US Pat. No. 9,348,286

PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PERFORMING BACKGROUND COLOR REMOVAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to print an image on a sheet;
a reading unit configured to read the image printed on the sheet; and
a control unit configured to:
control the printing unit to print a first image on a first surface of the sheet,
control the reading unit to read, after the first image is printed on the first surface and before a second image is printed
on a second surface of the sheet, the second surface in order to obtain a first reading result,

determine a background color level based on the obtained first reading result,
control the printing unit to print, after the first reading result is obtained, the second image on the second surface,
control the reading unit to read, after the second image is printed on the second surface, the second surface in order to
obtain a second reading result, and

perform, based on the determined background color level, background color removal on the obtained second reading result which
corresponds to the second image printed on the second surface.

US Pat. No. 9,348,287

DETECTING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A detecting device for detecting a surface potential of a photosensitive member, said detecting device comprising:
a first electrode adapted to be positioned with a space relative to a surface of the photosensitive member;
a second electrode adapted to be positioned relative to the surface of the photosensitive member at a distance from said first
electrode away from the surface;

a third electrode electrically grounded and provided at a position remoter from said photosensitive member than said first
electrode and said second electrode;

a first detecting portion configured to detect induced charge in said first electrode;
a second detecting portion configured to detect induced charge in said second electrode; and
a calculating portion configured to calculate a surface potential of the photosensitive member on the basis of an output of
said first detecting portion and an output of said second detecting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,348,310

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of image forming sections including a first image forming section and a second image forming section provided
adjacent to the first image forming section on a downstream side of the image forming section in an image conveying direction,

with the first image forming section including a first image bearing body, a first developing unit for developing a latent
image formed on the first image bearing body, and a first cleaning unit that contacts with the first image bearing body to
clean off the first image bearing body, and

with the second image forming section including a second image bearing body and a second developing unit for developing a
latent image formed on the second image bearing body;

a first temperature sensor provided on the first developing unit;
a second temperature sensor provided on the second developing unit at a position opposite to the first cleaning unit;
a first cooling unit configured to send airflow to the first developing unit to cool the first developing unit;
a second cooling unit configured to send airflow to the second developing unit to cool the second developing unit; and
a control section configured to control the first cooling unit and the second cooling unit,
wherein the control section is capable of performing each of (1) a first mode where image formation is executed using both
the first image forming section and the second image forming section, and (2) a second mode where image formation is executed,
in such a state that the first developing unit is suspended but the first image bearing body is driven, using an image forming
section, and

wherein in the first mode, the control section controls the first cooling unit based on an output of the first temperature
sensor regardless of a temperature detected by the second temperature sensor, and

in the second mode, the control section controls the first cooling unit based on an output of the second temperature sensor
regardless of a temperature detected by the first temperature sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,337,222

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix to form a pixel array, each pixel comprising a photoelectric conversion element,
a floating diffusion region, a transfer portion for transferring a carrier generated at the photoelectric conversion element,
and a pixel amplifying transistor whose gate is connected to the floating diffusion region;

a plurality of signal holding units each having an input node to which a signal is supplied from an output node of a pixel;
a plurality of common output units each having an input node to which signals from output nodes of the signal holding units
of a predetermined number are supplied;

a plurality of selecting units, each arranged correspondingly to each of the signal holding units, to control an electrical
connection between the output node of the signal holding unit and the input node of the common output unit; and

a feedback path for connecting the output node of one of the common output units to the input node of the one of the common
output units, wherein

at a state of supplying the signal from the output node of the one of the common output units to the input node of the one
of the common output units through the feedback path, a corresponding selecting unit is turned to a conducting state so that
the signal holding unit clamps the signal outputted from the pixel,

the clamping operation is performed, such that a time changing rate of an amplitude of a drive pulse supplied to the corresponding
selecting unit for turning from a non-conducting state to the conducting state is not larger than a time changing rate of
the amplitude of the drive pulse supplied to the corresponding selecting unit for turning from the conducting state to the
non-conducting state, and

a period of maintaining ON state of the transfer portion for transferring the carrier generated at the photoelectric conversion
element follows a period of the clamping operation.

US Pat. No. 9,317,232

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. A control method for an information processing apparatus, the method comprising:
displaying a device management screen corresponding to a specific peripheral apparatus; and
launching an application and notifying the application of identification information of the specific peripheral apparatus
in a case where an instruction for launching the application is input via the device management screen,

wherein the application determines whether the specific peripheral apparatus identified by the notified identification information
is connected to the information processing apparatus, and sets the specific peripheral apparatus as a processing target peripheral
apparatus in a case where the application determines that the specific peripheral apparatus is connected to the information
processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,314,158

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
a focusing lens provided in an optical path connecting a subject's eye and an imaging unit;
a diopter correction lens configured to be insertable into and removable from the optical path; and
a position determination unit configured to determine a position of the focusing lens in the optical path in a state where
the diopter correction lens is inserted into the optical path, based on a focus state between the imaging unit and a fundus
of the subject's eye where the diopter correction lens is not inserted into the optical path.

US Pat. No. 9,319,579

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR THE SAME WITH FOCUS STATE SPECIFICATION AND DELETION CONFIRMATION OF IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that generates image data in which a focus state of a captured image is specified, the image
processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory coupled to the processor to store instructions that cause the processor to perform operations of at least one of
a plurality of units of the image processing apparatus including:

a specifying unit configured to specify a focus state of an image;
an image generating unit configured to acquire information indicating an intensity of light related to a captured image and
information indicating a direction of light related to the captured image to generate image data of which the focus state
has been specified by the specifying unit;

a display data generating unit configured to generate display data for deletion confirmation upon a deletion operation of
the image data; and

an outputting unit configured to output the image data generated by the image generating unit and the display data generated
by the display data generating unit,

wherein, when the focus state is changed by a specification made by the specifying unit, the image generating unit generates
image data in a predetermined focus state differing from the changed focus state upon the deletion operation of the image
data.

US Pat. No. 9,319,680

IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS AND ITS CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image encoding apparatus for encoding image data including a plurality of frames, comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain the image data;
a prediction unit configured to determine a size of an encoding block of an encoding subject frame on the basis of the obtained
image data;

an encoding unit configured to encode the obtained image data on an encoding block unit basis in accordance with the determined
encoding block size; and

a code amount control unit configured to control a code amount of the encoding block whose size is determined by the prediction
unit, based on encoding information of a current encoding block, whose size is determined by the prediction unit and an encoding
block encoded by the encoding unit before the current encoding block,

wherein the code amount control unit arithmetically operates predetermined encoding information of the encoding subject frame
on the basis of the encoding information and restricts the encoding block size which is to be determined by the prediction
unit, in accordance with the predetermined encoding information which is arithmetically operated,

wherein the code amount control unit calculates a code amount error rate from a generated code amount and a target code amount
of the encoding subject frame and changes a maximum size of the encoding block size which is to be determined by the prediction
unit, in accordance with the calculated code amount error rate.

US Pat. No. 9,317,944

ALIGNMENT OF START AND END OF DASHED CURVES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

22. A computer apparatus comprising a processor and a memory, the memory storing a program for execution by the processor
to process a curve, the program comprising:
code for determining a reference point distanced from the curve and a first point on the curve associated with the reference
point;

code for determining a line running through the reference point from a tangent to the curve at the first point, said line
and tangent being parallel;

code for determining a shift point on the determined line;
code for vectorizing the curve by a path formed from a plurality of linear segments, the plurality of segments comprising
at least a segment joining the reference point and the shift point; and

code for at least one of storing the vectorized curve to a non-transitory storage medium, and reproducing the rendered curve
on a reproduction device.

US Pat. No. 9,313,419

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WHERE IMAGE PROCESSING IS APPLIED USING AN ACQUIRED DEPTH MAP

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a depth map acquiring unit configured to acquire a depth map that records information indicating a depth distance corresponding
to each point on a photographed image;

an in-focus position acquiring unit configured to acquire an in-focus position on the photographed image without an indication
representing the in-focus position from a user;

a reference distance determining unit configured to acquire a depth distance corresponding to the in-focus position from the
depth map and sets the acquired depth distance as a reference distance; and

an image processing unit configured to perform image processing on the photographed image using the depth map and the reference
distance.

US Pat. No. 9,300,935

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF REDUCING DIFFERENCES OF COLOR CHARACTERISTICS BETWEEN INTERCHANGEABLE LENSES USING WHITE BALANCE ADJUSTMENT AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a programmable processor;
a memory that stores a program causes, when executed, the programmable processor to function as:
a determination unit adapted to determine a type of an interchangeable lens used to shoot an image from a plurality of types
of interchangeable lenses having different color characteristics; and

an image processing unit adapted to apply white balance adjustment,
wherein the image processing unit reduces the influence of differences in the color characteristics of the interchangeable
lenses on the tint of the image by setting white balance coefficients used in the white balance adjustment to correspond to
the type of the interchangeable lens used to shoot the image, and

wherein the image processing unit computes the white balance coefficients used in the white balance adjustment based on a
white region detected from the image using a white detection range that corresponds to the type of the interchangeable lens
used to shoot the image.

US Pat. No. 9,299,151

DEPTH CALCULATION DEVICE, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND DEPTH CALCULATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A depth calculation device for calculating depth information on an object from a captured first image and second image
with different blur, the depth calculation device comprising:
an extraction unit configured to extract a first frequency component and a second frequency component from each of the first
image and the second image, the first frequency component being a component of a first frequency band, the second frequency
component being a component of a second frequency band, the second frequency band being lower than the first frequency band;
and

a depth calculation unit configured to calculate the depth information from the frequency components extracted by the extraction
unit, wherein the depth calculation unit includes:

a first depth-dependent value calculation unit configured to calculate a first depth-dependent value from a difference in
blur between the first frequency component of the first image and the first frequency component of the second image;

a second depth-dependent value calculation unit configured to calculate a second depth-dependent value from a difference in
blur between the second frequency component of the first image and the second frequency component of the second image; and

a depth information calculation unit configured to calculate the depth information on the basis of the first depth-dependent
value and the second depth-dependent value.

US Pat. No. 9,297,646

MEASUREMENT METHOD AND MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measurement method of measuring a surface shape of a measurement target surface using a measurement apparatus including
a first optical system that illuminates the measurement target surface including an aspherical surface using light emitted
by a light source, and a second optical system that guides the light traveling from the measurement target surface to a detection
unit having a detection surface, the method comprising:
a first step of arranging a reference surface having a known aspherical shape on a plane conjugate to the detection surface,
and detecting, with the detection unit at each coordinate in a coordinate system having a predetermined number of coordinates
defined on the detection surface, angles of light traveling from the reference surface at which the light enters the detection
surface;

a second step of arranging the measurement target surface on the conjugate plane and detecting, with the detection unit at
each of the coordinates in the coordinate system defined on the detection surface, angles of light traveling from the measurement
target surface at which the light enters the detection surface;

a third step of converting coordinates in the coordinate system defined on the detection surface that indicate positions where
light traveling from the measurement target surface enters the detection surface into coordinates in a coordinate system defined
on the measurement target surface;

a fourth step of converting angle differences between the angles detected in the first step and the angles detected in the
second step at each of the coordinates in the coordinates system defined on the detection surface into angle differences at
each of a plurality of coordinates in the coordinate system defined on the measurement target surface that correspond to each
of the coordinates in the coordinate system defined on the detection surface; and

a fifth step of obtaining a difference shape between the surface shape of the measurement target surface and the known aspherical
shape by integral calculation using the coordinates in the coordinate system defined on the measurement target surface that
have been converted in the third step and the angle differences at the plurality of coordinates in the coordinate system defined
on the measurement target surface that have been converted in the fourth step, and adding the difference shape to the known
aspherical shape to calculate the surface shape of the measurement target surface.

US Pat. No. 9,298,984

OBJECT DETECTION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE OBJECT DETECTION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object detection apparatus comprising:
at least one processor and memory coupled to each other and cooperating to act as:
an image obtaining unit configured to sequentially obtain a plurality of frame images;
a detection unit configured to calculate a detection likelihood from an image pyramid generated by enlarging or reducing each
of the plurality of frame images, and to detect a target object from each of the frame images on the basis of the detection
likelihood;

a tracking unit configured to calculate a tracking likelihood of the target object from each of the plurality of frame images,
and to track the target object over the plurality of frame images on the basis of the tracking likelihood, and,

a tracking likelihood conversion unit configured to convert the tracking likelihood of the target object so as to be subject
to a likelihood calculation processing in a detection processing, on the basis of position information and size information
on the target object,

wherein the detection unit detects the target object from the frame images obtained by the image obtaining unit on the basis
of the converted tracking likelihood of the target object, and the detection likelihood of the target object that is calculated
by the detection unit from the frame images.

US Pat. No. 9,298,742

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing a plurality of moving image files each including added file numbers based
on a predetermined order and each including associated information relating to a continuity between a moving image file and
another moving image file, comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain the associated information of the plurality of moving image files,
wherein the associated information includes first identification information indicating a moving image file which is continuously
recorded before the moving image file during a shooting of a moving image and second identification information indicating
a moving image file which is continuously recorded after the moving image file during the shooting of the moving image;

a detecting unit configured to detect, from among the plurality of moving image files, a plurality of moving image files of
the same group which are divided and continuously recorded during the shooting of the moving image, in accordance with the
associated information of the plurality of moving image files obtained by the obtaining unit,

wherein the detecting unit checks the associated information of the moving image files obtained by the obtaining unit in numeric
order corresponding to the file numbers, and detects the plurality of moving image files of the same group; and

a combining unit configured to perform combining processing for combining the plurality of moving image files of the same
group,

wherein the combining unit combines the plurality of moving image files of the same group into one file based on their shooting
order.

US Pat. No. 9,300,844

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a program; and
a processor configured to execute the program stored in the memory,
wherein the processor is to acquire information corresponding to a degree of compression of lossy-compressed data to be processed
corresponding to a predetermined number of gradation levels; and

determine, based on the acquired information, a number of gradation levels to be obtained after the lossy-compressed data
corresponding to the predetermined number of gradation levels is expanded and gradation conversion is performed so that the
predetermined number of gradation levels of the expanded data is reduced, and

wherein the processor determines a first number of gradation levels as the number of gradation levels in a case where the
degree of compression of the data to be processed is more than a first threshold value, and determines a second number of
gradation levels as the number of gradation levels in a case where the degree of compression of the data to be processed is
less than or equal to the first threshold value, the first number of gradation levels being smaller than the second number
of gradation levels.

US Pat. No. 9,293,113

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control method for an image processing apparatus comprising:
a reading step of reading a plurality of profiles corresponding to a plurality of persons from a storage unit that stores
respective profiles representing visual characteristics of each of the plurality of persons;

a correction step of performing color correction processing on image data on the basis of the plurality of profiles read in
the reading step; and

an output step of outputting the image data, on which the color correction processing is performed, to a display unit, wherein
in the correction step, color correction processing based on average visual characteristics of the plurality of persons is
performed on the image data by using the plurality of profiles read in the reading step.

US Pat. No. 9,283,755

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a plurality of discharge orifices arrayed in a predetermined direction; energy generation devices disposed in correspondence
with the discharge orifices and configured to generate thermal energy for use in ejecting liquid; pressure chambers partitioned
by walls, the pressure chambers each accommodating the energy generation device and communicating with the discharge orifice;
and

channels configured to supply liquid to the pressure chambers; wherein the edge of the discharge orifice has at least one
protrusion protruding toward a central portion of each of the discharge orifices, and the discharge orifices have an elongated
shape in which a length in a direction in which the liquid flows from the channel to the pressure chamber is larger than a
width in a direction perpendicular to the liquid flowing direction,

wherein a curvature of a first portion of the edge where the direction in which liquid flows from the channel to the pressure
chamber and a tangent to the first portion are parallel to each other is smaller than a curvature of a second portion of the
edge next to the protrusion, the second portion being except a portion where the protrusion is provided.

US Pat. No. 9,285,729

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING TEMPERATURE DETECTION PROCESSING OF A FIXING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a fixing unit having a heater, and a fixing member configured to be heated by the heater, the fixing unit configured to heat
a recording material bearing an image using the fixing member so that the image is fixed on the recording material;

a film provided in non-contact with the fixing member, the film configured to increase its temperature by absorbing infrared
rays emitted from the fixing member;

a first sensor configured to measure a temperature of the film;
a holding member configured to hold the film;
a second sensor configured to measure a temperature of the holding member;
a storage unit for storing corresponding relations among information about measurement results of the first sensor and measurement
results of the second sensor, and the temperature of the fixing member, as a plurality of temperature determination information
wherein the plurality of temperature determination information has the different corresponding relations;

a selection unit configured to select temperature determination information to interest, based on the measurement results
of the first sensor and the measurement results of the second sensor, from among the plurality of the temperature determination
information stored in the storage unit; and

a determination unit configured to determine a temperature of the fixing member using the temperature determination information
to interest selected by the selection unit, based on the measurement results of the first sensor and the measurement results
of the second sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,273,187

INK JET RECORDING HEAD AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording head, comprising:
a member provided with an ejection orifice for ejecting ink; and
a water-repellent layer comprising a cured product of a condensed product obtained by condensation of a hydrolyzable silane
compound having an epoxy group and a hydrolyzable silane compound having a perfluoropolyether group on a side of the member
on which the ejection orifice opens,

wherein the cured product is a cured product obtained by subjecting the condensed product and an epoxy resin to a curing reaction,
and

wherein the member is a cured product of a cationically photopolymerizable material containing an epoxy resin, and the epoxy
resin that forms the cured product with the condensed product is an epoxy resin derived from the cationically photopolymerizable
material.

US Pat. No. 9,274,740

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY APPARATUS ENABLING A USER TO RECOGNIZE POSITIONS AND BOUNDARIES OF LIGHT SOURCE BLOCKS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a display panel;
a light emitting unit which has a plurality of light source blocks and brightness of which is controlled for each of the light
source blocks;

a generating unit which generates a boundary image which indicates a boundary around each of the light source blocks;
a first input unit which inputs setting of at least one of a color, a transmittance, and a line thickness of a boundary line
in the boundary image; and

a display control unit which displays at least the boundary image on the display panel on the basis of the setting input by
the first input unit.

US Pat. No. 9,274,489

CARTRIDGE WITH ELECTRODE MEMBER CONSTITUTING A CONDUCTING PATH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus, said cartridge comprising:
a rotatable member to be electronically connected with a contact of the main assembly;
a frame; and
an electrode member formed on said frame by injection molding of an electroconductive resin material, said electrode member
working a bearing member and constituting a conducting path between the contact and said rotatable member when said cartridge
is mounted to the main assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,274,495

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING FIXING UNIT WHOSE PROJECTED PORTION IS PREVENTED FROM COMING OUT OF MAIN ASSEMBLY OPENING AFTER ENTERING MAIN ASSEMBLY RECESSED PORTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly; and
a fixing unit configured to fix an image on a recording material, wherein said fixing unit is detachably mountable to said
main assembly,

wherein said fixing unit includes a projected portion configured to regulate the position of said fixing unit relative to
said main assembly,

wherein said main assembly includes an opening configured to guide movement of the projected portion and a recessed portion,
provided downstream of the opening with respect to a mounting direction of said fixing unit, configured to regulate the position
of the projected portion,

wherein said fixing unit includes an engaging portion engaging with the opening so that the projected portion is prevented
from coming out of the opening after entering the recessed portion,

wherein said fixing unit includes a handle configured to hold said fixing unit by a user, and the handle is foldable relative
to said fixing unit, and

wherein the engaging portion is provided on the handle.

