US Pat. No. 9,778,582

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

X1 represents a carbonyl group or a dicarbonyl group,

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

US Pat. No. 9,778,600

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH REMOVABLE INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER BELT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,778,890

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,781,222

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,749,490

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a human sensor;
a network interface which receives a data via a network;
a power controller which shifts the image forming apparatus to a first power saving state from which it is possible to return
to a normal power state in accordance with an output from the human sensor and possible to return to the normal power state
in accordance with an output from a network interface, and shifts from the first power saving state to the normal power state
in accordance with the output from the human sensor or the output from the network interface;

wherein the power controller further shifts the image forming apparatus to a second power saving state from which it is possible
to return to the normal power state in accordance with an output from the network interface but impossible to return to the
normal power state in accordance with an output from the human sensor, and shifts the image forming apparatus from the second
power saving state to the normal power state in accordance with the output from the network interface.

US Pat. No. 9,749,571

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:
a pixel array including a plurality of pixels arranged in rows and columns;
a first A/D conversion unit, which is arranged correspondingly to a first group of the columns of the pixels in the pixel
array, and is configured to perform A/D conversion of an analog signal that is output from each of the corresponding pixels
to a digital signal by comparing the analog signal with a first reference signal having a potential that changes with a predetermined
change rate per time;

a second A/D conversion unit, which is arranged correspondingly to a second group of the columns of the pixels in the pixel
array, and is configured to perform A/D conversion of an analog signal that is output from each of the corresponding pixels
to a digital signal by comparing the analog signal with a second reference signal having a potential that changes with a predetermined
change rate per time;

a first reference signal supply unit configured to supply, to the first A/D conversion unit, as the first reference signal,
at least one of a reference signal having a first change rate per time and a reference signal having a second change rate
per time that is smaller than the first change rate;

a second reference signal supply unit configured to supply, to the second A/D conversion unit, as the second reference signal,
at least one of a reference signal having a third change rate per time and a reference signal having a fourth change rate
per time that is smaller than the third change rate; and

an adjusting unit configured to adjust at least one of the first change rate, the second change rate, the third change rate,
and the fourth change rate so that at least one of a difference in change rate per time between the first change rate and
the third change rate, and a difference in change rate per time between the second change rate and the fourth change rate
is reduced.

US Pat. No. 9,746,855

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

a first obtaining unit configured to obtain first measurement information about a target object sensed by a first sensor with
a first position and orientation, wherein the first measurement information is two-dimensional information or three-dimensional
information about a target object;

a first measurement unit configured to measure a first three-dimensional position and orientation of the target object based
on the first measurement information about the target object;

a sensor position and orientation determination unit configured to determine, based on the first three-dimensional position
and orientation of the target object, a second position and orientation of a second sensor which is attached on a movable
unit and senses only two-dimensional information, wherein the second sensor is different from the first sensor;

a movable range determination unit configured to determine whether the second position and orientation is within a movable
range of the movable unit;

a control unit configured to control the movable unit so that the position and orientation of the second sensor is the second
position and orientation in a case where the movable range determination unit determines that the second position and orientation
is within a movable range of the movable unit;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain second measurement information about the target object sensed by the second sensor
with the second position and orientation, wherein the second measurement information is two-dimensional information about
the target object; and

a second measurement unit configured to measure three-dimensional position and orientation of the target object based on the
second measurement information sensed by the second sensor with the second position and orientation.

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. 9,772,596

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. 9,738,473

SHEET DETECTING APPARATUS, SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus, comprising:
an abutment member including an abutment surface against which a leading edge of a sheet being conveyed abuts;
a holding member configured to hold the abutment member so as to be movable between an abutment position at which the leading
edge of the sheet abuts against the abutment surface and a retracted position at which the leading edge of the sheet does
not abut against the abutment surface, the holding member being movable together with the abutment member from a waiting position
in a predetermined direction when the abutment surface of the abutment member is pushed by the leading edge of the sheet in
a state in which the holding member is located at the waiting position;

a sheet conveying unit configured to convey the sheet in a state in which the abutment member contacts a surface of the sheet
after the leading edge of the sheet comes off the abutment surface by the holding member being moved in the predetermined
direction;

a first urging portion configured to urge the holding member so as to move the holding member to the waiting position in the
state in which the abutment member contacts the surface of the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveying unit;

a second urging portion configured to urge the abutment member so as to move the abutment member, which is released from contact
with the surface of the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveying unit, from the retracted position to the abutment position in
a state in which the holding member is located at the waiting position; and

a flag configured to move in association with movement of the abutment member in order to change detection of a detecting
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,741,111

SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING DEVICE AND SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. A subject information acquiring device comprising:
an acoustic detector configured to convert an acoustic wave propagated in a subject into an electrical signal; and
a data processing unit which holds a plurality of items of template data, each item indicating a relationship between a real
image and an artifact which is a virtual image accompanying the real image, the plurality of items being different from each
other,

wherein said data processing unit is configured to:
acquire a first subject information distribution as pixel or voxel data using the electrical signal,
calculate a plurality of similarities respectively between the plurality of items of template data and the first subject information
distribution,

acquire an integrated similarity distribution using the plurality of similarities,
determine a site, in the integrated similarity distribution, including a higher similarity than a threshold, and
acquire a second subject information distribution of a type different from the first subject information distribution at the
site, as pixel or voxel data, using the electrical signal, and

wherein the plurality of items of template data correspond respectively to optical absorbers of different sizes.

US Pat. No. 9,773,458

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a light emission unit;
a display unit configured to display an image on a screen by modulating light from the light emission unit;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire base image data and difference data used in an expansion process for expanding at
least one of a dynamic range and a color gamut of image data;

a control unit configured to control light emission of the light emission unit, based on the difference data; and
a generation unit configured to generate display image data outputted to the display unit, based on the base image data.

US Pat. No. 9,742,939

INPUT DEVICE HAVING PUSH-KEYS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inputting device having a push type key, said inputting device comprising:
a base member including a main body portion, a key portion having an operation surface to be pushed by an operator, and a
first elastic portion and a second elastic portion which connect between said main body portion and said key portion; and

an electrical equipment substrate provided on a back side of said base member, said electrical equipment substrate includes
an operating portion acted on by said key portion when said key portion moves;

wherein said first and second elastic portions have symmetrical configurations with respect to a first phantom line passing
through a central portion of said key portion, as seen in a direction perpendicular to said operation surface,

wherein said operating portion is disposed at a position closer to said first elastic portion than to said second elastic
portion, and

wherein said base member is provided with a third elastic portion connecting said key portion with said main body portion
or with said second elastic portion in a side of said second elastic portion with respect to the first phantom line.

US Pat. No. 9,738,075

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:
a substrate; and
a member provided with discharge ports, the liquid discharge head configured to discharge liquid, wherein
a discharge port surface of the member having the discharge ports arrayed thereon includes fumed silica,
the fumed silica has an average particle diameter not larger than 20 nm, and a relative surface area of not smaller than 90
m2/g, and

the member comprises an epoxy resin.

US Pat. No. 9,742,953

DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT METHOD, AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AN ANALYSIS SERVER AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A document management system in which an image forming apparatus that transmits scanned data generated by scanning a document
to an analysis server and which outputs the scanned data to a storage destination determined from among one or more storage
destination candidates corresponding to the scanned data received from the analysis server, and the analysis server that analyzes
the scanned data received from the image forming apparatus and which transmits the one or more storage destination candidates
that are output as the results of the analysis to the image forming apparatus, are connected via a network, wherein
the image forming apparatus comprises:
a first memory for storing a first computer program; and
a first processor for executing the first computer program to perform a first process comprising:
notifying the analysis server of the start and end of a continuous scan scanning a plurality of documents relating to one
another;

receiving first storage destination candidates corresponding to a plurality of pieces of scanned data in response to transmission
of the plurality of pieces of scanned data generated between the start of the continuous scan and the end of the continuous
scan to the analysis server;

determining the storage destination of the plurality of pieces of scanned data from among the first storage destination candidates;
and

outputting the plurality of pieces of scanned data to the determined storage destination, and
wherein the analysis server comprises:
a second memory for storing a second computer program;
a second processor for executing the second computer program to perform a second process comprising:
collectively analyzing the plurality of pieces of scanned data received between the start of the continuous scan and the end
of the continuous scan in response to notification of the end of the continuous scan from the image forming apparatus; and

transmitting the first storage destination candidates that are output as the results of the analysis to the image forming
apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,742,955

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor coupled to the memory which executes the following:
analyzing shake included in each of first regions in a first frame in a plurality of frames in a moving image, using image
data of the first frame and without using any image data of another frame;

analyzing shake included in each of second regions in a second frame in the plurality of frames, using image data of the second
frame and without using any image data of another frame;

calculating first evaluation values of the first regions using first analysis results of the first regions and without using
any analysis results of another frame, such that a first evaluation value for a first region corresponding to a focus point
of a camera among the first regions is weighted more than that for other regions among the first frame;

calculating second evaluation values of the second regions, using second analysis results of the second regions and without
using any analysis result of another frame, such that a second evaluation value for a second region corresponding to the focus
point of a camera among the second regions is weighted more than that for other regions among the second frame;

comparing, for the first frame and the second frame, the first evaluation values and the second evaluation values, in a manner
such that each of the first evaluation values of the first regions is individually compared with a second evaluation value
of a corresponding region among the second regions,

assigning a first point or a second point to one region among the first regions or the corresponding region among the second
regions, based on the comparison result,

wherein the first point is assigned to a region having a higher evaluation value out of the one region and the corresponding
region, in a case where difference between the first value and the second value is equal to or greater than a predetermined
value, and the second point smaller than the first point is assigned to both of the one region and the corresponding region
in a case where the difference is smaller than the predetermined value,

wherein a frame evaluation of each of the first frame and the second frame is defined based on total points given to each
of the first frame and the second frame,

determining an output target frame, from the plurality of frames, based on the frame evaluation value of each of the plurality
of frames, and

outputting the determined output target frame,
wherein the comparison between the first frame and the second frame is performed on the plurality of frames to be compared
with all of the plurality of frames except for itself,

wherein each time the comparison between the first frame and the second frame is performed on the first frame and the second
frame, the frame evaluation value is added to the respective first frame and the respective second frame, and

wherein a frame having the highest frame evaluation value which is finally added, is determined as the output target frame.

US Pat. No. 9,742,956

PRINTING APPARATUS HAVING DIRECT WIRELESS COMMUNICATION FUNCTION, CONTROL METHOD FOR PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

5. A method of controlling a printing apparatus having a network interface and a wireless communicator that has a direct wireless
communication function to make a direct wireless connection between the printing apparatus and an external apparatus without
using a relaying apparatus, the method comprising:
determining whether a print processing apparatus that processes print data for the printing apparatus is connected to the
network interface; and

prohibiting at least the wireless communicator from executing the direct wireless communication function on condition that
the print processing apparatus is determined to be connected to the network interface.

US Pat. No. 9,738,087

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD WITH COORDINATED FILLING OPERATIONS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:
a printhead having a discharging port surface on which a discharging port for discharging ink is formed;
a first tank for storing ink to be supplied to the printhead;
a second tank for storing ink to be supplied to the first tank;
a valve that can be switched between an open state in which the printhead communicates with the first tank and a closed state
in which the printhead does not communicate with the first tank;

a cap for covering the discharging port surface;
a pump for generating a negative pressure in an inside of the cap when the cap covers the discharging port surface; and
an internal pressure changing member for changing an internal pressure of the first tank; and
a control unit configured to perform a first filling operation which includes causing the pump to be driven when the cap covers
the discharge port surface and the valve is in the closed state so as to generate the negative pressure in the inside of the
cap, and then causing the valve to be switched to the open state, so that ink is supplied from the second tank to the printhead
through the first tank, and configured to perform a second filling operation which includes causing the internal pressure
changing member to be driven so that ink is supplied from the second tank to the first tank,

wherein the control unit performs the second filling operation in parallel with performing the first filling operation.

US Pat. No. 9,771,221

BELT TRANSPORTING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A belt transporting device comprising:
an endless belt configured to rotate;
a first stretching member configured to stretch the belt;
a second stretching member configured to stretch the belt; and
a belt adjusting unit configured to adjust the movement of the belt with respect to a widthwise direction of the belt perpendicular
to a movement direction of the belt by tilting the first stretching member with respect to the second stretching member,

wherein the belt adjusting unit comprises:
a first adjustment member provided at one end side of the first stretching member with respect to the widthwise direction,
the first adjustment member being rotatable relative to the first stretching member to change a position of an edge portion
of the first stretching member at the one end side;

a second adjustment member provided at another end side of the first stretching member with respect to the widthwise direction,
the second adjustment member being rotatable relative to the first stretching member to change a position of another edge
portion of the first stretching member at the another end side; and

an interlocking device configured to move the second adjustment member according to a movement of the first adjustment member,
wherein the interlocking device rotates the second adjustment member in an opposite direction to the belt moving direction,
in a case where the first adjustment member rotates in the belt moving direction by receiving a force from the belt.

US Pat. No. 9,742,985

AUTOMATIC FOCUS ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An automatic focus adjustment apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to generate an image signal by performing a photoelectric conversion on a light flux incident via
an image pickup optical system including a focus lens;

a first focus detection unit configured to detect defocus information by a phase difference detection;
a second focus detection unit configured to detect a focus state based on the image signal;
a setting unit configured to set on the image sensor a first range in which the first focus detection unit detects the defocus
information and a second range in which the second focus detection unit detects the focus state; and

a control unit configured to control driving the focus lens based on the defocus information detected by the first focus detection
unit,

wherein the setting unit sets the second range such that the second range includes the first range, and
wherein, in a case where the focus state in the second range detected by the second focus detection unit is in an in-focus
state, the control unit changes a control mode into a predetermined control mode in which the control unit limits the driving
of the focus lens according to the defocus information in the first range detected by the first focus detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,771,226

FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,743,014

IMAGE RECOGNITION SYSTEM, IMAGE RECOGNITION APPARATUS, IMAGE RECOGNITION METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recognition apparatus comprising:
an inter-image relative direction acquisition unit configured to acquire a relative direction relationship between a first
input area image and a second input area image obtained by taking images of a particular person from different directions;

a person identification unit configured to identify the particular person by comparing a feature of the first input area image
with a feature of a first registered area image included in a set of registered area images including registered area images
obtained by taking images of the particular person or another person from at least three directions, comparing a feature of
the second input area image with a feature of a second registered area image of the same person as the person of the first
registered area image included in the set of registered area images, and determining whether the person in the first and second
input area images is the same as the person in the first and second registered area images,

wherein the first registered area image and the second registered area image are selected such that the relative direction
relationship between the first registered area image and the second registered area image is equal or similar to the relative
direction relationship between the first input area image and the second input area image; and

a person tracking unit configured to track the particular person in an input image and estimate the location coordinate information
of the particular person,

wherein the inter-image relative direction acquisition unit acquires the relative direction relationship between the first
input area image and the second input area image based on location coordinate information associated with a first image pickup
apparatus by which the first input image is taken, location coordinate information associated with a second image pickup apparatus
by which the second input image is taken, and location coordinate information associated with the particular person estimated
by the person tracking unit,

wherein the relative direction relationship between images is a relative relationship between the images in terms of angle
in a horizontal plane.

US Pat. No. 9,736,406

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an analog-digital converter unit that converts an analog signal into a digital signal using a plurality of reference signals
having mutually different slopes; and

a voltage supply unit that supplies analog signals having a predetermined plurality of different output levels to the analog-digital
converter; and

a calculator that calculates a ratio of the plurality of different slopes and an offset amount on the basis of a plurality
of digital signals obtained by converting the analog signals having the plurality of different output levels using the plurality
of reference signals, and calculates a correction coefficient for correcting digital signals obtained by the analog-digital
conversion unit converting analog signals output from a pixel section of an image sensor on the basis of the ratio of slopes
and the offset amount,

wherein the correction coefficient includes the ratio of slopes and an offset correction value.

US Pat. No. 9,733,339

POSITION AND ORIENTATION CALIBRATION METHOD AND APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory containing instructions that, when executed by the processor, perform operations of:
a three-dimensional information obtaining unit configured to obtain range information of a surface of an object, which is
measured by an active range sensor;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain a plurality of edge features representing a shape of the object from an image including
the object;

an associating unit configured to associate a plurality of geometric features which are features on a line of a three-dimensional
shape model of the object with the obtained plurality of edge features respectively and a plurality of second geometric features
which are features on a plane of the three-dimensional shape model of the object with the range information of the surface
of the object respectively, based on an approximate position and orientation of the object; and

a deriving unit configured to derive a position and orientation of the object based on a result of an association by the associating
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,736,445

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more circuits or one or more processors programmed to function as:
a white balance correction unit that extracts data of a color extraction range from a captured image to estimate a light source
color and that uses a white balance correction value adapted to the estimated light source color to apply white balance correction
to the captured image,

a shifting unit that shifts the color extraction range according to a shutter speed applied to imaging of the captured image,
wherein, when the shutter speed is at a second shutter speed higher than a first shutter speed, the shifting unit shifts the
color extraction range to a second color extraction range wider than a first color extraction range corresponding to the first
shutter speed.

