US Pat. No. 9,383,706

APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM ACQUIRING TONE LEVEL CORRECTION DATA, AND ADJUSTING THE ACQUIRED TONE LEVEL CORRECTION DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus used with a printing unit that prints a test pattern and with an image reading unit that reads the test pattern
printed by the printing unit to produce tone level correction data used for bringing the reproduction characteristics of an
image that is subsequently output by the printing unit close to a target value, comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire from the reading unit the tone level correction data;
a conversion unit configured to convert the acquired tone level correction data into density data for the image subsequently
output by the printing unit, wherein the density data includes density data corresponding to a maximum density value of the
image;

a first generate unit configured to generate adjusted tone level correction data obtained by adjusting the tone level correction
data so that a predetermined density area of the image to be printed by the printing unit will increase in density in a case
where the maximum density value of the image exceeds a target maximum density value of the image to be printed by the printing
unit; and

a second generate unit configured to generate color material amount correction data adjusted so that the amount of color material
that is used for image formation by the printing unit decreases in the case where a first density value of the image corresponding
to the tone level correction data is smaller than a second density value of the image corresponding to the adjusted tone level
correction data, by using a density increase ratio of the first density value to the second density value.

US Pat. No. 9,383,454

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels are arrayed, each of the plurality of pixels including a converter configured
to accumulate charges corresponding to radiation;

a bias line configured to apply a bias potential to the converters of the plurality of pixels;
a detection circuit configured to detect a current flowing to the bias line; and
a control unit configured to detect a start of radiation irradiation to the pixel array based on an output from the detection
circuit and configured to control a charge accumulation operation of the plurality of pixels in accordance with the detection
of the start of radiation irradiation,

wherein the detection circuit includes a differential amplifier circuit and a feedback path and is configured to apply a potential
corresponding to a reference bias potential to the bias line,

the differential amplifier circuit includes a first input terminal to which the reference bias potential is applied, a second
input terminal to which the bias line is connected, and an output terminal, and the feedback path connects the output terminal
and the second input terminal, and

an impedance of the feedback path in a detection operation of detecting radiation irradiation is higher than the impedance
of the feedback path in a readout operation of a signal from the pixel array.

US Pat. No. 9,383,712

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a developer bearing member which bears developer to which additive particles have been added;
an image bearing member which bears a developer image obtained by developing an electrostatic image, by contacting the developer
bearing member;

a cleaning member which cleans a surface of the image bearing member by contacting the image bearing member; and
an intermediate transfer member for bearing the developer image transferred from the image bearing member,
wherein a first operation in which the image bearing member makes rubbing contact with the cleaning member is carried out
in a state where the image bearing member is separated from both the intermediate transfer member and the developer bearing
member;

a second operation in which the developer bearing member temporarily is placed to contact the image bearing member and in
which the additive particles are supplied to a contact portion between the cleaning member and the image bearing member, can
be carried out during the first operation.

US Pat. No. 9,383,230

POSITION DETECTION APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, MACHINE TOOL APPARATUS, POSITION DETECTION METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detection apparatus detecting a position of an object, the position detection apparatus comprising:
a scale including a pattern that is periodically arranged;
a detector configured to be movable relative to the scale and output a signal that changes according to a relative position
between the scale and the detector,

wherein one of the scale or the detector moves together with the object; and
a signal processor configured to process an output signal of the detector to obtain position information of the object,
wherein the signal processor comprises:
a first periodic signal generating unit configured to generate a first periodic signal;
a second periodic signal generating unit configured to generate a second periodic signal having a period different from a
period of the first periodic signal;

a third periodic signal generating unit configured to generate a third periodic signal having a period longer than the period
of each of the first and second periodic signals using the first and second periodic signals;

a fourth periodic signal generating unit configured to generate a fourth periodic signal having the same period as the period
of the first periodic signal;

a fifth periodic signal generating unit configured to generate a fifth periodic signal having a period which is a fraction
of an integer of the period of the fourth periodic signal;

a sixth periodic signal generating unit configured to generate a sixth periodic signal having the same period as the period
of the second periodic signal; and

a seventh periodic signal generating unit configured to generate a seventh periodic signal having a period that is a fraction
of an integer of the period of the sixth periodic signal, and

wherein the first periodic signal generating unit synthesizes the fourth periodic signal and the fifth periodic signal to
generate the first periodic signal,

wherein the second periodic signal generating unit synthesizes the sixth periodic signal and the seventh periodic signal to
generate the second periodic signal, and

wherein the signal processor includes a position information calculating unit configured to obtain the position information
of the object using the first periodic signal and the third periodic signal.

US Pat. No. 9,383,487

LAMINATED DIFFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A laminated diffractive optical element comprising:
a first layer having a diffraction grating surface; and
a second layer disposed on the diffraction grating surface of the first layer,
wherein one of the first layer and the second layer comprises an organic-inorganic composite containing a resin and metal
oxide, and

wherein the other one of the first layer and the second layer comprises a colorant selected from the group consisting of dyes
and pigments,

wherein the metal oxide is selected from the group consisting of tin-doped indium oxide (ITO), antimony-doped tin oxide (ATO),
zinc-doped indium oxide (IZO), aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO), and fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO), and

wherein the layer comprising the colorant has high refractive index and low dispersion characteristics as compared with the
one of the first layer and the second layer comprising an organic-inorganic composite containing a resin and metal oxide.

US Pat. No. 9,386,592

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MANAGING COMMUNICATIONS IN A WIRELESS NETWORK, METHOD FOR SETTING UP A SECOND COMMUNICATION, CORRESPONDING COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT AND STORAGE MEANS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for managing communications between devices in a wireless network having a shared bandwidth and for setting up
a first communication on a plurality of carriers between a first sender device and a receiver device,
wherein a manager device performs the steps of:
allocating a unique spectral signature to at least one second sender device, the allocated unique spectral signature being
formed by a set of at least one carrier among said plurality of carriers on which the first communication is set up;

obtaining, for each second sender device, a reception power level for a predetermined signal sent by said second sender device
on its respective allocated unique spectral signature;

estimating a rate of disturbance of said first communication by one or several of second communications to be established
simultaneously with said first communication as a function of the power level(s) obtained for the second sender device(s);

authorizing the second sender device(s), for which the estimated rate(s) of disturbance is or are below a predefined threshold,
to set up said second communication its respective allocated unique spectral signature for sending data simultaneously on
said first communication and said second communication; and

disallowing the second sender device(s), for which the estimated rate(s) of disturbance is or are equal to or above said predefined
threshold, to set up said second communication,

wherein each allocated unique spectral signature is separated from another allocated unique spectral signature by a frequency
distance greater than a first threshold in function of an acceptable frequency error tolerance in the network.

US Pat. No. 9,381,746

INK MIST COLLECTION APPARATUS, INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS, AND INK MIST COLLECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink mist collection apparatus for collecting ink mist that is produced when an image is printed on a print medium in
an ink jet printing apparatus, the ink jet printing apparatus printing the image on the print medium by moving a print head
relative to the print medium while ejecting ink from the print head, the ink mist collection apparatus comprising:
a suction unit configured to suck air above the print medium with the ink mist, from a suction port through a suction path,
the suction port being located downstream of the print head with respect to a moving direction of the print medium relative
to the print head and being opposite to the print medium; and

an inner discharge unit configured to discharge gas from an inner discharge port into the inside of the suction path,
wherein the inner discharge port includes at least one of a first inner discharge port located at a downstream portion of
an inner wall of the suction path with respect to the moving direction and a second inner discharge port located at an upstream
portion of the inner wall of the suction path with respect to the moving direction.

US Pat. No. 9,377,723

STAINLESS-STEEL SEAMLESS BELT AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR, FIXING BELT AND HEAT FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a stainless-steel seamless belt, comprising: the steps of:
(1) obtaining a cup-shaped member by subjecting a stainless-steel plate to a drawing process;
(2) obtaining a thin-walled sleeve by subjecting the cup-shaped member to a plastic forming process to be thin-walled and
cutting a base portion of the thin-walled cup-shaped member;

(3) inserting the thin-walled sleeve into a cylindrical outer die having an internal diameter larger than an external diameter
of the thin-walled sleeve so as to be coaxial with the cylindrical outer die, pressurizing the thin-walled sleeve from an
inside thereof so as to cause the thin-walled sleeve to closely contact an inner wall of the outer die, and thereby expanding
a diameter of the thin-walled sleeve; and

(4) subjecting the thin-walled sleeve whose diameter is expanded in (3) to low temperature annealing at 200 to 400 degree
C.,

wherein the step (3) includes expanding the diameter of the thin-walled sleeve without changing the length in a direction
perpendicular to the peripheral direction of the thin-walled sleeve.

US Pat. No. 9,377,875

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

9. A method of controlling an information processing apparatus capable of communicating with an image output apparatus, comprising:
acquiring pointer position information indicating a position of a pointer in a screen displayed on a display unit of the information
processing apparatus;

detecting a predetermined operation using the pointer to an object included in the screen, both the object and the pointer
are in a state to be displayed together in the screen displayed on the display unit of the information processing apparatus;
and

controlling to transmit at least part of screen data corresponding to the screen to the image output apparatus,
wherein the transmission includes a first transmission mode in which the at least part of the screen data, and the acquired
pointer position information are transmitted without association and no image of the pointer is transmitted, and a second
transmission mode in which the at least part of the screen data to be transmitted and the acquired pointer position information
are transmitted as information indicating the pointer position corresponding to the pointer which is being displayed on the
display unit together with the at least part of the screen data to be transmitted such that at least matching between movement
of the object and that of the pointer is maintained, and movement in which the object follows the pointer with delay, occurred
by transmission delay, is avoided, and

wherein in a case that the predetermined operation is detected, the at least part of the screen data is transmitted in the
second transmission mode.

US Pat. No. 9,372,872

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DISPLAYING A CONTENT OF A FILE ON A DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus capable of displaying on a display apparatus contents classified into a plurality of groups,
the display control apparatus comprising:
an inputting unit configured to input a changing instruction of a user, in accordance with a predetermined operation, for
changing a display target content among the contents;

a display control unit configured to cause the display apparatus to display a current display target content and a new display
target content, so that the current display target content is changed to the new display target content every time the predetermined
operation is performed by the user and the changing instruction is input by the inputting unit; and

at least one processor configured to function as at least one of the inputting unit and the display control unit,
wherein if a number of contents of a first group including the current display target content and one or more contents is
smaller than a predetermined number, and the changing instruction is input by the inputting unit when the current display
target content is displayed, the display control unit causes the display apparatus to display a content included in a second
group different from the first group as the new display target content by omitting display of all of content(s) which are
included in the first group and are different from the current display target content, and if the number of contents of the
first group is equal to or greater than the predetermined number, and the changing instruction is input by the inputting unit
when the current display target content is displayed, the display control unit causes the display apparatus to display a content
included in the first group as the new display target content,

wherein the predetermined operation includes a first operation corresponding to a forward direction in a predetermined order
of the contents, and a second operation corresponding to a backward direction in the predetermined order, and

wherein the display control unit causes the display apparatus to display the new display target content, so that the current
display target content is changed to the new display target content in accordance with the predetermined order and a changing
direction,
corresponding to the predetermined operation performed by the user, of the forward direction or the backward direction.

US Pat. No. 9,373,172

OPHTHALMIC-IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor that operates to:
select a display object from a plurality of display objects;
automatically select, from a plurality of retinal layers, at least one retinal layer corresponding to the selected display
object;

automatically select, from a plurality of projections, a projection corresponding to the selected display object; and
display, on a display unit, a projected image achieved by projecting the selected at least one retinal layer in volume-image
data of a retina of a subject's eye by using the selected projection.

US Pat. No. 9,372,430

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING LENS ARRAY OPTICAL SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROGRAM PRODUCT, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member; and
an exposure unit, including a lens array optical system in which a plurality of lenses are disposed along a predetermined
direction, and a light-emitting unit having a plurality of light-emitting elements disposed so as to expose, through the lens
array optical system, every Lth pixel in L scanning lines of the photosensitive member,

wherein an interval of locations of adjacent lenses, corresponding to pixels of the photosensitive member, in a main arrangement
direction is 2×L×n, where n is any integer greater than or equal to 1, using a pixel of the photosensitive member as a unit
of the interval.

US Pat. No. 9,372,437

DEVELOPING DEVICE HAVING DEVELOPER COATING REGULATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer carrying member for carrying and feeding a developer;
a regulating portion for regulating an amount of the developer carried on said developer carrying member, wherein said regulating
portion includes a flat portion including a closest position where said developer carrying member and said regulating portion
are closest to each other; and

a guiding portion for guiding a flow of the developer, wherein said guiding portion is connected with an upper end of the
flat portion in an upstream side of said regulating portion, with respect to a developer feeding direction,

wherein said guiding portion and said regulating portion are integrally molded, and
wherein in a cross section perpendicular to an axial direction of said developer carrying member, when coordinates are set
such that the upper end of the flat portion is an origin E, a direction which is parallel to a contact flat plane contacting
the surface of the developer carrying member and the closest position and which is opposite to the developer feeding direction
is a positive side of an X-axis, a direction which is perpendicular to the X-axis and which extends away from said developer
carrying member is a positive side of a Y-axis, and a closest distance between said regulating portion and said developer
carrying member is G,

in a region where a component of the X-axis is 3G or less, said guiding portion if formed by a curve or rectilinear line of
0.2 mm or less, so that a gap between said guiding portion and the contact flat plane monotonically decreases toward the downstream
side of the developer feeding direction, and said guiding portion has at least a concavely curved surface such that a rate
of a decrease in the gap between said guiding portion and the contact flat plane increases toward a downstream side of the
developer feeding direction in the region.

US Pat. No. 9,372,460

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HOLDING TONE CORRECTION TABLE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a correction unit configured to correct image data based on a correction condition;
an image forming unit configured to form an image based on the image data corrected by the correction unit;
a measurement unit configured to measure a measurement image formed by the image forming unit;
an update unit configured to control the correction unit to correct measurement image data based on the correction condition,
control the image forming unit to form the measurement image based on the corrected measurement image data, and update the
correction condition based on a measurement result of the measurement image by the measurement unit and reference data corresponding
to the measurement image; and

a control unit configured to control whether or not to convert a measuring result of a target measurement image among measurement
images by the measurement unit to target reference data corresponding to the target measurement image,

wherein the control unit is configured to, in the case where a value obtained by correcting image data for forming the target
measurement image based on the correction condition is outside a predetermined range, convert the measurement result of the
target measurement image to the target reference data.

