US Pat. No. 9,568,880

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING BINDING PROCESSING FUNCTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:
a binding unit configured to perform binding processing by pressing a sheet bundle;
a motor configured to drive the binding unit to press the sheet bundle;
a motor controller configured to set a driving current of the motor and an upper limit value of the driving current, the motor
controller being configured to set the driving current when starting activating the motor in a state where the binding unit
is not pressing the sheet bundle at a first value, and set the upper limit value of the driving current in a period in which
the binding unit is pressing the sheet bundle to a second value less than or equal to the first value; and

a current detector configured to detect the driving current of the motor,
wherein the motor controller is configured to, if the driving current detected by the current detector reaches the second
value in a period in which the binding unit is pressing the sheet bundle, brake the motor.

US Pat. No. 9,569,415

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD AND A STORAGE MEDIUM FOR ORIGINAL DOCUMENT EDITING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
at least one processor that executes a computer program in the memory to control the information processing apparatus to function
as units comprising:

an obtaining unit configured to obtain information corresponding to an editing portion which is a difference between an edited
document and an original document;

a specifying unit configured to specify a form of representation of objects included in the original document;
a converting unit configured to convert the information corresponding to the editing portion so that a form of representation
of the editing portion conforms with the specified form of representation of the objects included in the original document;
and

an integration unit configured to integrate the converted information corresponding to the editing portion with the original
document.

US Pat. No. 9,561,014

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray imaging apparatus comprising:
an X-ray sensor configured to convert incident X-ray radiation into an image signal;
a battery holder disposed on a second surface of the imaging apparatus opposite to a first surface of the imaging apparatus
where the X-ray radiation is incident, the battery holder being configured to detachably hold a battery for supplying electric
power to the X-ray sensor;

a lock mechanism configured to lock the battery in a locked state; and
a lock-release unit including a first releasing member and a second releasing member, the lock-release unit being configured
to release the lock effected by the lock mechanism when the first releasing member is moved in a first direction and the second
releasing member is moved in a second direction different from the first direction,

wherein one or more inner surfaces of the battery holder is provided with a pop-up unit configured to engage with the battery
so as to constantly urge the battery in a direction that is orthogonal to the second surface providing the battery holder,
and

wherein, in the state in which the battery is held to the battery holder, the pop-up unit is engaged with the battery, and
wherein the battery holder is disposed away from an edge side surface of the X-ray imaging apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,562,656

ILLUMINATION DEVICE ATTACHABLE TO AND DETACHABLE FROM AN IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An illumination device attachable to and detachable from an imaging apparatus, the illumination device comprising:
a first light source;
a second light source;
a main capacitor configured to store electric charge for causing the first light source and the second light source to emit
light;

a first coil electrically connected between the first light source and the main capacitor; and
a second coil electrically connected between the second light source and the main capacitor,
wherein a radial direction of the first coil and a radial direction of the second coil are parallel to a vertical direction
of the illumination device,

wherein the first coil and the second coil are aligned with the main capacitor in a horizontal direction of the illumination
device,

wherein the horizontal direction of the illumination device is orthogonal to an imaging optical axis of an imaging apparatus
to which the illumination device is attached, and

wherein the first coil is aligned with the second coil in a direction orthogonal to the horizontal direction of the illumination
device.

US Pat. No. 9,555,655

RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium comprising:
a substrate; and
an ink-receiving layer,
wherein the ink-receiving layer comprises a second ink-receiving layer containing inorganic particles having an average particle
size of 50 nm or less and a first ink-receiving layer containing an amorphous silica having an average secondary particle
size of 1.0 ?m or more and inorganic particles having an average primary particle size of 50 nm or less, in this order from
the substrate, and

a content of the amorphous silica in the first ink-receiving layer is 30 mass % or more and 95 mass % or less based on a total
content of all inorganic particles in the first ink-receiving layer.

US Pat. No. 9,558,534

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an initial solution generating unit configured to generate an initial solution of a restored image and an initial solution
of a transmittance distribution; and

an iterative processing unit configured to receive input data of the generated initial solution of the restored image and
input data of the generated initial solution of the transmittance distribution, and to repeat updating of one of the transmittance
distribution and the restored image, using the transmittance distribution and the restored image, in such a way as to alternate
the updating of the transmittance distribution with the updating of the restored image independently for each pixel,

wherein a relationship between logarithms of the transmittances obtained from the transmittance distributions in the color
channels is such that the logarithm thereof in one color channel is multiplied by a constant thereby to match the logarithm
thereof in another color channel.

US Pat. No. 9,557,592

DISPLAY DEVICE HAVING A DISPLAY PANEL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display device comprising:
a display panel;
a support member that is in contact with at least a part of a lower side of the display panel; and
a panel holder that has a first member supporting via the support member the lower side of the display panel, wherein
the support member is an elastic body that, in a case where the display panel is deformed, the elastic body deforms accordingly
as a result of a part thereof moving relative to the first member.

US Pat. No. 9,558,916

LITHOGRAPHY SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lithography system comprising:
a drawing apparatus that includes a plurality of optical systems and draws a pattern on a substrate with beams having been
respectively shaped by the plurality of optical systems; and

a transmission unit configured to select pattern data to be used by the drawing apparatus from a plurality of types of pattern
data commonly used by the plurality of optical systems and configured to transmit the selected pattern data to the drawing
apparatus,

wherein the pattern data is a set of data including a plurality of sub pattern data, and a width of a stripe-shaped drawing
region corresponding to one sub pattern data piece is equivalent to a length obtainable by dividing a drawing width of the
beams by an integer value.

US Pat. No. 9,558,430

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING FILTERS TO CORRECT POTENTIAL DISTRIBUTION ON PHOTORECEPTOR DUE TO SPOT SHAPE OF EMITTED LIGHT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

19. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image by developing an electrostatic latent image using a toner, the
image forming apparatus comprising:
a photoreceptor to be rotated;
an exposure head including a light emitting array which has a plurality of light emitting elements configured to emit light,
and a lens array which has a plurality of lenses configured to focus the light emitted from the plurality of light emitting
elements on the photoreceptor, wherein the plurality of light emitting elements is configured to be driven based on driving
data and the exposure head is configured to form the electrostatic latent image on the photoreceptor by irradiating the light;
and

a controller configured to generate the driving data corresponding to each of the plurality of light emitting elements by
using filters each of which corresponds to one of the plurality of light emitting elements and is set for correcting a potential
distribution on the photoreceptor due to a spot shape of light emitted from each of the plurality of light emitting elements
on the photoreceptor, and configured to generate the driving data for a target pixel with respect to each of the plurality
of light emitting elements based on data generated by applying the filter, which corresponds to one of the plurality of light
emitting elements, to pixel data for the target pixel and pixel data for adjacent pixels adjacent to the target pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,551,947

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magnetic toner comprising magnetic toner particles and an inorganic fine powder; each of the magnetic toner particles
contains a binder resin, a magnetic body, and a release agent, wherein
the magnetic body comprises magnetic iron oxide, and
in a stress relaxation measurement using a rotating plate rheometer, the magnetic toner exhibits a yield value A at 25° C.
of at least 3×106 (sec), and the magnetic toner that has been heated to 80° C. and then cooled to 25° C. exhibits a yield value B at 25° C.
of not more than 1×105 (sec),

wherein,
with respect to a radius of gyration (Rw) and the weight-average molecular weight (Mw) of the tetrahydrofuran (THF)-soluble
fraction of the magnetic toner as measured using size exclusion chromatography with a multiangle laser light scattering (SEC-MALLS),

i) the weight-average molecular weight (Mw) is from 6,000 to 24,000, and
ii) the weight-average molecular weight (Mw) and the radius of gyration (Rw) satisfy the following equation (1):
2.5×103?Rw/Mw?6.8×10?3  (1),
wherein the melting point of the release agent is from at least 50° C. to 83° C.,
wherein the magnetic body is a treated magnetic body that has been surface treated in use of a silane compound with the following
general formula (A):

RmSiYn  (A)

where R represents an alkoxyl group, m represents an integer from at least 1 to not more than 3, Y represents an alkyl group,
n represents an integer from at least 1 to not more than 3, and m+n=4, and

wherein the binding resin has a branching structure provided by use of a polymerization initiator, the polymerization initiator
being an azo-type, diazo-type, or peroxide-type polymerization initiator.

US Pat. No. 9,552,286

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INSTALLATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, including at least one hardware processor and at least one memory, the information
processing apparatus comprising:
an execution program comprising:
an execution unit configured to execute processes of a plurality of programs in a mode that specific information is not output;
wherein each of the plurality of programs comprising: a determination unit configured to determine whether or not a process
of the program itself has failed; and a return unit configured to return a return value based on the determination by the
determination unit; and

a re-execution unit configured, in a case where the determination unit determines that the process of the program itself has
failed, to re-execute, based on the return value, the process of the program itself in a mode that the specific information
is output,

wherein, in a case where an error has occurred in the process of the program itself as a result of re-executing the process
of the program itself by the re-execution unit, the specific information is output, and

wherein the execution program is stored in the at least one of the memory and implemented by the at least one of the hardware
processor.

US Pat. No. 9,542,228

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising at least an application control unit and a system control unit, wherein:
the application control unit comprises:
a control unit configured to, in response to a start-up request for an application, read a class file of a class of the application,
and load the class;

the system control unit comprises:
an object generation unit configured to load the class, allocate memory to be used for an object to be generated, and generate
the object with recording application information recorded in a thread to the allocated memory,

wherein the application control unit further comprises:
a memory management unit configured to associate the application, for which the start-up request was accepted, with a memory
which was used for starting the application, and to manage the associated application and memory,

wherein the system control unit treats a plurality of applications as one application, and in a case where there are a plurality
of objects generated by the object generation unit, each object is associated with a corresponding application which has been
used.

US Pat. No. 9,542,753

3D RECONSTRUCTION OF TRAJECTORY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of determining a 3D trajectory of an object from at least two observed trajectories of the object in a scene,
there being at least one unobserved trajectory of the object between the at least two observed trajectories, said at least
two observed trajectories being captured in a series of images by at least one camera, each of the images in the series being
associated with one of first and second poses of the at least one camera, said method comprising the steps of:
selecting first and second points on the object from separate parallel planes of the scene for establishing a set of 2D capture
locations;

determining, from the series of captured images of the first pose of the at least one camera, a first set of 2D capture locations
corresponding to the first point and a second set of 2D capture locations corresponding to the second point;

determining, from the series of captured images of the second pose of the camera, a third set of 2D capture locations corresponding
to the first point and a fourth set of 2D capture locations corresponding to the second point;

reconstructing, relative to the first pose of the at least one camera and the second pose of the at least one camera, a first
approximated 3D trajectory from the first set of 2D capture locations and the third set of 2D capture locations in the scene
based on a spatial consistency of the first set of 2D capture locations and the third set of 2D capture locations and at least
one unobserved location corresponding to the first point between the first set of 2D capture locations and the third set of
2D capture locations;

reconstructing, relative to the first pose of the at least one camera and the second pose of the at least one camera, a second
approximated 3D trajectory from the second set of 2D capture locations and the fourth set of 2D capture locations in the scene
based on a spatial consistency of the second set of 2D capture locations and the fourth set of 2D capture locations and at
least one unobserved location corresponding to the second point between the second set of 2D capture locations and the fourth
set of 2D capture locations; and

determining the 3D trajectory of the object based on the first and second approximated 3D trajectories, the determined 3D
trajectory representing 3D locational information of the object when moving along the at least two observed trajectories and
the at least one unobserved trajectory.

US Pat. No. 9,538,969

MANAGEMENT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A management apparatus which manages an image captured in a radiation detection apparatus by irradiation with radiation,
comprising:
a management unit configured to manage imaging information which is input by a user and serves as information for imaging;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain the captured image; and
an association unit configured to associate the obtained image with the imaging information,
wherein when a mis-exposure notification is received from the radiation detection apparatus and said management unit manages
necessary imaging information, said obtaining unit obtains the captured image.

US Pat. No. 9,538,055

LENS BARREL AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens barrel that changes image pickup magnification by a lens moving in an optical axis direction of the lens barrel
between a stored position and an image pickup position, the lens barrel comprising:
a fixed barrel having a plurality of first projection or follower portions on an outer peripheral part thereof and having
a flange portion on an object side-outer peripheral end thereof;

a stopper member fixedly arranged coaxially with the fixed barrel and having a plurality of second projection or follower
portions, each of which having flank surfaces at both ends thereof in the optical axis direction; and

a cam barrel disposed on an outer peripheral side of the fixed barrel and the stopper member, having a plurality of first
cam grooves with which the plurality of the first projection or follower portions are cam-engaged, respectively, on an inner
peripheral part thereof, and having a plurality of second cam grooves, with which the plurality of the second projection or
follower portions are engaged, respectively, on the inner peripheral part thereof, at a position toward an image surface side
away from the first cam grooves in the optical axis direction, the plurality of second cam grooves having the same locus as
that of the plurality of first cam grooves and rotatingly moving in the optical axis direction relative to the fixed barrel
and the stopper member due to the engagement between the first projection or follower portions and the first cam grooves and
the engagement between the second projection or follower portions and the second cam grooves,

wherein in an area where the cam barrel is extended to the object side and is close to the flange portion of the fixed barrel,
side walls of the plurality of the second cam grooves with which the plurality of the second projection or follower portions
are engaged, respectively, are open on the image surface side of the plurality of the second cam grooves.

