US Pat. No. 9,866,715

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO SELECTIVELY PRINT AND DELETE ATTACHED FILE IN ELECTRONIC MAIL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a communication interface configured to receive an electronic mail from a mail server;
a storage unit configured to store an image based on a file attached to the electronic mail received by the communication
interface;

a printing unit configured to print the image on a sheet;
a deletion unit configured to delete the image from the storage unit and to transmit an instruction to delete the electronic
mail stored in the mail server; and

a user interface configured to accept a stop instruction of printing,
wherein the deletion unit is configured to delete the image from the storage unit and to transmit the instruction to delete
the electronic mail from the mail server, in accordance with printing of the image being completed, and to delete the image
from the storage unit and not to transmit the instruction to delete the electronic mail from the mail server, in accordance
with the stop instruction being accepted by the user interface in printing of the image, and

wherein the deletion unit is implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,864,310

FIXING APPARATUS HAVING A STORAGE FUNCTION INCLUDING FIRST AND SECOND PARTS THAT SWITCH FROM A CONDUCTIVE STATE TO A NON-CONDUCTIVE STATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A fixing apparatus comprising:
a fixing member configured to fix an image, formed on a recording material, onto the recording material;
a circuit board;
a first part and a second part mounted on the circuit board and connected in series;
a first line mounted on the circuit board and connected to one end of the first part;
a second line mounted on the circuit board and connected to another end of the first part and one end of the second part;
and

a third line mounted on the circuit board and connected to another end of the second part,
wherein each of the first part and the second part is capable of switching from a conductive state to a non-conductive state,
and information regarding characteristics of the fixing member corresponds to a switch state of the first part and the second
part, and

wherein the first line is supplied with a voltage from a power source, and the third line is connected to a ground.

US Pat. No. 9,864,318

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING A POWER SUPPLY FOR FORMING AN IMAGE ON A RECORDING MATERIAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply device that supplies voltage to a first member and a second member, comprising:
a first circuit configured to generate a first voltage having a first polarity, the first voltage being applied to the first
member;

a second circuit connected to the first circuit configured to generate a second voltage having a second polarity which is
opposite polarity of the first polarity, the second voltage being applied to the first member and second member;

a detection circuit configured to detect current flowing into the first member when the first voltage is applied to the first
member from the first circuit; and

a separation device configured to, in a case where the first voltage is applied to the first member from the first circuit,
close current flowing from the second member to the first circuit through a path via which the first circuit and the second
circuit are connected.

US Pat. No. 9,855,744

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS WITH REINFORCED FLOW PATH FORMING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head for ejecting a liquid, the liquid ejection head comprising:
a substrate provided with an energy generating element and a liquid supply port;
a flow path forming member including an ejection opening for ejecting a liquid; and
a pressure chamber communicating with the ejection opening and including the energy generating element therein and a flow
path through which the pressure chamber and the liquid supply port communicate with each other, the pressure chamber and the
flow path being provided between the substrate and the flow path forming member,

wherein a first portion of the flow path forming member which extends from an area facing the liquid supply port to an area
facing a part of the flow path extending from the liquid supply port to the pressure chamber has a thickness greater than
that of a second portion of the flow path forming member which faces the pressure chamber, and

as viewed from a direction in which the liquid is ejected from the ejection opening, a third portion having a thickness greater
than that of the first portion is provided in an area of the flow path forming member overlapping with the liquid supply port.

US Pat. No. 9,860,683

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from another communication apparatus, first service information containing an identifier
for identifying a first service that the another communication apparatus can provide, wherein the another communication apparatus
operates as a service provider apparatus and the communication apparatus operates as a service using apparatus in the first
service;

a storage unit configured to store second service information containing an identifier for identifying a second service and
state information indicating whether the communication apparatus is capable of providing the second service, the second service
information being information to be acquired by the another communication apparatus, wherein the communication apparatus operates
as a service provider apparatus and the another communication apparatus operates as a service using apparatus in the second
service;

a communication control unit configured to establish a connection for data communication between the communication apparatus
and the another communication apparatus for carrying out the first service or the second service; and

a setting unit configured to set the state information stored by the storage unit so that the state information indicates
that the communication apparatus is incapable of providing the second service in response to reception of an instruction to
carry out the first service.

US Pat. No. 9,860,457

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit configured to capture an object;
a display unit configured to display a video image captured by the capturing unit;
an extracting unit configured to extract an area of the video image that is within a display range displayed by the display
unit and is smaller than the display range;

a detecting unit configured to detect a change in a position or attitude of the apparatus; and
a display control unit configured to perform control so that an area of the video image that is within the display range displayed
by the display unit and is not extracted by the extracting unit is larger on a side in a direction in which the position or
attitude of the apparatus changes.

US Pat. No. 9,860,470

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF GENERATING AND ADDING PIXEL REGION INFORMATION TO IMAGE DATA, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:
a pixel portion comprising a first pixel region and a second pixel region;
a a region information generator which generates region information indicating the first pixel region and the second pixel
region based on coordinate information and a region of image data obtained from the pixel portion;

a packet generating circuit which generates a packet by adding the region information to the image data; and
a packet output circuit which outputs the packet; and
a signal processor which corrects pixel data of the first pixel region using pixel data of the second pixel region for image
data read out from the pixel portion,

wherein the signal processor extracts pixel data of the first pixel region and pixel data of the second pixel region of the
image data using the region information included in the packet.

US Pat. No. 9,854,204

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication system comprising:
a first projection unit configured to project an image on a first projection surface;
a first imaging unit disposed on or in the first projection surface and configured to capture an image of an object positioned
in front of the first projection surface;

a second imaging unit spaced away from, and directed or facing towards, the first projection surface and configured to capture
another image of the object;

a determination unit configured to: (i) determine a processing parameter for image processing to be performed on the object
image captured by the first imaging unit or on the another object image captured by the second imaging unit, by comparing
a distance between the first projection surface and the object to at least one predetermined distance threshold, and (ii)
determine whether to perform the image processing on the object image or on the another object image by comparing the distance
between the first projection surface and the object to the at least one predetermined distance threshold;

a processing unit configured to perform the image processing on the determined one of the object image or the another object
image based on the processing parameter determined by the determination unit; and

a second projection unit configured to project the object image having undergone the image processing or the another object
image having undergone the image processing on a second projection surface.

US Pat. No. 9,843,710

FOCUSING ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS AND FOCUSING ADJUSTMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focusing adjustment apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to capture an object image formed by an imaging optical system including a focus lens and output
an image signal;

a focus detection unit configured to output a focus detection result based on the image signal output from the image sensor
for a focusing operation;

a correction unit configured to calculate a correction value based on a first spatial frequency and a second spatial frequency
and correct the focus detection result by using the correction value;

a control unit configured to control movement of the focus lens based on the focus detection result corrected by the correction
unit; and

a generation unit configured to generate an image based on the image signal output from the image sensor,
wherein the first spatial frequency is a spatial frequency related to processing to be performed when the image is generated,
and the second spatial frequency is a spatial frequency related to processing to be performed when a signal used for outputting
focus detection result is generated.

US Pat. No. 9,841,673

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus configured to form a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate using a mold, the imprint apparatus
comprising:
a first drive mechanism configured to apply a force to the mold in a direction that is orthogonal to a direction of pressing
the mold to the imprint material, to change a shape of a pattern area formed in a surface of the mold;

a second drive mechanism configured to deform the mold;
a mold drive mechanism configured to displace the mold in the direction of pressing the mold to the imprint material; and
a mold holding unit including:
a holding portion configured to hold the mold; and
a base portion configured to support the holding portion through a flexible connecting portion and be held by the mold drive
mechanism,

wherein the second drive mechanism deforms the holding portion so as to bend the mold around an axis that is orthogonal to
the direction of pressing the mold to the imprint material and the direction of the force applied to the mold by the first
drive mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,835,971

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO EMIT A PLURALITY OF LIGHT BEAMS FOR AN EXPOSURE OF A PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member configured to rotate;
an optical scanning device including
a light source including a plurality of light emitting elements including a first light emitting element configured to emit
a first light beam and a second light emitting element configured to emit a second light beam for exposing the photosensitive
member,

a deflection unit configured to deflect a plurality of light beams emitted from the light source to cause the plurality of
light beams to scan the photosensitive member,

a lens configured to guide the plurality of light beams deflected by the deflection unit to the photosensitive member, and
a light receiving unit including a receiving surface on which the first light beam and the second light beam deflected by
the deflection unit scan, configured to generate a first signal by the first light beam scanning the receiving surface, and
configured to generate a second signal by the second light beam scanning the receiving surface,

wherein the first light emitting element and the second light emitting element are disposed at the light source in such a
manner that the first light beam and the second light beam expose different positions in a scanning direction in which the
first light beam and the second light beam deflected by the deflection unit scan the photosensitive member, and the first
light emitting element and the second light emitting element are disposed at the light source and the receiving surface has
a width in a scanning direction in which the first light beam and the second light beam scan the receiving surface, in such
a manner that the first light beam and the second light beam does not scan the receiving surface simultaneously;

a storage unit configured to store predetermined data, wherein the predetermined data to compare with a timing difference
between the first signal and the second signal; and

a control unit configured to control the light source so that the first light beam and the second light beam enter the receiving
surface during a same scanning period of the plurality of light beams, determine a delay amount of the second beam emission
timing based on an image data with respect to the first beam emission timing based on the image data based on a result of
a comparison between the predetermined data and the timing difference between the first signal and the second signal, control
the first beam emission start timing during one scanning period based on a first signal generated by the first light beam,
and control the second light beam emission timing during one scanning period based on a first signal generated by the first
light beam and the delay amount for matching an exposure start position of the first light beam and an exposure start position
of the second light beam on the photosensitive member in the scanning direction.

US Pat. No. 9,836,250

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS FOR UTILIZING A PLURALITY OF APPLICATION BASED ON A COMMUNICATION PARTNER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a plurality of applications including a first application for printing, a second application
for display and a third application for streaming data transmission;

a selector configured to select data to be transmitted to a communication partner apparatus;
a transmitter configured to transmit, to the communication partner apparatus, capability information that indicates that the
communication apparatus has the first application and the second application in a case where the communication apparatus establishes
wireless connection with the communication partner apparatus in a state in which still image data is selected by the selector,

wherein, if the communication apparatus establishes wireless connection with the communication partner apparatus in a state
in which moving image data is selected by the selector, the transmitter transmits, to the communication partner apparatus,
capability information that indicates that the communication apparatus has the third application for streaming data transmission
without transmitting capability information that indicates that the communication apparatus has the first application;

a receiver configured to wirelessly receive an instruction for starting up an application from the communication partner apparatus;
and

a processor configured to start up, automatically, the first application if the instruction received by the receiver is an
instruction for starting up the first application, and to start up, automatically, the second application if the instruction
received by the receiver is an instruction for starting up the second application,

wherein if the processor starts up the first application, the communication apparatus starts communication for printing image
data according to control by the first application, and

wherein if the processor starts up the second application, the communication apparatus starts communication for display of
image data according to control by the second application.

US Pat. No. 9,832,722

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that is connectable to an access point and communicates with a communication apparatus
via the access point, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive from a user an instruction for performing a setting relating to connection of the communication
apparatus;

a display unit configured to display a list of access points connectable by the communication apparatus, in a case where an
access point to which the information processing apparatus is connected when the instruction is received is not an access
point connectable by the communication apparatus, and not to display the list, in a case where an access point to which the
information processing apparatus is connected when the instruction is received is an access point connectable by the communication
apparatus; and

an execution unit configured to execute a process for establishing connection between an access point selected from the list
and the communication apparatus, in a case where the access point to which the information processing apparatus is connected
when the instruction is received is not an access point connectable by the communication apparatus, and to execute a process
for establishing connection between the access point to which the information processing apparatus is connected and the communication
apparatus, in a case where the access point to which the information processing apparatus is connected when the instruction
is received is an access point connectable by the communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,820,712

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM OF THE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for radiation imaging comprising:
an irradiation unit configured to irradiate an object with radiation that tube voltage of the irradiation unit is continuously
changed in one shot;

a radiation detector configured to detect radiation, which is irradiated by the irradiation unit, in one shot through the
object;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain image data corresponding to a low energy side of a tube voltage waveform in one shot
that is a one pulse wave pattern and image data corresponding to a high energy side of the tube voltage waveform in one shot
that is the one pulse wave pattern, based on an elapsed time corresponding to radiation that tube voltage of the irradiation
unit is continuously changed throughout the one shot; and

a subtraction unit configured to perform subtraction on the image data corresponding to the low energy side and the image
data corresponding to the high energy side.

