US Pat. No. 9,805,537

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,807,332

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,804,808

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,805,691

DISPLAY, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,800,848

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,798,256

METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing a toner comprising a toner particle, the method comprising:
a) preparing a resin solution comprising a binder resin, a colorant and an organic solvent;
b) providing in a pressure container a dispersion in which a droplet of the resin solution is dispersed in a dispersion medium
containing carbon dioxide, a surface of the droplet of the resin solution being covered with a resin fine particle L1 comprising
a resin R1;

c) further introducing into the dispersion a resin fine particle L2 comprising a resin R2;
d) pressurizing the dispersion by introducing carbon dioxide into the pressure container, and extracting the organic solvent
in the droplet into the dispersion medium; and

e) obtaining the toner particle by removing the carbon dioxide together with the extracted organic solvent from inside of
the pressure container, wherein

the resin R1 and the resin R2 comprise a segment having an organopolysiloxane structure, and
the resin R1 and the resin R2 satisfy formula (1):
2.0?(SP(R1)?SP(R2))/SP(R1)×100?15.0  (1)

where SP (R1) represents a solubility parameter of the resin R1 ((J/cm3)1/2 and SP (R2) represents a solubility parameter of the resin R2 ((J/cm3)1/2).

US Pat. No. 9,800,180

CONTROL APPARATUS OF VIBRATION-TYPE ACTUATOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,799,526

LIQUID COMPOSITION AND ETCHING METHOD FOR ETCHING SILICON SUBSTRATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An etching method comprising:
etching a silicon substrate to form a through hole with a liquid composition containing an alkaline organic compound, water,
and a boron compound with a content in the range of 1% by mass to 14% by mass, the boron compound being at least one selected
from the group consisting of boron sesquioxide, sodium tetraborate, metaboric acid, sodium perborate, sodium borohydride,
zinc borate, and ammonium borate,

wherein the silicon substrate has a member made of at least one of aluminum and an aluminum alloy.

US Pat. No. 9,789,690

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,789,698

AQUEOUS INK SET, INK JET RECORDING METHOD AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aqueous ink set for ink jet comprising a combination of a first ink and a second ink,
wherein the first ink includes a self-dispersible pigment to a particle surface of which a functional group that includes
a phosphonic acid group is bonded, and a redispersion viscosity of the first ink as measured according to the following procedure
is 5 mPa·s or less,

wherein measurement of the redispersion viscosity being such that after 1.5 g of the first ink is stored for 15 hours under
a temperature of 30° C. and a relative humidity of 10%, the first ink is added thereto in an amount of the thus-reduced mass
followed by additional storing for 2 hours to thereby measure the viscosity of the resultant,

wherein the second ink includes an anionic dye, a lithium ion, and a sodium ion, and a total concentration of the lithium
ion and the sodium ion in the second ink is 0.050 mol/L or more, and

wherein a proportion of a concentration of the lithium ion in the total concentration of the lithium ion and the sodium ion
in the second ink is 45% or more to 85% or less.

US Pat. No. 9,785,864

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,785,874

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,787,926

SOLID-STATE IMAGE APPARATUS AND IMAGE SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,785,107

FRAME INCLUDING A POST AND A STAY AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING SAID FRAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A frame for an image forming apparatus including an image forming portion, said frame comprising:
a first side plate and a second side plate which are provided opposed to each other, interposing the image forming portion
therebetween;

a post, provided along a vertical direction, to which said first side plate is fastened; and
a stay provided so as to connect said post and said second side plate or a member fixed to said second side plate,
wherein said post includes:
a first side portion which is a surface opposing said first side plate and which includes a first fastening portion to which
said first side plate is fastened, and

a second side portion formed by being bent from said first side portion in a direction substantially perpendicular to said
first side portion, wherein said second side portion is a surface opposing said stay and includes a second fastening portion,
to which said stay is fastened, positioned at a height different from a height of said first fastening portion with respect
to the vertical direction,

wherein said second side portion is continuously formed at least from said first fastening portion to said second fastening
portion with respect to the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 9,785,388

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INCLUDING LOAD DECIDING, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors configured to:
perform processes of a plurality of pages in parallel;
assign a thread of an edge extraction process to one or more image data included in the page to be processed, and synthesize
an edge of each image data extracted by the thread;

detect load levels of processes of the plurality of pages, for each page; and control the page processing depending on a result
of the load level detection; and

designate priority of page threads including the assigned thread, depending on the result of the load level detection,
wherein the one or more processors are further configured to raise the priority of the thread of the page for which the load
level has been detected as being higher than a threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,785,445

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,786,250

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,787,864

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,785,068

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,787,888

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,785,071

TONER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle having a core-shell structure that contains a core and a shell on the core, wherein
the core comprises an amorphous resin A and a crystalline resin,
the shell comprises an amorphous resin B,
the amorphous resin A comprises a styrene-acrylic resin,
a content of the styrene-acrylic resin is at least 50% by mass based on the total mass of the amorphous resin A,
a degree of compatibility A between the amorphous resin A and the crystalline resin, calculated with the following formula
(X), is at least 50% and not more than 100%

degree of compatibility A (%)=100?(100×?H(A))/(?H(C)×C/100)  (X), and

a degree of compatibility B between the amorphous resin B and the crystalline resin, calculated with the following formula
(Y), is at least 0% and not more than 40%

degree of compatibility B (%)=100?(100×?H(B))/(?H(C)×D/100)  (Y),
wherein, in formulae (X) and (Y),
?H(A) represents an exothermic quantity (J/g) of an exothermic peak of a resin mixture A in differential scanning calorimetric
analysis, the resin mixture A consisting of the amorphous resin A and the crystalline resin,

?H(C) represents an exothermic quantity (J/g) of an exothermic peak of the crystalline resin in differential scanning calorimetric
analysis,

C represents a mass ratio (%) of the crystalline resin in the resin mixture A,
?H(B) represents an exothermic quantity (J/g) of an exothermic peak of a resin mixture B in differential scanning calorimetric
analysis, the resin mixture B consisting of the amorphous resin B and the crystalline resin, and

D represents a mass ratio (%) of the crystalline resin in the resin mixture B.

US Pat. No. 9,781,509

SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,776,410

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,778,729

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,781,302

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR AVOIDING A FEEDING DIRECTION RESTRICTION WHEN PRINTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. A method of controlling an image forming apparatus comprising a memory and a controller, the method comprising:
receiving, in the controller, image data;
in a case where the image data has a first resolution, storing, in the controller, the image data in the memory without halftone
processing;

in a case where the image data has a second resolution higher than the first resolution, storing, in the controller, the image
data in the memory after the halftone processing thereof;

in a case where the halftone processing has been performed for the image data stored in the memory and a direction of the
sheet does not correspond to the direction of the image data stored in the memory:

performing, if a type of the sheet is an envelope, a rotation processing of the image data, and causing the image forming
device to perform an image forming on the sheet based on the rotated image data, and

causing, if the type of the sheet is not an envelope, a display device to display an alert screen without performing the rotation
processing.

US Pat. No. 9,781,304

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,779,516

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,776,449

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,780,293

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,781,329

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
an image sensor capable of acquiring an image signal to be used in focus detection of a phase-difference detection type;
a CPU that executes a program stored in a non-volatile memory, wherein the CPU, by executing the program, functions as:
a first computing unit that computes a defocus amount of an imaging optical system based on the image signal;
a second computing unit that computes an evaluation value that is based on contrast information of the image signal;
a determining unit that determines based on the evaluation value, whether or not to consider a defocus amount computed in
the past; and

a third computing unit that computes a final defocus amount based on a plurality of defocus amounts including at least one
defocus amount computed in the past if it is determined to consider the defocus amount computed in the past by the determining
unit, or compute the final defocus amount based on a defocus amount that does not include any defocus amount computed in the
past if it is determined not to consider the defocus amount computed in the past by the determining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,781,088

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,781,347

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING LIVE VIEW FUNCTION, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup device;
at least one processor that executes a program or programs stored in at least one non-transitory memory so as to function
as units comprising:

(1) a photometry unit configured to perform photometry of an image acquired by performing image pickup by said image pickup
device;

(2) an exposure control unit configured to perform exposure control based on a result of photometry by said photometry unit;
and

(3) a display control unit configured to cause the image acquired by performing image pickup by said image pickup device to
be displayed on an image display section,

wherein in a case where an enlargement instruction is received from a user when a plurality of images acquired by performing
image pickup by said image pickup device are being sequentially displayed on the image display section, said display control
unit causes an enlarged image corresponding to a partial area of an object area as a target of image pickup by said image
pickup device to be displayed on the image display section, and

wherein in a case where an instruction for still image photographing is received when the enlarged image is being displayed
on the image display section, said exposure control unit determines an exposure at a time of still image photographing based
on a result of photometry of the image acquired by performing image pickup by said image pickup device before the enlarged
image is displayed on the image display section.

US Pat. No. 9,778,035

SCALE, ENCODER, LENS APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM HAVING A PLURALITY OF PATTERNS WITH DIFFERENT MODULATING PERIODS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A scale having a plurality of patterns so as to spatially modulate energy distributions, the plurality of patterns comprising:
a first pattern having a first modulation period in a moving direction; and
a second pattern having a second modulation period different from the first modulation period in the moving direction,
wherein the first pattern has a plurality of first pattern lines arranged in a direction perpendicular to the moving direction,
each first pattern line including a plurality of reflective portions arranged in the moving direction,

wherein the second pattern has a plurality of second pattern lines arranged in the direction perpendicular to the moving direction,
each second pattern line including a plurality of reflective portions arranged in the moving direction,

wherein the plurality of first pattern lines and the plurality of second pattern lines are alternately arranged in the direction
perpendicular to the moving direction,

wherein a first relative position in the moving direction and a second relative position in the moving direction are different
from each other, the first relative position being between one of the plurality of first pattern lines and one of the plurality
of second pattern lines and the second relative position being between another of the plurality of first pattern lines and
another of the plurality of second pattern lines, and

wherein the plurality of reflective portions of each of the plurality of second pattern lines have different relative positions
in the moving direction in relation to the plurality of reflective portions of any other of the plurality of second pattern
lines.

US Pat. No. 9,781,116

AUTHORITY TRANSFER SYSTEM, METHOD THAT IS EXECUTED BY AUTHORITY TRANSFER SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An authority transfer system, which includes a terminal, a server that provides a service via a network, and a client that
uses the service, the authority transfer system comprising:
an authentication unit configured to determine, based on authentication information input by a user via an authentication
screen displayed on the terminal, whether the user is an authorized user;

an issuance unit configured to, in a case where the user determined by the authentication unit to be an authorized user has
performed, via an authorization screen displayed on the terminal, an authorization operation to permit an authority of the
user in the service to be transferred to the client provided in the terminal, issue authorization information indicating that
the authority of the user has been transferred to the client;

an authorization unit configured to authorize the client to use the service by the authority of the user based on the authorization
information, which the terminal transmits to the client when the client makes a request to use the service; and

a checking unit configured to check with the user whether to perform, on a tenant to which the user who has been determined
by the authentication unit to be an authorized user belongs, a setting such that, when an additional user belonging to the
tenant uses the service via the client provided in the terminal, the authorization information corresponding to the client
is issued without the additional user performing the authorization operation,

wherein, in response to the user performing the setting such that, when an additional user belonging to the tenant uses the
service via the client provided in the terminal, the authorization information is issued without the additional user performing
the authorization operation, the authorization unit authorizes the additional user to use the service without performing the
authorization operation when the additional user uses the service via the client provided in the terminal

wherein in a case where the terminal that the user uses is not a terminal in which common setting has been set, the checking
unit checks with the user whether to perform, on the user who has been determined by the authentication unit to be an authorized
user, a setting such that, when the user uses the service via a client provided in an additional terminal, the authorization
information corresponding to the client provided in the additional terminal is issued without the user performing the authorization
operation.

US Pat. No. 9,781,374

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS, PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION SYSTEM, AND DRIVING METHOD FOR THE PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit;
a signal line;
a reset unit having an input node, and an output node connected to a floating diffusion node;
a driving unit connected to the floating diffusion node;
an amplification unit having an input node, and an output node connected to the signal line; and
an output control unit, wherein the photoelectric conversion unit includes a first electrode, a second electrode, a photoelectric
conversion layer that is arranged between the first electrode and the second electrode and accumulates signal carriers, and
an insulating layer arranged between the photoelectric conversion layer and the second electrode,

a magnitude relationship between a potential applied to the first electrode and a first potential applied to the second electrode
by the driving unit is a first relationship in a first period,

in the first period, the input node is supplied with a potential corresponding to the first potential, and the amplification
unit outputs a signal corresponding to the potential of the input node, to the signal line,

in a second period, the magnitude relationship is in a second relationship that is opposite of the first relationship by changing
a potential applied to the second electrode by the driving unit from the first potential to a second potential,

in a third period, during which the amplification unit outputs a signal corresponding to a potential of the input node, the
potential of the input node corresponds to the signal carriers accumulated by the photoelectric conversion layer during the
third period, the magnitude relationship is in the first relationship, the second period is a period between the first period
and the third period, and

the output control unit sets a potential range of the output node in the second period to be smaller than each of a potential
range of the output node in the first period and a potential range of the output node in the third period, or the output control
unit puts the amplification unit into a non-operating state in at least a part of the second period.

US Pat. No. 9,778,565

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,778,890

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,781,222

METHOD, SYSTEM AND SERVER DEVICE FOR TRANSMITTING A DIGITAL RESOURCE IN A CLIENT-SERVER COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of transmitting a digital resource in a client-server communication system, the method comprising, at a main server
device:
receiving a request for a main resource from a client device;
determining a file name identifying at least one missing secondary resource, wherein the at least one missing secondary resource
is at least one resource associated with said requested main resource and missing at the server device;

requesting a secondary server device to push a file having the file name identifying the at least one missing secondary resource
to the client device; and

at the main server device, transmitting the requested main resource to the client device in response to the request from the
client device,

wherein requesting the secondary server device to push the at least one missing secondary resource is prior to transmitting
the requested main resource to the client device.

US Pat. No. 9,746,865

CURRENT-TO-VOLTAGE CONVERSION CIRCUIT, RECEPTION APPARATUS, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A current-to-voltage conversion circuit comprising:
an input/output node configured to input a current signal including a direct current component and an alternating current
component, and to output a voltage based on the current signal;

an amplification unit configured to input the voltage of the input/output node;
an extraction unit configured to output a voltage based on a direct current component of a voltage output from the amplification
unit;

a first current supply unit configured to supply a current based on the voltage output from the extraction unit to the input/output
node; and

a second current supply unit configured to supply a current based on the alternating current component of the current signal
to the input/output node,

wherein:
the current supplied by the second current supply unit corresponds to a difference between a current of the current signal
and the current supplied by the first current supply unit;

the second current supply unit comprises a bipolar transistor;
the bipolar transistor has an emitter connected to the input/output node; and
the bipolar transistor has a base to which, when the voltage of the input/output node is a voltage based on the direct current
component of the current signal, a bias voltage is input so that the bipolar transistor is cut off.

US Pat. No. 9,747,671

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

obtain information on each pixel of a target region associated with a target pixel, and information on each pixel of a reference
region associated with reference pixels, in image data;

determine whether a reference pixel is the same pixel as the target pixel, based on the obtained information;
derive a weight according to a similarity between the target region and the reference region according to a result of the
determination; and

decide a pixel value of the target pixel according to the weight and a pixel value of the reference pixel,
wherein the instructions, when executed by the one or more processors, further cause the image processing apparatus to:
in a case where the target pixel is used as the reference pixel, switch between derivation methods so as to derive a weight
for the target pixel by a different method from that in a case where the target pixel and the reference pixel are not the
same, and

in a case where it is determined that the target pixel matches the reference pixel, derive a set value as a weight for the
reference pixel as the target pixel,

wherein the set value is equal to or more than 0 and is 5 or less times the expected value of the weight in a case where the
pixel value of the target region and the pixel value of the reference region are same value as each other when a noise component
is disregarded.

US Pat. No. 9,746,789

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus which performs a scanning exposure of each of a plurality of shot regions on a substrate to radiation,
the apparatus comprising:
a measuring device including a first detector configured to perform detection with respect to a measurement point on the substrate
in a region being exposed to radiation while scanning of the substrate is performed, and a second detector configured to perform
detection with respect to the measurement point prior to detection by the first detector while scanning of the substrate is
performed, and configured to respectively measure heights of the substrate based on an output from the first detector and
an output from the second detector; and

a processor configured to determine, based on whether an error falls within an allowable range, the error being an error between
a target height and a measured height obtained by the measuring device based on an output from the first detector while a
scanning exposure of a first shot region on the substrate to radiation is performed, a first measurement point where the measuring
device performs measurement first based on an output from the second detector with respect to a second shot region different
from the first shot region.

US Pat. No. 9,773,827

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA WHERE THE PLURALITY OF PIXELS FORM A PIXEL GROUP UNDER A SINGLE MICROLENS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor including a semiconductor substrate having a first face and a second face opposite to the first
face, the solid-state image sensor comprising:
a plurality of pixel groups each including first and second photoelectric converters located in the semiconductor substrate,
a floating diffusion, a first transistor through which the first photoelectric converter is connected to the floating diffusion,
a second transistor through which the second photoelectric converter is connected to the floating diffusion, and an amplifier
transistor configured to output a signal according to a potential of the floating diffusion;

a wiring layer located at a side of the first face of the semiconductor substrate;
a plurality of microlenses located at a side of the second face of the semiconductor substrate, wherein each of the plurality
of microlens is provided for the first and second photoelectric converters of a corresponding one of the plurality of pixel
groups; and

a plurality of color filters located between the plurality of microlenses and the semiconductor substrate, the plurality of
color filters including plural color types having colors different from each other,

wherein the plurality of color filters are arranged such that only one color type is provided for the first and second photoelectric
converters of each of the plurality of pixel groups.

