US Pat. No. 10,057,496

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the display control apparatus to perform operations comprising:
storing image data associated with positional information;
determining whether information representing a type of satellite used for determining the positional information associated with the stored image data is associated with the image data; and
controlling, in accordance with a result of the determination performed by the determining, display of information representing a type of satellite used for determining the positional information associated with the image data in a form in which the type of satellite is recognizable,
wherein the determination is performed when the display control apparatus is in a reproducing mode.

US Pat. No. 10,046,931

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:a first roller that is provided to an apparatus body and rotates by receiving driving force from a drive source;
an opening-closing member that is provided to the apparatus body and is movable between an open position where a jam recovery of a sheet is enabled and a close position where sheet conveyance is performed;
a second roller that is provided to the opening-closing member, the second roller being urged toward the first roller to convey the sheet with the rotation of the first roller, when the opening-closing member is in the close position;
an urging member that is provided on the opening-closing member at a position between the second roller and the opening-closing member, the urging member applying a force to the second roller toward the first roller when the opening-closing member is in the close position;
a restraint member that is provided to the opening-closing member, the restraint member being brought into contact with a rotation shaft of the second roller and restraining the rotation shaft relative to the opening-closing member with the urging member being compressed when being moved, the restraint member switching between a restraint state in which the rotation shaft is restrained and a release state in which the rotation shaft is released from the restraint, by being moved,
wherein, when the opening-closing member is in the close position and the rotation shaft is in the release state, the restraint member switches the rotation shaft to the restraint state from the release state during the movement of the opening-closing member from the close position to the open position, and keeps the rotation shaft in the restraint state until the opening-closing member reaches the open position, and during the movement of the opening-closing member from the open position to the close position, the restraint member keeps the rotation shaft in the restraint state; and
a releasing member that is moved by driving force from the drive source when the opening-closing member is in the close position and the rotation shaft is in the restraint state, the releasing member switching the rotation shaft to the release state by moving the restraint member as being engaged with the restraint member.

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. 10,042,320

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR FORMING A HIGH-QUALITY ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:an electrophotographic photosensitive drum;
a developer bearing roller for supplying a developer to an electrostatic latent image forming region of the electrophotographic photosensitive drum; and
a developer regulating member in contact with a surface of the developer bearing roller,
wherein the developer bearing roller is rotatable in the direction of supplying the developer to the electrostatic latent image forming region and has a developer bearing region on the surface,
the developer bearing region includes a developing region for bearing the developer with which an electrostatic latent image formed in the electrostatic latent image forming region is developed,
the developer bearing region has a width, in the direction of the axis of the developer bearing roller, larger than the width of the developing region,
the developer regulating member and the developer bearing roller are arranged such that the center of the developer regulating member is in accord with the center of the developer bearing region in the direction of the axis of the developer bearing roller so as to constitute a contact region,
the contact region has a width larger than the width of the developing region in the direction of the axis of the developer bearing roller and extends in the circumferential direction of the developer bearing roller,
the developer regulating member has a protruding portion that protrudes over the entire width of the contact region from the end portion on the upstream side of the contact region in the upstream direction and in the direction in which the developer bearing roller is rotatable, and
a protrusion length L1 of the protruding portion in a direction perpendicular to a width direction of the developer regulating member, in a region corresponding to the developing region is substantially constant and larger than a protrusion length L2 of the protruding portion in a direction perpendicular to a width direction of the developer regulating member, at the location corresponding to the end portion in the width direction of the contact region, and
wherein the developer regulating member has a connection region in which the protrusion length of the protruding portion gradually decreases from the start point that corresponds to the end portion of the developing region toward a location corresponding to the end portion of the contact region,
the connection region has a width of at least 1 mm in the direction of the axis of the developer bearing roller, and
the amount of change in the protrusion length in the connection region is 0.1×L3 (mm) or less per 0.1 mm of width of the connection region, when the protrusion length of the end portion in a region corresponding to the developing region is assumed to be L3 (mm).

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. 10,043,115

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR PRINTING IMAGE DATA GENERATED BY READING DOCUMENT, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR EXECUTING THE METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a reader configured to read an image on a document and generate image data;
a first memory configured to store image data for at least one page generated by the reader reading the image on the document;
a second memory configured to store image data obtained by compressing the image data stored in the first memory;
a printer configured to print an image; and
at least one processor,
wherein the at least one processor is configured to execute:
reserving, in the first memory, an area for storing image data of one page generated by the reader reading the image on the document;
storing, in the area reserved in the first memory, image data generated by the reader reading the image on the document;
storing, in the second memory, image data obtained by compressing the image data stored in the area;
releasing the reserved area after completion of storing, in the second memory, the image data stored in the reserved area;
determining whether or not the reserved area for storing the image data of the one page to be printed by the printer has been released; and
causing the printer to perform printing based on the image data of the one page stored in the reserved area in a case where the reserved area for storing the image data of the one page to be used for printing has not been released, and causing the printer to perform printing based on the image data of the one page stored in the second memory in a case where the reserved area for storing the image data of the one page to be used for printing has been released.

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. 10,036,977

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member;
a developing device which includes a developer bearing member configured to face the image bearing member and configured to bear a developer and develop an electrostatic image formed on the image bearing member with the developer;
a bias applying portion configured to apply a developing bias to the developer bearing member;
a driving portion configured to drive the developer bearing member;
a transfer device configured to transfer an image developed by the developer bearing member to the recording material; and
a controller configured to control a driving speed of the developer bearing member and the developing bias based on a length of the recording material in a recording material conveying direction,
wherein, in a case where the length of the recording material in the recording material conveying direction is a first length, the controller controls a speed ratio of the driving speed of the developer bearing member to a driving speed of the image bearing member to be a first speed ratio and controls the developing bias so that a residual developer amount born per unit area of the developer bearing member after the developing of the electrostatic image becomes a first developer amount, and
wherein, in a case where the length of the recording material in the recording material conveying direction is a second length larger than the first length, the controller controls the speed ratio of the driving speed of the developer bearing member to the driving speed of the image bearing member to be a second speed ratio larger than the first speed ratio and controls the residual developer amount born per unit area of the developer bearing member after the developing of the electrostatic image becomes a second developer amount larger than the first developer amount.

US Pat. No. 10,038,803

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus which comprises power modes including a first power mode and a power saving mode in which less power is consumed as compared to the first power mode, and the image forming apparatus is configured to be switched to the first power mode from the power saving mode according to a predetermined factor, the image forming apparatus comprising:a sheet tray on which a sheet is placed;
a feeder configured to feed the sheet which is placed on the sheet tray;
a first detector configured to detect presence/absence of any sheet on the sheet tray in each of the power saving mode and the first power mode;
a second detector provided upstream of the first detector, with respect to a feeding direction of the feeder, the second detector configured to detect presence/absence of the sheet on the sheet tray for determining a length of the sheet in the feeding direction, wherein the second detector includes a light emitting element and a light receiving element, the light receiving element being configured to receive light irradiated from the light emitting element and reflected by the sheet, and the second detector being configured not to receive power supply in the power saving mode; and
a controller configured to control so as not to turn on the light emitting element in a case where the power mode is switched to, due to a factor other than a detection of a newly placed sheet on the sheet tray by the first detector, the first power mode from the power saving mode.

US Pat. No. 10,033,438

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a power supply unit that wirelessly supplies power to an electronic apparatus;
a communication unit that performs wireless communication for acquiring status information from the electronic apparatus;
a detection unit that detects an external apparatus different from the electronic apparatus; and
a control unit that performs control so that the wireless communication is repeatedly performed with the electronic apparatus, after performing authentication via the communication unit,
wherein the control unit performs the authentication again in a case where timing at which communication is to be performed with the electronic apparatus via the communication unit comes in a state that the external apparatus different from the electronic apparatus is newly detected by the detection unit after the power supply unit starts wirelessly supplying power, and
wherein the control unit does not perform the authentication again in a case where timing at which communication is to be performed with the electronic apparatus via the communication unit comes in a state that the electronic apparatus different from the electronic apparatus is not newly detected by the detection unit after the power supply unit starts wirelessly supplying power.

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. 10,027,881

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:(A) a memory that stores instructions; and
(B) a processor that executes the instructions to cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
(a) a refocused-image generating unit generating a refocused image having a focus position changed by using image data including information indicating a direction and an intensity of a light beam entered from an object; and
(b) a depth-of-field setting unit setting a depth of field of the refocused image to be used for reproduction of a moving image based on a type of reproduction mode relating to the reproduction of the moving image.

US Pat. No. 10,027,182

WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD FOR WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER DEVICE AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A wireless power transfer device, comprising:a power transmission antenna configured to wirelessly transfer power to a plurality of wireless power receiving devices; and
a CPU configured to cause the wireless power transfer device to
provide, in a case where the power transmission antenna is transmitting power greater than a predetermined value to a first wireless power receiving device, a first notification that wireless power transfer to a second wireless power receiving device different from the first wireless power receiving device is not available, and provide, in a case where the power transmission antenna is transmitting power smaller than the predetermined value to the first wireless power receiving device, a second notification that the wireless power transfer to the second wireless power receiving device is available,
wherein the first and second notifications are visually recognizable notifications.

US Pat. No. 10,027,186

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, POWER SUPPLY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:an output unit configured to wirelessly output electric power to an electronic device;
a detecting unit configured to detect a current flowing to the output unit;
a control unit configured to perform a process to restrict a current flowing to the output unit in a case where the current detected by the detecting unit is greater than or equal to a predetermined value set according to a predetermined magnetic field strength while the output unit outputs electric power to the electronic device, and
a resonance unit configured to resonate the output unit and the electronic device, wherein the process includes controlling a capacitance of the resonance unit;
wherein the resonance unit includes a coil, a first capacitor, and a second capacitor, wherein the coil is connected to the output unit in series, wherein the first capacitor is connected to the output unit in series via the coil, and wherein the second capacitor is connected to the output unit in parallel.

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. 10,018,923

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus that performs patterning on a substrate using an original, the lithography apparatus comprising:a supply device configured to supply a gas to a space between the substrate and the original;
a chuck configured to hold the substrate and having a first side that faces the original and a second side opposite the first side;
a movable device that holds the chuck and is movable; and
a plate provided on the movable device and surrounding the chuck,
wherein the chuck includes an edge portion having a first edge on the first side and a second edge on the second side, and
wherein the first edge is disposed protruding farther outwardly toward the plate than the second edge.

US Pat. No. 10,021,264

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EXECUTING AND CONTROLLING SEQUENTIAL PROCESSING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including a platform on which an application configured to control an execution of a processing flow including a plurality of process steps defined according to a definition file is operated, the apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the information processing apparatus to:
manage definition files included in an expansion program as a bundle for locating each definition of a plurality of process steps on the platform, if a manifest file included in the expansion program satisfies a specific condition and a license corresponding to the expansion program is valid, wherein the bundle includes the definition files, the manifest file describing a type of data, and objects associated with each definition file;
determine, if a type of data relating to an event generated in the information processing apparatus is an expansion program for locating at least one definition of a plurality of process steps on the platform, a type of the event; and
register, according to installation of the expansion program including the managed definition files, all of the objects associated with the each definition file included in the expansion program, if it is determined that the event type is installation, wherein the objects are displayed on a menu configured to accept an instruction to call each program installed in the information processing apparatus, according to the registration of the objects,
wherein the application different from the expansion program performs control in such a way as to execute processing corresponding to the defined process steps by using the definition file associated with one of the objects selected via the menu.

US Pat. No. 10,018,959

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a mounting unit configured to mount a cartridge including a developing member by moving the cartridge in an insertion direction;
a pressing member having a first pressing portion configured to press the cartridge mounted on the mounting unit to separate the developing member from a photosensitive member and a second pressing portion configured to press the cartridge mounted on the mounting unit to bring the developing member into contact with the photosensitive member, the first and the second pressing portions integrally moving with a movement of the pressing member; and
an elastic member configured to press the pressing member so that the second pressing portion presses the cartridge.

US Pat. No. 10,021,293

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING IMAGE CAPTURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus, having an image capturing unit, comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the apparatus to perform operations including:
obtaining an image capture order including information about one or a plurality of target portions of a subject, the one or the plurality of target portions corresponding to a portion of the subject to be captured;
displaying, on a display screen, a live view and a schema in which at least one target portion from among the one or the plurality of target portions corresponding to the information is displayed;
receiving an image capture command in a state in which the live view and the schema are displayed on the display screen; and
determining whether or not the image capture has been completed for all of the one or the plurality of target portions corresponding to the information.

US Pat. No. 10,019,814

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING A LUMA VALUE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of determining luma values from 4:4:4 RGB video data for encoding chroma downsampled 4:2:0 YCbCr video data into a bitstream, the method comprising:determining initial coefficents for a region of a colour space, the region being one of a plurality of regions located in the colour space and each region having a plurality of associated coefficients;
applying the determined initial coefficients to an initial image to produce a test image, the test image being a chroma downsampled 4:2:0 YCbCr version of the initial image;
determining a measure of quality by comparing the initial image and the test image;
modifying the determined initial coefficients to increase the determined measure of quality; and
determining luma values from 4:4:4 RGB video data for encoding chroma downsampled 4:2:0 YCbCr video data into a bitstream using the modified coefficients.

US Pat. No. 10,020,337

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE, MANUFACTURING METHOD OF PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:a semiconductor substrate having a photoelectric conversion unit;
a first conductive layer formed over the semiconductor substrate;
a first diffusion prevention layer formed over the first conductive layer; and
a light guide that guides an incident light into the photoelectric conversion unit,
wherein the first diffusion prevention layer contains hydrogen atoms and carbon atoms, and a composition ratio of the hydrogen atoms is 46 at % to 50 at %.

US Pat. No. 10,015,288

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a communication unit configured to establish a TCP connection with an external communication apparatus and communicate with the external communication apparatus;
a reception unit configured to receive device information, if the communication unit establishes the TCP connection with the external communication apparatus; and
a control unit configured to perform control to determine a re-transmission timeout (RTO) timer value of the TCP connection based on (i) a Round Trip Time (RTT), (ii) at least one of first information and second information included in the received device information, and (iii) the number of HTTP sessions, wherein the first information is information for specifying a hardware configuration of the external communication apparatus and the second information is information for specifying a software configuration of the external communication apparatus,
wherein the control unit increases the RTO timer value based on the at least one of the first information and the second information, and decreases the RTO timer value based on the number of HTTP sessions.