US Pat. No. 9,824,296

EVENT DETECTION APPARATUS AND EVENT DETECTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An event detection apparatus comprising:
at least one processor and memory coupled to each other and cooperating to act as:
an input unit configured to input a plurality of time-sequential images;
a first extraction unit configured to extract sets of first image samples, the sets of first image samples composed of a plurality
of layers, wherein each layer from the plurality of layers corresponds to a different sampling interval from a first time
range of the plurality of time-sequential images, wherein each set of first image samples is composed of a plurality of image
samples;

a second extraction unit configured to extract sets of second image samples, the sets of second image samples composed of
a plurality of layers, wherein each layer from the plurality of layers corresponds to a different sampling interval from a
second time range of the plurality of time-sequential images, wherein each set of second image samples is composed of a plurality
of image samples;

a dissimilarity calculation unit configured to calculate a dissimilarity between a set of the first image samples and a set
of the second image samples that have the same sampling interval, for each layer from the plurality of layers; and

a detection unit configured to detect an event from the plurality of time-sequential images based on the calculated dissimilarity
for each layer from the plurality of layers.

US Pat. No. 9,824,301

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one memory which stores instructions; and
one or more processors which execute the instructions to cause the information processing apparatus to:
implement a plurality of sequences of weak classifiers which are logically cascade-connected in each sequence, wherein the
sequences respectively correspond to a plurality of categories of an object and the plurality of weak classifiers are grouped
into at least a first group and a second group in the order of connection;

control to perform, by pipeline processing, classification processing by weak classifiers belonging to the first group in
the sequences respectively corresponding to the plurality of categories;

decide, based on results of classification processing by the weak classifiers belonging to the first group in the sequences
respectively corresponding to the plurality of categories, categories for which classification processing are to be performed
by weak classifiers belonging to the second group out of the plurality of categories; and

control to perform, by pipeline processing, classification processing by the weak classifiers belonging to the second group
in sequences respectively corresponding to the decided categories.

US Pat. No. 9,824,307

CONTROL APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a display unit configured to display a print job;
a storing unit configured to store attribute information of a sheet to be stored in a sheet holding unit;
a receiving unit configured to receive, from a user, an instruction for determining whether attribute information of a sheet
designated in the print job corresponds to attribute information of the sheet stored in the storing unit;

a determining unit configured to determine, according to the instruction received by the receiving unit, whether the attribute
information of the sheet designated in the print job corresponds to the attribute information of the sheet stored in the storing
unit;

a notification unit configured to notify a determination result by the determining unit;
a change instruction receiving unit configured to receive, from a user, a change instruction for changing the attribute information
stored in the storing unit into another attribute information; and

a changing unit configured to change, based on the change instruction, the attribute information stored in the storing unit
into the another attribute information,

wherein the determining unit determines, according to the instruction received by the receiving unit, whether the attribute
information of the sheet designated in the print job corresponds to the attribute information of the sheet stored in the storing
unit, and then the determining unit further determines, according to change of the attribute information into the another
attribute information by the changing unit, whether the attribute information of the sheet designated in the print job corresponds
to the another attribute information even if the receiving unit does not further receive the instruction, and

wherein at least one of the receiving unit, the determining unit, the notification unit, and the changing unit is implemented
by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,826,137

IMAGING APPARATUS, EXTERNAL APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR EXTERNAL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGING SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus which communicates with an external apparatus via a network, the imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit;
a first image processing unit configured to change, by image processing, a brightness of a captured image output from the
imaging unit;

a second image processing unit configured to change, by image processing that is different from the image processing by the
first image processing unit, a brightness of a captured image output from the imaging unit;

a receiving unit configured to receive, from the external apparatus via the network, a single command for instructing to change
the brightness of the captured image output from the imaging unit, the single command including first image processing information
for controlling an operation of the first image processing unit and second image processing information for controlling an
operation of the second image processing unit; and

a control unit configured to control the first image processing unit and the second image processing unit in accordance with
the command received by the receiving unit,

wherein the first image processing information includes at least any one of information indicating that the first image processing
unit is caused to be operated and information indicating that the first image processing unit is caused to be stopped, and

wherein the second image processing information includes at least any one of information indicating that the second image
processing unit is caused to be operated, information indicating that the second image processing unit is caused to be stopped,
and information indicating that the operation of the second image processing unit is caused to be automatically controlled
by the imaging apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,826,163

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to set, in a first image, a first graphic corresponding to an area on which an image analysis unit
performs image analysis processing; and

a determination unit configured to determine based on the first graphic, in a second image corresponding to a part of the
first image, a second graphic corresponding to an area on which the image analysis unit performs image analysis processing
and having a shape different from a shape of the first graphic and a number of vertexes equal to or smaller than a number
of vertexes of the first graphic, in a case where an image to be displayed on a display unit is changed to the second image
from the first image,

wherein, the second image does not include at least a part of the first graphic.

US Pat. No. 9,821,553

LIQUID DISCHARGING HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharging head comprising:
first and second print element substrates, each including
a discharge-port defining member having a plurality of discharge-ports configured to discharge a liquid, and
a plurality of energy-generating elements that generate energy used to discharge the liquid from the discharge-ports; and
a support member that supports the first and second print element substrates and includes a shared channel through which the
liquid is supplied to the first and second print element substrates,

wherein the first print element substrate is disposed on an upstream side of the second print element substrate in a direction
in which the liquid flowing through the shared channel is supplied, and

wherein a sectional area of the shared channel where the second print element substrate is disposed is smaller than a sectional
area of the shared channel where the first print element substrate is disposed.

US Pat. No. 9,824,640

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR FOR CONTROLLING LIGHT EMISSION AMOUNT OF LIGHT-EMITTING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a light-emitting unit configured to emit light;
a display unit configured to display an image of a frame by modulating light emitted from the light-emitting unit; and
a control unit configured to control the light emission amount of the light-emitting unit according to a maximum pixel value
of pixel values in the frame and a minimum pixel value of pixel values in the frame, wherein

in a case where the minimum pixel value is larger than a first threshold, which is a value based on a lower limit value in
a range of pixel values displayable in the display unit in a case where the light emission amount of the light-emitting unit
is maximized, the control unit controls the light emission amount of the light-emitting unit with a maximum light emission
amount of the light-emitting unit, irrespective of the maximum pixel value of pixel values in the frame, and

in a case where the minimum pixel value is equal to or smaller than the first threshold, the control unit controls the light
emission amount of the light-emitting unit on the basis of the maximum pixel value of pixel values in the frame.

US Pat. No. 9,823,363

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel array including a plurality of pixels being two-dimensionally arranged and each including a conversion unit configured
to convert radiation into a charge, a holding unit configured to perform holding of a signal according to the charge of the
conversion unit, an output unit configured to output the signal held in the holding unit, and a reset unit configured to perform
resetting of the conversion unit;

a control unit configured to control the pixel array to perform a reset operation for concurrently performing the resetting
on the plurality of pixels and a holding operation for concurrently performing the holding on the plurality of pixels, based
on a control signal indicating timing of generation of radiation; and

a selection unit configured to perform a selection operation for sequentially selecting a pixel from which the held signal
is to be output, from the plurality of pixels, to output the held signals from the plurality of pixels,

wherein the selection unit is configured to select at least part of the plurality of pixels in a period from when the control
unit performs the reset operation to when the control unit performs the holding operation based on a first control signal
among a plurality of the control signals.

US Pat. No. 9,823,619

CARTRIDGE DETACHABLY MOUNTABLE TO MAIN ASSEMBLY OF ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, ASSEMBLING METHOD FOR DRIVE TRANSMITTING DEVICE FOR PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photosensitive drum unit comprising:
(i) a photosensitive drum;
(ii) a flange provided on an end of the photosensitive drum, the flange including an accommodating portion at an inside thereof;
(iii) a coupling member including:
(iii-i) a free end portion having at least one projection,
(iii-ii) a connecting portion that is connected with the flange and at least a part of which is accommodated in the accommodating
portion so that a rotational axis of the coupling member is inclinable relative to a rotational axis of the flange, and

(iii-iii) a through-hole penetrating the connecting portion; and
(iv) a shaft capable of receiving a rotational force from the coupling member, penetrating the through-hole, and supported
by the flange at opposite end portions thereof so as to permit the coupling member to incline with respect to the shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,819,857

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus, comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a display item to be displayed on a setting screen;
a mode setting unit configured to set a mode from among a plurality of modes; and
a display control unit configured to display the setting screen in accordance with the mode set by the mode setting unit and
the display item set by the setting unit,

wherein the setting screen has a first area for displaying display items that differ for each mode, and a second area for
displaying display items that are displayed in a plurality of modes.

US Pat. No. 9,819,872

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD THAT ADJUST, BASED ON A TARGET OBJECT DISTANCE, AT LEAST ONE OF BRIGHTNESS OF EMITTED PATTERN LIGHT AND AN EXPOSURE AMOUNT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a single captured image obtained by capturing, by an image capturing unit, target
objects to which a projection unit has emitted pattern light;

a derivation unit configured to derive, using the single captured image, distances from the image capturing unit to the target
objects included in the single captured image; and

an adjustment unit configured to obtain, using the derived distances, an adjustment amount of at least one of a brightness
of the pattern light emitted from the projection unit and an exposure amount of the image capturing unit, and to adjust, in
accordance with the obtained adjustment amount, at least one of a first parameter for controlling the brightness of the pattern
light emitted from the projection unit, and a second parameter for controlling the exposure amount of the image capturing
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,819,873

IMAGE-PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE-PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image-processing apparatus comprising:
a first acquiring unit configured to acquire moving image data including a first frame obtained by imaging and a second frame
obtained by imaging with a shorter exposure time than the first frame;

a second acquiring unit configured to acquire reproduction information that is information related to a reproduction speed
of the moving image data; and

a combining unit configured to combine the first frame and the second frame with each other based on the reproduction information,
wherein

the combining unit changes a combination ratio between the first frame and the second frame in accordance with a reproduction
speed of the moving image data.

US Pat. No. 9,817,842

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a transfer control unit configured to control transferring an image data to a destination indicated by a destination data;
a receiving unit configured to receive an instruction for importing the destination data to a destination table having a destination
group which is configured to have a destination data and the destination data in the destination group has an access limitation
within users of the destination group wherein the destination data indicates a destination to which the image forming apparatus
sends the image processing data;

setting unit configured to set whether or not the destination group in the destination table is to be used; and
an importing unit configured to import the destination data to the destination group in the destination table in accordance
with the reception of the instruction by the receiving unit in a case where the setting unit sets the destination group is
to be used and not to import the destination data to the destination group in the destination table in a case where the setting
unit does not set the destination group is to be used;

wherein the transfer control unit, the receiving unit, the setting unit and the importing unit are implemented by at least
one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,817,620

PREDICTIVE OBJECT-SEQUENCE CACHING FROM PRIOR PAGE CONTENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for rendering a page description language (PDL) document, the method comprising:
receiving a plurality of display lists, each display list comprising a plurality of display list objects;
determining a repeated sequence of a predetermined number of consecutive display list objects across the display lists;
determining a reusable sequence of display list objects, for the repeated sequence, by extending the repeated sequence to
further consecutive display list objects, each occurrence of the reusable sequence being associated with a z-order position
in a corresponding display list;

subdividing at least one display list, at the z-order position of the reusable sequence in said display list, into a plurality
of z-bands including a reusable z-band for the determined reusable sequence;

generating a reusable intermediate graphical representation for the determined reusable sequence and a further intermediate
graphical representation for at least one other z-band;

merging said further intermediate graphical representation with the reusable intermediate graphical representation in accordance
with an order of said z-bands; and

rendering the page description language (PDL) document using the merged representations.

US Pat. No. 9,817,364

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

a developing roller having an axis L1?, the developing roller being configured to develop a latent image formed on the photosensitive drum with the developer,
and the developing roller being rotatably supported in the casing to permit rotation about the axis L1?; and

a coupling member having an axis L2, the coupling member including (i) a first end portion operatively connected to the photosensitive drum and the developing
roller and (ii) a second end portion, the second end portion including at least one projection that is open to the axis L2 and an outer surface that faces away from the first end portion, wherein for at least part of the outer surface, a maximum
distance from the axis L2 to the outer surface along a line perpendicular to the axis L2 decreases as the distance along the axis L2 from the first end portion increases, and

wherein the coupling member is movable between (i) a first position in which a tip of the at least one projection is a first
distance away from the photosensitive drum as measured in the direction of the axis L1 and (ii) a second position in which the tip of the at least one projection is a second distance away from the photosensitive
drum as measured in the direction of the axis L1, with the first distance being greater than the second distance.

