US Pat. No. 10,163,039

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,162,289

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating container comprising:developer;
a flexible container provided with an accommodating portion for accommodating the developer and a plurality of openings for permitting discharge of the developer from the accommodating portion, and the flexible container provided with a hole that is disposed away from the accommodating portion; and
a sealing member bonded to the flexible container so as to cover the plurality of openings and for exposing the plurality of openings by being moved,
wherein, when the sealing member is moved, the flexible container is deformed to change a shape of the plurality of openings.

US Pat. No. 10,162,304

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:a photosensitive drum configured to carry an electrostatic latent image;
a developing roller configured to develop the electrostatic latent image;
a drum frame for supporting the photosensitive drum;
a developing frame for supporting the developing roller, wherein the developing frame is rotatably supported by the drum frame about an rotational axis, and wherein the developing frame is movable, relative to the drum frame, between a contact position in which the developing roller is contact with the photosensitive drum and a spaced-apart position in which the developing roller is spaced apart from the photosensitive drum;
a force receiving member having an end and an urged portion, the force receiving member being configured to move between a regulating position and an operative position, wherein the end is closer to the rotational axis when the force receiving member is in the regulating position than when the force receiving member is in the operative position,
an urging member including a first portion contacting with and urging the urged portion of the force receiving member, a second portion, and an elastic portion disposed between the first portion and the second portion,
wherein, when a force is applied to the end of the force receiving member when the force receiving member is in the operative position, the developing frame is moved such that the developing roller is spaced apart from the photosensitive drum, and
wherein the elastic portion is elastically deformable when the force receiving member is in the regulating position.

US Pat. No. 10,165,163

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING MECHANISM FOR ATTACHING AND DETACHING TRANSPARENT COVER, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a holding mechanism that holds a cover member which is transparent and has a curved surface, the cover member comprising a first portion having a constant curvature and a second portion formed continuously with the first portion and including a curved surface different in curvature from the first portion or a flat surface that is not curved;
an image pickup unit, including a photographing lens and an image pickup device, that is arranged inside the cover member held by said holding mechanism, wherein a tilt position of the photographing lens is capable of being changed by a tilt mechanism; and
an image processing circuit that inputs an image signal outputted from the image pickup device after capturing the image signal and performs, on the inputted image signal, image processing for correcting image quality of the inputted image signal, according to the tilt position of the photographing lens changed by the tilt mechanism;
wherein the image processing for correcting image quality of the inputted image signal includes at least one of respective corrections of sharpness, gamma, saturation, aberration, and noise reduction,
wherein the image processing performed on the inputted image signal varies based on the tilt position of the photographing lens,
wherein an amount of image processing performed on the inputted image signal is based on an angle of the photographing lens corresponding to the tilt position, and
wherein in a case where the cover member is attached to said holding mechanism, the image processing circuit performs the image processing for correcting the image quality of the inputted image signal such that the amount of image processing for correcting the image quality is larger when an angle of view of the photographing lens is within a range extending over the first portion and the second portion or within a range of the second portion than when the angle of view of the photographing lens is within a range of the first portion of the cover member.

US Pat. No. 10,148,852

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHODS OF CONTROLLING THESE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing system comprising a control apparatus and an image processing apparatus to which the control apparatus is connected and that accesses a network via the control apparatus, wherein remote maintenance by an information processing apparatus is performed via the network,the image processing apparatus comprising:
a first controller including a memory storing instructions and a processor which executes the instructions to:
connect to a server apparatus that relays communication between the control apparatus and the information processing apparatus and establish communication with the information processing apparatus via the server apparatus and communication with the control apparatus, so as to enable the remote maintenance of the control apparatus and the image processing apparatus to be performed by the information processing apparatus, and
the control apparatus comprising:
a second controller including a memory storing instructions and a processor which executes the instructions to:
notify the image processing apparatus that the control apparatus will restart in accordance with a restart instruction from the information processing apparatus which is connected to the control apparatus via the server apparatus and which maintains the control apparatus remotely, the restart being instructed by the information processing apparatus to the control apparatus while the remote maintenance of the control apparatus is continuing; and
instruct the image processing apparatus to reconnect to the server apparatus, in accordance with completion of the restart of the control apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,146,148

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO DETECT COLOR MISREGISTRATION AND METHOD CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO DETECT COLOR MISREGISTRATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a plurality of image forming units configured to form images, each having a different color;
an image bearing member;
a detection unit configured to detect a pattern image formed on the image bearing member, the pattern image being used for detecting a color misregistration;
a controller configured to control the plurality of image forming units to form on the image bearing member a plurality of first pattern images, each having a different color, and control the detection unit to detect a color misregistration amount related to relative positions between a pattern image having a reference color among the plurality of first pattern images and a pattern image having another color among the plurality of first pattern images; and
a storage unit configured to store data on the color misregistration amount,
wherein the controller corrects an image forming position of an image of the other color which is to be formed by the plurality of image forming units, based on the data stored in the storage unit,
wherein in a case where an error is detected in the data stored in the storage unit, the controller controls the plurality of image forming units to form on the image bearing member a plurality of second pattern images each having a different color before the plurality of first pattern images is formed, and
wherein the plurality of second pattern images is different from the plurality of first pattern images.

US Pat. No. 10,136,807

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,142,825

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS COMMUNICATING WITH EXTERNAL APPARATUS BY WIRELESS COMMUNICATION, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first wireless communication unit;
a second wireless communication unit; and
a control unit,
wherein the control unit is configured to perform control
to periodically transmit an advertise from the second communication unit,
upon receiving a response to the advertise by the second wireless communication unit, to start connection processing for getting connected to an external device via the second wireless communication unit,
to share with the external apparatus a communication parameter to be used for communication via the first wireless communication unit after starting the connection processing,
to notify a user of completion of the connection processing after completion of processing for sharing with the external apparatus, the communication parameter to be used for communication via the first wireless communication unit, and
such that a service executable via the second wireless communication unit is not available for use until the completion of the processing for sharing with the external apparatus the communication parameter to be used for communication via the first wireless communication unit.

US Pat. No. 10,133,220

FIXING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus for fixing an image onto a recording material, the fixing apparatus comprising:a heating rotary member;
a film having a cylindrical shape; and
a pressure member that presses the film from inside the film toward the heating rotary member to form a nip portion which is an area where the heating rotary member and the film contact, the pressure member including a metallic member extending from an upstream side of a center of the nip portion to a downstream side of the center of the nip portion in a recording material conveyance direction and a resin member that supports the metallic member and press the film toward the heating rotary member,
wherein the recording material on which the image is formed is conveyed while being heated at the nip portion to fix the image onto the recording material,
wherein the metallic member and the resin member are in contact with an inner surface of the film,
wherein the nip portion is formed between the heating rotary member and an area of the film with which the metallic member and the resin member are in contact in the recording material conveyance direction,
wherein in a cross section perpendicular to a rotation axis direction of the heating rotary member, a center of gravity of the metallic member is on the upstream side of the center of the nip portion in the recording material conveyance direction,
wherein, of the resin member, a portion that is located downstream of the nip portion in the recording material conveyance direction protrudes toward the heating rotary member beyond the metallic member.

US Pat. No. 10,136,086

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising:a pixel array including a plurality of unit pixels arranged into a matrix pattern, the plurality of unit pixels each including a plurality of photoelectric converters, some of the plurality of unit pixels located in a first row group being to be read in a first mode for reading a signal corresponding to combined electric charges that are obtained by combining electric charges separately generated by the plurality of photoelectric converters of each of the plurality of unit pixels, some others of the plurality of unit pixels located in a second row group, which is different from the first row group, being to be read in a second mode for reading a signal corresponding to electric charges that are generated by any one of the plurality of photoelectric converters of each of the plurality of unit pixels;
a correction value generating circuit that generates a first correction value for correcting a signal that is read in the first mode out of the unit pixel that is located in a light-receiving pixel area of the pixel array, and generates a second correction value that is different from the first correction value, for correcting a signal that is read in the second mode out of the unit pixel that is located in the light-receiving pixel area, the first correction value and the second correction value being generated based on signals that are read out of the unit pixels that are located in a reference pixel area of the pixel array; and
a correction circuit that corrects, by using the first correction value, the signal that is read in the first mode out of the unit pixel that is located in the light-receiving pixel area, and corrects, by using the second correction value, the signal that is read in the second mode out of the unit pixel that is located in the light-receiving pixel area.

US Pat. No. 10,135,869

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,133,326

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR ESTABLISHING LINK-UP BETWEEN COMMUNICATION DEVICES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a controller including a first communication unit;
a function extension unit including a second communication unit; and
a resetting circuit configured to output a reset signal to the controller,
wherein the function extension unit outputs, to the resetting circuit, a signal indicating that communication of the second communication unit can be established after configuration of the second communication unit is completed,
wherein the resetting circuit stops outputting the reset signal to the controller according to reception of the signal output by the function extension unit,
wherein the function extension unit comprises a timer configured to measure a time,
wherein the function extension unit outputs, to the resetting circuit, a signal indicating that communication of the second communication unit can be established based on a time measured by the timer even if the configuration of the second communication unit is not completed, and
wherein the first communication unit of the controller starts communication with the second communication unit to initiate link training if the resetting circuit stops outputting the reset signal to the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,126,694

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PERFORMING CALIBRATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a converting unit configured to convert image data on the basis of conversion conditions;
a plurality of image forming units configured to form images, each having a different color, on a recording medium;
a scanning unit configured to scan a pattern image formed on a recording medium;
a first generating unit configured to control the plurality of image forming units to form a monochromatic pattern image on a recording medium, control the scanning unit to scan the monochromatic pattern image, and generate an image forming condition on the basis of a result of the scanning performed on the monochromatic pattern image;
a second generating unit configured to control the plurality of image forming units to form a mixed-color pattern image on a recording medium, control the scanning unit to scan the mixed-color pattern image, and generate at least one conversion condition on the basis of a result of the scanning performed on the mixed-color pattern image;
an intermediate transfer member to which a measurement image formed by the plurality of image forming units is transferred;
a measuring unit configured to measure the measurement image formed on the intermediate transfer member; and
a controller configured to, after the first generating unit generates the image forming condition, control the plurality of image forming units to form the measurement image, control the measuring unit to measure the measurement image on the intermediate transfer member, and control whether to control the second generating unit to generate the at least one conversion condition or not on the basis of a result of the measurement performed on a previous measurement image and a result of the measurement performed on a current measurement image,
wherein the plurality of image forming units form an output image on the basis of the image data converted by the converting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,128,015

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,126,536

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising:a lens unit Ln1 having a negative refractive power;
a lens unit Ln2 having a negative refractive power arranged adjacent to and on an image side of the lens unit Ln1;
a lens unit Lp1 having a positive refractive power arranged adjacent to and on the image side of the lens unit Ln2; and
a rear lens group including one or more lens units arranged on the image side of the lens unit Lp1,
wherein an interval between each pair of adjacent lens units is changed during zooming,
wherein the lens unit Ln1 and the lens unit Lp1 are moved along the same locus during zooming, and
wherein the lens unit Ln2 is moved toward the obj ect side during focusing from infinity to proximity.

US Pat. No. 10,129,493

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:a sensor array, on which a plurality of sensors are arrayed, configured to detect radiation;
readout circuitry configured to read out image data, based on signals from the plurality of sensors, from the sensor array, the readout circuitry including, as operation modes, a first mode of reading out image data of one frame in a first period, and a second mode of reading out image data of one frame in a second period shorter than the first period;
one or more processors; and
one or more memories configured to hold image data and storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the radiation imaging apparatus to:
perform, after irradiation to the sensor array is complete, first control which causes the readout circuitry in the second mode to read out image data while the sensor array is not irradiated, to update image data already held by the one or more memories as offset data for the second mode by using the former offset data, and
perform, after the first control is performed, second control which causes the readout circuitry in the first mode to read out image data while the sensor array is not irradiated, to update image data already held by the one or more memories as offset data for the first mode by using the former offset data.

US Pat. No. 10,116,355

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus which can supply power to a power receiving apparatus in a non-contact manner, the power supply apparatus comprising:a power supply unit configured to output power to the power receiving apparatus in a non-contact manner;
a first communication unit configured to communicate with the power receiving apparatus through a first communication scheme;
a second communication unit configured to communicate with the power receiving apparatus through a second communication scheme, wherein a range in which the second communication unit can communicate is broader than a range in which the first communication unit can communicate; and
a control unit configured to transmit a request signal requesting first device information to the power receiving apparatus using the first communication unit, and output first power from the power supply unit after a response signal responding to the request signal is received from the power receiving apparatus;
wherein the control unit receives second device information from the, power receiving apparatus using the second communication unit and compares the second device information and the first device information,
wherein, in a case where both of the second device information and the first device information indicate the same power receiving apparatus, the control unit controls the power supply unit to output second power and continue communication with the power receiving apparatus via the second communication unit,
wherein, in a case where both of the second device information and the first device information do not indicate the same power receiving apparatus, the control unit controls the power supply unit to stop communication with the power receiving apparatus via the second communication unit.

US Pat. No. 10,109,091

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,108,108

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,108,640

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF COMMUNICATING WITH EXTERNAL APPARATUS IN WHICH CONTENTS ARE RECORDED, AND RECEIVING METADATA OF CONTENTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:one or more processors coupled to one or more memories;
a communication unit that requests image data from an external apparatus and receives image data from the external apparatus in response to the request;
a display control unit that displays the image data on a display unit; and
a receiving unit that receives an instruction for selecting image data being displayed by the display control unit,
wherein, in a case where the instruction for selecting the image data being displayed by the display control unit is received, the communication unit further requests, from the external apparatus, metadata associated with the selected image data and receives the metadata without receiving the image data which is associated with the metadata,
wherein the communication unit, the display control unit, and the receiving unit are implemented by the one or more processors.

US Pat. No. 10,107,909

SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS, SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A subject information acquisition apparatus comprising:a scan line signal acquiring processor that acquires a plurality of scan line signals each indicative of a reflected wave from each of a plurality of positions along a scan line in the subject by using a plurality of reception signals outputted from a plurality of transducers that transmits elastic waves to the subject and receives the reflected wave reflected in the subject; and
a processor that acquires moving information indicative of motion of an object in the subject by using the plurality of scan line signals, wherein the moving information comprises at least one of a velocity of the object, a velocity distribution, a displacement of the object and a displacement distribution,
wherein the processor acquires the moving information, on the basis of a shape formed by a contour line of cross-correlation values on a plane represented by an axis of time difference and an axis of distance difference, the cross-correlation values being cross-correlation values between scan line signals at different positions in the subject, and
wherein the processor controls a display device to display a graphical representation of the moving information indicative of the motion of an object in the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,103,650

DRIVING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving device comprising:a vibrating plate including a substantially rectangular flat plate portion and projecting portions provided on the flat plate portion;
a piezoelectric element fixed on the vibrating plate and configured to produce a high-frequency vibration;
a flexible substrate fixed on the piezoelectric element and configured to supply power to the piezoelectric element;
a holding member configured to hold the vibrating plate;
a press member configured to bias the vibrating plate; and
a friction member contacted by the vibrating plate biased by the press member,
wherein the vibrating plate moves relative to the friction member according to the high-frequency vibration of the piezoelectric element,
wherein the flexible substrate comprises a first fixing portion fixed to the piezoelectric element, a second fixing portion fixed to the holding member, and a bending portion configured to make flection deformation along with movement of the vibrating plate, and
wherein the second fixing portion is provided between the first fixing portion and the bending portion along the flexible substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,104,279

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

7. A control method for obtaining a captured image from an image capturing apparatus and controlling a display of the obtained image on a display unit, comprising:determining a region defined by a pair of first coordinate values and a pair of second coordinate values at least one of which is designated on a captured image displayed on the display screen;
controlling a display unit to shift a display of the captured image, when the region exceeds a display range of the captured image in accordance with an operation of designating at least one of the pair of first coordinate values and the pair of second coordinate values, by a portion that has exceeded the range; and
outputting a command to control at least one of pan, tilt, and zoom for obtaining a captured image corresponding to the determined region.

US Pat. No. 10,094,938

SCINTILLATOR PLATE AND RADIATION DETECTOR INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A scintillator plate comprising:a scintillator substrate;
scintillators formed on the scintillator substrate, the scintillators being a plurality of columnar crystal structures protruding from a surface of the scintillator substrate; and
a protection film configured to cover the scintillators,
wherein the protection film at least includes a metal alkoxide, and a cross-link formed by cross-linking some of metal atoms of the metal alkoxide by oxygen.

US Pat. No. 10,097,802

IMAGE PROCESSING TECHNIQUE FOR REDUCING MOIRE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,092,264

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,091,424

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,091,469

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,089,713

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REGISTRATION OF IMAGES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for aligning a fixed image and a corresponding moving image, the method comprising:selecting a target image and a reference image, the target image being a relatively low resolution representation of the moving image and the reference image being a relatively low resolution representation of the fixed image;
determining a current image distortion map defining distortions between the selected target image and reference image;
determining a residual image by comparing the reference image and a warped target image derived from the target image based on the current image distortion map;
determining a residual image distortion map based on transform coefficients of cosine functions fitted to the residual image, the transform coefficients being determined by applying a discrete cosine transform to a signal formed by the residual image and image gradients of the warped target image or the reference image; and
combining the current image distortion map with the residual image distortion map to align the fixed image and the moving image.