US Pat. No. 9,275,439

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing a radiation image, comprising:
a CPU; and
at least one memory operatively coupled to said CPU, said CPU and said at least one memory cooperating to function as:
a subtraction unit configured to generate a subtraction image by performing subtraction between a mask image serving as a
radiation image obtained by capturing an object, at least a specific region of which does not include contrast medium, and
a live image serving as a radiation image obtained by capturing the object which includes the contrast medium;

a determination unit configured to determine, based on 1) a value indicating a magnitude of local dispersion of pixel values
of the live image and 2) noise statistics of the live image, an emphasis degree serving as a degree of emphasis processing
for the subtraction image; and

a processing unit configured to perform the emphasis processing on the subtraction image based on the emphasis degree determined
by said determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,266,237

OBJECT GRIPPING SYSTEM, OBJECT GRIPPING METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM AND ROBOT SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

13. A method for controlling an object gripping system that includes a processor, the method comprising the steps of:
measuring, by the processor, a position and orientation of at least one target object based on a captured image of the at
least one target object;

selecting, by the processor, at least one grippable target object from the at least one target object based on the position
and orientation;

determining, by the processor, a gripping target object from the at least one grippable target object, which is selected in
the selecting step, based on priorities set in advance for states including gripping positions or gripping directions,

wherein the priority is set in advance to be higher with a decrease in time required to change from a first gripping position
and gripping direction to a second gripping position and gripping direction for the gripping target object to be assembled
to another object.

US Pat. No. 9,266,341

LIQUID TANK HOLDING MECHANISM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid tank holding mechanism for detachably holding a liquid tank to a main body portion, comprising a biasing member,
a cover and a lever, wherein:
the biasing member biases the liquid tank in a disengaging direction with the liquid tank mounted;
the lever includes a lock adapted to hold the liquid tank at a predetermined position by getting engaged with the liquid tank,
a biasing portion adapted to bias the lock so as to get engaged with the liquid tank, a shaft configured to intersect in a
disengaging direction of the liquid tank, and a retainer and is attached to the cover pivotally around the shaft;

the cover includes an opening through which the liquid tank is detachably attached, a first bearing portion and a second bearing
portion adapted to accept the shaft of the lever, and a retainer catch;

the first bearing portion and the second bearing portion movably receive the shaft in a mounting direction or the disengaging
direction of the liquid tank in a bearing region formed by the first bearing portion and the second bearing portion, and the
bearing portion and/or a root of the bearing portion have flexibility and deform so as to expand spacing between the first
bearing portion and the second bearing portion, thereby allowing the shaft to be attached;

the retainer catch is configured to abut the retainer to stop movement of the shaft in the disengaging direction of the liquid
tank in the bearing region; and

when the retainer abuts the retainer catch, a center of the shaft is placed so as to be closer to the bearing region than
is the shortest line linking a tip of the first bearing portion and a tip of the second bearing portion.

US Pat. No. 9,260,259

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, SHEET FEED CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of sheet holding units configured to hold a recording sheet having a standard size or a non-standard size;
a first setting unit configured to set a first type of non-standard size of a recording sheet to a first sheet holding unit,
among the plurality of sheet holding units, wherein vertical and lateral lengths of the first type of non-standard size are
respectively designated by a user;

a second setting unit configured to set a second type of non-standard size of a recording sheet to a second sheet holding
unit, among the plurality of sheet holding units, wherein neither a vertical length nor a lateral length of the second type
of non-standard size is designated by the user; and

a selecting unit configured to, when receiving a print job designating a non-standard size as a size of a recording sheet
where an image is to be printed, select the first sheet holding unit in a case where the first type of non-standard size set
to the first sheet holding unit matches vertical and lateral lengths designated by the print job, while selecting the second
sheet holding unit in a case where the first type of non-standard size set to the first sheet holding unit does not match
the vertical and lateral lengths designated by the print job; and

a printing unit configured to execute the print job using a recording sheet fed from the selected sheet holding unit by said
selecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,262,848

METHOD FOR STROKING PATHS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method, performed by a computer, of rendering a stroked curved path having a fill thickness, the method comprising:
forming, by the computer, a plurality of projection lines projecting from each side of the curved path, each of the projection
lines having a length based on the fill thickness;

determining, by the computer, intersection points for a plurality of intersecting consecutive projection lines located on
a concave side of the curve;

forming, by the computer, at least one extension polygon based on the intersection points and end points of the plurality
of intersecting consecutive projection lines;

forming, by the computer, a main polygon based on end points of the plurality of projection lines, and the intersection points,
excluding at least one of the end points of a non-end cap projection line of the intersecting consecutive projection lines;
and

rendering, by the computer, the curved path using the at least one extension polygon and the main polygon.

US Pat. No. 9,261,821

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
image forming stations including respective electrophotographic photosensitive drums and configured to form toner images on
said electrophotographic photosensitive drums;

an image transfer belt contactable to said electrophotographic photosensitive drums;
image transfer rollers, contactable to said image transfer belt to urge said image transfer belt to said electrophotographic
photosensitive drums to transfer the toner images from said electrophotographic photosensitive drums onto said image transfer
belt, said image transfer rollers being provided with respective rotational shafts about axes of which said transfer rollers
are rotatable, respectively;

a slidable member capable of sliding in a direction in which said image forming stations are arranged to retract said image
transfer rollers away from the corresponding electrophotographic photosensitive drums, said slidable member being provided
with inclined surfaces contactable to the shafts of said image transfer rollers, said inclined surfaces being disposed at
such positions that said image transfer rollers are retracted from the corresponding electrophotographic photosensitive drums
one by one in a predetermined order with the movement of said slidable member in the direction.

US Pat. No. 9,261,834

FIXING DEVICE HAVING CYLINDRICAL ROTATABLE MEMBER WITH ELECTROCONDUCTIVE LAYER, MAGNETIC MEMBER IN A HOLLOW PORTION OF THE MEMBER, AND COIL WOUND OUTSIDE MAGNETIC MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device for fixing an image on a recording material by heating the image while feeding, through a nip, the recording
material on which the image is formed, said fixing device comprising:
a cylindrical rotatable member having an electroconductive layer;
a magnetic member inserted into a hollow portion of said rotatable member; wherein said magnetic member does not form a loop
outside the electroconductive layer;

a coil helically wound outside said magnetic member at the hollow portion, wherein said coil forms an AC magnetic field by
a flow of a current therethrough to cause the electroconductive layer to generate heat through electromagnetic induction heating;
and

a back-up member for forming the nip together with said rotatable member,
wherein when a circumferential direction resistance R of the electroconductive layer is represented by the following formula
(1), a frequency f of the AC magnetic field and the circumferential direction resistance R satisfy the following formula (2):

R=?×2?r/tw  (1)

f/R?15 (kHz/milliohm)  (2)

where ? is a volume resistivity of the electroconductive layer at a fixing temperature, t is a thickness of the electroconductive
layer, r is a radius of the electroconductive layer, and w is a length of the electroconductive layer with respect to a generatrix
direction of said rotatable member.

US Pat. No. 9,262,714

FREQUENT PATTERN EXTRACTION APPARATUS FREQUENT PATTERN EXTRACTION METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A frequent pattern extraction apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire time series data for a data operation in user units from a data operation history
database;

a dividing unit configured to divide the time series data for the data operation into a plurality of data operation sets;
a set degree of similarity acquisition unit configured to acquire a set degree of similarity among the plurality of data operation
sets;

a generation unit configured to generate an abstract data operation set from the plurality of data operation sets using the
set degree of similarity; and

an extraction unit configured to extract a pattern of a sequence that frequently appears among sequences consisting of the
plurality of abstract data operation sets.

US Pat. No. 9,264,576

COMMUNICATING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communicating apparatus capable of connecting a message recording device and performing facsimile communication, comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect an incoming call and detect that the incoming call has disappeared;
a start unit configured to, in a mode in which the message recording device responds to an incoming call, start counting by
a repeat incoming call timer in a case where said detection unit detects that the incoming call has disappeared, and start
counting by a message recording monitoring timer for counting a message recording response time in a case where said detection
unit detects a next incoming call before a time-out of the repeat incoming call timer occurs; and

a control unit configured to control to start facsimile signal reception processing in a case where the message recording
device does not capture a line before a time-out of the message recording monitoring timer started by said start unit occurs,
and the incoming call detected by said detection unit has not disappeared.

US Pat. No. 9,264,841

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, WIRELESS COMMUNICATION METHOD, X-RAY SENSOR, AND PROGRAM STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus used in an X-ray imaging system including an X-ray sensor and a wireless access point containing
a region code and configured to perform RF wave wireless communication, the communication apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to acquire a region code, which is corresponding to the region code contained in the access point,
and to set wireless communication parameters to within a range of a channel corresponding to the region code;

a transmitter configured to transmit the wireless communication parameters to the X-ray sensor by another communication different
from the RF wave wireless communication; and

a receiver configured to receive the image data from the X-ray sensor through the wireless access point,
wherein the X-ray sensor is configured to transmit the image data to the wireless access point by the RF wave wireless communication
based on the set wireless communication parameters.

US Pat. No. 9,264,601

SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A signal processing apparatus which processes signals obtained from an image pickup element including a first plurality
of pixels sharing a first microlens and a second plurality of pixels sharing a second microlens, the first plurality of pixels
and the second plurality of pixels having saturation characteristics different from each other, the signal processing apparatus
comprising:
a saturation detector configured to detect a saturated pixel whose charge amount has reached a saturation level among the
first plurality of pixels and the second plurality of pixels; and

an estimating portion configured to estimate the charge amount of the saturated pixel using a nearby pixel of the saturated
pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,258,381

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an access unit configured to access to each of a plurality of access destinations via communication to each of the plurality
of access destinations, wherein said access unit accesses to an access destination, among the plurality of access destinations,
which is requested by an external device different from the plurality of access destinations;

a decision unit configured to, based on an access destination accessed by the said access unit among the plurality of access
destinations, decide a time-out time corresponding to the access destination; and

a control unit configured to execute a process for causing communication between the information processing apparatus and
the external device, to reach a time-out according to the time-out time decided by said decision unit, wherein communication
counts for accessing to each of the plurality of access destinations by said access unit are different from each other, and

wherein said decision unit is configured to decide a first time-out time, in a case where the access unit accesses to a first
access destination corresponding to a first communication count, and to decide a second time-out time which is longer than
the first time-out time, in a case where the access unit accesses to a second access destination corresponding to a second
communication count larger that the first communication count.

US Pat. No. 9,258,530

METHOD FOR ACCESSING A SPATIO-TEMPORAL PART OF A COMPRESSED VIDEO SEQUENCE USING DECOMPOSED ACCESS REQUEST

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A processing method for accessing a spatio-temporal part of a compressed video sequence, comprising a step of obtaining
a request for access to the spatio-temporal part by identifying a temporal section defined between an initial time (ti) and a final time (tf) in said sequence, characterized in that:
the access request identifies an initial spatial region of the sequence at the initial time, and a final spatial region of
the sequence at the final time that is different from the initial spatial region;

and the method comprises the steps of:
decomposing the access request into a plurality of elementary requests successively and in a temporal order for access to
a video fragment of the sequence, each elementary request identifying a fixed spatial region to extract in a temporal sub-interval
of said temporal section; and

exploiting at least one elementary request to access at least one video fragment constituting the spatio-temporal part to
access;

wherein the method further comprises a step of dynamically adjusting the decomposition of the access request during the processing
of elementary requests,

wherein the adjusting step comprises the re-computation of the elementary requests not yet exploited into a plurality of elementary
requests associated with temporal sub-intervals of modified duration, and

wherein a location and a size of the fixed spatial region are fixed between the initial time and the final time of the elementary
requests.

US Pat. No. 9,247,872

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a polarization-sensitive tomographic image of a fundus of an eye, the polarization-sensitive
tomographic image including a degree of polarization uniformity (DOPU) image and a retardation image;

an extraction unit configured to extract a region including a retinal pigment epithelium layer of the fundus using the DOPU
image and a region including a retinal nerve fiber layer of the fundus using the retardation image;

a selection unit configured to select at least one of the extracted region including the retinal pigment epithelium layer
and the extracted region including the retinal nerve fiber layer; and

a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display the selected at least one of the extracted region including
the retinal pigment epithelium layer and the extracted region including the retinal nerve fiber layer.

US Pat. No. 9,248,647

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD IN WHICH POSITIONAL RELATIONSHIPS OF ELEMENTS ARE NOT AFFECTED BY CURING OF BONDING ADHESIVE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a printing element substrate on which an ejection port for ejecting liquid is provided;
a support member supporting the printing element substrate;
another member arranged to be separated from the support member by a gap;
an electrical wiring substrate that is provided to be extended over the support member and the other member and covers the
gap; and

an electrical connecting portion having a wiring to electrically connect with the printing element substrate,
wherein the electrical connecting portion is sealed with a sealing agent.

US Pat. No. 9,251,589

DEPTH MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND DEPTH MEASUREMENT PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A depth measurement apparatus for calculating depth information of a subject in an image by using a plurality of images
including a first image and a second image, the apparatus comprising:
a region segmentation unit configured to segment at least one of the images into regions based on an image feature amount,
wherein, in each of the regions, pixels are presumed to be substantially equal in depth to the subject; and

a depth calculation unit configured to calculate a depth for each region resulting from the segmentation by the region segmentation
unit and serving as a processing target region for depth calculation, to set the calculated depth as the depth of the processing
target region, wherein the depth calculation unit is further configured to calculate the depth based on data in a processing
target region of the first image and data in a processing target region of the second image.

US Pat. No. 9,250,559

PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:
a photosensitive drum;
a substrate comprising multiple formable regions in each of which corresponding one of multiple light emitting elements is
formable, the multiple light emitting elements being formed in at least two of the multiple formable regions; and

a lens array for imaging light beams from the multiple light emitting elements on the photosensitive drum,
wherein the substrate is arranged in a manner that a longitudinal direction of the substrate is parallel to a rotary shaft
of the photosensitive drum,

wherein the substrate comprises m formable region rows, where m is an integer number equal to or greater than 2,
each of the m formable region rows comprising n formable regions, where n is an integer number equal to or greater than 1,
arranged in a line along the longitudinal direction of the substrate, and

wherein one of the multiple light emitting elements formed in any one of m formable regions that are located in a predetermined
column of the m formable region rows is turned on;

wherein the multiple light emitting elements comprise m light emitting elements D1_k, D2_k, . . . Dj_k, . . . Dm_k that are
provided in regions in a k-th column of the multiple formable regions, where 2?j?m, j is an integer number, k is an integer
number, and 1?k?n,

wherein the substrate comprises a single pixel drive circuit for outputting drive current in response to a scanning signal,
the single pixel drive circuit being provided to a group of the m light emitting elements in the k-th column,

wherein the light emitting element Dj_k is connected to an output of the single pixel drive circuit via a switching transistor
Sj, and

wherein one of the following states is established:
a state in which the light emitting element D1_k is connected to the output of the single pixel drive circuit with a wiring
Ld while a first voltage line for turning off the switching transistor Sj and a gate electrode of the switching transistor Sj are connected to each other with a wiring Lgj; and

a state in which the light emitting element D1_k is out of connection to the output of the single pixel drive circuit with
the wiring Ld while a second voltage line for turning on the switching transistor Sj and the gate electrode of the switching transistor Sj are connected to each other via a resistor Rj.

US Pat. No. 9,247,431

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A first communication apparatus comprising:
a processor and memory;
a processing unit configured to execute a communication parameter sharing processing for sharing a communication parameter
to perform wireless communication between the first communication apparatus and a second communication apparatus in a second
network different from a first network;

a determination unit configured to determine an authentication method for participating in the first network established by
an access point; and

a control unit configured to control the processing unit to restrict execution of the communication parameter sharing processing
with the second communication apparatus different from the access point in a case that the first communication apparatus is
participating in the first network and the determination unit determines that the authentication method for participating
in the first network is an authentication method by which an external apparatus different from the access point performs authentication,

wherein at least one of the processing unit, the determination unit and the control unit is implemented by the processor and
memory.

US Pat. No. 9,239,546

DEVELOPING UNIT AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing unit including a developer bearing member configured to bear a developer, the axis of the developer bearing
member being inclined with respect to the axis of an image bearing member, the developing unit comprising:
a developer accommodating chamber that accommodates the developer; and
a conveying member provided in the developer accommodating chamber and supplying the developer from the developer accommodating
chamber to the developer bearing member by rotation, wherein

the axis of the conveying member is inclined with respect to the axis of the developer bearing member; and
the developer conveying force of the conveying member differs depending on the position in the axial direction thereof and
increases as the distance from the axis of the conveying member to the surface of the developer bearing member increases.

US Pat. No. 9,239,550

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH ADJUSTING BELT UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main body;
a belt unit, mounted to and dismounted from said main body along a first direction of said belt unit, including an endless
belt, a plurality of rollers including a first and a second roller configured to stretch said belt, a frame configured to
support said rollers, a first engaging portion disposed at an end portion of said first roller with respect to a second direction
along a longitudinal direction of said rollers and configured to be fixed to said frame and to position said first roller
to said main body, a second engaging portion disposed at an end portion of said second roller with respect to the second direction
and configured to be movable to said frame with respect to a third direction intersecting both the first direction and the
second direction and to position said second roller to said main body, and a third engaging portion disposed in said frame
at a region between said first engaging portion and said second engaging portion as viewed in a direction of axes of said
first and second rollers and configured to be fixed to said frame; and

a guide member configured to guide said belt unit, disposed in said main body at a position corresponding to said first engaging
portion and said second engaging portion, including a first engaged portion engaged with said first engaging portion, a second
engaged portion engaged with said second engaging portion, and a third engaging portion engaged with said third engaging portion,
in a state that said belt unit is mounted to said main body.

US Pat. No. 9,238,743

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE-RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink comprising:
a pigment dispersed with polymer;
a surfactant;
a water-soluble organic solvent;
at least one additive selected from Group B consisting of tetritol, pentitol, hexitol, heptitol, octitol, and polyethylene
glycol with a weight-average molecular weight of more than 10,000 and 100,000 or less; and

water,
wherein the mass ratio of a content of the pigment to a content of the polymer is more than 3;
wherein the surfactant includes a fluorinated surfactant having an HLB value of 11 or less determined by a Griffin method
and represented by Formula (1): R1(CR2R3)nCH2CH2(OCH2CH2)mOH

wherein, R1 represents a fluorine atom or a hydrogen atom; R2 and R3 each independently represent a fluorine atom or a hydrogen atom, provided that at least one of R2 and R3 represents fluorine atom; n represents a number of 1 or more and 30 or less; and m represents a number of 1 or more and 60
or less;

wherein the water-soluble organic solvent includes at least one water-soluble organic solvent selected from Group A consisting
of glycerin, ethylene glycol, diethylene glycol, polyethylene glycol with a weight-average molecular weight of 10,000 or less,
1,3-propanediol, 1,4-butanediol, and diglycerol; and

wherein the total content of the water-soluble organic solvents of the Group-A in the ink is larger than the total content
of water-soluble organic solvents other than the water-soluble organic solvents of Group A in the ink.

