US Pat. No. 9,930,273

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,927,222

POSITION/ORIENTATION MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, MEASUREMENT PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing a program including instructions executed by the processor,
wherein the processor and the memory are operatively coupled to function as units comprising:
(1) a first input unit configured to input a two-dimensional image of a measurement object captured by an image capturing apparatus;
(2) an obtaining unit configured to obtain distance data of the measurement object measured by a distance sensor;
(3) a second input unit configured to input a user's instruction;
(4) a mode selecting unit configured to select a usage mode based on the user's instruction from (a) a first mode, in which a measurement is performed using the two-dimensional image and the distance data, and (b) a second mode, in which a measurement is performed using only one of the two-dimensional image and the distance data; and
(5) a measurement unit configured to measure a position and orientation of the measurement object in accordance with the usage mode selected by the mode selecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,927,737

DEVELOPING APPARATUS AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,929,538

SURFACE EMITTING LASER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,927,753

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,927,764

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,929,307

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,929,067

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,928,595

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR HIGH-RESOLUTION MULTI-VIEW CAMERA CALIBRATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system comprising:two or more cameras;
a rotating stage, which has an axis of rotation;
one or more computer-readable media; and
one or more processors that are coupled to the one or more computer-readable media, the rotating stage, and the two or more cameras and that are configured to cause the system to
control the two or more cameras to capture respective images of a calibration target in a first pose, wherein the calibration target is positioned on the rotating stage;
control the rotating stage to rotate through an angular increment to a second pose;
control the two or more cameras to capture respective images of the calibration target in the second pose; and
calculate a transformation between two cameras of the two or more cameras based on the respective images of the calibration target in the first pose, on the respective images of the calibration target in the second pose, and on the angular increment,
wherein, to calculate the transformation between the two cameras of the two or more cameras, the one or more processors are further configured to cause the system to calculate a transformation between the first pose and the second pose.

US Pat. No. 9,925,809

ROLL-UP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,930,192

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,930,202

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,930,204

IMAGE READING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,924,075

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,921,514

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR REMOVING ADHERED MATTER FROM A CHARGING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,921,516

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,921,518

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,921,525

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,922,040

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,921,532

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND ULTRASONIC SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,921,536

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM UNIT, CARTRIDGE, AND FLANGE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,919,521

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,921,319

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,922,409

EDGE EMPHASIS IN PROCESSING IMAGES BASED ON RADIATION IMAGES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,923,972

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,921,469

IMPRINT METHOD, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,921,470

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,924,064

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,906,696

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,891,546

ULTRAVIOLET-CURABLE LIQUID DEVELOPER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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


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

US Pat. No. 9,891,549

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,894,237

IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,889,650

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD, EJECTING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,894,280

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,885,790

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,883,076

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,882,880

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,876,927

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,876,932

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,876,940

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,876,947

OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,874,830

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH A CONTROL THAT COMPENSATES FOR CHANGING HUMIDITY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,874,853

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,872,132

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,868,181

ASSEMBLY EQUIPMENT AND ASSEMBLY METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,865,932

CELL AND ELECTROMAGNETIC BAND-GAP STRUCTURE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,862,091

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,866,708

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,866,715

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,864,332

CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,857,707

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

(Fp(B)?Fp(A))/Fp(A)?0.60  (2)

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,857,724

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,857,730

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,857,739

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,858,293

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,860,422

CORRECTION METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,856,105

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,858,670

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,852,340

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OBJECT RE-IDENTIFICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,851,631

LIGHT SOURCE OPTICAL SYSTEM AND PROJECTION DISPLAY APPARATUS EMPLOYING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,851,675

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,841,673

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,841,699

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,835,971

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,833,992

RECORDING-ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, RECORDING HEAD, AND RECORDING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,820,712

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM OF THE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,824,307

CONTROL APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,826,137

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,823,331

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,823,587

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, STAGE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,817,614

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of controlling an information processing apparatus for executing a program including a first program layer, described
by an operating system independent (OS-independent) program language, and a second program layer, described by an OS-dependent
program language, wherein the first program layer uses image data of a first format, the second program layer uses image data
of a second format different from the first format, and both the first and second program layers are executed in the information
processing apparatus, the method comprising:
causing the first program layer to transmit a selection instruction of image data to the second program layer;
causing the second program layer to convert the image data of the second format, which is selected in accordance with the
selection instruction transmitted from the first program layer, into image data of the first format;

causing the second program layer to transmit the image data of the first format to the first program layer, wherein the image
data of the first format to be transmitted to the first program layer is reduced in size for display;

adding an object;
describing content including the image data of the first format and the added object by an OS-independent drawing language;
causing the second program layer to execute rendering processing of the content described by the OS-independent drawing language
in accordance with a request from the first program layer; and

transmitting a print command based on an execution result of the rendering processing of the content, to a printer.