US Pat. No. 9,772,560

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS, ILLUMINATION DEVICE, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

16. A method of manufacturing an article, the method comprising steps of:
exposing a substrate using an exposure apparatus, and,
developing the substrate exposed in the exposing,
wherein the article is obtained from the developed substrate,
wherein the exposure apparatus is configured to transfer an image of a pattern formed on an original onto the substrate, and
includes:

an illumination device,
a projection optical system configured to project a pattern of the original onto the substrate,
wherein the illumination device is configured to illuminate the original which is an object to be irradiated, and includes:
a light source apparatus; and
an optical integrator on which a light flux emitted from the light source apparatus is incident,
wherein the light source apparatus includes:
a light source configured to emit the light flux from an emission region; and
a condenser configured to condense the light flux so as to allow the light flux to exit to the outside,
wherein the condenser includes four or more reflection mirrors each having a reflecting surface for reflecting the light flux
emitted from the emission region,

and the four or more reflection mirrors are disposed so as to surround the light source,
the four or more reflection mirrors include elliptical surface reflection mirrors of which the reflecting surface is elliptical
and spherical surface reflection mirrors of which the reflecting surface is spherical, and

the elliptical surface reflection mirrors and the spherical surface reflection mirrors are alternately arranged in the direction
of an axis, and a light flux reflected by a spherical surface reflection mirror is further reflected by an elliptical surface
reflection mirror so as to allow the light flux to exit to the outside.

US Pat. No. 9,772,578

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR COUNTING IMAGE SIGNALS WITH CHANGED IMAGE SIGNAL WIDTH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a scanning unit configured to scan, in accordance with image signals, a photosensitive member with laser light in a main scanning
direction at a scanning speed that is not constant;

an image signal generation unit configured to generate image signals that are changed such that the faster the scanning speed
is, the narrower an image signal width becomes;

a clock signal generation unit configured to generate sampling clock signals for sampling the image signals whose image signal
width is changed such that the faster the scanning speed is, the shorter a sampling interval becomes; and

a count unit configured to count image signals whose image signal width is changed based on the sampling clock signals.

US Pat. No. 9,772,587

HEATER AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A heater comprising:
a substrate;
a first heat generation line provided on the substrate along a longitudinal direction of the substrate, and divided into a
plurality of heat generation blocks which are mutually independently controllable, in the longitudinal direction; and

a second heat generation line provided on the substrate along the longitudinal direction of the substrate, and divided into
a plurality of heat generation blocks which are mutually independently controllable, in the longitudinal direction,

wherein in the plurality of heat generation blocks in the second heat generation line, a heat generation block is provided
that overlaps one heat generation block in the first heat generation line in the longitudinal direction and has a different
heat generation distribution in the longitudinal direction than the one heat generation block in the first heat generation
line.

US Pat. No. 9,772,596

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an electrophotographic photosensitive member including at least a supporting member and a photosensitive layer formed on the
supporting member; and

an image forming portion configured to form an electrostatic latent image on said electrophotographic photosensitive member
using at least a process of a pseudo halftone formed by dots as a method of representing gradation, wherein

said electrophotographic photosensitive member is provided on a surface thereof with a plurality of recessed portions of 0.5
to 5 ?m in depth and 20 to 80 ?m in longest diameter of an opening,

when a square region of 500 ?m×500 ?m is arbitrarily extracted on the surface of said electrophotographic photosensitive member,
in the square region, a total area of the recessed portions is 10000 to 90000 ?m2 and a total area of a flat portion contained in a portion other than the recessed portion is 80000 to 240000 ?m2, and

an arrangement (A) of the plurality of recessed portions is such an arrangement that an image quality lowering index (f) is
14% or less calculated by the following condition

(1) a portion overlapping with the plurality of recessed portions is deleted from a screen pattern (B) formed by the process
of the pseudo halftone formed by the dots is an image (C),

(2) particle analysis of the image (C) is made to calculate an average SM of a dot area and a standard deviation (?), and
(3) the image quality lowering index (f) is obtained by the formula: f=?/SM.

US Pat. No. 9,742,897

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication apparatus
to:

receive a first request signal from a first other communication apparatus by a wireless communication that complies with a
first communication method;

if the first request signal is received and the communication apparatus comprises media data which has not been transmitted
to an external apparatus, perform connection processing by using a wireless communication that complies with a second communication
method different from the first communication method, and otherwise, not perform the connection processing; and

if the connection processing is performed transmit the media data which has not been transmitted by using the wireless communication
that complies with the second communication method.

US Pat. No. 9,773,189

RECOGNITION APPARATUS AND RECOGNITION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recognition apparatus comprising:
one or more non-transitory computer-readable storage devices; and
one or more computer processing devices connected to the one or more non-transitory computer-readable storage devices and
configured by one or more programs stored in the one or more non-transitory computer-readable storage devices at least to:

extract object candidate regions from an image;
extract a first feature value and a second feature value from each of the extracted object candidate regions, the first feature
value being a value used for determining an attribute of the image, the second feature value being a value different from
the first feature value and used for determining whether the object candidate region is a region showing an object included
in the image or not;

determine the attribute of the image for each of the extracted object candidate regions on a basis of the first feature value,
and determine whether the extracted object candidate region is a region showing the object or not each on a basis of the second
feature value; and

identify the attribute of the image by integrating determination results regarding the attribute of the image in, among the
object candidate regions, object candidate regions determined each as a region showing the object.

US Pat. No. 9,773,193

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory for storing instructions to be executed by the processor,
wherein when the instructions stored in the memory are executed by the processor, the image processing apparatus functions
as:

inputting an image;
determining, based on a quality of a processed image that is obtained by performing image processing on the input image using
a reference image, whether to acquire another reference image from a communication apparatus using a search key according
to the input image;

identifying an object in the input image;
specifying, based on the identified object, the search key for searching for the another reference image used in performing
the image processing on the input image;

acquiring, according to a result of the determining, the another reference image from the communication apparatus using the
search key; and

performing image processing by using the another reference image acquired from the communication apparatus, if the another
reference image is acquired.

US Pat. No. 9,740,109

HOLDING DEVICE, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ITEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A holding device that is configured to hold a substrate comprising:
a holding member in which a plurality of intake holes used for evacuating air in a space between a substrate and the holding
member are formed; and

a seal member that has a ring shape and is disposed on a lower surface of a stepped portion of the holding member and that
defines the space,

wherein, when an inner region of a figure that is concentric with a center of a plane figure of a holding surface of the holding
member and that is obtained by reducing a size of the plane figure by ? or more and ? or less is set as a first region, and
a region between the first region and the seal member is set as a second region, the plurality of intake holes are formed
in such a manner that a relationship of, ratio of total area of intake holes formed in the second region to area of the second
region is greater than, ratio of the total area of intake holes formed in a sum region that includes the first region added
to the second region to area of the sum region, is satisfied, and

wherein the plurality of intake holes are in communication with a common pipe.

US Pat. No. 9,742,933

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING USER LOGIN FUNCTION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data transmitting apparatus, comprising:
a storage configured to store a destination address, the storage being able to store a plurality of destination addresses;
a transmitting unit configured to transmit image data to at least one destination address selected from the plurality of destination
addresses stored in the storage;

a selecting unit configured to select to register a destination address to be registered at least as a destination address
which is made public to a user who has logged in to the data transmitting apparatus, or as a destination address which is
made public to a group to which the user belongs; and

a registering unit configured to register, in the storage, the destination address based on selection by the selecting unit,
wherein the transmitting unit, the selecting unit and the registering unit are implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,742,948

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DELETING APPLICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of adding and deleting applications, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a designating unit configured to designate an application and a file to be deleted; and
a deleting unit configured to delete a designated file associated with the application designated by the designating unit,
wherein in the case where (1) the designating unit designates an application that has, as an application type, either (a)
a system application that can be reloaded, wherein the system application is an application embedded in a system or (b) a
login application that can be reloaded, wherein the login application is an application executed at the time of a login and
(2) the designating unit designates a file that has, as a file type, a program for the application, the deleting unit deletes
that program, and

wherein in the case where (1) the designating unit designates an application that has, as an application type, either (a)
a general application that cannot be reloaded, wherein the general application is an application other than a system application
or a login application or (b) a login application that cannot be reloaded and (2) the designating unit designates a file that
has, as a file type, a program for the application, the deleting unit deletes a folder that contains that program and data
of that program.

US Pat. No. 9,738,081

PRINTING APPARATUS AND LIQUID STORAGE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a print head that performs a printing operation by ejecting a liquid;
a liquid storage container in which a liquid storage chamber that stores the liquid to be supplied to the print head, an atmosphere
communication chamber that communicates with the atmosphere, and a communication flow path that causes the liquid storage
chamber and the atmosphere communication chamber to communicate are formed integrally; and

a liquid injection portion provided on the liquid storage container and configured to be injected the liquid into the liquid
storage chamber from the outside,

wherein the liquid storage container can take a first posture in which the atmosphere communication chamber is located under
the liquid storage chamber in the direction of gravity and a second posture in which the atmosphere communication chamber
and the liquid storage chamber are located side by side in the horizontal direction, and

in a case where the posture of the liquid storage container is the second posture, the liquid injection portion and the communication
flow path are located on an upper side of the liquid storage container.

US Pat. No. 9,738,088

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a recording unit, configured to perform recording on a recording medium using a pigment ink including a pigment coloring material
and a transparent liquid including resin and substantially not including a coloring material, and provided with a first nozzle
for discharging the pigment ink and a second nozzle for discharging the transparent liquid;

a control unit configured to cause the recording unit to form a first detection patch and a second detection patch on the
recording medium which are used for adjustment of a relative recording position between the first nozzle and the second nozzle
on the recording medium;

a detection unit configured to detect information indicating a relative position between the first detection patch and the
second detection patch in a predetermined direction based on a measurement result of reflected light when areas respectively
including the first and the second detection patches formed on the recording medium by the recording unit are irradiated with
light; and

a determination unit configured to determine a relative adjustment amount of an application position between the first nozzle
and the second nozzle in the predetermined direction based on a detection result by the detection unit,

wherein the control unit causes the recording unit to form the first detection patch by the pigment ink using the first nozzle
on the recording medium and to dispose a coating material including resin on an edge portion of the first detection patch,
and to form a ground by a pigment ink on the recording medium and to form the second detection patch by applying the transparent
liquid on the formed ground by the second nozzle, and the detection unit detects the information by measuring specular reflected
light from an area including the first detection patch on which the coating material is disposed irradiated with light and
measuring specular reflected light from an area including the second detection patch irradiated with light.

US Pat. No. 9,774,276

CAPACITIVE ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electromechanical transducer comprising:
a plurality of elements, each element including a plurality of cells, each cell including a first electrode and a second electrode
opposed to the first electrode with a gap sandwiched therebetween, and

a substrate including a plurality of first through wiring lines and a plurality of second through wiring lines, wherein
the first electrodes are electrically separated for every element and electrically connected within each element,
the second electrodes are electrically separated for every element and electrically connected within each element,
each of the first through wiring lines is electrically connected to the first electrodes electrically connected within a different
one of elements, and

each of the second through wiring lines is electrically connected to the second electrodes electrically connected within a
different one of elements.

US Pat. No. 9,742,983

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS WITH AUTOMATIC FOCUS ADJUSTMENT AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising at least one processor or circuit that performs the operations of the following
units:
a detection unit to detect a subject;
a focus adjusting unit to adjust a position of a focusing lens of an imaging optical system so as to focus the imaging optical
system on the subject; and

a setting unit to set a focus detection area, which is an area within an image capturing screen where the focus adjusting
unit detects focus, based on detection results of the detection unit,

wherein the setting unit automatically sets the focus detection area based on information of a face of the subject in a case
where a focus adjustment mode is set to a moving body focusing mode in accordance with a user's operation, and automatically
sets the focus detection area based on a position of an eye of the subject in addition to the information of the face in a
case where the focus adjustment mode is not set to the moving body focusing mode in accordance with the user's operation.

US Pat. No. 9,771,226

FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A feeding device comprising:
a stacking member configured to stack a sheet thereon;
a raising device configured to raise the stacking member;
a feeding member configured to be movable between a contact position and a retracting position, and to rotate in contact with
the sheet stacked on the stacking member in a state of being located at the contact position to feed the sheet;

an interlocking device including a sheet contact portion configured to contact the sheet stacked on the stacking member, and
configured to move by being pressed by the sheet stacked on the stacking member in a case where the raising device raises
the stacking member;

a switching device configured to mechanically switch the raising device between a permitted state, where the stacking member
is permitted to rise, and a regulated state, where the rise of the stacking member is regulated according to a position of
the interlocking device;

a holding member configured to hold the feeding member and the interlocking device;
a movement device configured to move the feeding member to the retracting position above the contact position by moving the
holding member; and

a regulation device configured to regulate the movement of the holding member,
wherein the regulation device contacts with the holding member so that the state of the raising device does not change from
the regulated state to the permitted state.

US Pat. No. 9,742,221

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE, POWER SUPPLY METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power transmission device that wirelessly supplies power to a power reception device, the power transmission device comprising:
one or more processors; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the power transmission device to perform
operations comprising:

a determining, when the power transmission device has been supplying power to a first power reception device and receives
a predetermined request from a second power reception device, determine whether a power supply destination is to be changed
from the first power reception device to the second power reception device, based on a battery residual capacity of the second
power reception device;

a controlling, when the determining determines the power supply destination is to be changed from the first power reception
device to the second power reception device, the power transmission device to stop power supply to the first power reception
device and to start power supply to the second power reception device; and

wherein, when the determining determines that the power supply destination is not to be changed from the first power reception
device to the second power reception device, the power transmission device transmits to the second power reception device
a refusal notification indicating that the power transmission device will not be supplying power to the second power reception
device.

US Pat. No. 9,743,004

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS INCLUDING ROTATABLY SUPPORTED STRUCTURE, AND FLEXIBLE PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus including an apparatus main unit and a structure supported rotatably with respect to the apparatus
main unit, comprising:
a shaft that is supported by the apparatus main unit and is disposed in a center of rotation of the structure; and
a flexible printed circuit board that is wrapped around and held by an outer peripheral surface of said shaft via a joining
member,

wherein said flexible printed circuit board includes:
a wrapping start portion from which wrapping of said flexible printed circuit board around said shaft is started;
a wrapping body portion having a wiring portion, a width of said wrapping body portion in a thrust direction of said shaft
being larger than a width of said wrapping start portion; and

an expansion portion that is provided between said wrapping start portion and said wrapping body portion, a width of said
expansion portion in the thrust direction of said shaft continuously expanding from the width of said wrapping start portion
to the width of said wrapping body portion;

wherein in said flexible printed circuit board, a coverlay opening area where a coverlay is made open is formed in at least
said wrapping start portion and said expansion portion, and

wherein the coverlay opening area has a length which makes it possible to wrap at least one turn of said flexible printed
circuit board around said shaft by using only the coverlay opening area from said wrapping start portion.

US Pat. No. 9,766,374

OPTICAL MEMBER, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical member comprising:
a base member; and
a porous layer disposed on the base member, comprising a porous glass and a transparent resin material held in the inside
of a porous structure of the porous glass,

wherein, in the thickness direction of the porous layer, the degree of porosity in the base member side with respect to the
center line of the porous layer in the thickness direction is smaller than the degree of porosity in the side opposite to
the base member with respect to the center line of the porous layer in the thickness direction.

US Pat. No. 9,730,589

EXAMINED-PORTION INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An examined-portion information acquisition apparatus comprising:
a plurality of examined-portion holding members each configured to hold a respective examined portion of an object;
the plurality of examined-portion holding members comprising:
a first examined-portion holding member configured to hold a first examined portion of the object;
a second examined-portion holding member configured to hold a second examined portion of the object;
a receiver configured to receive an acoustic wave; and
a moving system configured to move the receiver from a position at which the receiver receives an acoustic wave from the first
examined portion held by the first examined-portion holding member to a position at which the receiver receives an acoustic
wave from the second examined portion held by the second examined-portion holding member, wherein

the receiver includes:
a plurality of transducers each configured to receive an acoustic wave, and
a supporting member on which the plurality of transducers are arranged, and
the plurality of transducers are arranged on the supporting member such that directivity axes of some transducers among the
plurality of transducers converge.

US Pat. No. 9,769,352

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING UNIQUE PORTIONS PERIODICALLY DISTRIBUTED IN A PRINTED IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

2. An image processing apparatus that performs a process of detecting a unique portion that occurs periodically in an inspection
target image, the apparatus comprising:
a filtering unit configured to perform a filtering process that averages pixel values in pixels consisting of a pixel of a
part area of the inspection target image and peripheral pixels of the pixel of the part area of the inspection target image,
which are determined according to a size of a filter, for each of pixels of the part area of the inspection target image;

an addition unit configured to add values resulting from the filtering process for each of pixels of the part area of the
inspection target image in relation to pixel positions in the inspection target image; and

a setting unit configured to, with respect to a period ? with which the unique portion of a detection target appears, set
a size S in the filtering process in a direction in which the unique portion may appear with the period ?, so as to meet S

US Pat. No. 9,769,372

IMAGE ESTIMATING METHOD INCLUDING CALCULATING A TRANSVERSE CUTOFF FREQUENCY, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE ESTIMATING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image estimating method configured to estimate, using image data generated by capturing an object via an image-pickup
optical system at a plurality of positions that are spaced at first intervals in an optical-axis direction of the image-pickup
optical system, image data at a position different from the plurality of positions, the image estimating method comprising:
acquiring image data;
calculating a transverse cutoff frequency in a direction perpendicular to the optical-axis direction based on the acquired
image data, the transverse cutoff frequency corresponding to a permissible limit value of a spatial frequency of the acquired
image data; and

calculating the first interval based on the calculated transverse cutoff frequency.

US Pat. No. 9,767,563

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OBTAINING POSITION AND ORIENTATION OF IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor and memory;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image from an imaging apparatus that captures an image of a physical space;
a detection unit configured to detect at least one image feature from the acquired image;
a generation unit configured to generate a combined image by combining a predetermined object which indicates the detected
image feature with the captured image;

a display unit configured to display the combined image to a user; and
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a position and an orientation of the imaging apparatus based on a three-dimensional
position of the detected image feature and a user's instruction indicating whether the detected image feature is a disabled
image feature or an enabled image feature,

wherein the display unit displays a feedback image to the user on the basis of the position and the orientation of the imaging
apparatus, and

wherein at least one of the units is implemented upon execution of instructions stored in the memory by the processor.

