US Pat. No. 9,746,789

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,746,855

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. 9,772,587

HEATER AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,772,596

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,772,602

ROTATIONAL FORCE TRANSMITTING PART

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,742,897

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,773,189

RECOGNITION APPARATUS AND RECOGNITION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,773,193

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,740,109

HOLDING DEVICE, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ITEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,742,933

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,742,948

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DELETING APPLICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,738,081

PRINTING APPARATUS AND LIQUID STORAGE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,738,088

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,742,983

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,742,221

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE, POWER SUPPLY METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,743,000

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,743,004

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,733,584

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner, comprising:
a toner particle including a surface layer derived from a resin particle, the resin particle containing a resin having an
ionic functional group and an acid dissociation constant pKa of 6.0 to 9.0,

the surface layer further comprising an organosilicon polymer having a partial structure represented by formula (1):
R0—SiO3/2  (1)

wherein R0 represents an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, or a phenyl group, and

a ratio of a peak area for the partial structure represented by formula (1) to a total peak area for the organosilicon polymer
is 5.0% or more in a 29Si-NMR measurement of a tetrahydrofuran-insoluble matter of the toner particle.

US Pat. No. 9,769,352

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,769,372

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,769,377

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,769,401

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,762,787

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,729,739

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,760,747

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,729,487

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,751,318

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS AND ATTACHMENT ASSEMBLY OF LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,756,195

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,753,395

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS ACQUIRING A DURATION OF OVERCHARGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,753,262

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,718,187

ROBOT CONTROLLING METHOD, ROBOT APPARATUS, PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ASSEMBLY COMPONENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A robot controlling method for controlling an articulated robot, the articulated robot including joint driving devices
configured to drive respective joints of the articulated robot each including a servomotor, a reduction gear, a motor-side
angle detector configured to detect an output angle of the servomotor, and a reduction gear-side angle detector configured
to detect an output angle of the reduction gear, the robot controlling method comprising:
a feedback control step of carrying out feedback control on motion of the servomotors such that detection angles detected
by the respective motor-side angle detectors become target angles;

a leading end position calculation step of obtaining a position of a leading end of the articulated robot based on detection
angles detected by the respective reduction gear-side angle detectors;

a timing step of obtaining a time from a reference time point to a time point at which a vibration width, relative to a positioning
completion position, of the position of the leading end of the articulated robot calculated in the leading end position calculation
step converges within a convergence range;

a setting step of setting the time obtained in the timing step as a stopping duration, and
a control step of stopping the articulated robot for the stopping duration and thereafter returning to the feedback control
step.

US Pat. No. 9,720,362

HEATING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,723,195

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,715,108

SCANNING OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A scanning optical apparatus, comprising:
a deflector which deflects incident light, the deflector having a fixed-shaft and a polygon mirror provided rotatably with
respect to the shaft;

a lens through which the light from the deflector passes; and
an optical box which accommodates the deflector and the lens, the optical box having a hole portion into which the shaft is
fitted;

wherein a concave portion, the center of which coincides with the center of the hole portion and the internal diameter of
which is larger than that of the hole portion, is provided in the optical box.

US Pat. No. 9,714,146

SHEET STORAGE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,713,089

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,712,836

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 a significance map from an encoded bitstream, the method comprising:
identifying a scan pattern over which a plurality of discrete sets of flags are arranged;
decoding a set index value from the bitstream, the set index value identifying a set of flags from the plurality of discrete
sets of flags, the set of flags including a last significant coefficient flag of the significance map, and at least one zero-valued
significant coefficient flag located after the last significant coefficient flag in a forward direction of the scan pattern,
wherein each significant coefficient flag of the significance map is associated with one of the plurality of discrete sets
of flags; and

decoding individual significance flags and writing the decoded values into the significance map according to the scan pattern
and including all significance flags located before the identified set of flags, according to the identified scan pattern,
and for an entirety of the identified set of flags.

US Pat. No. 9,711,563

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,708,506

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,707,774

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,710,869

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR RENDERING A GRAPHICAL OBJECT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of rendering a graphic object, the method comprising:
tessellating the graphic object into a plurality of original polygons;
forming a plurality of expanded polygons based on the plurality of original polygons, the expanded polygons encompassing sampling
points of pixels touched by edges of the graphic object;

rendering the plurality of expanded polygons in accordance with a centre-intersect pixel placement rule as applied to the
plurality of expanded polygons; and

excluding pixels which are rendered by the rendering of the plurality of expanded polygons and which violate an area-intersect
pixel placement rule as applied to the plurality of original polygons.

US Pat. No. 9,712,159

DIFFERENTIAL SIGNAL DRIVING CIRCUIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,710,913

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT FORMS DISTANCE IMAGE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AS WELL AS STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor processing input data of a plurality of images, the processor performing the functions of:
a distance estimation unit configured to estimate distance information corresponding to a subject distance in each area of
the plurality of images, from a correlation degree of the plurality of images;

a distance reliability calculation unit configured to calculate a reliability of the distance information estimated by the
distance estimation unit; and

a distance image forming unit configured to correct the distance information estimated by the distance estimation unit based
on the reliability calculated by the distance reliability calculation unit and to form a distance image based on the corrected
distance information,

wherein the distance image includes a monochrome image which changes in gray scale according to the estimated distance information
or a color image which changes in tone according to the estimated distance information.

US Pat. No. 9,708,116

PACKING MEMBER AND CARTRIDGE PACKED IN THE PACKING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,709,908

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
an electrically conductive support;
an undercoat layer on the electrically conductive support; and
a photosensitive layer on the undercoat layer, wherein the undercoat layer has a volume resistivity of from 1×1010 ?·cm to 1×1013 ?·cm;

the undercoat layer comprises:
(A) a zinc oxide particle; and
(B) at least one particle selected from the group consisting of titanium oxide particles coated with tin oxide doped with
any one of zinc, aluminum, fluorine, tungsten, niobium, tantalum, and phosphorus, and a titanium oxide particle coated with
oxygen deficient tin oxide; and

the content of the particle (B) in the undercoat layer is from 3% by mass to 20% by mass based on the content of the particle
(A).

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. 9,709,922

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

notifying a printing unit of the value calculated.

