US Pat. No. 9,234,772

OPTICAL ENCODER AND APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,233,809

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a container configured to store sheets;
an opening/closing detection unit configured to detect opening/closing of the container;
a first roller configured to convey the sheets stored in the container along a conveying path;
a second roller, which is disposed downstream of the first roller in the conveying path, configured to convey the sheets;
a first motor configured to drive the first roller;
a second motor configured to drive the second roller;
a control unit configured to control driving of the first motor and the second motor;
a load angle detection unit configured to detect a load angle of the first motor,
a determining unit configured to set a current value for the first motor for conveying an n-th sheet material, where n is
a natural number greater than or equal to 1, to a predetermined current value, and determine, in accordance with the load
angle of the first motor detected by the load angle detection unit in conveyance of the n-th sheet material, a first current
value for the first motor for conveying sheet materials following the n-th sheet material and a second current value for the
second motor for conveying the n-th sheet material and subsequent sheet materials; and

a storing unit configured to store the first and second current values determined by the determining unit;
wherein,
when the opening/closing detection unit detects opening of the container, the determining unit performs determination of the
first and second current values, and

when the determining unit does not perform the determination, the control unit controls driving of the first motor and the
second motor based on the first and second current values stored in the storing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,236,413

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing method of a solid-state imaging apparatus comprising a semiconductor substrate having a plurality of light
receiving portions provided thereon, the method comprising:
forming a first color filter layer at a position corresponding to a first light receiving portion;
forming a sacrificial layer on an upper surface and a side surface of the first color filter layer;
forming a second color filter layer at a position corresponding to a second light receiving portion adjacent to the first
light receiving portion without covering a part of the sacrificial layer on the upper surface of the first color filter layer;
and

removing the sacrificial layer on the upper surface and on the side surface of the first color filter layer in a same etching
process so that a hollow portion is formed between the first color filter layer and the second color filter layer.

US Pat. No. 9,217,960

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,219,814

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, which comprises a connection unit that an external telephone is connected to, a switching unit
that switches between a connection state in which the external telephone is connected to a line and a disconnection state
in which the external telephone is disconnected from the line, a detection unit that detects an off-hook state of the external
telephone, and a network control unit that is connected to the line in parallel to the external telephone, and controls a
capture state of the line, the apparatus comprising:
a capture control unit that captures, when the detection unit detects the off-hook state of the external telephone in the
disconnection state, the line using a line capture unit, an impedance of a side of the line capture unit being lower than
the external telephone side, the line capture unit being included in the network control unit;

a connection control unit that connects the external telephone to the line by switching the switching unit to the connection
state after the line capture unit captures the line; and

a line release unit that releases the line captured by the line capture unit after the external telephone is connected to
the line.

US Pat. No. 9,219,831

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,219,863

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
a shake detection unit configured to detect a shake of said image capture apparatus;
a translational motion correction amount calculation unit configured to calculate, based on an output of said shake detection
unit, a first correction amount for correcting a translational motion component of image blurring generated in a captured
image due to the shake;

a perspective component correction amount calculation unit configured to calculate, based on the output of said shake detection
unit, a second correction amount for correcting a perspective component of the image blurring generated in the captured image
due to the shake;

an image stabilization unit configured to correct the image blurring of the captured image based on the first correction amount
and the second correction amount; and

a control unit configured to control, if a panning state of said image capture apparatus is determined, said translational
motion correction amount calculation unit and said perspective component correction amount calculation unit so as to decrease
correction amount for the translational motion component and the perspective component.

US Pat. No. 9,216,570

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,213,259

DEVELOPING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device, comprising:
a developer bearing member which bears a two-component developer including a toner and carrier;
a magnet member disposed inside the developer bearing member, the magnet member making the developer bearing member bear the
two-component developer on the developer bearing member by magnetic force; and

a developer regulating member which regulates a layer thickness of the developer borne on the developer bearing member, the
developer regulating member being made of magnetic material, the developer regulating member being fixed at both end portions
in a longitudinal direction,

wherein grooves are formed on a surface of the developer bearing member, and a developer conveying force of the grooves at
a central portion of the developer bearing member in the longitudinal direction is larger than a developer conveying force
of the grooves at an end portion of the developer bearing member in the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 9,207,569

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,202,124

IMAGE INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS, IMAGE INFORMATION ACQUIRING METHOD AND IMAGE INFORMATION ACQUIRING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus, comprising:
a light source;
an acoustic wave detector having an array of elements, each element configured to generate an acoustic signal based on a received
photoacoustic wave induced by irradiation of an object with light from said light source;

a reconstructor configured to generate image data for a point of interest of the object from acoustic signals, from elements
symmetrically positioned with respect to each other relative to a point within an area of said array, while omitting from
generation of the image data an acoustic signal from an element that lies within said area but that has no symmetrically-positioned
element within said area, said point in said area being a point within said array where a line perpendicular to the array
and extending from said point of interest intersects said array; and

a position controller configured to move the position of said acoustic wave detector,
wherein said reconstructor is further configured to generate the image data for the point of interest using acoustic signals
from elements in a virtual reception area comprising elements of said acoustic wave detector at different positions, and

wherein said reconstructor is further configured to generate the image data using acoustic signals from symmetrically positioned
elements within said virtual reception area with respect to a point where a line perpendicular to said array and extending
from said point of interest intersects said virtual reception area, and

wherein said position controller is configured to move said acoustic wave detector in such a manner that a part of said array
at a position to which said acoustic wave detector is moved overlaps with a part of said array at another position of said
acoustic wave detector, and

in a case where an element used for generation of the image data for the point of interest is included in an overlapping portion
of said array, an average of acoustic signals based on the photoacoustic waves detected by the elements at said overlapping
portion is determined as an acoustic signal of said element used for generating the image data for the point of interest.

US Pat. No. 9,180,489

ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electromechanical transducer comprising an element including a plurality of cells, the cells each including a first
electrode, and a second electrode provided with a cavity being disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode,
wherein a groove is provided so as to surround an outer side of the cells on outermost periphery of the element, and
wherein a width of the groove is 10 percent or more of the distance between the cavities of the cells included in the element.

US Pat. No. 9,167,216

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,162,507

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,158,234

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,143,652

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to read an original document to generate image data;
a first file generation unit configured to generate a first file based on first image data, the first image data being generated
by reading a first original document using the reading unit;

a second file generation unit configured to generate a second file based on second image data, the second image data being
generated by reading a second original document using the reading unit;

an attaching unit configured to attach the second file to the first file, wherein the second file attached to the first file
is contained in the first file while maintaining a file format in which the second file has been prior to being attached to
the first file;

a transmitting unit configured to transmit data to a specified transmission destination; and
a specifying unit configured to specify whether or not to perform a process for changing a structure of the first file having
the second file attached thereto,

wherein the reading unit reads the second original document after reading the first original document, and
wherein when the specifying unit does not specify that the process for changing the structure of the first file be performed,
the transmitting unit transmits the first image data to the transmission destination before the reading unit reads the second
original document.

US Pat. No. 9,114,614

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head equipped with an element substrate, the element substrate comprising:
a substrate body having a plurality of energy generating elements for generating energy to be used to eject liquid; and
a nozzle plate provided on the substrate body, the nozzle plate having a plurality of ejection ports arranged at positions
corresponding to the respective energy generating elements, the ejection ports being arranged to form a plurality of ejection
port rows each extending in a first direction, the rows being arranged side by side and spaced in a second direction, the
first direction intersecting the second direction,

wherein a plurality of hollow sections, which are independent of each other, are formed in the nozzle plate to form a hollow
section row extending in the first direction such that the hollow section row is formed at least between one of the opposite
edges of the nozzle plate as viewed in the second direction and the ejection port row arranged close to the same edge, and

wherein, of the plurality of hollow sections included in the hollow section row whose length corresponds to the length of
the ejection port rows, the dimension in the second direction of each of the hollow sections at a middle part of the hollow
section row with respect to the first direction is greater than the dimension in the second direction of each of the hollow
sections at end parts of the hollow section row with respect to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,118,791

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which is communicably connected to an external image forming apparatus using a LAN
(Local Area Network) and which performs an image process in cooperation with the external image forming apparatus, comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive data from an external device through a network;
a power supply switch configured to become either an on state or an off state in accordance with an operation by a user;
a power control unit configured to, in a case where the receiving unit receives the data from the external device or in a
case where the power supply switch becomes the on state in accordance with the operation by the user, return a power state
of the information processing apparatus from a power saving state; and

a transmitting unit configured to transmit, to the image forming apparatus via the LAN, a start instruction for starting the
image forming apparatus so as to return a power state of the image forming apparatus from a power saving state,

wherein
(1) in the case where the receiving unit receives the data from the external device, the power control unit returns the power
state of the information processing apparatus from the power saving state, and the transmitting unit transmits the start instruction
to the image forming apparatus via the LAN so as to return the power state of the image forming apparatus from the power saving
state, and

(2) in the case where the power supply switch becomes the on state in accordance with the operation by the user, the power
control unit returns the power state of the information processing apparatus from the power saving state, but the transmitting
unit does not transmit the start instruction to the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,111,196

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control device for controlling an image forming apparatus configured to form an image, the control device comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire image data formed by pixels each including a plurality of pixel pieces, and pixel
piece insertion/extraction information indicating whether a pixel piece needs to be inserted into or extracted from each pixel
of the image data;

a generation unit configured to generate an exposure signal used by the image forming apparatus to carry out an exposure,
according to a pixel value indicating a pixel of interest in the image data and to pixel piece insertion/extraction information
on the pixel of interest; and

a control unit configured to control exposure by the image forming apparatus according to the exposure signal,
wherein the generation unit causes the pixel of interest to be formed by a plurality of pixel pieces arranged in a direction
in which the image forming apparatus performs exposure scanning, and presets at least one of the plurality of pixel pieces
as an adjustment pixel piece that stays blank, and

wherein the generation unit extracts the adjustment pixel piece when the width of the pixel of interest in the scanning direction
is to be reduced.

US Pat. No. 9,093,345

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a semiconductor layer including a first surface and a second surface which oppose each other;
a first region provided on a side of the first surface of the semiconductor layer; and
a second region provided on a side of the second surface of the semiconductor layer,
wherein a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions are arrayed in the semiconductor layer, a plurality of lens portions
each configured to focus light are arrayed in the first region along the first surface, and an interconnection pattern and
a plurality of reflection portions each configured to reflect the light are arrayed in the second region along the first surface,

the solid-state imaging apparatus includes a pixel in which a light beam that has entered the photoelectric conversion portion
from the side of the first surface via the lens portion passes through the second surface, is reflected by a reflection surface
of the reflection portion, and enters the photoelectric conversion portion from the side of the second surface, and

in the pixel, the solid-state imaging apparatus has a structure in which sectional areas, on the second surface and on the
reflection surface, of the light beam traveling from the photoelectric conversion portion to the reflection portion, are larger
than a sectional area, in a portion between the photoelectric conversion portion and the reflection portion, of the light
beam traveling from the photoelectric conversion portion to the reflection portion.

US Pat. No. 9,086,640

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the support,
wherein the photosensitive layer comprises:
a phthalocyanine pigment; and
a dicyanoethylene compound represented by the following formula (1):
wherein, in the formula (1), R1 and R2 each independently represent an unsubstituted or substituted alkyl group, an unsubstituted or substituted aryl group, an unsubstituted
or substituted pyridyl group, an unsubstituted or substituted thienyl group, an unsubstituted or substituted piperidyl group,
or a substituted amino group.

US Pat. No. 9,086,666

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A CONTROL UNIT THAT CONTROLS AN IMAGE BEARING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to be rotatable and to allow a toner image to be formed on a surface thereof;
an intermediate transfer member configured to rotate the image bearing member by contacting and operating the image bearing
member to be driven, and to receive the toner image transferred from the image bearing member;
an image bearing member drive unit configured to drive the image bearing member by generating an assist torque for operating
the image bearing member to be driven;
a control unit configured to output a torque instruction value to the image bearing member drive unit to control the assist
torque generated by the image bearing member drive unit; and

a measurement unit configured to measure a maximum speed and a minimum speed of the surface of the image bearing member rotating,
wherein the control unit controls the image bearing member drive unit using a new torque instruction value determined based
on torque instruction values respectively corresponding to a maximum speed and a minimum speed when controlling the image
bearing member drive unit so that the maximum speed and the minimum speed measured by the measurement unit are included in
a range which is predetermined according to a target speed of the image bearing member.

US Pat. No. 9,088,760

CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit that receives at least one image data transmitted from an external apparatus to the control apparatus;
a storing unit that stores the at least one image data in a storage medium; and
a processor that (a) determines whether or not a predetermined instruction is inputted to the control apparatus after the
control apparatus starts receiving the at least one image data from the external apparatus, (b) causes a display apparatus
to display a menu that is used to help a user to play back the at least one image data if the predetermined instruction is
inputted to the control apparatus after the control apparatus starts receiving the at least one image data from the external
apparatus and before a predetermine time has elapsed, (c) determines whether or not the predetermined instruction is inputted
to the control apparatus after the predetermined time has elapsed if the predetermined instruction is not inputted to the
control apparatus within the predetermine time, and (d) causes the display apparatus to display a list of image data stored
in the storage medium instead of displaying the menu if the predetermined instruction is not inputted to the control apparatus
within the predetermine time but the predetermined instruction is inputted to the control apparatus after the predetermine
time has elapsed,

wherein at least one of the receiving unit and the storing unit has a hardware structure.

US Pat. No. 9,086,676

DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic image forming apparatus to which a plurality of developing cartridges are detachably mountable,
each of the developing cartridges including a developer carrier that develops a latent image formed on an image carrier, a
developer container that contains a developer for developing the latent image, and a unique identification portion, the electrophotographic
image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of mounting portions configured to detachably mount the plurality of the developing cartridges; and
a pressure member movably arranged to at least one of the mounting portions, configured to contact the identification portion
and urge the developing cartridge in an urging direction to the image carrier when the developing cartridge to be mounted
to the mounting portion is inserted into the mounting portion, and to contact the identification portion and urge a developing
cartridge with a different function in an opposite direction of a mounting direction to the mounting portion when the developing
cartridge with the different function is inserted into the mounting portion, and

wherein the pressure member urges the developing cartridge to the image carrier in an inclined direction to the mounting direction.

US Pat. No. 9,085,135

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD CARTRIDGE, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor device configured to control discharge of a liquid, the device comprising:
a power supply terminal;
a ground terminal;
a plurality of driving portions arranged along a straight line between the power supply terminal and the ground terminal and
configured to operate to discharge a liquid;

a power supply line extending parallel to the straight line from the power supply terminal and configured to supply a power
supply voltage to the plurality of driving portions; and

a ground line extending parallel to the straight line from the ground terminal and configured to supply a ground voltage to
the plurality of driving portions,

wherein a width of the power supply line in a direction perpendicular to the straight line decreases away from the power supply
terminal within a range in which the plurality of driving portions are arranged, and a width of the ground line in the direction
decreases away from the ground terminal within the range.

US Pat. No. 9,085,144

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a liquid chamber capable of storing liquid therein;
a heat-generating element capable of heating the liquid inside the liquid chamber; and
an ejection port through which the liquid is ejected by generation of bubbles in a case of generating the bubbles within the
liquid by heat generation of the heat-generating element in a state where the liquid is stored in the liquid chamber, wherein

the liquid ejection head has a block member which surrounds at least a part of an effective bubble-generating region involved
with heat generation in the heat-generating element and which is formed so as to protrude from a plane in which the heat-generating
element is formed in a direction in which the liquid is ejected, and

the block member is arranged in a position where a distance of a position of an inner end part of the block member from an
outer end part of the effective bubble-generating region is +2 ?m or less, with an outward direction being set to be positive.