US Pat. No. 9,369,698

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging element provided with pixels which respectively have multiple photoelectric conversion units corresponding to each
micro lens;

an image generation unit configured to generate a single image data of image signals corresponding to one photoelectric conversion
unit of each micro lens, and generate combined image data of image signals corresponding to a combination of image signals
from a plurality of photoelectric conversion units of each micro lens;

an image compression unit configured to compress the combined image data at a predetermined first compression rate, and compress
the single image data at a second compression rate;

a determination unit configured to determine the second compression rate when compressing the single image data based on a
compression result of the combined image data; and

an image file generation unit configured to generate an image file that includes the compressed combined image data and/or
the compressed single image data.

US Pat. No. 9,360,791

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING A CLOCK SIGNAL GENERATED BY A SPREAD SPECTRUM CLOCK OSCILLATOR, AND A CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a clock output circuit configured to output a clock signal which is used for outputting a video signal;
a first image output circuit configured to output a first video signal in accordance with the outputted clock signal and a
mask signal masking an output from another image output circuit;

a second image output circuit configured to output a second video signal in accordance with a clock signal which is generated
from the outputted clock signal by a spread spectrum clock generator;

an AND circuit configured to calculate a logical AND of the mask signal output from the first image output circuit and the
second video signal output from the second image output circuit, and to output a third video signal which is the calculation
result of the logical AND; and

an OR circuit configured to calculate a logical OR of the first video signal output from the first image output circuit and
the third video signal output from the AND circuit, and to output, to an image forming unit, a fourth video signal which is
the calculation result of the logical OR,

wherein a laser device provided in the image forming unit is controlled in accordance with the fourth video signal output
from the OR circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,361,055

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS MANAGING A NUMBER OF PRINTED PAGES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that communicates with a first printing device that manages a number of printed pages
in a single color level and a number of printed pages in black and white, and a second printing device that manages a number
of printed pages of each level in a plurality of color levels and the number of printed pages in black and white, the apparatus
comprising:
a processor and a memory storing a program configured to function as:
a receiving unit configured to receive a job;
an image forming unit configured to perform an image forming processing of a first job received by the receiving unit if a
destination of the first job is the first printing device and not to perform an image forming processing of a second job received
by the receiving unit if a destination of the second job is the second printing device;

a managing unit configured to calculate, for the first job, a number of printed pages in black and white and a number of printed
pages classified into each level in the plurality of color levels, which are not the number of printed pages in the single
color level in the first printing device, corresponding to a reference of the management in the second printing device after
the image forming processing of the first job, and to manage the calculated number for the first job;

a first acquiring unit configured to acquire status information for processing of the first job and first log information
relating to the first job from the first printing device if the first job has been transmitted to the first printing device;

a second acquiring unit configured to acquire second log information including a number of printed pages in black and white
and a number of printed pages classified into each level in the plurality of color levels relating to a second job from the
second printing device if the second job has been transmitted to the second printing device; and

an adjusting unit configured to adjust the number of printed pages relating to the first job managed by the managing unit
based on the status information and the first log information acquired by the first acquiring unit,

wherein the reference of the management in the second printing device defines each data indicative of ratio of color pixels
corresponding to a different one of the plurality of color levels, and

wherein the managing unit is configured to calculate the number of printed pages classified into each level for the first
job by classifying all color pages included in the first job into each level in the plurality of color levels according to
the reference and a number of color pixels of each color page.

US Pat. No. 9,363,403

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to execute a job, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor being configured to control:
a storage unit to store execution history information related to a job;
an acquisition unit to acquire an amount of time until a transition time at which the image forming apparatus transitions
from a first operation mode in which a job can be executed, to a second operation mode in which an amount of consumed power
is less than that of the first operation mode;

a transmission unit to transmit the execution history information stored in the storage unit to an external apparatus; and
a transmission control unit to control start of transmission of an execution history included in the execution history information
stored in the storage unit to the external apparatus by the transmission unit,

wherein the transmission control unit performs control, within a predetermined time period, such that the transmission unit
starts transmission of the execution history that has not yet been subjected to transmission by the transmission unit, while
the transition from the first operation mode to the second operation mode is suppressed, and

wherein after a job is executed within a time period other than the predetermined time period, in a case where it is determined
based on the amount of time acquired by the acquisition unit that transmission of the execution history corresponding to at
least one job to the external apparatus can be completed before the transition time, the transmission control unit performs
control such that the transmission unit starts to transmit the execution history corresponding to the at least one job.

US Pat. No. 9,361,669

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR PERFORMING A BLURRING PROCESS ON AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input image data;
a specifying unit configured to specify an area corresponding to local light in an image represented by the image data inputted
by the input unit; and

a processing unit configured to perform a blurring process on a blurring area based on the specified area,
wherein the processing unit performs brighten process on at least a part of the blurring area so that a surrounding portion
in the blurring area and at an outer side of a center portion the blurring area is brighter than the center portion, and

wherein at least one processor of the image processing apparatus is configured to perform at least one of the input unit,
the specifying unit, and the processing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,329,828

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING ADJACENT PARTIAL IMAGES OUT OF A PLURALITY OF PARTIAL IMAGES THAT CONSTITUTE ONE IMAGE ON DISPLAY UNITS OF A PLURALITY OF ADJACENT INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUSES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for displaying, in cooperation with a display unit of another apparatus adjacent to
the information processing apparatus, adjacent partial images out of a plurality of partial images that constitute one image,
the information processing apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect posture change information about movement of the information processing apparatus;
an identification unit configured to identify a site of the information processing apparatus that adjoins the another apparatus
based on the posture change information about movement which has been detected by the detection unit, wherein, based on transition
of the posture change information detected by the detection unit within a period during which the information processing apparatus
is proximate to the another apparatus and at a period immediately before the information processing apparatus is stilled,
the identification unit is configured to identify a first site as the site of the information processing apparatus that adjoins
the another apparatus, the identified first site is a site which is, out of sites of the information processing apparatus,
at a vertically lower position when the information processing apparatus is tilted just before the information processing
apparatus is stilled;

a coupling unit configured to couple the information processing apparatus and the another apparatus based on coupling permission
information and the transition of the posture change information; and

a display control unit to cause a display unit of the information processing apparatus to display a partial image that is
identified based on the site identified by the identification unit out of the plurality of partial images that constitute
the one image,

wherein the detection unit, the identification unit, the coupling unit, and the display control unit are implemented by at
least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,327,926

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
an apparatus body;
a sheet feed portion feeding a sheet;
a sheet storage portion in which sheets fed by the sheet feed portion are stored and which is provided in the apparatus body
to be capable of being mounted and drawn; and

a resistance unit that is provided on one of the sheet storage portion and the apparatus body, and applies a resistance force
against the sheet storage portion while the sheet storage portion is being mounted toward a feed position to which the sheet
is capable of being fed by the sheet feed portion, the resistance unit including:

a link member that is pivoted by coming in contact with the other of the sheet storage portion and the apparatus body while
the sheet storage portion is being mounted on the apparatus body toward the feed position, and is formed such that a distance
between a normal line in an contact surface with the other of the sheet storage portion and the apparatus body and a pivot
center becomes longer as the sheet storage portion approaches the feed position;

a linear type oil damper generating the resistance force through a linear operation in accordance with the pivoting of the
link member; and

a transmitting member that is provided between the link member and the linear type oil damper, linearly moves due to the pivoting
of the link member, and transmits the pivoting of the link member to the linear type oil damper.

US Pat. No. 9,331,517

ELECTRONIC DEVICE, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:
a first power receiving unit for wirelessly receiving power from a power supply apparatus;
an interface unit that connects to a battery device, wherein the battery device includes a second power receiving unit for
wirelessly receiving power from the power supply apparatus; and

a control unit that
selects the first power receiving unit or the second power receiving unit when power that can be received by the first power
receiving unit and the second power receiving unit from the power supply apparatus is higher than a predetermined value,

charges a battery included in the battery device by using the first power receiving unit without using the second power receiving
unit if the first power receiving unit is selected, and

charges the battery included in the battery device by using the second power receiving unit without using the first power
receiving unit if the second power receiving unit is selected.

US Pat. No. 9,327,930

SHEET CONVEYING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:
an abutment member provided with an abutment portion configured to abut on a leading edge of a sheet conveyed by a conveying
unit; and

an applying unit configured to apply a rotative force to the abutment member,
wherein the abutment portion rotates in a first rotating direction against the rotative force in response to the abutment
portion being pushed by a sheet conveyed by the conveying unit,

wherein the applying unit applies rotative force acting on the abutment member in a second rotating direction that is opposite
to the first rotating direction until the abutment member rotates for a predetermined rotation amount in the first direction,
and after the abutment member rotates the predetermined rotation amount in the first rotate direction, the rotative force
acting on the abutment member is switched from the second rotating direction to the first rotating direction by a switching
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,326,679

MEDICAL SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A medical system comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a tomographic image of an object to be examined based on a combined beam generated
by combining a return beam returning from the object to be examined illuminated with a measuring beam and a reference beam
corresponding to the measuring beam;

a focus position changing unit configured to change a focus position of the measuring beam on the object to be examined;
an optical-path-length difference changing unit configured to change a difference in optical path length between the measuring
beam and the reference beam;

an instruction unit configured to instruct a change of the focus position; and
a control unit configured to control the focus position changing unit not to change the focus position in a case where the
instruction unit instruct the change of the focus position during a control of the optical-path-length difference changing
unit and to control the focus position changing unit in accordance with the change instructed by the instruction unit in a
case where the instruction unit instructs the change of the focus position after completion of the control of the optical-path-length
difference changing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,314,156

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
a scanning unit configured to scan measuring light on an eye to be inspected based on a plurality of scanning conditions different
from each other included within an inspection set, and execute measurement of the eye to be inspected;

a fixation unit configured to fixate the eye to be inspected by fixation light to a desired measurement position;
a determination unit configured to determine whether to continue the measurement of the eye to be inspected, after a completion
of the measurement of the eye to be inspected under a first scanning condition included in the inspection set, under a second
scanning condition next to the first scanning condition; and

a fixation target control unit configured to change the fixation light to measure the eye to be inspected under the second
scanning condition when the determination unit has determined to continue the measurement of the eye to be inspected,

wherein the fixation target control unit causes the fixation light not to turn off after the completion of the measurement
of the eye to be inspected under the first scanning condition and until the fixation light is changed by the fixation target
control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,313,202

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, RELAY APPARATUS, WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF RELAY APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
control unit comprising:
a first determination unit configured to determine whether said communication apparatus holds authentication information for
using image sharing services or a relay apparatus, which relays communication between said communication apparatus and a server
apparatus providing the image sharing services, holds the authentication information;

a second determination unit configured to determine, based on a determination result of said first determination unit, whether
said communication apparatus transmits image data using the image sharing services to the server apparatus or said communication
apparatus causes the relay apparatus to transmit the image data to the server apparatus;

a transmission unit configured to:
1) transmit the image data to the server apparatus as a transmission destination in a case where said second determination
unit determines that said communication apparatus transmits the image data to the server apparatus; and

2) transmit the image data to the relay apparatus as a transmission destination in a case where said second determination
unit determines that said communication apparatus causes the relay apparatus to transmit the image data to the server apparatus;
and

a request unit configured to request the relay apparatus to transmit the image data to the server apparatus in a case where
said second determination unit determines that said communication apparatus causes the relay apparatus to transmit the image
data to the server apparatus,

wherein said request unit does not request a transmission of the image data in a case where said second determination unit
determines that said communication apparatus transmits the image data to the server apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,310,724

IMAGE HEATING UNIT, RECORDING MEDIUM CONVEYING UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
(i) an image forming station configured to form an image on a recording material;
(ii) a mounting portion;
(iii) an image heating unit detachably mountable to said mounting portion, said image heating unit including,
(iii-i) a pair of rotatable members configured to nip and feed the recording material in heating an image formed on the recording
material by said image forming station;

(iii-ii) a casing enclosing said rotatable members and provided with an opening configured to permit passage of the recording
material;

(iii-iii) a movable member movable relative to said opening between a first position taken when the image heating process
is carried out and a second position in which a jam clearance operation is operable through said opening and in which a test
finger stipulated in JIS C 0922 probe cord B is prevented from entering through said opening into said casing;

(iii-iv) a locking mechanism including a locking portion configured to lock said movable member in the second position and
an urging portion configured to urge said locking portion;

(iv) an interrelating mechanism configured to interrelate a locking operation of said locking member with an operation of
dismounting said image heating unit from said mounting portion and to interrelate an unlocking operation of said locking mechanism
with an operation of mounting said image heating unit to said mounting portion;

(v) a door configured to open and close when said image heating unit is dismounted from said mounting portion; and
(vi) a movable portion configured to move said locking portion to an unlocking position against an urging force of said urging
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,310,756

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND MAIN ASSEMBLY OF THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, comprising:
a main assembly provided with an opening through which a cartridge is to be mounted into and demounted from said main assembly;
an openable member movable between a closed position where the opening is closed and an open position where the opening is
open; and

a cartridge, including a portion-to-be-urged, detachably mountable to said main assembly in a mounting completion position,
wherein said openable member includes a guiding portion including a supporting surface, a recessed portion provided partway
of the supporting surface, and an urging portion as a part of said supporting surface,

wherein when said openable member is in the open position, said supporting surface is capable of guiding said cartridge to
the opening,

wherein during a closing operation of said openable member, said urging portion and said portion-to-be-urged contact each
other to push said cartridge toward the mounting completion position,

wherein when said openable member is in the closed position, a spacing is provided between said recessed portion and said
portion-to-be-urged, and

wherein said cartridge is a process cartridge comprising:
a photosensitive member unit including a photosensitive drum;
a developing device unit, including a developing roller for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on said photosensitive
drum, rotatable relative to said photosensitive member unit; and

an urging member for urging said developing roller toward said photosensitive drum,
wherein said developing device unit includes said portion-to-be-urged.