US Pat. No. 9,709,924

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,712,487

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions that, when executed by the processor(s), cause the apparatus to:
set a first address, which is used by the communication apparatus in a first wireless network;
join the first wireless network, and newly join a second wireless network while keeping joining the first wireless network;
determine, when newly joining the second wireless network, whether or not a network address part of the first address is in
common with a first network address that the communication apparatus attempts to use in the second wireless network; and

set a second address that the communication apparatus uses in the second wireless network in accordance with a result of the
determine,

wherein the communication apparatus sets, in a case where the network address part of the first address is in common with
the first network address, an address obtained using a second network address different from the first network address as
the second address, without changing an address used by the communication apparatus in the first wireless network from the
first address that has been set, and

wherein the communication apparatus sets, in a case where the network address part of the first address is not in common with
the first network address, an address obtained using the first network address as the second address, without changing an
address used by the communication apparatus in the first wireless network from the first address that has been set.

US Pat. No. 9,709,675

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,710,205

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,703,067

LENS BARREL AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:
a base barrel;
a first guide portion held by the base barrel;
a movable barrel protrudable and retractable with respect to the base barrel in an optical axis direction;
a second guide portion held by the movable barrel such that when the movable barrel is protruded with respect to the base
barrel during transition from a retracted state to an image capturing standby state, the second guide portion protrudes in
an object side with respect to the first guide portion;

a lens holding member including a first held portion and a second held portion, the first held portion being held by the first
guide portion so as to be movable in the optical axis direction, the second held portion being held by the second guide portion
so as to be movable in the optical axis direction;

a lock portion for setting a positional relationship between the first and second guide portions during the transition from
the retracted state to the image capturing standby state so that after the lock portion sets the positional relationship between
the first and second guide portions, the lens holding member is movable in the optical direction in an image capturable state
while maintaining the positional relationship between the first and second guide portions set by the lock portion;

an initial position detector for detecting an initial position of the lens holding member in the optical axis direction; and
a controller for controlling movements of the movable barrel and the lens holding member so that a movement of the lens holding
member toward the initial position detector is started during the transition from the retracted state to the image capturing
standby state before start of setting of the positional relationship by the lock portion.

US Pat. No. 9,705,143

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM THEREOF, AND BATTERY FOR OPERATING ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fuel cell device supplying electric power with an image pickup device which can detect a consumption power of the image
pickup device, comprising:
a fuel cell stack which outputs the electric power through a chemical reaction between fuel gas and oxidant gas;
a purge valve which executes a purging operation of the fuel cell stack;
a fuel cell system controller which controls the purge valve in accordance with the consumption power detected by the image
pickup device; and

a cell voltage detector which detects an output voltage of the fuel cell stack,
wherein the fuel cell system controller determines whether or not to notify request of the purging operation based on the
detected output voltage of the fuel cell stack, and

wherein the fuel cell system controller decides whether or not an unoperated state of the image pickup device reaches a predetermined
time, and, when deciding that the unoperated state reaches the predetermined time, causes the purge valve to execute the purging
operation.

US Pat. No. 9,703,178

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,703,508

MANAGING APPARATUS, MANAGING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,696,436

SCINTILLATOR CRYSTAL AND RADIATION DETECTOR USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,690,740

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, INPUT CONTROL APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,657,171

FLAME RETARDANT COMPOSITION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

US Pat. No. 9,690,228

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,689,974

IMAGE FORMING METHOD USING ULTRASOUND AND ABERRATION CORRECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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


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

x: position.

US Pat. No. 9,659,227

DETECTING OBJECT FROM IMAGE DATA USING FEATURE QUANTITIES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,691,010

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,690,244

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,659,242

APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS CALIBRATION FOR MAINTAINING IMAGE QUALITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,690,522

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,693,087

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,658,554

METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING RESIN PARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,658,584

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,690,113

OPTICAL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,658,593

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,692,936

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,688,069

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS AND LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,692,940

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,692,962

CONTROL DEVICE, OPTICAL APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control device that performs tracking control on a subject by a movable unit shifting and moving the subject in a photographed
image, the device comprising:
a gravity center calculating unit configured to calculate one gravity center position corresponding to a plurality of subjects
detected from the photographed image; and

a control unit configured to perform drive controlling on the movable unit so that the calculated gravity center position
is located at a specific position of the photographed image.

US Pat. No. 9,692,971

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,661,454

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,692,980

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,652,188

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,651,899

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH BELT STEERING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,652,855

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,686,530

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,649,865

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,648,244

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power that does not move for zooming;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power that moves during zooming;
a third lens unit having a negative refractive power that moves along a locus convex toward the object side during zooming
from a wide angle end to a telephoto end;

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

US Pat. No. 9,647,018

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,645,543

CLEANING DEVICE WITH SEALING OF SUPPORTING PLATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,646,647

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,648,739

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT MOUNTING STRUCTURE AND PRINTED WIRING BOARD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,668,707

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,636,906

PRINTING APPARATUS AND DRIVING METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,639,000

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,640,570

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,674,449

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. 9,672,451

PRINTING SYSTEM INCLUDING A PRINTING APPARATUS AND AN INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT IS CAPABLE OF COMMUNICATING WITH THE PRINTING APPARATUS CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system including a printing apparatus and an information processing apparatus that is capable of communication
with the printing apparatus,
wherein the information processing apparatus comprising:
a first processor coupled to a first memory;
a status determining unit configured to determine whether or not the printing apparatus is in a power saving state;
a sending unit configured to send attribute information of a sheet to be set on a sheet holding unit of the printing apparatus
to the printing apparatus in a case that it is determined by the status determination unit that the printing apparatus is
determined as not in a power saving state; and

a holding unit configured to hold the attribute information to be sent by the sending unit without returning the printing
apparatus from the power saving state in a case that it is determined by the status determination unit that the printing apparatus
is in the power saving state,

wherein the sending unit sends the attribute information held by the holding unit to the printing unit in a case that the
holding unit holds the attribute information and the printing apparatus returns from the power saving state, and

wherein the status determining unit, the sending unit and the holding unit are implemented at least in part by the first processor,
and

wherein the printing apparatus comprising:
a second processor coupled to a second memory;
a receiving unit configured to receive the attribute information sent by the sending unit;
a setting unit configured to set the attribute information received by the receiving unit to the sheet holding unit as attribute
information of a sheet to be stored in the sheet holding unit; and

a printing unit configured to perform printing based on the attribute information set by the setting unit,
wherein the receiving unit and the setting unit are implemented at least in part by the second processor.