US Pat. No. 9,805,537

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,807,333

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,804,808

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,805,691

DISPLAY, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,800,848

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,800,180

CONTROL APPARATUS OF VIBRATION-TYPE ACTUATOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,798,420

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,794,425

APPARATUS WHICH CAUSES A DEVICE TO READ AN ORIGINAL AFTER COMMUNICATION WITH THE DEVICE VIA A SHORT DISTANCE WIRELESS COMMUNICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system including an apparatus and a device which reads an original,
the apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
a display screen,
the device comprising:
a reading unit,
wherein the at least one processor selects a function from a plurality of functions which the apparatus can cause the device
to execute, in accordance with an instruction of a user,

wherein, before a reading function for reading of the original is selected, the at least one processor causes the display
screen to display first information indicating the reading function and not to display second information for prompting the
user to put the apparatus close to the device for reading of the original,

wherein, after the reading function is selected, the at least one processor causes the display screen to display the second
information with the first information, and

wherein, after the display screen displays the second information with the first information and the device communicates with
the apparatus via a short distance wireless communication, the device reads the original.

US Pat. No. 9,794,480

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,794,493

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,789,690

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,785,864

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,785,102

ROTATABLE FIXING MEMBER, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF AND FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,785,445

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,786,250

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,787,888

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,776,410

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,781,286

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,776,449

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. 9,781,331

IMAGING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,781,088

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,781,347

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. 9,778,552

LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE AND PROJECTION DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,778,565

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,746,865

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. 9,747,672

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,749,493

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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. 9,772,587

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. 9,772,602

ROTATIONAL FORCE TRANSMITTING PART

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive drum unit usable in a process cartridge, the drum unit comprising:
(a) a cylinder having a photosensitive layer at an outer periphery thereof and an axis L1;

(b) a drum flange provided at one end of the cylinder, the drum flange including a recess formed on an inside thereof and
a gear portion provided along an outer surface of the drum flange; and

(c) a detachable retaining member provided entirely within the drum flange.

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. 9,742,221

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. 9,743,000

MOVING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND MOVING IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A moving image processing apparatus comprising:
a shake amount acquisition unit configured to acquire and output a shake amount;
a period acquisition unit configured to acquire a period during which a change in composition occurs in a video image;
a setting unit configured to set a size and position of a cut-out range of image data for each frame of the video image based
on the shake amount output from the shake amount acquisition unit;

a correction unit configured to change, based on the shake amount, the position of the cut-out range set by the setting unit
in such a way as to correct shaking of the video image; and

a change unit configured to change the size of the cut-out range set by the setting unit in the period during which a change
in composition occurs acquired by the period acquisition unit,

wherein the setting unit sets a size of a first cut-out range based on a maximum shake amount within a first image reading
period and sets a size of a second cut-out range based on a maximum shake amount within a second image reading period, and

wherein the change unit changes the size of the cut-out range from the first cut-out range to the second cut-out range in
the period during which a change in composition occurs.

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. 9,733,611

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of photosensitive bodies;
light sources each of which corresponds to one of the plurality of photosensitive bodies;
a deflection unit configured to deflect a plurality of light beams emitted from the light sources;
optical members each of which guides one of the plurality of light beams deflected by the deflection unit to the corresponding
photosensitive body;

an optical box configured to store the deflection unit and the optical member, the optical box being provided with the light
sources;

a cover configured to cover an opening of the optical box, the cover having a plurality of transparent windows each of which
passes one of the plurality of light beams;

a shutter configured to move between a first position for retreating from optical paths of the plurality of light beams passed
through the transparent windows and a second position for covering the transparent windows, the shutter being disposed at
a position between the photosensitive bodies and the cover;

a first spring configured to engage with the cover at one end of the first spring and configured to engage with the shutter
at another end of the first spring, the first spring urging the shutter in a direction of the second position from the first
position with elastic force, wherein the first spring is stretched and contracted depending on the position of the shutter
between the first position and the second position;

a second spring configured to contact with the shutter at one end of the second spring and of which an elastic coefficient
is larger than an elastic coefficient of the first spring, wherein the second spring is stretched and contracted depending
on the position of the shutter between the first position and the second position;

a buffer member disposed at another end of the second spring; and
a rotating member configured to contract and shrink the second spring via the buffer member by rotating around a rotation
axis, the rotation axis being fixed to a main body of the image forming apparatus,

wherein the shutter moves from the second position to the first position in a state in which the second spring is pressed
by the buffer member which is pressed by the rotating member,

wherein the length of the second spring is longer than the solid height of the second spring in a case which the shutter is
at the first position.