US Pat. No. 9,240,553

INDENO[1,2-B]PHENANTHRENE COMPOUND AND ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An indeno[1,2-b]phenanthrene compound represented by the following general formula [1]:

wherein in the formula [1], R1 and R2 each represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group;

X1 and X2 each represent a substitute selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a methoxy group, and a
cyano group;

A1 represents a monovalent or a divalent aromatic hydrocarbon group, and A1 is optionally substituted by an alkyl group, a phenyl group optionally further substituted by an alkyl group, or a biphenyl
group optionally further substituted by an alkyl group;

A2 represents a monovalent or a divalent aromatic hydrocarbon group or a monovalent or a divalent heteroaromatic group, and A2 is optionally substituted by an alkyl group, a phenyl group optionally further substituted by an alkyl group, or a biphenyl
group optionally further substituted by an alkyl group;

n represents an integer of 0 to 4; and when n is 2 or more, a plurality of A2 are identical to or different from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,229,358

DEVELOPING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND INTERVAL GUARANTEE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing apparatus used in an image forming apparatus, comprising:
a developer bearing member configured to develop a latent image formed on an image bearing member and rotate together with
the image bearing member so that opposed surfaces thereof rotate in the same direction;

an interval guarantee member configured to maintain a distance between the developer bearing member and the image bearing
member by coming into abutment with the developer bearing member and the image bearing member, the interval guarantee member
having:

a first developer bearing member sliding contact portion that comes into sliding contact with the developer bearing member
on an upstream side of a line connecting a center of rotation of the developer bearing member and a center of rotation of
the image bearing member in the direction of rotation of the developer bearing member, and

a first image bearing member sliding contact portion that comes into sliding contact with the image bearing member on the
upstream side of the line in the direction of rotation of the image bearing member; and

a biasing member configured to apply an elastic force to the interval guarantee member, the elastic force being a force against
a force which acts on the interval guarantee member by a sliding contact thereof with the developer bearing member and a sliding
contact thereof with the image bearing member, and being a force generated by elastic deformation.

US Pat. No. 9,213,263

FLEXIBLE DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER WITH UNSEALABLE OPENINGS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developer accommodating container for accommodating developer, said developer accommodating container comprising:
a flexible container including an injection port for permitting entrance of the developer and a plurality of openings for
permitting discharge of the developer; and

a sealing member mounted on said flexible container in a state in which said sealing member seals the plurality of openings
and capable of exposing the plurality of openings by being moved in an unsealing direction,

wherein the plurality of openings are provided at different positions along a direction perpendicular to the unsealing direction,
and wherein the flexible container is deformable to change a shape of the openings when the sealing member is removed.

US Pat. No. 9,211,063

COMPENSATION OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
a division unit capable of being inserted in an optical path or being retreated from the optical path and for dividing, in
a case where the division unit is inserted in the optical path, a return beam from an eye to be inspected irradiated by a
measuring beam to a first beam and a second beam;

an aberration measurement unit for measuring an aberration of first beam;
an aberration compensation unit for compensating, based on the measured aberration, the aberration of at least one of the
measuring beam and the return beam; and

an image acquirement unit for acquiring an image of the eye to be inspected, based on the second beam in a case where the
division unit is inserted in the optical path, and for acquiring an image of the eye to be inspected based on the return beam
in a case where the division unit is retreated from the optical path.

US Pat. No. 9,210,290

DESTINATION SETTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A destination setting apparatus for setting destinations used in communications based on a plurality of communication protocols,
the apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input destination information including a destination and a communication protocol of the destination
to a destination list which displays a destination as a communication target;

a display unit configured to display a setting screen including setting items settable by each communication protocol, based
on the destination information input to the destination list;

a determination unit configured to determine if the destination information input to the destination list includes one type
of communication protocol or a plurality of different types of communication protocols; and

a control unit configured to control to generate a setting screen to be displayed by the display unit based on the determination
result of the determination unit, and to display the setting screen on the display unit,

wherein when the determination unit determines that the destination information input to the destination list includes one
type of communication protocol, the control unit generates a setting screen including setting items settable by the one type
of communication protocol, and

when the determination unit determines that the destination information input to the destination list includes a plurality
of different types of communication protocols, the control unit generates a setting screen including setting items obtained
by merging setting items settable by the plurality of different types of communication protocols, and

wherein at least one of the input unit, the display unit, the determination unit, or the control unit is implemented by a
processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,210,292

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD USING DIFFERENT DITHER PATTERNS FOR DIFFERENT INKS AND SELECTING A QUANTIZATION PROCESS FOR EACH INK

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that, in order to print an image on a print medium according to binary data defining printing
or non-printing of a dot, processes pieces of multivalued data corresponding to multiple inks using dither patterns representing
threshold values for comparing with values of the multivalued data, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a first quantization unit configured to use a first dither pattern to quantize multivalued data for a first ink in such a
way as to reduce the number of levels of the multivalued data for the first ink;

a second quantization unit configured to use a second dither pattern that is different from the first dither pattern to quantize
the multivalued data for the first ink in such a way as to reduce the number of levels of the multivalued data for the first
ink;

a third quantization unit configured to use a third dither pattern to quantize multivalued data for a second ink that has
different color from the first ink in such a way as to reduce the number of levels of the multivalued data for the second
ink;

a fourth quantization unit configured to use a fourth dither pattern that is different from the third dither pattern to quantize
the multivalued data for the second ink in such a way as to reduce the number of levels of the multivalued data for the second
ink; and

a selection unit configured to, on the basis of a combination of the multivalued data for the first ink and the multivalued
data for the second ink, select one of a quantization result from the first quantization unit and a quantization result from
the second quantization unit to be used for printing of the first ink, and select one of a quantization result from the third
quantization unit and a quantization result from the fourth quantization unit to be used for printing of the second ink,

wherein:
a dispersibility of an arrangement of dots, that are printed by a printing unit with the first ink based on the quantization
result of quantizing a multivalued data having a predetermined gradation level by using the first dither pattern, is higher
than a dispersibility of an arrangement of dots, that are printed by the printing unit with the first ink based on the quantization
result of quantizing the multivalued data having the predetermined gradation level by using the second dither pattern; and

a dispersibility of an arrangement of dots, that are printed by a printing unit with the second ink based on the quantization
result of quantizing a multivalued data having a predetermined gradation level by using the third dither pattern, is higher
than a dispersibility of an arrangement of dots, that are printed by the printing unit with the second ink based on the quantization
result of quantizing the multivalued data having the predetermined gradation level by using the fourth dither pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,207,581

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating unit for accommodating developer, said developer accommodating unit comprising:
an accommodating portion, provided with an opening, for accommodating the developer;
a sealing member for sealing the opening; and
an unsealing member rotatable for winding up said sealing member,
wherein said sealing member is peelable from said accommodating portion to unseal the opening in a first unsealing direction
and a second unsealing direction that is opposite to the first unsealing direction,

wherein the first unsealing direction is a direction from an upstream side of the opening to a downstream side of the opening
with respect to a rotational direction of said unsealing member, and

wherein the second unsealing direction is a direction from a downstream side of the opening to an upstream side of the opening
with respect to a rotational direction of said unsealing member.

US Pat. No. 9,208,374

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which generates an information processing rule for executing information processing
for target data in a target system including a processor and a memory, comprising:
one or more processors configured to function as:
an input unit configured to input configuration information concerning configuration elements of the target system;
a calculator configured to calculate, in accordance with the input configuration information, a reference load for referring
to an element at each position in the target data in the memory when the processor executes the information processing, in
consideration of a cache hit based on histories of the positions of the elements of the processing target data which have
been referred to so far; and

a determination unit configured to determine the information processing rule representing the positions of the elements to
be referred to and a reference order thereof using the reference load calculated by said calculator.

US Pat. No. 9,201,618

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF REPRODUCING USER SETTINGS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a processor connected to a memory;
a first storage unit configured to store files with which first print settings can be associated;
a second storage unit configured to store second print settings in a manner associated with a user;
the processor and memory being configured to:
select one of the files stored by said first storage unit according to an instruction from the user who has logged into the
image forming apparatus; and

execute print processing according to the first print settings when the first print settings are associated with the selected
file, and execute print processing according to the second print settings when the first print settings are not associated
with the selected file.

US Pat. No. 9,199,451

PRINTING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A substrate comprising:
a discharging unit including an element configured to discharge liquid from a nozzle and a transistor configured to drive
the element;

a logic circuit unit configured to be supplied with a first power supply voltage and to receive data;
a unit configured to be supplied with a second power supply voltage and to output a signal from the logic circuit unit to
a control terminal of the transistor;

a voltage generation unit configured to be supplied with a third power supply voltage and to generate, using the third power
supply voltage, the second power supply voltage to be supplied to the unit;

a monitor unit configured to be supplied with the third power supply voltage to monitor a potential of a node supplied with
the first power supply voltage; and

a controlling unit configured to control supply of the third power supply voltage to the voltage generation unit,
wherein when a monitor result by the monitor unit indicates that the first power supply voltage is not supplied to the logic
circuit unit, the controlling unit does not supply the third power supply voltage to the voltage generation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,193,544

SHEET STACKING DEVICE, SHEET FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet stacking device comprising:
a base member;
a first sheet stacking portion which is swingably supported on the base member in a first direction; and
a second sheet stacking portion which is swingably supported on the base member in the first direction and is arrayed with
the first sheet stacking portion in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction,

wherein the second sheet stacking portion is swingable independently from the first sheet stacking portion.

US Pat. No. 9,196,138

IMAGE REPRODUCTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE REPRODUCTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reproduction controlling apparatus for controlling a reproduction of an image, comprising:
a reading unit configured to read out, from a storage device, specifying information for specifying a specific time;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire, from an image recording apparatus, the latest image corresponding to the specific
time in a plurality of images corresponding to the specific time and a plurality of dates, in a case where the specifying
information includes time information for specifying the specific time and does not include date information for specifying
a specific date; and

a control unit configured to perform, in accordance with the specifying information including the time information for specifying
the specific time and not including the date information for specifying the specific date, control to reproduce the latest
image corresponding to the specific time and acquired from the image recording apparatus without reproducing a second image
corresponding to the specific time, captured before the latest image corresponding to the specific time, and included in the
plurality of images corresponding to the specific time and the plurality of dates.

US Pat. No. 9,196,188

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a light source;
a display panel unit configured to control a transmittance of light from the light source based on an image data;
an image processing unit configured to divide each frame of an input image data into a plurality of sub-frames, and to output
the image data of the plurality of sub-frames to the display panel unit at a frame rate higher than that of the input image
data; and

a light source control unit configured to control a light quantity of the light source, the image processing unit including:
a control unit configured to output a filter coefficient for each sub-frame;
a filter unit configured to perform high frequency emphasis processing for emphasizing a spatial high-frequency component
with the filter coefficient given from the control unit on the image data of a first sub-frame among the plurality of sub-frames
so that the filter coefficient is larger, the spatial high-frequency component of the image data of the first sub-frame is
more emphasized, and to perform high frequency suppression processing for suppressing a spatial high-frequency component on
the image data of a second sub-frame different from the first sub-frame; and

an adjustment unit configured to perform level adjustment processing on the high-frequency-emphasized image data of the first
sub-frame using a first level compression/expansion coefficient which decreases as the filter coefficient given from the control
unit increases, and to perform level adjustment processing on the high-frequency-suppressed image data of the second sub-frame
using a second level compression/expansion coefficient different from the first level compression/expansion coefficient, and

the light source control unit controls the light quantity of the light source during a period of a sub-frame in which the
image data subjected to the level adjustment processing is outputted, in accordance with the level adjustment performed on
the sub-frame.

US Pat. No. 9,195,424

PRINT SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR GENERATING DATA TO BE TRANSMITTED USING AN APPLICATION BASED ON AN INSTRUCTION FROM A WEB BROWSER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system that includes an information processing apparatus executing a Web browser and an application server including
an application used via the Web browser, wherein the application server comprises:
a generation unit configured to generate data to be transmitted to the information processing apparatus using the application
according to an instruction via the Web browser; and

wherein the information processing apparatus comprises a memory and a processor in communication with the memory, the processor
configured to control:

a first reception unit configured to receive a precedent instruction by a user to register information related to a transfer
destination to a predetermined storage region in the information processing apparatus;

a second reception unit configured to receive a selection of an execution instruction to transfer the generated data received
from the application server via a screen on the Web browser, wherein the screen is displayed according to the registered information
based on the precedent instruction received by the first reception unit if a menu button included in a web page provided by
the application of the application server is selected; and

a control unit configured to control a transmission of the generated data received from the application server to the transfer
destination related to the registered information corresponding to the selection received by the second reception unit, through
a network.

US Pat. No. 9,192,350

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A portable radiation imaging apparatus configured to wirelessly communicate with a radiation generation apparatus, the
portable radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a radiation image sensor including a two-dimensional arrangement of a plurality of detection elements configured to detect
a radiation generated by the radiation generation apparatus;

a wireless communication unit configured to receive a generation condition of the radiation generated by the radiation generation
apparatus;

a control unit configured to associate the received generation condition and radiation image data obtained by the radiation
image sensor;

a storage unit configured to store the received generation condition and radiation image data associated by the control unit;
and

a housing configured to accommodate the radiation image sensor, the wireless communication unit, and the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,188,906

CARTRIDGE, DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge comprising:
a toner chamber, provided with an opening, for accommodating a toner;
an unsealing member for unsealing the opening, said unsealing member not being manually operated; and
a seal member including (i) a sealing portion, elongated in a longitudinal direction of said cartridge, for unsealably sealing
the opening and (ii) a mounting portion for being mounted on said unsealing member to unseal the opening,

wherein the sealing portion includes a first sealing portion located at a longitudinal end portion and a second sealing portion
located at a longitudinal central portion, and

wherein, with respect to an unsealing direction crossing the longitudinal direction, a length between the first sealing portion
and the mounting portion of said seal member is shorter than a length between the second sealing portion and the mounting
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,189,693

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a computer program; and
a processor configured to execute the computer program stored in the memory to function as:
an encoding unit configured to encode an input pattern to a code including a plurality of bits based on differences between
feature amounts on the input pattern;

a calculation unit configured to calculate reliabilities for respective bits of the code based on differences between the
feature amounts against the input pattern;

a generation unit configured to generate similar codes each similar to the code based on the reliabilities; and
a recognition unit configured to recognize the input pattern based on the code encoded by said encoding unit and the similar
codes generated by said generation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,188,927

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRIC POWER CONSUMPTION, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a first execution unit configured to execute a first job;
a second execution unit configured to execute a second job irrespective of a reason for interruption of the first job;
a calculation unit configured to calculate electric energy consumption in a period from a start of execution of the first
job by said first execution unit to an end except electric energy consumption in a period from interruption of execution of
the first job by said first execution unit to restarting, as electric energy consumption at the time of job execution,

wherein the first execution unit performs a degeneration operation of a function in a case where the second executing unit
starts and completes execution of the second job while the first execution unit interrupts execution of the first job due
to the reason for interruption of the first job, and

the calculation unit calculates electric energy consumption of the information processing apparatus in a period from interruption
of execution of the first job by said first execution unit to restarting, except electric energy consumption in a period from
a start of execution of the second job by said second execution unit to an end, as electric energy consumption during the
interruption of the first job.

US Pat. No. 9,170,507

METHOD OF PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing an electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising a surface layer,
wherein the method comprises the following steps of:
forming a coat of a surface-layer coating solution; and
drying the coat to form the surface layer,
wherein the surface-layer coating solution comprises:
(?) at least one resin selected from the group consisting of a polycarbonate resin not having a siloxane moiety at an end
thereof, and a polyester resin not having a siloxane moiety at an end thereof;

(?) at least one resin selected from the group consisting of a polycarbonate resin having a siloxane moiety at an end thereof,
a polyester resin having a siloxane moiety at an end thereof, and a polyacrylate resin having a siloxane moiety at an end
thereof;

(?) at least one solvent selected from the group consisting of toluene and xylene; and
(?) a compound having a boiling point in one atmosphere higher than that of the solvent of the (?), the compound being represented
by the following formula (1);


wherein, in the formula (1),
R represents an alkylene group having 1 to 5 carbon atoms, and
n represents 0 or 1.

US Pat. No. 9,166,173

ORGANIC COMPOUND

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic compound represented by general formula (1)

wherein R1 to R20 are each independently selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted
alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxy group, a substituted or unsubstituted amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted
aryl group, and a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group, and

substituents of the alkyl group, the alkoxy group, the amino group, the aryl group, and the heterocyclic group are each individually
selected from the group consisting of an alkyl group, an aralkyl group, an aryl group, a heterocyclic group, an amino group,
an alkoxyl group, and a halogen atom.

US Pat. No. 9,166,968

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a hardware processor, said hardware processor being configured to perform the functions of
an authentication unit configured to execute processing for user authentication using one of a plurality of authentication
methods;

a management unit configured to manage a user credential generated when said authentication unit authenticates a user;
a setting unit configured to record setting contents which do not permit the credential managed by said management unit to
be used to execute a function included in said information processing apparatus, wherein the setting contents are applied
to a specific authentication method among the plurality of authentication methods that the authentication unit can use;

a decision unit configured to decide, when said authentication unit authenticates a user using the specific authentication
method and the user instructs to execute the function included in said information processing apparatus, whether or not the
function is permitted to use the user credential according to setting contents set by said setting unit; and

a control unit configured to control, when said decision unit decides to permit use of the credential, to execute the function
using the credential, and to control, when said decision unit decides to inhibit use of the credential, to prompt the user
to execute user authentication.

US Pat. No. 9,166,502

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING AN ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing an electromechanical transducer comprising:
Step A: obtaining a structure in which an insulative portion having a through hole therein is bonded onto an electroconductive
substrate;

Step B: filling the through hole with an electroconductive material to form a through wiring which is electrically connected
with the electroconductive substrate after the Step (A); and

Step C: using the electroconductive substrate as a first electrode, forming a plurality of vibrating membrane portions including
a second electrode, which opposes to the first electrode through a plurality of gaps, on an opposite side of the first electrode
to the side having the insulative portion after the Step (B), thereby forming a plurality of cells.

US Pat. No. 9,162,450

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquiring unit which acquires combined image data and separates the combined image data into a first image data indicating
a first gray-scale value of a first image having a first attribute and a second image data indicating a second gray-scale
value of a second image having a second attribute that is different from the first attribute, the first attribute indicating
that the first image data is for at least one picture and the second attribute indicating that the second image data is for
at least one character;

a picture correcting unit which corrects the first gray-scale value acquired by the acquiring unit on a basis of information
on an ejection characteristic of a discharge head, the discharge head ejecting liquid to be used for forming the first image
and the second image on a recording medium with dots;

a character correcting unit which corrects the second gray-scale value acquired by the acquiring unit by a different degree
of correction from a degree of the correction for the first gray-scale value by the picture correcting unit, on a basis of
the information on the ejection characteristic of the discharge head; and

a generating unit which generates first dot data indicating the presence of formed dots for forming the first image on the
basis of the first gray-scale value corrected by the picture correcting unit and second dot data indicating the presence of
formed dots for forming the second image on the basis of the second gray-scale value corrected by the character correcting
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,152,037

PATTERN CORRECTION METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING MASK, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A pattern correction method of, when a plurality of pattern elements on a mask used to process line patterns formed on
a substrate are transferred to the substrate, performing proximity effect correction of a pattern element, among the plurality
of pattern elements, so that a transferred image has a target dimension, the method comprising the steps of:
setting, based on a density of pattern elements in a peripheral region surrounding a pattern element of interest, among the
plurality of pattern elements, a dimension of a pattern element whose transferred image formed under the density of the pattern
elements in the peripheral region surrounding the pattern element of interest has the target dimension as a reference value
for the pattern element of interest;

calculating a dimension of transferred image of the pattern element of interest while changing a dimension of the pattern
element of interest around the reference value; and

determining the dimension of the pattern element of interest based on the calculation result.

