US Pat. No. 9,544,493

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,542,734

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,542,228

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising at least an application control unit and a system control unit, wherein:
the application control unit comprises:
a control unit configured to, in response to a start-up request for an application, read a class file of a class of the application,
and load the class;

the system control unit comprises:
an object generation unit configured to load the class, allocate memory to be used for an object to be generated, and generate
the object with recording application information recorded in a thread to the allocated memory,

wherein the application control unit further comprises:
a memory management unit configured to associate the application, for which the start-up request was accepted, with a memory
which was used for starting the application, and to manage the associated application and memory,

wherein the system control unit treats a plurality of applications as one application, and in a case where there are a plurality
of objects generated by the object generation unit, each object is associated with a corresponding application which has been
used.

US Pat. No. 9,540,192

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,543,791

POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, POWER TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,544,572

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

17. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire image data representing images viewed from a plurality of different viewpoints;
a first input unit configured to input a first user instruction indicating an in-focus position of a refocused image for generating
the refocused image, wherein the in-focus position is a position to be in focus in an image and the refocused image is an
image in which the in-focus position of the image represented by the image data is changed; and

a display unit configured to display an image region corresponding to the in-focus position in the image represented by the
image data in such a manner that this image region is more emphasized than a different region from the image region in the
image according to the first user instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,541,756

OPTICAL APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

wherein a condition of

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,543,340

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:
a pixel including a transfer transistor transferring signal charges generated in a photoelectric conversion portion from a
charge accumulation region to a floating diffusion region; and

a peripheral transistor forming a peripheral circuit for controlling a read-out operation of a pixel signal based on the signal
charges from the pixel,

wherein a gate electrode of the transfer transistor and the floating diffusion region are separated from each other by a first
distance in a plan view, and

a gate electrode and a drain region of the peripheral transistor are separated from each other by a second distance smaller
than the first distance in a plan view.

US Pat. No. 9,542,594

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR PROCESSING INFORMATION, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,538,028

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO PROVIDE VOICE GUIDED OPERATION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING AN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

transmit a request for data of an operation screen to a Web server;
receive from the Web server, as a response to the request, the data of the operation screen, wherein the operation screen
includes a plurality of software keys, and wherein the data of the operation screen includes voice data associated with each
of one or more of the plurality of software keys;

display the operation screen based on the received data of the operation screen;
designate a particular software key of the plurality of software keys in the displayed operation screen in accordance with
an operation performed on the operation screen; and

output a voice signal based on the voice data associated with the designated software key.

US Pat. No. 9,535,485

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that is capable of operating in a first power mode and in a second power mode in which less
power is consumed than in the first power mode, and that communicates at a second communication speed when the image processing
apparatus operates in the second power mode, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine, when the image processing apparatus operating in the second power mode receives
a packet, whether to shift the image processing apparatus to the first power mode with maintaining a communication speed at
the second communication speed or to shift the image processing apparatus to the first power mode with changing the communication
speed from the second communication speed to a first communication speed faster than the second communication speed, based
on information included in a body part of the received packet; and

a controlling unit configured to perform, in accordance with determination by the determination unit, any of first processing
for shifting the image processing apparatus to the first power mode with maintaining the communication speed at the second
communication speed, and second processing for shifting the image processing apparatus with changing the communication speed
from the second communication speed to the first communication speed, wherein

the image processing apparatus that has shifted to the first power mode by the first processing or the second processing performs
processes the received packet, and

at least in a case where the information included in the body part of the received packet indicates IPP printing, the determination
unit determines to shift the image processing apparatus to the first power mode with changing the communication speed from
the second communication speed to the first communication speed.

US Pat. No. 9,538,055

LENS BARREL AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens barrel that changes image pickup magnification by a lens moving in an optical axis direction of the lens barrel
between a stored position and an image pickup position, the lens barrel comprising:
a fixed barrel having a plurality of first projection or follower portions on an outer peripheral part thereof and having
a flange portion on an object side-outer peripheral end thereof;

a stopper member fixedly arranged coaxially with the fixed barrel and having a plurality of second projection or follower
portions, each of which having flank surfaces at both ends thereof in the optical axis direction; and

a cam barrel disposed on an outer peripheral side of the fixed barrel and the stopper member, having a plurality of first
cam grooves with which the plurality of the first projection or follower portions are cam-engaged, respectively, on an inner
peripheral part thereof, and having a plurality of second cam grooves, with which the plurality of the second projection or
follower portions are engaged, respectively, on the inner peripheral part thereof, at a position toward an image surface side
away from the first cam grooves in the optical axis direction, the plurality of second cam grooves having the same locus as
that of the plurality of first cam grooves and rotatingly moving in the optical axis direction relative to the fixed barrel
and the stopper member due to the engagement between the first projection or follower portions and the first cam grooves and
the engagement between the second projection or follower portions and the second cam grooves,

wherein in an area where the cam barrel is extended to the object side and is close to the flange portion of the fixed barrel,
side walls of the plurality of the second cam grooves with which the plurality of the second projection or follower portions
are engaged, respectively, are open on the image surface side of the plurality of the second cam grooves.

US Pat. No. 9,538,068

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND FOCUS DETECTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to include plural pixels in a first direction with respect to a microlens and a second direction
orthogonal to the first direction to photoelectrically convert paired object images passing through an image capturing optical
system, at least two photoelectrical convertors being formed on each of the plural pixels in the first direction;

a signal producing part configured to produce paired image signals corresponding to the paired object images; and
a calculating part configured to calculate a second correlation data,
wherein the calculating part is configured to shift the paired image signals relatively in the first direction,
configured to produce a plurality of first correlation data showing change of a correlation value of the paired image signals
according to their relative shift amount in the first direction, the plurality of first correlation data corresponding to
a plurality of areas in the image sensor, and

configured to combine the plurality of first correlation data for producing second correlation data.

US Pat. No. 9,533,490

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method comprising:
forming an intermediate image on an intermediate transfer member, including
applying a reaction liquid onto the intermediate transfer member,
applying an ink onto the reaction liquid on the intermediate transfer member, and
applying a liquid composition containing a water-soluble polymer onto the reaction liquid and the ink on the intermediate
transfer member; and

transferring the intermediate image from the intermediate transfer member to a recording medium,
wherein in the transferring,
when a temperature of the intermediate transfer member at the point in time that the intermediate image on the intermediate
transfer member is brought into contact with the recording medium is denoted by Tc, and a temperature of the recording medium
at the point in time that the intermediate image is separated from the intermediate transfer member is denoted by Tr,

the temperature Tc is equal to or higher than the glass transition temperature of the water-soluble polymer, and
the temperature Tr is lower than the glass transition temperature of the water-soluble polymer.

US Pat. No. 9,538,112

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA WITH CHARGE-VOLTAGE CONVERTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising:
a photoelectric converter;
a charge-voltage converter;
a transfer transistor configured to transfer a charge generated in the photoelectric converter to the charge-voltage converter,
wherein a potential of the charge-voltage converter changes to a first direction by a transferred charge;

an amplifier transistor configured to output a signal corresponding to the potential of the charge-voltage converter to a
column signal line, the amplifier transistor being configured to sequentially output, to the column signal line, a noise level
before the transfer transistor transfers the charge to the charge-voltage converter and a light signal level after the transfer
transistor transfers the charge to the charge-voltage converter;

a capacitance between a control signal line and the charge-voltage converter; and
a control unit configured to change a potential of the control signal line so that the potential of the charge-voltage converter
changes to a second direction which is opposite to the first direction in a period in which the charge-voltage converter is
in a floating state and which is prior to outputting the noise level to the column signal line,

wherein the charge-voltage converter includes a semiconductor region, the capacitance includes a capacitance component between
the semiconductor region and an electrode electrically connected to the control signal line,

at least a part of the charge-voltage converter is formed in a semiconductor substrate,
the electrode is arranged on an insulating layer on the semiconductor substrate,
a second semiconductor region having the same conductivity type as that of the semiconductor region is included in the semiconductor
substrate, and

the electrode is arranged on the insulating layer on a region between the semiconductor region and the second semiconductor
region.

US Pat. No. 9,535,347

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
an undercoat layer on the support, comprising an amine compound (2),

a charge generation layer on the undercoat layer, comprising a charge generating material and said amine compound (2); and
a hole transport layer on the charge generation layer, comprising a hole transporting material.

US Pat. No. 9,535,381

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,536,181

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,531,611

DEVICE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A device management system comprising at least a processor, functioning as:
a management unit configured to store and manage first client information on a client and a device installed in a client network
of the client;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire incident data from an incident management system which is in accordance with second
client information different from the first client information;

an identification unit configured to identify, in a case where identification information of a target device is included in
the incident data acquired by the acquisition unit, a client corresponding to the incident data from the first client information
based on the identification information; and

a generation unit configured to generate a report using the first client information and the incident data of which the identification
unit has identified the client,

wherein the identification unit identifies, in a case where identification information of a target device is not included
in the incident data, a client corresponding to the incident data from the first client information based on failure information
of the device installed in the client network.

US Pat. No. 9,529,318

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CARTRIDGE SUPPORTING MOVABLE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of forming a color image on a recording material, comprising:
an opening provided in a main assembly of said image forming apparatus;
an openable member for opening and closing said opening; and
a movable member, supporting a plurality of cartridges in a state in which the cartridges are arranged in an arranging direction,
movable in the arranging direction while passing through said opening between an inside position where the cartridges are
positioned inside the main assembly and an outside position where the cartridges are detachably mountable,

wherein when said movable member is in the outside position outside the main assembly, the cartridges are detachable in a
direction crossing the arranging direction and a longitudinal direction of each of the cartridges,

wherein when said movable member is positioned at the inside position, two adjacent cartridges of the cartridges are in an
overlapping state as seen in a direction perpendicular to the arranging direction and the longitudinal direction, and

wherein the two adjacent cartridges are moved relative to said movable member by movement of said movable member from the
inside position to the outside position so that one of the two adjacent cartridges is prevented from interfering with the
other cartridge when the one of the two adjacent cartridges is dismounted from said movable member.

US Pat. No. 9,531,944

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:
a first pixel configured to detect a light flux having passed through a partial area of an exit pupil of an imaging optical
system;

a second pixel configured to detect a light flux having passed through a partial area of the exit pupil of the imaging optical
system that is different from the area through which the light flux detected by said first pixel has passed;

a third pixel configured to detect a light flux having passed through an entire area of the exit pupil of the imaging optical
system;

a fourth pixel arranged at a position different from said third pixel and configured to detect a light flux having passed
through the entire area of the exit pupil of the imaging optical system;

a first computation unit configured to compute a first phase difference between a first image signal output from said first
pixel, and a second image signal output from said third pixel;

a second computation unit configured to compute a second phase difference between a third image signal output from said second
pixel, and a fourth image signal output from said fourth pixel; and

a defocus amount computation unit configured to compute a defocus amount of the imaging optical system by using a sum of the
first phase difference and the second phase difference.

US Pat. No. 9,530,530

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,525,826

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,523,943

DEVELOPMENT DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A development device used for an image forming apparatus, the development device comprising:
a frame member;
a developer bearing member configured to develop a latent image formed on an image bearing member using developer; and
an edge portion sealing member provided between an edge portion in a rotational axis direction of the developer bearing member
and the frame member to prevent the developer from leaking to an outside of the development device from between the edge portion
and the frame member, and including a layer that includes an aggregate of a plurality of foam cells in which a foam cell communicating
with an adjacent cell via a communication hole and a foam cell not communicating with the adjacent cell are mixed in the rotational
axis direction,

wherein a recessed portion is formed by a sheet member, the frame member, and the edge portion sealing member, and
wherein an elastic sealing member is formed by filing thermal plastic resin into the recessed portion while filling a foam
cell communicating with an adjacent cell via the communication hole with the thermal plastic resin.

US Pat. No. 9,519,470

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,516,196

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS CALIBRATION FOR MAINTAINING IMAGE QUALITY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a correction unit configured to correct image data using a correction condition;
an image forming unit configured to form (i) an image, having a density, and (ii) a measurement image on a recording medium,
based on the image data corrected by the correction unit;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain read data obtained by a reading unit configured to read the measurement image formed
on the recording medium by the image forming unit;

a determination unit configured to determine a contrast potential used in a case when the image forming unit forms the image
based on the image data, based on the read data obtained by the obtaining unit;

a conversion unit configured to convert the read data to density data, using a conversion condition corresponding to the recording
medium;

a first generation unit configured to generate the correction condition, based on the density data obtained by the conversion
unit converting the read data;

a storage unit configured to store a first conversion condition corresponding to a specific recording medium;
a second generation unit configured (i) to control the image forming unit to form a first image pattern on the specific recording
medium and to form a second image pattern on another recording medium, different from the specific recording medium, and (ii)
to generate a second conversion condition corresponding to the other recording medium using first read data, second read data,
and the first conversion condition stored in the storage unit, the first read data being obtained by the reading unit reading
the first image pattern on the specific recording medium, and the second read data being obtained by the reading unit reading
the second image pattern on the other recording medium, wherein the first image pattern and the second image pattern each
have a density; and

a control unit configured to control the contrast potential used in a case when the image forming unit forms the first image
pattern and the second image pattern, so that (i) the maximum density of the first image pattern and the second image pattern
formed by the image forming unit is higher than (ii) the maximum density of the image formed by the image forming unit,

wherein (i) the first conversion condition is used for converting read data of the measurement image on the specific recording
medium into density data on the specific recording medium, and (ii) the second conversion condition is used for converting
read data of the measurement image on the other recording medium into density data on the specific recording medium.

US Pat. No. 9,516,458

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH NFC TAG, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus equipped with an NFC tag that is capable of performing short-range wireless communication with
a mobile terminal, comprising:
a first writing unit configured to write, in the NFC tag, access information for the mobile terminal to access the communication
apparatus;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire, in a case where the mobile terminal accesses the communication apparatus based
on the access information, identification information for identifying an OS (Operating System) of the mobile terminal, from
the mobile terminal;

a determination unit configured to determine the OS of the mobile terminal based on the identification information; and
a second writing unit configured to write application information associated with the OS determined by the determination unit,
in the NFC tag.

US Pat. No. 9,516,342

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSITION ENCODING IN VIDEO CODING AND DECODING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for decoding a block of indexes used for decoding a coding unit of an image according to a palette, each index
being related to one of the pixels forming the coding unit, the palette comprising a set of indexes associated to pixel values,
wherein the method comprises:
storing at least one pattern constituted by the indexes of at least one neighbour of an index of the block of indexes, said
pattern being associated with at least one prediction index corresponding to an index expected at a location in the neighbourhood
of the pattern;

identifying for a current index to be decoded in the block of indexes a stored pattern corresponding to the neighbourhood
of the current index; and

decoding the index of the current index by reference to the stored pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,507,422

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, TACTILE SENSE CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:
a tactile sense generating unit configured to generate a stimulus which can be perceived by a user touching a portion of an
input unit, the input unit being provided to a display unit for displaying a drawing object; and

a control unit configured to control the tactile sense generating unit so as to generate the stimulus when a touch input is
performed to a position corresponding to the drawing object and an edit process is executed to the drawing object,

wherein the edit process is a process for erasing the drawing object, and
wherein the control unit is configured to discriminate whether or not the drawing object exists at the position where the
touch input is performed, and if the drawing object exists, to erase the drawing object and control the tactile sense generating
unit so as to generate the stimulus.