US Pat. No. 9,538,068

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND FOCUS DETECTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to include plural pixels in a first direction with respect to a microlens and a second direction
orthogonal to the first direction to photoelectrically convert paired object images passing through an image capturing optical
system, at least two photoelectrical convertors being formed on each of the plural pixels in the first direction;

a signal producing part configured to produce paired image signals corresponding to the paired object images; and
a calculating part configured to calculate a second correlation data,
wherein the calculating part is configured to shift the paired image signals relatively in the first direction,
configured to produce a plurality of first correlation data showing change of a correlation value of the paired image signals
according to their relative shift amount in the first direction, the plurality of first correlation data corresponding to
a plurality of areas in the image sensor, and

configured to combine the plurality of first correlation data for producing second correlation data.

US Pat. No. 9,538,110

DRIVING METHOD OF IMAGING DEVICE AND DRIVING METHOD OF IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving method of an imaging device which includes a plurality of unit cells disposed in a matrix in an imaging area,
and each including a plurality of photoelectric converting units each accumulating electric carriers based on incident light,
wherein
each of the plurality of unit cells positioned in a first area for phase difference detection within the imaging area outputs
a first signal based on the electric carriers accumulated in only a part of the plurality of photoelectric converting units
of corresponding at least one of the unit cells, and a second signal based on the electric carriers accumulated in the plurality
of photoelectric converting units of corresponding at least one of the unit cells,

each of the plurality of unit cells positioned in a second area other than the first area, within the imaging area, outputs
a second signal based on the electric carriers accumulated in the plurality of photoelectric converting units of corresponding
one of the unit cells,

the imaging device outputs signals based on the first signals in the first area, and signals based on the second signals in
the first area,

the imaging device outputs signals based on the second signals in the second area, and
the imaging device sets a number of the unit cells based on a signal based on the second signals in the second area to a number
larger than a number of the unit cells based on a signal based on the first signals in the first area, and larger than a number
of the unit cells based on a signal based on the second signals in the first area.

US Pat. No. 9,538,112

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA WITH CHARGE-VOLTAGE CONVERTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising:
a photoelectric converter;
a charge-voltage converter;
a transfer transistor configured to transfer a charge generated in the photoelectric converter to the charge-voltage converter,
wherein a potential of the charge-voltage converter changes to a first direction by a transferred charge;

an amplifier transistor configured to output a signal corresponding to the potential of the charge-voltage converter to a
column signal line, the amplifier transistor being configured to sequentially output, to the column signal line, a noise level
before the transfer transistor transfers the charge to the charge-voltage converter and a light signal level after the transfer
transistor transfers the charge to the charge-voltage converter;

a capacitance between a control signal line and the charge-voltage converter; and
a control unit configured to change a potential of the control signal line so that the potential of the charge-voltage converter
changes to a second direction which is opposite to the first direction in a period in which the charge-voltage converter is
in a floating state and which is prior to outputting the noise level to the column signal line,

wherein the charge-voltage converter includes a semiconductor region, the capacitance includes a capacitance component between
the semiconductor region and an electrode electrically connected to the control signal line,

at least a part of the charge-voltage converter is formed in a semiconductor substrate,
the electrode is arranged on an insulating layer on the semiconductor substrate,
a second semiconductor region having the same conductivity type as that of the semiconductor region is included in the semiconductor
substrate, and

the electrode is arranged on the insulating layer on a region between the semiconductor region and the second semiconductor
region.

US Pat. No. 9,535,355

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member that bears a toner image for forming an image on a recording material;
a voltage application member that applies a voltage to the image bearing member;
a current detection portion that detects a current value of current flowing through the image bearing member;
a potential detection portion that calculates a voltage value V0 at which a detection current value detected by the current detection portion is zero based on the application voltage value
applied by the voltage application member to the image bearing member and the detection current value detected when the application
voltage value is applied; and

a latent image forming portion that forms on a surface of the image bearing member a potential difference for forming an electrostatic
latent image for forming the toner image on the surface of the image bearing member based on the voltage value V0 calculated by the potential detection portion, wherein

the voltage application member applies voltages to the image bearing member using at least three application voltage values
which are larger than a discharge start voltage value, which is a voltage value at which discharge starts occurring between
the image bearing member and the voltage application member, and which have different magnitudes, at least one of the three
application voltage values being a value at which a direction of a current corresponding to the one of the application voltage
values is reverse to those of currents corresponding to the other application voltage values,

the potential detection portion calculates a relation between the application voltage value and the detection current value
in a discharge area in which the discharge occurs, based on the at least three application voltage values and at least three
detection current values detected by the current detection portion in relation to the at least three application voltage values,
and

the potential detection portion calculates the voltage value V0 according to Expression (1) based on the relation in the discharge area, in which V1 is a voltage value corresponding to a predetermined current value I1 in the discharge area and V2 is a voltage value corresponding to a current value ?I1:

V0=(V1+V2)/2  (1).

US Pat. No. 9,534,127

AQUEOUS INK, INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aqueous ink comprising a self-dispersible pigment having (i) a carboxylic acid group bonded directly or through another
atomic group to a particle surface of a pigment and (ii) a lactone group bonded to the particle surface of the pigment,
wherein, as determined by a selective neutralization method, an introduced amount of the carboxylic acid group is 0.60 mmol/g
or more and a ratio of an introduced amount (mmol/g) of the lactone group to the introduced amount (mmol/g) of the carboxylic
acid group is 0.20 times or less.

US Pat. No. 9,529,299

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container comprising:
a developer accommodating chamber capable of accommodating a developer;
a discharge opening configured to permit discharging of the developer;
a fluid communication path including an inlet for the developer inside said developer accomodating chamber and said discharge
opening;

a pump portion having a volume changing with reciprocation and actable at least on said discharge opening;
a regulating portion having a hollow portion movable between a first position in which said regulating portion is opposed
to said inlet to limit flow of the developer into said inlet and a second position in which said regulating portion is retracted
from said first position to permit the developer flow into said inlet;

a movable portion configured to move said regulating portion between the first position and the second position;
an air flow path provided inside said regulating portion and configured to permit fluid communication between said pump portion
and said discharge opening through said hollow portion; and

an elastic member provided around said inlet and contacting said regulating portion when said regulating portion is in the
first position.

US Pat. No. 9,529,300

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer carrying member for developing an electrostatic image formed on a photosensitive member with developer;
a developer chamber provided with said developer carrying member;
a developer accommodating chamber, provided separately from said developer chamber by a wall surface thereof provided with
an opening for permitting passing of the developer therethrough, for accommodating the developer to be supplied into said
developer chamber; and

a rotational shaft rotatably supported in said developer accommodating chamber,
wherein said rotational shaft includes first, second, and third sheet members,
wherein said first, second, and third sheet members move to pass through the same area in a rotational direction of said rotational
shaft, and

wherein a longitudinal length of said first sheet member is longer than a longitudinal length of said second sheet member.

US Pat. No. 9,529,318

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CARTRIDGE SUPPORTING MOVABLE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of forming a color image on a recording material, comprising:
an opening provided in a main assembly of said image forming apparatus;
an openable member for opening and closing said opening; and
a movable member, supporting a plurality of cartridges in a state in which the cartridges are arranged in an arranging direction,
movable in the arranging direction while passing through said opening between an inside position where the cartridges are
positioned inside the main assembly and an outside position where the cartridges are detachably mountable,

wherein when said movable member is in the outside position outside the main assembly, the cartridges are detachable in a
direction crossing the arranging direction and a longitudinal direction of each of the cartridges,

wherein when said movable member is positioned at the inside position, two adjacent cartridges of the cartridges are in an
overlapping state as seen in a direction perpendicular to the arranging direction and the longitudinal direction, and

wherein the two adjacent cartridges are moved relative to said movable member by movement of said movable member from the
inside position to the outside position so that one of the two adjacent cartridges is prevented from interfering with the
other cartridge when the one of the two adjacent cartridges is dismounted from said movable member.

US Pat. No. 9,527,290

METHOD OF CLEANING LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of cleaning a liquid discharge head, the method comprising:
presenting the liquid discharge head having a liquid chamber forming member configured to form a first liquid chamber and
a second liquid chamber, a substrate provided with a heat-generating resistor covered with a covering layer provided in the
first liquid chamber, and an electrode provided in the second liquid chamber; and

applying a voltage between the covering layer and the electrode in case that the covering layer and the electrode communicate
with each other through liquid to cause an electrochemical reaction between the covering layer and the liquid and dissolve
the covering layer into the liquid to remove kogation accumulated on the covering layer.

US Pat. No. 9,531,912

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
a specifying unit configured to specify pixels to be processed in a scanned image, the pixels to be processed being included
in a target area including a target pixel and pixels in a vicinity of the target pixel;

a smoothing unit configured to smooth a pixel value of the target pixel by using pixels specified by the specifying unit;
and

a determination unit configured to determine whether the target pixel is a color pixel or monochrome pixel based on the smoothed
pixel value,

wherein a result of the determination by the determining unit is used for a process of determining whether the scanned image
is a color image or a monochrome image, and

wherein the specifying unit, in a case where the target area includes a plurality of background areas which are not adjacent,
specifies pixels which are between the background areas and are included in other than the background area in the target area,
and does not specify pixels which are not between the background areas in the target area.

US Pat. No. 9,531,941

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:
a viewing field mask;
an image reforming lens unit including a pair of lens portions corresponding to a pair of opening portions in the viewing
field mask; and

a detection element including a plurality of pixels and a pair of detection regions each for detecting different one of parallax
optical images, wherein each of the parallax optical images is passed through the pair of lens portions of the image reforming
lens unit respectively,

wherein each of the plurality of focus detection regions includes a termination pixel located outside the parallax image to
be detected and a termination pixel located inside the parallax optical image to be detected.

US Pat. No. 9,531,960

IMAGING APPARATUS FOR GENERATING HDR IMAGE FROM IMAGES CAPTURED AT DIFFERENT VIEWPOINTS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an image sensor including a microlens array between an imaging optical system and a plurality of pixels each of which is designed
to be conjugate to a specific area on an exit pupil of the imaging optical system by the microlens array, and configured to
receive a light flux from each of microlenses in the microlens array at the plurality of pixels to output an image signal;
and

a generation unit configured to select, among a plurality of pixel signals output from the image sensor, a pixel signal based
on brightness of the pixel signals and positions of pixels relative to each of the microlenses, to generate an output image.

US Pat. No. 9,528,934

REFLECTION CHARACTERISTIC MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measuring apparatus for measuring a reflection characteristic of a surface, the measuring apparatus including:
an illumination device including a first surface light source configured to cause light emitted from the first surface light
source to be incident on the surface;

a detector, including a light-receiving surface configured to receive light reflected by the surface, configured to detect
a first light intensity distribution formed on the light-receiving surface;

a memory; and
a processor configured to estimate, based on the first light intensity distribution detected by said detector and information
stored by said memory, a second light intensity distribution detectable by said detector in a case where said illumination
device causes light emitted from a second surface light source, at least one of a shape and a size of which is different from
that of the first surface light source, to be incident on the surface, and to obtain the reflection characteristic of the
surface based on the estimated second light intensity distribution,

wherein the information shows a relation between a plurality of third light intensity distributions detectable by said detector
in a case where light emitted from the first surface light source is caused to be incident on a plurality of surfaces having
reflection characteristics different from each other and a plurality of fourth light intensity distributions detectable by
said detector in a case where light emitted from a point light source set at a position of the first surface light source
is caused to be respectively incident on the plurality of surfaces.

US Pat. No. 9,522,545

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus comprising:
a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a deflector configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source so that a photoconductor is scanned with the
light beam;

an optical member configured to guide the light beam deflected by the deflector to the photoconductor;
a housing configured to accommodate the deflector, and the optical member and including an engagement portion and an optical
member supporting portion configured to support the optical member; and

a leaf spring including:
a pressing portion configured to press the optical member supported by the optical member supporting portion,
an engagement portion configured to engage with the engagement portion provided on the housing, the pressing portion presses
the optical member so that the optical member is urged against the optical member supporting portion in a first state in which
the engagement portion provided on the leaf spring is engaged with the engagement portion provided on the housing,

a plate portion on which the engagement portion provided on the leaf spring is formed,
a first arm including the pressing portion as a first pressing portion, the first arm further including a first end of the
plate portion and being bent at a central section of the plate portion, and

a second arm including a second pressing portion, the second arm being bent from the plate portion at a second end of the
plate portion toward a side opposite to a side toward which the first arm is bent,

wherein the first arm and the second arm are formed such that the engagement portion provided on the housing is located between
the first arm and the second arm in a longitudinal direction of the optical member;

wherein, when a state of the leaf spring is being changed to the first state from a second state in which the engagement portion
provided on the leaf spring is not engaged with the engagement portion provided on the housing, the leaf spring comes into
contact with the engagement portion provided on the housing and rotates such that the engagement portion provided on the housing
functions as a fulcrum.

US Pat. No. 9,525,826

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup unit capable of changing an image pickup direction to pick up an image;
a receiving unit configured to receive a command including a normalized position for setting a mask image to be displayed
on the picked up image;

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the received command further includes a designation of the image
pickup direction of the image pickup unit for setting a position of the mask image to be displayed on the picked-up image;
and

a setting unit configured to set the position of the mask image to be displayed on the picked up image on the basis of the
normalized position, the position of the mask image being set relative to the designated image pickup direction of the image
pickup unit in the received command if it is determined by the determination unit that the received command includes the designation
of the image pickup direction and

to set the position of the mask image to be displayed on the picked up image on the basis of the normalized position in the
received command, the position of the mask image being set relative to a current image pickup direction of the image pickup
unit if it is determined by the determination unit that the received command does not include the designation of the image
pickup direction.