US Pat. No. 9,764,917

SHEET STACKING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF SHEET STACKING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to perform an image forming process for forming an image on a sheet;
a discharging unit configured to discharge the sheet having the image formed in the image forming process;
a tray on which the sheet discharged by the discharging unit is stacked;
a detecting unit configured to detect whether a sheet is on the tray;
a moving unit configured to cause the tray to ascend and descend, wherein the moving unit is capable of causing the tray to
descend to a lower limit position according to an amount of sheets on the tray;

a determination unit configured to determine that descending of the tray by the moving unit is interrupted at a position located
higher than the lower limit position; and

a display unit configured to display a screen,
wherein, in a case that the tray is located at the lower limit position, the display unit is configured to display a first
screen prompting a removal of the sheets from the tray, and

wherein, in a case that the descending of the tray is determined by the determination unit to be interrupted, the display
unit is configured to display a second screen including both an information prompting a removal of the sheets from the tray
and an information showing that an obstacle presents under the tray, the image forming unit stops the image forming process,
and then the moving unit causes the tray to ascend in response to a detection result of the detection unit that the sheets
are not on the tray and, after causing the tray to ascend, the image forming process of the image forming unit is resumed,
even if the obstacle presents under the tray.

US Pat. No. 9,736,495

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR ENCODING AND DECODING THE SIGNIFICANCE MAP FOR RESIDUAL COEFFICIENTS OF A TRANSFORM UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of decoding at least one coding unit from a bitstream of video data, the method comprising:
decoding arithmetically coded data, coded consecutively in the bitstream, including a plurality of flags each for a different
one of a plurality of prediction units in the coding unit to be decoded by using intra prediction, the flag indicating whether
one of specific intra-prediction modes is to be used;

decoding, bypass coded data, coded consecutively in the bitstream, including a plurality of pieces of data each for a different
one of the plurality of prediction units;

determining intra-prediction modes each for a different one of the plurality of prediction units each according to a different
one of the flags each in the arithmetically coded data and a different one of the plurality of pieces of data in the bypass
coded data; and

decoding the coding unit using the determined intra-prediction modes.

US Pat. No. 9,764,462

ROBOT APPARATUS AND ROBOT CONTROLLING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot apparatus comprising:
a multi-articulated robot including a plurality of rotational joints; and
a controlling apparatus that drive-controls the multi-articulated robot based on an input motion command, wherein
the controlling apparatus includes:
a joint angle computing unit that computes a joint angle command of each of the plurality of rotational joints, the joint
angle command being for driving the multi-articulated robot based on the motion command;

a joint drive controlling unit that moves the multi-articulated robot by rotationally driving each of the plurality of rotational
joints based on the joint angle command computed by the joint angle computing unit;

a singular point calculating unit that calculates one of a singular point angle and a singular point distance of each of the
plurality of rotational joints to a singular point of the multi-articulated robot; and

a joint speed limiting unit that limits a rotation speed of a rotational joint specified in advance based on a type of the
singular point when the one of the singular point angle and the singular point distance calculated by the singular point calculating
unit becomes smaller than a predetermined value,

wherein the joint angle computing unit includes:
a position command calculating unit that calculates a position command based on the motion command;
a correction level adjusting unit that calculates a correction rate that is a rate of correction according to the one of the
singular point angle and the singular point distance calculated by the singular point calculating unit;

a position command correcting unit that corrects the position command by adding a product of a previous correction amount
and the correction rate calculated by the correction level adjusting unit to the position command;

an inverse kinematics calculating unit that transforms the position command corrected by the position command correcting unit
into a tentative joint angle command;

a joint angle correcting unit that calculates a next joint angle command by calculating a joint angle deviation from the tentative
joint angle command and a previous joint angle command, and making the tentative joint angle command smaller such that the
joint angle deviation does not exceed the rotation speed;

a forward kinematics calculating unit that calculates a next position from the next joint angle command calculated by the
joint angle correcting unit; and

a correction amount calculating unit that calculates a next correction amount by adding the previous correction amount to
a difference between the next position and the position command.

US Pat. No. 9,766,527

ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT, OPTICAL FILTER, LENS UNIT, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND WINDOW MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrochromic element, comprising:
a first electrode;
a second electrode;
a carrier; and
an electrolyte, an anodic organic electrochromic compound, and a cathodic redox substance that are arranged between the first
electrode and the second electrode,

at least one of the first electrode and the second electrode being transparent, wherein:
the electrolyte, the anodic organic electrochromic compound, and the cathodic redox substance are mixed;
the electrolyte is in contact with the first electrode, the second electrode, and the carrier;
the carrier further has a redox substance; and
a reduced form of the redox substance of the carrier is more easily oxidized than a reduced form of the anodic organic electrochromic
compound.

US Pat. No. 9,767,563

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,731,928

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to print an image on a sheet;
a stapleless binding unit configured to perform a stapleless binding process for binding, without using a staple, a plurality
of sheets on which images are printed by the printing unit;

a combining unit configured to combine, with a print target image, a mark image to be printed on at least one of the plurality
of sheets indicating a position proximate thereto, yet separate therefrom, where the stapleless binding process is to be performed,
the mark image identifiably showing that the plurality of sheets has been bound; and

a control unit configured to, in a case where the stapleless binding unit performs the stapleless binding process, perform
control so that an image with which the mark image is combined by the combining unit is printed on a sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,769,146

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system that enables single sign-on with another information processing system that performs user
authentication processing, the information processing system comprising:
one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which,
when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing system to:

perform authentication processing based on an electronic certificate for a first tenant that is used to enable the single
sign-on and has been issued by the other information processing system; provide, based on a result of the authentication processing,
a service to a user who belongs to the first tenant;

manage, with each tenant, a user who belongs to the first tenant and a user who belongs to a second tenant, and perform management
by associating the electronic certificate for the first tenant with notification destination information regarding a user
who belongs to the second tenant and has a role in managing to allow the service to be used by the user belonging to the first
tenant, and a role corresponding to a license of a service to be provided to a user who belongs to the first tenant;

in response to a remaining period until an expiration date of the electronic certificate for the first tenant falling below
a predetermined value, identify notification destination information regarding a user who belongs to the second tenant associated
with the electronic certificate and is assigned the role from among managed notification destination information; and

perform, based on the identified notification destination information regarding the user who belongs to the second tenant,
a notification to update the electronic certificate.

US Pat. No. 9,766,586

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an apparatus body;
a door openably supported by the apparatus body;
a first member configured to restrict an opening angle of the door, the first member comprising a first engage portion engaging
with the door, and a second engage portion engaging with the apparatus body; and

a second member configured to restrict the opening angle of the door if the first member is broken such that the first and
second engage portions are separated.

US Pat. No. 9,729,732

TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, RECEPTION APPARATUS, TRANSMISSION METHOD, RECEPTION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transmission apparatus configured to transmit metadata indicating one or more segments acquirable, among a plurality
of segments of content data, by a reception apparatus to the reception apparatus, comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive an acquisition request of the metadata; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit to the reception apparatus, in a case where the reception unit receives a second
acquisition request of the metadata after the reception unit receives a first acquisition request of the metadata, second
metadata indicating one or more segments which are not transmitted to the reception apparatus and not indicating one or more
segments which are transmitted to the reception apparatus among a plurality of segments indicated by first metadata transmitted
in response to the first acquisition request,

wherein a number of segments indicated by the second metadata and not indicated by the first metadata corresponds to a number
of segments indicated by the first metadata and not indicated by the second metadata.

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. 9,762,788

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, DEPTH INFORMATION ACQUISITION METHOD AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit acquiring a first image by capturing an object at a first focusing position, and acquiring a second image
after acquiring the first image, by capturing the object at a second focusing position that is different from the first focusing
position, the second image having different blur than that of the first image;

a depth information determination unit determining depth information of the object on a basis of a difference in blur between
the first image and the second image; and

a focusing position setting unit setting a focus movement amount that is a difference between the first focusing position
and the second focusing position, in accordance with an F-number of the imaging unit,

wherein, in a case that the F-number of the image unit is changed automatically or by a user operation to a changed F-number,
the focusing position setting unit sets the second focusing position in accordance with the changed F-number in such a manner
that an absolute value of the focus movement amount is greater when the F-number is large, as compared to when the F-number
is relatively small, and

the focusing position setting unit sets the second focusing position in such a manner that the focus movement amount satisfies
the formula given below:

d=kF2?, ?16?k?16, k?0,

where d is the focus movement amount at an image plane, k is a coefficient, F is the F-number, and ? is a wavelength of light
used to capture the first image and the second image.

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. 9,762,798

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT SHOOTS MOVING IMAGE FOR PREDETERMINED TIME PERIOD AT THE TIME OF SHOOTING STILL IMAGE, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup unit;
one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which,
when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image pickup apparatus to:

receive a still image shooting instruction,
control to record, in a recording medium, a still image picked up by the image pickup unit in response to the received still
image shooting instruction, and a moving image picked up before lapse of a predetermined time period after the still image
shooting instruction, and

a second still image shooting instruction has been received within the predetermined time period since the first still image
shooting instruction was received, control to record, in the recording medium, a moving image picked up before lapse of the
predetermined time period after the second still image shooting instruction from a moving image shooting starting timing corresponding
to the first still image shooting instruction as a sequence of moving images.

US Pat. No. 9,727,289

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,727,053

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for generating teaching data for an installation by a robot, comprising:
a memory; and
a controller constructed to:
obtain sensing data of an installation target component installed in a prescribed position on an installation recipient component,
set a portion of the installation target component as a gripped portion based on the sensing data and model data of the installation
target component, wherein the gripped portion is to be held by a hand mechanism of a robot during a holding operation, and
wherein the gripped portion is not occluded by the installation recipient component,

calculate a hand position and orientation of the hand mechanism in which the gripped portion can be held by the hand mechanism,
store information on the gripped portion and the hand position and orientation in the memory as teaching data, and
control the robot to perform a holding operation of holding an installation target component with the hand mechanism based
on the teaching data stored in the memory.

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. 9,756,272

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF DRIVING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a pixel array comprising a plurality of unit cells arranged in matrix,
one of the plurality of unit cells outputting a digital signal based on an electric signal, and the one of the plurality of
unit cells comprising

a plurality of photoelectric conversion units each configured to output the electric signal generated by accumulating the
electric signal in a period based on electromagnetic waves incident on respective ones of the plurality of photoelectric conversion
units, and

a first circuit provided downstream of a photoelectric conversion unit among the plurality of photoelectric conversion units,
and a second circuit,

wherein the first circuit is configured to process the electric signal output from the photoelectric conversion unit after
the period, the second circuit is configured to process a signal processed by the first circuit,

wherein an operation period of the second circuit is shorter than an operation period of the first circuit, and
wherein a number of the first circuit arranged in the one of the plurality of unit cells is greater than a number of the second
circuit arranged in the one of the plurality of unit cells,

wherein the image pickup apparatus further comprises a third circuit configured to process a signal processed by the second
circuit,

wherein the second circuit is an amplifier configured to amplify the electric signal, and
wherein the third circuit is a signal processing unit configured to process the electric signal output by the amplifier.

US Pat. No. 9,752,991

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR ACQUISITION OF AN ANGULAR-DEPENDENT MATERIAL FEATURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. A method for measuring reflected light, the method comprising:
obtaining a first light-measurement objective, wherein a light-measurement objective defines one or more of an intensity of
emitted light, a spectrum of emitted light, a spectrum of detected light, and a reflectance angle of detected light;

obtaining a second light-measurement objective;
obtaining an angular-dependence objective, wherein the angular-dependence objective defines a difference between a first light-reflection
angle and a second light-reflection angle;

selecting first settings values for one or more first illumination-emission devices and one or more first illumination-detection
devices based on the first light-measurement objective;

selecting second settings values for one or more second illumination-emission devices and one or more second illumination-detection
devices based on the second light-measurement objective; and

selecting a speed of an object conveyor based on the angular-dependence objective.

US Pat. No. 9,721,492

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising a processor configured to:
acquire a size of a flat region on the basis of an input image, this flat region, from among regions of the input image, being
a region in which a change in gradation value in a spatial direction of the input image is small; and

perform unevenness reduction processing on the input image, this unevenness reduction processing reducing at least one of
brightness unevenness and color unevenness of a screen at a higher reduction degree, for the entire screen, as the flat region
is larger in size.

US Pat. No. 9,720,517

CHARACTER INPUT APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A character input apparatus comprising:
an instruction unit configured to instruct input of a character as a part of a character string; and
a control unit configured to, under a restriction that any character of a specific character group is not allowed to be input
in every one of a plurality of predetermined positions of the character string but a character of the specific character group
is allowed to be input in less than all of the predetermined positions of the character string,

prohibit input by the instruction upon any character of the specific character group being instructed by the instruction unit
to be input in at least one specific position of the plurality of predetermined positions and,

enable input by the instruction upon any character of the specific character group being instructed by the instruction unit
to be input in a position different from the specific position,

wherein the specific character group does not include letters and digits of a plurality of characters usable as a part of
the character string;

the plurality of predetermined positions includes at least first and last character positions of the character string; and
the character string is associated with a nickname in wireless network communicating with outside and the character string
to be input in compliance with a specification of Request For Comments.

US Pat. No. 9,720,780

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a first setting unit configured to set reservation information for making a reservation to save setting data stored in a first
storage device, to a second storage device;

a first reservation determination unit configured to, after a request for stopping operation of the first storage device has
been issued, determine whether the reservation information has been set;

a saving unit configured to save the setting data stored in the first storage device to the second storage device after the
reservation information is set by the first setting unit; and

a stopping unit configured to stop operation of the first storage device after the setting data stored in the first storage
device is saved to the second storage device by the saving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,720,635

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor connected to the memory and configured to execute instructions that, when executed, cause the information processing
apparatus to:

edit a workflow formed by a first plurality of jobs which are to be processed in one or more job processing apparatuses of
a plurality of job processing apparatuses,

wherein the workflow includes a plurality of processes, associated with the first plurality of jobs, executed in a predesignated
order, and

wherein the workflow is edited at least to set settings for a process associated with a job of interest of the first plurality
of jobs;

obtain pieces of history information associated with a second plurality of jobs processed by the one or more job processing
apparatuses of the plurality of job processing apparatuses;

extract, from the second plurality of jobs, based at least on the obtained pieces of history information, a series of jobs
having a job type arrangement in common with the job of interest of the first plurality of jobs forming the edited workflow;

select a job from the extracted series of jobs, the selected job corresponding to the job of interest, so that the settings
of the selected job can be selected as settings for the process associated with the job of interest;

display settings set for the selected job; and
set, based on a selection of the displayed settings, the settings of the process associated with the job of interest.

US Pat. No. 9,715,359

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a first execution environment and a second execution environment, comprising:
one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which,
when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to:

perform a manager setting requiring an input to a predetermined item of a print setting;
execute a first print setting application on the first execution environment; and
execute a second print setting application on the second execution environment,
wherein, if the manager setting is performed requiring the input to the predetermined item of the print setting and there
is no input to the predetermined item requiring the input, the first print setting application and the second print setting
application display a screen for prompting the input to the predetermined item.

US Pat. No. 9,715,191

POWDER FEEDING MECHANISM, POWDER FEEDING METHOD, DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER, CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A powder feeding mechanism comprising:
a flat feeding member, having a flat surface along which powder moves, for feeding the powder; and
a vibration applying member for applying reciprocating acceleration to said feeding member,
wherein maximum acceleration applied from said vibration applying member to said feeding member in a powder feeding direction
is smaller than maximum acceleration applied from said vibration applying member to said feeding member in a direction opposite
to the powder feeding direction to feed the powder in the powder feeding direction by said feeding member, and

wherein said vibration applying member vibrates the feeding member at a frequency of 5-100 Hz.