US Pat. No. 9,510,046

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR ESTIMATING A LEVEL OF USE OF A COMMUNICATION NETWORK AND FOR ADAPTING A LEVEL OF SUBSCRIPTION TO MULTICAST SESSIONS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for a computer for estimating a level of use of a communication network linking a server and at least one client,
the method implemented by the at least one client, comprising steps of:
obtaining at least one metadata from a data stream transmitted over the communication network at a transmission rate corresponding
to a temporal frequency of the data stream, the metadata characterizing a theoretical rate of the data stream based on the
transmission rate of the data stream;

obtaining the theoretical rate from the data stream metadata;
evaluating a first and a second real reception rate of the data stream, the first and second real reception rates corresponding
to rates at which the data stream is received by the at least one client over a first and a second time period, respectively;

comparing the theoretical rate and the evaluated rates, including analyzing an evolution of a difference between the theoretical
rate and each of the evaluated rates, wherein

the evolution is determined by computing a derivative representative of a change between the difference of the theoretical
rate with the first real reception rate and the difference of the theoretical rate with the second real reception rate, and

the evolution of the difference between the theoretical rate and each of the evaluated rates characterizes an adapted level
of use of the communication network, under-use of the communication network, or congestion of the communication network; and

estimating the level of use of the communication network based on a result obtained in the comparing step, wherein
the data stream is a scalable data stream and the theoretical rate is determined according to a theoretical rate associated
with each scalability layer of the data stream.

US Pat. No. 9,499,342

BELT DRIVING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A belt feeding unit comprising:
a rotatable belt;
a first stretching roller for stretching said belt;
a second stretching roller including a stretching portion for stretching said belt, said stretching portion being rotated
by rotation of said belt and having a rotational shaft;

a first member provided at one end portion of said stretching portion with respect to a widthwise direction of said belt and
perpendicular to a movement direction of said belt, said first member being movable relative to said stretching portion to
change a position of one end of said stretching portion at the one end portion;

a second member provided at the other end portion of said stretching portion with respect to the widthwise direction of said
belt, said second member being movable relative to said stretching portion to change a position of the other end of said stretching
portion at the other end portion,

wherein when said belt shifts in the widthwise direction to contact said first member, said first member moves relative to
said stretching portion to incline said stretching portion relative to said first stretching roller, and said second member
does not prevent movement of said stretching portion by said first member.

US Pat. No. 9,489,747

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING OBJECT RECOGNITION FOCUSING ON OBJECT MOTION, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

a calculation unit configured to calculate movement vectors for respective areas on a plurality of images;
a detection unit configured to detect areas that have changed between the plurality of images, based on their differences;
an estimation unit configured to estimate areas where a moving object exists, in the plurality of images based on movement
vectors for respective areas calculated by the calculation unit; and

an identification unit configured to identify moving object areas based on the changed areas detected by the detection unit
and the areas estimated by the estimation unit;

wherein the detection unit identifies a background of the plurality of images and detects the changed areas from among the
plurality of images having undergone position adjustment with reference to a position of the background.

US Pat. No. 9,463,624

LIQUID DISCHARGING HEAD AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharging head comprising:
a recording element substrate configured to discharge a liquid;
an electric wiring substrate that is provided with a lead terminal that is connected to the recording element substrate; and
a supporting member having a supporting surface to which the electric wiring substrate is bonded,
wherein the electric wiring substrate is bonded to the supporting surface with two or more types of adhesives including at
least a first adhesive and a second adhesive whose volume resistivity is higher than that of the first adhesive, a bond strength
of the first adhesive is higher than a bond strength of the second adhesive, and, at the supporting surface, the second adhesive
is applied such that the second adhesive is provided closer to the lead terminal than the first adhesive.

US Pat. No. 9,459,541

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A substrate processing apparatus for performing a process of reducing warpage of a substrate, comprising:
a substrate stage configured to hold the substrate;
a pressing member including a portion formed to press a peripheral portion of the substrate against the substrate stage;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information indicating a shift between a center of a region where a pattern was formed
on the substrate and a center of the substrate; and

a controller configured to control relative positions of the substrate stage and the pressing member based on the information
obtained by the obtaining unit, such that the portion of the pressing member presses the peripheral portion of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,457,573

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a liquid ejection head having an ejection port through which liquid is ejected, the method comprising:
(a) forming a hole in an SOI substrate including a first silicon layer, a second silicon layer, and a silicon oxide layer
interposed between the first and second silicon layers such that the hole extends through the first silicon layer and the
silicon oxide layer to the second silicon layer;

(b) forming a first protective film on the first silicon layer and an inner wall of the hole to protect the first silicon
layer against the liquid;

(c) forming a water-repellent film on the first protective film;
(d) attaching a support substrate to part of the water-repellent film facing away from the first silicon layer;
(e) removing the second silicon layer to remove a bottom of the hole;
(f) removing part of the water-repellent film disposed on the inner wall of the hole; and
(g) releasing the support substrate from the water-repellent film.

US Pat. No. 9,457,586

ADJUSTMENT METHOD OF PRINTING POSITIONS, PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,459,819

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR ASSOCIATING AN INTERMEDIATE FILL WITH A PLURALITY OF OBJECTS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of rendering a plurality of objects, the method comprising:
receiving a display list representation comprising a first display list object associated with a first fill and a first path,
and a second display list object associated with a second fill and a second path;

determining a bounding region of a shared fill based on the first fill, wherein a size of the bounding region is affected
by a complexity measure of at least one of the first object and the first fill;

associating the first display list object with the shared fill by setting the first fill of the first display list object
to the shared fill;

updating the shared fill using the second fill in response to determining if the second fill is compatible with the first
fill and the second fill is: (a) contained within the bounding region, and (b) non-overlapping with the first fill;

associating the second display list object with the updated shared fill, the updated shared fill being shared, in the display
list representation, by the first display list object and the second display list object; and

rendering the first object and the second object using the first path and the second path associated with the updated shared
fill.

US Pat. No. 9,457,590

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a conveying unit configured to convey a print medium using a roller;
a print head configured to apply a color material on a first surface of the print medium and a second surface of the print
medium, which is a surface opposite to the first surface, as the print medium is conveyed by the conveying unit in a predetermined
conveying direction;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain information on an application amount of the color material applied on the first surface
of the print medium; and

a control unit configured to control timing of applying a color material on an area of the second surface on which printing
is to be performed according to the application amount for a portion of the first surface that comes in contact with the roller
at the time of performing printing on the area of the second surface, the application amount being indicated by the information
obtained by the obtaining unit,

wherein the control unit controls timing of applying the color material so that an interval of applying timings of the color
material in a case that the application amount is a first application amount is shorter than an interval of applying timings
of the color material in a case that the application amount is a second application amount that is less than the first application
amount.

US Pat. No. 9,459,566

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,458,309

MOLDING MATERIAL AND LIQUID EJECTION FLOW PATH MEMBER USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,438,783

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,436,319

COORDINATE INPUT APPARATUS, METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,436,139

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,435,642

POSITION MEASURING APPARATUS, PATTERN TRANSFER APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A position measuring apparatus for measuring a position of a measured object, the position measuring apparatus comprising:
a sensor head provided on the measured object;
a scale irradiated with light from the sensor head and having a thickness in a direction of gravitational force;
a structure supported by a floor via a vibration isolation apparatus that reduces vibration transferred from the floor to
the structure; and

a supporting unit disposed between the structure and the scale, and configured to support the scale in the direction,
wherein the supporting unit includes a spring element having a spring constant that reduces vibration, transferred from the
floor to the scale through the vibration isolation apparatus and the structure, in the direction,

wherein, in a case where a mass of an object including the scale and supported by the supporting unit is set to m and the
spring constant of the supporting unit is set to k, a frequency fc in the direction represented by the following Equation
is set to a value equal to or less than 10 Hz,


wherein the position measuring apparatus comprises a position sensor configured to measure a relative position in the direction
between the structure or a reference object mounted on the structure and the scale,

wherein the position measuring apparatus further comprises a driving unit configured to drive the object including the scale
in the direction based on an output from the position sensor,

wherein the supporting unit has a negative spring constant, and
wherein a servo control frequency for positioning the object including the scale in the direction by the driving unit and
the position sensor is set to a value, not less than 1 and not greater than 10, times the fc.

US Pat. No. 9,417,542

MAGNETIC TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magnetic toner comprising
magnetic toner particles containing a binder resin, a release agent, and a magnetic body, and
inorganic fine particles present on the surface of the magnetic toner particles,
wherein;
the inorganic fine particles present on the surface of the magnetic toner particles comprise metal oxide fine particles,
the metal oxide fine particles containing silica fine particles, and optionally containing titania fine particles and alumina
fine particles, and a content of the silica fine particles being at least 85 mass % with respect to a total mass of the silica
fine particles, the titania fine particles and the alumina fine particles,

wherein;
when a coverage ratio A(%) is a coverage ratio of the magnetic toner particles' surface by the inorganic fine particles and
a coverage ratio B(%) is a coverage ratio of the magnetic toner particles' surface by the inorganic fine particles that are
fixed on the magnetic toner particles' surface,

the magnetic toner has a coverage ratio A of at least 45.0% and not more than 70.0% and a coefficient of variation on the
coverage ratio A of not more that 10.0%, and

a ratio [coverage ratio B/coverage ratio A] of the coverage ratio B to the coverage ratio A of at least 0.50 and not more
than 0.85,

wherein
the binder resin comprises a styrene resin and, in a measurement using gel permeation chromatography of a tetrahydrofuran-soluble
matter in the magnetic toner, a peak molecular weight (Mp) of a main peak is from at least 4000 to not more than 8000,

and wherein
the release agent comprises at least one of fatty acid ester compounds selected from the group consisting of a tetrafunctional
fatty acid ester compound, a pentafunctional fatty acid ester compound and a hexafunctional fatty acid ester compound, and
the fatty acid ester compound has a melting point of from at least 60° C. to not more than 90° C.

US Pat. No. 9,417,861

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a storage;
a first installer stored in the storage, wherein the first installer is configured to install an application constituted of
software components; and

a second installer stored in the storage, wherein the second installer is configured to install a correction module to change
a software component of the application,

wherein, in a case where the first installer determines that the application is installed, the first installer determines,
while refraining from inquiring a user of the information processing apparatus, whether the correction module is installed,

wherein, in a case where the first installer determines that the correction module is not installed, the first installer is
utilized as an original caller to activate the second installer while refraining from inquiring the user and to temporarily
stop performing installation processing,

wherein, in response to being activated by the first installer, the second installer installs the correction module and, after
the correction module is installed, the first installer resumes performing installation processing, and

wherein only the first installer includes a log output function to output log data regarding the installation processing while
the second installer includes a log output function other than to output log data regarding the installation processing.

US Pat. No. 9,417,102

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,417,429

IMAGE PICK-UP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pick-up apparatus comprising:
an imaging optical system including a plurality of lenses and a diaphragm arranged between the lenses, the imaging optical
system forming an image on an image surface, the image surface being curved; and

an image sensor that detects the image formed on the image surface,
wherein the imaging optical system includes a front lens group including lenses disposed on an object side with respect to
the diaphragm; and a rear lens group including lenses disposed on the image surface side with respect to the diaphragm;

wherein a lens surface among lens surfaces in the front lens group has a highest power surface of the front lens group, and
a lens surface among lens surfaces in the rear lens group has a highest power surface of the rear lens group, the lens surface
having the highest power surface of the front lens group and the lens surface having the highest power surface of the rear
lens group are concentric surfaces; and

wherein the front lens group includes a plano-concave lens whose light-exiting-side surface has a concave surface and whose
light-incident-side surface has power ?r that satisfies a following expression:

where ?o is power of the entire imaging optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,411,290

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO SET AN INITIAL VALUE OF AN AMOUNT OF RECORDING MATERIAL REMAINING IN A CONTAINING UNIT, ASSOCIATED CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

18. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium storing instructions that, when executed by a processor, execute a method
of controlling an image forming apparatus that performs printing on a sheet using a recording material, the method comprising:
determining, in a case where a containing unit storing the recording material is mounted on the image forming apparatus, whether
the containing unit is new;

determining, in a case where the it has been determined that the containing unit is not new, whether remaining amount information
indicating a remaining amount of the recording material is stored in a memory of the containing unit;

calculating, in a case where it has been determined that the remaining amount information is not stored in the memory, a remaining
amount of the recording material based on a number of printed pages stored in the memory;

notifying a user of a greatest amount of the recording material that can be stored in the containing unit as the remaining
amount of the recording material in a case where a determination has been made that the containing unit is new;

notifying a user of the remaining amount of the recording material indicated by the remaining amount information as the remaining
amount of the recording material in a case where a determination has been made that the remaining amount information is stored
in the memory; and

notifying a user of the calculated remaining amount of the recording material in a case where a determination has been made
that the remaining amount information is not stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,405,217

DEVELOPER CARRYING MEMBER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer carrying member, comprising:
an electro-conductive mandrel; and
an electro-conductive elastic layer,
wherein:
the elastic layer contains
a resin j,
an electro-semiconductive particle p, and
an electro-conductive particle c; and
when
an electroconductivity of the resin j is defined as ?j,

a dielectric constant of the resin j is defined as ?j,

an electroconductivity of the electro-semiconductive particle p is defined as ?p, and

a dielectric constant of the electro-semiconductive particle p is defined as ?p,

?j, ?j, ?p, and ?p satisfy relationships represented by the following formulae (1) and (2),

?j, ?j, ?p and ?p being calculated by an AC impedance method

?j
?p

US Pat. No. 9,407,778

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,406,510

PATTERN FORMING METHOD AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for forming a pattern in a layer on a substrate, the method comprising:
forming a line-and-space pattern including lines extended in one direction above the layer;
coating a resist on the line-and-space pattern and filling the resist in a space portion of the line-and-space pattern;
exposing a pattern element having a dimension in the one direction smaller than a dimension of the lines in the one direction
to the resist;

developing away the exposed resist to form a resist pattern according to the pattern element in the space portion, the resist
pattern contacting lines of the line-and-space pattern arranged on both sides of the resist pattern; and

forming a pattern in the layer using a combination of lines of the line-and-space pattern and the resist pattern as a mask.