US Pat. No. 9,523,951

FIXING APPARATUS FOR FIXING TONER IMAGE ON A RECORDING MEDIUM OF TUBULAR SHAPE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus that fixes a toner image on a recording medium, the fixing apparatus comprising:
a film having a tubular shape;
a heater having a long narrow shape and contacting an inner surface of the film;
a heat conduction member that contacts, along a longitudinal direction of the heater, a surface on an opposite side of a surface
of the heater contacting the film;

a support member configured to support the heater via the heat conduction member;
a roller that forms a pressure contact portion with the heater via the film; and
a connector arranged in any one of end portions of the heater in the longitudinal direction and configured to supply electric
power to the heater,

wherein the toner image formed on the recording medium is heated by heat from the film and is fixed on the recording medium,
wherein the pressure contact portion is configured so that a maximum pressure position thereof is in a center portion thereof
in the longitudinal direction,

wherein the heat conduction member includes a restriction portion configured to restrict a movement of the heat conduction
member in the longitudinal direction of the heater with respect to the support member, and

wherein the restriction portion is arranged in a region, of the heat conduction member, between the maximum pressure position
of the pressure contact portion and an end portion of the heat conduction member which is at the same side of the connector
in the longitudinal direction, and the restriction portion is not arranged in a region, of the heat conduction member, between
the maximum pressure position of the pressure contact portion and an end portion of the heat conduction member which is at
an opposite side of the connector in the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 9,519,470

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, DEVICE, SOFTWARE INSTALLATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR EXECUTING SOFTWARE INSTALLATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system, comprising:
a device; and
an information processing apparatus which enables connection of an external storage device,
wherein the device comprises:
a storing unit configured to store a saving instruction for data and for a script containing identification information of
the device in the external storage device, in response to the device detecting that the data and the script required for software
installation corresponding to the device do not exist in the external storage device when the external storage device is connected;
and

an installing unit configured to execute the software installation using the script and the data contained in the external
storage device when the external storage device containing the script and the data corresponding to the device is connected,
and

wherein the information processing apparatus comprises:
a determining unit configured to determine whether or not the saving instruction for the script and the data required for
the software installation exists in the external storage device when the external storage device is connected; and

a saving unit configured to acquire a script and data corresponding to the identification information of the device contained
in the saving instruction for the script and the data required for software installation, and to save the script and the data
to the external storage device, in response to a determination that the saving instruction exists in the external storage
device,

wherein the saving unit with which the information processing apparatus is provided further saves a saving history of the
script and the data in the external storage device, and does not save the script and the data in the external storage device
in response to a determination that upon referencing the saving history that the script and the data corresponding to the
identification information contained in the saving instruction have been saved in the external storage device.

US Pat. No. 9,513,846

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM CONTROLLING THE INSERTION OF INDEX SHEETS IN A PRINT JOB

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive print data of a document having a plurality of hierarchical level structures and designation
information, wherein the designation information instructs that a first sheet feeding unit is used for feeding an index sheet
of a first hierarchical level and a second sheet feeding unit is used for feeding an index sheet of a second hierarchical
level;

a determination unit configured to determine the hierarchical level of a page to be processed of the print data and whether
or not the page to be processed is a page to be inserted in the document;

a control unit configured to control feeding a first index sheet from the first sheet feeding unit based on the designation
information in a case where, as a result of the determination by the determination unit, the page to be processed of the print
data corresponds to the first hierarchical level of the document and the page to be processed of the print data is the page
to be inserted in the document, and feeding a second index sheet from the second sheet feeding unit based on the designation
information in a case where, as the result of the determination by the determination unit, the page to be processed of the
print data corresponds to the second hierarchical level of the document and the page to be processed of the print data is
the page to be inserted in the document; and

an output unit configured to output a printed matter in which the first index sheet and the second index sheet are inserted,
wherein the reception unit, the determination unit, the control unit and the output unit are implemented by a processor and
a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,516,342

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSITION ENCODING IN VIDEO CODING AND DECODING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for decoding a block of indexes used for decoding a coding unit of an image according to a palette, each index
being related to one of the pixels forming the coding unit, the palette comprising a set of indexes associated to pixel values,
wherein the method comprises:
storing at least one pattern constituted by the indexes of at least one neighbour of an index of the block of indexes, said
pattern being associated with at least one prediction index corresponding to an index expected at a location in the neighbourhood
of the pattern;

identifying for a current index to be decoded in the block of indexes a stored pattern corresponding to the neighbourhood
of the current index; and

decoding the index of the current index by reference to the stored pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,503,616

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

19. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to include a plurality of first pixels and a second pixel having a photoelectric conversion area
which is more greatly shielded from light than a photoelectric conversion area of the first pixel;

a comparison unit configured to compare outputs of the first pixels as a plurality of correction target pixels with outputs
of the first pixels as a plurality of reference pixels which are arranged at a position more distant from the second pixel
than the correction target pixels; and

a correction unit configured to execute correction processing of the correction target pixels in accordance with a comparison
result of said comparison unit,

wherein the correction unit executes the correction processing when a difference, which is a difference between the outputs
of the first pixels as the plurality of correction target pixels and the outputs of the plurality of reference pixels, is
not less than a predetermined value, and does not execute the correction processing when the difference is less than the predetermined
value.

US Pat. No. 9,499,342

BELT DRIVING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A belt feeding unit comprising:
a rotatable belt;
a first stretching roller for stretching said belt;
a second stretching roller including a stretching portion for stretching said belt, said stretching portion being rotated
by rotation of said belt and having a rotational shaft;

a first member provided at one end portion of said stretching portion with respect to a widthwise direction of said belt and
perpendicular to a movement direction of said belt, said first member being movable relative to said stretching portion to
change a position of one end of said stretching portion at the one end portion;

a second member provided at the other end portion of said stretching portion with respect to the widthwise direction of said
belt, said second member being movable relative to said stretching portion to change a position of the other end of said stretching
portion at the other end portion,

wherein when said belt shifts in the widthwise direction to contact said first member, said first member moves relative to
said stretching portion to incline said stretching portion relative to said first stretching roller, and said second member
does not prevent movement of said stretching portion by said first member.

US Pat. No. 9,500,966

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
a support;
a charge generating layer on the support; and
a charge transporting layer on the charge generating layer,
wherein the charge generating layer comprises:
a gallium phthalocyanine crystal;
a nitrogen-containing heterocyclic compound; and
a resin having a structural unit represented by Formula (1):

wherein,
X1 represents a substituted or unsubstituted ethylene group, a substituted or unsubstituted propylene group, or a substituted
or unsubstituted butylene group;

R5, R6, R7 and R8 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a saturated hydrocarbon group or a methoxy group; and

Ar1 and Ar2 each independently represent a phenyl group having one or more electron-donating substituents, and

wherein a nitrogen atom in a heterocyclic ring of the nitrogen-containing heterocyclic compound has a substituent, wherein
the substituent is a substituted or unsubstituted acyl group, —(C?O)—O—R1, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted
aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group,

wherein a substituent of the substituted acyl group is a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted
alkenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group; R1 represents a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted
aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group; and

a substituent of the substituted alkyl group, a substituent of the substituted alkenyl group, a substituent of the substituted
aryl group and a substituent of the substituted heterocyclic group are a halogen atom, a cyano group, a nitro group, a hydroxy
group, a formyl group, an alkyl group, an alkenyl group, an alkoxy group or an aryl group.

US Pat. No. 9,487,436

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical member comprising:
a base member;
a porous glass film disposed on the base member; and
an interfacial region between the base member and the porous glass film,
wherein the porosity increases in the direction from the base member toward the porous glass film in the interfacial region
and the porosity in the porous glass film is constant.

US Pat. No. 9,489,747

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING OBJECT RECOGNITION FOCUSING ON OBJECT MOTION, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

a calculation unit configured to calculate movement vectors for respective areas on a plurality of images;
a detection unit configured to detect areas that have changed between the plurality of images, based on their differences;
an estimation unit configured to estimate areas where a moving object exists, in the plurality of images based on movement
vectors for respective areas calculated by the calculation unit; and

an identification unit configured to identify moving object areas based on the changed areas detected by the detection unit
and the areas estimated by the estimation unit;

wherein the detection unit identifies a background of the plurality of images and detects the changed areas from among the
plurality of images having undergone position adjustment with reference to a position of the background.

US Pat. No. 9,483,345

DATA PROCESSING METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING A PLURALITY OF RECEIVED COPIES OF THE SAME ORIGINAL DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing method for processing a plurality (n) of received copies of the same original data, each said copy including
at least one data portion, the method comprising:
performing bit to bit majority vote rule on equivalent data portions of the received copies to derive a single further equivalent
data portion;

dividing each of the equivalent data portions of the received data portions and the equivalent further data portion into m
sub-portions, wherein the m sub-portions are of equal size;

assembling combinations of divided sub-portions to provide reconstructed data portions;
performing an error rate assessment on said reconstructed data portions, and, in case the error rate assessment is not satisfied,
progressively increasing the number of sub-portions per data portion by increasing the value of m used in the driving as long
as the error rate assessment is not satisfied; and

selecting one of said reconstructed data portions as an output based on the result of said assessment in the case the error
rate assessment is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,448,113

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, INFORMATION OBTAINING APPARATUS, AND MEASUREMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A measurement apparatus for measuring a terahertz wave by using time-domain spectroscopy, comprising:
a terahertz wave generating unit configured to generate the terahertz wave in response to incidence of pump light thereon;
a terahertz wave detecting unit configured to detect the terahertz wave in response to incidence of probe light thereon;
an adjusting unit configured to adjust an optical path length difference, which is a difference between an optical path length
of the pump light and an optical path length of the probe light, and adjust a timing at which the terahertz wave and the probe
light reach the terahertz wave detecting unit;

an amount-of-change detecting unit configured to detect an amount of change in the optical path length difference;
a vibration obtaining unit configured to obtain information about a magnitude of vibration of the adjusting unit by using
a detection result generated by the amount-of-change detecting unit in a state where the adjusting unit is stationary;

a determining unit configured to determine, by using the information, whether the magnitude of the vibration of the adjusting
unit is within a range of an allowable value; and

an output unit configured to output a measurement start trigger in a case where the determining unit determines that the magnitude
of the vibration of the adjusting unit is within the range of the allowable value.

US Pat. No. 9,405,217

DEVELOPER CARRYING MEMBER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer carrying member, comprising:
an electro-conductive mandrel; and
an electro-conductive elastic layer,
wherein:
the elastic layer contains
a resin j,
an electro-semiconductive particle p, and
an electro-conductive particle c; and
when
an electroconductivity of the resin j is defined as ?j,

a dielectric constant of the resin j is defined as ?j,

an electroconductivity of the electro-semiconductive particle p is defined as ?p, and

a dielectric constant of the electro-semiconductive particle p is defined as ?p,

?j, ?j, ?p, and ?p satisfy relationships represented by the following formulae (1) and (2),

?j, ?j, ?p and ?p being calculated by an AC impedance method

?j
?p
US Pat. No. 9,406,510

PATTERN FORMING METHOD AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for forming a pattern in a layer on a substrate, the method comprising:
forming a line-and-space pattern including lines extended in one direction above the layer;
coating a resist on the line-and-space pattern and filling the resist in a space portion of the line-and-space pattern;
exposing a pattern element having a dimension in the one direction smaller than a dimension of the lines in the one direction
to the resist;

developing away the exposed resist to form a resist pattern according to the pattern element in the space portion, the resist
pattern contacting lines of the line-and-space pattern arranged on both sides of the resist pattern; and

forming a pattern in the layer using a combination of lines of the line-and-space pattern and the resist pattern as a mask.

US Pat. No. 9,400,444

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH IMPROVED TIMING FOR EMITTING BEAM DETECT LIGHT BEAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a charging unit configured to charge the photosensitive member;
a light scanning apparatus configured to emit a light beam to the photosensitive member to form an electrostatic latent image
on the photosensitive member charged by the charging unit,

wherein the light scanning apparatus comprises:
a light source configured to emit the light beam;
a rotary polygon mirror comprising a plurality of reflection surfaces configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the
light source so that the light beam scans the photosensitive member;

a light receiving unit arranged on a scanning route of the light beam in such a position as to receive the light beam that
is emitted from the light source during a period other than a period during which the photosensitive member is scanned, and
is deflected by the plurality of reflection surfaces, the light receiving unit being configured to generate a pulse for determining
an emitting timing of the light beam based on image data in a scanning period of the light beam; and

a drive unit comprising a motor configured to rotate the rotary polygon mirror and a pulse generating unit configured to generate
a plurality of pulses in accordance with a rotation phase during one revolution of the rotary polygon mirror, a number of
the plurality of pulses generated by the pulse generating unit being different from a number of pulses generated by the light
receiving unit during one revolution of the rotary polygon mirror, each of the pulses generated by the pulse generating unit
being generated between the respective pulses generated by the light receiving unit during one revolution of the rotary polygon
mirror;

a developing unit configured to develop, by using toner, the electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive member
by the light beam scanning the photosensitive member, the developing unit comprising a toner carrying member configured to
carry the toner, the developing unit being configured to apply a voltage for developing the electrostatic latent image to
the toner carrying member;

a storage unit configured to store phase relationship information between the pulses generated by the light receiving unit
and the pulses generated by the pulse generating unit during one revolution of the rotary polygon mirror; and

a control unit configured to control the light scanning apparatus and configured to identify an incident timing of the light
beam, which is deflected by the rotary polygon mirror, incident to the light receiving unit,

wherein the control unit controls the light scanning apparatus so that the rotary polygon mirror starts rotating and the light
receiving unit receives a light beam deflected by the rotary polygon mirror which is rotating before the photosensitive member
is charged by the charging unit and before the voltage is applied to the toner carrying member by the developing unit, and

wherein the control unit identifies the incident timing when the light beam deflected by the rotary polygon mirror which is
rotating enters the light receiving unit without exposing the photosensitive member after the charging unit starts charging
the photosensitive member and after the developing unit starts applying the voltage to the toner carrying member, the incident
timing being identified based on the phase relationship information and the number of the pulses generated by the pulse generating
unit generated between the pulses generated by the light receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,397,586

ULTRASONIC WAVE MOTOR AND ULTRASONIC WAVE MOTOR-EQUIPPED DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving device including a vibration element, a friction member, and a pressing member for applying pressure in a direction
in which the vibration element and the friction member make contact with each other, causing the vibration element and the
friction member to make a relative movement by vibration generated in the vibration element, the driving device comprising:
a connection member configured to transmit a driving force caused by the relative movement to a holding member of another
member, wherein the holding member makes a movement caused by the transmitted driving force; and

a guide member configured to guide the holding member in a moving direction when the vibration element and the friction member
make the relative movement,

wherein the connection member connects the holding member to the vibration element or the friction member so as not to apply
a reaction force caused by the pressing member to the holding member.