US Pat. No. 9,639,942

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,668,642

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. 9,671,984

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR MANAGING MEMORY, PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for executing, by a processor, a program including a first program layer with an instruction
set to be interpreted and executed by the processor and a second program layer with an instruction set interpreted in advance
by a unit other than the processor, comprising:
a division enlargement unit configured to execute division processing and enlargement processing for image data; and
an output unit configured to execute output processing to an external device using a plurality of image data obtained by the
division processing and the enlargement processing by said division enlargement unit,

wherein one of the first program layer and the second program layer includes said division enlargement unit,
wherein the external device forms an image before the division by printing a plurality of images corresponding to the plurality
of image data, based on the image data output by said output unit, and

wherein said division enlargement unit and said output unit are implemented by the processor.

US Pat. No. 9,662,878

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus, comprising:
a recording head configured to discharge ink;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information relating to temperature of the recording head;
a conveying unit configured to convey a recording medium;
a mode selecting controller which performs selecting of one recording mode from a plurality of recording modes at least including
(i) a first continuous recording mode where a first recording medium and a second recording medium are conveyed by the conveying
unit such that, during recording of the first recording medium which is recorded upon first, the first recording medium and
the second recording medium which is recorded upon next after the first recording medium do not overlap, and

(ii) a second continuous recording mode where the first recording medium and the second recording medium are conveyed by the
conveying unit such that, during recording of the first recording medium, an edge of the first recording medium at an upstream
side in a conveyance direction and an edge of the second recording medium at a downstream side in the conveyance direction
are overlapped;

a heating controller which performs heating of the recording head based on the information relating to the temperature of
the recording head, wherein the heating controller executes

(i) temporarily stopping of heating of the recording head during a period from ending of recording onto the first recording
medium to starting of recording on the second recording medium in the first continuous recording mode, and

(ii) heating of the recording head during the period from ending of recording onto the first recording medium to starting
of recording on the second recording medium in the second continuous recording mode; and

a recording controller which performs recording by the recording head in accordance with the selected recording mode.

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. 9,667,837

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. 9,667,844

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH A PLURALITY OF TIERS OF ROTATION OPERATION MEMBERS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
an image pickup apparatus including:
a holder that is fixed to an exterior member;
a first rotation operation member that is supported by said holder in a rotatable manner;
a second rotation operation member that is disposed in a manner opposed to said first rotation operation member in an axial
direction and is supported by said holder in a rotatable manner;

a first click mechanism configured to generate a click force in a case where said first rotation operation member is rotationally
operated; and

a second click mechanism configured to generate a click force in a case where said second rotation operation member is rotationally
operated,

wherein said first click mechanism and said second click mechanism are arranged in a space in which said first rotation operation
member and said second rotation operation member are opposed to each other in the axial direction,

wherein said first click mechanism comprises:
a first click member;
first engagement portions provided in plurality in said first rotation operation member in a direction of rotation of said
first rotation operation member, for engagement with said first click member; and

a first urging portion that includes a portion for accommodating said first click member, and urges said first click member
toward said first engagement portions,

wherein said second click mechanism comprises:
a second click member;
second engagement portions provided in plurality in said second rotation operation member in a direction of rotation of said
second rotation operation member, for engagement with the second click member; and

a second urging portion that includes a portion for accommodating said second click member, and urges said second click member
toward said second engagement portions, and

wherein said first urging portion and said second urging portion are formed integrally with a plate member fixed to said holder,
wherein said first urging portion formed on said olate member is bent upward and said second urging portion formed on said
olate member is bent downward.

US Pat. No. 9,665,029

ELECTRO-CONDUCTIVE ROLLER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,665,033

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. 9,665,034

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,665,809

APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printer comprising:
a communication unit configured to execute communication by using NFC (Near Field Communication); and
a storage unit configured to store predetermined information, based on an amount of a recording material for printing of an
image by the printer,

wherein, in a case where the communication unit executes first communication with a mobile device via NFC after a first display
item which is selectable on a predetermined screen by an application executed on the mobile device is designated by a user
on the mobile device, a first display content is newly displayed by the mobile device based on the predetermined information
which the mobile device acquires from the storage unit, and

in a case where the communication unit executes communication with the mobile device via NFC after a second display item which
is selectable on the predetermined screen is designated by the user on the mobile device, a second display content different
from the first display content is newly displayed by the mobile device.

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. 9,667,102

WIRELESS ELECTRIC POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING WIRELESS ELECTRIC POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A wireless power transmission apparatus that carries out wireless power transmission, the wireless power transmission apparatus
comprising:
a communication unit configured to carry out communication for a wireless power transmission;
a restriction unit configured to restrict a wireless power transmission in a case in which the communication unit is unable
to communicate with an object disposed within a range in which a wireless power transmission apparatus can transmit wireless
power;

a display control unit configured to display an instruction for an operation to start a wireless power transmission to the
object while a wireless power transmission to the object is restricted by the restriction unit; and

a control unit configured to start a wireless power transmission for charging the object so that the object is able to communicate
with the communication unit in response to the operation having been performed by a user after the display control unit displays
the instruction for the operation to start the wireless power transmission.

US Pat. No. 9,665,049

MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY, AND IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A member for electrophotography, comprising
a substrate,
an elastic layer comprising a silicone rubber,
a surface layer comprising a fluorine resin, and
an adhesive layer between the elastic layer and the surface layer,
wherein the adhesive layer contains a polyimide silicone, and
wherein when a peel test of the surface layer from the elastic layer is conducted after the member is left in the environment
of 260° C. for 10 hours, the elastic layer undergoes a cohesive failure.

US Pat. No. 9,665,055

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS, SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

a driving portion configured to drive the belt.