US Pat. No. 9,407,825

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,405,105

ZOOM LENS SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens system, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a focus lens portion;
a zoom portion including a lens unit that moves for zooming;
an aperture stop for light amount adjustment;
a relay portion that does not move for zooming; and
wherein:
the relay portion comprises:
a negative lens unit having negative optical power,
a positive lens unit disposed at the image side with respect to the negative lens unit, and having a positive optical power,
and

an insertable unit that is insertable into an optical path between the negative lens unit and the positive lens unit, and
shifts a focal length range of an entire system to a long focal length side by being inserted into the optical path, and

wherein
when, an effective diameter of a lens surface closest to the object side of the negative lens unit is denoted by ea41, a distance from the aperture stop to a lens surface of the insertable unit closest to the object side on the optical path
when the insertable unit is inserted into the optical path is denoted by l_in, a focal length of the negative lens unit is
denoted by f41, a combined focal length of the negative lens unit and the insertable unit when the insertable unit is inserted into the
optical path is denoted by f41_ex, the following expressions are satisfied: insertable

1.29
1.8

US Pat. No. 9,400,434

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, EXPOSURE METHOD, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,400,444

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH IMPROVED TIMING FOR EMITTING BEAM DETECT LIGHT BEAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a charging unit configured to charge the photosensitive member;
a light scanning apparatus configured to emit a light beam to the photosensitive member to form an electrostatic latent image
on the photosensitive member charged by the charging unit,

wherein the light scanning apparatus comprises:
a light source configured to emit the light beam;
a rotary polygon mirror comprising a plurality of reflection surfaces configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the
light source so that the light beam scans the photosensitive member;

a light receiving unit arranged on a scanning route of the light beam in such a position as to receive the light beam that
is emitted from the light source during a period other than a period during which the photosensitive member is scanned, and
is deflected by the plurality of reflection surfaces, the light receiving unit being configured to generate a pulse for determining
an emitting timing of the light beam based on image data in a scanning period of the light beam; and

a drive unit comprising a motor configured to rotate the rotary polygon mirror and a pulse generating unit configured to generate
a plurality of pulses in accordance with a rotation phase during one revolution of the rotary polygon mirror, a number of
the plurality of pulses generated by the pulse generating unit being different from a number of pulses generated by the light
receiving unit during one revolution of the rotary polygon mirror, each of the pulses generated by the pulse generating unit
being generated between the respective pulses generated by the light receiving unit during one revolution of the rotary polygon
mirror;

a developing unit configured to develop, by using toner, the electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive member
by the light beam scanning the photosensitive member, the developing unit comprising a toner carrying member configured to
carry the toner, the developing unit being configured to apply a voltage for developing the electrostatic latent image to
the toner carrying member;

a storage unit configured to store phase relationship information between the pulses generated by the light receiving unit
and the pulses generated by the pulse generating unit during one revolution of the rotary polygon mirror; and

a control unit configured to control the light scanning apparatus and configured to identify an incident timing of the light
beam, which is deflected by the rotary polygon mirror, incident to the light receiving unit,

wherein the control unit controls the light scanning apparatus so that the rotary polygon mirror starts rotating and the light
receiving unit receives a light beam deflected by the rotary polygon mirror which is rotating before the photosensitive member
is charged by the charging unit and before the voltage is applied to the toner carrying member by the developing unit, and

wherein the control unit identifies the incident timing when the light beam deflected by the rotary polygon mirror which is
rotating enters the light receiving unit without exposing the photosensitive member after the charging unit starts charging
the photosensitive member and after the developing unit starts applying the voltage to the toner carrying member, the incident
timing being identified based on the phase relationship information and the number of the pulses generated by the pulse generating
unit generated between the pulses generated by the light receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,400,456

BELT CONVEYOR UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A belt conveyor unit comprising:
a movable endless belt;
a stretching roller configured to stretch the belt; and
a regulation member configured to regulate lateral shift of the belt in a case the belt is shifted to one side in a belt width
direction that is perpendicular to a belt moving direction,

wherein the regulation member is disposed outward of an end portion of the stretching roller in the belt width direction,
and

wherein the regulation member includes a first regulation portion opposing an edge portion of the belt with respect to a width
direction of the belt and a second regulation portion capable of being in contact with an inner peripheral surface of the
belt between the first regulation portion and the end portion of the stretching roller in the belt width direction,

wherein the first regulation portion comprises:
a contact portion contactable to the edge portion of the belt corresponding to a first region of the belt wound around the
stretching roller; and

a non-contact portion not in contact with the edge portion of the belt corresponding to a second region of the belt not wound
around the stretching roller.

US Pat. No. 9,402,041

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGING APPARATUS USING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor provided with a plurality of pixels which photo-electrically convert an object image formed
by an imaging optical system,
wherein at least a portion of the plurality of pixels are pixels for ranging in which a first photoelectric conversion unit,
a barrier region and a second photoelectric conversion unit are provided in alignment in a first direction in this sequence;

wherein when the region of the solid-state image sensor is divided by a straight line perpendicular to the first direction
and passing through the center of the solid-state image sensor, into a first region which is positioned in a negative direction
of the first direction from the straight line, and a second region which is positioned in a positive direction of the first
direction from the straight line:

more than half of the pixels for ranging in a portion of the first region which is distanced by at least a prescribed distance
from the straight are first pixels in which the center of a barrier region is situated eccentrically in the negative direction
of the first direction with respect to the center of the pixel, and

more than half of the pixels for ranging in a portion of the second region which is distanced by at least the prescribed distance
from the straight line are second pixels in which the center of a barrier region is situated eccentrically in the positive
direction of the first direction with respect to the center of the pixel; and

wherein a center of a pixel for ranging is a center of gravity of a region defined by the first photoelectric conversion unit
and the second photoelectric conversion unit.

US Pat. No. 9,395,944

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a packet transmitted from an external apparatus on a network;
a setting unit configured to set an IP address of the communication apparatus, based on a setting packet received by the reception
unit; and

a controlling unit configured to maintain the setting unit in an enable state until the reception unit receives a predetermined
packet, a type of which is different from a type of the setting packet, and put the setting unit into a disable state on condition
that the reception unit receives the predetermined packet,

wherein the setting unit sets the IP address of the communication apparatus based on the setting packet received by the reception
unit while the controlling unit maintains the setting unit in the enable state, and

wherein the setting unit does not set the IP address of the communication apparatus, after the controlling unit puts the setting
unit into the disable state, even if the reception unit receives the setting packet.

US Pat. No. 9,394,966

VIBRATION SUPPRESSION APPARATUS AND VIBRATION SUPPRESSION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

5. A vibration suppression method in a vibration suppression apparatus comprising:
a first object elastically supported on a base;
a second object elastically supported on the first object;
a driving unit interposed between the base and the first object and configured to drive the first object while suppressing
a vibration of the second object;

a first generation unit configured to generate a first signal that instructs a driving amount of the driving unit to reduce
a deviation between a first reference and a relative distance between the base and the first object; and

a second generation unit configured to generate a second signal that instructs a driving amount of the driving unit to reduce
a deviation between a second reference distance and a relative distance between the first object and the second object,

wherein the method comprises the steps of:
controlling the first generation unit to generate the first signal and control the driving unit based on the first signal;
and

controlling, after the deviation between the first reference distance and the relative distance between the base and the first
object falls within an allowable range, the second generation unit to generate the second signal and control the driving unit
based on both the first signal and the second signal.

US Pat. No. 9,396,524

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

a storage unit configured to store a first optical transfer function which is different depending on an image pickup condition
and on a position in the original image, and an image restoration filter whose distribution of two-dimensional filter values
is constant with respect to a position in the original image and different depending on an aperture value or a function designed
to generate a second optical transfer function;

a data obtaining unit configured to obtain the first optical transfer function when the aperture value is less than a predetermined
value, and obtain the image restoration filter or the second optical transfer function generated based on the function designed
to generate the second optical transfer function when the aperture value is not less than the predetermined value;

a filter generating unit configured to generate an image restoration filter based on the first optical transfer function or
the second optical transfer function when the data obtaining unit obtains the first optical transfer function or the second
optical transfer function; and

an image processing unit configured to generate the restored image from the original image by using the image restoration
filter stored in the storage unit or the image restoration filter generated by the filter generating unit.

US Pat. No. 9,398,194

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD PERFORMING DENSITY ADJUSTMENT ON IMAGE DATA BASED ON GENERATED DENSITY CHARACTERISTICS DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of performing density adjustment on a plurality of density ranges, comprising:
an input unit configured to input an adjustment level of a density range independently on a plurality of density ranges based
on a user's instruction;

a determination unit configured to determine, in accordance with a combination of density ranges whose adjustment level have
been input by the input unit, points to be used for an interpolation out of points dividing the density ranges whose adjustment
level have been input by the input unit;

an adjustment unit configured to adjust an output density level at an intermediate points in density characteristics used
for the density adjustment based on the adjustment level input by the input unit;

a generation unit configured to generate the density characteristics by interpolating between the points determined by the
determining unit and the intermediate points whose output density level have been adjusted by the adjustment unit.

US Pat. No. 9,387,717

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH ROTARY MEMBER TO CONVEY SHEETS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus, comprising:
a sheet conveying portion configured to convey the sheet;
a sheet stacking portion on which a sheet conveyed by the sheet conveying portion is stacked;
a regulating portion configured to regulate a position of the sheet on the sheet stacking portion;
a binding portion configured to bind a plurality of sheets regulated by the regulating portion;
a rotary member pair having a first rotary member and a second rotary member, the rotary member pair configured to convey
the sheet toward the regulating portion through rotation in a first direction, and configured to convey a sheet bundle, which
is bound by the binding portion, through rotation in a second direction opposite to the first direction;

a moving portion configured to move the second rotary member to a separation position, at which the second rotary member is
separated away from the first rotary member, after the rotary member pair conveys the sheet toward the regulating portion,
and configured to move the second rotary member from the separation position to a nipping position, at which the second rotary
member and the first rotary member nip the sheet bundle, before the rotary member pair conveys the bound sheet bundle;

a drive portion configured to drive the first rotary member and the second rotary member; and
a control portion configured to control the drive portion and the moving portion so as to rotate the rotary member pair in
the second direction after the second rotary member is moved to the separation position and before the second rotary member
is moved to the nipping position.

US Pat. No. 9,389,821

PRINTING AND PRINTING CONTROL INCLUDES DETERMINING WHETHER TO SET SHEET ATTRIBUTE INFORMATION OF SHEETS IN SHEET HOLDING UNITS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

18. A method for controlling a printing control apparatus, the method comprising:
storing, in a storing unit, a size of a sheet and attribute information of the sheet;
receiving, from a printing apparatus, a size of a sheet stored in a sheet holding unit of the printing apparatus;
determining attribute information of a sheet based on the received size, wherein the attribute information of the sheet is
stored in association with the received size in the storing unit;

sending, to the printing apparatus, the determined attribute information; and
receiving, from a user, an instruction indicating whether a function is enabled or disabled, wherein the function is for setting
attribute information of a sheet stored in association with the size of the sheet stored in the sheet holding unit in the
storing unit as attribute information of a sheet stored in the sheet holding unit,

wherein, in a case where the instruction received is an instruction indicating that the function is enabled, sending includes
sending the determined attribute information to the printing apparatus, and

wherein, in a case where the instruction received is an instruction indicating that the function is disabled, sending includes
not sending the determined attribute information to the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,383,660

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,383,706

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. 9,383,487

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. 9,376,276

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
a containing unit that contains a sheet bundle formed of a plurality of sheets;
a lifting and lowering unit that lifts and lowers the sheet bundle contained in the containing unit;
a loosening unit that loosens the plurality of sheets of the sheet bundle contained in the containing unit by blowing air
into the sheet bundle;

a feed unit that feeds sheets loosened by the loosening unit;
a sheet-surface detection unit that detects a sheet surface of a top of the sheet bundle contained in the containing unit;
an aligning member that is movable to align an end face of the sheet bundle contained in the containing unit on a trailing-edge
side in a direction of feeding performed by the feed unit;

a trailing-edge detection unit that moves together with the aligning member and that detects a sheet surface of the top of
the sheet bundle on the trailing-edge side;

a double-feed detection unit that detects occurrence of double feed in which two or more sheets are fed in an overlapping
manner by the feed unit; and

a control unit that performs control in which, in a case where the double-feed detection unit does not detect double feed
from the containing unit, a detection operation is not executed on the containing unit, and in which, in a case where the
double-feed detection unit detects double feed from the containing unit, the detection operation is executed on the containing
unit such that, as part of performing the detection operation, the detection operation detects whether the aligning member
is located at a position at which the end face of the sheet bundle on the trailing-edge side is aligned, wherein the detection
operation is performed in consideration of a result of detection performed by the trailing-edge detection unit when the sheet
bundle lifted by the lifting and lowering unit reaches a position at which the sheet surface is detected by the sheet-surface
detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,377,971

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPROVING DEVICE DISCOVERY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for device discovery, the method comprising:
discovering a first set of devices;
creating a first list that includes the discovered first set of devices;
discovering a second set of devices;
creating a second list that includes the discovered second set of devices;
enumerating a third set of devices;
creating a third list that includes the enumerated third set of devices;
determining identifier keys for the first list, the second list, and the third list;
generating a modified second list by removing duplicates between the first list and the second list from the second list based
on the determined identifier keys;

generating a modified first list by removing duplicates between the first list and the third list from the first list based
on the determined identifier keys;

generating a twice-modified second list by removing duplicates between the modified second list and the third list from the
modified second list based on the determined identifier keys; and

generating a fourth list by combining the modified first list, the twice-modified second list, and the third list.

US Pat. No. 9,377,974

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PERFORMING A PREDETERMINED PROCESS AND AN ADJUSTMENT PROCESS IN PARALLEL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image based on image data generated by executing an image process, the image forming
apparatus comprising:
at least one processor that operates to:
perform a recording process for recording the image formed based on the image data on a recording medium;
determine whether a predetermined process which causes a delay in the image process being executed is to be performed;
determine whether at least one condition for performing an adjustment process for maintaining an image formation has been
satisfied based on condition information indicating the at least one condition; and

in a case where the at least one processor determines that the predetermined process is to be performed and the at least one
processor determines that the at least one condition has been satisfied, instruct to perform the adjustment process, while
the predetermined process is being executed,

wherein the at least one processor performs, as the adjustment process, a density adjustment for adjusting the density of
the image to be recorded on the recording medium,

wherein, in a case where it is determined that the at least one condition has been satisfied, the at least one processor instructs
to perform the density adjustment process,

wherein the predetermined process is at least one of a fallback process for escaping a limitation in a storage capacity in
a storage area for storing the image data generated in the image process, a compression process for compressing the image
data generated in the image process, and a decompression process for decompressing the image data generated in the image process,
and

wherein the predetermined process, which is at least one of the fallback process, the compression process and the decompression
process, and the density adjustment process are executed in parallel.

US Pat. No. 9,372,429

CHARGING MEMBER, MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR CHARGING MEMBER, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A charging member, comprising:
an electroconductive support; and
an elastic layer as a surface layer,
wherein: the elastic layer has at least one local maximum value in a distribution of Young's modulus at respective positions
in a depth direction thereof; and,

when,
of the local maximum value(s) of Young's modulus, a local maximum value of Young's modulus at a position Pmax closest to a
surface of the elastic layer in the depth direction is defined as “a” (MPa),

a depth of the position Pmax from the surface of the elastic layer is defined as “Tmax” (?m), and
a Young's modulus of the elastic layer at a position having a depth of 0.1 (?m) from the surface of the elastic layer is defined
as “b” (MPa),

“a”, “Tmax” and “b” satisfy the following expressions (1) to (3):
0.8 ?m?Tmax?2.5 ?m  (1)

0.6 MPa?b?1.2 MPa  (2)

(a?b)/b?0.40  (3).

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. 9,361,055

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. 9,361,391

METHOD OF GENERATING A WEB FEED AND AN ASSOCIATED SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of generating a web feed composed of content elements, comprising:
a. determining a number of content elements to be added to the web feed, according to a number of available content elements
to be published and according to a predefined visibility period associated with said web feed and defining a minimal time
period for which any content element has to remain present in the web feed, wherein the determining of the number of content
elements comprises estimating a predicted number of new content elements liable to arrive during said visibility period, from
historical data of said web feed representing statistics of arrivals, during past visibility periods, of content elements
to be published, and comprises using the predicted number to adjust the number of content elements to be added to the web
feed;

b. selecting from said number of available content elements to be published, the determined number of content elements; and
c. creating, in said web feed, entries corresponding to said selected content elements.

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. 9,360,423

OPTICAL SYSTEM FOR A HOLOGRAPHIC MICROSCOPE INCLUDING A SPATIAL FILTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical system for a holographic microscope comprising:
a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a grating configured to split the light beam into a reference beam and an object beam, the reference beam being a beam bent
by the grating, and the object beam being a beam which goes straight through the grating;

a first polarizer configured to make the reference beam and the object beam be polarized differently from each other;
wherein, the grating and the first polarizer are positioned such that a sample is irradiated by both the reference beam and
the object beam split by the grating and polarized by the first polarizer;

a spatial filter made up of a second polarizer and a pinhole, the pinhole being provided at a position distant from a center
of the spatial filter;

wherein the object beam from the sample passes the second polarizer and the pinhole, and the reference beam from the sample
passes the pinhole and does not pass through the second polarizer; and

a detector configured to detect an interference pattern caused by the reference beam after it has passed through the pinhole
and the object beam after it has passed through the second polarizer and the pinhole.