US Pat. No. 10,015,045

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS THAT DELAYS A START OF DATA COMMUNICATION BASED ON INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM ANOTHER COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication apparatus to:
obtain from another communication apparatus information relating to a service provided by the other communication apparatus, before forming a wireless network with the other communication apparatus;
form the wireless network with the other communication apparatus, after the information is obtained; and
delay, based on the obtained information, after addresses for performing a communication in the wireless network are assigned to the communication apparatus and the other communication apparatus, a start of data communication with the other communication apparatus, until an address overlap confirmation for confirming whether or not an IP (Internet Protocol) address of the other communication apparatus, which is provided by the communication apparatus, is overlapped in the wireless network is completed by the other communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,015,362

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS FOR RESIZING RAW IMAGE DATA AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image sensor in which pixels including pixels in a correction pixel region and an effective pixel region are arrayed two-dimensionally and which outputs uncompressed or losslessly-compressed effective pixel region image data acquired from the effective pixel region and uncompressed or losslessly-compressed correction pixel region image data acquired from the correction pixel region;
a processor which resizes the effective pixel region image data; and
a controller which controls the processor not to resize the correction pixel region image data in a case where the processor resizes the effective pixel region image data, and controls the processor to generate an image data of one frame by combining the resized effective pixel region image data with the non-resized correction pixel image data; and
an output circuit which outputs the image data of one frame outside of the image capturing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,012,823

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 third lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein during zooming, the first lens unit is configured not to move, and the second lens unit and the third lens unit are configured to move along mutually different loci,
wherein the second lens unit comprises at least one positive lens, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
?3.20 0.35 1.90 vd2p<20.0,where fw represents a focal length of the zoom lens at a wide angle end, ft represents a focal length of the zoom lens at a telephoto end, f2 represents a focal length of the second lens unit, f3 represents a focal length of the third lens unit, and Nd2p and vd2p respectively represent a refractive index and an Abbe number of a material of the at least one positive lens of the second lens unit.

US Pat. No. 10,011,057

IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which forms a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate by using a mold, the apparatus comprising:an image sensing unit configured to sense an image of the imprint material via the mold; and
a control unit configured to, in a state in which the mold and the imprint material are in contact with each other, cause the image sensing unit to sense the image of the imprint material while scanning the image sensing unit and obtain information on forming of the pattern of the imprint material based on the image obtained by the image sensing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,013,632

OBJECT TRACKING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An object tracking apparatus for tracking an object included in images provided successively, the object tracking apparatus comprising:at least one non-transitory memory device;
at least one processor;
a first registering unit configured to register a template generated based on a partial image indicating an object in a predetermined image among the provided images;
a first matching unit configured to estimate coordinates of a first object region by performing template matching in which the registered template is compared to another image of the provided images;
a second registering unit configured to register a histogram generated based on pixel values of the partial image indicating the object in the predetermined image;
a second matching unit configured to estimate coordinates of a second object region by performing histogram matching in which the registered histogram is compared to a histogram of a partial region of the another image;
an object region determination unit configured to determine, based on estimation results of the first matching unit and the second matching unit, an estimated object region by employing the estimation results of both the template matching and the histogram matching,
wherein, in a case where a distance between the coordinates of the second object region and the coordinates of the first object region is within a predetermined range, the object region determination unit determines the first object region as the estimated object region using the template matching,
wherein, in a case where the distance between the coordinates of the second object region and the coordinates of the first object region is not within the predetermined range, the object region determination unit determines the second object region as the estimated object region using the histogram matching, and
wherein the first registering unit, the first matching unit, a second registering unit, a second matching unit, and the object region determination unit are implemented by the at least one processor executing at least one program recorded on the at least one non-transitory memory device.

US Pat. No. 10,012,617

PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS, OPERATION METHOD OF PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoacoustic apparatus comprising:an acoustic wave transmission unit configured to transmit a transmission acoustic wave to a specific area;
a control unit configured to control a transmission waveform of the transmission acoustic wave transmitted from the acoustic wave transmission unit;
a light source configured to generate light emitted to an area including the specific area when the acoustic wave reaches the specific area;
an acoustic wave reception unit configured to receive the acoustic wave and to output a time-series received signal; and
a signal processing unit configured to acquire optical property information based on the time-series received signal,
wherein the control unit controls the transmission waveform in such a manner that amplitude of a photoacoustic wave generated in the specific area is reduced by the transmission acoustic wave transmitted from the acoustic wave transmission unit.

US Pat. No. 10,011,116

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. 10,012,924

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. 10,003,821

IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image encoding apparatus that divides image data into a plurality of tiles and performs encoding for each tile, the apparatus comprising:a transformation unit configured to perform, for each tile, a wavelet transform and obtain transformation coefficient data; and
an encoding unit configured to encode, for each tile, the transformation coefficient data obtained by the transformation unit,
wherein, if a neighboring tile that neighbors an encoding target tile is present,
the transformation unit obtains the transformation coefficient data by performing the wavelet transform with reference to pixel data of the encoding target tile and a plurality of pieces of pixel data that neighbor the encoding target tile out of the neighboring tile, and
the encoding unit, out of the transformation coefficient data obtained by referring to the plurality of pieces of pixel data of the neighboring tile, encodes at least transformation coefficient data necessary to decode the pixel data of the encoding target tile, and does not encode a portion of the transformation coefficient data obtained by the transformation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,997,927

POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power transmission apparatus that wirelessly transmits power, the power transmission apparatus comprising:a power transmission unit configured to perform authenticating power transmission, which is for supplying power necessary for authentication processing, in an authentication phase, and perform power transmission in a power transmission phase, in which it is possible to supply larger power than that of the authenticating power transmission;
a detection unit configured to detect an object;
an authentication unit configured to, upon detecting the object by the detection unit, cause the power transmission unit to perform the authenticating power transmission to the object, and execute, in the authentication phase, the authentication processing that includes determining whether the object detected by the detection unit is a power reception apparatus that is capable of receiving the power transmitted in the power transmission phase or not;
a reception unit configured to receive a power transmission stop request that is a request for stopping the power transmission in the power transmission phase; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where the power transmission in the power transmission phase is stopped in response to the power transmission stop request received by the reception unit from the object determined to be a power reception apparatus, cause the power transmission unit not to perform the authenticating power transmission even in a case where the object is detected by the detection unit.

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. 9,986,342

TRANSDUCER, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING TRANSDUCER, AND OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A transducer comprising:at least one element including a plurality of cells,
wherein the cell includes a pair of electrodes disposed with a gap therebetween and a vibrating membrane including one of the electrodes, and the vibrating membrane is vibratably supported,
wherein the element includes a first cell group configured by n (n is an integer greater than or equal to 3) cells and having channels communicating with each other and a second cell group configured by n cells and having channels communicating with each other,
wherein the first cell group and the second cell group do not communicate with each other,
wherein etching holes are provided for forming cavities at equidistant positions from centers of the cells configuring the first cell group, and
wherein a channel that communicates a cavity in the first cell group with a cavity in the second cell group is not provided.

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. 9,983,490

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic apparatus comprising:an electrophotographic photosensitive member;
a charging roller disposed so as to abut on the electrophotographic photosensitive member; and
a charging unit charging the electrophotographic photosensitive member by applying only a direct-current voltage, wherein
the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises:
a support;
a photosensitive layer; and
an undercoat layer between the support and the photosensitive layer, the undercoat layer comprising:
(?) a metal oxide particle;
(?) a benzophenone compound represented by formula (1)

wherein R1 to R10 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a hydroxy group, a halogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group or an amino group, provided that at least 3 of R1 to R10 is a hydroxy group; and
(?) a compound represented by formula (2)

wherein R11 to R15 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a hydroxy group, a halogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group or an amino group and A1 represents an alkenyl group having 2 to 4 carbon atoms.

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. 9,971,264

MAGNETIC TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magnetic toner comprising:a magnetic toner particle having an average circularity of at least 0.955, and containing a binder resin, a magnetic body and inorganic fine particles fixed to the surface of the magnetic toner particle, wherein
when classifying the inorganic fine particles, in accordance with the fixing strength thereof to the magnetic toner particle and in the sequence of the weakness of the fixing strength, as
first inorganic fine particles having weak fixing strength that are detached when a dispersion provided by the addition of the magnetic toner to surfactant-containing ion-exchanged water is shaken for 2 minutes at a shaking velocity of 46.7 cm/sec and a shaking amplitude of 4.0 cm,
second inorganic fine particles having medium fixing strength that are not detached by the shaking, but are detached by ultrasonic dispersion for 30 minutes at an intensity of 120 W/cm2, and
third inorganic fine particles having strong fixing strength that are not detached by the shaking and the ultrasonic dispersion,
the third inorganic fine particles are silica fine particles,
(1) the content of the first inorganic fine particles is 0.10 to 0.30 mass parts in 100 mass parts of the magnetic toner;
(2) the second inorganic fine particles are present at 2.0 to 5.0-times the first inorganic fine particles; and
(3) the coverage ratio X of the magnetic toner surface by the third inorganic fine particles is 60.0 to 90.0 area % as determined with an x-ray photoelectron spectrometer, and
the number average particle diameter (D1) of primary particles of the third inorganic fine particles is from 60 to 180 nm.

US Pat. No. 9,974,012

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first communication interface configured to perform communication based on a first wireless communication protocol;
a second communication interface configured to perform communication based on a second wireless communication protocol, the first wireless communication protocol having a slower communication speed than the second wireless communication protocol or being shorter in communication distance than the second wireless communication protocol;
one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication apparatus to perform operations comprising:
transmitting via the first communication interface a request message for requesting for connection based on the second wireless communication protocol to another apparatus,
wherein, in a case where communication with the another apparatus has been started by the first communication interface in a state in which a service that is to be executed via the second communication interface and accompanying information about the service have been selected, the communication apparatus includes in the request message transmitted to the another apparatus, information about the service and the accompanying information, and
wherein, in a case where communication with the another apparatus has been started by the first communication interface in a state in which a service that is to be executed via the second communication interface and accompanying information about the service have not been selected, the communication apparatus does not include in the request message transmitted to the another apparatus, information about the service and the accompanying information.

US Pat. No. 9,955,874

PHANTOM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A phantom, comprising:a light absorber in a phantom base material, wherein
the light absorber approximates a light absorption coefficient ratio at two or more wavelengths to that of biological materials, and
acoustic propagation characteristics of the phantom base material and the light absorber are different from each other,
wherein the light absorber contains two or more kinds of light absorbing compounds in a light absorber base material, absorption coefficient ratios ?[?2]/?[?1] of the light absorbing compounds at arbitrary two wavelengths ?1 and ?2 (?1 wherein a coefficient of linear expansion of the light absorber base material is 100 ppm/K or more and 1000 ppm/K or less,

wherein HbO2[?1] indicates an absorption coefficient of oxyhemoglobin at the wavelength ?1, HbO2[?2] indicates an absorption coefficient of oxyhemoglobin at the wavelength ?2, Hb[?1] indicates an absorption coefficient of deoxyhemoglobin at the wavelength ?1, Hb[?2] indicates an absorption coefficient of deoxyhemoglobin at the wavelength ?2, and P? indicates a ratio (P?2/P?1) of a photoacoustic signal intensity P?2 obtained by irradiation with light of the wavelength ?2 to a photoacoustic signal intensity P?1 obtained by irradiation with light of the wavelength ?1.

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. 9,955,949

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A CAPACITIVE TRANSDUCER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a capacitive transducer including a cell having a structure in which a vibrating film including a second electrode disposed across a gap from a first electrode is supported to be able to vibrate, the method comprising the steps of:forming an insulating layer on the first electrode;
forming a sacrificial layer on the insulating layer;
forming a layer on the sacrificial layer, the layer forming at least part of the vibrating film;
forming an etching hole to communicate with the sacrificial layer;
removing the sacrificial layer;
forming a sealing layer for sealing the etching hole; and
etching at least part of the sealing layer,
wherein before the step of removing the sacrificial layer, an etching stop layer is formed on the layer forming at least part of the vibrating film; and
in the step of etching at least part of the sealing layer, the at least part of the sealing layer is removed until the etching stop layer is reached.

US Pat. No. 9,956,761

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aqueous ink for ink jet, the aqueous ink comprising:a self-dispersible pigment;
an aromatic sulfinic acid or a salt thereof; and
an aromatic sulfonic acid or a salt thereof,
wherein a concentration (mmol/kg) of a sulfonic acid group derived from the aromatic sulfonic acid or the salt thereof is 0.25 mmol/kg or more to 15.00 mmol/kg or less.

US Pat. No. 9,960,366

ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An organic light emitting element, comprising:an anode;
a cathode; and
an organic compound layer disposed between the anode and the cathode,
wherein:
the organic compound layer comprises an organic functional layer; and
the organic functional layer comprises an organic compound represented by the following general formula [1]:
in the general formula [1], X1 and X2 each represent an aryl group, and the aryl group may further have a halogen atom or an alkyl group, and R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, R8, R9, R10, R11, R12, R13, R14, R15, and R16 each represent a hydrogen atom or a substituent selected from a halogen atom, an alkyl group, and an aryl group, and when any one of R1 to R16 represents an aryl group, the aryl group may further have a halogen atom or an alkyl group that may have a halogen atom.

US Pat. No. 9,955,081

IMAGING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF ADJUSTING IMAGING RANGE TO INCLUDE TARGET REGION, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:a reception unit configured to receive a first command including information indicating a first coordinate value and a second coordinate value, from a client apparatus;
a control unit configured to set an imaging range to be captured with the imaging apparatus; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not an object to be detected exists at a boundary of the imaging range, the imaging range corresponding to the first coordinate value and the second coordinate value that are included in the first command received by the reception unit,
wherein, in a case in which the determination unit determines that the object to be detected exists at the boundary of the imaging range, the control unit adjusts an imaging range to be captured, from the imaging range corresponding to the first coordinate value and the second coordinate value to an imaging range including the object to be detected by changing an imaging direction of the imaging apparatus, and an amount of the change in the imaging direction of the imaging apparatus is determined on a basis of a distance from a midpoint of the first coordinate and the second coordinate to the center of the captured image and on a basis of a zoom magnification before the change in the imaging direction, and
wherein in a case in which the determination unit determines that the object to be detected does not exist at the boundary of the imaging range, the control unit sets an imaging range to be captured, to the imaging range corresponding to the first coordinate value and the second coordinate value.