US Pat. No. 10,089,732

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,073,383

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING CLEANING OPERATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,073,663

NETWORK DEVICE CONFIGURED TO PROVIDE REBOOT ERROR INFORMATION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR, AND MONITORING SYSTEM USING NETWORK DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A network device connectable to a network, the network device comprising:a receiver that receives a reboot instruction through the network;
a user interface that designates whether information indicating a factor why reboot of the network device cannot be performed should be replied;
one or more memories that store instructions; and
one or more processors that execute the instructions to:
determine whether the reboot of the network device can be performed based on an operating state of the network device;
in response to the reboot instruction received by the receiver, reply information indicating an error and information indicating the factor why the reboot of the network device cannot be performed in a case where it is determined that the reboot of the network device cannot be performed and the user interface designates that the information indicating the factor why the reboot of the network device cannot be performed should be replied; and
in response to the reboot instruction received by the receiver, reply information indicating an error without replying the information indicating the factor why the reboot of the network device cannot be performed in a case where it is determined that the reboot of the network device cannot be performed and the user interface designates that the information indicating the factor why the reboot of the network device cannot be performed should not be replied.

US Pat. No. 10,060,733

MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measuring apparatus comprising:a first illumination unit configured to illuminate an object with pattern light of a first wavelength;
a second illumination unit configured to illuminate the object with light of a second wavelength different from the first wavelength;
an optical system including a wavelength dividing element configured to divide the light from the object illuminated by the first illumination unit and the second illumination unit into a light component of the first wavelength and a light component of the second wavelength;
a first imaging element;
a second imaging element; and
a processor configured to process data of an image obtained by the first imaging element, and data of an image obtained by the second imaging element,
wherein the first imaging element receives the pattern light of the first wavelength reflected by the object, which is light transmitted through the wavelength dividing element but never reflected by the wavelength dividing element, thereby obtaining a first image representing a three-dimensional shape of the object, and
the second imaging element receives the light of the second wavelength reflected by the object, which is light reflected by the wavelength dividing element, thereby obtaining a second image representing an edge of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,063,826

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,063,843

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR ESTIMATING THREE-DIMENSIONAL POSITION OF OBJECT IN IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors, the memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the apparatus to:
acquire an image from a first image capturing unit and a second image capturing unit;
detect a first object and a second object in the image;
associate detection results of the first object and the second object;
store a positional relationship between respective fields of view of the first image capturing unit and the second image capturing unit;
estimate a three-dimensional position of the first object based on the positional relationship and the first object detected in respective images captured by the first image capturing unit and the second image capturing unit; and
estimate a three-dimensional position of the second object based on the three-dimensional position of the associated first object.

US Pat. No. 10,063,721

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROGRAM THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING THE PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:(A) a memory that stores data;
(B) an interface that connects to an external memory; and
(C) a processor that executes a set of instructions:
(a) to instruct (i) to print data stored in the memory or (ii) to print data stored in the external memory, based on a user operation;
(b) to display, in a case when a predetermined instruction to the data stored in the memory is instructed, a first screen that includes an instruction for instructing to delete the data stored in the memory after printing the data stored in the memory;
(c) to display, in a case when a predetermined instruction regarding the data stored in the external memory is instructed, a second screen that does not include the instruction for instructing to delete the data after printing the data;
(d) to receive a print start instruction from a user;
(e) upon receiving the print start instruction from the user in a case in which the instruction has been instructed on the first screen, to print the data stored in the memory and to delete the data stored in the memory after printing the data stored in the memory; and
(f) upon receiving the print start instruction from the user in a case in which the instruction has not been instructed on the first screen, to print the data stored in the memory without deleting the data stored in the memory after printing the data stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 10,057,321

IMAGE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD CAPABLE OF AUTOMATICALLY CREATING COMMENT DATA RELEVANT TO AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image management apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory configured to store at least one program executable by said processor, the at least one program comprising program code that, when executed by said processor, implements units comprising:
(1) an acquiring unit configured to acquire data of an image and positional information on a subject included in the image;
(2) a computation unit configured to compute a relative positional relationship between a plurality of subjects included in the image in at least a depth direction, based on the acquired positional information on the plurality of subjects included in the image; and
(3) a creating unit configured to create comment data relevant to the image automatically, based on the computed relative positional relationship between the plurality of subjects,
wherein the creating unit creates the comment data based on a predetermined correlation between (a) the relative positional relationship between the plurality of subjects and (b) a comment.

US Pat. No. 10,053,312

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:a tray unit which includes a sheet stacking tray on which a sheet is stacked and a bottom portion configured to rotatably support the sheet stacking tray and to be rotatable with respect to an apparatus main body, the tray unit being configured to be capable of taking (1) a position at which the tray unit is opened with respect to the apparatus main body and (2) a position at which the tray unit is closed with respect to the apparatus main body by rotating the bottom portion;
a feeding portion configured to feed a sheet which is stacked on the sheet stacking tray;
a lifter arm configured to abut against the sheet stacking tray from below and to move the sheet stacking tray such that the sheet stacking tray can be located (1) at a stand-by position and (2) at a feeding position at which a sheet can be fed, the feeding position being located above the stand-by position;
a motor configured to drivingly connected to the lifter arm; and
a restricting portion provided on the sheet stacking tray, the restricting portion being configured to restrict rotation of the sheet stacking tray by contacting with the lifter arm when the tray unit is opened with respect to the apparatus main body.

US Pat. No. 10,057,440

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus, comprising:an image reading portion configured to read an image on a sheet;
a sheet feeding portion comprising a roller and configured to feed the sheet to a reading position of the image reading portion by the roller;
a rotatably connecting portion which rotatably connects the sheet feeding portion to the image reading portion;
a fixing member;
a first fastening member configured to fasten the fixing member to a frame of the sheet feeding portion; and
a second fastening member configured to fasten the fixing member to the rotatably connecting portion in a state where the frame is nipped between the rotatably connecting portion and the fixing member,
wherein the fixing member does not include a roller, and
wherein in case the fastening of the first fastening member is released and the fastening of the second fastening member is released, the fixing member is detachable from the frame and the rotatably connecting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,057,443

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR READING AND PRINTING A DOCUMENT IMAGE, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a scanner configured to scan a document image;
a printer configured to perform printing based on the document image scanned by the scanner; and
a controller configured to detect an error in process of scanning by the scanner,
wherein the controller causes, in a case where the image processing apparatus operates in a mode in which the printer starts printing after the scanner completes scanning the document image and the controller detects the error, the scanner to perform rescan processing for rescanning the document image, and
wherein, in a case where the image processing apparatus operates in a mode in which the printer starts printing before the scanner completes scanning the document image and the controller detects the error, the controller does not cause the scanner to perform the rescan processing.

US Pat. No. 10,057,478

FOCUS DETECTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,049,445

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,048,728

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which recognizes an operation input using pointing, the apparatus comprising:a position acquisition unit configured to acquire at least one pointed position pointed on a display screen;
a pressure acquisition unit configured to acquire information related to pressure corresponding to each of the at least one pointed positions acquired by the position acquisition unit;
a determination unit configured to, in a case where there are plural pointed positions pointed on the display screen, determine a newest pointed position as making up an input used for an operation of the information processing apparatus, and
determine whether each of pointed positions that are not the newest point position makes up the input used for the operation of the information processing apparatus or not on a basis of a pressure difference between a pressure at the newest pointed position serving as a reference and a pressure at each of the pointed positions that are not the newest point position; and
a recognition unit configured to recognize the operation input, said recognition being made
by using the newest pointed position, and
by using, among the pointed positions that are not the newest point position, a pointed position determined on the basis of the pressure difference by the determination unit as making up the input used for the operation of the information processing apparatus, and
not by using, among the pointed positions that are not the newest point position, a pointed position determined on the basis of the pressure difference by the determination unit as not making up the input used for the operation of the pressure difference by the determination unit as not making up the input used for the operation of the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,048,581

IMPRINTING METHOD, IMPRINTING APPARATUS, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,044,894

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING TIMER FUNCTION RELATED TO POWER CONSUMPTION MODES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,040,290

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,035,296

METHODS FOR CONTROLLING SPREAD OF IMPRINT MATERIAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method comprising the steps of:providing a substrate having a location thereon defining an imprint field having a border, the imprint field further defined by an interior region and a perimeter region surrounding the interior region, wherein the perimeter region further includes fluid control features in the substrate;
depositing a polymerizable material onto the substrate at the imprint field location; and
allowing the polymerizable material to spread on the substrate, wherein fluid control relief features redirect spreading of the polymerizable material so as to redirect the spreading of the polymerizable material away from the imprint field border.

US Pat. No. 10,036,965

STAGE APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A stage apparatus comprising:a coarse moving stage;
a fine moving stage;
an electromagnetic actuator including a first core located on the coarse moving stage and a second core located on the fine moving stage and configured to accelerate or decelerate the fine moving stage in a first direction in which the first core and the second core are arranged with a first side of the first core and a second side of the second core opposing each other; and
a controller configured to correct a command value of a thrust of the electromagnetic actuator in the first direction in accordance with an opposing area of a difference between a length of the first side of the first core and a length of the second side of the second core in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction,
wherein the controller corrects the command value using a first correction amount in a case where the opposing area of the difference between the length of the first side of the first core and the length of the second side of the second core is a first area and corrects the command value using a second correction amount which is larger than the first correction amount in a case where the opposing area of the difference between the length of the first side of the first core and the length of the second side of the second core is a second area which is smaller than the first area.

US Pat. No. 10,038,556

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, ENCRYPTION APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,038,847

IMAGE PROCESSING TECHNIQUE FOR GENERATING MORE APPROPRIATE MOTION VECTORS FOR A CAPTURED IMAGE THAT IS DISTORTED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors configured to execute one or more programs so as to function as units comprising:
(1) an acquisition unit configured to acquire a first captured image and a second captured image generated by photo-electrically converting a subject image formed by an optical system;
(2) a generation unit configured to generate N distortion corrected images, N being an integer greater than or equal to 2, by performing coordinate conversion on each of N partial areas of the first captured image, using a conversion parameter that depends on a position of the partial area, and to generate N distortion corrected images by performing coordinate conversion on each of corresponding N partial areas of the second captured image, using a conversion parameter that depends on a position of the partial area;
(3) a detection unit configured to detect N motion vectors by comparing each of the N distortion corrected images generated from the first captured image with the corresponding distortion corrected image generated from the second captured image; and
(4) a conversion unit configured to generate N converted motion vectors by performing inverse coordinate conversion on each of the N motion vectors, using a conversion parameter that depends on a position of the corresponding partial area.

US Pat. No. 10,022,983

IMAGE PROCESSOR, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,027,871

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,027,919

SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL APPARATUS, SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensing apparatus comprising:a pixel section;
an analog-digital converter that converts an analog signal output from the pixel section to a digital signal using one of a plurality of reference signals having different slopes from each other;
an analysis unit that analyzes a distribution of the digital signal; and
a controller that changes a signal level for selecting one of the plurality of reference signals to be used for conversion by the analog-digital converter based on a bias condition of the distribution of the digital signal.

US Pat. No. 10,027,827

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
store, in a storage unit, personal setting information for a user;
obtain, from a server, updated personal setting information for the user, based on at least an input of user information for identifying the user to the information processing apparatus;
display, in a case where the user information is inputted and a predetermined type of personal setting information has been obtained, as the updated personal setting information, from the server within a predetermined period, an operation screen using the predetermined type of the personal setting information obtained from the server;
display, in a case where the user information is inputted and the predetermined type of the personal setting information has not been obtained, as the updated personal setting information, from the server within the predetermined period, an operation screen using the personal setting information which is stored in the storage unit before the obtaining of the predetermined type of the personal setting information;
display, in a case where the user information is inputted, without depending on whether or not another type of the personal setting information has been obtained, as the updated personal setting information, from the server within the predetermined period, an operation screen using the another type of the personal setting information obtained from the server; and
update, in a case where the predetermined type of the personal setting information is obtained, as the updated personal setting information, from the server after the predetermined period elapses, the personal setting information which is stored in the storage unit with the predetermined type of the personal setting information which is obtained from the server.

US Pat. No. 10,015,326

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AUTOMATIC INSTALLATION METHOD FOR EFFICIENTLY INSTALLING AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:at least one processor coupled to a memory device and programmed to provide:
an access unit for accessing a storage unit that stores setting information of each of a plurality of image forming apparatuses and an identifier of each image forming apparatus associated with the setting information of the image forming apparatus, wherein the association between the setting information and the identifier is made for each of the plurality of image forming apparatuses;
a display control unit for displaying a selection screen for allowing a user to select removal of an image forming apparatus or installation of an image forming apparatus;
a first determination unit for determining, if the removal of an image forming apparatus is selected via the selection screen, whether or not the setting information associated with the identifier corresponding to the identifier of the image forming apparatus to be removed is included in the setting information of the plurality of image forming apparatuses stored in the storage unit;
a removal unit for removing the association between the identifier of the image forming apparatus to be removed and the setting information associated with that identifier stored in the storage unit, if it is determined by the first determination unit that the setting information associated with the identifier corresponding to the identifier of the image forming apparatus to be removed is included in the setting information of the plurality of image forming apparatuses stored in the storage unit;
a second determination unit for determining, if the installation of an image forming apparatus is selected via the selection screen, whether or not setting information which is not associated with any identifier of an image forming apparatus is included in the setting information of the plurality of image forming apparatuses stored in the storage unit;
an import unit for importing the setting information which is not associated with any identifier into the image forming apparatus to be installed, if it is determined by the second determination unit that the setting information which is not associated with any identifier of an image forming apparatus is included in the setting information of the plurality of image forming apparatuses stored in the storage unit; and
an associating unit for associating the identifier of the image forming apparatus into which the setting information has been imported with the setting information stored in the storage unit that was imported into the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,012,924

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,015,262

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, which is connected to an external apparatus via a network, comprising:a processor;
a communication interface; and
a memory having instructions stored thereon, which, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to function as:
a first communication control unit configured to establish a connection to an external apparatus via a network formed by an external access point using the communication interface and to make a data communication with the external apparatus;
a second communication control unit configured to form a network in which the communication apparatus serves as an access point, to establish a connection to an external apparatus via the formed network using the communication interface, and to make a data communication with the external apparatus;
a first storing unit configured to store an identifier of an external apparatus to which a connection is established, in the memory;
a second storing unit configured to store in the memory network participation parameters used by the first communication control unit to connect to the external access point and network formation parameters used by the second communication control unit to connect to the external apparatus, wherein when a connection is established by the first communication control unit, the identifier of the external apparatus is stored in the memory so as not to have a predetermined relationship with the network participation parameters, and when a connection is established by the second communication control unit, the identifier of the external apparatus is stored in the memory so as to have a predetermined relationship with the network formation parameters; and
a designating unit configured to designate the external apparatus to be connected based on the identifier of the external apparatuses stored in the memory,
wherein when the identifier of the external apparatus designated by the designating unit has the predetermined relationship with the network formation parameters stored in the memory, the second communication control unit forms a network using the network formation parameters having the predetermined relationship with the identifier of the external apparatus designated by the designating unit, and
wherein when the identifier of the external apparatus designated by the designating unit does not have the predetermined relationship with the network formation parameters stored in the memory, the second communication control unit forms a network using new network formation parameters.

US Pat. No. 9,996,916

EVALUATION METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, EXPOSURE METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An evaluation method of evaluating optical characteristics of a projection optical system, by using a prediction formula for predicting a fluctuation amount of the optical characteristics relative to an exposure period of a substrate via the projection optical system, the method comprising:determining the prediction formula by using a dedicated pattern in which a plurality of marks are arranged in a matrix on an object plane of the projection optical system,
wherein the determining includes
selecting, based on information on an illuminated region on the object plane determined in accordance with a size of a shot region on the substrate, at least two marks from marks to be located in the illuminated region among the plurality of marks, and
obtaining the prediction formula based on positions of images of the at least two marks formed on an image plane of the projection optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,994,018

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a liquid ejection board including:
a substrate;
an energy generating device on a first surface of the substrate;
a channel defining member defining a liquid channel and having a liquid ejection opening in communication with the liquid channel, the liquid channel allowing a liquid to be in contact with the energy generating device, the liquid ejection opening through which the liquid is ejected;
a liquid supply passage in communication with the liquid channel;
a liquid supply opening in communication with the liquid supply passage, the liquid supply opening having a smaller opening cross-sectional area taken in a direction perpendicular to a flow direction of a liquid than the liquid supply passage; and
an opening in communication with the liquid channel, the opening being included in addition to the liquid ejection opening and the liquid supply passage; and
a liquid ejection head component disposed on the liquid ejection head so as to close at least a portion of the opening,
wherein the opening is formed in a second surface of the substrate opposite the first surface.

US Pat. No. 9,981,478

LIQUID EJECTING DEVICE AND HEAD WITH FLEXIBLE MEMBER FOR SUPPLYING LIQUID FROM A MAIN TANK

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejecting device comprising:a liquid container that can store liquid thereinside;
a head that is provided on a carriage and includes a liquid containing unit capable of storing liquid thereinside, and a liquid ejecting unit ejecting liquid; and
a flexible member that supplies the liquid stored in the liquid container to the liquid containing unit, the flexible member having a flow passage connecting member, the flow passage connecting member having an inserting port and a flow-passage-connecting-member flow passage, wherein a concave portion that is concave in a direction to an inside of the liquid containing unit is formed on an outer wall surface of the liquid containing unit, and a projected portion that is projected in a direction to an outside of the liquid containing unit from a bottom surface of the concave portion and is inserted to the inserting port is formed inside the concave portion, and, inside the projected portion, there is no liquid flow path from the flow passage connecting member to the liquid container.