US Pat. No. 9,807,325

IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:
an image sensor including a plurality of focus detection pixels for generating a focus detection image and a plurality of
imaging pixels for generating a captured image in which a subject is captured, the plurality of focus detection pixels being
arranged in a predetermined direction; and

an interpolation unit configured to interpolate a pixel value in a position of a first focus detection pixel among the plurality
of focus detection pixels, the interpolation being performed by combining, or selecting one of

output from first interpolation processing in which interpolation is performed using a pixel value of an imaging pixel surrounding
the first focus detection pixel, and

output from second interpolation processing in which interpolation is performed using pixel values of a plurality of focus
detection pixels neighboring the first focus detection pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,800,848

ILLUMINATION OPTICAL SYSTEM, IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

12. An image projection apparatus comprising:
an illumination optical system configured to respectively guide multiple light fluxes emitted from multiple light sources
included in a light source unit to multiple illumination regions on an illumination surface, the illumination optical system
comprising:

an integrator optical system located between the light source unit and the illumination surface,
wherein the integrator optical system includes a first lens array and a second lens array each including multiple lens cells
in order from a light source unit side,

wherein the illumination optical system changes illumination states of the multiple illumination regions depending on changes
of states of the light sources and

wherein the multiple light fluxes emitted from the multiple light sources passing through a same lens cell of the first lens
array are guided through multiple lens cells of the second lens array to the multiple illumination regions;

a light modulation element disposed at the illumination surface and configured to modulate light according to an image signal;
a projection optical system configured to project the light modulated by the light modulation element; and
a controller configured to individually control the states of the light sources so that the illumination states of the illumination
regions are individually changed.

US Pat. No. 9,797,718

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,789,718

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,791,914

RETURNING BACK TO NORMAL POWER MODE ONLY AFTER COMPLETING A TRANSITION TO A POWER SAVING MODE BY AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which can be shifted between a first power state and a second power state, comprising:
a network controller configured to receive data from an external device via a network:
a processor unit configured to process the received data; and
a power supply controller configured to control a power supply to the processor unit so that power is supplied to the processor
unit in the first power state but is not supplied to the processor unit in the second power state,

wherein the network controller and the power supply controller are connected to each other via a signal line,
wherein the network controller is configured to input, in a case where a predetermined type of data is received by the network
controller from the external device in the shift of the information processing apparatus from the first power state to the
second power state, a signal to the power supply controller via the signal line in accordance with the reception, and

wherein the power supply controller is configured to set predetermined data based on the input of the signal, and, after the
information processing apparatus come to be in the second power state by the shift, to restart the power supply to the processor
unit based on the set predetermined data, so that the processor unit processes the predetermined type of data received in
the shift.

US Pat. No. 9,794,480

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND PROGRAM THAT CONTROLS POWER SOURCE OF A DIFFERENT COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus that performs wireless communication with a different communication apparatus, comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions that, when executed by the one of more processors, cause the apparatus to:
acquire first information that causes the communication apparatus to decide whether the different communication apparatus
has a function to turn off a power source according to an instruction from the communication apparatus;

acquire second information that shows an operation mode of the different communication apparatus; and
notify a user that, in a case where the wireless communication with the different communication apparatus is disconnected,
the different communication apparatus is instructed to disconnect the wireless communication and turn off the power source
of the different communication apparatus according to the first information and the second information.

US Pat. No. 9,789,698

AQUEOUS INK SET, INK JET RECORDING METHOD AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aqueous ink set for ink jet comprising a combination of a first ink and a second ink,
wherein the first ink includes a self-dispersible pigment to a particle surface of which a functional group that includes
a phosphonic acid group is bonded, and a redispersion viscosity of the first ink as measured according to the following procedure
is 5 mPa·s or less,

wherein measurement of the redispersion viscosity being such that after 1.5 g of the first ink is stored for 15 hours under
a temperature of 30° C. and a relative humidity of 10%, the first ink is added thereto in an amount of the thus-reduced mass
followed by additional storing for 2 hours to thereby measure the viscosity of the resultant,

wherein the second ink includes an anionic dye, a lithium ion, and a sodium ion, and a total concentration of the lithium
ion and the sodium ion in the second ink is 0.050 mol/L or more, and

wherein a proportion of a concentration of the lithium ion in the total concentration of the lithium ion and the sodium ion
in the second ink is 45% or more to 85% or less.

US Pat. No. 9,787,926

SOLID-STATE IMAGE APPARATUS AND IMAGE SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image apparatus comprising:
a pixel unit including a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix;
a plurality of amplifiers configured to amplify signals output from the pixels;
a plurality of output restriction circuits, each provided for a corresponding one of the plurality of amplifiers and configured
to perform comparing of a level of an output signal from the corresponding one of the plurality of amplifiers with a predetermined
value and output a result of the comparing; and

a plurality of memories, each provided for a corresponding one of the plurality of output restriction circuits,
wherein each of the plurality of output restriction circuits restricts the level of the output signal when the level of the
output signal exceeds the predetermined value,

wherein each of the plurality of output restriction circuits outputs the corresponding result of the comparing to both a corresponding
one of the plurality of memories and a corresponding one of the plurality of amplifiers, and

wherein a gain of each of the plurality of amplifiers is changed based on the result of the comparing.

US Pat. No. 9,787,929

IMAGING ELEMENT, IMAGING APPARATUS, ITS CONTROL METHOD, AND CONTROL PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging element having a stacked structure which includes a first substrate having a pixel portion in which pixels for
photoelectrically converting an optical image of an object and generating pixel signals are arranged and a second substrate
having a first output path for outputting first pixel signals of a first pixel group in the pixel portion and a second output
path for outputting second pixel signals of a second pixel group, the imaging element comprising:
converters which convert the first pixel signals and the second pixel signals into digital signals,
wherein a conversion rate of the first pixel signals by the converters is higher than a conversion rate of the second pixel
signals by the converters.

US Pat. No. 9,785,388

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INCLUDING LOAD DECIDING, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors configured to:
perform processes of a plurality of pages in parallel;
assign a thread of an edge extraction process to one or more image data included in the page to be processed, and synthesize
an edge of each image data extracted by the thread;

detect load levels of processes of the plurality of pages, for each page; and control the page processing depending on a result
of the load level detection; and

designate priority of page threads including the assigned thread, depending on the result of the load level detection,
wherein the one or more processors are further configured to raise the priority of the thread of the page for which the load
level has been detected as being higher than a threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,786,717

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,785,224

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of transiting to a first power state and to a second power state in which power
consumption is lower than power consumption in the first power state, the apparatus comprising:
a first wake-up device which outputs a wake-up request to wake-up the information processing apparatus from the second power
state;

a storage device which stores a status of the first wake-up device;
a second wake-up device which outputs a wake-up request to wake-up the information processing apparatus from the second power
state; and

a power controller which shifts a state of the information processing apparatus from the second power state to the first power
state based on the wake-up request from the second wake-up device;

wherein the power controller acquires a status of the first wake-up device after receiving the wake-up request from the second
wake-up device, and determines whether or not to light a display based on a result of comparison between the status of the
first wake-up device stored in the storage device and the acquired status of the first wake-up device.

US Pat. No. 9,786,250

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus that performs control for causing a processing apparatus to execute image processing of single-color
image data, wherein the processing apparatus is configured to accept an image processing command including a plurality of
fields, each capable of storing a respective one of a plurality of color components in a dot sequential format, and to execute
image processing by using pixel values included in the image processing command, the control apparatus comprising:
an extraction circuit configured to extract, from single-color image data, a plurality of partial images by a number corresponding
to the number of color components;

a generation circuit configured to acquire single-color pixel values from each of the plurality of partial images, store the
single-color pixel values in each of the plurality of fields, and generate an image processing command; and

an input circuit configured to input the generated image processing command to the processing apparatus, and cause the processing
apparatus to execute image processing using the pixel values included in the image processing command.

US Pat. No. 9,787,888

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:
a control unit configured to execute
a first process for outputting, in accordance with a first command that instructs to rotate an image captured by an image
capturing unit by 180 degrees, an image in which the image captured by the image capturing unit has been rotated, and

a second process for changing a first state in which an image capturing direction of the image capturing unit is changed to
a first direction if a first changing command for changing the image capturing direction is received, to a second state in
which the image capturing direction is changed to a second direction different from the first direction if the first changing
command is received; and

a receiving unit that is capable of receiving the first command, the first changing command, and a specifying command that
specifies an image capturing position of the image capturing unit,

wherein the control unit is configured to execute the first process and the second process, if the first command is received
by the receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,778,729

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DETERMINING COMMUNICATION RATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

5. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a program for causing a computer to execute a method of controlling
a printing apparatus having an EEE (Energy Efficient Ethernet) function, the method comprising:
determining whether or not the EEE function is enabled;
detecting that a shift condition for the printing apparatus shifting from a first power state in which power is supplied to
the printer to a second power state in which power is not supplied to the printer is satisfied, wherein a communication rate
in the first power state is a predetermined communication rate and the predetermined communication rate is higher than 100
Mbps; and

changing, in a case where the detecting detects that the shift condition is satisfied and it is determined by the determining
that the EEE function is not enabled, a communication rate of the printing apparatus in the second power state from the predetermined
communication rate to 10 Mbps, and

changing, in a case where the detecting detects that the shift condition is satisfied and it is determined by the determining
that the EEE function is enabled, the communication rate of the printing apparatus in the second power state from the predetermined
communication rate to 100 Mbps.

US Pat. No. 9,779,001

MIRRORING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT MAINTAIN DIFFERENCE IN REMAINING WRITABLE AMOUNTS OF DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mirroring device comprising:
two storage devices to which an upper limit is set for a number of rewrites of data;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire respective remaining writable amounts of data in the storage devices from respective
total amounts of data written in the storage devices;

a determination unit configured to determine whether a difference between the acquired respective remaining writable amounts
of data is equal to or more than a predetermined value; and

a control unit configured to, when said determination unit determines that the difference is less than the predetermined value,
control the storage devices such that the difference becomes equal to or more than the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,778,767

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a monitor unit provided with a display unit and rotatably connected to a main body via a connection portion;
a touch detection unit configured to detect a touch operation on the display unit;
a position detection unit configured to detect at least a first position and a second position, each of which is a relative
position of the monitor unit with respect to the main body, wherein the second position is a position obtained by rotation
from the first position on a rotation axis, and the monitor is upside down when in the second position with respect to the
first position; and

a control unit configured to perform control, in a case where the relative position, detected by the position detection unit,
of the monitor unit is the first position, to display a first display item at a position nearer to the connection portion
than a second display item and to display the second display item at a position nearer to the connection portion than a third
display item on the display unit, wherein the first display item allows processing to be performed in response to a touch
operation thereon and the second display item and the third display item show respective information and does not allow processing
to be performed in response to a touch operation thereon, and to perform control to reverse display orientation of the display
unit vertically and horizontally and to display the third display item at a position nearer to the connection portion than
the second display item, and to display the first display item and the second display item with a changed relative position
between the first display item and the second display item so that the first display item is displayed at a position nearer
to the connection portion than the second display item and the third display item on the display unit, in response to a change
of the relative position, detected by the position detection unit, of the monitor unit from the first position to the second
position that is the position obtained by rotation from the first position on the rotation axis.

US Pat. No. 9,781,329

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
an image sensor capable of acquiring an image signal to be used in focus detection of a phase-difference detection type;
a CPU that executes a program stored in a non-volatile memory, wherein the CPU, by executing the program, functions as:
a first computing unit that computes a defocus amount of an imaging optical system based on the image signal;
a second computing unit that computes an evaluation value that is based on contrast information of the image signal;
a determining unit that determines based on the evaluation value, whether or not to consider a defocus amount computed in
the past; and

a third computing unit that computes a final defocus amount based on a plurality of defocus amounts including at least one
defocus amount computed in the past if it is determined to consider the defocus amount computed in the past by the determining
unit, or compute the final defocus amount based on a defocus amount that does not include any defocus amount computed in the
past if it is determined not to consider the defocus amount computed in the past by the determining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,781,347

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING LIVE VIEW FUNCTION, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup device;
at least one processor that executes a program or programs stored in at least one non-transitory memory so as to function
as units comprising:

(1) a photometry unit configured to perform photometry of an image acquired by performing image pickup by said image pickup
device;

(2) an exposure control unit configured to perform exposure control based on a result of photometry by said photometry unit;
and

(3) a display control unit configured to cause the image acquired by performing image pickup by said image pickup device to
be displayed on an image display section,

wherein in a case where an enlargement instruction is received from a user when a plurality of images acquired by performing
image pickup by said image pickup device are being sequentially displayed on the image display section, said display control
unit causes an enlarged image corresponding to a partial area of an object area as a target of image pickup by said image
pickup device to be displayed on the image display section, and

wherein in a case where an instruction for still image photographing is received when the enlarged image is being displayed
on the image display section, said exposure control unit determines an exposure at a time of still image photographing based
on a result of photometry of the image acquired by performing image pickup by said image pickup device before the enlarged
image is displayed on the image display section.

