US Pat. No. 9,432,544

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of function units;
a control unit configured to control the plurality of function units;
a reception unit configured to receive an instruction for causing the image forming apparatus to return from a sleep state
in which power supply to the control unit is stopped to a stand-by state in which power is supplied to the control unit;

a setting unit configured to set, by a user, an initial screen to be displayed when the reception unit receives the instruction;
and

a power control unit configured to, when the reception unit receives the instruction, supply power to the control unit and
not to supply power to the plurality of units in a case where the initial screen, which is displayed when the reception unit
receives the instruction, is set to a menu screen for selecting a certain function from among a plurality of functions, and
supply power to the control unit and to one of the plurality of function units associated with a function screen in a case
where the initial screen, which is displayed when the reception unit receives the instruction, is set to the function screen.

US Pat. No. 9,415,958

DRAWING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drawing apparatus used for an image forming apparatus and in combination with a unit and an apparatus body for drawing
the unit loadable to and pullable from the apparatus body into a predetermined position of the apparatus body, comprising:
an elastic member disposed in the apparatus body;
an engaging unit disposed on the elastic member;
an engaged unit disposed on the unit and configured to engage with the engaging unit;
two end supporting units disposed in the apparatus body and configured to support both ends to bend the elastic member, and
wherein when the unit is loaded on the apparatus body, the engaging unit engages with the engaged unit and the unit is drawn
to the predetermined position of the apparatus body by deforming the elastic member from a state being bent so that the engaging
unit is at a first side with respect to a line connecting both ends of the elastic member to a state being bent so that the
engaging unit is at a second side that is an opposite side to the first side with respect to the line connecting both ends
of the elastic member.

US Pat. No. 9,413,928

DUST REMOVAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A dust removal apparatus comprising:
a vibrating plate;
at least one piezoelectric element provided on a surface of the vibrating plate;
a power supply that applies the piezoelectric element with an alternating voltage; and
a control circuit that changes a frequency of the alternating voltage,
wherein the piezoelectric element includes at least a first electrode, a piezoelectric material, and a second electrode,
wherein a phase transition temperature T from a first crystal phase to a second crystal phase of the piezoelectric material
is in a range of ?40° C.?T?85° C.,

wherein the change of the frequency is a change for repeating a frequency sweep operation from a first frequency to a second
frequency, and

wherein, when a frequency at which an audible vibration is generated during the sweep operation is set as fns, a frequency
at which the audible vibration is ended is set as fne, and a changing time from the frequency fns to the frequency fne during
the sweep operation is set as ?tn, a relationship of ?tn?10 ms is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,413,355

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a programmable processing unit configured to change a circuit configuration by a configuration;
a first processor connected to the programmable processing unit;
a second processor connected to the programmable processing unit; and
a memory coupled to the first processor and the second processor, storing instructions that, when executed, cause:
the first processor to provide a first instruction to cause the programmable processing unit to perform a first configuration
for a first job to be processed by the first processor, and to process the first job by means of the programmable processing
unit which has changed the circuit configuration according to the first instruction;

the first processor to provide a second instruction to cause the programmable processing unit to perform a second configuration
for a second job to be processed by the second processor; and

the second processor to process the second job by means of the programmable processing unit which has changed the circuit
configuration according to the second instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,406,156

APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING ARRANGEMENT OF EACH IMAGE WHEN ARRANGING ONE OR MORE IMAGES, AND METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image arrangement apparatus comprising:
an association unit configured to associate, for a plurality of images represented by image data, image data with an arrangement
reference point through an image reference point of the image data, wherein a number of arrangement reference points disposed
in a collage region is equal to or more than the number of images to be arranged in the collage region;

a setting unit configured to set, in the collage region and for each image data, an image reference point arrangement region
based on a size of the image represented by the image data associated with the arrangement reference point and based on a
position of the arrangement reference point associated with the image reference point of the image data;

a generation unit configured to generate a collage image of the plurality images for display on a display unit, wherein, for
each of the plurality of images, the generation unit positions an image reference point of the image data within the image
reference point arrangement region associated with the image data to arrange each image of the plurality of images in the
collage region; and

at least one processor, wherein the at least one processor implements the association unit, the setting unit, and the generation
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,405,193

IMPRINT APPARATUS, IMPRINT METHOD AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus for forming a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate by using a mold, the imprint apparatus
comprising:
a substrate stage configured to hold the substrate;
a dispense unit configured to dispense the imprint material on the substrate;
an irradiation unit configured to irradiate an energy beam that cures the imprint material;
a receiving unit configured to receive an imprint material that is dummy dispensed from the dispense unit; and
a controller configured to cause the dummy dispensed imprint material to be irradiated by an energy beam from the irradiation
unit without bringing the dummy dispensed imprint material into contact with the mold.

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. 9,405,092

CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:
a first focus detection processor configured to perform focus detection by a phase difference method based on an image signal
obtained from an image pickup element;

a second focus detection processor configured to perform focus detection by a contrast method; and
a control processor configured to perform focusing,
wherein the control processor is configured to:
perform the focusing, in a first mode, by using a detection result of the first focus detection processor, and
perform the focusing, in a second mode, by selectively using one of the detection result of the first focus detection processor
and a detection result of the second focus detection processor according to lens information,

wherein the first mode is a mode in which the focusing is repeated, and the second mode is a mode in which a lens is stopped
after the focusing,

wherein the control processor, in the second mode, is configured to:
perform the focusing by using the first focus detection processor when the lens information is first information, and
perform the focusing by using the second focus detection processor when the lens information is second information,
wherein the first information is information indicating that a lens apparatus has a predetermined in-focus accuracy for the
focus detection by the phase difference method, and

wherein the second information is information indicating that the lens apparatus does not have the predetermined in-focus
accuracy for the focus detection by the phase difference method.

US Pat. No. 9,391,227

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing method of a semiconductor device, comprising:
preparing a semiconductor substrate, the semiconductor substrate including a first region having a plurality of photoelectric
conversion portions formed thereon, and a second region having an element included in a circuit configured to process signals
from the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions formed thereon, wherein a first insulator is formed on the semiconductor
substrate, the first insulator including a first part arranged on the first region and a second part arranged on the second
region;

forming a plurality of openings in the first insulator such that the plurality of openings are respectively superposed on
the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions;

forming a second insulator in the plurality of openings on the first part of the first insulator and the second part of the
first insulator after forming the plurality of openings;

removing a part of the second insulator arranged on the second region;
planarizing the second insulator after removing the part of the second insulator;
removing the second insulator arranged on the second region to expose the first insulator;
forming a third insulator on the first region and the second region so that the third insulator contacts with the first insulator
after planarizing the second insulator; and

forming a through-hole in a part of the third insulator and a part of the first insulator arranged on the second region,
wherein no planarization with grinding is performed on the third insulator in a period after the third insulator is formed
and before the through-hole is formed, and

wherein the second insulator is made of a material different from a material of the first insulator.

US Pat. No. 9,379,520

SURFACE EMITTING LASER AND OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A surface emitting laser, comprising:
a first reflector;
a semiconductor cavity including an active layer; and
a second reflector,
the first reflector, the semiconductor cavity, and the second reflector, which are formed in the stated order,
wherein a gap portion is formed between the first reflector and a semiconductor layer,
wherein a cavity length is tunable,
wherein the surface emitting laser has a high reflectivity structure formed between the gap portion and the semiconductor
cavity, and

wherein (?/2)×m+?/8 into an optical thickness in a case of no phase change in optical reflection at a first interface that is at a first reflector
side of the semiconductor cavity and at a second interface that is at a second reflector side of the semiconductor cavity,
m is an integer of 1 or larger, and ? is a center wavelength of laser oscillation.

US Pat. No. 9,377,740

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS SUPPLYING TONER BASED ON TONER DENSITY OF DEVELOPER CONTAINED IN CONTAINING UNIT AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit including a containing unit configured to contain a developer including toner, and configured to form
an image based on image data by using the toner contained in the containing unit;

a supply unit configured to supply the toner into the containing unit;
a consumption amount calculation unit configured to calculate, based on information related to a density of an image corresponding
to the image data, a consumption amount of the toner consumed in the containing unit in a case where the image forming unit
forms the image;

a detection unit configured to detect a toner density of the developer contained in the containing unit;
a correction amount calculation unit configured to calculate, based on the information related to the density of the image
corresponding to the image data and the toner density detected by the detection unit, a correction amount by which the consumption
amount calculated by the consumption amount calculation unit is corrected; and

a controller configured to control the supply unit based on the consumption amount calculated by the consumption amount calculation
unit and the correction amount calculated by the correction amount calculation unit,

wherein the correction amount calculation unit includes:
a first calculation unit configured to calculate a difference between the toner density detected by the detection unit and
a target value of the toner density of the developer contained in the containing unit, and

a second calculation unit configured to calculate a cumulative value of the difference calculated by the first calculation
unit and correct the cumulative value of the difference based on the information related to the density of the image corresponding
to the image data,

wherein the correction amount calculation unit calculates the correction amount based on the difference calculated by the
first calculation unit and the cumulative value of the difference corrected by the second calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,372,327

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power; and
a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein each lens unit moves so that a distance between adjacent lens units changes during zooming,
wherein the third lens unit includes a plurality of lenses, including a positive meniscus lens G3i having a concave surface,

wherein the positive meniscus lens G3i, among all of the lenses included in the third lens unit, is disposed closest to the image side, and with the concave surface
thereof disposed closest to the image side, and

wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.03
0.02
where R3i2 is a radius of curvature of the concave surface on the image side of the positive meniscus lens G3i, R3i1 is a radius of curvature of a lens surface on the object side of the positive meniscus lens G3i, and ft is a focal length of the zoom lens at a telephoto end.