US Pat. No. 9,985,477

POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHODS THEREFOR, PROGRAM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power transmitting apparatus comprising:a first power transmitting unit configured to transmit power by a first wireless power transmission method;
a second power transmitting unit configured to transmit power by a second wireless power transmission method;
a detection unit configured to detect a wireless power transmission method supported by a power receiving apparatus; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether power is transmitted to a first power receiving apparatus by the first power transmitting unit or the second power transmitting unit, based on a wireless power transmission method supported by the first power receiving apparatus and detected by the detection unit, and a wireless power transmission method supported by a second power receiving apparatus and detected by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,980,685

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:a plurality of sensors arrayed to form a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns;
a driving unit configured to drive the plurality of sensors row by row; and
a correcting unit, wherein
a first irradiation is performed to the plurality of sensors, and then a second irradiation is performed to the plurality of sensors,
the driving unit performs,
first driving to drive the plurality of sensors while selecting the plurality of rows in a first order, in accordance with the first irradiation, such that the plurality of sensors output signals corresponding to the first irradiation, and
second driving to drive the plurality of sensors while selecting the plurality of rows in a second order, in accordance with the second irradiation, such that the plurality of sensors output signals corresponding to the second irradiation, the second order being different from the first order,
among two neighboring rows of the plurality of rows, (i) a period from when the sensor in one row is driven in the first driving to when the sensor in the one row is driven in the second driving and (ii) a period from when the sensor in the other row is driven in the first driving to when the sensor in the other row is driven in the second driving are different from each other, and
the correcting unit corrects a signal from the sensor driven in the second driving in at least one of a first row and a second row neighboring each other, based on a signal from the sensor in the first row, a signal from the sensor in the second row and a difference of the period between the first row and the second row.

US Pat. No. 9,983,511

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING REVERSE DEVELOPER FEEDING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on an image bearing member, said apparatus comprising:a developer carrying member configured to carry a developer;
first and second accommodation chambers configured to accommodate the developer and configured to circulate the developer;
first and second communicating portions configured for communication of the developer between said first accommodation chamber and said second accommodation chamber;
a feeding screw provided in said first accommodation chamber and configured to feed the developer from the second communicating portion toward the first communicating portion during an image forming operation;
a supply opening configured to supply the developer into said first accommodation chamber;
a discharge opening provided adjacent to said first communicating portion and configured to permit discharge of the developer from said first accommodation chamber;
a developer accommodation portion configured to accommodate the developer to be supplied to said first accommodation chamber, said developer accommodation portion being sealed by a sealing member;
a controller configured to execute an operation in a mode in which after said developer accommodation portion starts to be unsealed at said sealing member, said feeding screw is initially rotated for a predetermined period from a start of unsealing of the sealing member in a direction opposite to a normal direction in which said feeding screw is rotated during the image forming operation, and after elapse of the predetermined period, said feeding screw is rotated in the normal direction.

US Pat. No. 9,971,258

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,968,311

RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM AND RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging system comprising:a holding unit configured to hold a plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses configured to convert radiation emitted onto the radiation imaging apparatuses into image signals, and configured to obtain a long-length radiographic image based on the image signals from the plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses,
wherein the holding unit is configured to hold the plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses, having imaging areas of different sizes, in such a manner that each radiation imaging apparatus among the plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses is partially overlapped with each other spatially, by a predetermined overlapping area as viewed from a radiation incident side.

US Pat. No. 9,955,866

OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmic apparatus comprising:a holed mirror having an opening part and a mirror part;
a fundus observation optical system that includes a light source for fundus observation, the light source being used for illuminating a fundus of a subject's eye via the holed mirror and an objective lens, and that is configured to obtain a front image of the fundus;
an optical coherence tomography (OCT) optical system for obtaining, using a technique of an optical coherence, a tomographic image of the fundus via the objective lens;
an anterior eye observation optical system for observing an anterior eye observation image of the subject's eye illuminated, via the objective lens with an anterior eye illumination light source;
a first wavelength separation unit disposed between the objective lens and the holed mirror and configured to set a first optical axis of the fundus observation optical system to be coaxial with a second optical axis commonly shared by the OCT optical system and the anterior eye observation optical system; and
a second wavelength separation unit configured to set the optical axis of the OCT optical system to be coaxial with the optical axis of the anterior eye observation optical system to form the second optical axis.

US Pat. No. 9,961,254

ELECTRONIC DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a receiving unit configured to receive a focus adjustment operation for remotely operating an image capturing apparatus;
an obtainment unit configured to transmit to the image capturing apparatus a focus adjustment command in accordance with having received the focus adjustment operation by the receiving unit, and to obtain from the image capturing apparatus information used for a guide display indicating a focus level of a particular region of a captured image that is information based on a result of performing a focus adjustment based on the transmitted focus adjustment command; and
a display control unit configured to display the guide display based on the information obtained from the image capturing apparatus by the obtainment unit,
wherein the display control unit, in a case when the receiving unit receives the focus adjustment operation, displays the guide display based on the focus adjustment operation before obtaining by the obtainment unit the information based on the result of performing the focus adjustment based on the focus adjustment command.

US Pat. No. 9,961,274

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,961,280

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image by using a terahertz wave, comprising:a plurality of pixels, each having an antenna and a Schottky barrier diode connected with the antenna;
a plurality of switches connected to each of the plurality of pixels;
a signal generating unit configured to generate a signal having a predetermined period; and
a transmission line configured to transmit the signal having the predetermined period to each of the plurality of pixels,
wherein:
each of the plurality of pixels is further connected to a scanning line for reading out a signal from the corresponding pixel through a corresponding switch among the plurality of switches, and
each of the plurality of pixels has a frequency converting element configured to convert a frequency of a detection signal of the Schottky barrier diode, using the signal having the predetermined period.

US Pat. No. 9,959,491

COLOR CONVERSION IN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a processor and a memory storing computer code that, when executed by the processor, causes the image processing apparatus to:
obtain a first signal that is a signal in a uniform color space by converting a signal corresponding to a predetermined color of an input image signal;
obtain a second signal that is a signal in a uniform color space by converting a signal corresponding to the predetermined color of a signal in a color space used by the image processing apparatus;
decide a grid point coordinate value on a lookup table that corresponds to the predetermined color;
associate a signal of the predetermined color in the uniform color space that is obtained as the first signal, with the decided grid point coordinate value, and based on the association calculate a first matrix for converting each signal in the uniform color space into a grid point coordinate value;
associate the signal of the predetermined color in the uniform color space that is obtained as the second signal, with the decided grid point coordinate value, and based on the association calculate a second matrix for converting each grid point coordinate value into a signal in the uniform color space;
generate a lookup table for converting each grid point coordinate value into a signal in the color space used by the image processing apparatus by using the second matrix and color space information for converting a signal in the uniform color space into a signal in the color space used by the image processing apparatus; and
convert the input image signal into the signal in the color space used by the image processing apparatus by using the first matrix and the lookup table, to print the converted input image signal.

US Pat. No. 9,958,259

DEPTH VALUE MEASUREMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for measuring a depth value of an object, the method comprising:illuminating the object with a luminaire comprising at least three or more spaced-apart pixel-layers including a first pixel-layer, a second pixel-layer and a third pixel-layer, each pixel-layer including a rectangular array of pixels;
capturing one or more images of the object illuminated by the pixel-layers of the luminaire; and
determining the depth value of a point on the surface of the object based on the one or more captured images,
wherein the spaced-apart pixel-layers of the luminaire are grouped into at least a front group and a back group, and wherein the front group is separated from the back group by a distance that is relatively large as compared to a distance by which the spaced-apart pixel-layers within any one group are separated.

US Pat. No. 9,958,026

DAMPING STRUCTURE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A damping structure comprising:a first frame including a first plate;
a driving motor provided on the first plate of the first frame;
a second frame provided at a position facing the first frame and including a second plate opposite to the first plate, the second frame being configured to support the first frame in such a manner that a gap is provided between the first and second plates;
a projecting portion provided in the gap and configured to project from one plate toward the other plate of the first and second plates;
a press member provided at a tip of the projecting portion and whose area is larger than an area of an end surface of the tip of the projecting portion; and
a damping member provided on the press member so as to be compressively held between the press member and the other plate, the damping member (i) having a rigidity lower than rigidities of the first frame, second frame, and the projecting portion and (ii) having a loss factor, measured by a mechanical impedance method in the state being compressed between the press member and the other plate, of 0.05 or more.
US Pat. No. 9,957,340

IMPRINTING METHOD AND CURABLE COMPOSITION FOR IMPRINTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,959,904

REPRODUCTION CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A reproduction control apparatus comprising:an instruction unit configured to give an instruction so as to move a reproduction position of time series data; and
a control unit configured to perform, when there is an instruction from the instruction unit to move the reproduction position forward, control to move a current reproduction position forward by a first period in a case where a remaining time from the current reproduction position to a terminal end is longer than a total period of the first period and a second period, and to move the current reproduction position to a position that is the second period before the terminal end in a case where the remaining time is less than or equal to the total period and longer than the second period.

US Pat. No. 9,953,625

ELECTROSTATIC CAPACITANCE TRANSDUCER, PROBE, AND SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrostatic capacitance transducer, comprising:a plurality of elements, each of the elements having a cell including
a first electrode, and
a vibrating film including a second electrode, formed across a gap from the first electrode;
a first flexible printed circuit having a plurality of first lines; and
a second flexible printed circuit having a plurality of second lines;
wherein a part of the plurality of elements are grouped into a first element group, each one of the elements of the first element group being electrically connected to a different one of the first lines;
wherein a part of the plurality of elements other than the first element group are grouped into a second element group, each one of the elements of the second element group being electrically connected to a different one of the second lines; and
wherein the intervals between adjacent lines in at least part of the plurality of first and second lines are wider at an opposite side from a connection side where the lines have been connected to the plurality of elements, than at the connection side, and
wherein a length of the first flexible print circuit concerning a direction of the first line is substantially equal to a length of the second flexible print circuit concerning a direction of the second lines.

US Pat. No. 9,951,415

FILM DEPOSITION APPARATUS AND FILM DEPOSITION METHOD

Canon Tokki Corporation, ...

1. A film deposition method by which a circumferential surface of cylindrical target rotatively driven by a driving unit is opposite to a substrate, the target is disposed in vacuum chamber such that a rotation axis of the target intersects a conveyance direction of the substrate, a reactive gas is supplied from a reactive gas flow unit, disposed at a location farther than the rotation axis of the target from the substrate and configured to flow the reactive gas to the side of the substrate, when depositing a film on a surface of the substrate by a magnetron sputtering, and an optical emission intensity of plasma is monitored by an optical emission monitor at a location between the substrate and the target and in the vicinity of the target, the film deposition method comprising:obtaining the optical emission intensity monitored by the optical emission monitor; and
controlling a rotation speed of the target driven by the driving unit, such that the obtained optical emission intensity approaches a preset target optical emission intensity, wherein a plurality of optical emission monitors are disposed respectively at intervals in a direction of the rotation axis of the target, and
wherein, in the controlling of the rotation speed, the rotation speed of the target is controlled such that each of the optical emission intensities monitored by the plurality of optical emission monitors is kept within an allowable range of the target optical emission intensity.

US Pat. No. 9,950,438

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:a puncher configured to punch holes in a first sheet conveyed from one of a plurality of sheet storing units;
a discharge roller configured to discharge the first sheet having the holes punched by the puncher and a second sheet conveyed from other of the plurality of sheet storing unit, the second sheet being a pre-punched sheet;
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the sheet processing apparatus to:
acquire a number of holes of the second sheet;
acquire a number of holes of the first sheet to be punched by the puncher;
determine whether the acquired number of holes of the second sheet coincides with the acquired number of holes of the first sheet to be punched; and
display a predetermined warning in a case where it is determined that the acquired number of holes of the second sheet does not coincide with the acquired number of holes of the first sheet to be punched.

US Pat. No. 9,947,508

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING AN ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus that forms a pattern on a substrate, the apparatus comprising:a base;
a stage configured to hold the substrate and be movable above the base with the stage supported by the base;
a patterning device configured to perform patterning on the substrate held by the stage;
a vacuum chamber housing the base and the stage, and supporting the patterning device;
a detector configured to obtain information of a relative position between the patterning device and the base;
a driving device configured to move the base; and
a controller configured to cause the driving device to move the base based on the information obtained by the detector to adjust the relative position,
wherein the patterning device includes an irradiation device configured to irradiate the substrate with a beam for forming the pattern, and a portion of the patterning device is housed in the vacuum chamber, and
wherein the detector is configured to obtain, as the information, information of a relative position between the portion of the patterning device housed in the vacuum chamber and the base.

US Pat. No. 9,943,231

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OBTAINING SUBJECT INFORMATION, DISPLAY METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A subject-information acquisition apparatus comprising:a light source;
a holding member configured to hold a subject and including a marker that absorbs light and generates an acoustic wave;
at least one transducer configured to receive an acoustic wave generated by irradiating the subject with light from the light source;
a signal processing unit configured to obtain a photoacoustic image using a first received signal and a second received signal output from the transducer; and
an image processing unit configured to cause a display unit to display the photoacoustic image with guide information indicating a shape of the holding member;
wherein, in a state in which the subject is held by the holding member, the light source is adapted to irradiate the subject and the marker and the at least one transducer receives an acoustic wave generated by irradiating the subject and the marker and outputs the first received signal,
wherein, in a state in which the subject is not held by the holding member, the light source irradiates the marker and the at least one transducer receives an acoustic wave generated by irradiating the marker and outputs the second received signal,
wherein the signal processing unit is configured to generate the photoacoustic image on characteristic information on the interior of the subject on the basis of the first received signal and the second received signal, in a manner that information based on the marker in the photoacoustic image is reduced, and
wherein the image processing unit is configured to generate the guide information indicating the shape of the holding member using a portion of the first received signal or the second received signal due to the marker.

US Pat. No. 9,938,095

STACKING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A stacking device for stacking a sheet, the stacking device comprising:a stacking portion on which a sheet is stacked;
a regulating member, including a first engaging portion and a second engaging portion and provided on the stacking portion so as to be movable in a first direction and in a second direction that is an opposite direction to the first direction, configured to regulate a position of an end portion of the sheet, the first engaging portion and the second engaging portion being arranged side by side along a direction perpendicular to a moving direction of the regulating member;
a first engaged portion provided in the stacking portion for positioning the regulating member to a position corresponding to a standard-sized sheet by being engaged with the first engaging portion;
a second engaged portion provided in the stacking portion for positioning the regulating member to a position corresponding to a non-standard-sized sheet by being engaged with the second engaging portion, the first engaged portion and the second engaged portion being arranged side by side along the direction perpendicular to the moving direction of the regulating member;
a one-piece moving member movable between a stand-by position and an operation position distant from the stand-by position; and
a releasing unit including a first releasing unit coupled to the one-piece moving member and configured to move the first engaging portion from a first engagement position where the first engaging portion is engaged with the first engaged portion to a first release position where the first engaging portion is not engaged with the first engaged portion, by the one-piece moving member moving to the operation position, and a second releasing unit coupled to the one-piece moving member and configured to move the second engaging portion from a second engagement position where the second engaging portion is engaged with the second engaged portion to a second release position where the second engaging portion is not engaged with the second engaged portion, by the one-piece moving member moving to the operation position,
wherein, when the one-piece moving member moves from the operation position to the stand-by position, the releasing unit moves the second engaging portion to the second engagement position after moving the first engaging portion to the first engagement position, and
the regulating member is movable to the first direction or the second direction in a state where the first engaging portion is moved to the first release position by the releasing unit, and the second engaging portion is engaged to the second engaged portion.

US Pat. No. 9,936,124

IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus that performs continuous imaging, in which a plurality of imaging operations are successively performed, the imaging apparatus comprising:a focus detection unit configured to perform focus detection, in which an amount of defocus is detected;
a position detection unit configured to detect an image plane position corresponding to a subject position using the amount of defocus;
an estimation unit configured to estimate a next image plane position using a plurality of pairs of data regarding the image plane position and a respective time at which the amount of defocus has been detected; and
a turnabout determination unit configured to determine whether a subject is a turnabout subject, which is a subject that moves towards the imaging apparatus, changes direction of movement, and then moves away from the imaging apparatus,
wherein, if the turnabout determination unit determines that the subject is a turnabout subject, the estimation unit sets a number of pairs of data to be used for the estimation of the next image plane position to a number smaller than when the turnabout determination unit has determined that the subject is not a turnabout subject.

US Pat. No. 9,936,139

IMAGE PICKUP CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup control apparatus comprising a memory and at least one processor which function as:an instruction unit configured to instruct an image pickup unit to shoot an image in accordance with an operation of a photographer;
a first display processing unit configured to display the image shot by the image pickup unit in accordance with an instruction by the instruction unit;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain position information input by the photographer with respect to the image displayed by the first display processing unit;
a second display processing unit configured to display options based on the position information obtained by the obtaining unit; and
an assistance unit configured to perform an assistance including at least one of setting of a parameter for next shooting and guidance display of a parameter related to shooting based on an option selected by the photographer from among the options displayed by the second display processing unit,
wherein, in response to a position indicated by the position information obtained by the obtaining unit being at a distance within a threshold from an in-focus position in the image displayed by the first display processing unit, the second display processing unit displays an option related to a setting of an exposure correction value.

US Pat. No. 9,936,158

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an imaging sensor configured to acquire images including a first image and a second image;
a memory configured to store information regarding a color kept as a chromatic color; and
a processor configured to execute processes including processes to:
divide the first image into object regions corresponding to objects, using at least a color information;
calculate an evaluation value indicating a characteristic degree of the object in the first image per each of the object regions;
determine a characteristic object based on the evaluation value calculated by the calculating unit; and
track the characteristic object determined by the determining unit;
wherein the processor is further configured to subject the first image to a color conversion process, to keep a color of the characteristic object as the chromatic color in the object region including the characteristic object, in accordance with the information stored in the memory regarding the color kept as the chromatic color, and to change a color of the object to an achromatic color in the object region without including the characteristic object; and
wherein responsive to detection of a color change of the tracked characteristic object in the second image after the first image;
the information stored in the memory regarding the color which the processor keeps as the chromatic color is updated, according to the color change of the tracked characteristic object, and
the processor performs the color conversion process without determining the characteristic object for a color conversion process against the second image by using the information stored in the memory after the updating.