US Pat. No. 9,147,247

THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEASUREMENT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A three-dimensional measurement apparatus including a projection unit configured to project a predetermined pattern, and
a capture unit configured to capture an object with the projected pattern, comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold a first relationship between a capture pixel surface of the capture unit and a projection
pixel surface of the projection unit at a time of calibration;

a detection unit configured to detect, in an image captured by the capture unit, position information of the pattern on the
capture pixel surface, which is projected to a plurality of pattern detection areas preset on the same plane in a measurement
space at a time of measurement;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain a second relationship between the position information of the pattern on the capture
pixel surface at the time of calibration and the position information of the pattern on the capture pixel surface at the time
of measurement;

a corresponding relationship calculation unit configured to calculate, based on the first relationship and the second relationship,
a corresponding relationship between the pattern on a projection pixel surface of the projection unit detected at the time
of calibration and the pattern on the projection pixel surface of the projection unit at the time of measurement;

a determination unit configured to determine a corresponding relationship between the pattern on the capture pixel surface
of the capture unit and the pattern on the projection pixel surface of the projection unit at the time of measurement using
the corresponding relationship calculated by the corresponding relationship calculation unit; and

a measurement unit configured to measure a three-dimensional shape of the object based on the determined corresponding relationship.

US Pat. No. 9,148,561

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, EXECUTABLE AUTOEXPOSURE BRACKETING AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a capturing unit configured to capture an image;
a detection unit configured to detect an object from the captured image;
a generating unit configured to generate a luminance distribution of the captured image;
a calculating unit configured to calculate, based on the luminance distribution, an exposure amount used when performing autoexposure
bracketing that captures a plurality of images at different exposures; and

a correcting unit configured to correct the calculated exposure amount based on feature information of the object detected
by the detection unit,

wherein the generating unit generates a luminance histogram from luminance information of a plurality of blocks in the captured
image,

wherein the detection unit detects a face region of a person in the captured image,
wherein the calculating unit calculates a main distribution on a low-luminance side and a main distribution on a high-luminance
side from the luminance histogram and calculates the exposure amount so that a luminance value determined from the main distribution
on the low-luminance side approaches a target value and a luminance value determined from the main distribution on the high-luminance
side approaches the target value, and

wherein the correcting unit corrects the exposure amount based on the feature information of the face region of the person.

US Pat. No. 9,148,590

IMAGING APPARATUS WITH REFERENCE SIGNALS HAVING DIFFERENT RATE OF CHANGE FIRST AND SECOND PIXELS HAVING SAME COLOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a first pixel configured to generate a signal by photoelectric conversion;
a second pixel, arranged in a row same as that in which the first pixel is arranged, configured to generate a signal by photoelectric
conversion, wherein color filters respectively having a same color are provided on the first pixel and the second pixel;

a first comparator configured to compare the signal based on the first pixel with a first reference signal of which a level
is changed according to passage of time;

a second comparator configured to compare the signal based on the second pixel with a second reference signal of which a rate
of change for passage of time is different from that of the first reference signal;

a first counter configured to perform counting until the first comparator outputs a signal indicating that a magnitude relation
of the signal based on the first pixel and the first reference signal is inverted;

a second counter configured to perform counting until the second comparator outputs a signal indicating that a magnitude relation
of the signal based on the second pixel and the second reference signal is inverted; and

a processing unit configured to generate one pixel signal based on a count value of the first counter and a count value of
the second counter.

US Pat. No. 9,145,344

ORGANIC COMPOUND AND ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

wherein R1 to R16 are each independently selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted
alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxy group, a substituted amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group,
and a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group.

US Pat. No. 9,141,042

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING MISREGISTRATION CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a first image bearing member on which an electrostatic latent image is formed;
a first developing device for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on the first image bearing member;
a second image bearing member on which an electrostatic latent image is formed;
a second developing device for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on the second image bearing member;
an intermediate transfer member which is rotatable and is configured to form a first primary transfer portion with the first
image bearing member and a second primary transfer portion with the second image bearing member; and

a control unit that is configured to execute an image forming mode,
wherein in a case where the control unit receives a print signal for transferring a toner image onto a recording material,
the control unit controls a timing of forming a toner patch so that the toner patch developed by the second developing device
is provided to the second primary transfer portion between a timing when the control unit receives the print signal and a
timing when the toner image developed on the first image bearing member is primarily transferred to the intermediate transfer
member at the first primary transfer portion.

US Pat. No. 9,141,066

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR APPLYING POST PROCESS TO SHEET

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:
a conveyance unit configured to convey a sheet;
a sensor unit configured to have a plurality of sensors that are arranged in a sheet width direction that intersects perpendicularly
with a sheet conveyance direction, and that detect a side end of a sheet in the sheet width direction;

a moving unit configured to move said sensor unit in the sheet width direction;
a control unit configured to control said moving unit so as to move said sensor unit at a first movement speed during conveyance
of the sheet by said conveyance unit, and so as to move said sensor unit at a second movement speed after the side end of
the sheet is detected by a first sensor among the plurality of sensors so that the side end of the sheet is detected by a
second sensor among the plurality of sensors;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain a sheet length of the sheet in the sheet conveyance direction; and
a setting unit configured to set up the second movement speed based on the sheet length obtained by said obtaining unit,
wherein said control unit controls said moving unit so as to move said sensor unit at the second movement speed set up by
said setting unit until the side end of the sheet is detected by the second sensor after the side end of the sheet is detected
by the first sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,143,038

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a generation unit having a first portion constructed to generate a first voltage and a second portion constructed to generate
an adding voltage;

a drive portion constructed to drive the generation unit;
a first output unit constructed to output the first voltage;
a second output unit constructed to output a second voltage obtained by adding the first voltage and the adding voltage; and
a feedback control unit constructed to compose a first feedback component obtained by adjusting the first voltage outputted
by the first output unit by a first feedback factor and a second feedback component obtained by adjusting the second voltage
outputted by the second output unit by a second feedback factor, and to PWM-control the drive unit, based on a composed feedback
component obtained by composing the first feedback unit and the second feedback unit.

US Pat. No. 9,136,407

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a solid-state image sensor including a first charge accumulation region, a second charge accumulation
region positioned adjacent to the first charge accumulation region, a first transfer gate positioned adjacent to the first
charge accumulation region and configured to transfer a charge in the first charge accumulation region, and a second transfer
gate positioned adjacent to the second charge accumulation region and configured to transfer a charge in the second charge
accumulation region, the first accumulation region and the second accumulation region being positioned between a region below
the first transfer gate and a region below the second transfer gate, the method comprising:
preparing a semiconductor substrate provided with the first transfer gate and the second transfer gate;
forming, on the semiconductor substrate, a mask pattern including a first opening for implanting ions into a first region
where the first charge accumulation region is to be formed, a second opening for implanting ions into a second region where
the second charge accumulation region is to be formed, and a wall portion which is positioned between the first opening and
the second opening, the first region including a first portion which is arranged below the first transfer gate, and the second
region including a second portion which is arranged below the second transfer gate; and

implanting ions into the semiconductor substrate through the first opening and the second opening to form the first charge
accumulation region and the second charge accumulation region,

wherein the implanting ions into the semiconductor substrate includes:
a first implantation of implanting ions into a part of the first region, which includes the first portion, and a part of the
second region; and

a second implantation of implanting ions into a part of the first region, and a part of the second region, which includes
the second portion.

US Pat. No. 9,129,188

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to function as:
a first calculation unit configured to calculate pixel value differences between a pixel of interest and a plurality of adjacent
pixels in an input image for each of the pixels in the input image, wherein the plurality of adjacent pixels are a plurality
of pixels which are located at positions separated from the pixel of interest by a predetermined interval in different directions;

a second calculation unit configured to calculate similarities between the pixel value differences calculated for the pixel
of interest in the input image for each of the pixels in the input image;

a third calculation unit configured to calculate a distribution of the pixel value differences based on the calculated similarities;
and

an estimation unit configured to estimate a color of a light source which illuminates an object in the input image based on
the calculated distribution.

US Pat. No. 9,122,431

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
a processor and memory to perform:
an activating unit, in a case where an application for issuing a print instruction performed by using a first print setting
screen for setting print setting information is an application which operates in a first environment suitable for a touch
panel, and a print instruction setting, which is not allowed to be set through the first print setting screen provided by
the application, is selected, configured to newly activate software that operates in a second environment which is different
from the first environment; and

a display controlling unit configured to display a second print setting screen for the print setting information to the second
environment,

wherein, in a case where the activating unit newly activates the software, the first environment is changed to the second
environment,

wherein, in a case where an application for issuing a print instruction performed by using the first print setting screen
is the application which operates in the first environment suitable for a touch panel, and a print instruction setting, which
is not allowed to be set through the first print setting screen provided by the application, is not selected, the software
that operates in the second environment which is different from the first environment is not activated, and

wherein the print instruction setting, which is not allowed to be set through the first print setting screen, can be set through
the second print setting screen.

US Pat. No. 9,122,975

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SETTING INFORMATION ON SHEETS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a sheet holding unit configured to hold sheets;
a setting unit configured to set information on sheets held by the sheet holding unit; and
a printing unit configured to print images based on the information on sheets set by the setting unit, and
a control unit configured to:
(i) control a display unit to display, in a case that a job that uses the sheet holding unit has been interrupted due to lack
of sheets when sheets are placed on the sheet holding unit, information on sheets used by the job and a prompt to confirm
whether or not the displayed information is appropriate for the sheets placed on the sheet holding unit, and

(ii) control, in a case that the displayed information is confirmed as appropriate for the sheets placed on the sheet holding
unit, the printing unit to perform printing based on the displayed information.

US Pat. No. 9,122,224

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND POWER SUPPLY DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming section configured to form a toner image on recording material; and
a power supply section including
a voltage detection circuit configured to detect a voltage of a commercial alternating-current power supply,
a first power supply configured to convert the voltage of the commercial alternating-current power supply into a direct-current
voltage and to output a first voltage,

a second power supply configured to convert the voltage of the commercial alternating-current power supply into a direct-current
voltage and to output a second voltage larger than the first voltage, the second power supply being configured to switch between
a first rectification state and a second rectification state in accordance with an output of the voltage detection circuit,

a first switch section configured to be capable of disconnecting the second power supply from the commercial alternating-current
power supply and that operates with the first voltage, and

a second switch section configured to be capable of disconnecting the voltage detection circuit from the commercial alternating-current
power supply and that operates with the first voltage,

wherein when the image forming apparatus is to be in a power saving mode, the second power supply is disconnected from the
commercial alternating-current power supply by using the first switch section, and the voltage detection circuit is disconnected
from the commercial alternating-current power supply by using the second switch section.

US Pat. No. 9,119,576

OPHTHALMIC DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmic device, comprising:
a measurement optical system configured to measure an aberration of an eye to be examined by using a return light from the
eye which a first measurement light emitted from a first light source enters;

a first imaging optical system configured to capture a first fundus image by using a first return light from the eye which
a second measurement light emitted from a second light source enters, the first return light being corrected by a correction
unit based on the aberration;

a second imaging optical system configured to capture a second fundus image by using a second return light from the eye which
a third measurement light emitted from a third light source enters, the second fundus image being larger than the first fundus
image; and

a control unit configured to cause the measurement lights to enter the eye in an order of the measurement lights from the
third light source, the first light source, the second light source when an eye for imaging object is switched from a first
eye of the both eyes to a second eye of the both eyes, and to enter the eye in an order of the measurement lights from the
first light source, the second light source when an imaging position in the eye is changed.

US Pat. No. 9,116,649

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH UNIT DETERMINING WHETHER OPERATION INFORMATION IS TRANSMITTED TO LOG STORAGE SERVER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, which is configured to communicate to/from a management server for managing operation information
on multiple image forming apparatus, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a transmission unit configured to transmit a first piece of operation information of the image forming apparatus to the management
server in accordance with a schedule set by the management server;

a reception unit configured to receive from the management server (a) a transmission instruction for a second piece of operation
information, (b) destination information on a log storage server to which the second piece of operation information is to
be transmitted, the log storage server being different from the management server, and (c) authentication information;

a determination unit configured to determine in accordance with a link speed with respect to the log storage server whether
or not the second piece of operation information is to be transmitted to the log storage server; and

a notification unit configured to notify the management server of an error when the determination unit determines that the
second piece of operation information is not to be transmitted to the log storage server, wherein

the transmission unit is further configured to transmit the second piece of operation information of the image forming apparatus
to the log storage server by using the destination information and the authentication information in accordance with reception
of the transmission instruction for the second piece of operation information when the determination unit determines that
the second piece of operation information is to be transmitted to the log storage server.

US Pat. No. 9,116,303

HOLOGRAM WITH CELLS TO CONTROL PHASE IN TWO POLARIZATION DIRECTIONS AND EXPOSURE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A hologram which forms a light intensity distribution on a predetermined plane by using incident light, the hologram comprising:
a plurality of cells configured to control both a phase of a first polarized light component in a first polarization direction
of the incident light and a phase of a second polarized light component in a second polarization direction perpendicular to
the first polarization direction, to form a phase difference distribution between phase distributions for the first and second
polarized light components,

wherein the plurality of cells comprises an isotropic medium and an anisotropic medium,
wherein the phase distribution of the first polarized light component and the phase distribution of the second polarized light
component are designed so that a number of phase difference levels of the phase difference distribution is less than a number
of phase levels of the phase distribution of the first polarized light component, and

wherein the plurality of cells is formed in the hologram based on the phase distribution of the first polarized light component
and the phase distribution of the second polarized light component which are designed so that the number of phase difference
levels of the phase difference distribution is less than the number of phase levels of the phase distribution of the first
polarized light component.

US Pat. No. 9,105,553

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS WITH PLURAL CURRENT SOURCE CIRCUITS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels each including a photoelectric conversion element;
a signal line to which the plurality of pixels output signals;
a first current source circuit configured to supply a current to the signal line, the first current source circuit including
a first transistor having a drain or collector node capable of being connected electrically to the signal line, a first resistor
electrically connected between a reference voltage node and a source or emitter node of the first transistor, and a second
transistor having a drain or collector node electrically connected to the signal line and having a source or emitter node
electrically connected to the drain or collector node of the first transistor; and

a second current source circuit including a third transistor having a gate or base node being connected electrically to a
gate or base node of the first transistor, a second resistor electrically connected between a reference voltage node and a
source or emitter node of the third transistor, a fourth transistor having a gate or based node electrically connected to
the gate or base node of the second transistor, and having a source or emitter node electrically connected to the drain or
collector node of the third transistor, and a first current source electrically connected to the gate or base node of the
third transistor and to the drain or collector node of the fourth transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,100,561

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT PROVIDES A CORRELATION IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element configured to provide a photoelectric conversion to an optical image formed by an image pickup optical
system;

a correlation image acquirer configured to obtain a first product between a pixel value of an image output from the image
pickup element and a representative value of a first reference signal that fluctuates during an exposure time period for each
of a plurality of divided time periods made by dividing the exposure time period by a predetermined division number such that
each of the divided time periods is not more than a half of a period of the first reference signal and to obtain a second
product between the pixel value and a representative value of a second reference signal that is a fixed value; and

a correlation image calculator configured to obtain an output from the image pickup element and to calculate a first sum of
the first product for the exposure time period as a first correlation image and a second sum of the second product for the
exposure time period as a second correlation image.

US Pat. No. 9,097,999

POLYESTER, PIGMENT COMPOSITION, AND TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A polyester, comprising at least one unit represented by one of formula (1) and formula (2):

wherein in the formula (1) and in the formula (2):
* represents a bonding portion in the polyester;
R1 represents an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms or a phenyl group;

R2 to R6 each represent a hydrogen atom, a COOR7 group, or a CONR8R9 group, provided that at least one of R2 to R6 represents the COOR7 group or the CONR8R9 group; and

R7 to R9 each represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms,

wherein the polyester has:
(i) a unit represented by formula (3) and a unit represented by formula (4):

?O-L2-O?,  formula (4)

wherein, in the formula (3), L1 represents a divalent linking group; and

wherein, in the formula (4), L2 represents a divalent linking group, or

(ii) a unit represented by formula (6):

wherein, in the formula (6), L3 represents a divalent linking group.

US Pat. No. 9,098,042

RECORDING MATERIAL DETECTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording material detection apparatus comprising:
a light source configured to irradiate a recording material with light;
a reference surface to be irradiated with light from the light source, the reference surface being arranged on the side of
the light source with respect to a recording material in a direction orthogonal to the surface of the recording material,

a light-receiving unit having a plurality of pixels and configured to receive light reflected from a surface of the recording
material irradiated with the light from the light source and the reference surface; and

a detecting device configured to detect information relating to roughness of the surface of the recording material on the
basis of the light reflected from the surface of the recording material and received by the light-receiving unit,

wherein the reference surface is inclined with respect to a conveyance direction of the recording material such that the reference
surface becomes closer to the light-receiving unit as it becomes farther away from the light source in the conveyance direction
of the recording material.

US Pat. No. 9,099,918

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus, comprising: a power conversion unit configured to convert a first voltage into a second voltage;
and a smoothing unit configured to smooth the second voltage output from the power conversion unit, the smoothing unit including
a coil arranged on a first board, a first capacitor arranged on a second board, and a cable; and a control unit configured
to control the power conversion unit for regulating the second voltage output from the smoothing unit based on a voltage of
the first capacitor; wherein the cable connects the first board and the second board comprises a plurality of power supply
wires connecting one end of the first capacitor to the coil and a plurality of ground wires connecting the other end of the
first capacitor to a ground of the power conversion unit, and one of power supply wire is arranged between every two consecutively
arranged ground wires, the control unit is arranged on the first board and detects the voltage of the first capacitor arranged
on the second board by a first detection line and a second detection line, the first detection line being arranged in the
cable and connected to a power supply line of the second board and the control unit, and the second detection line being arranged
in the cable and connected to a ground for the smoothing unit of the second board and the control unit, and the power supply
apparatus further comprising a second capacitor is arranged to connected to connect a ground for the smoothing unit of the
first board to the second detection line.

US Pat. No. 9,100,517

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, MANAGEMENT DEVICE, MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:
an image forming apparatus; and
a management device that manages operation setting information for switching the operation of an image forming apparatus,
wherein the management device comprises:
an updating unit configured to update the operation setting information of the image forming apparatus;
a transmitting unit configured to receive an acquisition request of the updated operation setting information of the image
forming apparatus from the image forming apparatus, and transmit the updated operation setting information of the image forming
apparatus to the image forming apparatus; and

a notification instructing unit configured to instruct the image forming apparatus that is an acquisition request source of
the operation setting information to notify other image forming apparatus different from the acquisition request source that
the operation setting information has been updated, and

wherein the image forming apparatus comprises:
a requesting unit configured to transmit an acquisition request of the updated operation setting information of the own apparatus
to the management device, and receive the updated operation setting information and the notification instruction from the
management device as a response to the acquisition request of the operation setting information;

a notifying unit configured to notify the other image forming apparatus of an update notification indicating that the operation
setting information has been updated according to the received notification instruction; and

a receiving unit configured to receive the update notification from the other image forming apparatus,
wherein, when the update notification is received by the receiving unit, the requesting unit further transmits the acquisition
request of the operation setting information of the own apparatus to the management device if a setting that matches a setting
shown by the received update notification is retained by the own apparatus and the retained setting is valid.