US Pat. No. 9,306,466

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus, comprising:
a transformer including a primary winding, a secondary winding, and an auxiliary winding;
a switch element connected to the primary winding for turning ON and OFF supply of electric power to the primary winding according
to an output voltage of the secondary winding; and

a setting unit connected to the auxiliary winding and the switch element for setting a turn-on time period in which the switch
element turns on,

wherein the setting unit has a capacitor configured to determine the turn-on time period, a first resistor element connected
to the capacitor in series, a second resistor element connected to the first resistor element in parallel and a switch connected
to the second resistor element in series,

wherein in a start-up time of a power supply apparatus, the setting unit switches a condition of the switch from turn-on to
turn-off to prolong the turn-on time period of the switch element.

US Pat. No. 9,304,478

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus, comprising:
a first capacitor and a second capacitor, the first capacitor and the second capacitor insulating a primary side and a secondary
side of the power supply apparatus from each other;

an inductor;
a first switch element connected to the inductor and to the first capacitor;
a second switch element connected to the inductor and to the second capacitor; and
a control unit configured to control the first switch element and the second switch element so that, when the first switch
element is turned on, the second switch element is turned on.

US Pat. No. 9,301,727

RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An x-ray detector, comprising:
a battery configured to supply electric power to the x-ray detector;
a communication unit configured to communicate with an external apparatus by a communication method selected from wireless
communication and wired communication;

a connector for the wired communication and for reception of electric power supply to the battery;
a display unit; and
a display control unit configured to cause the display unit to give notice of information indicating a remaining operating
time of the x-ray detector in a case where the communication method between the communication unit and the external apparatus
is wireless communication, and configured to not give notice of the information by using the display unit in a case where
the communication method is wired communication.

US Pat. No. 9,304,082

INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION ACQUIRING METHOD FOR ACQUIRING INFORMATION ON SPECIMEN BY USING TERAHERTZ WAVE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information acquiring apparatus that acquires information on a specimen by applying a terahertz wave to the specimen
through a plate-like member, the specimen being provided between a reflecting member and the plate-like member, the reflecting
member having a reflecting surface that reflects the terahertz wave, the apparatus comprising:
an applying unit configured to apply the terahertz wave to the specimen;
a detecting unit configured to detect the terahertz wave reflected from the specimen; and
an information acquiring unit configured to acquire the information on the specimen by using at least a first temporal waveform,
which is acquired from a result of detection performed by the detecting unit, representing a portion of the terahertz wave
that is reflected by an interface between the specimen and the reflecting surface of the reflecting member and a second temporal
waveform, which is acquired from the result of detection performed by the detecting unit, representing a portion of the terahertz
wave that is reflected by an interface between the plate-like member and the specimen,

wherein the information acquiring unit acquires the information on the specimen by using a ratio of a first intensity spectrum
obtained from the first temporal waveform to a second intensity spectrum obtained from the second temporal waveform.

US Pat. No. 9,285,850

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT VALIDATES ADDED HARDWARE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus to which hardware is addable, comprising:
a first circuit board that is fixed within a main body of the information processing apparatus;
a second circuit board that includes one or more option slots for enabling to add hardware options, and is taken out from
the main body when an option is added to the information processing apparatus;

a first storage unit that is arranged on the first circuit board and stores state information which indicates a state of said
information processing apparatus;

a control unit that stores the state of said information processing apparatus in said first storage unit while a first power
supply supplies a power to said control unit; and

a second storage unit that is supplied with a power from a second power supply different from the first power supply when
the first power supply stops the power supply to said control unit, and stores detection information indicating that the second
circuit board is taken out from the main body or put in to the main body,

wherein when a power is supplied by said first power supply to said control unit, said control unit restores, by reloading
said state information stored in said first storage unit, said apparatus to the state of the information processing apparatus
before the power supply to said control unit is stopped in a case where said second storage unit does not store the detection
information indicating that the second circuit board is taken out from the main body or put in to the main body, and initializes
the hardware in a case where said second storage unit stores the detection information indicating that the second circuit
board is taken out from the main body or put in to the main body.

US Pat. No. 9,284,328

ORGANIC COMPOUND

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

in Formula [1], A1 and A2 are 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 3; and
each X is independently selected from the following Formulae [2] to [3], provided that X includes at least Formula [3]:

in Formulae [2] to [3], R2 and R3 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. 9,285,866

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS WITH POWER SHUTOFF SWITCH AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR FOR REDUCING POWER CONSUMPTION IN AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a switching unit configured to be in an ON-state in which power is supplied to the information processing apparatus and an
OFF-state in which power is not supplied to the information processing apparatus in accordance with a user operation;

a driving unit configured to set the switching unit to the OFF-state;
a power supply unit configured to supply power to the driving unit; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where a condition for shutting off power supply to the information processing apparatus
is satisfied, control the power supply unit to generate the power to be supplied to the driving unit and perform control so
that the power generated by the power supply unit is supplied to the driving unit,

wherein the driving unit to which the power is supplied sets the switching unit to the OFF-state.

US Pat. No. 9,280,730

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus which is able to convey a sheet from at least one of a plurality of sheet storage units and print
an image on the sheet, comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold a print job, the holding unit being able to hold print jobs;
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not there is at least one sheet storage unit for which attribution
information of a sheet to be used by a print job held in the holding unit is registered, in the plurality of sheet storage
units;

a notification unit configured to notify, based on the determination by the determination unit, that there is no sheet storage
unit for which the attribution information of a sheet to be used by the print job held in the holding unit is registered;

a selection instruction receiving unit configured to receive, from a user, a selection instruction for selecting at least
one print job from among the print jobs held by the holding unit;

an executing instruction receiving unit configured to receive, from a user, an executing instruction for the at least one
print job selected by the selection instruction; and

an executing unit configured to execute the at least one print job selected by the selection instruction according to the
executing instruction received by the executing instruction receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,278,546

OPTICAL WRITING HEAD AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical writing head comprising:
a light emitting device array having a plurality of light emitting devices; and
an optical unit arranged between the light emitting device array and an image plane, to form an image by light emitted from
the light emitting devices on the image plane,

wherein the optical unit includes a two-dimensional diffractive grating,
wherein the two-dimensional diffractive grating is configured to diffract zero-order diffracted light and first-order diffracted
light,

wherein the two-dimensional diffractive grating is configured so that the light intensity distribution of the first-order
diffracted light diffracted by the two-dimensional diffractive grating overlaps the light intensity distribution of the zero-order
diffracted light diffracted by the two-dimensional diffractive grating at the image plane

wherein the two-dimensional diffractive grating includes a first portion and second portions arranged periodically in the
first portion,

wherein the second portions are arranged with a first period in a first direction, and
wherein the plurality of light emitting devices are arranged in the first direction with a second period that is an integer
times that of the first period.

US Pat. No. 9,280,345

PIPELINE PROCESSOR INCLUDING LAST INSTRUCTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processor that performs pipeline processing on an instruction, the processor comprising:
an acquisition unit constructed to acquire the instruction which has an operation code specifying a type of the instruction
and destination register information;

a pipeline register constructed to store a processing result based on the instruction acquired by the acquisition unit; and
a storage control unit constructed to control a register to store the processing result stored in the pipeline register, wherein
the register which stores the processing result is designated by the destination register information; and

a control unit constructed to control processing based on a second instruction acquired by the acquisition unit and control
storing of a processing result based on a first instruction acquired by the acquisition unit, wherein the control unit is
further constructed to:

determine whether both of conditions (i)-(ii) are satisfied (i) the second instruction indicates that the second instruction
is for performing processing by using data stored in the register designated by the destination register information in the
first instruction, and (ii) the operation code in the instruction acquired by the acquisition unit indicates that the second
instruction is a last instruction for performing the processing by using data stored in the register designated by the destination
register information in the first instruction; and

in response to determining that both of conditions (i)-(ii) are satisfied, control the processing and the storing such that
data used for the processing based on the second instruction is acquired from the pipeline register and the processing result
based on the first instruction is not stored in the register designated by the destination register information in the first
instruction,

wherein whether to store the processing result based on the first instruction is determined based on an indication associated
with the second instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,280,101

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH LOWER AND UPPER GUIDE MEMBERS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a fixing portion for fixing an unfixed image, formed on a recording material, onto the recording material at a fixing nip;
a lower entrance guide member for guiding the recording material to the fixing nip, said lower entrance guide member contacts
a surface of the recording material opposite from a surface of the recording material where the unfixed image is formed; and

an upper entrance guide member for guiding the recording material, wherein said upper entrance guide member is provided at
a position opposing a guide surface of said lower entrance guide member and at an end portion with respect to a direction
perpendicular to a feeding direction of the recording material,

wherein when said upper entrance guide member is pushed
by the recording material, by a force received from the recording material, said upper entrance guide member is moved from
a first position to a second position spaced from the lower entrance guide member more that the first position.

US Pat. No. 9,280,199

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD IN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus including a Peripheral Component Interconnect Express bus, comprising:
a first controller configured to switchably operate as either a root complex or an endpoint of Peripheral Component Interconnect
Express and perform control of the image processing apparatus and first processing for data;

a second controller, connected to said first controller via the Peripheral Component Interconnect Express bus, configured
to, upon receiving power supply, be operated as a single root complex in the image processing apparatus and to be exclusively
used for performing second processing for data;

a printing unit configured to print on a printing medium;
a setting unit configured to set said first controller as a single root complex in the image processing apparatus or an endpoint,
and

a shifting unit configured to shift an operation mode to a sleep mode in a case where no data has been received, or no operation
has been performed on the image processing apparatus within a predetermined time,

wherein while said second controller receives power supply, said first controller is operated as an endpoint of the Peripheral
Component Interconnect Express by setting of said setting unit, and said second controller is operated as a single root complex
in the image processing apparatus,

in a case where power supply to said second controller and said printing unit is turned off, said first controller is operated
as a single root complex in the image processing apparatus by setting of said setting unit, and

in a case where said second controller operates as a single root complex in the image processing apparatus, the data for which
the second processing has been performed is transferred from said second controller to said first controller via the Peripheral
Component Interconnect Express bus.

US Pat. No. 9,269,331

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS WHICH COOPERATES WITH OTHER APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM IN WHICH A PLURALITY OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUSES COOPERATES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to receive information indicating a first compass direction in which an
object displayed on a screen has been moved, from another apparatus that transmits the information, the information processing
apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive the information indicating the first compass direction in which the object has been
moved;

a detection unit configured to detect geomagnetism;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information indicating a second compass direction to which a screen of the information
processing apparatus has been directed, the first and second compass directions being absolute directions identified based
on the information on geomagnetism; and

a display control unit configured to cause, based on the information indicating the first compass direction received by the
receiving unit and the information, obtained by the obtaining unit, indicating the second compass direction to which the screen
of the information processing apparatus has been directed, an object which is the same as an object displayed on a screen
of the other apparatus to appear from a compass direction opposite of the first compass direction in which the object displayed
on the screen of the other apparatus has been moved, in the screen of the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,268,118

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising:
in order from an object side to an image side,
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a fourth lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a fifth lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a sixth lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a seventh lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein distances between adjacent lens units change during zooming so that a distance between the fourth lens unit and the
fifth lens unit at a telephoto end is shorter than the distance between the fourth lens unit and the fifth lens unit at a
wide angle end, and a distance between the fifth lens unit and the sixth lens unit at the telephoto end is longer than the
distance between the fifth lens unit and the sixth lens unit at the wide angle end, and

wherein the fourth lens unit moves during focusing.

US Pat. No. 9,257,921

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus for forming a pattern on a substrate, comprising:
a motor configured to drive a table for holding the substrate in accordance with a driving profile;
a setting unit configured to set one of a normal mode and a power saving mode as an operation mode of the motor; and
a controller configured to change the driving profile when the power saving mode is set, such that an amount of generated
heat of the motor caused by driving of the table is smaller than that in the normal mode, and the number of substrates to
be processed by the lithography apparatus per unit time is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,239,694

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR ALLOWING OR INHIBITING REPRINT OF DATA BASED ON USER AUTHENTICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an authentication unit configured to authenticate users;
a printing unit configured to print data; and
a control unit configured to (a) in a case where the authentication unit has authenticated a user and the printing unit has
printed the data in accordance with an instruction of the authenticated user, store log information including at least the
data and a user ID of the authenticated user such that reprint of the data is limited to only the authenticated user, and
(b) in a case where the printing unit has printed the data in accordance with an instruction of a non-authentication user
who has not been authenticated by the authentication unit, store log information without including the data such that reprint
of the data is inhibited.

US Pat. No. 9,237,254

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR FORMING A HIGH-QUALITY IMAGE BY CONTROLLING SUPERIMPOSITION OF DOTS TO BE PRINTED IN MULTI-PASS PRINTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which generates image data as a processing target by an image forming apparatus that forms
an image by performing a plurality of times a scan in which, in a single region on a printing medium, a printhead including
a plurality of printing elements prints in accordance with first image data corresponding to a first color component of an
image, and prints in accordance with second image data corresponding to a second color component of the image, comprising:
a setting unit configured to set first scanning data and second scanning data in each scan for the first image data and the
second image data, respectively, by dividing, for respective scans, density ranges represented by pixel values of pixels forming
the first image data and the second image data, where each of the first scanning data and the second scanning data includes
a lower signal value and an upper signal value of the divided density range; and

a generating unit configured to generate, in each scan, first halftone image data corresponding to the first color component
based on the lower and upper signal values of the first scanning data and a threshold matrix, and second halftone image data
corresponding to the second color component based on the lower and upper signal values of the second scanning data and the
threshold matrix,

wherein the setting unit corrects the divided density range for the second image data to reduce an overlapped range between
the density range of the first color component and the density range of the second color component in each scan and sets the
first scanning data and the second scanning data in each scan for the second color component in accordance with the corrected
density range,

wherein, when there is a common density range between the density range represented by the first scanning data and the density
range represented by the second scanning data for respective scans, said setting unit sets the first scanning data as a scan
preceding the second scanning data.