US Pat. No. 9,933,603

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a rear lens group that includes at least two lens units and has a positive refractive power over an entire zoom range,
the zoom lens being configured such that intervals between adjacent lens units changes during zooming,
the second lens unit comprising, at least two successively arranged negative lenses, the at least two successively arranged negative lenses including a first negative lens arranged closest to the object side and a second negative lens,
wherein an object-side lens surface of the first negative lens comprises an aspherical lens surface having a positive aspherical surface amount; and
of an image-side lens surface of the first negative lens, an object-side lens surface of the second negative lens, and an image-side lens surface of the second negative lens, at least one lens surface comprises an aspherical lens surface having a positive aspherical surface amount and at least one lens surface comprises an aspherical lens surface having a negative aspherical surface amount.

US Pat. No. 9,933,726

DEVELOPER CONTAINER, CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developer container comprising:a container provided with an opening and configured to accommodate a developer;
a sealing member configured to cover the opening; and
an unsealing member configured to unseal the opening by moving said sealing member,
wherein said sealing member opposes said container at a central opposing portion positioned in a central side and at an end opposing portion positioned at an end side with respect to a longitudinal direction of said unsealing member,
wherein said sealing member and said container are bonded to each other at bonding portion which is at least a part of said central opposing portion, and
wherein a bonding force at the bonding portion of said central opposing portion is larger than a bonding force between said sealing member and said container at said end opposing portion.

US Pat. No. 9,929,538

SURFACE EMITTING LASER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A surface emitting laser including a laminated structure including a substrate, and a lower mirror, an active layer, and an upper mirror formed on the substrate configured to oscillate at a wavelength ?, the surface emitting laser comprising:a first stepped structure provided in a light outgoing region on an upper part of the upper mirror and including a level difference formed between a first region arranged in a center portion of the light outgoing region and a second region provided outside the first region; and
a second stepped structure provided in the light outgoing region on the upper part of the upper mirror and including a level difference formed between a third region provided outside the first region and a fourth region provided outside the third region,
wherein the level difference of the second stepped structure exists in the second region;
reflectance of a structure including the upper mirror, the first stepped structure, and the second stepped structure in the first region is higher than that in the second region with respect to light perpendicularly made incident to the substrate and having a wavelength ?; and
a phase difference between transmitted light of the third region and transmitted light of the fourth region is greater than a phase difference between transmitted light of the first region and transmitted light of the third region and wherein phase difference between transmitted light of the third region and transmitted light of the fourth region is ?.

US Pat. No. 9,929,067

CERAMIC PACKAGE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, ELECTRONIC COMPONENT, AND MODULE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a ceramic package, the method comprising:preparing a plurality of ceramic green sheets including one or more first ceramic green sheets;
forming a first hole and a second hole in each of the first ceramic green sheets such that a distance between the first hole and the second hole in each first ceramic green sheet of the first ceramic green sheets is smaller than both a length of the first hole in a first direction parallel to a bottom surface of the first ceramic green sheet and a length of the second hole in a second direction parallel to the bottom surface of the first ceramic green sheet, and such that both the length of the first hole in the first direction and the length of the second hole in the second direction in each of the first ceramic green sheets are larger than a total thickness of the first ceramic green sheets;
applying an electrically conductive paste to an inside of the first hole and an inside of the second hole of each of the first ceramic green sheets;
stacking the plurality of ceramic green sheets such that the first ceramic green sheets are consecutive, after applying the electrically conductive paste, to form stacked ceramic green sheets;
forming a ceramic member including a first electrically conductive member passing through the first hole and a second electrically conductive member passing through the second hole by burning the stacked ceramic green sheets; and
dividing the ceramic member along the first direction and the second direction so as to divide each of the first electrically conductive member and the second electrically conductive member, thereby forming a first connecting portion that is a part of the first electrically conductive member on a side surface appearing by the dividing of the ceramic member, and a second connecting portion that is a part of the second electrically conductive member on a side surface appearing by the dividing of the ceramic member.

US Pat. No. 9,930,204

IMAGE READING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus configured to read an image of an original, the image reading apparatus comprising:an illumination device configured to illuminate the original; and
a solid-state image sensor configured to receive a reflected light from the original and convert the reflected light into an image signal,
wherein the illumination device includes:
a plurality of light emitting elements; and
a light guide configured to guide light emitted from the plurality of light emitting elements toward the original,
wherein the light guide includes:
an incident surface which the light emitted from the plurality of light emitting elements enters;
a light guide portion through which the light entering the incident surface is transmitted to a deflection surface while repeating total reflection;
the deflection surface configured to deflect the light emitted from the plurality of light emitting elements to direct the light toward the original; and
an emission surface configured to emit the light deflected by the deflection surface toward the original,
wherein a plurality of first curved optical surfaces are arranged on the deflection surface at a first pitch in a longitudinal direction of the light guide,
wherein a plurality of second curved optical surfaces are arranged on the emission surface at a second pitch in the longitudinal direction of the light guide, the second curved optical surfaces being concave surfaces,
wherein the second pitch is larger than the first pitch, and
wherein a plurality of curved optical surfaces provided side by side are not provided on an outer surface constituting the light guide portion.

US Pat. No. 9,930,207

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF INITIALIZING A NON-VOLATILE STORAGE DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:an eMMC (embedded Multi Media Card) that includes a non-volatile memory and a memory controller;
a ROM (Read Only Memory) that stores an initial value of setting data of the information processing apparatus; and
at least one processor that executes instructions stored in the ROM or the eMMC to:
store, in a backup area of the eMMC, in a case that an instruction to initialize the eMMC is issued, data stored in the eMMC indicating a use history of the information processing apparatus;
erase, in accordance with the instruction to initialize the eMMC, data stored in at least one partition of the eMMC, wherein backup data in the backup area and data indicating a plurality of pieces of partition information of the eMMC recorded on an MBR (master boot record) of the eMMC are not erased in accordance with the instruction;
create the same partition in the eMMC that existed before the erasing; and
write, in the created partition in the eMMC, the setting data stored in the ROM and the data indicating the use history stored in the backup area of the eMMC.

US Pat. No. 9,921,532

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND ULTRASONIC SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording material;
a transmission unit configured to transmit an ultrasonic wave;
a reception unit configured to receive the ultrasonic wave transmitted from the transmission unit; and
a control unit configured to obtain a time period since the transmission unit transmits a first ultrasonic wave until the
reception unit receives the first ultrasonic wave via a first recording material and an amplitude value of the first ultrasonic
wave at a reference temperature, and obtain a time period since the transmission unit transmits a second ultrasonic wave until
the reception unit receives the second ultrasonic wave via a second recording material that is different from the first recording
material and an amplitude value of the second ultrasonic wave at a temperature that is different from the reference temperature,

wherein the control unit controls an image formation condition in a case where the image forming unit forms the image on the
first recording material on a basis of the amplitude value of the first ultrasonic wave, obtains a difference time period
between the time period until the first ultrasonic wave is received and the time period until the second ultrasonic wave is
received, and controls an image formation condition in a case where the image forming unit forms the image on the second recording
material on a basis of the difference time period and the amplitude value of the second ultrasonic wave.

US Pat. No. 9,921,301

ACOUSTIC WAVE MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An acoustic wave measuring apparatus comprising:
a probe having a plurality of transducers that convert an acoustic wave into an electric signal and vice versa;
a transmitting and receiving unit that includes a plurality of channels to which the plurality of transducers is connected,
generates an acoustic wave by applying an electric signal to the plurality of transducers, and receives an electric signal
converted from an acoustic wave received by the plurality of transducers as a reception signal;

a switching unit including a plurality of first switches and a plurality of second switches for switching connections between
the plurality of transducers and the plurality of channels; and

a controller that controls an operation of the switching unit,
wherein the plurality of transducers includes a central element row of transducers arranged in a first direction, and an end
portion element row of transducers including a plurality of pairs of transducers, each of the pairs positioned to sandwich
a transducer of the central element row in a second direction that intersects the first direction, and

each of the plurality of channels is connected to one of the pairs of the end portion element row via a first switch and one
of the transducers in the central element row that is positioned in a position different from the one of the pairs in the
first direction via a second switch, respectively, such that a transducer in the central element row and a pair of end portion
element row in an identical position in the first direction are connected to mutually different channels, further wherein
the controller causes either of the first switch and the second switch connected to an identical channel to be in an ON state
at one time.

US Pat. No. 9,922,409

EDGE EMPHASIS IN PROCESSING IMAGES BASED ON RADIATION IMAGES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

13. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program that causes the processor to:
generate a subtraction image obtained by performing subtraction processing between a mask radiation image before an inflow
of contrast medium and a live radiation image after the inflow of contrast medium;

set an emphasis degree for enhancing of the subtraction image;
determine, for each pixel included in the subtraction image, an existence or absence of an edge in the live radiation image
based on a pixel value of a pixel of the live radiation image at a position corresponding to a position of the pixel in the
subtraction image, and determine a correction coefficient to correct the emphasis degree in accordance with the existence
or absence of the edge; and

enhance pixel value for each of a plurality of pixels included in the subtraction image based on the emphasis degree and the
correction coefficient.

US Pat. No. 9,921,462

LIGHT SOURCE OPTICAL SYSTEM AND PROJECTION DISPLAY APPARATUS EMPLOYING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light source optical system configured to guide a light flux from a light source to a wavelength conversion element,
the light source optical system comprising:
a first lens surface array including a plurality of first lens surfaces;
a second lens surface array including a plurality of second lens surfaces and configured to receive a light flux from the
first lens surface array;

a condense optical system having a positive power and configured to guide a light flux from the second lens surface array
to the wavelength conversion element; and

a light guide surface configured to guide the light flux from the second lens surface array to the wavelength conversion element
via the condense optical system,

wherein in a direction orthogonal to an optical axis of the condense optical system in a cross section parallel to a normal
of the light guide surface and including the optical axis of the condense optical system, a width of the light guide surface
is narrower than a width of the condense optical system, and

the following expression is satisfied:

where the number of the second lens surfaces is defined as N, a focal length of each of the respective second lens surfaces
is defined as fLA, and an area of each of the respective second lens surfaces is defined as SLA.

US Pat. No. 9,921,469

IMPRINT METHOD, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint method of forming a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate by using a mold having a pattern surface on
which a mark is formed, the method comprising:
a deformation step of deforming the pattern surface into a convex shape protruding toward the substrate so that the mold can
be gradually brought into contact with the imprint material outward from a central portion of the pattern surface;

an obtaining step of obtaining a shift amount by which the mark on the mold is shifted in a direction along a surface of the
substrate by deforming the pattern surface in the deformation step;

a detection step of detecting a relative position between the mark on the mold and a corresponding mark on the substrate in
a state where the pattern surface is deformed in the deformation step; and

an alignment step of aligning the mold and the substrate in the direction, in a state where the pattern surface is deformed,
based on the relative position detected in the detection step and the shift amount obtained in the obtaining step.

US Pat. No. 9,924,058

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS POWER SUPPLY TO DIFFERENT DESTINATIONS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus operable in a power saving mode, comprising:
a wireless communication interface configured to perform communication using a first wireless communication function and a
second wireless communication function;

a determination unit configured to determine, in a case where a return instruction for returning the information processing
apparatus from the power saving mode is received from the wireless communication interface, whether the return instruction
is an instruction generated due to the first wireless communication function or an instruction generated due to the second
wireless communication function; and

a decision unit configured to decide, as an electric power supply destination, based on a result of the determination performed
by the determination unit;

a first electric power supply destination to which electric power is to be supplied when the return instruction is an instruction
generated due to the first wireless communication function; and

a second electric power supply destination, different from the first electric power supply destination, to which electric
power is to be supplied when the return instruction is an instruction generated due to the second wireless communication function,

wherein the determination unit and the decision unit are implemented by at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,921,498

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
a support;
an undercoat layer formed on the support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the undercoat layer, wherein
the undercoat layer contains a polymer of a composition containing a crosslinking agent, a resin having a polymerizable functional
group and a compound represented by formula (1):


where R1 represents a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms in a main chain thereof, or a substituted
or unsubstituted aryl group, the alkyl group or the aryl group having 2 or more polymerizable functional groups, and the polymerizable
functional groups each comprise a hydroxy group, a thiol group, an amino group, or a carboxyl group;

R2 represents a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms in a main chain thereof, a group derived
by substituting at least one CH2 in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 3 to 6 carbon atoms in the main chain with an oxygen
atom, a group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 3 to 6 carbon atoms in the main chain with a sulfur atom,
a group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 3 to 6 carbon atoms in the main chain with NR3, a group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 2 to 6 carbon atoms in the main chain with a carbonyl
group, a group derived by substituting at least one C2H4 in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 3 to 6 carbon atoms in the main chain with COO, a substituted
or unsubstituted cyclic alkyl group having 3 to 6 carbon atoms in a main chain thereof, or a substituted or unsubstituted
aryl group;

R3 represents a hydrogen atom, or a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms in a main chain thereof;

a substituent of each of the alkyl group, the group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in the main chain of an alkyl group with an oxygen atom, a sulfur atom, NR3, or a carbonyl group, the group derived by substituting at least one C2H4 in the main chain of an alkyl group with COO, and the cyclic alkyl group comprises an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms,
benzyl group, alkoxycarbonyl group, or phenyl group that may be further substituted;

a substituent of the aryl group comprises a halogen atom, a cyano group, a nitro group, or an alkyl group, alkoxy group, or
alkoxycarbonyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms that may be further substituted; and

A represents a structure represented by formula (2) or formula (3):

where R4 to R13 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a cyano group, a nitro group, a substituted or unsubstituted
alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms in a main chain thereof, or a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, and

a mass ratio between the compound represented by formula (1), and at least one of the crosslinking agent and the resin having
a polymerizable functional group is from 100:50 to 100:250.

US Pat. No. 9,924,068

CONVERTING IMAGE DATA FOR PRINTING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus for processing image data, comprising:
an image data acquisition unit configured to acquire image data;
a decision unit configured to decide, based on a resolution of the image data acquired by the image data acquisition unit
and a target resolution to be used in generation of print data, a first resolution higher than the resolution of the image
data and closest to the resolution of the image data out of divisors of the target resolution;

a first resolution conversion unit configured to convert the image data acquired by the image data acquisition unit into first
image data having the first resolution decided by the decision unit;

a filter acquiring unit configured to acquire a filter corresponding to the first resolution which is one of the divisors
of the target resolution, wherein the filter is used to compensate for degradation in quality of an image represented by the
image data, which can occur when the image data is processed for printing;

a filter processing unit configured to process the first image data converted by the first resolution conversion unit using
the filter acquired by the filter acquiring unit;

a second resolution conversion unit configured to convert the first image data processed by the filter processing unit into
second image data having the target resolution; and

a generation unit configured to generate the print data based on the second image data converted by the second resolution
conversion unit.

US Pat. No. 9,905,699

THIN FILM TRANSISTOR, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A thin film transistor, comprising:
a gate electrode;
a first insulating film as a gate insulating film;
an oxide semiconductor film as a channel layer, said oxide semiconductor film comprising at least one of a Sn—In—Zn oxide,
an In—Zn—Ga oxide, an In—Sn oxide, an In—Ga oxide, an In—Zn oxide or an In oxide;

a second insulating film as a protective layer for protecting the channel layer; and
a source electrode and a drain electrode, wherein
a part of each of the source electrode and the drain electrode covers the oxide semiconductor film, and another part of each
of the source electrode and the drain electrode covers the second insulating film, and

each of the first insulating film and the second insulating film includes a silicon oxide layer, and a film thickness of that
part of the second insulating film which is covered with either of the source electrode and the drain electrode is not more
than half of a film thickness of the first insulating film.

US Pat. No. 9,900,493

FOCUS DETECTING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF PREDICTION FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detecting apparatus that predicts a future image-plane position of a moving object, the apparatus comprising:
an image-displacement-amount detecting unit configured to detect an image displacement amount between a pair of image signals
acquired from an image sensor;

a converting unit configured to convert the image displacement amount detected by the image-displacement-amount detecting
unit to a defocus amount using a conversion factor;

a position acquiring unit configured to acquire information on a lens position;
a predicting unit configured to predict the future image-plane position of the moving object using a plurality of data on
the defocus amount, the lens position, and time; and

a correcting unit configured to correct the conversion factor using the plurality of data on the image-plane position information
relating to the moving object,

wherein the predicting unit predicts the future image-plane position of the moving object based on the defocus amount converted
by the converting unit using the conversion factor corrected by the correcting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,891,408

MIRROR DRIVE DEVICE THAT MOVES MIRROR HOLDERS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A mirror drive device comprising:
a first mirror holder that holds a first mirror and is configured to be movable between a first position in a photographing
optical path and a second position retracted from the photographing optical path;

a second mirror holder that holds a second mirror in a state rotatably attached to said first mirror holder and is configured
to be movable between a third position in the photographing optical path and a fourth position retracted from the photographing
optical path;

a motor;
a first driving member configured to be driven by said motor; and
a second driving member configured to move said second mirror holder between the third position and the fourth position,
wherein when said first mirror holder is in the first position, and said second mirror holder is in the third position, said
first driving member and said second driving member are connected by cams provided on said first driving member and said second
driving member, respectively, to thereby restrict movement of said second driving member,

wherein when said first mirror holder is in a position between the first position and the second position, and when said second
mirror holder is a position between the third position and the fourth position, said first driving member and said second
driving member are connected by gears provided on said first driving member and said second driving member, respectively,
to thereby enable said second driving member to move said second mirror holder, and

wherein when said second mirror holder is moved from the third position to the fourth position, said second mirror holder
is brought into contact with said first mirror holder, whereby said first mirror holder is pushed by said second mirror holder,
thereby being moved from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,885,790

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus that includes a plurality of sensors, a drive unit configured to drive the plurality of sensors,
a readout unit configured to read out a signal from each sensor driven by the drive unit, and a control unit,
wherein the control unit performs
a first control of monitoring, after radiation irradiation to the plurality of sensors has been started, a signal of a first
sensor, out of the plurality of sensors, while driving the first sensor by the drive unit to read out the signal of the first
sensor by the readout unit, and accumulating the monitored signal of the first sensor,

a second control of outputting, in response to a calculated value obtained by the accumulation in the first control and reaching
a target value, a control signal to end the radiation irradiation, and

a third control of reading out, after the radiation irradiation is ended by the second control, the signals of the respective
plurality of sensors by the readout unit while driving the plurality of sensors by the drive unit, and

the control unit changes a monitoring cycle of the first control based on the target value and an elapsed time since the radiation
irradiation has been started.