US Pat. No. 9,088,772

IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-capturing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of cameras which are provided in a single body;
an image-capturing timing control unit configured to control image-capturing timing of a plurality of groups of the plurality
of cameras including a first group of cameras comprising two or more of the plurality of cameras that perform simultaneous
image-capturing and a second group of cameras comprising two or more of the plurality of cameras that perform simultaneous
image-capturing and are not included in the first group of cameras, wherein the first group of cameras performs image-capturing
at a different timing from the second group of cameras;

a distance estimation unit configured to estimate distance information of a subject at timings of image-capturing corresponding
to the first and second groups of cameras from pieces of image data acquired by the simultaneous image-capturing; and

a virtual viewpoint image synthesis unit configured to synthesize virtual viewpoint image data from pieces of image data captured
by the plurality of cameras and the distance information estimated by the distance estimation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,086,868

HUB DEVICE AND SYSTEM USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A hub device for communicating with a USB host controller and a USB device to transmit and receive data through USB, comprising:
a USB hub IC including a plurality of downstream ports;
a voltage converter that converts a source voltage supplied to the hub device into a source voltage to be supplied to a plurality
of USB devices connected to the plurality of downstream ports; and

a plurality of switch units that interrupt the source voltage supplied by the voltage converter to the plurality of USB devices,
and output an overcurrent detection signal when overcurrent flows into the plurality of USB devices, wherein

the USB hub IC comprises a plurality of overcurrent detection terminals into which the overcurrent detection signal from the
plurality of switch units is input, and a signal notifying an abnormal condition of the voltage converter that causes the
plurality of overcurrent detection terminals of the USB hub IC to be in an overcurrent detection condition, and wherein

in a condition where the source voltage from the voltage converter to the plurality of USB devices is continued, in an overcurrent
state in which overcurrent flows into at least one of the plurality of USB devices, a switch unit corresponding to the one
of the plurality of USB devices in the plurality of switch units interrupts the source voltage supplied by the voltage converter
to the one of the plurality of USB devices, and the USB hub IC receives an overcurrent detection signal corresponding to the
one of the plurality of USB devices, and

in an abnormal state in which the source voltage supplied by the voltage converter to the plurality of USB devices is interrupted,
the USB hub IC receives plural overcurrent detection signals corresponding to the plurality of USB devices.

US Pat. No. 9,087,289

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRINTING MONOCHROME OR COLOR IMAGES ON A MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a monochrome mode for printing a monochrome image on a printing medium or a color mode for
printing a color image on the printing medium;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire monochrome image data indicating a gradation value of a gray line, in a case where
the monochrome mode is set by the setting unit;

a conversion unit configured to convert the monochrome image data acquired by the acquisition unit into intermediate image
data by using a first lookup table, wherein the first lookup table associates the gradation value of the gray line with a
coordinate value of a color space; and

a transfer unit configured to transfer the intermediate image data converted by the conversion unit to a determination unit
configured to determine a color material amount, to print the monochrome image on the printing medium, by using a second lookup
table, wherein the second lookup table associates the coordinate value of the color space with the color material amount,

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

US Pat. No. 9,087,292

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR DETECTING A FAILURE AND SHOWING A HANDLING PROCEDURE FOR ELIMINATING THE FAILURE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of communicating with a video distribution apparatus, the apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a failure that has occurred;
a first determination unit configured to determine whether or not a location at which the failure has been detected is in
a peripheral device attached to a body of the image processing apparatus;

a receiving unit configured to receive video data that shows a procedure of processing for eliminating the failure that has
occurred in the peripheral device from the video distribution apparatus and to store the video data in a storage unit when
the first determination unit determines that the location at which the failure has been detected is in the peripheral device
attached to the body of the image processing apparatus; and

a display unit configured to reproduce and display the video data stored in the storage unit on a screen.

US Pat. No. 9,088,857

AUDIO APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE AUDIO APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DETERMINING SUDDEN NOISE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An audio apparatus comprising:
a sound generation unit configured to generate, as a sound generation signal, a measuring signal including a plurality of
repeated signal periods;

a sound collection unit configured to obtain a sound collection signal by collecting the sound generation signal having been
emitted as sound waves in an acoustic space;

a detection unit configured to detect a level difference between the sound collection signal and background noise;
a characteristic calculation unit configured to extract a respective period signal from each signal period of the measuring
signal from the sound collection signal and to calculate a characteristic of an acoustic space based on an average of the
extracted period signals and the measuring signal;

a feature amount calculation unit configured to calculate a feature amount representative of sudden noise for each period
based on each of the period signals; and

a determination unit configured to compare feature amounts of the periods and to remove, from periods to be used for averaging
the period signals, a period or periods whose feature amounts are not within a range between a threshold value and a minimum
value of the feature amounts as a reference,

wherein the threshold value in the determination unit is determined according to the level difference detected by the detection
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,087,762

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a semiconductor device, the method comprising:
forming a wiring pattern made of copper;
annealing the wiring pattern in an atmosphere of inert gas; and
performing plasma processing on the wiring pattern using a reducing gas after the annealing,
wherein a temperature in the plasma processing is equal to or below a temperature in the annealing, and
wherein the forming of the wiring pattern comprises:
forming an electrically conductive film using copper as a material on a first insulating film having an opening and in the
opening; and

polishing the conductive film to remove a portion of the conductive film located on the first insulating film,
wherein a portion of the conductive film embedded in the opening of the first insulating film becomes the wiring pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,084,563

MEDICAL SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processing apparatus comprising:
an analysis unit configured to analyze a layer structure of a three-dimensional tomographic image of a retina acquired by
an optical coherence tomography apparatus;

a selection unit configured to select a display target other than the analyzed layer structure in a retina; and
a generation unit configured to generate an opacity function indicating an opacity of a plurality of voxels constituting a
region corresponding to the selected display target in a three-dimensional tomographic image of the retina, based on the selected
display target and a frequency distribution of luminance values of the plurality of voxels.

US Pat. No. 9,086,827

JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS, JOB PROCESSING METHOD FOR JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A job processing apparatus comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold jobs;
an imaging unit configured to image a plurality of users;
a detecting unit configured to detect face information of the plurality of users imaged by the imaging unit;
a recognizing unit configured to recognize the plurality of users based on the face information detected by the detecting
unit;

a searching unit configured to search the holding unit for jobs of the plurality of users recognized by the recognizing unit;
a determining unit configured to determine, based on processing time of the jobs searched by the searching unit, an order
of executing the jobs searched by the searching unit; and

a display unit configured to display information indicating the users corresponding to the jobs ordered by the determining
unit, in the order of executing the jobs determined by the determining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,086,829

INSTALLATION METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND DEVICE DRIVER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,831

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM COMPRISING ONE OR MORE APPARATUSES WHICH MANAGE JOB INFORMATION OF A JOB

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system comprising one or more apparatuses which manage job information of a job, comprising:
the one or more apparatuses which manage a job by registering job information corresponding to the job in a first database,
wherein the job information is further asynchronously registered in a second database; and,

an external device which executes the job managed by said one or more apparatuses,
wherein in a case where receiving an execution request for a job to be executed by said external device, said one or more
apparatuses register job information of the job in said first database and search said second database for job information
for said external device, and,

wherein if job information is not found by the search, said one or more apparatuses execute predetermined processing based
on the job information registered by said one or more apparatuses, and,

wherein if job information is found by the search, said one or more apparatuses execute the predetermined processing based
on the job information, regardless of whether the job information corresponds to the registered job information.

US Pat. No. 9,086,833

SYSTEM THAT OUTPUTS STATUS INFORMATION REPRESENTING A STATUS OF A DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from a device which performs predetermined processing, status information representing
a status of the device;

a storage control unit configured to store in a memory the status information acquired by the acquisition unit; and
an outputting unit configured to output the status information in response to an input of a request to output the status information
of the device, wherein

the acquisition unit does not newly acquire status information from the device until a first time elapses, and
the outputting unit outputs the status information stored in the memory before the input of the request when the request is
input before an elapse of the first time from a time corresponding to acquisition of the status information stored in the
memory by the storage control unit, in accordance with the request, and

the acquisition unit newly acquires status information from the device, and
the outputting unit outputs the status information stored in the memory before the input of the request when the request is
input after the elapse of the first time, in accordance with the request.

US Pat. No. 9,086,938

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,083,264

VIBRATION ELEMENT, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, AND VIBRATION WAVE ACTUATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a vibration element, the method comprising:
forming a layer comprising ceramic containing glass on a substrate comprising ceramic or metal;
forming a conductive layer on the layer
forming a layer to be a piezoelectric layer on the conductive layer; and
sintering the substrate, the layer comprising ceramic, the conductive layer, and the layer to be the piezoelectric layer together,
wherein the layer comprises ceramic a compound whose main component is the same as a main component of the piezoelectric layer.

US Pat. No. 9,081,359

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, capable of forming a color image on a recording material, having a plurality of a process cartridges,
each of which includes a photosensitive member unit including a photosensitive drum and each of which includes a developing
unit which includes a developing roller actable on the photosensitive drum and which is movable relative to the photosensitive
member unit, said image forming apparatus comprising:
a movable member movable between an inside and an outside of a main assembly of said image forming apparatus in a movement
direction crossing a longitudinal direction of the photosensitive drum in a state in which the plurality of process cartridges
are supported;

a mounting portion, provided in said movable member, for supporting the plurality of process cartridges, wherein the plurality
of process cartridges are detachably mountable to said mounting portion from a direction crossing the longitudinal direction
and the movement direction; and

an interrelating member, movable in interrelation with movement of said movable member, for moving the developing unit relative
to the photosensitive member unit so that a distance between a rotation center of the photosensitive drum and a rotation center
of the developing roller is decreased with respect to the movement direction when said movable member is moved from the inside
to the outside of the main assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,076,088

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for conveying a sheet from any of a plurality of storage units and forming an image on the conveyed
sheet, the apparatus comprising:
an executing unit configured to execute a job for forming an image on each of a plurality of sheets;
a determining unit configured to determine for each page whether the image which is to be formed on the plurality of sheets
by the job executing unit is a color image or a monochromatic image;

a conveyance control unit configured to convey a sheet from a storage unit storing a sheet for color printing out of the plurality
of storage units to form an image of a page determined as the color image by the determining unit and convey a sheet from
a storage unit storing a sheet for monochromatic printing out of the plurality of storage units to form an image of a page
determined as the monochromatic image by the determining unit; and

a notifying unit configured to, if there is a possibility that a sheet is conveyed from both the storage unit storing the
sheet for color printing and the storage unit storing the sheet for monochromatic printing by the conveyance control unit
when the executing unit executes the job, notify a user of the possibility before the job is executed.

US Pat. No. 9,076,096

IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING PRINT SETTING INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive print data including logical sheet size information;
a first determination unit configured to determine whether physical sheet size information is included in the received print
data;

a second determination unit configured to determine whether specific information indicating that the received print data is
obtained by scanning is included in the received print data; and

a setting unit configured to:
set, when it is determined that physical sheet size information is not included and the specific information is not included,
physical sheet size information as equivalent to default sheet size information,

wherein at least one of the receiving unit, the first determination unit, the second determination unit, and the setting unit
is implemented by a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,073,812

ORGANIC COMPOUND

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic compound represented by the following general formula [I]:

wherein X1 to X3 independently denote a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, or an aryl group,

wherein the aryl group is selected from the group consisting of a phenyl group, a naphthyl group, a fluorenyl group, a pyrenyl
group, a fluoranthenyl group, and a benzofluoranthenyl group,

the alkyl group is selected from the group consisting of a methyl group, an ethyl group, a n-propyl group, an isopropyl group,
a n-butyl group, an isobutyl group, a sec-butyl group, a tert-butyl group, a cyclohexyl group, and an adamantyl group, and

the aryl group may further have a substituent selected from the group consisting of a methyl group, an ethyl group, a n-propyl
group, an isopropyl group, a n-butyl group, an isobutyl group, a sec-butyl group, and a tert-butyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,073,309

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RECORDING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,075,656

CLOUD COMPUTING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A cloud computing system comprising at least one application server that communicates with an information processing apparatus
via a network, wherein the at least one application server comprises:
a central processing unit and at least one memory;
a request reception unit constructed to execute a request reception program that stores a message corresponding to a job in
a storage unit in response to reception of a processing request for the job from the information processing apparatus;

a back-end processing unit constructed to execute a back-end processing program that makes an acquisition request for the
message to the storage unit at regular intervals, and when the message has been acquired from the storage unit, performs processing
based on the acquired message;

wherein a plurality of back-end processing units are activated in the cloud computing system, and each back-end processing
unit is incorporated into a processing execution unit included in an application;

a calculation unit constructed to calculate a number of the back-end processing units to be deleted based on a number of messages
stored in the storage unit;

a determination unit constructed to determine a processing execution unit in a state in which all of the back-end processing
units incorporated into the processing execution unit are not performing a processing, among the plurality of processing execution
units; and

a deletion unit constructed to instruct to delete the number of the back-end processing units included in the processing execution
unit calculated by the calculation unit to the processing execution unit determined by the determination unit,

wherein the application comprises a first application including only a processing execution unit that is activated all the
time, and a second application that is different from the first application,

wherein the number of the processing execution units included in the first application is greater than the number of the processing
execution units included in the second application,

wherein the processing execution unit included in the first application executes processing based on the message in priority
to the processing execution unit included in the second application, and

wherein the determination unit determines the second application as including only the processing execution unit that is not
executing processing based on the message, and the deletion unit instructs to delete the number of the back-end processing
units to the processing execution unit included in the second application.

US Pat. No. 9,075,513

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a touch panel, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a CPU coupled to a memory and programmed to function as:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a first position at which an object touched the touch panel, and a second position
at which the object separated from the touch panel;

an acceptance control unit configured to control:
to accept an input corresponding to a key when the object is separated from the touch panel, in a case where the first position
and the second position are included in an area corresponding to the key, and

not to accept the input corresponding to the key when the object is separated from the touch panel, in a case where the first
position is included in the area corresponding to the key and the second position is not included in the area corresponding
to the key; and

a display control unit configured to control:
to change a color of the key from a first color to a second color, based on the object touching the touch panel, and to return
the color of the key from the second color to the first color, based on the object separating from the touch panel, in the
case where the first position and the second position are included in the area corresponding to the key, and

to change the color of the key from the first color to the second color, based on the object touching the touch panel, to
keep the color of the key as the second color while the object moves from the first position to the second position, and to
change the color of the key from the second color to a third color, based on the object separating from the touch panel, in
the case where the first position is included in the area corresponding to the key and the second position is not included
in the area corresponding to the key.

US Pat. No. 9,077,839

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,076,031

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
a memory that stores program instructions;
at least one processor that executes the instructions stored in the memory,wherein the instructions cause, when executed, the at least one processor to implement functions of a transmission unit, a
reception unit, storage unit, a matching unit, and a display unit:
the transmission unit for transmitting first feature data concerning a specified region included in an image captured by an
image sensor to an external apparatus;

the reception unit for receiving a matching result, from the external apparatus, between the first feature data and second
feature data concerning a sub object stored in the external apparatus associated with the other image capture apparatus;

the storage unit for storing third feature data concerning a main object in a predetermined storage area in advance;
the matching unit for matching the first feature data with the third feature data; and
the display unit for displaying identifiably, on a display device, a region where there is a sub object in the image based
on the matching result received by the reception unit and a region where there is a main object in the image based on the
matching result obtained by the matching unit.

US Pat. No. 9,074,962

LIQUID LEAKAGE DETECTOR, LIQUID TRANSPORT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DETECTING LIQUID LEAKAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid leakage detector comprising:
a first liquid detection unit provided at a member to be detected, the first liquid detection unit being configured to detect
a liquid leaked from the member to be detected;

a liquid impermeable member which covers the first liquid detection unit to protect the same from the ambient air; and
a determining unit configured to determine whether the liquid is leaking from the member to be detected in response to a signal
from the first liquid detection unit,

wherein the first liquid detection unit includes:
a measuring unit configured to include a light emitting unit and a light receiving unit; and
an optical fiber pair which includes a light guiding optical fiber and a light receiving optical fiber, one end of the light
guiding optical fiber being disposed inside an absorber, the other end of the light guiding optical fiber being optically
connected to the light emitting unit, one end of the light receiving optical fiber being disposed inside the absorber and
the other end being is optically connected to the light receiving unit,

wherein the change in an optical property in the absorber is measured by letting light from the light emitting unit be emitted
from the one end of the light guiding optical fiber and letting light entering from the one end of the light receiving optical
fiber be received by the light receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,075,352

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING REMOVAL UNIT FOR REMOVING DEVELOPER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form a developer image on an image carrier using a developer;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the developer image formed on the image carrier to a recording material;
a removal unit configured to remove developer that was not transferred to the recording material and remains on the image
carrier; and

a control unit configured to, in order to supply developer to the removal unit, control the image forming unit such that a
supplying developer image that is not to be transferred to the recording material is formed on a region of the image carrier
that is between developer images that are to be transferred to the recording material,

wherein the control unit is further configured to control the image forming unit such that a length of the supplying developer
image in a sub-scanning direction is varied depends on a type of the recording material, on which the developer image is transferred
before or after the supplying developer image is transferred.