US Pat. No. 9,716,532

POWER RECEIVER, METHOD OF CONTROLLING POWER RECEIVER, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power receiver including a vibrating unit, the power receiver comprising:
a power receiving unit configured to receive power;
a hardware processor configured to function as:
a determining unit configured to determine whether the power receiver exists within a vicinity area of a center of a wireless
power transmitting region of a power transmitter; and

a controlling unit configured to control the vibrating unit according to a determining result by the determining unit such
that the vibrating by the vibrating unit is not inhibited in a case where the determining unit determines that the power receiver
exists within the vicinity area of the center of the wireless power transmitting region of a power transmitter and such that
the vibrating by the vibrating unit is inhibited while the power receiving unit receives power wirelessly from the power transmitter
in a case where the determining unit determines that the power receiver does not exist within the vicinity area of the center
of the wireless power transmitting region of the power transmitter.

US Pat. No. 9,712,470

SERVER APPARATUS ENABLING POSTING OF MESSAGES, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A server apparatus that is connected to at least one information processing apparatus via a network, for receiving a message
posted from the information processing apparatus to make the message open to the public, comprising:
a generation unit configured to, whenever receiving a posting request for posting a message from the information processing
apparatus, generate a posting reception notification which indicates information related to a reception sequence number of
the posting request; a transmission unit configured to transmit the posting reception notification to the information processing
apparatus;

a storage unit configured to receive not only the message posted from the information processing apparatus but also the posting
reception notification as reception information, and store the message in a memory if there is no posting request from another
information processing apparatus which has been made with a reception sequence number later in sequential order than the reception
sequence number indicated by the information related to the reception sequence number indicated by the reception information;
and

a notification unit,
wherein whenever said generation unit receives the posting request from the information processing apparatus, said generation
unit generates latest registration sequence number information indicating that the posting request is a latest posting request
at a current time, as the posting reception notification,

wherein said storage unit stores the message in the memory, when a registration sequence number as the reception sequence
number indicated by the information related to the reception sequence number indicated by the reception information matches
the latest registration sequence number, and

wherein said notification unit is configured to, when the registration sequence number indicated by the reception information
matches the latest registration sequence number, transmit a registration notification to the effect that the message has been
registered, to the information processing apparatus, whereas when the registration sequence number indicated by the reception
information does not match the latest registration sequence number, said notification unit transmits a confirmation notification
to the effect that there is a latest message other than the message of which the posting request has been made by the information
processing apparatus, to the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,712,726

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:
an image pickup device which outputs an image signal based on an optical image;
a driver which drives the image pickup device;
an image processor which synthesizes a plurality of image signals continuously obtained from the image pickup device to obtain
a synthesized image;

a first generator which generates a first drive signal for driving a circuit block other than the image pickup device;
a second generator which generates a second drive signal for driving the driver; and
a controller which causes a phase of the first drive signal and a phase of the second drive signal to have a predetermined
relationship in a case where noise is added from the circuit block to each of the plurality of image signals.

US Pat. No. 9,712,739

FOCUSING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focusing device comprising:
a first computation unit configured to compute a contrast determination index that indicates contrast of an object based on
an image obtained through an image pickup optical system;

a second computation unit configured to compute a focusing degree that indicates a degree of a focusing state to the object
based on the image;

a first setting unit configured to set up a contrast determination threshold according to the focusing degree;
a second setting unit configured to set up an image pickup cycle for picking up the object according to the contrast determination
index and the contrast determination threshold; and

a focusing unit configured to focus on the object by driving a focusing lens of the image pickup optical system along an optical
axis of the image pickup optical system based on the contrast determination index and the said focusing degree.

US Pat. No. 9,709,935

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus for fixing a toner image on a recording material while conveying the recording material on which the
toner image has been formed at a nip portion, comprising:
a roller;
a heating unit configured to heat the roller from outside the roller, the heating unit receiving power supplied from a power
supply;

a backup unit forming the nip portion with the roller; and
a power shutdown member configured to operate in response to an abnormal temperature of the backup unit and shut down power
supply to the heating unit.

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. 9,705,426

ULTRASONIC MOTOR AND LENS APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration actuator, comprising:
a vibrator configured to include a contact surface that is brought into contact with a member and a piezoelectric element,
and wherein the vibrator is configured to cause a relative movement of the member by a drive of the piezoelectric element;
and

a pressing member guided by a restraining part of a fixing unit so as to move in a direction perpendicular to a direction
of the relative movement and not to move in the direction of the relative movement against the fixing unit, the pressing member
being configured to apply a bias force to the vibrator by an elastic member so as to press the contact surface against the
member.

US Pat. No. 9,701,130

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INSPECTING INKJET PRINT HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for inspecting an inkjet print head in which ink can be ejected through a plurality of ejection openings forming
an ejection opening array, comprising:
a control unit configured to print a predetermined inspection pattern on a printing medium by dividing the plurality of ejection
openings into a plurality of blocks to subject the inkjet print head to time division driving so that an ink ejection timing
is staggered for each of the blocks, the predetermined inspection pattern being printed by ejection openings belonging to
the plurality of blocks;

a reading unit configured to read the inspection pattern printed on the printing medium;
an acquisition unit configured to subject image data of the inspection pattern read by the reading unit to image processing
to acquire position displacement amounts of dots formed on the printing medium by ink ejected through the ejection openings;
and

a correction unit configured to correct, for each block, position displacement of the dots on the basis of a correction amount
while synchronizing ink ejection timings of the ejection openings belonging to a same block, the correction amount being set
for each block based on the position displacement amounts of the dots acquired by the acquisition unit, the correction amount
of each block being individually set based on the position displacement amounts of the dots formed by ink ejected through
the ejection openings belonging to the corresponding block,

wherein the acquisition unit acquires, for each dot, based on a positional relation between a gravity center point of the
printed dot and an ideal grid point, the position displacement amount of the dot, and

the ideal grid point is a point set by the least-square method so that a plurality of dots formed by ink ejected through the
plurality of ejection openings have the minimum position error under a condition in which positions of the dots are fixed
in an x direction and a y direction.

US Pat. No. 9,703,190

IMPRINT METHOD, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint method of forming a pattern of an imprint material on a peripheral shot region on a substrate by bringing the
imprint material on the substrate into contact with part of the pattern formed on a mold, the imprint method comprising the
steps of:
changing a position of a detector that detects an alignment mark formed on peripheral shot region on the substrate;
contacting the mold with the imprint material supplied on the peripheral shot region on the substrate; and
detecting the alignment mark using the detector after completing the changing step,
wherein changing of the position of the detector in the changing step is started before contacting the mold with the imprint
material in the contacting step, and

wherein the contacting of the mold with the imprint material in the contacting step is started before completing the changing
of the position of the detector in the changing step.

US Pat. No. 9,701,671

ORGANIC COMPOUND, ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT CONTAINING THE SAME, OPTICAL FILTER, LENS UNIT, IMAGING DEVICE, AND WINDOW COMPONENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic compound represented by general formula (1) or (2):

where X1 and X2 are each independently selected from a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group and a substituted or unsubstituted aralkyl
group, and

R11 to R20 are each independently selected from a hydrogen atom and a substituent, the substituent being any of a substituted or unsubstituted
alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxy group, a substituted or unsubstituted aralkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted
aryl group, a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group, a substituted amino group, a halogen atom, and an acyl group,
and A1?and A2?each independently represent a monovalent anion.

US Pat. No. 9,703,214

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY METHOD, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus which forms a pattern on a substrate, the apparatus comprising:
a detector configured to detect a mark formed on the substrate;
a controller configured to obtain a displacement amount of a position of the detected mark from a reference position thereof
based on an output of the detector;

wherein the controller is configured to obtain information relating to a position of a shot region on the substrate based
on a plurality of ones of the displacement amount respectively obtained based on outputs of the detector with respect to a
plurality of ones of the shot region, and obtain, from the plurality of ones the displacement amount, a representative value
of, with respect to each of a plurality of ones of the mark associated with a shot region on the substrate, a plurality of
ones of the displacement amount respectively obtained with respect to a plurality of ones of the shot region, and obtain information
relating to a rotation of the shot region on the substrate based on a plurality of ones of the representative value respectively
obtained with respect to the plurality of ones of the mark.

US Pat. No. 9,703,228

TIMING ADJUSTMENT OF MULTI-BEAM IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a light source including a plurality of light emitting elements that each emit a light beam;
a deflection unit configured to deflect a plurality of light beams emitted from the plurality of light emitting elements,
such that the plurality of light beams scan a photosensitive member;

an optical sensor, that is provided on a scanning path of a light beam deflected by the deflection unit, configured to output
a detection signal that indicates that a light beam deflected by the deflection unit has been detected due to the light beam
being incident on the optical sensor;

a measurement unit configured to control the light source such that, in a non-image-forming period during which a region other
than an image forming region on the photosensitive member is scanned, light beams from first and second light emitting elements
among the plurality of light emitting elements are sequentially incident on the optical sensor, and to measure a time interval
between two detection signals output sequentially from the optical sensor; and

a control unit configured to, in an image forming period during which the image forming region is scanned and which is subsequent
to the non-image-forming period, control the light source such that a light beam from the first light emitting element is
incident on the optical sensor, and control, using one detection signal output from the optical sensor as a reference, emission
times of light beams based on image data for the plurality of light emitting elements, according to a correction value calculated
using a measurement value obtained by measurement performed by the measurement unit,

wherein when image formation on a plurality of recording mediums is performed, each time image formation on a predetermined
number of recording mediums is performed, the measurement unit executes the measurement in the non-image-forming period until
image formation on a subsequent recording medium is started, and

wherein the correction value is calculated using a current measurement value and a measurement value from a prior time of
image formation on the predetermined number of recording mediums.

US Pat. No. 9,703,015

PHOTOMASK, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING OPTICAL ELEMENT ARRAY, OPTICAL ELEMENT ARRAY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photomask for an optical element array comprising:
a first optical element having a bottom surface on a first surface including a first direction and a second direction that
intersects the first direction; and

a second optical element having a bottom surface on the first surface and arranged so as to abut on the first optical element
along the first direction,

wherein a light transmission rate distribution of the photomask along the first direction includes a first area in which the
first optical element is to be formed, a second area in which the second optical element is to be formed, and a third area
provided between the first area and the second area,

wherein the light transmission rate distribution of the photomask along the first direction includes:
a first light transmission rate at an end portion of the first area;
a second light transmission rate having a light transmission rate higher than the first light transmission rate at another
end portion of the first area, which corresponds to a boundary between the first area and the third area on a side opposite
to the end portion;

a third light transmission rate at an end portion, which corresponds to a boundary between the second area and the third area;
and

a fourth light transmission rate having a light transmission rate higher than the third light transmission rate at another
end portion of the second area on a side opposite to the end portion, and

wherein the light transmission rate distribution of the photomask along the first direction includes: the light transmission
rate higher than a segment of light transmission rate connecting the second light transmission rate and the third light transmission
rate in the third area.

US Pat. No. 9,700,210

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
at least one processor that acquires a tomographic image of an eye portion; and
at least one memory to store the tomographic image of the eye portion;
wherein the processor is configured to:
detect a layer of the eye portion from the tomographic image stored in the memory,
detect, in the detected layer, a portion of the detected layer located deeper than a threshold in the depth direction of the
eye portion,

calculate, as a normal structure of the detected layer, a curve which does not extend across the detected layer and contacts
with a part of the detected layer at the portion of the detected layer, such that the detected layer does not protrude below
the calculated curve, and

quantify a difference between the detected layer and the calculated curve,
wherein the normal structure represents a boundary of the retinal pigment epithelium in the depth direction of the eye portion
before the boundary is deformed into a wavy shape of the detected layer.

US Pat. No. 9,705,089

ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An organic light emitting element, comprising:
an anode;
a cathode; and
an emission layer placed between the anode and the cathode,
wherein:
the organic light emitting element further comprises
a first organic compound layer placed between the cathode and the emission layer, and
a second organic compound layer placed between the emission layer and the first organic compound layer, and contacted with
the first organic compound layer;

the first organic compound layer contains a first organic compound;
the second organic compound layer contains a second organic compound; and
the first organic compound comprises a viologen compound represented by the following general formula [1] and the second organic
compound comprises an organic compound different from the viologen compound:

in the formula [1], R1 to R6 each represent a hydrogen atom or a substituent selected from the group consisting of a fluorine atom, an alkyl group, an
alkoxy group, an aryl group, and a heteroaryl group, when any one of R1 to R6 represents an alkyl group or an alkoxy group, the alkyl group or the alkoxy group may further have a fluorine atom, and when
any one of R1 to R6 represents an aryl group or a heteroaryl group, the aryl group or the heteroaryl group may further have a fluorine atom, an
alkyl group, an alkoxy group, or an amino group.

US Pat. No. 9,658,449

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light scanning apparatus comprising:
first and second light sources, either of which comprises a plurality of light emission points;
a deflector that deflects first and second light fluxes emitted from the first and second light sources to scan first and
second scanned surfaces along a main scanning direction;

a first stop arranged between the first and second light sources and the deflector and provided with a shared aperture that
regulates the width of the first and second light fluxes with respect to the main scanning direction; and

a second stop arranged between the first and second light sources and the first stop and configured to regulate the width
of the first and second light fluxes with respect to a sub-scanning direction.

US Pat. No. 9,659,991

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a back-side illumination image capturing apparatus, the image capturing apparatus including:
a semiconductor substrate having a first surface for receiving incident light and a second surface located on the opposite
side as the first surface, and including a photoelectric conversion portion, and a gate electrode located above the second
surface;

a contact plug connected to the gate electrode; and
a light-cutting portion for cutting light, of the incident light, that has passed through the photoelectric conversion portion,
the method comprising:
forming a first insulating layer above the second surface of the semiconductor substrate after forming the gate electrode;
forming an interlayer insulation film above the first insulating layer;
forming a first opening for forming the contact plug by etching away part of the interlayer insulation film and part of the
first insulating layer; and

forming a second opening for forming the light-cutting portion by etching away another part of the interlayer insulation film,
wherein in the step of forming the first opening, the first opening reaches the gate electrode; and
in the step of forming the second opening, at least part of the first insulating layer is left between the bottom of the second
opening and the semiconductor substrate.

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. 9,690,531

SYSTEM, A DEVICE, AND A METHOD FOR NOTIFYING AN INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS OF AT LEAST ONE OF A PRIVATE EVENT AND A PUBLIC EVENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system comprising:
a device, and
at least one information processing apparatus having a processor,
wherein the processor is configured to request a notification registration for a public event,
the processor is configured to request a notification registration for a private event, and
the processor is configured to requests cancellation of the notification registration, when operation of the information processing
apparatus ends,

wherein the device comprises
a notification unit configured to notify the information processing apparatus of at least one of the private event and the
public event based on the notification registration for the public event and the notification registration for the private
event,

wherein if a first information processing apparatus requests the notification registration for a public event and the notification
registration for a private event related to the device, and a second information processing apparatus requests the notification
registration for the public event, the notification unit notifies the first information processing apparatus of the public
event and the private event, and notifies the second information processing apparatus of the public event, without notifying
the second information processing apparatus of the private event,

wherein the device includes a management unit configured to manage, as a listener, a first application of the first information
processing apparatus and a second application of the first information processing apparatus,

wherein if both of the first application and the second application request cancellation of the notification registration,
the notification unit stops notifying the first information processing apparatus of the private event, and

wherein if at least one of the first application and the second application does not request cancellation of the notification
registration, the notification unit performs notifying the first information processing apparatus of the private event.

US Pat. No. 9,656,465

INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND INK JET PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet printing apparatus that performs printing by discharging ink, the ink jet printing apparatus comprising:
a printing head including at least
a board,
a printing element array disposed on the board, in which a plurality of printing elements configured to generate thermal heat
to discharge ink are arrayed in a predetermined direction, and

a plurality of detecting elements disposed at different positions from each other in the board, and configured to detect temperature
at their respective positions;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of information pieces relating to temperatures that have been detected
by the plurality of detecting elements;

a selecting unit configured to select a predetermined combination of the information pieces from the plurality of information
pieces acquired by the acquisition unit; and

a control unit configured to effect a plurality of types of temperature control relating to ink temperature nearby the printing
element array, based on the information pieces selected by the selecting unit,

wherein the selecting unit selects combinations of information pieces that are different from each other, in accordance with
the type of temperature control performed by the control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,688,008

MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR CARTRIDGE HAVING A MOLDED ELECTRODE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing method of a cartridge detachably mountable to an apparatus main assembly of an image forming apparatus,
wherein said cartridge includes:
(i) process means for effecting image formation,
(ii) a frame for supporting the process means, and
(iii) a cartridge electrode including a first contact portion provided for being electrically connected to a main assembly
contact of the apparatus main assembly and a second contact portion provided for being electrically connected to the process
means,

wherein said manufacturing method comprises:
a step of integrally molding the cartridge electrode with the frame in a manner such that a mold is contacted to the frame
so as to form a space including a first space for forming the first contact portion, a second space for forming the second
contact portion, and a connecting space branching from an injection portion into the first space and the second space and
an electroconductive resin is injected from the injection portion into the space.