US Pat. No. 9,100,521

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
an apparatus main body;
an opening/closing portion configured to be rotatable with respect to the main body, around a hinge shaft;
a biasing portion configured to (i) apply a force to the opening/closing portion in an opening direction to generate a moment
about the hinge shaft higher than a moment of the self-weight of the opening/closing portion about the hinge shaft in a state
in which the opening/closing portion is in a range from a closed position to a predetermined rotation angle with respect to
the apparatus main body and (ii) generate a moment about the hinge shaft that is substantially balanced with the moment of
the self-weight of the opening/closing portion about the hinge shaft in a state in which the opening/closing portion is opened
more than the predetermined rotation angle; and

a holding portion configured to hold the opening/closing portion in a holding state, the holding state being the state of
the opening/closing portion at the closed position,

wherein, in a case that the holding state is released, the opening/closing portion rotates from the closed position to the
predetermined rotation angle by the force applied by the biasing portion.

US Pat. No. 9,091,912

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, a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises:
at least one charge-transporting substance selected from the group consisting of a compound represented by the Formula (CTM-1),
a compound represented by the Formula (CTM-4), and an enamine compound; and

a polyester resin having a repeating structural unit represented by the Formula (A) and a repeating structural unit represented
by the Formula (B), and

wherein, the content of the repeating structural unit represented by the Formula (A) is 30% by mass or more based on the total
mass of the polyester resin included in the surface layer,


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


where,
R21 to R24 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a methyl group;

X1 represents a divalent group having two p-phenylene groups bonded with an oxygen atom; and

Y1 represents a single bond, a methylene group, an ethylidene group, a propylidene group, a phenylethylidene group, a cyclohexylidene
group, or an oxygen atom,


US Pat. No. 9,091,983

RECORDING MATERIAL DETECTING APPARATUS AND AN IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording material detecting apparatus, comprising:
a first light source that emits first light;
a second light source that emits second light;
a light guiding unit that allows the first light and the second light to enter a surface of a recording material respectively
in two directions which are not parallel when viewed in a normal line direction of a surface of the recording material;

an imaging device that images an area where the first light is irradiated and an area where the second light is irradiated
on the surface of the recording material; and

an output device that outputs information on a surface condition of the recording material based on an output of the imaging
device, wherein

the second light source is a light source of a type which is the same as that of the first light source, and wherein
when viewed in a direction along center optical axes of the first light source and the second light source, the first light
source and the second light source are arranged such that respective reference lines of rotational phases around the center
optical axes are rotated in opposite directions by approximately the same angles from a line perpendicular to a direction
in which the first light source and the second light source are arrayed.

US Pat. No. 9,069,234

FINDER OPTICAL SYSTEM, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A finder optical system comprising:
a focusing glass including a collection surface configured to collect a light beam obtained via an image pickup optical system
and a diffusion surface configured to diffuse the light beam collected by the collection surface;

an eyepiece configured to receive apart of the light beam diffused by the diffusion surface;
a photometry lens arranged near the eyepiece; and
a photometry sensor on which an image of another part of the light beam diffused by the diffusion surface is formed via the
photometry lens,

wherein a plurality of micro lenses are arranged on the diffusion surface of the focusing glass,
wherein at least one micro lens of the plurality of micro lenses has at least two radii of curvature on its cross section
in a predetermined direction, and

wherein the at least one micro lens satisfies R1 is smaller than a distance between a center of the micro lens and the photometry lens, and R2 is a radius of curvature in a second area of the micro lens where a distance between the second area and the photometry lens
is greater than the distance between the center of the micro lens and the photometry lens.

US Pat. No. 10,111,317

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD FOR TRANSMITTING DIGITAL SIGNALS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printed circuit board comprising:a printed wiring board; and
a transmission circuit implemented on the printed wiring board and configured to transmit digital signals,
wherein the printed wiring board includes a main wiring pattern which is connected to the transmission circuit and which transmits the digital signals, a first wiring pattern having a connection end connected to the main wiring pattern and an open end which is open, and a second wiring pattern having a grounded end which is grounded and an open end which is open and extending in a direction in which the first wiring pattern extends, and the second wiring pattern is disposed such that the grounded end of the second wiring pattern is disposed such that the grounded end of the second wiring pattern is disposed adjacent to the open end of the first wiring pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,075,340

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a storage that stores setting information used by the information processing apparatus to perform an operation;
a memory that stores a set of instructions; and at least one processor that executes instructions in the memory to: manage configuration information indicating a device configuration of the information processing apparatus, the configuration information indicating at least one of an equipment which is installed with the information processing apparatus and an application which is installed with the information processing apparatus;
receive setting information, from a server, to update the setting information stored in the storage; and
control whether or not to cause a display unit to display information prompting an execution of reboot processing to reflect the update of the setting information, based on a type of the setting information to be updated and the configuration information indicating at least one of the equipment which is installed with the information processing apparatus and the application which is installed with the information processing apparatus,
wherein the information prompting an execution of reboot processing to reflect an update of predetermined setting information is not displayed, in a case where the application and the equipment for which the predetermined setting information is used are not installed with the information processing apparatus, and
wherein the predetermined setting information received from the server is stored in the storage as the setting information of the information processing apparatus, even if the application and the equipment for which the predetermined setting information is used are not installed with the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,055,052

OPERATION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND PERSONAL DIGITAL ASSISTANT INCLUDING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An operation apparatus comprising:a surface to which input of an operation is performed, the surface including a variable tactile portion whose tactile is variable;
a detector configured to detect input of a slide operation to the surface; and
a controller configured to control the tactile of the variable tactile portion such that the variable tactile portion is formed into one of a first tactile as a tactile of a region of the surface other than the variable tactile portion and a second tactile different from the first tactile,
wherein the controller is configured to control, in a case where the detector detects the input of the slide operation, the tactile of the variable tactile portion such that the variable tactile portion is formed into the first tactile before the detected slide operation reaches the variable tactile portion.

US Pat. No. 9,974,104

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SEAMLESSLY COMMUNICATING DATA BY SETTING UP AND SWITCHING BETWEEN MULTIPLE NETWORKS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing code to be executed by the at least one processor, wherein the at least one processor executes the code to function as:
a first communication unit configured to perform wireless communication based on a first communication method;
a second communication unit configured to perform wireless communication based on a second communication method with a higher communication speed or a larger communication range than the first communication method;
a transmitting unit configured to transmit, by the first communication unit, identification information of the communication apparatus in a case where the communication apparatus is connected to another communication apparatus by the first communication unit;
a receiving unit configured to receive, by the first communication unit, instruction information for instructing to communicate in a second wireless network different from a first wireless network; and
in a case where the communication apparatus is connected to the other communication apparatus by the first communication unit and connected to the first wireless network by the second communication unit, a control unit configured to:
control the second communication unit to communicate with the other communication apparatus in the second wireless network, instead of the first wireless network, in a case where the receiving unit receives the instruction information after the transmitting unit transmits the identification information, and
control the second communication unit to communicate with the other communication apparatus in the first wireless network in a case where the receiving unit does not receive the instruction information after the transmitting unit transmits the identification information.

US Pat. No. 9,948,836

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS WITH ROTATIONALLY-OPERATED MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:a rotationally-operated member;
a rotary member configured to be able to rotate integrally with said rotationally-operated member, and comprise first concave portions and first convex portions that are formed alternately in an outer peripheral portion, and multiple click holes formed on an inner peripheral side of the first concave portions and the first convex portions in a circumferential direction;
a click feel generating member configured to, in response to said rotationally-operated member being rotationally operated, repeatedly comes to a state of being in engagement with the click hole and to a state of being pulled out from the click hole to generate a click feel on said rotationally-operated member; and
a detection unit configured to, in response to said rotationally-operated member being rotationally operated, repeatedly comes to a state of detecting the first concave portions of said rotary member and to a state of detecting the first convex portions of said rotary member to detect a rotating direction and a rotationally-operated amount of said rotationally-operated member,
wherein the click holes, the first concave portions, and the first convex portions are formed in said rotary member such that the click holes and the first concave portions are not aligned in a direction perpendicular to a rotation center of said rotary member.

US Pat. No. 9,813,612

IMAGING APPARATUS, INFORMATION MANAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHODS THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SUPERIMPOSING IMAGE DATA ON A DISPLAY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire, from an external apparatus, other image data obtained by other imaging apparatuses,
and other image data information containing information about the other image data; and

a display control unit configured to arrange, in a first region of a display unit that displays an imaging confirmation screen
to confirm image data obtained by the image capturing unit, the image data and the other image data in an order of an imaging
date and an imaging time, and display, in a second region of the display unit, image data information indicating information
about the image data and other image information indicating information about the image data of all other imaging apparatuses
belonging to a same group as the imaging apparatus,

wherein the image data information comprises information indicating an identification of a photographer who is a user of the
imaging apparatus, and the other image data information comprises information indicating an identification of other photographers
who are users of the other imaging apparatuses.

US Pat. No. 9,661,729

RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging system for applying radiation photography to a patient based on contents of an examination request,
the radiation imaging system comprising:
an image capturing method storage unit to prestore a first plurality of image capturing methods;
a patient information input unit to input patient information of the patient subjected to examination based on the examination
request;

an extraction unit to extract a second plurality of image capturing methods from the first plurality of image capturing methods
based on an imaging history of the patient information;

a display control unit to display a first region including a subset of the first plurality of image capturing methods in list
form and a second region including at least one of the second plurality of the image capturing methods extracted by the extraction
unit in list form on a screen at the same time; and

a registration unit to, by specifying the image capturing method displayed in the list of the first region and the list of
the second region by the display unit, register the specified image capturing method as imaging information,

wherein each image capturing method includes an imaging portion and a type of exchangeable sensor displayed as a part of the
image capturing method.

US Pat. No. 9,655,589

SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A subject information acquisition apparatus for transmitting an elastic wave to a subject, receiving the elastic wave reflected
from inside the subject, and acquiring information inside the subject, the subject information acquisition apparatus comprising:
a conversion device configured to receive the elastic wave and convert the elastic wave into an electrical signal;
a reference layer which is provided between the conversion device and the subject and whose viscosity coefficient and elastic
modulus are known;

a measuring unit configured to measure strain of the subject and strain of the reference layer which are generated when a
pressure is applied to the subject and the reference layer by using the electrical signal; and

a calculation unit configured to calculate a viscosity coefficient (?) of the subject by using a viscosity coefficient and
an elastic modulus of the reference layer, the strain of the subject, and the strain of the reference layer,

wherein
a pressure applied to the subject and the reference layer is periodic pressure application including releasing the pressure,
and

the calculation unit calculates the viscosity coefficient (?) of the subject by using an area of a hysteresis loop drawn with
strain values of the subject and strain values of the reference layer which are generated by the periodic pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,596,425

DRIVING METHOD FOR AN IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving method for an image pickup apparatus that includes a plurality of pixels arranged in rows and columns, and a
plurality of signal lines each being arranged corresponding to one of the columns of the plurality of pixels,
the plurality of pixels including
a plurality of effective pixels arranged in the rows and the columns, and
a plurality of reference pixels arranged in at least one row and the columns corresponding to the columns in which the plurality
of effective pixels are arranged and outputting only a signal of a noise level,

each of the plurality of effective pixels including a photoelectric conversion unit to perform a photoelectric conversion
of incident light and an amplification transistor having an input node for inputting charges generated by the photoelectric
conversion unit, and

each of the plurality of reference pixels including an amplification transistor having an input node,
the driving method comprising:
a first operation of overlapping periods, without electrically connecting the input node of the amplification transistor in
each of a first number of effective pixels among the plurality of effective pixels, to each other, each period being a period
during which the amplification transistor in each of the first number of effective pixels outputs a signal to common one of
the signal lines, and

a second operation of:
individually outputting the signal of the noise level to the single signal line by the amplification transistor in each of
the plurality of reference pixels, or

overlapping periods, without electrically connecting the input node of the amplification transistor in each of a second number
of reference pixels among the plurality of reference pixels, to each other, each period being a period during which the amplification
transistor in each of the second number of reference pixels outputs a signal common one of the signal lines, the second number
being fewer than the first number.

US Pat. No. 9,563,142

TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising:
toner particles each including a surface layer that contains an organic silicon polymer, the organic silicon polymer including
a unit represented by formula (1) or (2) below:

(in formula (2), L represents a methylene group, an ethylene group, or a phenylene group),
wherein, in a chart obtained by 29Si-NMR measurement performed on THF insoluble components of the toner particles, a ratio SQ3 of a peak area attributable to
a structure represented by formula (Q3) below to a total peak area of the organic silicon polymer satisfies mathematical formula
(3) below:

RF—SiO3/2  (Q3)
(in formula (Q3), RF represents one of structures represented by formulae (i) to (iv) below:
(in formulae (i) to (iv), * represents a bonding portion that bonds to the silicon atom, and in formulae (ii) and (iv), L
independently represents a methylene group, an ethylene group, or a phenylene group)), and
SQ3?0.40  (3), and

wherein a silicon concentration at surfaces of the toner particles determined by electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis
conducted on the surfaces of the toner particles is 2.5 atomic % or more.

US Pat. No. 9,557,688

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CONDUCTIVE SHEET GUIDE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a transfer portion transferring a toner image to a sheet;
a sheet guide portion guiding the sheet to the transfer portion, the sheet guide portion including:
a resin member made of resin;
a conductive portion provided to be in contact with the sheet to which the toner image is being transferred by the transfer
portion, supported on the resin member, and electrically connected to the resin member, the conductive portion having lower
volume resistivity than that of the resin member; and

a ground portion configured to be electrically connected to the resin member to ground the resin member,
wherein the conductive portion is grounded by passing current from the conductive portion, through the resin member, and to
the ground portion.

US Pat. No. 9,543,501

METAL OXIDE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A metal oxide comprising a perovskite-type oxide represented by general formula (1):
A(ZnxTi(1-x))yM(1-y)O3  (1)

wherein A is made of only a Bi element;
M represents at least one element selected from the group consisting of Fe, Al, Sc, Mn, Y, Ga, and Yb; x represents a numerical
value satisfying 0.4?x?0.6; and y represents a numerical value satisfying 0.1?y?0.9,

wherein the metal oxide is a bulk solid.

US Pat. No. 9,519,842

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANAGING AN OBJECT EXTRACTED FROM IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a management unit configured to classify face feature information of a plurality of faces extracted from image data in units
of similar face feature information into feature groups, and manage linking information for linking each feature group with
a person group in a dictionary;

a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display face images based on image data for each person group
based on the linking information managed by the management unit;

a receiving unit configured to receive a user's correction instruction about the person group displayed on the display unit;
and

a processing unit configured to perform an associating process of person groups based on the user's correction instruction
received by the receiving unit,

wherein the processing unit is configured to, if the user's correction instruction is received by the receiving unit, performs
the associating process by updating the linking information based on the user's correction instruction, and not to update
the classification of the feature groups, and

wherein one or more of the management unit, the display control unit, the receiving unit, or the processing unit is implemented
by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,517,043

MULTI-SOURCE RADIATION GENERATOR AND RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation generator comprising:
an electron source array including a plurality of electron sources each of which is configured to emit electrons;
a radiation source array having a plurality of radiation sources arranged in series from one array end to the other array
end of the radiation source array corresponding to the electron source array; and

a control unit configured to control each of the electron sources in the electron source array so as to form a dose distribution
of radiation in the radiation source array,

wherein the control unit controls the electron sources such that each radiation source sequentially irradiates a common region
with a controlled dose of radiation controlled based on a different position of the radiation source and the dose distribution
of radiation shows a decreasing profile and an increasing profile in that order from the one array end to the other array
end.

US Pat. No. 9,508,170

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display apparatus for displaying an image containing a plurality of objects, the image display apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
at least one processor, wherein the at least one processor functions as:
a determination unit configured to determine a display order for the plurality of objects contained in the image;
a setting unit configured to set one of the plurality of objects as a display target object and set a magnification according
to at least a size of the display target object;

a magnification unit configured to change a magnification of an entirety of the image to the magnification set by the setting
unit; and

a display control unit configured to perform control to display on a screen a part of the entire image magnified with the
magnification changed by the magnification unit,

wherein the part of the entire image contains the display target object, and
wherein the display control unit is further configured to switch the display target object to an object that is a next display
target object among the plurality of the objects contained in the image according to the display order determined by the determination
unit; and

wherein the display control unit is further configured to cause, as a part of the entire image magnified by the magnification
unit at the magnification set by the setting unit according to at least a size of the next display target object, a part that
includes the next display target object to be displayed on the screen.

US Pat. No. 9,507,194

DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a display panel;
a panel holder having a plurality of supporting portions that make contact with parts of a rear surface of the display panel
and an edge of the display panel so as to support the display panel; and

a vibrating unit provided facing a supporting portion, of the plurality of supporting portions, corresponding to the edge
of the display panel so as to apply vibration to at least a portion of the display panel which is in contact with the supporting
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,507,545

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising: a determination unit configured to determine whether each of a plurality of pieces
of input image data is a blank sheet; a display control unit configured to display a preview image of the plurality of pieces
of input image data on a display unit; and an instruction unit configured to, in a case where a first preview image is displayed
on the display unit and a second preview image is not displayed on the display unit, perform an instruction to display a second
preview image, the first preview image being a preview image of first image data determined to be the blank sheet by the determination
unit, and the second preview image being a preview image of second image data that is different from the first image data,
and determined to be the blank sheet by the determination unit, wherein the second image data is a page closest to the first
image data from among the plurality of pieces of input image data, and wherein at least one of the determination unit, the
display control unit, and the instruction unit are implemented by a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,507,295

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image bearing members configured to bear toner images:
an intermediate transfer belt configured to perform secondary transfer onto a transfer medium of a toner image subjected to
primary transfer from the plurality of image bearing members, the intermediate transfer belt having been formed endless and
rotatably;

a current supply member configured to contact the intermediate transfer belt;
a detecting member configured to detect a test pattern formed on the intermediate transfer belt;
a contact member configured to contact an inner peripheral face of the intermediate transfer belt;
a voltage maintaining element configured to be connected to the contact member; and
an opposing member configured to oppose the detecting member across the intermediate transfer belt;
a bearing configured to support a shaft of an opposing roller serving as the opposing member, the opposing roller being rotated
by the intermediate transfer belt, the bearing being electrically insulated; and

a supporting plate configured to support the detecting member,
wherein the supporting plate is supported by the bearing,
wherein the contact member to which the voltage maintaining element is connected maintains a predetermined potential by current
flowing from the current supply member to the intermediate transfer belt; and

wherein the opposing member contacts the inner peripheral face of the intermediate transfer belt at a different position from
that of the contact member, and is in an electrically insulated state.