US Pat. No. 9,068,819

LAYERED OBJECT AND MEASURING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A measuring apparatus configured to identify a material and thickness of each of a plurality of layers included in a layered
body, based on a measurement result obtained by measuring a time domain waveform of an electromagnetic wave pulse from the
layered body, comprising:
a database configured to store data of a plurality of material candidates and a plurality of thickness candidates;
an input unit configured to input a search range of the data of the plurality of material candidates and the plurality of
thickness candidates stored in the database; and

a processing unit configured to reproduce a time domain waveform of an electromagnetic wave pulse from the layered body by
employing data of a plurality of material candidates and a plurality of thickness candidates within the search range, and
to compare this reproduced time domain waveform and the time domain waveform of the measurement result, thereby identifying
the material and thickness of each of the plurality of layers.

US Pat. No. 9,069,126

OPTICAL ELEMENT, OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OPTICAL APPARATUS HAVING ANTIREFLECTION COATING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical element comprising a substrate that is transparent to light having a used wavelength region and an antireflection
coating formed on the substrate,
wherein the antireflection coating includes an intermediate layer formed on the substrate, and an undulation layer that is
formed on the intermediate layer and has a plurality of convexes arrayed with spacing shorter than a shortest wavelength in
the used wavelength region,

wherein the undulation layer has a portion where refractive index increases from a light incident side to the substrate,
wherein the intermediate layer has a first layer closest to the substrate, and a second layer formed on the first layer, and
wherein when a refractive index of the first layer to light having a wavelength of 550 nm is denoted by n1, a refractive index
of the second layer to the light having the wavelength of 550 nm is denoted by n2, and a refractive index of the substrate
to the light having the wavelength of 550 nm is denoted by ns, the following conditional equations are satisfied:

1.75?ns?2.20;

n1
n1

US Pat. No. 9,067,449

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD BY SERIALLY TRANSFERRING INTERMEDIATE IMAGES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image recording method, comprising:
an intermediate image formation step of forming an intermediate image by applying ink onto a first intermediate transfer member;
a first transfer step of transferring, onto a second intermediate transfer member, the intermediate image that is formed on
the first intermediate transfer member; and

a second transfer step of transferring, onto a recording medium, the intermediate image that is transferred onto the second
intermediate transfer member,

wherein the following relationship is satisfied:
9Fa/4<3Fb/2 in which Fa represents an adhesion force between the first intermediate transfer member and the intermediate image, Fb represents
an adhesion force between the second intermediate transfer member and the intermediate image, and Fc represents an adhesion
force between the recording medium and the intermediate image.

US Pat. No. 9,071,331

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a radio signal from another communication apparatus which performs radio communication
in another apparatus station;

an estimation unit configured to estimate a producing period and signal timing of the another apparatus station using the
radio signal detected by said detection unit;

a determination unit configured to determine, based on the radio signal detected by said detection unit, a communication apparatus
which has transmitted the signal; and

a storage unit configured to store, in association with each other, information of the communication apparatus determined
by said determination unit and the producing period and signal timing of the another apparatus station which have been estimated
by said estimation unit,

wherein said storage unit updates at least one of the stored producing period and signal timing of the another apparatus station
using a radio signal detected after the detection by said detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,069,502

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SETTINGS OF AN IMAGING FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus having a function of importing import data including a setting value for the image forming apparatus,
the image forming apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processing unit in communication with the memory, the processing unit configured to control:
a receiving unit configured to receive an import instruction to receive, via any one of a plurality of paths, the import data
including the setting value for the image forming apparatus and perform import processing on the import data;

an analysis unit configured to analyze the import data based on the import instruction;
a determination unit configured to determine, based on an import data receiving path via which the import data has been received
and the import data that has been analyzed by the analysis unit, whether the import data receiving path is affected by performing
import processing on the import data;

an output unit configured to output, when the determination unit determines that the import data receiving path is not affected,
an import result log representing a result of importing the import data via the import data receiving path after the import
data has been imported and, when the determination unit determines that the import data receiving path is affected, the output
unit outputs the import result log via an output path different from the import data receiving path; and

a display unit configured to display, when the determination unit determines that the import data receiving path is affected
and prior to performing import processing on the import data, a screen displaying a warning that the import data receiving
path is affected.

US Pat. No. 9,069,279

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus comprising:
a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a rotating polygon mirror configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source such that the light beam scans
a photosensitive member;

an optical box to which the rotating polygon mirror is attached, the optical box including a first portion; and
a holding member configured to hold the light source, including a second portion and a protrusion portion, and attached to
the optical box such that the first portion of the optical box and the second portion of the holding member form a gap therebetween
and the protrusion portion does not contact to the optical box, wherein the holding member is attached to the optical box
with an adhesive poured into the gap, and the protrusion portion is arranged toward the optical box from the holding member
along a position in the gap into which the adhesive is poured and is disposed under the position in a vertical direction to
prevent the adhesive from falling off the position.

US Pat. No. 9,069,289

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container comprising:
a developer accommodating chamber, provided with an opening, for accommodating a developer;
a sealing member including end portion sealing portions each for sealing an end portion of the opening and a central portion
sealing portion for sealing a central portion of the opening; and

a rotatable member, connected with said sealing member, for peeling off said sealing member from the opening by rotation thereof
to expose the opening,

wherein with respect to a rotational axis direction of said rotatable member, an outer configuration of said rotatable member
is different between a sealing-member-connected end thereof and a sealing-member-connected center thereof so that one of the
end portion sealing portions is peeled earlier than the central portion sealing portion and so that the central portion is
peeled earlier than the other one of the end portion sealing portions.

US Pat. No. 9,069,291

CARTRIDGE AND UNIT, FOR USE WITH AN IMAGE BEARING MEMBER, HAVING A SEAL MEMBER THAT SEALS A GAP BETWEEN A BLADE MEMBER AND A FRAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus, the cartridge comprising:
a rotatable member;
a blade member, including a rubber portion, contacted to said rotatable member, and a metal plate portion supported to said
blade member;

a frame, formed of a resin material, for supporting said blade member; and
a seal member, extending in a direction crossing an axial direction of said rotatable member, provided on said frame to be
contacted to a portion of said rubber portion and said metal plate portion, wherein said seal member is formed on said frame
by injection molding for sealing a gap between said blade member and said frame,

wherein said rotatable member is an image bearing member for forming an electrostatic latent image on its surface,
wherein said rubber portion has a corner portion formed as a stepped portion at a boundary between itself and said metal plate
portion and removes developer in contact with said surface of said image bearing member, and

wherein said seal member further includes a third contact portion contacted to said corner portion, constituting an inclined
surface for connecting a first contact portion and a second contact portion, which are different in height.

US Pat. No. 9,057,869

POSITIVE-LEAD TYPE ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH 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 positive refractive power,
a second lens unit having negative refractive power, and a third lens unit having positive refractive power,
wherein at least the first lens unit, the second lens unit, and the third lens unit move during zooming from a wide-angle
end to a telephoto end, and

wherein the following conditions are satisfied:
0.01<|f2|/ft<0.057, and

1.90
where f2 denotes a focal length of the second lens unit, ft denotes a focal length of the entire zoom lens at the telephoto
end, and Nd2n denotes a refractive index of a lens having negative refractive power closest to the object side included in
the second lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,050,724

CONTROL METHOD OF ROBOT APPARATUS AND ROBOT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control method of a robot apparatus, the robot apparatus comprising: a link pivotally connected to a base body through
a joint; and a pair of actuators that generate driving force for pulling the link in opposite directions relative to the base
body to provide torque to the joint based on a difference in the driving force and to provide stiffness to the joint based
on a sum of the driving force, the robot apparatus causing the stiffness of the joint to coincide with target stiffness, the
robot apparatus obtaining each driving force command value of each of the actuators necessary for a joint angle of the joint
to follow a target trajectory, the robot apparatus controlling each of the actuators so that the driving force generated in
each of the actuators coincides with each of the driving force command values, the control method comprising:
a torque command value calculation step of using the target stiffness, the target trajectory, angular velocity of the target
trajectory, and angular acceleration of the target trajectory to calculate a torque command value indicating the torque necessary
for the joint based on inverse dynamics of the link;

a determination step of determining whether each of the driving force command values, which is obtained using the torque command
value calculated in the torque command value calculation step and using the target stiffness, is a value 0 or greater;

a change step of performing at least one of a change of increasing the target stiffness and a change of reducing the angular
acceleration of the target trajectory if it is determined that at least one of the driving force command values is a negative
value in the determination step and returning to the torque command value calculation step; and

a driving force command value calculation step of using the target stiffness and the torque command value to calculate each
of the driving force command values if it is determined that each of the driving force command values is a value 0 or greater
in the determination step.

US Pat. No. 9,055,252

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PRINTER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that performs image processing for printing an image on a printing medium by using a printing
head, the printing head including a first nozzle array having a plurality of nozzles for ejecting a first color ink, wherein
the plurality of nozzles of the first nozzle array are arranged in a predetermined direction, and a second nozzle array having
a plurality of nozzles for ejecting a second color ink, wherein the plurality of nozzles of the second nozzle array are arranged
in the predetermined direction, the second color ink being different from the first color ink, wherein the first nozzle array
and the second nozzle array are arranged in an intersecting direction which intersects with the predetermined direction, the
image processing apparatus comprising:
a first printing control unit configured to (i) print a first image on a first area in the printing medium by ejecting at
least the first and second color ink from a first nozzle unit based on a predetermined color signal representing a predetermined
color, wherein the first nozzle unit comprises a predetermined number of nozzles of the first nozzle array and a predetermined
number of nozzles of the second nozzle array, and (ii) print a second image on a second area in the printing medium which
is in a different position from the first area in the predetermined direction by ejecting at least the first and second color
ink from a second nozzle unit based on the predetermined color signal, wherein the second nozzle unit comprises a predetermined
number of nozzles of the first nozzle array and a predetermined number of nozzles of the second nozzle array, wherein the
respective nozzles of the predetermined number of nozzles of the first and second nozzle arrays are different from the nozzles
of the first nozzle unit, and wherein a position of nozzles of the second nozzle unit in the predetermined direction is different
from a position of nozzles of the first nozzle unit in the predetermined direction;

a first obtaining unit configured to obtain information showing whether or not a color correction to the first image is to
be performed;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a predetermined value of color difference which is used for performing color
correction to the first image, wherein the predetermined value of color difference is determined by a user; and

a second printing control unit configured to, in a case that the first obtaining unit obtains information showing the color
correction to the first image is performed, print a plurality of color correction images which are used for specifying a first
correcting color for correcting the predetermined color signal corresponding to the first nozzle unit,

wherein each of the plurality of the color correction images is printed by ejecting ink from the first nozzle unit to a third
area in the printing medium based on each of a plurality of correcting color signals representing each of a plurality of correcting
colors obtained by the color correction to the predetermined color signal, and

wherein a value of color difference between each of the plurality of correcting colors and the predetermined color corresponds
to the predetermined value of color difference obtained by the second obtaining unit, and by ejecting ink from the second
nozzle unit to a fourth area in the printing medium which is in a different position from the third area in the predetermined
direction based on the predetermined color signal without the color correction.

US Pat. No. 9,050,824

PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,052,675

CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus, a cartridge comprising:
an electric energy receiving member;
a frame of resin material; and
an electrode member that (i) is molded by injecting electroconductive resin material into said frame and (ii) provides an
electroconductive path between said electric energy receiving member and a main assembly electrical contact provided in the
main assembly when said cartridge is mounted to the main assembly, said electrode member having a projected portion projected
from a surface of said frame for contacting the main assembly electrical contact, and said projected portion being provided
by changing a direction of flow of the injected electroconductive resin material by a metal mold or said frame.

US Pat. No. 9,046,676

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

1.05
0.65

US Pat. No. 9,049,587

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a providing unit configured to operate as a providing apparatus that provides communication parameters to a receiving communication
apparatus that receives the provided communication parameters;

a receiving unit configured to receive, from another communication apparatus configured to operate as a providing apparatus
that provides communication parameters to the receiving communication apparatus, a state notification message, which indicates
a start or end of a communication-parameters providing process performed by the another communication apparatus and is provided
by the another communication apparatus configured to operate as the providing apparatus; and

a control unit configured to store state notification information in a memory of the communication apparatus at the start
of the communication-parameters providing process performed by the another communication apparatus and to delete the state
notification information from the memory of the communication apparatus at the end of the communication-parameters providing
process performed by the another communication apparatus,

wherein the communication apparatus does not perform the communication-parameters providing process as a providing apparatus
in a case where the state notification information is stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,049,382

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image generation unit to generate a processed image in which image capture-related parameters are adjusted, using an image
group having a plurality of images captured from multiple view points;

a first image recognition unit to recognize a particular object from the processed image generated by the image generation
unit;

a second image recognition unit to recognize respective objects which appear in the image group, based on the image group;
a determination unit to compare a result of recognition by the first image recognition unit to the result of recognition by
the second image recognition unit, and determine an object of interest and an object of noninterest in the image group; and

an attribute generation unit to generate attribute information including a result of determination by the determination unit,
in the processed image,

wherein the image generation unit further performs focus adjustment at a predetermined distance and generates a plurality
of processed images for comparison using the image group, and

wherein the second image recognition unit recognizes all the objects from the plurality of processed images for comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,219,314

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication device comprising:at least one hardware processor; and
a memory which stores instructions executable by the at least one hardware processor to cause the communication device to perform at least:
establishing, with another communication device, one or more streams as one or more logical communication paths based on a connection established with the another communication device;
receiving a notification for reserving a new stream, which has not been established and which is based on the connection established with the another communication device, after establishing the one or more streams;
determining whether a no-communication time period, which is a time period in which no communication through any of streams based on the connection including the one or more streams established based on the connection and the new stream reserved based on the connection is carried out with the another communication device, has reached a predetermined amount of time after the notification for reserving the new stream based on the connection established with the another communication device has been received from the another communication device; and
executing a connection maintenance processing in a case where the no-communication time period, in which no communication through any of streams based on the connection including the one or more streams established based on the connection and the new stream reserved based on the connection is carried out, is determined to have reached the predetermined amount of time after the notification for reserving the new stream based on the connection has been received from the another communication device, wherein the connection maintenance processing comprises a process for sending a message for maintaining the connection to the another communication device.

US Pat. No. 10,189,188

NANOIMPRINT LITHOGRAPHY ADHESION LAYER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A compound of Formula A-1:
wherein n is an integer and R is C1-10 alkyl.

US Pat. No. 10,185,876

DETECTION APPARATUS, DETECTION METHOD, AND LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A detection apparatus which detects a position of a mark including a plurality of mark elements, the detection apparatus comprising:an image pickup unit configured to capture a two-dimensional image of the mark; and
a processor which detects a position of the mark using the two-dimensional image of the mark obtained by the image pickup unit,
wherein the processor
sets a detection region in the two-dimensional image of the mark,
generates a one-dimensional integrated signal having a plurality of peaks by accumulating, in a predetermined direction, a two-dimensional image signal included in the detection,
detects peaks in which differences between values of the peaks and a reference value are equal to or larger than a threshold value and peaks in which differences between values of the peaks and the reference value are smaller than the threshold value from among the plurality of peaks of the generated integrated signal in order to determine if a failure region is present within the detection region, and
in a case where a failure region is present within the detection region, the processor narrows a width of the detection region in the predetermined direction until the failure region is excluded so as to form a new detection region that does not include the failure region, generates a new one-dimensional integrated signal having a plurality of peaks by accumulating, in the predetermined direction, a two-dimensional image signal included in the new detection region, and detects a position of the mark based on the new one-dimensional integrated signal.