US Pat. No. 9,885,873

COLOR SEPARATION OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A color separation optical system which separates an entrance ray into at least three rays of different color lights called
a first color light, a second color light, and a third color light and which guides the three rays respectively to solid-state
image pickup elements disposed on different optical paths, the color separation optical system comprising:
a first prism including a first entrance surface and a first reflection surface provided with a first dichroic film which
reflects the first color light in a ray entering the first prism from the first entrance surface and which transmits the second
color light and the third color light;

a second prism including a second entrance surface disposed to face the first reflection surface with an air gap provided
therebetween, and a second exit surface from which a ray entering from the second entrance surface exits;

a third prism including a third entrance surface from which a ray exiting from the second exit surface of the second prism
enters the third prism, and a third exit surface from which the ray entering the third prism from the third entrance surface
exits; and

an absorption filter disposed between the second exit surface of the second prism and the third entrance surface of the third
prism and configured to absorb the second color light, wherein

the third entrance surface of the third prism or a surface of the absorption filter facing the third entrance surface is provided
with a second dichroic film which reflects the second color light and which transmits the third color light.

US Pat. No. 9,876,047

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor apparatus comprising:
a first photodiode arranged in a semiconductor substrate;
a second photodiode arranged in the semiconductor substrate;
a charge voltage conversion part connected to a cathode of the first photodiode and an anode of the second photodiode and
configured to convert a charge amount in accordance with electrons generated in the first photodiode and holes generated in
the second photodiode into a voltage; and

a signal generation part configured to generate a signal in accordance with the voltage of the charge voltage conversion part,
wherein an element separation part constituted by an insulator is arranged between an active region where the first photodiode
is arranged and an active region where a transistor constituting the signal generation part is arranged and between an active
region where the second photodiode is arranged and an active region where a transistor constituting the signal generation
part is arranged.

US Pat. No. 9,874,848

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A LUBRICANT AND DEVELOPER OF OPPOSITE POLARITY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a cartridge including an image bearing member, a developer bearing member that bears a developer, and a storage member; and
a detection unit configured to communicate with the storage member and detect if the cartridge is new based on information
stored in the storage member, wherein

a lubricant of a polarity opposite to a polarity of the developer is coated on the developer bearing member; and
if the cartridge is detected to be new, prior to start of an image forming operation, a discharging operation of discharging
the lubricant from a surface of the developer bearing member onto the image bearing member is performed,

wherein the developer bearing member is configured to receive a developing bias, and when a predetermined time elapses from
a start of the discharging operation and before an end of the discharging operation, an absolute value of the developing bias
is set greater than when the discharging operation is started.

US Pat. No. 9,874,853

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a sheet, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a sheet storing portion, storing a sheet therein, mountable in a main body of the image forming apparatus and capable of being
drawn out of the main body;

a feeding unit configured to feed the sheet stored in the sheet storing portion;
a cover disposed vertically above the sheet storing portion and capable of moving between a closed position and an open position;
and

a protective member,
wherein the sheet storing portion includes a side wall and a sheet guide surface that guides the sheet fed with the feeding
unit,

wherein in a state where the sheet storing portion is drawn out from the main body, when the cover is moved from the closed
position towards the open position, the cover comes into contact with the protective member and does not come in contact with
the sheet guide surface, and

wherein the protective member is provided on the side wall in a detachably attachable manner.

US Pat. No. 9,871,987

IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup element comprising:
a pixel array in which a plurality of first unit pixels each including M photoelectric converters (M is a natural number higher
than or equal to 2) and a plurality of second unit pixels each including N photoelectric converters (N is a natural number
lower than M) are arranged in rows and columns;

a first column output line arranged for each column of the pixel array,
wherein signals of the first unit pixels are output to the first column output line; and
a second column output line that is different from the first column output line and arranged for each column of the pixel
array,

wherein signals of the second unit pixels are output to the second column output line,
wherein the first column output line is shared by the first unit pixels of adjacent columns for outputting signals of the
first unit pixels of adjacent columns, and the second column output line is shared by the second unit pixels of adjacent columns
for outputting signals of the second unit pixels of adjacent columns,

wherein the number of the second column output lines per column is lower than the number of the first column output lines
per column.

US Pat. No. 9,866,708

ORIGINAL READING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
an original stacking tray;
a first sensor that detects that an original is placed on the original stacking tray;
a conveyor that conveys the original placed on the original stacking tray;
a scanner that reads the original conveyed by the conveyor;
a second sensor that detects double feed of originals conveyed by the conveyor;
a setting unit configured to make a setting about whether to validate or to invalidate a function of interrupting scanning
of originals by the scanner in accordance with a detection, by the second sensor, of double feed of the originals conveyed
by the conveyor; and

a notification unit configured to notify that the setting unit makes the setting about whether to validate or to invalidate
the function,

wherein the notifying unit notifies that the function is valid in accordance with a detection, by the first sensor, that the
original is placed on the original stacking tray,

wherein at least one of the setting unit and the notification unit is implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,864,332

CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus, said cartridge comprising:
a frame;
an accommodating portion, constituted by said frame, for accommodating developer;
a seal portion for preventing the developer from leaking out of said accommodating portion, wherein said seal portion is formed
by injection molding at said frame and is projected from a surface of said frame; and

a projection that is integrally formed with said seal portion by a resin material remaining in an injecting path for permitting
flow of the resin material when said seal portion is formed by the injection molding,

wherein said seal portion is not more projected than said projection from said surface of said frame in a direction perpendicular
to said surface.

US Pat. No. 9,864,336

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit having a photosensitive member and a developing unit configured to develop an electrostatic latent image
formed on the photosensitive member;

a light irradiation unit configured to emit irradiation light for forming a latent image on the photosensitive member; and
a cooling unit configured to cool the image forming unit,
the cooling unit has a cooling fan, a duct configured to guide air supplied from the cooling fan and having a shape extending
along an axial direction of the photosensitive member, and a plurality of air outlet portions provided in the duct so as to
be apart from each other in the axial direction,

wherein the image forming unit has an opening portion for allowing irradiation light emitted from the light irradiation unit
to the photosensitive member to pass therethrough, air discharged from the plurality of air outlet portions is supplied through
the opening portion to the inside of the image forming unit,

when viewed from the axial direction of the photosensitive member, the developing unit is located at one side and the plurality
of air outlet portions is located at opposite side, and the light irradiated from the light irradiation unit goes between
the one side and the opposite side.

US Pat. No. 9,855,690

INJECTION MOLDING RESIN GEAR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An injection molding resin gear for an image forming apparatus, the injection molding resin gear comprising:
a tooth portion having teeth and a rim, wherein the teeth have a tooth plane and are formed on an outer peripheral portion
of the rim to extend towards an addendum circle;

a shaft supporting portion formed around a shaft center of rotation; and
a web that connects the tooth portion and the shaft supporting portion and includes a plurality of concave/convex portions,
wherein each concave/convex portion includes a concave portion formed on a first surface, a convex portion formed on a second
surface at a position corresponding to the concave portion, and a thinned portion orientated in a radial direction that passes
through a concave/convex portion rotation center of the concave/convex portion, and

wherein one of the concave portions and the convex portions include a gate point as a point of resin entry into the injection
molding resin gear,

whereby an accuracy of the tooth plane is increased due to a thickness of the thinned portion causing resistance of resin
flow from the gate point to the tooth portion and delay of resin filling in the radial direction relative to resin filling
in a circumferential direction that is at a right angle with respect to the radial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,860,405

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printer configured to print an image including an object and a detection object on a sheet, the object being placed at a
different position from the detection object on the sheet;

a scanner configured to read the image of the sheet on which the image including the object and the detection object are printed
by the printer; and

a controller, including a processor, configured to execute:
a generating task that generates first image data according to the reading of the image including the object and the detection
object by the scanner;

a determining task that determines an area to detect a position of the object from second image data based on the first image
data, the first image data having resolution lower than that of the second image data;

a detecting task that detects the detection object from the first image data, and detects the position of the object from
the area;

an obtaining task that obtains a print position based on the position of the object; and
a print controlling task that controls the printer, based on the print position obtained by the obtaining task, to print an
output image on a sheet,

wherein the determining task determines the area to detect the position of the object from the second image data, based on
the position of the detection object detected from the first image data, an orientation of the detection object, and the size
of the sheet from which the image is read by the scanner.

US Pat. No. 9,860,407

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus for performing automatic reception processing of a calling signal received on a telephone line,
by power supplied from a first power supply, the communication apparatus comprising:
a facsimile receiving unit configured to receive a facsimile data from the telephone line by controlling a modem, by power
supplied from a second power supply;

a detection unit configured to detect a calling signal received from the telephone line, by power supplied from the first
power supply, while power supplied from the second power supply is stopped;

a counting unit configured to count the number of calling signals detected by the detection unit; and
a power supply control unit configured to start supply of power from the second power supply to the facsimile receiving unit
in a case where the number of detected calling signals counted by the counting unit reaches a predetermined number,

wherein the facsimile receiving unit starts reception of the facsimile data by power supplied from the second power supply.

US Pat. No. 9,860,409

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus, comprising:
a deflector configured to deflect light beams with first and second deflection surfaces to scan first and second scanned surfaces
in a main scanning direction;

first and second imaging optical systems configured to guide the light beams deflected by the first and second deflection
surfaces to the first and second scanned surfaces; and

an incident optical system configured to allow the light beam to obliquely enter the first deflection surface in a sub-scanning
section,

wherein the first imaging optical system comprises a first optical element having an absolute value of a curvature radius
of an incident surface smaller than an absolute value of a curvature radius of an exit surface in the sub-scanning section
including an optical axis, and

wherein the incident surface of the first optical element is configured to reflect the light beam entering the incident surface
toward a direction of separating from a main scanning section including the deflector in the sub-scanning section including
the optical axis.

US Pat. No. 9,854,387

MOBILE INFORMATION TERMINAL AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CARRYING OUT NEAR-FIELD WIRELESS COMMUNICATION, SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system comprising:
a mobile information terminal; and
an image forming apparatus,
wherein the mobile information terminal comprises:
a first memory; and
a first processor connected to the first memory and configured to execute instructions that, when executed, cause the mobile
information terminal to:

set information on an operating mode of the image forming apparatus; and
send the information on the operating mode and authentication data to the image forming apparatus in response to a near-field
wireless communication being started by the mobile information terminal,

wherein the image forming apparatus comprises:
a second memory; and
a second processor connected to the second memory and configured to execute instructions that, when executed, cause the image
forming apparatus to:

perform an authentication process based on the authentication data sent from the mobile information terminal; and
in a case where the authentication process is successfully completed, set the operating mode of the image forming apparatus
based on the information on the operating mode sent from the mobile information terminal by the near-field wireless communication,

wherein, in a case where a scanning application is started in the mobile information terminal, the information on the operating
mode sent from the mobile information terminal shows a scanning mode,

wherein, in a case where a printing application is started in the mobile information terminal, the information on the operating
mode sent from the mobile information terminal shows a restriction mode,

wherein, in a case where the scanning mode is set as the operating mode of the image forming apparatus, the image forming
apparatus displays an operating screen corresponding to the scanning mode, and

wherein, in a case where the restriction mode is set as the operating mode of the image forming apparatus, an operation on
an operation panel of the image forming apparatus is restricted.

US Pat. No. 9,854,134

COLOR PROCESSING APPARATUS AND COLOR PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A color processing apparatus for performing color conversion using a color conversion table which has signal values of
an output color space corresponding to grid points dividing an input color space into a plurality of unit cubes, the apparatus
comprising:
one or more processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors and having stored thereon instructions, which, when executed by the one or
more processors, cause the color processing apparatus to:

determine a quadrant to which an input signal belongs, in a chromaticity plane perpendicular to a lightness axis of the input
color space;

detect a unit cube to which the input signal belongs in the plurality of unit cubes; and
divide the detected unit cube into a plurality of polyhedrons for an interpolation operation by a segmentation method corresponding
to the determined quadrant,

wherein the dividing of the detected unit cube is performed along a direction of a diagonal line, which passes through an
origin of the chromaticity plane, in a part of the plurality of unit cubes in accordance with the segmentation method.

US Pat. No. 9,854,153

IMAGING APPARATUS, AND A METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS USING AN IMAGING SURFACE CORRECTION MAP FOR PERFORMING CORRECTIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus on which a lens device is able to be detachably mounted, the imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit configured to include a plurality of photoelectric conversion units that receive light fluxes passing through
and incident on different pupil regions in an imaging optical system of the lens device and output a plurality of signals;

a calculation unit configured to acquire the signals output by the plurality of photoelectric conversion units and calculate
a defocus amount; and

a correction unit configured to correct the defocus amount calculated by the calculation unit,
wherein the correction unit performs imaging surface correction by correcting the defocus amount using an imaging surface
correction map generated based on correction information regarding optical characteristics of the lens device and correction
information regarding an inclination of an imaging surface of the imaging unit.

US Pat. No. 9,851,651

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD TO CONTROL THE GLOSS OF AN IMAGE TO BE PRINTED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

7. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to receive color image data and gloss image data of an image to be printed;
a first color separation unit configured to convert the color image data into a first print material amount signal representing
a use amount of a basic-color print material and a use amount of a spot-color print material which reproduces a color different
from the basic-color print material;

a second color separation unit configured to generate a second print material amount signal representing a use amount corresponding
to a plurality of basic-color print materials corresponding to the spot-color print material, by performing a use amount replacement
which replaces a use amount corresponding to the gloss image data, of the basic-color print material use amount and the spot-color
print material use amount indicated by the first print material amount signal, with use amounts corresponding to the plurality
of basic-color print materials;

a path separation unit configured to convert the second print material amount signal into path separation data corresponding
to each printing scan of an image generating apparatus; and

a halftone processing unit configured to perform halftone processing on the path separation data to generate a print signal
indicating a print position of an on-dot, for each of the basic-color print material and the spot-color print material, thereby
generating the print signal which causes superposition of on-dots of the plurality of basic-color print materials corresponding
to the spot-color print material in printing scan of the image generating apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,851,675

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a supporting member configured to support at least one sheet thereon;
a feeding member configured to feed the sheet;
a photosensitive member;
a developing member configured to develop a latent image formed on the photosensitive member;
driving means for generating a driving force; and
switching means for switching, by the driving force, a positional relation between the supporting member and the feeding member
and a positional relation between the photosensitive member and the developing member, between a first state and a second
state where the supporting member and the feeding member are more distant from each other than in the first state and the
photosensitive member and the developing member are more distant from each other than in the first state, wherein the switching
means switches the positional relation between the photosensitive member and the developing member by moving the developing
member.

US Pat. No. 9,843,932

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to, when acquiring communication parameters from another communication apparatus, receive an authentication
request signal transmitted from said other communication apparatus;

an authentication unit configured to authenticate said other communication apparatus based on identification information included
in the authentication request signal;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the authentication request signal has been transmitted by unicast;
notification unit configured to notify said other communication apparatus of an error in a case where authentication by the
authentication unit fails and where it is determined that the authentication request signal has been transmitted by unicast;
and

an acquisition unit configured to acquire communication parameters from said other communication apparatus in a case where
authentication by the authentication unit succeeds,

wherein, even in a case where authentication by the authentication unit fails, when it is determined that the authentication
request signal has not been transmitted by unicast, the notification unit does not notify the said communication apparatus
of an error.

US Pat. No. 9,843,688

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEMS, AND METHODS OF USING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming system comprising:
an image processing apparatus configured to generate image data based on a printing request transmitted from an external apparatus
via a network and transmit the image data; and

an image forming apparatus configured to execute printing based on the image data transmitted from the image processing apparatus,
wherein the image processing apparatus includes
a first interface which receives information of the image forming apparatus from the image forming apparatus,
a storage which stores the information of the image forming apparatus received by the first interface,
a second interface which receives a request from an external apparatus and transmits the information about the request stored
in the storage to the external apparatus,

a controller which shifts the image processing apparatus from a first power state to a second power state in which power consumption
is lower than power consumption in the first power state, and shifts

the image processing apparatus from the second power state to the first power state,
wherein, when the second interface has received a first request from an external apparatus while the image processing apparatus
is in the second power state, the controller shifts the image processing apparatus from the second power state to the first
power state and the first interface transmits a second request to the image forming apparatus, and

wherein the first interface receives new information of the image forming apparatus from the image forming apparatus as response
information about the second request and the second interface transmits new information about the first request to the external
apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,843,696

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a memory storing instructions;
one or more processors that executes the instructions and controls,
a control unit configured to control writing or reading data to or from a storage; and
a determining unit configured to determine whether the writing or reading of data occurs in the storage;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain temperature information from the storage at least in a case where the determining unit
determines that the writing or reading of data occurs in the storage;

a cooling unit, including a fan, configured to perform a cooling operation on the control unit and the storage to cool the
control unit and the storage,

wherein the control unit controls a number of times of rotation in a predetermined time period of the fan in accordance with
the obtained temperature information, and

controls the obtaining unit to obtain temperature information from the storage and
uses the temperature information obtained from the storage by the obtaining unit to control a timing of when to obtain the
temperature information next from the storage and the number of times of rotation in the predetermined time period, wherein
the next time to obtain the temperature information and the number of times of rotation in the predetermined time period are
determined based on the temperature information obtained from the storage;

a printer configured to print an image on a sheet; and
a scanner configured to scan an image of a document,
wherein in a case where the printer and the scanner are in a standby state where the printer and the scanner is not operated,
the control unit does not control the obtaining unit to execute obtaining temperature information and wherein the control
unit controls the fan not to operate in accordance that the printer and the scanner are in the standby state where the printer
and the scanner are not operated.