US Pat. No. 9,665,063

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. 9,665,319

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PRINTING RECEIVED PRINT DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that uses a storage capable of storing printing data and an image forming device that forms
an image on a sheet based on the printing data, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a controller, having a processor which executes instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry, being configured to:
cause the storage to store therein plural printing data, including first printing data and second printing data, associated
with a specific user;

accept a login by the specific user;
determine that printing data, whose document name is same as a document name of the first printing data, does not exist in
the plural printing data, and causing the image forming device to perform image forming based on the first printing data not
on a basis of a printing data selection instruction made by the specific user but automatically on a basis of the login by
the specific user; and

determine that printing data, whose document name is same as a document name of the second printing data, exists in the plural
printing data, and causing the image forming device to perform the image forming based on the second printing data on a basis
of the printing data selection instruction made by the specific user.

US Pat. No. 9,665,322

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR EXECUTING PRINT JOB AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus to be used in an image forming system that includes a storing unit configured to store user
information and group information, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a controlling unit that performs control based on a program and includes at least one memory that stores the program and at
least one processor that executes the program,

wherein the controlling unit is configured to perform the following processing:
processing of acquiring print data that includes user information and group information that is not associated with the user
information in the storing unit; and

processing of causing the storing unit to store said non-associated group information in such a way as to associate, with
the user information, said non-associated group information.

US Pat. No. 9,662,005

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire a first tomographic image and a second tomographic image;
a dividing unit configured to divide the first tomographic image and the second tomographic image into plural regions respectively;
a determining unit configured to determine similarity for each of the plural regions by comparing the plural regions in the
first tomographic image with the plural regions in the second tomographic image;

a selecting unit configured to select a part of similarities in the plural regions, on the basis of the similarities in the
plural regions; and

a registration unit configured to perform registration between the first tomographic image and the second tomographic image,
on the basis of the part of similarities selected by the selecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,666,626

IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE THAT IS PROVIDED WITH PERIPHERAL CIRCUITS TO PREVENT CHIP AREA FROM BEING INCREASED, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup device comprising:
a first semiconductor substrate and a second semiconductor substrate which is stacked on the first semiconductor substrate;
a pixel section including a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix form, wherein the pixel section is formed on an area
of the first semiconductor substrate;

a plurality of column signal lines which have signals output thereto from the plurality of pixels of the pixel section;
a plurality of column circuits, each of which is respectively connected to one of the plurality of column signal lines and
configured to perform predetermined processing on the signals output from the column signal lines, wherein each of the plurality
of column circuits includes an AD converter; and

a plurality of column memories each of which is respectively connected to one of the plurality of column circuits and which
store digital signals output from the AD converter,

wherein the plurality of column circuits and the plurality of column memories are formed on an area of the second semiconductor
substrate,

wherein at least two column circuits and at least two column memories adjacent to each other, among the plurality of column
circuits and the plurality of column memories, are arranged at different locations on the second substrate with an offset
in at least a column direction.

US Pat. No. 9,666,629

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing an electronic device, comprising:
forming a first electrode over a substrate;
forming a first insulating layer over the first electrode;
forming a second electrode over the first insulating layer;
forming a second insulating layer over the second electrode;
reducing a film thickness of at least a part of a surface of the second insulating layer; and
after the reducing, polishing the surface of the second insulating layer by chemical mechanical polishing,
wherein a closest to a rim of the substrate end portion of the second electrode is formed at a location closer to the rim
of the substrate than a location of a closest to the rim of the substrate end portion of the first electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,632,737

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, AND METHOD AND MEDIUM FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,633,284

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,633,285

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS COLOR MISREGISTRATION CORRECTION OR DENSITY CORRECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,634,897

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,629,522

SEPARABLE MEDICAL INSTRUMENT, AND OPERATED SECTION AND OPERATING SECTION THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,635,205

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,635,218

IMAGE PROCESSING BASED ON A PIXEL VALUE IN IMAGE DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,632,403

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

Ey/Fy?0.05

Ex/Fx?0.05

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

US Pat. No. 9,635,243

RANGING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND RANGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,635,260

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,632,441

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,635,263

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:
an estimator configured to estimate a position of a blur correcting lens based on a control amount in accordance with a difference
between a target position and a current position, and a numerical model, and to output a first position signal;

a first extractor configured to extract a first frequency band of the first position signal, which is higher than a predetermined
frequency;

a second extractor configured to extract a second frequency band of a second position signal that is output from a detector
configured to detect the position of the blur correcting lens, which is equal to or lower than the predetermined frequency;

a combiner configured to combine a signal extracted by the first extractor and a signal extracted by the second extractor;
and a controller configured to control driving of the blur correcting lens to move to the target position based on a third
position signal combined by the combiner.

US Pat. No. 9,635,266

IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,630,405

PRINTING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing element substrate comprising:
a plurality of ejection openings for ejecting liquid;
a plurality of temperature detection elements provided along the ejection openings;
heating resistor elements for generating energy for ejecting ink through the ejection openings and being provided to correspond
to the ejection openings; and

liquid supply openings for supplying liquid to the ejection openings,
wherein the ejection openings and the heating resistor elements are provided along the liquid supply openings,
wherein the temperature detection elements form a column,
wherein the heating resistor elements are provided between the column of the temperature detection elements and the liquid
supply openings, and

wherein the temperature detection elements are arranged at a higher density during an operation for ejecting ink through the
ejection openings in a part having a higher temperature change of the printing element substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,630,406

LIQUID DISCHARGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharging device comprising: a pressure chamber formed by a first side wall made of a piezoelectric element,
a second side wall made of the piezoelectric element, a floor wall or a ceiling wall, and a substrate, wherein an electrode
is formed on a face of the first side wall and a face of the second side wall, the faces each facing an inner side of the
pressure chamber to apply voltage to the piezoelectric element in order to change a volume of the pressure chamber by deforming
the piezoelectric element;
a liquid supplying unit provided on a liquid supply side of the pressure chamber to supply the pressure chamber with liquid;
and

a nozzle plate provided on a liquid discharge side of the pressure chamber and having a hole through which the liquid of the
pressure chamber is discharged,

wherein the first side wall and the second side wall provided with the electrode are joined via an elastic member to the substrate,
and

wherein the elastic member covers a part of a side of the first side wall and a part of a side of the second side wall, the
sides each facing the substrate, and the electrode is formed also on the covered first and second side walls.