US Pat. No. 9,781,366

IMAGE SENSING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system comprising:
a photoelectric conversion apparatus that includes a pixel array including a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix including
rows and columns, the plurality of pixels including a plurality of image sensing pixels for image sensing and a plurality
of ranging pixels for ranging; and

a signal processing unit configured to process signals read from the photoelectric conversion apparatus,
wherein signals are read from the pixel array in each of a first frame, a second frame, and a third frame,
wherein the system is capable of performing a first operation, a second operation, and a third operation,
the first operation being an operation that signals are read from the ranging pixels and the image sensing pixels in the first
frame, the signal processing unit performs ranging based on the signals from the ranging pixels of the first frame, and the
signal processing unit generates an image which is based on the signals from the image sensing pixels of the first frame,

the second operation being an operation that signals are read from the image sensing pixels without reading signals from the
ranging pixels in the second frame, and exposure is controlled based on the signals from the image sensing pixels of the second
frame,

the third operation being an operation that signals are read from the image sensing pixels in the third frame, and generating
an image based on the signals from the image sensing pixels of the third frame,

wherein the system performs the third operation, under an image sensing condition based on a result of the ranging of the
first operation and controlling exposure of the second operation, and

wherein a number of signals output from the photoelectric conversion apparatus in the first operation is larger than a number
of signals output from the photoelectric conversion apparatus in the second operation, and smaller than a number of the imaging
pixels read out in the third operation.

US Pat. No. 9,778,565

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus that forms a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate by using a mold, the imprint apparatus
comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold the substrate on which a first area and a second area different from the first area are
provided;

a dispenser configured to apply the imprint material to the substrate; and
a particle inspection unit configured to inspect whether or not a particle is present on the second area where the imprint
material is not applied while an imprinting step for the first area is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,775,514

APPARATUS FOR MEASUREMENT OF A FUNDUS COMPRISING A FOCUSING SYSTEM AND A WAVEFRONT CORRECTION DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for measuring a fundus of a subject comprising:
a scanner for scanning light from a light source across the subject;
a focusing unit which adjusts a defocus comprising:
a first focusing mirror; and
a second focusing mirror;
wherein the first focusing mirror and the second focusing mirror are arranged so that an incident beam from the light source
entering the focusing unit and an emitted beam exiting the focusing unit are substantially parallel to each other and are
directed in substantially a same direction,

wherein the focusing unit is positioned between the scanner and the subject;
wherein adjustment of the defocus is accomplished by moving both the first focusing mirror and the second focusing mirror
such that the incident beam and the emitted beam remain substantially parallel to each other, and

wherein an optical path length between the scanner and the subject does not substantially change as the defocus is adjusted
by moving both the first focusing mirror and the second focusing mirror;

a wavefront sensor for detecting a shape of a wavefront; and
a wavefront correction device;
wherein the wavefront correction device adjusts a wavefront of the light from the light source based on the shape of the wavefront
detected by the wavefront sensor, and is positioned between the focusing unit and the light source, and

wherein an optical lens is not arranged on an optical path between the wavefront correction device and the subject.

US Pat. No. 9,746,865

CURRENT-TO-VOLTAGE CONVERSION CIRCUIT, RECEPTION APPARATUS, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A current-to-voltage conversion circuit comprising:
an input/output node configured to input a current signal including a direct current component and an alternating current
component, and to output a voltage based on the current signal;

an amplification unit configured to input the voltage of the input/output node;
an extraction unit configured to output a voltage based on a direct current component of a voltage output from the amplification
unit;

a first current supply unit configured to supply a current based on the voltage output from the extraction unit to the input/output
node; and

a second current supply unit configured to supply a current based on the alternating current component of the current signal
to the input/output node,

wherein:
the current supplied by the second current supply unit corresponds to a difference between a current of the current signal
and the current supplied by the first current supply unit;

the second current supply unit comprises a bipolar transistor;
the bipolar transistor has an emitter connected to the input/output node; and
the bipolar transistor has a base to which, when the voltage of the input/output node is a voltage based on the direct current
component of the current signal, a bias voltage is input so that the bipolar transistor is cut off.

US Pat. No. 9,743,902

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging system including an X-ray sensor and an image processing apparatus which performs abnormality determination
concerning a correction image obtained by irradiating the X-ray sensor with X-rays without an object to be examined disposed
between the X-ray sensor and an X-ray generator, the system comprising:
an area acquisition unit configured to acquire information of partial areas of the correction image;
a distribution acquisition unit configured to acquire distribution information representing variation in pixel value for each
of the acquired partial areas;

a determination unit configured to determine that adjacent partial areas can be integrated in a case where the distribution
information representing variation for the adjacent partial areas fall within a threshold range, wherein the determination
unit determines, based on the distribution information, whether abnormality is included in the correction image; and

an integration processing unit configured to integrate the adjacent partial areas based on the determination result.

US Pat. No. 9,744,732

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC ENDLESS BELT, METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A process for producing an electrophotographic endless belt comprising a base layer comprising a thermoplastic resin composition,
and an inner-surface layer, said process comprising the steps of:
(1) providing a test tube-shaped preform comprising a thermoplastic resin,
forming an energy curable film having a glass transition temperature on an inner surface of the test tube-shaped preform,
and then subjecting the test tube-shaped preform to blow molding to obtain a blow-molded bottle;
(2) irradiating the blow-molded bottle with energy rays to cure the energy curable film to form an inner-surface layer; and
(3) cutting out an endless belt from the blow-molded bottle having the inner-surface layer obtained in step (2).

US Pat. No. 9,746,789

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus which performs a scanning exposure of each of a plurality of shot regions on a substrate to radiation,
the apparatus comprising:
a measuring device including a first detector configured to perform detection with respect to a measurement point on the substrate
in a region being exposed to radiation while scanning of the substrate is performed, and a second detector configured to perform
detection with respect to the measurement point prior to detection by the first detector while scanning of the substrate is
performed, and configured to respectively measure heights of the substrate based on an output from the first detector and
an output from the second detector; and

a processor configured to determine, based on whether an error falls within an allowable range, the error being an error between
a target height and a measured height obtained by the measuring device based on an output from the first detector while a
scanning exposure of a first shot region on the substrate to radiation is performed, a first measurement point where the measuring
device performs measurement first based on an output from the second detector with respect to a second shot region different
from the first shot region.

US Pat. No. 9,772,795

PROCESSING APPARATUS TO RECOGNIZE PERIPHERAL COMPONENT INTERCONNECT EXPRESS DEVICES DURING BOOTUP

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,743,030

DRIVING METHOD FOR IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving method for an image pickup apparatus including a plurality of pixel rows constituting a first pixel group including
a plurality of first pixel rows and a second pixel group including a plurality of second pixel rows, each pixel row including
a plurality of pixels, and each pixel including a photoelectric conversion unit, the driving method comprising:
controlling a first period from a start of a reset operation, to be performed on photoelectric conversion units in a first
pixel row among the plurality of first pixel rows, for starting an electric charge accumulation period in the photoelectric
conversion units in the first pixel row until an end of reading of signals based on the electric charges in the respective
photoelectric conversion units in the first pixel row from the first pixel row and a second period from a start of reset operation,
to be performed on photoelectric conversion units in a second pixel row among the plurality of second pixel rows, for starting
an electric charge accumulation period in the photoelectric conversion units in the second pixel row, the second pixel row
being arranged adjacent to the first pixel row until an end of reading of signals based on the electric charges in the respective
photoelectric conversion units in the second pixel row from the second pixel row during one frame period in a manner that
the second period is started after the first period is ended; and

resetting the respective photoelectric conversion units in the second pixel row during the first period before the reading
of the signals from the first pixel row is ended,

wherein the first pixel row includes an image pickup pixel, and the second pixel row includes a focus detection pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,774,353

GENERATING APPARATUS, GENERATING METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,772,578

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

a count unit configured to count image signals whose image signal width is changed based on the sampling clock signals.

US Pat. No. 9,772,602

ROTATIONAL FORCE TRANSMITTING PART

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,740,109

HOLDING DEVICE, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ITEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,742,931

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory configured to store a program of an application and a program of a web browser different from the application;
wherein the application causes the information processing apparatus to:
search for a network device which is connected to the information processing apparatus via a network;
display information indicating the searched for device on a screen of the application;
generate, based on device information sent from the searched for device, a URL indicating a webpage to be accessed for inputting
setting information necessary for using a particular function of the searched for device from among webpages provided by the
searched for device, the particular function being an E-mail sending function; and

notify the web browser of the generated URL, and
wherein the web browser causes the information processing apparatus to:
acquire the webpage to be accessed for inputting the setting information necessary for using the particular function of the
searched for device based on the notified URL from the searched for device;

display the webpage acquired based on the notified URL, on a screen of the web browser, for inputting the setting information
necessary for using the particular function of the searched for device;

receive the setting information necessary for using the particular function of the searched for device inputted by a user
on the webpage displayed on the screen of the web browser; and

set the setting information necessary for using the particular function of the searched for device in the searched for device,
wherein the setting information necessary for using the particular function of the searched for device includes one or more
of information related to an E-mail server, information related to an SMTP authentication, and information related to a destination
E-mail address.

US Pat. No. 9,740,118

METHOD OF PRODUCING LIQUID DEVELOPER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

7. A method of producing a liquid developer containing a dispersing agent, an insulating liquid (a), and a toner particle
that contains a colorant and a binder resin, the method comprising:
a step (1) of preparing a mixture containing the colorant, the binder resin, the insulating liquid (a), a solvent (b), and
the dispersing agent; and

a step (2) of distillatively removing the solvent (b) from the mixture, wherein
the binder resin dissolves in the solvent (b) and does not dissolve in the insulating liquid (a),
the dispersing agent dissolves in both the insulating liquid (a) and the solvent (b), and
the binder resin contains a polymer A that has an alkali metal sulfonate group or an alkaline-earth metal sulfonate group,
and

a phase separation point A is larger than a phase separation point B, where
the phase separation point A is a mixing mass ratio for the insulating liquid (a) and the solvent (b) at which separation
into two phases occurs when the insulating liquid (a) is added to a solution obtained by dissolving the polymer A in the solvent
(b),

the phrase separation point B is a mixing mass ratio for the insulating liquid (a) and the solvent (b) at which separation
into two phases occurs when the insulating liquid (a) is added to a solution obtained by the dissolution in the solvent (b)
of the resin component present in the binder resin other than the polymer A, and

the mixing mass ratio for the insulating liquid (a) and the solvent (b) is a ratio determined by {mass of insulating liquid
(a)}/{mass of insulating liquid (a)+mass of solvent (b)}.

US Pat. No. 9,738,081

PRINTING APPARATUS AND LIQUID STORAGE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a print head that performs a printing operation by ejecting a liquid;
a liquid storage container in which a liquid storage chamber that stores the liquid to be supplied to the print head, an atmosphere
communication chamber that communicates with the atmosphere, and a communication flow path that causes the liquid storage
chamber and the atmosphere communication chamber to communicate are formed integrally; and

a liquid injection portion provided on the liquid storage container and configured to be injected the liquid into the liquid
storage chamber from the outside,

wherein the liquid storage container can take a first posture in which the atmosphere communication chamber is located under
the liquid storage chamber in the direction of gravity and a second posture in which the atmosphere communication chamber
and the liquid storage chamber are located side by side in the horizontal direction, and

in a case where the posture of the liquid storage container is the second posture, the liquid injection portion and the communication
flow path are located on an upper side of the liquid storage container.

US Pat. No. 9,774,276

CAPACITIVE ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electromechanical transducer comprising:
a plurality of elements, each element including a plurality of cells, each cell including a first electrode and a second electrode
opposed to the first electrode with a gap sandwiched therebetween, and

a substrate including a plurality of first through wiring lines and a plurality of second through wiring lines, wherein
the first electrodes are electrically separated for every element and electrically connected within each element,
the second electrodes are electrically separated for every element and electrically connected within each element,
each of the first through wiring lines is electrically connected to the first electrodes electrically connected within a different
one of elements, and

each of the second through wiring lines is electrically connected to the second electrodes electrically connected within a
different one of elements.

US Pat. No. 9,742,983

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS WITH AUTOMATIC FOCUS ADJUSTMENT AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising at least one processor or circuit that performs the operations of the following
units:
a detection unit to detect a subject;
a focus adjusting unit to adjust a position of a focusing lens of an imaging optical system so as to focus the imaging optical
system on the subject; and

a setting unit to set a focus detection area, which is an area within an image capturing screen where the focus adjusting
unit detects focus, based on detection results of the detection unit,

wherein the setting unit automatically sets the focus detection area based on information of a face of the subject in a case
where a focus adjustment mode is set to a moving body focusing mode in accordance with a user's operation, and automatically
sets the focus detection area based on a position of an eye of the subject in addition to the information of the face in a
case where the focus adjustment mode is not set to the moving body focusing mode in accordance with the user's operation.