US Pat. No. 9,349,351

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD UTILIZING HIGH AND LOW FREQUENCY COMPONENT IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image;
a first composition unit configured to generate a first composite image by compositing the acquired image and a previous image
which is acquired before the acquired image at a first composition ratio and to generate a second composite image by compositing
the acquired image and the previous image at a second composite ratio;

a first generation unit configured to generate an image obtained by emphasizing high frequency components in the first composite
image as a high frequency component emphasized image;

a second generation unit configured to generate an image which has reduced high frequency components in the second composite
image as a low frequency component image;

a second composition unit configured to generate a third composite image by compositing the high frequency component emphasized
image and the low frequency component image at a third composite ratio and to generate a fourth composite image by compositing
the high frequency component emphasized image and the low frequency component image at a fourth composite ratio;

an output unit configured to alternately output the third composite image and the fourth composite image as sub-frame images
of the acquired image; and

a composite ratio adjustment unit configured to adjust the first composite ratio, the second composite ratio, the third composite
ratio, and the fourth composite ratio for respective frames.

US Pat. No. 9,347,853

METHOD AND DEVICE OF MEASURING WAVEFRONT ABERRATION, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING OPTICAL SYSTEM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A wavefront aberration measuring method comprising:
measuring a wavefront aberration of a test optical system, by causing light, which is emitted from a light source and transmitted
through the test optical system, to be incident on a lenslet array;

forming a spot image with light from transmitting through at least one lenslet included in the lenslet array;
blocking light from being transmitted through at least one other lenslet included in the lenslet array;
measuring a position of the spot image;
calculating optical paths from positions of a plurality of spot images toward the light source;
specifying parameters of the test optical system when light rays from the positions of the plurality of spot images converge
at the light source; and

calculating a wavefront aberration of the test optical system corresponding to the parameters of the test optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,348,110

LENS BARREL AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:
a lens holding unit configured to hold a lens; and
a cam cylinder comprising, on an inner circumference of the cam cylinder, a cam groove for engaging with the lens holding
unit, wherein rotation of the cam groove causes the lens holding unit to move in an optical axis direction,

wherein a projection is provided at the end of the cam cylinder on an imaging side,
wherein a first gear for transmitting a power for rotating the cam cylinder is provided on an outer circumferential surface
of the projection, and

wherein the cam groove is provided on an inner circumferential surface of the projection.

US Pat. No. 9,349,161

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD WITH EDGE ENHANCEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processing unit including at least a processor and configured to perform, in an edge portion including a pixel with a first
luminance and a pixel with a second luminance higher than the first luminance in an image, edge enhancement processing for
the pixel with the second luminance by an amount of enhancement smaller than that of the pixel with the first luminance; and

an output unit configured to output the image having undergone the edge enhancement processing by said processing unit,
wherein said processing unit performs the edge enhancement processing for a pixel, of the image, with a saturation lower than
a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,348,150

CORRECTING OPTICAL DEVICE AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A correcting optical device comprising:
a fixed member configured to rotatably support a rotary member in a first plane that is perpendicular to an optical axis of
a correcting lens;

a movable member where the correcting lens is supported so as to be movable with respect to the fixed member in the plane
in a second plane parallel to the first plane; and

a driving unit that is disposed between the movable member and the rotary member and between the movable member and the fixed
member,

wherein the driving unit drives the movable member with respect to the fixed member in a direction in the second plane, and
wherein the driving unit drives the rotary member to rotate around the optical axis of the correcting lens,
so that the driving unit causes a restricting member to engage an engaging portion to restrict the translational movement
of the movable member, and

so that the driving unit causes the restricting member to disengage the engaging portion, to cause the movable member to be
in a state capable of the translational movement, the restricting member being provided at the rotary member, and the engaging
portion being provided at the movable member.

US Pat. No. 9,344,653

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus, comprising a plurality of pixels each comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit configured to generate a signal charge by photoelectric conversion of incident light;
a charge accumulation unit configured to accumulate the signal charge transferred from the photoelectric conversion unit;
a transistor configured to transfer the signal charge from the photoelectric conversion unit to the charge accumulation unit,
the transistor comprising a control electrode;

a floating diffusion portion configured to receive the signal charge transferred from the charge accumulation unit;
a waveguide configured to guide the incident light into the photoelectric conversion unit; and
a light-shielding portion covering at least the charge accumulation unit and having an opening that allows the light output
from the waveguide to pass therethrough,

wherein
the waveguide comprises an incident portion which the light enters and an output portion from which the light is output,
the light-shielding portion comprises a first portion that covers the control electrode of the transistor and a second portion
that covers a part of the photoelectric conversion unit,

the output portion and the photoelectric conversion unit are arranged with an interval therebetween,
the interval between the output portion and the photoelectric conversion unit is larger than an interval between a lower end
of the second portion of the light-shielding portion and the photoelectric conversion unit, and

the interval between the output portion and the photoelectric conversion unit is smaller than an interval between an upper
end of the second portion of the light-shielding portion and the photoelectric conversion unit.

US Pat. No. 9,342,189

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD FOR OBTAINING THREE-DIMENSIONAL COORDINATE POSITION OF AN OBJECT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for recognizing a touch operation on a target surface by an operation object being
irradiated with light from a light source, comprising:
a non-transitory memory device;
a processor;
a position specification unit configured to specify a designation position designated by the operation object based on a captured
image that is captured by a capturing unit and reflects distance information between the capturing unit and the operation
object;

a direction specification unit configured to specify, based on the captured image, a direction of the operation object with
respect to the capturing unit or the light source; and

a determination unit configured to (i) correct, based on the specified direction of the operation object and a correction
parameter which is used for converting to a reference intensity value of the operation object having a reference direction
and which has been obtained in advance based on past captured images of the operation object which have been captured for
different directions of the operation object, an intensity value of a portion corresponding to the designation position out
of the captured image so as to be the reference intensity value, wherein the intensity value depends on the specified direction
of the operation object with respect to the capturing unit or the light source, and (ii) determine, based on the corrected
intensity value, that a distance between the operation object and the target surface is smaller than a threshold,

wherein the position specification unit, the direction specification unit, and the determination unit are implemented at least
in part by the processor executing at least one program recorded on the non-transitory memory device.

US Pat. No. 9,340,009

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PROCESSING METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus that includes a plurality of nozzle arrays each of which has a plurality of nozzles each discharging
ink and being arrayed in a predetermined direction, and that prints on a printing medium by discharging ink from the respective
nozzles of the plurality of nozzle arrays while moving the plurality of nozzle arrays and the printing medium relatively in
an intersecting direction which intersects the predetermined direction, the apparatus comprising:
a control unit configured to control forming, on the printing medium by the plurality of nozzle arrays, of a plurality of
patterns corresponding to the plurality of nozzle arrays respectively while moving the plurality of nozzle arrays and the
printing medium relatively in the intersecting direction, such that the plurality of patterns formed on the printing medium
are arrayed in the predetermined direction; and

a determination unit configured to determine a shift amount of a relative printing position between the plurality of nozzle
arrays in the intersecting direction, based on a reading result obtained by causing a reading unit to read the plurality of
patterns while conveying the printing medium in the intersecting direction, the reading unit including a sensor which has
a plurality of reading elements arranged in the predetermined direction such that a reading region that is read by the plurality
of reading elements includes a forming region of the plurality of patterns in the predetermined direction,

wherein the control unit controls forming of the plurality of patterns such that a first pattern and a second pattern among
the plurality of patterns is formed by a first nozzle array among the plurality of nozzle arrays, and

the determination unit determines the shift amount using a distance, in an image obtained from the reading result, between
a pattern formed by a nozzle array which is different from the first nozzle array and a straight line which passes through
the first pattern and the second pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,342,067

ROBOT APPARATUS, ROBOT CONTROL METHOD, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot apparatus comprising: a rotary motor;
a speed reducer configured to decelerate an output of the rotary motor;
a robot main body having a joint driven by the rotary motor via the speed reducer;
a control portion configured to control driving of the joint by the rotary motor so that an angle of the joint matches a target
joint angle;

an input encoder portion arranged on an input side of the speed reducer, and configured to generate input pulse signals upon
rotation of a rotating shaft of the rotary motor; and

a rectangular wave generating portion arranged on an output side of the speed reducer, and configured to generate first output
pulse signals according to an angle of the joint upon driving of the joint,

wherein the control portion executes a first control process for estimating an angle of the joint in an ideal state in which
the joint is free from any torsion from a rotation angle of the rotating shaft of the rotary motor indicated by the input
pulse signals and a speed reduction ratio of the speed reducer, and controlling to operate the rotary motor so that an estimated
joint angle matches the target joint angle,

a torsion angle calculating process for calculating a
torsion angle of the joint corresponding to a deviation amount between the first output pulse signals and a pulse waveform
assumed to be obtained from the rectangular wave generating portion in the ideal state, and

a correction control process for controlling to operate the rotary motor to correct the estimated joint angle by the torsion
angle,

the robot apparatus further comprising an incremental output encoder portion which has a resolution higher than the rectangular
wave generating portions, is arranged on the output side of the speed reducer, and is configured to generate second output
pulse signals upon driving of the joint,

wherein the control portion executes, as the torsion angle calculating process,
a first angle calculating process for calculating a first angle by counting the second output pulse signals to have an edge
of the first output pulse signals as a trigger during an operation of the rotary motor by the first control process,

a second angle calculating process for calculating a second angle as a remainder obtained when the estimated joint angle is
divided by a pitch angle of the first output pulse signals, and

a difference calculating process for calculating a difference between the first angle and the second angle as the torsion
angle.

US Pat. No. 9,338,258

METHODS AND NETWORK DEVICES FOR COMMUNICATING DATA PACKETS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of communicating data packets in a set of transmissions between a first communicating device and a second communicating
device of a communications network, the method comprising:
exchanging, before the set of transmissions, first-device-provided packet information and second-device-provided packet information
between the first communicating device and the second communicating device, wherein the first-device-provided packet information
comprise a private part and a shared part of a dictionary local to the first communicating device and the second-device-provided
packet information comprise a private part and a shared part of a dictionary local to the second communicating device;

generating, at the first communicating device, a first initial compression dictionary, and generating, at the second communicating
device, a first initial decompression dictionary, both the first initial compression dictionary and the first initial decompression
dictionary are generated based on the private and shared parts of the dictionary local to the first communicating device and
the shared part of the dictionary local to the second communicating device;

generating, at the first communicating device, a second initial decompression dictionary, and generating, at the second communicating
device, a second initial compression dictionary, both the second initial decompression dictionary and the second initial compression
dictionary are generated based on the shared part of the dictionary local to the first communicating device and the private
and shared parts of the dictionary local to the second communicating device;

using, at the first communicating device, the first initial compression dictionary to compress data packets of the set of
transmissions before sending them, through the set of transmissions, over the communications network to the second communicating
device; and

using, at the first communicating device, the second initial decompression dictionary to decompress data packets received
in the set of transmissions from the second communicating device via the communication network;

using, at the second communicating device, the second initial compression dictionary to compress data packets of the set of
transmissions before sending them, through the set of transmissions, over the communications network to the first communicating
device; and

using, at the second communicating device, the first initial decompression dictionary to decompress data packets received
in the set of transmissions from the first communicating device via the communication network.

US Pat. No. 9,335,441

RESIN COMPOSITION, FORMED ARTICLE, AND MIRROR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A formed article comprising:
a single resin composition containing a thermoplastic resin, first inorganic particles having a mean volume diameter of primary-particle
of 10 nm to 100 nm, both inclusive, and second inorganic particles having a mean volume diameter of primary-particle of 120
nm to 10000 nm, both inclusive,

wherein 100 parts by mass of the single resin composition contains 9.0 to 40.5 parts by mass of the first inorganic particles
and 4.5 to 36.0 parts by mass of the second inorganic particles.

US Pat. No. 9,335,448

LIQUID LENS MAXIMIZING THE ELASTIC STRAIN ENERGY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid lens comprising two or more liquids arranged adjacent to each other in a container for containing the liquids
with a flexible member interposed between them, at least a part of the flexible member functioning as refractive surface;
the elastic strain energy per unit area Y[N/m] of the flexible member satisfying the requirement of formula (1) represented
below;

??5.16×105×??×??1×?3.4  formula (1),

where
??[kg/m3] is the density difference between the two liquids arranged adjacent to the flexible member;

?[?] is the surface accuracy of the refractive surface; and
?[m] is the inner diameter of the liquid lens.

US Pat. No. 9,336,221

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM, THAT ARE CAPABLE OF DISPLAYING A LIST OF FOLDERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. An image processing method comprising:
displaying a screen including a list of a part of a plurality of folders and an index key;
acquiring a character allocated to the index key when the index key is operated by a user;
updating, if a first character allocated to the index key is acquired when the index key is operated by the user, the list
so that a folder having a name starting from the acquired first character from among the plurality of folders is displayed;
and

updating, if a first character allocated to the index key is acquired when the index key is operated by the user, the first
character allocated to the index key to a second character,

wherein, if the index key operated again after the first character allocated to the index key is updated to the second character,
the list is updated so that a folder having a name starting from the second character from among the plurality of folders
is displayed.

US Pat. No. 9,338,346

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus for detecting a defocus amount of an imaging optical system, from output signals of pixels
each of which has a plurality of photoelectric conversion areas being divided in a predetermined direction, comprising:
a combining unit configured to generate combined signals obtained by combining, in units of the photoelectric conversion areas,
output signals obtained from each of a plurality of the pixels;

a generating unit configured to generate a plurality of image signals for focus detection, based on the combined signals;
and

a detecting unit configured to detect the defocus amount based on a correlation amount between the plurality of image signals,
wherein the combining unit generates, for a plurality of pixel block lines in which pixel blocks each having a predetermined
size are arranged in the predetermined direction, the combined signals for each pixel block,

wherein the generating unit generates the plurality of image signals for each pixel block line, and
wherein the combining unit generates the combined signals such that central points of the pixel blocks for generating the
combined signals, in each of the plurality of pixel block lines, have shifted relative to each other in the predetermined
direction.

US Pat. No. 9,335,610

IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM AND LENS APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup system comprising:
a zoom lens apparatus including a zoom state detector configured to detect a zoom position, among a plurality of zoom positions
of the zoom lens;

a ranging sensor configured to detect a phase difference between object images formed with light entering the lens apparatus;
a camera configured to perform moving image pickup of objects in an image pickup area through the lens apparatus;
a first microprocessor programmed to execute:
a setting task that stores positions and sizes of plural ranging areas in relation to the ranging sensor in the image pickup
area, and that changes at least one of positions or sizes of the plural ranging areas based on the zoom position detected
by the zoom state detector and the stored positions and sizes; and

a calculating task that calculates an object distance in each of the plural ranging areas based on an output from the ranging
sensor; and

a second microprocessor programmed to execute:
an output image generator task that generates an output moving image containing (a) a captured moving image captured by the
camera and (b) distance information indicating at least one of the object distance calculated by the calculating task in each
of the plural ranging areas or a relative distance calculated as a difference between the object distances calculated by the
calculating task in the plural ranging areas, to be displayed on a display device.

US Pat. No. 9,335,640

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus that exposes a substrate while liquid is filled between a projection optical system and the substrate,
the exposure apparatus comprising:
a measuring member disposed in a substrate stage for holding the substrate, at a side of a surface holding the substrate of
the substrate stage;

an auxiliary member disposed at a side of the surface of the substrate stage, with a gap between the auxiliary member and
the measuring member; and

a sealing member contacting a surface of the auxiliary member, disposed to cover the gap, and for suppressing penetration
of the liquid located on a surface of the measuring member or the surface of the auxiliary member into the gap,

wherein the sealing member includes a fixing member adhered to the surface of the auxiliary member, and a shape at an edge
of the sealing member in a measuring member side forms a space that contacts a part of the fixing member and the liquid with
gas, while the liquid is on the surface of the measuring member and the liquid contacts the edge.