US Pat. No. 9,658,549

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle including a binder resin,
wherein,
the binder resin comprises a styrene acrylic resin and a vinyl-modified crystalline polyester resin,
the vinyl-modified crystalline polyester resin has a crystalline polyester segment having structures of following i) or a
structure of following ii),

i) at least two structures selected from the group consisting of:
a structure derived from an aliphatic dicarboxylic acid,
a structure derived from an aliphatic diol and
a structure derived from an aliphatic hydroxycarboxylic acid;
ii) a structure derived from an aliphatic hydroxycarboxylic acid; and
wherein, when
a modification rate (mass %) of the vinyl-modified crystalline polyester resin having a molecular weight of at least 1×103.5 and less than 1×10{3.5+(A90?3.5)/4} is defined as X1;

a modification rate (mass %) of the vinyl-modified crystalline polyester resin having a molecular weight of at least 1×10{3.5+(A90?3.5)/4} and less than 1×10{3.5+(A90?3.5)×2/4} is defined as X2;

a modification rate (mass %) of the vinyl-modified crystalline polyester resin having a molecular weight of at least 1×10{3.5+(A90?3.5)×2/4} and less than 1×10{3.5+(A90?3.5)×3/4} is defined as X3; and;

a modification rate (mass %) of the vinyl-modified crystalline polyester resin having a molecular weight of at least 1×10{3.5+(A90?3.5)×3/4} and 1×10(A90) or less is defined as X4; where,

1×10(A90) represents a molecular weight at an integrated value 90% of the integral molecular weight distribution curve,

X1, X2, X3 and X4 satisfies the following formula (1):

X1

US Pat. No. 9,659,107

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a plug-in program for a web browser which displays a web page;
a processor, wherein the processor functions, by executing the plug-in program stored in the memory, as:
a cut out unit configured to cut out an object corresponding to a part of the web page displayed by the web browser;
a display control unit configured to cause a display device to display pages including a first object and a second object
which are cut out by the cut out unit;

a designating unit configured to designate an object from the first object and the second object in the pages displayed by
the display control unit, in accordance with an instruction by a user;

a moving unit configured to move the designated object designated by the designating unit, in a page of the pages, in accordance
with an instruction from a user;

an output unit configured to, if the designated object is moved by the moving unit to a boundary between two pages in the
pages which have been displayed by the display control unit, output image data corresponding to the two pages in which the
designated object is divided across the two pages and the other object of the first object and the second object is arranged,
and, if the designated object is moved to a position corresponding to a bottom end of a last page of the pages which have
been displayed by the display control unit, create a new page and output image data corresponding to the last page and the
new page in which the designated object is divided across the last page and the new page.

US Pat. No. 9,692,973

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. A control method for an image capturing apparatus, the control method comprising:
detecting a panning amount of the image capturing apparatus;
detecting a moving amount of a subject;
and displaying information which is related to a calculated difference between the detected panning amount of the image capturing
apparatus in the exposure duration and the detected moving amount of the subject before a start of the exposure, on a display
unit in an exposure duration.

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. 9,692,983

APPARATUS, METHOD, AND MEDIUM FOR CORRECTING PIXEL SWITCHING PATTERN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus for controlling an image capturing sensor, the control apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory for storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor and the memory to function as:
a generation unit configured to selectively determine an exposure time from at least two or more different exposure times
for each pixel constituting image data and to generate exposure time data indicative of an exposure time for each pixel; and

a gain adjustment processing unit configured to make a gain adjustment to the image data based on the determined exposure
time, wherein

the generation unit calculates an output value from acquired image data, determines an exposure time for each pixel based
on the calculated output value, calculates an error related to the calculated output value, and diffuses the calculated error
to pixels adjacent to a processing-target pixel, thereby turning a pixel switching pattern into a blue noise pattern,

the generation unit determines the exposure time for each pixel based on image data acquired by preliminary photographing
that is performed before actual photographing and characteristics of the image capturing sensor,

the generation unit calculates the output value from the image data acquired by the preliminary photographing, and
the calculated error is a difference between the calculated output value and a threshold value that is a value at which luminance
response characteristics of the image capturing sensor lose linearity.

US Pat. No. 9,655,586

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus, comprising:
a first conversion element arranged to convert a radiation ray into electric charge in order to obtain a radiographic image;
a first amplifier arranged to output a voltage corresponding to the electric charge of the first conversion element;
a second conversion element arranged to convert the radiation ray into electric charge in order to detect radiation irradiation;
a second amplifier arranged to output a voltage corresponding to the electric charge of the second conversion element; and
a control circuit configured to control the first amplifier and the second amplifier,
wherein the control circuit is capable of controlling the second amplifier independently of control that is exerted over the
first amplifier.

US Pat. No. 9,661,240

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS COMPRISING A PIXEL INCLUDING A CONVERSION ELEMENT AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus, comprising:
a pixel including a conversion element configured to convert radiation into an electric signal, and a switch configured to
connect the conversion element to a signal line;

a readout unit configured to read out a signal that appears in the signal line;
a reset unit configured to reset a potential of the signal line; and
a signal processing unit,
wherein a period during which the readout unit reads out a signal that appears in the signal line includes
a first period during which the potential of the signal line is reset by the reset unit, and thereafter, a signal that appears
in the signal line in a state in which the switch is not turned on is read out, and

a second period during which the potential of the signal line is reset by the reset unit, and thereafter, a signal that appears
in the signal line due to the switch being turned on is read out, and

wherein the signal processing unit calculates a difference between the signal read out by the readout unit in the second period
and the signal read out by the readout unit in the first period.

US Pat. No. 9,652,702

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising a plurality of control chips, where the plurality of control chips are cascade-connected,
wherein each control chip comprises:
a watchdog timer; and
a transfer unit configured to supply, to a second another control chip positioned on an upstream side, as an interrupt signal
from the watchdog timer, an OR signal of an interrupt signal generated by the watchdog timer and an interrupt signal generated
by another watchdog timer in a first another control chip positioned on a downstream side.

US Pat. No. 9,686,425

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that transmits information to notification destinations that have been registered in the image
forming apparatus in advance by using either Trap of Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) or InformRequest of SNMP, the
image forming apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the image forming apparatus to perform operations
comprising:

setting, for each of the notification destinations, whether to use Trap or InformRequest; and
transmitting predetermined information by using Trap in a case where the image forming apparatus shifts to a sleep state,
wherein, even in a case where use of InformRequest has been set for a specific notification destination, the predetermined
information is transmitted to the specific notification destination by using Trap.

US Pat. No. 9,685,143

DISPLAY CONTROL DEVICE, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CHANGING A REPRESENTATION OF CONTENT DISPLAYED ON A DISPLAY SCREEN

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control device comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to function as:
a detection unit configured to detect an input position, which is input by a user, on content at least a partial area of which
is displayed on a predetermined display screen;

an operation acquisition unit configured to acquire an operation instructing to change a display form of content, based on
a change of an input position detected by the detection unit; and

a display control unit configured to change the display form of the content in the predetermined display screen according
to the acquired operation,

wherein the display control unit is further configured to:
1) when the acquired operation instructs a change exceeding a threshold value for change set in the content, in an image representing
the content changed to correspond to the threshold value for change, provide a plurality of control points which are two-dimensionally
provided in a two-dimensional plane at equal spaces, and

2) in a state where, among the plurality of control points, a group of control points which correspond to edges of a portion
displayed on the predetermined display screen of the content are fixed and in two-dimensional plane coordinates or three-dimensional
space coordinates, each of which is defined to include a whole display area of the predetermined display screen, by moving
each control point other than the group of control points such that the smaller a distance between a position of each other
control point and the detected input position is, the larger a moving amount of each other control point is, generate an image
in which, among the area of the content displayed on the predetermined display screen, a periphery of the input position is
partially changed based on the change of the input position, and

wherein the operation acquisition unit is further configured to acquire a touch operation instructing scrolling, zooming in,
zooming out, or rotation of the area of the content displayed on the predetermined display screen.

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. 9,654,715

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A stacked-type solid-state image sensor including a first semiconductor layer in which an imaging pixel portion including
a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix is implemented, and a second semiconductor layer in which a digital signal processing
unit is implemented, comprising:
a first timing control unit configured to generate a drive timing signal of the imaging pixel portion;
an A/D converter configured to convert an analog signal output from each pixel of the imaging pixel portion into a digital
signal;

a second timing control unit configured to generate a drive timing signal of said A/D converter; and
a status generation unit configured to receive an event signal generated by at least one of said first timing control unit
and said second timing control unit and generate a status signal to restrict an operation of the digital signal processing
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,651,860

IMPRINTING METHOD AND IMPRINTING APPARATUS, SAMPLE SHOT EXTRACTION METHOD, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD USING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprinting method that forms a resin pattern on each of a plurality of shots arranged on a substrate by using a mold,
the method comprising:
acquiring layout information of the plurality of shots;
giving a feature corresponding to a volatility of an uncured resin to each of a plurality of regions into which each of the
plurality of shots is divided, based on the acquired layout information of the plurality of shots;

extracting a combination of sample shots out of the plurality of shots such that the combination of sample shots includes
all of the given features to a target shot of the plurality of the shots and each of the combination of sample shots is different
from the target shot of the plurality of the shots;

generating first information about application distribution of the uncured resin on each of the extracted plurality of sample
shots;

generating second information about application distribution of the uncured resin on the target shot based on the generated
first information;

applying the uncured resin onto the target shot using the generated second information about application distribution; and
forming the resin pattern by contacting the mold with the uncured resin applied on the target shot and releasing the mold
from a resin which is acquires curing the uncured resin.

US Pat. No. 9,684,945

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR TRANSFERRING IMAGE DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more hardware processors configured to cause the image processing apparatus to:
acquire image data,
determine first information related to a data amount corresponding to one pixel of the acquired image data, second information
related to a data amount corresponding to a writing unit of a memory into which the acquired image data is written, and third
information related to a designated display mode,

determine a change pattern of an order of bit data of the acquired image data such that bit data corresponding to the data
amount indicated by the second information among bit data of a first pixel is written into the memory, bit data of a second
pixel is written into the memory, and after that, remaining bit data of the first pixel is written into the memory in a case
where the data amount indicated by the first information is larger than the data amount indicated by the second information,
and the display mode indicated by the third information is a mute mode,

change an order of bit data of the acquired image data in accordance with the determined change pattern, and
read out image data written in the memory, change the order of bit data of the readout image data based on the determined
change pattern, and output the bit data whose order is changed based on the determined change pattern.

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. 9,683,971

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus, comprising:
a probe including a plurality of conversion elements arranged in a first direction and that transmits acoustic waves to an
object, receives reflected waves that were reflected within the object, and converts the reflected waves into time-series
received signals; and

a processor that performs frequency domain interferometry, through application of adaptive signal processing, by using a plurality
of the received signals output from the plurality of conversion elements and a reference signal, and obtains acoustic properties
of a plurality of positions in the object,

wherein the probe is configured such that end portions in a second direction intersecting the first direction have a lower
transmission sound pressure of the acoustic waves than a midportion in the second direction,

wherein the reference signal is determined based on a waveform of the acoustic waves that are transmitted from the conversion
elements to a predetermined depth of the object, and

wherein the processor switches the reference signal according to the depth at which the plurality of conversion elements transmit
the acoustic waves to the object.

US Pat. No. 9,649,865

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,648,238

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,645,515

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, AND PHTHALOCYANINE CRYSTAL AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support; and
a photosensitive layer on the support, the photosensitive layer comprising a phthalocyanine crystal containing a compound
represented by formula (1),


wherein X represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 or 2 carbon atoms, and
the content of the compound represented by formula (1) is 0.1 to 1.7% by mass based on a phthalocyanine in the phthalocyanine
crystal.

US Pat. No. 9,647,576

VIBRATION TYPE DRIVING APPARATUS, TWO-DIMENSIONAL DRIVING APPARATUS, IMAGE-BLUR CORRECTION APPARATUS, INTERCHANGEABLE LENS, IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS, AND AUTOMATIC STAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A two-dimensional driving apparatus comprising:
a common movable body;
a first vibrator including an electro-mechanical energy conversion device, the first vibrator being configured to move the
common movable body in a first direction;

a second vibrator including an electro-mechanical energy conversion device, the second vibrator being configured to move the
common movable body in a second direction intersecting the first direction;

a first driving force transmission unit configured to transmit a driving force of the first vibrator to the common movable
body and move with the common movable body in the first direction; and

a second driving force transmission unit configured to transmit a driving force of the second vibrator to the common movable
body and move with the common movable body in the second direction,

wherein the common movable body is slidable with respect the first driving force transmission unit in the second direction
and the common movable body is also slidable with respect the second driving force transmission unit in the first direction,

wherein the first vibrator and the first driving force transmission unit do not move in the second direction when the second
driving force transmission unit and the common movable body are moved in the second direction due to the driving force of
the second vibrator, and the second vibrator and the second driving force transmission unit do not move in the first direction
when the first driving force transmission unit and the common movable body are moved in the first direction due to the driving
force of the first vibrator, and

wherein the first vibrator and the second vibrator maintain a same positional relation to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,645,543

CLEANING DEVICE WITH SEALING OF SUPPORTING PLATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,674,378

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, TERMINAL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHODS THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus having a first wireless communication unit and a second wireless communication unit which can
communicate at a communication speed higher than that of the first wireless communication unit, the communication apparatus
comprising:
a communication control unit that, in a case where the communication apparatus is in a state that wireless communication cannot
be performed using the second wireless communication unit and the first wireless communication unit communicates with a communication
partner apparatus, establish a wireless connection between the communication apparatus and the communication partner apparatus
using the second wireless communication unit;

a receiving unit that receives print data from the communication partner apparatus via the wireless connection established
by the communication control unit; and

a print control unit that executes a print processing based on the print data;
wherein a portion where the communication partner apparatus is brought for wireless communication using the first wireless
communication unit is disposed on an operation unit, having an operation display, being not vertical to an undersurface of
the communication apparatus, and

after the print processing based on the print data is completed, the communication apparatus works in a state that the wireless
communication cannot be performed using the second wireless communication unit.

US Pat. No. 9,674,393

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus which includes:
a conveyer that conveys a document;
a reader that reads both a first side and a second side of the document conveyed by the conveyer;
a reader controller that determines whether the second side is a blank page based on image data of the second side read by
the reader, and notifies a controller of the determination result; and

the controller, wherein the controller comprises a storage that stores image data transferred by the reader controller,
wherein, based on the notified determination result indicating that the second side is not a blank page, the controller performs
a reserving process for reserving a storage area for the second side of the document in the storage and stores, in the storage
area, the image data of the second side transferred by the reader controller, and

wherein, based on the notified determination result indicating that the second side is a blank page, the controller does not
perform a reserving process for reserving a storage area for the second side of the document in the storage and does not store
data of the second side.

US Pat. No. 9,639,036

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING A RUBBING ROTATABLE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a first rotatable member and a second rotatable member configured to form a nip therebetween for heating a toner image on
a recording material;

a rubbing rotatable member configured to rub a surface of said first rotatable member, a peripheral surface of said rubbing
rotatable member having a plurality of recesses and protrusions formed by a particulate abrasive; and

a cleaning brush configured to clean a surface of said rubbing rotatable member,
wherein an average interval Sm of the plurality of recesses and protrusions on the surface of said rubbing rotatable member
is 10-20 ?m, and said cleaning brush includes fibers each having a diameter of not less than 5 ?m and not more than the average
interval Sm.

US Pat. No. 9,639,045

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT SHIFTS TO STATE WHERE QUICK ACTIVATION IS POSSIBLE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a memory that stores instructions;
at least one processor that executes the instructions to;
execute a suspend processing to cause the image forming apparatus to shift to a power saving state in accordance with a power
switch being turned off by a user's operation;

execute a resume processing to cause the image forming apparatus to return from the power saving state in accordance with
the power switch being turned on by a user's operation; and

execute, in accordance with the power switch being turned on by the user's operation at a time that an OFF-time period, which
has elapsed in a state the power switch, having been turned off by the user's operation, is turned off, is not longer than
a predetermined time period, a restart processing to restart the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,672,392

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication device comprising:
a first wireless communication unit configured to, via near-field wireless communication, repeatedly read out data recorded
in a tag of an external device;

a second wireless communication unit;
one or more processors; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication device to perform operations
comprising:

storing identification information of the external device included in the data read out by the first wireless communication
unit in the memory,

in response to the first wireless communication unit reading out the data, controlling the first wireless communication unit
so that data causing the external device to do a predetermined operation is written to the tag of the external device;

when the first wireless communication unit reads out the data again and in a case where the data is read out from the external
device, controlling the first wireless communication unit so that data causing the external device to do a predetermined operation
is not written to the tag of the external device, and

when the first wireless communication unit reads out the data again and in a case where the data is read out from another
external apparatus different from the external device, controlling the first wireless communication unit so that data causing
the other external device to do a predetermined operation is written to the tag of the other external device.