US Pat. No. 10,180,656

ROTATIONAL FORCE TRANSMITTING PART

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive drum unit usable in a process cartridge, the drum unit comprising:(a) a cylinder having a photosensitive layer at an outer periphery thereof and an axis L1;
(b) a drum flange provided at one end of the cylinder, the drum flange provided with a recess formed inside thereof so as to be penetrated by the axis L1 and including a gear portion provided along an outer surface of the drum flange; and
(c) a detachable member detachably attached to the drum flange and overlapping parts of the recess as seen along a direction of the axis L1,
wherein the detachable member is provided within the drum flange in the direction of the axis L1.

US Pat. No. 10,150,290

PRINT ELEMENT SUBSTRATE AND PRINTING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,152,009

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a rotatable image bearing member on which an electrostatic image is formed;
a rotatable developer bearing member that supplies a developer to the image bearing member and develops the electrostatic image; and
processing portion that processes image information so as to add a specific dot pattern to an image to be formed on recording material, wherein the image forming apparatus executes: a first image formation mode in which an image is formed based on the image information by setting a peripheral velocity ratio Vd/Vdr between a peripheral velocity Vd of the developer bearing member and a peripheral velocity Vdr of the image bearing member to a first peripheral velocity ratio ?V1; and
a second image formation mode in which an image is formed based on the image information by setting the peripheral velocity ratio Vd/Vdr to a second peripheral velocity ratio ?V2, which is higher than the first peripheral velocity ratio ?V1
in the first image formation mode, the image forming apparatus forms an image by supplying the developer to the image bearing member so that a region corresponding to the image has a first developer volume level M1 and forms the specific dot pattern by supplying the developer to the image bearing member so that a region corresponding to the specific dot pattern has a second developer volume level M2, which is lower than the first developer volume level M1,
in the second image formation mode, the image forming apparatus forms an image by supplying the developer to the image bearing member so that a region corresponding to the image has a third developer volume level M3 and forms the specific dot pattern by supplying the developer to the image bearing member so that a region corresponding to the specific dot pattern has a fourth developer volume level M4, which is lower than the third developer volume level M3, and
when ?M1 (=M2/M1) denotes a ratio between the second developer volume level M2 and the first developer volume level M1, and ?M2 (=M4/M3) denotes a ratio between the fourth developer volume level M4 and the third developer volume level M3,
?M2

US Pat. No. 10,152,015

OPEN/CLOSE MEMBER, HOLDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A holding device comprising:a main assembly including an outer casing having a cover;
an open/close member rotatably mounted on said main assembly at a position adjacent to said cover to open and close said main assembly; and
a closed state maintaining mechanism including:
a magnet provided on one of said main assembly and said open/close member; and
an attracted member mounted, at a mounting position, on a mounting surface of the other one of said main assembly and said open/close member,
wherein said magnet has a surface facing said attracted member to maintain a closed state of said open/close member relative to said main assembly by said magnet attracting and contacting said attracted member,
wherein the mounting position of said attracted member is adjustable between a plurality of positions, said attracted member being adjustable in a crossing direction, the crossing direction being a direction (i) crossing a direction which is perpendicular to the surface of said magnet and (ii) crossing a direction which is perpendicular to the mounting surface, and
wherein said mounting surface is inclined relative to the surface of said magnet such that a relative positional relation between said cover and said open/close member in the closed state is different based on the mounting position of said attracted member.

US Pat. No. 10,146,174

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,146,484

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CONTROLLING DISPLAY OF AN INDICATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of performing a software program including (1) a first program layer with an instruction set to be interpreted and performed by a processor of the information processing apparatus and (2) a second program layer with an instruction set compiled in advance by a unit other than the processor, the information processing apparatus comprising:the processor, operatively coupled to a memory, the processor serving as units comprising:
(a) a transmission unit configured to transmit parameter information used for performing image processing from the first program layer to the second program layer;
(b) an image processing unit configured to perform the image processing in the second program layer based on the parameter information;
(c) a display control unit configured to display an indicator related to the image processing on a screen of the information processing apparatus;
(d) an instruction unit configured to issue an instruction to control display of the indicator from the second program layer to the first program layer; and
(e) a print instruction unit configured to cause a printing apparatus to perform print processing based on data for which the image processing has been performed,
wherein in a case where the image processing that the image processing unit performs in the second program layer based on the parameter information is completed, the instruction unit issues the instruction corresponding to the completion of the image processing from the second program layer to the first program layer, and
wherein in a case where the instruction unit issues the instruction corresponding to the completion of the image processing from the second program layer included in the software program performed by the information processing apparatus to the first program layer included in the software program performed by the information processing apparatus, the indicator is caused to disappear from the screen before the printing apparatus completes the print processing.

US Pat. No. 10,147,016

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS TO ENCODE IMAGE DATA BY IMAGE PROCESSING PARAMETERS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory storing a program which, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the image processing apparatus to:
perform a first processing for image-processing a plurality of first image data, each corresponding to different areas of an image sensor, based on respectively different image processing parameters;
compare processing results of the plurality of first image data processed by the first processing, with each other;
select, from the different image processing parameters, one of the image processing parameters based on a comparison result; and
perform a second processing for image-processing second image data based on the selected image processing parameter,
wherein the second image data is obtained by combining a plurality of first image data together or obtained from an area other than the areas from where the plurality of first image data has been obtained.

US Pat. No. 10,147,532

WIRING STRUCTURE FOR ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A wiring structure for an electronic apparatus comprising:a first signal cable and a second signal cable each configured to transmit an electronic signal;
a first magnetic member which comprises soft magnetic material and through which the first signal cable is passed;
a second magnetic member which comprises soft magnetic material and through which the second signal cable is passed; and
a holder configured to hold the first and second magnetic members, the holder comprising:
a first holding portion configured to hold the first magnetic member and comprising an elastic engagement portion that is configured to engage with the first magnetic member by deforming elastically upon being pressed by the first magnetic member;
a second holding portion to which the second magnetic member is attached in a state where the first magnetic member is held by the first holding portion, the second holding portion being configured to hold the second magnetic member at a position where the second magnetic member overlaps with the first magnetic member at a position apart from the elastic engagement portion when viewed in a moving direction of the first magnetic member in which the first magnetic member is attached to the first holding portion; and
a restrict portion arranged on the elastic engagement portion and configured to restrict movement of the second magnetic member in a state where the second magnetic member is held by the second holding portion.

US Pat. No. 10,148,852

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,146,062

OPTICAL ELEMENT AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,146,149

CHARGING MEMBER, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A charging member, comprising:an electroconductive support; and
an electroconductive elastic layer serving as a surface layer,
wherein the elastic layer contains a binder, and holds electrically insulating hollow particles in such a state that at least a part of each of the hollow particles is exposed at a surface of the elastic layer,
wherein the charging member has protrusions derived from the hollow particles in an outer surface of the charging member, and the outer surface of the charging member includes an outer surface of the elastic layer and an outer surface of an exposed portion of each of the hollow particles,
wherein the hollow particles have an average diameter of hollow portions of each of the hollow particles of 7 ?m or more and 100 ?m or less,
wherein the hollow particles have an average shell thickness of 0.05 ?m or more and 3.00 ?m or less,
wherein the protrusions each have a depression in an outer surface of each of the protrusions, and an edge of the depression constitutes an apex in each of the protrusions, and
wherein the depressions have an average depth of 1.0 ?m or more and 6.0 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 10,146,153

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:(a) a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
(b) at least on processor that executes the set of instructions:
(i) to set a sampling condition under which a pixel of an image is sampled based on information indicating at least a number of bits of a pixel of the image;
(ii) to sample a pixel of the image based on a set sampling condition by the setting unit; and
(iii) to analyze the image based on sampled pixel data,
wherein, in a case when a number of bits of a pixel of the image is greater than or equal to a predetermined number of bits, a sampling condition is set so that a sampling interval becomes larger than that in a case when a number of bits of a pixel of the image is less than the predetermined number of bits.

US Pat. No. 10,146,157

DEVELOPMENT APPARATUS HAVING A MULTIPLE SCREW PORTION CONVEYANCE SCREW

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus, comprising:a rotatable developer bearing member configured to bear developer including toner and carrier, and to convey the developer to a developing area facing an image bearing member;
a first chamber disposed below a rotation axis of the developer bearing member and configured to supply the developer to the developer bearing member in a state in which the developing apparatus is set to a developing position where the developing apparatus develops an electrostatic latent image born on the image bearing member;
a second chamber disposed to face the developer bearing member and to which the developer passing the developing area is collected from the image bearing member in the state in which the developing apparatus is set to the developing position;
a first communication portion which permits communication of the developer in the first chamber to the second chamber;
a second communication portion which permits communication of the developer in the second chamber to the first chamber;
a first conveyance screw disposed in the first chamber and configured to convey the developer in a first direction from the second communication portion toward the first communication portion;
a second conveyance screw disposed in the second chamber and configured to convey the developer in a second direction from the first communication portion toward the second communication portion, the second conveyance screw comprising:
a first screw portion disposed to face the second communication portion;
a second screw portion disposed downstream of the first screw portion in the second direction; and
a third screw portion disposed downstream of the first screw portion and upstream of the second screw portion in the second direction and facing the second communication portion;
a magnet fixedly disposed within the developer bearing member and configured to generate a magnetic field to strip the developer passing the developing area from a surface of the developer bearing member, the magnet comprising:
a first pole; and
a second pole having the same polarity as the first pole and disposed adjacent to the first pole on a downstream side of a peak position where magnetic flux density of the first pole becomes a maximum in a rotation direction of the developer bearing member;
a partition wall configured to separate the first chamber from the second chamber and comprising a guiding portion, the guiding portion being configured to guide and collect the developer passing the developing area from the developer bearing member to the second chamber, the guiding portion being disposed to face the developer bearing member such that a closest position, where the guiding portion is closest to the developer bearing member, is downstream of the peak position of magnetic flux density of the first pole and upstream of a peak position of magnetic flux density of the second pole;
a developer replenishing portion configured to replenish the developer; and
a developer discharge portion disposed downstream of the second conveyance screw in the second direction and configured to discharge a part of the developer according to replenishment of the developer from the developer replenishing portion,
wherein a bottom of the second chamber is above a bottom of the first chamber in a state where the developing apparatus is set to the developing position,
the first screw portion comprises a first blade portion formed spirally around a rotation shaft of the second conveyance screw and configured to convey the developer in the second chamber in the second direction,
the second screw portion comprises a second blade portion formed spirally around the rotation shaft of the second conveyance screw, the second blade portion being configured to convey the developer in the second chamber in the first direction and deliver the developer in the second chamber to the second communication portion, and
the third screw portion comprises no blade portion formed spirally around the rotation shaft of the second conveyance screw.

US Pat. No. 10,139,548

OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus configured to introduce light from an object to an image pickup element, the optical apparatus comprising:a first retardation plate configured to provide a retardation of ?/2 between a polarization component in a slow axis direction and a polarization component in a fast axis direction;
a second retardation plate configured to change a retardation to be provided between a polarization component in a slow axis direction and a polarization component in a fast axis direction;
a third retardation plate configured to provide a retardation of ?/2 between a polarization component in a slow axis direction and a polarization component in a fast axis direction;
a polarizer configured to extract a polarization component to be introduced to the image pickup element; and
a setter configured to set the retardation of the second retardation plate,
wherein the first retardation plate, the second retardation plate, and the polarizer are arranged in this order from a side of the object to a side of the image pickup element,
wherein the slow axis direction or the fast axis direction of the second retardation plate tilts to the slow axis direction or the fast axis direction of the first retardation plate, and
wherein the setter sets the retardation of the second retardation plate according to the polarization component of the light from the object.

US Pat. No. 10,138,549

SCANNING OPTICAL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING REFLECTION MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a scanning optical apparatus including a deflection unit configured to deflect a light flux and scan a scanned surface in a main scanning direction, a condensing optical system configured to guide the light flux from the deflection unit to the scanned surface, and a reflection member configured to reflect the light flux from the deflection unit which is not incident on an effective image area of the scanned surface, and a light-receiving element configured to receive the light flux from the reflection member, the method comprising:cutting an optical substrate in a first direction to form a first optical member;
providing the first optical member with a light-chamfered portion which is parallel to the first direction;
applying a reflection coating to the first optical member to form a reflection surface;
cutting the first optical member on which the reflection coating is applied in a second direction to obtain the reflection member, the second direction being perpendicular to the first direction; and
arranging the reflection member such that the light flux from the deflection unit passes through the light-chamfered portion and a first end surface of the reflection member, the first end surface being parallel to the first direction and a sub-scanning direction,
wherein the sub-scanning direction is perpendicular to the main scanning direction,
wherein the first end surface has a higher degree of corrosion resistance than a second end surface of the reflection member, the second end surface being parallel to the second direction and the main scanning direction,
wherein the light-chamfered portion is provided between the reflection surface and the first end surface, and
wherein the reflection coating is applied to the light-chamfered portion.

US Pat. No. 10,139,654

OPTICAL APPARATUS THAT REDUCES DRIVING NOISED BY ADJUSTING LIGHT TRANSMISSIVITY AND CAMERA SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus configured to guide light from an object to an image pickup element, the optical apparatus comprising:a first light amount adjustment unit configured to change transmissivity of the light from the object by change in physical property thereof; and
a first driving circuit configured to be able to output a first signal to the first light amount adjustment unit,
wherein the optical apparatus is an adapter mountable between an interchangeable lens and a camera main body including the image pickup element or the interchangeable lens mountable to the camera main body, the interchangeable lens including a second light amount adjustment unit configured to mechanically change an area through which the light from the object passes and a second driving circuit configured to be able to output a second signal to the second light amount adjustment unit,
wherein, before a recording in a moving image mode is started, the transmissivity of the first light amount adjustment unit is adjusted to a maximum and the second light amount adjustment unit is driven to adjust the amount of the light from the object entering the image pickup element by the second driving circuit, and
wherein, after the recording in the moving image mode is started, the first light amount adjustment unit is driven to adjust an amount of the light from the object entering the image pickup element by the first driving circuit, while the second light amount adjustment unit is prevented from being driven by not outputting the second signal to the second light amount adjustment unit from the second driving circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,140,731

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that monochromatizes a gray pixel included in bitmap image data into a black pixel, the image processing apparatus comprising:at least one of a processor configured to implement instructions stored in a memory device or an integrated circuit that executes:
a detection task that determines whether or not a pixel of interest in the bitmap image data is a pixel constituting an edge, and detects a neighboring pixel whose color is different from that of the pixel of interest and that exists in the vicinity of the pixel of interest that has been determined to be the pixel constituting the edge; and
a determination task that determines an amount of processing to monochromatize the pixel of interest into black based on a distance from the detected neighboring pixel,
wherein the shorter the distance from the detected neighboring pixel, the higher the amount of processing to monochromatize the pixel of interest into black, and
wherein the amount of processing is an Under Color Removal (UCR) amount in terms of a percentage for monochromatizing the pixel of interest into black.

US Pat. No. 10,140,503

SUBJECT TRACKING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A subject tracking apparatus that tracks a subject included in images that are sequentially supplied, the apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when the instructions are executed by the one or more processors, cause the subject tracking apparatus to function as units comprising:
a first registering unit configured to register a partial area indicative of the subject in one image of the supplied images as a template;
a first matching unit configured to estimate a subject area by collating a partial area in a newly supplied image with the template registered by the first registering unit;
a second registering unit configured to generate a histogram based on pixel values of a partial area indicative of the subject in one image of the supplied images and register the generated histogram;
a second matching unit configured to estimate a subject area by collating a histogram based on pixel values of a partial area in a newly supplied image with the histogram registered by the second registering unit; and
a tracking area determination unit configured to determine a tracking area based on either of a first area that is the subject area estimated by the first matching unit or a second area that is the subject area estimated by the second matching unit,
wherein the partial area of which the second registering unit generates the histogram based on the pixel values is larger than the partial area registered as the template by the first registering unit.