US Pat. No. 9,335,645

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
an undercoat layer on the support; and
a photosensitive layer on the undercoat layer,
wherein the undercoat layer comprises following (i) or (ii),
(i) a polymerized product of at least one compound selected from the group consisting of a compound represented by the following
formula (1) and a compound represented by the following formula (2),

(ii) a polymerized product of a composition comprising at least one compound selected from the group consisting of a compound
represented by the following formula (1) and a compound represented by the following formula (2),

wherein, in the formulae (1) and (2),
R1 to R3 and R8 to R11 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an unsubstituted or substituted arylene group, an unsubstituted or substituted
hetero ring, an unsubstituted or substituted alkylene group having 1 to 6 main-chain atoms, a divalent group having 1 to 6
main-chain atoms and derived from one of CH2 in the main chain of an unsubstituted or substituted alkylene group substituted for an oxygen atom, or a divalent group having
1 to 6 main-chain atoms and derived from one of CH2 in the main chain of an unsubstituted or substituted alkylene group substituted for a sulfur atom,

a substituent of the substituted alkylene group is an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, a benzyl group, an alkoxycarbonyl
group, or a phenyl group,

R1 may combine with R2 to form an unsubstituted or substituted hetero ring, P2 is absent when R1 combines with R2 to form the hetero ring,

R8 may combine with R9 to form an unsubstituted or substituted hetero ring, P15 is absent when R8 combines with R9 to form the hetero ring,

R10 may combine with R11 to form an unsubstituted or substituted hetero ring, P12 is absent when R10 combines with R11 to form the hetero ring,

R4 to R7 and R12 to R15 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a cyano group, a nitro group, a halogen atom, an unsubstituted or substituted
alkyl group, or an unsubstituted or substituted aryl group,

P1 is absent when R1 is a hydrogen atom, P2 is absent when R2 is a hydrogen atom, P3 is absent when R3 is a hydrogen atom, P14 is absent when R8 is a hydrogen atom, P15 is absent when R9 is a hydrogen atom, P11 is absent when R10 is a hydrogen atom, P12 is absent when R11 is a hydrogen atom,

P1 to P3 each independently represents a hydrogen atom or a polymerizable functional group, at least one of P1 to P3 is a polymerizable functional group,

P11, P12, P14 and P15 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a polymerizable functional group, and at least one of P11, P12, P14 and P15 is a polymerizable functional group.

US Pat. No. 9,329,817

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that manages a device configured to execute a job requested from a client on a network,
the information processing apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store, in association with each other, (1) device identification information for identifying
the device and (2) owner information for specifying an owner of the device;

a registration unit configured to manage, in a case where a registration request for a device to be managed is received, the
device to be managed as being in a device registered state by registering in the storage unit, in association with each other,
(a) user information received from the device to be managed and (b) device identification information of the device to be
managed;

a deregistration unit configured (a) to perform, in a case where a deregistration request for a device in the device registered
state is received, a matching process between user information received from the device in the device registered state and
user information of a respective device stored in the storage unit, and (b) to perform a deregistration process for deregistration
of the device in the device registered state, if the user information received from the device in the device registered state
and the user information of the respective device stored in the storage unit match in the matching process; and

a management unit configured to change, in a case where a state of the device in the device registered state satisfies a predetermined
condition, the state of the device to an intermediate state,

wherein the deregistration unit is further configured to perform the deregistration process, in a case where a deregistration
request for a device in the intermediate state is received, for the device in the intermediate state without performing the
matching process regarding user information of the device in the intermediate state.

US Pat. No. 9,327,513

PRESSURE REGULATING UNIT, LIQUID SUPPLYING APPARATUS, AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid supplying apparatus for supplying a liquid to a liquid ejection head capable of ejecting the liquid comprising:
a liquid container configured to contain the liquid;
a pressure regulating unit provided in a liquid supply channel communicating between the liquid container and the liquid ejection
head; and

a pressurizing pump,
wherein the pressure regulating unit comprises:
a first pressure chamber capable of introducing the liquid therein;
a second pressure chamber capable of leading out the liquid therefrom, at least a part of the second pressure chamber being
defined by a displacement member that is displaced according to an inside pressure;

a communication path that allows the first pressure chamber and the second pressure chamber to communicate with each other;
a valve capable of adjusting the opening degree of the communication path according to the displacement of the displacement
member;

a first urging unit configured to apply an urging force to the valve, the urging force of the first urging unit acting in
a direction in which the communication path is closed; and

a second urging unit configured to apply an urging force to the displacement member, the urging force of the second urging
unit acting in a displacement direction in which the volume of the second pressure chamber is reduced,

wherein a spring constant of the second urging unit being greater than a spring constant of the first urging unit,
wherein the pressurizing pump is provided in a liquid supply channel communicating between the liquid container and the pressure
regulating unit and is configured to supply the liquid in the liquid container to the pressure regulating unit.

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. 9,329,760

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of displaying information about a plurality of content data pieces recorded
in a recording medium in a display area of a display unit, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory for storing data and a computer program; and
a processor coupled to the memory for executing the computer program, the computer program comprising instructions for:
receiving a user's operation; and
controlling a display of the display area in a display mode selected from among a plurality of display modes according to
the user's operation, the plurality of display modes including a timeline display mode and a map display mode;

wherein the controlling executes the following steps:
in a first display mode among the plurality of display modes, selecting content data from the plurality of content data pieces
based on a first type attribute information of the content data, and controlling the display unit such that at least one image
about the selected content data in the display area is in an arrangement sequentially based on the first type attribute information
of the content data;

in a second display mode among the plurality of display modes, selecting a content data from the plurality of content data
pieces based on a second type attribute information different from the first type attribute information, and controlling the
display unit such that information about the content data in the display area is in an arrangement based on the second type
attribute information;

wherein, based on an instruction received by the receiving for switching the mode from the first display mode to the second
display mode, the display unit displays a first type icon indicating existence of the content data of which the at least one
image is displayed in the first display mode and a second type icon indicating existence of content data of which at least
one other image is not displayed in the first display mode on a same display area, a display format of the first type icon
being different from a display format of the second type icon,

wherein, based on an instruction received by the receiving in the first display mode for scrolling the at least one image,
the display unit scrolls the at least one image in a direction according to the instruction in order of the sequential arrangement,
and

wherein, in a condition that at least a part of the at least one image is displayed in the display area even when a part of
the at least one image is scrolled out of the display area by the scroll and is not displayed in the first mode, the at least
one image is treated as being displayed in the first display mode upon switching to the second mode.

US Pat. No. 9,325,882

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO BE CAPABLE OF PREVENTING DISCONNECTION OF CONNECTORS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a lens unit;
an image pickup device;
a circuit substrate on which the image pickup device is mounted;
a fixing member directly fixed to the image pickup device;
a flexible substrate;
a first connector mounted on the circuit substrate;
a second connector mounted on the flexible substrate; and
a cover member fixed to the fixing member,
wherein a position of the fixing member is adjustable with respect to the lens unit;
wherein in a case where the first connector is connected to the second connector and the cover member is fixed to the fixing
member, a gap is provided between the cover member and the flexible substrate, and

wherein the gap is smaller than a travel distance for disconnecting the second connector from the first connector.

US Pat. No. 9,323,085

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a display panel;
a holding member holding four sides of the display panel; and
cushioning members disposed between the display panel and the holding member such that a pressing force depending on an amount
of deformation is applied to the display panel, wherein

a pressing force acting on the display panel through the cushioning member for a lower side among the four sides of the display
panel is higher than a pressing force acting on the display panel through at least one of the cushioning members for the other
sides of the display panel.

US Pat. No. 9,319,376

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that holds network information of a target device corresponding to a data transmission
target, the information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to each other and operating to:
transmit or attempt to transmit data to the target device by using the network information;
transmit an inquiry notification by way of broadcast in a case where communication with the target device is not established;
display, in a case where a response to the inquiry notification is received from a device having same device identification
information as the target device, a device selection screen including content or contents of the response; and

modify a Media Access Control (MAC) address included in the held network information to a MAC address of a device selected
via the device selection screen.

US Pat. No. 9,315,026

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a liquid discharge head, the method including a step of forming a discharge port pattern at
a layer containing a photosensitive resin material by exposure using a projection exposing device, the method comprising:
a first step of forming a telecentric measurement pattern A by exposure through a mask, the telecentric measurement pattern
A being part of a measurement pattern that allows determination of inclination of a principal ray caused by an off-axis telecentric
degree occurring in the projection exposing device; and

a second step of forming a telecentric measurement pattern B by exposure through a mask under an exposure condition defocused
from an exposure condition in the first step, the telecentric measurement pattern B being another part of the measurement
pattern, which allows the determination of the inclination of the principal ray caused by the off-axis telecentric degree
occurring in the projection exposing device,

wherein the off-axis telecentric degree is determined from an amount of misalignment between relative forming positions of
the telecentric measurement pattern A and the telecentric measurement pattern B and an amount of defocusing.

US Pat. No. 9,317,901

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR NOISE FILTERING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first division circuit that divides an input image into images composed of luminance signals of a plurality of bands that
make up a Laplacian pyramid;

a plurality of luminance noise suppression circuits that each apply noise suppression to, out of the images divided by the
first division circuit, an image composed of luminance signals of a corresponding band;

an addition circuit that adds images output from the plurality of luminance noise suppression circuits;
a second division circuit that divides the input image into images composed of color difference signals of a plurality of
bands that make up a Gaussian pyramid;

a plurality of color noise suppression circuits that each apply noise suppression to, out of the images divided by the second
division circuit, an image composed of color difference signals of a corresponding band; and

a compositing circuit that composites images output from the plurality of color noise suppression circuits at a ratio based
on the images to be composited.

US Pat. No. 9,315,919

SCINTILLATOR PLATE AND RADIATION DETECTOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A scintillator plate comprising a crystalline body formed of a compound having a crystal structure of a Cs3Cu2I5 crystal and a substrate, wherein an orientation of the crystalline body is an a-axis group orientation with respect to a direction
perpendicular to the substrate.

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. 9,313,260

DATA COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data communication system including a first communication apparatus as a reception side for receiving data, a second
communication apparatus as a transmission source for transmitting data, and a server,
wherein the first communication apparatus comprises a first processor and a first memory configured to store at least one
first program executable by the first processor, the at least one first program comprising program code that, when executed
by the first processor, implements the steps of:

acquiring a first name of a reception folder associated with a reception ID for specifying the first communication apparatus,
by requesting for the server, wherein the first name is named by a user of the second communication apparatus;

notifying the second communication apparatus of the acquired first name of reception folder;
storing the first name of reception folder notified to the second communication apparatus in association with a second name
of the second communication apparatus, wherein the second name is named by a user of the first communication apparatus;

requesting for the server a list of data in the reception folder associated with the reception ID;
obtaining the list of data in the reception folder associated with the reception ID from the server;
displaying the second name of the second communication apparatus associated with the first name of reception folder corresponding
to the list of data; and

requesting, for the server, acquisition data in the reception folder based on the list of data, and
wherein the second communication apparatus comprises a second processor and a second memory configured to store at least one
second program executable by the second processor, the at least one second program comprising program code that, when executed
by the second processor, implements the steps of:

requesting for the server to register data in the reception folder corresponding to the notified first; and
transmitting the data to the server,
wherein the server transmits the list of data in the reception folder associated with the reception Ill to the first communication
apparatus in response to the request in the requesting for the list, and transmits the data acquired from the reception folder
to the first communication apparatus in response to the request in the requesting data.

US Pat. No. 9,311,040

SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system comprising:
an information processing apparatus; and
an image processing apparatus,
wherein the image processing apparatus comprises a transmitting unit configured to transmit a script for transmitting image
data which is generated by rendering content displayed on a browser of the information processing apparatus through execution
of the script by the information processing apparatus to the image processing apparatus in response to a request from the
information processing apparatus,

wherein the information processing apparatus comprises a transmitting unit configured to transmit the image data generated
through execution of the script by the browser to the image processing apparatus, and

wherein the image processing apparatus further comprises a printing unit configured to perform printing based on the image
data, and

wherein, if a size of the image data is larger than a predetermined size, the transmitting unit of the information processing
apparatus divides the image data and then transmits the divided image data.

US Pat. No. 9,311,074

DISTRIBUTION CONTROL APPARATUS, DISTRIBUTION CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A distribution control apparatus that controls distribution of firmware to be mounted on an image forming apparatus in
a network, comprising:
a non-transitory memory device;
a processor;
a storage control unit configured to cause a first storage unit connected to the network to store different versions of firmware;
a control unit configured to control, based on information of the different versions of firmware, publication and suspension
of publication of the different versions of firmware; and

a distribution unit configured to cause distribution of a publicized version of firmware from the first storage unit in accordance
with a request, wherein

the control unit causes deletion, from the first storage unit, of a version of firmware whose publication is suspended, and
the distribution unit causes distribution, from a second storage unit different from the first storage unit, of the version
of firmware whose publication is suspended when the request is for the version of firmware whose publication is suspended,

wherein the storage control unit, the control unit, and the distribution unit are implemented at least in part by the processor
executing at least one program recorded on the non-transitory memory device, and wherein the distribution unit causes distribution
of the version of firmware whose publication is suspended when the request is from the image forming apparatus, and the distribution
unit causes disabling of distribution of the version of firmware whose publication is suspended when the request is from a
monitoring center host.

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. 9,307,113

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a recording unit configured to record in a recording medium an image file with which position information and date and time
information are associated;

a reproducing unit configured to reproduce the image file recorded in the recording medium;
a receiving unit configured to receive tag information determined based on position information associated with the image
file to be reproduced by the reproducing unit among tag information recorded in a recording medium of an external device;

a determining unit configured to determine tag information to be displayed on a playback screen of the image file based on
date and time information associated with the image file to be reproduced in the received tag information; and

a display control unit configured to perform control to display the tag information determined by the determining unit on
the playback screen of the image file.

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. 9,304,083

OPTICAL DETECTION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical detection device, comprising:
a light emitting element being positioned by being mounted on a substrate;
a light receiving element;
a housing including a first aperture through which light emitted from the light emitting element passes and a second aperture
which is different from the first aperture and through which light to be received by the light receiving element passes, and
enclosing the light emitting element and the light receiving element, wherein light emitted from the light emitting element
reaches the light receiving element through the second aperture after passing through the first aperture and being reflected
by an irradiated surface; and

a slope provided in the housing and inclined in a direction orthogonal to an array direction of the light emitting element
and the light receiving element, as viewed in a normal direction of the irradiated surface, wherein the slope is provided
at a portion on an upstream side of the first aperture in an emission direction of light from the light emitting element,
the slope faces the light emitting element in the array direction, and light emitted from the light emitting element enters
the slope.

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. 9,280,730

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. 9,280,345

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. 9,274,482

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DEVELOPING CONTRAST CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image bearing member;
a developing device configured to develop an electrostatic image formed on the image bearing member;
a sensor configured to detect a toner bearing amount of a toner image developed by the developing device;
a converting portion configured to convert input image information from multivalued information to binarization information;
a storage device configured to store the binarization information converted by the converting portion; and
a control portion configured to perform an image forming operation based on the binarization information stored in the storage
device,

wherein the control portion controls a developing contrast at a time of image formation based on a plurality of detection
results obtained by the sensor detecting a plurality of toner images for measurement formed under conditions different in
the developing contrast and a preset target value corresponding to the developing contrast to be set, and

wherein in a case where the developing contrast to be set is a first developing contrast, the target value is set to a first
target value, and in a case where the developing contrast to be set is a second developing contrast greater than the first
developing contrast, the target value is set to a second target value different from the first target value so that a toner
bearing amount in a maximum image density becomes lower than when the developing contrast to be set is the first developing
contrast.