US Pat. No. 9,769,401

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a substrate comprising a pixel region where a photoelectric conversion element is arranged;
a first structure comprising:
a first insulating film having a first opening portion which is over the photoelectric conversion element; and
a wiring layer in the first insulating film;
a first insulator comprising:
a first portion arranged in the first opening portion; and
a second portion covering an upper surface of the first portion and an upper surface of the first structure other than an
inner surface of the first opening portion, the first portion and the second portion contacting each other and containing
the same material;

a second structure comprising:
a second insulating film having a second opening portion which is over the first opening portion; and
a wiring layer arranged in the second insulating film; and
a second insulator comprising a third portion in the second opening portion,
wherein a hydrogen concentration of the second portion of the first insulator is higher than a hydrogen concentration of a
portion of the first insulating film, and

an area of an upper surface of the first portion is larger than an area of a lower surface of the third portion which is over
the first portion.

US Pat. No. 9,762,787

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING AUTO-FOCUSING FUNCTION AND ITS CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

5. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image sensor having a plurality of micro-lenses and a plurality of photoelectric converting portions each pair of which
corresponds to each of the micro-lens espectively, wherein the image sensor outputs image signals from the photoelectric converting
portions;

a memory configured to store sets of coefficients for predetermined approximate function;
at least one processor or one circuitry which functions as:
a correction information obtaining unit configured to obtain a correction information in accordance with the predetermined
approximate function to which coefficients are applied, the coefficients applied to the predetermined approximate function
is selected from the coefficients stored in the memory in accordance with a position of a focus detection area set by a setting
unit; and

a focus controller configured to control a focus lens by using the image signals obtained from the image sensor and the correction
values obtained by the correction information obtaining unit, wherein

each of the sets of the coefficients stored in the memory respectively correspondsto one of a plurality of partial ranges
arranged along a predetermined direction, wherein each of the partial ranges is partially overlapped with at least one of
adjacent partial ranges, and wherein each focus detection area is respectively included in corresponding one of the partial
ranges.

US Pat. No. 9,727,289

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD PERFORMING PRINTING TO A PRINTER WITH A CHARGING FUNCTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program that, when executed by the processor, causes the information processing apparatus to execute:
acquiring information on a printing apparatus that is specified as an output destination by a user; and
determining whether or not to present charging information relating to printing based on the acquired information on the printing
apparatus

wherein the information on the printing apparatus includes model type information indicating whether or not the printing apparatus
is a model type compatible with stepwise charging, setting information indicating whether or not the printing apparatus makes
use of a stepwise charging function, and setting information indicating whether or not to permit presentation of information
relating to stepwise charging to the user to permit a change in information relating to stepwise charging from the user.

US Pat. No. 9,761,185

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus capable of executing calibration of at least one of brightness and a color of a screen, the
image display apparatus comprising:
a light-emitting device;
a display panel configured to display an image on the screen by modulating light from the light-emitting device;
one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing a program which, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the image display apparatus
configured to:

control light emission of the light-emitting device on the basis of input image data;
execute, for each of a plurality of groups, to each of which two or more images for calibration belong, display processing
for displaying the two or more images for calibration belonging to the group on the screen in order;

execute, for each of the plurality of images for calibration, processing for acquiring a measurement value of light emitted
from a region, of the screen, where the image for calibration is displayed; and

execute the calibration on the basis of the measurement values of the plurality of images for calibration, wherein
for each of the plurality of groups, at least a part of the display processing for the group is executed again in a case where
it is determined that a light emission state of the light-emitting device changed during the execution of the display processing
for the group from a light emission state of the light-emitting device before the execution of the display processing.

US Pat. No. 9,751,318

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS AND ATTACHMENT ASSEMBLY OF LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection apparatus comprising:
a supply member that includes a supply opening and is constructed to supply a liquid from the supply opening;
a liquid ejection head that is constructed to eject a liquid;
a receiving member having first and second ends, the receiving member being connected to the liquid ejection head at the first
end, the receiving member being constructed to receive the supply member at the second end, and the receiving member further
being constructed to supply the liquid supplied from the supply member to the liquid ejection head in a case where the second
end of the receiving member receives the supply member; and

an elastic holding member that is attached to the second end of the receiving member, wherein one end of the elastic holding
member is provided with a first insertion opening into which the supply member is inserted and is provided with a film member
for blocking the first insertion opening, and wherein another end of the elastic holding member is provided with a second
insertion opening communicating with the first insertion opening and into which the second end of the receiving member is
inserted,

wherein an inner diameter of the second insertion opening is smaller than an outer diameter of the second end of the receiving
member at a position where the second end of the receiving member is inserted to the second insertion opening of the elastic
holding member, so as to urge the film member in a direction in which the first insertion opening is blocked by deformation
of the elastic holding member in a case where the second end of the receiving member is inserted to the second insertion opening
of the elastic holding member.

US Pat. No. 9,756,195

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF COMMUNICATING WITH EXTERNAL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a memory for storing data and a computer program; and
a processor coupled to the memory for executing the computer program, the computer program comprising instructions for:
connecting to a recording medium on which content data and management information about the content data are recorded;
communicating with an external apparatus; and
reading out, in response to receipt of a request for the management information about the content data from the external apparatus,
the management information about the content data from the recording medium and control the communication unit to transmit
the read-out management information to the external apparatus,

reading out-header information recorded in a header region of the content data from the header region and store the read-out
header information,

in a case where the header information recorded in the header region of the content data is requested from the external apparatus,
determining whether the header information was previously read out and stored, and

if the header information was previously stored, transmitting the stored header information to the external apparatus without
reading out the header information anew from the header region of the content data.

US Pat. No. 9,754,198

PRINTING APPARATUS TO AUTOMATICALLY SELECT SHEET SUPPLY SOURCE, CONTROL METHOD FOR PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of sheet storage portions;
a reading unit configured to read an image on a document to generate image data corresponding to the read image;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information about the document the image on which is read by the reading unit;
a printing unit configured to print an image on a sheet supplied from any one of the plurality of sheet storage portions based
on the image data generated by the reading unit;

a control unit configured to cause, in response to accepting a job execution instruction, which is an instruction to execute
a job, the reading unit to perform image reading and the printing unit to perform image printing;

an automatic selection unit configured to automatically select, from among the plurality of sheet storage portions, a sheet
supply source, which is a source for supplying a sheet that is used for printing, based on the information acquired by the
acquisition unit; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether the automatic selection unit is enabled or disabled,
wherein, in a case where it is determined by the determination unit that the automatic selection unit is enabled, if a user
specifies a predetermined sheet storage portion as a sheet storage portion that supplies a sheet for printing from among the
plurality of sheet storage portions and the specified sheet storage portion has no sheet stored therein, the control unit
does not allow the job execution instruction,

wherein, in a case where it is determined by the determination unit that the automatic selection unit is disabled, if a sheet
storage portion that supplies a sheet for printing from among the plurality of sheet storage portions has no sheet stored
therein, the control unit allows the job execution instruction, and

wherein the acquisition unit, the control unit, the automatic selection unit, and the determination unit are implemented by
at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,710,062

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRONIC APPARATUS TO PROVIDE TACTILE SENSATION FEEDBACK

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

14. A method for controlling an electronic apparatus comprising:
detecting a touch on a display unit;
generating tactile sensations to be given to an object touching the display unit;
capturing content by an imaging unit;
controlling the display unit to display a setting item for specifying a tactile feedback setting detail and for setting detail
to be set about content on a setting screen for making a setting about content based on meta data before capturing of the
content by the imaging unit, wherein the content comprises at least an image, capture of the image, and display a content
item representing the captured image on a content screen; and

controlling the generating of the tactile sensations to give the object touching the setting item on the setting screen a
tactile sensation according to the touched setting item, and controlling the generating of the tactile sensations to give
the object touching the content item on the content screen the same tactile sensation as that given when the setting item
for specifying the tactile feedback setting detail set for the touched contents is touched,

wherein the tactile sensation according to the touched setting item occurs when the object touches the setting item on the
setting screen, and

wherein the generating can simultaneously generate different tactile sensations on different portions of the display unit
based on multiple touches on the different portions.

US Pat. No. 9,707,774

INK JET IMAGE RECORDING METHOD, INK SET, AND INK SET PREPARATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet image recording method, comprising:
applying a first aqueous ink and a second aqueous ink onto a recording medium,
wherein the first aqueous ink contains a surfactant expressed by general formula (1) with a content of V1 percent by mass relative to the total mass of the first aqueous ink and a liquid X being the portion other than the surfactant,
and the second aqueous ink contains the surfactant expressed by general formula (1) with a content of V2 percent by mass lower than V1 relative to the total mass of the second aqueous ink and a liquid Y being the portion other than the surfactant,

wherein general formula (1) is R1(CR2R3)nCH2CH2(OCH2CH2)mOH, where R1 represents fluorine or hydrogen, R2 and R3 each represent fluorine or hydrogen and at least one thereof is fluorine, n represents a numeral in the range of 1 to 30,
and m represents a numeral in the range of 1 to 60,

wherein the liquids X and Y are such that when the liquid X and Y are applied to adjacent regions on a recording medium having
a water absorption coefficient in the range of 0.1 mL·m?2·ms?1/2 to 0.3 mL·m?2·ms?1/2 so as to come into contact with each other, the liquid X flows to the region of the liquid Y, and

wherein when liquids X? and Y? are prepared by adding the surfactant expressed by general formula (1) to the liquid X and
Y, respectively, to a content of V2 percent by mass relative to the total mass of the respective liquids X? and Y?, and are then applied to adjacent regions on
a recording medium having a water absorption coefficient in the range of 0.1 mL·M?2·ms?1/2 to 0.3 mL·M?2·ms?1/2 so as to come into contact with each other, the liquid Y? flows to the region of the liquid X?, and

V2 is 0.5% by mass or more and 5.0% by mass or less relative to the total mass of the second aqueous ink.

US Pat. No. 9,708,116

PACKING MEMBER AND CARTRIDGE PACKED IN THE PACKING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A packing member for packing a cartridge that includes a photosensitive drum on which an electrostatic latent image is
to be formed and is detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus, wherein said packing member is molded with a thin
resin material plate, and said packing member comprises:
(i) a frame portion including (a) an opening as an entrance for the cartridge, (b) a recessed portion for accommodating the
cartridge, and (c) a first limiting portion for limiting a position of the cartridge with respect to a direction perpendicular
to a longitudinal direction of the cartridge, the first limiting portion being a plurality of surfaces with an interval therebetween
larger than a width of the cartridge with respect to the direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the cartridge;
and

(ii) a cap portion for openably covering the opening, wherein said cap portion includes a second limiting portion for limiting
movement of the cartridge to a position where said first limiting portion is capable of limiting movement of the cartridge,
and

wherein said first limiting portion and said second limiting portion contact portions of the cartridge excluding a region
of the photosensitive drum where the electrostatic latent image is to be formed.

US Pat. No. 9,709,922

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory;
a controller that includes a circuit and a processor coupled to the memory and executes the following:
generating a composite image to be combined with an input image, wherein the input image is to be printed on a first area
on a sheet and the composite image is to be printed on a second area on the sheet, and the first area and the second area
are allocated separately on the sheet;

obtaining a value indicating a toner amount to be used in printing the input image;
determining, based on at least a size of the second area and a rate of the composite image area to the second area, a value
indicating a toner amount to be used in printing the composite image generated;

calculating, based on the value indicating the toner amount to be used in printing the input image and the value indicating
the toner amount to be used in printing the composite image, a value indicating a toner amount to be used in printing the
input image with which the composite image has been combined; and

notifying a printing unit of the value calculated.

US Pat. No. 9,709,924

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a frame configured to contain developer;
a conveyance member configured to convey the developer by vibration;
a detection unit configured to detect a developer amount of the developer inside the frame; and
an adjustment unit configured to adjust the vibration of the conveyance member,
wherein the adjustment unit adjusts the vibration of the conveyance member according to a result of detection by the detection
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,709,675

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS, OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An object information acquisition apparatus comprising:
a plurality of transducer elements each configured to transmit an acoustic wave to an object, to receive reflected waves reflected
from inside the object, and to convert the reflected waves into a reception signal; and

a processor configured to perform frequency domain interferometry combined with adaptive signal processing by using the reception
signals output from the plurality of transducer elements and reference signal so as to obtain acoustic characteristics at
a plurality of positions located inside the object, wherein

the processor is configured to apply different reference signals in accordance with a target position located inside the object
while performing the frequency domain interferometry so as to obtain the acoustic characteristics at the plurality of positions
located inside the object,

wherein different reference signals are used in obtaining a power intensity distribution for a first region within an image
region and having a first depth range, a power intensity distribution for a second region within the image region and having
a second depth range larger than the first depth range, and a power intensity distribution for a third region within the image
region and having a third depth range larger than the second depth range.

US Pat. No. 9,710,205

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication device communicating with a first unit and a second unit, the communication device comprising:
a transmission unit configured to transmit a signal to the first unit or the second unit;
a first transmission line connected to the transmission unit and the first unit;
a second transmission line connected to the transmission unit and the second unit;
a receiving unit configured to receive a signal transmitted by the first unit or the second unit;
a first receiving line connected to the receiving unit and the first unit;
a second receiving line connected to the receiving unit and the second unit;
a first connecting line connecting the first transmission line to the receiving unit;
a second connecting line connecting the second transmission line to the receiving unit;
a first switch arranged in the first transmission line; and
a second switch arranged in the second transmission line,
wherein when communicating with the first unit, the first switch is set to ON state and the second switch is set to OFF state,
the first transmission line becomes a conducting state by setting the first switch to ON state, and a voltage difference between
the first transmission line and the first receiving line is adjusted, and

the voltage difference between the first transmission line and the first receiving line is larger than a voltage difference
between the second transmission line and the second receiving line.

US Pat. No. 9,710,207

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM IN WHICH A PRINTER ASSOCIATED WITH A WEB BROWSER CAN BE DELETED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A content printing system comprising a printing system and an information processing apparatus, wherein the printing system
registers a service printer associated with a printer, and generates print data based on content data in accordance with a
print instruction via the service printer, the print data being provided to the printer associated with the service printer,
and the information processing apparatus has a second Web browser including a print relay service, the print relay service
being capable of communicating with the printer, a terminal having a first Web browser that instructs the printer to print
via the service printer and the printing system,
wherein the second Web browser receives the print data generated by the print system and transmits the received print data
to a destination printer associated with the second Web browser, and

the information processing apparatus including at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to the at least one
processor and having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one
processor to function as:

a display unit configured to display a setting window of the second Web browser, the setting window containing a button for
inputting an instruction to delete a printer associated with the second Web browser in response to that displaying the setting
window is instructed via a menu of the second Web browser;

a reception unit configured to receive the instruction to delete the service printer registered in the printing system in
response to a push of the button contained in the setting window displayed by the display unit of the second Web browser;
and

a deletion instruction unit configured to transmit, to the printing system, the instruction to delete the service printers
registered via the second Web browser in the printing system after the reception unit has received the instructions to delete
the service printer,

wherein the printing system comprises a deletion unit configured to delete the service printer to be deleted according to
the instruction received from the deletion instruction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,703,178

PROJECTOR HAVING A ROD INTEGRATOR WITH AN ENTRANCE PLANE SMALLER THAN AN AREA LIGHT SOURCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projector comprising:
a light emitting diode (LED);
a spatial light modulator;
an illumination system that receives light from the LED and illuminates the spatial light modulator; and
a projection lens that forms an image by the light from the spatial light modulator,
wherein the LED has a light emitting region as an area light source,
wherein the illumination system includes a rod integrator, the rod integrator being arranged so that an entrance plane of
the rod integrator faces the light emitting region, and so that a size of the entrance plane of the rod integrator is smaller
than a size of the light emitting region, and

wherein when illumination efficiency is defined as an efficiency of capturing light from the light emitting region with the
rod integrator multiplied by an efficiency of capturing light from the rod integrator with the projection lens, then the size
of the entrance plane of the rod integrator is set so that an illumination efficiency when the set size is used is higher
than an illumination efficiency when the size of the entrance plane of the rod integrator is the same as the size of the light
emitting region.

US Pat. No. 9,703,508

MANAGING APPARATUS, MANAGING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A managing apparatus for managing an image forming apparatus, comprising:
a first power control unit configured to control a power status of the image forming apparatus to transit to a first power
status in accordance with a schedule;

a second power control unit configured to control the power status of the image forming apparatus to transit to a second power
status in accordance with a notification of event occurrence from the image forming apparatus;

a determination unit configured to, upon receiving the notification from the image forming apparatus, determine whether the
first power status and the second power status match each other;

a selection unit configured to, in a case where the determination unit determines that the first power status and the second
power status do not match each other, select one of the first power status and the second power status based on priority information
representing which one of power control by the first power control unit and power control by the second power control unit
is given priority; and

a managing unit configured to prohibit power control by the second power control unit in a case where the first power status
is selected by the selection unit, and invalidate power control by the first power control unit in a case where the second
power status is selected by the selection unit,

wherein the first power control unit, the second power control unit, the determination unit, the selection unit, and the managing
unit are implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,696,436

SCINTILLATOR CRYSTAL AND RADIATION DETECTOR USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A scintillator crystal comprising:
a plurality of first crystal phases; and
a second crystal phase covering respective side surfaces of the first crystal phases,
wherein each of the plurality of first crystal phases is a columnar crystal that includes a perovskite type oxide material
containing both Gd and Tb, and emits light by being excited by radiation,

wherein the second crystal phase includes alumina, and
wherein, assuming that a, b, and c respectively represent Gd, Al, and Tb in an element ratio among them that are contained
in a total amount of substance of the scintillator crystal, the element ratio is within a range defined by (a, b, c)=(0.174,
0.795, 0.031), (0.207, 0.756, 0.037), (0.213, 0.775, 0.012), and (0.194, 0.795, 0.011) as vertexes in a ternary composition
diagram.