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. 9,635,289

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. 9,635,298

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. 9,628,645

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

2. An image processing apparatus in communication with a web server via a network, the image apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to control:
a scanning unit configured to scan an image of an original and generate (a) first image data;
a storage unit configured to store (b) second image data;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain content data provided by the web server, the content data including a predetermined
form which requests input of image data; and

a display unit configured to display, based on the predetermined form included in content data obtained by the obtaining unit,
a screen including,

a first display object to display a scanning setting screen for receiving, from a user, a scanning setting for scanning the
image of the original for generating the (a) first image data; and

a second display object to display a selection screen for receiving, from a user, a selection of the stored (b) second image
data,

wherein the screen facilitates appropriate selection of image data to be uploaded in connection with the predetermined form
included in the obtained content data from among (a) the first image data generated by the scan of the original by the scanning
unit and (b) the second image data stored by the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,627,895

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, POWER SUPPLY METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,625,585

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. 9,624,395

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD, INK, AND LIQUID COMPOSITION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,629,077

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that communicates with a communication apparatus, comprising:
a storage unit configured to store information on an access point connected to the information processing apparatus;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a list of access points to which the communication apparatus is connectable after
the storage unit has stored information on an access point connected to the information processing apparatus;

a display unit configured to display the list when an access point corresponding to information stored by the storage unit
is not an access point to which the communication apparatus is connectable; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit information stored by the storage unit to the communication apparatus when an access
point corresponding to the information stored by the storage unit is an access point to which the communication apparatus
is connectable, and transmit to the communication apparatus information on an access point selected using the displayed list
when an access point corresponding to the information stored by the storage unit is not an access point to which the communication
apparatus is connectable,

wherein the information processing apparatus communicates with the communication apparatus via an access point corresponding
to information transmitted by the transmission unit.

US Pat. No. 9,627,319

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD USING PATTERNING AND DRY ETCHING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A semiconductor device manufacturing method comprising:
forming a multilayered film including a conductive layer mainly containing aluminum, and a barrier metal layer formed on the
conductive layer;

forming a hard mask layer on the barrier metal layer;
patterning a resist on the hard mask layer;
patterning the hard mask layer by dry-etching the hard mask layer by using the patterned resist as a mask;
cleaning a surface of the barrier metal layer with a cleaning solution after the patterning the hard mask layer; and
dry-etching the multilayered film by using the patterned hard mask layer as a mask after the cleaning the surface of the barrier
metal layer,

wherein in the patterning the hard mask layer, dry etching is performed by setting a ratio of a flow rate of an oxidizing
gas to a total flow rate of a process gas at less than 1% in a state in which the barrier metal layer is exposed to the process
gas, and

wherein the ratio of the flow rate of the oxidizing gas to the total flow rate of the process gas in a state before the barrier
metal layer is exposed to the process gas is higher than the ratio of the flow rate of the oxidizing gas in the state in which
the barrier metal layer is exposed to the process gas.

US Pat. No. 9,619,183

DOCUMENT PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. A document processing method, comprising:
displaying a first preview image for first document data and a second preview image for second document data, wherein the
first document includes a first element and first print setting information in association with each other in a higher hierarchical
level, and a third element in a lower hierarchical level, and wherein the second document data includes a second element and
second print setting information in association with each other in the higher hierarchical level, and a fourth element in
the lower hierarchical level;

generating combined document data based on the first and second document data, and
wherein the higher hierarchical level of the combined document data includes the first element and the first print setting
information and neither includes the second element nor the second print setting information, and

an association unit configured to associate the second print setting information with the fourth element so that the lower
hierarchical level of the combined document data includes the second print setting information associated with the fourth
element.

US Pat. No. 9,621,826

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor having a pixel unit in which a plurality of pixels are two-dimensionally arranged, and a scanning unit
that selects pixels in the pixel unit in units of row and causes signals to be output from pixels in the selected row or rows,
each of the pixels comprising:
a photoelectric converter configured to generated signal charge corresponding to an amount of incident light;
a storage portion configured to store a charge;
a transfer portion configured to transfer a signal charge generated by the photoelectric converter to the storage portion,
if each of the pixels is included in the row or rows selected by the scanning unit; and

an output portion configured to output a pixel signal corresponding to the signal charge transferred to the storage portion,
wherein, in a merged readout mode in which a plurality of rows are selected at a time by the scanning unit, pixels signals
output from pixels in the selected rows are merged in each column and the merged pixel signal is read out, a capacitance of
the storage portion of a pixel in row or rows except a predetermined row among the plurality of selected rows is different
from a capacitance of the storage portion in a pixel in the predetermined row.

US Pat. No. 9,614,986

DATA OUTPUT APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME AND OUTPUT SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,615,026

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,614,883

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR TRANSMITTING UNCOMPRESSED VIDEO STREAMS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

sending said frames.

US Pat. No. 9,614,667

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,604,465

INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink-jet recording apparatus, comprising:
a recording head configured to eject ink;
a sub tank containing ink to be supplied to the recording head;
an ink tank containing ink to be supplied to the sub tank;
a detector configured to detect an amount of ink contained in the sub tank;
a variable volume member provided between the recording head and the sub tank and configured to change inner volume; and
a controller configured to repeatedly perform first operation and second operation, thereby supplying the ink from the ink
tank to the sub tank, the first operation causing the variable volume member to switch from a first state to a second state,
the second operation causing the variable volume member to switch from the second state to the first state, wherein volume
of the variable volume member in the second state is larger than the volume in the first state,

wherein the controller prohibits the detector from detecting the amount of the ink during a period of time in which the first
operation is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,609,150

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,609,157

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,606,599

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. 9,607,180

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS IN A MAINTENANCE MODE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
at least one processor coupled to a memory device and programmed to provide:
a setting unit configured to perform a setting for limiting an access by users including a service person to a removable storage
medium connected to the information processing apparatus; and

a controller configured to control to limit an access by the users including the service person to the removable storage medium
in a case where the setting for limiting the access to the removable storage medium is set by the setting unit and the information
processing apparatus is not in a maintenance mode or a service mode, and to permit an access by the users including the service
person to write information from the information processing apparatus to the removable storage medium in a case where the
setting for limiting the access to the removable storage medium is set by the setting unit and the information processing
apparatus is in the maintenance mode or the service mode,

wherein the maintenance mode and the service mode are activated by a predetermined operation to the information processing
apparatus by the service person.