US Pat. No. 9,742,984

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,766,374

OPTICAL MEMBER, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical member comprising:
a base member; and
a porous layer disposed on the base member, comprising a porous glass and a transparent resin material held in the inside
of a porous structure of the porous glass,

wherein, in the thickness direction of the porous layer, the degree of porosity in the base member side with respect to the
center line of the porous layer in the thickness direction is smaller than the degree of porosity in the side opposite to
the base member with respect to the center line of the porous layer in the thickness direction.

US Pat. No. 9,733,584

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner, comprising:
a toner particle including a surface layer derived from a resin particle, the resin particle containing a resin having an
ionic functional group and an acid dissociation constant pKa of 6.0 to 9.0,

the surface layer further comprising an organosilicon polymer having a partial structure represented by formula (1):
R0—SiO3/2  (1)

wherein R0 represents an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, or a phenyl group, and

a ratio of a peak area for the partial structure represented by formula (1) to a total peak area for the organosilicon polymer
is 5.0% or more in a 29Si-NMR measurement of a tetrahydrofuran-insoluble matter of the toner particle.

US Pat. No. 9,733,611

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of photosensitive bodies;
light sources each of which corresponds to one of the plurality of photosensitive bodies;
a deflection unit configured to deflect a plurality of light beams emitted from the light sources;
optical members each of which guides one of the plurality of light beams deflected by the deflection unit to the corresponding
photosensitive body;

an optical box configured to store the deflection unit and the optical member, the optical box being provided with the light
sources;

a cover configured to cover an opening of the optical box, the cover having a plurality of transparent windows each of which
passes one of the plurality of light beams;

a shutter configured to move between a first position for retreating from optical paths of the plurality of light beams passed
through the transparent windows and a second position for covering the transparent windows, the shutter being disposed at
a position between the photosensitive bodies and the cover;

a first spring configured to engage with the cover at one end of the first spring and configured to engage with the shutter
at another end of the first spring, the first spring urging the shutter in a direction of the second position from the first
position with elastic force, wherein the first spring is stretched and contracted depending on the position of the shutter
between the first position and the second position;

a second spring configured to contact with the shutter at one end of the second spring and of which an elastic coefficient
is larger than an elastic coefficient of the first spring, wherein the second spring is stretched and contracted depending
on the position of the shutter between the first position and the second position;

a buffer member disposed at another end of the second spring; and
a rotating member configured to contract and shrink the second spring via the buffer member by rotating around a rotation
axis, the rotation axis being fixed to a main body of the image forming apparatus,

wherein the shutter moves from the second position to the first position in a state in which the second spring is pressed
by the buffer member which is pressed by the rotating member,

wherein the length of the second spring is longer than the solid height of the second spring in a case which the shutter is
at the first position.

US Pat. No. 9,730,589

EXAMINED-PORTION INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An examined-portion information acquisition apparatus comprising:
a plurality of examined-portion holding members each configured to hold a respective examined portion of an object;
the plurality of examined-portion holding members comprising:
a first examined-portion holding member configured to hold a first examined portion of the object;
a second examined-portion holding member configured to hold a second examined portion of the object;
a receiver configured to receive an acoustic wave; and
a moving system configured to move the receiver from a position at which the receiver receives an acoustic wave from the first
examined portion held by the first examined-portion holding member to a position at which the receiver receives an acoustic
wave from the second examined portion held by the second examined-portion holding member, wherein

the receiver includes:
a plurality of transducers each configured to receive an acoustic wave, and
a supporting member on which the plurality of transducers are arranged, and
the plurality of transducers are arranged on the supporting member such that directivity axes of some transducers among the
plurality of transducers converge.

US Pat. No. 9,769,377

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR HANDLING A RAW IMAGE OF A MOVING IMAGE OR A STILL IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an image sensor;
one or more processors; and
at least one memory storing a program which, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the imaging apparatus to:
generate RAW moving image data representing an undeveloped image which is continuously captured by the image sensor in response
to a capturing instruction;

apply a first development process to a representative frame image, which is selected according to a preset condition, from
among the RAW moving image data, the first development process using a plurality of different development parameters to generate
a plurality of pieces of image data from the representative frame image;

determine a development parameter corresponding to image data selected by a user from among the plurality of pieces of image
data generated by the first development process; and

apply a second development process to the RAW moving image data by using the determined development parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,762,800

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,729,769

CAMERA AND CAMERA ACCESSORY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A camera comprising:
a first mount to which a second mount disposed in a camera accessory including an actuator is detachably coupled,
wherein the camera is communicable with the coupled camera accessory,
wherein the first mount is configured to shift from a first state to a second state, the first state being such a state that
a second bayonet tooth disposed in the second mount is inserted between a plurality of first bayonet teeth disposed in the
first mount, the second state being such a state that a relative rotation between the first mount and the second mount causes
the first bayonet teeth and the second bayonet tooth to be engaged with each other to complete coupling between the first
mount and the second mount, wherein a first contact holding portion disposed in the first mount holds first, second, third
and fourth contact pins disposed along a rotational direction of the second mount and the first mount, and the first, second,
third and fourth contact pins are disposed adjacent to each other and are disposed in the order of the first, second, third
and fourth contact pins,

wherein, in the second state, the first, second, and third contact pins are in contact with first, second, and third electrical
contact surfaces held by a second contact holding portion disposed in the second mount, respectively, whereby an electric
connection is established between the camera and the camera accessory,

wherein the first, second, and third contact pins are disposed in such a manner that, when the mount shifts from the first
state to the second state, the third contact pin contacts the first and second electrical contact surfaces, the second contact
pin contacts the first electrical contact surface, and the first pin does not contact the second and third electrical contact
surfaces, and

a sixth contact pin,
wherein the first contact pin is a pin for detecting that the camera accessory is coupled to the camera, the second contact
pin is a pin for supplying electrical power for communication to the coupled camera accessory, and the third contact pin is
a pin for supplying electrical power for driving the actuator of the camera accessory, wherein the fourth contact pin is used
for indicating a reference potential corresponding to the electrical power supplied from the third contact pin, and the sixth
contact pin is used for indicating a reference potential corresponding to the electric power from the second contact pin.

US Pat. No. 9,720,374

CARTRIDGE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge used for forming an image on a recording material, the cartridge comprising:
a memory for storing information, wherein the memory has an outer configuration having a length in a first direction and a
length in a second direction longer than the length in the first direction in a plane crossing a thickness direction thereof;

a first cartridge constituent member;
a second cartridge constituent member for supporting an image bearing member;
a supporting portion provided on the second cartridge constituent member and provided with a slit for permitting the memory
to be inserted in an inserting direction; and

a preventing portion, provided on the first cartridge constituent member, for preventing movement of the memory inserted in
the supporting portion,

wherein a prevention width of the slit with respect to a direction crossing the thickness direction of the memory is longer
than the length of the memory in the first direction and is shorter than the length of the memory in the second direction
as seen in the inserting direction of the memory, and

wherein the slit regulates movement of the memory in the thickness direction and is contactable to both sides of the memory
in the thickness direction.

US Pat. No. 9,715,049

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A DIFFRACTION GRATING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a blazed diffraction grating, the method comprising forming the blazed diffraction grating by
forming a plurality of grating grooves on a machined surface of a workpiece made of a crystalline material comprising zinc
selenide (ZnSe) or zinc sulfide (ZnS) by machining,
wherein the grating grooves are formed to have a triangular cross-section shape, and
wherein the grating grooves are formed so that a surface of a short side of the triangular cross-section shape comprises a
(110) plane where (110) corresponds with a crystal orientation of the single crystalline zinc selenide (ZnSe) or the single
crystalline zinc sulfide (ZnS).

US Pat. No. 9,709,924

DEVELOPER CONTAINER, DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a frame configured to contain developer;
a conveyance member configured to convey the developer by vibration;
a detection unit configured to detect a developer amount of the developer inside the frame; and
an adjustment unit configured to adjust the vibration of the conveyance member,
wherein the adjustment unit adjusts the vibration of the conveyance member according to a result of detection by the detection
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,710,205

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,704,221

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
(A) a storage;
(B) a processor; and
(C) a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the image processing apparatus to function
as:

(a) a first correction unit configured (i) to perform a first type of correction for original image data, based on a result
of analysis of the original image data, to produce corrected image data, and (ii) to store the corrected image data in said
storage;

(b) a second correction unit configured to perform a first type of manual correction for the image data stored by said storage,
using a correction parameter in accordance with a user instruction; and

(c) a third correction unit configured to perform a second type of correction for the original image data, based on a result
of analysis of the original image data, in a case when a second type of correction instruction based on an image analysis
is input, after the first type of manual correction is performed by the second correction unit, the second type of correction
being different from the first type of correction performed by the first correction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,699,326

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,690,527

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,661,095

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,693,177

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for writing tag information in a short range wireless communication tag, the information
processing apparatus comprising:
a search unit configured to perform a device search;
a display unit configured to display search results of the device search by the search unit, wherein the search results include
information of a plurality of devices in a case that the plurality of devices have been searched by the search unit;

a determining unit configured to determine whether or not to include an SSID (Service Set Identifier) of an access point in
the tag information;

a generation unit configured to (a) in a case that the determination unit determines to include the SSID in the tag information,
generate tag information including (1) identification information of a device selected by a user from among the plurality
of devices and (2) the SSID, and (b) in a case that the determining unit determines not to include the SSID in the tag information,
generate tag information including the identification information but not including the SSID; and

a writing unit configured to write the tag information generated by the generation unit into the short range wireless communication
tag with a short range wireless communication.

US Pat. No. 9,658,584

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus for fixing a toner image on a recording material while conveying and heating, at a nip portion, the
recoding material on which the toner image has been formed, the fixing apparatus comprising:
a rotary member that includes a conductive layer;
a helical coil provided inside the rotary member, a helical axis of the helical coil extending in a generatrix direction of
the rotary member;

a magnetic core provided inside the helical coil, the core having a shape that does not form a loop outside the conductive
layer; and

a back-up member that forms a nip portion together with the rotary member,
wherein the conductive layer generates heat with an electric current flowing in the conductive layer, the electric current
being induced by an alternating magnetic field generated by an electric current flowing in the helical coil, and

wherein in the generatrix direction, when a winding pitch of the helical coil in a middle area, winding pitches in end-portion
areas, and winding pitches in intermediate areas that are areas between the middle area and the end-portion areas are X, Y,
and Z, respectively, then Y

US Pat. No. 9,692,924

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, having a power state including at least a first power state, and a second power state in which
less power is consumed than in the first power state, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a power save key which receives, from a user, a user operation to shift the power state from the first power state to the
second power state;

a human sensor which detects a human;
a signal output circuit which outputs a return signal based on a detection result of the human sensor; and
a power controller which shifts the power state to the first power state based on the return signal output from the signal
output circuit, and shifts the power state to the second power state based on the user operation received by the power save
key;

wherein the signal output circuit does not output the return signal to the power controller while the human sensor is detecting
the user which has performed the user operation.

US Pat. No. 9,693,450

PRINTED WIRING BOARD, SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printed wiring board, comprising:
a plurality of conductive layers laminated with insulator layers interposed; and
a land group including a plurality of lands arranged with intervals between each other, and being formed in a rectangular
region on a surface layer, among the plurality of conductive layers, when viewed in a direction perpendicular to the surface
layer, wherein

the land group is arrayed in a triangular lattice manner, and
the land group is arranged such that a smallest angle, among angles formed between one side of the rectangular region and
respective three sides of the triangular lattice, is 7° or more and 23° or less.

US Pat. No. 9,692,970

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,661,454

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,693,000

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one non-transitory memory device;
at least one processor;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain an image;
a first setting unit configured to set, based on a position of a correction target pixel, a first area of the image, the first
area consisting of a plurality of pixels on a line of interest that is set so as to pass through the correction target pixel;

a second setting unit configured to set a plurality of second areas of the image, each second area consisting of a plurality
of pixels existing on at least one reference lines that are set so as not to pass through the correction target pixel and
are parallel with the line of interest;

a correlation computing unit configured to compute amounts of correlation between the respective second areas and the first
area; and

a correction unit configured to compute a correction value for correcting a value of a pixel corresponding to the correction
target pixel by using a value of a pixel on each of the at least one reference lines, the value being determined based on
the amounts of correlation, and correct the value of the pixel corresponding to the correction target pixel by using the correction
value,

wherein the correction unit computes the correction value by using a value of a pixel on each of the at least one reference
lines, the value is specified for each of the at least one reference lines based on one of the plurality of second areas in
which a highest amount of correlation with the first area is obtained, among the plurality of second areas, and

wherein the obtaining unit, the first setting unit, the second setting unit, the correlation unit, and the correction unit
are implemented by the at least one processor executing at least one program recorded on the at least one non-transitory memo
device.