US Pat. No. 10,137,685

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS HAVING COVER MEMBER WITH ENHANCED RIGIDITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a recording element substrate having a discharge port forming face in which a plurality of discharge ports which form at least one row and which discharge a liquid are formed; and
a cover member which has a longitudinal shape in a first direction and which covers a part of the discharge port forming face,
wherein the cover member comprises:
two end regions being located at two ends in the first direction, and
two beam portions which extend in the first direction and connect the two end regions together and which, together with the two end regions, form a single opening that exposes the plurality of discharge ports, and
wherein when a width of the opening in a second direction that is orthogonal to the first direction is denoted as a [mm], a minimum length in the first direction of the end regions is denoted as c [mm], a modulus of longitudinal elasticity of the cover member is denoted as E [GPa], and a thickness of the cover member is denoted as t [mm], the following expression is established:

US Pat. No. 10,139,747

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC ROLLER AND CHARGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic roller comprising:an electro-conductive shaft core that includes a metallic layer at a surface thereof; and
an elastic layer on the shaft core, wherein,
when kinetic friction coefficients of an outer peripheral surface of each end portion of the shaft core with respect to polyester resin are measured for one rotation of the shaft core,
an average value ?r of the kinetic friction coefficients is in a range of 0.05 to 0.50, and
when the outer peripheral surface of each end portion is divided into three equal ranges, which are defined as a region A1, a region A2, and a region A3, in a peripheral direction of the shaft core,
each of the regions has:
a location where the kinetic friction coefficients fall within a range of 1.5 ?r to 1.8 ?r, and
a location where the kinetic friction coefficients fall within a range of 0.2 ?r to 0.5 ?r.

US Pat. No. 10,142,825

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,139,756

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion, including an image bearing member and a developing device configured to develop an electrostatic latent image, formed on said image bearing member, with a liquid developer containing toner and a liquid carrier, wherein said image forming portion is configured to form an image on a recording material;
a carrier storing container configured to store the carrier;
a mixer configured to mix the toner and the carrier to form the liquid developer to be supplied to said developing device, wherein the liquid developer has a predetermined toner ratio;
a first discharging portion provided on said carrier storing container and configured to discharge the carrier toward said mixer;
a collecting mechanism configured to collect the carrier from said image forming portion into said carrier storing container; and
a second discharging portion provided on said carrier storing container and configured to discharge the carrier toward a carrier collecting container configured to collect the carrier, wherein said carrier collecting container is detachably mountable to said carrier storing container.

US Pat. No. 10,139,761

PHOTO INTERRUPTER UNIT, SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photo interrupter unit comprising:a photo interrupter including:
a light emitting portion configured to emit light;
a photo sensing portion configured to receive the light emitted from the light emitting portion;
a claw portion configured to be elastically deformable; and
a connector portion comprising a plurality of connector pins and arranged in alignment with the light emitting portion and the photo sensing portion in an alignment direction; and
a supporting portion configured to detachably support the photo interrupter, the supporting portion including:
a mounting surface on which the photo interrupter is mounted;
a hole portion into which the claw portion is inserted, and which is provided in the mounting surface; and
a projection projecting from the mounting surface and configured to regulate a position of the photo interrupter in a deforming direction in which the claw portion is elastically deformable in a state where the claw portion is inserted into the hole portion,
wherein the projection is arranged not to oppose the plurality of the connector pins in the alignment direction.

US Pat. No. 10,133,222

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,133,042

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens unit having a positive refractive power, a second lens unit having a negative refractive power, a third lens unit having a positive refractive power, a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power, and a fifth lens unit, whereinthe fifth lens unit does not move for zooming,
at least the second lens unit and the fourth lens unit move during zooming to change an interval between the third lens unit and the fourth lens unit and an interval between the fourth lens unit and the fifth lens unit such that an interval between the first lens unit and the second lens unit at a telephoto end is larger than that at a wide angle end and an interval between the second lens unit and the third lens unit at the telephoto end is smaller than that at the wide angle end,
the fifth lens unit includes, in order from the object side to the image side, a first lens subunit having a negative refractive power, a reflector that bends an optical path, and a second lens subunit having a positive refractive power, and
the zoom lens satisfies the following conditional expression:
0.40

US Pat. No. 10,134,588

IMPRINT RESIST AND SUBSTRATE PRETREATMENT FOR REDUCING FILL TIME IN NANOIMPRINT LITHOGRAPHY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A nanoimprint lithography method comprising:disposing a pretreatment composition on a substrate to form a pretreatment coating on the substrate, wherein the pretreatment composition comprises a first polymerizable component;
disposing discrete portions of imprint resist on the pretreatment coating, each discrete portion of the imprint resist covering a target area of the substrate, wherein the imprint resist is a polymerizable composition and comprises at least one of a fluorinated surfactant and a fluorinated polymerizable component;
forming a composite polymerizable coating on the substrate as each discrete portion of the imprint resist spreads beyond its target area, wherein the composite polymerizable coating comprises a mixture of the pretreatment composition and the imprint resist;
contacting the composite polymerizable coating with a surface of a nanoimprint lithography template; and
polymerizing the composite polymerizable coating to yield a composite polymeric layer on the substrate,
wherein the interfacial surface energy between the pretreatment composition and air exceeds the interfacial surface energy between the imprint resist and air by at least 1 mN/m, and the contact angle of the imprint resist on the surface of the nanoimprint lithography template is less than 15°.

US Pat. No. 10,126,190

CAPACITIVE FORCE SENSOR AND GRASPING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A capacitive force sensor for measuring based on contacting with an object, comprising:a plurality of cells each including a lower electrode, a movable member that includes an upper electrode and has flexibility, and a support arranged to movably support the movable member and to form a gap between the upper electrode and the lower electrode,
wherein the plural cells are grouped into elements each including at least the plural cells, and in a same element, the lower electrodes are electrically connected to each other and the upper electrodes are electrically connected to each other, and between different elements, at least ones of the upper electrodes and the lower electrodes are electrically separated from each other; and
wherein at least a part of the elements is covered at its surface with an elastic body having a smaller longitudinal elasticity modulus than that of the support, and
wherein the thickness of the elastic body is larger than a height of the gap.

US Pat. No. 10,126,703

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion;
a cover covering the image forming portion;
a stacking portion disposed in an upper section of the cover and configured to receive a recording medium thereon, the recording medium having an image formed by the image forming portion and being discharged;
an antenna arranged inside the upper section of the cover for use in establishing near field communication;
a display configured to display at least information relating to the image formation; and
wherein the antenna faces a region of the upper section of the cover at a position outside the stacking portion and opposite of the display such that the stacking portion is located between the antenna and the display in a direction intersecting with a discharging direction of the recording medium.

US Pat. No. 10,127,481

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating recording data used for each of a plurality of relative scanning operations of a recording head in an intersecting direction that intersects with a predetermined direction with respect to a unit area on a recording medium, the recording head including an ejection opening column having a plurality of ejection openings for ejecting ink arranged in the predetermined direction, the recording data specifying ejection or non-ejection of the ink to each of a plurality of pixel areas in the unit area on a recording medium corresponding to a plurality of pixels of the recording data, the image processing apparatus comprising:one or more memories configured to store a dither pattern and a plurality of mask patterns corresponding to the plurality of relative scanning operations,
wherein each pixel area in the dither pattern has a respective threshold value for specifying ejection of ink to a corresponding pixel area on the recording medium,
wherein each pixel area in each of the plurality of mask patterns has respective information indicating permission or prohibition of ejection of ink to a corresponding pixel area on the recording medium,
wherein a number of pixel areas of the unit area corresponding to a conveyance amount between two sequential scanning operations is greater than a number of pixel areas in the dither pattern in the predetermined direction, the number of the pixel areas of the unit area corresponding to the conveyance amount being different from an integer multiple of the number of the pixel areas in the dither pattern in the predetermined direction, and
wherein the number of the pixel areas of the unit area corresponding to the conveyance amount is greater than a number of pixel areas in each of the plurality of mask patterns in the predetermined direction, the number of the pixel areas of the unit area corresponding to the conveyance amount being different from an integer multiple of the number of the pixel areas in the each of the plurality of mask patterns in the predetermined direction; and
one or more processors configured to execute the following steps of:
obtaining multi-value data corresponding to an image to be recorded in the unit area;
quantizing the multi-valued data by applying the dither pattern repeatedly in the predetermined direction to generate quantized data, wherein the quantizing the multi-valued data includes (i) generating a first area of the quantized data using a first part in the dither pattern without using a second part in the dither pattern, and (ii) generating a second area of the quantized data using the entire dither pattern, the second area of the quantized data being different from the first area of the quantized data; and
distributing the quantized data to the plurality of scanning operations by using the plurality of mask patterns to generate the recording data,
wherein each of the plurality of mask patterns is associated with the dither pattern, and
wherein the distributing the quantized data includes (i) applying, to the first area of the quantized data, a first part in each of the plurality of mask patterns without using a second part in the each of the plurality of mask patterns, and (ii) applying, to the second area of the quantized data, each of the plurality of mask patterns.

US Pat. No. 10,128,552

STRUCTURE AND ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. An electronic circuit comprising:a first conductor configured to form a signal line;
a second conductor configured to form ground;
a substrate including a first layer, a second layer, a third layer, and a fourth layer, wherein the third layer and the fourth layer are disposed between the first layer and the second layer, the first conductor is formed on the first layer and the second conductor is formed on the second layer; and
a structure configured to cut off propagation of an electromagnetic wave at one or more frequency bands,
wherein the structure includes:
a plurality of third conductors formed on the third layer, and
a plurality of fourth conductors formed on the fourth layer,
wherein one end of a first one of the plurality of third conductors is connected to one end of a first one of the plurality of fourth conductors by a first via,
wherein another end of the first one of the plurality of third conductors is connected to one end of a second one of the plurality of fourth conductors by a second via,
wherein another end of the second one of the plurality of fourth conductors is connected to one end of a second one of the plurality of third conductors by a third via,
wherein another end of the second one of the plurality of third conductors is an open end, and
wherein a helical shape with an axis substantially-parallel to the first layer and the second layer is formed by the plurality of third conductors, the plurality of fourth conductors, and a plurality of vias that include the first via, the second via, and the third via.

US Pat. No. 10,125,283

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,129,389

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus configured to perform data communication via a line, the communication apparatus comprising:a detection unit configured to detect a signal on the line, determine a input signal level of the signal, and determine a frequency of the signal; and
a line control unit configured to disconnect the line based on the input signal level and the frequency of the signal detected by the detection unit,
wherein the line control unit captures the line based on an elapse of a predetermined time after the line is disconnected.

US Pat. No. 10,126,856

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to recognize an object operated using a pointer, the information processing apparatus comprising:a touch position acquisition unit configured to detect and acquire, using a touch sensor, a touch position in contact with the pointer on a target surface;
a leading end position identifying unit configured to identify, using a proximity sensor acquiring a sensed shape of the pointer, a surface position on the target surface in proximity to but not touching a leading end part of the pointer on the target surface, based on a target surface position having a closest proximity to the pointer or a predetermined shape portion of the sensed shape;
an input position identifying unit configured to identify the surface position identified by the leading end position identifying unit as an input position, based on the surface position being identified away from or coinciding with the touch position after the touch position is acquired by the touch position acquisition unit in a state during which a touch with the pointer on the target surface remains detected for a determined time; and
a recognition unit configured to recognize and select an object at the input position, based on the input position identified by the input position identifying unit, and
wherein each unit is implemented by one or more processors, circuitry or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,120,333

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING PROCESS CARTRIDGE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus having a cartridge comprised of a plurality of components, comprising:a memory device that stores instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
obtain life span information indicating respective life spans of a plurality of components of a first type cartridge, the first type cartridge being a type of cartridge on which life span information on some, but not all, of the components is obtainable;
obtain life span information indicating respective life spans of a plurality of components of a second type cartridge, the second type cartridge being a different type of cartridge than the first type cartridge, and the second type cartridge being a type of cartridge on which life span information on all of the components is obtainable;
determine whether a cartridge in the image forming apparatus is the first type cartridge;
calculate a life span of the cartridge in the image forming apparatus; and
provide notification of the calculated life span of the cartridge in the image forming apparatus,
wherein, upon a condition that the cartridge in the image forming apparatus is determined to be the first type cartridge on which life span information on some, but not all, of the components is obtainable, the life span of the first type cartridge in the image forming apparatus is calculated based on only the obtained life span information on some of the components.

US Pat. No. 10,120,452

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR RECOGNIZING OPERATION INPUT BY GESTURE OF OBJECT AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more memories storing instructions; and
one or more processors that, when executing the instructions, causes the information processing apparatus to:
obtain information indicating a proximity state of an object and a predetermined operation surface, based on information of sensing the predetermined operation surface from above;
set a condition regarding the proximity state for determining whether the object is released from the operation surface based on a moving speed and a release threshold value of the object in a period during which the object is regarded as touching the operation surface for input by the obtained information, wherein the release threshold value changes depending on the moving speed; and
determine that the object is released from the operation surface in response to that the obtained information satisfies the set condition.

US Pat. No. 10,120,496

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:a touch detector configured to detect a touch operation on a display unit; and
a memory and at least one processor and/or at least one circuit to perform the operations of the following units:
a display control unit configured to:
perform control, in a case where the touch detector detects a multi-touch operation on the display unit without detecting a predetermined touch operation maintained on the display unit from a time before detection of the multi-touch operation, such that a display object displayed on the display unit is enlarged or reduced in accordance with the multi-touch operation, with reference to a first position that is based on the positions at which the multi-touch operation is performed, the predetermined touch operation including movement of a touch position on the display unit, and
perform control, in a case where the touch detector detects the predetermined touch operation and the touch detector detects a multi-touch operation while at least one touch of the predetermined touch operation has been maintained after the predetermined touch operation was performed, such that the display object displayed on the display unit is enlarged or reduced in accordance with the multi-touch operation, with reference to a second position that is not based on the positions at which the multi-touch operation is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,115,044

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR SENDING IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing system, comprising:a display capable of displaying an operation key in which information of a folder corresponding to an authenticated user is set as a transmission destination;
a memory storing instructions, and
a processor executing the instructions causing the image processing system to:
control a transmission of data to the transmission destination in accordance with selection of the operation key on the display; and
control a restriction of use of the operation key in accordance with an instruction for permitting transmission to a predetermined transmission destination registered by an administrator and inhibiting transmission to another transmission destination registered by a user who is different from the administrator,
wherein, in a case where the transmission destination set in the operation key is registered by a user different from the administrator, the restriction for the operation key is performed in accordance with the instruction, and
wherein, in a case where the transmission destination set in the operation key is registered by the administrator, the restriction is not performed in accordance with the instruction.

US Pat. No. 10,116,865

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,116,355

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,114,327

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,117,184

POWER SUPPLYING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF EXECUTING WIRELESS POWER SUPPLY TO POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATION WITH THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supplying apparatus comprising:a power supplying unit configured to contactlessly supply power to a power receiving apparatus;
a communication unit configured to wirelessly communicate with the power receiving apparatus; and
a control unit configured to control the supply of power by the power supplying unit and the communication by the communication unit such that the supply of power and the communication are exclusively executed,
wherein, in a case where the control unit performs control such that the communication is executed after the supply of power is executed, the control unit determines whether or not output power from the power supplying unit is less than or equal to a predetermined value;
wherein, in a case where it is determined by the control unit that the output power from the power supplying unit is not less than or equal to the predetermined value, the control unit disables the communication unit, and
wherein, in a case where it is determined by the control unit that the output power from the power supplying unit is less than or equal to the predetermined value, the control unit enables the communication unit.

US Pat. No. 10,110,899

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image encoding apparatus comprising:a determination unit configured to determine a block size of a block included in an image;
an information encoding unit configured to encode information on a minimum area size related to a quantization parameter; and
an encoding unit configured to encode a difference value for a quantization parameter capable of being shared in encoding processes for a block group including a plurality of blocks, a size of each of the plurality of blocks being smaller than the minimum area size,
wherein the plurality of blocks includes at least a first block and a second block processed subsequent to the first block,
wherein the encoding unit is configured to encode the difference value in processing of the first block, in a case where the first block contains a coefficient value not equal to 0,
wherein the processing of the first block is processing for encoding a parameter for the first block,
wherein the encoding unit is configured to encode the difference value in processing of the second block, in a case where the second block contains a coefficient value not equal to 0, and the difference value has not been encoded in the processing of the first block, and
wherein the processing of the second block is processing for encoding a parameter for the second block.