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. 9,769,377

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR HANDLING A RAW IMAGE OF A MOVING IMAGE OR A STILL IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an image sensor;
one or more processors; and
at least one memory storing a program which, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the imaging apparatus to:
generate RAW moving image data representing an undeveloped image which is continuously captured by the image sensor in response
to a capturing instruction;

apply a first development process to a representative frame image, which is selected according to a preset condition, from
among the RAW moving image data, the first development process using a plurality of different development parameters to generate
a plurality of pieces of image data from the representative frame image;

determine a development parameter corresponding to image data selected by a user from among the plurality of pieces of image
data generated by the first development process; and

apply a second development process to the RAW moving image data by using the determined development parameter.

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. 9,729,739

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus with a touch panel comprising at least one processor that executes a program to function
as:
a detection unit configured to be capable of detecting a touch of an input instruction member on the touch panel, and a position
of the touch of the input instruction member, and a release of the input instruction member touching the touch panel from
the touch panel;

a display control unit configured to be capable of switching between a first display mode for displaying a screen including
a first display area for displaying a preview image and a second display area in which the preview image is not displayed,
the second display area being for displaying at least one button for operating the preview image being displayed on the first
display area, and a second display mode for expanding the first display area to be larger than the first display area in the
first display mode, and hiding the second display area, or reducing the second display area and displaying the reduced second
display area; and

a calculation unit configured to calculate a distance between or among at least two input instruction members touching the
first display area, based on the detecting result of the detection unit,

wherein, based on the distance between or among at least two input instruction members touching the first display area, the
display control unit enlarges or reduces the preview image being displayed in the first display area, and switches between
the first display mode and the second display mode based on enlargement or reduction in size of the preview image.

US Pat. No. 9,760,747

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
an antenna;
a battery;
a communication unit configured to be able to use external power that is generated by receiving a signal from an external
apparatus via the antenna, thereby transmitting a response to the signal that is received from the external apparatus to the
external apparatus;

a deactivation unit configured to, in a case where the external power is generated by receiving the signal from the external
apparatus via the antenna, deactivate supply of the external power from the antenna to the communication unit by using the
external power;

an interrupt circuit that is coupled with the deactivation unit and configured to interrupt, in response to an input signal,
deactivation of supply of the external power from the antenna to the communication unit by the deactivation unit;

a central processing unit (CPU) configured to operate using power from the battery and input a signal to the interrupt circuit
based on a CPU state; and

a detection circuit that is coupled with the deactivation unit and configured to detect voltage of the battery and to input
a signal to the interrupt circuit based on the voltage of the battery,

wherein the deactivation unit, in a case where a signal output from the communication unit in response to reception of the
signal from the external apparatus is input, deactivates supply of the external power from the antenna to the communication
unit,

wherein the communication unit includes a signal output terminal configured to output a signal in response to reception of
a signal from the external apparatus,

wherein the deactivation unit includes:
a first switch including an input terminal and configured to be turned on when the signal is input to the input terminal;
and

a circuit configured to connect the signal output terminal to the input terminal of the first switch, and to shunt the antenna
to ground in a case where the first switch is turned on,

wherein the CPU further includes a control output terminal configured to output a control signal, and
wherein the interrupt circuit includes:
a third switch including an input terminal and configured to be turned on when the control signal from the CPU or the signal
from the detection circuit is input to the input terminal; and

a circuit configured to connect the control output terminal of the CPU and the signal output terminal of the detection circuit
to the input terminal of the third switch, and to shunt the input terminal of the first switch to ground in a case where the
third switch is turned on.