US Pat. No. 9,395,601

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING LIGHT EMITTING SECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus including a flash configured to move between a retracted position where the flash is retracted
in an apparatus body and a flash position where the flash protrudes from the apparatus body, comprising:
a movable body having the flash;
a support having one end pivotally supported by the apparatus body and the other end pivotally supporting said movable body;
a first spring configured to urge said support;
a second spring configured to urge said movable body;
a first lock configured to lock a first locked portion formed in one end of said movable body against urging forces of said
respective first and second springs when the flash is in the retracted position; and

a second lock configured to lock a second locked portion formed in the other end of said movable body against the urging forces
of said respective first and second springs when the flash is in the retracted position,

wherein when the flash is in the retracted position, release of a locking engagement between said first lock and said first
locked portion causes said movable body to pivotally move with respect to said support by the urging force of said second
spring, and

wherein the pivotal movement of said movable body with respect to said support releases locking engagement between said second
lock and said second locked portion, and said support is pivotally moved with respect to the apparatus body by the urging
force of said first spring, whereby the flash is positioned in the flash position.

US Pat. No. 9,386,205

OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to photoelectrically convert an optical image of an object formed by an image pickup optical system;
a heat sink configured to radiate heat generated by the image sensor;
a holder unit configured to hold the image sensor and the heat sink; and
a first lens barrel including a hollow portion configured to guide light from the image pickup optical system to the image
sensor, the first lens barrel housing the holder unit movably in the hollow portion in an optical axis direction of the image
pickup optical system,

wherein the holder unit includes a first inlet for taking external air into the heat sink and a first outlet for exhausting
the external air taken in through the first inlet,

wherein the first lens barrel includes a second inlet for taking in the external air and a second outlet for exhausting the
external air taken in through the second inlet, and

the first inlet is connected to the second inlet and the first outlet is connected to the second outlet when the holder unit
is positioned in the hollow portion of the first lens barrel.

US Pat. No. 9,384,433

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS COLOR MISREGISTRATION CORRECTION CONTROL CAUSED BY INCLINATION OF TRANSFER MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a transfer member that is driven to be rotated;
a first image forming unit configured to form a first image on the transfer member;
a second image forming unit arranged at a different position from that of the first image forming unit with respect to a rotation
direction of the transfer member, and configured to form a second image on the transfer member;

a first detection unit configured to detect a first position of the transfer member in a direction perpendicular to the rotation
direction;

a second detection unit arranged at a different position from that of the first detection unit with respect to the rotation
direction of the transfer member, and configured to detect a second position of the transfer member in the direction perpendicular
to the rotation direction; and

a control unit configured to control a forming position of the second image based on the first position and the second position
to reduce a misregistration amount between the first image and the second image

wherein the control unit is further configured not to control the forming position of the second image when a monochrome image
is formed.

US Pat. No. 9,383,953

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control apparatus capable of communicating with a printing apparatus and an information processing apparatus, the
print control apparatus comprising a memory and a processor communicating with the memory, the processor configured to implement:
a first reception unit configured to receive a first instruction for shutting down the printing apparatus from the information
processing apparatus;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain device information of the printing apparatus from the printing apparatus;
a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the printing apparatus, a second instruction to cause the printing apparatus
to shut down the printing apparatus based on the first reception unit receiving the first instruction;

a second reception unit configured to receive, from the printing apparatus, a response to the second instruction transmitted
by the transmission unit;

an execution unit configured to shut down the print control apparatus based on the second reception unit receiving the response
to the second instruction,

wherein the transmission unit determines, based on the device information of the printing apparatus obtained by the obtaining
unit, whether to transmit the second instruction, and transmits the second instruction to the printing apparatus in a case
where the transmission unit has determined to transmit the second instruction, and

wherein the device information includes at least one of information indicating a status of job execution in the printing apparatus
and information indicating whether the printing apparatus supports remote shutdown; and

a notification unit configured to notify the information processing apparatus that shutdown processing of the printing apparatus
has succeeded before the execution unit shuts down the print control apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,366,943

IMAGE CAPTURING ILLUMINATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An illumination apparatus, which is arrangeable so as to surround an image capturing lens, the apparatus comprising, when,
in a state where the illumination apparatus is arranged so as to surround the image capturing lens, a direction corresponding
to a radial direction of the image capturing lens is defined as a radial direction of the illumination apparatus, a direction
surrounding the image capturing lens is defined as a circumferential direction of the illumination apparatus, and a direction
toward an object field to be captured through the image capturing lens is defined as a light projecting direction of the illumination
apparatus:
a light source;
a first reflective portion provided inside further than the light source in the radial direction so as to extend in the circumferential
direction and reflecting light from the light source toward the light projecting direction, wherein the first reflective portion
includes (1) a first area and (2) a second area extending in the circumferential direction from the first area to one circumferential
side and to another circumferential side;

a second reflective portion provided inside further than the light source in the radial direction so as to extend in the radial
direction and reflecting the light from the light source toward an area extending to a side away from the light source in
the circumferential direction, wherein the second reflective portion includes (a) a first surface that reflects part of light
from the light source toward part of the second area extending to the one circumferential side and (b) a second surface that
reflects another part of the light to another part of the second area extending to the other circumferential side; and

a third reflective portion provided between the first surface and the second surface in the circumferential direction and
reflecting light from the light source toward the light projection direction.

US Pat. No. 9,363,101

PACKET PROCESSING IN A PREDETERMINED ORDER AND SUSPENSION OF PACKET TRANSMISSION BY PREDETERMINED TIME INTERVALS BASED ON A SUSPENSION FLAG

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, which comprises a plurality of communication units connected to a bus in a ring shape,
wherein two or more of the plurality of the communication units are connected to a respective one of two or more of processing
units, which executes a predetermined process, and the two or more of processing units execute respective processes in a predetermined
order to execute a sequence of processes for input data, a packet is transferred by each of the plurality of the communication
units over the bus in one direction of the ring shape, and the packet goes round the bus once by passing through each of the
plurality of communication units once,
wherein each of the plurality of communication units receives the packet from an upstream communication unit in the one direction
of the plurality of communication units and transfers the packet to a downstream communication unit in the one direction of
the plurality of communication units,

wherein the packet can hold data to be processed, identification information, and suspension information indicating whether
or not one of the two or more of processing units that is to execute a corresponding process out of the respective processes
on the data has suspended the corresponding process,

wherein each of the plurality of communication units connected to the respective one of the two or more of processing units
obtains, based on the identification information of a received packet, data held by the received packet and passes the obtained
data to the respective one of the two or more of processing units, while the each of the plurality of communication units
sets, in a case where the respective one of the two or more of processing units cannot obtain data included in the received
packet, the suspension information of the received packet to a state indicating that a process for the data is suspended,
and transfers the packet including the data that cannot be obtained,

wherein the each of the plurality of communication units transfers the received packet without processing the data included
in the received packet, in a case where the suspension information of the received packet indicates that the process for the
data is suspended,

wherein at least one of the plurality of communication units further comprises a first register that holds first identification
information, sets identification information of a packet that holds data having been processed by a corresponding one of the
two or more of processing units to the first identification information in a case of outputting the data having been processed
by the corresponding one of the two or more of processing units, and transfers the packets at a predetermined transmission
interval,

wherein the at least one of the plurality of communication units comprises:
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not identification information of the received packet matches the
first identification information;

a detection unit configured to detect whether or not the suspension information regarding the received packet indicates that
the process for data held by the received packet is suspended; and

a control unit configured to extend the transmission interval in a case where it is determined by the determination unit that
the identification information of the received packet matches the first identification information held in the at least one
of the plurality of communication units and it is detected by the detection unit that the suspension information regarding
the received packet indicates that the process for data held by the received packet is suspended,

wherein, in a case where it is determined that the identification information of a further received packet matches the first
identification information held in the at least one of the plurality of communication units and it is detected that the suspension
information regarding the further received packet indicates that the process for data held by the further received packet
is suspended with a first predetermined period after the control unit extends the transmission interval, the control unit
further extends the transmission interval by a second predetermined period smaller than the first predetermined period.

US Pat. No. 9,360,833

CHARGING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member comprising:
an electro-conductive support, and
an elastic layer provided on the support as a surface layer,
wherein:
the elastic layer is formed by irradiating, with electron rays, a rubber layer,
the rubber layer comprising a crosslinked product of a rubber mixture comprising acrylonitrile butadiene rubber and polybutadiene,
the polybutadiene includes 1,2-syndiotactic polybutadiene,
the elastic layer has a higher crosslink density in a surface portion than in an inside portion thereof, the higher crosslink
density being due to a cleavage of a 1,2-vinyl bond of the 1,2-syndiotactic polybutadiene with the irradiation of the electron
rays,

a mixing ratio in the rubber mixture between the acrylonitrile butadiene rubber and the polybutadiene is 90 parts by mass:
10 parts by mass to 20 parts by mass: 80 parts by mass, and

a content of the 1,2-syndiotactic polybutadiene in the polybutadiene is 3.8 mass % or more and 20 mass % or less.

US Pat. No. 9,348,253

IMAGE-FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image-forming method comprising:
a charging step of charging a surface of a photosensitive member;
an electrostatic latent image-forming step of forming an electrostatic latent image on the surface of the charged photosensitive
member;

a developing step of developing the electrostatic latent image with a toner to form a toner image;
a primary transfer step of transferring the toner image to a surface of an intermediate transfer member;
a cleaning step of removing a residual toner that remains on the surface of the photosensitive member after the primary transfer
step;

a secondary transfer step of transferring to a transfer material the toner image that has been transferred to the surface
of the intermediate transfer member; and

a fixing step of fixing to the transfer material the toner image that has been transferred to the transfer material,wherein
when ?(A) is a contact angle relative to water of the surface of the photosensitive member and ?(B) is a contact angle relative
to water of the surface of the intermediate transfer member, ?(B) is from 100° to 150° and ?(A) and ?(B) satisfy the relationship
in the following formula (1);

?70°?(A)??(B)<0°  (1)

the toner has a toner particle that contains a binder resin; and
a contact angle relative to water of a surface of a pellet molding of the toner is from 60° to 80°.

US Pat. No. 9,346,161

ROBOT AND ROBOT CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot comprising:
a link that rotates around a joint that serves as an axis;
a first string-shaped member and a second string-shaped member connected to the link and arranged in an antagonistic manner;
a drive unit that includes a first actuator that generates driving force for advancing and retreating the first string-shaped
member and a second actuator that generates driving force for advancing and retreating the second string-shaped member, the
drive unit generating torque around the joint and stiffness of the joint based on the driving force of the first actuator
and the driving force of the second actuator; and

a control device that controls the driving force generated by the first actuator and the second actuator,
the control device comprising:
a position control unit that calculates a torque command value around the joint based on angular deviation of a joint angle
relative to a reference joint angle received from outside of the robot;

a tensional force minimum value calculation unit that obtains a natural frequency of each string-shaped member satisfying
fn>fmin>fc,

fmin indicating the natural frequency, fc indicating a control bandwidth of the position control unit, fn indicating a Nyquist frequency of the position control unit, and

the tensional force minimum value calculation unit calculates a tensional force minimum value of the first string-shaped member
and the second string-shaped member from a relational expression Tmin=4×L2×?×fmin2,

L indicating length of the first string-shaped member and the second string-shaped member, ? indicating linear mass density
of the first string-shaped member and the second string-shaped member, and Tmin indicating the tensional force minimum value;

a driving force command value calculation unit that calculates driving force command values of the first actuator and the
second actuator by using the tensional force minimum value, the joint angle and the torque command value so that tensional
force of one of the first string-shaped member and the second string-shaped member with the smaller tensional force coincides
with the tensional force minimum value; and

a drive control unit that generates, on the first actuator and the second actuator, driving force corresponding to the driving
force command values obtained by the driving force command value calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,344,653

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus, comprising a plurality of pixels each comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit configured to generate a signal charge by photoelectric conversion of incident light;
a charge accumulation unit configured to accumulate the signal charge transferred from the photoelectric conversion unit;
a transistor configured to transfer the signal charge from the photoelectric conversion unit to the charge accumulation unit,
the transistor comprising a control electrode;

a floating diffusion portion configured to receive the signal charge transferred from the charge accumulation unit;
a waveguide configured to guide the incident light into the photoelectric conversion unit; and
a light-shielding portion covering at least the charge accumulation unit and having an opening that allows the light output
from the waveguide to pass therethrough,

wherein
the waveguide comprises an incident portion which the light enters and an output portion from which the light is output,
the light-shielding portion comprises a first portion that covers the control electrode of the transistor and a second portion
that covers a part of the photoelectric conversion unit,

the output portion and the photoelectric conversion unit are arranged with an interval therebetween,
the interval between the output portion and the photoelectric conversion unit is larger than an interval between a lower end
of the second portion of the light-shielding portion and the photoelectric conversion unit, and

the interval between the output portion and the photoelectric conversion unit is smaller than an interval between an upper
end of the second portion of the light-shielding portion and the photoelectric conversion unit.