US Pat. No. 9,699,830

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a first radio communication unit that communicates with another communication apparatus;
a first transmitting unit that transmits device information regarding the communication apparatus via the first radio communication
unit;

a second radio communication unit that communicates with the other communication apparatus, using a different radio communication
system from that of the first radio communication unit; and

a second transmitting unit that, when the other communication apparatus is executing a predetermined service with the communication
apparatus based on the device information transmitted by the first transmitting unit, transmits via the second radio communication
unit a predetermined signal which stops executing of the predetermined service and includes the device information regarding
the communication apparatus;

wherein the other communication apparatus
(i) if the device information, included in the predetermined signal, regarding the communication apparatus is included in
the device information which has been transmitted by the first transmitting unit, stops processing of the predetermined service,
and

(ii) if the device information, included in the predetermined signal, regarding the communication apparatus is not included
in the device information which has been transmitted by the first transmitting unit, does not stop the processing of the predetermined
service.

US Pat. No. 9,697,590

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,657,171

FLAME RETARDANT COMPOSITION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A flame retardant composition, comprising:
a flame retardant represented by any one of the following general formulae (1) to (3);
an aromatic polyester;
a styrene polymer;
rubber having a siloxane bond; and
a fluorine compound, wherein
a content of the flame retardant is 10 wt % or more and 25 wt % or less when a total weight of the flame retardant composition
is 100 wt %,

a content of the aromatic polyester is 40 wt % or more and 90 wt % or less when the total weight of the flame retardant composition
is 100 wt %,

a content of the styrene polymer is 5 wt % or more and 30 wt % or less when the total weight of the flame retardant composition
is 100 wt %,

a content of the rubber is 1 wt % or more and 15 wt % or less when the total weight of the flame retardant composition is
100 wt %, and

a content of the fluorine compound is 0.1 wt % or more and 1.0 wt % or less when the total weight of the flame retardant composition
is 100 wt %,


wherein, in General Formulae (1) to (3), R1 to R8 are alkyl groups and R1 to R8 may be the same or different from each other,
and

wherein, in General Formula (2), n represents a number of phosphazene units.

US Pat. No. 9,690,228

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR MAINTAINING LINEARITY BETWEEN AN EXPOSURE INTENSITY AND DENSITY OF AN OUTPUT IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that generates a halftone image to be used in a case where an image is formed on a printing
medium by exposing a photoreceptor by intensity modulation of a light beam, the apparatus comprising:
a multivalued dither processing unit configured to generate an N-nary (N?3) image from an input image by a dither method;
a determination unit configured to determine whether a difference in pixel value between pixels adjacent to each other in
an exposure scanning direction exceeds a predetermined limit value for each pixel of the N-nary image generated by the multivalued
dither processing unit; and

a correction unit configured to correct the pixel values of the adjacent pixels whose difference in pixel value has been determined
to exceed the predetermined limit value so that the difference does not exceed the limit value.

US Pat. No. 9,691,010

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, DISTRIBUTED PRINTING SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING PRINTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print server for making, by going through or without going through a printer object corresponding to a printer provided
by a system, an instruction for printing by the printer, the print server comprising:
at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to the at least one processor and having stored thereon instructions
executable by the at least one processor, the at least one processor and at least one memory cooperating to act as:

a determination unit that determines whether or not document data to be printed is printable without going through a printer
object corresponding to a designated printer, and, in a case that the document data is not printable without going through
the printer object, determines whether or not the printer object corresponding to the designated printer exists; and

a unit that, in a case where it is determined by the determination unit that the printer object corresponding to the designated
printer does not exist, causes the printer object to be generated by the system,

wherein the print server is one of a plurality of print servers, a print request from a client terminal being transmitted
distributively to any one of the plurality of print servers by a load balancer,

the print server receives a predefined print request and generates the printer object,
the print server which has received a deletion request via the load balancer deletes the generated printer object and stores
information indicating that the printer object has been deleted in a storage shared by the plurality of print servers, and

another print server, which is one of the plurality of print servers and has generated a corresponding printer object corresponding
to the printer object that has been deleted, confirms that the printer object has been deleted based on a printer object name
associated with deleted printer object information, both of which are transmitted together to the another print server from
the print server, and deletes the corresponding printer object according to confirmation that the printer object has been
deleted.

US Pat. No. 9,690,244

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image forming portion which forms a toner image on a sheet based on image data;
a supporting portion supporting the sheet on which the toner image is formed by the image forming portion;
a pair of tooth-like members which perform stapleless binding to sheets respectively having a binding region by engaging the
binding regions of the sheets supported on the supporting portion in between the pair of tooth-like members without using
staples; and

a control portion performing reduction processing to data of the image data which corresponds to the binding region so that
a toner density of the binding region when performing the stapleless binding is lower than that when not performing the stapleless
binding.

US Pat. No. 9,690,252

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an opening and closing member which is movably provided with respect to an apparatus main body of the image forming apparatus
to open and close the inside of the apparatus main body; and

a movable member which has an operating unit, in which a pressing operation is performed, and is movably connected with respect
to the opening and closing member,

wherein the movable member moves in conjunction with the opening and closing operation of the opening and closing member to
be able to open and close the inside of the apparatus main body, together with the opening and closing member, and

wherein the movable member includes a bumping portion, the opening and closing member includes a bumped portion, and the bumping
portion abuts against the bumped portion in an open state of the opening and closing member, thereby restricting the movement
of the movable member in a direction in which the operating unit is pressed,

wherein the movable member moves, while changing a posture with respect to the opening and closing member so that a facing
direction of the operating unit is maintained in a predetermined direction, when moving in conjunction with movement of the
opening and closing member.

US Pat. No. 9,693,087

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
an input interface that obtains a projection image to be projected by a projector;
at least one processor; and
a memory storing a program, which when executed, causes the at least one processor to
control storing in the memory the obtained projection image; and
to function as:
a generating unit that generates distribution data for distributing the stored projection image to an external apparatus;
a detecting unit that detects a change of the contents of the obtained projection image;
a distributing unit that, when a change from a first projection image to a second projection image has been detected by the
detecting unit, makes second distribution data based on the second projection image available to an external apparatus;

a determining unit that determines whether the second distribution data has already been made available to the external apparatus,
when a change from the first projection image to the second projection image is detected by the detecting unit; and

a control unit that, when the determining unit determines that the second distribution data has already been made available
by the distributing unit, controls not to make available data based on the second projection image as new distribution data
to the external apparatus;

wherein the at least one processor further functions as a setting unit that sets whether or not to make available the second
distribution data by the distributing unit; and

wherein, in a case where the setting unit sets not to make available the second distribution data, the control unit controls
not to store the second projection image even when a change from the first projection image to the second projection image
has been detected by the detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,656,474

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRINTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
an ejection port array that ejects droplets to a printing medium while moving relative to the printing medium; and
at least one gas blowing port disposed with reference to the ejection port array that blows gas as the ejection port array
ejects droplets to the printing medium,

wherein the gas blowing port blows gas, where the gas is blown at a speed equal to or lower than a maximum speed at which
no vortex due to the gas is generated when only the gas is blown from the gas blowing port, to an upstream side of an airflow
of a vortex generated in an area between an ejection port surface of the ejection port array and the printing medium while
the liquid ejection head is moving relative to the printing medium, the gas blowing port being disposed at a position within
a distance between the ejection port surface and the printing medium from the ejection port array.

US Pat. No. 9,661,095

CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, CONTENT MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, CONTENT MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A content management system comprising a server apparatus and a plurality of client apparatuses that are communicating
with each other via a network, the plurality of client apparatuses including a first client apparatus and a second client
apparatus,
the first client apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the first client apparatus to:
store a plurality of content pieces;
selectively edit the content pieces before uploading the content pieces;
store the content pieces in association with editing information indicating that a content piece has been edited before uploading
the content piece to the server apparatus, or store the content piece in association with editing information indicating that
the content piece has not been edited before uploading the content piece to the server apparatus; and

upload, to the server apparatus, either the content pieces which have been edited before uploading or the content pieces which
have not been edited before uploading and the editing information corresponding to the content pieces to be uploaded,

the server apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the server apparatus to:
receive the content pieces and the editing information from the first client apparatus;
store the received content pieces and the editing information in a storage device;
receive a first request for the content pieces from the second client apparatus which differs from the first client apparatus;
determine, based on the editing information, whether each of the content pieces corresponding to the first request have been
edited before being uploaded to the server apparatus;

generate display data for displaying each of the content pieces with a mark indicating whether the content piece has been
edited before being uploaded to the server apparatus;

transmit the display data to the second client apparatus;
receive, from the second client apparatus, a second request for a first content piece which is one of the content pieces displayed
based on the display data;

issue, to the first client apparatus, after receiving the second request, a third request for a second content piece which
corresponds to the first content piece and has not been edited if the first content piece has been edited before being uploaded
to the server apparatus; and

receive, from the first client apparatus, the second content piece; and
store the second content piece in place of the first content piece in the storage device.

US Pat. No. 9,658,554

METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING RESIN PARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing a toner comprising
a toner particle having a core-shell structure that has a core containing a resin and has a shell phase on a surface of the
core,

the shell phase being derived from a resin fine particle containing a resin A, and the resin A being a resin containing a
segment derived from a crystalline polymer D,

the method comprising the steps of:
(i) preparing a dispersion in a container, the dispersion being a dispersion of a resin solution droplet dispersed in a dispersion
medium, and the resin solution droplet containing the resin, the resin fine particle, and an organic solvent; and

(ii) extracting the organic solvent contained in the resin solution droplet into the dispersion medium and removing the organic
solvent from the dispersion medium,
wherein:
an amount of matter soluble in the organic solvent at a temperature of 35° C. is not more than 30.0 mass % of the resin A,
and an amount of matter soluble in the organic solvent at a temperature of 35° C. is at least 90.0 mass % of the crystalline
polymer D,

a gauge pressure P1 within the container during the preparation of the dispersion in the step (i) is not more than 8.0 MPa,

the dispersion is maintained in the step (i) at a temperature higher than a temperature Ta (° C.), and
the method further comprises the following step (iii) between the step (i) and the step (ii):
(iii) cooling the dispersion to a temperature lower than the temperature Ta (° C.),(where the temperature Ta (° C.) is a temperature at which—when a crystalline polymer solution prepared by dissolving the
crystalline polymer D in the organic solvent is dispersed in the dispersion medium in a container, the container is pressurized
to the gauge pressure P1, and the crystalline polymer solution is cooled under the gauge pressure P1—the heat generation accompanying crystal precipitation of the crystalline polymer D contained in the crystalline polymer
solution is first observed; in addition, the mixing mass ratio between the crystalline polymer D and the organic solvent is
the same as the mixing mass ratio in the step (i) between the crystalline polymer D contained in the resin fine particle and
the organic solvent).

US Pat. No. 9,658,584

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus for fixing a toner image on a recording material while conveying and heating, at a nip portion, the
recoding material on which the toner image has been formed, the fixing apparatus comprising:
a rotary member that includes a conductive layer;
a helical coil provided inside the rotary member, a helical axis of the helical coil extending in a generatrix direction of
the rotary member;

a magnetic core provided inside the helical coil, the core having a shape that does not form a loop outside the conductive
layer; and

a back-up member that forms a nip portion together with the rotary member,
wherein the conductive layer generates heat with an electric current flowing in the conductive layer, the electric current
being induced by an alternating magnetic field generated by an electric current flowing in the helical coil, and

wherein in the generatrix direction, when a winding pitch of the helical coil in a middle area, winding pitches in end-portion
areas, and winding pitches in intermediate areas that are areas between the middle area and the end-portion areas are X, Y,
and Z, respectively, then Y

US Pat. No. 9,690,113

OPTICAL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:
a base member where a first aperture is formed;
a moving member that is arranged on the base member and that includes a second aperture;
a holder that is arranged inside the second aperture and that holds an optical element for image blur correction,
wherein the holder is movable between (1) a shooting state where the optical element is positioned on an optical axis of an
image pickup optical system and (2) an evacuating state where the optical element evacuates from the optical axis,

wherein the moving member is movable along with the holder relative to the base member in a plane perpendicular to the optical
axis,

wherein the base member includes a first restricting portion restricting a first end of the moving member and a second restricting
portion restricting a second end of the moving member when the holder moves in the plane perpendicular to the optical axis
so as to correct an image blur,

wherein the first restricting portion is formed on an outer peripheral part side of the base member, and the second restricting
portion is formed on an inner peripheral part side of the base member, which is a first aperture side,

wherein an upper end restricting portion is formed on an outer peripheral part side of the moving member, and a lower end
restricting portion is formed on an inner peripheral part side of the moving member, which is a second aperture side,

wherein the first restricting portion abuts against the upper end restricting portion to restrict the first end, and
wherein the second restricting portion abuts against the lower end restricting portion to restrict the second end.

US Pat. No. 9,658,593

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drum unit usable in a process cartridge, the drum unit comprising:
a photosensitive drum having an axis L1; and

a coupling member having an axis L2 and including (i) a first end portion connected to the photosensitive drum, (ii) a second end portion having an outermost
surface, (iii) an axle portion connecting the first end portion and the second end portion to each other, and (iv) at least
one projection extending from the second end portion,

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,692,936

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR CLIPPING, FROM A SECOND IMAGE, AN AREA AT A POSITION CORRESPONDING TO DESIGNATED POSITION IN A FIRST IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to read a plurality of documents which is in a common format;
a display control unit configured to display on a screen a first image acquired by reading of a first document which is among
the plurality of documents;

a receiving unit configured to receive designation of a position in the first image, the position being a starting point for
designating a first area in the first image;

a specifying unit configured to specify, in a second image acquired by reading of a second document which is different from
the first document and is among the plurality of documents, a position corresponding to the position designated in the first
image; and

a clipping unit configured to clip the second area from the second image based on the specified position,
wherein the display control unit displays on the screen the first image and displays, on the displayed first image, the first
area and the second area clipped by the clipping unit next to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,661,454

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS THAT COMMUNICATES WITH INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a storage device; and
a processor configured to execute computer executable instructions recorded on the storage device, the computer executable
instructions including instructions, that when executed by the processor, cause the communication apparatus to:

display a first menu corresponding to a first control mode in which an original search for a predetermined device from among
other devices participating in the same network is performed and, in a case where after starting the original search for the
predetermined device, a first time period elapses without the predetermined device being found, the original search for the
predetermined device is stopped, and display a second menu corresponding to a second control mode in which the original search
for a predetermined device from among other devices participating in the same network is performed, in a case where after
starting the original search for the predetermined device, a second time period elapses without the predetermined device being
found, the original search for the predetermined device is stopped, and a process for transmitting the content data to a device
outside the network is performed;

receive an instruction for executing one mode of a plurality of modes including the first control mode and the second control
mode corresponding to one menu of the first menu and the second menu selected by a user's operation; and

operate according to the selected one mode of the plurality of modes including the first control mode and the second control
mode,

wherein the second time period is shorter than the first time period.

US Pat. No. 9,692,980

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a first operation unit configured to accept an operation for changing a zoom magnification by a user; and
a control unit configured to control the zoom magnification in response to the operation with the first operation unit,
wherein in response to a first operation with the first operation unit in a imaging preparation state, the control unit is
configured to store a current zoom magnification as a first magnification, and change the zoom magnification from the current
zoom magnification to the second magnification set relatively to the current zoom magnification by a predetermined zoom-out
magnification ratio in a wide-angle direction, and

wherein in response to a second operation, different from the first operation, with the first operation unit, the control
unit is configured to change the zoom magnification from the second magnification to the first magnification.

US Pat. No. 9,661,247

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, METHOD OF DRIVING SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:
a pixel including:
a photoelectric conversion element;
a floating diffusion layer;
a transfer transistor configured to transfer charges generated in the photoelectric conversion element to the floating diffusion
layer;

a reset transistor configured to reset a potential of the floating diffusion layer; and
an amplifier transistor configured to output a signal based on the potential of the floating diffusion layer; and
a control unit configured to:
supply a first voltage to a gate of the reset transistor when charges are accumulated in the photoelectric conversion element,
the first voltage being a voltage between a second voltage and a third voltage;

subsequently supply the second voltage to the gate of the reset transistor when the reset transistor is turned on in order
to reset the potential of the floating diffusion layer; and

subsequently supply the third voltage to the gate of the reset transistor when the amplifier transistor outputs the signal
based on the potential of the floating diffusion layer.

US Pat. No. 9,686,442

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that permits a user to use thereof through authentication, comprising:
an image capturing unit;
an extracting unit configured to extract feature information of each person recognized based on images captured by the image
capturing unit;

a temporary storing unit configured to temporarily store feature information of one or more persons authenticated by an external
apparatus, the external apparatus storing feature information of one or more persons to be authenticated;

a verification unit configured to verify whether each person has been authenticated based on feature information stored in
the temporary storing unit and feature information of each person extracted by the extracting unit; and

an authentication unit configured to transmit feature information of a person who cannot be verified as authenticated to the
external apparatus and request authentication of the person;

wherein feature information of an authenticated person authenticated by an external apparatus is deleted from the temporary
storing unit after the authenticated person left from an area, the extracting unit being able to extract feature information
of each person in the area.

US Pat. No. 9,652,188

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM FOR EXECUTING AN OPERATION BASED ON A STORAGE MODE OF THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus communicable with an information processing apparatus over a network, the image forming apparatus
comprising:
a setting unit which is implemented by at least one processor and sets a forcible reservation mode in which print data received
from the information processing apparatus is reserved forcibly at the image forming apparatus;

a network interface which receives print data, to which either a print command or a save command is added, from the information
processing apparatus over the network;

a storage, having at least a first storage area and a second storage area, capable of storing the print data in the first
storage area or the second storage area;

an operation unit interface which receives from a user a print start instruction to start printing the print data stored in
the first storage area or the second storage area;

a printer which prints an image based on the print data the printing of which is instructed; and
a control unit which is implemented by at least one processor and performs control for storing the print data into the first
storage area in a case where the forcible reservation mode is set by the setting unit and where the command added to the print
data is the print command or for storing the print data into the second storage area in a case where the forcible reservation
mode is set by the setting unit and where the command added to the print data is the save command.