US Pat. No. 9,841,699

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
first and second light sources each configured to output a light beam having a light power based on a supplied driving current;
a detection unit, including a light receiving element arranged at a position where a light beam output from each of the first
and second light sources is received, configured to generate, as a detection result, a detection voltage corresponding to
the light power of the light beam received by the light receiving element;

first and second capacitors that respectively correspond to the first and second light sources; and
a driving unit configured to control a voltage of each of the first and second capacitors, and to supply, to the first light
source, a driving current corresponding to the voltage of the first capacitor and supply, to the second light source, a driving
current corresponding to the voltage of the second capacitor,

wherein the driving unit is configured to:
charge the first and second capacitors in parallel without using the detection result by the detection unit, and stop charging
the first and second capacitors in accordance with the charging having been executed for a predetermined time;

control the voltage of the first capacitor charged without using the detection result, based on the detection voltage that
is generated by the detection unit when the light receiving element receives the light beam output from the first light source
to which the driving current corresponding to the voltage of the first capacitor is supplied, and control the voltage of the
second capacitor charged without using the detection result, based on the detection voltage that is by the detection unit
when the light receiving element receives the light beam output from the second light source to which the driving current
corresponding to the voltage of the second capacitor is supplied; and

supply, to the first light source, the driving current corresponding to the voltage of the first capacitor that has been controlled
based on the detection voltage and supply, to the second light source, the driving current corresponding to the voltage of
the second capacitor that has been controlled based on the detection voltage, so as to cause each of the first and second
light sources to output the light beam for exposing the photosensitive member,

wherein the driving unit is configured to further charge the first capacitor that has been charged for the predetermined time
without using the detection result by the detection unit, based on the detection voltage corresponding to the light beam output
from the first light source, and to further charge the second capacitor that has been charged for the predetermined time without
using the detection result by the detection unit, based on the detection voltage corresponding to the light beam output from
the second light source.

US Pat. No. 9,835,970

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH PRE-EXPOSURE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image input portion into which image data corresponding to toner images to be formed is inputted;
a first image forming station including a first photosensitive member, a first charging roller configured to charge said first
photosensitive member, a first exposure member configured to expose said first photosensitive member charged by said first
charging roller to light on the basis of, among the image data inputted into said image input portion, first image data corresponding
to a first toner image formed at said first image forming station, and a first developing device configured to develop with
a toner an electrostatic latent image formed on said first photosensitive member by said first exposure member;

a second image forming station including a second photosensitive member, a second charging roller configured to charge said
second photosensitive member at a charging position by being supplied with only a DC voltage, a second exposure member configured
to expose said second photosensitive member charged by said second charging roller to light on the basis of, among the image
data inputted into said image input portion, second image data corresponding to a second toner image formed at said second
image forming station, and a second developing device configured to develop with a toner an electrostatic latent image formed
on said second photosensitive member by said second exposure member;

an intermediary transfer belt configured to bear the first toner image and the second toner image which are transferred superposedly
in the listed order;

a first transfer member disposed opposed to said first photosensitive member via said intermediary transfer belt and configured
to electrostatically transfer the first toner image formed on said first photosensitive member onto said intermediary transfer
belt;

a second transfer member disposed opposed to said second photosensitive member via said intermediary transfer belt and configured
to electrostatically transfer the second toner image formed on said second photosensitive member onto said intermediary transfer
belt at a transfer position;

a pre-exposure member configured to expose said second photosensitive member to light at a position downstream of the transfer
position and upstream of the charging position with respect to a movement direction of said second photosensitive member;
and

a controller configured to control an operation of said pre-exposure member depending on only the first image data of the
first image data and the second image data when image formation is effected using the first image data and the second image
data.

US Pat. No. 9,838,565

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF RELIABLY SWITCHING SESSION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor connected to the memory and configured to execute:
an establishing task configured to establish a first session with another information processing apparatus by transmitting
INVITE to the other information processing apparatus;

a reception task configured to receive capability information indicating capabilities of the other information processing
apparatus from the other information processing apparatus, after the establishing task establishes the first session;

a request task configured to request the other information processing apparatus to switch the first session to a second session,
after the reception task receives the capability information, by transmitting Re-INVITE to the other information processing
apparatus; and

a switching task configured to switch the first session to the second session after the request task requests the other information
processing apparatus to switch the first session to the second session.

US Pat. No. 9,825,491

POWER FEEDING APPARATUS, POWER FEEDING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power feeding apparatus comprising:
a power feeding unit configured to wirelessly feed power to a power receiving apparatus;
a reception unit configured to receive, from a first power receiving apparatus, remaining battery level information of a secondary
battery of the first power receiving apparatus;

a determination unit configured to determine power feeding time for feeding of power to the first power receiving apparatus,
based on the remaining battery level information;

a first switching unit configured to switch a power feeding destination from the first power receiving apparatus to a second
power receiving apparatus according to a lapse of the power feeding time from start of power feeding to the first power receiving
apparatus; and

a second switching unit configured to switch the power feeding destination from the first power receiving apparatus to the
second power receiving apparatus in response to the power feeding apparatus receiving a stop request of power feeding from
the first power receiving apparatus even before the lapse of the power feeding time.

US Pat. No. 9,824,273

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing system comprising:
a memory that stores a program; and
a processor that executes the program stored in the memory so as to function as units comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a boundary of a retinal layer in a tomographic image of an eye to be examined;
a calculation unit configured to calculate, at respective points or the boundary of the retinal layer detected by the detection
unit, each of signed curvature values corresponding to one of the points of the boundary of the retinal layer;

a generation unit configured to generate a curvature map based on the signed curvature values calculated by the calculation
unit;

a display control unit configured to display on a display device the curvature map generated by the generation unit; and
a graph generation unit configured to generate a graph that has a first axis and a second axis, the first axis plotting an
average value of the signed curvature values and the second axis plotting a variance value of the signed curvature values,

wherein the curvature map has a display form which is recognizable whether it is an upward or downward convex shape; and
wherein the display control unit displays, on the display device, the graph on which a mark indicating the signed curvature
values is superimposed.

US Pat. No. 9,824,848

X-RAY GENERATING TUBE, X-RAY GENERATING APPARATUS, AND RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An X-ray generating tube comprising:
an anode comprising:
a target generating an X-ray upon an irradiation with an electron beam; and
an anode member which is electrically connected to the target and which holds the target;
a cathode comprising:
an electron emitting source having an electron emitting portion configured to irradiate an electron beam to the target; and
a cathode member electrically connected to the electron emitting source; and
an insulating tube having a pair of ends in a tube axis direction, one end of which is connected to the anode member and the
other end of which is connected to the cathode member,

wherein the anode further comprises an inner circumferential conductive layer located on an inner surface of the insulating
tube at a distance from the cathode and an end surface conductive layer located on the one end of the insulating tube,

wherein the inner circumferential conductive layer is electrically connected to the anode member via the end surface conductive
layer, and

wherein a plurality of the end surface conductive layers are located in a tube circumference direction of the insulating tube.

US Pat. No. 9,826,148

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR ADJUSTING TEXTURE OF AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor configured to control execution of the following processes:
a process of inputting captured image data and shooting environment information representing an environment at the time of
shooting of the captured image data;

a process of acquiring a predetermined parameter for adjusting an image quality, and reference environment information serving
as a reference when adjusting the image quality by applying the predetermined parameter to the captured image data;

a process of adjusting the image quality by using the predetermined parameter;
a process of determining, based on a difference between the reference environment information and the shooting environment
information whether adjustment by the predetermined parameter can be applied; and

wherein the process of adjusting the image quality is performed by using the predetermined parameter when the difference is
not more than a predetermined value, and a warning is issued when the difference is greater than the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,823,331

OBJECT DETECTING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING OBJECT DETECTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object detecting apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory coupled to the processor storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform
operations comprising:

detecting an area of a predetermined object from an image;
calculating an evaluation value on the area detected by the detecting; and
determining, when the evaluation value satisfies a predetermined criterion, that the area is the predetermined object,
wherein the predetermined criterion is set depending on an amount of distortion of the image.

US Pat. No. 9,822,822

DRIVE APPARATUS AND BELT UNIT FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drive apparatus comprising:
a first rotary member;
a second rotary member, which is provided with an axle hole, and which receives drive power from the first rotary member or
transmits the drive power to the first rotary member;

an axle member, which is inserted into the axle hole in the second rotary member and engages with the first rotary member
so as to transmit the drive power between the first rotary member and the second rotary member; and

a coupling member for coupling the first rotary member and the second rotary member,
the coupling member including a supporting portion which is disposed between the first rotary member and the second rotary
member in a radial direction, and

a restricting portion which restricts departure of the axle member from the axle hole in the second rotary member,
wherein the first rotary member has a width larger than an outer diameter of the axle member and includes a recess portion
which contacts with the axle member.

US Pat. No. 9,826,175

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image sensor of a rolling shutter type;
a count number calculator which calculates a count number corresponding to an accumulation time based on a signal readout
time per a readout unit line of the image sensor;

a skip setter which sets a skip line in which processing concerning at least one of an accumulating operation and a readout
operation in the image sensor is skipped; and

a controller which controls the accumulating operation and the readout operation of the image sensor so as to achieve uniform
accumulation time of the readout unit line within one frame based on the count number and the skip line.

US Pat. No. 9,823,615

PRINTING SYSTEM INCLUDING PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system including a printing control apparatus which generates image data, and a printing apparatus which is
able to connect to the printing control apparatus and performs printing by using the image data transmitted from the printing
control apparatus,
wherein the printing apparatus comprises:
a first processing unit configured to control the printing apparatus;
a memory unit configured to store data processed by the first processing unit;
a first network interface unit configured to communicate with the printing control apparatus; and
a power source control unit configured to shift the printing apparatus to a first power saving state in which power is not
supplied to the first processing unit and the first network interface unit and power is supplied to the memory unit,

wherein the first network interface unit is configured to, based on a first condition for shifting the printing apparatus
to the first power saving state being satisfied, transmit first information to the printing control apparatus, and

wherein the printing control apparatus comprises:
a second network interface unit configured to receive the first information transmitted by the first network interface unit;
and

a second processing unit configured to turn off the printing control apparatus in accordance with receiving the first information.

US Pat. No. 9,823,617

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus configured to supply power to a load, comprising:
a first line and a second line to each of which an AC voltage is input from an AC power supply;
a conversion element configured to convert the AC voltage to be input to the first line or the second line into a current
corresponding to the AC voltage;

a voltage detection unit comprising a first current transformer, the first current transformer including a primary winding
and a secondary winding, the voltage detection unit being configured to detect an AC voltage output from the secondary winding
of the first current transformer through supply of the current converted by the conversion element to the primary winding;
and

a zero cross detection unit configured to detect a zero cross timing of the AC power supply based on the AC voltage detected
by the voltage detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,826,186

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising pixels configured to output optical signals, an AD converting unit, a reference signal
supplying unit configured to supply a ramp signal to the AD converting unit, and a counter configured to generate a count
signal by counting clock signals,
wherein the AD converting unit performs a first comparison being a comparison between a ramp signal and the optical signal,
the ramp signal having a signal level changing in a first amplitude range at a first changing rate depending on elapsed time;

in a case where the magnitude relationship between the ramp signal and the optical signal is changed in the first comparison,
the AD converting unit generates a first digital signal by acquiring the count signal corresponding to a change from start
of the first comparison to the change of the magnitude relationship between the ramp signal and the optical signal, and generates
a second digital signal by performing a second comparison being a comparison between a ramp signal and the optical signal,
the ramp signal having a signal level changing in a second amplitude range at a second changing rate depending on elapsed
time;

in a case where the magnitude relationship between the ramp signal and the optical signal is not changed in the first comparison,
the AD converting unit generates a third digital signal by performing a third comparison being a comparison between a ramp
signal and the optical signal, the ramp signal having signal level changing in a third amplitude range larger than the first
amplitude range at a third changing rate depending on elapsed time larger than both of the first changing rate and the second
changing rate.

US Pat. No. 9,823,630

CONTROL DEVICE, ACTUATOR INCLUDING CONTROL DEVICE, IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION DEVICE, REPLACEMENT LENS, IMAGING DEVICE AND AUTOMATIC STAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control device comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to function as:
a deviation calculating unit configured to output a first deviation signal and a second deviation signal for a first direction
and a second direction crossing the first direction, respectively, based on a difference between a position command and positional
data on a moving body;

a compensation unit that outputs a first control signal and a second control signal based on the first deviation signal and
the second deviation signal, respectively; and

a controlled amount calculating unit that outputs at least a first signal regarding a driving parameter for a first motor
and a second signal regarding a driving parameter for a second motor, based on the first control signal and the second control
signal,

wherein the compensation unit is configured to adjust control gain of the first deviation signal and the second deviation
signal in accordance with a difference in transfer characteristics of a driving force that is obtained by synthesizing driving
forces of the first motor and the second motor between the first direction and the second direction, thus outputting the first
control signal and the second control signal, and

wherein the first motor and the second motor are controlled based on the first control signal and the second control signal.

US Pat. No. 9,823,887

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MANAGING A PRINT PREVIEW

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for managing a print preview, the method comprising:
receiving a first preview request, wherein the first preview request includes an XPS file;
configuring a filter pipeline based on the XPS file;
obtaining a job flow from the XPS file;
generating a first parts list based at least on the first preview request and the job flow;
determining whether the filter pipeline is clear of parts;
in response to determining that the filter pipeline is not clear of the parts, resetting a state of each filter in the filter
pipeline to clear the parts from the filter pipeline, wherein resetting the state of each filter in the filter pipeline includes
resetting a state of a first filter in the filter pipeline and a state of a second filter in the filter pipeline by sending
a clearance part to the first filter to reset the state of the first filter, wherein the first filter passes the clearance
part to the second filter to reset the state of the second filter;

in response to determining that the filter pipeline is clear of the parts, processing one or more parts listed in the first
parts list using the filter pipeline;

receiving a second preview request;
determining whether the one or more parts listed in the first parts list of the first preview request can be used in the second
preview request;

generating a second parts list based on the second preview request, wherein the one or more parts listed in the first parts
list are included in the second parts list if the one or more parts listed in the first parts list can be used in the second
preview request;

determining whether the filter pipeline is clear of the one or more parts listed in the first parts list; and
in response to determining that the filter pipeline is clear of the one or more parts listed in the first parts list, processing
one or more parts listed in the second parts list using the filter pipeline.

US Pat. No. 9,826,218

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image representing reflected light of structured light; and
a generation unit configured to calculate distance information from the image and generate a measurement line map storing
the distance information,

wherein the structured light forms a plurality of measurement lines at discrete positions, and the measurement line map is
formed as a two-dimensional array in which one dimension includes elements in a number being determined depending on a number
of the measurement lines, and another dimension includes elements in a number corresponding to a number of pixels of the image
in a lengthwise direction of the measurement lines, and

wherein at least one of the acquisition unit or the generation unit is implemented by using a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,818,793

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a photoelectric conversion device comprising:
forming a layer that covers a photo-receiving portion in a substrate and a gate electrode of a transistor on the substrate,
wherein the layer has an edge on the gate electrode;

forming an insulation film that covers the layer;
forming an opening above the photo-receiving portion by etching a portion of the insulation film; and
filling the opening with a material so that the layer is positioned between the material and the photo-receiving portion,
wherein the opening is formed so that (1) a distance between the material and the photo-receiving portion is smaller than
a thickness of the gate electrode of said transistor, (2) a portion of the layer is removed after forming the insulation film
and before filling the opening, and (3) a portion of the layer remains between a bottom of the opening and the photo-receiving
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,819,844

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS CAPABLE OF EFFICIENT AND UNIFORM HEAT DISSIPATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

2. An electronic apparatus provided with a battery accommodation section that can accommodate a battery, comprising:
a substrate that has an electric component, which forms a heat source, mounted thereon;
a heat dissipating member that forms part of the battery accommodation section;
a first heat conductive member that has one end thermally connected to the electric component and another end thermally connected
to said heat dissipating member; and

an insertion port member that forms part of the battery accommodation section and is disposed at a location closer to a battery
insertion port through which the battery is inserted than said heat dissipating member is,

a shield member that is attached to said substrate and is configured to electromagnetically shield the electric component
mounted on said substrate,

wherein said insertion port member is formed of a material lower in thermal conductivity than said heat dissipating member,
wherein the one end of said first heat conductive member is inserted into said shield member, and
wherein said shield member is mounted on said substrate such that the one end of said first heat conductive member is in contact
with the electric component.