US Pat. No. 9,367,003

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS INCLUDING OVERHEATING PREVENTING ELEMENT CONFIGURED TO INTERRUPT ELECTRICAL POWER SUPPLY TO HEATER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a rotatable cylindrical belt;
a heater, provided inside said belt, configured to heat said belt;
an overheating preventing element, including a circuit which is opened when an abnormal temperature rise occurs, configured
to interrupt electrical power supply to said heater; and

a stay made by metal, provided inside said belt, configured to impart rigidity to said image heating apparatus,
wherein said overheating preventing element is provided inside said belt, and
wherein said overheating preventing element detects a temperature of a surface of said stay opposite from a surface irradiated
with radiant light from said heater.

US Pat. No. 9,367,006

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS INCLUDING A COVERING MEMBER CONFIGURED TO COVER AN ELECTRODE PORTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a replaceable endless belt configured to heat a toner image on a sheet in a nip portion, an inner surface of said endless
belt being coated with a lubricant;

a rotatable member configured to form the nip cooperatively with said endless belt;
a back-up member provided in said endless belt and configured to back-up said endless belt to sandwich said endless belt cooperatively
with said rotatable member;

a heater provided on said back-up member and configured to heat said endless belt;
an electrode portion provided on said back-up member and configured to be electrically connected with said heater;
a detachable connector configured to supply electric power to said heater through said electrode portion;
a covering member configured to cover said electrode portion when said endless belt is pulled out from said back-up member
in a state that said connector is detached from said back-up member; and

a film insertion facilitation member, abuttable with said endless belt, configured to facilitate insertion of a new replacement
endless belt replacing the replaceable endless belt by interrelating a movement of said covering member from a first position
for permitting a connection between said connector and said electrode portion to a second position for covering said electrode
portion with an inserting operation of the new replacement endless belt.

US Pat. No. 9,369,601

IMAGE READING APPARATUS HAVING A FLEXIBLE FLAT CABLE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a platen configured to hold a document placed on the platen;
an image reading unit configured to be movable under the platen, to receive light reflected by the document placed on the
platen, and to output an image signal;

a flexible flat cable configured to transfer the image signal output from the image reading unit; and
a holding member configured to hold the flexible flat cable and detachably attached to the image reading unit, the holding
member including a fixing portion configured to fix the flexible flat cable before the holding member is attached to the image
reading unit;

wherein the image reading unit includes a connection portion to which the flexible flat cable is connected, and, when the
image reading unit is moved, a curvature portion of the flexible flat cable is formed opposite the connection portion across
the image reading unit in a direction in which the image reading unit is moved,

wherein the fixing portion fixes the flexible flat cable such that a position of a curvature portion side of the flexible
flat cable is away from a position of a connection portion side of the flexible flat cable held by the holding member, in
a direction orthogonal to the direction in which the image reading unit is moved and in a direction orthogonal to a vertical
direction, and

wherein the curvature portion of the flexible flat cable is arranged outside a reading area of the image reading unit in the
direction orthogonal to the direction in which the image reading unit is moved and in the direction orthogonal to the vertical
direction.

US Pat. No. 9,360,815

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, WORK SUPPORT METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, STORAGE MEDIUM AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a detector configured to detect an event which relates to an image formation;
a memory configured to store a plurality of moving images which are prepared for respective work units;
a display device configured to play a moving image; and
a controller configured to control to selectively switch a playing pattern between a first playing pattern and a second playing
pattern based on content of the event detected by the detector, wherein,

in the first playing pattern, after playing of the moving image of the plurality of moving images corresponding to the detected
event is completed, the moving image is paused, and playing of a next moving image is started upon receiving a play instruction
from a user, and

in the second playing pattern, after playing of the moving image of the plurality of moving images corresponding to the detected
event is completed, the moving image is not paused, and the next moving image is continuously played.

US Pat. No. 9,363,428

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

19. A detection apparatus comprising:
an acceleration detection unit configured to detect acceleration applied to the detection apparatus; and
a control unit configured to control a predetermined function to be performed in a case where, after the acceleration detected
by the acceleration detection unit reaches a first threshold value and then reaches a second threshold value which has an
opposite sign to a sign of the first threshold value and which is larger than the first threshold value in absolute value,
a period in which the acceleration is equal to or larger than an absolute value of a third threshold value, which has a same
sign as the sign of the second threshold value and which is smaller than the second threshold value in absolute value, is
in a predetermined range,

wherein the control unit is configured to use both the first threshold value and the second threshold value for determining
whether a swinging operation is performed or not, and

wherein the predetermined function is performed according to the swinging operation.

US Pat. No. 9,356,722

TIME SENSITIVE TRANSACTION OVER AN ASYNCHRONOUS SERIAL LINK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of controlling data transmission from a transmitting unit to a receiving unit, through an asynchronous serial
link, the method comprising the following steps, performed by a controlling unit:
sequentially receiving data messages and synchronization messages from the transmitting unit,
sequentially parsing the messages received, and
when a message parsed is a synchronization message, blocking relaying to the receiving unit, of the data messages following
said synchronization message, until an event associated with the synchronization message occurs,

wherein:
when a data message is preceded by a synchronization message, the data message is delivered to the receiving unit when the
event associated with the synchronization message occurs, and

when a data message is not preceded by a synchronization message, the data message is delivered immediately after reception,
without checking; or waiting for an event associated with the synchronization message to occur.

US Pat. No. 9,353,278

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE-RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink comprising:
a self-dispersible pigment;
a polyurethane polymer particle;
a surfactant;
a water-soluble organic solvent; and
water,
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;

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; and wherein the mass
ratio of the total content of the water-soluble organic solvents of the Group A to the total content of water-soluble organic
solvents other than the water-soluble organic solvents of Group A, based on the total mass of the ink, is 10 or more.

US Pat. No. 9,354,560

DRIVE TRANSMISSION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A drive transmission device comprising:
a first output gear and a second output gear which are rotatable about the same rotational axis; and
a single intermediary member to be rotated about the rotational axis by a driving source,
wherein said intermediary member is provided between said first output gear and said second output gear with respect to an
axial direction of the rotational axis,

wherein said intermediary member moves in a first axial direction of the rotational axis to rotate in engagement with said
first output gear when the driving source rotates in a first direction, and moves in a second axial direction of the rotational
axis opposite to the first axial direction to rotate in engagement with said second output gear when the driving source rotates
in a second direction opposite to the first direction, and

wherein said intermediary member includes a first ratchet tooth having a first ratchet surface for transmitting drive to said
first output gear and a second ratchet surface for moving said intermediary member toward said second output gear, and includes
a second ratchet tooth having a third ratchet surface for transmitting drive to said second output gear and a fourth ratchet
surface for moving said intermediary member toward said first output gear.

US Pat. No. 9,354,834

PRINTING WITH VIRTUAL PRINTER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which performs print output by using a real printer, comprising:
at least one processor functioning as:
a printer driver configured to generate print data to be printed by said real printer, based on image data received from an
application; and

a virtual printer configured to receive the print data generated by said printer driver, and perform output control to said
real printer,

said virtual printer comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information of said real printer by communicating with said real printer; and
a transmitting unit configured to transmit the print data based on the information of said real printer,
wherein said printer driver generates the print data by executing rendering processing on the image data based on the information
of said real printer obtained via said virtual printer.

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. 9,348,310

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. 9,343,650

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, MULTILAYERED PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS, ULTRASONIC MOTOR, OPTICAL EQUIPMENT, VIBRATION APPARATUS, DUST REMOVING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARAT

FUJI CHEMICAL CO., LTD., ...

1. A piezoelectric material, comprising a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by the following general formula (1) as
a main component, the piezoelectric material containing Mn in a content of 0.01 part by weight or more and 0.80 part by weight
or less with respect to 100 parts by weight of the perovskite-type metal oxide:
(Li?xNa?yK?zBa?Bi0.5?+?)a(Ti?+?Fe?)O3  (1)
where 0.800???0.999, 0???0.150, 0.001???0.050, ?+?+?=1, 0?x?0.050, 0.045?y?0.450, 0.045?z?0.450, 0.450?x+y+z?0.500, and 0.980?a?1.020.

US Pat. No. 9,327,931

CONTINUOUS ROLL SHEET HOLDING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a first flange which includes a first shaft portion and a first fixing portion, wherein the first shaft portion is configured
to be locked to a core of a continuous roll sheet and to be rotated with the continuous roll sheet relative to the first fixing
portion;

a second flange which includes a second shaft portion and a second fixing portion, wherein the second shaft portion is configured
to be locked to the core of the continuous roll sheet and to be rotated with the continuous roll sheet relative to the second
fixing portion; and

a supporting unit configured to support the continuous roll sheet, wherein the supporting unit abuts on the first fixing portion
and the second fixing portion, when the first shaft portion and the second shaft portion are inserted into both ends of the
core of the continuous roll sheet and locked to the core, and then the continuous roll sheet is dropped on the supporting
unit with the first flange and the second flange,

wherein the first flange further includes a driven portion configured to receive a drive,
and wherein, in a case where the driven portion receives the drive in a state in which the first shaft portion and the second
shaft portion are locked to the core and the first fixing portion and the second fixing portion abut on the supporting unit,
the first shaft portion and the second shaft portion are rotated relative to the first fixing portion and the second fixing
portion, and the continuous roll sheet is rotated with the first shaft portion and the second shaft portion and is pulled
out by the rotation.