US Pat. No. 10,108,098

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus for performing pattern formation by transferring a pattern of an original onto a substrate, comprising:an original holder configured to hold and move the original;
a measurement unit configured to measure a misalignment amount of the original with respect to the original holder; and
a controller configured to control movement of the original holder,
wherein the controller repeatedly performs preliminary driving for moving the original holder before performing the pattern formation, and controls the movement of the original holder so as to end the preliminary driving if the misalignment amount measured by the measurement unit converges to a predetermined convergence value while the preliminary driving is repeatedly performed.

US Pat. No. 10,108,108

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,108,887

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that uses a storage device to store data, an image forming device to perform print processing that performs an image formation on a sheet, a display device to display information, and a stapler device to staple a plurality of print processed sheets, comprising:a controller, having a processor that executes instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry, configured to:
cause the display device to display an instruction screen including i) an object for starting print processing based on print data stored in the storage device, ii) an object for performing setting related to a post processing to be performed, and iii) an object for performing setting related to automatic deletion of print data after performing the print processing;
cause the image forming device to start print processing in accordance with a print instruction for starting printing input on the displayed instruction screen;
control the stapler device so as to not perform stapling for print processed sheets in a case where starting of the print processing is instructed and a state in which stapling has been set as the post processing via the instruction screen, and image formation is performed on sheets that exceed a predetermined number of sheets, and control the stapler device so as to perform stapling for print processed sheets in a case where the starting of the print processing is instructed and the state in which the stapling has been set as the post processing via the instruction screen, and image formation is performed on sheets that does not exceed the predetermined number of sheets; and
control the storage device to delete, in accordance with completing of the stapling, print data for which the stapling and automatic deletion have been set via the instruction screen and the stapling was performed, and control the storage device not to delete print data for which the stapling and automatic deletion have been set via the instruction screen and the stapling was not performed.

US Pat. No. 10,108,122

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CORRECTION METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a light source;
a photosensitive member, which is rotated in a first direction so that a latent image is formed on the photosensitive member with a light beam emitted from the light source in accordance with image data;
a deflecting unit configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source to move a light spot of the light beam radiated to the photosensitive member in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction;
a conversion unit configured to convert the image data into a plurality of bit data corresponding to a density on a pixel-by-pixel basis;
a specifying unit configured to specify a pixel size that is a number of divided pixels forming a pixel formed on the photosensitive member with the light beam, in accordance with a position of the pixel in the second direction; and
a correction unit configured to correct the plurality of bit data in accordance with the pixel size specified by the specifying unit,
wherein the specifying unit specifies pixel sizes of pixels after an arrangement of the pixels in the second direction in a pixel group is replaced for each pixel group, the pixel group being obtained by dividing, with respect to a predetermined number of pixels, pixels arranged in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,108,141

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,110,770

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR SELECTIVELY STORING PRINT DATA AND DISPLAYING ALERTS TO A USER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of communicating with an external device, the image forming apparatus using a display device that displays a screen and using a storage that stores data, the image forming apparatus comprising:a controller having a processor which executes instructions stored in a memory or having a circuitry, the controller being configured to:
acquire first print data, which is subjected to be stored so as to be printed according to a print instruction, from the external device;
determine whether the first print data is stored;
in a case where the first print data is determined to be stored, cause the storage to store the first print data to make it possible to issue the print instruction;
in a case where the first print data is determined not to be stored, register first information regarding the first print data that has not been stored in association with user information acquired from the first print data without causing the storage to store the first print data;
acquire second print data from the external device; and
based on a predetermined condition, after the second print data is registered, delete the second print data stored in the storage without a user instruction and register second information regarding the second print data that has been deleted in association with user information acquired from the second print data,
wherein the controller, on a basis that a user associated with the first information is currently in a login state, causes the display device to display a first notification message which indicates the first print data has not been stored,
wherein the controller, on a basis that a user associated with the second information is currently in a login state, causes the display device to display a second notification message which indicates the second print data has been deleted, and
wherein the controller, on a basis that a user associated with not only the second information but also the first information is currently in a login state, causes the display device to display not the second notification message but the first notification message.

US Pat. No. 10,110,793

IMAGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:a lens unit configured to image an object;
an imaging unit configured to convert light with which an image is formed by the lens unit into an image signal;
a housing configured to house the lens unit and having a rectangular shape as viewed in a direction of an optical axis of the lens unit;
a pair of first light emitting elements arranged diagonally across the lens unit at positions corresponding to corners of the housing respectively;
a pair of second light emitting elements arranged diagonally across the lens unit at positions corresponding to different corners of the housing respectively, said different corners being different from the corners where the first light emitting elements are arranged, the second light emitting elements having a light distribution range narrower than that of the first light emitting elements; and
a control unit configured to control power supply to the first light emitting elements and the second light emitting elements;
wherein the control unit includes
a determination unit configured to determine a light amount of a captured image; and
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an imaging field angle in a case where the light amount determined by the determination unit is not larger than a predetermined amount;
wherein the control unit performs control to supply power to the first light emitting elements in a case where the imaging field angle acquired by the acquisition unit is wider than a predetermined field angle and supply power to the second light emitting elements in a case where the imaging field angle acquired by the acquisition unit is not wider than the predetermined field angle.

US Pat. No. 10,103,183

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,099,891

SHEET STACKING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,101,697

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a first image bearing member and a second image bearing member each configured to rotate while bearing a toner image;
a first charging member and a second charging member configured to respectively charge surfaces of the first image bearing member and the second image bearing member with only a DC voltage;
a first developing sleeve and a second developing sleeve each configured to rotate while bearing toner thereon;
a first developing bias power source configured to apply a developing bias to the first developing sleeve to develop a toner image on the first image bearing member;
a second developing bias power source configured to apply a developing bias to the second developing sleeve to develop a toner image on the second image bearing member;
an intermediate transfer belt configured as an endless belt and configured to come into contact with the first image bearing member and the second image bearing member on an outer peripheral surface thereof;
a first primary transfer member and a second primary transfer member disposed in a space enclosed by the intermediate transfer belt and configured to respectively transfer, by being subjected to a primary transfer bias applied thereto, toner images formed on the first image bearing member and the second image bearing member onto the intermediate transfer belt;
a secondary transfer member configured to form, with the outer peripheral surface of the intermediate transfer belt, a secondary transfer nip portion that nips a recording material, and transfer, by being applied with a secondary transfer bias, toner images transferred onto the intermediate transfer belt onto the recording material;
a pre-secondary transfer stretch roller disposed in a position downstream of the first primary transfer member and the second primary transfer member and upstream of the secondary transfer nip portion with respect to a rotation direction of the intermediate transfer belt, and configured to stretch the intermediate transfer belt by being in contact with an inner peripheral surface of the intermediate transfer belt;
a driving roller disposed downstream of the pre-secondary transfer stretch roller and configured to stretch the intermediate transfer belt and transmit a driving force to the intermediate transfer belt by being in contact with the inner peripheral surface of the intermediate transfer belt while rotating at a peripheral speed faster than peripheral speeds at which the first image bearing member and the second image bearing member rotate; and
an execution portion configured to, in a case of forming a toner image on the second image bearing member without forming a toner image on the first image bearing member and transferring the toner image formed on the second image bearing member onto the recording material via the intermediate transfer belt, execute a first monochromatic mode in which, with the first image bearing member and the second image bearing member in contact with the intermediate transfer belt, a DC charging bias is applied to the first charging member and the second charging member, rotation of the first developing sleeve is stopped, the second developing sleeve is caused to rotate, the first developing bias power source applies a predetermined developing bias to the first developing sleeve, the second developing bias power source applies a predetermined developing bias to the second developing sleeve, a bias smaller than the primary transfer bias applied to the first primary transfer member in a case where a toner image is formed on the first image bearing member is applied to the first primary transfer member, and the primary transfer bias applied to the second primary transfer member in a case where a toner image is formed on the second image bearing member is applied to the second primary transfer member.

US Pat. No. 10,104,279

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,104,304

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,104,311

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processing apparatus for stitch imaging using a plurality of radiographic imaging units to obtain a stitched image generated by the plurality of radiographic imaging units by emitting radiation to the plurality of radiographic imaging units, the processing apparatus comprising:a memory storing a program; and
one or more processors which, by executing the program, function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire state information that a radiographic imaging unit is in a state prepared for an image-capturing, or the radiographic imaging unit is not in the state prepared for the image-capturing, from the plurality of radiographic imaging units;
a determination unit configured to use the state information acquired from the plurality of radiographic imaging units to determine whether irradiation is permitted, wherein the determination unit determines that irradiation is permitted if all of the plurality of radiographic imaging units are in the state prepared for the image-capturing,; and
a display control unit configured to display a state prepared for stitch imaging on a display unit in a case where all of the plurality of radiographic imaging units are in the state prepared for the image-capturing,
wherein the display control unit further displays connection states between the plurality of radiographic imaging units and the processing apparatus on the display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,104,349

IMAGE DISPLAYING SYSTEM, CONTROLLING METHOD OF IMAGE DISPLAYING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image displaying system comprising:a first projector configured to project an image to a screen;
a second projector configured to project an image to the screen;
a memory storing instructions; and
at least one hardware processor configured to implement the instructions stored in the memory and execute:
a specifying task that specifies an overlap region on the screen where a first projection region on which an image is projected by the first projector and a second projection region on which an image is projected by the second projector overlap each other;
a measuring task that measures, based on a photographed image of the specified overlap region on the screen photographed in a situation where the first projector is projecting a predetermined image that is not uniform in brightness, and the second projector is projecting no image or only a uniform image that is uniform in brightness onto the overlap region, brightness of each of measuring positions in the specified overlap region in the situation, wherein the predetermined image projected by the first projector has been corrected by first luminance correction for reducing brightness of an image to be projected from the first projector at different degrees for different positions in the specified overlap region;
a setting task that sets, based on the brightness measured by the measuring task in the situation where the first projector is projecting the predetermined image that is not uniform in brightness and the second projector is projecting no image or only the uniform image that is uniform in brightness onto the overlap region, a parameter used for second luminance correction for reducing brightness of an image to be projected from the second projector at different degrees for different positions in the specified overlap region, to lessen a degree of the second luminance correction for a specific position, from among the measuring positions, in a first case where the measured brightness of the specific position is a first value, to less than the degree of the second luminance correction for the specific position, in a second case where the measured brightness of the specific position is a second value that is greater than the first value; and
a projecting task that causes the second projector to project a second image onto the screen together with the first projector projecting a first image onto the screen, wherein the first image is an image corrected by the first luminance correction and the second image is an image corrected by the second luminance correction according to the parameter set in the setting task.

US Pat. No. 10,093,103

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus comprising:a container divided into a first chamber and a second chamber by a dividing member, said first chamber including a discharge outlet that discharges a liquid onto an object placed on a base plate and configured to contain the liquid, said second chamber configured to contain a liquid filler;
a tank configured to store the liquid filler;
a connecting portion that provides liquid filler communication between said tank and said second chamber;
a measurement unit configured to measure an amount of the liquid filler supplied from said tank to said second chamber; and
a controller configured to determine an amount of the liquid contained in said first chamber based on a measurement result from said measurement unit.

US Pat. No. 10,095,154

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a photosensitive member;
a charging unit configured to charge the photosensitive member;
a light scanning apparatus configured to emit a plurality of light beams to form an electrostatic latent image on a surface of the photosensitive member;
a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image to form, on the surface of the photosensitive member, a toner image to be transferred onto a recording medium; and
an image control portion configured to control the light scanning apparatus,
the light scanning apparatus comprising:
a light source comprising a plurality of light emitting points in order to emit a plurality of light beams;
a light intensity detection portion configured to detect a light intensity of each of the plurality of light beams;
a plurality of light intensity control portions provided corresponding to the plurality of light emitting points, respectively, in order to control the light intensity of each of the plurality of light beams based on a corresponding detection result of the light intensity detection portion, each of the plurality of light intensity control portions being configured to supply, in advance, to a corresponding light emitting point of the plurality of light emitting points, a bias current equal to or less than a threshold current at which the corresponding light emitting point starts emitting light, and supply, to the corresponding light emitting point, a switching current superposed on the bias current, the switching current being modulated in order to control light emission of the corresponding light emitting point in accordance with an image signal; and
a bias current setting unit configured to output, for each of the plurality of light emitting points, a bias setting signal, which is used to set the bias current to be supplied to the corresponding light emitting point of the plurality of light emitting points, based on a control signal from the image control portion,
wherein each of the plurality of light intensity control portions comprises a bias current changing unit configured to change the bias current to be supplied to the corresponding light emitting point in accordance with the bias setting signal from the bias current setting unit,
wherein the image control portion controls the plurality of light intensity control portions so that each of the plurality of light intensity control portions operates in a first mode, in which a driving current to be supplied to the corresponding light emitting point is adjusted in order to emit a light beam having a first light intensity from the corresponding light emitting point, and in a second mode, in which a driving current to be supplied to the corresponding light emitting point is adjusted in order to emit a light beam having a second light intensity from the corresponding light emitting point, the second light intensity being lower than the first light intensity, and
wherein the bias current changing unit changes the bias current to be supplied to the corresponding light emitting point in accordance with the bias setting signal from the bias current setting unit even when the plurality of light intensity control portions are controlled by the image control portion so as to operate in the first mode and the second mode.

US Pat. No. 10,093,105

LIQUID STORAGE CONTAINER AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid storage container, comprising a storage chamber for storing a liquid, a supply port constructed to supply a liquid to the storage chamber, and a cover member mounted detachably on the supply port, whereinthe cover member includes a main body part lying outside of the storage chamber and the supply port in a state mounted on the supply port;
the main body part includes a cover part covering an opening surface of the supply port in the mounted state of the cover member, a support part constructed to connect the cover part with another member with the cover member removed from the supply port, and a convex part protruding from the cover part; and
the convex part is arranged only on one side of the cover part and the support part is arranged on the other side of the cover part relative to a straight line intersecting orthogonally with a straight line passing a centroid of the cover part and connecting the centroid and the support part, seen from a direction intersecting orthogonally with the opening surface in the mounted state of the cover member.

US Pat. No. 10,094,938

SCINTILLATOR PLATE AND RADIATION DETECTOR INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,093,511

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:a printing unit configured to perform a printing process in which an image is formed on sheets;
a first binding unit configured to perform a first binding process on sheets;
a second binding unit capable of binding sheets by performing a second binding process on the sheets of which a number of the sheets is greater than an upper limit of a number of sheets performable with the first binding process by the first binding unit;
a setting unit configured to set whether or not to switch a binding process from the first binding process to the second binding process in advance of starting the printing process, in a case where the first binding process is designated and where the number of sheets to be bound exceeds the upper limit of the number of sheets performable with the first binding process by the first binding unit; and
a control unit configured to,
(i) cause the first binding unit to perform the first binding process on sheets printed in the printing process in a case where the first binding process is designated and where the number of sheets to be bound is not greater than the upper limit of the number of sheets performable with the first binding process by the first binding unit,
(ii) cause the second binding unit to perform the second binding process on sheets printed in the printing process in a case where the first binding process is designated and where the number of sheets to be bound is greater than the upper limit of the number of sheets performable with the first binding process by the first binding unit and where a switching the binding process from the first binding process to the second binding process is set by the setting unit, and
(iii) cause the second binding unit to perform the second binding process on sheets printed in the printing process in a case where the second binding process is designated,
wherein the second binding unit does not perform the second binding process on sheets in a case where the first binding process is designated and where the number of sheets to be bound is greater than the upper limit of the number of sheets performable with the first binding process by the first binding unit and where the setting unit is set not to execute the switching to the second binding process.