US Pat. No. 9,817,326

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising: an electrically conductive support; an intermediate layer adjacent
to the electrically conductive support; a charge-generating layer; and a charge-transport layer in this order, wherein:
the intermediate layer has a thickness of 6.0 ?m or less,
the intermediate layer is a cured film containing:
dispersed inorganic particles having a number-average particle size of 0.3 ?m or less having a solidity of 0.90 or less, and
a polymerized product of a composition containing an electron-transport substance having a polymerizable functional group
and a crosslinking agent,

a content of the dispersed inorganic particles is 0.7% or more by volume and 13% or less by volume of the total volume of
the intermediate layer,

a surface of the electrically conductive support has an average local height difference (Rmk) of 0.1 ?m or more along a calculation
length in the range of 0.5 Lm1 (?m) or more and 1.5 Lm1 (?m) or less, and

a surface of the intermediate layer has an average local height difference (Rmk) of 0.08 ?m or more along a calculation length
in the range of 0.5 Lm2 (?m) or more and 1.5 Lm2 (?m) or less,

wherein Lm1 denotes a calculation length in the range of 0.1 ?m or more and 100 ?m or less along which the surface of the support has
a maximum average local height difference (Rmk,max), and

Lm2 denotes a calculation length in the range of 0.1 ?m or more and 100 ?m or less along which the surface of the intermediate
layer has a maximum average local height difference (Rmk,max).

US Pat. No. 9,817,332

OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning device comprising:
a deflecting unit having a first deflecting surface, and arranged to deflect a light beam and optically scan a scanned surface
in a main-scanning direction;

an incident optical system arranged to cause the light beam to be obliquely incident on the first deflecting surface in a
sub-scanning section;

an imaging optical system arranged to guide a light beam deflected by the first deflecting surface onto the scanned surface;
and

a light receiving unit arranged to receive a light beam deflected by the first deflecting surface and generate a signal,
wherein the incident optical system and the imaging optical system do not include optical elements integrally formed with
each other, and

wherein a following condition is satisfied,
|?|?|?|,
where ? (deg) is an incident angle of the light beam from the incident optical system with respect to the first deflecting
surface in the sub-scanning section, and (? (deg) is an angle defined by the light beam incident on the first deflecting surface
and the light beam deflected by the first deflecting surface and directed toward the light receiving unit in a main-scanning
section.

US Pat. No. 9,817,633

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including a display screen configured to display part of a document including text,
the information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory storing computer instructions; and
a processor configured to implement the computer instructions stored in the memory and execute:
a voice output task that outputs, in accordance with an arrangement order of the text included in the document, a voice corresponding
to the text included in the document;

a storing task that stores, in a data storage device comprising one of the memory or another storage device, position information
representing a position of part, of the text in the document, corresponding to the voice currently output by the voice output
task, the position information being updated in synchronization with progress of outputting the voice;

a detecting task that detects input of a user instruction to change a display layout of the document on the display screen;
a determination task that, upon the detecting task detecting the user instruction, determines whether a distance between a
reference target displayed on the display screen at the time of detection and the part of the text corresponding to the voice
output by the voice output task at the time of detection is not larger than a threshold; and

a display control task that, upon the detecting task detecting the user instruction, use the position information stored in
the data storage device to perform display control of the document on the display screen so that the part of the text corresponding
to the voice output by the voice output task at the time of detection is displayed on the display screen,

wherein when the distance is not determined to be larger than the threshold, the display control task controls the display
screen to display of a line including the part of the text corresponding to the voice output by the voice output task at the
time of detection and lines subsequent to the line on the display screen; and

when the distance is determined to be larger than the threshold, the display control task controls the display screen to display
a center line of respective lines displayed on the display screen at the time of detection and lines subsequent to the center
line on the display screen.

US Pat. No. 9,807,329

IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
a pixel including
a first photoelectric conversion portion including a first semiconductor region configured to accumulate a signal charge,
a second photoelectric conversion portion including a second semiconductor region configured to accumulate a signal charge,
a charge holding portion,
a first transfer transistor configured to transfer a signal charge in the first photoelectric conversion portion to the charge
holding portion, and

a second transfer transistor configured to transfer a signal charge in the second photoelectric conversion portion to the
charge holding portion; and

a control unit configured to perform
a first control operation to set the first transfer transistor to be on while keeping the second transfer transistor off from
a state where both the first transfer transistor and the second transfer transistor are off, and

after performing the first control operation, a second control operation to set a state in which both of the first transfer
transistor and the second transfer transistor are on, wherein

an impurity concentration of the first semiconductor region is lower than an impurity concentration of the second semiconductor
region.

US Pat. No. 9,807,332

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor that includes a plurality of micro-lenses, wherein the image sensor outputs signals from which parallax images
of first image signal and second image signal are obtained; and

a calculation unit configured to calculate first correlation data based on the first image signal and the second image signal,
and second correlation data by combining a plurality of the first correlation data,

wherein a defective signal among the first image signal and the second image signal that is not appropriate for generating
the first correlation data is excluded upon calculating the second correlation data.

US Pat. No. 9,804,808

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINTING APPARATUS, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND PRINTING APPARATUS FOR COMMUNICATING WITH A CHARGE SERVER TO PERFORM CHARGING CONTROL RELATED TO PRINTING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus for communicating with a charging server to perform charging control related to printing, the printing
apparatus comprising:
a wireless communicator that includes an infrastructure mode and a direct wireless communication mode in which the printing
apparatus and an external apparatus wirelessly communicate with each other without via a relay apparatus, wherein, in a case
where the wireless communicator operates in the direct wireless communication mode, the printing apparatus is not communicable
with the charging server;

a memory that stores instructions; and
a processor that executes the instruction to:
determine whether a charging function for which the charging server is to be used; and
prohibit the wireless communicator from operating in the direct wireless communication mode and allow the wireless communicator
to operating in the infrastructure mode on condition that the charging function is determined to be used.

US Pat. No. 9,805,691

DISPLAY, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display comprising:
a memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor that, upon execution of the stored instructions, functions as
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a first image by image capturing;
a reception unit configured to receive, from an external apparatus, a second image generated based on the first image;
a determination unit configured to determine a communication quality with the external apparatus in reception by said reception
unit; and

a display control unit configured to control to display the second image on a display unit until a value indicating a degree
of degradation of the communication quality exceeds a first threshold as a result of determination by said determination unit,
and display the first image on the display unit when the value indicating the degree of degradation of the communication quality
exceeds the first threshold,

wherein said display control unit controls to display the first image until the value indicating the degree of degradation
of the communication quality becomes smaller than a second threshold smaller than the first threshold after exceeding the
first threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,800,180

CONTROL APPARATUS OF VIBRATION-TYPE ACTUATOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus of a vibration-type actuator that relatively rotates a vibrator and a member that is in contact with
a plurality of protrusions of the vibrator by applying an alternating voltage to an electromechanical energy conversion element
of the vibrator, the control apparatus comprising:
a repetitive controller that performs repetition control on a detection signal in order to detect information regarding a
frequency corresponding to a number of the plurality of protrusions,

wherein the detection signal is output from a vibration detection electrode of the vibrator,
wherein a repetition period of the repetitive controller is set to a reciprocal of a frequency represented by a product of
the number of the plurality of protrusions and a target speed or to half the reciprocal,

wherein information regarding a relative speed of the vibrator and the member is obtained using information regarding the
frequency corresponding to the number of the plurality of protrusions, and

wherein the information regarding the relative speed is provided in a feedback control for controlling the vibration-type
actuator.

US Pat. No. 9,800,792

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CAPABLE OF DETERMINING LIGHT AMOUNT CHANGE CHARACTERISTIC, METHOD OF DETERMINING LIGHT AMOUNT CHANGE CHARACTERISTIC, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a photometry unit;
a first calculation unit configured to calculate a first evaluation value, based on a predetermined photometric value and
a photometric value at a first interval from the predetermined photometric value, out of a plurality of photometric values
acquired by periodically performing photometry at fixed time intervals using said photometry unit;

a second calculation unit configured to calculate a second evaluation value, based on the predetermined photometric value
and a photometric value at a second interval from the predetermined photometric value, out of the plurality of photometric
values; and

a determination unit configured to determine a light amount change period of light from a photometric target, based on the
first evaluation value and the second evaluation value;

wherein said determination unit determines whether or not the light from the photometric target changes at a light amount
change period corresponding to a first frequency,

wherein the first interval is an interval which causes the photometric value at the first interval to be in the same phase
relationship with the predetermined photometric value in a case where the light from the photometric target changes at the
first frequency, and

wherein the second interval is an interval which causes the photometric value at the second interval to be in an opposite
phase relationship with the predetermined photometric value in a case where the light from the photometric target changes
at the first frequency.

US Pat. No. 9,800,809

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR REDUCING A DIFFERENCE IN RESOLUTIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit configured to generate an electric charge by photoelectric conversion; and
a comparator configured to perform a first comparison operation of comparing a signal based on the electric charge with a
comparison signal, and configured to perform a second comparison operation,

wherein, in a first case that a result of the first comparison operation indicates that an amplitude of the signal based on
the electric charge is less than an amplitude of the comparison signal, the second comparison operation is performed to compare
the signal based on the electric charge with a first reference signal having a voltage changing to a first voltage in a first
time-changing ratio,

in a second case that the result of the first comparison operation indicates that the amplitude of the signal based on the
electric charge is greater than the amplitude of the comparison signal, the second comparison operation is performed to compare
the signal based on the electric charge with a second reference signal having a voltage changing in a second time-changing
ratio greater than the first time-changing ratio, and

an amplitude of the comparison signal is less than an amplitude of the first voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,789,719

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating image data representing an image which reproduces anisotropy, wherein a degree
of scattering of surface reflected light from the image changes depending on a direction in an image plane, the image processing
apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive an input of image data having anisotropy information;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain, from the anisotropy information of the input image data, information regarding a first
reflection intensity of specular reflected light in a first direction in the image plane and a second reflection intensity
of specular reflected light in a second direction in the image plane different from the first direction; and

a generating unit configured to generate a signal corresponding to ejecting an ink as a printing material on a print medium
based on the obtained information,

wherein the generating unit is configured to generate the signal differentiating, based on the obtained information, a time
difference between elections of the printing material for arranging pixels adjacently in the first direction on the print
medium from a time difference between elections of the printing material for arranging pixels adjacently in the second direction
on the print medium, and

wherein the time difference between elections of the printing material for arranging pixels adjacently is set to be equal
to or less than a threshold to form a smooth area for reducing scattering in the arranging direction and the time difference
between ejections of the printing material for arranging pixels adjacently is set greater than the threshold to form fine
roughness for increasing scattering in the arranging direction.

US Pat. No. 9,791,803

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING MULTIPLE DRIVING FORCE TRANSMITTING DRIVE TRAINS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first image forming portion for forming an image on a photosensitive member with a developer by a developing roller;
a second image forming portion for forming an image on a photosensitive member with a developer, different in color from the
developer in the first image forming portion, by a developing roller;

a first gear train for transmitting a driving force to at least one of said developing roller and said photosensitive member
which are provided in said first image forming portion;

a second gear train for transmitting a driving force to at least one of said developing roller and said photosensitive member
which are provided in said second image forming portion;

a first developing roller moving mechanism including (i) a first developing roller moving member for moving the developing
roller of said first image forming portion between a first contacting position contacting an associated photosensitive member
and a first separating position separated from said associated photosensitive member and (ii) first driving force switching
means for switching between a first transmission state in which a driving force is transmitted to said first developing roller
moving member to move said developing roller of said first image forming portion and a first disconnected state in which the
transmission of the driving force is disconnected; and

a second developing roller moving mechanism including (i) a second developing roller moving member for moving said developing
roller of said second image forming portion between a second contacting position contacting an associated photosensitive member
and a second separating position separated from said associated photosensitive member and (ii) second driving force switching
means for switching between a second transmission state in which a driving force is transmitted to said second developing
roller moving member to move said developing roller of said second image forming portion and a second disconnected state in
which the transmission of the driving force is disconnected,

wherein the driving force transmitted to said first developing roller moving member in the first transmission state is supplied
from said first gear train, and the driving force transmitted to said second developing roller moving member in the second
transmission state is supplied from said second gear train.

US Pat. No. 9,794,492

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CAPABLE OF REDUCING INFLUENCE OF FLICKER, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup unit; and
at least one processor configured to perform:
a first flicker detection for detecting light amount change period of flicker based on a plurality of image data, each of
which is obtained at a time interval shorter than one cycle of light amount change period of flicker;

a second flicker detection for detecting light amount change period of flicker based on a plurality of image data, each of
which is obtained at a time interval more than the one cycle of light amount change period of flicker while starting at different
timings for each region of the image pickup unit;

a storage process for storing an information corresponding to the light amount change period based on a result of the second
flicker detection into a memory; and

a processing for suppressing flicker, on the image obtained by the image pickup unit,
wherein, in a case where a valid information corresponding to the light amount change period based on a result of the second
flicker detection has been stored in the memory and the process shifts to the processing for obtaining the still image during
the processing for obtaining the movie image, the processing for suppressing flicker is performed based on the information
stored in the memory without the first flicker detection performed,

wherein, in a case where the valid information has not been stored in the memory and the process shifts to the processing
for obtaining the still image during the processing for obtaining the movie image, the first flicker detection is performed,
and the processing for suppressing flicker is performed based on the result of the first flicker detection.

US Pat. No. 9,794,504

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS WITH AN IMAGE SENSOR COMPRISING ONE OR MORE SEMICONDUCTOR SUBSTRATES AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor n which a first semiconductor substrate and a second semiconductor substrate are stacked with each other,
comprising:
a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions each of which generates a pixel signal;
a plurality of signal holding portions each of which temporarily holds the pixel signal;
a plurality of signal output portions each of which outputs the pixel signal;
a plurality of first switches each of which transfers the pixel signal from h of the plurality of photoelectric conversion
portions which are arranged on the first semiconductor substrate to each of the plurality of signal holding portions which
are arranged on the second semiconductor substrate; and

a plurality of second switches each of which transfers the pixel signal from each of the plurality of signal holding portions
which are arranged on the second semiconductor substrate to each of the plurality of signal output portions which are arranged
on the first semiconductor substrate,

wherein each of the plurality of signal holding portions are arranged with respect to each of the plurality of photoelectric
conversion portions.

US Pat. No. 9,785,090

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING DEVELOPER SUPPLY MEMBER PASSING THROUGH THE DEVELOPING OPENING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer carrying member for developing an electrostatic image with a developer;
a developer container including a developer accommodating portion for accommodating the developer, a developing opening and
a developing chamber; and

a developer supplying member for supplying the developer to said developing chamber through the developing opening, wherein
said developer supplying member includes a shaft member rotatably supported by said developer accommodating portion and a
feeding member,

wherein said feeding member includes a first feeding portion which has a length L1 measured in an axial direction of said developer carrying member and a radius R1 measured from a rotation center of said shaft member, and includes a second feeding portion which has a length L2 measured in the axial direction of said developer carrying member, and

wherein when a length of the developing opening with respect to the axial direction of said developer carrying member is L3, a shortest length from the developing opening to the rotation center of said shaft member is L4, and a length from said developer carrying member to the rotation center of said shaft member is L5, the following relationships are satisfied:

L1 L4 wherein with respect to a rotational direction of said shaft member, an end of said first feeding portion proximal to said
shaft member is provided in an upstream side, and an end of said second feeding portion proximal to said shaft member is provided
in a downstream side, and

wherein said second feeding portion is provided with a hole through which said first feeding portion is passable.

US Pat. No. 9,785,874

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND POWER-SUPPLY CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT INTERRUPT POWER SUPPLY TO A PRINTING UNIT BASED ON ELAPSING OF A FIRST TIME PERIOD AND THAT INTERRUPT POWER SUPPLY TO A CONT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus including a printer, a print controller which controls the printer, and a controller which communicates
with the print controller, the printing apparatus comprising:
a first power supply which supplies power to the printer;
a second power supply which supplies power to the controller;
a power switch which receives a user operation for turning off the printing apparatus from a user, wherein, based on receiving
the user operation, the controller communicates with the print controller and executes a shutdown processing of the printing
apparatus; and

a power controller which stops power supply to the printer from the first power supply based on the controller having communicated
with the print controller, and then stops power supply to the controller from the second power supply based on the controller
having executed the shutdown processing, the power controller being different from the print controller;

wherein the power controller receives an off signal from the power switch, and stops the power supply to the printer from
the first power supply when a first predetermined time elapses after the off signal is received, and

stops the power supply to the controller from the second power supply when a second predetermined time elapses, which is longer
than the first predetermined time, after the off signal is received.

US Pat. No. 9,785,105

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM INCLUDING PUNCHING UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming system comprising:
a punching unit configured to form punched holes in a sheet, using a punch die removably mounted thereon;
a first memory, mounted on the punch die, configured to store maintenance information concerning the punch die;
a detector configured to detect whether or not a punch die is mounted on said punching unit;
a second memory configured to store maintenance information concerning punch dies mounted on said punching unit, on a punch
die-by-punch die basis; and

a controller configured to perform, when said detector detects that a punch die is mounted on said punching unit, comparison
between maintenance information of the punch die, which is stored in said second memory, and maintenance information of the
punch die, which is stored in said first memory, and update, when the maintenance information stored in said second memory
is older than the maintenance information stored in said first memory, the maintenance information stored in said second memory
to the maintenance information stored in said first memory.