US Pat. No. 9,223,768

DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A document management apparatus that manages a version of a binder document formed by integrating a plurality of original
documents, the document management apparatus comprising a memory and a processor which functions as:
a first determination unit configured to, when updating a binder document, determine whether there is a same original document
as the original document included in a new version of the updated binder document, in the original documents included in a
past version of the updated binder document;

a storage unit configured to, when the first determination unit determines that there is the same original document in the
original documents included in the binder document of the past version, store reference information regarding the same document
as information corresponding to the original document included in the binder document of the new version and, when the first
determination unit determines that there is not the same original document in the original documents included in the binder
document of the past version, store an entity file of the original document as the information corresponding to the original
document included in the binder document of the new version,

wherein the reference information has a file size smaller than that of the entity file;
a deletion instruction reception unit configured to receive a deletion instruction for deleting an arbitrary version of the
binder document, the arbitrary version being designated as a deletion target version;

a second determination unit configured to determine whether there is reference information regarding an entity file of the
original document included in the binder document of the deletion target version designated by the deletion instruction, in
the binder documents of versions coming after the deletion target version;

a deletion unit configured to, when the second determination unit determines that there is the reference information regarding
the entity file of the original document included in the binder document of the deletion target version, move the entity file
to a binder document of a movement target version which is the oldest version among the versions determined to have the reference
information, and when the second determination unit determines that there is no reference information regarding the entity
file of the original document included in the binder document of the deletion target version, delete the entity file of the
original document;

an updating unit configured to update the reference information included in the binder documents of the versions coming after
the movement target version such that the entity file moved to the movement target version is referred to; and

a main control unit determines whether there is an unprocessed original document having an entity in the binder document of
the deletion target version, and when it is determined that there is no unprocessed original document having the entity, completing
the deleting of the arbitrary version of the binder document.

US Pat. No. 9,223,532

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR COMMUNICATING WITH AN IMAGE-FORMING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method comprising:
obtaining, at a computing device, a tap event that was generated in response to receiving a message from an image-forming
device through a first communication channel;

extracting an image-forming-device identifier of the image-forming device from the tap event;
obtaining a device-added event that was generated in response to successfully configuring the computing device to communicate
with a newly-added device through a second communication channel;

extracting a newly-added-device identifier from the device-added event;
comparing the image-forming-device identifier to the newly-added-device identifier to determine if the image-forming device
is identical to the newly-added device; and

sending an image-forming-operation request to the image-forming device in response to determining that the image-forming device
is identical to the newly-added device.

US Pat. No. 9,216,606

RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium comprising:
a support; and
an ink-receiving layer,
wherein the ink-receiving layer contains alumina particles, silica particles and a binder,
wherein for a composition analysis of the recording medium performed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy while etching is
performed from a surface side to a support side in a direction substantially perpendicular to a surface of the recording medium
using argon gas under application of a power of 25.6 W (4 kV×6.4 ?A) at an etching angle of 45 degrees, a ratio of the amount
of Si element to the total amount of Al element and Si element at an etching time of 0 minutes is 10 atomic percent or more
and 90 atomic percent or less and a ratio of the amount of Si element to the total amount of Al element and Si element at
an etching time of 5 minutes is 50 atomic percent or more, and

wherein the binder is polyvinyl alcohol having a silanol group.

US Pat. No. 9,217,960

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
first and second image bearing members, each configured to bear a toner image;
a belt unit detachably mountable to a main assembly of said image forming apparatus, wherein said belt unit includes an endless
belt onto which the toner images are to be transferred from said first and second image bearing members, at an image forming
position where image formation is to be effected, in a contact state with said first and second image bearing members and
includes first and second rollers, provided at an inner peripheral surface side of the belt, configured to stretch the belt,
the first roller including a transmission portion;

a slackness forming unit, provided in the main assembly, configured to perform a first function of forming a belt slacking
region, at least at a portion where the belt opposes said first and second image bearing members, by acting on said belt unit
and configured to perform a second function of eliminating the belt slacking region, said slackness forming unit including
a driving force transmitting member connected to the transmission portion to rotate the first roller by a force by which said
belt unit is moved; and

a guiding unit configured to guide, when said belt unit is inserted into the main assembly and is moved to the image forming
position, said belt unit so that said slackness forming unit performs the first function in a state in which the belt is spaced
from said first and second image bearing members and so that said slackness forming unit performs the second function in a
state in which the belt slacking region contacts said first and second image bearing members.

US Pat. No. 9,219,831

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT RECEIVES OPERATION SETTINGS FOR JOB EXECUTION FROM MULTIPLE OPERATION UNITS, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that receives operation settings set through a plurality of operation units and executes jobs,
comprising:
a non-transitory memory device;
a processor;
a user determination unit configured, in a case where it receives a plurality of operation settings from the plurality of
operation units, to determine whether or not a plurality of users who have set the plurality of operation settings are the
same as one another;

an operation setting determination unit configured to determine whether or not the plurality of operation settings are in
a conflict relationship with one another; and

an operation permission judgment unit configured to determine, based on a result of the determination by said user determination
unit and a result of the determination by said operation setting determination unit, whether or not each of the received operation
settings should be permitted,

wherein in a case where said user determination unit determines that the plurality of users who have set the plurality of
operation settings are not the same as one another and said operation setting determination unit determines that the plurality
of operation settings are in a conflict relationship with one another, said operation permission judgment unit refuses each
of at least one subsequently received operation setting, and

wherein said user determination unit, said operation setting determination unit, and said operation permission judgment unit
are implemented at least in part by said processor executing at least one program recorded on said non-transitory memory device.

US Pat. No. 9,216,570

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process for producing a liquid ejection head, comprising the steps of:
providing a substrate provided with an energy-generating element for generating energy for ejecting a liquid and a wiring;
forming a flow path wall forming layer containing a negative photosensitive resin on the substrate;
exposing a portion to be a flow path wall of the flow path wall forming layer;
forming an ejection orifice forming layer containing a negative photosensitive resin on the flow path wall forming layer;
applying a material for a water-repellent layer on to the ejection orifice forming layer;
drying a solvent contained in the applied material for the water-repellent layer to form the water-repellent layer;
exposing another region than a portion to be an ejection orifice of the ejection orifice forming layer and the water-repellent
layer; and

dissolving and removing respective non-exposed portions of the flow path wall forming layer, the ejection orifice forming
layer and the water-repellent layer,

wherein a boiling point of the solvent contained in the material for the water-repellent layer is not more than a drying temperature
in the drying step, and

wherein an absolute value of a difference in solubility parameter (SP value) between the negative photosensitive resin contained
in the ejection orifice forming layer and the solvent contained in the material for the water-repellent layer is less than
3.

US Pat. No. 9,208,410

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

9. A method for controlling an image processing apparatus that is capable of communicating with an information processing
apparatus by wireless communication, the method comprising:
directly communicating with the information processing apparatus by wireless communication without passing through an access
point;

providing a service in which image processing is executed in response to an image processing request transmitted from the
information processing apparatus in the wireless communication step; and

enabling a setting in the image processing apparatus and that is used for providing the service,
wherein, in the information processing apparatus, if there is no image processing apparatus that direct and wireless communication
is established, a selection screen which includes a key to display an image processing apparatus name and a key to directly
and wirelessly communicate with the image processing apparatus that corresponds to the image processing apparatus name is
displayed, and when direct and wireless communication is established, in the wireless communication step, between the image
processing apparatus and the information processing apparatus in response to pressing the key to directly and wirelessly communicate,
the setting that is used for providing the service in the enabling step is enabled if the setting is not enabled, and

wherein, if there is image processing apparatus that the direct and wireless communication is established, the selection screen
is displayed, which includes the key to display the image processing apparatus name and a symbol for explaining that the direct
and wireless communication is established between the image processing apparatus among the image processing apparatuses that
the names are displayed, and it is controlled not to enable the setting.

US Pat. No. 9,201,879

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR GENERATING A FEATURE VECTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of generating a feature vector for an image, the method comprising:
determining values from a plurality of points in a region of the image, each of the values being determined using at least
two of the plurality of points;

determining a periodic sequence of the determined values based on an order of the plurality of points, the periodic sequence
being phase variant to a starting point of the ordered plurality of points, the order of the plurality of points being determined
according to a predetermined rule; and

generating the feature vector for one of the points from a frequency domain representation of the periodic sequence, the feature
vector being invariant to rotation with respect to the plurality of points.

US Pat. No. 9,203,994

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a sheet feeding portion configured to feed a sheet to a sheet conveying path;
an image forming portion configured to form an image on the sheet which is guided along the sheet conveying path;
a sheet discharging portion configured to discharge the sheet on which the image has been formed by the image forming portion;
a sheet re-conveying path configured to guide again, to the sheet conveying path, the sheet on which the image has been formed
by the image forming portion;

an original stacking portion provided above the image forming portion and on which an original is stacked;
an original feeding portion configured to feed the original stacked on the original stacking portion;
an original feeding path configured to guide, to the sheet re-conveying path, the original which has been fed by the original
feeding portion;

an image reading portion configured to read an image of the original which has been fed by the original feeding portion;
a discharged original stacking portion provided above the image forming portion and on which the original is discharged;
an original discharging portion configured to discharge the original which has been read by the image reading portion to the
discharged original stacking portion;

an original discharging path configured to guide, to the original discharging portion, the original which has been guided
along the sheet re-conveying path; and

an original conveying portion configured to convey the original which has been fed by the original feeding portion toward
the original discharging portion.

US Pat. No. 9,183,475

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND APPARATUS CONFIGURED FOR PRINTING A PLURALITY OF MONOCHROME IMAGES HAVING DIFFERENT PARAMETERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing image data, the image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire monochrome image data indicating a gradation value of grey line;
a first conversion unit configured to convert the monochrome image data acquired by said acquisition unit into intermediate
image data by using a first lookup table, wherein the first lookup table associates a gradation value of grey line with a
coordinate value of a color space;

an image processing unit configured to process the intermediate image data converted by said first conversion unit; and
a second conversion unit configured to convert the intermediate image data processed by said image processing unit into ink
material data for printing a monochrome image by using a second lookup table, wherein the second lookup table associates a
coordinate value of the color space with the ink material data,

wherein a combination of the gradation value and the ink material data is assigned to a coordinate of the color space, and
wherein the first lookup table and the second lookup table are defined based on the color space.

US Pat. No. 9,182,708

HIGH-VOLTAGE GENERATION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

4. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording material; and
a high-voltage generation apparatus that outputs a first direct-current voltage having a predetermined polarity or a second
direct-current voltage having a polarity opposite to the predetermined polarity to the image forming unit,

wherein the high-voltage power source includes
an output unit configured to output the first direct-current voltage or the second direct-current voltage,
a setting unit configured to set a first target voltage corresponding to the first direct-current voltage or a second target
voltage corresponding to the second direct-current voltage,

a control unit configured to set a first time period for which voltage is changed in a first change amount and set, after
setting the first time period, a second time period for which voltage is changed in a second change amount smaller than the
first change amount, in a switching time period for which the first target voltage switches to the second target voltage,
in a case of switching from a state where the first target voltage is output from the output unit to a state where the second
target voltage is output from the output unit,

wherein the control unit changes the first time period and the second time period in accordance with a difference value between
the first target voltage and the second target voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,181,054

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising a first unit and a second unit attachable to the first unit,
the first unit including:
a first conveyance unit configured to convey a sheet;
a first drive unit configured to drive the first conveyance unit;
a first detection unit provided in the vicinity of the first conveyance unit and configured to detect the sheet; and
a first control unit configured to control the drive of the first drive unit so that a sheet conveyance speed of the first
conveyance unit changes based on a result of detection by the first detection unit; and

the second unit including:
a second conveyance unit provided upstream of the first conveyance unit and configured to convey the sheet;
a second drive unit configured to drive the second conveyance unit;
a second detection unit provided in the vicinity of the second conveyance unit and configured to detect the sheet; and
a second control unit configured to control the drive of the second drive unit so that a sheet conveyance speed of the second
conveyance unit changes based on a result of detection by the second detection unit; and

a one-way unit provided between the second drive unit and the second conveyance unit,
wherein, when the sheet is conveyed by the second and first conveyance units, the first control unit controls the first drive
unit and the second control unit controls the second drive unit so that a sheet conveyance speed of the first conveyance unit
becomes equal to or higher than that of the second conveyance unit,

wherein the one-way unit is configured to rotatably drive the second conveyance unit even if the sheet conveyance speed of
the second conveyance unit is made lower than that of the first conveyance unit such that the sheet can be conveyed without
causing a load on the first drive unit due to a bend of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,185,271

IMAGING DEVICE DETECTING MOTION VECTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit that generates image data corresponding to an image captured through a lens unit;
a processing unit that processes the image data and reference image data using aberration characteristic information indicating
an aberration characteristic of the lens unit;

a first detecting unit that uses the processed image data and the processed reference image data to detect a first motion
vector;

a modification unit that modifies the detected first motion vector using the aberration characteristic information to generate
a second motion vector different from the first motion vector;

a second detecting unit that uses the second motion vector, the image data, and the reference image data to detect a third
motion vector; and

an encoding unit that encodes the image data using the detected third motion vector instead of the first motion vector and
the second motion vector.

US Pat. No. 9,170,539

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to operate in a first power state and a second power state in which power consumption
is smaller than power consumption in the first power state, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect an object present around the image forming apparatus; and
a power-supply control unit configured to shift the state of the image forming apparatus from the second power state to the
first power state, when the detection unit detects an object present around the image forming apparatus,

wherein,
in a case where an operation unit configured to receive a user operation is operated by a user after the power-supply control
unit shifts the state of the image forming apparatus from the second power state to the first power state, the power-supply
control unit shifts the state of the image forming apparatus from the first power state to the second power state after a
lapse of a predetermined time, and in a case where the operation unit is not operated by the user after the power-supply control
unit shifts the state of the image forming apparatus from the second power state to the first power state, the power-supply
control unit shifts the state of the image forming apparatus from the first power state to the second power state before a
lapse of the predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 9,170,429

OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:
an imaging optical system including a correction lens, which corrects an image blur, a zoom lens for changing a focal length,
and a focus lens, which performs focus adjustment;

a focal length detection unit configured to detect the focal length of an imaging optical system;
an object distance detection unit configured to detect an object distance;
a shake detection unit configured to detect a shake amount;
a walking shooting determination unit configured to determine whether or not a user of the optical apparatus is walking based
on the shake amount detected by the shake detection unit;

a sensitivity generation unit configured to generate sensitivity, which is a ratio of a moving amount of an object image on
an image sensing plane to a moving amount of the correction lens, based on a determination result by the walking shooting
determination unit, the focal length, and the object distance;

a correction amount calculation unit configured to calculate a correction amount based on the shake amount and the sensitivity;
and

a control unit configured to drive the imaging optical system to correct the image blur based on the correction amount,
wherein the sensitivity generation unit generates the sensitivity by limiting at least one of the object distance or the focal
length, or a range of the sensitivity when the walking shooting determination unit determines that the user of the optical
apparatus is walking.