US Pat. No. 9,324,164

IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF DEALING WITH HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image encoding apparatus for encoding a High Dynamic Range image, comprising:
an input unit configured to input the High Dynamic Range image of an encoding target;
a generating unit configured to generate, from the input High Dynamic Range image, a Low Dynamic Range image and difference
information representing a difference between the Low Dynamic Range image and the High Dynamic Range image;

an encoding unit configured to encode the Low Dynamic Range image generated by the generating unit;
a calculating unit configured to calculate, as Low Dynamic Range meta-data, information formed from data representing a feature
of the Low Dynamic Range image; and

a file generating unit configured to generate a High Dynamic Range encoded file by storing encoded data of the Low Dynamic
Range image generated by the encoding unit in a main encoded data storage region of a file structure for the Low Dynamic Range
image and storing the difference information and the Low Dynamic Range meta-data in a marker defined as a non-reference region
for a Low Dynamic Range image decoding apparatus in the file structure;

a memory storing a program; and
a processor configured to function as at least one of the units by executing the program stored in the memory,
wherein the calculating unit includes a reducing unit configured to generate one representative pixel from n×m pixels in the
Low Dynamic Range image, thereby generating a Low Dynamic Range reduced image from the representative pixel, wherein n and
m are each equal to or greater than 1,

wherein the encoding unit encodes the Low Dynamic Range reduced image as well, and
the file generating unit stores encoded data of the Low Dynamic Range reduced image in the marker as the Low Dynamic Range
meta-data and generates the High Dynamic Range encoded file.

US Pat. No. 9,324,010

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a first photosensitive drum on which a color toner image is to be formed;
a second photosensitive drum on which a black toner image is to be formed;
an intermediate transfer member onto which the color toner image and the black toner image are to be transferred;
a transfer portion configured to transfer, onto a sheet, a toner image transferred on the intermediate transfer member;
a fixing unit configured to fix, onto the sheet, the toner image transferred on the sheet;
a mechanism configured to switch the intermediate transfer member between a first state in which the intermediate transfer
member is in contact with the first photosensitive drum and the second photosensitive drum and a second state in which the
intermediate transfer member is separated from the first photosensitive drum and in contact with the second photosensitive
drum;

an operating portion configured to receive a user instruction including an instruction of image formation and an instruction
of setting of a color mode;

a detection portion configured to detect a user operation from which a start of the image formation is predicted; and
a control portion configured to:
control, in response to detection of the user operation by the detection portion, the mechanism in accordance with the set
color mode without waiting to receive the instruction of the image formation; and

start the image formation in response to the instruction of the image formation,
wherein the color mode includes a full-color mode and a monochrome mode, and
wherein the control portion is configured to:
control the mechanism so that the intermediate transfer member is put into the first state when the full-color mode is set;
control the mechanism so that the intermediate transfer member is put into the second state when the monochrome mode is set;
and

control, when the color mode is changed in response to the instruction of the setting of the color mode before receiving the
instruction of the image formation and after controlling the mechanism in accordance with the set color mode, the mechanism
in accordance with a changed color mode.

US Pat. No. 9,321,271

INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND RECOVERY METHOD FOR A PRINT HEAD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink jet printing apparatus comprising:
a conveying unit configured to convey a print medium in a first direction;
a print head having a plurality of nozzles for ejecting ink which are arrayed in a second direction intersecting with the
first direction; and

a preliminary ejection unit configured to cause the print head to eject ink from a plurality of nozzles so as to perform a
preliminary ejection operation, wherein

in a case where a range of nozzles of the print head to be used in a subsequent print operation is included in a range of
nozzles of the print head used in a previous print operation, the preliminary ejection unit causes the print head to perform
a first preliminary ejection operation in which ink is ejected from the nozzles to be used in the subsequent print operation,
and

in a case where the range of nozzles of the print head to be used in the subsequent print operation exceeds the range of nozzles
of the print head used in the previous print operation, the preliminary ejection unit causes the print head to perform a second
preliminary ejection operation in which ink is ejected from nozzles that will be newly used in the subsequent print operation,
the amount of the ink ejected from each of the nozzles in the second preliminary ejection operation being greater than the
amount of the ink ejected from each of the nozzles in the first preliminary ejection operation.

US Pat. No. 9,315,703

FIXING MEMBER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE MEMBER, FIXING DEVICE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A fixing member for electrophotography, comprising:
a base member;
an elastic layer containing a cured silicone rubber on the base member; and
a surface layer on the elastic layer,
wherein:
the elastic layer further contains a carbon nanotube;
when an elastic modulus of the elastic layer at 50° C. is defined as E50 and an elastic modulus of the elastic layer at 200°
C. is defined as E200, a ratio E200/E50 is from 0.5 to less than 1.0;

a peel adhesive strength between the elastic layer and the base member is from 3.0 N/cm to 20.0 N/cm; and
the elastic layer undergoes a cohesive failure in a peel test from the base member.

US Pat. No. 9,317,938

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a program for causing a computer to control an image processing
apparatus, the program causing the computer to function as
an input unit configured to input, as information indicating a bidirectional texture function image as a bidirectional distribution
function for each pixel of a target object, an average bidirectional reflectance distribution function within at least a partial
region of the bidirectional texture function image data, a power of the bidirectional reflectance distribution function of
each pixel of the bidirectional texture function image data, and a peak position of each pixel of the bidirectional texture
function image data; and

an image processing unit configured to execute image processing using the information input by the input unit,
wherein the image processing unit renders a CG image of the target object using the information indicating the bidirectional
texture function as a bidirectional distribution function for each pixel so as to increase rendering efficiency.

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. 9,315,683

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink for ink jet, comprising a first pigment and a second pigment, wherein
the first pigment is a self-dispersible pigment to a surface of a particle of which a first functional group containing a
phosphonic acid group is bonded; the second pigment is a self-dispersible pigment to a surface of a particle of which a second
functional group not containing a phosphonic acid group but containing an anionic group other than the phosphonic acid group,
and further containing another atomic group is bonded; and

the introduced amount of the functional group of the second pigment is 0.25 mmol/g or more,
wherein the introduced amount of the functional group of the first pigment is 0.10 mmol/g or more to 0.33 mmol/g or less.

US Pat. No. 9,311,862

BACKLIGHT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. A control method for controlling a light source apparatus comprising a first light source unit comprising light emitting
elements that provide white light illumination and a second light source unit comprising a first light emitting element, a
second light emitting element, and a third light emitting element having properties that differ from those of the light emitting
elements of the first light source unit and that provide white light illumination by color mixing, the method comprising:
activating the first light source unit by repeatedly illuminating in sequence the light emitting elements of the first light
source unit in each area of a plurality of partition areas of the first light source unit, while activating the second light
source unit by continuously illuminating the light emitting elements of the second light source unit in one frame period,
wherein each of the light emitting elements in a first partition area of the plurality of partition areas are illuminated
and extinguished prior to illuminating each of the light emitting elements in a second partition area of the plurality of
partition areas.

US Pat. No. 9,310,709

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING CALCULATING PORTION CONFIGURED TO CALCULATE SURFACE POTENTIAL OF IMAGE BEARING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear an image;
a charging member configured to charge said an image bearing member;
an exposure portion configured to expose the image bearing member to light in order to form a latent image on a surface of
the image bearing member;

a developing member configured to form a toner image by developing the latent image, with a toner, formed on the surface of
the image bearing member;

a transfer member configured to transfer the toner image from the image bearing member onto a sheet;
a current detecting portion configured to detect a current value of a current flowing between said transfer member and said
image bearing member when a voltage is applied to said transfer member;

a controller configured to discriminate, as a first discharge start voltage, a voltage applied to said transfer member when
the current value detected by said current detecting portion under application of a positive voltage relative to a reference
potential to said transfer member after the surface of said image bearing member is charged to the reference potential by
said charging member reaches a predetermined value, and configured to discriminate, as a second discharge start voltage, a
voltage applied to said transfer member when the current value detected by said current detecting portion under application
of a negative voltage relative to the reference potential to said transfer member reaches the predetermined value; and

a calculating portion configured to calculate, as a correction voltage, ½ of a sum of the first discharge start voltage and
the second discharge start voltage, wherein

said controller discriminates, as a third discharge start voltage, a voltage applied to said transfer member when the current
value detected by said current detecting portion under application of a positive voltage to said transfer member relative
to an exposed portion potential after the surface of said image bearing member is charged to a predetermined potential so
as to be a target potential during image formation by said charging member and then the surface of said image bearing member
is exposed to light by said exposure portion with an exposure amount during the image formation reaching a predetermined value,
and discriminates, as a fourth discharge start voltage, a voltage applied to said transfer member when the current value detected
by said current detecting portion under application of a negative-side voltage relative to the exposed portion potential to
said transfer member reaches the predetermined value,

said calculating portion calculates ½ of a sum of the third discharge start voltage and the fourth discharge start voltage
as a surface potential of said image bearing member after the surface of said image bearing member is exposed to light by
said exposure portion, and

said controller sets an image forming condition on the basis of a result obtained by subtracting the correction voltage from
the calculated surface potential.