US Pat. No. 9,650,220

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
a stacking member on which a sheet is stacked, wherein the stacking member moves according to an amount of sheets stacked
thereon;

a first optical sensor including a light-emitting unit and a light-receiving unit;
a detected member which can interrupt light in a light path of the first optical sensor, wherein the detected member moves
from a first position in which light in the light path of the first optical sensor is not interrupted, then once interrupts
light in the light path of the first optical sensor, and then moves to a second position in which light in the light path
of the first optical sensor is not interrupted in this order as an amount of sheets stacked on the stacking member decreases
according to movement of the stacking member;

a storage unit configured to store information regarding that the detected member is in the first position or information
regarding that the detected member is in the second position; and

a control unit configured to transmit information regarding an amount of sheets stacked on the stacking member based on information
stored in the storage unit, and to change the information stored in the storage unit based on a detection result of the first
optical sensor,

wherein, in a case where the detected member moves from the first position to the second position, information stored in the
storage unit is changed from information regarding that the detected member is in the first position to information regarding
that the detected member is in the second position, based on a detection result of the first optical sensor,

wherein, in a case where the detected member moves from the second position to the first position, information stored in the
storage unit is not changed from the information regarding that the detected member is in the second position to the information
regarding that the detected member is in the first position, and

wherein second information is information, regarding an amount of sheets stacked on the stacking member transmitted by the
control unit, of a case where information stored in the storage unit is information regarding that the detected member is
in the second position, first information is information, regarding an amount of sheets stacked on the stacking member transmitted
by the control unit, of a case where information stored in the storage unit is information regarding that the detected member
is in the first position, and the second information is information notifying that an amount of sheets stacked on the stacking
member is less than an amount of sheets stacked on the stacking member indicated by the first information.

US Pat. No. 9,684,155

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical system, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a front unit (LF) having a negative refractive power;
an aperture stop; and
a rear unit (LR) having a positive refractive power,
wherein the front unit (LF) comprises a meniscus-shaped negative lens (g1) closest to the object side,

wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
3.0<|fg1/ fw|<6.1

1.9
where fw denotes a focal length of the entire optical system, fg1 denotes a focal length of the meniscus-shaped negative lens (g1), and R2 denotes a curvature radius of a lens surface on the image side of the meniscus-shaped negative lens (g1),

wherein the front unit (LF) comprises three negative lenses continuously arranged in order from the object side to the image
side, and

wherein each of the three negative lenses included in the front unit is a meniscus-shaped lens having a convex surface facing
the object side.

US Pat. No. 9,651,887

IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING METHOD AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

13. An apparatus comprising:
a storing unit configured to store first information corresponding to a first curve and second information corresponding to
a second curve;

an inputting unit configured to choose either of the stored first and second information and to input the chosen information;
and

an updating unit configured to attempt to detect a shift of an image formed on a basis of predetermined pattern image data
which has been shifted in a sub scanning direction on a basis of the inputted chosen information, and to update the stored
first information on a basis of the detected shift,

wherein, in a case where the inputting unit chooses the stored first information and inputs the chosen first information,
and an amount of the shift based on the inputted chosen first information, which the updating unit attempts to detect, is
not within a predetermined threshold range, the inputting unit chooses the stored second information and inputs the chosen
second information.

US Pat. No. 9,651,888

ELECTROCONDUCTIVE MEMBER WITH A SURFACE LAYER INCLUDING A POROUS BODY HAVING A CONTINUOUS OPEN PORE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A charging member for electrophotography comprising:
an electroconductive support bearing a surface layer comprising a porous body of a polymeric material, said porous body comprising
a three-dimensionally continuous skeleton and a three-dimensionally continuous open pore, wherein

a porosity of the porous body is 40 to 98%, and a specific surface area of the porous body is 0.5 to 100 ?m2/?m2,

the surface layer has a thickness of 1 ?m to 200 ?m, and has a volume resistivity of the surface layer is at least 1.0×1010 ?·cm, and

the charging member satisfies the following (1) and (2):
(1) a surface potential of the charging member is at least 10 V after an elapse of 10 seconds since a completion of a discharge
for charging of the surface of the charging member, the charging of the surface of the charging member being conducted with
a corona discharge unit which is disposed so that a grid portion of the corona discharge unit is apart from the surface of
the charging member by 1 mm, by applying a voltage of 8 kV to the corona discharge unit and discharging therefrom, and

(2) the charging member satisfies |Vd|?|Vin|?|Vth|, |Vin|>|Vth| and |Vd|?|Vin|?|Vth| when:
(a) a polyethylene terephthalate sheet having a first surface which is aluminum-deposited and a second surface which is not
aluminum is disposed so that the surface of the surface layer of the charging member is opposed to the second surface of the
polyethylene terephthalate sheet at a clearance of 8 ?m;

(b) a negative voltage Vin is applied to the support and the first surface of the polyethylene terephthalate is grounded;
(c) the charging member and the polyethylene terephthalate sheet are moved relatively at a speed of 10 mm/s without charging
the clearance therebetween, and a region of 20 mm square or more of the second surface of the polyethylene terephthalate sheet
is charged;

(d) a discharge starting voltage Vth of the charging member is determined by increasing the negative voltage Vin from 0V;
(e) a surface potential Vd of the second surface of the polyethylene terephthalate sheet is the average value obtained when
the applied negative voltage Vin is equal to Vth?300V three times; and

(f) a surface potential Vd of the second surface of the polyethylene terephthalate sheet is the average value obtained when
the applied negative voltage Vin is equal to Vth?600V three times.

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. 9,645,517

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. 9,645,518

TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner, comprising toner particles, each of which has a surface layer containing an organosilicon polymer,
wherein the organosilicon polymer has a partial structure represented by the following formula (T3),
R—Si(O1/2)3   (T3)

wherein R denotes an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms or a phenyl group,
wherein the surface layer has an average thickness Dav. of 5.0 nm or more and 150.0 nm or less as measured by observing a
cross section of each of the toner particles with a transmission electron microscope (TEM), and

the toner has a ratio (ASi/AC) of 20.00 or more in mapping measurement by focused-ion-beam time-of-flight secondary ion mass
spectrometry (FIB-TOF-SIMS), wherein ASi denotes ISi/I, AC denotes IC/I, ISi denotes an intensity of silicon ions, IC denotes
an intensity of carbon ions, and I denotes the number of primary ions, the silicon ions and carbon ions being emitted from
the toner particles in response to irradiation of the toner particles with the primary ions, and

a concentration of silicon elements on a surface of the toner particles is 5.0 atomic percent or more as measured by electron
spectroscopy for chemical analysis (ESCA).

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. 9,645,783

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control apparatus for displaying a setting window for a plurality of projectors on a multi-projection area that
is formed by combining display areas of the plurality of projectors and is larger than each of the display areas, comprising:
one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which,
when executed by the one or more processors, cause the display control apparatus to:

accept a display instruction to display the setting window of at least one of the plurality of projectors, and
in a case where a predetermined area on the multi-projection area in which the setting window of the projector is displayed
crosses display areas of a plurality of second projectors of the plurality of projectors, cause each of the plurality of second
projectors to display a partial image of the setting window in response to acceptance of the display instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,668,707

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,672,300

PATTERN GENERATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,639,000

POSITION DETECTOR, POSITION DETECTION METHOD, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detector which detects a position of a mark on an object to be detected, the detector comprising:
an image pickup unit configured to pick up an image of the object to be detected;
an optical system configured to form an image of the object to be detected on an image pickup surface of said image pickup
unit; and

a noise processing unit configured to obtain noise information of an electrical signal in an image of a region other than
the mark using said optical system and said image pickup unit and configured to decrease, using the obtained noise information,
noise of the image of the mark obtained using said optical system and said image pickup unit,

wherein said noise processing unit updates the noise information used for decreasing the noise of the image of the mark after
adjustment of said optical system by moving an optical member included in said optical system, and

wherein the noise processing unit decreases the noise of the image of the mark using the updated noise information.

US Pat. No. 9,640,581

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,674,421

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,674,431

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

a processor configured to:
determine whether an aperture value, which is set when the original image is shot, is not less than a predetermined value;
and

generate the restored image from the original image using an image restoration filter whose distribution of two-dimensional
filter values is constant with respect to a position in the original image when the aperture value is not less than the predetermined
value.

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. 9,669,637

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light scanning apparatus comprising:
a light source;
a deflector configured to deflect a light flux from the light source;
an imaging optical system configured to guide the light flux deflected at the deflector onto a scanned surface; and
a control unit configured to control a light-emitting of the light source based on partial magnification shift of the imaging
optical system,

wherein the condition
0.3?B?0.6
is satisfied at an image height Y where a scanning angle ? is greatest, when the image height Y in a main scanning direction
on the scanned surface to which the light flux deflected at the scanning angle ? by the deflector enters is expressed by
Y=(K/B)×tan(B×?)
where K represents an imaging coefficient on an optical axis of the imaging optical system and B represents a scanning properties
coefficient.

US Pat. No. 9,671,707

APPARATUS FOR HEAT-TREATING POWDER PARTICLES AND METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus for heat-treating powder particles each of which contains a binder resin and a colorant, the apparatus comprising:
(1) a treatment chamber having a cylindrical shape, in which the powder particles are heat-treated;
(2) a columnar member having a substantially circular shape in cross-section, the columnar member being provided on a center
axis of the treatment chamber so as to protrude from a lower end part of the treatment chamber toward an upper end part of
the treatment chamber;

(3) a powder particle supply unit which comprises multiple particle supply ports provided on an outer circumferential surface
of the columnar member, for ejecting and supplying the powder particles to the treatment chamber;

(4) a hot air supply unit for supplying hot air for heat-treating the supplied powder particles; and
(5) a collection unit for collecting the heat-treated powder particles discharged outside the treatment chamber through a
toner discharge port provided on the lower end part side of the treatment chamber, wherein

the hot air supply unit is provided so that the hot air is supplied while being rotated along an inner circumferential surface
of the treatment chamber,

and
the toner discharge port is provided in an outer circumferential portion of the treatment chamber so as to keep a rotation
direction of the powder particles.

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. 9,639,942

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,671,731

FIXING MEMBER, FIXING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,671,990

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. 9,636,897

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF STRUCTURE AND MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing method of a structure comprising:
providing a first planar surface;
providing a first material layer on the first planar surface;
positioning a restricting member having a second planar surface relative to the first planar surface with the second planar
surface in contact with the first material layer such that a space is defined by the first material layer, the first planar
surface and the second planar surface of the restricting member;

injecting a support material into the space to form a support member, the support material being a material different from
the first material layer;

removing the restricting member from the first material layer to expose a third planar surface of the first material layer
and of the support member;

and providing a second material layer on the third planar surface.

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. 9,665,023

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. 9,666,629

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,632,737

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, AND METHOD AND MEDIUM FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing method of displaying image data, comprising:
receiving first and second set values for image processing; and
assigning a first image processing based on the first set value to a first layer and a second image processing based on the
second set value to a second layer,

wherein a single image to be displayed is generated based on processing results of both the first image processing and the
second image processing,

wherein the first image processing is applied to a first combined data which is generated by combining data of the first layer
with data of an upper layer of the first layer, and

the second image processing is applied to a second combined data which is generated by combining the first combined data to
which the first image processing has been applied with data of the second layer which is lower than the first layer, whereby
the single image is displayed.

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. 9,635,238

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,632,432

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,632,441

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,632,446

CHARGING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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


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

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

US Pat. No. 9,632,455

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. 9,624,395

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD, INK, AND LIQUID COMPOSITION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,626,219

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of executing processing in a background,
comprising a control unit configured to, when processing is executed in accordance with a request from an application, control
execution of other processing in the background,

wherein the control unit
suppresses, in accordance with the request from the application, so that the other processing is not executed in the background,
and

releases the suppression when, in a case where a request for release of suppression is not instructed from the application,
a predetermined interval elapses from when the suppression started,

wherein the control unit, in a case where a preset event occurs, releases the suppression irrespective of the predetermined
interval, and

wherein in the request from the application a setting of whether or not the release of the suppression is possible in the
case where the event occurs in the predetermined interval is included.