US Pat. No. 9,944,096

RECORDING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:a plurality of feeding units each configured to feed a sheet;
a conveyance unit provided on an upstream side of a recording unit in a direction in which the sheet is conveyed, wherein the conveyance unit conveys the sheet to the recording unit by a first motor driving the conveyance unit;
a first detection unit provided on the upstream side of the recording unit in the direction in which the sheet is conveyed, wherein the first detection unit detects whether there is the sheet;
a control unit that controls driving of a second motor for a roll sheet feeding unit among the plurality of feeding units, so as to convey a roll sheet fed from the roll sheet feeding unit; and
at least one processor in communication with at least one memory storing computer-executable instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, further causes the apparatus to function as:
a determination unit that determines which feeding unit among the plurality of feeding units feeds the sheet to the recording unit,
wherein, if the first detection unit detects that there is the sheet, the control unit drives the second motor in a direction for rewinding the roll sheet with the sheet fixed by the conveyance unit, and the determination unit determines the feeding unit that feeds the sheet to the recording unit based on an output value associated with the driving of the second motor, which is output when the second motor is driven in the direction for rewinding the roll sheet with the sheet fixed by the conveyance unit.

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. 9,948,130

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a power supply unit that wirelessly supplies power to an electronic apparatus;
a communication unit that performs a wireless communication with the electronic apparatus; and
a control unit that controls a timing for switching a communication process performed by the communication unit and a power supply process performed by the power supply unit,
wherein the control unit controls power output from the power supply unit by using data received from the electronic apparatus by the communication unit,
wherein the control unit has a first mode in which, after performing near field wireless communication with the electronic apparatus by the communication unit, the control unit performs first control which increases power output from the power supply unit, and second control which decreases power output from the power supply unit,
wherein the control unit controls the power supply unit such that a period during which a displacement of output power which increases in the first control changes from a predetermined first proportion to a predetermined second proportion falls within a predetermined first period,
wherein the control unit controls the power supply unit such that a period during which a displacement of output power which decreases in the second control changes from the predetermined second proportion to the predetermined first proportion falls within a predetermined second period, and
wherein the control unit controls the power supply unit such that a period during which power output from the power supply unit is a third period determined based on the received data.

US Pat. No. 9,939,748

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS POSTURE OF INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER AND IMAGE FORMATION POSITION BASED ON RESULTS OF DETECTION OF PREDETERMINED PORTION OF INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a first image forming station configured to form a first image of a first color;
a second image forming station configured to form a second image of a second color;
an intermediate transfer member configured to have the first image and the second image transferred thereon;
a transfer portion configured to transfer the first image and the second image transferred on the intermediate transfer member to a recording medium;
a first sensor configured to detect a position of a predetermined portion of the intermediate transfer member at a first location;
a second sensor configured to detect a position of the predetermined portion of the intermediate transfer member at a second location different from the first location in a direction of movement of the intermediate transfer member;
a steering mechanism configured to adjust a posture of the intermediate transfer member;
a first filter configured to perform smoothing processing on posture data determined based on a result of detection by the first sensor and a result of detection by the second sensor;
a second filter configured to perform band stop filter processing on the result of detection by the second sensor; and
a controller configured to control the steering mechanism based on a result of processing by the second filter, and control a forming position of the second image based on a result of processing by the first filter.

US Pat. No. 9,940,334

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a storage configured to store deletion target exception information for identifying a file or a directory that is to be treated as a deletion target exception when a system application is deleted;
one or more processors; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image forming apparatus to perform operations comprising:
specifying an application to be a deletion target from among a plurality of kinds of applications including a system application and a general application, and
deleting, from among files or directories related to the specified application, a file or a directory related to the application excluding the file or the directory that is to be treated as the deletion target exception by using the deletion target exception information,
wherein the general application is an application added to the image forming apparatus, the system application is an application that is able to be redeveloped from firmware, and the file that is to be treated as the deletion target exception when the system application is deleted is a license file of the general application.

US Pat. No. 9,933,593

DRIVING APPARATUS AND OPTICAL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving apparatus comprising:a plurality of vibrators vibrating by application of a high-frequency voltage thereto, said plurality of vibrators each having a contact portion vibrating elliptically upon energization;
a friction member in frictional contact with each of said contact portions of said plurality of vibrators; and
a pressing portion for bringing said vibrators into pressed contact with said friction member,
wherein said plurality of vibrators are arranged to be juxtaposed and a single drive force is extracted by moving said plurality of vibrators relative to said friction member in a relative moving direction, and
wherein a position where the single drive force is extracted is a central position of said plurality of vibrators in a direction in which said plurality of vibrators are juxtaposed and is close to a level of a frictional contact position with respect to a pressing direction of said pressing portion.

US Pat. No. 9,934,435

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a determination unit configured to determine one or more exceptional frames of a plurality of frames forming a moving image captured by an ophthalmic apparatus including an aberration correction device; and
a processing unit configured to apply image processing of a blood vessel area for a frame, among the plurality of frames, which has not been determined as the one or more exceptional frames,
wherein said determination unit determines a degree of an exception for each of the one or more exceptional frames, and
wherein said processing unit executes blood vessel extraction processing using the plurality of frames, and changes a processing parameter to be applied between (a) the one or more exceptional frames and (b) frames other than the one or more exceptional frames, while changing the processing parameter for the one or more exceptional frames according to the degree of the exception.

US Pat. No. 9,933,690

LENS DRIVER ADAPTER, LENS BARREL, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens drive adapter detachably attachable to a lens barrel having an operation member, a lens electric contact portion, and a connecting portion configured to connect with a camera, the lens drive adapter comprising:a drive unit including a drive member configured to transmit a driving force to the operation member;
an adapter electric contact portion configured to contact the lens electric contact portion to be electrically connected therewith; and
an adapter coupling mechanism configured to couple with the lens barrel at two circumferential locations on the lens barrel to fix the lens drive adapter to the lens barrel,
wherein the adapter electric contact portion is disposed, in a first direction corresponding to an optical axis direction of the lens barrel, at a position different from that of the drive member and between the two circumferential locations, and
wherein, in a connected state where the lens drive adapter is attached to the lens barrel, the adapter coupling mechanism is disposed only in a region on a side of the connecting portion and disposed away from the operation member in the optical axis direction.

US Pat. No. 9,933,725

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device comprising:a developer bearing member configured to bear developer;
a development chamber including the developer bearing member;
a developer storage chamber arranged below the development chamber in a developing operation and configured to store developer to be supplied to the development chamber;
a partition configured to separate the development chamber and the developer storage chamber and having an opening that allows communication between the developer storage chamber and the development chamber;
a rotating shaft configured to be rotatable and provided inside the developer storage chamber;
a sheet member attached to the rotating shaft; and
a plurality of protruding portions configured to protrude toward the inside of the developer storage chamber from the partition and located on a downstream side of the opening in a rotation direction of the rotating shaft,
wherein the sheet member has a length such that a free end of the sheet member is contactable to an inner wall surface of the developer storage chamber in a state that the sheet member contacts both the plurality of protruding portions and the inner wall surface of the developer storage chamber when the sheet member rotates with the rotating shaft.

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. 9,936,088

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A job processing apparatus which is able to execute a copy application and an e-mail application, the job processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors;
at least one memory having instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the job processing apparatus to:
execute a copy job by the copy application and an e-mail transmission job by the e-mail application;
register, in accordance with execution of the copy job, setting data of the copy job in a storage;
register, in accordance with execution of the e-mail transmission job, setting data of the e-mail transmission job in the storage; and
a display configured to display a first object for activating the copy application, and a second object for activating the e-mail application,
wherein the display further displays a third object for reading out the setting data of the copy job registered in the storage and a fourth object for reading out the setting data of the e-mail transmission job registered in the storage, and
wherein the first object, the second object, the third object and the fourth object are displayed on the same screen.

US Pat. No. 9,936,090

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A reading apparatus comprising:a reading device configured to read an image of an original document and generate image data;
a first memory configured to store the image data generated by the reading device;
a second memory configured to store the image data transferred from the first memory; and
at least one processor that operates to:
determine whether there is a storage area corresponding to data size of the image data generated by the reading device in the second memory; and
cause the reading device to start reading the image of the original document before the determination is completed,
wherein the image data is not transferred from the first memory to the second memory before the determination is completed, and
wherein the image data is transferred from the first memory to the second memory after it is determined that there is the storage area corresponding to data size of the image data generated by the reading device in the second memory.

US Pat. No. 9,930,273

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING TRANSFER SWITCHES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a plurality of pixels, each of the plurality of pixels including
a photoelectric conversion unit configured to perform accumulation of charges generated by incident light,
a holding unit configured to hold the charges,
an amplification unit configured to output a signal based on the charges,
a first transfer switch configured to transfer the charges from the photoelectric conversion unit to the holding unit, and
a second transfer switch configured to transfer the charges from the holding unit to the amplification unit,
wherein the photoelectric conversion unit in each of the plurality of pixels starts the accumulation of the charges at a first time,
wherein the first transfer switch in each of the plurality of pixels is controlled to be turned on after the first time and to be thereafter turned off at a second time to transfer the charges accumulated in the photoelectric conversion unit to the holding unit,
wherein the second transfer switch in at least one pixel among the plurality of pixels is controlled to be turned on at a third time after the second time to transfer the charges held in the holding unit to the amplification unit,
wherein the second transfer switch in the at least one pixel is controlled to be turned on at a fourth time after the third time to transfer the charges held in the holding unit to the amplification unit, and
wherein the first transfer switch in the at least one pixel is maintained to be in an off state during a period from the third time to the fourth time.

US Pat. No. 9,927,737

DEVELOPING APPARATUS AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:a developing frame member including a conveyance chamber, and a developing chamber disposed above the conveyance chamber in a gravitational direction at a time of image formation;
a partition configured to divide an inside of the developing frame member into the developing chamber and the conveyance chamber, and provided with an opening for communicating between the developing chamber and the conveyance chamber;
a developer bearing member stored in the developing chamber;
a conveyance member stored in the conveyance chamber, and configured to rotate to convey developer into the developing chamber through the opening; and
an inner wall surface disposed inside the conveyance chamber,
wherein the inner wall surface includes:
an inclined surface positioned below a rotation center of the conveyance member in the gravitational direction, and inclined toward an upside in the gravitational direction and toward a direction departing from the rotation center in a horizontal direction, along a rotational direction of the conveyance member, wherein at least part of the inclined surface contacting the conveyance member to bend the conveyance member;
a most proximate portion of the inclined surface where a distance to the rotation center is the shortest;
a first releasing portion disposed on a downstream side of the most proximate portion in the rotational direction, and configured to release a bending of the conveyance member;
an extended portion disposed on a downstream side of the first releasing portion in the rotational direction, the extended portion being extended upwardly with respect to the rotation center in the gravitational direction;
a deforming portion disposed on a downstream side of the inner wall surface in the rotational direction, and configured to bend the conveyance member moved and released from the first releasing portion; and
a second releasing portion disposed on a downstream side of the deforming portion in the rotational direction and on an upstream side of the opening in the rotational direction, and configured to release the bending of the conveyance member, and
wherein a distance between the first releasing portion and the rotation center, and a distance between the extended portion and the rotation center are longer than a distance between the most proximate portion and the rotation center.

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. 9,927,747

FIXING MEMBER, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING FIXING MEMBER, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

12. An image forming apparatus having a fixing device having a fixing member and a heating unit, wherein the fixing member has:a substrate,
an elastic layer on the substrate, and
a release layer on the elastic layer, wherein the release layer:
has a thickness of 15 ?m or more and 25 ?m or less,
contains a fluororesin having a melt flow rate (MFR) of 1 g/10 min or more and 3 g/10 min or less,
results from baking a coating film of a coating solution for forming a release layer, on the elastic layer, the coating solution containing the fluororesin, and
has a surface having arithmetic average roughness (Sa) of 0.1 ?m or more and 0.5 ?m or less, and
having maximum cross sectional height (St) of 10.0 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 9,927,753

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a feeder including a tray configured to stack a sheet thereon and a pickup member configured to contact the sheet stacked on the tray and to feed the contacted sheet, wherein the feeder is configured to switch between a first state in which the pickup member and the sheet stacked on the tray are in contact with each other and a second state in which the pickup member and the sheet stacked on the tray are separate from each other;
a size determiner configured to determine a size of the sheet stacked on the tray;
a sheet type setter configured to set a type of the sheet stacked on the tray; and
a controller configured to control the feeder,
wherein, in a case where the type of the sheet set by the sheet type setter is a first type, the controller controls the feeder in such a way that the feeder switches from the second state to the first state when the size of the sheet is determined by the size determiner, and
wherein, in a case where the type of the sheet set by the sheet type setter is a second type, the controller controls the feeder in such a way to cause the feeder to refrain from switching from the second state to the first state even when the size of the sheet is determined by the size determiner.

US Pat. No. 9,930,319

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an obtainment unit that obtains a plurality of images obtained by shooting a subject at different positions, at each of a plurality of timings;
a first detection unit that detects a phase difference between the images obtained at the same timing;
a second detection unit that detects a phase difference between the images obtained at the same position but at different timings; and
a generating unit that generates an output image by synthesizing at least some of the images obtained by the obtainment unit so that at least one of the phase differences between the some of the images, which are detected by the first detection unit and the second detection unit, is reduced,
wherein in the case of a setting for generating an image corresponding to a long-exposure shooting, the generating unit adjusts an exposure amount and a depth of field of the output image by controlling shot positions and obtained timings of images used for the synthesis.

US Pat. No. 9,927,764

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a movable unit including a regulating portion for regulating a position of a developing unit for supporting a developer carrying member and movable between a contact position for permitting contact of said developer carrying member with an image bearing member and a spaced position for permitting spacing of said developer carrying member from said image bearing member;
a driving member for moving said movable unit from the contact position to the spaced position, said driving member being displaceable between a contact phase for permitting location of said movable unit at the contact position and a spaced phase for maintaining said movable unit at the spaced position;
an openable member for opening and closing an opening provided for demounting said developer carrying member and/or said image bearing member from a main assembly of said image forming apparatus; and
a pressing member for pressing and moving said movable unit by being moved in interrelation with an opening operation of said openable member,
wherein when said driving member is displaced from the contact phase to the spaced phase, said movable unit is moved from the contact position to the spaced position,
wherein when said openable member is opened in a state in which said driving member is in the contact phase, said pressing member presses and moves said movable unit by a first movement amount from the contact position to the spaced position, and
wherein when said openable member is opened in a state in which said driving member is in the spaced phase, said pressing member does not move said movable unit or moves said movable unit by a second movement amount smaller than the first movement amount.