US Pat. No. 10,095,106

REMOVING SUBSTRATE PRETREATMENT COMPOSITIONS IN NANOIMPRINT LITHOGRAPHY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. A nanoimprint lithography method comprising:a) disposing a pretreatment composition on a first nanoimprint lithography substrate to form a pretreatment coating on the nanoimprint lithography substrate, wherein the pretreatment composition comprises a polymerizable component;
b) disposing discrete portions of imprint resist on the pretreatment coating, each discrete portion of the imprint resist covering a target area of the nanoimprint lithography substrate, wherein the imprint resist is a polymerizable composition;
c) forming a composite polymerizable coating on the nanoimprint lithography substrate as each discrete portion of the imprint resist spreads beyond its target area, wherein the composite polymerizable coating comprises a mixture of the pretreatment composition and the imprint resist;
d) contacting the composite polymerizable coating with a nanoimprint lithography template;
e) polymerizing the composite polymerizable coating to yield a composite polymeric layer;
f) repeating b) through e) to yield an imprinted nanoimprint lithography substrate;
g) repeating a) through f) to yield a multiplicity of imprinted nanoimprint lithography substrates, wherein each imprinted nanoimprint lithography substrate comprises an uncured portion of the pretreatment coating; and
h) removing the uncured portions of the pretreatment coating from the multiplicity of imprinted nanoimprint lithography substrates in a batch process.

US Pat. No. 10,088,772

DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:a rotatable developer carrying member enclosing a magnetic field generating portion including a plurality of magnetic poles and configured to carry a developer; and
a resinous regulating portion provided at a position opposing said developer carrying member and configured to regulate an amount of the developer carried by said developer carrying member,
wherein said regulating portion is formed of a resin material containing magnetic powder, and at least a free end portion, opposed to said developer carrying member, of said regulating portion has relative permeability of 10 or more and 60 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,089,563

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printing unit configured to print images on sheets;
a generation unit configured to generate images used for printing;
a first binding unit configured to execute first binding processing on sheets;
a second binding unit configured to execute second binding processing on sheets, which is capable of executing binding processing on sheets of a number greater than an upper limit number of sheets bindable by the first binding processing; and
a control unit configured to control the printing unit to start printing on sheets after confirming that a number of sheets used for printing does not exceed the upper limit number of sheets bindable by the first binding processing in a case where the first binding processing is specified, and control the printing unit to start printing on sheets without confirming that a number of sheets used for printing does not exceed an upper limit number of sheets bindable by the second binding processing in a case where the second binding processing is specified.

US Pat. No. 10,087,029

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance device comprising:a first rotating member configured to rotate in one direction;
a second rotating member configured to convey a sheet in a first direction in conjunction with the first rotating member according to the first rotating member rotating;
a third rotating member configured to convey the sheet in a second direction different from the first direction in conjunction with the first rotating member according to the first rotating member rotating; and
a switching unit configured to switch from a first state in which the second rotating member contacts a first surface of the sheet and the first rotating member contacts a second surface opposite to the first surface of the sheet to a second state in which the first rotating member contacts the first surface of the sheet and the third rotating member contacts the second surface of the sheet by moving the second rotating member before a trailing edge of the sheet conveyed in the first direction is conveyed by the first rotating member and the second rotating member.

US Pat. No. 10,089,732

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,083,512

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, POSITION AND ORIENTATION ESTIMATION APPARATUS, AND ROBOT SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a processor to communicate with a memory;
an image acquirer configured to acquire a captured image obtained by an image sensor that captures an image;
a storage configured to store relationship information indicating a relationship between a luminance value of an image captured by the image sensor and an amount of variation of the luminance value;
a variation amount deriving unit configured to derive an amount of variation of a luminance value of respective pixels in the acquired captured image based on luminance values in the acquired captured image and the relationship information;
a coefficient acquirer configured to acquire a filter coefficient of a feature detection filter used to detect an image feature from the captured image;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a luminance gradient value which is a gradient value of the luminance value and a changing rate of the luminance gradient value in accordance with a change of the luminance based on the luminance values of the captured image and the filter coefficient of the feature detection filter;
an estimation unit configured to estimate an amount of variation of the luminance gradient value based on the derived amount of variation of the luminance value and the changing rate of the luminance gradient value in accordance with the change of the luminance value;
a threshold value deriving unit configured to derive a threshold value of the luminance gradient value to be used in detecting an image feature from an image based on the estimated amount of variation of the luminance gradient value; and
a detector configured to detect a feature from the acquired captured image using the feature detection filter based on the threshold value and a luminance gradient value obtained from the acquired captured image,
wherein the variation amount deriving unit, the calculation unit, the estimation unit, and the threshold value deriving unit are implemented by the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,070,836

X-RAY MAMMOGRAPHY SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray mammography system comprising:an X-ray detecting unit including a detecting portion configured to detect X-rays passed through a breast; and
an X-ray generating unit including a transmission type target and an electron emitting source and is configured to radiate X-rays toward the detecting portion, the transmission type target including a target layer having an electron incidence surface, the transmission type target configured to be irradiated with electrons and radiating the X-rays in a direction opposite to the electron incidence surface, and the electron emitting source emitting an electron beam to the target layer,
wherein a distance between a normal line of the target layer and a distal end is larger than a distance between the normal line and a proximal end, where the proximal end is associated with an end of an X-ray irradiated region in the detecting portion the closest to a chest of a testee, and the distal end is an end of the X-ray irradiated region far away from the chest of the testee, and
wherein the electron emitting source is located further away from the proximal end along the detecting portion than the transmission type target.

US Pat. No. 10,073,663

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,075,713

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR ENCODING AND DECODING THE TRANSFORM UNITS OF A CODING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of inverse transforming a plurality of residual coefficient arrays from a video bitstream configured for a 4:2:2 format, the method comprising:decoding four luma residual coefficient arrays, wherein each luma residual coefficient array corresponds to one 4×4 luma block of four 4×4 luma blocks collectively occupying an 8×8 luma region;
decoding, after the four luma residual coefficient arrays are decoded, a first chroma residual coefficient array and a second chroma residual coefficient array for a first colour channel, wherein the first chroma residual coefficient array for the first colour channel corresponds to a 4×4 chroma block associated with an upper portion of the 8×8 luma region and the second chroma residual coefficient array for the first colour channel corresponds to a 4×4 chroma block associated with a lower portion of the 8×8 luma region, and the second chroma residual coefficient array for the first colour channel is decoded consecutively after the first chroma residual coefficient array for the first colour channel is decoded;
decoding, after the first chroma residual coefficient array and the second chroma residual coefficient array for the first colour channel are decoded, a first chroma residual coefficient array and a second chroma residual coefficient array for a second colour channel, wherein the first chroma residual coefficient array for the second colour channel corresponds to a 4×4 chroma block associated with the upper portion of the 8×8 luma region and the second chroma residual coefficient array for the second colour channel corresponds to a 4×4 chroma block associated with the lower portion of the 8×8 luma region, and the second chroma residual coefficient array for the second colour channel is decoded consecutively after the first chroma residual coefficient array for the second colour channel is decoded; and
applying a 4×4 inverse transform to each of the four decoded luma residual coefficient arrays, the decoded first and second chroma residual coefficient arrays for the first colour channel and the decoded first and second chroma residual coefficient arrays for the second colour channel.

US Pat. No. 10,073,408

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,063,764

CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PERFORMING FOCUS DETECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory including instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the control apparatus to:
generate a first focus detection signal and a second focus detection signal based on a plurality of types of color signals from a first pixel group and a second pixel group that receive light beams passing through partial pupil regions different from each other in an imaging optical system; and
calculate a defocus amount by a phase difference detection method by using the first focus detection signal and the second focus detection signal,
wherein the plurality of types of color signals include a red signal, a green signal, and a blue signal,
wherein the instructions that executed by the one or more processors, further cause the control apparatus to:
combine the plurality of types of color signals with respect to the first pixel group so that centroids of the color signals in a pupil division direction coincide with each other to generate the first focus detection signal; and
combine the plurality of types of color signals with respect to the second pixel group so that centroids of the color signals in the pupil division direction coincide with each other to generate the second focus detection signal,
wherein each of the first pixel group and the second pixel group has a Bayer array, and
wherein a ratio of combination of the red signal, the green signal, and the blue signal with respect to each of the first focus detection signal and the second focus detection signal is 1:2:1.

US Pat. No. 10,063,807

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD WITH CONTROLLING OF OUTPUT RATES FROM ENCODERS TO MEMORY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a converter that converts image data to a plurality of pixel planes;
a plurality of first memories that respectively store one of the plurality of pixel planes;
a plurality of encoders that respectively encode a pixel plane stored in a corresponding one of the plurality of first memories;
a rate controller that controls output rates from the plurality of encoders to a second memory; and
an access controller that grants an access request for access to the second memory,
wherein the rate controller controls the output rates by controlling an access request that is to be output to the access controller among access requests to the second memory from the plurality of encoders, in accordance with a conversion mode of the converter and/or available capacities of the first memories, and
wherein the rate controller controls the output rates such that in a case where the conversion mode is a second conversion mode, the output rate of an encoder, which is one of the plurality of encoders and which encodes a particular pixel plane, is larger than in a case where the conversion mode is a first conversion mode.

US Pat. No. 10,062,539

ANODE AND X-RAY GENERATING TUBE, X-RAY GENERATING APPARATUS, AND RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM THAT USE THE ANODE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An anode for an X-ray generating tube comprising:a target layer configured to generate an X-ray when an electron beam is irradiated thereon;
a supporting substrate configured to support the target layer;
an anode member having a tubular shape, which is configured to hold the supporting substrate inside; and
a connecting electrode layer configured to electrically connect the target layer and the anode member,
wherein the connecting electrode layer comprises a first bonding boundary where the connecting electrode layer is bonded to the supporting substrate and a second bonding boundary where the connecting electrode layer is bonded to the anode member, and
wherein the first bonding boundary and the second bonding boundary are on the same side with respect to an imaginary intermediate plane associated with an aggregation of a plurality of midpoints along the connecting electrode layer, each of which is a midpoint in a thickness direction of the connecting electrode layer, where any portion of the imaginary intermediate plane is perpendicular to the thickness direction of a corresponding region of the connecting electrode layer.

US Pat. No. 10,061,549

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR ON-DEMAND PRINTING OF A COMPOSITE JOB

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to each other and cooperating to act as:
a display controlling unit configured to display a plurality of job objects as candidates for a to-be-outputted job in a first display area and display a plurality of device objects as candidates for an output destination device in a second display area, wherein the plurality of job objects includes at least a composite job object that represents a composite job that includes a print job and a post-processing job for forming a product, and wherein the plurality of device objects includes at least a logical device object that represents a logical device to which a printing apparatus and a post-processing apparatus are assigned;
a first selecting unit configured to select at least one job object from among the plurality of job objects displayed in the first display area;
a second selecting unit configured to select at least one device object from among the plurality of device objects displayed in the second display area; and
a transmitting unit configured to, in a case where the composite job object displayed in the first display area is selected by the first selecting unit and where the logical device object displayed in the second display area is selected by the second selecting unit, transmit the print job included in the composite job corresponding to the composite job object selected by the first selecting unit to the printing apparatus assigned to the logical device corresponding to the logical device object selected by the second selecting unit, and transmit the post-processing job included in the composite job corresponding to the composite job object selected by the first selecting unit to the post-processing apparatus assigned to the logical device corresponding to the logical device object selected by the second selecting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,061,039

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR FABRICATING RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a plurality of first groups having same configurations configured to be arranged in a row direction and a column direction, each of the first groups including a plurality of pixels for obtaining a radiation image and at least one detection section for detecting an amount of incident radiation;
one of a plurality of detection signal lines configured to connect to one of detection sections of the plurality of first groups; and
a second group having a plurality of pixels for obtaining a radiation, image and having a configuration different from each of the plurality of first groups,
wherein the second group is arranged in the row direction of one of two of the first groups which are arranged in the column direction, and the two of the first groups are shifted from each other in the row direction in accordance with a width of the second group in the row direction, and
wherein the detection sections included in the two of the first groups are connected to different detection signal lines in the plurality of detection signal lines.

US Pat. No. 10,054,790

IMAGING OPTICAL SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging optical system, comprising:a first lens array including a plurality of lens rows each having a plurality of lenses arrayed in a first direction, the plurality of lens rows being arranged in a second direction which is perpendicular to the first direction and to an optical axis direction; and
a second lens array including a plurality of lens rows each having a plurality of lenses arrayed in the first direction, the plurality of lens rows being arranged in the second direction,
wherein the imaging optical system is configured to form an erect image of an object in a first cross section which is perpendicular to the second direction, and is configured to form an inverted image of the object in a second cross section which is perpendicular to the first direction,
wherein at least one of the first lens array or the second lens array includes at least one of a scattering portion or a light-shielding portion arranged between adjacent lens rows, and
wherein the following expression is satisfied:
D/Rs?0.2where D represents a length of at least one of the scattering portion or the light-shielding portion in the second direction, and Rs represents an effective diameter of the imaging optical system in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,053,310

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:a body portion comprising a supporting portion configured to support a sheet, and a feed portion configured to feed the sheet supported on the supporting portion;
a pivoting portion arranged upstream in a sheet feeding direction of the supporting portion and supported pivotably between a first position and a second position with respect to the body portion, the pivoting portion being configured to support the sheet together with the supporting portion at the first position;
a slide portion supported slidably on the pivoting portion;
a first regulating portion configured to abut against the slide portion and regulate the slide portion from moving downstream in the sheet feeding direction;
a second regulating portion configured to regulate a position of the sheet supported on the supporting portion; and
a guide portion formed across the supporting portion and the slide portion, and configured to guide the second regulating portion between the supporting portion and the slide portion along the sheet feeding direction, the second regulating portion being configured to move on the supporting portion by being guided by the guide portion in a state where the second regulating portion is separated from the slide portion.

US Pat. No. 10,053,314

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:a sheet supporter configured to support a sheet;
a first rotary member configured to feed the sheet supported on the sheet supporter;
a second rotary member configured to feed the sheet supported on the sheet supporter with a feeding force weaker than the first rotary member;
a third rotary member in contact with a separation member and configured to separate sheets fed by the first rotary member one by one;
a motor driving the first rotary member, the third rotary member and the second rotary member; and
a drive transmission switching between a first drive transmission state in which a driving force from the motor to the first rotary member and the third rotary member is transmitted while the driving force from the motor to the second rotary member is cut off, and a second drive transmission state in which the driving force from the motor to the second rotary member is transmitted while the driving force from the motor to the first rotary member and the third rotary member is cut off,
wherein the drive transmission switches driving states such that the first drive transmission state is selected in a state where the motor is driven in a first direction, and the second drive transmission state is selected in a state where the motor is driven in a second direction opposite to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,057,457

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS TO PRINT IMAGE DATA RECEIVED BY FACSIMILE COMMUNICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,046,931

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. 10,045,753

STRUCTURE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND TALBOT INTERFEROMETER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray Talbot interferometer comprising:an X-ray diffraction grating capable of diffracting x-ray radiation from an X-ray source to form an interference pattern;
an X-ray shield grating capable of partially blocking the X-ray radiation forming the interference pattern; and
an X-ray detector capable of detecting X-ray radiation from the X-ray shield grating;
wherein the X-ray shield grating includes:
a silicon substrate having a plurality of recessed portions, each recessed portion having a bottom and a side wall;
silicide layers, each silicide layer disposed in one of the plurality of recessed portions and in contact with the bottom of the one of the plurality of recessed portions; and
a metal structure including metal portions, each metal portion disposed in one of the plurality of recessed portions.