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. 9,250,426

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power; and
a fifth lens unit having a negative refractive power,
during zooming, the first lens unit, the third lens unit, and the fifth lens unit being immovable, and the second lens unit
and the fourth lens unit being moved,

wherein the fifth lens unit comprises a partial unit having a negative refractive power and a partial unit having a positive
refractive power in order from the object side to the image side with a widest air gap in the fifth lens unit as a boundary,
and the following conditional expressions are satisfied:

1.70
23
1.0 where TL represents an entire lens length, ft represents a focal length of an entire system at a telephoto end, f2 represents a focal length of the second lens unit, f4 represents a focal length of the fourth lens unit, and f5nrepresents a focal length of the partial unit having the negative refractive power.

US Pat. No. 9,253,355

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS THAT REDUCES POWER CONSUMPTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire power rate information which indicates a plurality of power rates, and time
periods to which the plurality of power rates are applied, respectively the plurality of power rates being applied to a destination
communication apparatus which is a receiver of a facsimile;

a second acquisition unit configured to acquire a memory reception time period which is a time period during which when a
facsimile is received by the destination communication apparatus, the facsimile is not printed but stored in a storage section;

a first determination unit configured to determine whether or not the current time is included in a high power rate time period
during which the power rate is higher than a standard power rate, using the power rate information acquired by said first
acquisition unit;

a second determination unit configured to determine whether or not the current time is included in the memory reception time
period acquired by said second acquisition unit; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit a facsimile after an end of the high power rate time period, in a case where it
is determined by said first determination unit that the current time is included in the high power rate time period and it
is determined by said second determination unit that the current time is not included in the memory reception time period.

US Pat. No. 9,250,576

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrier which carries toner images;
an endless intermediate transfer belt onto which the toner images are primary-transferred from the image carrier and which
is movable and has conductivity;

a secondary transfer member which comes into contact with an outer periphery of the endless intermediate transfer belt and
secondary-transfers the toner images from the endless intermediate transfer belt onto a recording material, the image forming
apparatus performing primary transfer by a current being passed from the secondary transfer member to the image carrier through
the endless intermediate transfer belt;

a transfer power supply which applies a voltage for transfer which has a polarity opposite to a normal charge polarity of
toner to the secondary transfer member;

a contact member which comes into contact with an inner periphery of the endless intermediate transfer belt; and
a voltage-maintaining element which is connected to the contact member, and maintains a potential of the contact member at
a same polarity as the polarity of the voltage for transfer by the current being passed, through the endless intermediate
transfer belt, from the secondary transfer member to which the voltage for transfer is applied by the transfer power supply,

wherein the endless intermediate transfer belt includes a surface layer and a conductive base layer, and a resistance of the
surface layer is higher than a resistance of the conductive base layer.

US Pat. No. 9,244,415

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING TWO OR MORE LIGHT RECEIVING UNITS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrier;
an image forming unit configured to form a patch image including a plurality of patterns on the image carrier;
a light emitting unit;
a plurality of light receiving units adjacently arranged so as to receive light reflected from the patch image when light
is irradiated by the light emitting unit onto the patch image which moves with movement of the image carrier, and each including
one or more light receiving elements; and

an output unit configured to output an output signal that depends on a difference between a received light quantity of a first
light receiving unit and a received light quantity of a second light receiving unit that are respectively odd-numbered and
even-numbered in an arrangement order of the light receiving units,

wherein the plurality of light receiving units is configured to receive light reflected from the plurality of patterns,
the output unit is further configured to output the output signal indicating a first value when the plurality of light receiving
units receives light from a first number of patterns among the plurality of patterns, and to output the output signal indicating
a second value greater than the first value when the plurality of light receiving units receives light from a second number
of patterns, which is greater than the first number of patterns, among the plurality of patterns,

the patch image includes one or more lines,
the light emitting unit and the plurality of light receiving units are arranged such that the received light quantity of the
first light receiving unit and the received light quantity of the second light receiving unit, of light irradiated by the
light emitting unit and reflected by the patch image, vary with movement of the image carrier, and respectively differ, and

wherein the plurality of light receiving units is arranged at different positions in a movement direction of the image carrier.

US Pat. No. 9,245,206

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a region of a face of a person from an input image;
an extraction unit configured to extract an image feature amount from the region of the face;
a projection unit configured to generate a plurality of projected feature vectors by projecting a feature vector indicating
the image feature amount onto each of a plurality of feature spaces corresponding to plural ranges of directions of a face;

a classification unit configured to classify a direction of the face into one of the plural ranges of directions based on
the plurality of projected feature vectors;

a vector selection unit configured to select one of the plurality of projected feature vectors corresponding to the classified
range of directions of the face; and

an estimation unit configured to estimate, based on the selected one of the projected feature vectors and a model corresponding
to the classified range of directions of the face, a detailed direction of the face belonging to the classified range of directions.

US Pat. No. 9,247,105

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not to perform smoothing processing to a pixel of image data;
a correction unit configured to reduce a value of a pixel to which the determination unit determines the smoothing processing
is to be performed;

a screen processing unit configured to generate screen data by performing screen processing to the pixel corrected by the
correction unit; and

a smoothing processing unit configured to perform the smoothing processing to the pixel to which the determination unit determines
the smoothing processing is to be performed by comparing a value of the generated screen data and a value generated from the
pixel value after correction by the correction unit, and outputting data having a greater value.

US Pat. No. 9,235,176

ONE-WAY CLUTCH, DRIVING TRANSMISSION UNIT, FIXING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A one-way clutch comprising:
an input gear;
a planet gear provided in a space inside of the input gear;
an output gear having an inner teeth meshing with the planet gear;
a locking member provided in a space inside of the input gear, the locking member rotating together with the input gear, wherein
when the input gear rotates in a forward direction, the locking member locks the planet gear so as not to allow the planet
gear to rotate on its own axis, thus transmitting driving to the output gear, and when the input gear is rotated in the backward
direction, the locking member is separated from the planet gear;

a protruding portion provided on the planet gear, the protruding portion being coaxial with the center of the planet gear;
a groove having an elongated hole shape provided on the input gear, the protruding portion fitting in the groove in a slidable
manner,

wherein when the input gear rotates in the forward direction, the protruding portion slides to one end of the groove, and
the planet gear is wedged between the locking member and the inner teeth, and when the input gear rotates in the backward
direction, the protruding portion slides to the other end of the groove so that the planet gear separates from the locking
member.

US Pat. No. 9,234,772

OPTICAL ENCODER AND APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical encoder comprising;
a scale provided with a periodic pattern in which an optical portion reflecting or transmitting light is periodically formed
with a first period in a first direction; and

a light receiver configured to photoelectrically convert a detection light emitted from a light source and then passing via
the scale into an output signal having a change period corresponding to the first period,

wherein the scale and the light receiver are relatively movable in the first direction,
wherein the optical portion is configured to direct the light from the light source to the light receiver,
wherein, when a direction orthogonal to the first direction in the periodic pattern is defined as a second direction, the
optical portion periodically has a pattern, which is formed pattern portions mutually adjacent in the second direction and
mutually shifted in the first direction, in the second direction with a second period of t, and

wherein a width w of the light source in the second direction satisfies the following condition:
w=(a+b)/b·nt where n represents a natural number, and a:b represents a ratio of a distance from the light source to the periodic pattern
and a distance from the periodic pattern to the light receiver.

US Pat. No. 9,235,167

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a rotatable heating member configured to heat a toner image on a recording material;
a belt unit including an endless belt configured and positioned to contact said rotatable heating member to heat said rotatable
heating member, and first and second supporting members rotatably supporting an inner surface of said belt and configured
to urge said belt to said rotatable heating member;

a detector configured and positioned to detect that said belt is deviated from a predetermined zone with respect to a widthwise
direction said belt;

a rotating mechanism configured to rotate said belt unit in a direction for returning said belt into the predetermined zone
on a basis of an output of said detector;

a displacing mechanism configured to permit said first supporting member to be displaced, with rotation of said belt unit
by said rotating mechanism, in a direction for substantially equalizing forces, from said first supporting member, urging
said belt toward said rotatable heating member at opposite end portions of said first supporting member with respect to the
widthwise direction and to permit said second supporting member to be displaced, with the rotation of said belt unit by said
rotating mechanism, in a direction for substantially equalizing forces, from said second supporting member, urging said belt
toward said rotatable heating member at opposite end portions of said second supporting member with respect to the widthwise
direction; and

a restricting mechanism configured to restrict displacement of said first supporting member beyond a first predetermined position
and to restrict displacement of said second supporting member beyond a second predetermined position,

wherein the first predetermined position is outside an area in which said first supporting member is displaceable with the
rotation of said belt unit by said rotating mechanism, and the second predetermined position is outside an area in which said
second supporting member is displaceable with the rotation of said belt unit by said rotating mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,227,399

CONTROL METHOD, PRINTING SHEET USED THEREFOR, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method for printing a plurality of images on a continuous sheet by using a print head, the control method comprising
the steps of:
determining a level of influence on printing that a unique portion on the continuous sheet provides; and
printing the plurality of images, which include a page image and a maintenance image, on the continuous sheet,
wherein, in a case where the unique portion exists in a position for printing the image and the level is determined as a first
level, printing of the page image on the unique portion is restricted while printing of the maintenance image thereon is permitted,
and

wherein, in a case where the unique portion exists in a position for printing the image and the level is determined as a second
level higher than the first level, printing of the page image on the unique portion and printing of the maintenance image
on the unique portion are both restricted.

US Pat. No. 9,224,428

RECORDING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to independently set, in accordance with a user instruction, conditions of a plurality of moving
image data to be simultaneously recorded on a first recording medium and a second recording medium in a simultaneous recording
mode,

wherein the setting unit sets one of a plurality of conditions relating to a data rate of moving image data, selected by the
user, as a condition of the moving image data to be recorded on the first recording medium in the simultaneous recording mode
and sets one of the plurality of conditions, selected by the user, as a condition of the moving image data to be recorded
on the second recording medium in the simultaneous recording mode;

a processing unit configured to compress moving image data by a predetermined compression method in accordance with the conditions
set by said setting unit and to generate a plurality of moving image data, each of which is compressed by the predetermined
compression method, to be recorded on the first recording medium and the second recording medium in the simultaneous recording
mode,

wherein the processing unit compresses the moving image data to be recorded on the first recording medium by the predetermined
compression method in accordance with a data rate set by the setting unit as the condition of the moving image data to be
recorded on the first recording medium, and compresses the moving image data to be recorded on the second recording medium
by the predetermined compression method in accordance with a data rate set by the setting unit as the condition of the moving
image data to be recorded on the second recording medium;

a discrimination unit configured to discriminate whether same conditions are set as the conditions of the plurality of moving
image data to be recorded on the first recording medium and the second recording medium in the simultaneous recording mode;

a generation unit configured to generate, in accordance with a discrimination result of the discrimination unit, identification
information for discriminating whether the plurality of moving image data recorded on the first recording medium and the second
recording medium in the simultaneous recording mode have the same conditions; and

a recording unit configured to simultaneously record the plurality of moving image data generated by said processing unit
on the first recording medium and the second recording medium in the simultaneous recording mode,

wherein the recording unit records a plurality of pieces of the identification information generated by the generation unit
on the first recording medium and the second recording medium in the simultaneous recording mode.

US Pat. No. 9,223,269

DRIVE TRANSMISSION DEVICE, FIXING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drive transmission device comprising:
an input member rotated by a drive source;
a transmission member that rotates with the input member; and
an output member that rotates while being engaged with the transmission member,
wherein the transmission member moves in a rotational axis direction of the input member, and moves to a position for engaging
with the output member and a position for not engaging with the output member, and when the input member is rotating in a
first direction, the transmission member engages with the output member so that the output member rotates, and when the input
member rotates in a second direction opposite to the first direction, the transmission member does not engage with the output
member, and

wherein a gap filled with a viscous material is disposed between the output member and the transmission member, and a hole
communicating with the gap is formed in the output member by penetrating through the output member.

US Pat. No. 9,223,275

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

5. A method for controlling an image forming apparatus having a first electric power state and a second electric power state
in which power consumption is smaller than that in the first electric power state, the method comprising steps of:
causing the image forming apparatus to transition from the first electric power state to the second electric power state,
and to transition from the second electric power state to the first electric power state;

detecting a size of a sheet set in a sheet holder; and
determining whether or not to display, after the image forming apparatus transitions from the second electric power state
to the first electric power state, a screen for making a setting regarding the sheet set in the sheet holder on a display
device, in accordance with a first size, which is detected in the detecting step when the image forming apparatus transitions
from the first electric power state to the second electric power state, and a second size, which is detected in the detecting
step when the image forming apparatus transitions from the second electric power state to the first electric power state.

US Pat. No. 9,225,870

DATA CONVERSION APPARATUS, RECORDING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE DATA CONVERSION APPARATUS, AND DATA CONVERSION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
one or more circuits configured to perform operations comprising:
acquiring image data indicating recording or non-recording of a dot in a unit region; and
in a case where the image data acquired in the acquiring is first image data of K bits having a K pixel amount of data in
which one bit in the image data indicates recording or non-recording of a dot of each pixel, converting K bits of the image
data, in every one bit, into a value based on information corresponding to one bit of conversion data for reducing a number
of recording dots corresponding to the image data,

and, in a case where the image data acquired in the acquiring is second image data of K bits having a plurality of units of
data in which N bits of the image data, N being an integer equal to or larger than 2, designates one pattern indicating recording
or non-recording of a dot of each pixel in one unit comprising a plurality of pixels, converting K bits of image data, in
every N bits, into a value based on information corresponding to N bits of the conversion data.

US Pat. No. 9,207,562

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member that bears a developer image;
a transfer apparatus configured to transfer the developer image borne on the image bearing member;
a charge apparatus configured to charge a surface of the image bearing member;
an exposure apparatus configured to expose the surface of the image bearing member with light to form a latent image on the
surface of the image bearing member;

a control unit configured to control an exposure amount for exposing the surface of the image bearing member by the exposure
apparatus; and

a developing apparatus configured to collect a developer that is not transferred by the transfer apparatus and remains on
the image bearing member and also supplies the developer to the latent image formed on the surface of the image bearing member
to form the developer image on the surface of the image bearing member,

wherein an image formation area where the latent image on the surface of the image bearing member can be formed is divided
into an image part where the developer image is formed and a non-image part where the developer image is not formed,

wherein the exposure apparatus exposes the non-image part with light at a first exposure amount and exposes the image part
with light at a second exposure amount, the first exposure amount being lower than the second exposure amount,

wherein when the charge apparatus charges a first area, on the surface of the image bearing member, in which the developer
does not remain, a potential of the first area becomes a first potential (VO), and when the charge apparatus charges a second
area, on the surface of the image bearing member, in which the developer remains, a Potential of the second area becomes a
second potential (VO?), the second potential being lower than the first potential,

wherein when the exposure apparatus exposes the first area charged by the charge apparatus with the first exposure amount,
the potential of the first area becomes a third potential (Vd), and when the exposure apparatus exposes the second area charged
by the charge apparatus with the first exposure amount, the potential of the second area becomes a fourth potential (Vd?),
the fourth potential being lower than the third potential, and

wherein the control unit sets the first exposure amount in such a way that a difference between the third potential and the
fourth potential is smaller than a difference between the first potential and the second potential.