US Pat. No. 9,597,803

ROBOT DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot device, comprising:
an end effector tool having:
a main body,
a stereo camera provided in the main body to measure a three-dimensional position, and
guide grooves provided in the main body; and
a robot arm having:
a robot hand at an end of the robot arm, the robot hand having three hand claws that are movable from three different points
toward a center position of the three hand claws,

wherein the robot hand is configured to separately grip a workpiece by opening and closing operations of the three hand claws,
and the end effector tool by gripping the guide grooves so that the end effector tool is electronically connected to the robot
arm,

wherein when the end effector tool is gripped by the three hand claws, the center position of the three hand claws and a center
position of the guide grooves are aligned along the same axial line, and the stereo camera is configured to transmit an image
taken by the stereo camera through a connection in the robot hand to an image processing apparatus for measuring the three-dimensional
position of a workpiece; and

wherein the guide grooves of the end effector tool are not part of the three hand claws of the hand.

US Pat. No. 9,602,716

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,594,445

OPERATION RECEPTION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR RECEIVING OPERATION ON PAGE IMAGE, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR USE WITH OPERATION RECEPTION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An operation reception device including a display panel having a display screen, and a first touch panel having a first
touch sensor for detecting an operation on the display screen, the device comprising:
a second touch panel provided on a face of the operation reception device opposite from a face on which the display panel
and the first touch panel are provided, the second touch panel having a second touch sensor for detecting an operation on
an outer face of the second touch panel;

a processor and a memory, the processor and memory being configured to:
determine whether or not a first coordinate position detected by the first touch sensor corresponds to a second coordinate
position detected by the second touch sensor, the first coordinate position being a coordinate position where the operation
on the display screen is detected by the first touch sensor and the second coordinate position being a coordinate position
where the operation on the outer face of the second touch panel is detected;

control the display screen to display a screen through which a plurality of page images to be edited are designated, based
on the determination that the first coordinate position corresponds to the second coordinate position;

receive an editing operation on the plurality of page images designated through the screen displayed on the display screen;
and

perform a predetermined editing corresponding to the received editing operation on the designated plurality of image pages,
wherein designation of start and end pages to be edited can be received through the screen displayed on the screen display,
and

wherein the start page is designated based on the operation on the display screen detected by the first touch sensor, and
the end page is designated based on the operation on the outer face of the second touch panel.

US Pat. No. 9,592,689

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,592,973

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,594,291

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus comprising:
a focus lens;
a focus detector;
an automatic focusing unit that controls driving of the focus lens based on a focus detection result obtained from the focus
detector;

an output unit that outputs focus information including a focus detection range within which the automatic focusing unit performs
focusing and a focus state obtained based on the focus detection result on a display unit that displays the focus information
superimposed on a picked-up image obtained by the lens apparatus;

a display determination unit that determines whether or not to display the focus information on the display unit;
an input unit that receives pan/tilt information through electrical communication; and
a condition setter that sets each of a plurality of determination conditions enabled or disabled,
wherein the output unit outputs a signal to display the focus information based on a determination result of the display determination
unit to the display unit,

wherein the display determination unit determines to display the focus information on the display unit when the input unit
receives the pan/tilt information indicating that the lens apparatus is panned or tilted,

wherein the plurality of determination conditions each are a condition to determine whether or not the lens apparatus is panned/tilted,
and

wherein the condition setter is a lens function information display unit that displays and sets function information of the
lens apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,591,170

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first image processing unit configured to generate second image data having a pixel number smaller than a pixel number of
first image data, wherein the first image processing unit generates a plurality of frames of the second image data corresponding
to a plurality of frames of the first image data, and outputs the first and second image data in a first order such that,
for each of the frames, the second image data is later than the first image data;

a second image processing unit configured to subject the first and second image data to a predetermined process in a second
order such that, for each of the frames, the first image data is later than the second image data;

a memory having a plurality of storage regions; and
a memory control unit configured to control a transferring the image data between the first and second image processing units
and the memory, wherein

the memory control unit writes, in the first order, in a first storage region of the memory, the first and second image data
of a first frame from the first image processing unit, and writes, in the first order, in the first storage region of the
memory, the first and second image data of a second frame next to the first frame from the first image processing unit,

the memory control unit reads, in the second order, the first and second image data of the first frame from the first storage
region, to output them to the second image processing unit, and reads, in the second order, the first and second image data
of the second frame from the first storage region, to output them to the second image processing unit, and,

after reading out the second image data of the first frame from the memory, the memory control unit writes the first image
data of the second frame into an address at which the second image data of the first frame is stored.

US Pat. No. 9,585,555

OCT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An OCT apparatus for obtaining a tomogram using optical interference between signal light and reference light, comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a position of a specific image with respect to a coherence gate from a first tomogram
obtained by imaging;

a moving unit configured to move the coherence gate by a set moving distance along a predetermined moving direction; and
a determination unit configured to determine a positional relationship between the specific image and the coherence gate based
on the position of the specific image with respect to the coherence gate obtained from a second tomogram obtained by imaging
after movement of the coherence gate and the position obtained by said obtaining unit.

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. 9,590,183

ORGANIC COMPOUND AND ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic compound represented by the following Formula [1];
wherein,
R1 to R16 are each independently selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 4
carbon atoms, a cyano group, a diphenylamino group, a pyridyl group, and an aryl group, wherein

the diphenylamino group, the pyridyl group, and the aryl group each optionally have at least one substituent selected from
the group consisting of a methyl group, an ethyl group, an iso-propyl group, a t-butyl group, and a fluorine atom; and

Ar1 and Ar2 are each any of a phenyl group, a biphenyl group, a terphenyl group, and a naphthyl group, wherein

Ar1 and Ar2 each optionally have at least one substituent selected from the group consisting of a methyl group, an ethyl group, an iso-propyl
group, a t-butyl group, and a fluorine atom.

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. 9,591,246

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH BLUR CORRECTING FUNCTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
an acquiring unit which acquires distance information corresponding to an object distance in a photographed image picked up
by an image pickup element configured to receive light flux though a photographing lens;

an image processing unit configured to perform an image processing for adjusting a focusing state of the photographed image,
based on the distance information acquired by the acquiring unit; and

a display control unit which displays, on a display unit, an image derived from the image processing by the image processing
unit, wherein

the image processing unit forms an image by adjusting the focusing state within a range corresponding to the object distance
from a first distance to a second distance, and

the image processing is performed based on an optical transmission characteristic between the photographing lens and the image
pickup element.