US Pat. No. 9,343,972

POWER SUPPLY SWITCHING RECTIFICATION METHOD ACCORDING TO INPUT ALTERNATING VOLTAGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply, comprising:
a rectification unit configured to rectify an alternating voltage input from a commercial alternating-current power supply;
a first capacitor and a second capacitor connected in series between two lines at an output side of the rectification unit,
wherein the second capacitor is connected to a lower potential side of the first capacitor;
a first line configured to connect the commercial alternating-current power supply and the rectification unit;
a first switch connected to the first line, the first switch is turned on or off;
a second line configured to connect a midpoint of the first capacitor and the second capacitor, and the rectification unit;
a second switch connected to the second line, the second switch is turned on or off,
wherein the second switch is turned on in a case where the input alternating voltage is a first alternating voltage, and the
second switch is turned off in a case where the alternating voltage is a second alternating voltage that is higher than the
first alternating voltage;

a detection unit configured to detect a voltage signal according to a voltage applied to the second capacitor that is connected
to a lower potential side of the lines,

wherein, in a case where the second alternating voltage is input to the rectification unit and the second switch is turned
ON, a value of the voltage signal exceeds a first threshold,

wherein the first switch is switched from ON to OFF in a case where the value of the voltage signal exceeds the first threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,343,974

POWER SOURCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power source apparatus for outputting a voltage of positive polarity and a voltage of negative polarity, the power source
apparatus comprising:
a transformer;
a switching unit connected to a primary side of the transformer, configured to drive the transformer;
a capacitive element connected to a secondary side of the transformer;
a first constant voltage element connected to the transformer side with respect to the capacity element;
a second constant voltage element connected to an output side of a voltage with respect to the capacity element;
a feedback unit configured to output a feedback signal based on an output voltage output from a secondary side of the transformer
to a load and a threshold value; and

a control unit configured to control, so as to control a voltage of the capacitive element, a drive signal for driving the
switching unit based on the feedback signal,

wherein, based on the feedback signal, in a case where a voltage output to the load is a voltage of negative polarity, the
control unit controls the drive signal so as to prevent a current from flowing into the first constant voltage element and
the second constant voltage element, and in a case where a voltage output to the load is a voltage of positive polarity, the
control unit controls the drive signal so that a current flows into the second constant voltage element.

US Pat. No. 9,344,603

IMAGE PROCESSING FOR A MULTI BEAM IMAGE FORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

5. An image processing method for processing image data of a single color plane to be transmitted to an image forming unit
configured to form an image of the single color plane by a first beam and a second beam, the method comprising:
an obtaining step of obtaining first information to be used to correct a deviation in an image in a sub scanning direction
due to a curve of a scanning line of the first beam and second information to be used to correct a deviation in an image in
the sub scanning direction due to a curve of a scanning line of the second beam;

a setting step of obtaining a position in a main scanning direction for the first beam based on the obtained first information
and a position in the main scanning direction for the second beam based on the obtained second information, and setting, based
on the obtained position for the first beam and the obtained position for the second beam, a common position in the main scanning
direction, that exists in the middle between the obtained position for the first beam and the obtained position for the second
beam, for the image data of the single color plane for each of the first beam and the second beam; and

a correcting step of shifting, at the set common position in the main scanning direction, pixels included in the image data
of the single color plane for each of the first beam and the second beam in the sub scanning direction.

US Pat. No. 9,340,032

LIQUID EJECTION DEVICE AND LIQUID LEAKAGE SUPPRESSION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection device comprising:
a head configured to eject a liquid;
a liquid containing unit having a sealed housing and a flexible member provided in the sealed housing, the sealed housing
including a first containing space communicating with the head and a second containing space partitioned from the first containing
space by the flexible member, the first containing space containing the liquid, the volume of the first containing space decreasing
along with the ejection of the liquid from the head, the second containing space containing a liquid filler;

a pressure adjusting unit configured to communicate with the second containing space and adjust a pressure of the liquid filler
in the second containing space so as to maintain a negative pressure with respect to the head;

a communication unit configured to allow communication between the second containing space and the pressure adjusting unit;
and

a valve provided in the communication unit,
wherein the liquid containing unit is separable from the pressure adjusting unit between the pressure adjusting unit and the
valve.

US Pat. No. 9,335,256

TECHNIQUE FOR MEASURING COLOR OF MEASUREMENT IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form a measurement image on a sheet;
a conveyance unit configured to convey the sheet;
a measurement unit configured to measure the measurement image by accumulating reflected light from the measurement image
on the sheet conveyed by the conveyance unit;

a control unit configured to control the image forming unit to form the measurement image on the sheet, control the conveyance
unit to convey the sheet on which the measurement image is formed toward the measurement unit, control the measurement unit
to execute a first scan during which the measurement unit measures the measurement image formed on the sheet, control the
conveyance unit to convey the sheet on which the measurement image is formed toward the measurement unit again, and control
the measurement unit to execute a second scan during which the measurement unit measures the measurement image formed on the
sheet; and

a determination unit configured, based on a measurement result of the measurement unit in the first scan, to determine a reflected
light accumulation time during which the measurement unit accumulates reflected light from the measurement image in the second
scan,

wherein the control unit executes the first scan using one reflected light accumulation time among a plurality of different
reflected light accumulation times provided in advance, and

the determination unit estimates another measurement result corresponding to another reflected light accumulation time based
on a linearity relation between the reflected light accumulation time and the measurement result, the predetermined reflected
light accumulation time, and the measurement result obtained using the predetermined reflected light accumulation time in
the first scan, and identifies a highest measurement result in a range in which saturation does not occur from among the plurality
of measurement results, and determine the reflected light accumulation time corresponding to the identified measurement result
to be the reflected light accumulation time for the second scan,

wherein each of a plurality of measurement results corresponds to a different one of the reflected light accumulation time.

US Pat. No. 9,304,414

METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for producing an electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising a support, a charge generating layer formed
on the support, and a charge transporting layer formed on the charge generating layer, the method comprising:
dissolving (?) and (?) with solvents of (?) and (?) to prepare a charge-transporting-layer coating liquid;
the (?) being a charge transporting substance,
the (?) being at least one resin selected from the group consisting of
a polycarbonate resin having a structural unit represented by the following formula (1A), and
a polyester resin having a structural unit represented by the following formula (1B),
the (?) being an aromatic hydrocarbon solvent which is at least one selected from the group consisting of toluene, xylene
and mesitylene, and

the (?) being a compound having a boiling point under 1 atmosphere higher than that of the (?),
forming a coat for the charge transporting layer using the charge-transporting-layer coating liquid, and
drying the coat to form the charge transporting layer,
wherein
the charge transporting layer is a surface layer,
the charge-transporting-layer coating liquid is free of any polyester resins having a siloxane structure at the end thereof
and any polycarbonate resins having a siloxane structure at the end thereof; and

the (?), the (?) and the (?) satisfy the following expression:
X(g)>Y(g)

wherein,
X(g) represents the solubility of the (?) in 100 g of the (?) in an environment at 23° C. under 1 atmosphere, and
Y(g) represents the solubility of the (?) in 100 g of the (?) in an environment at 23° C. under 1 atmosphere;

wherein,
R1 to R4 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a methyl group or a phenyl group,

X1 represents a single bond, an oxygen atom, a cyclohexylidene group or a bivalent group represented by the following formula
(A),

R11 to R14 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a methyl group or a phenyl group,

X2 represents a single bond, an oxygen atom, a cyclohexylidene group or a bivalent group represented by the following formula
(A), and

Y1 represents a meta-phenylene group, a para-phenylene group, a cyclohexylene group or a bivalent group represented by the following
formula (B):


wherein,
R21 and R22 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a methyl group, an ethyl group or a phenyl group,

R31 to R38 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a methyl group or a phenyl group, and

X3 represents a single bond, an oxygen atom, a sulfur atom or a methylene group, and

wherein the content of the (?) is higher than the content of the (?) in the charge-transporting-layer coating liquid.

US Pat. No. 9,305,954

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA UTILIZING LIGHT ATTENUATING FILMS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising a plurality of first pixels each including one of a red color filter, a green color
filter, and a blue color filter, and a plurality of second pixels each including one of a red color filter, a green color
filter, and a blue color filter, wherein
each of the plurality of first pixels includes a first photoelectric converter, and a first light transmissive portion having
a first light attenuating film and arranged above the first photoelectric converter, and each of the plurality of second pixels
includes a second photoelectric converter, and a second light transmissive portion having a second light attenuating film
and arranged above the second photoelectric converter,

the first and the second light attenuating films for the same color are configured such that light transmittances of the first
and second light transmissive portions of the same color are different, and

the first attenuating film is further configured such that a light transmittance of the first light transmissive portion of
the first pixel including the red color filter is lower than that of the first light transmissive portion of the first pixel
including the green color filter, and a light transmittance of the first light transmissive portion of the first pixel including
the green color filter is lower than that of the first light transmissive portion of the first pixel including the blue color
filter.

US Pat. No. 9,304,446

DEVELOPING DEVICE HAVING DEVELOPER LAYER REGULATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer carrying member for carrying a developer comprising a toner and a carrier;
a magnet provided inside said developer carrying member;
a developing chamber for feeding the developer to said developer carrying member;
a feeding member rotatable provided in the developing chamber for feeding the developer in said developing chamber;
a non-magnetic blade member for regulating an amount of the developer to be coated on said developer carrying member; and
a route forming portion for forming a route for feeding the developer in the developing chamber from above to said developer
carrying member with respect to a direction of gravitation, wherein said routing forming portion is located between said feeding
member and said developer carrying member and includes an opposing portion opposed to said developer carrying member along
a peripheral surface of said developer carrying member,

wherein the magnet is opposed to a first region of said developer carrying member from a downstream end of said opposing portion
with respect to the rotational direction of said developer carrying member to said blade member in the rotational direction
of said developer carrying member so as to attract the developer on the first region, and

wherein a distance of the first region in the rotational direction of said developer carrying member is 2 mm or more, and
when a magnetic force at a surface of said developer carrying member with respect to a direction normal to said developer
carrying member is Fr, magnetic poles are provided so that a ratio of an integrated value FrNear to an integrated value FrAll
is 60% or more, wherein the integrated value FrNear is obtained by integrating the magnetic force Fr in a second region of
the developer carrying member from a position of 2 mm upstream of said blade member with respect to the rotational direction
of said developer carrying member to said blade member with respect to the rotational direction of said developer carrying
member and the integrated value FrAll is obtained by integrating the magnetic force in the first region.

US Pat. No. 9,303,988

IMAGE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, IMAGE MEASUREMENT METHOD AND IMAGE MEASUREMENT PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image measurement apparatus, comprising:
a first camera that takes an image of a workpiece held by a holding device;
a detecting device provided on the holding device that detects a position and/or a posture of a measurement plane for the
workpiece held by the holding device; and

a control unit that stores external parameters of the first camera and a position and/or a posture of a calibration plane
where the external parameters are calibrated, stores the position and/or the posture of the measurement plane for the workpiece
detected by the detecting device while the workpiece is held by the holding device, corrects the external parameters based
on a detected value by the detecting device such that the positions and/or the postures of the measurement plane and the calibration
plane coincide with each other, and measures a two-dimensional position and/or a posture of the workpiece held by the holding
device from the image taken by the first camera using the corrected external parameters.

US Pat. No. 9,307,100

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHODS THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:
a management unit configured to manage a message registered with print data and comments registered based on a status of each
of a plurality of printers, the comments being associated with the message;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain the status of each of the plurality of printers in a network when receiving a first
feedback information for the registered message, the first feedback information being received in accordance with selection
of a first feedback button associated with the registered message; and

a control unit configured to cause, when receiving a second feedback information for one of the comments managed by said management
unit, the printer related to the received second feedback information to print the print data related to the managed message
corresponding to the first information feedback button, the second feedback information being received in accordance with
selection of one of second feedback buttons associated with each of the managed comments.

US Pat. No. 9,307,104

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus operable in one of a web mode for displaying a screen provided by a web application of a web server
and a native mode for displaying a screen provided by a native application of the printing apparatus, the printing apparatus
comprising:
a displaying unit;
a printing unit configured to perform printing processing;
a hardware key configured to instruct the printing apparatus to display a setting screen for page integration, wherein in
either case where the printing apparatus is operating in the web mode or the native mode, the displaying unit displays the
setting screen for page integration in response to a user pressing the hardware key;

a determining unit configured to determine, in response to the user pressing the hardware key, whether the printing apparatus
is operating in the web mode or the native mode;

a requesting unit configured to request, if the determining unit determines that the printing apparatus is operating in the
web mode, screen information for displaying the setting screen for page integration from the web server by transmitting identification
information of the hardware key and identification information of the printing apparatus to the web server; and

a receiving unit configured to receive the screen information from the web server,
wherein if the determining unit determines that the printing apparatus is operating in the web mode, the displaying unit displays
the setting screen for page integration, based on the screen information received by the receiving unit, and

wherein if the determining unit determines that the printing apparatus is operating in the native mode, the display unit displays
the setting screen, which is provided by the native application, for page integration.