US Pat. No. 9,304,484

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH MOVING LIGHT EXPOSURE UNITS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a recording medium, the apparatus comprising:
an image-bearing-unit support member that is movable between an inside and an outside of the image forming apparatus while
supporting a plurality of image bearing units, which each include an image bearing member, such that the image bearing units
are removable from the image-bearing-unit support member;

a developing unit support member that is movable independently of the image-bearing-unit support member and that is movable
between the inside and the outside of the image forming apparatus while supporting a plurality of developing units, which
each develop an electrostatic latent image formed on a corresponding one of the image bearing members, such that the developing
units are removable from the developing unit support member;

a plurality of light exposure units that each cause a corresponding one of the image bearing members to be exposed to light
so as to form the electrostatic latent image on the image bearing member and that are movably provided in the developing unit
support member; and

a light-exposure-unit operating member that moves the light exposure units relative to the developing unit support member
when the developing unit support member is inside the image forming apparatus, thereby separating the light exposure units
further from the respective image bearing members than respective positions for image formation.

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. 9,300,216

SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply device including a transformer having a primary winding and a secondary winding, and a switching element
connected to the primary winding configured to drive the transformer to output voltage from the secondary winding, the power
supply device comprising:
a control unit configured to drive the switching element such that the switching element is turned on and, when first signal
value of a signal according to current flowing to the primary winding reaches second signal value of a signal according to
voltage output from the secondary winding, the switching element is turned off,

wherein, in a case where the control unit performs an intermittent drive operation which repeats a period for which the switching
element is driven and a period for which the drive of the switching element is stopped, when the second signal value of a
signal according to the voltage output from the secondary winding is between a first reference value and a second reference
value greater than the first reference value the control unit drives the switching element such that the switching element
is turned off before first signal value of a signal according to the current flowing to the primary winding reaches second
signal value of a signal according to the voltage output from the secondary winding in the period for which the switching
element is driven.

US Pat. No. 9,300,228

VIBRATORY DRIVE APPARATUS USING LUBRICANT BETWEEN ELASTIC MEMBER AND PIEZOELECTRIC MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibratory drive apparatus comprising:
a vibrator comprising:
a first elastic member;
a second elastic member; and
an electro-mechanical energy conversion element, the electro-mechanical energy conversion element being between the first
elastic member and the second elastic member; and

a moving member having a hollow portion and being configured to contact the first elastic member and be moved relative to
the vibrator,

wherein the first elastic member has a projection portion and a flange portion supporting the moving member, the projection
portion being held within the hollow portion of the moving member, and

wherein a lubricant is provided between the first elastic member and the electro-mechanical energy conversion element.

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. 9,299,016

MISREGISTRATION CORRECTING METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR USE IN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a generating unit configured to generate, for a target scan line and a previous scan line, spans of drawing objects included
in a page, wherein the target scan line extends along an X-direction, and wherein the previous scan line is adjacent to the
target scan line in a Y-direction; and

an adding unit configured to execute, based on the spans of the drawing objects for the target scan line and the previous
scan line, a trapping process for adding a span of a trapping object to the target scan line,

wherein the adding unit comprises:
a first unit configured to determine, based on painting information and coordinates information corresponding to the spans
of the drawing objects generated for the target scan line and the previous scan line by the generation unit, whether or not
a span of a trapping object should be added to the target scan line, and add a span of a trapping object to the target scan
line when it is determined that a span of a trapping object should be added to the target scan line; and

a second unit configured to determine, based on painting information and coordinates information corresponding to the spans
of the drawing objects arranged in the X-direction with no gap for the target scan line, whether or not a span of a trapping
object should be added to the target scan line, and add a span of a trapping object to the target scan line when it is determined
that a span of a trapping object should be added to the target scan line.

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. 9,294,692

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING PHOTOELECTRIC COVERSION UNITS, METHOD OF DRIVING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF DRIVING IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of driving an image pickup apparatus including a plurality of photoelectric conversion units, the method comprising:
a generating step of generating electric charges in the plurality of photoelectric conversion units during a period from a
first time to a second time; and

a transferring step of transferring electric charges of one of the plurality of photoelectric conversion units generated in
the generating step into a plurality of electric charge reception units in parallel,

wherein electric charges transferred from different photoelectric conversion units in the transferring step are added in at
least one of the plurality of electric charge reception units, by performing the transferring step for each of the plurality
of photoelectric conversion units,

the image pickup apparatus includes a plurality of transfer transistors arranged respectively in electric paths between one
of the plurality of photoelectric conversion units and the plurality of electric charge reception units, each of the plurality
of transfer transistors being directly connected to the one of the plurality of the photoelectric conversion units,

each of the plurality of transfer transistors transfers an electric charge directly from the one of the plurality of photoelectric
conversion units to a corresponding electric charge reception unit among the plurality of electric charge reception units,
and the transferring step is performed by turning on the plurality of transfer transistors in parallel,

wherein moving average processing is performed by adding electric charges transferred from different photoelectric conversion
units in each of the plurality of electric charge reception units.

US Pat. No. 9,278,454

PRODUCTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A production apparatus comprising:
a robotic arm;
a first antenna unit having a directional characteristic and being supported by the robotic arm;
a first wireless unit connected to the first antenna unit;
a working access platform having a working portion placed lower than a movable space of the first antenna unit;
a frame body having a top portion placed higher than the movable space of the first antenna unit;
a second antenna unit having a directional characteristic effective in a direction to the first antenna unit, and being supported
by the working portion or the top portion; and

a second wireless unit connected to the second antenna unit, to perform a wireless communication with the first wireless unit
through the first and second antenna units; and

a first changing unit configured to change an effective direction of the directional characteristic of the first antenna unit
in conjunction with an operation of the robotic arm, such that the second antenna unit is kept within an effective characteristic
area of the first antenna unit.

US Pat. No. 9,282,415

ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME WHICH SUPPRESSES LOWERING OF SENSITIVITY WHILE A PROTECTIVE LAYER IS FORMED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing an electromechanical transducer comprising the steps of:
forming a first electrode on a substrate;
forming a vibrating membrane on an upper surface of the first electrode so that a gap is formed separating a portion of the
vibrating membrane from the first electrode;

forming a second electrode and wiring for electrically connecting the second electrode on portions of an upper surface of
the vibrating membrane such that the second electrode is positioned above the gap and such that the wiring extends from the
second electrode over a peripheral side of the gap to a portion of the vibrating member which is formed directly to the upper
surface of the first electrode;

forming an insulating protective layer overlapping an upper surface of both the second electrode and an upper surface of the
wiring, and further on a portion of the upper surface of the vibrating membrane which is formed directly to the upper surface
of the first electrode; and

removing at least part of the protective layer formed on the upper surface of the vibrating membrane directly above the gap
while leaving the protective layer formed on both the upper surface of the second electrode and the upper surface of the wiring.

US Pat. No. 9,281,155

RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An X-ray radiation generating apparatus comprising:
an X-ray radiation generating tube having
an envelope having an aperture,
an electron emitting source arranged in said envelope,
a target arranged in opposition to said electron emitting source and generating X-ray radiation responsive to an irradiation
with an electron beam emitted from said electron emitting source, and

a tubular shield member shielding a part of the X-ray radiation emitted from said target and including an inner wall defining
an electron beam pass; and

a holding container holding said X-ray radiation generating tube inside said holding container,
wherein said tubular shield member is provided in said aperture so as to protrude toward an outside of said envelope so that
said target is held at an outer side of said envelope beyond said aperture, and

wherein said target is held at said inner wall of said tubular shield member such that said target and said inner wall of
said tubular shield member meet at an angle that is not a right angle.

US Pat. No. 9,282,234

FOCUS ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus adjustment apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine a start position of a predetermined scan range of a focus lens;
a focus adjustment unit configured to execute focus adjustment processing by driving the focus lens based on focus evaluation
values calculated respectively for periodically sensed images while scanning the focus lens in one-way direction within the
predetermined scan range;

a first processing unit configured to execute processing, an operation of which is affected by driving of the focus lens;
a second processing unit configured to execute processing, an operation of which is not affected by driving of the focus lens;
and

a control unit configured to control the first processing unit to execute the processing without calculating the focus evaluation
values for periodically sensed images before the focus lens is scanned from a current position to the start position, and
to control the second processing unit to execute the processing without calculating the focus evaluation values for periodically
sensed images during the scan of the focus lens from the current position to the start position, if the determination unit
succeeds to determine the start position.

US Pat. No. 9,277,120

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH A PEAKING FUNCTION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to convert an optical image into a video signal including a plurality of pieces of color pixel
data;

a converting unit configured to convert a number of pixels of the video signal obtained by the image sensor;
a generating unit configured to extract high frequency components of each color pixel data of a video signal obtained by the
image sensor, and generate peaking information from the high frequency components;

a processing unit configured to reflect the peaking information on the video signal of which the number of pixels has been
converted into a fewer number of pixels by the converting unit than a number of pixels of the video signal of which the high
frequency components are extracted; and

a controller configured to:
output a video signal processed by the processing unit to a display medium for displaying; and
output a video signal to a recording medium for recording, wherein the video signal is obtained by the image sensor and the
number of pixels is not converted by the converting unit in the video signal.