US Pat. No. 9,588,461

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container detachably mountable to a developer supplying apparatus, said developer supply container comprising:
a developer accommodating portion configured to accommodate developer;
a rotatable drive receiving portion configured to receive a rotational driving force;
a feeding portion configured to feed the developer in said developer accommodating portion by rotation of said drive receiving
portion;

a developer discharging chamber provided with a discharge opening configured to discharge the developer fed by said feeding
portion;

a pump portion provided to act at least on said developer discharging chamber and having a volume changeable with expansion
and contraction with reciprocation;

an operating portion configured to operate said pump portion; and
a portion-to-be-detected to be detected by a detecting portion provided in the developer supplying apparatus to stop said
pump portion in a predetermined expansion and contraction state of said pump portion when operation of said pump portion is
stopped.

US Pat. No. 9,578,230

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS SHADING CORRECTION AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor including a photoelectric conversion portion configured to receive light beams having passed through a first
portion of a pupil area of an imaging lens and output an image signal, wherein the pupil area of the imaging lens includes
the first portion and a second portion;

a comparison unit configured to compare a plurality of image signals which are obtained by capturing light beams having passed
through the first portion of the pupil area by the photoelectric conversion portion while shifting a focus position of the
imaging lens; and

a calculation unit configured to calculate a correction coefficient for shading on the image sensing plane based on the image
shift amount obtained by comparing signals corresponding to the same object among the plurality of image signals in the comparison
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,578,255

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CAPABLE OF REDUCING INFLUENCE OF FLICKER, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. A method of controlling an image pickup apparatus, comprising:
first calculating light amount change characteristics of light from an object, based on a plurality of photometric values
obtained at a period shorter than a first period;

second calculating the light amount change characteristics, based on luminance change information with a reference image,
the reference image being an image obtained through charge accumulation using an image pickup unit while differentiating start
timing on a region-by-region basis by taking more time than required to obtain the plurality of photometric values by said
image pickup unit;

storing characteristics information concerning the light amount change characteristics calculated in a memory based on the
plurality of photometric values by said first calculating;

suppressing influence of change in an amount of light from an object, on an image acquired by the image pickup unit; and
causing, in a case where the characteristics information has been stored in the memory, controlling for not causing said image
pickup unit to obtain the reference image, but causing said suppression processing based on the characteristics information
stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,573,398

CARRIAGE ASSEMBLY AND HEAD POSITION ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A carriage apparatus moveable with respect to a sheet along a guide shaft which has a circular shape in a cross section,
comprising:
a first structure, which includes a first sliding face that contacts the guide shaft, and on which a head is to be mounted,
and

a second structure, which includes a second sliding face that contacts the guide shaft, and which holds the first structure
to allow positional adjustment of the first structure relative to the second structure,

wherein a portion of the first sliding face that contacts the guide shaft is shifted by performing the positional adjustment
to adjust a gap between the head and a surface of the sheet, and

wherein the first sliding face has a vertical face that is parallel to a direction perpendicular to the surface of the sheet
and contacts a side of the guide shaft, while the second sliding face has a sloped face that is inclined relative to the surface
of the sheet and contacts an upper portion of the guide shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,578,138

SIP SESSION MANAGEMENT FOR FAX COMMUNICATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a conversion unit configured to convert a command that is a dial request into a SIP command that is a session-establishment
request for establishing a SIP session to carry out a FAX communication;

a sending unit configured to send the SIP command that is the session-establishment request converted by said conversion unit;
a reception unit configured to receive a session-establishment response to the SIP command that is the session-establishment
request sent by said sending unit,

a second conversion unit configured to convert an AT command that is a CNG sending request into a CNG that is a T.38 command;
a control unit configured to, when there is the session-establishment response, sending the CNG that is the T.38 command and
converted by said second conversion unit; and

a releasing unit configured to release the SIP session, after it has been established, in response to a measured time passing
a predetermined time period.

US Pat. No. 9,573,779

FEEDING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A feeding apparatus comprising:
a sheet stacking unit provided with an inclined plane for stacking a plurality of sheets;
a movable separation surface which is provided so as to lie at an angle with the inclined plane and so as to support lower
side ends of the stacked sheets in a gravitational force direction, which provides a resistance force to separate the fed
sheet from the sheet stacking unit, the fed sheet provided so as to be able to move along a surface of said movable separation
surface toward a downstream side and an upstream side of a path for the fed sheet, and the movable separation surface adapted
to move toward the downstream side by a force in the sheet feeding direction due to a weight of the stacked sheets;

an other separation surface which is provided so as to lie at an angle with the inclined plane, and that is different from
said movable separation surface, and that applies a resistance force to the fed sheet that is smaller than resistance force
applied by said movable separation surface, wherein the movable separation surface and the other separation surface are arranged
in a direction crossing the path; and

a prevention unit configured to, in a case where the movable separation surface is located at a specified position within
a range that the movable separation surface moves, prevent the movable separation surface from moving toward at least the
downstream side,

wherein at the specified position, said movable separation surface protrudes out from said other separation surface in a moving
direction of said movable separation surface, and

further comprising a control unit configured to control the prevention unit so that said prevention unit prevents said movable
separation surface from moving when a printing section for performing printing is in a standby state.