US Pat. No. 9,307,123

NOISE REDUCTION APPARATUS AND NOISE REDUCTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A noise reduction apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input a captured image signal from an image capturing unit;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, according to a user operation, a temporal noise signal of the image capturing unit
based on the captured image signal;

an estimation unit configured to estimate an ideal image signal that has no noise, based on the captured image signal input
by the input unit and the temporal noise signal acquired by the acquisition unit;

a removing unit configured to remove a temporal frequency component higher than a predetermined threshold from each of the
ideal image signal estimated by the estimation unit and the temporal noise signal acquired by the acquisition unit;

a generating unit configured to generate a filter that is used for temporal noise reduction for a captured image signal from
the image capturing unit in accordance with an added signal obtained by adding the ideal image signal from which the temporal
frequency component has been removed by the removing unit and the noise signal from which the temporal frequency component
has been removed by the removing unit; and

a filtering unit configured to perform temporal noise reduction processing on an input image signal, captured by the image
capturing unit, by using the filter generated by the generating unit.

US Pat. No. 9,307,136

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD WHERE AN OUTPUT OF DATA INDICATING A RESULT OF A CORRELATION CALCULATION IS INTERMITTENTLY PERFORMED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging element that includes pixel portions each having a plurality of photoelectric conversion units;
a drive unit configured to drive a focus adjusting lens;
a first processing unit configured to acquire a signal output by the imaging element and to output a first image signal for
a focus detection and a second image signal for the focus detection and an image generation;

a second processing unit configured to acquire the second image signal from the first processing unit so as to perform development
processing;

a calculation unit configured to acquire the first image signal and the second image signal from the first processing unit
so as to perform phase difference detection-type focus detecting calculation by correlation calculation between the first
image signal and a third image signal generated from the first image signal and the second image signal; and

a control unit configured to acquire data indicating the result of the correlation calculation so as to calculate a defocus
amount and to control the drive unit so as to perform focus adjustment,

wherein the control unit controls the calculation unit, and
wherein an output of the data indicating the result of the correlation calculation from the calculation unit to the control
unit is intermittently performed at a frequency set for a plurality of image frames in accordance with an output of the second
image signal from the first processing unit to the second processing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,302,511

SHEET CUTTING APPARATUS AND PRINTER, AND SHEET HANDLER PROVIDED THEREWITH

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a cutting unit configured to cut a sheet;
a conveyance unit configured to convey an unwanted fragment of the sheet cut by the cutting unit in a conveyance direction
away from the cutting unit;

a blowing unit configured to blow air to the unwanted fragment discharged from the conveyance unit; and
wherein the blowing unit includes a suction port located over and opposite the cutting unit, a duct, and an exhaust port connected
to the suction port via the duct,

wherein the blowing unit sucks air including paper dust occurring during cutting of the sheet from the suction port and blows
the air through the duct from the exhaust port to the unwanted fragment of the sheet, and

wherein the exhaust port is located near a downstream end of the conveyance unit.
US Pat. No. 9,302,525

RECORDING MEDIUM AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium comprising:
a first resin layer provided on one surface of a base;
a porous undercoating layer provided on the first resin layer;
a first ink-receiving layer provided on the porous undercoating layer;
a second resin layer provided on the other surface of the base; and
a second ink-receiving layer provided on the second resin layer,
wherein a 60° specular glossiness of a surface of the first resin layer that is closer to the first ink-receiving layer is
65% or more,

wherein a 60° specular glossiness of a surface of the second resin layer that is closer to the second ink-receiving layer
is 65% or more,

wherein the porous undercoating layer has a thickness of 3 ?m or less, and
wherein the porous undercoating layer has an average pore radius smaller than an average pore radius of the first ink-receiving
layer.

US Pat. No. 9,307,168

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS IN WHICH DEFECTIVE PIXELS ARE INDICATED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus, comprising:
an image sensor in which a plurality of types of pixels including an imaging pixel and a focusing pixel is arranged;
a flaw detection circuit configured to detect a defective pixel based on a pixel value of each pixel in the image sensor;
and

flaw information generation circuit configured to output first information indicating the defective pixel based on a detecting
result from the flaw detection circuit and second information indicating a position of the focusing pixel in the image sensor,

wherein the flaw information generation circuit outputs the first information according to the defective pixel detected by
the flaw detection circuit, in a case where a position of the defective pixel detected by the flaw detection circuit doesn't
match the position of the focusing pixel indicated by the second information, and doesn't output the first information according
to the defective pixel detected by the flaw detection circuit, in a case where the position of the defective pixel detected
by the flaw detection circuit matches the position of the focusing pixel indicated by the second information.

US Pat. No. 9,307,170

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND RANGE FINDER USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising:
a pixel including a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions and a waveguide arranged closer to a side of light incidence
than the photoelectric conversion portions, wherein

the waveguide comprises a core member and a cladding member formed of a medium having a refractive index lower than that of
the core member, and

a layer provided between the photoelectric conversion portions and the waveguide and propagating light that exits from the
waveguide, said layer being formed of a medium having a refractive index lower than that of the core member, and having a
larger thickness in a pixel located at a peripheral portion of the solid-state image sensor than in a pixel located at a center
portion of the solid-state image sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,304,373

TERAHERTZ WAVE GENERATION ELEMENT, TERAHERTZ WAVE DETECTION ELEMENT, AND TERAHERTZ TIME DOMAIN SPECTROSCOPE DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A terahertz wave generation element comprising:
a waveguide having a core including electro-optic crystal;
an optical coupler for extracting a terahertz wave generated from the core when light propagates in the waveguide to a space;
and

a reflecting layer disposed on the opposite side to the optical coupler with respect to the core, so as to reflect the terahertz
wave,

wherein the reflecting layer is directly adjacent to the core and transmits the light.

US Pat. No. 9,307,218

IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING FOCAL CORRECTION, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus that includes an optical imaging system that has a moveable lens for focus adjustment and a moveable
lens for adjustment of angle of view, the imaging apparatus executing focus adjustment by displacing the moveable lens for
focus adjustment to an in-focus position, the imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging element configured to perform photoelectric conversion upon reception of light from a subject;
a control unit configured to control driving of the moveable lens for focus adjustment by detecting the in-focus position;
a color adjustment unit configured to adjust a color of a captured image; and
a correcting unit configured to acquire positional information for the moveable lens for focus adjustment or the positional
information for the moveable lens for adjustment of angle of view and calculate a correction amount to correct a deviation
in the in-focus position resulting from chromatic aberration in the optical imaging system, and perform processing to suppress
coloring of the subject image resulting from chromatic aberration by revising the correction amount to thereby output a revised
correction amount to the control unit,

wherein the correction unit decreases a level of revision on the correction amount as the degree of a decolorization process
performed by the color adjustment unit increases.

US Pat. No. 9,272,872

SHEET STACKING DEVICE AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. A printing apparatus, which prints images on sheets, and sequentially discharges, to a sheet stacking device, the sheets
on which the images are printed,
wherein the sheet stacking device comprises:
a discharge tray configured to receive sheets that are discharged;
a presser member configured to be able to hold down the sheets stacked on the discharge tray; and
a moving unit configured to move the presser member between a pressing position at which the presser member holds down the
sheets stacked on the discharge tray and a retraction position at which the presser member is separated from the discharge
tray,

wherein the moving unit (a) positions the presser member at the pressing position while a sheet is discharged, and (b) moves
the presser member to the retraction position from the pressing position along a stacking face of the discharge tray after
discharging of the sheet is completed.

US Pat. No. 9,274,482

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DEVELOPING CONTRAST CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image bearing member;
a developing device configured to develop an electrostatic image formed on the image bearing member;
a sensor configured to detect a toner bearing amount of a toner image developed by the developing device;
a converting portion configured to convert input image information from multivalued information to binarization information;
a storage device configured to store the binarization information converted by the converting portion; and
a control portion configured to perform an image forming operation based on the binarization information stored in the storage
device,

wherein the control portion controls a developing contrast at a time of image formation based on a plurality of detection
results obtained by the sensor detecting a plurality of toner images for measurement formed under conditions different in
the developing contrast and a preset target value corresponding to the developing contrast to be set, and

wherein in a case where the developing contrast to be set is a first developing contrast, the target value is set to a first
target value, and in a case where the developing contrast to be set is a second developing contrast greater than the first
developing contrast, the target value is set to a second target value different from the first target value so that a toner
bearing amount in a maximum image density becomes lower than when the developing contrast to be set is the first developing
contrast.

US Pat. No. 9,271,695

APPARATUS FOR MAMMOGRAPHY WITH ACOUSTIC MATCHING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A subject information acquisition apparatus comprising:
a pair of holding plates adapted to hold and sandwich a subject;
an acoustic matching member provided on one of said holding plates and having a flexible bag and an acoustic matching agent
stored in the flexible bag; and

a probe adapted to be positioned to receive acoustic waves from the subject, said probe being located in opposition to said
acoustic matching member with said one of the pair of holding plates between said probe and said acoustic matching member,

wherein said flexible bag has a first portion facing the other of the pair of holding plates adapted to contact the subject
and a second portion detachably secured to said one of the pair of holding plates, the second portion having higher rigidity
than the first portion,

wherein both said first portion and said second portion are located on an acoustic wave propagation path such that acoustic
waves are adapted to be propagated from the subject to said probe through said first portion, said acoustic matching agent
and said second portion in that order, and

wherein said first portion and said second portion are made of the same material, and said second portion has a thickness
greater than that of said first portion to provide said higher rigidity.

US Pat. No. 9,270,900

MOVIE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A movie processing apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input an input image;
a memory control unit configured to store, in a memory, a deformation image obtained by executing an image deformation process
for the input image using a deformation parameter;

a determination unit configured to determine, from a memory region in which the deformation image is stored, a readout region
to be accessed for obtaining an output image, on the basis of a size of the input image, a size of the output image, and the
deformation parameter;

a readout unit, configured to access the readout region, that reads out pixel data included in the deformation image; and
an output unit configured to output the image based on the pixel data readout by said readout unit.

US Pat. No. 9,245,206

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a region of a face of a person from an input image;
an extraction unit configured to extract an image feature amount from the region of the face;
a projection unit configured to generate a plurality of projected feature vectors by projecting a feature vector indicating
the image feature amount onto each of a plurality of feature spaces corresponding to plural ranges of directions of a face;

a classification unit configured to classify a direction of the face into one of the plural ranges of directions based on
the plurality of projected feature vectors;

a vector selection unit configured to select one of the plurality of projected feature vectors corresponding to the classified
range of directions of the face; and

an estimation unit configured to estimate, based on the selected one of the projected feature vectors and a model corresponding
to the classified range of directions of the face, a detailed direction of the face belonging to the classified range of directions.

US Pat. No. 9,233,395

CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER DEVICE, AND MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus that controls an electromechanical transducer device having an element that includes a first electrode
and a second electrode arranged with a gap therebetween, and that outputs a current from the first electrode due to receiving
an acoustic wave generated by light with which an inspection object is irradiated in a state where a DC voltage is applied
to the second electrode, the control apparatus comprising:
a conversion unit configured to convert the current output from the first electrode to a voltage;
a DC voltage applying unit configured to apply a DC voltage to the second electrode; and
a generation unit configured to generate a control signal which makes at least one of the DC voltage and a conversion ratio
for converting the current to the voltage be changed, on the basis of elapsed time information about an elapsed time from
a point in time at which the inspection object was irradiated with the light.

US Pat. No. 9,234,772

OPTICAL ENCODER AND APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,233,809

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,236,413

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,219,814

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,219,863

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,213,259

DEVELOPING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,207,569

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,202,124

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,180,489

ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,158,234

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,152,092

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member that bears a toner image;
a transfer unit including a belt that transports the toner image on the image bearing member, and a cleaning device that removes
a toner adhering to the belt, the transfer unit being detachably mountable on an apparatus body; and

a container that houses the toner removed by the cleaning device, the container is detachably mountable on the apparatus body;
wherein, when the transfer unit and the container are mounted on the apparatus body, the belt, the cleaning device, and the
container are arranged in that order along a mounting-detaching direction of the transfer unit,

wherein a direction of a line formed by the arrangement of the belt, the cleaning device, and the container is nearly parallel
to the mounting-detaching direction of the transfer unit, and

wherein each of the transfer unit and the container are independently and respectively detachable with respect to the apparatus
body, and mounting-detaching directions thereof are in opposite direction with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,150,039

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING SKEW CORRECTION MECHANISM, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first conveying unit configured to convey a sheet;
a first skew detection unit configured to detect a skew amount of a side edge of the sheet conveyed by said first conveying
unit and a skew direction thereof;

a second skew detection unit configured to detect a skew amount of a leading edge of the sheet conveyed by said first conveying
unit and a skew direction thereof;

a skew correction unit configured to correct skew of the sheet based on a detection result of said first skew detection unit;
a second conveying unit configured to convey the sheet the skew of which has been corrected by said skew correction unit;
a transfer unit configured to transfer a toner image to the sheet the skew of which has been corrected;
a leading edge position determination unit configured to preliminarily determine, before the skew correction by said skew
correction unit is completed, a leading edge position of the sheet with the skew thereof corrected by said skew correction
unit, based on the detection result of said first skew detection unit and a detection result of said second skew detection
unit, and

a control unit configured to control said second conveying unit so that the toner image is transferred on a predetermined
position of the sheet conveyed by said second conveying unit based on a determination result of said leading edge position
determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,114,614

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,111,196

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,093,345

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,640

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,666

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,088,760

CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,676

DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,085,135

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,085,144

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,088,772

IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,868

HUB DEVICE AND SYSTEM USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,087,289

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,087,292

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,088,857

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,087,762

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,084,563

MEDICAL SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,827

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,829

INSTALLATION METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND DEVICE DRIVER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,831

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,833

SYSTEM THAT OUTPUTS STATUS INFORMATION REPRESENTING A STATUS OF A DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,083,264

VIBRATION ELEMENT, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, AND VIBRATION WAVE ACTUATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,081,359

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,076,088

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,076,096

IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING PRINT SETTING INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,073,812

ORGANIC COMPOUND

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,075,656

CLOUD COMPUTING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,075,513

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,077,839

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,076,031

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,074,962

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,075,352

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING REMOVAL UNIT FOR REMOVING DEVELOPER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,068,819

LAYERED OBJECT AND MEASURING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,069,126

OPTICAL ELEMENT, OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OPTICAL APPARATUS HAVING ANTIREFLECTION COATING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

1.75?ns?2.20;

n1
n1

US Pat. No. 9,067,449

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD BY SERIALLY TRANSFERRING INTERMEDIATE IMAGES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,071,331

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,069,502

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,069,279

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,069,289

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,069,291

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,057,976

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to rotate while bearing an electrostatic latent image;
a developer bearing member configured to rotate at a constant circumferential speed ratio with respect to the image bearing
member while bearing a developer and to develop the electrostatic latent image;

a developer supply member, which includes a foam layer at a surface and is arranged in contact with the developer bearing
member, configured to rotate in a direction opposite to a rotation direction of the developer bearing member at a constant
circumferential speed ratio with respect to the developer bearing member and to supply the developer to the developer bearing
member;

a first voltage application mechanism configured to apply a voltage Vdr to the developer bearing member;
a second voltage application mechanism configured to apply a voltage Vrs to the developer supply member; and
a control unit configured to control the first and second voltage application mechanisms,
wherein the control unit is configured to shift a difference Vdif (=Vrs?Vdr) between Vrs and Vdr toward polarity opposite
to normal charge polarity of the developer as S decreases, where S is an absolute value of a speed difference between a circumferential
speed of the image bearing member and a circumferential speed of the developer bearing member.