US Pat. No. 9,929,307

LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE, LIGHT SOURCE SYSTEM INCLUDING THE LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE, AND OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY INCLUDING THE LIGHT SOURCE SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light emitting device comprising:an upper electrode layer, a lower electrode layer, and an active layer provided between the upper electrode layer and the lower electrode layer;
the active layer has a plurality of quantum-confined structures including:
a first quantum-confined structure that has a ground level having an energy level E0 and a high-order level having an energy level E1; and
a second quantum-confined structure different from the first quantum-confined structure, the second quantum-confined structure has a ground level having an energy level E2 which is higher than the energy level E0,
wherein the energy level E1 and the energy level E2 are substantially matched, and
wherein at least one of the upper electrode layer and the lower electrode layer is divided into a plurality of electrodes.

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. 9,925,809

ROLL-UP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printing unit configured to perform printing on a continuous sheet;
a conveyance unit configured to convey the continuous sheet;
a roll-up unit configured to roll up the continuous sheet printed by the printed unit wherein a tension is applied to the continuous sheet between the conveyance unit and the roll-up unit in accordance with a driving force of the roll-up unit; and
a control unit configured to control the roll-up unit to execute a plurality of modes including (a) an inner roll-up mode in which the roll-up unit rolls up the continuous sheet by rotating in a first rotational direction such that a printed surface of the continuous sheet printed by the printing unit faces inward, and (b) an outer roll-up mode in which the roll-up unit rolls up the continuous sheet by rotating in a second rotational direction that is opposite to the first rotational direction such that the printed surface faces outward, wherein the driving force of the roll-up unit in the inner roll-up mode is greater than the driving force in the outer roll-up mode.

US Pat. No. 9,930,192

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing apparatus being able to transmit data in accordance with a plurality of transmission protocols, the data processing apparatus comprising:a controller configured to register folder information in association with user information; and
a user interface configured to receive user information,
wherein the controller sets, as a transmission destination of data in accordance with selection of an operation key of the data processing apparatus, the folder information which has been registered in association with the user information received by the user interface,
wherein the data processing apparatus transmits data to a folder indicated by the folder information set in accordance with the selection of the operation key, and
wherein the controller registers, in accordance with the user information, folder information corresponding to a transmission protocol which is available to a user specified based on the user information from among the plurality of the transmission protocols.

US Pat. No. 9,930,202

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS ENSURING TEMPORAL MATCHING WITH SERVER, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that communicates with a server, comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
notify notification date-and-time information to the server in a case where predetermined processing is performed;
calculate a single change amount in the time of the clock in a case where the time of the clock is changed; and
manage a total change amount in the time of the clock, which indicates a time difference between a current time defined based on the notification date-and-time information notified to the server and a current time indicated by a clock of the information processing apparatus,
wherein the at least one processor further executes the instructions to:
calculate, in the case where the time of the clock is changed, a calculation time based on the total change amount and the single change amount; and
notify the calculated calculation time as the notification date-and-time information to the server,
wherein the time indicated by the clock is notified to the server at time points when the information processing apparatus is initially connected to the server, when the information processing apparatus is started up, when the information processing apparatus recovers from sleep, or when the information processing apparatus is restarted after temporary stoppage.

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. 9,929,455

ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic circuit, comprising:a substrate having an electromagnetic band gap structure formed including a ground conductor and a plurality of conductor plates, the plurality of conductor plates being arranged on a first surface of the substrate, and at least a portion of the ground conductor being arranged on a second surface of the substrate;
a second conductor that is arranged at a distance from and rearward of at least a portion of the plurality of conductor plates in a view from the second surface to the first surface of the substrate, wherein the second conductor is connected to the ground conductor and is electromagnetically coupled to at least a portion of the plurality of conductor plates, and
wherein the electronic circuit has a configuration that is adjustable so as to change a positional relationship between the second conductor and the plurality of conductor plates, and
wherein the second conductor is formed to cover another electronic component arranged on the first surface of the substrate and functions as a shielding case for the another electronic component.

US Pat. No. 9,924,075

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image;
a calibration unit configured to control execution of monochromatic calibration, the monochromatic calibration being executed
by measuring a pattern image including a plurality of monochromatic patch images each formed by the image forming unit using
monochromatic toner and generating, using a measurement result, monochromatic correction data used for correcting a color
of a monochromatic image formed by the image forming unit in a manner such that a value of the color of the monochromatic
image becomes closer to a target value, and to control execution of multi-color calibration, the multi-color calibration being
executed by measuring a pattern image including a plurality of multi-color patch images each formed by the image forming unit
using multi-color toner and generating, using a measurement result, multi-color correction data used for correcting a color
of a multi-color image formed by the image forming unit in a manner such that a value of the color of the multi-color image
becomes closer to a target value; and

a control unit configured to perform control such that, in a case where the control unit is instructed that the monochromatic
calibration and the multi-color calibration are executed, a paper type of paper used at a time of execution of the monochromatic
calibration conforms to a paper type of paper used at a time of execution of the multi-color calibration.

US Pat. No. 9,921,514

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR REMOVING ADHERED MATTER FROM A CHARGING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to carry out an image forming operation of forming an image on a recording material,
the image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to be rotatable;
a charging member configured to charge the image bearing member;
a voltage application device configured to apply a voltage to the charging member;
an image exposure device configured to form an electrostatic latent image on the image bearing member charged by the charging
member;

a developing device configured to supply developer to the electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member by
the image exposure device so as to develop the electrostatic latent image into a toner image;

a transfer member configured to transfer the toner image formed on the image bearing member by the developing device onto
a transfer body;

a detection unit configured to detect operation information of the image forming apparatus; and
a controller configured to cause the voltage application device to apply an AC voltage to the charging member during a non-image-forming
operation of the image forming apparatus,

an environment detection unit configured to detect use environment information of the image forming apparatus,
wherein the controller is configured to control a duration for which the AC voltage is applied on the basis of the operation
information detected by the detection unit, and

wherein the controller controls whether the AC voltage is to be applied to the charging member by the voltage application
device on the basis of the use environment information detected by the environment detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,921,516

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a sensor comprising:
a light emitting element;
a diffraction grating configured to disperse light that is reflected by a measurement image on the sheet;
a plurality of light receiving elements configured to receive the reflected light dispersed by the diffraction grating; and
a generation unit configured to generate information related to an intensity of the light reflected by the measurement image,
based on results of light reception by the plurality of light receiving elements; and

a controller configured to control the image forming unit to form a first measurement image on a first sheet, to control the
sensor to obtain first information corresponding to the first measurement image, to control the image forming unit to form
a second measurement image on a second sheet, to control the sensor to obtain second information corresponding to the second
measurement image, to execute first correction processing based on the first information, and to execute second correction
processing based on the second information,

wherein the controller controls the light emitting element to emit light before the first sheet arrives at the sensor, controls
the sensor to turn off the light emitting element after measuring the first measurement image on the first sheet, and controls
the light emitting element to emit light before the second sheet arrives at the sensor, and

wherein a light emission time of the light emitting element prior to the arrival of the second sheet at the sensor is shorter
than a light emission time of the light emitting element prior to the arrival of the first sheet at the sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,921,518

DEVELOPING ROLLER, WITH CONDUCTIVE ELASTIC LAYER HAVING EXPOSED PROTRUSIONS, CARTRIDGE AND APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing roller comprising:
a substrate;
an electro-conductive elastic layer on the substrate; and
a plurality of electrical insulating domains on the electro-conductive elastic layer, wherein
the developing roller has a length L of 200 mm or more in a longitudinal direction orthogonal to the circumferential direction
thereof,

the surface of the developing roller comprises:
the surfaces of the domains; and
an exposed portion of the electro-conductive elastic layer, the exposed portion being uncovered with the domains,
the developing roller has protrusions on the surface thereof, the protrusion being formed by the domains,
the electro-conductive elastic layer has a plurality of protrusions at the exposed portion,
the developing roller has an Asker C hardness of 50 degrees or more and 90 degrees or less, and
the developing roller satisfies the following (1) and (2):
(1) a surface potential of the developing roller at the domains is 10 V or more and 100 V or less corresponding to a completion
of discharge, and a surface potential of the developing roller at the exposed portion of the electro-conductive elastic layer
is 2 V or less corresponding to a completion of discharge, the charging of the surface of the developing roller being conducted
with a discharge wire which is disposed substantially parallel to the longitudinal direction of the developing roller and
so that the discharge wire is apart from the surface of the developing roller by 1 mm, by applying a direct-current voltage
of 8 kV between the developing roller and the discharge wire in an environment of a temperature of 23° C. and a relative humidity
of 50%, and

(2) when a nip region having a nip width of 1.0 mm and an area of 1.0 mm×L mm is demarcated by pressing the surface of the
developing roller against a flat glass plate, assuming that a square region of 0.3 mm on a side is placed in the nip region,
and total sum of areas of contacted portions between the exposed portion of the electro-conductive elastic layer and the flat
glass plate in the square region is defined as “ST” mm2, a percentage ratio of ST to the area 0.09 mm2 of the square region, 100*ST/0.09, is 0.50% or more and 10.00% or less.

US Pat. No. 9,921,525

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a rotatable transfer belt to which the toner image on the image bearing member is transferred to a transfer material; and
a transfer device provided in contact with the transfer belt and configured to transfer the toner image from the image bearing
member to the transfer belt,

wherein the transfer device includes
a rubbing member provided in contact with the transfer belt;
a supporting member supporting the rubbing member,
a pressing member configured to press the supporting member so as to press the rubbing member toward the image bearing member;
and

a damping member configured to damp vibration of the transfer device, and
wherein the damping member is fastened to the supporting member, and an end of the damping member in a width direction that
is orthogonal to a direction of rotation of the transfer belt is a free end.

US Pat. No. 9,922,040

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
one or more hardware processors; and
a memory which stores instructions to be executed by the one or more hardware processors, wherein in accordance with the instructions
executed by the one or more hardware processors, the information processing apparatus performs:

(1) obtaining structured data comprising character strings to be subjected to encoding;
(2) determining at least one of (a) a first parameter for limiting a length of a character string of the structured data to
be subjected to encoding and (b) a second parameter for limiting a number of attributes of character strings of the structured
data to be subjected to encoding, so that a data size of information indicating correspondence between character strings of
the structured data to be subjected to encoding and codes for encoding the character strings of the structured data to be
subjected to encoding is less than a predetermined size;

(3) storing information indicating correspondence between the character strings of the structured data to be subjected to
encoding and the codes for encoding the character strings of the structured data to be subjected to encoding, wherein the
information is generated according to at least one of the first parameter and the second parameter;

(4) encoding the character strings of the structured data to be subjected to encoding using the information indicating correspondence
between the character strings of the structured data to be subjected to encoding and the codes for encoding the character
strings of the structured data to be subjected to encoding, wherein the information indicating correspondence between the
character strings of the structured data to be subjected to encoding and the codes for encoding the character strings of the
structured data to be subjected to encoding comprises a correspondence table;

(5) analyzing the obtained structured data; and
(6) estimating a data size of each entry of the correspondence table or estimating a compression effect for each entry of
the correspondence table, wherein at least one of the first parameter and the second parameter is determined based on a result
of the estimating.

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. 9,921,536

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM UNIT, CARTRIDGE, AND FLANGE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive drum unit comprising:
an electrophotographic photosensitive drum;
a coupling member configured to be rotated by a driving force;
a shaft member configured to be rotated by the driving force transmitted from the coupling member; and
a flange member secured to the electrophotographic photosensitive drum, the flange member being configured to be rotated by
the driving force transmitted from the shaft member,

wherein the flange member comprises:
a first cylindrical portion including a first outer circumferential surface and a first inner circumferential surface;
a second cylindrical portion disposed inside the first cylindrical portion in such a manner that a central axis of the second
cylindrical portion is coaxial with the first cylindrical portion including a second outer circumference surface and a second
inner circumferential surface, wherein the coaxial central axis defines a central axis direction;

an inwardly protruding portion protruding from an inner circumference of the second cylindrical portion and restricting a
position of the coupling member in a central axis direction of the first cylindrical portion;

a first wall extending in the central axis direction and connecting the first cylindrical portion and the second cylindrical
portion together, the first wall being in contact with the shaft member to receive the driving force;

a second wall extending in the central axis and connecting the first cylindrical portion and the second cylindrical portion
together, the second wall being opposed to the first wall; and

a connecting portion connecting the first cylindrical portion and the second cylindrical portion together and connecting the
first wall and the second wall together,

wherein a groove is provided inside the first inner circumferential surface and outside the second outer circumferential surface,
wherein a recessed portion recessed outwards from an inner circumferential surface of the second cylindrical portion is formed
by the first wall, the second wall, and the connecting portion,

wherein the coupling member is held in the second cylindrical portion so as to be capable of tilting,
wherein the shaft member is disposed between the first wall and the second wall, and
wherein the connecting portion is disposed between the inwardly protruding portion and the shaft member in the central axis
direction.

US Pat. No. 9,919,521

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a liquid ejection substrate including a plurality of liquid ejection sections including pressure chambers configured to hold
liquid at a negative pressure and ejection ports communicating with the pressure chambers, the pressure chambers each including
a pressure unit configured to apply pressure to the liquid in each of the pressure chambers, the pressed liquid being ejected
through each of the ejection ports; and

a liquid reservoir on a back of the liquid ejection substrate opposite to a side on which the ejection ports are provided,
wherein the liquid reservoir is partitioned into:
a common liquid chamber to hold the liquid at a negative pressure substantially equal to the negative pressure of the liquid
ejection sections, and

a plurality of common liquid channels extending parallel to each other and each provided by a wall in the common liquid chamber
to separate the common liquid channel from the common liquid chamber,

wherein the plurality of common liquid channels each communicate with the pressure chambers,
the plurality of common liquid channels communicate with one set of the inlets and the outlets of the plurality of pressure
chambers, and

the common liquid chamber communicates with another set of the inlets and the outlets of the plurality of pressure chambers,
wherein the another set is different than those being communicated with by the plurality of common liquid channels.