US Pat. No. 9,167,216

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for correcting for degradation in image quality due to aberrations of an optical imaging
system of an image capture apparatus in an image captured by the image capture apparatus, comprising:
a first chromatic difference of magnification correction unit configured to perform correction of a chromatic difference of
magnification of the optical imaging system for the image;

a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a first value related to coloring of the image in which the chromatic difference
of magnification has been corrected;

an image recovery processing unit for applying, to the image in which the chromatic difference of magnification has been corrected,
an image recovery filter based on a point spread function of the optical imaging system;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a second value related to coloring of the image to which the image recovery filter
has been applied; and

a pixel value correction unit configured to correct a pixel value of the image which has been applied with the image recovery
filter according to a difference between the first and second values obtained by said first obtaining unit and said second
obtaining unit; and

wherein the first chromatic difference of magnification correction unit, the first obtaining unit, the image recovery processing
unit, the second obtaining unit and the pixel value correction unit are implemented by one of hardware and a processor that
executes software or a combination of hardware and a processor that executes software.

US Pat. No. 9,162,507

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a print head which ejects ink;
a first storage tank which stores ink;
a second storage tank which stores ink supplied from the first storage tank and to be supplied to the print head;
a supply path which forms a portion of an ink circulation path configured to circulate ink among the first storage tank, the
second storage tank and the print head, the supply path connecting the first storage tank and the print head via the second
storage tank;

a collecting path which forms a portion of the ink circulation path and connects the print head and the first storage tank;
a first pump which is provided in the collecting path between the print head and the first storage tank, wherein the first
pump is a sole flow control element in the collecting path, causes ink stored in the second storage tank to be supplied to
the print head and causes ink to be directly supplied from the print head to the first storage tank;

a second pump which is provided in the supply path between the first storage tank and the second storage tank, wherein the
second pump is a sole flow control element in the supply path and causes ink to be directly supplied from the first storage
tank to the second storage tank;

a detecting unit which detects an amount of ink stored in the second storage tank; and
a control unit which controls driving of the first pump and the second pump,
wherein the control unit is configured to drive the first pump at a constant speed when the print head performs a printing
operation, increase a driving speed of the second pump, if the detecting unit detects that the amount of ink is lower than
a first threshold value, and reduce the driving speed of the second pump, if the detecting unit detects that the amount of
ink is higher than a second threshold value greater than the first threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,160,900

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COMPRESSIVE LIGHT SENSING USING MULTIPLE SPATIAL LIGHT MODULATORS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for capturing light field information including spatial and angular information using an image pickup device that
includes an image sensor and at least one spatial light modulator (SLM), the method comprising:
taking multiple captures of a scene using at least one SLM to obtain coded projections of a light field from the scene, wherein
each capture is taken using at least one pattern on the at least one SLM, and wherein the at least one SLM modulates light
from the scene; and

recovering light field data using a reconstruction process on the obtained coded projections of the light field,
wherein the reconstruction process uses L-1 minimization on the obtained coded projections to recover the light field data.

US Pat. No. 9,156,257

RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for recording by ejecting liquid to a recording medium, the method comprising:
preparing a liquid ejection head including an ejection orifice array in which multiple ejection orifices for ejecting the
liquid are arranged, the multiple ejection orifices including a larger-diameter ejection orifice for ejecting liquid droplets
in a predetermined amount from 5 pl or more to 15 pl or less and a smaller-diameter ejection orifice for ejecting liquid droplets
in an amount from 5 pl or more to 15 pl or less and smaller than the predetermined amount; and

ejecting multiple black liquid droplets from the multiple ejection orifices while the recording medium and the liquid ejection
head move at a relative speed from 50 inch/sec or more to 70 inch/s or less to fill a predetermined pixel area on the recording
medium with the multiple liquid droplets, wherein

the larger-diameter ejection orifice and the smaller-diameter ejection orifices eject the liquid droplets to fill an area
corresponding to a diagonal line of the pixel on the recording medium.

US Pat. No. 9,160,913

IMAGE MATCHING SYSTEM, PROVIDING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE MATCHING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image matching system comprising:
an external storage apparatus and an imaging apparatus connected to the external storage apparatus via a network, wherein
the external storage apparatus comprises:
a first storage unit configured to store a plurality of pieces of feature information to specify respective objects and to
store time information indicating time at which each piece of the feature information is sent to the imaging apparatus;

a selection unit configured to select, from the plurality of pieces of feature information stored in the first storage unit,
a piece of feature information corresponding to current time measured by a timing unit, based on the time information stored
in the first storage unit; and

a first sending unit configured to send, to the imaging apparatus, the selected piece of feature information corresponding
to current time measured by the timing unit; and

wherein the imaging apparatus comprises:
a second storage unit configured to store one or more pieces of feature information;
a specifying unit configured to specify whether one or more objects corresponding to the one or more pieces of feature information
stored in the second storage unit exist in an image captured by the imaging apparatus;

a receiving unit configured to receive, from the external storage apparatus, the piece of feature information selected by
the selecting unit; and

an updating unit configured to update the one or more pieces of feature information stored in the second storage unit with
the piece of feature information received from the external storage apparatus, the received piece of feature information corresponding
to the current time.

US Pat. No. 9,160,918

FOCUS CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING FOCUS CONTROL BY PHASE DIFFERENCE DETECTION, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:
an image sensor comprising a plurality of pixels configured to receive a plurality of beams having passed through different
exit pupil regions of an imaging optical system and output a pair of image signals corresponding to the different exit pupil
regions;

a calculation circuit configured to obtain, from a fast Fourier transform of the pair of image signals, a spatial frequency
at which a phase difference between a pair of images is minimized, and obtain an image shift amount between the pair of image
signals from the spatial frequency; and

a focus lens driving unit configured to perform focus control by a phase difference detection method based on the image shift
amount obtained by said calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,160,930

LENS DRIVING CONTROL APPARATUS AND LENS APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens driving control apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element that includes an imaging pixel and a focus detection pixel, configured to perform a photoelectric
conversion of an object image;

a readout unit configured to read image signals from the focus detection pixel with a predetermined period;
a storage unit configured to store the image signals read by the readout unit;
an addition unit configured to add a plurality of signals in time-series continuous frames of the image signals;
a focus detection unit configured to perform focus detection based on an addition result by the addition unit; and
a lens controller configured to set a driving speed of a lens based on the addition number of times by the addition unit and
a result of the focus detection unit every time the image signals are read, and to control the driving speed of the lens,

wherein the lens controller performs a control so that the driving speed of the lens is reduced when the addition number of
times increases.

US Pat. No. 9,159,117

DRAWING DATA GENERATION APPARATUS, DRAWING DATA GENERATION METHOD, PROGRAM, AND DRAWING DATA GENERATION SYSTEM FOR CHANGING MAGNIFICATION OF DISPLAYED IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drawing data generation apparatus comprising:
at least one processor coupled via a bus to a memory, the processor being programmed to control one or more of:
an image acquiring unit which acquires data on a captured image;
a magnification acquiring unit which acquires a display magnification change instruction; and
a generation unit which generates drawing data for displaying at least a part of the captured image as a display image on
a display,

wherein the generation unit generates the drawing data in a first layout when the magnification acquiring unit acquires an
instruction to enlarge to a first magnification, and generates the drawing data in a second layout that is different from
the first layout when the magnification acquiring unit acquires an instruction to enlarge to a second magnification that is
higher than the first magnification,

wherein in the first layout, a first partial area in the display image is displayed with the first magnification at a pre-determined
position in the display image,

wherein in the second layout, a second partial area in the display image is displayed with the second magnification at the
pre-determined position, and the first partial area is displayed with a lower magnification than the second magnification,
and

wherein, generating the drawing data in the second layout, the generation unit changes a position of the first partial area
with the low magnification from the pre-determined position so that the second partial area with the second magnification
and the first partial area with the low magnification do not overlap.

US Pat. No. 9,158,136

DRIVING CIRCUIT FOR LIGHT MODULATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving circuit for driving a light modulator including a matrix of pixels, the driving circuit comprising:
a first selecting unit configured to select a row of the matrix of pixels, each pixel having a capacitance element for modulating
light;

a first transistor configured to reset a voltage of the capacitance element in the selected row;
a second selecting unit configured to select a column of the matrix of pixels, information being written in the capacitance
element specified by the first and second selecting unit; and

a second transistor, the information being written in the capacitance element through the second transistor,
wherein the first transistor is grounded and connected with the capacitance element.

US Pat. No. 9,158,261

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming system, comprising:
an image forming portion which forms a toner image on a sheet based on image data;
a sheet stacking portion on which a plurality of sheets, on which the toner image is formed, is stacked;
a sheet conveying portion which conveys an image formed sheet to the sheet stacking portion;
a binding portion which includes a pair of members, each having concave and convex portions, and which binds the plurality
of sheets stacked on the sheet stacking portion by nipping the plurality of sheets between the pair of members; and

a correction portion which corrects the image data so that a ratio of a region of a sheet surface covered with toner within
a binding region of the sheet, in which region the pair of members binds the plurality of sheets, is equal to or smaller than
a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,160,868

DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS, DOCUMENT READING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A document reading apparatus comprising:
a first light source configured to irradiate light toward a reading area;
a second light source configured to irradiate light toward the reading area from a position different from that of the first
light source, a light amount of the second light source being smaller than that of the first light source;

a photoelectric conversion unit configured to receive reflected light from a document in the reading area, and to photoelectrically
convert the received reflected light to image data;

a first determination unit configured to determine a document type of a target pixel based on a first image data of the target
pixel and a second image data of the target pixel, the first image data is obtained through a photoelectric conversion of
the reflected light irradiated from the first light source and the second image data is obtained through a photoelectric conversion
of the reflected light irradiated from the second light source;

a second determination unit configured to re-determine a document type of the target pixel based on the determination result
of the target pixel and the determination result of peripheral pixel of the target pixel, and

a generation unit configured to generate image data of the target pixel based on the first image data and the second image
data in accordance with the document type determined by the first discrimination unit or the second discrimination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,160,873

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS TO DISPLAY SCREEN INFORMATION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, EXTERNAL CONTROL APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROVISION APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDI

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

9. A control method for an external control apparatus that can communicate with an image processing apparatus and an information
provision apparatus, the method comprising:
receiving a request of screen information that is displayed on the image processing apparatus from the image processing apparatus
concerned;

transferring a received screen information request to the information provision apparatus;
receiving the screen information transmitted from the information provision apparatus in response to the transferred screen
information request;

changing the received screen information by adding information for using a function of the external control apparatus; and
transmitting the changed screen information to the image processing apparatus,
wherein a Uniform Resource Locator that indicates the external control apparatus is embedded in the screen information that
is received by said information reception step.

US Pat. No. 9,160,878

SERVER APPARATUS THAT ENABLES EASY USE OF IMAGE INPUT APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHODS OF CONTROLLING THE APPARATUSES, CONTROL PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A server apparatus that is capable of communicating with an information processing apparatus, comprising:
at least one non-transitory memory device;
at least one processor;
a list providing unit configured to create a list of image input apparatuses according to search results received from the
information processing apparatus, and provide the list to the information processing apparatus;

a script providing unit configured to provide script information including information for use in configuring settings of
an operation of an image input apparatus selected on the information processing apparatus from the list provided by the list
providing unit, to the information processing apparatus;

a receiving unit configured to receive operation settings set through a setting screen displayed by the information processing
apparatus based on the script information provided by the script providing unit;

a setting information-transmitting unit configured to transmit a job message, to the information processing apparatus, for
use in causing the image input apparatus to operate according to the operation settings received by the receiving unit, in
order to cause the information processing apparatus to transfer the job message to the image input apparatus; and

a storage unit configured to acquire image data input by the operation of the image input apparatus according to the job message,
and store the acquired image data, the acquired image data having been acquired via the information processing apparatus,

wherein the list providing unit, the script providing unit, the receiving unit, the setting information-transmitting unit,
and the storage unit are implemented at least in part by the at least one processor executing a program recorded on the at
least one non-transitory memory device.

US Pat. No. 9,160,621

NETWORK SYSTEM, SERVER, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, LOG REGISTRATION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A network system comprising:
a client; and
a server provided with a storage unit and constituted of a server computer group including one or more server computers communicable
to the client, wherein the server includes:

a notification unit configured to notify, when an acceptance of a request for a reservation of registration of a job log that
is transmitted from the client has failed, the client of the failure of the acceptance of the request for the reservation,

one or a plurality of first acceptance units configured to return, to the client and according to a success of an acceptance
of a request for a reservation of registration of a job log that is transmitted from the client, identification information
of a job log registered last with the storage unit from a plurality of job logs that has been accepted from the client,

one or a plurality of second acceptance units configured to accept a request for registration of a job log that is transmitted
from the client, to temporarily store the job log in a job log storing storage, and to register execution command data for
processing the request for the registration with a registration command storage, and

one or a plurality of registration processing units configured to acquire the execution command data from the registration
command storage and to register the job log stored in the job log storing storage with the storage unit based on the execution
command data, wherein the registration of the job log with the storage unit is performed asynchronously with the registration
of the execution command data with the registration command storage,

wherein the one or the plurality of first acceptance units is configured to return, to the client, the identification information
so that a job log for which a recovery of registration processing of the one or the plurality of registration processing units
is necessary is retransmitted from the client, and

wherein the client includes:
a storing unit configured to store a job log,
a first transmission unit configured to transmit, to the server, a request for a reservation of registration of the job log
stored in the storing unit,

a selection unit configured to select a job log to be requested to be registered from the job log stored in the storing unit
based on job log identification information returned in response to the success of the request for the reservation of the
registration, and

a second transmission unit configured to transmit a request for registration and the job log selected by the selection unit
to the server,

wherein the first transmission unit is configured to transmit, to the server, the request for the reservation of the registration
again when a notification of the failure of the acceptance of the request for the reservation of the registration is received
from the server.