US Pat. No. 9,729,487

SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM, THAT MANAGE A PROCESSING FLOW INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF TASKS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system comprising:
an information processing apparatus that manages a processing flow including a plurality of tasks; and
an image processing apparatus that executes at least one of the tasks included in the processing flow,
wherein the information processing apparatus comprises:
a first memory; and
a first processor in communication with the first memory and configured to:
issue an e-mail address in association with the processing flow requested from the image processing apparatus when the requested
processing flow includes an e-mail-transmission task that causes the image processing apparatus to transmit a first e-mail
with a first attached document, wherein the first attached document is document data to be processed in the requested processing
flow;

manage the issued e-mail address associated with the requested processing flow;
set the issued e-mail address into the e-mail-transmission task included in the requested processing flow;
transmit the requested processing flow to the image processing apparatus after the issued e-mail address is set into the e-mail-transmission
task included in the requested processing flow;

receive a first transmission destination e-mail address of the first e-mail from the image processing apparatus when the image
processing apparatus transmits the first e-mail to the first transmission destination e-mail address, wherein the information
processing apparatus manages the received first transmission destination e-mail address;

receive a second e-mail returned from a user terminal based on a “Reply-To” setting of the first e-mail, the second e-mail
including a second attached document operated by the user terminal, wherein a second transmission destination e-mail address
of the second e-mail is the issued e-mail address included as the “Reply-To” setting;

determine whether a transmission source e-mail address of the second e-mail matches with the first transmission destination
e-mail address of the first e-mail; and

continue execution of the processing flow corresponding to the second transmission destination e-mail address of the second
e-mail for the second attached document included in the second e-mail when the transmission source e-mail address of the second
e-mail matches with the first transmission destination e-mail address of the first e-mail,

wherein the execution of the processing flow corresponding to the second transmission destination e-mail address of the second
e-mail for the second attached document included in the second e-mail is cancelled when the transmission source e-mail address
of the second e-mail does not match with the first transmission destination e-mail address of the first e-mail, and

wherein the image processing apparatus comprises:
a second memory; and
a second processor in communication with the second memory and configured to:
receive the requested processing flow from the information processing apparatus;
transmit the first e-mail with the first attached document to the first transmission destination e-mail address, wherein the
transmitted first e-mail includes, as the “Reply-To” setting, the issued e-mail address set in the e-mail-transmission task
included in the requested processing flow; and

transmit the first transmission destination e-mail address of the first e-mail to the information processing apparatus.

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. 9,753,395

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS ACQUIRING A DURATION OF OVERCHARGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing body that bears a developer image to be transferred to a recording material;
a charging member that charges the image bearing body;
a transfer member that transfers a developer image formed by development, using a developer, of an electrostatic image formed
by exposure of the charged image bearing body, from the image bearing body to a transferred body;

a voltage applying portion that applies a voltage to each of the charging member and the transfer member;
a current detecting portion that detects a current flowing through the transfer member;
a preliminary exposing portion that exposes the image bearing body after the developer image is transferred and before the
image bearing body is charged by the charging member;

a setting portion that sets a value of a transfer voltage applied to the transfer member by the voltage applying portion during
image formation; and

an acquiring portion is provided which acquires a duration of an overcharged state occurring in an area of the image bearing
body charged by the charging member after the image bearing body is exposed by the preliminary exposing portion,

wherein an adjustment operation being performed before image formation is started and after the charging member charges the
image bearing body, the adjustment operation involving the voltage applying portion applying a voltage with a predetermined
adjustment voltage value to the transfer member and the setting portion setting the transfer voltage value based on a current
value detected by the current detecting portion when the voltage applying portion applies the voltage, and

wherein adjustment is made to an interval between a first timing when the preliminary exposing portion starts exposing the
image bearing body before execution of the adjustment operation and a second timing when the voltage applying portion starts,
during the subsequent adjustment operation, applying the voltage with the adjustment voltage value to the transfer member
such that the second timing is later than a third timing when the duration acquired by the acquiring portion ends.

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. 9,753,262

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising:
a first lens group;
a second lens group, on an image side of the first lens group;
a focus lens group having a negative refractive power, and configured to move during focusing, wherein the focus lens group
is on an image side of the second lens group, and

a positive lens group having a positive refractive power and arranged adjacent to the focus lens group on an image side of
the focus lens group, wherein the positive lens group includes one or more lenses,

wherein the focus lens group includes, in order from an object side of the focus lens group to the image side of the focus
lens group, a positive lens and a negative lens,

wherein a distance between lens groups of the zoom lens arranged adjacent to each other changes for zooming and/or focusing,
and

wherein the following conditions are satisfied:
0.50<(RF?RR)/(RF+RR)<200.00, and

|RR|<|RF|
where RR represents a curvature radius of an object-side surface of the negative lens included in the focus lens group, and
RF represents a curvature radius of an image-side surface of the positive lens included in the focus lens group.