US Pat. No. 9,921,319

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus connected to an external connection unit of a radiation imaging apparatus including
a storage unit and an imaging-apparatus control unit configured to access the storage unit, comprising:
second control unit that is capable of accessing the storage unit; and
an output unit configured to output, to an external apparatus, at least one of radiation image data captured by the radiation
imaging apparatus and log data of the radiation imaging apparatus which are obtained from the storage unit via the second
control unit;

wherein in a case in which it is determined by the imaging-apparatus control unit or the second control unit that an abnormality
has occurred in the radiation imaging apparatus, the second control unit accesses the storage unit.

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. 9,923,972

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING DATA TRANSMISSION VIA NETWORK, AND METHOD FOR SELECTING DATA DESTINATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a message via a network;
an obtainment unit configured to obtain a result of detection by a sensor for detecting at least one of (a) a state of a device
and (b) a state of an environment around a device;

a selection unit configured to select, based on the result of detection obtained by the obtainment unit, from a plurality
of devices corresponding to a common address set as a destination of the message received by the reception unit, a device
to which the received message is to be transmitted;

a setting unit configured to change a destination address of the received message from the common address corresponding to
the plurality of devices to an address specific to the device selected by the selection unit based on the result of detection;
and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the message whose destination address is changed by the setting unit.

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. 9,921,470

IMPRINT METHOD FOR AN IMPRINT APPARATUS WHICH TRANSFERS A PATTERN ONTO A SUBSTRATE BY USING A MOLD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint method for an imprint apparatus which transfers a device pattern onto a substrate by using a mold,
the mold including a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface, the first surface having a pattern
region and a peripheral portion which surrounds the pattern region, the pattern region including convex portions and concave
portions configuring the device pattern to be transferred onto the substrate, the peripheral portion including alignment marks
to be aligned to marks on the substrate,

the method comprising steps of:
detecting an image formed by light from a first measurement pattern of the mold and a second measurement pattern provided
in the imprint apparatus;

calculating a distortion of the pattern region based on the image detected in the step of detecting; and
deforming, based on the distortion calculated in the step of calculating, the mold by applying a force to the mold so as to
reduce the distortion,

wherein the first measurement pattern is formed between the second surface and lower surfaces of the convex portions, or on
the second surface, such that the first measurement pattern includes a portion overlapping with the convex portions and the
concave portions of the device pattern when viewed from a direction orthogonal to the first surface.

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. 9,924,064

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus capable of connecting with an external apparatus, the printing apparatus comprising:
a storage that is capable of storing identification information of one or more users and print data in association with a
respective user of the one or more users;

a network interface that receives the print data from the external apparatus;
a printing unit;
a memory that stores instructions; and
one or more processors which execute the instructions to cause the printing apparatus to function as a control unit configured
to control:

(i) storing of the print data received via the network interface in the storage in association with the identification information
of a user, of the one or more users, who operates the external apparatus to print the print data,

(ii) printing of the print data stored in the storage, based on an instruction by a login user, of the one or more users,
while the login user is logged into the printing apparatus, in association with the identification information of the login
user, and

(iii) deleting, among the identification information of the one or more users stored in the storage, identification information
of a user where print data corresponding to the identification information of the user is not stored in the storage after
an elapse of a certain period of time since a latest login by the user into the printing apparatus,

wherein the control unit does not delete the identification information of a user, of the one or more users, where print data
corresponding to the identification information of the user is stored in the storage after an elapse of the certain period
of time since a latest login by the user into the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,917,140

PHOTO ELECTRIC CONVERTER IMAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus that includes a semiconductor substrate, the photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a plurality of interlayer insulating films disposed above the semiconductor substrate;
a plurality of wiring layers disposed above the semiconductor substrate;
a first electrode disposed above the plurality of wiring layers;
a photoelectric conversion film disposed above the first electrode;
a second electrode disposed above the photoelectric conversion film;
a readout circuit portion disposed on the semiconductor substrate, the readout circuit portion including a transistor being
electrically connected to the first electrode;

a first film disposed between the plurality of interlayer insulating films, the first film being any of a silicon oxide film,
a silicon oxynitride film, and a silicon nitride film; and

a second film disposed between an uppermost layer of the plurality of wiring layers and the first electrode, the second film
being a silicon nitride film or a silicon carbide film, and

a pad portion for electrically connecting to an external device,
wherein the second film is disposed above the pad portion and has an opening to expose the pad portion.

US Pat. No. 9,906,696

IMAGING DEVICE AND INTERCHANGEABLE LENS ARRANGED TO HAVE A REDUCED AMOUNT OF MAGNETIC FIELD REACHING AN IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
a magnetic field generation source that generates a magnetic field when receiving an electric current supplied; and
an image pickup element including a light-receiving unit configured to perform photoelectric conversion on incident light;
and,

a magnetic member arranged between magnetic field generation source and the image pickup element,
wherein
the magnetic member includes a first magnetic body and a second magnetic body, the second magnetic body being made of a ferromagnetic
material having higher relative permeability than relative permeability of the first magnetic body, and

the second magnetic body is arranged nearer than the first magnetic body to the magnetic field generation source.

US Pat. No. 9,891,546

ULTRAVIOLET-CURABLE LIQUID DEVELOPER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ultraviolet-curable liquid developer comprising;
a toner particle containing a binder resin and a colorant;
a cationically polymerizable liquid monomer which does not dissolve the binder resin in the toner particle; and
a photoinitiator, wherein
the cationically polymerizable liquid monomer contains a vinyl ether compound,
a molar average SP value of the cationically polymerizable liquid monomer is not more than 9.0,
a molar average number of functional groups for the cationically polymerizable liquid monomer is at least 1.8, and
the photoinitiator contains a compound represented by formula (1), a content of the compound represented by formula (1) being
0.01 to 5.00 mass parts per 100 mass parts of the cationically polymerizable liquid monomer,


wherein, R1 and R2 are bonded to each other to form a ring structure selected from the group consisting of a succinimide structure, a phthalimide
structure, a norbornenedicarboximide structure, a naphthalenedicarboximide structure, a cyclohexanedicarboximide structure,
and an epoxycyclohexenedicarboximide structure; x is an integer that of 1 to 8; and y is an integer of 3 to 17.

US Pat. No. 9,891,549

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light scanning apparatus, comprising:
a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a rotary polygon mirror configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source so that the light beam scans on
a surface of a photosensitive member in a main scanning direction;

a motor configured to rotate the rotary polygon mirror; and
a rotational position detection unit configured to detect a magnetic flux change caused by rotation of the motor to generate
a rotational position detection signal,

wherein an emitting start timing of the light beam from the light source is determined based on the rotational position detection
signal in order to maintain a writing start position of the light beam with respect to the photosensitive member in the main
scanning direction.

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. 9,894,237

IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup device comprising:
an imaging portion that photoelectrically converts incident light;
an analog to digital converter that converts an analog image signal output from the imaging portion to digital image data;
a memory that stores digital image data of at least one frame converted by the analog to digital converter; and
a generator that generates digital moving image data from digital still image data,
wherein, in a case where a still image is captured while moving images are being captured by using the imaging portion, the
digital still image data is stored in the memory, and the digital moving image data is output before the digital still image
data is output from the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,889,650

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD, EJECTING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:
a heat generating element array in which heat generating elements to generate heat energy that is used to eject a liquid are
arranged in a predetermined direction;

a pressure chamber that includes one of the heat generating elements therein; and
a flow passage of which one end communicates with the pressure chamber, and of which the other end communicates with a common
liquid chamber,

wherein an amount per liquid droplet ejected by the heat generating elements included in the heat generating element array
is equal, and

wherein a flow resistance of the flow passage which communicates with a heat generating element disposed in a central portion
in the predetermined direction among the heat generating elements included in the heat generating element array is higher
than a flow resistance of a flow passage which communicates with a heat generating element disposed in an end portion.

US Pat. No. 9,894,280

IMAGING APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING SELECTED FACE IN IN-FOCUS STATE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a central processing unit (CPU); and
a storage device containing instructions that, when executed by the CPU, cause the CPU to perform operations comprising:
detecting a plurality of faces at focal positions different from each other from a plurality of images having focal positions,
wherein all of the plurality of images are based on shooting by one user operation;

displaying a list of the plurality of detected faces on a first area of a display device for assisting a user to select a
face to be focused, and displaying an image including the plurality of detected faces on a second area of the display device;
and

selecting one of the plurality of detected faces upon receipt of a selection instruction by the user,
wherein in a case where one of the plurality of detected faces is selected by the user, controlling to change a focusing state
of the image displayed on the second area of the display device so that the one of the plurality of detected faces selected
by the user is displayed in an in-focus state.

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. 9,883,076

IMAGE FORMATION WITH GRADATION VALUE OF BOUNDARY PIXELS CORRECTED USING CUMULATIVE SUM OF GRATAION VALUES OF PIXELS IN SIGNIFICANT IMAGE PORTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image by performing scanning exposure upon a photosensitive member on the basis
of a gradation value represented by pixel data, comprising:
a reading unit configured to sequentially read, from image data, pieces of pixel data of target pixels along a predetermined
direction;

a cumulative sum calculation unit configured to calculate a cumulative sum of gradation values represented by pieces of pixel
data of target pixels in a significant image portico read by the reading unit;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the target pixel read by the reading unit is located at a boundary between
the significant image portion and a background portion that is a non-significant image portion; and

a correction unit configured to, in a case where the determination unit determines that the target pixel is located at the
boundary, correct a gradation value represented by pixel data of the target pixel by adding a correction amount based on the
cumulative sum up to the target pixel calculated by the cumulative sum calculation unit to the gradation value.

US Pat. No. 9,882,880

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a memory storing instructions; and
one or more processors that execute the instructions and cause the one or more processors to operate as:
a search unit configured to search for another communication apparatus capable of wireless LAN communication conforming to
the IEEE802.11 standard series by transmitting a probe request signal in the wireless LAN conforming to the IEEE802.11 standard
series;

a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the another communication apparatus searched by said search unit, a service
discovery signal in the wireless LAN conforming to the IEEE802.11 standard series;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from a service discovery response signal in response to the service discovery signal
transmitted by said transmission unit, information about a service of an application layer provided by the another communication
apparatus;

a comparing unit configured to compare a service indicated by the information acquired by said acquisition unit and a service
which the communication apparatus can execute;

a connecting unit configured to execute processing to establish connection with the another communication apparatus by the
wireless LAN based on the information acquired by the acquisition unit;

a processing unit configured to execute processing to set an IP address to the communication apparatus after the connection
with the another communication apparatus by the wireless LAN is established; and

a control unit configured to collectively open a plurality of Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) ports or a plurality of
User Datagram Protocol (UDP) ports corresponding to a plurality of the respective services common to both the apparatuses,
without executing a service search process in an IP layer, based on a result of the comparison performed by the comparing
unit in response to setting of the IP address to the communication apparatus by the processing unit, if a plurality of services
is identified by the acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,876,927

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A GUIDE MEMBER FOR REGULATING APPROACHING OF TWO CABLES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming device configured to form an image on a sheet;
an image reading device configured to read an image on a document, wherein the image reading device is movable between a first
position and a second position spaced farther apart from the image forming device than the first position around a rotation
shaft;

a first cable that connects the image forming device and the image reading device to each other, one end of the first cable
being fixed to the image forming device, the other end of the first cable being fixed to the image reading device, the first
cable having a non-fixed region between a fixed portion at the one end and a fixed portion at the other end, the non-fixed
region of the first cable being fixed to neither of the image forming device and the image reading device;

a second cable that connects the image forming device and the image reading device to each other and is located at a position
closer to the shaft than the first cable is, one end of the second cable being fixed to the image forming device, the other
end of the second cable being fixed to the image reading device, the second cable having a non-fixed region between a fixed
portion at the one end and a fixed portion at the other end, the non-fixed region of the second cable being fixed to neither
of the image forming device and the image reading device;

a first guide member that is provided at a position between the first cable and the second cable and regulates approaching
of the first cable toward the second cable when the image reading device moves rotationally from the first position to the
second position;

a second guide member that is provided at a position between the first cable and the second cable and regulates approaching
of the second cable toward the first cable when the image reading device moves rotationally from the first position to the
second position; and

a third guide member that is provided at a position between the first cable and the second cable and regulates approaching
of the first cable and the second cable toward each other when the image reading device moves rotationally from the second
position to the first position,

wherein the first guide member, the second guide member, and the third guide member are fixed to the image forming device
below a top surface of the image forming device, and

wherein, in a height direction, the third member is fixed to the image forming device above the first guide member and the
second guide member and below the top surface of the image forming device.

US Pat. No. 9,876,932

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which receives a scan job request from an external apparatus, the image processing apparatus
comprising:
a user interface configured to select an external apparatus as a transmission destination of image data, and receive a transmission
start instruction, the user interface being able to select a plurality of external apparatuses;

one or more processors; and
at least one memory having instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image
processing apparatus to:

scan, in accordance with the transmission start instruction, a document and generate image data;
store, in a storage, the generated image data;
transmit a first notification to a first external apparatus selected by the user interface, and transmit a second notification
to a second external apparatus selected by the user interface;

receive a first request transmitted from the first external apparatus as a response to the first notification and a second
request transmitted from the second external apparatus as a response to the second notification;

convert the image data stored in the storage into first image data in accordance with first settings designated by the received
first request and convert the image data stored in the storage into second image data in accordance with second settings designated
by the received second request; and

transmit the converted first image data to the first external apparatus and transmit the converted second image data to the
second external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,876,940

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD GENERATING QUANTIZED DATA BASED ON A DETERMINED PRINT OPERATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing data used for printing an image on a print medium by ejecting multiple types
of mutually different inks from a print unit, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory storing computer executable code; and
one or more processors which executes the code to perform the following steps:
determining a print operation to be performed, from among multiple print operations, which perform printing with use of the
print unit, at least including a first print operation and a second print operation, wherein an unevenness of an image due
to a displacement of a print position on a print medium in the second print operation is larger than an unevenness of an image
due to a displacement of a print position on a print medium in the first print operation;

acquiring multi-valued data for each of the multiple types of inks;
generating, in accordance with the determined print operation to be performed, quantized data for printing a dot by comparing
a threshold value acquired by a threshold value acquisition unit, wherein the threshold value is arranged in a threshold value
matrix providing an array of threshold values corresponding to pixel positions and corresponds to the target pixel, and the
multi-valued data with each other for each of the multiple types of inks; and

outputting the generated quantized data used by the print unit to eject multiple types of inks,
wherein, in a case where the determined print operation is the second print operation, the generating generates quantized
data for a first type of ink with use of threshold values obtained from a first threshold value matrix and generates quantized
data for a second type of ink with use of threshold values obtained from a second threshold value matrix having different
threshold value arrangements than the first threshold value matrix, and

wherein, in a case where the determined print operation is the first print operation, a dot arrangement of the first and second
types of inks printed on the print medium by the print unit on a basis of the generated quantized data is higher in exclusiveness
and dispersibility between or among dots of the first and second types of inks and lower in an overlap rate between or among
the dots of the first and second types of inks than a dot arrangement of the multiple types of inks printed on the print medium
by the print unit on a basis of the generated quantized data in the case where the determined print operation is the second
print operation.