US Pat. No. 9,571,272

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus using a service provided by a server apparatus that communicates with the image forming apparatus,
the image forming apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor, the processor configured to:
obtain secret key information, for decrypting common authentication information, using an access token obtaining application
which has an encrypted initial common key;

decrypt encrypted common authentication information usable by a plurality of image forming devices based on the secret key
information for decrypting the common authentication information;

request encrypted individual authentication information of the image forming apparatus from the server apparatus by using
the decrypted common authentication information and individual identification information for identifying the image forming
apparatus, and to obtain the encrypted individual authentication information from the server apparatus; and

request, based on individual authentication information obtained by decrypting the obtained encrypted individual authentication
information and on service use information for using the service, use permission information of the service from the server
apparatus, and to obtain the use permission information from the server apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,570,504

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING ETCHED AND PLANARIZED INSULATING LAYER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing an imaging apparatus, the imaging apparatus being formed on a substrate, the imaging apparatus
comprising:
a pixel region including a photoelectric conversion element; and
a peripheral circuit region that is arranged on a periphery of the pixel region, the pixel region and the peripheral circuit
region each comprising a transistor having an electrode,

the method comprising:
forming a silicide block layer so as to cover the transistor in the pixel region, wherein the silicide block layer is not
formed on the electrode of the transistor in the peripheral circuit region;

forming an etch stop layer above the photoelectric conversion element in the pixel region, wherein the etch stop layer is
not formed in the peripheral circuit region;

forming an insulating layer in the pixel region and the peripheral circuit region;
etching the insulating layer formed in the pixel region in a state in which the peripheral circuit region is protected;
planarizing a surface of the insulating layer; and
forming a waveguide in the pixel region,
wherein, after the forming of the insulating layer and before the etching of the insulating layer, an average value of heights
of a top surface of the insulating layer in the pixel region is larger than an average value of heights of a top surface of
the insulating layer in the peripheral circuit region,

wherein a difference between the average value of heights of the top surface of the insulating layer in the pixel region and
the average value of heights of the top surface of the insulating layer in the peripheral circuit region is caused by a difference
of arrangements of the silicide block layer and the etch stop layer between the pixel region and the peripheral circuit region;
and

wherein the etching results in the difference between the average value of heights of the top surface of the insulating layer
in the pixel region and the average value of heights of the to surface of the insulating layer in the peripheral circuit region
being reduced.

US Pat. No. 9,570,506

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a photoelectric conversion, the method comprising:
forming a pixel circuit section and a peripheral circuit section,
wherein forming said pixel circuit section comprises:
a step of forming a first semiconductor region for said pixel circuit section by implanting boron into a semiconductor substrate;
a step of forming a second semiconductor region for said pixel circuit section in said first semiconductor region by further
implanting boron into said first semiconductor region, said second semiconductor region having at least a p-type portion;

a step of forming an interlayer insulation film on said semiconductor substrate, said interlayer insulation film having a
contact hole on said second semiconductor region;

a step of forming a third semiconductor region for said pixel circuit section in said second semiconductor region by implanting
phosphorus from said contact hole into said p-type portion of said second semiconductor region; and

a step of forming a contact plug for said pixel circuit section on said third semiconductor region by filling said contact
hole with an electrical conductor,

wherein boron is implanted at an implanted intensity of 10 to 50 KeV in the step of forming said second semiconductor region,
and

wherein phosphorus is implanted at an implanted intensity of 30 KeV or less in the step of forming said third semiconductor
region.

US Pat. No. 9,570,276

PROJECTION-TYPE CHARGED PARTICLE OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGING MASS SPECTROMETRY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projection-type charged particle optical system, comprising:
a first electrode disposed so as to face a sample, the first electrode having an opening formed therein for allowing a charged
particle to pass therethrough;

a second electrode disposed on a side of the first electrode, the side being opposite to where the sample is disposed, the
second electrode having an opening formed therein for allowing the charged particle to pass therethrough; and

a flight-tube electrode disposed such that the charged particle that has been emitted from the sample and has passed through
the first and second electrodes enters the flight-tube electrode, the flight-tube electrode being configured to form a substantially
equipotential space thereinside,

wherein a principal plane is formed at at least two positions in a travel path of the charged particle.

US Pat. No. 9,568,853

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF DRIVER IC CONFIGURED TO DRIVE A PLURALITY OF LIGHT-EMITTING POINTS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a laser source including a plurality of laser-emitting points that emit light beams for exposing the photosensitive member;
a laser-receiving unit configured to receive the laser beams emitted from the plurality of laser-emitting points;
a first driver IC configured to derive a first group of the laser-emitting points;
a second driver IC configured to drive a second group of the laser-emitting points, wherein the laser-emitting points included
in the second group are different from the laser-emitting points included in the first group;

a laser power control unit configured to cause the first driving IC to execute first laser power control controlling driving
current supplied to each of the first group of the laser-emitting points, so that a laser power of each of the laser beams
emitted from the first group of laser-emitting points and received by the laser-receiving unit becomes a first laser power,
configured to cause the first driving IC to execute second laser power control controlling the driving current supplied to
each of the plurality of laser-emitting points, so that the laser power of each of the laser beams emitted from the plurality
of laser-emitting points and received by the laser-receiving unit becomes a second laser power, configured to cause the second
driving IC to execute third laser power control controlling driving current supplied to each of the second group of the laser-emitting
points so that a laser power of each of the laser beams emitted from the second group of laser-emitting points and received
by the laser-receiving unit becomes the first laser power, configured to cause the second driving IC to execute fourth laser
power control controlling the driving current supplied to each of the second group of the laser-emitting points so that the
laser power of each of the laser beams emitted from the second group of the laser-emitting points, configured to cause the
first driving IC or the second driving IC to execute any one of the first laser power control, the second laser power control,
the third laser power control, and the fourth laser power control during a non-image formation period included in a period
after the synchronization signal generating unit has generated one synchronization signal and before the synchronization signal
generating unit generates next synchronization signal, the laser beams do not scan on the photosensitive member in the non-image
formation period; and

a bias current control unit configured to control a value of bias current supplied to each of the plurality of laser-emitting
points based on results of the first laser power control and the second laser power control corresponding to each of the plurality
of laser-emitting points.

US Pat. No. 9,568,614

RADIATION DETECTION APPARATUS, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation detection apparatus comprising:
a sensor panel in which a plurality of sensor units which detect radiation are arrayed,
wherein each of the plurality of sensor units includes
a substrate including a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels which detect light are two-dimensionally arranged,
a scintillator layer, which converts radiation into light, provided on the pixel array of the substrate, and
a first scintillator protective layer disposed to cover the scintillator layer, wherein the scintillator layer is surrounded
by both the substrate and the first scintillator protective layer, the first scintillator protective layer being one of a
plurality of first scintillator protective layers corresponding to the plurality of sensor units; and

a second scintillator protective layer disposed to cover the plurality of first scintillator protective layers of the plurality
of sensor units, the second scintillator protective layer, on or above the plurality of first scintillator protective layers,
extending over the plurality of first scintillator protective layers and across a boundary between one first scintillator
protective layer and its neighboring first scintillator protective layer.