US Pat. No. 9,674,449

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS THAT DISPLAYS A MENU CORRESPONDING TO AN OBJECT, IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD THAT DISPLAYS A MENU CORRESPONDING TO AN OBJECT, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
an image capture unit configured to capture an image;
a display unit configured to display the captured image;
a recognition unit configured to recognize at least one object from the captured image;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a display priority of the recognized at least one object based on importance to
be determined according to an image capturing mode and a type of the object and a position of the object in the image; and

a determination unit configured to determine an object for which information is to be displayed out of the recognized at least
one object according to the calculated display priority,

wherein, the display unit displays information of the recognized object for the object determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,641,742

IMAGING DEVICE AND METHOD OF DRIVING IMAGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a defocus amount for an optical image which is obtained by an imaging element;
a recording unit configured to record a driving speed of a lens in association with the defocus amount in response to an instruction
from a user, wherein the lens is controlled, for adjusting a position at which the optical image is focused, by a lens driving
unit;

an information generating unit configured to generate lens driving information specifying a relation between the defocus amount
and the driving speed of the lens based on information of the driving speed recorded by the recording unit; and

a control unit configured to control the lens driving unit so that the lens is moved to a position at which the optical image
is in-focused to the object at a predetermined speed specified in the lens driving information as a driving speed corresponding
to the defocus amount acquired by the acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,671,704

VIBRATION REDUCTION APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A vibration reduction apparatus which reduces vibration of a first object supported by a first elastic member, the apparatus
comprising:
a driving unit configured to drive the first object, wherein the driving unit is arranged in parallel with the first elastic
member;

a reference system including a second object; and
a control system including a detector configured to detect a relative distance between the first object and the second object,
a compensator configured to output a signal to control the driving unit based on the detected distance and a target distance,
and a high-pass filter arranged in a path extending from the detector to the driving unit,

wherein the high-pass filter has a break frequency determined by a stiffness of the first elastic member.

US Pat. No. 9,668,642

MEDICAL INSTRUMENT AND BENDING DEFORMATION DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A medical instrument having
an elongated bending deformation portion which includes a wire therein and which is bent by driving the wire; and
a manipulation unit which transmits power to the wire and which is detachable from the bending deformation portion,
wherein,
the bending deformation portion has a tension applying unit which applies tension to the wire; and
a relationship between tension T1 in the wire applied by the tension applying unit when the bending deformation portion and
the manipulation unit are decoupled and tension T2 in the wire applied by the tension applying unit when the bending deformation
portion and the manipulation unit are coupled satisfies 0
wherein the tension applying unit and the wire are included in the bending deformation portion so as not to be exposed to
an external at a state where the bending deformation portion and the manipulation unit are decoupled,

wherein the tension applying unit includes:
a stopper which restricts a position of a support member which supports the wire in order to apply tension T1 to the wire
when the bending deformation portion and the manipulation unit are decoupled from each other; and

the support member which may be moved further toward a base than the position in order to apply tension T2 to the wire when
the bending deformation portion and the manipulation unit are coupled to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,671,729

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,665,201

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,664,987

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,667,825

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for managing still image files, comprising:
reproducing a first moving image file;
creating a first folder corresponding to the first moving image file when reproducing the first moving image file starts;
generating a still image file based on a video frame extracted from the first moving image file being reproduced;
storing the generated still image file being associated with the first folder each time the still image file is generated
based on the video frame of the first moving image file being reproduced;

creating a second folder that is different from the first folder, when a second moving image file that is different from the
first moving image file is selected to be reproduced;

storing a still image file generated based on a video frame which is extracted from the second moving image file being reproduced
after creating the second folder being associated with the second folder,

creating a third folder that is different from the first folder and the second folder, when the first moving image file is
selected to be reproduced again after selecting and reproducing the second moving image file; and

storing a still image file newly generated based on a video frame which is extracted from the first moving image file being
reproduced again, being associated with the third folder.

US Pat. No. 9,667,837

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising a memory and at least one processor that executes a program to function as:
a first color conversion table for converting a device-independent color space into a uniform color space, the uniform color
space being a color space in which a Lab color space is corrected to improve a correlativity with human visual characteristics;

an output unit configured to output a chart to a printer by using a plurality of types of multi color chart data represented
in a three-dimensional color space formed of cyan, magenta, and yellow;

a colorimetric value acquisition unit configured to acquire colorimetric values resulting from colorimetry performed on the
output chart in the device-independent color space;

a color conversion table acquisition unit configured to acquire a second color conversion table for converting a three-dimensional
color space into the uniform color space;

a conversion unit configured to convert the acquired colorimetric values of the device-independent color space into colors
of the uniform color space by using the first color conversion table which is converting the device-independent color space
into the uniform color space;

a target value acquisition unit configured to acquire predetermined target values of the uniform color space;
a correction unit configured to correct a third color conversion table for converting the uniform color space into the three-dimensional
color space by using differences between the acquired colorimetric values of the uniform color space and the acquired target
values of the uniform color space;

a generation unit configured to generate a fourth color conversion table for correcting a four-dimensional color space formed
of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black by using weighted averages of the second color conversion table and the corrected third
color conversion table; and

a receiving unit configured to receive an instruction on whether to generate the fourth color conversion table for correcting
the four-dimensional color space generated by the generation unit by using colors of the uniform color space or by using colors
of the device-independent color space,

wherein, when the receiving unit receives an instruction to generate the fourth color conversion table for correcting the
four-dimensional color space by using colors of the uniform color space, the generation unit generates the fourth color conversion
table for correcting the four-dimensional color space by using the colorimetric values converted into colors of the uniform
color space, the second color conversion table, and the corrected third color conversion table, and

wherein, when the receiving unit receives an instruction to generate a fourth color conversion table for correcting the four-dimensional
color space by using colors of the device-independent color space, the generation unit generates the fourth color conversion
table for correcting the four-dimensional color space by using the colorimetric values of the device-independent color space,
a fifth color conversion table for converting the three-dimensional color space into the device-independent color space, and
a sixth color conversion table for converting a device-independent color space into the three-dimensional color space.

US Pat. No. 9,665,033

IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-forming apparatus comprising:
a light-irradiation unit configured to irradiate a surface of a charged photosensitive member with laser light emitted by
a light source in accordance with image data so that the laser light moves on the surface of the photosensitive member at
a non-constant scanning velocity in a main scanning direction to form a latent image on the surface of the photosensitive
member;

a first correcting unit configured to correct an emission period of the laser light so that the emission period of the laser
light becomes shorter as the scanning velocity increases, and/or the emission period of the laser light becomes longer as
the scanning velocity decreases; and

a second correcting unit configured to select at least one of correcting an emission ratio of the laser light so that the
emission ratio of the laser light increases as the scanning velocity increases, and/or the emission ratio of the laser light
decreases as the scanning velocity decreases, and correcting a brightness of the laser light so that an emission brightness
of the light source increases as the scanning velocity increases and/or the emission brightness of the light source decreases
as the scanning velocity decreases,

wherein the image-forming apparatus forms a toner image by applying toner onto the latent image.

US Pat. No. 9,664,782

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,665,055

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS, SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

a driving portion configured to drive the belt.

US Pat. No. 9,667,882

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR GENERATING SYNTHESIZED IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first acquirer configured to acquire first image data generated based on a signal obtained from one of a first pixel and
a second pixel of an image sensor that includes a plurality of micro lenses, the first and second pixels sharing a micro lens
and receiving light passing through different pupil areas of an optical system;

a second acquirer configured to acquire second image data generated based on a signal obtained by synthesizing a signal obtained
from the first pixel with a signal obtained from the second pixel; and

an image synthesizer configured to select, depending on a pixel value indicating an object brightness, pixel data at a pixel
position corresponding to the pixel value from the first image data or the second image data to generate a synthesized image
data of the first and second image data.

US Pat. No. 9,665,317

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM FOR EXCHANGING LOCATION AND PROCESSING INFORMATION OF A JOB USING SHORT-RANGE COMMUNICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a generation unit, implemented by one or more processors, configured to generate handover information, wherein the handover
information includes position information indicating a saving location for data that is being processed, progress information
indicating a state of the process of the data, and setting information indicating a setting related to the process of the
data; and

an output unit, implemented by the one or more processors, configured to, according to establishment of short-range wireless
communication with a wireless communication apparatus, output the handover information to the wireless communication apparatus,

wherein the position information indicates a saving location of moving image data or audio data to be subjected to a reproduction
process, the progress information indicates a state of progress of the reproduction process, the setting information indicates
a setting of reproduction of a moving image when a handover request to hand over the reproduction of the moving image has
been made, and the generation unit generates the handover information in response to the handover request, wherein the handover
information is receivable by another information processing apparatus from the wireless communication apparatus using short-range
wireless communication.

US Pat. No. 9,665,063

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a charging member configured to charge the photosensitive member while being in contact with or adjacent to a surface of the
photosensitive member;

an exposing device configured to expose the surface of the photosensitive member charged by the charging member and configured
to form an electrostatic image thereon;

a developing device configured to develop the electrostatic image formed on the surface of the photosensitive member by the
exposing device with toner and configured to form a toner image on the surface of the photosensitive member;

a transferring device configured to transfer the toner image formed on the surface of the photosensitive member by the developing
device to a recording material;

a fixing device configured to fix the toner image on the recording material transferred to the recording material by the transferring
device by heating and pressing the toner image;

a charging power supply configured to apply a charging voltage to the charging member;
a development power supply configured to apply a development voltage to the developing device; and
a housing that houses at least the photosensitive member, the charging member, the developing device, and the fixing device
therein,

wherein at least the charging member and the developing device form a unit integrally attachable to and detachable from a
main body of the image forming apparatus,

the image forming apparatus further comprising:
a first temperature sensor disposed in the developing device and configured to detect a temperature;
a first adjusting portion configured to adjust at least one of an amount of exposure by the exposing device and the development
voltage based on a result of detection by the first temperature sensor;

a second temperature sensor disposed inside the housing and configured to detect a temperature; and
a second adjusting portion configured to adjust the charging voltage applied by the charging power supply,
wherein the second adjusting portion is configured to adjust the charging voltage based on the result of detection by the
first temperature sensor in a case where the temperature detected by the first temperature sensor is lower than the temperature
detected by the second temperature sensor and configured to adjust the charging voltage based on a result of detection by
the second temperature sensor in a case where the temperature detected by the first temperature sensor is higher than the
temperature detected by the second temperature sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,633,264

OBJECT RETRIEVAL USING BACKGROUND IMAGE AND QUERY IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image retrieval apparatus comprising:
a selection unit configured to sequentially select each of a plurality of cameras;
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire, from an image group captured by a camera selected by the selection unit, an
image that does not include a retrieval target object as a background image;

a second acquisition unit configured to acquire an image including the retrieval target object as a query image;
an extraction unit configured to extract feature amounts having different dimensions from each of the background image and
the query image;

a learning unit configured to learn, for each sub-group of feature amounts having same dimension in a group of the feature
amounts that the extraction unit extracts from the background image and the query image, a discriminator used for identifying
the retrieval target object from an image captured by the selected camera to obtain weights corresponding to the sub-group;
and

a retrieval unit configured to utilize the sub-group and the weights corresponding to the sub-group to retrieve the retrieval
target object from the image group captured by the selected camera, wherein the retrieval unit is configured to utilize the
sub-group and the weights corresponding to the sub-group in an order of a sub-set based on a dimension of or an evaluation
result of the sub-set.

US Pat. No. 9,633,285

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS COLOR MISREGISTRATION CORRECTION OR DENSITY CORRECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,635,243

RANGING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND RANGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,635,258

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,632,448

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a conversion unit configured to convert image data based on a conversion condition which corresponds to a type of halftone
processing;

an image processing unit configured to execute the halftone processing on the image data converted by the conversion unit,
wherein the halftone processing includes first halftoning and second halftoning which is different from the first halftoning;

an image forming unit including a photoreceptor, an exposure unit configured to expose, based on the image data on which the
halftone processing is executed by the image processing unit, the photoreceptor with light to form an electrostatic latent
image on the photoreceptor, and a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image;

an image carrier on which a measurement image is formed by the image forming unit;
a measurement unit configured to measure the measurement image formed on the image carrier;
a controller configured to:
control the image forming unit to form a predetermined measurement image and a first measurement image;
control the measurement unit to measure the predetermined measurement image and the first measurement image;
control the image forming unit to form a second measurement image; and
control the measurement unit to measure the second measurement image;
an adjustment unit for adjusting, before forming the second measurement image, the intensity of the light of the exposure
unit based on the measurement result of the predetermined measurement image; and

a generation unit configured to generate a first conversion condition corresponding to the first halftoning based on the measurement
result of the first measurement image and to generate a second conversion condition corresponding to the second halftoning
based on the measurement result of the second measurement image,

wherein the predetermined measurement image and the first measurement image are formed based on first measurement image data
on which the image processing unit executes the first halftoning,

wherein the second measurement image is formed based on second measurement image data on which the image processing unit executes
the second halftoning,

wherein the conversion unit, in a case where the image processing unit executes the first halftoning on the image data, converts
the image data based on the first conversion condition, and

wherein the conversion unit, in a case where the image processing unit executes the second halftoning on the image data, converts
the image data based on the second conversion condition.

US Pat. No. 9,632,457

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,632,458

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer storage portion configured to store developer; and
a developer agitation portion configured to rotate in the developer storage portion to agitate the developer;
wherein the developer agitation portion includes a plurality of agitation blade portions which include a set of two trap agitation
blades adjacent in an axis direction of the developer agitation portion, and the two trap agitation blades are disposed in
a direction intersecting with the axis direction,

wherein the plurality of agitation blade portions are arranged with being shifted from one another in a circumferential direction
and a longitudinal direction of the developer agitation portion,

wherein the two trap agitation blades adjacent in the axis direction alternately include an agitation collection portion,
a width of which becomes gradually narrower with respect to the rotation direction of the developer agitation portion.

US Pat. No. 9,632,459

DEVELOPING DEVICE HAVING A FEEDING MEMBER WITH A PROJECTED PORTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,635,289

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to convert light into an electrical signal, said image sensor including an effective pixel portion
and a reference pixel portion; and

a control unit configured to change compression processing of a signal output from the reference pixel portion in accordance
with the number of defective pixels in the reference pixel portion;

wherein if the number of defective pixels in the reference pixel portion is less than a predetermined number, said control
unit controls to compress the signal from the reference pixel portion.

US Pat. No. 9,635,291

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND MOBILE TELEPHONE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor in which a first semiconductor chip and a second semiconductor chip are stacked on each other,
the first semiconductor chip including:
a pixel portion including a plurality of first pixels for generating a captured image and a plurality of second pixels for
controlling an image capturing operation; and

a first driving circuit which drives the plurality of first pixels, and
the second semiconductor chip including:
a second driving circuit which drives the plurality of second pixels,
wherein the second driving circuit drives the plurality of second pixels from the side of the second semiconductor chip, independently
of the driving of the plurality of first pixels by the first driving circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,632,474

CLEANING BLADE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A cleaning blade comprising:
an elastic member; and
a supporting member supporting the elastic member,
wherein, the elastic member has a hardened region at at least a part of a portion exposed to a surface thereof, and
the hardened region comprises a material containing a polyether structure and a nurated isocyanate structure.