US Pat. No. 9,619,440

DOCUMENT CONVERSION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A document conversion apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
at least one processor that executes a computer program in the memory to control the document conversion apparatus to function
as units comprising:

an obtaining unit that obtains first document data described in a first file format, the first document data using first character
font information; and

a conversion unit that obtains second document data described in a second file format by converting the first document data,
the second file format being different from the first file format, wherein

the conversion unit converts the first document data into the second document data by replacing the first character font information
with second character font information that is different from the first character font information if it is determined that
the first character font information is not present in the document conversion apparatus,

the second document data obtained by the conversion unit further includes hint information which indicates the first character
font information being replaced with the second character font information if it is determined that the first character font
information is not present in the document conversion apparatus,

the second document data obtained by the conversion unit further includes a control program which is executed by a terminal
which displays the second document data,

the control program controls the terminal to display the second document data by replacing the second character font information
with the first character font information supported by the terminal when the terminal supports the first character font information
indicated by the hint information, and

the control program controls the terminal to display the second document data using the second character font information
when the terminal does not support the first character font information indicated by the hint information.

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. 9,614,116

IMPEDANCE ADAPTATION IN A THZ DETECTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device for receiving at least one electromagnetic wave of a given frequency, the electronic device comprising:
at least one first field effect transistor, and
at least one antenna configured to receive the at least one electromagnetic wave and connected to a gate of the at least one
first field effect transistor,

wherein
a length of the gate is in a same order of magnitude as an oscillation length of an oscillation regime of the at least one
first field effect transistor at the given frequency, and

a width of the gate is such that an impedance presented by the at least one first field effect transistor in the oscillation
regime is adapted to an impedance of the at least one antenna.

US Pat. No. 9,610,793

SHEET DETERMINING METHOD AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,614,688

PROVIDING IMAGE DATA TO A CLIENT DISPLAY DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for providing display information to a client display device from a plurality of servers over one or more data
communication channels, wherein each of the servers provides a pre-assigned partial region of an overall image for display
on the client display device, and wherein in the method each of the plurality of servers performs:
determining whether or not data to be sent is image data associated with the pre-assigned partial region assigned to the server;
sending the data to be sent via an existent data communication channel to the client display device if it is determined that
the data to be sent is not image data;

sending, if it is determined that the data to be sent is image data, instead of the image data, information indicating an
intended establishment of one or more new data communication channels over which to send the image data to the client display
device;

receiving an acknowledgment sent from the client display device via a multicast communication channel, wherein the acknowledgment
confirms the intended establishment of the one or more new data communication channels;

establishing the one or more new data communication channels; and
apportioning and sending the image data over the established one or more new data communication channels to the client display
device.

US Pat. No. 9,606,470

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CURRENT DETECTION WHEN PHOTOCONDUCTOR IS RE-CHARGED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable photoconductor;
a charging unit configured to charge the photoconductor at a charging position by applying a DC voltage;
a charging power supply configured to apply the DC voltage to the charging unit;
a current detection unit configured to detect a charging current flowing in the charging unit;
a toner image forming unit configured to form a toner image on a surface of the photoconductor charged by the charging unit;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the toner image formed on the photoconductor by the toner image forming unit by applying
transfer voltage to member to be transferred in transfer position;

a transfer power supply configured to apply the transfer voltage to the transfer unit;
an irradiation unit provided with a light source outputting light corresponding to input, and a guide member guiding the light
output from the light source to arrive at the surface of the photoconductor, and configured to irradiate the surface of the
photoconductor with the light output from the light source at an irradiation position downstream of the transfer position
and upstream of the charging position in a rotational direction of the photoconductor;

a photoconductor unit including at least the photoconductor and guide member,
wherein the photoconductor unit is detachably attached to the image forming apparatus in a state where the light source is
mounted on the image forming apparatus,

a control unit configured to control the input in the light source during image formation in which the toner image is formed
by the toner image forming unit, wherein

when an unused photoconductor unit is attached, the control unit executes the following mode in which
the control unit detects a first current that flows in the charging unit by the current detection unit when the surface of
the photoconductor, which passed through the transfer position with the transfer voltage being applied to the transfer unit
after charged at the charging position and passed through the irradiation position without irradiation of light by the irradiation
unit thereafter, is re-charged at the charging position, and

the control unit detects a second current that flows in the charging unit by the current detection unit when the surface of
the photoconductor passed through the transfer position with the transfer voltage being applied to the transfer unit after
charged at the charging position and passed through the irradiation position with irradiation of light by the irradiation
unit thereafter, is re-charged at the charging position, and

the control unit controls the input with respect to the light source during the image formation based on the first current
and the second current detected in the mode,

wherein the control unit sets the input during the image formation in which the second current in the mode becomes a target
value which is set based on the first current.

US Pat. No. 9,606,477

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,606,478

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member comprising:
a substrate; and
a surface layer comprising a binder resin having an acrylic skeleton, and a modified silicone compound having a polyether
group and a hydroxyl group in a molecule, wherein

the surface layer has a surface having a n-hexadecane contact angle of 30° or more, and
the surface layer has an average hardness in the range of 0.20-0.30 GPa in a depth region of 10% to 20% of the thickness from
the outermost surface by nano-indentation method with a Berkovich indenter.

US Pat. No. 9,606,266

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,604,465

INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,609,188

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,609,232

IMAGING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF NOTIFICATION OF INFORMATION ABOUT A PRESENCE OF A FLICKER AND EXECUTION OF PROCESSING FOR REDUCING AN INFLUENCE OF THE FLICKER, A CONTROL METHOD FOR AN IMAGING APPARATUS, AND A NON-TRANSITORY RECORDING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a sensor configured to output a signal according to an incident light amount; and
at least one processor that operates to:
calculate an evaluation value in regard to a flicker based on the output signal from the sensor;
notify a user of information about a presence of the flicker based on the evaluation value; and
control processing for reducing an influence of the flicker based on the evaluation value,
wherein, when the evaluation value is equal to or larger than a first threshold value, the at least one processor notifies
the user of the information about the presence of the flicker,

wherein, when the evaluation value is equal to or larger than a second threshold value which is larger than the first threshold
value, the at least one processor performs control to carry out processing for reducing the influence of the flicker,

wherein, when the evaluation value is equal to or larger than the first threshold value and is smaller than the second threshold
value, the at least one processor performs control not to perform the processing for reducing the influence of the flicker,
and

wherein the first threshold value is different value from the second threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,607,164

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,597,798

CONTROL METHOD OF ROBOT APPARATUS AND ROBOT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot apparatus comprising:
a link pivotally connected to a base body through a joint;
a pair of actuators that generate driving forces for pulling the link in opposite directions relative to the base body to
provide torque to the joint based on a difference in the driving force and to provide stiffness to the joint based on a sum
of the driving force; and

a control unit configured to control the pair of actuators so that the link follows a target trajectory; wherein
the control unit executes
calculating, based on inverse dynamics of the link, a torque command value representing a torque of the joint, and a stiffness
command value representing a stiffness of the joint;

calculating driving force command values representing target driving forces of the pair of actuators based on the torque command
value and the stiffness command value; wherein

in case at least one of the driving force command values obtained by the calculation represent a corresponding actuator pushing
the link, the control unit executes at least one of increasing the target stiffness and reducing an angular acceleration of
the target trajectory.

US Pat. No. 9,602,716

FOCUS-DETECTION DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus-detection device comprising:
a first detecting unit configured to detect a first phase difference between a first image signal based on a light beam that
has passed through a partial region of an exit pupil of an imaging optical system, and a third image signal based on a light
beam that has passed through the entire region of the exit pupil;

a second detecting unit configured to detect a second phase difference between a second image signal based on a light beam
that has passed through another partial region of the exit pupil, and a fourth image signal based on a light beam that has
passed through the entire region of the exit pupil; and

a computing unit configured to compute a defocus amount of the imaging optical system using a sum of the first phase difference
and the second phase difference,

wherein the first detecting unit detects the first phase difference while shifting a section of the first image signal with
respect to a fixed section of the third image signal in a predetermined direction, and the second detecting unit detects the
second phase difference while shifting a section of the second image signal with respect to a fixed section of the fourth
image signal in the predetermined direction.

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. 9,592,668

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. 9,592,973

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,594,342

DEVELOPER CONTAINER, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND APPARATUS MAIN BODY OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:
a developing chamber that has a developer bearing member bearing developer;
an accommodating chamber that has a concave portion and an opening and accommodates the developer under the developing chamber;
a conveying member that conveys the developer by rotation; and
a first detecting portion and a second detecting portion for detecting an amount of the developer in use of capacitance, wherein
a part of the concave portion is at least within a turning radius of the conveying member,
the first detecting portion is provided on a downstream side in a rotating direction of the conveying member relative to the
concave portion, and

the second detecting portion is provided on an upstream side in the rotating direction of the conveying member relative to
the concave portion.

US Pat. No. 9,596,426

IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR DRIVING IMAGING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
a first photoelectric conversion portion which converts light into an electric charge;
a second photoelectric conversion portion which converts light into an electric charge;
a charge holding portion which holds an electric charge;
a first transfer transistor which transfers an electric charge of the first photoelectric conversion portion to the charge
holding portion;

a second transfer transistor which transfers an electric charge of the second photoelectric conversion portion to the charge
holding portion; and

an amplifier portion which outputs a signal based on an electric charge of the charge holding portion, wherein
in a first control operation, from a state in which both of the first transfer transistor and the second transfer transistor
are off, the first transfer transistor is turned on while the second transfer transistor remains off,

in a second control operation, both of the first transfer transistor and the second transfer transistor are being on, and
a difference between a control voltage provided in the first control operation to the first transfer transistor to turn on
the first transfer transistor and a control voltage provided to the first transfer transistor to turn off the first transfer
transistor is smaller than a difference between a control voltage provided in the second control operation to the first transfer
transistor to turn on the first transfer transistor and the control voltage provided to the first transfer transistor to turn
off the first transfer transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,589,319

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING A HIGH RESOLUTION DEPTH MAP

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of determining a high resolution depth map corresponding to an image of a scene, said method comprising:
receiving the image and an input depth map corresponding to the image;
selecting, from a window region about an image pixel of the image, a plurality of pixels having a substantially similar characteristic
value as the image pixel;

determining a reference depth value for the image pixel from depth values in the input depth map which correspond to each
of the selected pixels;

determining weights for each pixel within the window region based at least on a difference between a depth value corresponding
to each of the selected pixels and the determined reference depth value for the image pixel;

determining a refined depth value for the image pixel from a weighted sum of the depth values corresponding to each of the
selected pixels, said depth values being weighted in accordance with the determined weights; and

determining a high resolution depth map corresponding to the image from the refined depth value.

US Pat. No. 9,591,170

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM OF IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first image processing unit configured to generate second image data having a pixel number smaller than a pixel number of
first image data, wherein the first image processing unit generates a plurality of frames of the second image data corresponding
to a plurality of frames of the first image data, and outputs the first and second image data in a first order such that,
for each of the frames, the second image data is later than the first image data;

a second image processing unit configured to subject the first and second image data to a predetermined process in a second
order such that, for each of the frames, the first image data is later than the second image data;

a memory having a plurality of storage regions; and
a memory control unit configured to control a transferring the image data between the first and second image processing units
and the memory, wherein

the memory control unit writes, in the first order, in a first storage region of the memory, the first and second image data
of a first frame from the first image processing unit, and writes, in the first order, in the first storage region of the
memory, the first and second image data of a second frame next to the first frame from the first image processing unit,

the memory control unit reads, in the second order, the first and second image data of the first frame from the first storage
region, to output them to the second image processing unit, and reads, in the second order, the first and second image data
of the second frame from the first storage region, to output them to the second image processing unit, and,

after reading out the second image data of the first frame from the memory, the memory control unit writes the first image
data of the second frame into an address at which the second image data of the first frame is stored.

US Pat. No. 9,591,203

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when the instructions are executed by the processors, cause the image processing apparatus
to function as:

a setting unit configured to set a focal plane of a still image, which is generated from moving image data including a plurality
of frames, each of which is refocusable;

a reconstruction unit configured to reconstruct a predetermined number of the frames of the moving image data in accordance
with the focal plane of the still image, which is set by the setting unit, to thereby generate the predetermined number of
refocused images; and

a combining unit configured to combine the predetermined number of the refocused images, which are generated by the reconstruction
unit, to thereby generate the still image.