US Pat. No. 9,876,947

OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:
an optical system configured to form an optical image on a rectangular image capturing surface having long sides and short
sides;

a plastic lens included in the optical system;
a holder holding the plastic lens; and
a pressing member pressing the plastic lens to the holder in an optical axis direction of the optical system,
wherein a first member that is one of the plastic lens and the holder includes a first protrusion and a second protrusion
each extending in the optical axis direction and are located on mutually opposite sides across an optical axis in a first
direction parallel to the short sides, and

a second member that is the other one of the plastic lens and the holder includes (a) a first hole portion into which the
first protrusion is inserted, the first hole portion having a shape such that the first hole portion impedes a displacement
of the first protrusion in a second direction parallel to the long sides and in the first direction and (b) a second hole
portion into which the second protrusion is inserted, the second hole portion having a shape such that the second hole portion
impedes a displacement of the second protrusion in the second direction and allows a relative displacement of the second protrusion
in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,873,255

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a substrate having an energy generating element arranged therein;
an ejection port forming member laid so as to be superposed above the substrate, an ejection port being formed so as to run
through the ejection port forming member, a port region of the ejection port forming member including the ejection port having
a concave portion formed in the surface thereof opposite to the surface thereof facing the substrate, a convex portion being
formed in the surface of the ejection port forming member facing the substrate so as to correspond to the concave portion;

a flow path forming member arranged between the ejection port forming member and the substrate so as to constitute the lateral
wall of a pressure chamber; and

a hollow pattern layer arranged between the flow path forming member and the substrate and having a hollow therein, wherein
the ejection port and a feed path arranged in the substrate communicate with each other by way of the pressure chamber, and
the ejection port forming member is partly deformed toward the hollow of the hollow pattern layer.

US Pat. No. 9,874,830

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH A CONTROL THAT COMPENSATES FOR CHANGING HUMIDITY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a photoreceptor;
a charging member configured to charge the photoreceptor;
an exposing apparatus configured to form an electrostatic latent image on the photoreceptor by exposing a non-image forming
portion of the photoreceptor, which is charged by the charging member, at a first exposure amount so as to have a potential
which does not allow adhesion of developer, and exposing an image forming portion of the photoreceptor, which is charged by
the charging member, at a second exposure amount so as to have a potential which allows adhesion of developer;

a developing apparatus configured to develop the electrostatic latent image formed on the photoreceptor as a developer image;
and

a control portion configured to control a charging bias to be applied to the charging member and the first exposure amount
with respect to humidity inside the image forming apparatus and a thickness of a photosensitive layer of the photoreceptor,

wherein the control portion controls the charging bias and the first exposure amount so that a potential difference between
the non-image forming portion and the charging member increases as the humidity decreases, and decreases as the humidity increases.

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. 9,872,132

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DECIDING CORRECTION AMOUNT IN THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of deciding a correction amount for correcting a radio field intensity of a BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) packet
received by an information processing apparatus, the method comprising:
displaying a screen for deciding the correction amount; and
deciding the correction amount based on the radio field intensity of the BLE packet received by the information processing
apparatus and a reference value, in a case that an instruction for deciding the correction amount is received from a user
via the screen.

US Pat. No. 9,868,181

ASSEMBLY EQUIPMENT AND ASSEMBLY METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. Assembly equipment comprising:
a base;
a first holding hand provided in a first robot arm set on the base;
a second holding hand provided in a second robot arm set on the base; and
a control device configured to control the first and second robot arms and the first and second holding hands,
wherein the first holding hand includes a first rotation unit that rotates about an axis of rotation A and a second rotation
unit that rotates about an axis of rotation B,

wherein the second rotation unit is attached to the first rotation unit, an aligning holding unit is attached to the second
rotation unit, and the second rotation unit is disposed between the first rotation unit and the aligning holding unit,

wherein the second rotation unit and the aligning holding unit rotate together with the first rotation unit about the axis
of rotation A,

wherein the aligning holding unit rotates together with the second rotation unit about the axis of rotation B,
wherein the aligning holding unit and the second rotation unit are disposed at all time with a virtual line traversing therethrough,
the virtual line being an extended line of the axis of rotation A, and

wherein a cooperative working area of the first and second holding hands is provided in an overlapping area where working
areas of the first and second holding hands overlap with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,865,932

CELL AND ELECTROMAGNETIC BAND-GAP STRUCTURE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A cell that configures an electromagnetic band-gap structure, the cell comprising:
a first flat conductor and a second flat conductor arranged opposing each other;
a first coupling conductor that is positioned between the first flat conductor and the second flat conductor, is electrically
connected to the first flat conductor, and has an end that is not connected to the second flat conductor;

a second coupling conductor electrically and directly connected to the first flat conductor and the second flat conductor;
a first conductor strip electrically connected to an end of the first coupling conductor and the second coupling conductor;
and

a second conductor strip electrically connected to the second coupling conductor and whose other end is free,
wherein the second conductor strip is positioned between the first flat conductor and the second flat conductor, and
wherein the first conductor strip and the second conductor strip are arranged in the same layer.

US Pat. No. 9,862,091

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for grip position and orientation comprising:
one or more processors; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the one or more processors to function
as:

a first acquisition unit configured to acquire a taught relative position and orientation between an object that has a shape
of rotational symmetry with respect to at least one axis and a gripper as the gripper is gripping the object;

a second acquisition unit configured to acquire a reference orientation of the gripper, which is designated in advance;
a recognition unit configured to recognize an imaged position and orientation of the object from an image including the object;
a derivation unit configured to derive a first candidate orientation of the gripper in which the gripper can grip the recognized
object, based on the recognized imaged position and orientation of the object and the taught relative position and orientation;

a comparison unit configured to compare the first candidate orientation of the gripper and the reference orientation; and
a decision unit configured to decide, based on a result of the comparison by the comparison unit, a final grip position and
orientation in which the gripper grips the object,

wherein the object is rotationally symmetric when rotated about the axis by 360/N degrees (N is an integer not less than 2),
wherein the derivation unit obtains rotation orientations by rotating the recognized orientation of the object about the axis
by each 360/N degrees, and obtains, using the taught relative position and orientation, for each of the obtained rotation
orientations, the first candidate orientation of the gripper to grip the object having the rotation orientation, and

wherein the decision unit decides, as the final grip orientation, an orientation closest to the reference orientation out
of the obtained first candidate orientations of the gripper.

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. 9,866,715

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,864,319

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a transfer member configured to form a transfer area with the image bearing member and transfer the toner image from the image
bearing member to a transfer material at the transfer area;

a slide member configured to slide with the transfer material in a case that the transfer material is brought into contact
with the transfer member;

a grounding member configured to be electrically connected to the earth; and
a connection member having conductivity and configured to be electrically connected to the slide member,
wherein the connection member comprises a deforming portion deformed by an electrostatic force acting between the grounding
member and the connection member, the slide member is conducted to the grounding member via the connection member in a case
that the deforming portion is deformed and abuts on the grounding member, and the slide member is electrically insulated from
the grounding member in a case that the deforming portion is separated from the grounding member.

US Pat. No. 9,864,331

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

a drum flange provided at an end of the photosensitive drum; and
a coupling member having an axis L2 and including (i) a first end portion connected to the drum flange, (ii) a second end portion including at least one projection
having a slanted surface with respect to a plane perpendicular to the axis L2, and (iii) a connecting portion connecting the first end portion and the second end portion,

wherein, as measured along a line perpendicular to the axis L2, a maximum distance from the axis L2 to an outermost surface of the connecting portion is shorter than a distance between the axis L2 and the at least one projection, and

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

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. 9,862,559

SHEET DETECTION DEVICE, SHEET CONVEYANCE DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet detection device configured to detect a sheet conveyed through a sheet conveyance path, the sheet detection device
comprising:
an output device configured to output a detection signal that varies by switching the output device between a light-interrupted
state where an optical path is interrupted and a light-transmitted state where the optical path is not interrupted;

an abutment member including an abutment surface for abutting a front end of the conveyed sheet;
a holding member including a first positioning portion and configured to hold the abutment member; and
a detection unit configured to detect presence or absence of the sheet based on the detection signal output from the output
device,

wherein the holding member includes a first flag portion capable of switching the optical path between the light-interrupted
state and the light-transmitted state,

wherein the abutment member includes a second flag portion capable of switching the optical path between the light-interrupted
state and the light-transmitted state,

wherein the abutment member is movable to an abutment position at which the abutment surface abuts on the front end of the
sheet, and is positioned relative to the first positioning portion, and also movable to a retracted position at which the
abutment surface does not abut on the front end of the sheet,

wherein the holding member is movable to a positioned first position and a second position retracted from the first position,
wherein, in a standby state where the abutment member is located at the abutment position and the holding member is located
at the first position, the abutment surface is pushed by the front end of the sheet whereby, in a state where the abutment
member is positioned by the first positioning portion, the holding member moves in a direction away from the first position,
and

wherein the holding member moves in the direction away from the first position and thereby causes the front end of the sheet
to separate from the abutment surface, whereby, in a state where the abutment member is pushed by a surface of the sheet and
thereby moves to the retracted position, the holding member moves from the second position to the first position and, based
on the detection signal output from the output device by the first flag portion and the second flag portion moving relative
to the optical path with movements of the abutment member and the holding member, the detection unit detects the presence
or absence of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,857,707

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner, comprising:
a toner particle containing a binder resin and a colorant; and
an inorganic fine particle comprising a silica fine particle A, the silica fine particle A having (i) a number average particle
diameter (D1) of a primary particle of 80 to 200 nm and (ii) a half width of a maximum peak in a weight-based particle size
distribution of 15.0 nm or less, wherein

the toner particle has an average circularity of 0.960 or more, and
the toner satisfies formula (1) and formula (2):
Fp(A)?25.0 nN  (1)

(Fp(B)?Fp(A))/Fp(A)?0.60  (2)

in which Fp(A) represents an inter-particle force (nN) of the toner, which is measured by using a consolidated body of the
toner prepared by compressing the toner with a load of 78.5 N; and

Fp(B) represents an inter-particle force (nN) of the toner, which is measured by using a consolidated body of the toner prepared
by compressing the toner with a load of 157.0 N.

US Pat. No. 9,857,724

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member that bears a toner image used to form an image on a recording member;
a charging portion that charges the photosensitive member;
an exposure portion that exposes the charged photosensitive member to form an electrostatic image used to form the toner image
and that is capable of adjusting a light amount at which the photosensitive member is exposed;

a development portion that develops the electrostatic image as the toner image; and
an acquisition portion that is used to acquire a change in exposure sensitivity characteristics of the photosensitive member
in conjunction with an increase in a use amount of the photosensitive member, and that has a potential detection portion that
detects a surface potential of the photosensitive member, and moreover that is capable of acquiring a relationship between
the light amount of the exposure portion and the surface potential according to the use amount, wherein

the acquisition portion acquires the light amount corresponding to a prescribed surface potential included in a first region
that represents a region, in which the light amount and the surface potential show a linear relationship as the relationship,
and includes the surface potential before exposure, and acquires a first detection light amount corresponding to the prescribed
surface potential in the relationship where a use amount of the photosensitive member is a first use amount and a second detection
light amount corresponding to the prescribed surface potential in the relationship where the use amount of the photosensitive
member is a second use amount greater than the first use amount, and

the exposure portion changes, as an image forming light amount at which the electrostatic image is formed, a first image forming
light amount representing a setting value under the first use amount to a second image forming light amount representing a
setting value under the second use amount on the basis of a ratio of the first detection light amount to the second detection
light amount.

US Pat. No. 9,857,730

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:
a developer bearing member for bearing developer;
a frame housing the developer;
a stirring member including a sheet-like stirring portion and a rotary shaft to which the sheet-like stirring portion is attached;
and

a first electrode and a second electrode which are used to detect an amount of the developer and which are arranged with an
interval therebetween,

wherein an area between the first electrode and the second electrode in a surface of the frame is positioned below the rotary
shaft of the stirring member and below a lower end of the developer bearing member, and

wherein the sheet-like stirring portion comes into contact with the first electrode, with the second electrode, and with the
area due to rotation of the stirring member.

US Pat. No. 9,857,739

COATING APPARATUS, COATING METHOD, FIXING MEMBER MANUFACTURING APPARATUS, FIXING MEMBER MANUFACTURING METHOD AND FIXING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A coating apparatus configured to coat a peripheral surface of an endless member with a coating liquid, comprising:
a holding member configured to hold the endless member;
a nozzle member configured to eject the coating liquid onto the endless member;
an impregnation member provided at a position lower than a free end of the nozzle member in a gravitational direction and
configured to be impregnated with the coating liquid that is on the endless member, the coating liquid having been ejected
from the nozzle member, through contact with the endless member;

a rotating mechanism configured to rotate the holding member relative to the impregnation member and the nozzle member; and
a moving mechanism configured to move the holding member relative to the impregnation member and the nozzle member in a direction
substantially opposite to the gravitational direction so that the coating liquid is ejected from the nozzle member onto the
endless member in a region where the endless member has already come into contact with the impregnation member.