US Pat. No. 9,635,298

COMPARATOR CIRCUIT, IMAGING APPARATUS USING THE SAME, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING COMPARATOR CIRCUIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. An imaging system comprising:
an imaging apparatus; and
an image processing unit,
wherein the imaging apparatus comprises:
a plurality of pixels arranged in two dimensions, to output a pixel signal based on an incident light;
a readout circuit configured to be input the pixel signal, and to output the pixel signal processed;
a reference signal generating unit configured to output a ramp signal; and
an analog-digital converter,
wherein
the analog-digital converter is configured to convert the pixel signal into a digital signal, the digital signal having a
value corresponding to an amplitude of the pixel signal, and wherein the analog-digital converter comprises:

a comparator having a first input terminal, a second input terminal and an output terminal;
a first switch having terminals, one terminal of the terminals connected to the first input terminal, the other terminal of
the terminals connected to the output terminal, and short-circuiting between the output terminal and the first input terminal
at a conducting state;

a first capacitor having terminals, one terminal of the terminals of the first capacitor receiving the pixel signal, the other
terminal of the terminals of the first capacitor being connected to the first input terminal and the one terminal of the first
switch;

a second capacitor having terminals, one terminal of the terminals of the second capacitor being connected to the second input
terminal, the other terminal of the terminals of the second capacitor receiving the ramp signal; and

a second switch having terminals, one terminal of the terminals of the second switch being connected to the one terminal of
the second capacitor and the second input terminal, the other terminal of the terminals of the second switch receiving a fixed
voltage, and

wherein the analog-digital converter is input signals output from the readout circuit through the first capacitor, as the
pixel signal, and is input the ramp signal from the reference signal generating unit through the second capacitor.

US Pat. No. 9,632,479

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly including a driving member for applying a driving force; and
a process cartridge detachably mountable to said main assembly, said process cartridge including:
a photosensitive drum;
a photosensitive unit rotatably supporting said photosensitive drum;
a rotatable developing roller for developing an electrostatic latent image on said photosensitive drum;
a rotatable developer supplying roller for supplying developer to said developing roller;
a drive receiving portion for receiving a driving force from said driving member;
a developing unit supporting said developing roller and said developer supplying roller; and
a connecting portion connecting said photosensitive unit and said developing unit, said connecting portion being disposed
below said drive receiving portion with respect to the direction of gravity in a state that said process cartridge is mounted
to the image forming apparatus,

wherein said developing unit is movable relative to said photosensitive unit by rotating about said connecting portion between
a contacting position in which said photosensitive drum and said developing roller contact each other and a spaced position
in which said photosensitive drum and said developing roller are spaced from each other,

wherein a rotational moving direction of said drive receiving portion is opposite to that of said developing roller and is
the same as a direction of rotation of said developing unit from the spacing position toward the contacting position, and

wherein said developer supplying roller is provided between said drive receiving portion and said developing roller on a driving
force transmission route.

US Pat. No. 9,628,656

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR CONTROLLING SUPPLYING POWER TO A DEVICE OF THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus on which a plurality of applications is installed and which includes at least a first
device and a second device, comprising:
a display unit configured to display a screen for selecting an application to execute from among the plurality of applications;
an acquisition unit configured to obtain attribute information about the application selected on the screen displayed on the
display unit, wherein the attribute information includes application information indicating whether the selected application
is a specific application or not, and device information indicating whether to supply power or not for each of the first device
and the second device when executing the selected application;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the selected application is the specific application or not based on
the application information obtained by the acquisition unit; and

a control unit configured to, if the determination unit determines that the selected application is the specific application,
perform a control as to whether to supply power for each of the first device and the second device separately based on the
device information obtained by the acquisition unit, and if the determination unit determines that the selected application
is not the specific application, perform a control as to whether to supply the power for the first device and the second device
together.

US Pat. No. 9,628,657

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A copier comprising:
a document cover;
a reading unit configured to read an image;
a printing unit configured to print the image; and
a setting unit configured to set an identification card mode for reading a front side and a back side of an identification
card and then printing an image of the front side and an image of the back side,

wherein the printing unit starts, in a case where the identification card mode is set by the setting unit, printing of the
image of the front side and the image of the back side in accordance with open of the document cover after the reading unit
reads the front side and the back side of the identification card, and

wherein the printing unit starts, in a case where the identification card mode is not set by the setting unit, printing of
an image without waiting open of the document cover after reading by the reading unit.

US Pat. No. 9,625,838

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic apparatus comprising:
a cylindrical electrophotographic photosensitive member;
a charging roller that is disposed so as to be in contact with the electrophotographic photosensitive member and applies a
direct current voltage to charge the electrophotographic photosensitive member;

a driving force transmission that transmits a driving force which causes rotation so that contact portions of the electrophotographic
photosensitive member and the charging roller move in the same direction and a peripheral speed of the charging roller is
higher than a peripheral speed of the electrophotographic photosensitive member; and

a developing device that supplies a toner onto the electrophotographic photosensitive member to form a toner image,
wherein the developing device is configured to collect a residual toner left on the electrophotographic photosensitive member
after the toner image has been transferred onto a transfer material,

the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises a support, an undercoat layer on the support, and a photosensitive
layer on the undercoat layer,

the undercoat layer contains metal oxide particles, and
a volume resistivity of the undercoat layer is from 1×107 ?·cm to 1×1014 ?·cm.

US Pat. No. 9,625,585

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of first pixels arranged in an image sensing region to obtain a radiation image;
a second pixel configured to obtain a dose of incident radiation during irradiation with radiation; and
a control unit configured to control the plurality of first pixels and the second pixel,
wherein the control unit causes the plurality of first pixels to accumulate electric charge corresponding to a radiation dose,
while causing the second pixel to operate in a detection cycle determined based on irradiation information of radiation before
irradiation with radiation, obtains a dose of incident radiation for each detection cycle, and

corrects the obtained radiation dose in accordance with an amount of noise output from the second pixel operating in the detection
cycle.

US Pat. No. 9,625,849

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a light source which emits light to a photosensitive member;
a deflection unit which reflects the light emitted from the light source to the photosensitive member to form a latent image;
a light receiving unit configured to receive the light which is emitted from the light source and reflected by the deflection
unit;

a signal output unit which outputs a signal based on a value related to the received light;
a light quantity changing unit which changes a light quantity that the light source emits; and
a setting unit which sets a threshold for outputting the signal based on the value related to the received light, wherein
in a case where the light receiving unit receives light which is emitted from the light source with a first light quantity,
the setting unit sets a first threshold based on a value related to a first received light corresponding to the first light
quantity, and

in a case of changing the first light quantity to a second light quantity which is smaller than the first light quantity,
the light quantity changing unit changes the light quantity to a third light quantity, which is smaller than the first light
quantity and larger than the second light quantity, before changing the light quantity to the second light quantity, and

the third light quantity is a light quantity with which the signal is able to be output in a state where the first threshold
is set.

US Pat. No. 9,624,056

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus, comprising:
an apparatus body;
a sheet feed cassette provided attachably/drawably to/out of the apparatus body;
a stacking member, provided in the sheet feed cassette, on which a sheet is stacked;
a feed member configured to feed the sheet stacked on the stacking member in a condition in which the sheet feed cassette
is attached at an attachment position of the apparatus body;

a conveying member configured to convey the sheet fed by the feed member obliquely with respect to a feed direction in which
the feed member feeds the sheet; and

a conveyance guide member provided in the apparatus body and having a reference plane against which a side edge, in a width
direction orthogonal to the feed direction, of the sheet obliquely conveyed by the conveying member abuts, the reference plane
being provided upstream, in the feed direction, of a downstream end of the sheet stacked on the stacking member in a state
in which the sheet feed cassette is attached to the attachment position of the apparatus body and is provided, in terms of
a vertical direction, under an uppermost sheet stacked on the stacking member in the state in which the sheet feed cassette
is attached to the attachment position of the apparatus body,

wherein the sheet feed cassette is provided so as to be attachable/drawable in the width direction orthogonal to the feeding
direction, and

wherein a notch is provided on the reference plane and a vertical wall restricting a widthwise end portion of the sheet is
provided at a position coincident with the notch.

US Pat. No. 9,626,131

PRINT DATA PROCESSING METHOD, PRINT DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PROCESSING PRINT DATA ACCORDING TO PRINT SETTING INFORMATION IN THE PRINT DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print data processing method comprising:
receiving print data in a stream format by a first filter including an interface in a stream format as an input/output interface;
analyzing parts constituting the print data, which is output from the first filter, by a second filter including an interface
in a document format as an input/output interface; and

notifying of print setting information obtained by the analysis performed by the second filter,
wherein the first filter determines whether the notified print setting information is obtained,
wherein the first filter performs processing identified by the notified print setting information if it is determined that
the notified print setting information is obtained, and

wherein the second filter does not request remaining parts of the parts constituting the print data in a case where the print
setting information is obtained.

US Pat. No. 9,626,133

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
at least a processor and at least a memory coupled to the processor, the memory storing instructions, while executed by the
processor, act as:

a display configured to display a screen of a management application in response to selection of an activation object of the
management application displayed on a home screen on which other activating objects are displayed, the screen of the management
application including a plurality of device objects for peripheral apparatuses associated with the management application;
and

a receiver configured to receive an instruction to display an activating object corresponding to one device object among the
plurality of device objects for the peripheral apparatuses associated with the management application, wherein

if the receiver receives the instruction, the activating object corresponding to the one device object is displayed on the
home screen.

US Pat. No. 9,622,656

OPHTHALMOLOGICAL APPARATUS, COMPARISON METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmological apparatus comprising:
a measurement unit configured to measure data of a layer thickness of a predetermined tissue of the eye being examined by
analyzing tomographic images of the eye being examined;

a position identifying unit configured to identify positions of a first part and a second part in the measured data;
a storage unit configured to store statistical data of layer thicknesses of the predetermined tissue of a plurality of eyes
that have been examined;

a position alignment unit configured to perform position alignment on the measured data of the eye being examined and the
statistical data of layer thicknesses of the predetermined tissue of the plurality of eyes that have been examined which is
stored in a storage unit, by comparing an inclination of a first line extending from the first part toward the second part
with an inclination of a second line extending from the first part in the statistical data toward the second part in the statistical
data; and

a comparison unit configured to compare the measured data of the eye being examined with the statistical data.

US Pat. No. 9,626,553

OBJECT IDENTIFICATION APPARATUS AND OBJECT IDENTIFICATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An object identification apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to, for objects in a plurality of sample images, store feature quantities of a plurality of predetermined
partial areas, and a similarity of feature quantities for each partial area between objects of an identical individual and
between objects of different individuals;

a selection unit configured to, for each partial area of an object in a registered image, select a corresponding sample image
from the storage unit based on feature quantities of the partial area;

a setting unit configured to, for objects in the registered image, set a similarity of feature quantities for each partial
area between objects of an identical individual and between objects of different individuals based on a similarity related
to the selected sample images for each partial area;

a learning unit configured to make a discriminator learn based on the set similarity;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a similarity for each partial area between an object in an input image and the object
in the registered image; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether the object in the input image is identical to the object in the registered
image based on the similarity acquired by the acquisition unit and a result of identification by the learned discriminator.

US Pat. No. 9,606,456

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, DETERMINATION METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus which forms a pattern on a substrate, the apparatus comprising:
a stage holding the substrate and being movable;
a measurement unit configured to measure a position of the stage;
a generation unit configured to generate a flow of gas in a space where the stage moves;
a detection unit configured to detect respective positions of a plurality of sample shot regions formed on the substrate;
and

a control unit configured to determine an order of detecting the sample shot regions by the detection unit such that, among
sample shot regions located on a downstream side of the flow of the gas from a center of the substrate, detection by the detection
unit is performed sequentially starting from a sample shot region closest to the measurement unit.

US Pat. No. 9,609,328

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:
an image capture unit that obtains first RAW image data;
a compression unit that compresses the first RAW image data;
a decompression unit that decompresses the compressed first RAW image data into second RAW image data;
a development unit that generates first developed image data from the first RAW image data obtained by the image capture unit,
and generates second developed image data from the second RAW image data, the second RAW image data being RAW image data,
generated by compressing the first RAW image data obtained by the image capture unit by the compression unit and subsequently
decompressing the compressed first RAW image data by the decompression unit, the development unit using identical image development
parameters for both the first RAW image data obtained by the image capture unit and the second RAW image data compressed by
the compression unit and then decompressed by the decompression unit; and

an image quality evaluation unit for evaluating an image quality based on the first developed image data and the second developed
image data such that if image quality exceeds a predetermined upper threshold, a compression rate is increased, and if the
image quality is lower than a predetermined lower threshold, the compression rate is decreased,

wherein the image quality is evaluated based on a calculated ratio value,
wherein the development unit reduces the first RAW image data to generate the first developed image data, and reduces the
second RAW image data to generate the second developed image data.

US Pat. No. 9,608,033

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,606,474

DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus, comprising:
a developer carrying member rotatably provided for carrying a developer containing a toner and a carrier to develop a latent
image;

a developer accommodating container for rotatably supporting said developer carrying member and for accommodating the developer
supplied to said developer carrying member, said accommodating container including a first chamber for accommodating the developer
and a second chamber for forming a feeding path for circulating the developer between itself and the first chamber;

a first feeding member for feeding the developer in said first chamber;
a second feeding member for feeding the developer in said second chamber;
a supply opening, provided on said accommodating container, for permitting supply of the developer;
a discharge opening, provided on said accommodating container for permitting discharge of excessive developer supplied through
said supply opening;

a shutter, provided at an outer surface of said developer accommodating container, for opening and closing said discharging
opening;

a sealing sheet, at an inner surface of said developer accommodating container, for unsealably sealing said discharge opening
and for sealing an initial developer in said accommodating container; and

a winding-up shaft, provided above said first feeding member in a state in which said developing device is mounted in said
image forming apparatus, for winding up the sealing sheet to remove the sealing sheet from said discharge opening after the
initial drive of said developing device;

wherein said winding-up shaft winds up the sealing sheet so as to pass through a space below said first feeding member and
between said first feeding member and said second feeding member.

US Pat. No. 9,606,496

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printed circuit board, comprising:
a substrate on which a component which constitutes a circuit is configured to generate a high voltage is mounted by solder;
and

a contact plate including a soldered portion soldered on the substrate, the contact plate being configured to be brought into
contact with a spring contact, to which the high voltage is applied, mounted in an apparatus to which the substrate is to
be attached,

wherein the contact plate is attached to the substrate by the soldered portion being soldered on a surface of the substrate
opposite to a surface of the substrate on which the component is mounted, and

wherein the contact plate includes a suppressing portion configured to suppress an adhesion of a flux of the solder to a contact
portion in which the contact plate is to be contacted by the spring contact, the suppressing portion making a creeping distance
of the contact plate on which the flux of the solder flows from the soldered portion to the contact portion longer than a
straight-line distance from the soldered portion to the contact portion.

US Pat. No. 9,606,599

POWER SUPPLY CIRCUIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply circuit for an apparatus that operates in a normal power mode and in a power saving mode, in which power
consumption is less than in the normal power mode, the power supply circuit comprising:
a power supply switch configured to be operated so as to turn ON/OFF a power supply of the apparatus;
a first power supply configured to supply power to the apparatus when the apparatus operates in the normal power mode;
a second power supply, which has a lower power supply capability than the first power supply and is connected in parallel
with the first power supply, configured to supply power to the apparatus at least when the apparatus operates in the power
saving mode, wherein the second power supply is in an ON-state even when the power supply switch is operated to OFF and the
apparatus is in a power-off mode;

a controller to which power from the first power supply and power from the second power supply are supplied via a common connection
point;

a first switch element, which is connected between an output terminal of the first power supply and the connection point,
configured to control power that is supplied to the controller,

a second switch element, which is connected between an output terminal of the second power supply and the connection point,
configured to control power that is supplied to the controller; and

a diode, which is connected between the second power supply and the connection point in series with the second switching element
and prevents a current from flowing from the first power supply to the second power supply via the connection point during
the normal power mode and the power saving mode,

wherein the first switch element is a first field-effect transistor, and includes a first internal diode between a source
terminal of the first field-effect transistor and a drain terminal of the first field-effect transistor, and the drain terminal
of the first field-effect transistor is connected to the first power supply side and the source terminal of the first field-effect
transistor is connected to the connection point side to prevent current flowing from the connection point toward the first
power supply, and

wherein the second switch element is a second field-effect transistor, and includes a second internal diode between a source
terminal of the second field-effect transistor and a drain terminal of the second field-effect transistor, and the source
terminal of the second field-effect transistor is connected to the second power supply side and the drain terminal of the
second field-effect transistor is connected to the connection point side to prevent a current from flowing from the second
power supply toward the connection point when the apparatus is in the power-off mode.