US Pat. No. 9,160,886

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for forming an image by recording of each of a plurality of recording element arrays on a
same area of a recording medium with use of a recording head group constructed by connecting a plurality of recording heads,
each of which includes the plurality of recording element arrays configured to record a same color component, to one another
in such a manner that the recording element arrays partially overlap in a direction in which the recording element arrays
are arranged, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to set input image data to recording data of each of the recording element arrays; and
a halftone processing unit configured to generate halftone image data to be recorded by each of the recording element arrays
by performing halftone processing on the recording data of each of the recording element arrays, which is set by the setting
unit,

wherein the halftone image data is generated so that halftone image data pieces corresponding to at least a pair of recording
element arrays located on a same recording head for recording on a same area and halftone image data pieces corresponding
to at least a pair of recording element arrays located on different recording heads for recording on the same area are in
an antiphase with each other in a part of a frequency band, and

wherein halftone image data pieces corresponding to at least a pair of recording element arrays located on a same recording
head are in an antiphase with each other in a wider frequency band than halftone image data pieces corresponding to at least
a pair of recording element arrays located on different recording heads.

US Pat. No. 9,160,888

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, USER INFORMATION MANAGEMENT CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a control unit configured to control a printer driver;
a first storage unit configured to store a print setting input on a print screen;
a second storage unit configured to store user information input on the print screen,
wherein the user information is obtained from the second storage unit using a user authority of a user, and is unobtainable
from the second storage unit using an authority of another user;

a receiving unit configured to receive a print instruction; and
a setting unit configured to set an authority of the control unit to the user authority of a user that issues the print instruction
after the print instruction,

wherein the control unit acquires and manages the user information from the second storage unit using the set user authority,
and

wherein a print job generated based on the acquired user information and the print setting stored by the first storage unit
are transmitted to an image processing apparatus, and

wherein the control unit notifies a filter of the printer driver activated to generate the print job of information for accessing
the user information managed by the control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,143,645

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR REMOTELY MANAGING A POWER SOURCE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND A STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing apparatus which has a power off state and a power saving state, the apparatus comprising:
a power switch constructed to receive a power off instruction to turn off the data processing apparatus, from a user;
a receiving unit constructed to receive a power off instruction to turn off the data processing apparatus, from an external
apparatus;

a setting unit constructed to set information indicating a state to which the data processing apparatus is to be shifted when
the power off instruction is received from the user via the power switch; and

a control unit constructed to shift the data processing apparatus to the power saving state in a case where the power off
instruction is received from the user via the power switch and the information set by the setting unit indicates the power
saving state, to shift the data processing apparatus to the power off state in a case where the power off instruction is received
from the user via the power switch and the information set by the setting unit indicates the power off state, and to shift
the data processing apparatus to the power off state in a case where the power off instruction is received from the external
apparatus via the receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,143,646

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a prohibition timer that prohibits shutdown when the image forming apparatus returns from
a power saving state; and

a control unit configured, when a shutdown time set in advance has passed, to control the shutdown of the image forming apparatus
to be delayed until a time of the prohibition timer set by the setting unit is up, and to control, in a case where the shutdown
of the image forming apparatus is delayed, the shutdown of the image forming apparatus to be performed in response to the
time of the prohibition timer being up.

US Pat. No. 9,134,679

DRUM SUPPORTING MECHANISM, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A supporting mechanism supporting an electrophotographic photosensitive drum having a photosensitive layer formed through
a dip-coating on a peripheral surface of a cylindrical member, said supporting mechanism comprising:
a bearing member supporting one end side of the electrophotographic photosensitive drum, wherein said one end side is a side
that took a lower position in the dip-coating,

wherein said bearing member supports the electrophotographic photosensitive drum by contacting a position of the photosensitive
layer that is away from an end portion of the photosensitive layer toward an axially central portion of the electrophotographic
photosensitive drum, and

wherein the photosensitive layer slides on said bearing member when the electrophotographic photosensitive drum rotates.

US Pat. No. 9,131,178

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS FOR SELECTIVELY OUTPUTTING SIGNALS FROM PIXELS THEREIN

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix along a plurality of rows and columns, wherein each of the pixels includes a photoelectric
conversion element;

a plurality of buffers, each receiving a signal from each of the plurality of pixels of different colors;
first and second vertical output lines receiving a signal from one of the columns of the pixels;
first and second column read out circuits; and
a switching circuit configured to switch between connecting states and non-connecting states of the first and second column
read out circuits and the first and second vertical output lines, wherein

the switching circuit is capable of switching between a state such that the first vertical output line is connected to the
first column read out circuit while the second vertical output line is connected to the second column read out circuit, and
a state such that the first vertical output line is connected to the second column read out circuit while the second vertical
output line is connected to the first column read out circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,128,371

IMPRINT METHOD, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint method comprising a dispensing step of dispensing a resin on a substrate on which a plurality of chip regions
are formed, using a first coating device, a contact step of bringing the dispensed resin into contact with a mold, and a curing
step of curing the resin in contact with the mold,
the method further comprising:
an inspection step of inspecting the substrate to obtain information on a foreign substance which exists on the substrate;
and a film forming step of forming a film covering the foreign substance by dispensing, using a second coating device different
from the first coating device, a material different from the resin onto or around the foreign substance only in a chip region
on the substrate where the foreign substance exists based on the information on the foreign substance obtained in the inspection
step,

wherein, in the dispensing step, the resin, which is brought into contact with the mold, is dispensed in the chip regions
on the substrate, where the foreign substance does not exist, by dispensing the resin directly onto the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,126,402

INK JET APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INK JET APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet apparatus comprising:
a plurality of actuators that correspond to a plurality of discharge ports, respectively, and discharge a liquid from the
discharge ports according to driving signals input to input terminals;

a driving signal source that outputs the driving signals;
a driving selector that outputs a drive switch control signal for an actuator to be driven among the plurality of actuators;
a plurality of drive switches that correspond to the actuators, respectively, connect or disconnect the input terminal of
each of the actuators and the driving signal source according to the drive switch control signal for the actuator, and allow
the driving signal to pass therethrough and input the driving signal to the input terminal when the input terminal and the
driving signal source are connected;

a detection circuit that detects a voltage of the input terminals when being connected to the input terminals; and
a plurality of detection switches that correspond to the actuators, respectively, and connect or disconnect the input terminals
of the actuators and the detection circuit on the basis of the drive switch control signals for the actuators or the driving
signals passed through the drive switches corresponding to the actuators.

US Pat. No. 9,113,820

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus for imaging an object to be inspected based on return light from a first area in the object to be
inspected, which first area is irradiated with first light, the imaging apparatus comprising:
a first light source for emitting the first light for irradiating the object to be inspected in the first area and a second
area, the second area being narrower than the first area in the object to be inspected;

a first scanning unit for scanning the first light in the first area and the second area;
a second light source, differing from the first light source, for emitting second light for irradiating the object in the
second area; and

a control unit for restricting, when the object to be inspected is irradiated with the first light and the second light simultaneously,
the irradiation with the first light in the second area, which is irradiated with the second light during scanning the first
light in the first area and the second area.

US Pat. No. 9,116,751

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,111,826

IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP MODULE, AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

T1, T2>0.009W 11.33  (1).

US Pat. No. 9,110,395

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,110,422

COLOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,110,435

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,110,760

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,108,406

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,107,651

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,110,238

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,110,274

CATADIOPTRIC OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,111,571

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,106,898

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,105,122

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,102,053

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,104,163

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,100,599

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

wherein the changing unit changes the cycle of the readout in order to drive the aperture within the predetermined period.

US Pat. No. 9,100,625

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,090,061

PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT DRIVE METHOD AND LIQUID EJECTING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,938

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a framework configured to manage an application which provides a specific service, based on a manifest of the application;
and

an installing unit configured to execute installation when a number of extension applications that are installed to extend
a host application is less than or equal to a maximum number of the extension applications, that can be held by the host application,
described in the manifest of the host application, during installation of the extension application that extends the host
application,

wherein the installing unit determines whether or not the host application is being executed during installation of the extension
application, and

wherein if the host application is being executed and any one of the extension applications among the extension applications
that have been installed on the host application is uninstalled during rebooting, the installing unit executes installation
during rebooting when a number, that is calculated by subtracting a number of the extension applications to be uninstalled
from a number of the extension applications that have been installed on the host application, is less than or equal to the
maximum number of the extension applications that can be held by the host application.

US Pat. No. 9,076,103

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,073,309

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RECORDING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a plurality of ink ejecting nozzles arrayed in a first direction, the nozzles having a first nozzle array and a second nozzle
array disposed in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, and the recording apparatus ejecting ink from the
nozzles of the first nozzle array and the second nozzle array to record images on a recording medium while conveying the recording
medium in the second direction;

a recording control unit configured to control recording with the first and second nozzle arrays so that a plurality of alignment
measuring patterns are recorded between recording areas of the images on the recording medium at predetermined intervals,
the patterns being for obtaining information on an amount of misalignment in the second direction on the recording medium
between a position of recording with the first nozzle array and a position of recording with the second nozzle array, and
to control the recording so that, after the patterns are recorded, the plurality of images are recorded upstream from the
recording areas of the patterns in the second direction, respectively;

an acquisition unit configured to obtain the information on a basis of a result of reading the patterns; and
an adjusting unit configured, in recording with the first nozzle array and the second nozzle array performed after the recording
of a first pattern of the patterns, to adjust the relative recording positions of the first nozzle array and the second nozzle
array on the basis of the information obtained by the acquisition unit and the corresponding amount of misalignment,

wherein if the acquisition unit cannot obtain the information on the basis of the result of reading the first pattern, the
adjusting unit does not perform the adjustment, and the next time, the recording control unit controls the recording so that
a second pattern is recorded in a recording area longer in the second direction than the recording area of the first pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,065,992

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,057,977

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,052,632

HIGH-VOLTAGE POWER SUPPLY FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A high-voltage power supply for an image forming apparatus configured to compare a detected output voltage generated by
dividing a high-voltage output by a voltage dividing circuit with a control value to feedback control the high-voltage output
and output a voltage to be applied to a member involved in image formation, the high-voltage power supply comprising:
a printed circuit board on which a resistor connected to a high-voltage output side of the voltage dividing circuit is mounted;
and

a slit formed in the printed circuit board and including a first portion and a second portion, the first portion extending
across a straight line connecting terminals of the resistor, and the second portion continuing from the first portion and
extending in a direction receding from one of the terminals of the resistor.

US Pat. No. 9,050,842

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,051,148

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,044,935

ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,405,362

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, COMMUNICATION DEVICE CONTROL METHOD, AND DISPLAY SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display device which can be connected to an external device via a network, the display device comprising:a hardware communication interface that communicates with the external device, and
a hardware display unit that displays an image based on image data received from the external device by the hardware communication interface,
wherein the hardware display unit displays:
(1) in a case where no connection has been established between the display device and another external device, a presentation image to inform a user that the display device can be connected to the external device by either a first connection method or a second connection method which is different from the first connection method;
(2) in a case where a connection has been established between the display device and another external device by the first connection method, a presentation image to inform the user that the display device can be connected to the external device by the first connection method but not by the second connection method; and
(3) in a case where a connection has been established between the display device and another external device by the second connection method, a presentation image to inform the user that the display device can be connected to the external device by the second connection method but not by the first connection method.

US Pat. No. 10,398,037

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printed circuit board comprising:an electronic component provided with a plurality of first lands on a bottom surface thereof; and
a printed wiring board having a primary surface facing the bottom surface of the electronic component,
wherein the printed wiring board includes:
a solder resist arranged on the primary surface, the solder resist having a plurality of first apertures and at least one second aperture around at least one of the first apertures; and
a plurality of second lands arranged in the plurality of first apertures on the primary surface so as to face the plurality of first lands respectively,
wherein the plurality of first lands and the plurality of second lands are respectively bonded to each other by means of a solder,
wherein at least one metal member is provided in the at least one second aperture,
wherein a cured thermosetting resin surrounds the solder such that the resin is held in contact with the at least one metal member and bonds the bottom surface of the electronic component to the solder resist on the primary surface, and
wherein, in a plan view of the printed circuit board as seen from a side of the electronic component, a total area of the at least one metal member is not greater than a total area of the solder resist in a region of the primary surface corresponding to a projection area of the electronic component.

US Pat. No. 10,342,123

PRINTED BOARD AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printed board on which a circuit is mounted, comprising:an opening recessed from an edge surface of the printed board; and
a first conductive member connected to the printed board and bridged over the opening, the first conductive member having a contact portion that comes into contact with a second conductive member extending in a direction making an angle with regard to a surface perpendicular to the edge surface of the printed board,
wherein the contact portion is provided on a side of the edge surface of the printed board of the first conductive member.

US Pat. No. 10,306,761

PRINTED WIRING BOARD, PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printed wiring board comprising:a plurality of inner layers including a ground layer and a power supply layer; and
a plurality of ground vias and a plurality of power supply vias each provided to penetrate at least the ground layer and the power supply layer in a thickness direction of the printed wiring board, a ground potential being applied to the plurality of ground vias at the ground layer, and a power supply potential being applied to the plurality of power supply vias at the power supply layer,
wherein, in a top view from a direction perpendicular to the printed wiring board, a distance between vias to which the same potential is applied is longer than a distance between vias to which different potentials are applied,
the plurality of ground vias and the plurality of power supply vias form a triangular lattice including, as a unit, a first scalene triangle in which two ground vias and one power supply via are arranged at vertexes thereof and a second scalene triangle in which one ground via and two power supply vias are arranged at vertexes thereof,
the ground via is arranged at vertexes at both ends of the longest side of the first scalene triangle, and
the power supply via is arranged at vertexes at both ends of the longest side of the second scalene triangle.

US Pat. No. 10,191,424

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING SWITCHING FROM MONOCHROME IMAGE FORMING MODE TO COLOR IMAGE FORMING MODE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image forming unit comprising a plurality of image forming stations configured to form images of different colors, the image forming unit being capable of operating in a first mode of performing image formation using only a first image forming station for a predetermined color among the plurality of image forming stations, and a second mode of performing image formation using the plurality of image forming stations; and
a controller configured to control the image formation in the first mode and the image formation in the second mode,
wherein, in a case where the controller determines that switching to the image formation in the second mode occurs after the image formation in the first mode, the controller controls the image forming unit so that a second image forming station, which performs image formation first in the second mode among the plurality of image forming stations, starts a preparation operation of the second image forming station and the image formation by the second image forming station before the first image forming station ends the image formation in the first mode.