US Pat. No. 9,271,642

OPHTHALMOLOGY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING OPHTHALMOLOGY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmology apparatus configured to irradiate an eye to be examined with measurement light, to correct an aberration
of returned light from the eye to be examined with a correction unit, and to acquire an image of the eye to be examined based
on the corrected returned light, the apparatus comprising:
a light split unit configured to split the corrected returned light into light for aberration measurement and light for forming
an image of the eye to be examined;

a change unit configured to change a beam diameter of the light for aberration measurement split by the light split unit;
an aberration measurement unit configured to measure an aberration of the light for aberration measurement having passed through
the change unit and having the beam diameter changed by the change unit; and

a display control unit configured to control a display unit to display a display form indicating an irradiating area on the
aberration measurement unit which is irradiated with the light,

wherein the change unit is disposed in an optical path of the light for aberration measurement between the light split unit
and the aberration measurement unit, and

wherein the light for aberration measurement is incident on the aberration measurement unit after passing through the change
unit.

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. 9,274,489

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. 9,274,496

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic process cartridge comprising
a charging member; and
an electrophotographic photosensitive member which is electrically charged upon being brought into contact with the charging
member, wherein:

the charging member comprises
an electro-conductive substrate, and
a surface layer formed on the electro-conductive substrate;
the surface layer contains at least
a binder resin,
an electron conductive agent, and
a resin particle having a plurality of pores inside thereof;
the surface of the surface layer has a protrusion derived from the resin particle; wherein:
the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises
a support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the support; and
a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member contains the following resin (1), resin (2), and compound
(3):

resin (1): at least one resin selected from the group consisting of polycarbonate resins having no siloxane structure at a
terminal and polyester resins having no siloxane structure at a terminal;

resin (2): at least one resin selected from the group consisting of polycarbonate resins having a siloxane structure at a
terminal, polyester resins having a siloxane structure at a terminal, and acrylic resins having a siloxane structure at a
terminal;

compound (3): at least one compound selected from the group consisting of methyl benzoate, ethyl benzoate, benzyl acetate,
ethyl 3-ethoxypropionate, and diethylene glycol ethyl methyl ether; and wherein:

the resin particle has a porosity of 5% by volume or more in a region in the resin particle, the region being farthest away
from the electro-conductive substrate, and

assuming that the resin particle is solid particle, the region corresponding to 11% by volume of the solid particle.

US Pat. No. 9,277,062

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image;
a calibration execution control unit configured to control execution of monochromatic calibration in which monochromatic correction
data for correcting a monochromatic image formed, on a paper type registered as paper to be used for the monochromatic calibration,
by the image forming unit using one type of toner, so as to conform the monochromatic image to a target value corresponding
to the paper type registered as paper to be used for the monochromatic calibration is generated, and to control execution
of multi-color calibration in which multi-color correction data for correcting a multi-color image formed, on a paper type
registered as paper to be used for the multi-color calibration, by the image forming unit using a plurality of types of toners,
so as to conform the multi-color image to a target value corresponding to the paper type registered as paper to be used for
the multi-color calibration is generated; and

a control unit configured to, if an instruction for the execution of the monochromatic calibration and the multi-color calibration
in an order is received, perform control to execute the multi-color calibration after the execution of the monochromatic calibration
in this order according to the instruction, in a case where a common paper type among the paper type registered as paper to
be used for the monochromatic calibration and the paper type registered as paper to be used for the multi-color calibration
is selected as paper to be used in the execution of the monochromatic calibration and the multi-color calibration in an order.

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. 9,268,222

PHOTOSENSITIVE NEGATIVE RESIN COMPOSITION, FINE STRUCTURE, PRODUCTION PROCESS OF FINE STRUCTURE AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photosensitive negative resin composition comprising
a resin (a) having at least three cyclohexene oxide skeletons in its molecule,
an onium salt (b) composed of a cation moiety structure represented by the following formula b1 and an anion moiety structure
represented by the following formula b2,

a silane compound (c), and
an organic solvent (d):

[wherein R1 to R3 are, independently of one another, an organic group which may be substituted and has 1 to 30 carbon atoms, with the proviso
that two or more oxygen atoms are included in all atoms constituting R1 to R3, R1 and R2, R2 and R3, and R1 and R3 may be bonded to each other directly or through a linking group to form a cyclic structure,

R4 is a hydrocarbon group which may be substituted by a fluorine atom and has 1 to 30 carbon atoms, X is a carbon atom, a nitrogen
atom, a phosphorus atom or a boron atom,

Y1 is —S(?O)2—, an alkylene fluoride group, -*1—O—CF2—, -*1—C(?O)—CF2—, -*1—O—C(?O)—CF2—, -*1—C(?O)—O—CF2— or a single bond,

where *1 designates an end bonded to R4,

n is 0, 1 or 2 when X is the carbon atom, with the proviso that a total of m and n is 3,
n is 0 or 1 when X is the nitrogen atom, with the proviso that a total of m and n is 2,
n is an integer of 0 or more and 6 or less when X is the phosphorus atom, with the proviso that a total of m and n is 6,
n is an integer of 0 or more and 3 or less when X is the boron atom, with the proviso that a total of m and n is 4, and
when m is an integer of two or more, any carbon atom in one R4—Y1— group of two or more R4—Y1— groups bonded to X may be bonded to any carbon atom in another one R4—Y1— group thereof through a single bond, thereby forming a cyclic structure].

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. 9,261,821

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. 9,261,840

METHOD OF DETERMINING PROCESS CONDITION OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

14. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to be controlled based on a process condition and to form an image;
a measurement unit configured to measure a measurement image formed by the image forming unit;
a controller configured to control the image forming unit to form a plurality of measurement images including a first measurement
image, a second measurement image, a third measurement image and a fourth measurement image and to control the measurement
unit to measure the plurality of measurement images; and

a determination unit configured to determine a process condition to be used by the image forming unit based on measurement
results of the plurality of measurement images such that a density of the image becomes a target density,

wherein the first measurement image is formed by the image forming unit based on a first process condition,
the second measurement image is formed by the image forming unit based on a second process condition,
the third measurement image is formed by the image forming unit based on a third process condition,
the fourth measurement image is formed by the image forming unit based on a fourth process condition,
an absolute value of the first process condition is greater than an absolute value of the second process condition,
the absolute value of the second process condition is greater than an absolute value of the third process condition,
the absolute value of the third process condition is greater than an absolute value of the fourth process condition, and
the determination unit is further configured to, in a case where a first density corresponding to a measuring result of the
first measurement image is higher than the target value, a second density corresponding to a measuring result of the second
measurement image is higher than the target value, a third density corresponding to a measuring result of the third measurement
image is lower than the target value, a fourth density corresponding to a measuring result of the fourth measurement image
is lower than the third density, and the first density is lower than the second density, determine the process condition using
the measuring result of the third measurement image and the measuring result of the fourth measurement image without using
the measuring result of the first measuring image and the measuring result of the second measurement image.

US Pat. No. 9,265,117

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light source apparatus, comprising:
a light source substrate having a light emission unit;
an optical sheet arranged at a position facing the light emission unit;
a plurality of detection units configured to detect light from the light emission unit; and
an adjustment unit configured to select two or more of the detection units from the plurality of detection units and adjust
light emission brightness of the light emission unit on the basis of detection values of the selected two or more of detection
units,

wherein the two or more detection units include a first detection unit arranged at a position at which a change in the detection
value due to a deflection of the optical sheet is positive when the light emission unit emits the light and a second detection
unit arranged at a position at which the change in the detection value due to the deflection of the optical sheet is negative
when the light emission unit emits the light.

US Pat. No. 9,254,083

LIGHT SOURCE MODULATION FOR A SCANNING MICROSCOPE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging system for imaging an object, comprising:
a scanner, wherein the scanner positions a spot of light from a light source on the object along a scanning path, the scanning
path includes a plurality of scan lines, wherein the spot moves along the scanning path at a scanning velocity, wherein the
scanning velocity is not constant;

a detector arranged to output data associated with positions along the scanning path; and
one or more processors that perform calculations comprising:
calculating pixels based on the output data; and
constructing an image of the object based on the pixels;
wherein, intensity of the spot of light is modulated as a function of the scanning velocity during a first window, and the
intensity of the spot of light is substantially zero outside of the first window.

US Pat. No. 9,256,177

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH A CAM CONFIGURED TO CHANGE A PRESSURIZING FORCE APPLIED TO A ROTATION MEMBER, AND A CONTROL UNIT CONFIGURED TO CONTROL A MOTOR SPEED FOR DRIVING THE CAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

2. The image forming apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the control unit performs control such that
the rotational position of the cam is the second rotational position if an image is formed,
the rotational position of the cam is the first rotational position if image formation is in a standby state, and
the rotational position of the cam is the third rotational position if the image forming apparatus is in a stopped state,
and wherein the pressurizing force of the pressurization unit at the first rotational position is larger than that of the
pressurization unit at the third rotational position.