US Pat. No. 9,607,384

OPTIMAL PATCH RANKING FOR COORDINATE TRANSFORM ESTIMATION OF MICROSCOPE IMAGES FROM SPARSE PATCH SHIFT ESTIMATES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

11. A method of forming a composite image from a first image and a second image captured by a microscope, said first and second
images having an area of overlap, said method comprising the steps of:
determining a rate of change of pixel values for each of a plurality of locations on the first image;
identifying a set of candidate alignment patches in the first image based upon the determined rate of change;
specifying a plurality of subsets of candidate alignment patches from the set of candidate alignment patches, each specified
subset containing at least three patches, based on a global error metric corresponding to each subset, said error metric depending
upon said rate of change of pixel values for the patches in a corresponding subset;

selecting a subset of candidate alignment patches from said plurality of subsets of candidate alignment patches based upon
a predetermined criterion which is dependent upon the selected subset;

estimating, for each patch in the selected subset, a shift between the patch and a corresponding patch in the second image,
the location of the corresponding patch in the second image being determined from the location of the patch in the first image;

determining a global coordinate transform between the first image and second image based on the estimated shifts; and
combining the first image and the second image using the global coordinate transform to form the single composite image.

US Pat. No. 9,606,649

ELECTRONIC DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a display unit and a touch panel on a screen of the display unit, the apparatus
comprising:
a processor implementing functions of:
a display control unit which controls the display unit to display an image;
a specifying unit which recognizes a first touch operation by a user to a first image displayed by said display unit and specifies
a selected item among a plurality of items included in the first image, wherein said specifying unit specifies, as the selected
item, an item corresponding to a touch decision area encompassing a touch position of the first touch operation, among a plurality
of touch decision areas corresponding to the plurality of items;

an execution unit which executes processing corresponding to the item specified by said specifying unit;
a first determination unit which, after the display unit displays a second image following the first image due to the execution
by the execution unit, determines whether or not the user has made a second touch operation for canceling the first touch
operation;

a second determination unit which, when said first determination unit determines that the second touch operation has been
made, determines a level indicating probability of erroneous operation of the first touch operation, and

an update unit, which updates a size of the touch decision area corresponding to the selected item so that the higher the
level determined by said second determination unit, the larger the change in the size of the touch decision area corresponding
to the selected item is, and, when the level determined by said second determination unit is a lowest level, does not change
the size of the touch decision area corresponding to the selected item,

wherein said display control unit causes the display unit to re-display the first image in response to inputting of the second
touch operation and said specifying unit specifies, when a new touch is detected, a newly selected item among the plurality
of items included in the re-displayed first image, referring to the updated touch decision area, and

wherein said update unit updates the size of the touch decision area corresponding to the selected item without changing a
size of the selected item so that each size of the plurality of items included in the re-displayed first image is the same
as each size of the plurality of items included in the first image displayed during the first touch operation.

US Pat. No. 9,609,303

IMAGE GENERATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image generation apparatus that generates a range image indicating a subject distance by comparing, a first image with
a second image, the first and second images having a parallax, the image generation apparatus comprising:
a holding unit configured to acquire and hold pixel values of pixel groups that serve as targets for comparison from the respective
first and second images;

a reading unit configured to sequentially read out, from the pixel values of the respective pixel groups that are held in
the holding unit, pixel values while shifting a reading area in one direction;

a calculation unit configured to calculate an evaluation value based on the pixel values read out by the reading unit;
an estimation unit configured to estimate the subject distance based on the evaluation value; and
a generation unit configured to generate a range image based on the subject distance estimated by the estimation unit,
wherein the reading unit reuses, by alternately changing a direction in which pixel values are read out every time the pixel
values of the pixel groups held in the holding unit are renewed, a read-out result that is obtained immediately before the
direction in which pixel values are read out is inverted.

US Pat. No. 9,602,678

PERIPHERAL DEVICE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A web service server that communicates with a client device by using a web browser on the client device, the web service
server comprising:
a memory; and
a processor that can communicate with the memory, wherein the processor is configured to control:
a reception unit configured to receive an access by specifying, from the web browser, information indicating a location of
a web service provided by the web service server, and

a providing unit configured to provide, to the web browser on the client device and in accordance with the received access,
display control data used for a display for inputting a value of a print setting for a print process on an image forming apparatus,

wherein the web service server can provide display control data corresponding to each of multiple types of the image forming
apparatus,

wherein the provided display control data includes identification information of the image forming apparatus and data indicating
print settings corresponding to functions supported by the image forming apparatus,

wherein, based on the display via the web browser of the client device using the provided display control data, a value of
a print setting is inputted for a print process on an image forming apparatus corresponding to a selection by a user on a
selection area,

wherein, on the image forming apparatus corresponding to the selection by the user on the selection area, the print process
is performed based on print data created using the input value of the print setting by a print control program for the image
forming apparatus corresponding to the selection by the user on the selection area, and

wherein the web service server and the image forming apparatus corresponding to the selection by the user on the selection
area are built independently of each other on a network.

US Pat. No. 9,600,884

OBJECT SHAPE ALIGNING APPARATUS, OBJECT PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHODS THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a unit configured to acquire an object shape regression model having an average object shape, a plurality of regression functions
and a plurality of feature selection maps, from a plurality of training samples;

a unit configured to set an initial object shape for an object image based on the average object shape;
a unit configured to calculate at least one feature vector with respect to a plurality of feature points of the initial object
shape;

a unit configured, for each coordinate of the plurality of feature points, to select feature fragments from the calculated
feature vector based on a corresponding one of the plurality of feature selection maps and assemble the feature fragments
into a sub feature vector; and

a unit configured, for at least one coordinate of at least one feature point, to predict a coordinate increment based on the
corresponding sub feature vector and a corresponding one of the plurality of regression functions.

US Pat. No. 9,602,169

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a first communication unit for wirelessly communicating with another communication apparatus;
a second communication unit for wirelessly supplying electric power to the other communication apparatus and for wirelessly
communicating with the other communication apparatus;

a control unit configured to cause the second communication unit to transmit specific data to the other communication apparatus;
and

a determining unit configured to determine, according to whether the first communication unit receives from the other communication
apparatus a signal representing that the other communication apparatus has received the specific data, whether to supply electric
power from the second communication unit to the other communication apparatus,

wherein the second communication unit supplies electric power to the other communication apparatus according to a result of
the determination by the determining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,602,687

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION WITH AN EXTERNAL APPARATUS USING GENERATED SESSION AND CHANGED SESSION, AND PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of communicating with an external apparatus, the communication apparatus comprising:
at least one processor;
a communication interface;
the at least one processor configured to function as at least one of a display control, a designation unit, a session control
unit, and a transmission control unit,

a display control unit configured to display candidates of data to be transmitted to the external apparatus, on a display
section;

a designation unit configured to designate transmission target data to be transmitted to the external apparatus out of the
candidates displayed on the display section;

a session control unit configured to control a session for communicating with the external apparatus; and
a transmission control unit configured to transmit, via the communication interface, the transmission target data designated
by the designation unit to the external apparatus with the use of the session generated by the session control unit,

wherein, even after data transmission by the transmission unit is started and before the session generated by the session
control unit is ended, the designation unit can further designate the transmission target data out of the candidates,

wherein, when the transmission target data is further designated by the designation unit, the session control unit performs
control to change information about an already generated session, and

wherein the transmission control unit transmits, via the communication interface, the further designated transmission target
data to the external apparatus, with the use of the session changed by the session control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,602,706

ROTATABLE OPERATING MEMBER AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A rotatable operating member comprising:
a member configured to have a circumferential surface; and
a sheet configured to be fixed to the circumferential surface,
wherein a reflectivity of a surface of said sheet is different from a reflectivity of the circumferential surface of said
member,

wherein said sheet has a plurality of holes formed side by side in a circumferential direction in the circumferential surface,
wherein in said sheet, a part of the circumferential surface is exposed from the holes, and said sheet is fixed to the circumferential
surface such that both ends of said sheet are opposed to each other in the circumferential direction, and

wherein a gap with a width in the circumferential direction substantially equal to a width of the hole in the circumferential
direction is provided between both ends of said sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,599,914

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER HAVING BOW-SHAPED RESIN PARTICLES DEFINING CONCAVITY AND PROTRUSION AT SURFACE THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member comprising:
an electro-conductive substrate; and
an electro-conductive resin layer as a surface layer on the substrate, the electro-conductive resin layer comprising a binder
and retaining a bowl-shaped resin particle having an opening that is exposed at a surface of the electrophotographic member;

the surface of the electrophotographic member comprising a concavity derived from the opening of the bowl-shaped resin particle
exposed at the surface, and a protrusion derived from an edge of the opening of the bowl-shaped resin particle exposed at
the surface; and

a part of the surface of the electrophotographic member is constituted by the electro-conductive resin layer, wherein
a brightness observed at a bottom of the concavity K2< a brightness observed at the protrusion K1,

a brightness observed at an exposed surface of the electro-conductive resin layer K3 < a brightness observed at the protrusion K1, and

0.8?K2/K3?1.2

when the surface of the electrophotographic member is observed with a scanning electron microscope at an accelerating voltage
of 1 kV and a magnification of ×2000 while applying a DC voltage of 50 to 100 V between an electrode disposed opposite to
the electrophotographic member and the electro-conductive substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,602,491

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. A method of controlling an information processing apparatus (1) capable of being used via a plurality of user interfaces,
and (2) having a storage device that stores settings related to a user login, the settings including (a) information indicating
a user authority to use the information processing apparatus via a first type of user interface of the plurality of user interfaces
and (b) information indicating a user authority to use the information processing apparatus via a second type of user interface
of the plurality of user interfaces, the method comprising:
determining whether or not a user having user identification information has a user authority to use the information processing
apparatus via a user interface by which the user has input the user identification information, based on (a) a user authority
corresponding to the user identification information input via the first type of user interface or the second type of user
interface, (b) a type of user interface via which the user identification information has been input, and (c) the settings
stored in the storage device;

determining whether or not the user having the user identification information has the user authority to use the information
processing apparatus both (a) when the user uses the information processing apparatus via the first type of user interface
and (b) when the user uses the information processing apparatus via the second type of user interface; and

determining whether or not the user having the user identification information has the user authority to use the information
processing apparatus in a case (a) that it is determined that the user having the user identification information has the
user authority to use the information processing apparatus (b) and it is determined that the user has the user authority to
use the information processing apparatus via the user interface via which the user has input the user identification information.

US Pat. No. 9,602,753

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix, and outputting a signal based on photoelectric conversion and a signal based on
a reset-state;

a comparator configured to compare the signal outputted from the pixel with a reference signal of which level changes dependent
on time;

a counter configured to output a count signal of a plurality of bits;
a plurality of first bit storage units configured to hold, bit by bit, the count signal, according to a write control signal
based on a result of the comparing by the comparator;

a plurality of second bit storage units configured to hold, bit by bit, the count signal, according to a write control signal
based on a result of the comparing by the comparator; and

a control unit configured to output the write control signal, wherein
the plurality of first bit storage units hold the count signal at a time of comparing the signal based on the reset-state
of the pixel,

the plurality of second bit storage units hold the count signal at a time of comparing the signal based on the photoelectric
conversion of the pixel, and

an order of lengths of a delay time of the count signal held by the plurality of first bit storage units is same as an order
of lengths of the delay time of the write control signal of the plurality of first bit storage units,

an order of lengths of a delay time of the count signal held by the plurality of second bit storage units is same as an order
of lengths of the delay time of the write control signal of the plurality of second bit storage units.

US Pat. No. 9,597,884

INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET PRINTER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink cartridge mountable to a cartridge mounting portion provided with an ink receiving tube, an electrical connecting
portion and a locking lever, in a mounting direction crossing with a direction of gravity, said ink cartridge comprising:
a casing including an ink accommodating chamber configured to accommodate ink to be supplied to the ink receiving tube, said
casing including a front surface at a leading side with respect to the mounting direction, an upper surface and a bottom surface;

a tube inserting portion into which the ink receiving tube is insertable and which is provided at said front surface in a
position closer to said bottom surface than to said upper surface;

an electrical contact electrically connectable to the electrical connecting portion and provided in a position above said
tube inserting portion, said electrical contact including an area crossing with the mounting direction;

an engaging portion provided in a position closer to said electrical contact than to said tube inserting portion, said engaging
portion being engageable with the locking lever to maintain a inserted state in which the ink receiving tube is inserted in
said tube inserting portion and a connected state in which said electrical contact is connected with the electrical connecting
portion; and

a force receiving portion capable of receiving, from an urging spring provided in the cartridge mounting portion, the urging
force for urging said ink cartridge in a dismounting direction which is opposite to the mounting direction, said force receiving
portion being provided in a position above said tube inserting portion and below said electrical contact, wherein said engaging
portion is engageable with said locking lever to maintain the inserted state and the connected state against the urging force.

US Pat. No. 9,601,534

SOLID STATE IMAGE SENSOR, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SOLID STATE IMAGE SENSOR, AND IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid state image sensor comprising a pixel array having a plurality of pixels,
each of the plurality of pixels including a photoelectric conversion device and a microlens configured to guide incident light
to the photoelectric conversion device,

the microlens having a lower surface, on an exit side of the incident light, which has a convex shape with respect to the
photoelectric conversion device,

wherein a vertex of the convex shape is closer to a first end portion of the microlens than to a second end portion of the
microlens along a direction toward a central side of the pixel array, and

wherein the first end portion is closer to the central side of the pixel array than the second end portion along the direction
toward the central side of the pixel array.

US Pat. No. 9,592,605

ROBOT CONTROL METHOD, ROBOT CONTROL APPARATUS, ROBOT CONTROL PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A robot control method capable of, by a control unit, controlling a robot so as to be driven according to a commanded trajectory,
detecting an actual trajectory along which the robot is driven, and controlling the commanded trajectory by learning based
on a trajectory error between the actual trajectory and a target trajectory, the method comprising:
calculating, by the control unit, a trajectory error; and
controlling, by the control unit, the commanded trajectory by learning,
the controlling by learning including
performing storing, by the control unit, such that in a case where the calculated trajectory error is less than a trajectory
error stored in a storage unit, the trajectory error stored in the storage unit is updated by the calculated trajectory error,
the calculated trajectory error is stored in the storage unit, and a commanded trajectory stored in the storage unit is updated
by a commanded trajectory based on which the calculated trajectory error is obtained,

changing, by the control unit, a first compensator to a second compensator such that in a case where the calculated trajectory
error is more than the trajectory error stored in the storage unit, the first compensator is changed to the second compensator
that is configured to calculate an amount of correction of the commanded trajectory from the trajectory error and that is
configured to calculate the amount of correction in a different manner from a manner in which the first compensator calculates
the amount of correction, and

calculating, by the control unit, a commanded trajectory in a next-time operation such that the amount of correction for the
commanded trajectory stored in the storage unit is calculated using a selected compensator, and the commanded trajectory in
the next-time operation is calculated from the calculated amount of correction and the commanded trajectory stored in the
storage unit,

wherein the second compensator is a proportional compensator, an integral compensator, a derivative compensator, a PID compensator,
a low pass filter, a second-order derivative compensator, a time delay compensator, a time advance compensator or a notch
filter, and

wherein in changing, by the control unit, the first compensator, when the first compensator is changed to the second compensator
configured to calculate the amount of correction in a different manner from the manner in which the first compensator calculates
the amount of correction, the first compensator is changed by changing a formula defining the second compensator and one or
more parameters included in the formula such that a value of each parameter is changed within a predetermined range, and the
formula is changed.

US Pat. No. 9,594,397

DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a first panel having a display unit on a first plane having a first side and a second side orthogonal to the first side;
a second panel having a display unit on a second plane having a third side and a fourth side orthogonal to the third side;
a connection member configured to connect the first panel and the second panel;
a first holding unit configured to hold a first end portion of the connection member at a position adjacent to the first side
the first panel;

a second holding unit configured to hold a second end portion of the connection member at a position adjacent to the fourth
side of the second panel; and

a connection region between the first end portion and the second end portion in the connection member,
wherein relative positions of the first panel and the second panel are changed such that the display apparatus has a first
state in which the first plane and the second plane face toward a same direction and the first side and the third side are
adjacent to each other, a second state in which the first plane and the second plane face toward a same direction and the
second side and the fourth side are adjacent to each other, and a third state in which a back side of the first plane and
a back side of the second plane face each other,

wherein the first end portion is held by the first holding unit so as to be rotatable about a first axis substantially in
parallel with the first side,

wherein the second end portion is held by the second holding unit so as to be rotatable about a second axis substantially
in parallel with the fourth side and orthogonal to the first axis, and

wherein the connection region is superimposed on a different one of the panels in the first state and the second state of
the display apparatus when the display apparatus is viewed from the first plane side and the second plane side.

US Pat. No. 9,592,667

PRINTHEAD SUBSTRATE AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printhead substrate comprising:
an electrothermal transducer configured to heat a printing material;
a first transistor configured to drive the electrothermal transducer;
a metal oxide semiconductor structure forming an anti-fuse element; and
a second transistor connected to the metal oxide semiconductor structure, and configured to break down an insulating film
of the metal oxide semiconductor structure,

wherein each of the first transistor and the second transistor includes a gate insulating film and a gate electrode, and the
gate electrode extends over both of the gate insulating film and an element isolation portion formed of an insulating portion
which is thicker than the gate insulating film.