US Pat. No. 9,651,899

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH BELT STEERING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of photoconductive drums;
a plurality of toner-image forming units configured to form a toner image onto each of the plurality of photoconductive drums;
a belt configured to carry the toner images, wherein each toner image is electrostatically transferred from a photoconductive
drum at one of a plurality of first transfer portions;

a plurality of first transfer rollers configured to transfer the toner images on the photoconductive drums toward the belt,
wherein the plurality of first transfer rollers are configured to form the plurality of first transfer portions;

a driving roller configured to stretch the belt and to apply driving force to the belt;
a second transfer roller disposed at a position opposed to the driving roller with the belt being disposed therebetween and
configured to form a second transfer portion at which the toner images formed on the belt are transferred onto a recording
medium;

a steering roller disposed downstream of the driving roller and upstream of the plurality of first transfer portions in a
moving direction of the belt and configured to stretch the belt and to be tilted to move a position of the belt in a widthwise
direction intersecting the moving direction of the belt, wherein the steering roller includes a rotating portion and a non-rotating
portion, wherein the rotating portion rotates along with the movement of the belt in a center portion in the widthwise direction,
and wherein the non-rotating portion frictionally slides on an inner surface of the belt with the movement of the belt at
each of both ends of the rotating portion;

a contact and separation mechanism configured to bring the belt and the plurality of photoconductive drums into and out of
contact with each other; and

a driven roller disposed downstream of the plurality of first transfer portions and upstream of the driving roller in the
moving direction of the belt, wherein the driven roller includes a rubber material at least on a surface of the driven roller,
and is configured to stretch the belt and to be rotated with movement of the belt,

wherein a static friction coefficient of the surface of the driving roller with respect to the belt is not less than 1.0 and
not more than 1.5, and

wherein a static friction coefficient of the surface of the driven roller with respect to the belt is not less than 1.0 and
not more than 1.5.

US Pat. No. 9,652,855

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT IDENTIFIES IMAGE AREA, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium in which an image processing program for making a computer execute an
image processing method, comprising:
acquiring a boundary between a target area and a non-target area from an image and distances between respective pixels in
the image and a reference position;

determining a width of an undefined area at each boundary point of a plurality of boundary points in the acquired boundary
based on distribution of status values of distances for peripheral pixels of the boundary point;

setting the undefined area for which the width is determined at each boundary point of the plurality of boundary points, on
the periphery of the boundary; and

defining an area excluding the undefined area from the target area as the foreground area, defining an area excluding the
undefined area from the non-target area as the background area, and generating area information that specifies the foreground
area, the background area, and the undefined area.

US Pat. No. 9,686,530

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a data acquisition unit configured to acquire light field data containing a plurality of parallax images;
a setting unit configured to set a virtual focal plane of the light field data acquired by the data acquisition unit;
a reconstruction unit configured to generate, based on the light field data acquired by the data acquisition unit, light field
data in which a focal plane is moved to the virtual focal plane;

a determination unit configured to determine a data reduction amount of the light field data generated by the reconstruction
unit in accordance with a refocusable range of the light field data generated by the reconstruction unit; and

a reduction unit configured to reduce an amount of data of the light field data generated by the reconstruction unit in accordance
with the data reduction amount.

US Pat. No. 9,649,865

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a first wireless communication unit and a second wireless communication unit
which is capable of performing higher speed communication than the first wireless communication unit, the information processing
apparatus comprising:
an establishing unit configured to, by using the second wireless communication unit, establish a second wireless communication
with an image forming apparatus in accordance with a first wireless communication established with the image forming apparatus
by the first wireless unit;

a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display a selection screen for selecting an attribute of print;
and

a determination unit configured to determine a sheet attribute based on a selected attribute of print selected from the displayed
selection screen,

wherein sheet information for a feed tray of the image forming apparatus is set in the image forming apparatus,
wherein, if the sheet attribute determined by the determination unit corresponds to the sheet information set in the image
forming apparatus, printing is performed based on print data transmitted via the established second wireless communication,
and

wherein, if the sheet attribute determined by the determination unit does not correspond to the sheet information set in the
image forming apparatus, the sheet information set in the image forming apparatus and an option corresponding to a print cancel
are displayed in a display area and a processing based on an instruction input via the display area is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,648,238

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE THAT SYNTHESIZES A PLURALITY OF IMAGES, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing device that synthesizes a plurality of images obtained by photographing an object that moves at a predetermined
speed to thereby obtain a synthesized image, comprising:
a detection unit configured to divide each of the plurality of images into a plurality of blocks, and detect a motion vector
from each of the blocks;

a selection unit configured to estimate an object maximum movement amount indicative of a maximum amount of a movement amount
of the object between the plurality of images based on a focal length and an exposure interval which are applied when each
of the plurality of images is obtained, and to select motion vectors having a scalar amount smaller than the object maximum
movement amount; and

a synthesis unit configured to perform synthesis processing by aligning the plurality of images based on motion vectors selected
by said selection unit to thereby obtain the synthesized image.

US Pat. No. 9,648,244

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 that does not move for zooming;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power that moves during zooming;
a third lens unit having a negative refractive power that moves along a locus convex toward the object side during zooming
from a wide angle end to a telephoto end;

a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power that moves during zooming;
an aperture stop; and
a fifth lens unit having a positive refractive power that does not move for zooming,
wherein the fourth lens unit has a lens surface having an aspherical shape with which the positive refractive power is weakened.

US Pat. No. 9,647,018

IMAGING DEVICE INCLUDING AN INTERMEDIATE ELECTRODE BETWEEN FIRST AND SECOND PIXEL ELECTRODES AND IN CONTACT WITH A PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION FILM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
a first pixel electrode;
a second pixel electrode adjacent to the first pixel electrode; and
a photoelectric conversion film continuously covering the first pixel electrode and the second pixel electrode, wherein
an insulating film is provided between the first pixel electrode and the photoelectric conversion film, and between the second
pixel electrode and the photoelectric conversion film, and

an intermediate electrode is provided in a position between the first pixel electrode and the second pixel electrode, the
intermediate electrode being in contact with a surface of the photoelectric conversion film, the surface being on a side where
the first pixel electrode and the second pixel electrode are arranged.

US Pat. No. 9,645,543

CLEANING DEVICE WITH SEALING OF SUPPORTING PLATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cleaning device for cleaning an image bearing member for bearing an image, comprising:
a cleaning member including a cleaning blade for removing a developer on the image bearing member and a supporting plate for
supporting said cleaning blade;

a frame for supporting said cleaning blade and for collecting the developer scraped off by said cleaning blade;
first and second fixing portions, provided on said frame, for fixing said supporting plate in one end side and the other end
side with respect to a longitudinal direction of said cleaning blade;

a recessed portion provided on said frame at a position between said first and second fixing portions with respect to the
longitudinal direction and recessed more than said first and second fixing portions in a direction away from said supporting
plate;

a sealing material, applied onto said recessed portion within a range of said first and second fixing portions with respect
to a widthwise direction of said first and second fixing portions perpendicular to the longitudinal direction, for sealing
between said supporting plate fixed on said first and second fixing portions and said recessed portion; and

an object sealing portion, provided on said collecting container at a portion opposing each end portion of the image bearing
member with respect to the longitudinal direction, for sealing between the image bearing member and said collecting container,

wherein said sealing material is applied and extended at least to a position of contact with said object sealing portion,
and

wherein with respect to the widthwise direction of said first and second fixing portions perpendicular to the longitudinal
direction, said sealing material is disposed more at a side where said first and second fixing portions are provided than
at a side where the object sealing portion is provided, and includes a contact portion contacting said object sealing portion.

US Pat. No. 9,646,647

CONTENT MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, RECORDING APPARATUS, OPERATION APPARATUS, CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHODS THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A content management apparatus including a recording unit configured to record a content, and an operation unit configured
to accept a user operation required to append additional information to the content, the apparatus comprising:
a processing unit configured to execute a first process for recording additional information in association with latest content
data recorded in a recording medium in the recording unit in response to a predetermined user operation; and

a control unit configured to disable a user operation required to issue an execution instruction of the first process in case
where an operation mode of the recording unit transits from another operation mode other than a recording mode required to
record a content to the recording mode, wherein the control unit enables the user operation required to issue an execution
instruction of the first process in case where a new content has been recorded on the recording medium in the recording unit
after the operation mode of the recording unit was switched to the recording mode.

US Pat. No. 9,648,739

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT MOUNTING STRUCTURE AND PRINTED WIRING BOARD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic component mounting structure comprising:
a first land formed on a printed wiring board;
a second land formed on the printed wiring board;
an electronic component including a pair of electrodes formed on both sides of a body, a first electrode as one of the pair
of electrodes being connected to the first land, and a second electrode as the other one of the pair of electrodes being connected
to the second land;

a first wiring pattern connected to the first land; and
a second wiring pattern connected to the second land and including a first partial pattern overlapping a portion of the body
of the electronic component in planar view, the portion being not covered with the pair of electrodes, a second partial pattern
formed integral with the first partial pattern and overlapping the first electrode of the electronic component in planar view,
and a third partial pattern formed integral with the second partial pattern and parallel to the first wiring pattern,

wherein the first land, the second land, the first wiring pattern and the second wiring pattern are formed in an uppermost
conductor layer of the printed wiring board.

US Pat. No. 9,668,707

MOBILE RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MOBILE RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mobile radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
an irradiation unit configured to emit radiation;
a main body of the mobile radiation imaging apparatus;
a moving unit configured to move the main body of the mobile radiation imaging apparatus with the irradiation unit; and
an imaging unit configured to take an image of an object irradiated with radiation and capable of transmitting the image to
the main body via wireless communication or wired communication,

wherein the main body comprises:
a wireless communication unit configured to communicate with the imaging unit via the wireless communication;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information by receiving a signal that is transmitted from a first external transmitting
unit and indicates a boundary between a wireless prohibited area and a switching area located between the wireless prohibited
area and a wireless communication area, and a signal that is transmitted from a second external transmitting unit that is
different from the first transmitting unit and indicates a boundary between the wireless communication area and the switching
area; and

an instructing unit configured to instruct an operator to switch between wired communication and wireless communication in
a case in which the obtaining unit obtains information indicating that the mobile radiation imaging apparatus is at the switching
area.

US Pat. No. 9,636,906

PRINTING APPARATUS AND DRIVING METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit including at least two nozzle arrays arranged in a first direction, each nozzle array including a plurality
of nozzles arranged along a second direction intersecting the first direction; and

a plurality of printing elements provided so as to correspond to the plurality of nozzles of each nozzle array;
a driving unit configured to drive the plurality of printing elements such that ink dots are discharged from the plurality
of nozzles of each nozzle array;

a conveying unit configured to convey, in the first direction, a sheet to be printed;
a control unit configured to cause the printing unit to print an image corresponding to print data on the sheet conveyed by
the conveying unit, and to print, on the sheet, an adjusting pattern for acquiring a print position shift amount between the
at least two nozzle arrays in the first direction at a predetermined interval;

a reading unit configured to read a printing result by the printing unit on the downstream side of a conveying direction of
the sheet with respect to the printing unit;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire the print position shift amount based on a result of reading, by the reading unit,
the adjusting pattern printed on the sheet while the conveying unit conveys the sheet; and

a print data generation unit configured to generate the print data,
wherein the print data generation unit performs
a first operation of expanding print data onto a memory in correspondence with the first direction and the second direction,
a second operation of, for each nozzle array, for every column data corresponding to the second direction in the expanded
print data, determining some of the plurality of nozzles as non-discharge nozzles such that positions of the non-discharge
nozzles in the second direction do not overlap each other between the at least two nozzle arrays in the first direction, and
determining the remaining nozzles of the plurality of nozzles as discharge nozzles,

wherein the printing elements corresponding to the discharge nozzles, of the non-discharge nozzles and the discharge nozzles,
are activated for printing the image based on the expanded print data,

a third operation of determining print data to be assigned to each nozzle array so that printing of dots corresponding to
each column data is completed by printing dots discharged from the determined discharge nozzles of each nozzle array,

a fourth operation of inserting null data as column data corresponding to the print position shift amount acquired by the
acquisition unit to the determined print data, and

a fifth operation of distributing the print data to the respective nozzle arrays so as to newly determine discharge nozzles
and non-discharge nozzles in response to insertion of the column data of the null data, and print, by the newly determined
discharge nozzles, dots corresponding to the print data to which the column data has been inserted.

US Pat. No. 9,672,300

PATTERN GENERATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for generating a pattern of a cell in a cell library used for a mask manufacturing method for manufacturing the
mask, the method comprising:
obtaining initial patterns of a plurality of cells as a cell pattern;
setting, as set parameter values, a cell pattern parameter value of the cell pattern and an exposure condition parameter value
when the cell pattern is illuminated to project image of the pattern of the cell onto a substrate to expose the substrate;

calculating, via a computer, images of the plurality of cells having the set cell pattern parameter value on an image plane
of a projection optical system under a exposure condition having the set exposure condition parameter value when the plurality
of cells are arranged on an object plane of the projection optical system so that the plurality of cells are separated from
each other with a distance in which an optical proximity effect is not exerted on each other;

obtaining an evaluation value of the calculated images;
changing the set cell pattern parameter value and the set exposure condition parameter value;
repeating calculating the image and obtaining the evaluation value using the changed parameter values and changing the set
parameter values;

determining, as the patterns of the plurality of cells configured to be used in generating the pattern of the mask, a cell
pattern having a cell pattern parameter value when the evaluation value obtained by the repeating satisfies a predetermined
evaluation standard; and

storing the determined patterns of the plurality of cells in the cell library,
wherein the mask manufacturing method comprises:
obtaining the determined pattern of the cell from the cell library,
generating a mask pattern using the obtained patterns of the plurality of cells, and
manufacturing the mask including the generated mask pattern using data of the generated mask pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,641,838

MOVING IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, METHOD AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A moving image coding apparatus for motion-prediction coding a moving image including a plurality of color components on
a color component basis, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the moving image coding apparatus to:
obtains obtain the plurality of color components configuring the moving image;
generate at least one motion prediction information for prediction-coding a coding-target image of the obtained color components,
for each color component;

determine a correlation relationship of at least one motion prediction information of each color component;
determine a color component which is to be a correction target, on the basis of a result of the determination of the correlation
relationship;

correct at least one motion prediction information of the determined color component using the motion prediction information
corresponding to at least one color component among the other color components;

prediction-code the coding-target image of each color component using corrected coding parameters;
if at least one motion prediction information of the color component to be the correction target is corrected, calculate an
inter-picture difference value between a reference image according to at least one motion prediction information of a color
component as the correction target and the coding target image, and an inter-picture difference value between the reference
image in a case of using motion prediction information corresponding to the other color component instead of at least one
motion prediction information of the color component of the correction target and the coding target image;

if a difference of the calculated inter-picture difference values is equal to or less than a predetermined value, output the
corrected motion prediction information of the color component of the correction target and the motion prediction information
of the other color component as the coding parameters; and

if the difference is more than the predetermined value, output uncorrected motion prediction information of the color component
of the correction target and the motion prediction information of the other color component as the coding parameters.

US Pat. No. 9,639,000

POSITION DETECTOR, POSITION DETECTION METHOD, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detector which detects a position of a mark on an object to be detected, the detector comprising:
an image pickup unit configured to pick up an image of the object to be detected;
an optical system configured to form an image of the object to be detected on an image pickup surface of said image pickup
unit; and

a noise processing unit configured to obtain noise information of an electrical signal in an image of a region other than
the mark using said optical system and said image pickup unit and configured to decrease, using the obtained noise information,
noise of the image of the mark obtained using said optical system and said image pickup unit,

wherein said noise processing unit updates the noise information used for decreasing the noise of the image of the mark after
adjustment of said optical system by moving an optical member included in said optical system, and

wherein the noise processing unit decreases the noise of the image of the mark using the updated noise information.

US Pat. No. 9,640,570

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a solid-state image sensor, including
a charge accumulation region of a first conductivity type formed on a semiconductor substrate,
a first charge holding region of the first conductivity type formed on the semiconductor substrate,
a first transistor configured to transfer charges from the charge accumulation region to the first charge holding region,
a second charge holding region of the first conductivity type formed on the semiconductor substrate, and
a second transistor configured to transfer the charges from the first charge holding region to the second charge holding region,
the method comprising:
forming, on the semiconductor substrate, a first resist pattern having a first opening on the charge accumulation region;
injecting a first impurity of a second conductivity type via the first opening so as to make the charge accumulation region
be a buried type;

forming, on the semiconductor substrate, a second resist pattern having a second opening on the first charge holding region;
and

injecting a second impurity of the second conductivity type via the second opening so as to make the first charge holding
region be the buried type,

wherein, in the injecting the first impurity, the first impurity is injected in a first direction inclined toward a normal
to an upper surface of the semiconductor substrate and headed from a side of the first charge holding region to a side of
the charge accumulation region, and,

in the injecting the second impurity, the second impurity is injected in a second direction inclined toward the normal and
headed from a side of the second charge holding region to the side of the first charge holding region.

US Pat. No. 9,673,141

MOUNTING MEMBER, ELECTRONIC COMPONENT, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MODULE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mounting member comprising:
a substrate having an upper surface and a lower surface opposite to the upper surface, an electronic device being provided
on the upper surface;

a plurality of internal connecting portions provided on the upper surface, each configured to be electrically connected to
the electronic device; and

a plurality of external connecting portions provided on the lower surface, each configured to be soldered, wherein
the plurality of external connecting portions include a first connecting portion electrically connected to at least one of
the plurality of internal connecting portions, and a second connecting portion, and

a first surface of the first connecting portion and a second surface of the second connecting portion include gold layers,
and a thickness of the gold layer of the second surface is less than a thickness of the gold layer of the first surface.