US Pat. No. 10,188,364

RADIATION IMAGING CONTROL APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging control apparatus comprising:a managing unit configured to, in a case where a radiation imaging apparatus performs wireless communication, manage whether to operate the radiation imaging control apparatus controlling the radiation imaging apparatus as a master unit or a slave unit; and
an obtaining unit configured to, in a case where the radiation imaging control apparatus operates as the slave unit when performing the wireless communication with the radiation imaging apparatus, obtain reception information of radio wave in the radiation imaging control apparatus,
wherein at least one of the managing unit and the obtaining unit is implemented by a central processing unit, a memory and a communication circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,180,656

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 provided with a recess formed inside thereof so as to be penetrated by the axis L1 and including a gear portion provided along an outer surface of the drum flange; and
(c) a detachable member detachably attached to the drum flange and overlapping parts of the recess as seen along a direction of the axis L1,
wherein the detachable member is provided within the drum flange in the direction of the axis L1.

US Pat. No. 10,163,039

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,150,290

PRINT ELEMENT SUBSTRATE AND PRINTING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print element substrate which ejects a liquid droplet from an ejection port by foaming the liquid comprising:a first heating unit row in which a plurality of first heating units used for foaming the liquid is arrayed;
a second heating unit row in which a plurality of second heating units provided in a vicinity of the first heating units and used for heating the print element substrate is arrayed along the first heating unit row; and
a driving unit row in which a plurality of driving units which switch on/off the second heating units is arrayed along the first heating unit row.

US Pat. No. 10,146,174

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:a cartridge provided with a photosensitive member and being removable from a main body of the image forming apparatus;
a light emitting member provided with a plurality of light emitting elements arranged in a rotation axis direction of the photosensitive member and configured to make the plurality of light emitting elements emit light to expose the photosensitive member;
a transfer member configured to transfer a toner image formed on the photosensitive member;
a cartridge moving member configured to move the cartridge between a first position for forming the image on the recording medium and a second position in which the cartridge is further retracted away from the transfer member than in the first position; and
a light emitting member moving member configured to move the light emitting member between a third position in which the light emitting member exposes the photosensitive member in order to form the image on the recording medium and a fourth position in which the light emitting member is further retracted away from the cartridge than in the third position,
wherein, viewed in a rotation axis direction of the photosensitive member, the cartridge moving member linearly moves the cartridge from the first position to the second position, the light emitting member moving member linearly moves the light emitting member from the third position to the fourth position, and a movement direction in which the cartridge is moved from the first position to the second position is parallel to a movement direction in which the light emitting member is moved from the third position to the fourth position, and
wherein when the cartridge is located in the second position and the light emitting member is located in the fourth position, the plurality of light emitting elements of the light emitting member are opposed to the photosensitive member and the cartridge can be removed from inside of the main body.

US Pat. No. 10,143,382

PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoacoustic apparatus comprising:a light irradiating unit configured to irradiate light onto a subject;
an acoustic wave transmission unit configured to transmit an acoustic wave to a specific area within the subject;
a photoacoustic wave reception unit configured to receive a photoacoustic wave generated by irradiation of the light to an area of the subject including the specific area and configured to output a photoacoustic signal;
an echo reception unit configured to receive, at a timing different from that of reception of the photoacoustic wave, an echo generated due to reflection of the acoustic wave transmitted from the acoustic wave transmission unit and configured to output an echo signal; and
a processing unit configured to acquire, based on the photoacoustic signal and the echo signal, optical property information in which a component corresponding to a reflected wave of the photoacoustic wave generated in the specific area is reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,146,062

OPTICAL ELEMENT AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical element comprising:a first metal structure layer and a second metal structure layer each constituted by multiple metal structures whose sizes are smaller than an incident wavelength as a wavelength of an incident light entering the optical element; and
a dielectric layer disposed between the first and second metal structure layers,
wherein, in each of the first and second metal structure layers, the multiple metal structures include metal structures whose shapes are mutually different, and
the following condition is satisfied:

where dz represents a distance between the first and second metal structure layers, ? represents the incident wavelength, n represents a refractive index of the dielectric layer for the incident wavelength, and N represents an integer equal to or larger than zero.

US Pat. No. 10,142,502

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,143,033

COMMUNICATIONS APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,133,222

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT OBTAINS AN AMOUNT OF APPLIED TONER USING IMAGE DATA BEFORE OR AFTER SCALING, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
determine whether or not a scaling degree in a processing of inputted image data exceeds a predetermined threshold, and
in a case where it is determined that the scaling degree of the inputted image data does not exceed the predetermined threshold, execute processing for scaling the inputted image and then execute first prediction processing that predicts an amount of applied toner using image data after scaling, and in a case where it is determined that the scaling degree of the inputted image data exceeds the predetermined threshold, execute second prediction processing that predicts the amount of applied toner using the inputted image data prior to scaling and then execute scaling processing after executing the second prediction processing.

US Pat. No. 10,135,869

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,126,708

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit having a photosensitive member configured to bear an electrostatic latent image;
a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive member;
a light irradiation unit configured to emit irradiation light for forming the latent image on the photosensitive member; and
a cooling unit configured to cool the developing unit, the cooling unit has a cooling fan, a duct configured to guide air supplied from the cooling fan and having a first air outlet portion and a second air outlet portion provided in the duct, in an axial direction of the photosensitive member, the first air outlet portion and the second air outlet portion being located at a distance from each other, the duct not having any opening between the first air outlet portion and the second air outlet portion;
wherein the image forming unit has an opening portion for allowing irradiation light emitted from the light irradiation unit to the photosensitive member to pass therethrough, air discharged from the first air outlet portion is supplied through the opening portion to the developing unit, and
when viewed from the axial direction of the photosensitive member, the developing unit is located on the opposite side to the first air outlet portion with the light irradiated from the light irradiation unit therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,129,551

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,125,283

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aqueous ink for use in an ink jet recording method using a recording head that ejects an ink by an action of thermal energy, the aqueous ink comprising:a self-dispersible pigment; and
a compound represented by General Formula (I):

wherein, in General Formula (I), n is an integer of 1 to 5, such that (i) when n is 1, R1 is a sulfonic acid group, a carboxylic acid group, a phosphoric acid group or a phosphonic acid group, and (ii) when n is 2 to 5, R1's are independently of each other, a sulfonic acid group, a carboxylic acid group, a phosphoric acid group or a phosphonic acid group, and R2 is a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,129,415

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,124,558

THERMAL EXPANSION SUPPRESSING MEMBER AND ANTI-THERMALLY-EXPANSIVE MEMBER

KYOTO UNIVERSITY, Kyoto-...

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

US Pat. No. 10,124,608

IMAGE PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,124,609

CUTTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,126,676

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,122,891

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,121,816

IMAGING DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING IMAGING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:a plurality of pixels disposed two-dimensionally, each of the plural pixels including:
a photoelectric conversion unit provided in a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type;
a transfer transistor including a second semiconductor region of a second conductivity type which is provided in the first semiconductor region and to which charge generated in the photoelectric conversion unit is transferred;
a third semiconductor region of the first conductivity type provided in a portion deeper than the second semiconductor region and having an impurity concentration higher than an impurity concentration of the first semiconductor region; and
a counter doped region provided around the second semiconductor region,
wherein at least a part of the third semiconductor region and at least a part of the counter doped region are overlapped with a gate electrode of the transfer transistor in a plan view, and
a first overlap of the counter doped region with respect to the gate electrode is larger than a second overlap of the third semiconductor region with respect to the gate electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,115,178

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory including instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
specify object regions from an image;
set a plurality of crop region candidates for each of the specified object regions;
obtain evaluation values of the set plurality of crop region candidates;
select a predetermined number of crop regions from among the plurality of crop region candidates, wherein a crop region candidate having the highest evaluation value among the plurality of crop region candidates is selected as one crop region, and remaining crop regions are selected after selecting the one crop region; and
generate, from the image, crop images corresponding to each of the predetermined number of crop regions,
wherein in the selecting of the remaining crop regions, the instructions, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to repeat the following processing until the predetermined number of crop regions are selected:
choose a crop region candidate having the next highest evaluation value from among the plurality of crop region candidates;
perform similarity determination processing which determines whether the chosen crop region candidate including at least a portion of a specific object region has a similarity with any of the already selected crop regions including at least a portion of the specific object region;
in a case where it is determined, in the similarity determination processing, that the chosen crop region candidate including at least a portion of the specific object region has a similarity with any of the already selected crop regions including at least a portion of the specific object region, omit the chosen crop region candidate from the crop region candidates; and
in a case where it is determined, in the similarity determination processing, that the chosen crop region candidate including at least a portion of the specific object region does not have a similarity with the already selected crop regions including at least a portion of the specific object region, select the chosen crop region candidate as a crop region,
wherein the crop images corresponding to each of the selected crop regions are displayed on a display device.

US Pat. No. 10,117,099

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,116,865

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR CALCULATING MOTION VECTOR BETWEEN IMAGES WITH DIFFERENT IN-FOCUS POSITIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device having a function based on a motion vector, comprising:one or more processors;
a memory that stores a program, which is executable by the one or more processors and causes, when executed by the one or more processors, the one or more processors to function as:
a detection unit configured to detect a plurality of motion vectors between a first image and a second image based on a correlation between the first image and the second image;
a determination unit configured to determine a degree of reliability for each of the plurality of motion vectors based on a corresponding evaluation value regarding the correlation; and
a control unit configured to control the function based on a motion vector the degree of reliability of which is evaluated as being high, from among the plurality of motion vectors,
wherein the determination unit determines the degree of reliability for each of the plurality of motion of vectors further based on a corresponding difference in amount of bokeh between the first image and the second image, and
wherein the function includes at least one of an image stabilization function and a subject tracking function.

US Pat. No. 10,114,318

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus that heats an image formed on a recording material, the image heating apparatus comprising:a heater including a first heat generating block, and a second heat generating block disposed adjacent to the first heat generating block in a longitudinal direction of the heater, the longitudinal direction being orthogonal to a conveying direction of the recording material; and
a power control portion that controls electrical power to be supplied to the first and second heat generating blocks, the power control portion being capable of controlling the electrical power to be supplied to the first and second heat generating blocks independently,
wherein, when the recording material passes the position of the heater, and in the longitudinal direction, when an entire range in which the second heat generating block is provided is a range in which the recording material passes and only a portion of a range in which the first heat generating block is provided is a range in which the recording material passes,
the power control portion controls the electrical power to be supplied to the first and second heat generating blocks so that electrical power Wd supplied to the first heat generating block is less than electrical power Wc supplied to the second heat generating block, and
wherein the power control portion controls the electrical power so that a ratio Wd/Wc of the electrical power Wd supplied to the first heat generating block to the electrical power Wc supplied to the second heat generating block decreases as a recording material passing range, in the range in which the first heat generating block is provided, decreases.

US Pat. No. 10,114,327

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus operable in a simplex image forming mode for forming an image on a first side of a sheet and in a duplex image forming mode for forming images on the first side of the sheet and a second side of the sheet, which is reverse to the first side, the image forming apparatus comprising:a toner image forming unit configured to form a toner image on an image bearing member;
a sheet conveying unit configured to convey the sheet;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the toner image, which is formed on the image bearing member, onto the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveying unit;
a fixing unit configured to fix, on the sheet, the toner image transferred on the sheet;
a sheet reversing unit configured to reverse the sheet from the first side to the second side of the sheet, the toner image having been fixed on the first side, and to convey the sheet to the transfer unit again in the duplex image forming mode;
a sheet shifter configured to move the sheet in a width direction orthogonal to a conveyance direction of the sheet to be conveyed to the fixing unit;
a controller configured to determine, when a first toner image is to be formed on a first side of a first sheet, based on a plurality of positions to which a plurality of sheets, conveyed before the first sheet, are moved by the sheet shifter, a shift position corresponding to a passing position at which the first sheet is to pass the fixing unit in the width direction; and
a memory configured to store, when the first toner image is to be formed on the first side of the first sheet, the shift position of the first sheet determined by the controller,
wherein, when a second toner image is to be formed on a second side of the first sheet, the controller controls the sheet shifter such that the first sheet is moved to the shift position of the first sheet stored in the memory regardless of a shift position to which another sheet is moved by the sheet shifter before the second toner image is formed on the second side of the first sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,114,329

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WHICH CONTROLS PERIOD BETWEEN TRAILING EDGE OF PRECEDING SHEET AND LEADING EDGE OF NEXT SHEET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming device configured to form an unfixed toner image on a sheet continuously conveyed;
a fixing device configured to fix the unfixed toner image formed by the image forming device on the sheet while conveying the sheet continuously conveyed from the image forming device, wherein the fixing device includes a first rotatable member of which a surface layer containing a fluororesin is brought into contact with a sheet surface having the unfixed toner image formed by the image forming device and a second rotatable member configured to form a nip portion in cooperation with the first rotatable member;
a receiving unit configured to receive, from an operator, an instruction of a mode to be executed among a plurality of modes including a first mode and a second mode; and
a controller configured to control conveyance of a sheet, according to the mode corresponding to the instruction received by the receiving unit,
wherein, in a case that the mode corresponding to the instruction received by the receiving unit is the first mode and image formation processing for continuously forming a toner image on a plurality of predetermined sheets is executed, the controller controls the conveyance of the sheet in the image formation processing so that a period from when a trailing edge of a preceding sheet passes through the nip portion till a leading edge of a next sheet reaches the nip portion is a first period, wherein, in the first period, a portion of the surface layer of the first rotatable member, which is brought into contact with the trailing edge of the preceding sheet, is brought into contact with an image area on the next sheet without being contact with a margin area on a leading edge side on the next sheet, and
wherein, in a case that the mode corresponding to the instruction received by the receiving unit is the second mode and the image formation processing is executed, the controller controls the conveyance of the sheet so that the period is a second period longer than the first period, wherein, in the second period, the portion of the surface layer of the first rotatable member, which is brought into contact with the trailing edge of the preceding sheet, is brought into contact with the margin area on the leading edge side on the next sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,110,823

POSITION OUTPUT UNIT, AND LENS APPARATUS AND LENS SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An output apparatus comprising:a detector configured to detect a position of a movable member;
a first processor configured to generate, based on an output from the detector, a pulse train signal including a number of pulses representing a displacement amount of the movable member and to output the pulse train signal; and
a second processor configured to send information of the position of the movable member by data communication,
wherein the first processor is configured to generate the pulse train signal such that a total number of pulses in the pulse train signal corresponding to a displacement amount of the movable member over an entirety of a movable range of the movable member is equal to a maximum value of the position of the movable member of which information is sent by the second processor.