US Pat. No. 9,596,093

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a communication start request from another communication apparatus when the communication
apparatus is in a first state;

a check unit configured to check whether the communication start request received by the reception unit is addressed to the
communication apparatus or not;

a memory configured to store the communication start request received by the reception unit in a case where the communication
start request is addressed to the communication apparatus;

a shifting unit configured to shift a state of the communication apparatus to a second state having power consumption which
is larger than that of the first state, in a case where the communication start request received by the reception unit is
addressed to the communication apparatus;

a setting unit configured to perform a communication setting for the communication apparatus in response to the state of the
communication apparatus having been shifted to the second state by the shifting unit;

an instruction unit configured to instruct the check unit to recheck whether the communication start request stored by the
memory is addressed to the communication apparatus or not in a case where the setting unit succeeds in the communication setting,
and not to instruct the check unit to recheck whether the communication start request stored by the memory is addressed to
the communication apparatus or not in a case where the setting unit fails in the communication setting; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit a response to the communication start request to said another communication apparatus
in a case where the check unit confirms that the communication start request stored by the memory is addressed to the communication
apparatus again, and not to transmit a response to the communication start request to said another communication apparatus
in a case where the check unit confirms that the communication start request stored by the memory is not addressed to the
communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,594,315

DETECTION APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A detection apparatus for detecting a position of a detection target, comprising:
an illumination optical system configured to perform dark-field illumination on a mark; and
a detection optical system configured to guide the light from the mark to a sensor, to detect a position of the mark in a
first direction,

wherein the mark includes one mark element in the first direction,
wherein a width of the mark element in the first direction is set such that two edges of the mark element in the first direction
are detected as one peak when the sensor detects the light from the mark, and

wherein letting ? be a wavelength of light from the illumination optical system, NA be a numerical aperture of the detection
optical system, and Wmax1 be a maximum width of the mark element in the first direction,

Wmax1

US Pat. No. 9,594,323

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising toner particles, each of the toner particles comprising a polyester binder resin, a hydrocarbon wax
and a colorant, with inorganic fine particles being melt-fixed at the surface of the toner particles, wherein
the toner satisfies formula (1):
1.20?P1/P2?2.00  (1)

where P1=Pa/Pb and P2=Pc/Pd,
Pa is an intensity of the highest absorption peak in a range from 2843 cm?1 to 2853 cm?1 in an FT-IR spectrum obtained by an attenuated total reflectance (ATR) method by using Ge as the ATR crystal and under the
condition of an infrared light-incidence angle of 45°,

Pb is an intensity of the highest absorption peak in a range from 1713 cm?1 to 1723 cm?1 in an FT-IR spectrum obtained by an attenuated total reflectance (ATR) method by using Ge as the ATR crystal and under the
condition of an infrared light-incidence angle of 45°,

Pc is an intensity of the highest absorption peak in a range from 2843 cm?1 to 2853 cm?1 in an FT-IR spectrum obtained by an attenuated total reflectance (ATR) method by using KRS5 as the ATR crystal and under the
condition of an infrared light-incidence angle of 45°, and

Pd is an intensity of the highest absorption peak in a range from 1713 cm?1 to 1723 cm?1 in an FT-IR spectrum obtained by an attenuated total reflectance (ATR) method by using KRS5 as the ATR crystal and under the
condition of an infrared light-incidence angle of 45°.

US Pat. No. 9,594,341

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING LOCKING CARTRIDGE TRAY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, to which a cartridge is detachably mountable, for forming an image on a recording material,
said apparatus comprising:
a main assembly including an opening;
a cartridge tray for dismountably supporting a cartridge, said cartridge tray being movable through the opening between an
outer position and an inner position;

an openable member for opening and closing the opening;
said cartridge tray being provided, at one end portion side of said cartridge tray with respect to a longitudinal direction
of said cartridge, with a regulating member which is engaged with a main assembly side engaging portion of said main assembly
to regulate movement of said cartridge tray toward the outer position when said cartridge tray is in the inner position;

at least one urging member, provided upstream of said regulating member with respect to an outward direction which is from
the inner position toward the outer position, for urging said cartridge tray from the inner position toward the outer position;
and

a locking member movable between a regulating position and a non-regulating position in interrelation with movement of said
openable member, wherein when said openable member is closed, said locking member moves to the regulating position at which
said locking member engages with the other end portion side of said cartridge tray with respect to the longitudinal direction
to push said cartridge tray to the inner position and regulates movement of said cartridge tray toward the outer position,
and wherein when said openable member is opened, said locking member moves to the non-regulating position at which said locking
member disengages from said cartridge tray.

US Pat. No. 9,594,343

CARTRIDGE, MOUNTING METHOD FOR COUPLING MEMBER, AND DISASSEMBLING METHOD FOR COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a cartridge comprising:
a developing roller rotatable about an axis thereof;
a coupling member for receiving a rotational force for rotating said developing roller;
a cylindrical member movably supporting one end portion of said coupling member inside of said cylindrical member;
a cylindrical member side force receiving portion, provided inside said cylindrical member, for receiving the rotational force
received by said coupling member;

a first regulating portion, provided inside of said cylindrical member, for preventing one end portion of said coupling member
from disengaging in an axial direction of said cylindrical member, wherein said first regulating portion is deformable outwardly
in a radial direction of said cylindrical member to allow said one end portion of said coupling member to disengage in the
axial direction of said cylindrical member; and

a second regulating portion for regulating deformation of said first regulating portion outward of said cylindrical member
in the radial direction in a state in which one end portion of said coupling member is mounted to the inside of said cylindrical
member;

a driving motor; and
a driving shaft engageable with the coupling member of the cartridge.

US Pat. No. 9,596,406

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS ASSOCIATING SHOOTER AND SHOT IMAGE, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a first image pickup unit configured to shoot a subject to obtain a first image;
a second image pickup unit configured to shoot a shooter to obtain a second image, wherein the subject is different from the
shooter;

a first identification unit configured to identify a person existing in the first image to obtain first identification information
indicating the person;

a second identification unit configured to identify the shooter existing in the second image to obtain second identification
information indicating the shooter;

a recording unit configured to record the second identification information as shooter information of the first image, together
with the first image; and

a control unit configured to, if a person indicated by another information is the same person as the person indicated by the
first identification information, control said recording unit to record the another information, instead of the second identification
information, as the shooter information of the first image, wherein the another information is shooter information of another
image previously obtained by said first image pickup unit.

US Pat. No. 9,596,424

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels each including a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions;
a holding portion which holds signals output from the plurality of pixels;
a driver which performs a first holding process for holding first signals supplied from a first number of photoelectric conversion
portions of each pixel in the holding portion and a second holding process for holding second signals supplied from a second
number of photoelectric conversion portions of each pixel in the holding portion, wherein a period of the first holding process
is set shorter than a period of the second holding process, and the second number being larger than the first number;

a signal processor which performs a predetermined process on the second signals and generate a captured image data;
a memory which stores the captured image data; and
a display unit which displays the captured image data,
wherein the second signal is used for generating the captured image data in the signal processor, and the first signal and
a difference signal between the second signal and the first signal are used for focus detection.

US Pat. No. 9,595,658

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL PIEZOELECTRIC DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
Na, Ba, Nb, Ti, and at least one of Si and B,
wherein a ratio “y” of a content (mol) of Nb with respect to a total content (mol) of Nb and Ti is 0.85?y?0.95,
a ratio “x” of a content (mol) of Na with respect to the total content (mol) of Nb and Ti is 0.80?x?0.95,
a ratio “b” of a content (mol) of Ba with respect to the total content (mol) of Nb and Ti is 0.05?b?0.15, and
a total content (part by weight) of Si and B is 0.001 parts by weight or more and 4.000 parts by weight or less with respect
to 100 parts by weight of an oxide including Na, Ba, Nb and Ti.

US Pat. No. 9,588,043

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND MEASUREMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A measurement apparatus comprising:
a sensor that photoelectrically converts received light to output image data;
a lens that condenses light reflected by an object surface to be measured on the sensor;
a lens control unit configured to control aperture angles of rays passing through the lens so that the aperture angles of
the rays incident on the sensor are different;

a measurement control unit configured to control the sensor and the lens control unit so as to acquire a multi-angular reflectance
property in a neighborhood of a specular reflection direction of the object surface;

a stage on which an object to be measured is placed; and
a stage control unit configured to control a tilt of the stage,
wherein the stage control unit changes the tilt of the stage in accordance with a declination angle instructed by the measurement
control unit, and the sensor outputs image data corresponding to the declination angle,

wherein the measurement control unit acquires a reflectance property of the object surface corresponding to the declination
angle from the image data corresponding to the declination angle, and

wherein the lens has object-space telecentricity, the sensor is an area sensor in which light receiving elements are arranged
two-dimensionally, and the reflectance property represents a two-dimensional distribution of reflectances in the object surface.

US Pat. No. 9,591,436

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a storage unit configured to store device identification information identifying a device in association with access point
identification information identifying an access point;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain, from a device, communication information for communicating with the device;
a specifying unit configured to specify, from access point identification information stored in the storage unit, access point
information corresponding to device identification information included in the communication information; and

a wireless communication unit configured to connect to an access point indicated by the access point information specified
by the specifying unit, and execute communication between a device indicated by the device identification information included
in the communication information and the communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,585,560

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image obtaining unit configured to obtain a tomographic image including a plurality of layers in an eye fundus of an eye
to be examined;

an information acquiring unit configured to acquire information indicating a shape of a macula portion and an optic disk portion
in at least one layer in the tomographic image; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether an anomaly is present in the macula portion and the optic disk portion
based on the information indicating the shape.

US Pat. No. 9,591,199

IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A drive unit which is communicable with a lens apparatus, the drive unit comprising:
a driver that drives a movable optical member;
a first communicator which is connected to the lens apparatus; and
a second communicator that is communicable with the lens apparatus through a wireless communication with the first communicator,
wherein the first communicator receives an electric power supply different from an electric power supply which supplies an
electric power to the drive unit, and

wherein the first communicator is configured to send and receive signals to and from the second communicator while the first
communicator is not electrically connected to the second communicator.

US Pat. No. 9,591,231

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PROPERLY EMPHASIZING DIFFERENCES IN BRIGHTNESS BETWEEN BRIGHT SPOTS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a bright spot detection unit configured to detect the number of bright spots from an image picked up by an image pickup unit;
a blurring processing unit configured to perform blurring processing on the image picked up by the image pickup unit;
an edge emphasis processing unit configured to perform edge emphasis processing on the image picked up by the image pickup
unit; and

a control unit configured to control the image processing performed on the image by selecting the blurring processing, or
the edge emphasis processing, or neither of the two according to the number of bright spots detected by said bright spot detection
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,581,920

COATING FILM-REMOVING METHOD FOR CYLINDRICAL SUBSTRATE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A manufacturing method for an electrophotographic photosensitive member including forming a coating film of an electrophotographic
photosensitive member coating liquid on a cylindrical substrate by a dip coating method,
the manufacturing method comprising removing, after the forming the coating film of the electrophotographic photosensitive
member coating liquid on the cylindrical substrate by the dip coating method, the coating film present on a lower side of
the cylindrical substrate in a longitudinal direction by a coating film-removing method,

wherein the coating film-removing method includes supporting the cylindrical substrate having formed thereon the coating film
of the electrophotographic photosensitive member coating liquid in a vertical direction, and removing the coating film at
a portion to be subjected to coating film removal present on the lower side of the cylindrical substrate in the longitudinal
direction through use of a coating film-removing member, and the coating film-removing method further comprises:

a solvent-supplying step of supplying a solvent to an inside of the cylindrical substrate from an opening through which the
solvent is discharged;

an outer peripheral surface coating film-removing member abutment step of causing, through use of, as the coating film-removing
member, an outer peripheral surface coating film-removing member configured to remove the coating film at the portion to be
subjected to coating film removal in an outer peripheral surface of the cylindrical substrate, the outer peripheral surface
coating film-removing member to abut against a region ranging from an upper end to a lower end of the coating film at the
portion to be subjected to coating film removal in the outer peripheral surface of the cylindrical substrate; and

an outer peripheral surface coating film-removing step of removing, under a state in which the outer peripheral surface coating
film-removing member abuts against the region ranging from the upper end to the lower end of the coating film at the portion
to be subjected to coating film removal in the outer peripheral surface of the cylindrical substrate, the coating film at
the portion to be subjected to coating film removal in the outer peripheral surface through rubbing by relatively rotating
the cylindrical substrate and the outer peripheral surface coating film-removing member while supplying the solvent, which
is supplied to the inside of the cylindrical substrate and then flows to a lower end of the cylindrical substrate, to an abutting
portion between the coating film at the portion to be subjected to coating film removal in the outer peripheral surface and
the outer peripheral surface coating film-removing member.

US Pat. No. 9,581,788

LENS SYSTEM AND IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens system comprising:
a lens device including an optical member; and
a position detection device including a detection unit that obtains position information regarding the optical member,
wherein the position detection device includes a generation unit that generates a connection request signal for requesting
the lens device to establish a first communication path between the lens device and the position detection device, and

wherein the connection request signal generated by the generation unit includes the position information obtained by the detection
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,578,448

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
an operation unit configured to be operated by a user;
a communication unit configured to perform close proximity wireless communication;
a detection unit configured to detect an operation for the operation unit;
a display unit configured to display, if the detection unit detects the operation and the communication unit has executed
close proximity wireless communication with an external apparatus, a confirmation screen for confirming execution of processing
corresponding to the operation for the operation unit; and

a control unit configured to control the processing corresponding to the operation for the operation unit in accordance with
an instruction of the user for the screen displayed by the display unit.

US Pat. No. 9,578,192

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF DEVICES DRIVEN BY POWER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising a plurality of devices driven by power and configured to be operable in:
1) a standby mode in which power is supplied to the plurality of devices and the image forming apparatus stands by a start
of an image formation; and

2) a power saving mode in which power supply to a part of the plurality of devices is stopped so that the power consumption
of the image forming apparatus in the power saving mode is reduced compared with that of the image forming apparatus in the
standby mode, comprising:

a door which is opened when consumable material is replaced;
a detection unit configured to detect whether or not a replacement of the consumable material is required;
a door opened/closed detection unit configured to detect the door opening or door closing both in the standby mode and in
the power saving mode;

a first power supply configured to supply power to the door opening/closing detection unit when the image forming apparatus
is in the power saving mode;

a display unit configured to display information;
a control unit configured to display a guide to replace the consumable material on the display unit when the door opening
is detected by the door opening/closing detection unit in the power saving mode and it is detected by the detection unit that
the replacement of the consumable material is required;

a second power supply configured to supply power to the control unit; and
a power control unit, when the image forming apparatus is in the power saving mode, configured to stop power supply from the
second power supply to the control unit when the door opening is not detected by the door opening/closing detection unit,
and configured to allow power supply from the second power supply to the control unit when the door opening is detected by
the door opening/closing detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,578,199

CONTROL OF DRIVING ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive selection of a function from a plurality of types of functions;
an execution unit configured to execute the function received by said reception unit;
a determination unit configured to determine whether temperature rise suppression of a predetermined driving element is necessary;
and

a stop control unit configured to perform stop control on said predetermined driving element in accordance with the type of
the selected function, if said determination unit determines that temperature rise suppression is necessary,

wherein if the function received by said reception unit is a function which does not use said predetermined driving element,
said stop control unit causes said execution unit to execute the function, and

if the function received by said reception unit is a function which uses said predetermined driving element, said stop control
unit causes said execution unit to execute at least an initial operation of operations included in the function, even if said
determination unit determines that temperature rise suppression is necessary.

US Pat. No. 9,575,422

METHOD OF PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, METHOD OF PRODUCING ORGANIC DEVICE, AND EMULSION FOR CHARGE TRANSPORTING LAYER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing an electrophotographic photosensitive member which comprises a support and a charge transporting
layer formed thereon, the method comprising the steps of:
preparing a solution comprising (i) a first liquid whose solubility in water under 25° C. and 1 atmosphere is 1.0 mass % or
less, (ii) a second liquid whose solubility in water under 25° C. and 1 atmosphere is 5.0 mass % or more, (iii) a charge transporting
substance, and (iv) a binder resin;

preparing an emulsion by dispersing the solution in water;
forming a coat for the charge transporting layer by using the emulsion; and
forming the charge transporting layer by heating the coat.