US Pat. No. 9,785,393

WIRELESS PRINTING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHODS OF CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
a memory storing a program for causing the at least one processor to function as:
a wireless communication unit configured to perform wireless communication using NFC (Near Field Communication);
a detection unit configured to detect that wireless connection with a communication partner apparatus through the wireless
communication unit has established; and

a transfer unit configured to, in a case where the detection unit detects that the wireless connection with the communication
partner apparatus has established while a plurality of images are being displayed on a display unit of the information processing
apparatus and at least one of the plurality of images is being selected, transfer, to the communication partner apparatus,
print data for printing an image corresponding to the selected image,

wherein the transfer unit starts transferring the print data without transfer start instruction from a user after detection
by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,783,383

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first sheet container unit configured to contain a set of first-type index sheets;
a second sheet container unit configured to contain sets of second-type index sheets;
a third sheet container unit configured to contain plain sheets;
an image forming device configured to form an image on a sheet and discharge to a first destination; and
a control unit configured to:
control the image forming apparatus to feed a first-type index sheet from the first sheet container unit to the first destination;
then control the image forming apparatus to feed a second-type index sheet from the second sheet container unit to the first
destination;

then control the image forming apparatus to feed a plain sheet from the third sheet container unit to the image forming device
to cause the image forming device to form an image on the plain sheet fed from the third sheet container unit and discharge
to the first destination;

then control the image forming apparatus to feed a next first-type index sheet from the first sheet container unit to the
first destination;

control the image forming apparatus to discharge remaining second-type index sheets in a current set, among the sets of second-type
index sheets, in the second sheet container unit, to a second destination after the next first-type index sheet is fed from
the first sheet container unit to the first destination; and

control the image forming apparatus to feed a second-type index sheet from a next set, among the sets of second-type index
sheets, from the second sheet container unit to the first destination after discharging the remaining second-type index sheets
in the current set.

US Pat. No. 9,785,445

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one memory for storing data and a computer program;
at least one processor coupled to the at least one memory for executing the computer program, the computer program comprising
instructions for:

adding an identifier, in a setup file, of a first application which displays a first user interface to a database, the setup
file including information to install a printer driver;

determining, in a case that a user interface of the printer driver is called from a second application, whether the identifier
of the first application is in the database; and

controlling, based on a determination that the identifier of the first application is in the database, to activate the first
application in a process different from the second application, and based on a determination that the identifier of the first
application is not in the database, to display a second user interface different from the first user interface and not to
activate the first application.

US Pat. No. 9,783,694

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD AND LIQUID SET USED FOR THE METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method comprising:
an ink application step of applying an ink comprising a coloring material, an anionic water-soluble resin having an anionic
group and a hydrophobic group, resin particles, an inclusion compound, and an aqueous medium to a recording medium; and

a first liquid composition application step of applying a first liquid composition comprising at least one of an organic acid
and a polyvalent metal ion to the recording medium so as to at least partly overlap with an area where the ink is applied,

wherein the inclusion compound is at least one compound selected from the group consisting of an ?-cyclodextrin, an ?-cyclodextrin
derivative, a ?-cyclodextrin, a ?-cyclodextrin derivative, a ?-cyclodextrin, and a ?-cyclodextrin derivative, and

(i) when the inclusion compound is the ?-cyclodextrin, the ?-cyclodextrin derivative, the ?-cyclodextrin, or the ?-cyclodextrin
derivative,

the hydrophobic group is
an alkyl group or a cycloalkyl group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms, or
an aryl group or an aralkyl group having 6 to 7 carbon atoms, and
(ii) when the inclusion compound is the ?-cyclodextrin or the ?-cyclodextrin derivative,
the hydrophobic group is
an alkyl group or a cycloalkyl group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms, or
an aryl group or an aralkyl group having 6 to 15 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,787,804

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of communicating by at least an e-mail and a facsimile, the communication apparatus comprising:
a user interface that selects a file from files stored in an external storage device;
a storage device that stores a plurality of destinations including a destination of the e-mail and a destination of the facsimile;
a memory;
a processor coupled to the memory which executes the following:
determining, based on a file format of the file selected by the user interface, whether the selected file can be converted
to facsimile data by the communication apparatus; and

enabling a user to select the destination of the e-mail and the destination of the facsimile from among destinations stored
in the storage device if it is determined that the selected file can be converted to facsimile data by the communication apparatus,
and enabling the user to select the destination of the e-mail but disabling the user to select the destination of the facsimile
from among destinations stored in the storage device if it is determined that the selected file cannot be converted to facsimile
data by the communication apparatus;

converting the selected file to the facsimile data if the selected file can be converted to facsimile data by the communication
apparatus and the destination of the facsimile is selected; and

transmitting the facsimile data to the destination of the facsimile.

US Pat. No. 9,787,574

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus having a wireless communication unit capable of performing a first communication mode and a second
communication mode, the first communication mode and the second communication mode being in accordance with a predetermined
standard, comprising: a short distance communication unit configured to perform short distance communication;
an operating unit capable of causing the wireless communication unit to concurrently perform the first communication mode
and the second communication mode; and

a control unit configured to change a value, which is used for role decision processing to determine an apparatus operating
as a role to assign a channel used for wireless connection, from a first value to a second value higher than the first value
if the first communication mode and the second communication mode are concurrently performed,

wherein an apparatus using higher value in the role decision processing operates as the role to assign a channel used for
wireless connection, and wherein wireless connection in the first communication mode is disconnected if processing to wirelessly
connect in the second communication mode with a communication partner apparatus operating as a role to assign a channel used
for wireless connection is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,786,317

RECORDING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a recording unit that records on a recording medium a file that includes moving image data and offset information indicating
an offset of the moving image data included in the file,

wherein normal offset information is recorded in the file if recording of the moving image data is stopped normally;
a control unit that controls the recording unit so that recording of the moving image data is stopped in response to a drop
of a free capacity of the recording medium to a predetermined capacity during recording of the moving image data,

wherein the control unit detects a predetermined file that needs to be repaired among the files which have been recorded on
the recording medium,

wherein the predetermined file does not have normal offset information;
a repair unit that executes repair processing for the predetermined file which has been recorded on the recording medium,
wherein the repair unit, in the repair processing, generates normal offset information for the predetermined file and stores
the generated normal offset information in the predetermined file which has been recorded on the recording medium, and

wherein the control unit decides the predetermined capacity based on a data amount necessary to record the normal offset information
for the detected predetermined file if the moving image data is recorded on the recording medium on which the predetermined
file has been recorded and controls the recording unit so that the recording of the moving image data is stopped in response
to a drop of the free capacity of the recording medium on which the predetermined file has been recorded to the decided predetermined
capacity during the recording of the moving image data on the recording medium on which the predetermined file has been recorded.

US Pat. No. 9,787,864

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DISPLAYING AN IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a display;
a touch panel;
a memory that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to
determine whether a touch operation executed on the touch panel is a flick operation or a drag operation, the touch operation
being executed in a state in which a preview image of a first image file from among a plurality of image files is displayed
on the display; and

switch a display from the preview image of the first image file to a preview image of a second image file which is one file
preceding or succeeding the first image file without executing intermediate depiction if determined that the touch operation
executed in the state in which the preview image of the first image file is displayed on the display is the drag operation,
or switch the display from the preview image of the first image file to a preview image of a third image file which is N-files
preceding or succeeding the first image file without executing intermediate depiction if determined that the touch operation
executed in the state in which the preview image of the first image file is displayed on the display is the flick operation,
where N is a fixed value of two or more.

US Pat. No. 9,785,068

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle containing a binder resin and a wax, wherein
in a three-dimensional analysis of the internal structure of the toner particle,
(i) the wax is present in domain form in the interior of the toner particle;
(ii) the proportion of toner particles for which a shortest distance between a surface of the toner particle and a domain
having a largest major axis length among the domains of the wax is less than 50 nm, is equal to or less than 10.0 number %;

(iii) the proportion of toner particles for which the shortest distance between the surface of the toner particle and the
domain having the largest major axis length is at least 50 nm and not more than 500 nm, is equal to or greater than 60.0 number
%;

(iv) using d for a major axis length of the domain having the largest major axis length and using D for a number-average particle
diameter (D1) of the toner, the d and D satisfy the relationship with the following formula (1)

0.25D
(v) the ratio between the major axis length and a minor axis length (major axis length/minor axis length) of the domain having
the largest major axis length is at least 1.0 and not more than 2.5.

US Pat. No. 9,776,410

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a liquid discharge head in which a device substrate having an energy generating element configured
to generate energy to discharge liquid and a supply port for supplying liquid to the energy generating element and a supporting
member having a supply passage communicating with the supply port and configured to support the device substrate are bonded
to each other with an adhesive agent comprising:
a first step of applying the adhesive agent to an end surface of a wall which forms the supply passage;
a second step of flattening out the adhesive agent on the end surface of the wall of the supply passage in a height direction
intersecting the end surface of the wall of the supply passage by moving the end surface of the wall of the supply port and
the end surface of the wall of the supply passage toward each other so that a ridge line formed by the end surface of the
wall which forms the supply port and the side surface of the wall of the supply port intersecting the end surface of the wall
of the supply port enters the interior of the adhesive agent applied to the end surface of the wall of the supply passage;
and

a third step of moving the ridge line of the wall of the supply port in a direction parallel to the end surface of the wall
of the supply port in the state of being positioned in the interior of the adhesive agent and fixing the end surface of the
wall of the supply port to the end surface of the wall of the supply passage with the adhesive agent.

US Pat. No. 9,781,304

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR NEAR FIELD WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SELECTS PROCESS TO EXECUTE BASED ON SCREEN ID OF DISPLAYED SCREEN, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. A method of performing near field wireless communication using an information processing apparatus, the method comprising:
displaying a screen on a display unit;
acquiring information from an external device by using the near field wireless communication;
selecting a process that the information processing apparatus is to execute, from among a plurality of processes including
at least a destination setting process for setting an address corresponding to the acquired information, as a destination
of data, based on a screen ID of the screen that the display unit is displaying, when the acquiring acquires the information
from the external device; and

executing the process selected by the selecting,
wherein the selecting selects the destination setting process, in a case where the screen ID of the screen that the displaying
is displaying coincides with a screen ID of a send screen.

US Pat. No. 9,780,293

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
metal oxide represented by General formula (1); and
0.04 percent by mole or more and 2.00 percent by mole or less of Cu relative to 1 mol of the metal oxide,
((Na1-zLiz)xBa1-y)(NbyTi1-y)O3 (in Formula, 0.70?x?0.99, 0.75?y?0.99, and 0
wherein in General formula (1), x

US Pat. No. 9,779,526

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING AREA OF A PIXEL COVERED BY A SCALABLE DEFINITION FOR A CHARACTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of determining a coverage area of a pixel intersected by a scalable path definition for a character, the method
comprising:
determining a raster representation for the scalable path definition;
storing the raster representation for the scalable path definition in a pixel buffer;
initializing an intercepts array configured to have a sufficient number of entries for storing intercept values for each row
in the raster representation;

setting a value corresponding to a first horizontal pixel entry position;
receiving an edge direction for each of a plurality of edges of the scalable path definition intersecting the pixel, the scalable
path definition defining a non-self-overlapping shape;

determining that an initial edge or a first edge entering pixel is upwards or downwards heading;
if the initial edge or the first edge entering pixel is upwards heading and enters the pixel on a bottom side of the pixel,
setting one or more variable directions to “UP” or zero (0) to indicate that the upwards heading initial edge or first edge
entering pixel enters the pixel on the bottom side of the pixel, or, if the initial edge or first edge entering pixel is downwards
heading and enters the pixel on a top side of the pixel, setting the one or more variable directions to “DOWN” or one (1)
to indicate that the downwards heading initial edge or first edge entering pixel enters the pixel on the top side of the pixel;

calculating and storing intercept values based on the set one or more variable directions;
determining a fragment area for each of the plurality of edges, each of the fragment areas representing an area of the pixel
located to a side of each of the plurality of edges including portions of the pixel covered and uncovered by the non-self-overlapping
shape, the side being selected based on the edge direction for each of the plurality of edges of the scalable path definition
intersecting the pixel; and

determining the coverage area of the pixel based on a sum of the fragment areas, the sum of the fragment areas having a value
greater than a total area of the pixel and exceeding the total area of the pixel by the coverage area.

US Pat. No. 9,781,346

IMAGE CAPTURING CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING IMAGE CAPTURING CONTROL PROGRAM FOR DRIVING A MOVABLE ELEMENT WHEN MOTION VECTORS HAVE MUTUALLY DIFFERENT MAGNITUDES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing control apparatus configured to control an image capturing apparatus that performs still image capturing
of a moving object with drive of a movable element movable in a direction other than an optical axis direction of an image
capturing optical system, the image capturing control apparatus comprising:
a vector acquisition unit configured to acquire multiple motion vectors respectively detected in multiple object areas of
a captured moving image produced by the image capturing apparatus; and

a control unit configured to control the still image capturing with a drive control of the movable element,
wherein the control unit is configured to cause the image capturing apparatus, when the multiple motion vectors have mutually
different magnitudes, to perform the still image capturing multiple times with the drive controls of the movable element while
changing a drive amount of the movable element on the basis of the respective multiple motion vectors.

US Pat. No. 9,781,351

ZOOMING CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ZOOMING CONTROL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zooming control device comprising:
a first determination unit configured to determine whether a current state is a specific image capturing state in which a
photographer can perform image capturing while viewing an image of a subject including the photographer himself or herself;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire information relating to a subject detected from an image;
a second determination unit configured to determine whether an image satisfies a predetermined composition condition, based
on the information relating to the subject that has been acquired by the acquisition unit;

a zooming control unit configured to, in a case in which the second determination unit determines that the image does not
satisfy the predetermined composition condition, perform zooming control so as to satisfy the predetermined composition condition;
and

a reception unit configured to receive a predetermined operation for instructing an image capturing preparation operation,
wherein the zooming control unit performs the zooming control in a first state in which the predetermined operation is not
received by the reception unit, and in a case in which the first determination unit determines that the current state is the
specific image capturing state, the zooming control unit continues the zooming control even in a second state in which the
predetermined operation is received.

US Pat. No. 9,778,806

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME FOR DETECTING A CONDUCTIVE OBJECT ON A TOUCH-PANEL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic device, comprising:
a determining unit configured to determine, in a Nth frame, a region of a conductive object based on measurement of a self-capacitance
of each of a plurality of electrodes arranged to intersect with each other;

a detecting unit configured to detect, in the Nth frame, the conductive object based on measurement of a mutual capacitance
of, among the plurality of electrodes, an electrode corresponding to the region of the conductive object determined by the
determining unit, without measuring, in the Nth frame, a mutual capacitance of an electrode outside of the region of the conductive
object determined by the determining unit; and

a control unit configured to control measurement of the self-capacitance, so as not to measure the self-capacitance in a N+1th
frame of an electrode of the region of the conductive object detected in the Nth frame by the detecting unit, but so as to
measure the self-capacitance in the N+1th frame of an electrode of a region not determined in the Nth frame by the determining
unit to be a region of the conductive object,

wherein, the determining unit further determines, in the N+1th frame, a region of a conductive object based on measurement
of the self-capacitance in the N+1th frame of each of the plurality of electrodes based on the control by the control unit,
and

the detecting unit detects, in the N+1th frame, the conductive object based on measurement of a mutual capacitance in the
N+1th frame of an electrode corresponding to the region of the conductive object determined in the N+1th frame by the determining
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,778,582

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS INCORPORATING AN IMPROVED UNDERCOAT LAYER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
a support;
an undercoat monolayer formed on the support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the undercoat monolayer,
wherein the undercoat monolayer comprises metal oxide particles and a compound represented by the following formula (1), and

wherein, in the formula (1),
R1 to R10 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a hydroxy group, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, or an amino
group,

at least three of R1 to R10 are hydroxy groups, and

X1 represents a carbonyl group or a dicarbonyl group,

wherein the content of the compound represented by the formula (1) in the undercoat monolayer is not less than 0.05% by mass
and not more than 4% by mass relative to the total mass of the metal oxide particles in the undercoat monolayer.

US Pat. No. 9,778,600

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH REMOVABLE INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER BELT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly;
a belt unit configured to be detachably mountable to said main assembly, said belt unit comprising:
a movable endless belt;
supporting rollers configured to support said endless belt;
a supporting frame configured to support said supporting rollers;
a grip member provided on said supporting frame at a position outside of said belt with respect to a widthwise direction of
said belt, when said belt unit is mounted in said main assembly, and configured to be rotatable between a first position in
which said grip member is projected out of an accommodating portion of said supporting frame in an upward direction and a
second position in which said grip member is accommodated in the accommodating portion; and

an urging member configured to urge said grip member from the second position toward the first position, said belt unit configured
to be inserted into and removed from said main assembly through an opening portion in a direction substantially perpendicular
to the widthwise direction of said belt, the opening portion being provided in a lateral side portion of said main assembly;

an image forming unit provided in said main assembly and configured to form an image on said belt; and
a pressing portion provided in said main assembly and configured to press said grip member directly to move said grip member
from the first position to the second position with the insertion of said belt unit into said main assembly, said pressing
portion being positioned at a pressing position outside of said belt with respect to the widthwise direction of said belt
and being configured to be disengaged from said grip member to permit said grip member to move from the second position to
the first position by an urging force of said urging member upon removal of said belt unit.

US Pat. No. 9,778,890

JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING JOB ERROR INFORMATION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that communicates with an external device, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a display device configured to display information to a user;
a storage configured to store data;
an image forming device configured to form an image on a sheet; and
a controller having a processor which executes instructions stored in a memory or having a circuitry, the controller being
configured to:

receive print data with which user information is associated from the external device, and cause the image forming device
to form an image based on print data with which user information corresponding to a login user who has logged in to the image
forming apparatus according to an image forming instruction by the login user; and

receive print data with which user information is associated from the external device, not perform a holding process of holding
the print data in the storage so that the print data is read out when an image forming instruction is received, store non-holding
information indicating that the holding process is not performed in association with the user information, and cause the display
device to display notification information indicating that the holding process is not performed on print data of the login
user based on non-holding information corresponding to the login user.