US Pat. No. 9,669,628

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD SUBSTRATE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND METHOD OF PROCESSING SILICON SUBSTRATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head substrate having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface, comprising:
a plurality of ejection energy-generating elements placed on the first surface,
a plurality of supply paths for supplying liquid to the ejection energy-generating elements, each supply path extending between
the first and second surfaces,

wherein a wall of the supply path has a cross-sectional shape which is perpendicular to the first surface, in which four or
more regions distinguished from each other due to different inclinations to the first surface are connected to each other
between the first and second surfaces, and in which a width of the supply path is maintained or expands from the first surface
toward the second surface;

the regions include a first region connected to an opening of the first surface allowing the supply path to pass through,
a second region connected to the first region, a third region connected to the second region, and a fourth region connected
to the third region;

the second region is a portion of the wall perpendicular to the first surface;
the width of the supply path at the second region is greater than a width of the opening at the first surface;
the width of the supply path at a position where the third and fourth regions are connected to each other is greater than
the width of the supply path at the second region; and

a width of an opening of the second surface allowing the supply path to pass through is greater than the width of the supply
path at the position where the third and fourth regions are connected to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,641,739

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD WITH IMPROVED FOCUS ADJUSTMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:
an image sensor configured to perform photoelectric conversion on a subject image formed by an image optical system including
a focus adjustment unit;

a scan AF operation circuit configured to:
set a first imaging area and a second imaging area;
extract a component of a first frequency band from an image signal output from the first imaging area;
extract a component of a second frequency band from the second imaging area, the second frequency band being higher than the
first frequency band; and

calculate a first focus evaluation value based on the component of the first frequency band and calculate a second focus evaluation
value based on the component of the second frequency band;

a memory; and
a CPU configured to execute computer executable instruction recorded in the storage device, the computer executable instructions,
when executed, cause the imaging apparatus to:

perform control based on the second focus evaluation value of a first focus adjustment process which moves the image optical
system to adjust a focus position and perform control based on a third focus evaluation value corresponding to a difference
between the first focus evaluation value and the second focus evaluation value of a second focus adjustment process which
moves the image optical system to adjust the focus position.

US Pat. No. 9,639,942

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store a first model feature representing a three-dimensional shape model of a target object and
a second model feature representing a three-dimensional shape model of the target object;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image feature from a two-dimensional image of the target object and range information
of a surface of the target object, wherein the two- dimensional image represents a shape of the target object and is captured
by an image capturing unit;

an association unit configured to associate, based on an approximate position and orientation of the target object, the acquired
image feature with the first model feature and to associate a three-dimensional point indicated by the range information with
the second model feature;

a first distance acquisition unit configured to acquire a first three-dimensional distance between a plane and a three-dimensional
position corresponding to the associated first model feature, wherein the plane is obtained based on a viewpoint position
of the image capturing unit, a two-dimensional position of the associated image feature on the two- dimensional image, and
a direction of the associated image feature;

a second distance acquisition unit configured to acquire a second three-dimensional distance between a three-dimensional position
of the associated three-dimensional point and a three-dimensional position of the associated second model feature set at the
approximate position and orientation in the three-dimensional space; and

a position and orientation derivation unit configured to derive a position and orientation of the target object based on the
acquired first three-dimensional distance and the acquired second three-dimensional distance,

wherein the acquisition unit, association unit, first distance acquisition unit, second distance acquisition unit, and position
and orientation derivation unit are implemented by at least one processor in the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,671,729

HEATER, IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE HEATER AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE HEATER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A heater connectable with an electric power supply portion having a first terminal and a plurality of second terminals,
said heater comprising:
an elongate substrate;
a first set of electrical contacts provided on said substrate and electrically connectable with the first terminal;
a plurality of second sets of electrical contacts provided on said substrate and electrically connectable with the plurality
of second terminals;

a plurality of electrodes including a plurality of first electrodes electrically connected with the first set of electrical
contacts, and a plurality of second electrodes electrically connected with either one of said second sets of electrical contacts,
wherein said first electrodes and said second electrodes are arranged alternately with predetermined gaps in a longitudinal
direction of said substrate; and

a heat generating layer provided on said plurality of electrodes and configured to generate heat in an area between adjacent
first and second electrodes by electric power supplied between said adjacent first and second electrodes,

wherein a distance in a widthwise direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction between terminal ends of said adjacent
first and second electrodes is greater than the width of said heat generating layer in the widthwise direction perpendicular
to the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 9,665,201

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR RECOGNIZING A MULTI-TOUCH OPERATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a display configured to display an image;
a memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor that, upon execution of the instructions, is configured to:
acquire, in order, a first position of a first moving object touching the display, a first position of a second moving object
touching the display, a second position of the first moving object touching the display and a second position of the second
moving object touching the display;

acquire a distance between the acquired positions, in order, as (a) a first distance between the first position of the first
moving object and the first position of the second moving object, (b) a second distance between the second position of the
first moving object and the first position of the second moving object, and (c) a third distance between the second position
of the first moving object and the second position of the second moving object;

determine whether the second distance is longer than the first distance, and whether the third distance is longer than the
second distance; and

enlarge the displayed image in response to determining, in succession, that the second distance is longer than the first distance
and the third distance is longer than the second distance,

wherein the displayed image is not enlarged until it is determined that the third distance is longer than the second distance
after it has been determined that the second distance is longer than the first distance.

US Pat. No. 9,664,987

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a light source;
a light valve;
at least one light guide optical system of a first light guide optical system configured to guide a light beam from the light
source to the light valve or a second light guide optical system configured to guide a light beam from the light valve to
a projection surface;

a pump configured to circulate a coolant inside a tube;
a radiator configured to radiate heat from at least one of the light source, the light valve, the first light guide optical
system, or the second light guide optical system through the coolant;

a first cooling unit configured to cool at least one of the light source, the light valve, the first light guide optical system,
or the second light guide optical system;

an inlet port;
a second cooling unit including an air blowing fan and configured to cool at least one of the light source, the light valve,
the first light guide optical system, or the second light guide optical system using air taken in through the inlet port;
and

a filter disposed in an air path from the inlet port to a member to be blown by the air blowing fan,
wherein the radiator is disposed between the inlet port and the filter.

US Pat. No. 9,667,830

PRINT SYSTEM, PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR MAKING A BOOKBINDING PRODUCT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:
a reversing unit configured to reverse a front and back of a printed sheet and then discharge the sheet;
a determination unit configured to determine, upon receiving print data for bookbinding that includes image data of a front
cover and a body, whether or not a sheet on which image data of the front cover is to be printed is a particular sheet; and

a control unit configured to, when the determination unit determines that the sheet on which the image data of the front cover
is to be printed is the particular sheet, control to execute by switching between:

(i) a first control that prints on sheets image data of the body in an order from an end of the body toward a head of the
body, discharges the printed sheets without reversing by the reversing unit, finally prints the image data of the front cover
on the particular sheet, and discharges the particular sheet without reversing by the reversing unit, and

(ii) a second control that firstly prints a mirror image of the image data of the front cover on the particular sheet, discharges
the particular sheet without reversing by the reversing unit, next prints on sheets the image data of the body in an order
from the head of the body toward the end of the body, reverses sheets on which the body has been printed by the reversing
unit and discharges the reversed printed sheets.

US Pat. No. 9,667,841

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a program; and
a processor configured to execute the program stored in the memory, wherein the processor:
(A) reduces, by a factor of 2 to 1, each of (a) a reference image, having a plurality of pixels with each pixel having a pixel
signal value, to a reduced reference image and (b) a comparative image, having a plurality of pixels with each pixel having
a pixel signal value, to a reduced comparative image, the reducing being performed by setting a pixel signal value for each
pixel in (i) the reduced reference image and (ii) the reduced comparative image using the pixel signal values for a group
of four pixels in each of the reference image and in the comparative image, respectively,

(B) extracts, from the reduced reference image, a first feature point corresponding to an edge in the reduced reference image,
(C) specifies (a) a first point in the reduced comparative image that corresponds to the first feature point extracted from
the reduced reference image using a first filter with a 3×3 pixel size to produce corresponding point, (b) a second feature
point in the reference image based on a position of the first feature point in the reduced reference image, and (c) a second
corresponding point in the comparative image that corresponds to the second feature point in the reference image using a second
filter with a 5×5 pixel size, the second feature point corresponding to the first feature point, and the second corresponding
point corresponding to the first corresponding point, respectively, and

(D) calculates a motion vector between the reference image and the comparative image using a difference between the second
feature point and the second corresponding point.

US Pat. No. 9,665,029

ELECTRO-CONDUCTIVE ROLLER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electro-conductive roller for applying a charge to a member in order to provide a charged member, comprising:
a mandrel; and
an electrode layer made of a polymer fiber having an electro-conductivity, the polymer fiber being wound around a periphery
of the mandrel and covering a peripheral surface of the mandrel, said polymer fiber being aligned in a circumferential direction
of the mandrel, wherein the electrode layer has a surface resistivity in an axial direction of the electro-conductive roller
of at least ten times as high as a surface resistivity of the electrode layer in the circumferential direction of which the
polymer fiber is aligned, and

no electrical gap exists between the polymer fiber of the electrode layer such that a direct electrical discharge is prevented
between the mandrel and the charged member.

US Pat. No. 9,665,034

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit comprising a first photosensitive member and a second photosensitive member, the image forming unit
being configured to expose the first photosensitive member and the second photosensitive member to light based on image data,
and to develop electrostatic latent images formed on the first photosensitive member and the second photosensitive member
by exposure to the light with toners of different colors;

an endless transfer belt stretched around a plurality of rollers and driven to rotate, wherein a toner image on the first
photosensitive member and a toner image on the second photosensitive member are transferred onto the endless transfer belt;

a transfer unit configured to transfer the toner images on the endless transfer belt onto a recording medium entering a transfer
nip formed between the transfer unit and the endless transfer belt, wherein in a direction of rotation of the endless transfer
belt, a second transfer portion at which the toner image on the second photosensitive member is transferred onto the endless
transfer belt is arranged between a first transfer portion at which the toner image on the first photosensitive member is
transferred onto the endless transfer belt and the transfer unit;

a holding unit configured to hold recording media;
a conveyance unit configured to convey the recording medium held by the holding unit to the transfer nip;
a storage unit configured to store delay data indicating an amount of delay of an exposure start timing of the second photosensitive
member with respect to an exposure start timing of the first photosensitive member for forming electrostatic latent images
corresponding to one recording medium, wherein the delay data includes: first delay data indicating the amount of delay of
the exposure start timing of the second photosensitive member; and second delay data indicating the amount of delay of the
exposure start timing of the second photosensitive member, and the amount of delay based on the second delay data is larger
than the amount of delay based on the first delay data; and

a control unit configured to delay the exposure start timing of the second photosensitive member with respect to the exposure
start timing of the first photosensitive member on image formation corresponding to one recording medium, wherein in a state
in which an image forming job for forming the images on a plurality of the recording media is inputted, the control unit controls
the exposure start timing of the second photosensitive member based on the first delay data until a first recording medium
included in the plurality of the recording media enters the transfer nip and controls the exposure start timing of the second
photosensitive member based on the second delay data after the first recording medium enters the transfer nip.

US Pat. No. 9,664,782

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus, comprising:
a delay unit which matches phases of received signals output from a plurality of receiving elements that has received acoustic
waves emitted from an object;

a complex converter which converts the received signals output from said delay unit into complex signals;
a complex covariance matrix calculator which periodically obtains a complex covariance matrix by using a complex signal group
configured from a plurality of phase-matched complex signals;

an eliminator which uses, as input data, at least either the complex signal group or matrix elements contained in the complex
covariance matrix, and reduces a number of bits of the input data; and

an electric power calculator which calculates a power value of each target position based on the complex covariance matrix,
wherein said eliminator reduces the number of bits by performing common level conversion processing on a plurality of input
data relating to one complex covariance matrix.

US Pat. No. 9,665,048

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A TEMPERATURE SETTING PORTION TO CONTROL A TARGET TEMPERATURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a fixing portion for fixing an image, formed on a recording material, on the recording material;
an electric power consumption calculating portion for calculating electric power consumption of said fixing portion, wherein
said calculating portion calculates the electric power consumption at a control target temperature during a stand-by mode
in which said fixing portion awaits a print instruction; and

a temperature setting portion for setting, depending on the electric power consumption calculated by said calculating portion,
the control target temperature during the stand-by mode.

US Pat. No. 9,665,055

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS, SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:
a belt having notches at both side portions of the belt in a width direction orthogonal to a traveling direction and a thickness
direction thereof, each of the notches being formed along less than an entire length, in the traveling direction, of each
of the side portions;

a claw member including:
a claw configured to push an end portion of a sheet to be conveyed, and
a pinching portion configured to attach the claw member to the belt, the pinching portion including a pair of pinch units
entering the respective notches and pinching the belt; and

a driving portion configured to drive the belt.

US Pat. No. 9,665,314

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MANAGING A PRINT-SETTING USER INTERFACE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for managing a print-setting user interface, the method comprising:
receiving a request to display a print-setting user interface (UI) from an application, wherein the request includes at least
an application identification (ID) of the application;

obtaining first hardware profile data of an application-host device, wherein the application-host device has the application
installed thereon;

displaying a first print-setting UI for a first display size based on first print-setting UI data conforming to the application
ID and the first hardware profile data indicating that a display size is a first size;

determining whether one or more changes are made to the first hardware profile data:
responsive to determining that the one or more changes are made to the first hardware profile data, obtaining second hardware
profile data, which encompasses the one or more changes made to the first hardware profile data and indicates that the display
size is a second size different from the first size;

determining whether the first print-setting UI data conforms to the second hardware profile data;
responsive to determining that the first print-setting UI data conforms to the second hardware profile data, continuing to
display the first print-setting UI according to the first print-setting UI data; and

responsive to determining that the first print-setting UI data does not conform to the second hardware profile data,
obtaining second print-setting UI data, which conforms to the application ID and the second hardware profile data,
generating a second print-setting UI for a second display size according to the second print-setting UI data, and
displaying the second print-setting UI for the second display size based on the second print-setting UI data,
wherein a print setting item included in the first print-setting UI is different from a print setting item included in the
second print-setting UI.

US Pat. No. 9,665,060

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND NOISE FILTER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus, comprising:
a first capacitor including at least one capacitor whose one end is connected to a live side of an AC line of an AC voltage
supplied from an AC power supply;

a second capacitor including at least one capacitor whose one end is connected to a neutral side of the AC line;
at least one first ground pattern to which another end of the first capacitor is connected;
at least one second ground pattern to which another end of the second capacitor is connected; and
a substrate on which the first capacitor and the second capacitor are mounted, and the at least one first ground pattern and
the at least one second ground pattern are formed,

wherein the at least one first ground pattern and the at least one second ground pattern are not connected electrically on
the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,662,011

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus, comprising:
a scanning unit configured to project and scan a measuring beam on a fundus of an eye to be inspected;
an adjustment unit configured to carry out focus adjustment for a plurality of image acquiring planes different in position
from one another, each of which is perpendicular to an optical axis of the measuring beam projected on the fundus;

an image acquiring unit configured to acquire images for the plurality of image acquiring planes; and
a calculation unit configured to calculate, in correspondence to a diopter of the eye to be inspected, a focus displacement
amount when an image of a first image acquiring plane in the plurality of image acquiring planes is obtained and when an image
of a second image acquiring plane in the plurality of image acquiring planes, which is at a predetermined distance in the
direction of the optical axis from the first image acquiring plane, is obtained,

wherein the adjustment unit is configured to carry out the focus adjustment in accordance with a calculation result in the
calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,632,737

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, AND METHOD AND MEDIUM FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing method of displaying image data, comprising:
receiving first and second set values for image processing; and
assigning a first image processing based on the first set value to a first layer and a second image processing based on the
second set value to a second layer,

wherein a single image to be displayed is generated based on processing results of both the first image processing and the
second image processing,

wherein the first image processing is applied to a first combined data which is generated by combining data of the first layer
with data of an upper layer of the first layer, and

the second image processing is applied to a second combined data which is generated by combining the first combined data to
which the first image processing has been applied with data of the second layer which is lower than the first layer, whereby
the single image is displayed.

US Pat. No. 9,633,284

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD OF IDENTIFYING OBJECT IN IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for identifying an object in an input image, comprising:
a memory; and
a processor which executes a program stored in the memory to function as:
a calculation unit configured to obtain a degree of similarity between corresponding local feature amounts out of a plurality
of local feature amounts of the object in the input image and a plurality of local feature amounts of an object in an image
registered in advance;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain a difference between a capturing condition for the object in the input image and a
capturing condition for the object in the registered image;

a selection unit configured to select, from degrees of similarity obtained by the calculation unit, degrees of similarity
in a number according to the difference from a higher rank in descending order of the degree of similarity, wherein the selection
unit selects a smaller number of degrees of similarity as the difference becomes larger;

a derivation unit configured to derive one degree of similarity from the selected degrees of similarity; and
a determination unit configured to determine, based on the one degree of similarity derived by the derivation unit, whether
the object in the input image belongs to the same category as the object in the registered image.

US Pat. No. 9,633,285

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS COLOR MISREGISTRATION CORRECTION OR DENSITY CORRECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

14. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming engine that forms an image on an image carrier, using a plurality of colors;
a sensor configured to detect a detection pattern formed by the image forming engine;
a processor; and
a memory, the memory storing code implemented by the processor to cause the processor to perform the steps of:
correcting an image forming condition based on a measurement value of a correction amount related to a misregistration amount
or density obtained according to a detection result by the sensor,

estimating a variation value of the correction amount at a predetermined timing, obtaining a prediction value by accumulating
the variation value since performing the correction of the image forming condition, and correcting the image forming condition
based on the prediction value, and

obtaining an evaluation value related to a prediction error based on the variation value since performing the correction of
the image forming condition, and determining whether or not to perform the correction by comparing the evaluation value and
a first threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,635,359

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING DEBLOCKING FILTER INTENSITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A moving image encoding apparatus for performing encoding using inter prediction between frames, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the apparatus to:
generate a predicted image for prediction encoding processing;
divide an original image into blocks each having a predetermined number of pixels, and perform orthogonal transformation and
quantization on a difference between an encoding target image and the predicted image for each of the blocks;

generate an encoded stream by encoding the transformation result;
generate a locally decoded image by performing inverse quantization and inverse orthogonal transformation on the transformation
result;

calculate a PSNR (Peak Signal-to-Noise Ratio) from the original image and the locally decoded image;
calculate a first filter intensity based on the calculated PSNR;
correct the first filter intensity based on a conspicuity value of block noise, wherein the conspicuity value is determined
by comparing a boundary difference value between adjacent boundary pixels and a peripheral difference value between adjacent
pixels other than the boundary pixels of the locally decoded image and another locally decoded image adjacent to the locally
decoded image, and a second filter intensity estimated based on encoding information obtained from a result of the prediction
encoding processing and pattern information of the adjacent boundary pixels; and

perform a deblocking filter processing on the locally decoded image using the corrected filter intensity.