US Pat. No. 9,207,569

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image with an electrophotographic system, comprising:
a container unit configured to store toner,
a toner detection unit configured to have a plurality of sensor modules that are arranged at positions where the toner is
stagnated in the container unit, and that show different electrostatic capacities with respect to the same toner thickness;

an electrostatic capacity detection unit configured to detect the electrostatic capacities of the sensor modules; and
a determination unit configured to determine a remaining toner amount in the container unit based on the electrostatic capacities
of the sensor modules that are detected by the electrostatic capacity detection unit,

wherein the toner detection unit has at least three sensor modules, and
wherein the determination unit calculates at least three ratios based on the electrostatic capacities of the at least three
sensor modules that are detected by the electrostatic capacity detection unit, acquires at least three estimated values that
presume the remaining toner amount in the container unit based on the at least three calculated ratios, and determines the
remaining toner amount based on an average of the estimated values when the maximum difference among these estimated values
is below a first threshold value.

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. 9,182,708

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. 9,176,697

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system, comprising:
a communication device configured to perform a short distance wireless communication; and
a processing apparatus configured to receive a job from the communication device after the short distance wireless communication
is performed, and to execute predetermined processing based on the job,

wherein said processing apparatus stores progress information indicating progress of the predetermined processing in the job,
in a nonvolatile memory from which said communication device is capable of reading out the progress information by performing
the short distance wireless communication,

and wherein in a case where an error occurs in the predetermined processing, said communication device performs an operation
for executing unexecuted processing in the job, based on the progress information read from the nonvolatile memory, and in
a case where the error does not occur, said communication device does not perform the operation.

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. 9,158,234

DEVELOPING DEVICE FOR USE WITH AN ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE DETACHABLY MOUNTABLE TO A MAIN ASSEMBLY OF AN ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND AN ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING A

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device for use with an electrophotographic image forming apparatus, said developing device comprising:
a developer carrying member that develops an electrostatic latent image formed on an electrophotographic photosensitive member
with developer;

a developer supplying member that rotates in contact with said developer carrying member and supplies the developer to said
developer carrying member;

a developer accommodating chamber that accommodates the developer;
a rotation shaft that is rotatably supported in said developer accommodating chamber;
a developer feeding member that is provided with said rotation shaft; and
a projecting portion that is provided with said rotation shaft and projects toward an outside of said rotation shaft with
respect to a radial direction of rotation of said rotation shaft,

wherein said projecting portion has a receiving area that receives developer along a length of said rotation shaft and from
said developer feeding member by the rotation of said rotation shaft, and

wherein, if said projection portion projects in a direction opposite to a direction of gravitational force during operation
of the developing device, then (i) said rotation shaft, (ii) a free end of said projection portion, and (iii) said developer
supplying member are arranged in stated order in the direction opposite to the direction of gravitational force.

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. 9,155,160

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENCE DISPLAY DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT INCLUDING ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENCE DISPLAY DEVICE MANUFACTURED BY THE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing an organic electroluminescence display device comprising an organic electroluminescence element
including a first electrode and a second electrode, and an organic compound layer arranged between the first electrode and
the second electrode, the organic compound layer being patterned, the method comprising:
an organic compound layer-forming step of forming the organic compound layer at least on the first electrode;
a release layer-forming step of forming a first release layer and a second release layer on the organic compound layer;
a release layer-processing step of processing the first release layer and the second release layer;
an organic compound layer-processing step of removing the organic compound layer in a region not covered with the first release
layer and the second release layer processed in the release layer-processing step; and

a release layer-removing step of removing the first release layer and the second release layer with a polar solvent,
wherein:
the organic compound layer-forming step comprises a step of forming an uppermost layer of the organic compound layer from
a condensed polycyclic hydrocarbon compound except a compound having an m-terphenyl group; and

the release layer-forming step comprises:
a step of forming the first release layer soluble in the polar solvent from a low-molecular weight material by a vacuum deposition
method, the first release layer being in contact with the organic compound layer; and

a step of forming, on the first release layer, the second release layer soluble in the polar solvent from a polymer material
by a spin coating method.

US Pat. No. 9,152,846

AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS THAT AUTHENTICATES OBJECT, AUTHENTICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An authentication apparatus that includes a storage section for storing image data items each indicative of a feature of
a specific area of each of a plurality of objects, and authenticates an object in an image as a specific object, using the
image data item, comprising:
a specific area detection unit configured to detect a specific area of the specific object from the image;
a feature information extraction unit configured to extract a feature information item indicative of a feature of the specific
area from the specific area of the specific object;

an authentication unit configured to compare the image data item and the feature information item, to authenticate the specific
object according to a result of the comparison; and

a registration determination unit configured, before the feature information item of the specific object is additionally registered
in the storage section as the image data item, if one of the plurality of objects is selected as a selected object to which
the feature information item of the specific object is to be added, to determine whether or not to additionally register the
feature information item of the specific object as an image data item of the selected object, according to a degree of similarity
between the image data item of the selected object and the feature information item of the specific object,

wherein said registration determination unit determines that the feature information item of the specific object is additionally
registered as the image data item of the selected object when the degree of similarity between the image data item of the
selected object and the feature information item of the specific object is larger than a registration threshold value set
in advance, and

wherein the registration threshold value changes according to a registration count of the image data items of the selected
object.

US Pat. No. 9,154,661

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SETTING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CHANGING A DEFAULT VALUE BASED ON A FREQUENCY WITH WHICH A SETTING VALUE HAS BEEN CHANGED BY A USER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that executes processing in accordance with a process definition file in which a plurality
of processes that are to be executed are defined, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit for receiving the process definition file, the process definition file including at least one definition
item corresponding to the plurality of processes to be executed, and the at least one definition item comprising (a) a default
setting for the definition item, (b) a first option setting and (c) a second option setting that is different from the first
option setting, wherein a value of the first option setting is initially set as a value of the default setting for the definition
item;

a counting unit configured to count, for each of the first option setting and the second option setting in the process definition
file, a number of times of execution;

a first determining unit configured to determine whether changing the value of the default setting for the definition item
is permitted or prohibited;

a second determining unit configured to determine, based on the number of times of execution counted by the counting unit
for the first option setting and the second option setting, whether to change the value of the default setting for the definition
item from the value of the first option setting to a value of the second option setting;

a changing unit configured to (a) if (1) it is determined by the first determining unit that changing the value of the default
setting for the definition item is permitted and (2) it is determined by the second determining unit that the value of the
default setting should be changed, change the value of the default setting for the definition item from the value of the first
option setting to the value of the second option setting, and (b) if it is determined by the first determining unit that changing
the value of the default setting for the definition item is prohibited, not change the value of the default setting for the
definition item; and

a display control unit configured to display on a setting screen the value of the default setting for the definition item.

US Pat. No. 9,152,605

APPARATUS, METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DATA PROCESSING IN A RING BUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus in which a plurality of modules is connected to each other in a form of a ring, and the modules transfer packets
in a predetermined direction to execute a plurality of data processing flows,
wherein at least one module in the plurality of modules comprises:
a storage unit configured to hold a plurality of sets of a reception identification and a transmission identification, the
reception identification and the transmission identification set before starting the plurality of data processing flows;

a comparison unit configured to compare an identification included in a received packet and a first reception identification
held in the storage unit;

a control unit configured to control extracting data from the received packet, wherein the identification included in the
received packet matches with the first reception identification held in the storage unit;

a processing unit configured to process the extracted data; and
a transmission unit configured to determine a first transmission identification that corresponds to the first reception identification,
and to transmit the packet to another module after replacing the identification included in the packet with a value of the
first transmission identification,

wherein each of the plurality of sets of the reception identification and the transmission identification corresponds to a
different one of the data processing flows.

US Pat. No. 9,154,681

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a first image sensor, in which a plurality of pixels are arranged two-dimensionally, configured to photo-electrically convert
a subject image and output an image signal;

a first image processing unit configured to develop a first image signal generated by the first image sensor;
a second image processing unit configured to reduce a number of pixels in the first image signal by performing at least one
of addition and thinning on the first image signal and develop the image signal whose pixels have been reduced as a second
image signal;

a recording unit configured to record an image signal; and
a display unit having a lower pixel count than the pixel count of the first image sensor,
wherein in the case where an instruction to capture a still image has been made, the recording unit records the image signal
developed by the first image processing unit and the display unit carries out a display using the image signal developed by
the second image processing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,154,682

METHOD OF DETECTING PREDETERMINED OBJECT FROM IMAGE AND APPARATUS THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An object detecting method comprising the steps of:
determining a position of an image pickup unit relative to a predetermined object to be picked up by the image pickup unit;
selecting an identification dictionary corresponding to the determined position relative to the predetermined object for identifying
a pattern of the predetermined object picked up from the determined position of the image pickup unit relative to the predetermined
object, from among a plurality of identification dictionaries each of which corresponds to a respective one of a plurality
of positions relative to the predetermined object for identifying a pattern of the predetermined object picked up from the
respective one of the plurality of positions relative to the predetermined object;

picking up an image of the predetermined object by the image pickup unit from the determined position; and
detecting at least one pattern of the predetermined object from the image picked up from the determined position using the
selected identification dictionary.

US Pat. No. 9,152,631

DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A document management system including a first document management apparatus capable of managing a plurality of versions
corresponding to one document and a file server which can be accessed by the first document management apparatus, wherein
the first document management apparatus is different from the file server, the document management system comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether a document transferred from a second document management apparatus includes
a plurality of versions; and

a registration unit configured to register a latest version of the document and first property information of the latest version
of the document into a first folder of the first document management apparatus, wherein the registration unit further registers
other versions than the latest version and second property information of the other versions into a second folder of the file
server when the determination unit determines that the document transferred from the second document management apparatus
includes a plurality of versions, and

wherein the registration unit further registers path information of the second folder of the file server to the first property
information when the determination unit determines that the document transferred from the second document management apparatus
includes the plurality of versions, and

wherein the registration unit does not register the path information of the second folder of the file server to the first
property information when the determination unit determines that the document transferred from the second document management
apparatus does not include a plurality of versions.

US Pat. No. 9,152,898

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD IN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus which performs a printing process based on a print job, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a storing unit configured to store paper information including a paper attribute;
a receiving unit configured to receive a print job which specifies a paper attribute for specifying paper used in the printing
process;

a determining unit configured to determine whether the storing unit stores the paper information including the paper attribute
specified by the print job received by the receiving unit;

a generating unit configured to, in a case where the determining unit determines that the storing unit does not store the
paper information including the paper attribute specified by the print job received by the receiving unit, generate new paper
information by using the paper attribute specified by the print job; and

a registration unit configured to register in the storing unit the new paper information generated by the generating unit.

US Pat. No. 9,148,747

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of executing a direct wireless communication, the communication apparatus comprising:
an identification unit configured to identify, by performing search processing, one external apparatus as a communication
partner of the direct wireless communication;

a display unit configured to display, in a case where the identification unit identifies one external apparatus as a communication
partner of the direct wireless communication, an instruction screen for a user to instruct to establish the direct wireless
communication between the communication apparatus and the external apparatus identified by the identification unit;

a notification unit configured to notify, in a case where the display unit displays the instruction screen, the external apparatus
identified by the identification unit that the communication apparatus is waiting for the instruction of the user; and

a connection unit configured to perform, in a case where the user instructs to establish the direct wireless communication
via the instruction screen, connection processing for establishing the direct wireless communication between the communication
apparatus and the external apparatus identified by the identification unit.

US Pat. No. 9,137,450

IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS, EXPOSURE CONTROL METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image sensing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information about a luminance distribution of an image sensing target;
a weighted average unit configured to obtain a weighted average luminance of the image sensing target, that puts weight on
a main subject, from the information about the luminance distribution of the image sensing target obtained by said obtaining
unit; and

a decision unit configured to decide an exposure control value based on an average luminance of a region that is lower than
the weighted average luminance, out of regions each of a predetermined size contained in the image sensing target, and the
weighted average luminance,

wherein said decision unit decides the exposure control value based on the average luminance of the region having a lowest
average luminance, out of the regions each of the predetermined size contained in the image sensing target, and the weighted
average luminance.

US Pat. No. 9,126,403

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus that prints an image on a print medium by using a printing head that discharges colored ink
and clear liquid, comprising:
a dot arrangement data generation unit configured to perform error diffusion processing using threshold values that are added
noise value to generate dot arrangement data that sets for each area corresponding to each pixel on a print medium whether
to print or not print dot of the colored ink and the clear liquid, based on image data indicating gradation of the image;
and

a printing unit configured to use the printing head and perform printing of dots of the colored ink and the clear liquid according
to the dot arrangement data;

wherein the dot arrangement data generation unit makes the noise amplitude that is used when generating the dot arrangement
data for the clear liquid greater than the noise amplitude that is used when generating the dot arrangement data for the colored
ink.

US Pat. No. 9,117,165

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR SENDING IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing system comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive authentication information;
an authentication unit configured to authenticate a user based on the authentication information received by the reception
unit;

an operation key configured to set a transmission destination of image data to a registered folder;
a transmission unit configured to transmit the image data to the transmission destination set by the operation key; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where the transmission destination set by the operation key is a folder registered
by the user authenticated by the authentication unit and a transmission destination is limited to a transmission destination
registered by an administrator, perform control to restrict setting of a transmission destination by the operation key,

wherein the reception unit, the authentication unit, the transmission unit, and the control unit are implemented, at least
in part, by a processor and a memory.

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. 9,104,017

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power which moves during zooming;
a third lens unit;
a stop; and
a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein the first lens unit includes, in order from the object side to the image side, a first lens subunit having a negative
refractive power which does not move, a second lens subunit having a positive refractive power which moves during focusing,
and a third lens subunit having a positive refractive power which does not move,

wherein the first lens subunit is composed of one or more negative lenses, and the second lens subunit includes at least one
positive lens and at least one negative lens, and

wherein the following expression is satisfied:
9×106 where ?11a represents an average value of Abbe constants of the first lens subunit, ?12ap represents an average value of Abbe
constants of the at least one positive lens of the second lens subunit, ?12an represents an average value of Abbe constants
of the at least one negative lens of the second lens subunit, and Abbe constant ? is defined as,
?=(Nd?1)/(NF?NC)
where NF represents a refractive index for F-line, Nd represents a refractive index for d-line, and NC represents a refractive
index for C-line.

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. 9,086,829

INSTALLATION METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND DEVICE DRIVER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A client apparatus which communicates with a first server and a second server, wherein a device driver for a printer managed
by the first server has been installed in the first server, wherein the second server stores an application related to the
device driver, wherein the first server manages first information on the device driver and second information used for installation
of the application related to the device driver and corresponding to a model of the managed printer, and wherein the first
server comprises an operating system that provides the client apparatus with an installation function to install the device
driver, wherein a client operating system of the client apparatus is provided by the same vendor as the operating system that
the first server comprises, the client apparatus comprising at least a processor, functioning as:
a request unit configured to send to the first server a request including designation information which designates a desired
printer;

a receiving unit configured to receive a response according to the request from the first server, wherein the response includes
the device driver, the first information and the second information, and wherein the device driver, first information and
second information correspond to the designation information; and

an installation unit configured to install, by using a function of the client operating system of the client apparatus, the
device driver for the desired printer according to the response,

wherein the application related to the device driver is downloaded from the second server if the application does not exist
on the client apparatus, and the application is installed, by using the function of the client operating system of the client
apparatus, as a post-installation processing of the device driver based on the second information included in the received
response.