US Pat. No. 9,057,869

POSITIVE-LEAD TYPE ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens unit having positive refractive power,
a second lens unit having negative refractive power, and a third lens unit having positive refractive power,
wherein at least the first lens unit, the second lens unit, and the third lens unit move during zooming from a wide-angle
end to a telephoto end, and

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,050,724

CONTROL METHOD OF ROBOT APPARATUS AND ROBOT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,055,253

METHOD, APPARATUS, AND MEDIUM ACQUIRING BAND-AREA HEIGHT ON THE BASIS OF TRANSFER AMOUNT AND TRANSFER UNIT OF PARTIAL IMAGE DATA OF THE BAND AREA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold a height of each of a plurality of band areas into which image data is divided, wherein
the height is obtained by a calculation device, wherein the calculation device acquires i) a first amount as a transfer amount
of partial image data of the band area on the basis of the capacity of a buffer of the image processing apparatus and ii)
a transfer unit of the partial image data so that data having the first amount being contained in the partial image data and
data having a second amount being contained in reference data to be referred to for processing the data having the first amount
can be buffered in the buffer, and acquires the height of the band area on the basis of the transfer amount and the transfer
unit of the partial image data;

a division unit configured to divide image data into a plurality of band areas; and
an image processing unit configured to acquire partial image data of the band area divided by said division unit via the buffer
and perform image processing with reference to the reference data.

US Pat. No. 9,049,996

STEREOSCOPIC X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A stereoscopic X-ray imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of X-ray sources;
a diaphragm unit in which a plurality of openings is formed, X-rays radiated by the plurality of X-ray sources passing through
the plurality of openings, respectively;

an X-ray sensor on which the X-ray radiated by each of the plurality of X-ray sources is projected;
an adjuster configured to adjust positions and sizes of the plurality of openings; and
a plurality of visible light sources each configured to radiate a visible light to the X-ray sensor in the same area as that
of a different one of the plurality of X-ray sources through each of the plurality of openings,

wherein spectra of the visible light emitted by the plurality of visible light sources are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,050,824

PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,052,640

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT, DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating unit comprising:
a developer accommodating member, provided with an opening for permitting discharge of developer, for accommodating the developer;
a sealing member including a connecting portion for being connected to said developer accommodating member so as to seal the
opening; and

an unsealing member for exposing the opening by moving said sealing member to peel said connecting portion from said developer
accommodating member in an unsealing direction,

wherein said connecting portion includes a first connecting portion and a second connecting portion with respect to a longitudinal
direction thereof crossing the unsealing direction, and

wherein, when said connecting portion is peeled from said developer accommodating member, said unsealing member sags so that
said first connecting portion is peeled before said second connecting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,052,657

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a demountable endless belt configured to heat a toner image on a recording material at a nip portion;
a rotatable member configured to form the nip portion cooperatively with said endless belt;
a supporting member, provided in said endless belt and configured to support said endless belt;
a heating device configured to heat said endless belt;
a temperature detecting member including (i) a temperature detecting element provided so as to contact an inner surface of
said endless belt and configured to detect the temperature of said endless belt, and (ii) an elastic portion provided on said
supporting member configured to (a) urge said temperature detecting element toward the inner surface of said endless belt
and (b) permit a displacement of said temperature detecting element toward said supporting member by an elastic deformation
thereof;

a controller configured to control energization of said heating device based on an output of said temperature detecting member;
and

an inclined surface, provided to said temperature detecting member and configured to abut to an end edge of said endless belt
in a longitudinal direction of said endless belt so that said temperature detecting element is displaced by the elastic deformation
with a mounting operation of said endless belt relative to said supporting member in a direction substantially parallel to
the longitudinal direction,

wherein an inclined angle of said inclined surface is from 30 degrees to 75 degrees with respect to the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 9,046,676

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

1.05
0.65

US Pat. No. 9,049,587

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,049,382

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,433,380

TRIAC DRIVING CIRCUIT AND FIXING APPARATUS HAVING RESISTIVE ELEMENTS IN SERIES WITH DIFFERENT CHARACTERISTICS FOR CIRCUIT PROTECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A triac driving circuit comprising:a triac connected between an alternating current source and a load;
a phototriac coupler configured to transmit a signal to the triac;
a first resistive element; and
a second resistive element,
wherein the phototriac coupler, the first resistive element, and the second resistive element are connected in series to a gate terminal of the triac, and
wherein a minimum resistance of the first resistive element including tolerance is higher than the maximum resistance of the second resistive element including tolerance.

US Pat. No. 10,426,019

LIGHTING DEVICE THAT CONTROLS LIGHT EMISSION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lighting device that is capable of using a plurality of types of batteries attached thereto, and includes a light emission section to which electric power is supplied from a battery attached thereto,the lighting device comprising at least one processor that functions, according to one or more programs in a memory, as units comprising:
a light emission control unit configured to control light emission from the light emission section; and
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information on the battery, including information on a temperature of the attached battery,
wherein the light emission control unit determines a parameter for use in limiting light emission from the light emission section based on a result of acquisition of the information on the battery by the acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 10,394,498

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CONTROLLING ENCRYPTED COMMUNICATION AND PRINT PROCESSING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a communication control unit configured to control encrypted communication; and
a print control unit configured to control print processing,
wherein, in a case where an encrypted common key is decrypted, the communication control unit is assigned with a first priority, and the print control unit is assigned with a second priority higher than the first priority, and
wherein resource distribution of the with respect to the communication control unit and the print control unit is determined according to the priorities.

US Pat. No. 10,375,816

PRINTED-CIRCUIT BOARD, PRINTED-WIRING BOARD, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. A printed-wiring board on which an electronic component having a heat radiation part can be mounted, comprising:a land group with which a terminal group of the electronic component is joined;
a first conductor pattern which is arranged in a mounting area where the electronic component is mounted and which is joined with the heat radiation part of the electronic component;
a second conductor pattern, at least a part of which is arranged on an outside of the mounting area; and
a third conductor pattern which connects the first conductor pattern and the second conductor pattern,
wherein the land group includes a first land adjacent to the third conductor pattern and a second land which is not adjacent to the third conductor pattern, and
the first land is formed in a shape different from that of the second land so as to be spaced from the third conductor pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,312,837

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for supplying a rotational angle of a moving object to a controller of the moving object, comprising:an encoder configured to acquire a first phase signal and a second phase signal that are acquired by measuring a rotation of the moving object; and
a calculation unit comprising at least one processor configured to calculate the rotational angle of the moving object by an iterative calculation so as to satisfy a relational expression bearing an arctangent, the relational expression bearing the arctangent using addition or subtraction including a first cosine wave and a second cosine wave at a higher harmonic of the first cosine wave for the first phase signal, and addition or subtraction a first sine wave and a second sine wave at a higher harmonic of the first sine wave for the second phase signal.

US Pat. No. 10,314,142

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING POSITION, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detecting apparatus that detects a position of a mark on an object, the apparatus comprising:a light receiving element configured to receive light from the mark and accumulate first signals and second signals from the mark;
a control unit configured to detect a position of the mark based on the light from the mark received by the light receiving element;
a light source configured to illuminate the mark; and
an adjusting unit configured to adjust an amount of light applied to the mark,
wherein the control unit obtains the amount of the light from the mark based on the accumulated first signals in a term overlapping with another term during which the accumulated second signals are transferred to the control unit,
wherein the control unit, in a case where the amount of the light from the mark is appropriate, detects the position of the mark based on the light from the mark received by the light receiving element and in a case where the amount of the light from the mark is inappropriate, adjusts the amount of light applied to the mark by controlling the adjusting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,308,452

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a stacking unit on which a recording material is to be stacked, wherein the stacking unit is configured to be removably inserted to a main body of the image forming apparatus;
an access detecting unit configured to detect insertion of the stacking unit to the main body or removal of the stacking unit from the main body;
a malfunction detecting unit configured to detect that a conveyance malfunction of the recording material has occurred on a conveying path guiding the recording material supplied from the stacking unit;
a counting unit configured to count, after the access detecting unit detects the removal of the stacking unit and subsequently detects the insertion of the stacking unit in a state that the malfunction detecting unit does not detect that the conveyance malfunction has occurred, the number of the conveyance malfunction detected by the malfunction detecting unit; and
a process deciding unit configured to decide a process to solve the conveyance malfunction based on the number of the conveyance malfunction counted by the counting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,308,453

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:a sheet supporting portion configured to support a sheet;
a feeding portion configured to feed the sheet supported by the sheet supporting portion;
a swing unit configured to swingably support the feeding portion between a feed position and a separation position, the feed position being a position at which the feeding portion abuts against the sheet supported by the sheet supporting portion and feed the sheet, the separation position being a position at which the feeding portion is separated from the sheet supported by the sheet supporting portion;
a swing shaft configured to swingably support the swing unit;
an urging portion configured to contact with the swing unit at a first position so as to urge the swing unit toward the feed position; and
a holding portion configured to contact with the swing unit at a second position so as to hold the swing unit at the separation position against an urging force of the urging portion, the second position being different from the first position in an axial direction of the swing shaft,
wherein the swing unit comprises:
a first bearing portion configured to slidingly support the swing shaft;
a second bearing portion disposed offset to the first bearing portion and configured to slidingly support the swing shaft;
a metal member configured to hold the first bearing portion and the second bearing portion; and
a resin member having a guide surface configured to guide the sheet fed by the feeding portion,
wherein the metal member comprises:
a body portion which extends in the axial direction and to which the resin member is attached;
a first bearing holding portion that extends from a first end portion, in the axial direction, of the body portion toward a cross direction which crosses the axial direction and that holds the first bearing portion; and
a second bearing holding portion that extends from a second end portion, in the axial direction, of the body portion toward the cross direction and that holds the second bearing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,208,183

CURABLE COMPOSITION, FILM, AND METHOD OF PRODUCING FILM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A curable composition, which is suitable for use in imprinting, the curable composition comprising:a polymerization initiator;
a radically polymerizable compound; and
an internal addition type release agent having a hydrophilic functional group,
wherein the internal addition type release agent is prevented from being unevenly distributed in a gas-liquid interface of the curable composition, and
wherein the internal addition type release agent is a compound represented by formula (A):
R—(OR?)n—X  (A),
wherein, in the formula (A), R represents an alkyl group having 10 to 20 carbon atoms, OR? represents an oxyethylene group, X represents a hydroxyl group, and n represents an integer of 3 to 30.