US Pat. No. 9,634,897

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS OPERABLE IN AUTO-NEGOTIATION MODE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus configured to communicate with an external apparatus in a case where both the communication apparatus
and the external apparatus are configured to communicate using an auto-negotiation mode and a fixed mode, comprising:
a memory device;
a processor configured to execute computer executable instructions recorded on the memory device, the computer executable
instructions including instructions, that when executed by the processor, cause the communication apparatus to:

determine whether a power saving function is active, the power saving function being a function that cannot be active unless
both the communication apparatus and the external apparatus are operating in the auto-negotiation mode; and

transmit, to the external apparatus, a changing command for changing a setting of a communication mode of the external apparatus
from the fixed mode to the auto-negotiation mode in a case where the external apparatus is operating in the fixed mode and
it is determined that the power saving function is not active.

US Pat. No. 9,629,522

SEPARABLE MEDICAL INSTRUMENT, AND OPERATED SECTION AND OPERATING SECTION THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A medical instrument comprising:
an operated section having a deformable portion; and
an operating section configured to deform the deformable portion,
wherein the operated section and the operating section are attachable to and detachable from each other,
wherein the operated section includes an operated-section-side wire configured to penetrate the deformable portion, and a
first magnet coupled to the operated-section-side wire,

wherein the operating section contains therein
a moving part that in accordance with its movement moves the operated-section-side-wire and that includes a second magnet
configured to attract the first magnet, and

wherein the operating section contains the moving part movably and sealed without being exposed to an exterior and to be coupled
to the operated section, and

wherein the moving part deforms the deformable portion by moving the operated-section-side wire by moving the first magnet
using the second magnet.

US Pat. No. 9,635,205

APPARATUS THAT PRODUCES GUIDANCE DISPLAY INTERLOCKED WITH HUMAN SENSOR, CONTROL METHOD OF THE APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus including a plurality of operation modes, the plurality of operation modes including at least a normal power
mode and a power-saving mode in which power consumption is lower than that in the normal power mode, the apparatus comprising:
a human sensor configured to detect a person who exists within a predetermined range of the apparatus, the predetermined range
including a first range and a second range closer to the apparatus than the first range as detection ranges;

communication equipment configured to wirelessly communicate with external equipment that is held above the apparatus;
first light-emitting equipment configured to be lit to provide light at a position where the external equipment is to be held
above the apparatus;

second light-emitting equipment configured to be lit to provide light at a position where a user instruction to return the
apparatus from the power-saving mode is receivable; and

a controller configured to control, based on a condition that the human sensor detects a person in the first range, the communication
equipment to enter a state where communication with the external equipment is available, and the first light-emitting equipment
and the second light-emitting equipment to be lit, and then, based on a condition that the human sensor detects a person in
the second range, the apparatus to return from the power-saving mode, and the second light-emitting equipment not to be lit
while the first light-emitting equipment remains lit.

US Pat. No. 9,635,218

IMAGE PROCESSING BASED ON A PIXEL VALUE IN IMAGE DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain image data, which represents an image, to be executed an image process;
a second obtaining unit configured to obtain information associated with image nonuniformity which appears in an image printed
on a printing medium by an output device, the image nonuniformity being caused by characteristics variations of the output
device;

a partition unit configured to partition at least part of the image data obtained by the first obtaining unit into a plurality
of processing blocks, based on the information obtained by the second obtaining unit, size of each of the plurality of processing
blocks being determined in accordance with the image nonuniformity of the information, sizes of processing blocks adjacent
to each other being different from each other;

a determination unit configured to determine an attribute value for each processing block partitioned by the partition unit,
based on the information, so as to reduce image nonuniformity which will appear in an image printed on a printing medium by
the output device based on the image data, wherein the attribute value specifies processing content to be executed to one
or more pixels of the image data, and wherein an identical attribute value is set for pixels included in one processing block;
and

an image processing unit configured to execute the image process to the image data based on the attribute value determined
for each processing block,

wherein at least one processor includes the partition unit, the determination unit and the image processing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,632,403

LIGHT SOURCE OPTICAL SYSTEM CAPABLE OF USING CONVERTED LIGHT AND NON-CONVERTED LIGHT FROM WAVELENGTH CONVERSION ELEMENT, LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS USING THE SAME, AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light source optical system for guiding light from a light source to a fly's eye lens including a plurality of lens cells,
the light source optical system comprising:
a wavelength conversion element configured to convert the light from the light source into converted light having a wavelength
different from a wavelength of the light from the light source and emit the converted light and non-converted light having
the same wavelength as the wavelength of the light from the light source; and

an optical element including a first region which guides the light from the light source to the wavelength conversion element
through a lens unit, and a second region which guides the converted light and the non-converted light in a direction different
from a direction of the light source,

wherein the light from the light source is incident on the first region of the optical element, the converted light and the
non-converted light are incident on the first region and the second region of the optical element, and

wherein, on the fly's eye lens, when a distance in a first direction between a side of the first region and a boundary line
between the lens cells of the fly's eye lens is Ey, and a distance in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction
between a side of the first region and a boundary line between the lens cells of the fly's eye lens is Ex,

Ey/Fy?0.05

Ex/Fx?0.05

is satisfied,
where Fx is the dimension of a side of each lens cell of the fly's eye lens in the first direction and Fy is the dimension
of a side of each lens cell of the fly's eye lens in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,635,243

RANGING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND RANGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image data processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire first image data and second image data, the first image data being a group of pixel
values based on a first light flux passing through a first pupil region of an imaging optical system, and the second image
data being a group of pixel values based on a second light flux passing through a second pupil region of the imaging optical
system, the second pupil region being different from the first pupil region and shifted along a first direction with respect
to the first pupil region;

a ratio data calculation unit configured to calculate (i) a value of a ratio of at least some part of the first image data
and the second image data and (ii) ratio data, wherein the ratio data includes values of the ratio of the pixel values along
the first direction;

and
a correction unit configured to correct at least one of the first image data and the second image data on the basis of the
ratio data.

US Pat. No. 9,632,432

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, STAGE APPARATUS, AND DEVICE FABRICATION METHOD FOR TRANSFERRING A PATTERN OF A RETICLE ONTO A SUBSTRATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus configured to transfer a pattern of a reticle onto a substrate, comprising:
a stage configured to receive the reticle;
a holding mechanism configured to hold the reticle placed on the stage;
a driving unit configured to drive the stage; and
a selection unit configured to select, based on information related to a type of the reticle placed on the stage, one of holding
states of the reticle held by the holding mechanism and one of control parameters set in the driving unit to drive the stage.

US Pat. No. 9,635,258

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to correct image blur by controlling a first image blur correction unit configured
to perform correction optically by driving at least one of a part of an optical system and an image pickup element in a direction
for correcting blur in an object image formed by the optical system, and a second image blur correction unit configured to
perform correction electronically by controlling a readout position of the image pickup element in a direction for correcting
blur in the object image,
the image processing apparatus comprising:
a first correction amount calculating unit configured to calculate a first image blur correction amount based on a shake signal
detected by a shake detection unit configured to detect shake of the image pickup apparatus and output a shake signal;

a second correction amount calculating unit configured to calculate a second image blur correction amount for driving the
first image blur correction unit based on the first image blur correction amount; and

a third correction amount calculating unit configured to calculate a third image blur correction amount for driving the second
image blur correction unit based on the first image blur correction amount and a value representing a position of the at least
one of a part of the optical system and the image pickup element being driven by the first image blur correction unit, the
value being detected by a position detector configured to output a value representing the position of the at least one of
a part of the optical system and the image pickup element.

US Pat. No. 9,635,260

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a compression unit configured to compress image data of an image captured through an optical system;
an extraction unit configured to acquire the image data and extract a feature amount of the image;
a coordinate selection unit configured to acquire the feature amount extracted by the extraction unit and select a plurality
of coordinates having a relatively high feature amount;

a movement detection unit configured to detect a movement of coordinate points according to the plurality of coordinates selected
by the coordinate selection unit;

a generation unit configured to acquire the movement of the coordinate points detected by the movement detection unit and
lens information according to the optical system to generate a geometric deformation parameter; and

a recording unit configured to record the geometric deformation parameter generated by the generation unit as additional information
in association with each frame, for the image data compressed by the compression unit.

US Pat. No. 9,632,441

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising toner particles, each of which has a surface layer that contains an organosilicon polymer, the organosilicon
polymer having a substructure represented by formula (T3)
R—Si(O1/2)3  (T3)

where R represents an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbons or a phenyl group, wherein
a ratio ST3 of the peak area for the substructure represented by formula (T3) to the total peak area for the organosilicon
polymer in a 29Si-NMR measurement of a tetrahydrofuran-insoluble matter in the toner particles satisfies the relationship ST3?0.40, and

a silicon atom concentration dSi with reference to a total concentration (dC+dO+dSi) of the silicon atom concentration dSi,
an oxygen atom concentration dO, and a carbon atom concentration dC in electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis of a surface
of the toner particles is 2.5 atom % or more.

US Pat. No. 9,632,446

CHARGING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A charging member comprising an electroconductive support and an electroconductive surface layer, the electroconductive
surface layer comprising: at least one compound selected from the group consisting of a compound represented by formulae (1)
and (3); a binder resin; and a conducting agent:

wherein R1 represents a substituent represented by the following formula (2), and R2 to R10 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a hydroxyl group, wherein at least one of R1 to R10 is a hydroxyl group;


wherein “*” represents a bonding portion with the 3-position carbon atom of the compound represented by the formula (1);

wherein R11 to R20 each independently represent an atom or a group selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, a hydroxyl group, and
a methoxy group, wherein at least one of R11 to R20 is a hydroxyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,635,266

IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image stabilization apparatus comprising:
at least one processor or circuit to perform the operations of the following units:
an image stabilization unit to move a correction member which is movable in a direction different from an optical axis of
an imaging optical system based on a shake detected by a shake detection unit and stabilize an image blur based on the shake
of the apparatus;

a zoom unit to change a focal length of the imaging optical system;
a calculation unit to calculate a movement amount of the correction member corresponding to the focal length to reduce at
least one of a variation in a light amount and a variation in a resolution in an imaging screen which varies in accordance
with the focal length and is based on a characteristic of the imaging optical system; and

a control unit to control, when changing the focal length by the zoom unit, an actual movement amount to follow a target value
of a movement position of the correction member by setting a limitation of a variation amount of the movement position per
unit time on the movement amount calculated by the calculation unit,

wherein the control unit sets an upper limit value of the limitation of the variation amount of the movement position larger
than a first threshold value when a driving speed of the zoom unit when changing the focal length is higher than a second
threshold value and sets the upper limit value of the limitation of the variation amount of the movement position smaller
than the first threshold value when the driving speed of the zoom unit is lower than the second threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,632,450

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONTROLLING DRIVING CURRENT FOR ADJUSTING LIGHT EMISSION INTENSITY OF LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a light-emitting element for emitting a laser beam;
a driving unit configured to drive the light-emitting element with a driving current, wherein the driving unit causes the
light-emitting element to emit light at a first light emission intensity and at a second light emission intensity lower than
the first light emission intensity; and

a polygon mirror configured to scan the photosensitive member with the laser beam while rotating at a predetermined speed,
wherein the driving unit causes the light-emitting element to emit light at the first light emission intensity with a driving
current obtained by adding a second driving current to a first driving current, and causes the light-emitting element to emit
light at the second light emission intensity with the second driving current, and

wherein the driving unit executes a first adjustment for causing the light-emitting element to emit light at the first light
emission intensity to adjust the first driving current, and a second adjustment for causing the light-emitting element to
emit light at the second light emission intensity to adjust the second driving current, and

wherein the driving unit, during a time period after the polygon mirror starts rotating until the predetermined speed is reached,
performs the first adjustment and the second adjustment, and after the polygon mirror has started rotating and before the
second adjustment is performed, causes the light-emitting element to emit light with an initial driving current to the first
driving current to perform the first adjustment for adjusting the first driving current, the initial driving current is larger
than the second driving current and is smaller than the driving current, and thereafter performs the second adjustment for
causing the light-emitting element to emit light at the second light emission intensity with the second driving current.

US Pat. No. 9,632,455

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developer supply container detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus, the developer supply container comprising:
a developer accommodating portion configured to accommodate a developer;
a discharge opening configured to permit discharging of the developer from said developer accommodating portion;
a drive receiving portion configured to receive a driving force; and
a pump portion capable of being driven by the driving force received by said drive receiving portion to alternate an internal
pressure of said developer accommodating portion between a pressure lower than an ambient pressure and a pressure higher than
the ambient pressure by increasing and decreasing a volume of said pump portion,

wherein a position of said pump portion, before said developer supply container is mounted to the image forming apparatus,
is set such that said pump portion starts with a stroke in which the volume increases in an initial action of said pump portion.

US Pat. No. 9,632,457

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion configured to form a toner image;
a feeding portion configured to feed toner collected in said image forming portion;
a collection container connectable with and disconnectable from said feeding portion and configured to accumulate the collected
toner entering through an opening of said feeding portion;

a shutter provided on said feeding portion and movable in a direction crossing with a direction of connection with said collection
container, said shutter being capable of opening and closing said opening;

an urging member configured to urge said shutter in a closing direction;
a drive receiving portion provided on said shutter and configured to receive a driving force from said collection container
in a process of connecting said collection container to said feeding portion; and

a drive applying portion provided on said collection container and contactable to said drive receiving portion in the process
of connecting said collection container to said feeding portion to apply a driving force for moving said shutter in an opening
direction against a force applied by said urging member,

wherein one of said drive applying portion and said drive receiving portion includes a first contact path contactable to the
other portion in the process of connecting said collection container to said feeding portion, and a second contact path contactable
to the other portion after said first contact path, and wherein an inclination angle of said second contact path relative
to the direction of connecting said collection container to said feeding portion is less than an inclination angle of said
first contact path relative to the direction of connecting said collection container to said feeding portion,

wherein said first contact path includes a spiral portion provided on a periphery of said feeding portion, and said shutter
is rotated by the other portion contacting said spiral portion.

US Pat. No. 9,632,459

DEVELOPING DEVICE HAVING A FEEDING MEMBER WITH A PROJECTED PORTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer carrying member for carrying a two component developer comprising toner and carrier;
a first chamber configured to accommodate the developer;
a second chamber in fluid communication with said first chamber to constitute a circulation path along which the developer
circulates;

a partition for partitioning between said first chamber and said second chamber;
a first feeding member rotatably provided in said first chamber and configured to feed the developer in a first direction;
a second feeding member rotatably provided in said second chamber and configured to feed the developer, said second feeding
member including a first spiral portion configured to feed the developer in a second direction opposite to the first direction,
a second spiral portion provided downstream of said first spiral portion with respect to the second direction to feed the
developer in the first direction, a disk portion provided downstream of said second spiral portion with respect to the second
direction, and a shaft portion provided downstream of said second spiral portion with respect to the second direction;

a discharge opening provided at a position downstream of said disk portion with respect to the second direction and configured
to discharge the developer;

a stepped portion provided in said second chamber at a position downstream of said disk portion and upstream of said discharge
opening with respect to the second direction, said stepped portion having a height high enough to oppose a lateral surface
of said disk portion; and

a projected portion projected from a part of said disk portion that opposes said stepped portion.

US Pat. No. 9,627,895

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, POWER SUPPLY METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising: a first power supply unit configured to be used for a first power supply method; a
second power supply unit configured to be used for a second power supply method different from the first power supply method;
a first communication unit configured to be used for a first control method for controlling power supplying; a second communication
unit configured to be used for a second control method different from the first control method; and a control unit configured
to set the power supply apparatus in any one of a first mode, a second mode, and a third mode based on authentication with
an electronic apparatus; wherein the control unit operates so that the power supply apparatus performs power supply to the
electronic apparatus based on a set mode, wherein the first mode is a mode for performing power supplying based on the first
power supply method and for controlling power supplying based on the first control method, wherein the second mode is a mode
for performing power supplying based on the second power supply method and for controlling power supplying based on the first
control method, and wherein the third mode is a mode for performing power supplying based on the second power supply method
and for controlling power supplying based on the second control method.

US Pat. No. 9,626,137

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, SERVER DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. An information processing method for use in an image forming apparatus having a management unit that manages a device resource,
the information processing method comprising:
transmitting, to a server device, a first token acquisition request containing device credential information;
receiving from the server device, a first token corresponding to the device credential information;
storing the received first token in a storage unit;
acquiring the first token stored in the storage unit and transmitting, to the server device, a second token acquisition request
containing a valid first token and identification information for identifying the management unit that manages the device
resource, wherein, in a case where the first token stored in the storage unit is not valid, transmitting includes transmitting,
before transmitting the second token acquisition request, a third token acquisition request and, in response, receives a third
token that is used for refreshing the first token, and then acquires the refreshed first token and restores the not valid
first token with the acquired refreshed first token as the valid first token in the storage unit;

receiving, from the server device, a second token corresponding to the identification information; and
transmitting, to a resource server, a request for a process related to the device resource, wherein the request contains the
received second token,

wherein, in response to determining via at least one processor that an expiration date of the first token stored in the storage
unit is reached between performance of sequencing process to acquire the first token and performance of the sequencing process
to acquire the second token, it is determined that the first token stored in the storage unit is not valid.