US Pat. No. 9,507,310

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CIRCUIT BOARD WITH SILK-PRINTED MARK FOR HOLDING CLAW

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a process unit to which a high voltage is applied, and the process unit being configured to perform an image forming process;
a circuit board configured to generate the high voltage to be applied to the process unit;
a holding claw configured to hold the circuit board;
a power feed member configured to apply the high voltage to the process unit, the power feed member having an elastic member
electrically connected to an output portion of the circuit board from which the high voltage is output in a state in which
the circuit board is held by the holding claw; and

a silk-printed mark put on the circuit board, the silk-printed mark indicating a portion of the circuit board to be pressed
by an operator in order to cause the circuit board to be held by the holding claw, wherein

the output portion of the circuit board comprises a plurality of output portions,
the silk-printed mark comprises a plurality of silk-printed marks,
the plurality of silk-printed marks comprise outline numerals on solid marks, and
the outline numerals indicate an order in which the operator is to press the circuit board.

US Pat. No. 9,509,880

DEVICE CAPABLE OF READING PLURAL DOCUMENTS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE DEVICE, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to scan at least one document placed on a document plate and to generate an image of the at least
one document; and

a printing unit configured to print the image generated by the reading unit,
wherein the printing unit is configured not to print a first image generated by the reading unit scanning a first document
according to copy inhibition information included in the scanned first document, the copy inhibition information indicating
that copying is inhibited,

wherein the printing unit is configured to print a second image generated by the reading unit scanning a second document according
to copy permission information included in the scanned second document, the copy permission information indicating that copying
is permitted, and

wherein, in a case where a user instructs starting a copy operation under a condition where the first document and the second
document are both placed on the document plate, the printing unit is configured not to print a third image generated by the
reading unit scanning both the first document and the second document according to the copy inhibition information included
in the scanned first document.

US Pat. No. 9,505,580

SHEET MATERIAL BINDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM WITH MANUAL BINDING STAND-BY POSITION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet binding apparatus adapted to be connected to an image forming apparatus which performs a print job, comprising:
a binding section configured to bind a sheet bundle formed of a plurality of sheets;
a motor configured to move a position of the binding section between:
a first position, at which the binding section stands by to bind a sheet bundle formed of a plurality of sheets fed from the
image forming apparatus in a print job, and

a second position, at which the binding section stands by to bind the sheet bundle manually supplied; and
a control section configured to control the motor so as to, in a case where the image forming apparatus has transitioned to
a state of being incapable of performing the print job and the binding section is in the first position, move the binding
section toward the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,508,147

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an image input unit adapted to obtain an input image of a physical space that was captured by an image capturing unit, wherein
the input image includes an index to be used in processing for obtaining a position and orientation of the image capturing
unit, located in the physical space, and the input image can include a display device, located in the physical space, for
displaying an image generated based on the input image;

a detection unit adapted to detect the index included in the input image;
a position and orientation measuring unit adapted to obtain a position and orientation of the image capturing unit based on
the index detected by the detection unit;

a generation unit adapted to generate a display image to be displayed on the display device by changing the index in the input
image based on a specific image so that an index displayed on the display device is not used in the processing for obtaining
the position and orientation of the image capturing unit by the position and orientation measuring unit in a case where the
index displayed on the display device is included in an input image; and

an output unit adapted to cause the display device to display the display image generated by the generation unit,
wherein if the index that is changed based on the specific image is displayed on the display device and is included in the
input image, the position and orientation measuring unit obtains the position and orientation of the image capturing unit
without using the index that is changed based on the specific image.

US Pat. No. 9,500,999

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING POSITIONING OF TRANSFER UNIT INTERLOCKED WITH CLOSING OF MAIN BODY DOOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image bearing member which is provided in the main body of the image forming apparatus, the image bearing member bearing
a toner image;

a transfer unit which includes a transfer member for transferring the toner image borne on the image bearing member to a recording
material;

a door which is movably provided on the main body, the door movably holding the transfer unit;
a roller pair including a first roller which is movably held by the door and a second roller provided on the main body, the
roller pair conveying the recording material to which the toner image borne on the image bearing member is transferred by
the transfer member;

a transfer positioning member which is provided on the main body such that the transfer positioning member is interlocked
with rotation of the door, the transfer positioning member positioning the transfer unit with the transfer member being in
contact with the image bearing member; and

a roller positioning member which is provided on the main body such that the roller positioning member is interlocked with
rotation of the door, the roller positioning member positioning the first roller with the first roller being in contact with
the second roller,

wherein when opening the door, the timing of a peak of force for operating the transfer positioning member is different from
the timing of a peak of force for operating the roller positioning member.

US Pat. No. 9,497,512

CONTENT PLAYER AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A content display apparatus which receives a broadcast content transmitted by a broadcast wave and a video content distributed
via a network and displays a video image concerning a content, comprising:
a processor performing the functions of a channel selection control unit, a content information management unit, a notification
control unit and a notification generation unit, wherein;

the channel selection control unit selects a channel to view the broadcast content;
the content information management unit stores location information of a video content corresponding to the broadcast content
on the channel selected by the channel selection control unit;

the notification control unit notifies that it is possible to view the broadcast content from the beginning when a time for
the channel selection to view the broadcast content does not coincide with a broadcast start time of the broadcast content;
and

the notification generation unit generates a notification image for notification when it is determined to notify that it is
possible to view the broadcast content from the beginning,

wherein the notification control unit determines to notify in at least one of (i) a case in which the broadcast content on
the selected channel has been viewed for not less than a predetermined time period after the channel selection, (ii) a case
in which the broadcast content on the selected channel is not immediately before a broadcast end time of the broadcast content
at the time of the channel selection, (iii) a case in which a broadcast content on another channel that has been viewed before
the channel selection is not a commercial content, and (iv) a case in which a viewing time of a broadcast content on another
channel that has been viewed before the channel selection is not more than a predetermined time period,

wherein the notification control unit determines not to notify that it is possible to view the broadcast content from the
beginning, when the broadcast content does not meet any one of the cases (i) to (iv).

US Pat. No. 9,488,366

LIGHT EMISSION DEVICE FOR IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light emission device attachable and detachable to and from an imaging apparatus, comprising:
a light emission portion;
a storage portion for accommodating a battery supplying electric power for causing the light emission portion to emit light;
a cover portion for opening and closing the storage portion;
a connection portion electrically connected to a terminal portion of the imaging apparatus to which the light emission device
is attached; and

a contact portion electrically connected to the battery accommodated in the storage portion when the cover portion is closed,
wherein the storage portion is arranged such that one end of the battery accommodated in the storage portion in a longitudinal
direction is further away from a plane including a surface of the connection portion facing the terminal portion of the imaging
apparatus to which the light emission device is attached than the other end of the battery in the longitudinal direction,

wherein the cover portion and the storage portion are arranged side by side in the longitudinal direction of the battery accommodated
in the storage portion,

wherein the cover portion opens and closes the storage portion by rotating around a rotation shaft substantially perpendicular
to the surface of the connection portion facing the terminal portion, and

wherein the contact portion is provided on a surface which is inclined to the rotation shaft by an angle substantially the
same as an inclination angle of the storage portion to the surface of the connection portion facing the terminal portion.

US Pat. No. 9,485,377

CONTROLLING POWER STATE BASED ON PRESENCE DETECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus having a first power state and a second power state, which is lower in power consumption than
the first power state, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a sensor unit which includes a plurality of elements to detect a human; and
a control unit configured to acquire a detection result from part of the plurality of elements and to determine whether a
human is present in a detection range of the sensor unit based on the detection result from the part of the plurality of elements,
and in a case where it is determined that a human is present in the detection range, to acquire a detection result from at
least another part of the plurality of elements of the sensor unit and to determine whether to shift the image forming apparatus
from the second power state to the first power state based on the detection result from at least another part of the plurality
of elements.

US Pat. No. 9,473,671

METHOD FOR PERFORMING DITHER PROCESSING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method performed by a processor in an apparatus, the method comprising:
applying a same dither matrix to images; and
printing the images to which the same dither matrix has been applied, on a sheet,
wherein, phases of the dither matrix to be applied to different jobs are shifted, and phases of the dither matrix to be applied
to different pages in a same job are not shifted.

US Pat. No. 9,473,684

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of optical systems arranged two-dimensionally;
a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements which are two-dimensionally arranged for each of the plurality of optical
systems and are used to photoelectrically convert an image from each of the optical systems; and

at least one processor that functions as:
an encoding unit configured to inter-frame prediction encode a plurality of image frames each having a different parallax,
which are formed by the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements; and

a multiplex/demultiplex unit configured to generate stream data by multiplexing encoded data generated by the encoding unit
and demultiplex the stream data to encoded data.

US Pat. No. 9,472,766

FUSED POLYCYCLIC COMPOUND AND ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fused polycyclic compound represented by the following general formula [1] or [2]:

wherein in the general formulas [1] and [2], R1 to R20 are each independently selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, a cyano group, a substituted or an unsubstituted
alkyl group, a substituted or an unsubstituted aryl group, and a substituted or an unsubstituted heterocyclic group.

US Pat. No. 9,462,992

RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging system comprising:
X-ray sensor apparatuses including a first X-ray sensor apparatus and a second X-ray sensor apparatus; and
a control apparatus for controlling the X-ray sensor apparatuses,
wherein each of the X-ray sensor apparatuses comprises:
a sensor configured to obtain image data;
a switch configured to receive an operation input; and
a communication circuit configured to transmit identification information of the X-ray sensor apparatus in accordance with
an operation input to the switch, and

wherein the control apparatus comprises:
a communication circuit configured to receive the identification information; and
a specifying unit configured to specify an X-ray sensor apparatus for use in an image capturing out of the X-ray sensor apparatuses
in accordance with a receipt of the identification information, and

wherein the radiation imaging system further comprises:
a power control unit configured to, in a case in which the switch of the second X-ray sensor apparatus receives an operation
input in a state where an imaging is able to be performed using the first X-ray sensor apparatus, shift a power state of the
first X-ray sensor apparatus to a lower power consumption state,

wherein the communication circuit performs a control that establishes a wireless communication between the second X-ray sensor
apparatus and an access point, in accordance with an input of a switch operation to the second X-ray sensor apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,459,569

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS COUNTING CUMULATIVE NUMBER OF STARTUPS OF FIXING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. An image forming apparatus that forms a toner image on a recording medium, comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an unfixed toner image on the recording medium;
a fixing unit configured to fix the unfixed toner image on the recording medium while conveying the recording medium bearing
the unfixed toner image at a nip portion, the fixing unit including a fixing rotating member and a pressure member forming
the nip portion with the fixing rotating member;

a counting portion configured to count a cumulative rotation time of the fixing rotating member, a cumulative number of startups
of the fixing unit, and a cumulative number of printed sheets; and

a notifying portion configured to perform a notification of information about at least one of the expiration of the lifetime
of the fixing unit and the necessity of replacing the fixing unit,

wherein the cumulative rotation time is corrected such that the larger the cumulative number of startups of the fixing unit,
the longer the cumulative rotation time, and

wherein the notifying portion performs the notification of the information at the earlier of the time when the cumulative
number of printed sheets reaches a threshold number and the time when the cumulative rotation time that has been corrected
reaches a threshold time, whichever takes place earlier.

US Pat. No. 9,459,429

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens apparatus comprising:
a diaphragm unit configured to be driven in a first driving direction from an open side to a small aperture side and a second
driving direction from the small aperture side to the open side;

a driving unit configured to drive the diaphragm unit based on a driving instruction;
a control unit configured to output the driving instruction for driving the diaphragm unit from a current position to a target
position to the driving unit; and

a storage unit configured to store a plurality of first driving instruction values that are used for driving the diaphragm
unit in the first driving direction and respectively corresponds to a plurality of target aperture values,
and a plurality of second driving instruction values that are used for driving the diaphragm unit in the second driving direction
and respectively corresponds to the target aperture values,
wherein the control unit outputs, when driving the diaphragm unit in the first driving direction, one of the first driving
instruction values as the driving instruction to the driving unit based on the target aperture value and a current aperture
value, and outputs, when driving the diaphragm unit in the second driving direction, one of the second driving instruction
values as the driving instruction to the driving unit based on the target aperture value and the current aperture value.

US Pat. No. 9,455,599

ELECTRONIC DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:
a power receiving unit that receives power wirelessly from a power transmission apparatus which is different from the electronic
device;

a first communication unit that transmits first information to the power transmission apparatus in response to a command received
from the power transmission apparatus according to a first communication method, wherein the first information includes information
relating to a wireless power transfer;

a second communication unit that transmits second information to the power transmission apparatus according to a second communication
method, wherein the second information includes information relating to a wireless power transfer, and wherein the second
communication method is different from the first communication method, and wherein the first communication unit is different
from the second communication unit; and

a control unit that performs, according to whether power received by the power receiving unit is equal to or more than a predetermined
value, one of a first process and a second process,

wherein the first process includes a process for causing the first communication unit to transmit the first information to
the power transmission apparatus,

wherein the second process includes a process for causing the second communication unit to transmit the second information
to the power transmission apparatus,

wherein the control unit performs the second process if power received by the power receiving unit is equal to or more than
the predetermined value, and performs the first process if power received by the power receiving unit is not equal to or more
than the predetermined value, and

wherein a power value required to operate the first communication unit is smaller than a power value required to operate the
second communication unit.

US Pat. No. 9,454,087

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND DEVICE FABRICATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus which includes a projection optical system that projects a pattern of a reticle onto a substrate,
and exposes the substrate through the projection optical system and a liquid, the apparatus comprising:
a supply unit which includes a supply path connected to a supply port, and is configured to supply the liquid to a space between
the projection optical system and the substrate through the supply port and the supply path;

a recovery unit which includes a recovery path connected to a recovery port, and is configured to recover the liquid, supplied
to the space, through the recovery port and the recovery path;

a nozzle member which is disposed around the projection optical system, and includes the supply port and the recovery port
formed therein, wherein the supply path includes, in the nozzle member, a supply path which is disposed along a circumference
of a circle to surround an optical axis of the projection optical system, and the recovery path includes, in the nozzle member,
a recovery path which is disposed outside the supply path along a circumference of a circle to surround the optical axis;
and

a heating unit which is disposed along the recovery path, and configured to heat the liquid recovered through the recovery
port and the recovery path.

US Pat. No. 9,451,527

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a first communication unit configured to communicate with a communication network which is generated by another apparatus;
and

a second communication unit configured to communicate with an external apparatus via close-proximity wireless communication,
the external apparatus being different from the another apparatus;

wherein in a case where a proximity of the external apparatus is detected by the second communication unit while the communication
apparatus is not connected to the communication network, the first communication unit performs as a wireless access point
by generating a new communication network of an infrastructure mode using a communication parameter, and the second communication
unit transmits the communication parameter to the external apparatus via close-proximity wireless communication, and

wherein in a case where the proximity of the external apparatus is detected by the second communication unit while the communication
apparatus is connected to the communication network generated by the another apparatus, the second communication unit transmits
a notification to the external apparatus indicating that the communication apparatus is already connected, before the detection
of the proximity of the external apparatus, to the communication network generated by the another apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,440,809

SHEET STACKING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet stacking apparatus, comprising:
a main body;
a first storage unit configured to be drawn out of/inserted into the main body and storing a sheet, the first storage unit
comprising a guide portion; and

a second storage unit configured to be drawn out of/inserted into the main body, provided above the first storage unit, and
storing a sheet, the second storage unit comprising an abutment portion guided by the guide portion of the first storage unit
when the second storage unit is being drawn out of the main body in a state in which the first storage unit has already been
precedingly drawn out of the main body,

wherein the second storage unit comprises a second storage portion storing the sheet and a second exterior cover provided
at an end portion of the second storage portion in a drawing direction of the second storage unit,

wherein the abutment portion is provided so as to project downward from a lower surface of the second exterior cover of the
second storage unit, and

wherein the abutment portion is a rotator rotatably supported by the second exterior cover.

US Pat. No. 9,444,974

PRINTING SYSTEM FOR PRINTING PATCHES HAVING DIFFERENT LENGTH TO MEASURE GRADATION VALUES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system comprising:
a printing unit configured to print a plurality of patches including a first patch and a second patch having an optical density
lower than that of the first patch on a print medium; and

a sensor configured to measure each of the plurality of the patches while moving relative to the printing medium at a predetermined
speed,

wherein the sensor receives a quantity of light for which it sets a value and, a length of the first patch and a length of
the second patch is determined using the value set by the sensor for the quantity of light received,

wherein a length of the first patch, having the optical density higher than the second patch, in a relative movement direction
between the plurality of the patches and the sensor, is longer than the length of the second patch having the lower density
in the relative movement direction, and

wherein the printing unit prints the second patch having the lower optical density than the first patch after printing the
first patch having the length longer than the length of the second patch, and the sensor reads the first patch having the
optical density higher than the second patch, after reading the second patch.

US Pat. No. 9,442,187

OBJECT INFORMATION OBTAINING APPARATUS, DISPLAY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An object information obtaining apparatus comprising:
a plurality of conversion elements configured to transmit elastic waves to an object, receive reflected waves reflected at
respective positions inside the object, and convert the reflected waves into a plurality of receiving signals;

a fixed signal processing unit configured to perform addition processing with a predetermined weight by using the plurality
of receiving signals to obtain first distribution information;

an adaptive signal processing unit configured to perform adaptive signal processing with a weight adaptively changing according
to the receiving signals by using the plurality of receiving signals to obtain second distribution information; and

a display control unit to which the first distribution information and the second distribution information are input, and
configured to output image information to be displayed on a display unit,

wherein the display control unit receives information about a specified area, in the image of the first distribution information,
input by the user in a state where the image of the first distribution information is displayed, and outputs image information
for displaying on the display unit an image of the second distribution information or a combined image for the first and second
distribution information, corresponding to the specified area.

US Pat. No. 9,445,009

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF GENERATING COMPOSITE VIDEO IMAGE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first computation unit configured to find a first composition ratio of a plurality of frames of images that are continuously
taken at mutually different exposures based on luminance of at least one of the plurality of frames of images;

a second computation unit configured to find a second composition ratio of the plurality of frames of images based on the
luminance difference between the plurality of frames of images;

a third computation unit configured to find a third composition ratio as a final composition ratio for compositing the plurality
of frames of images based on the first composition ratio, the second composition ratio, and shutter speed at a time of taking
the plurality of frames of images; and

a composition unit configured to generate one frame of an image by compositing the plurality of frames of images based on
the third composition ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,445,030

RADIATION IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation image capturing apparatus, comprising:
a sensor configured to monitor an irradiating dose of radiation from a radiation source;
a switch configured to cause said sensor to output a sensor signal upon changing from a non-conductive state to a conductive
state;

a readout unit configured to read out the sensor signal from said sensor via said switch and a signal line; and
a controlling unit configured to control the switch and the readout unit so as to perform first control of repeatedly performing,
while radiation from the radiation source irradiates said sensor, a series of operations including a first operation of setting
said switch to the conductive state and a second operation of setting said switch to the non-conductive state,

second control of reading out, by said readout unit, the sensor signal from said sensor in the first operation as a first
signal and reading out, by said readout unit, a potential of the signal line in the second operation as a second signal, and

third control of calculating the irradiating dose of radiation based on the first signal and the second signal.