US Pat. No. 9,720,362

HEATING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus for heating a toner image on a recording material, said apparatus comprising:
a cylindrical film;
a plate-like nip forming member contacted with an inner surface of said film, said nip forming member including a base member
and a coating layer on said base member, said coating layer having a thermal expansion coefficient smaller than that of said
base member; and

a roller cooperative with said nip forming member to form a nip,
wherein said nip forming member includes a first surface contacting said film, a second surface opposite to the first surface,
and a peripheral surface perpendicular to the first surface, and

wherein said coating layer is provided on the first and second surfaces of said nip forming member, and is not provided on
the peripheral surface of said nip forming member.

US Pat. No. 9,723,195

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, EXTERNAL DEVICE, IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING EXTERNAL DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus that communicates with an external device, the image capturing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor;
a field-of-view mechanical mechanism configured to change a field of view for capturing an image of a subject;
a receiving unit configured to receive, from the external device, a command for controlling the field-of-view mechanical mechanism;
a control unit configured to control, when the receiving unit receives a command to start to change a field of view using
the field-of-view mechanical mechanism, the field-of-view mechanical mechanism to start to change the field of view; and

an amount-of-change determination unit configured to determine an amount of change in the field of view using the field-of-view
mechanical mechanism,

wherein the control unit controls the field-of-view mechanical mechanism such that the amount of change in the field of view
determined by the amount-of-change determination unit becomes a predetermined amount or more, irrespective of whether the
receiving unit receives a command to stop changing the field of view using the field-of-view mechanical mechanism, and

wherein the receiving unit, the control unit, and the amount-of-change determination unit are each implemented by at least
one of the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,714,146

SHEET STORAGE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet storage apparatus comprising:
a storage apparatus body;
a sheet stacking portion on which a sheet is stacked, the sheet stacking portion configured to be movable upward and downward
with respect to a bottom portion of the storage apparatus body, the sheet stacking portion having an opening opened in an
upward and downward direction;

a rear end regulation member supported movably on the bottom portion in a sheet feed direction and a direction opposite to
the sheet feed direction, the rear end regulation member configured to regulate a position of an upstream end, in the sheet
feed direction, of the sheet stacked on the sheet stacking portion;

a side end regulation member configured to regulate an end position, in a width direction orthogonal to the sheet feed direction,
of the sheet stacked on the sheet stacking portion, the side end regulation member being movable in the width direction within
a space formed by the opening; and

a rear end regulation attachment being detachably attached to the rear end regulation member, the rear end regulation attachment
comprising a regulating portion extending toward the bottom portion of the storage apparatus body through the opening in a
state where the rear end regulation attachment is attached to the rear end regulation member, and regulating the upstream
end of the sheet on a position downstream, in the sheet feed direction, of a regulating position of the rear end regulation
member.

US Pat. No. 9,713,089

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a wireless communication unit configured to perform communication, conforming to near field communication (NFC) standard,
for another communication apparatus to access a storage unit included in the communication apparatus, the wireless communication
unit being operable with power supplied from the other communication apparatus in a case where the communication apparatus
is at least in a power-off state; and

a shift unit configured to shift the communication apparatus from the power-off state into a power-on state in a case where,
in communication, with the other communication apparatus, having been started using the wireless communication unit when the
communication apparatus is in the power-off state, the other communication apparatus has accessed the storage unit with the
access satisfying a predetermined condition,

wherein, in a case where the access, to the storage unit, satisfying the predetermined condition has not been executed in
communication, with the other communication apparatus, having been started using the wireless communication unit when the
communication apparatus is in the power-off state, the shift unit does not shift the communication apparatus from the power-off
state into the power-on state.