US Pat. No. 10,110,897

IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, IMAGE CODING METHOD, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, IMAGE DECODING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image coding apparatus which generates a bitstream which is to be decoded by an image decoding apparatus, the image coding apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire image data; and
a coding unit configured to code the image data into the bitstream using quantization parameters, wherein, the coding unit is configured:
to code a difference value between a slice quantization parameter and a first quantization parameter of a first line in a slice, wherein the difference value is for the first quantization parameter of the first line, wherein the difference value is coded into the bitstream, and wherein the slice quantization parameter is provided to the slice;
to code a difference value between the first quantization parameter of the first line and a second quantization parameter of the first line, wherein the difference value is for the second quantization parameter of the first line, and wherein the difference value is coded into the bitstream; and
to code a difference value between the slice quantization parameter and a first quantization parameter of a second line in the slice, wherein the difference value is for the first quantization parameter of the second line, and wherein the difference value is coded into the bitstream.

US Pat. No. 10,108,108

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device used in an image forming apparatus, the developing device comprising:a frame member including a developer accommodating chamber which accommodates a developer and includes an opening;
a developer bearing member rotatably supported by the frame member and facing the opening, configured to bear the developer;
a regulation member configured to contact with the developer bearing member and to regulate a thickness of the developer on the developer bearing member; and
an end seal fixed to an end portion of the opening of the frame member in a longitudinal direction of the developer bearing member and configured to seal a gap between the frame member and the developer bearing member, the end seal having a sealing area, outside an image forming area, in which the end seal sandwiches an end portion of the regulation member with the developer bearing member in the longitudinal direction of the developer bearing member so as to seal a gap between the regulation member and the developer bearing roller,
wherein the regulation member includes an opposed surface and a contact surface, the opposed surface being opposed to the developer bearing member with a space therebetween and being provided on a tip portion of the regulation member in a direction crossing the longitudinal direction of the developer bearing member, the contact surface contacting the developer bearing member, protruding further toward the developer bearing member than the opposed surface, and being aligned with the opposed surface in the direction crossing the longitudinal direction of the developer bearing member,
wherein the contact surface of the regulation member is provided in the image forming area, and is not provided in the sealing area, and
wherein the end seal is provided so as not to contact with a surface of the regulation member on which the contact surface is provided.

US Pat. No. 10,108,123

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,108,125

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,108,141

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, comprising:a process cartridge, including (i) an electrophotographic photosensitive drum, and (ii) process means actable on said electrophotographic photosensitive drum, for being detachably mountable to a main assembly of said electrophotographic image forming apparatus;
a developing cartridge, including a developer accommodating portion accommodating a developer for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on said electrophotographic photosensitive drum, for being detachably mountable to said main assembly;
a cartridge supporting member movable, while supporting at least a pair of said process cartridge and said developing cartridge, between an inside position in which said cartridge supporting member is located inside said main assembly and in which the pair of said process cartridge and said developing cartridge is located at an image forming position and an outside position in which said cartridge supporting member is located outside said main assembly and in which said process cartridge and said developing cartridge are mountable and demountable, and said developing cartridge is demountable without demounting said process cartridge when said cartridge supporting member is located at the outside position;
a first portion-to-be-pressed, provided on said process cartridge;
a main assembly side process cartridge urging member, provided in said main assembly, for pressing said first portion-to-be-pressed of said process cartridge in a state in which said cartridge supporting member is located at the inside position;
a second portion-to-be-pressed, provided on said developing cartridge; and
a main assembly side developing cartridge urging member, provided in said main assembly, for pressing said second portion-to-be-pressed of said developing cartridge in a state in which said cartridge supporting member is located at the inside position,
wherein said main assembly side process cartridge urging member and said main assembly side developing cartridge urging member are rotatable about a common rotational axis.

US Pat. No. 10,103,183

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing method of an imaging device including, in a semiconductor substrate:a plurality of pixels each including:
a first active region in which an electric charge accumulation region of a first conductivity type configured to accumulate signal electric charges is disposed; and
an element isolation portion that isolates the first active region from a second active region adjacent to the first active region, the method comprising:
ion-implanting impurity ions of a second conductivity type different from the first conductivity type into a first region and a second region using a first mask, the first region being disposed under a region to be the electric charge accumulation region and the second region being under the element isolation portion, continuous with the first region, and positioned shallower than the first region; and
ion-implanting impurity ions of the second conductivity type into a third region and a fourth region. using a second mask, the third region being disposed under the region to be the electric charge accumulation region and positioned shallower than the first region, and the fourth region being under the element isolation portion, continuous with the third region and the second region, and positioned shallower than the third region and the second region,
wherein the first mask covers an upper part of the element isolation portion and has an aperture corresponding to at least a part of the region to be the electric charge accumulation region, and
wherein the second mask covers the upper part of the element isolation portion and has an aperture corresponding to at least a part of the region to be the electric charge accumulation region.

US Pat. No. 10,102,425

CONTROLLING APPARATUS AND INSPECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,101,683

TONER AND EXTERNAL ADDITIVE FOR TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner, comprising:a toner particle; and
an organic-inorganic composite fine particle on a surface of the toner particle, the organic-inorganic composite fine particle having a number average particle diameter of a primary particle of 30 nm to 500 nm and comprising:
a resin fine particle is a particle of a crystalline polyester; and
an inorganic fine particle which is embedded in the resin fine particle and part of which is exposed to a surface of the resin fine particle, wherein
the organic-inorganic composite fine particle satisfies relationships (i) and (ii):
(i) in viscoelasticity measurement of the organic-inorganic composite fine particle, a minimum of d(Log(G?T))/dT is less than ?0.10 in a range of from 60° C. to 150° C. when a loss elastic modulus thereof at a temperature T (° C.) is represented by G?T [dN/m2] and a change ratio of a common logarithm of the loss elastic modulus is represented by d(Log(G?T))/dT, and
(ii) in the viscoelasticity measurement of the organic-inorganic composite fine particle, G?180 is 1.0×104 to 1.0×107 dN/m2 when a loss elastic modulus thereof at a temperature of 180° C. is represented by G?180.

US Pat. No. 10,099,891

SHEET STACKING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

15. A sheet stacking apparatus comprising:a door pivotable about a pivot relative to an apparatus main body;
a sheet stacking unit provided in the door, wherein the sheet stacking unit includes a sheet stacking surface onto which sheets are to be stacked, and wherein one end of the sheet stacking surface is located higher than the other end of the sheet stacking surface in a state in which the door is at a closure position, and the one end of the sheet stacking surface can be located lower than the other end of the sheet stacking surface in a state in which the door is opened from the closure position; and
a resistance application unit configured to apply resistance against the pivot of the door being moved to be opened,
wherein the resistance application unit is configured to apply no resistance to the pivot of the door which is at any position in a first area, and to apply resistance to the pivot of the door which is at any position in a second area,
wherein the first area is between the closure position and a first position where the door pivots from the closure position by a first angle, and the second area is an area where the door pivots to be opened over the first position,
wherein, in a state in which the door is at the closure position, a centroid of the door is located on a first side of a vertical line passing through a center of the pivot,
wherein, when the centroid of the door is located on the vertical line passing through the center of the pivot, the door is in the first area,
wherein, in a state in which the door is at the first position, the centroid of the door is located on a second side of the vertical line passing through the center of the pivot and a self-weight of the door acts on the door in a direction moving from the first position to the second area,
wherein, in a state in which the door is at the first position where the door pivots from the closure position by the first angle, the sheet on the sheet stacking surface does not move, along the sheet stacking surface, to the one end side of the sheet stacking surface by weight of the sheet, and
wherein, in a state in which the door is at a second position in the second area, the sheet on the sheet stacking surface can move, along the sheet stacking surface, to the one end side of the sheet stacking surface by weight of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,101,688

GEAR UNIT, DEVELOPING DEVICE, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,104,301

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,104,304

IMAGING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PERFORMING INTERMITTENT IMAGE CAPTURING OPERATION, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus capable of setting an interval shooting mode for causing an imaging device to perform intermittent image capturing operations to acquire a moving image constituted by a plurality of images sequentially acquired through the intermittent image capturing operations, the imaging apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the imaging apparatus to perform operations comprising:
acquiring a real measurement luminance by performing photometry on a subject;
performing exposure control processing; and
setting a control luminance to be used when the exposure control processing is performed in an image capturing operation,
wherein in the interval shooting mode, if a real measurement luminance acquired in response to a second image capturing operation to be performed after a first image capturing operation is in a predetermined range based on, as a reference point, a control luminance used in the first image capturing operation, the setting sets a control luminance to be used in the second image capturing operation to be substantially the same as the control luminance used in the first image capturing operation,
wherein if the real measurement luminance acquired in response to the second image capturing operation is not in the predetermined range, the setting sets the control luminance to be used in the second image capturing operation based on a calculation result obtainable by using the real measurement luminance acquired in response to the second image capturing operation and the control luminance used in the first image capturing operation, and
wherein the intermittent image capturing operations in the interval shooting mode include the first image capturing operation and the second image capturing operation.

US Pat. No. 10,104,308

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:an image sensor which has a plurality of output portions and is capable of accumulating a plurality of image signals whose accumulation time periods are different in parallel;
a driver which drives the image sensor to output the plurality of image signals whose accumulation time periods are different from each of the plurality of output portions in parallel, wherein the image signals whose accumulation time periods are different are obtained from pixels arranged within same pixel area of the image sensor; and
a detector which detects presence or absence of a variation in amount of light within one frame image based on a value calculated by integrating an absolute value of a value obtained by subtracting 1 from a result of a division processing on the plurality of image signals whose accumulation time periods are different.

US Pat. No. 10,095,153

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,095,171

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,097,802

IMAGE PROCESSING TECHNIQUE FOR REDUCING MOIRE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,096,095

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND DISPLAY METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,092,264

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,091,424

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,091,469

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,089,732

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for detecting a singular point from image data having a plurality of pixel signals arranged in a two-dimensional manner, comprising:a stochastic resonance processing unit configured to perform parallel steps in each of which a noise is added to and the result is subjected to binarization processing, synthesize the results of the parallel steps and output the result, with regard to each of the plurality of pixel signals; and
a detection unit configured to detect the singular point based on the output signal value from the stochastic resonance processing unit for each of the plurality of pixel signals, wherein
the stochastic resonance processing unit performs the binarization processing on a pixel as a processing target among the plurality of pixel signals based on the pixel signal of the pixel as the processing target and a pixel signal of a pixel adjacent to the pixel as the processing target in a predetermined direction.

US Pat. No. 10,082,666

SCANNING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,073,322

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,073,374

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,073,397

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,073,408

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING A PRESSING MEMBER CONFIGURED TO PRESS A DEVELOPMENT UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a mounting unit configured to mount a development unit including a developing member;
a pressing member configured to press the development unit mounted on the mounting unit to separate the developing member from a photosensitive member or bring the developing member into contact with the photosensitive member; and
an urging member configured to urge the pressing member,
wherein, when mounting the development unit onto the mounting unit, the development unit is inserted to the mounting unit in a longitudinal direction of the developing member, and the development unit moves in a first direction intersecting with the longitudinal direction of the developing member,
wherein a pressing portion of the pressing member contacting and pressing the development unit moves in a second direction to separate the developing member from the photosensitive member, the second direction intersecting with both the longitudinal direction and the first direction,
wherein the pressing member is movable in the first direction, and
wherein the urging member urges the pressing member to move the pressing member in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,063,770

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:an image capturing unit;
a controller;
a first communication interface configured to communicate with an image capturing device which is attachable to the communication apparatus by using an attachment member; and
a predetermined operation unit,
wherein the controller,
in a first state in which the image capturing device is not attached to the communication apparatus, causes the predetermined operation unit to function as a member for instructing image capturing by the image capturing unit,
and, in a second state in which the image capturing device is attached to the communication apparatus, causes the predetermined operation unit to function as a member for transmitting a capturing instruction via the first communication interface to the image capturing device which is attached to the communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,063,826

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that corrects a brightness of a pixel in an image, the apparatus comprising:a processor;
a memory that stores a program executable by the processor, wherein the program, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to function as units comprising:
(1) an estimating unit configured to estimate reflection characteristics of environment light when the image was captured;
(2) a computing unit configured to compute a correction value that corrects the brightness of the pixel based on the reflection characteristics of the environment light; and
(3) a correcting unit configured to correct the brightness of the pixel by adding the correction value to the pixel,
wherein the estimating unit estimates the reflection characteristics of the environment light by applying smoothing to the image.

US Pat. No. 10,063,842

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus, comprising:an image sensor;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain three-dimensional information of a subject, the three-dimensional information including an image obtained by using the image sensor, and depth information relating to the image;
a comparison unit configured to make a comparison between a resolution of the three-dimensional information and a resolution of a formative apparatus; and
a judging unit configured to judge whether or not recapturing of the subject is required, based on a result of the comparison,
wherein the obtaining unit obtains three-dimensional information relating to each pixel position, based on a defocus amount at each pixel position obtained based on parallax images, and
the judging unit judges that recapturing is required when a maximum value of a distance between the three-dimensional information of adjacent pixel positions is greater than or equal to the resolution of the formative apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,061,550

PRINTER MULTIFUNCTION SYSTEM HAVING SCANNER CONTROLLED DATA TRANSMISSION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,057,457

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS TO PRINT IMAGE DATA RECEIVED BY FACSIMILE COMMUNICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a network controller connecting a network;
a facsimile controller connecting a facsimile communication line different from the network;
a storage;
a memory storing instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the instructions to cause the information processing apparatus to:
receive, using the facsimile controller, image data from the facsimile communication, wherein the received image data has a main scanning size prescribed by a recommendation as a standard for the facsimile communication,
acquire the main scanning size and a sub scanning size of the received image data,
determine, according to the acquired main scanning size, a first size as a target size of a main scanning direction from a plurality of candidates, wherein each candidate indicates a size corresponding to a different print paper independent of the recommendation,
determine, according to the acquired sub scanning size, a second size as a target size of a sub scanning direction from a plurality of candidates corresponding to the determined first size,
perform adjustment processing for the received image data according to the determined first size and the determined second size,
generate a file using an image data that has a converted main scanning size and a converted sub scanning size, converted by the adjustment processing, and
store the generated file in the storage.

US Pat. No. 10,057,478

FOCUS DETECTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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