US Pat. No. 9,438,797

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a certification unit configured to certificate a mounted battery; and
a control unit configured to perform control such that,
if an instruction to execute first processing is given before certification processing by the certification unit is completed,
the first processing is not executed before the certification processing is completed, and

if an instruction to execute second processing is given before the certification processing by the certification unit is completed,
the second processing is executed before the certification processing is completed,

wherein the control unit performs control such that, in the case where the instruction to execute the first processing is
given before the certification processing is completed, and the first processing is not executed before the certification
processing is completed, the first processing is executed if certification is successful after the certification processing
is completed.

US Pat. No. 9,438,887

DEPTH MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A depth measurement apparatus comprising:
an image signal acquisition unit configured to acquire a first image signal from a first viewpoint and a second image signal
from a second viewpoint;

a correlation value acquisition unit configured to calculate, with respect to a plurality of shift amounts, a correlation
value between the first image signal in a depth detection region and the second image signal in a region obtained by shifting
the depth detection region;

a provisional shift amount acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of provisional shift amounts on the basis of
the correlation value;

an image restoration unit configured to subject, for each of the plurality of provisional shift amounts, at least one of the
first image signal and the second image signal to image restoration using an image restoration filter corresponding to each
of the plurality of provisional shift amounts;

a contrast analysis unit configured to analyze a contrast change resulting from image restoration processing by the image
restoration unit; and

a depth determination unit configured to determine depths with respect to a plurality of pixels in the depth detection region
on the basis of a result of contrast analysis by the contrast analysis unit, wherein

the provisional shift amount acquisition unit determines a first shift amount at which an extreme value of the correlation
value is given, divides a first range, which is a range of a predetermined shift amount including the first shift amount,
into a plurality of second ranges in order to acquire a provisional shift amount for each of the second ranges.

US Pat. No. 9,432,606

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT HAVING IMAGE PICKUP PIXEL AND FOCUS DETECTION PIXEL AND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element including a reference region, a plurality of first image pickup pixel portions that perform a photoelectric
conversion and a plurality of second pixel portions that are formed so that an opening region of a photoelectric conversion
area corresponding to a microlens for the second pixel portion is smaller than an opening region of a photoelectric conversion
area corresponding to a microlens for the first image pickup pixel portion; and

a signal processor configured to perform a shading correction for a pixel signal from the image pickup element,
wherein, in an output mode, the image pickup element generates and outputs a first pixel signal by combining signals from
the plurality of first image pickup pixel portions, and generates and outputs a second pixel signal without combining a signal
from the second pixel portions, and

wherein, in the output mode, the signal processor performs a first correction for the first pixel signal and the second pixel
signal using shading correction data based on a pixel signal from the reference region, and performs a second correction only
for the second pixel signal using additional shading correction data different from the shading correction data in the first
correction.

US Pat. No. 9,430,825

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR ANALYZING RETINA LAYERS OF AN EYE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, which analyzes retina layers of an eye to be examined, comprising:
one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which,
when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to:

extract a feature amount, which represents an anatomical feature in the eye to be examined from a fundus image of the eye
to be examined;

detect structures of the retina layers in a tomogram of the retina layers, wherein the tomogram corresponds to the fundus
image;

extract information of a shape of at least one retina layer based on the detected structures of the retina layers;
determine whether the anatomical feature includes a first morbid portion or a blood vessel based on the feature amount and
to determine whether or not the anatomical feature includes an age-related macular degeneration as a second morbid portion
based on the information of the shape;

decide at least one layer including a retinal pigment epithelium layer from the retina layers according to the determination
of whether the anatomical feature includes the first morbid portion or the blood vessel; and

modify the decided at least one layer and estimate, in a case where the anatomical feature includes the second morbid portion,
a normal structure of the retinal pigment epithelium layer.

US Pat. No. 9,429,866

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a charger that charges the photosensitive member;
an optical scanning apparatus configured to scan the photosensitive member with a light beam output from a light source when
a driving current modulated based on image information is supplied to the light source;

a developer configured to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive member by scanning of the light
beam by the optical scanning apparatus to form an image on the photosensitive member, and

a control unit configured to control the optical scanning apparatus,
wherein the optical scanning apparatus comprises:
the light source configured to output the light beam having a light power dependent on a value of the driving current;
a detection unit configured to detect the light power of the light beam output from the light source;
a capacitor configured to hold a voltage;
a charging unit configured to charge the capacitor, and
a comparison unit configured to compare a voltage corresponding to the light power detected by the detection unit with a reference
voltage corresponding to the target light power,

wherein the control unit is configured to control the charging unit so that the capacitor is charged by the charging unit
and configured to control the value of the driving current,

wherein the control unit is configured to control the charging unit so that the capacitor is charged by the charging unit
in a state where the driving current is not supplied to the light source, to control the charging unit based on a detection
result of the detection unit so that the voltage held in the capacitor is controlled from the voltage of the capacitor charged
in the state where the driving current is not supplied to the light source, and to control the value of the driving current
based on the voltage held in the capacitor controlled by the control unit,

wherein the control unit is configured to control the value of the driving current such that the light power of the light
beam is controlled to a target light power, by changing the voltage of the capacitor based on a comparison result of the comparison
unit such that the voltage corresponding to the light power detected by the detection unit approaches the reference voltage,

wherein the control unit is configured to start to supply the driving current to the light source after the capacitor is charged
to a predetermined voltage by the charging unit in a turn-off state of the light source before light beam scans the photosensitive
member, and

when starting to supply the driving current to the light source, the control unit is configured to decide the driving current
to be supplied to the light source based on the predetermined voltage to which the capacitor is charged by the charging unit
in the turn-off state.

US Pat. No. 9,427,870

ROBOTICS APPARATUS, ROBOT CONTROL METHOD, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robotics apparatus, comprising:
a first link pivotably connected at a first joint with regard to a base portion;
a second link pivotably connected at a second joint with regard to the first link;
a first driving source configured to drive the first link about the first joint;
a second driving source configured to drive the second link about the second joint;
a third driving source configured to simultaneously drive the first link about the first joint and the second link about the
second joint; and

a control unit configured to respectively control driving forces of the first driving source, a driving force of the second
driving source and a driving force of the third driving source, based on a first driving-force command value for the first
driving source, a second driving-force command value for the second driving source, and a third driving-force command value
for the third driving source,

wherein the control unit executes:
target joint-angle generation processing for generating a first target joint angle for the first joint and a second target
joint angle for the second joint based on a target trajectory of a distal end of the second link;

setting processing for setting the third driving-force command value to a predetermined setting value;
first driving-force command value calculation processing for calculating the first driving-force command value based on the
third driving-force command value and the first target joint angle; and

second driving-force command value calculation processing for calculating the second driving-force command value based on
the third driving-force command value and the second target joint angle.

US Pat. No. 9,433,031

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

a storage unit that stores the acquired device information via the first radio communication unit;
a second radio communication unit that communicates with said another communication apparatus, using a different radio communication
system from that of the first radio communication unit;

a detection unit that, when a predetermined service is being executed with said another communication apparatus based on the
device information acquired by the first acquisition unit, detects a predetermined signal to stop executing of the predetermined
service via the second radio communication unit,

a determination unit that, if the detection unit detects the predetermined signal, determines whether device information,
included in the predetermined signal, regarding said another communication apparatus is included in the device information
which has been acquired via the first radio communication unit and has been stored in the storage unit; and

an execution unit that,
(i) if the device information, included in the predetermined signal, regarding said another communication apparatus is included
in the device information which has been acquired via the first radio communication unit and has been stored in the storage
unit, executes stop processing of the predetermined service, and,

(ii) if the device information, included in the predetermined signal, regarding said another communication apparatus is not
included in the device information which has been acquired via the first radio communication unit and has been stored in the
storage unit, does not execute the stop processing of the predetermined service.

US Pat. No. 9,427,150

OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical tomographic imaging apparatus configured to acquire a tomographic image of a subject's eye based on light generated
by combining return light from the subject's eye irradiated by measurement light via a first lens, and reference light corresponding
to the measurement light, the optical tomographic imaging apparatus comprising:
a scanning unit disposed on an optical path of the measurement light, and configured to scan the measurement light on a fundus
of the subject's eye;

a second lens disposed on the optical path of the measurement light between the scanning unit and the first lens;
a first optical path branching unit disposed on the optical path of the measurement light between the first lens and the second
lens, and configured to branch from the optical path of the measurement light to an optical path of an anterior eye observation
optical system for observing an anterior eye of the subject's eye; and

a second optical path branching unit disposed on the optical path of the measurement light between the first lens and the
second lens, and configured to branch from the optical path of the measurement light to an optical path of a fundus observation
optical system for observing the fundus,

wherein the optical path of the anterior eye observation optical system is located on a reflection optical path of the first
optical path branching unit,

wherein the optical path of the fundus observation optical system is located on a transmission optical path of the first optical
branching unit and a transmission optical path of the second optical path branching unit,

wherein the optical path of the measurement light is located on the transmission optical path of the first optical path branching
unit and a reflection optical path of the second optical path branching unit, and

wherein the second lens and the scanning unit are disposed such that an angle at which the measurement light scanned by the
scanning unit is incident on the first optical path branching unit and the second optical path branching unit is substantially
maintained.

US Pat. No. 9,432,596

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine a target pixel and a pixel used as a reference pixel among pixels of a pixel
array included in a predetermined area within a predetermined distance from the target pixel in RAW image data, the RAW image
data having arrayed pixel values of different color components; and

a generation unit configured to generate corrected image data by correcting a pixel value of the target pixel in the RAW image
data, based on a similarity between the target pixel and each reference pixel, wherein

the target pixel and each reference pixel have pixel values corresponding to one color component, and
the pixel determined as the reference pixel by the determination unit has a pixel value of the same color component as the
target pixel and the pixel array within a predetermined distance from the pixel determined as the reference pixel by the determination
unit is the same pixel array within a predetermined distance from the target pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,423,745

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to operate in a first power state and a second power state in which power consumption
is smaller than power consumption in the first power state, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a human;
a return unit configured to return the image forming apparatus from the second power state to the first power state;
an operation unit configured to receive a user operation; and
a power saving unit configured to shift the image forming apparatus from the first power state to the second power state based
on a lapse of a predetermined time without the operation unit receiving the user operation;

wherein, in a case where the operation unit does not receive the user operation in a time period between time when the return
unit returns the image forming apparatus from the second power state to the first power state and time when the detection
unit no longer detects a human, the power saving unit shifts the image forming apparatus from the first power state to the
second power state before the lapse of the predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 9,423,757

CONNECTOR FOR HEATER, FIXING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. An electrical female connector for supplying an electrical power to a heater as a male connector, said female connector
comprising:
an electrically insulative housing;
a first contact terminal provided inside said housing and having a first spring configured to contact a first electrode of
said heater and a second spring configured to contact a surface of said heater opposite to a surface on which said first electrode
is provided, and

a second contact terminal provided inside said housing and having a third spring configured to contact a second electrode
of said heater and a fourth spring configured to contact a surface of said heater opposite to a surface on which said second
electrode is provided,

wherein said first and second contact terminals are electrically independent from each other, and
wherein said first spring and said second spring overlap with each other in an urging direction of the first and second springs,
and said third spring and said fourth spring overlap with each other in an urging direction of the third and fourth springs,
in a state that said female connector is removed from said heater.

US Pat. No. 9,425,584

LASER DRIVE DEVICE THAT DRIVES LASER DIODE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A laser drive device that drives a laser diode, comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a light amount of a laser beam output from the laser diode;
a light amount control unit configured to control the light amount of the laser beam output from the laser diode to a plurality
of set light amounts by controlling a drive current supplied to the laser diode according to a detection output from said
detection unit;

a threshold current calculation unit configured to calculate a threshold current according to the detection output from said
detection unit and a drive current supplied to the laser diode; and

a control unit configured to switch and select the plurality of set light amounts, compare a plurality of threshold currents
with each other which are obtained from said threshold current calculation unit with respect to the plurality of set light
amounts, respectively, and determine a set light amount among the plurality of set light amounts as a determined set light
amount for use in light amount control of the laser diode according to whether a difference in threshold currents corresponding
to the determined set light amount and another set light amount among the plurality of set light amounts is not less than
a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,426,354

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensing apparatus comprising:
an image sensing unit configured to output data in which respective pixels of image signals of each frame correspond to light
beams having different pupil regions through which the light beams have passed in an imaging optical system;

at least one processor or circuit configured to perform the operations of the following units:
a display unit configured to perform a display of an image on a display;
a detection unit configured to detect a specific subject in the image;
a decision unit configured to decide a focal position at which the specific subject detected by the detection unit is focused
on;

a driving unit configured to decide a driving position of the focus lens based on the focal position decided by the decision
unit, and drive the focus lens to the driving position; and

a recording unit configured to record, on a recording medium moving data including a plurality of frames of the data output
from the image sensing unit after driving the focus lens by the driving unit;

wherein the decision unit generates, from the image signals of a frame of the data, a pair of images respectively corresponding
to light beams having passed through different pupil regions of the imaging optical system and calculates, for the decision
of the focal position, an image position shift between the pair of images.

US Pat. No. 9,426,375

LINE-OF-SIGHT DETECTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A line-of-sight detection apparatus, comprising:
an image sensor configured to obtain a face image;
a memory;
a processor in communication with the memory, configured to control:
an area setting unit configured to set an eye area in the face image obtained by the obtaining unit;
a determination unit configured to determine an eye type of the eye area set by the area setting unit;
a correction unit configured to correct luminance of the eye area so that a luminance image of eyes has an identical luminance
distribution regardless of color of an iris area in the eye area based on the eye type determined by the determination unit;

a feature extraction unit configured to extract a feature of the eye area in which the luminance has been corrected; and
a line-of-sight detection unit configured to detect a line of sight of a face in the face image, based on the feature of the
eye area extracted by the feature extraction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,421,765

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID DISCHARGING HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a liquid discharging head which includes a flow path forming member which has a discharge port
for discharging a liquid and a liquid flow path communicating with the discharge port, and a base body having a liquid supply
port which supplies the liquid flow path with the liquid, the base body having a heating portion for discharging the liquid,
the method comprising:
(1) forming a mold of the liquid flow path and a foundation member including a porous inorganic material over the base body,
the foundation member being of a single layer and having unevenness, wherein the foundation member does not serve an electrical
function for the heating portion;

(2) applying an organic resin over the base body so as to cover the mold and the foundation member to form the flow path forming
member, the organic resin permeating the unevenness;

(3) forming the discharge port in the flow path forming member and forming the liquid supply port in the base body; and
(4) removing the mold to form the liquid flow path,
wherein the thickness of the foundation member is greater than or equal to 30% and less than or equal to 90% of the thickness
of the flow path forming member.

US Pat. No. 9,411,128

AUTOMATIC FOCUSING APPARATUS WITH CYCLIC PATTERN DETERMINATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An automatic focusing apparatus, comprising:
a focus driver configured to drive a focus lens unit;
a focus position detector configured to detect a position of the focus lens unit;
a position deriving unit configured to derive a candidate in-focus position of the focus lens unit based on phase difference
information;

an image pickup unit configured to output picked-up image information obtained by photoelectrically converting an optical
image;

a focus state determining unit configured to determine a focus state based on the picked-up image information; and
a target position setting unit configured to set a target position towards which the focus lens unit is driven based on outputs
from the position deriving unit and the focus state determining unit,

wherein, when the position deriving unit derives a plurality of candidate in-focus positions, a focusing direction setting
unit sets a focusing direction to an infinite side or a close side based on a current position of the focus lens unit, and
the target position setting unit sets the target position based on a plurality of contrast evaluating values of the picked-up
image information, such that:

in a case that a current contrast evaluating value is higher than a previous contrast evaluating value, the target position
setting unit sets the target position to one of the plurality of candidate in-focus positions that is adjacent to the current
position of the focus lens unit and in the focusing direction, and

in a case that the current contrast evaluating value is the same or lower than the previous contrast evaluating value, the
target position setting unit sets the target position to the one of an infinity side end or a close side end which is in the
focusing direction, and

wherein the plurality of contrast evaluating values includes a contrast evaluating value obtained at a position that is not
included in the plurality of candidate in-focus positions.

US Pat. No. 9,413,979

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RECAPTURING AN IMAGE CAPTURED IN A MULTIPLE EXPOSURE SHOOTING MODE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a first receiving unit configured to receive a capturing instruction to capture an image in a multiple exposure shooting mode;
a generation unit configured to generate a second composite image by combining a first image captured according to the capturing
instruction received by the first receiving unit with a first composite image generated by combining a plurality of images;

a display control unit configured to display, on a display unit, the second composite image generated by the generation unit
as a quick review immediately after the first image is captured in response to the capturing instruction received by the first
receiving unit, and to switch during the quick review, display from the second composite image to the first composite image
in response to an operation by a user; and

a second receiving unit configured to receive a recapturing instruction to recapture the first image when the first composite
image is displayed on the display unit during the quick review,

wherein the display control unit is configured to display the first composite image and the second composite image in a playback
mode, and

wherein the display control unit is configured not to display an image that is captured before shifting to the multiple exposure
shooting mode except a base image if shifting to the playback mode is performed with one or more images captured in the multiple
exposure shooting mode, and is configured to display also an image that is captured before shifting to the multiple exposure
shooting mode if shifting to the playback mode is performed after the recapturing instruction is received by the second receiving
unit in a state where only one captured image is retained in the multiple exposure shooting mode.

US Pat. No. 9,409,429

BELT UNIT, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND BELT MEMBER EXCHANGING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A belt unit for use with an image forming apparatus, comprising:
a belt member;
a belt supporting unit including a plurality of supporting rollers, a pair of side units, attaching portions, and a connected
portion, wherein the plurality of supporting rollers are configured to support said belt member, the pair of side units are
configured to support end portions of each of the plurality of supporting rollers, the attaching portions are provided proximate
to positions where the pair of side units support the end portions of one of the supporting rollers, and the connected portion
is provided at an end of one of the side units; and

a cleaning unit, attached to said belt supporting unit in an attached position, configured to clean a deposited matter on
said belt member, said cleaning unit including attached portions, a connecting portion, and a contact portion, wherein the
attached portions are provided at longitudinal end portions, respectively, of said cleaning unit and are engaged with the
attaching portions, respectively, to mount said cleaning unit in the attached position, the connecting portion is provided
in a position different from each of the attached portions and proximate to a longitudinal central portion of said cleaning
unit and is connectable with the connected portion, and the contact portion is provided on an outer surface of said cleaning
unit and contacts a horizontal surface when said cleaning unit is placed on the horizontal surface so that a longitudinal
direction of said cleaning unit is directed in a horizontal direction, and

wherein, when said belt supporting unit is in a standing state in which one of the side units is directed downward and a direction
of rotation axis of the supporting rollers is directed in a vertical direction, said cleaning unit is placed on the horizontal
surface in a state in which the contact portion contacts the horizontal surface, and the connected portion and the connecting
portion are connected, said cleaning unit maintains said belt supporting unit in the standing state.