US Pat. No. 10,043,275

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a system comprising a processor, a memory, or circuitry, the system being configured to function as units comprising:
(1) a distance calculation unit configured to calculate distance information on the basis of a first image based on a light beam from a first pupil region of an imaging optical system and a second image based on a light beam from a second pupil region of the imaging optical system; and
(2) a blur addition unit configured (a) to add a blur to an original image of original images, which are generated based on the first image and the second image, the blur being added by image processing using the distance information calculated by the distance calculation unit and (b) to generate an image in which a focus plane is moved by a predetermined refocus distance from a focus plane of the original image,
wherein the blur addition unit (a) adds the blur to a first original image of the original images when the refocus distance is equal to or less than a threshold and (b) adds the blur to a second original image of the original images, which second original image is an image having an effective F-number greater than an effective F-number of the first original image, when the refocus distance is greater than the threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,044,890

IMAGE READING APPARATUS WITH ORIGINAL SIZE DETECTION SENSOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:an original tray on which an original is placed;
a conveyor configured to convey the original on said original tray to a reading position along a conveying path;
a pair of restriction members configured to restrict the original in a width direction;
an original detector configured to detect the original being conveyed by the conveyor;
an image line sensor configured to read an image of the original passing through the reading position and output image data;
a processor;
a first determination unit configured to determine a size of the original in the width direction according to a result of detection by said original detector;
a second determination unit configured to detect edges at each of a plurality of positions in a main scanning direction intersecting a conveying direction of the conveying path based on the image data output from the image line sensor, and determine a size of the original in the width direction based on the detected edges;
a third determination unit configured to determine a size of the original in the width direction according to a space between said pair of restriction members; and
a selection unit configured to obtain a reading mode for an original, and, when the reading mode is a first reading mode in which a bundle of originals including originals having the same size in the width direction is read, select the size of the original in the width direction determined by said first determination unit, and, when the reading mode is a second reading mode in which a bundle of originals including a plurality of originals of different sizes in the width direction is read, select the size of the original in the width direction determined by said second determination unit,
wherein, when the size of the original in the width direction determined by said first determination unit and the size of the original in the width direction determined by said third determination unit are different, said selection unit is configured to select the size of the original in the width direction determined by said second determination unit, and
wherein said processor is configured to operate to function as said first determination unit, said second determination unit, said third determination unit, and said selection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,040,283

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD SUBSTRATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a first transistor that includes a first primary terminal, a second primary terminal, and a first control terminal;
a second transistor that includes a third primary terminal, a fourth primary terminal, and a second control terminal; and
a first resistive element,
wherein the first primary terminal and the third primary terminal are connected to a first voltage line,
the second primary terminal and one terminal of the first resistive element are connected to a second voltage line,
the first control terminal, the second control terminal, the fourth primary terminal, and the other terminal of the first resistive element are connected to each other so as to form one node,
a potential change in the third primary terminal is transmitted to the first control terminal via capacitive coupling between the third primary terminal and the one node,
a transmitted potential change at the first control terminal turns on the first transistor, and
the semiconductor device further comprises:
a capacitive element which includes a first terminal connected to the first voltage line and a second terminal;
a third transistor which includes a fifth primary terminal connected to the second terminal, a sixth primary terminal connected to the second voltage line, and a third control terminal; and
a driving unit formed by at least one transistor which includes a fourth transistor and configured to cause an insulation breakdown of the capacitive element by supplying a control signal to the third control terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,040,285

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION DEVICE, AND AGING TREATMENT METHOD AND INITIAL SETUP METHOD FOR A LIQUID EJECTION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejection head, comprising:a flow path forming member including a resin layer having a flow path;
a substrate including a heat-generating resistance element for ejecting liquid and a protective layer having a portion for covering the heat-generating resistance element, a surface of the portion being exposed to the flow path; and
an intermediate layer formed between the resin layer and the protective layer in a direction perpendicular to a surface of the substrate having the heat-generating resistance element provided thereon, the intermediate layer comprising a silicon carbonitride material.

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. 10,037,591

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that processes a job, the apparatus comprising:a programmable logic device, in which logic circuitry can be changed by executing a logic circuitry configuration, to execute an image process among a plurality of image processes;
a first processor;
a second processor;
a first storage device that stores, in association with each image process of the plurality of image processes, corresponding processing configuration information for the image process having two or more of a first processing configuration in which the logic circuitry in the programmable logic device executes the image process under control the first processor, a second processing configuration in which the logic circuitry in the programmable logic device executes the image process under control of the second processor, a third processing configuration in which the first processor executes the image process without using the programmable logic device, and a fourth processing configuration in which the second processor executes the image process without using the programmable logic device, and wherein the two or more processing configurations in each processing configuration information are prioritized; and
wherein, the first processor is configured to act as;
a receiving unit configured to receive an execution request for a first image process of the plurality of image processes;
a managing unit configured to manage state condition information regarding respective current usage condition indicating availability of each of the programmable logic device, the first processor, and the second processor to be used to execute the first image process,
a determining unit configured to select, after receiving the execution request, first processing configuration information stored in the first storage device that corresponds to the first image process, and to determine one processing configuration having a highest priority for executing the first image process, among the plurality of processing configurations in the selected first processing configuration information, that are available in view of the availability of the programmable logic device, the first processor, and the second processor based on respective priorities of the processing configurations in the first processing configuration information and the current usage condition,
an instruction unit configured to instruct the programmable, logic device to execute the logic circuitry configuration to chance the logic circuitry in the programmable, logic device for the first image process only when the determining unit determines the first processing configuration or when the determining unit determines the second processing configuration; and
a control unit configured to cause the image process to be executed in accordance with the determined processing configuration.

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. 10,037,000

CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus, the cartridge comprising:a frame;
a rotatable member for carrying developer, the rotatable member being supported by the frame;
a blade member contacting the rotatable member;
a first seal member provided between the blade member and the frame, the first seal member extending in a rotational axis direction of the rotatable member, the first seal member being configured to seal a gap between the blade member and the frame, and the first seal member including an extending portion at a longitudinal end portion thereof, the extending portion extending in a crossing direction that crosses the rotational axis direction of the rotatable member; and
a second seal member provided between the rotatable member and the frame, the second seal member extending in the crossing direction, the second seal member contacting the rotatable member and the frame, the second seal member being configured to seal a gap between the rotatable member and the frame, and the second seal member including a first surface contacting the extending portion of the first seal member,
wherein the frame includes a second surface opposite of the first surface of the second seal member across the extending portion of the first seal member in the rotational axis direction of the rotatable member, the second surface sandwiching the extending portion of the first seal member with the first surface of the second seal member in the rotational axis direction of the rotatable member.

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. 10,038,847

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,031,450

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image forming unit including a plurality of image forming stations configured to respectively perform image formation of different colors, the image forming unit being configured to perform image formation on a recording sheet in any one of a first mode, in which image formation is performed through use of the plurality of image forming stations, and a second mode, in which image formation is performed through use of a predetermined image forming station among the plurality of image forming stations;
an operation unit configured to allow input of color mode information for setting whether the image forming unit is to perform image formation in the first mode or to perform image formation in the second mode; and
a controller configured to:
i) control the image forming unit to perform a preparation operation for image formation in accordance with the color mode information before image formation when detecting an operation from which a start instruction of image formation is predicted;
ii) set a restricted operation state in which the controller prohibits performing the image formation in the first mode and permits performing the image formation in the second mode when any one image forming station, except for the predetermined image forming station, among the plurality of image forming stations is incapable of performing image formation, and the predetermined image forming station is capable of performing image formation; and
iii) prevent the image forming unit from performing the preparation operation when the input color mode information sets to perform the image formation in the first mode, and the restricted operation state is set.

US Pat. No. 10,027,867

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT IS CAPABLE OF BOUNCE EMISSION PHOTOGRAPHING, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. image pickup apparatus comprising:a lighting device that is capable of changing an irradiation angle of an illumination light;
an apparatus body that is equipped with said lighting device and outputs an image corresponding to an optical image formed through an image pickup optical system; and
at least one processor, the at least one processor functioning, according to a program stored in a memory, as:
a first control unit configured to drive said lighting device to perform pre-emission when the irradiation angle is controlled for bounce emission photographing where an object is photographed while being illuminated by a reflected light that emitted from said lighting device and is reflected by reflection material;a first distance measuring unit configured to measure a first distance between the image pickup apparatus and the object and a second distance between the reflection material and the image pickup apparatus using the pre-emission of said lighting device;a second control unit configured to set up the irradiation angle based on the first distance and the second distance and to drivingly control said lighting device to the set irradiation angle;
a second distance measuring unit configured to measure a third distance between the image pickup apparatus and the object during focus control for focusing on the object; and
a prohibition unit configured to prohibit the pre-emission by said first control unit when said second distance measuring unit measures the third distance.

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. 10,026,197

SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD, SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing method for extracting feature amounts from an image for performing face or pattern recognition, comprising:sequentially selecting one of a plurality of spatial filters with different frequency responses;
generating a plurality of filtered images by performing spatial filtering on the image using the sequentially selected one of the spatial filters;
switching from a pixel position to another pixel position to set a relative position of a reference pixel with respect to a pixel of interest in response to selecting one of the spatial filters, according to a frequency response of the selected one of the spatial filters, wherein a pixel value at the reference pixel is to be used for encoding a pixel value at the pixel of interest of each filtered image;
creating vectors by encoding each of the plurality of filtered images using the pixel value at the pixel of interest of each filtered image and the pixel value at the reference pixel of that filtered image, the reference pixel being located at the set relative position with respect to the pixel of interest; and
performing face or pattern recognition using the plurality of encoded images by comparing the created vectors with vectors of images stored in a memory.

US Pat. No. 10,022,900

APPLICATION DEVICE, IMPRINTING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OBJECT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An application device to supply an imprinting material to a substrate in an imprinting apparatus that forms a pattern on the imprinting material on the substrate by using a mold, the application device comprising:a container unit that contains the imprinting material;
an ejecting unit that is provided on the container unit and that ejects the imprinting material contained in the container unit toward the substrate;
a connecting portion that is connectable to the container unit; and
a supplying portion formed on the connecting portion,
wherein the application device is detachably attachable to the imprinting apparatus, and
wherein the imprinting material is supplied to the container unit through a supplying portion formed on the connecting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,025,232

INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An intermediate transfer member for electrophotography, comprising:a substrate; and
a surface layer provided on the substrate, wherein
the surface layer comprises a binder resin and a perfluoropolyether,
an extraction amount of the perfluoropolyether per 10 mm3 of the surface layer, is 0.10 mg or more and 5.00 mg or less, the extraction amount of the perfluoropolyether obtained by immersing the intermediate transfer member for electrophotography into a solvent of 1,1,2,2,3,3,4-heptafluorocyclopentane and methylethylketone, the mixing ratio in mass being 1:1, at 25 degrees in Celsius for 24 hours,
a surface of the intermediate transfer member for electrophotography that is not subjected to the following first and second treatments, has a n-hexadecane contact angle of 55 degrees or more,
a surface of the intermediate transfer member for electrophotography that has been subjected to the following first treatment, has a n-hexadecane contact angle of 40 degrees or less, and
a surface of the intermediate transfer member for electrophotography that has been subjected to the following second treatment, has a n-hexadecane contact angle of 50 degrees or more,
(I) the first treatment comprising the steps of:
(i) cutting a rectangular test piece from the intermediate transfer member for electrophotography;
(ii) wrapping and fixing the rectangular test piece around a peripheral surface of a cylindrical metal core to form a first roller;
(iii) bringing the first roller into contact with a second roller with a load of 2 kgf, the second roller comprising a cylindrical metal core and a surface layer provided thereon containing a carbon black and an acrylonitrile rubber, and having a volume resistivity of 1.0×106?·cm; and
(iv) rotating the first roller at a circumferential speed of 200 mm/s for 15 hours while a voltage of 6.5 kV is applied between the first roller and the second roller,
(II) the second treatment comprising the steps of:
(v) cutting a rectangular test piece from the intermediate transfer member for electrophotography;
(vi) wrapping and fixing the rectangular test piece around a peripheral surface of a cylindrical metal core to form a first roller;
(vii) bringing the first roller into contact with a second roller with a load of 2 kgf, the second roller comprising a cylindrical metal core and a surface layer provided thereon containing a carbon black and an acrylonitrile rubber, and having a volume resistivity of 1.0×106?·cm;
(viii) rotating the first roller at a circumferential speed of 200 mm/s for 15 hours while a voltage of 6.5 kV is applied between the first roller and the second roller; and
(ix) heating the first roller resulting from the step (viii) at 70 degrees in Celsius for 2 hours,
the content of the perfluoropolyether is 10.0 mass % or more and 70.0 mass % or less based on the mass of the total solid component in the surface layer, and
the perfluoropolyether has a hydroxy group, a trifluoromethyl group, or a methyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,025,251

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SHEET ACCOMMODATION UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a main body of the image forming apparatus including an opening portion;
an image forming unit that forms an image on a sheet;
an accommodation portion that accommodates, inside the main body of the image forming apparatus, the sheet on which the image has been formed with the image forming unit;
a stack portion that stacks the sheet discharged external to the main body of the image forming apparatus;
a sheet moving unit that moves the sheet accommodated in the accommodation portion; and
a control unit that controls switching between a first mode that moves, with the sheet moving unit, the sheet accommodated in the accommodation portion and stops the sheet when a part of the sheet is exposed external to the main body of the image forming apparatus from the opening portion, and a second mode that moves, with the sheet moving unit, the sheet accommodated in the accommodation portion without passing the sheet through the opening portion in which the sheet is exposed in the first mode and discharges the sheet to the stack portion.

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. 10,027,837

CALCULATION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a calculation unit configured to calculate information about power using a first signal related to a current and a second signal related to a voltage;
a first communication unit configured to transmit a calculation result of the calculation unit;
a second communication unit configured to receive a plurality of pieces of setting information stored in a storage unit; and
a switching unit configured to switch calculation processing of the calculation unit, based on the plurality of pieces of the setting information received via the second communication unit;
wherein the calculation unit calculates an effective voltage value or an effective current value by selectively using the first and the second signals based on the information stored in the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 10,016,862

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, CALCULATION METHOD, SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measurement apparatus for measuring a shape of an object to be measured, the measurement apparatus comprising:a processing unit configured to obtain information on the shape of the object to be measured based on an image obtained by imaging the object to be measured onto which pattern light alternately including a bright portion and a dark portion along a first direction is projected,
wherein the pattern light includes a plurality of bright portions along the first direction, and
wherein the processing unit is configured to:
obtain a plurality of first signals different from each other and indicating a light intensity distribution in a second direction intersecting the first direction, from a region of the image corresponding to the dark portion;
obtain a plurality of correction signals by calculating differences between the plurality of first signals and a second signal obtained from a region of the image corresponding to one of the plurality of bright portions;
obtain an evaluation value indicating evaluation of each of the plurality of correction signals, representing a light intensity distribution in the second direction;
select a first signal, from among the plurality of first signals, corresponding to a correction signal having a highest evaluation value, from among the plurality of correction signals;
obtain, for a plurality of second signals obtained from a plurality of regions of the image corresponding to the plurality of bright portions, correction signals with the evaluation values falling within an allowable range, from among the plurality of correction signals, by calculating a difference between the second signal and the first signal corresponding to the correction signal having the highest evaluation value; and
obtain the information using the correction signals having the evaluation value falling within the allowable range, from among the plurality of correction signals.

US Pat. No. 10,019,207

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM CONFIGURED TO GENERATE A CONTROL JOB FOR OCCUPYING COMMUNICATION WITH A PERIPHERAL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of operating an application, the apparatus comprising:a generation unit configured to generate a control job for occupying communication with a peripheral device, wherein the control job is stored in a job queue, and is different from a print job that is stored in the job queue due to require print processing; and
a deletion unit configured to delete the control job stored in the job queue,
wherein, if a status of the control job stored in the job queue is processing, communication with the peripheral device via a communication unit is occupied by an application that has created the control job, and, after communication for the application is completed, the deletion unit deletes the control job stored in the job queue,
wherein the generation unit and the deletion unit are implemented by a processor of the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,018,955

POWER SUPPLY CIRCUIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply circuit comprising:a bridge circuit having a first switching element connected to a first direct-current power supply and a second switching element connected in series with the first switching element, and configured to output a voltage, in accordance with switching of the first switching element and of the second switching element, to a load;
first and second drive circuits configured to drive the first and second switching elements, respectively, so that the first and second switching elements alternatingly enter an on state in accordance with an input pulse signal;
a capacitor connected between the first drive circuit and an output terminal of the bridge circuit, and configured to generate a charge voltage used for driving of the first switching element by the first drive circuit, in accordance with charging by being supplied with a charging current from a second direct-current power supply while the first switching element is in an off state;
an inductance component for noise suppression provided in a path in which the charging current flows; and
a voltage limit element connected in parallel with the inductance component, and configured to limit a voltage that occurs at the inductance component.

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.