US Pat. No. 9,858,293

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first memory configured to store frequency values of respective feature amounts;
a second memory configured to store some of the frequency values stored in the first memory, wherein the second memory has
smaller capacity than the first memory and is accessible at higher speed than the first memory;

a program memory; and
a processor in communication with the program memory to function as:
a generation unit configured to generate a histogram of feature amounts of respective pixels of an image by receiving the
feature amount of each pixel of the image and, if a frequency value of the feature amount is registered in the second memory,
increasing the frequency value in the second memory, and, if the frequency value is not registered in the second memory, reading
out the frequency value from the first memory into the second memory, and increasing the frequency value in the second memory;
and

a regeneration unit configured to regenerate the histogram by arranging bins of the histogram in the first memory so that
bins with high frequency values are read out into a same storage area in the second memory,

wherein the regeneration unit includes:
a selection unit configured to obtain, for each bit pattern of bit patterns with a predetermined length, a total value of
frequency values for a plurality of bit strings, each of which includes the bit pattern in a predetermined portion, and select
one of the bit patterns based on respective total values for the bit patterns;

a transforming unit configured to generate, for each bit string as a bin of the histogram, a bit string by rearranging bit
values of the bit string, and transform the generated bit string by performing, for the generated bit string, the same transforming
processing as that for making the bit values of the bit pattern selected by the selection unit equal to each other; and

a sorting unit configured to sort, in ascending order of a value of the bit string, data sets each of which corresponds to
each of the bit strings transformed by the transforming unit and includes the bit string and a frequency value corresponding
to the bin as a generation source of the bit string in the histogram.

US Pat. No. 9,860,422

CORRECTION METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A correction method for an image forming apparatus,
the image forming apparatus comprising:
a light source comprising a plurality of light emitting points;
a photosensitive member configured to rotate in a first direction so that a latent image is formed on the photosensitive member
with light beams emitted from the light source; and

a deflecting mirror configured to deflect the light beams emitted from the light source to move light spots of the light beams
radiated to the photosensitive member in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction to form scanning lines,

the correction method comprising:
a first correction step of correcting sparseness and denseness of density in the first direction caused by deviation of a
scanning line in the first direction by moving a predetermined pixel in the first direction in accordance with the deviation
of the scanning line, and causing a pixel value of the predetermined pixel to be output or not to be output in accordance
with a movement of the predetermined pixel; and

a second correction step of correcting the pixel value of the predetermined pixel that is caused to be output or not to be
output in the first correction step by moving the pixel value of the predetermined pixel in the second direction so that a
pixel value is caused to be output or not to be output with a plurality of continuous pixels,

wherein the second correction step comprises, when the pixel value of the predetermined pixel before correction is 0 and is
increased by a correction in the first correction step, and when the pixel value of the predetermined pixel is a predetermined
value or less, preventing the pixel value of the predetermined pixel from being output, and adding the pixel value of the
predetermined pixel to a pixel value of a next pixel of the predetermined pixel in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,856,105

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

7. A method for controlling a sheet processing apparatus including a sheet processing unit configured to execute sheet processing,
the method comprising:
detecting a sheet as a processing target;
receiving an execution instruction to execute the sheet processing from a user;
after a sheet is detected in the detecting, in a case where the execution instruction is received in the receiving before
a predetermined time elapses, causing the sheet processing unit to execute the sheet processing according to reception of
the execution instruction, and in case where the execution instruction is not received in the receiving, causing the sheet
processing unit to execute the sheet processing according to lapse of the predetermined time; and

setting whether execution of the sheet processing according to the lapse of the predetermined time is enabled.

US Pat. No. 9,858,670

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the information processing apparatus to:
obtain a two-dimensional image obtained by capturing a scene including an object;
obtain parameters indicating a capturing position and capturing orientation of the two-dimensional image;
obtain a three-dimensional shape model representing a three-dimensional shape of the object;
extract three-dimensional geometrical features of the object from the three-dimensional shape model;
extract, from the two-dimensional image, two-dimensional geometrical features corresponding to the three-dimensional geometrical
features;

derive a plane representing a surface of the three-dimensional shape model at a position of each of the three-dimensional
geometrical features;

correct a position and an orientation of each of the three-dimensional geometrical features based on a position and an orientation
of a corresponding two-dimensional geometrical feature, the capturing position and the capturing orientation of the two-dimensional
image, and the plane representing the surface at the position of the three-dimensional geometrical feature; and

output a set of the three-dimensional geometrical features in which respective positions and orientations of the three-dimensional
geometrical features have been corrected, as a corrected three-dimensional shape model.

US Pat. No. 9,852,325

APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An album displaying method performed by a processor by executing a program stored in a memory, the album displaying method
comprising:
analyzing faces included in a plurality of images;
causing a display apparatus to display (a) a first face image corresponding to a first face of a first person and (b) a second
face image corresponding to a second face of a second person, based on an analysis result of the faces included in the plurality
of images;

inputting a predetermined instruction by a user regarding a face image, of the first face image and the second face image
displayed by the display apparatus;

setting a person, of the first person and the second person, as a main character, based on the predetermined instruction input
by the user;

selecting images of the person set as the main character, in accordance with the setting; and
causing the display apparatus to display an album in which the selected images are laid out on a template.

US Pat. No. 9,852,340

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OBJECT RE-IDENTIFICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of identifying, with a camera, an object in an image of a scene, the method comprising the steps of:
determining a distinctiveness of each of a plurality of attributes of an object of interest, independent of a camera viewpoint,
the distinctiveness describing a uniqueness of the attribute;

determining a detectability of each of the plurality of attributes of a candidate object in the image of the scene based on
a relative orientation of the candidate object, the detectability describing a degree of certainty with which the attribute
can be detected in an image of the candidate object;

determining a camera setting for viewing the candidate object based on the determined distinctiveness of at least one attribute,
so as to increase the detectability of the at least one attribute; and

capturing an image of the candidate object with the determined camera setting to determine a confidence that the candidate
object is the object of interest.

US Pat. No. 9,851,631

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 converting element,
the light source optical system comprising:
a first lens surface array including a plurality of first lens surfaces; and
a second lens surface array including a plurality of second lens surfaces and configured to guide light fluxes from the first
lens surface array to the wavelength converting element,

wherein a light source image is formed between the first lens surface array and the wavelength converting element by the light
flux transmitted through the plurality of first lens surfaces, and

wherein, when a short side direction of the plurality of second lens surfaces is defined as a first direction and a long side
direction of the plurality of second lens surfaces is defined as a second direction, a width of the light source image in
the second direction is wider than a width of the light source image in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,851,655

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a first photosensitive member;
a second photosensitive member;
a first light source configured to emit a first light beam to expose the first photosensitive member to the first light beam;
a second light source configured to emit a second light beam to expose the second photosensitive member to the second light
beam;

a deflection unit including: a rotary polygon mirror configured to deflect the first light beam so that the first light beam
scans the first photosensitive member, and to deflect the second light beam so that the second light beam scans the second
photosensitive member; a motor configured to rotate the rotary polygon mirror; a drive unit configured to drive the motor;
and a board on which the motor and the drive unit are mounted;

first optical elements, including a first lens and a mirror, configured to guide the first light beam deflected by the rotary
polygon mirror to the first photosensitive member, wherein the first light beam deflected by the rotary polygon mirror enters
the first lens first in the first optical elements;

second optical elements, including a second lens and a mirror, configured to guide the second light beam deflected by the
rotary polygon mirror to the second photosensitive member, wherein the second light beam deflected by the rotary polygon mirror
enters the second lens first in the second optical elements, the second lens being disposed opposite to the first lens with
respect to the rotary polygon mirror;

an optical box, to which the first light source and the second light source are attached, configured to contain the deflection
unit, the first lens, and the second lens so that the deflection unit is located between the first lens and the second lens;

a temperature detecting element provided between the deflection unit and a side wall of the optical box on a side, on which
the first light source and the second light source are not disposed, opposite to a side on which the first light source and
the second light source are disposed with respect to the deflection unit in a direction perpendicular to a rotation axis of
the rotary polygon mirror and an optical axis of the first lens, and between the first lens and the second lens in an optical
axis direction of the first lens, the temperature detecting element being configured to detect an internal temperature of
the optical box;

a first developing unit configured to develop an electrostatic latent image, which is formed on the first photosensitive member
by scanning the first light beam on the first photosensitive member, with a toner into a first toner image;

a second developing unit configured to develop an electrostatic latent image, which is formed on the second photosensitive
member by scanning the second light beam on the second photosensitive member, with a toner different in color from the toner
used by the first developing unit into a second toner image;

a transfer unit configured to transfer the first toner image developed by the first developing unit and the second toner image
developed by the second developing unit onto a sheet; and

a control unit configured to correct a misregistration among the toner images to be transferred onto the sheet based on a
detection result of the temperature detecting element.

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. 9,843,696

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. 9,841,673

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,841,699

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. 9,841,728

PROCESS CARTRIDGE HAVING CHANGEABLE RELATIVE POSITIONING OF A COUPLING MEMBER AND ANOTHER PART OF THE PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:
a guide member positioned at a side of the process cartridge;
developer contained in the process cartridge;
a photosensitive drum having an axis L1, the photosensitive drum being rotatably supported in the process cartridge to permit rotation about the axis L1;

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

a coupling member having an axis L2, the coupling member including (i) a first end portion operatively connected to the photosensitive drum and the developing
roller, (ii) a second end portion including at least one projection having a facing portion that faces the axis L2, and (iii) a connecting portion connecting the first end portion and the second end portion,

wherein, for at least a part of the connecting portion, a maximum distance from the axis L2 along a line perpendicular to the axis L2 to an outermost surface of the connecting portion is shorter than a distance between the facing portion and the axis L2 along a line perpendicular to the axis L2,

wherein, for at least part of the second end portion, a maximum distance from the axis L2 to the outermost surface of the second end portion along a line perpendicular to the axis L2 increases as the distance along the axis L2 from the connecting portion increases, and

wherein a relative positioning of the coupling member and the guide member is changeable between (i) a first relative position
in which a tip of the at least one projection is a first distance away from an end of the guide member as measured in the
direction of the axis L1 and (ii) a second relative position in which the tip of the at least one projection is a second distance away from the end
of the guide member as measured in the direction of the axis L1, wherein the first distance is greater than the second distance.

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. 9,835,971

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,833,992

RECORDING-ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, RECORDING HEAD, AND RECORDING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording-element substrate comprising:
a substrate that includes a base member, a pair of electrodes, a heating element formed of a thermal resistor layer, which
is positioned between the pair of electrodes, a surface on which an electroconductive film coating the heating element has
been formed, and an insulating film positioned between the heating element and the electroconductive film; and

a flow-path-forming member that is disposed on a side of the surface of the substrate and that includes walls for forming
a flow path through which a liquid flows to the heating element,

wherein the substrate includes an electric connecting portion that is in contact with the electroconductive film and that
connects the electroconductive film and the base member to each other, and

wherein the shortest distance between the electric connecting portion and a portion where an angle formed by the walls is
not more than 120 degrees when viewed from a direction orthogonal to the surface is smaller than the shortest distance between
a boundary between the pair of electrodes and the heating element and the portion.

US Pat. No. 9,825,466

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply device comprising:
a power supply unit that wirelessly supplies power;
a communication unit that communicates with an electronic device different from the power supply device; and
a control unit that controls the communication unit to transmit predetermined data to the electronic device based on whether
or not the electronic device is in a state that enables the electronic device to receive power from an external device through
a connection between the electronic device and the external device, the external device being different from the power supply
device,

wherein the predetermined data includes one of first data and a second data, the first data is used for causing the electronic
device to receive power from the external device, and the second data is used for causing the electronic device to receive
power from the power supply device, and

wherein the external device includes a device for supplying power to the electronic device.

US Pat. No. 9,820,712

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM OF THE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,824,307

CONTROL APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,826,137

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,823,331

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. 9,823,587

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, STAGE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lithography apparatus for forming a pattern on a substrate comprising:
a barrel having an optical system configured to irradiate the substrate; and
a stage apparatus configured to move the substrate in a first direction and a second direction across the first direction,
wherein the stage apparatus includes:
a first moving body configured to move in the first direction;
a second moving body configured to move in the second direction;
a floating unit configured to support the first moving body, so as to float by a magnetic force above the second moving body
and be movable in the first direction;

a guide using a rolling body configured to support the second moving body in contact with the base and the second moving body
so as to be movable in the second direction; and

a control unit configured to control positions of the first moving body and the second moving body,
wherein the control unit is configured to control first movement, in the first direction, of the first moving body supported
by the floating unit while the substrate is irradiated and is configured to control second movement, in the second direction,
of the second moving body supported by the guide while the substrate is not irradiated after the first movement,

wherein the first movement and the second movement are repeatedly performed,
wherein one movement amount of the first movement is larger than one movement amount of the second movement.

US Pat. No. 9,821,584

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method comprising:
a liquid composition-applying step of applying a liquid composition containing a reacting agent that precipitates or aggregates
components of an ink to an intermediate transfer body;

an intermediate image-forming step of forming an intermediate image by applying the ink to the intermediate transfer body;
a temperature adjusting step;
a liquid removing step of removing a liquid from the intermediate image formed on the intermediate transfer body; and
a transfer step of transferring the intermediate image onto a recording medium, in this order,
wherein the ink comprises polymer particles and a surfactant which is at least one selected from a compound represented by
general formula (1) below and a compound represented by general formula (2) below,

in the temperature adjusting step, a temperature of the intermediate image is adjusted to a temperature higher than or equal
to a minimum film-forming temperature of the polymer particles, and

a temperature of the intermediate image in the transfer step is lower than the minimum film-forming temperature of the polymer
particles and a temperature difference between the temperature of the intermediate image in the transfer step and the minimum
film-forming temperature of the polymer particles is 17° C. or more and 40° C. or less,

where R1 and R4 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a hydroxyl group, or a methyl group, R2 and R3 each independently represent a single bond or an organic group, I and n each independently represent 0 or more, I +n represents
2 or more and 300 or less, and m represents 1 or more and 70 or less, and
where R5 and R8 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a hydroxyl group, or a methyl group, R6 and R7 each independently represent a single bond or an organic group, p and r each independently represent 0 or more, p +r represents
2 or more and 70 or less, and q represents 1 or more and 300 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,805,537

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS COMMUNICATING WITH EXTERNAL DEVICE VIA NETWORK, AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a display device that displays a software keyboard for inputting a password and an input character area for displaying a character
input by using the software keyboard, the software keyboard including a character input key for inputting a character and
an assist key for assisting input of the character input key;

a transmission device that transmits data for causing a remote apparatus to display a software keyboard which is the same
as the software keyboard displayed on the display device, to the remote apparatus, by using virtual network computing (VNC);

a memory that stores a character input using the software keyboard, wherein in accordance with a single touch of the character
input key, a character corresponding to the touched character input key is stored as an inputted character in the memory,
and in accordance with a single touch of the character input key which follows a single touch of the assist key, a combination
of a character corresponding to the touched character input key and a symbol corresponding to the assist key is stored as
a inputted character in the memory; and a controller that controls the display device to display on the input character area,
in accordance with the single touch of the character input key, a predetermined character that differs from a character corresponding
to the touched character input key, wherein the controller controls the display device to not display the predetermined character
on the input character area in accordance with the single touch of the assist key, and controls the display device to display
the predetermined character on the input character area in accordance with the single touch of the character input key which
follows the single touch of the assist key, wherein the controller controls the display device to display the input character
display area so that a cursor is moved in accordance with the single touch of the character input key, wherein the controller
controls the display device to, while the information processing apparatus is not connected to the remote apparatus using
the VNC, change, in accordance with the single touch of the character input key, a display form of the touched character input
key and change, in accordance with the single touch of the assist key, a display form of the touched assist key, and wherein
the controller controls the display device to, while the information processing apparatus is connected to the remote apparatus
using the VNC, change, in accordance with the single touch of the assist key, the display form of the touched assist key and
not change, in accordance with the single touch of the character input key, the display form of the touched character input
key.