US Pat. No. 9,254,105

X-RAY IMAGE DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus for controlling radiation imaging, comprising:
a receiver configured to receive an input operation from a first operation unit, and receive an input operation from a second
operation unit;

a control unit configured to, based on an input from the first operation unit or an from a second operation unit, perform
a specific for X-ray imaging,

wherein said control unit is configured to, in a case in which said receiver receives a specific input operation from the
first operation unit, restrict performance of the specific control based on an input operation from the second operation unit,
and

said control unit is configured to, in a case in which said receiver receives a specific input operation from the second operation
unit, restrict performance of the specific control based on an input operation received by said receiver from the first operation
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,256,183

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT ELECTRICALLY GROUNDS THE SHEET CASSETTE UPON WITHDRAWAL OF THE SHEET CASSETTE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a body including a containing portion;
an image forming portion forming an image on a sheet;
a sheet feeding portion feeding the sheet to the image forming portion;
a sheet storing portion contained in the containing portion, configured to be drawable and including a sheet stacking portion
which is liftable and on which the sheet fed by the sheet feeding portion is stacked;

a ground portion, provided in the containing portion, that is electrically grounded; and
a switching portion switching a state of the sheet stacking portion from an electrically insulated state to an electrically
grounded state grounded through the ground portion in response to an operation of drawing the sheet storing portion contained
in the containing portion.

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. 9,253,384

IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus including an accessory shoe to which an external accessory device can be attached, the imaging apparatus
comprising:
a base member;
an accessory shoe member placed on top of the base member and configured to have a pair of engagement portions formed in a
first direction perpendicular to an attachment direction of the external accessory device and a plurality of fastening holes
formed side by side in the first direction; and

a plurality of fastening members configured to fasten the base member and the accessory shoe member to the imaging apparatus
and inserted into the plurality of fastening holes with the accessory shoe member placed on top of the base member,

wherein in the accessory shoe member, a joining portion joining the pair of engagement portions is formed, and
wherein the accessory shoe member is formed by bending a plate metal material into a loop shape in such a way that a joint
is located between the plurality of fastening holes.

US Pat. No. 9,252,098

SEMICONDUCTOR APPARATUS HAVING POWER THROUGH HOLES CONNECTED TO POWER PATTERN

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A semiconductor apparatus comprising:
a multilayer interposer substrate having a connection terminal surface on one side and a chip mounting surface on another
side, the interposer substrate including a power layer as an inner layer;

a plurality of connection terminals provided on the connection terminal surface; and
a semiconductor chip mounted on the chip mounting surface,
wherein the plurality of connection terminals include power terminals, ground terminals, and signal terminals,
wherein the power terminals are connected to a power pattern on the power layer and the semiconductor chip via power through
holes,

wherein the ground terminals are connected to the semiconductor chip via ground through holes,
wherein the signal terminals are connected to the semiconductor chip via signal through holes,
wherein the power, ground, and signal through holes go through the interposer substrate from the connection terminal surface
to the chip mounting surface,

wherein the ground and signal through holes are not formed in the power pattern on the power layer, and
wherein the power pattern defines an area that surrounds only the power through holes.

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. 9,250,586

ROLLER FOR FIXING, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR, AND FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A roller usable as a rotatable member of a pair of rotatable members constituting a nip therebetween for heating an image
on a sheet, said roller comprising:
a hollow cylindrical member;
a shaft member inserted into one longitudinal end of said cylindrical member;
a hole portion penetrating said cylindrical member and said shaft member;
a first countersink formed at a circumference of one end of said hole portion in an outerside of said cylindrical member;
a second countersink formed at a circumference of the other end of said hole portion in an outerside of said cylindrical member;
and

a pin inserted in said hole portion to fix said cylindrical member and said shaft member relative to each other,
wherein one and the other end portions of said pin are deformed so as to be closely contacted to said first and second countersink
portions, respectively, wherein said hole portion is provided within a range of the nip portion with respect to the longitudinal
direction.

US Pat. No. 9,245,134

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING IMAGE DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system for transmitting image data to a server for saving image data into a save area, comprising:
an obtainment unit configured to obtain from the server before transmitting image data to the server, a current access restriction
setting of a save area chosen by a user who is a transmitter of the image data, the save area being accessible by users specified
based on an access restriction setting;

a notification unit configured to compare a previous access restriction setting with the current access restriction setting,
and output notification to the user if the current access restriction setting is less restrictive than the previous access
restriction setting; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the image data to the server.

US Pat. No. 9,245,659

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An X-ray imaging apparatus comprising:
an X-ray generation unit configured to support a plurality of X-ray targets each of which generates X-rays;
a shielding member capable of adjusting openings corresponding to the plurality of X-ray targets; and
a control unit configured to control said shielding member so as to adjust the openings in conjunction with each other in
accordance with a plurality of control modes,

wherein, as a first control mode, said control unit controls said shielding member such that X-rays via the openings irradiate
an object in the same direction with each other, and as a second control mode, controls said shielding member such that X-rays
via the openings irradiate the object in different directions.

US Pat. No. 9,244,646

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING HOT FOLDERS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

9. An information processing method in an information processing apparatus, comprising:
holding, in a storage device, device information corresponding to printing apparatuses already connected to the information
processing apparatus, and information of hot folders corresponding to the already-connected printing apparatuses;

determining a printing apparatus similar to a printing apparatus newly connected to the information processing apparatus among
the already-connected printing apparatuses by comparing device information of the newly-connected printing apparatus with
the device information of the already-connected printing apparatuses;

generating a hot folder corresponding to the newly-connected printing apparatus by copying information of a hot folder corresponding
to the determined printing apparatus; and

deleting the information of a hot folder corresponding to the printing apparatus for which a printer driver has been deleted
upon the printer driver corresponding to the printing apparatus being uninstalled from the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,244,259

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power which does not move for zooming;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power which moves during zooming;
a third lens unit having the positive refractive power which moves during zooming;
a fourth lens unit having the positive refractive power which moves during zooming; and
a fifth lens unit having the positive refractive power which does not move for zooming,
wherein each of the first lens unit to the fifth lens unit includes at least one positive lens and at least one negative lens,
and

wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
?10
?1
?5
and
?1
where ?p is an average Abbe constant of the at least one positive lens of the fourth lens unit, ?n is an average Abbe constant
of the at least one negative lens of the fourth lens unit, ?2w is an imaging magnification of the second lens unit at a wide
angle end, ?2t is an imaging magnification of the second lens unit at a telephoto end, and ?34z2 is an imaging magnification
of a combined lens unit including the third lens unit and the fourth lens unit at a zoom position z2 where the imaging magnification
of the second lens unit is ?1.

US Pat. No. 9,246,682

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store a first key used to decrypt or authenticate a packet to be communicated between the communication
apparatus and an other communication apparatus;

an updating unit configured to update the first key to a second key different from the first key when a term of validity of
the first key has passed;

a determination unit configured to determine whether a packet, which is to be decrypted or authenticated using the second
key, has been received by the communication apparatus from the other communication apparatus; and

a deletion unit configured to delete the first key from the storage unit according to timing when the determination unit determines
that the packet, which is to be decrypted or authenticated using the second key, has been received from the other communication
apparatus,

wherein at least one of the updating unit, the determination unit, and the deletion unit is realized by a processor configured
to read a program stored in a memory and execute the program.

US Pat. No. 9,229,376

HIGH VOLTAGE POWER SUPPLY AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A high voltage power supply comprising:
a first high voltage output unit that outputs a high voltage having a negative polarity;
a second high voltage output unit that outputs a high voltage having a positive polarity; and
a third high voltage output unit that outputs a high voltage having a positive polarity,
a first rectification element connected between the first high voltage output unit and the second high voltage output unit;
and

a second rectification element connected between the first high voltage output unit and the third high voltage output unit,
wherein in a case where a voltage is output from the first high voltage output unit to a load, a first current path and a
second current path are formed, wherein a negative current flows in the first current path from the load to the first high
voltage output unit through the first rectification element and a negative current flows in the second current path from the
load to the second high voltage output unit through the second rectification element.

US Pat. No. 9,229,672

AUDITING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An auditing system that stores, using a data server, job history information of a job to be executed by an image forming
apparatus, the auditing system comprising:
a setting unit configured to set page filtering conditions, wherein the page filtering conditions include a ratio of a number
of pages to be acquired as image data to a total number of pages included in a job to be executed by the image forming apparatus;

a storing unit configured to generate and store, as the job history information, image data of all pages included in a job
executed by an image forming apparatus;

a decision unit configured to decide, in response to the ratio being set as the page filtering conditions, numbers to be included
in a group, wherein a quantity of the numbers corresponds to the number of pages to be acquired as image data and values of
the numbers are equal to or less than the total number of pages included in the job to be executed; and

an acquisition unit configured to execute an acquisition process to acquire image data,
wherein, in response to a transmission instruction for job history information, the acquisition unit execute the acquisition
process to acquire, from the storing unit and as managed job history information to be managed by the data server, image data
from pages included in the job whose page number corresponds to the numbers in the group, and

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

US Pat. No. 9,218,554

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A image processing method executed by an image processing system including a plurality of CPU cores and a storage configured
to store a plurality of program codes, each program code being used alone for executing a plurality of preceding type processes
and executing, in parallel, a plurality of following type processes each of which is executed using a different one of results
of the preceding type processes, the method comprising:
selecting, from among the stored plurality of program codes, one program code according to a number of available cores of
the CPU cores; and

controlling, based on the selected program code, at least one core among the available cores to execute the plurality of preceding
type processes, and a first core and a second core among the available cores except the at least one core to execute each
of a following type process which is executed using a result of a first preceding type process and a following type process
which is executed using a result of a second preceding type process, in parallel,

wherein a first program code which the selecting selects from among the plurality of program codes according to the number
of the available cores being a first number larger than a second number causes, in the controlling, a larger number of cores
among the available cores to execute the plurality of the preceding type processes than a second program code which the selecting
selects from among the plurality of program codes according to the number of the available cores being the second number causes.