US Pat. No. 9,624,395

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD, INK, AND LIQUID COMPOSITION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method comprising the steps of:
applying an ink comprising a coloring material and anionic resin particles to a recording medium; and
applying a liquid composition to the recording medium so as to at least partly overlap with an area where the ink is applied,
the liquid composition destabilizing a dispersion state of the coloring material or of the anionic resin particles in the
ink,

wherein the ink comprises a polyamine compound having a group formed by substituting a hydrogen atom of an amino group by
a structure represented by —Rn—H, where R is an alkyleneoxy group including an ethyleneoxy group; and the number of Rs per molecule is 5 or more and 180
or less.

US Pat. No. 9,618,872

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus comprising:
a light source configured to emit a light beam for exposing a photosensitive member;
a rotary polygonal mirror configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source so as to scan the photosensitive
member;

an optical box configured to house the rotary polygonal mirror in an interior thereof and provided with a plurality of box
engaging portions at a plurality of positions on an outer surface of a wall of the optical box; and

a cover mounted on the optical box and provided with a plurality of first protrusions and a plurality of second protrusions
along the outer surface,

wherein each of the first protrusions is provided with a cover engaging portion configured to engage one of the plurality
of box engaging portions and the plurality of cover engaging portions engages the plurality of the box engaging portions respectively
to fix the cover to the optical box,

wherein the plurality of second protrusions protrudes from corners of the cover when looked from a direction of rotating axis
of the rotary polygonal mirror,

wherein the plurality of the first protrusions and the plurality of the second protrusions are provided to the cover so that
a distal end of at least one of the plurality of the second protrusions and a top portion of the wall pass each other prior
to timing when distal ends of the first protrusions and the top portion of the wall of the optical box pass each other when
mounting the cover on the optical box, and

wherein the distal ends of the plurality of the second protrusions function as guide members for determining the direction
of relative movement between the cover and the optical box while moving along the wall by either allowing or restricting movement
between the cover and the optical box.

US Pat. No. 9,614,986

DATA OUTPUT APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME AND OUTPUT SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a wireless communication unit;
a reception unit configured to receive image data;
an output unit configured to output image data; and
a control unit configured to automatically perform, with an establishment of a wireless connection between the communication
apparatus and another communication apparatus via the wireless communication unit as a trigger, a predetermined processing
for outputting image data, which is received from the other communication apparatus by the reception unit prior to the establishment
of the wireless connection, by the output unit.

US Pat. No. 9,615,026

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a main body unit;
an imaging unit included in the main body unit;
a clocking unit configured to clock elapsed time from an imaging process last performed, every time the imaging unit performs
the imaging process;

a monitor unit linked to the main body unit so as to be capable of being opened and closed as to the main body unit;
a display unit included in the monitor unit;
a monitor position detecting unit configured to detect the position of the monitor unit as to the main body unit;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain the elapsed time clocked by the clocking unit when the monitor position detecting unit
has detected the position of the monitor unit having been changed from a position at which a display face of the display unit
is closed with respect to the main body unit to a position at which the display face of the display unit is opened with respect
to the main body unit,

a display control unit configured to display, on the display unit, a shooting setting menu screen for receiving a setting
of shooting conditions in a case where the elapsed time is longer than a predetermined time, and display, on the display unit,
an image generated through the imaging process last performed in a case where the elapsed time is shorter than a predetermined
time.

US Pat. No. 9,611,233

ORGANIC COMPOUND

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

in Formula [1], A1 and A2 are each independently selected from the group consisting of alkyl groups having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, alkoxy groups having
1 to 20 carbon atoms, and optionally substituted aryl groups, wherein

each R1 independently represents a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, an alkoxy group having
1 to 20 carbon atoms, an alkyl ester group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, an optionally substituted aryl group, an optionally
substituted amino group, or a cyano group, wherein

the aryl group optionally has a substituent of an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms;
n is an integer of 2 to 3; and
each X is independently selected from the following Formulae [2] to [4], provided that X includes at least

in Formulae [2] to [4], R2, R3, and R5 are each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen atoms, halogen atoms, alkyl groups having 1 to 20 carbon
atoms, alkoxy groups having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, optionally substituted aryl groups, alkyl ester groups having 1 to 20 carbon
atoms, optionally substituted amino groups, and cyano groups; and

R4 represents an alkylene group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,614,883

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR TRANSMITTING UNCOMPRESSED VIDEO STREAMS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for sending uncompressed video data, wherein the video data represent at least one image comprising a plurality
of pixels, the method comprising:
ordering, for a video component of a pixel, bits encoding said video component, according to their significance in the video
component, wherein a bit being at the ith position after ordering is the ith most significant bit of the bits encoding said video component;

generating a plurality of packets from a group comprising a plurality of video components, each packet comprising a plurality
of bits having the same position in all the video components of the group after ordering; and

sending generated packets, wherein the sending of packets containing higher significant bits of the video components takes
precedence over the sending of packets containing lower significant bits of the video components;

re-sending at least some of the packets that have not been successfully transmitted; and
wherein the sending of a packet of lower significance is never made if the packets of higher significance corresponding to
the same video components have not been successfully transmitted,

the transmission being made using frames, constituted by a set of subframes, wherein the method further comprises choosing
the size of the group of video components to fit the size in bits of the subframes,

determining a block of video components, constituted by a plurality of said groups of video components, the number of groups
being chosen to fit the number of subframes within a frame;

considering the packets generated as a block of rows and columns of packets, each column of packets containing the packets
obtained from a given group of the block of video components;

generating frames constituted by subframes, each subframe containing exactly one packet from one column of the block of packets;
and

sending said frames.

US Pat. No. 9,614,667

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a plural number M (M?2) of cipher processing units configured to perform, in a block order, either encryption processing or
decryption processing for data of a series of blocks each having a predetermined data size and included in a data unit,

wherein the plural number M of cipher processing units perform either encryption or decryption processing for the data unit
by repeating processing in the block order, and every time processing of the data unit starts, a first cipher processing unit
configured to process data of an nMth (nM mask value to be used for the encryption or the decryption, and

wherein the first cipher processing unit is one of the plural number M of cipher processing units.

US Pat. No. 9,614,688

PROVIDING IMAGE DATA TO A CLIENT DISPLAY DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for providing display information to a client display device from a plurality of servers over one or more data
communication channels, wherein each of the servers provides a pre-assigned partial region of an overall image for display
on the client display device, and wherein in the method each of the plurality of servers performs:
determining whether or not data to be sent is image data associated with the pre-assigned partial region assigned to the server;
sending the data to be sent via an existent data communication channel to the client display device if it is determined that
the data to be sent is not image data;

sending, if it is determined that the data to be sent is image data, instead of the image data, information indicating an
intended establishment of one or more new data communication channels over which to send the image data to the client display
device;

receiving an acknowledgment sent from the client display device via a multicast communication channel, wherein the acknowledgment
confirms the intended establishment of the one or more new data communication channels;

establishing the one or more new data communication channels; and
apportioning and sending the image data over the established one or more new data communication channels to the client display
device.

US Pat. No. 9,606,718

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a touch-screen device which can display one or more icons;
a touch detection unit configured to detect a touch operation on the touch-screen device;
a display control unit configured to control to display a specific display item on the touch-screen device, wherein the specific
display item represents a specific function and overlaps at least a portion of a first area and at least a portion of a second
area, the first area and the second area do not overlap each other on the touch-screen device; and

a control unit configured to control to execute the specific function in response to a touch operation as a touch at a position
in a first area, at least a portion of which is included in a display area of the specific display item, and

to control not to execute the specific function in response to a touch operation as a touch at a position in a second area,
at least a portion of which is included in a display area of the specific display item,

wherein the specific function is not executed when a touch is made in the second area, even if the touch occurs in the display
area of the specific display item, and

wherein the specific function is not executed when a touch-up occurs in the first area after a move-in action occurs from
the second area to the first area.

US Pat. No. 9,608,033

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND CAMERA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a solid-state image sensor which includes a pixel area where a plurality of pixels are arrayed
and a peripheral circuit area where a circuit configured to read out a signal from the pixel area is arranged, the pixel area
including a first MOS transistor, and the peripheral circuit area including a second MOS transistor, the method comprising:
a step of forming a gate electrode of the first MOS transistor and a gate electrode of the second MOS transistor on a semiconductor
substrate;

a step of forming a first insulating film to cover the semiconductor substrate on which the gate electrode of the first MOS
transistor and the gate electrode of the second MOS transistor have been formed;

a first etching step of etching the first insulating film in the peripheral circuit area in a state in which the pixel area
is masked so as to form a side spacer on a side face of the gate electrode of the second MOS transistor from a part of the
first insulating film;

a second etching step of etching the first insulating film in the pixel area in a state in which the peripheral circuit area
is masked; and

a step of forming, after the first etching step and the second etching step, the second insulating film to cover the semiconductor
substrate on which the gate electrode of the first MOS transistor, the gate electrode of the second MOS transistor, and the
side spacers have been formed.

US Pat. No. 9,609,150

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM CAPABLE OF AUTOMATICALLY CONFIGURING SETTINGS FOR FUNCTIONAL COOPERATION BETWEEN APPARATUSES, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus configured to notify predetermined information to an information processing apparatus in a case
where an approach of a user to the information processing apparatus is detected, comprising:
a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a computer-executable program; and
a computer communicatively connected to the non-transitory computer-readable storage medium and configured by the computer-executable
program at least to:

set a detection frame extracted from picked-up image data obtained by picking up an image of the information processing apparatus,
so as to detect the user's approach to the information processing apparatus;

determine whether or not the set detection frame has a size at least larger than a predetermined threshold value;
enable a function of detecting whether or not the user has approached the information processing apparatus, using the detection
frame, in a case where it is determined that the size of the detection frame at least is not larger than the predetermined
threshold value; and

disable the function of detecting whether or not the user has approached the information processing apparatus, using the detection
frame, in a case where it is determined that the size of the detection frame at least is larger than the predetermined threshold
value.

US Pat. No. 9,609,157

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A PROJECTION TO REGULATE AN ATTITUDE BETWEEN TWO CASINGS WHEN A LOAD IS APPLIED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first casing configured to accommodate a reading portion for reading an image to be read;
a second casing configured to accommodate an image forming portion for forming an image to be formed, wherein said second
casing is provided below said first casing with respect to a vertical direction and includes a mounting portion, on which
said first casing is mountable, at an upper portion of said second casing, said mounting portion including a first mounting
portion provided at a first-side-surface side of said second casing and a second mounting portion provided at a second-side-surface
side perpendicular to the first-side-surface side of said second casing;

wherein between said first casing and said second casing, a space, for permitting discharge of a recording material on which
the image to be formed is formed by the image forming portion, is provided so as to continuously open toward a third-side-surface
side opposing the first-side-surface side and a fourth-side-surface side opposing the second-side-surface side;

a first supporting portion configured to support said first casing, wherein said first supporting portion is provided on at
least one of said first casing and said mounting portion at a position away from said second mounting portion with respect
to a widthwise direction of the first-side-surface side of said first mounting portion;

a second supporting portion configured to support said first casing, wherein said second supporting portion is provided on
at least one of said first casing and said mounting portion at a position at a second mounting portion side with respect to
the widthwise direction of the first-side-surface side of said first mounting portion;

a third supporting portion configured to support said first casing, wherein said third supporting portion is provided on at
least one of said first casing and said mounting portion at a position away from said first mounting portion with respect
to a widthwise direction of the second-side-surface side of said second mounting portion;

a projection provided on one of an upper surface of said first mounting portion and a bottom of said first casing and having
a surface facing the one of the upper surface of said first mounting portion and the bottom of said first casing on which
said projection is not provided, wherein said projection is disposed between the upper surface of said first mounting portion
and the bottom of said first casing, with a predetermined gap between the surface of said projection and the one of the upper
surface of said first mounting portion and the bottom of said first casing on which said projection is not provided, in a
state in which no load is externally exerted on said first casing, and wherein said projection regulates an attitude of said
first casing in a state in which a predetermined load is exerted downward on an upper portion of a corner formed between the
third-side-surface side and the fourth-side-surface side of said first casing; and

a cantilever provided on the second-side-surface side of said second casing on an opposite side to said first mounting portion
with respect to the widthwise direction of the second-side-surface, wherein said cantilever is configured so that the bottom
of said first casing is not mounted on said cantilever, and said cantilever includes a fixing portion configured to fix a
side surface of said first casing and said second casing.

US Pat. No. 9,607,361

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a correction unit configured to perform distortion aberration correction on a plurality of image data in which distortion
aberration has occurred; and

a combining unit configured to perform combining processing for combining the plurality of the image data by adjusting positions
of the plurality of the image data based on a position of an object included in each piece of the plurality of the image data,

wherein the correction unit reduces an amount of the distortion aberration correction in a case where the combining processing
is not performed, as compared to a case where the combining processing is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,602,716

FOCUS-DETECTION DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus-detection device comprising:
a first detecting unit configured to detect a first phase difference between a first image signal based on a light beam that
has passed through a partial region of an exit pupil of an imaging optical system, and a third image signal based on a light
beam that has passed through the entire region of the exit pupil;

a second detecting unit configured to detect a second phase difference between a second image signal based on a light beam
that has passed through another partial region of the exit pupil, and a fourth image signal based on a light beam that has
passed through the entire region of the exit pupil; and

a computing unit configured to compute a defocus amount of the imaging optical system using a sum of the first phase difference
and the second phase difference,

wherein the first detecting unit detects the first phase difference while shifting a section of the first image signal with
respect to a fixed section of the third image signal in a predetermined direction, and the second detecting unit detects the
second phase difference while shifting a section of the second image signal with respect to a fixed section of the fourth
image signal in the predetermined direction.

US Pat. No. 9,593,170

COMPOUND, PHOTOCURABLE COMPOSITION, AND METHODS FOR PRODUCING PATTERNED FILM, OPTICAL COMPONENT, CIRCUIT BOARD, ELECTRONIC COMPONENT BY USING THE PHOTOCURABLE COMPOSITION, AND CURED PRODUCT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photocurable composition comprising:
a component (A) which is a polymerizable compound;
a component (B) which is a photopolymerization initiator; and
a component (C) which is a compound represented by general formula (1):
where Rf represents an alkyl group at least part of which is substituted with fluorine, RO represents a repeated structure of an oxyalkylene group or an oxypropylene group, N represents a nitrogen atom, RA represents an alkyl group, and RB represents an alkyl group or a hydrogen atom.

US Pat. No. 9,592,668

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
an element substrate configured to eject liquid according to an electrical signal;
an electrical circuit substrate configured to send the electrical signal to the element substrate; and
a body including the element substrate on a first face and the electrical circuit substrate on a second face crossing the
first face,

wherein the liquid ejection head is mounted in a mount unit of a liquid ejection apparatus via an electrical connector including
an electrical contact point with the electrical circuit substrate,

wherein the body includes pressure-receiving portions for, in a case where the body is mounted to the mount unit, receiving
a force including a component in a first direction in which the second face is pressed against the mount unit and a component
in a second direction in which the element substrate ejects liquid,

wherein the liquid ejection head includes first positioning portions provided on the first face and second positioning portions
provided on the second face, that determine a position of the body with respect to the mount unit in the first direction by
abutting the mount unit,

wherein the first positioning portions are arranged at both outsides of an arrangement region of the element substrate in
a direction along an intersection line between the first face and the second face,

wherein the second positioning portions are arranged at both end portions of the second face in a direction along the intersection
line, and

wherein the pressure-receiving portions are arranged at both end portions of the body and at an intermediate portion between
both end portions in the direction along the intersection line in such a manner that one of the pressure-receiving portions
that is arranged at the intermediate portion is located between the pressure-receiving portions arranged at both end portions.

US Pat. No. 9,592,689

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

17. An image processing apparatus for printing an image on a print medium by using a printing unit that ejects a first ink
in accordance with first quantized data and ejects a second ink in accordance with second quantized data, the image printing
apparatus comprising:
a first quantization unit configured to quantize multi-valued data corresponding to the first ink to generate the first quantized
data; and

a second quantization unit configured to quantize multi-valued data corresponding to the second ink to generate the second
quantized data,

wherein:
a surface tension of the first ink is larger than a surface tension of the second ink,
the first quantization unit and the second quantization unit generate the first quantized data indicating printing or non-printing
of a dot and the second quantized data indicating printing or non-printing of a dot by comparing the multi-valued data corresponding
to the first ink and the multi-valued data corresponding to the second ink with corresponding threshold values, respectively;

the first quantization unit and the second quantization unit refer to a same threshold value matrix in which multiple threshold
values are arrayed;

the first quantization unit performs a quantization process by comparing the multi-valued data corresponding to the first
ink with a threshold value stored in the threshold value matrix; and

the second quantization unit changes a difference between the multi-valued data corresponding to the second ink and a threshold
value in the threshold value matrix according to the multi-valued data corresponding to first ink and then performs the quantization
process for the multi-valued data corresponding to the second ink.

US Pat. No. 9,592,973

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
a stacking portion on which sheets are stacked, the stacking portion being movable up and down;
a lifting portion which lifts the stacking portion;
a feeding portion which abuts against a topmost sheet of the sheets stacked on the stacking portion, and feeds the topmost
sheet;

a first height detecting portion which outputs a signal corresponding to a position in a height direction of the topmost sheet
of the sheets stacked on the stacking portion;

a sheet presence detecting portion which is disposed contactably with the topmost sheet of the sheets stacked on the stacking
portion and outputs a signal corresponding to presence or absence of sheets stacked on the stacking portion;

a second height detecting portion which outputs a signal corresponding to a position in a height direction of the stacking
portion independent of the position of the topmost sheet in the height direction; and

a control portion controlling the lifting portion to perform a lifting operation such that the position of the topmost sheet
is kept within a predetermined range by lifting the stacking portion based on the signal from the first height detecting portion,

wherein the control portion performs a predetermined control based on the signal from the sheet presence detection portion
in a state in which the position of the stacking portion is detected to be above a predetermined height based on the signal
from the second height detecting portion, and does not perform the predetermined control in a case in which the position of
the stacking portion is detected to be below the predetermined height, in a state in which the stacking portion is positioned
at a position such that the topmost sheet is positioned within the predetermined range.