US Pat. No. 10,197,930

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member, comprising:an electroconductive substrate; and
an electroconductive resin layer on the substrate, wherein
the resin layer comprises a mixture of (i) a binder resin, (ii) an anion comprising at least one of a fluoroalkylsulfonylimide anion or a fluorosulfonylimide anion, and (iii) a cation selected from the group consisting of formulae (1) to (6)
A11-R101- A12  (1)
where A11 and A12 independently represent any of formulae (A101) to (A106), and R101 represents a linking group having a straight chain moiety of 4 or more carbon atoms, the linking group making a distance corresponding to a straight chain of 4 or more carbon atoms between A11 and A12;

where A13 and A14 independently represent any of formulae (A101) to (A106), R102 and R103 independently represent a divalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, R104 represents a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, and d1 represents an integer of 0 or 1;

where A15 and A16 independently represent any of formulae (A101) to (A106), R105 and R106 independently represent a divalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, R107 represents a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, and d2 represents an integer of 0 or 1;
A17-R108?O—R109?n1A18  (4)
where A17 and A18 independently represent any of formulae (A101) to (A106), n1 represents an integer of 1 to 4, and R108 and R109 constitute a part of a linking group for making a distance corresponding to a straight chain formed of at least 4 carbon atoms and 1 oxygen atom between A17 and A18, and independently represent a divalent hydrocarbon group having 2 to 4 carbon atoms;

where A19 and A20 independently represent any of formulae (A101) to (A106), R112 represents a hydrogen atom, or a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, and R110 and R111 constitute a part of linking group for binding A19 and A20, and independently represent a divalent hydrocarbon group having 2 to 4 carbon atoms, for making a distance corresponding to a straight chain of at least 2 carbon atoms between each of A19 and A20, and a nitrogen atom;

where A21 to A23 independently represent any of formulae (A101) to (A106), and R113 to R115 constitute a part of a linking group for binding A21 to A23, and independently represent a divalent hydrocarbon group having 2 to 4 carbon atoms, for making a distance corresponding to a straight chain of at least 2 carbon atoms between each of A21 to A23, and a nitrogen atom;

where R116 to R118 independently represent a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, and symbol “*” represents a bonding site with any of formulae (1) to (6);

where R119 and R120 independently represent a hydrocarbon group needed for forming a nitrogen-containing heteroaromatic six-membered ring in formula (A102), R121?s independently represent a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, d3 represents an integer of from 0 to 2, and symbol “*” represents a bonding site with any of formulae (1) to (6);

where R122 and R123 independently represent a hydrocarbon group needed for forming a nitrogen-containing heteroaromatic five-membered ring in formula (A103), R124 represents a hydrogen atom, or a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, R125?s independently represent a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, d4 represents an integer of from 0 to 2, and symbol “*” represents a bonding site with any of formulae (1) to (6);

where R126 represents a hydrocarbon group needed for forming a nitrogen-containing heteroaromatic ring in formula (A104), R127?s independently represent a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, d5 represents an integer of from 0 to 2, and symbol “*” represents a bonding site with any of formulae (1) to (6);

where R128 represents a hydrocarbon group needed for forming a nitrogen-containing heterocyclic nonaromatic ring in formula (A105), R129 represents a hydrogen atom, or a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, R130?s independently represent a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, d6 represents an integer of from 0 to 2, and symbol “*” represents a bonding site with any of formulae (1) to (6); and

where R131 and R132 independently represent a hydrocarbon group needed for forming a nitrogen-containing heterocyclic nonaromatic ring in formula (A106), R133 and R134 independently represent a hydrogen atom, or a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, R135?s independently represent a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, d7 represents an integer of from 0 to 2, and symbol “*” represents a bonding site with any of formulae (1) to (6).

US Pat. No. 10,197,934

TONER, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising:a toner particle containing a binder resin, an amorphous polyester, and a colorant, wherein
a softening point of the toner is 110 to 140° C.,
an integrated value f1 for stress of the toner is not more than 10 g·m/sec, as measured using a tack tester, with a temperature for a probe end being 150° C. and a press holding time being 0.01 seconds, and
an integrated value f2 for stress of the toner is at least 30 g·m/sec, as measured using a tack tester, with a temperature for a probe end being 150° C. and a press holding time being 0.1 seconds.

US Pat. No. 10,197,942

IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including a photosensitive member, and a light-irradiation unit configured to form a latent image on the photosensitive member by scanning, with laser light, a plurality of sections in a main scanning direction at a non-constant scanning velocity, the image forming apparatus comprising:an image data changing unit configured to extract a pixel piece smaller in size than one pixel from image data or insert the pixel piece into the image data according to which of the sections in the main scanning direction data corresponds to among image data for scanning with the laser light; and
a brightness changing unit configured to change an emission brightness of the laser light according to which of the sections in the main scanning direction the laser light corresponds to,
wherein, in a first section in the main scanning direction, the image data changing unit changes a number of pixel pieces corresponding to the first section to a first number and the brightness changing unit changes an emission brightness of laser light corresponding to the first section to a first emission brightness,
wherein, in a second section, in which a scanning velocity is faster than that in the first section, in the main scanning direction, the image data changing unit changes a number of pixel pieces corresponding to the second section to a second number and the brightness changing unit changes an emission brightness of laser light corresponding to the second section to a second emission brightness, and
wherein the first number is smaller than the second number, and the second emission brightness is larger than the first emission brightness.

US Pat. No. 10,189,188

NANOIMPRINT LITHOGRAPHY ADHESION LAYER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,185,876

DETECTION APPARATUS, DETECTION METHOD, AND LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,184,885

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE TO PROCESS SPECTRAL INFORMATION, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing device configured to process spectral information, comprising:a data obtaining unit configured to obtain three-dimensional distribution data of spectral information;
a generating unit configured to generate two-dimensional image data from the three-dimensional distribution data of spectral information;
a display unit;
a display control unit configured to display the two-dimensional image on the display unit;
an information obtaining unit configured to obtain position information of a two-dimensional region which a user has selected from the two-dimensional image; and
an extracting unit configured to extract, from a three-dimensional region corresponding to the two-dimensional region, in the three-dimensional distribution of spectral information, a feature region satisfying a predetermined feature condition.

US Pat. No. 10,162,289

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER, DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating container comprising:developer;
a flexible container provided with an accommodating portion for accommodating the developer and a plurality of openings for permitting discharge of the developer from the accommodating portion, and the flexible container provided with a hole that is disposed away from the accommodating portion; and
a sealing member bonded to the flexible container so as to cover the plurality of openings and for exposing the plurality of openings by being moved,
wherein, when the sealing member is moved, the flexible container is deformed to change a shape of the plurality of openings.

US Pat. No. 10,162,303

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus for fixing a toner image on a recording material, the fixing apparatus comprising:a pair of rotating members configured to form a nip portion at which the recording material, on which the toner image has been formed, is conveyed and heated, the pair of rotating members including a cylindrical film and a pressure roller;
a frame configured to support the pair of rotating members rotatably; and
an opening and closing door configured to be movable between an open position and a closed position relative to the frame on a downstream side of the nip portion in a conveyance direction of the recoding material, the opening and closing door including a duct in which air flows toward an outside of the fixing apparatus,
wherein the recording material is being conveyed at the nip portion while the opening and closing door is in the closed position,
wherein the duct includes an aperture through which air near the pair of rotating members is sucked into the duct, the aperture being provided in a position in which the pressure roller faces the aperture and in which the recording material does not pass through the aperture,
wherein the opening and closing door includes a rod having a first portion movable by contact with the recording material and a second portion movable integrally with the first portion, and includes a sensor configured to output different signals according to the position of the second portion of the rod, and
wherein the second portion of the rod and the sensor are provided on an outer side of the area where the duct is provided in a longitudinal direction of the pair of rotating members.

US Pat. No. 10,165,143

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING LAUNCH THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a memory;
a processor configured to execute data processing using the memory:
a printing unit configured to print an image on a sheet;
a power switch operable by a user;
interrupting circuitry that outputs an interrupt signal at a set time to shift the printing apparatus into a first power state in which power is supplied to the memory and the processor; and
power control circuitry configured to shift, in accordance with a turn-off of the power switch, the printing apparatus into a second power state in which power is not supplied to the memory, the processor, and the printing unit or a third power state in which power is supplied to the memory and the interrupting circuitry and power is not supplied to the processor and the printing unit,
wherein the processor is further configured to control, in a case where the power control circuitry shifts the printing apparatus into the third power state in accordance with the turn-off of the power switch, the interrupting circuitry not to output the interrupt signal in the third power state.

US Pat. No. 10,162,067

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus, comprising:a sensor array in which a plurality of pixels are arranged in a matrix form; and
a control unit configured to, based on a synchronization signal comprised of a cyclical pulse train and a timing control signal synchronized to the synchronization signal, cyclically perform a storing operation that stores charge in the pixels and a reading out operation that reads out the charge stored in the pixels, wherein
the control unit, in accordance with a range of a partial region for trimming in a region of the sensor array in which read out is possible, changes a phase of the timing control signal in relation to the synchronization signal.

US Pat. No. 10,150,292

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR, AND RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a silicon substrate;
an insulating layer A formed on a first surface of the silicon substrate;
a protective layer A that includes metal oxide and is formed on the insulating layer A;
a structure that is formed on the protective layer A by direct contact with the protective layer A, includes organic resin, and forms a part of a flow path for liquid; and
an element that is formed on a second surface of the silicon substrate on a side opposite to the first surface, and is configured to generate energy used for discharging the liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,151,958

ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrochromic element, comprising:a pair of electrodes; and
an electrochromic layer disposed between the pair of electrodes,
the electrochromic element being controlled in transmittance by pulse width modulation,
wherein:
the electrochromic layer contains at least one of:
two or more anode electrochromic materials, or
two or more cathode electrochromic materials; and
all of the anode electrochromic materials have an equal molecular length, or satisfy a condition that a molecular ratio of (large molecular length)/(small molecular length) is 1.4 or less, or
all of the cathode electrochromic materials have an equal molecular length, or satisfy a condition that a molecular ratio of (large molecular length)/(small molecular length) is 1.4 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,152,002

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:a support member;
an electroconductive layer; and
a photosensitive layer in this order,
wherein the electroconductive layer contains
a binder and
particles having a core containing titanium oxide, and a coating layer coating the core and containing titanium oxide doped with niobium or tantalum.

US Pat. No. 10,152,009

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,152,011

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM INCLUDING PUNCHING UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming system comprising:an image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a sheet;
a punching apparatus configured to form punched holes in the sheet having the image formed thereon, using a punch die removably mounted thereon;
a first memory, mounted on the punch die, configured to store maintenance information including a first information concerning lubrication timing at which the punch die has been lubricated;
a detector configured to detect whether or not a punch die is mounted on said punching apparatus;
a second memory configured to store maintenance information including a second information concerning lubrication timing at which the punch die mounted on said punching apparatus has been lubricated; and
a controller configured to, when said detector detects that a punch die is mounted on said punching apparatus, compare the first information with the second information, and update, when the lubrication timing indicated by the second information is older than the lubrication timing indicated by the first information second information stored in said second memory to the first information stored in said first memory.

US Pat. No. 10,152,016

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an apparatus body comprising an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
an opening/closing portion comprising an inner surface and an exterior surface and openably and closably supported by the apparatus body between an open position and a closed position, the inner surface facing the apparatus body in a state where the opening/closing portion is in the closed position, the exterior surface being exposed to an outside of the image forming apparatus in a state where the opening/closing portion is in the closed position; and
a light source mounted to the opening/closing portion and configured to emit light in a first direction and a second direction with reference to a posture of the opening/closing portion, the light emitted in the first direction reaching the outside of the image forming apparatus in a state where the opening/closing portion is in the closed position, and the light emitted in the second direction reaching a space between the inner surface of the opening/closing portion and the apparatus body in a state where the opening/closing portion is in the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,152,021

CARTRIDGE THAT REDUCES CONTACT WITH PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge attachable to and detachable from a main body of an image forming apparatus, the cartridge comprising:a photosensitive member;
a frame supporting the photosensitive member rotatably and having an opening in which the photosensitive member is exposed;
a cover member removably attached to the frame so as to cover at least part of the opening; and
a flexible sheet member on which handling caution information is displayed, a first end portion of the sheet member being attached to the cover member, a second end portion of the sheet member opposite to the first end portion being removably attached to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,147,532

WIRING STRUCTURE FOR ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,148,851

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus, comprising:an original tray for placing an original;
a conveyance unit configured to convey the original, which is fed from the original tray, to a conveyance path;
an image reader configured to read an image of the original conveyed along the conveyance path;
a jam detector configured to detect occurrence of a jam of the original on the conveyance path;
a sheet discharge tray to which an original having been subjected to reading of an original image by the image reader is discharged; and
a controller, which is configured to stop conveyance of the original by the conveyance unit in a case where the jam is detected by the jam detector, determine, based on a discharged length of a length of an original which stops in the course of being discharged to the sheet discharge tray, a restarting method for reading processing of the original after release of the jam from any one of a first restarting method of re-placing all originals, which have been fed from the original tray, on the original tray and a second restarting method of re-placing an original not having been completely discharged to the original tray, and give a notification of the determined restarting method using a predetermined notification unit.

US Pat. No. 10,148,852

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,146,148

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO DETECT COLOR MISREGISTRATION AND METHOD CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO DETECT COLOR MISREGISTRATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a plurality of image forming units configured to form images, each having a different color;
an image bearing member;
a detection unit configured to detect a pattern image formed on the image bearing member, the pattern image being used for detecting a color misregistration;
a controller configured to control the plurality of image forming units to form on the image bearing member a plurality of first pattern images, each having a different color, and control the detection unit to detect a color misregistration amount related to relative positions between a pattern image having a reference color among the plurality of first pattern images and a pattern image having another color among the plurality of first pattern images; and
a storage unit configured to store data on the color misregistration amount,
wherein the controller corrects an image forming position of an image of the other color which is to be formed by the plurality of image forming units, based on the data stored in the storage unit,
wherein in a case where an error is detected in the data stored in the storage unit, the controller controls the plurality of image forming units to form on the image bearing member a plurality of second pattern images each having a different color before the plurality of first pattern images is formed, and
wherein the plurality of second pattern images is different from the plurality of first pattern images.

US Pat. No. 10,146,149

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,146,153

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,131,134

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISCHARGING ELECTROSTATIC CHARGE IN NANOIMPRINT LITHOGRAPHY PROCESSES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint lithography apparatus comprising:an imprint head having a template chuck configured to retain an imprint template having a patterning surface;
a motion stage having a substrate chuck, the substrate chuck configured to retain an imprint lithography substrate, the motion stage translatable relative to the imprint head so as to bring a retained substrate or a location thereon into and out of superimposition with the patterning surface of the retained template;
a first alpha particle emitter and a grounded conductor coupled to the motion stage and further arranged such that translational movement of the motion stage brings the first alpha particle emitter and the grounded conductor into superimposition with the patterning surface of the retained template, wherein the first alpha particle emitter when so positioned operates to create an electrically neutral plasma field between the patterning surface of the imprint template and the grounded conductor to discharge electric charge on the patterning surface of the imprint template to ground, wherein active metal of the first alpha particle emitter is arranged to face the patterning surface of the template when discharging electric charge on the patterning surface of the imprint template;
wherein, when the first alpha particle emitter and the grounded conductor are in superimposition with the patterning surface of the retained template, a second alpha particle emitter is arranged to face the substrate retained by the substrate chuck.