US Pat. No. 9,711,563

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE HAVING AN INSULATING FILM IN TRENCHES OF A SEMICONDUCTOR SUBSTRATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, comprising:
forming, over a semiconductor substrate comprising a first region and a second region, a first film having a first part located
over the first region and a second part located over the second region;

reducing a thickness of a portion of the first film located over the first region, so that an upper face of the first part
is positioned at a lower height from the semiconductor substrate than an upper face of the second part, and so that a first
difference in height from the semiconductor substrate between the upper face of the first part and the upper face of the second
part is larger than a second difference in height from the semiconductor substrate between a lower face of the first part
and a lower face of the second part;

after forming the first film, forming one or more trenches in the first region penetrating the first part of the first film
and reaching an inside of the substrate and one or more trenches in the second region penetrating the second part of the first
film and reaching the inside of the substrate;

forming, over the first film, a second film which is an insulating film, a portion of the second film passing through the
one or more holes of the first part and being located inside the one or more trenches of the first region, and a portion of
the second film being located inside the one or more trenches of the second region; and

polishing the second film to remove a portion of the second film located over the first film, so that a third difference in
height from the semiconductor substrate between the upper face of the first part and the upper face of the second part after
the polishing is smaller than the first difference,

wherein in the forming of the second film, the second film is formed so that the second film has a first portion located over
the first region and a second portion located over the second region and an upper face of the first portion of the second
film is positioned at a lower height from the semiconductor substrate than an upper face of the second portion of the second
film.

US Pat. No. 9,708,506

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink comprising a self-dispersing pigment, polyurethane resin particles, a surfactant, and water, wherein:
the self-dispersing pigment is a pigment having a phosphonate group bonded directly or via another atomic group to a surface
of the pigment,

the polyurethane resin particles have an anionic functional group content of 0.1 mmol/g or more and 0.4 mmol/g or less on
surfaces of the polyurethane resin particles and have a volume average particle size of 10.0 nm or more and 50.0 nm or less,

the surfactant includes a surfactant represented by a general formula (1) below,

wherein, in the general formula (1), R1 to R4 are each independently an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, x and y are each independently 2 to 5, and m+n is 0 to 10,
and

a mass ratio of an amount of the surfactant represented by the general formula (1) to an amount of the polyurethane resin
particles is 0.05 or more and 1.00 or less.

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. 9,712,159

DIFFERENTIAL SIGNAL DRIVING CIRCUIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A differential driving circuit, comprising:
a source current source;
a sink current source;
an H-bridge circuit that is connected to the source current source and the sink current source, that has a first output terminal
and a second output terminal, and that generates differential output from the first output terminal and the second output
terminal;

an error detector unit that adjusts a common mode voltage at the first output terminal and the second output terminal of the
H-bridge circuit; and

a circuit network configured by resistors and capacitors connected to the first output terminal and the second output terminal
of the H-bridge circuit;

wherein the circuit network is configured such that one terminal of a first resistor and one terminal of a first capacitor
are connected to the first output terminal of the H-bridge circuit, one terminal of a second resistor and one terminal of
a second capacitor are connected to the second output terminal of the H-bridge circuit, one terminal of a third resistor is
connected to the other terminal of the first resistor and the other terminal of the second resistor, one terminal of a third
capacitor is connected to the other terminal of the first capacitor, the other terminal of the second capacitor, and the other
terminal of the third resistor, and the other terminal of the third capacitor is connected to ground, and

the error detector unit is configured to control at least one of the source current source and the sink current source, based
on a voltage generated at a node where the other terminal of the third resistor and the one terminal of the third capacitor
are connected to each other, and a reference voltage,

wherein the error detector unit includes a differential amplifier having a first input terminal to which the reference voltage
is input and a second input terminal to which the voltage generated at the node where the other terminal of the third resistor
and the third capacitor are connected to each other is input, and a voltage source, and

output of the differential amplifier is connected to a control terminal of one of the source current source and the sink current
source, and output of the voltage source is connected to the control terminal of the other of the source current source and
the sink current source.

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. 9,696,436

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. 9,690,740

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, INPUT CONTROL APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An input and output control apparatus which accepts input of data from outside of a data processing system, inputs the
data to a bus in the data processing system and outputs data, for which processing by the data processing system is completed,
from the bus to outside, wherein the data processing system includes a plurality of communication units and a plurality of
processing units and the plurality of communication units are connected by the bus in a ring shape and data processed by the
plurality of processing units are delivered via the bus in the data processing system, the input and output control apparatus
comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive, from the bus, data for which all processing by the data processing system has been
completed and thereby the data being in a state to be output to the outside;

a determination unit configured to determine whether output of the data, for which all processing by the data processing system
has been completed, from the bus to the outside is possible or not;

a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the bus, the data for which all processing by the data processing system has
been completed but of which the output from the bus to the outside has been suspended in a case where the determination unit
determines that the output of the data, for which all processing by the data processing system has been completed, from the
bus to the outside is not possible;

a counting unit configured to count a number of data items for which all processing by the data processing system has been
completed, of which the output to the outside is suspended according to the determination by the determination unit, and which
remain on the bus; and

a control unit configured to control input of data from the outside to the bus based on the number of the data items.