US Pat. No. 9,411,279

IMAGE FORMING AND FIXING APPARATUSES HAVING FIXING AND PRESSING ROTATING MEMBER AND RECTIFICATION ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus comprising:
a fixing rotating member, which includes an electrically conductive heating layer and a magnetic field generation unit that
generates an eddy current in the electrically conductive heating layer by generating a magnetic field, and generates heat
by the eddy current flowing in the electrically conductive heating layer;

an electric power supply unit that causes the magnetic field generation unit of the fixing rotating member to generate the
magnetic field by supplying electric power to the magnetic field generation unit;

a pressing rotating member, which is arranged opposite to the fixing rotating member, and, together with the fixing rotating
member, forms a pressing part that presses an un-fixed toner image to a sheet;

a first rectification element, which is connected between the electrically conductive heating layer of the fixing rotating
member and ground, and causes the surface of the fixing rotating member that contacts the un-fixed toner image to hold electric
charge with the same polarity as the charged polarity of the un-fixed toner image, the first rectification element being configured
to connect to the electrically conductive heating layer of the fixing rotating member via a first electrically conductive
brush;

a second rectification element, which is connected between the surface of the pressing rotating member that does not contact
the un-fixed toner image and ground, and causes the surface of the pressing-rotating member to hold electric charge with the
reverse polarity of the charged polarity of the un-fixed toner image, the second rectification element being configured to
connect the surface of the pressing rotating member via a second electrically conductive brush; and

a first electric potential adjusting element, which includes a transistor and is connected between the first rectification
element and ground, configured to vary and adjust the electric potential induced at the electrically conductive heating layer
due to behavior of the magnetic field generation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,402,586

STEREO X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS AND STEREO X-RAY IMAGING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

13. The imaging method according to claim 12,
wherein the imaging method is a stereo imaging method, and
wherein the imaging method further comprises causing the display unit to stereoscopically display the second image and a combination
image obtained from a combination of the first image and the second image.

US Pat. No. 9,405,212

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH MALFUNCTION DETECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a light emitting member that includes a first emission portion to which drive current is supplied and from which first laser
light is emitted;

a photoreceptor to which the first laser light is emitted;
a detection portion that detects a value related to a surface potential of the photoreceptor;
a determination portion that determines an abnormality of the light emitting member;
a voltage applying portion that applies voltage to the photoreceptor; and
a notification portion that notifies a user that the voltage applying portion is in an abnormal state when a value, detected
by the detection portion, related to the surface potential of the photoreceptor to which the first laser light is emitted
is a value outside a first predetermined range and when a value, detected by the detection portion, related to the surface
potential of the photoreceptor to which the voltage is applied by the voltage applying portion is a value outside a second
predetermined range,

notifies the user that an optical component other than the light emitting member is in an abnormal state when a value, detected
by the detection portion, related to the surface potential of the photoreceptor to which the first laser light is emitted
is a value outside a first predetermined range and when a value, detected by the detection portion, related to the surface
potential of the photoreceptor to which the voltage is applied by the voltage applying portion is a value within a second
predetermined range and the determination portion does not determine that the light emitting member is in an abnormal state,
and

notifies the user that the light emitting member is in the abnormal state when a value, detected by the detection portion,
related to the surface potential of the photoreceptor to which the first laser light is emitted is a value outside a first
predetermined range and when a value, detected by the detection portion, related to the surface potential of the photoreceptor
to which voltage is applied by the voltage applying portion is a value within a second predetermined range and when the determination
portion determines that the light emitting element is in the abnormal state, wherein

the detection portion detects, a plurality of times, a value related to the surface potential of a portion of the photoreceptor
to which the first laser light is emitted, and the determination portion determines whether the light emitting member is in
the abnormal state, based on a change amount of the value related to the surface potential detected by the detection portion.

US Pat. No. 9,398,220

SHAKE CORRECTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THEREOF, AND OPTICAL DEVICE MOUNTABLE ON IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A shake correction apparatus, comprising:
a shake detector configured to detect shaking;
a first optical correction device and a second optical correction device configured to optically perform image shake correction
using shake signals output from the shake detector; and

a controller configured to control at least one of the first optical correction device or the second optical correction device
to perform image shake correction,

wherein when a still image photographing operation is not performed, the controller controls a correction range of image shake
correction of the second optical correction device to be narrower than a predetermined value, and

wherein when the still image photographing operation is performed, the controller controls the correction range of image shake
correction of the second optical correction device to be wider than the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,396,756

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one hardware processor;
at least one memory storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one hardware processor, cause the at least one
hardware processor to function as:

an obtaining unit configured to obtain a moving image file generated by applying a first development process to RAW image
data;

a control unit configured to perform control of reproduction of the moving image file;
a development unit configured to be capable of developing RAW image data; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether a reproducing speed of the moving image file is less than or equal to
a predefined threshold,

wherein the control unit performs the control such that, if it is determined that the reproducing speed of the moving image
file is higher than the predefined threshold, the moving image file is reproduced at the reproducing speed, and such that,
if it is determined that the reproducing speed of the moving image file is less than or equal to the predefined threshold,
a second moving image file generated by applying a second development process to RAW image data corresponding to the moving
image file by the development unit is reproduced at the reproducing speed, and

wherein the second development process has a higher precision than the first development process.

US Pat. No. 9,389,538

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING TONER SUPPLY CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner supply system including a toner receiving apparatus and a toner supply container detachably mountable to said toner
receiving apparatus, said system comprising:
said toner supply container includes:
(i) a container body configured to contain toner;
(ii) a discharge port configured to permit discharging of the toner in said container body; and
(iii) a feeding portion configured to feed the toner in said container body toward said discharge port with a rotation of
said container body,

said toner receiving apparatus includes:
(i) a toner receiving portion configured to receive the toner from said toner supply container, which is in a set position,
through said discharge port;

(ii) a driving mechanism engageable with said container body to rotationally drive said container body; and
(iii) a regulating mechanism movable between a regulating position, where the rotation of said container body, which is in
the set position and is engaged with said driving mechanism, is regulated, and a releasing position, where regulation of rotation
of said container body, which is in the set position and is engaged with said driving mechanism, is released.

US Pat. No. 9,389,067

THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPE MEASURING APPARATUS, THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPE MEASURING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a captured image of the object on which a projection pattern is projected by a projection
unit; and

a derivation unit configured to derive a three-dimensional shape of the object based on the captured image,
wherein the projection pattern projected on the object by the projection unit includes a first pattern where luminance values
of pixels to form the first pattern continuously vary in a predetermined direction, and a second pattern having information
for identifying the first pattern in the captured image in an area between peaks of the luminance value in the first pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,390,354

METHOD FOR PRINTING AN UPSCALED IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of printing an transformed image corresponding to a source image, said method comprising:
determining at least a first scale factor to upscale said source image to generate said transformed image, said first scale
factor being at a first mathematical precision;

enlarging said source image along at least two orthogonal edges of said source image to form an enlarged area defining an
enlarged source image;

copying pixel data along the at least two orthogonal edges of the source image into the enlarged area of said enlarged source
image; and

mapping each pixel of said transformed image back to a corresponding pixel of the enlarged source image including the copied
pixel data along the at least two orthogonal edges of the source image.

US Pat. No. 9,391,443

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:
a first power supply configured to convert an input AC voltage into a first voltage, and output the first voltage;
a second power supply configured to convert the input AC voltage into a second voltage, and output the second voltage;
a switch configured to switch between a voltage supply state in which the input AC voltage is supplied to the second power
supply and a voltage cut-off state in which the input AC voltage is not supplied to the second power supply;

a state-switching unit configured to switch a state of the switch between the voltage supply state and the voltage cut-off
state according to a variation of the first voltage output from the first power supply; and

a detection unit configured to detect the input AC voltage,
wherein the first power supply is configured to cause decrease of the first voltage in a case where a value of the input AC
voltage detected by the detection unit is equal to or more than a predetermined value, and

wherein the state-switching unit is configured to switch a state of the switch from the voltage supply state to the voltage
cut-off state according to the decrease of the first voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,392,030

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DATA COMMUNICATION USING A CALL CONTROL SERVER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus configured to perform data communication using a call control server, comprising:
a first controller; and
a second controller,
wherein the second controller includes
a reception unit configured to receive an initiation request for a session,
a first response unit configured to perform first response for the initiation request that the reception unit has received,
and

an activation instruction unit configured to instruct activation of the first controller in response to reception of the initiation
request by the reception unit;

and wherein the first controller includes
a second response unit configured to perform second response subsequent to the first response after the first controller is
activated in response to the instruction by the activation instruction unit, and

a communication controller configured to perform data communication using a session established between the communication
controller and a partner device after the second response unit performs the second response.

US Pat. No. 9,379,570

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM TO OUTPUT WIRELESS POWER AND CHARGE BASED ON VALUE RELATING TO OUTPUT POWER AND EFFICIENCY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power output apparatus comprising:
an output unit that wirelessly outputs power to an electronic apparatus; and
a control unit that performs at least one of a first process and a second process, wherein the first process includes a process
for determining whether a change of a value, relating to a traveling wave of power output by the output unit and a reflected
wave of power output by the output unit, is equal to or more than a first predetermined value, wherein the second process
includes a process for determining whether an efficiency is equal to or more than a second predetermined value, wherein the
efficiency is obtained according to power output by the power output unit and power received by the electronic apparatus,
and

wherein the control unit causes the output unit to output charging power for causing the electronic apparatus to charge a
battery in response to a change of a value, relating to a traveling wave of power output by the output unit and a reflected
wave of power output by the output unit, not being equal to or more than the first predetermined value and the efficiency
being equal to or more than the second predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,370,303

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
an aberration measurement unit configured to measure an aberration of a subject's eye;
a positional relationship change unit configured to change a positional relationship between the subject's eye and an optical
system including the aberration measurement unit in a first irradiation state of an anterior eye of the subject's eye with
measurement light; and

an irradiation state change unit configured to change an irradiation state of the anterior eye of the subject's eye with the
measurement light from the first irradiation state to a second irradiation state for correcting the aberration of the subject's
eye based on a measurement result of the aberration measurement unit.

US Pat. No. 9,370,946

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a feeding roller configured to feed a printing sheet stacked on a stacking unit;
a conveyance roller configured to convey the printing sheet fed by said feeding roller;
a printing unit configured to print on the printing sheet conveyed by said conveyance roller;
a conveyance control unit configured to control conveyance of printing sheets so that a trailing edge of a preceding sheet
as a printing sheet precedingly fed from the stacking unit and a leading edge of a succeeding sheet as a printing sheet succedingly
fed from the stacking unit overlap each other;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the leading edge of the succeeding sheet overlaps the trailing edge of
the preceding sheet; and

a delay unit configured to delay conveyance of the preceding sheet when said determination unit determines that the leading
edge of the succeeding sheet does not overlap the trailing edge of the preceding sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,373,532

GUIDE APPARATUS, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A guide apparatus comprising:
a guide member located above a surface of a base;
a movable member movable along longitudinal direction of the guide member; and
a plurality of plate members connected to the movable member,
wherein the plurality of plate members are disposed spaced apart from each other along the longitudinal direction, with a
gap therebetween, and each have an end disposed facing the surface of the base, with a gap between the end and the surface
of the base, and

wherein the guide member is disposed to not intervene between the ends of the plurality of plate members and the surface of
the base.

US Pat. No. 9,373,800

ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT HAVING LITHIUM—BORON COMPLEX

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising an organic light emitting element comprising:
a pair of electrodes; and
an organic compound layer arranged between the pair of electrodes,
wherein the organic compound layer contains a lithium complex compound represented by the following general formula [1]:

in the formula [1], R1 to R16 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a cyano group, an alkyl group that may be substituted with fluorine,
an alkoxy group that may be substituted with fluorine, or a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group.

US Pat. No. 9,367,002

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND FIXING UNIT ATTACHABLE TO IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus main body to which a first fixing unit having a heater corresponding to a 100 V series commercial power supply
and a second fixing unit having a heater corresponding to a 200 V series commercial power supply are exchangeably attachable;
and

a current detecting circuit provided in the apparatus main body, the current detecting circuit detecting current fed to the
heater in the first fixing unit or the second fixing unit attached to the apparatus main body,

wherein an unfixed image formed on a recording material is fixed to the recording material with heat from the heater in the
first fixing unit or the second fixing unit attached to the apparatus main body,

wherein the current detecting circuit detects current fed to the heater through a current transformer that includes a primary
side and a secondary side,

wherein at least one of the first fixing unit and the second fixing unit has a part of the current detecting circuit provided
in the secondary side of the current transformer, and

wherein the apparatus main body has a first connector configured to connect the commercial power supply and the heater in
the first fixing unit or the second fixing unit, and a second connector configured to connect the part of the current detecting
circuit provided in the secondary side of the current transformer and the current detecting circuit provided in the secondary
side of the current transformer provided in the apparatus main body.

US Pat. No. 9,369,067

VIBRATIONAL WAVE DRIVING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibrational wave driving apparatus comprising:
a plate-shaped electromechanical energy transducing member including a first surface and a second surface that is opposite
the first surface;

an elastic member attached to the electromechanical energy transducing member on a side of the second surface of the electromechanical
energy transducing member;

a pair of electrodes provided on the first surface and the second surface, respectively, of the electromechanical energy transducing
member;

a voltage applying unit configured to apply a voltage to the pair of electrodes;
a wiring unit connecting the pair of electrodes and the voltage applying unit; and
a driven body configured to be pressure contacted with the elastic member,
wherein the driven body is relatively driven by mechanical vibration of the elastic member generated when an alternating voltage
is applied to the pair of electrodes,

wherein the wiring unit includes a pair of wiring portions connected to the pair of electrodes, respectively,
wherein the pair of wiring portions includes a pair of film-like bases and a pair of conductors formed on surfaces of the
pair of film-like bases, and

wherein the pair of wiring portions is arranged such that the pair of conductors overlaps each other through insulating layers.

US Pat. No. 9,360,836

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a printing unit;
a processing unit configured to control the printing unit;
a cooling unit configured to cool the processing unit, the cooling unit being different from another cooling unit for cooling
the printing unit;

a receiving unit configured to receive a print job for causing the printing unit to perform print processing; and
a control unit configured to perform, if the receiving unit receives the print job when the image forming apparatus is in
a power saving state in which power supply to the printing unit is stopped, control such that the cooling unit cools the processing
unit based on temperature information of the processing unit, after power is supplied to the printing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,357,032

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF RESTRICTING DESTINATION OF TRANSMISSION BY AUTHENTICATED USER, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus having a transmission function for transmitting data to another apparatus using a transmission
protocol, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a plurality of units comprising instructions for execution on the processor, the plurality of units including:
a storage unit configured to store a plurality of destination addresses of the transmission protocol;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a destination address of an authenticated user;
a setting unit configured to configure a setting such that transmission using the destination address acquired by the acquisition
unit is permitted, and transmission using other destination addresses than the destination address acquired by the acquisition
unit is inhibited;

a receiving unit configured to receive a display request of an address book from a user;
a display control unit configured to permit, in a case where the setting is not configured by the setting unit and the receiving
unit receives the display request of the address book, a display unit to display the destination address acquired by the acquisition
unit and destination addresses other than the destination address acquired by the acquisition unit among the plurality of
destination addresses which are stored by the storage unit; and

an accepting unit configured to accept, from a user, selection of a destination address from among destination addresses displayed
by the display unit,

wherein, the display control unit permits, in a case where the setting is configured by the setting unit and the receiving
unit receives the display request of the address book, the display unit to display the destination address acquired by the
acquisition unit, and inhibits the display unit to display destination addresses other than the destination address acquired
by the acquisition unit among the plurality of destination addresses which are stored by the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,357,086

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a storage unit configured to store data;
a processor; and
a memory coupled to the processor, wherein the memory includes instructions executable by the processor to:
register addresses including at least a first address of the storage unit and a second address of an external device;
display, by a display unit, the registered addresses in a selectable form;
select an address from the displayed addresses;
transfer data, which has been received from a facsimile device, to the storage unit or the external device connected to the
communication apparatus over a network, wherein the data is transferred to the selected address;

set a server function to be enabled or disabled, the server function allowing a client to access the storage unit over the
network; and

determine, upon the server function being set to be disabled, the first address of the storage unit and then control the display
unit to display the registered addresses except the first address.

US Pat. No. 9,354,551

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container comprising:
a developer discharging chamber provided with a discharge opening configured to permit discharging of developer;
a developer accommodating chamber configured to accommodate the developer, said developer accommodating chamber being rotatable
relative to said developer discharging chamber;

a gear portion configured and positioned to receive a rotational force for rotating said developer accommodating chamber;
a pump portion configured and positioned to act upon at least said developer discharging chamber to discharge the developer,
said pump portion having a volume that changes with reciprocation; and

a drive converting portion configured and positioned to convert the rotational force received by said gear portion to a force
for operating said pump portion.

US Pat. No. 9,354,556

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrying member that carries a toner image;
a transfer unit that includes
a transfer member configured to transfer the toner image from the image carrying member to a recording material,
a first separating portion configured to separate an end of the transfer member that is on one side from the image carrying
member, and

a second separating portion configured to separate an end of the transfer member that is on another side from the image carrying
member;

an engaging unit that includes
a first engaging portion configured to engage with the first separating portion, and
a second engaging portion configured to engage with the second separating portion,
the engaging unit being configured to separate the transfer member from the image carrying member when the first engaging
portion engages with the first separating portion and the second engaging portion engages with the second separating portion;
and

a regulating member configured to regulate a movement of the engaging unit,
wherein the engaging unit is moved by the regulating member from the one side toward the other side or from the other side
toward the one side.

US Pat. No. 9,357,134

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus having an image sensing function, the electronic apparatus comprising:
a first operation unit including one or more buttons;
a second operation unit including a touch panel; and
a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a performing unit configured to perform a first function and a second function which is different from the first function,
wherein the first function is able to be performed in accordance with each of an operation to the first operation unit and
an operation to the second operation unit, and the second function is able to be performed in accordance with each of an operation
to the first operation unit and an operation to the second operation unit; and

a display control unit configured to control a display to display items to perform functions if the items are selected by
an operation to the first operation unit or the second operation unit;

wherein the display control unit controls the display to display first operational display items including an item, which
is able to be selected by an operation to the first operation unit and which causes the electronic apparatus to perform the
second function, based on an operation, by which the first function is performed, to the first operation unit,

wherein the display control unit controls the display to display second operational display items including an item, which
is able to be selected by an operation to the second operation unit and which causes the electronic apparatus to perform the
second function, based on an operation, by which the first function is performed, to the second operation unit,

wherein performing the second function by the performing unit in accordance with an operation to the second operation unit
is restricted while the first operational display items are displayed on the display, and

wherein performing the second function by the performing unit in accordance with an operation to the first operation unit
is restricted while the second operational display items are displayed on the display.

US Pat. No. 9,354,577

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a developing device for developing an electrostatic latent image, formed on said image bearing member, with a toner;
a supplying device for supplying the toner to said developing device depending on a consumption amount of a developer; and
a controller capable of executing an operation in a forced consumption mode in which the toner is forcedly consumed by said
developing device, wherein said controller includes:

a difference calculating portion for calculating a difference between a consumption value depending on an amount of the toner
consumed every predetermined unit of image formation and a reference value set for the predetermined unit; and

an integrating portion for integrating the difference to obtain an integrated value,
wherein when the integrated value is larger than a predetermined threshold, said controller executes the operation in the
forced consumption mode so that the toner is consumed in an amount corresponding to a value obtained by multiplying the predetermined
threshold by a coefficient of less than 1,

wherein when the operation in the forced consumption mode is executed, said integrating portion sets, at a reset value, a
value obtained by subtracting the value, obtained by multiplying the predetermined threshold by the coefficient, from the
integrated value at the time when the operation is executed, and

wherein after the operation in the forced consumption mode is executed, said controller executes the operation in the forced
consumption mode every time when an integrated value obtained by integrating the reset value and the difference is larger
than the predetermined threshold.