US Pat. No. 9,075,368

HIGH VOLTAGE GENERATING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A high voltage generating device, comprising:
a transformer;
a driving portion configured to drive a primary side of the transformer;
a signal generating portion configured to generate a driving signal for driving the driving portion;
a voltage output portion configured to output a voltage generated on a secondary side of the transformer;
a voltage detecting portion configured to detect a voltage output from the voltage output portion;
a current detecting portion configured to detect current flowing through the voltage output portion; and
a control portion configured to raise the voltage output from the voltage output portion to an output target voltage by controlling
the driving signal generated by the signal generating portion based on the voltage detected by the voltage detecting portion,
the control portion raising the voltage output from the voltage output portion with a predetermined rate of change until the
voltage detected by the voltage detecting portion reaches a transient target voltage smaller than the output target voltage,
the control portion raising the voltage output from the voltage output portion with a rate of change smaller than the predetermined
rate of change after the voltage detected by the voltage detecting portion reaches the transient target voltage,

wherein the control portion changes the transient target voltage from a first target value to a second target value based
on a load resistance value according to current detected by the current detecting portion.

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. 9,077,839

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SUPPRESSING A DECREASE IN PERFORMANCE DUE TO AN INCREASE IN MEMORY TEMPERATURE WHEN USING A WIDE IO MEMORY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a wide IO memory device stacked on an SoC die that includes a CPU;
a loading unit configured to load a specified application from among a plurality of applications for executing separate functions,
to a plurality of memories included in the wide IO memory device, excluding a memory positioned above a circuit on the SoC
die relating to the function executed by the application;

a temperature acquisition unit configured to, upon the execution of the application loaded by the loading unit being instructed,
acquire temperature information of the plurality of memories included in the wide IO memory device; and

a control unit configured to perform control so as to execute the application loaded to a memory having a lower temperature
acquired by the temperature acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,071,601

AUTHORITY DELEGATE SYSTEM, SERVER SYSTEM IN AUTHORITY DELEGATE SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AUTHORITY DELEGATE SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An authority delegate system including a first server system configured to manage specific information, a second server
system configured to provide a service using acquired specific information, an authentication device, and a client operated
by a first user who is allowed to use the service, the authority delegate system comprising:
a processor coupled to a memory;
a reception unit configured to receive a shared range of an authorization token used by the second server system, wherein
the authorization token is for authorizing a plurality of users other than the first user to use the specific information
managed by the first server system;

a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the client, a setting screen for the first user to set whether to permit the
plurality of users within the shared range to share the authorization token, based on the received shared range;

a management unit configured to issue one authorization token in response to receiving a permission instruction via the setting
screen, and manage the shared range of the authorization token set by the first user via the transmitted setting screen, and
the issued one authorization token, in association with each other,

wherein the setting screen is a setting screen that allows setting whether to permit which users within the shared range to
share the authorization token, and wherein the shared range of the authorization token is managed by the management unit by
setting users who are permitted to share the authorization token by the first user via the setting screen;

a determination unit configured to determine, in response to use of the service being requested by a client of a second user
who has received the authorization token, whether the second user is included in the plurality of users within the shared
range of the transmitted authorization token used by the second server system; and

a provision unit configured to provide, in response to the determination unit determining that the second user is included
in the plurality of users within the shared range of the authorization token and confirmation that the authorization token
is valid, the service to the second user using the specific information acquired by the second server system from the first
server system such that the second user is able to provide a proxy service to the first user,

wherein the reception unit, the transmission unit, the management unit, the determination unit, and the provision unit are
implemented by the processor.

US Pat. No. 9,065,988

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,065,992

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,061,844

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,057,970

METHOD FOR PRODUCING CORE-SHELL STRUCTURED RESIN MICROPARTICLES AND CORE-SHELL STRUCTURED TONER CONTAINING CORE-SHELL STRUCTURED RESIN MICROPARTICLES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for producing core-shell structured resin particles, comprising the steps of:
(I) providing a dispersion liquid of hydrophobic resin particles in which the hydrophobic resin particles are dispersed into
an aqueous medium containing an anionic surfactant A and an anionic surfactant B;

(II) providing a dispersion liquid of resin microparticles in which the resin microparticles are dispersed into an aqueous
medium;

(III) mixing the dispersion liquid of hydrophobic resin particles and the dispersion liquid of resin microparticles; and
(IV) adhering the resin microparticles to surfaces of the hydrophobic resin particles by adding a water soluble metal salt
to a mixture resulting from the step (III),

wherein
the surfactant A and the surfactant B satisfy the following conditions (i) to (iv):
(i) surface tension of 5 mmol/L aqueous solution of the surfactant A<40 mN/m;
(ii) surface tension of 5mmol/L aqueous solution of the surfactant A, in which the metal salt is contained in an amount to
generate an equivalent amount of cations to an amount of anions derived from the surfactant A<40 mN/m;

(iii) surface tension of 5 mmol/L aqueous solution of the surfactant B<40 mN/m; and
(iv) surface tension of 5mmol/L aqueous solution of the surfactant B, in which the metal salt is contained in an amount to
generate an equivalent amount of cations to an amount of anions derived from the surfactant B>40 mN/m wherein a molar concentration
of the surfactant A and the surfactant B in the aqueous medium is: the surfactant A:the surfactant B=1:7 to 1:15.

US Pat. No. 9,050,824

PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing control apparatus that performs control for printing an image using a print head that includes a plurality of
ejection port arrays including at least a first ejection port array in which a plurality of ejection ports which eject ink
of the same color are arranged in a certain array direction and a second ejection port array which is adjacent to the first
ejection port array in the array direction and in which a plurality of ejection ports which eject ink of the same color are
arranged in the array direction and in which the plurality of ejection port arrays are arranged in the array direction such
that one ejection port array and another ejection port array adjacent to each other in the array direction are arranged at
different positions in the array direction and different positions in a cross direction, which is crossing to the array direction,
so that N ejection ports, N being larger than zero, located at an end of the one ejection port array on a side of the other
ejection port array in the array direction and N ejection ports located at an end of the other ejection port array on a side
of the one ejection port array in the array direction form an overlap portion capable of performing printing in the same region
of a print medium, the printing control apparatus comprising:
a scanning unit configured to scan the print head and the print medium in the cross direction relative to a unit region of
the print medium;

a conveying unit configured to convey, between operations of the scanning performed by the scanning unit, the print medium
in a conveying direction, which is crossing to the cross direction, by a distance corresponding to a length smaller than a
length of a range of the print head in which the ejection ports are arranged; and

an ejection control unit configured to perform control such that ink is ejected onto the unit region at a certain printing
ratio in each of a plurality of operations of the scanning,

wherein the conveying unit conveys the print medium such that the overlap portion between the first and second ejection port
arrays corresponds to a first unit region in a first operation of the scanning among the plurality of operations of the scanning
performed by the scanning unit, such that N ejection ports in a first non-overlap portion other than the overlap portions
between the plurality of ejection port arrays correspond to a second unit region in a second operation of the scanning different
from the first operation of the scanning among the plurality of operations of the scanning performed by the scanning unit,
and such that N ejection ports in a second non-overlap portion other than the overlap portions between the plurality of ejection
port arrays correspond to the second unit region in a third operation of the scanning different from the first and second
operations of the scanning among the plurality of operations of the scanning performed by the scanning unit,

wherein, in order to print, in the cross direction, a plurality of pixel columns including a plurality of pixels arranged
in the array direction in the first and second unit regions, the ejection control unit performs control such that,

(i) when the ejection ports of the first and second ejection port arrays in the overlap portion perform printing in the first
unit region in the first operation of the scanning, M of the N ejection ports of the first ejection port array in the overlap
portion, M being equal to or larger than zero but smaller than or equal to N, closest to the second ejection port array in
the array direction do not eject ink, N?M ejection ports of the first ejection port array in the overlap portion farthest
from the second ejection port array in the array direction eject ink at a first printing ratio, N?M of the N ejection ports
of the second ejection port array in the overlap portion closest to the first ejection port array in the array direction do
not eject ink, and M ejection ports of the second ejection port array in the overlap portion farthest from the first ejection
port array in the array direction eject ink at the first printing ratio,

(ii) when the ejection ports in the first non-overlap portion perform printing in the second unit region in the second operation
of the scanning, K of the N ejection ports in the first non-overlap portion, K being equal to or larger than zero but smaller
than or equal to N, closest to the second non-overlap portion in the array direction do not eject ink and N?K ejection ports
in the first non-overlap portion farthest from the second non-overlap portion in the array direction eject ink at a second
printing ratio, and

(iii) when the ejection ports in the second non-overlap portion perform printing in the second unit region in the third operation
of the scanning, N?K of the N ejection ports in the second non-overlap portion closest to the first non-overlap portion in
the array direction do not eject ink and K ejection ports in the second non-overlap portion farthest from the first non-overlap
portion in the array direction eject ink at the second printing ratio,

wherein M and K continuously increase or decrease as a position of the pixel column in the first and second unit regions,
respectively, changes in the cross direction, and

wherein, when the position of the pixel column in the first and second unit regions is a certain position in the cross direction,
M and K are different values.

US Pat. No. 9,046,676

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising N lens units including a first lens unit having a positive refractive power and a second lens unit
having a negative refractive power in order from an object side to an image side, wherein each lens unit is moved to effect
zooming, wherein an (N?1)th lens unit and an N-th lens unit, counted from the object side, have positive refractive powers,
wherein the (N?1)th lens unit includes a first lens subunit having a positive refractive power and a second lens subunit having
a negative refractive power in order from the object side to the image side, wherein the second lens subunit is moved to have
a component in a direction perpendicular to an optical axis to move an image position,

wherein one or more lens units are disposed between the second lens unit and the (N?1)th lens unit, and
wherein at least one lens unit among one or more lens units arranged between the second lens unit and the (N?1)th lens unit
is/are a lens unit which moves during a focusing operation,

wherein, when a focal length of the N-th lens unit is fN, a back focus at a telephoto end is bkt, an amount of movement of
the N-th lens unit during zooming from a wide-angle end to the telephoto end is mN, and a sign of the amount of movement is
positive when the N-th lens unit is moved from the object side to the image side, following conditions are satisfied:

1.05
0.65

US Pat. No. 10,412,776

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of communicating with another communication apparatus in a network conforming to NAN (Neighbor Awareness Networking), the communication apparatus comprising:a detection unit configured to, while joining a first NAN cluster included among a plurality of NAN clusters, detect an existence of a second NAN cluster included among the plurality of NAN clusters;
a comparison unit configured to compare an attribute value of the second NAN cluster with an attribute value of the first NAN cluster; and
a transmission unit configured to, when the attribute value of the second NAN cluster is lower than the attribute value of the first NAN cluster, transmit information indicating an existence of the first NAN cluster to the second NAN cluster.

US Pat. No. 10,245,725

ROBOT APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ROBOT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. A controlling method of a robot apparatus provided with a first link, a second link, a joint which connects the first link and the second link to each other, a wire member arranged along the first link or the second link, a driving source which drives the joint, a controlling apparatus which controls the driving source, the wire member being attached to the first link or the second link through a deformation member, to transmit a driving signal at least to the driving source, and a sensor for measuring a deformation amount of the deformation member, the controlling method comprising:measuring, executed by the controlling apparatus, to operate the sensor to measure the deformation amount of the deformation member when the deformation member is deformed by deformation of the wire member due to driving of the joint by the driving source; and
driving and controlling, executed the controlling apparatus, to operate the driving source to drive the joint, based on a value of the deformation amount measured in the measuring by the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,197,939

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH A CONTROL THAT COMPENSATES FOR CHANGING HUMIDITY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:a photoreceptor;
a charging member configured to charge a surface of the photoreceptor;
an exposing device configured to expose:
a non-image forming portion on the surface of the photoreceptor, where a developer image is not formed, at a first exposure amount; and
an image forming portion on the surface of the photoreceptor, where the developer image is formed, at a second exposure amount larger than the first exposure amount;
a developing member configured to supply developer to the surface of the photoreceptor to form the developer image on the surface of the photoreceptor; and
a control portion configured to control the exposing device,
wherein the control portion controls the first exposure amount so that a potential difference between the non-image forming portion and the charging member increases as absolute humidity inside the image forming apparatus decreases, and decreases as the absolute humidity increases.

US Pat. No. 10,197,940

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CHANGING MAGNITUDE OF CONTROL SIGNAL USED FOR IMAGE FORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image bearing member that bears a developer image;
an endless belt that rotates while contacting the image bearing member;
a current supply member that contacts the belt, with respect to a rotating direction of the belt, at a position different from the position where the image bearing member contacts the belt, and that supplies current to the belt;
a control portion that outputs a control signal, the magnitude of which is variable;
a contact member that contacts the belt; and
a voltage adjusting portion that includes a voltage adjusting member connected to the contact member, the voltage adjusting portion being capable of changing the magnitude of the control signal that is input from the control portion, and capable of changing a magnitude of a transfer potential, which is a surface potential of the belt at a contact portion with the image bearing member and is a potential to transfer the developer image borne by the image bearing member to the belt, wherein
in a non-image forming state in which image formation to form an image on a recording material is not performed, the image forming apparatus changes the magnitude of the control signal output by the control portion, and when the current supply member supplies the belt with an amount of current generated by adding, to a predetermined target current used for the image formation, an amount of current that flows from the contact member to the ground and changes in accordance with the magnitude of the control signal, the image forming apparatus acquires the magnitude of the control signal generated when the current, which is supplied from the current supply member to the belt and flows to the voltage adjusting member from the belt via the contact member, becomes zero, and
the image forming apparatus performs the image formation using the control signal having the acquired magnitude.

US Pat. No. 10,189,050

ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electromechanical transducer of a capacitive type comprising:a substrate;
a first member stacked in a stacking direction on the substrate, the first member including a first electrode and a first insulating film;
a second member provided in the stacking direction on the substrate with the first member and a space therebetween, the second member including a second electrode and a second insulating film; and
a voltage-applying unit,
wherein the first insulating film included in the first member is positioned closer to the space than the first electrode is,
wherein the second insulating film included in the second member,
wherein the first insulating film includes silicon oxide and the second insulating film includes silicon nitride,
wherein the voltage-applying unit is configured to apply a voltage so that a potential of the first electrode is lower than a potential of the second electrode, and
wherein a root mean surface roughness of the first electrode is 2 nm or less.

US Pat. No. 10,180,646

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a photosensitive drum;
an exposure unit configured to expose the photosensitive drum to form an electrostatic latent image on a surface of the photosensitive drum;
a developing roller configured to develop the electrostatic latent image formed on the surface of the photosensitive drum by using a developer;
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
for each predetermined pixel of a plurality of pixels of image data to be formed, obtain a number of pixels to be developed on a downstream side in a sub-scanning direction from the predetermined pixel,
in order to correct a density increase that occurs at a trailing edge of an image to be formed in accordance with a peripheral speed difference between the photosensitive drum and the developing roller, determine a correction amount of light amount for each predetermined pixel of the plurality of pixels in accordance with the obtained number of pixels, and
generate image formation data using the correction amount of light amount determined for each predetermined pixel, and
wherein the correction amount of light amount is determined to be a fixed correction amount of light amount at a trailing region of the image where the density increase occurs, and is determined so that it smoothly reduces from the fixed correction amount of light amount in a predetermined region width from a leading edge side of the trailing region toward the leading edge side of the image.

US Pat. No. 10,168,966

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that performs a direct wireless communication with a communication terminal, the information processing apparatus comprising:a wireless local area network (LAN) interface;
a memory device that stores set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions of
controlling the wireless LAN interface to activate an access point to be used in the direct wireless communication, and
controlling, upon condition that the information processing apparatus operates in a first mode where an instruction for a predetermined setting change of the information processing apparatus is waited for from the communication terminal by using the direct wireless communication, transmission and reception of data via the access point by using a first communication filter, and controlling, upon condition that the information processing apparatus operates in a second mode which is different from the first mode, the transmission and the reception of the data via the access point by using a second communication filter.