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. 9,689,974

IMAGE FORMING METHOD USING ULTRASOUND AND ABERRATION CORRECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming method for forming an image using an ultrasound signal processing apparatus to form an image using ultrasound
reflected from an object when ultrasound is transmitted to the object by an ultrasound probe, where the ultrasound signal
processing apparatus comprises a signal processor, the method comprising:
a first step of the ultrasound probe receiving a first reflected wave reflected from the object when first ultrasound is transmitted
to the object, and generating a first signal therefrom, the first reflected wave being a reflection of a first ultrasound
having a first center frequency;

a second step of the signal processor obtaining an aberration correction value based on the first signal;
a third step of the ultrasound probe receiving a second reflected wave reflected from the object when second ultrasound corrected
based on the aberration correction value is transmitted to the object, and generating a second signal therefrom, the second
reflected wave being a reflection of second ultrasound having a second center frequency, wherein the second center frequency
is not lower than 0.5 MHz and not higher than 20 MHz, and wherein the first center frequency is not lower than 3/16 and not higher than 9/20 of the second center frequency; and

a fourth step of the signal processor forming an image from the aberration correction value and from the second signal obtained
by transmitting, by the ultrasound probe, the second ultrasound which has been corrected based on the aberration correction
value,

wherein the first center frequency is determined in such a way that the value E defined by the following formula (1) with
respect to a beam pattern formed by the second ultrasound corrected using the aberration correction value falls within a predetermined
range:


j(x): weighting function
I(x): transmitted beam power normalized by maximum power
PT: threshold

x: position.

US Pat. No. 9,659,227

DETECTING OBJECT FROM IMAGE DATA USING FEATURE QUANTITIES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object detecting apparatus comprising:
an extracting unit configured to extract, from an input image, a pattern of directional characteristic indicating a pattern
in which a pixel value for a predetermined direction changes for each pixel;

a generating unit configured to generate a first feature quantity based on at least one of a relation in which a directional
characteristic extracted by the extracting unit is rotated and a relation in which the directional characteristic is reversed
with respect to an axis;

a converting unit configured to convert the first feature quantity generated by the generating unit into a second feature
quantity, by rotating or reversing, with respect to the axis, the first feature quantity; and

a detecting unit configured to detect an object by using the first feature quantity and the second feature quantity.

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. 9,659,242

APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS CALIBRATION FOR MAINTAINING IMAGE QUALITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a printer configured to form an image on a recording medium based on image data;
a memory configured to store a first converting condition corresponding to a specific recording medium; and
a controller having a processor configured to perform tasks including:
a correcting task that corrects image data based on a correcting condition for forming an output image by the printer;
an obtaining task that obtains read data by a reading unit reading a measurement image formed on the recording medium by the
printer;

a converting task that converts the read data into density data using a converting condition corresponding to the recording
medium;

a first generating task that generates the correcting condition based on the density data;
a printing task that, in a registering operation for registering another recording medium to be used for generating the correcting
condition, controls the printer to form a first patch image on the specific recording medium and a second patch image on the
other recording medium; and

a second generating task that generates a second converting condition corresponding to the other recording medium using first
read data obtained by the reading unit reading the first patch image formed on the specific recording medium, second read
data obtained by the reading unit reading the second patch image formed on the other recording medium, and the first converting
condition stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,690,522

PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD OF PRINTING APPARATUS TO DETERMINE WHETHER TO PERMIT OR RESTRICT PRINT JOBS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system including a first computer, a second computer, and a printing apparatus, the system comprising:
a storage device included in the printing apparatus and configured to store print restriction information defining a setting
content to permit or restrict printing for each user;

an obtainment unit implemented by at least one processor in the first computer and configured to obtain the print restriction
information in response to success of an authentication using user authentication information which is transmitted from the
first computer;

a first transmission unit included in the first computer and configured to transmit, to the printing apparatus, a first print
job including a first print setting and the print restriction information which has been obtained by the obtainment unit;