US Pat. No. 9,220,172

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT, ELECTRONIC MODULE, THEIR MANUFACTURING METHODS, MOUNTING MEMBER, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing method of an electronic component including an electronic device and a package that houses the electronic
device and is for being fixed to a wiring member by reflow soldering, the method comprising:
preparing a mounting member, the mounting member being formed by bonding a base body having a center region and a peripheral
region that encloses the center region of the base body, and a frame body having an opening corresponding to the center region
of the base body, between the frame body and the peripheral region of the base body;

fixing an electronic device to the center region of the base body; and
arranging a lid body having a center region and a peripheral region that encloses the center region so that the center region
of the lid body faces the electronic device, and bonding the peripheral region of the lid body and the frame body,

wherein the mounting member has an inner terminal for being electrically connected, to the electronic device, and an outer
terminal for being fixed to the wiring member, and a part embedded in the base body for an electrical connection between the
inner terminal and the outer terminal, and

wherein one of conditions (a), (b) and (c) is satisfied
?B
?F
?B
where ?L is a thermal expansion coefficient of the lid body in the peripheral region of the lid body, ?F is a thermal expansion coefficient of the frame body, ?B is a thermal expansion coefficient of the base body in the peripheral region of the base body, and ?C is a thermal expansion coefficient of the wiring member.

US Pat. No. 9,208,395

POSITION AND ORIENTATION MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, POSITION AND ORIENTATION MEASUREMENT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A position and orientation measurement apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store a three-dimensional model of a target object;
a two-dimensional image obtaining unit configured to obtain a two-dimensional image of the target object;
an extraction unit configured to extract an occluded region in which illumination irradiated onto the target object is occluded
in the two-dimensional image;

a projection unit configured to project a geometric feature that constitutes the three-dimensional model onto the two-dimensional
image based on approximate values of position and orientation of the target object;

an association unit configured to associate the geometric feature with an image feature in the two-dimensional image;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the associated image feature in the two-dimensional image is on a contour
of the occluded region; and

a position and orientation measurement unit configured to measure the position and orientation of the target object based
on a distance on the two-dimensional image between the projected geometric feature and the associated image feature in the
two-dimensional image, in accordance with a determination result by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,210,433

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. An image processing method comprising:
inputting a plurality of image frames included in moving image data;
determining a specific area in the input image frame based on a result of an object detection for the input image frame;
estimating, by using a specific area in a first input image frame which is determined by the determining based on a result
of an object detection for the first input image frame and a specific area in a second input image frame succeeding the first
input image frame which is determined by the determining based on a result of an object detection for the second input image
frame, a specific area in a third input image frame succeeding the second input image frame;

specifying a difference between a specific area in the third input image frame which is determined by the determining based
on a result of an object detection for the third input image frame and the specific area in the third input image frame which
is estimated by the estimating by using the specific areas in the first and second input image frames; and

changing, based on the difference specified by the specifying, a specific area being based on an estimation result of the
estimating for a fourth input image frame succeeding the third input image frame and controlling a parameter for encoding
the fourth input image frame such that the changed specific area is encoded with a higher image quality than other area in
the fourth input image frame.

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. 9,204,055

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
a capturing unit that captures an object image and generates image data;
a first setting unit that sets a first exposure time for the capturing unit;
a second setting unit that sets a second exposure time in which the capturing unit obtains each of a plurality of image data;
a composition unit that generates composite image data in which the plurality of image data have been composed, wherein total
exposure time of the plurality of image data corresponds to the first exposure time;

a recording control unit that records, into a recording medium, the composite image data generated by the composition unit
and a plurality of history image data generated by sequentially composing the image data of the second exposure time, obtained
from the capturing unit, that has been sequentially generated up until the composite image data has been generated; and

a detection unit that detects the brightness of the history image data sequentially generated by the composition unit,
wherein of the history image data sequentially generated by the composition unit, the recording control unit selectively records
image data, whose brightness as detected by the detection unit exceeds a predetermined value, in the recording medium.

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. 9,192,350

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. 9,191,197

AES ENCRYPTION/DECRYPTION CIRCUIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption circuit comprising:
a first AddRoundKey Transformation module for performing a first AddRoundKey Transformation operation;
a second AddRoundKey Transformation module for performing a second AddRoundKey Transformation operation;
a ShiftRows Transformation module for performing a ShiftRows Transformation operation;
a SubBytes Transformation module for performing a SubBytes Transformation operation;
a MixColumns Transformation module for performing a MixColumns Transformation operation; and
a data holding unit,
wherein, in a plurality of clock cycles, an encryption is executed using said first AddRoundkey Transformation module, said
second AddRoundkey Transformation module, said ShiftRows Transformation module, said SubBytes Transformation module, said
MixColumns Transformation module and said data holding unit,

wherein, in a last clock cycle of the plurality of clock cycles, said first AddRoundKey Transformation module and said second
AddRoundKey Transformation module are both used and said MixColumns Transformation module is not used,

wherein, in other clock cycles other than the last clock cycle among the plurality of clock cycles, either said first AddRoundKey
Transformation module or said second AddRoundKey Transformation module, but not both, is used,

wherein each of the steps in the plurality of clock cycles is performed sequentially, and
wherein, in a first clock cycle of encryption,
said first AddRoundKey Transformation module inputs plaintext data,
said SubBytes Transformation module inputs the output from said first AddRoundKey Transformation module,
said ShiftRows Transformation module inputs the output from said SubBytes Transformation module,
said MixColumns Transformation module inputs the output from said ShiftRows Transformation module, and
said data holding unit inputs the output from said MixColumns Transformation module,
in each clock cycle of encryption from a second clock cycle to an (Nr?1)th clock cycle, where Nr is a number of rounds,
said first AddRoundKey Transformation module inputs the output from said data holding unit,
said SubBytes Transformation module inputs the output from said first AddRoundKey Transformation module,
said ShiftRows Transformation module inputs the output from said SubBytes Transformation module,
said MixColumns Transformation module inputs the output from said ShiftRows Transformation module, and
said data holding unit inputs the output from said MixColumns Transformation module, and
in an Nrth clock cycle of encryption,
said first AddRoundKey Transformation module inputs the output from said data holding unit,
said SubBytes Transformation module inputs the output from said first AddRoundKey Transformation module,
said ShiftRows Transformation module inputs the output from said SubBytes Transformation module,
said second AddRoundKey Transformation module inputs the output from said ShiftRows Transformation module, and
said data holding unit inputs the output from said second AddRoundKey Transformation module.

US Pat. No. 9,190,437

SEMICONDUCTOR DETECTION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SWITCHING CAPACITANCE AMONG DIFFERENT LEVELS, AND DETECTION SYSTEM INCLUDING THE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A detection apparatus comprising:
a transistor disposed on a substrate;
a conversion element disposed on the transistor and connected to the transistor;
a capacitor connected in parallel with the conversion element to the transistor, the capacitor including, between the substrate
and the conversion element, a first ohmic contact part connected to the conversion element, a semiconductor part connected
to the first ohmic contact part, and an electrically conductive part disposed at a location opposite to the semiconductor
part and the first ohmic contact part via an insulating layer; and

a potential supplying unit configured to selectively supply a first electric potential to the electrically conductive part
to accumulate charge carriers in the semiconductor part and a second electric potential to the electrically conductive part
to deplete the semiconductor part,

wherein the capacitor further includes an electrode layer disposed so as to oppose the electrically conductive part, and
wherein the electrode layer is connected to a second ohmic contact part disposed so as to oppose the first ohmic contact part
via the semiconductor part.

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. 9,172,313

OSCILLATORY WAVE DRIVE UNIT AND IMAGE STABILIZATION DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An oscillatory wave drive unit comprising:
a first vibrator having an electromechanical energy converting element;
a second vibrator having an electromechanical energy converting element;
a first supporting member configured to support the first vibrator; and
a second supporting member configured to support the second vibrator,
wherein the oscillatory wave drive unit excites oscillation in the first vibrator and the second vibrator and moves a moving
body by frictional force,

wherein the first supporting member comprises a first moving mechanism configured to support the first vibrator movably in
a second direction intersecting with a first direction in which the first vibrator drives the moving body,

wherein the first direction and the second direction are in a plane parallel to a plane where the first vibrator and the moving
body are in contact with each other,

wherein the second supporting member comprises a second moving mechanism configured to support the second vibrator movably
in a fourth direction intersecting with a third direction in which the second vibrator drives the moving body, and

wherein the third direction and the fourth direction are in a plane parallel to a plane where the second vibrator and the
moving body are in contact with each other,

wherein the second direction is not perpendicular to the third direction, and
wherein the fourth direction is not perpendicular to the first direction.