US Pat. No. 9,591,253

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,586,400

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,588,727

COPYING APPARATUS, COPYING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND CONTROL PROGRAM THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to each other and cooperating to act as units comprising:
(a) an obtainment unit configured to obtain data to be printed on a printing medium;
(b) a setting unit configured to set at least one of a first processing and second processing, the first processing not including
a function performed by an external device other than the image forming apparatus, and the second processing including the
function performed by the external device;

(c) a creation unit configured to, when the first processing has been set, create image data processed by the first processing
from the data to be printed;

(d) a transmission unit configured to, when the second processing has been set, transmit, to the external device, (1) the
data to be printed obtained by the obtainment unit and (2) an execution instruction for the function performed by the external
device;

(e) a reception unit configured to receive, from the external device, image data generated from the data to be printed that
was transmitted to the external device from the transmission unit, the image data having been processed based on the transmitted
execution instruction for the function performed by the external device; and

(f) a print unit configured to print, on a print medium, the image data received by the reception unit, the image data having
been processed by the function performed by the external device,

wherein the image data processed by the function performed by the external device is created based on (1) the data to be printed
that was transmitted to the external device by the transmission unit and (2) the transmitted execution instruction for the
function performed by the external device, and is received from the external device by the reception unit.

US Pat. No. 9,588,471

MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY, IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A member for electrophotography, comprising:
a substrate;
an elastic layer comprising a silicone rubber, provided on the substrate; and a release layer comprising a fluorine resin,
provided in direct contact with a surface of the elastic layer,

wherein the release layer comprises at least one fluorine resin selected from the group consisting of a tetrafluoroethylene-perfluoro(alkylvinylether)
copolymer (PFA), a tetrafluoroethylene-hexafluoropropylene copolymer (FEP), polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), an ethylene-tetrafluoroethylene
copolymer (ETFE), polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE), an ethylene-chlorotrifluoroethylene copolymer (ECTFE), and polyvinylidene
fluoride (PVDF),

wherein the elastic layer undergoes a cohesive failure when the release layer is peeled from the elastic layer in accordance
with “Determination of peel strength of bonded assemblies Part 1: 90 degree peel” specified by Japanese Industrial Standards
(JIS) K 6854-1:1999, and

wherein a peak that indicates a bonding state of a fluorine atom is shifted toward a lower energy than a peak of a binding
energy of a —CF2—CF2— skeleton in a narrow scan spectrum obtained by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy focused on an electron state in a 1s orbital
of a fluorine atom in a boundary region between the elastic layer and the release layer in a cross-section of the member for
electrophotography along a thickness direction.

US Pat. No. 9,584,693

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,584,506

SERVER APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system including:
a fee-based integrated service that a user belonging to a tenant for which a license is set is able to use, a free integrated
service, an authentication/authorization service, a print service, and a client, wherein the fee-based integrated service,
the free integrated service, the authentication/authorization service and the print service provide a cloud service,

wherein at least one of a plurality of central processing units (CPUs) included in the system functions as:
a setting unit configured to, when the user accessing the cloud service uses the fee-based integrated service, assign a role,
which is a concept used for managing authority which is required when the user accesses the cloud service, to user information
of the user and not to set a scope, which limits an act of the user, for first authorization information issued based on the
user information, and configured not to, when the user uses the free integrated service, assign a role to the user information
of the user and to set a scope for second authorization information issued based on the user information; and

an authorization unit configured to, in a case where a first print request is transmitted from a web browser of the client
to the print service via the fee-based integrated service, authorize use of the fee-based integrated service in a manner such
that the print service transmits authorization information related to the first print request to the authentication/authorization
service, the authentication/authorization service determines whether the role is assigned to the user information without
verifying a definition of the scope linked to the first authorization information, and the authorization unit, based on a
determination by the authentication/authorization service that the role is assigned to the user information linked to the
first authorization information, authorizes the use of the fee-based service, and

in a case where a second print request is transmitted from the web browser of the client to the print service via the free
integrated service, authorize use of the free integrated service in a manner such that the print service transmits authorization
information related to the second print request to the authentication/authorization service, the authentication/authorization
service determines whether the scope linked to the second authorization information is included in a scope for using the free
integrated service, and the authorization unit, based on a determination by the authentication/authorization service that
the scope linked to the second authorization information is included in the scope for using the free integrated service, authorizes
the use of the free integrated service without the authentication/authorization service verifying whether a role is assigned
to the user information linked to the second authorization information.

US Pat. No. 9,572,546

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,572,489

OPHTHALMOLOGIC IMAGING APPARATUS, OPHTHALMOLOGIC IMAGING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,571,688

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,568,878

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,569,415

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD AND A STORAGE MEDIUM FOR ORIGINAL DOCUMENT EDITING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
at least one processor that executes a computer program in the memory to control the information processing apparatus to function
as units comprising:

an obtaining unit configured to obtain information corresponding to an editing portion which is a difference between an edited
document and an original document;

a specifying unit configured to specify a form of representation of objects included in the original document;
a converting unit configured to convert the information corresponding to the editing portion so that a form of representation
of the editing portion conforms with the specified form of representation of the objects included in the original document;
and

an integration unit configured to integrate the converted information corresponding to the editing portion with the original
document.

US Pat. No. 9,563,159

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND ROTATABLE MEMBER FOR USE WITH THE IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image heating apparatus for heating an image formed on a recording material, said image heating apparatus comprising:
a cylindrical rotatable member including a base layer and an electroconductive layer;
a helical coil disposed in a hollow portion of said rotatable member, said coil having a helical portion of which a helical
axis extends along a generatrix direction of said rotatable member; and

a magnetic core disposed in the helical portion of said coil,
wherein an AC magnetic field, formed by an alternating current flowing through said coil, causes the electroconductive layer
to generate heat through electromagnetic induction heating,

wherein the base layer has a volume resistivity higher than that of the electroconductive layer, and a specific gravity smaller
than that of the electroconductive layer, and

wherein the electroconductive layer is formed of at least one of silver, aluminum, and austenitic stainless steel.

US Pat. No. 9,561,651

ELEMENT SUBSTRATE AND METHOD FOR DISCHARGING LIQUID

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An element substrate comprising:
a base having a heat-generating resistor element which generates thermal energy used for discharging a liquid;
an electrically conductive protective layer covering the heat-generating resistor element; and
an insulating layer provided between the heat-generating resistor element and the protective layer,
the element substrate further comprising a potential applying unit for applying a potential to the protective layer such that
a potential of the protective layer is lower than a potential at one end of the heat-generating resistor element and higher
than a potential at the other end of the heat-generating resistor element with a voltage being applied between the one end
and the other end of the heat-generating resistor element.

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. 9,555,655

RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,560,286

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus that includes an image capturing unit and captures an image of an object based on a set time,
the image capturing apparatus comprising:
a first state-changing unit that can change a state of a light emission unit to a first state in which the light emission
unit emits a light corresponding to the image capturing unit capturing an image of an object, and to a second state in which
electric power consumption decreases in comparison with consumption in the first state;

a second state-changing unit that can change an operation state of the image capturing apparatus to a third state in which
the image capturing unit captures an image of an object, and to a fourth state in which electric power consumption decreases
in comparison with consumption in the third state; and

a light emission determining unit configured to determine whether to cause the light emission unit to emit a light for a next
image capture with the image capturing unit,

wherein the first state-changing unit maintains the state of the light emission unit in the second state until the next image
capture when the state of the light emission unit is in the second state and the light emission determining unit determines
not to cause the light emission unit to emit a light, and

wherein the second state-changing unit starts an operation for changing the operation state of the image capturing apparatus
from the third state to the fourth state after a determination with the light emission determining unit when the operation
state of the image capturing apparatus is in the third state and the light emission determining unit determines not to cause
the light emission unit to emit a light, and then the second state-changing unit starts an operation for changing the operation
state of the image capturing apparatus from the fourth state to the third state for the next image capture.

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. 9,560,181

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,558,916

LITHOGRAPHY SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lithography system comprising:
a drawing apparatus that includes a plurality of optical systems and draws a pattern on a substrate with beams having been
respectively shaped by the plurality of optical systems; and

a transmission unit configured to select pattern data to be used by the drawing apparatus from a plurality of types of pattern
data commonly used by the plurality of optical systems and configured to transmit the selected pattern data to the drawing
apparatus,

wherein the pattern data is a set of data including a plurality of sub pattern data, and a width of a stripe-shaped drawing
region corresponding to one sub pattern data piece is equivalent to a length obtainable by dividing a drawing width of the
beams by an integer value.

US Pat. No. 9,558,430

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING FILTERS TO CORRECT POTENTIAL DISTRIBUTION ON PHOTORECEPTOR DUE TO SPOT SHAPE OF EMITTED LIGHT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

19. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image by developing an electrostatic latent image using a toner, the
image forming apparatus comprising:
a photoreceptor to be rotated;
an exposure head including a light emitting array which has a plurality of light emitting elements configured to emit light,
and a lens array which has a plurality of lenses configured to focus the light emitted from the plurality of light emitting
elements on the photoreceptor, wherein the plurality of light emitting elements is configured to be driven based on driving
data and the exposure head is configured to form the electrostatic latent image on the photoreceptor by irradiating the light;
and

a controller configured to generate the driving data corresponding to each of the plurality of light emitting elements by
using filters each of which corresponds to one of the plurality of light emitting elements and is set for correcting a potential
distribution on the photoreceptor due to a spot shape of light emitted from each of the plurality of light emitting elements
on the photoreceptor, and configured to generate the driving data for a target pixel with respect to each of the plurality
of light emitting elements based on data generated by applying the filter, which corresponds to one of the plurality of light
emitting elements, to pixel data for the target pixel and pixel data for adjacent pixels adjacent to the target pixel.

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. 9,555,620

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING PRINTING POSITION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,551,947

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magnetic toner comprising magnetic toner particles and an inorganic fine powder; each of the magnetic toner particles
contains a binder resin, a magnetic body, and a release agent, wherein
the magnetic body comprises magnetic iron oxide, and
in a stress relaxation measurement using a rotating plate rheometer, the magnetic toner exhibits a yield value A at 25° C.
of at least 3×106 (sec), and the magnetic toner that has been heated to 80° C. and then cooled to 25° C. exhibits a yield value B at 25° C.
of not more than 1×105 (sec),

wherein,
with respect to a radius of gyration (Rw) and the weight-average molecular weight (Mw) of the tetrahydrofuran (THF)-soluble
fraction of the magnetic toner as measured using size exclusion chromatography with a multiangle laser light scattering (SEC-MALLS),

i) the weight-average molecular weight (Mw) is from 6,000 to 24,000, and
ii) the weight-average molecular weight (Mw) and the radius of gyration (Rw) satisfy the following equation (1):
2.5×103?Rw/Mw?6.8×10?3  (1),
wherein the melting point of the release agent is from at least 50° C. to 83° C.,
wherein the magnetic body is a treated magnetic body that has been surface treated in use of a silane compound with the following
general formula (A):

RmSiYn  (A)

where R represents an alkoxyl group, m represents an integer from at least 1 to not more than 3, Y represents an alkyl group,
n represents an integer from at least 1 to not more than 3, and m+n=4, and

wherein the binding resin has a branching structure provided by use of a polymerization initiator, the polymerization initiator
being an azo-type, diazo-type, or peroxide-type polymerization initiator.

US Pat. No. 9,552,238

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. An information processing method of operating an application and a driver on an OS (Operating System), comprising:
receiving, via a predetermined API (Application Programming Interface), an application event issued by the application;
determining whether the driver can handle the received application event;
when it is determined in the determining that the driver cannot handle the received application event, discarding the received
application event, acquiring an OS event necessary for an operation of the driver from the OS, and processing based on the
acquired OS event; and

when it is determined in the determining that the driver can handle the received application event, processing based on the
received application event.

US Pat. No. 9,554,105

PROJECTION TYPE IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus that operates to configure an image projection system configured to project an image by combining on
a screen a plurality of projection images projected by a plurality of display apparatuses so that the images partially overlap
each other, the display apparatus comprising:
a transformation unit configured to perform a geometrical transformation on a projection image; and
a setting unit configured to set a parameter of the geometrical transformation by the transformation unit based on a relation
between a position of an overlap region in a projection image obtained before the geometrical transformation by the transformation
unit is performed, and a position of the overlap region in the projection image obtained after the geometrical transformation
is performed,

wherein an amount or value of the geometrical transformation is changed according to a position of a vertex of the overlap
region.

US Pat. No. 9,541,857

DEVELOPING APPARATUS, CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:
a developer bearing member configured to bear a developer on a surface in a developing operation;
a regulating member configured to come in contact with the developer bearing member and regulate layer thickness of the developer
born on the surface of the developer bearing member;

a development chamber provided with the developer bearing member and the regulating member and having an opening;
a storage chamber configured to store the developer; and
a conveying member provided in the storage chamber and configured to convey the developer stored in the storage chamber to
the development chamber through the opening,

the developing apparatus collecting, after developer on an image bearing member is transferred onto a transfer material, the
developer remaining on the image bearing member into the storage chamber,

wherein when the developing operation is performed,
a bottom section of the development chamber is located above a bottom section of the storage chamber in a vertical direction,
and

a contact region of the developer bearing member in contact with the regulating member is located directly above the opening
in the vertical direction.