a second transmission unit included in the second computer and configured to transmit, to the printing apparatus, a second
print job including a second print setting and user identification information of a user of the second computer, wherein the
second print job does not include the print restriction information;

a determining unit implemented by at least one processor in the printing apparatus and configured to determine whether a print
job transmitted to the printing apparatus is the first print job including the print restriction information or the second
print job not including the print restriction information; and

a control unit included in the printing apparatus and configured to determine whether to permit or restrict an execution of
a print job,

wherein, based on the determining unit determining that the first print job including the print restriction information is
transmitted to the printing apparatus, the control unit determines whether to permit or restrict an execution of the first
print job based on the first print setting and the print restriction information included in the first print job, and

wherein, based on the determining unit determining that the second print job including the user identification information
and not including the print restriction information is transmitted to the printing apparatus, the control unit uses the user
identification information included in the second print job to obtain the print restriction information from the storage device
and determines whether to permit or restrict an execution of the second print job based on the second print setting and the
print restriction information obtained from the storage device.

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. 9,658,554

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. 9,688,069

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS AND LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus, comprising:
a liquid discharge head comprising:
a substrate;
a plurality of pressure chambers two-dimensionally provided on a first surface side of the substrate;
a discharge port, a pressure generating unit configured to discharge liquid through the discharge port, and a flow path connected
to the pressure chamber, which are provided correspondingly to each of the plurality of pressure chambers;

a common liquid chamber provided on a second surface side of the substrate; and
a plurality of supply paths provided between adjacent ones of the plurality of pressure chambers and connected to the common
liquid chamber;

a moving unit configured to relatively move the liquid discharge head and a recording object; and
a driving unit configured to drive the pressure generating units,
wherein flow paths respectively corresponding to the plurality of pressure chambers adjacent to the supply paths are connected
to the supply paths,

wherein the driving unit outputs drive signals to the pressure generating units respectively corresponding to the plurality
of pressure chambers connected to the supply paths at different timings,

wherein the pressure chambers having the flow paths connected to one of the supply paths are provided at vertices of a quadrangle
having a center corresponding to a center of the one of the supply paths,

wherein, when a plane in which a plurality of discharge ports corresponding to the plurality of pressure chambers are provided
is taken as an X-Y plane, and a direction in which the liquid discharge head and the recording object are relatively moved
is taken as a Y direction, a flow path corresponding to each of an even number of pressure chambers that sandwich the supply
path in an X direction is connected to the supply path, and

wherein the driving unit drives, alternately in the X direction, pressure generating units respectively corresponding to the
even number of pressure chambers connected to the supply path.

US Pat. No. 9,692,940

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

14. An image processing method comprising:
detecting an edge portion of an object in first image data to generate edge information corresponding to a pixel of the first
image data; and

performing dither processing using a dither matrix for the first image data to generate second image data; and
with respect to a pixel on the edge portion of the object in the first image data, perform outputting edge correction data
based on a value of the pixel; and

with respect to a neighboring area of the edge portion, the neighboring area is included in the object in the first image
data,

in a case where a value of a pixel in the second image data corresponding to the pixel of the neighboring area is not 0, performing
outputting data obtained by using a value of the pixel of the neighboring area in the first image data and a first correction
property, and

in a case where a value of a pixel in the second image data corresponding to the pixel of the neighboring area is 0 and a
value of a neighboring pixel of the pixel in the second image data is not 0 and edge information corresponding to the neighboring
pixel indicates the edge portion, performing outputting data obtained by using a value of the pixel of the neighboring area
in the first image data and a second correction property.

US Pat. No. 9,692,971

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF AUTOMATICALLY SWITCHING FROM REPRODUCTION MODE TO SHOOTING MODE AND DISPLAYING LIVE VIEW IMAGE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising a memory storing a program and a calculation processing device for executing the
program stored in the memory, the calculation processing device:
switching, in response to an instruction from a user, an operation mode of the image capturing apparatus to one of a plurality
of operation modes including a shooting mode and a reproduction mode;

performing control such that a reproduced image is displayed in the reproduction mode; and
performing control such that, when the reproduced image is displayed in the reproduction mode, in response to accepting a
specific instruction, based on attribute information of the reproduced image being displayed, at least a part of settings
from shooting settings for when the reproduced image was shot are set in the image capturing apparatus, switching from a reproduction
mode to a shooting mode is performed without any user operation after the specific instruction, and a live view image in which
the part of settings are reflected is displayed without any user operation after the specific instruction.

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.