

a recording unit configured to record the composite image generated by the combining unit and composite information regarding
the combining of the first image and the second image in a recording medium; and

a display control unit configured to perform control for displaying the image recorded in the recording medium on a display
unit,

wherein the display control unit performs control to extract the second image from the composite image and display the extracted
second image, based on the composite information,

wherein the first imaging unit is an imaging unit configured to capture an image of an object, and the second imaging unit
is an imaging unit configured to capture an image of a photographer,

wherein the display control unit displays the second image extracted from the composite image as the image of the photographer,
and

wherein the display control unit performs control to display text information together with the second image displayed as
the image of the photographer.

US Pat. No. 9,407,847

SOLID STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM WITH WRITING MEMORY SELECTING UNIT AND READING MEMORY SELECTING UNIT FOR OUTPUTTING SIGNALS IN AN ORDER OF SPATIAL ARRANGEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid state imaging apparatus, comprising:
a pixel portion comprising a plurality of unit pixels arranged in matrix,
the plurality of unit pixels each comprising a photoelectric conversion element;
a plurality of vertical output lines arranged for each column of the pixel portion, configured to transmit signals output
from the photoelectric conversion elements,

a plurality of memories configured to store the signals output from the photoelectric conversion elements;
a writing memory selecting unit connected between the plurality of vertical output lines and the plurality of memories, configured
to selectively store a signal transmitted from at least one of the plurality of vertical output lines into at least one of
the plurality of memories;

a plurality of horizontal scanning channels configured to input the signals stored in the plurality of memories; and
a reading memory selecting unit connected between the plurality of memories and the plurality of horizontal scanning channels,
configured to selectively output the signal stored in the at least one of the plurality of memories to at least one of the
plurality of horizontal scanning channels,

the reading memory selecting unit being configured to output the signals in an order corresponding to spatial arrangement
of the photoelectric conversion elements.

US Pat. No. 9,406,120

OUTPUT DEVICE AND METHOD, SUITABLE FOR USE IN DIAGNOSIS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,400,434

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, EXPOSURE METHOD, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus that exposes a pattern formed on an original onto a substrate as a first pattern forming area, the
exposure apparatus comprising:
an original holding unit configured to hold the original;
a substrate holding unit configured to hold the substrate; and
a controller configured to control scanning of the original holding unit and the substrate holding unit so as to expose a
plurality of the first pattern forming areas onto a plurality of second pattern forming areas, formed in advance on the substrate,
with the plurality of the first pattern forming areas superimposed on the plurality of second pattern forming areas,

wherein the controller is configured to change an operation of the original holding unit for each of the plurality of second
pattern forming areas based on a shape of the plurality of second pattern forming areas formed on the substrate or a shape
of the pattern formed on the original, while the plurality of the first pattern forming areas are scanning-exposed onto the
plurality of second pattern forming areas in a single scanning between the original holding unit and the substrate holding
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,400,437

POSITION MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND EXPOSURE APPARATUS WHICH MEASURE POSITION OF OBJECT USING REFERENCE MARK, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A position measurement apparatus that measures a position of an object, the position measurement apparatus comprising:
an image sensor;
a first illumination optical system configured to illuminate a mark of the object using measurement light in a first wavelength
band;

an imaging optical system configured to cause light from the object illuminated by the measurement light in the first wavelength
band to image on the image sensor;

a reference mark configured to be arranged outside an optical path of the first illumination optical system and the imaging
optical system;

a second illumination optical system configured to illuminate the reference mark using reference light of a second wavelength
band;

an optical element configured to guide light from the reference mark illuminated by the reference light of the second wavelength
band to the image sensor through the optical path of the imaging optical system; and

a position measurement unit configured to detect the position of the object based on an image of the object and an image of
the reference mark detected by the image sensor,

wherein the second wavelength band of the reference light is set between an upper limit and a lower limit of the first wavelength
band,

wherein the optical element is a mirror which transmits a part of incident light and reflects another part of the incident
light, and

wherein an optical characteristic of the mirror is set so that light amount of light arriving at the image sensor from the
object through the mirror is larger than that arriving at the image sensor from the reference mark through the mirror.

US Pat. No. 9,383,660

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,383,703

LINE WIDTH CORRECTION AND TAILING SUPPRESSION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,383,704

GRAMMAGE DETECTION SENSOR FOR RECORDING MATERIAL AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,382,426

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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