US Pat. No. 9,807,333

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels constituting a plurality of pixel columns;
a plurality of reading circuits each including an output line, connected to one of the plurality of pixel columns, to which
signals from a part of the plurality of pixels are output and a signal processing circuit configured to receive the signals
via the output line;

a plurality of first current sources provided in association with the plurality of reading circuits, each of the plurality
of first current sources including a first transistor configured to supply a current to one of the plurality of reading circuits;

a plurality of second current sources each including a second transistor configured to supply a reference current to be used
as a reference by at least one of the plurality of first current sources;

a first control unit configured to control outputting a current from the first transistor to the reading circuit; and
a second control unit configured to perform selectively supplying a voltage to a gate of the second transistor and holding
a voltage at the gate of the second transistor,

wherein
when the second control unit supplies the voltage to the gate of the second transistor, the second transistor supplies the
reference current and the first control unit stops outputting the current from the first transistor to the reading circuit,
and

when the second control unit holds the voltage at the gate of the second transistor, the first control unit causes the first
transistor to output the current from the first transistor to the reading circuit.

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. 9,800,848

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,800,180

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. 9,798,420

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a touch panel having a plurality of sensors each having capacitance changing in response to a touch operation performed thereon;
and

a calculating unit configured to, in a case where a detected capacitance of one of a predetermined number of sensors from
an outer side of a plurality of sensors exceeds detected capacitance of the other sensors, and a detected capacitance of a
sensor adjacent in an inner side direction of the touch panel to the sensor with the detected capacitance exceeding the other
sensors is smaller than a reference capacitance, calculate position coordinates of a touch operation generating the detected
capacitance toward an outer side direction from a center of gravity of detected capacitances generated by the touch operation
from the plurality of sensors.

US Pat. No. 9,794,480

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,794,493

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor that sequentially starts exposure of each line of the image sensor; and
at least one processor programmed to function as a calculation unit and a determination unit, wherein:
the calculation unit is configured to calculate a predetermined timing corresponding to a brightness of a first image data
obtained by the image sensor; and

the determination unit is configured to determine an exposure timing for taking a still image based on the predetermined timing
calculated by the calculation unit,

wherein the image sensor obtains the first image data with a first exposure time period which is shorter than a cycle of flicker
of a light source, while obtaining a second image data with a second exposure time period for a moving picture; and

wherein the first exposure time period is different from the second exposure time period.

US Pat. No. 9,789,690

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a liquid ejection head, the method comprising:
preparing a substrate including an energy-generating element disposed on a first surface of the substrate and a supply path
for liquid;

disposing a dry film on the first surface of the substrate in such a manner that the dry film partially enters the supply
path, the dry film having a first surface that faces the first surface of the substrate and a second surface that is opposite
to the first surface of the dry film;

etching the dry film from the second surface of the dry film so that the dry film has an etched surface substantially in parallel
with the first surface of the substrate and covers the supply path;

forming a resin layer to be a flow path member on the dry film covering the supply path; and
removing the dry film covering the supply path.

US Pat. No. 9,785,864

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method, the method comprising:
a first process of generating a first pyramid by hierarchizing a plurality of template images having different resolutions
from each other in an order of resolution;

a second process of generating a second pyramid by hierarchizing a plurality of search target images having different resolutions
from each other corresponding to the same resolutions of the template images in the first pyramid in the order of resolution;
and

a search process of performing search processing for searching for a feature image included in each of the template images
in the first pyramid from the corresponding search target image of the same resolution in the second pyramid,

wherein the first process includes setting a number of stages of the first pyramid in a manner that a size of the feature
image included in each of the template images in the first pyramid is not smaller than a previously set threshold,

wherein the first process includes generating a plurality of template image candidates having different resolutions from each
other and setting a template image candidate of the plurality of template image candidates including a feature image having
a size larger than or equal to the threshold as a template image constituting the first pyramid,

wherein the feature image included in the template image candidate includes a contour set constituted by one or more contours
extracted from an original reference image, and

wherein the size of the feature image included in the template image candidate is a size of the contour set.

US Pat. No. 9,785,102

ROTATABLE FIXING MEMBER, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF AND FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing method of a rotatable fixing member including a silicone rubber or fluorocarbon rubber layer, a primer
layer, and a parting layer, said manufacturing method comprising:
a first step of subjecting a surface of the silicone rubber or fluorocarbon rubber layer to UV irradiation treatment;
a second step of applying a dispersion containing a crystalline fluorocarbon polymer having a functional group onto the surface
of the silicone rubber or fluorocarbon rubber layer subjected to the UV irradiation treatment;

a third step of forming the primer layer by drying the dispersion, wherein a thickness of the primer layer is a first thickness;
a fourth step of decreasing the thickness of the primer layer to 850 nm or less by removing a part of the primer layer on
a surface side of the parting layer, wherein after said fourth step, the thickness of the primer layer is a second thickness
which is less than the first thickness, and an area of 70% or more of the surface of the primer layer has the thickness of
850 nm or less; and

a fifth step of forming the parting layer by coating a crystalline fluorocarbon polymer onto the surface of the primer layer
having the second thickness and then by baking the coated crystalline fluorocarbon polymer.

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. 9,787,926

SOLID-STATE IMAGE APPARATUS AND IMAGE SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,785,445

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. 9,786,250

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,787,888

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,781,509

SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A signal processing apparatus that processes an audio signal comprising:
one or more processors,
wherein the one or more processors function as:
a sound acquisition unit configured to acquire an audio signal of a plurality of channels from a first microphone, at least
a part of the first microphone being within a housing of the signal processing apparatus;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain an audio signal of a plurality of channels from a second microphone provided outside
the housing of the signal processing apparatus;

a first processing unit configured to process an audio signal using first information indicating a propagation characteristic
of sound from a sound source associated with a direction of the sound source, in a case of processing an audio signal acquired
by the sound acquisition unit, wherein the propagation characteristic indicated by the first information is different from
a propagation characteristic in a free field, and contains influence of the housing;

a second processing unit configured to process an audio signal using second information indicating a propagation characteristic
of sound associated with a direction of the sound source, in a case of processing the audio signal obtained by the obtaining
unit, wherein the propagation characteristic indicated by the second information is different from the propagation characteristic
indicated by the first information; and

an estimation unit configured to estimate a sound source direction using an audio signal processed by the first processing
unit or an audio signal processed by the second processing unit.

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. 9,781,286

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication system that performs synchronization processing for receiving a synchronization setting value group including
setting values to be synchronized, and updating existing setting values based on the received synchronization setting value
group, comprising at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to the at least one processor which act as:
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not all of the existing setting values are the setting values to be
synchronized;

a first update unit configured to perform first update processing in which setting values included in the synchronization
setting value group are collectively deleted from the existing setting values, and the setting values included in the synchronization
setting value group are set in place of the deleted setting values;

a second update unit configured to perform second update processing in which the existing setting values are updated, individually
for each setting value included in the synchronization setting value group without collectively deleting the setting values
included in the synchronization setting value group from the existing setting values; and

a decision unit configured to decide execution of update processing by said first update unit in a case where all of the existing
setting values are the setting values to be synchronized, and decide execution of update processing by said second update
unit in a case where any of the existing setting values is a setting value which is not required to be replaced.

US Pat. No. 9,778,729

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,779,516

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PREDICTING AN IMAGE PORTION FOR ENCODING OR DECODING OF AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of predicting of an image portion, for encoding or decoding the image, the image portion being predicted by an
intra prediction process with respect to samples of at least one reference image portion of the image, the method comprising:
generating reference samples from the samples surrounding the image portion to be predicted;
generating, from the reference samples, by the intra prediction process, at least one prediction image portion corresponding
to the image portion to be predicted, wherein the intra prediction process is in accordance with one of a plurality of intra
prediction modes; and

applying a parametric displacement transformation to the prediction image portion, wherein the parametric displacement transformation
is one of a plurality of types and the type of the parametric displacement transformation is determined by the intra prediction
mode of the intra prediction associated with the prediction image portion,

wherein in a first case in which the intra prediction mode is angular then the type of the parametric displacement transformation
is 1D displacement; and in a second case in which the intra prediction mode is non-angular then the type of the parametric
displacement transformation is a 2D displacement.

US Pat. No. 9,776,449

POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM INCLUDING THE POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A post-processing apparatus comprising:
a post-processing unit configured to perform predetermined post-processing on a sheet;
a moving unit configured to move the post-processing unit to a first processing position where first processing is performed
or to a second processing position where second processing is performed, wherein in the first processing, the predetermined
post-processing is performed on a sheet which is conveyed from an image forming apparatus, and in the second processing, the
predetermined post-processing is performed on a sheet which is manually inserted; and

a control unit configured to control the post-processing unit to start moving after a difference in time between a first time
period and a second time period is elapsed in a case where the first time period, which is a time period to next execution
of the predetermined post-processing in the first processing, is greater than the second time period, which is a time period
for the post-processing unit to move to the first processing position.

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. 9,781,331

IMAGING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus including a photometric sensor and a ranging sensor, the apparatus comprising:
a CPU, wherein the CPU is configured to:
generate image data by using the photometric sensor,
detect, from the image data generated by the photometric sensor, a region that includes an object,
divide the image data into blocks corresponding to discretely arranged ranging points of the ranging sensor, and
determine, for each block, a proportion of an area of the block that is occupied by the region that includes the object,
wherein when a ranging point of the ranging sensor corresponds to a block where the proportion of the area of the block that
is occupied by the region including the object is equal to or larger than a predetermined value, the CPU determines the object
as being present in the ranging point and performs a focus processing to focus on the ranging point, and

wherein when the ranging point of the ranging sensor corresponds to a block where the proportion of the area of the block
that is occupied by the region including the object is smaller than the predetermined value, the CPU performs the focus processing
without determining the object as being present in the ranging point.

US Pat. No. 9,781,088

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing
apparatus to:

display an authentication screen based on HTML data received from a Web server;
manage authentication information inputted via the authentication screen;
set identification information of the authentication screen in a case where a title of the authentication screen does not
exist; and

control to, upon a display of the managed authentication information, in a case where an address of the HTML data is set to
be displayed as the identification information of the authentication screen, display the address of the HTML data in a case
where the title of the authentication screen does not exist, and in a case where the address of the HTML data is not set to
be displayed as the identification information of the authentication screen, display a predetermined character string in a
case where the title of the authentication screen does not exist.

US Pat. No. 9,778,552

LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE AND PROJECTION DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. A light source device comprising:
a first light source located on a first surface of a support member;
a first heat receiving unit configured to receive heat generated by the first light source;
a first heat releasing unit configured to receive heat from the first heat receiving unit and release the heat, the first
heat releasing unit located on a fourth surface of the support member;

a second light source located on a second surface of the support member;
a second heat receiving unit configured to receive heat generated by the second light source;
a second heat releasing unit configured to receive heat from the second heat receiving unit and release the heat, the second
heat releasing unit located on the fourth surface of the support member;

a second heat transfer unit configured to transfer heat from the second heat receiving unit to the second heat releasing unit;
a third light source located on a third surface of the support member;
a third heat receiving unit configured to receive heat generated by the third light source;
a third heat releasing unit configured to receive heat from the third heat receiving unit and release the heat, the third
heat releasing unit located on the fourth surface of the support member; and

an air blowing unit configured to blow air to the first heat releasing unit, the second heat releasing unit, and the third
heat releasing unit,

wherein the first heat releasing unit, the second heat releasing unit, and the third heat releasing unit are adjacent to each
other in an air-blowing direction in which the air blowing unit blows air, and

wherein the second heat releasing unit and the fourth surface are separated by a space, and the air blowing unit blows air
into the space.

US Pat. No. 9,778,565

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,747,672

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing method comprising the steps of:
acquiring an image generated by image pickup through an optical system;
selecting a plurality of optical transfer functions in a particular image height direction that depend on an image-pickup
condition of the image and an image height with respect to a reference position;

rotating the optical transfer functions around the reference position and providing an interpolation appropriate for a pixel
array so as to two-dimensionally arrange the optical transfer functions on the image;

generating a point spread function for each position in the image based on the optical transfer functions thus two-dimensionally
arranged;

generating a filter having a rotationally asymmetric coefficient in a filter plane based on the point spread function;
generating a correction signal by applying the filter to the image; and
providing sharpening processing to the image based on the correction signal and the image.

US Pat. No. 9,749,493

IMAGE READING APPARATUS THAT ILLUMINATES AN ORIGINAL AND READS AN IMAGE OF THE ORIGINAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a reading unit that illuminates an original and reads an image of the original,
wherein the apparatus can execute a first mode of reading the image of the moving original while the reading unit is kept
stationary, and a second mode of reading the image of the stationary original while moving the reading unit,

the apparatus further comprises a light condensing unit that condenses a light flux from the reading unit on the original
in the first mode,

the light flux from the reading unit incidents on the original without passing through the light condensing unit in the second
mode, and

the light condensing unit condenses the light flux in a section including a moving direction of the original and a reading
optical axis direction of the reading unit.