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. 9,166,140

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
a main component containing a perovskite-type metal oxide expressed by the following general formula (1);
a first subcomponent containing Mn;
a second subcomponent containing Li; and
a third subcomponent containing Bi,
wherein the content of Mn on a metal basis is not less than 0.04 parts by weight and is not greater than 0.36 parts by weight
when the metal oxide is 100 parts by weight, the content a of Li on a metal basis is equal to or less than 0.0012 parts by
weight (including 0 parts by weight) when the metal oxide is 100 parts by weight, and content ? of Bi on a metal basis is
not less than 0.042 parts by weight and is not greater than 0.850 parts by weight when the metal oxide is 100 parts by weight

(Ba1-xCax)a(Ti1-y-zZrySnz)O3  (1)
(in the formula (1), 0.09?x?0.30, 0.025?y?0.085, 0?z?0.02, and 0.986?a?1.02).

US Pat. No. 9,152,127

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a development device which is provided so as to be detachably attachable to an apparatus body to develop an electrostatic
image on a surface of an image bearing member with a developer;

an airflow generating device which generates an airflow;
a support member which supports a lower surface of the development device along a longitudinal direction of the development
device;

an inner door which is openable and closable so as to detachably attach the development device;
an outer door which covers the inner door;
a first duct portion which is formed by the inner door and a lateral surface of the development device, to form an airflow
path to cool the developing device,

wherein the first duct portion guides the airflow generated by the airflow generating device along the lateral surface in
a vertical direction; and

a second duct portion which forms a path for the airflow that passes through the first duct portion, the second duct portion
being formed by the support member and a bottom of the development device and forms the airflow path to cool the development
device,

wherein the second duct portion guides the airflow generated by the airflow generating device along a longitudinal direction
of the development device.

US Pat. No. 9,148,527

FACSIMILE APPARATUS CAPABLE OF OUTPUTTING COMMUNICATION TONES, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A facsimile apparatus, comprising:
a first communication unit configured to carry out a VoIP communication in which audio data for a facsimile communication
is sent and received over an IP network;

a second communication unit configured to carry out a non-VoIP communication in which a facsimile communication is carried
out via the IP network without using the audio data;

a tone output unit configured to, when the VoIP communication is being carried out by said first communication unit, output
a first tone for notifying a user of a communication status of the VoIP communication; and

a control unit configured to, when the non-VoIP communication is carried out by said second communication unit, control said
tone output unit to output a second tone so as to notify the user of a communication status of the non-VoIP communication.

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. 9,146,500

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating unit for accommodating developer, said developer accommodating unit comprising:
a flexible container, provided with an opening for permitting discharge of the developer, for accommodating the developer;
and

a frame,
wherein said flexible container is provided with a fastening hole for fastening said flexible container in said frame,
wherein said frame includes (i) a fixing shaft portion fixed in the fastening hole by being inserted into the fastening hole
and (ii) a retaining portion for preventing said fixing shaft portion from being disengaged from the fastening hole, and

wherein when said fixing shaft portion is inserted into the fastening hole, the fastening hole rides over said retaining portion
by being expanded based on elastic deformation thereof.

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. 9,141,312

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING DATA ENABLING SELECTION OF AN IMAGE TO BE TRANSMITTED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a communication unit configured to communicate with an external apparatus;
a detection unit configured to detect that connection with the external apparatus through said communication unit has been
established; and

a transmitting unit configured to transmit selection data in case that the communication apparatus is operating in a capture
mode for capturing images, the communication apparatus and the external apparatus approach each other and the detection unit
detects that the connection with the external apparatus through said communication unit has been established, wherein the
selection data enable a user to select an image to be transmitted from a plurality of data held by said communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,135,513

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

a display unit configured to display the combined image to a user;
a setting unit configured to set an image feature corresponding to the object operated by the user as a disabled image feature
or an enabled image feature;

a holding unit configured to hold information indicating relationship between three-dimensional position of the set image
feature and a parameter indicating whether the set image feature is a disabled image feature or an enabled image feature;
and

a calculation unit configured to calculate a position and an orientation of the imaging apparatus based on the information.

US Pat. No. 9,132,203

COMPLEX AND CONTRAST AGENT FOR PHOTOIMAGING USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A complex comprising:
indocyanine green; and
a gelatin derivative comprising a phospholipid covalently bonded to a gelatin,
wherein the indocyanine green and the phospholipid are noncovalently bonded, and
wherein the phospholipid is represented by chemical formula (1):

wherein R1 and R2 are CH3(CH2)16—.

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. 9,125,237

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMPUTER PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a waiting unit configured to wait for a probe request defined by IEEE 802.11 from a communication partner apparatus using
a listen channel, wherein the listen channel is set by the communication apparatus for waiting for a probe request and wherein
in a case where the waiting unit receives a probe request during execution of a wait processing for waiting for a probe request,
the waiting unit responds by sending a probe response defined by IEEE 802.11;

a search unit configured to search for a communication partner apparatus using a plurality of communication channels including
the listen channel and a channel which is different from the listen channel, wherein the search unit performs a search by
sending a probe request in a first channel and receiving a probe response in the first channel, and when the search in the
first channel is finished, the search unit performs a search by sending a probe request in a third channel which is shifted
by N channels (N>1) and receiving a probe response in the third channel without using a second channel which is shifted by
one-channel; and

a control unit configured to switch a process from a wait process using the listen channel by the waiting unit to a search
process by the search unit, and then, switch a process from the search process by the search unit to the wait process using
the listen by the waiting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,118,931

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPTIMIZING ENCODING/DECODING OF COMPENSATION OFFSETS FOR A SET OF RECONSTRUCTED SAMPLES OF AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encoding at least a part of an image comprising a plurality of samples, each sample comprising at least two
components, the encoded image comprising at least one filtering parameter, the method comprising:
encoding a first chroma component and a second chroma component of at least one sample of the image to provide at least one
encoded sample;

decoding the at least one encoded sample; and
computing the at least one filtering parameter as a function of the difference between at least one chroma component of the
at least one sample of the image and the at least one corresponding chroma component of the at least one corresponding decoded
sample, the at least one filtering parameter being computed so as to be used in a loop filter as a common filtering parameter
for sample adaptive offset loop filtering both the first and second chroma components of a decoded sample;

wherein when the sample adaptive offset loop filtering is of a first type at least one filtering parameter is computed to
be used as a common filtering parameter for the filtering of the first type, the first type of sample adaptive offset loop
filtering being one of edge-type filtering and band-type filtering, and when the sample adaptive offset loop filtering is
of a second type, different from the first type, different filtering parameters are computed to be used as dedicated filtering
parameters for filtering the first and second chroma components respectively, the second type of sample adaptive offset loop
filtering being the other of edge-type filtering and band-type filtering.

US Pat. No. 9,116,640

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, DISPLAY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus having a reading unit configured to read a document to acquire data and a print unit configured to execute
print, the apparatus comprising:
an execution unit configured to execute a service for communicating with an external service which manages data to be uploaded
in an external apparatus; and

a web browser configured to display an operation screen on an operation unit, the operation screen being generated by a web
application,

wherein the execution unit controls display on the web browser to display on the operation screen a name of data whose format
matches a format of the data acquired in the reading unit or a format of printable data in the print unit, wherein the format
determines whether the data can be uploaded from the external apparatus,

wherein the web application determines whether the format of the name of data matches the format of the data acquired in the
reading unit or the format of printable data in the print unit,

wherein the execution unit performs control to display on the operation screen a download button for a user to instruct download
of the data from the external apparatus by associating with a name of the data whose format matches to that of the printable
data, among the data pieces whose names are displayed on the operation screen, and

wherein the execution unit receives an instruction to download data according to a user's operation of the download button
and, if a size of data with the name associated with the download button exceeds a size of data which can be printed from
the web browser, the execution unit performs control to display on the operation screen that print cannot be executed.

US Pat. No. 9,114,643

BELT FEEDING DEVICE FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A belt feeding device for an image forming apparatus, comprising:
a movable endless belt;
a steering unit configured to be tilted for moving said endless belt in a widthwise direction crossing with a moving direction
of said endless belt,

said steering unit including,
a rotatable roller configured to stretch said endless belt and to be rotatable with a movement of said endless belt,
a shaft configured to rotatably support said rotatable roller, and
a pair of supporting members configured to support said shaft at end portions with respect to the widthwise direction, said
supporting members having sliding surfaces respectively for applying frictional forces by sliding relative to an inner surface
of said endless belt; and

a frame configured to tiltably support said steering unit.

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. 9,113,054

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND MEDIUM FOR CONVERTING PAGE IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory;
a first conversion unit operable to perform a first conversion of an image represented by span information, by dividing, using
the memory, the span information by a predetermined width into a plurality of pieces of span information;

a second conversion unit operable to perform, using the memory, a second conversion of the image represented by pixel information,
by dividing, using the memory, the pixel information by the predetermined width into a plurality of pieces of pixel information;
and

a control unit configured to determine, by comparing a first amount corresponding to a usage amount of the memory used for
the first conversion with a second amount corresponding to a usage amount of the memory used for the second conversion, which
of the first conversion and the second conversion requires less usage amount of the memory, cause the first conversion unit
to perform the first conversion of the image if it is determined the first conversion requires less usage amount of the memory
than the second conversion, and cause the second conversion unit to perform the second conversion of the image if it is determined
the second conversion requires less usage amount of memory than the first conversion.

US Pat. No. 9,102,022

PARTS ASSEMBLY SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A parts assembly system which assembles a subsidiary part with a main part, comprising:
a first conveying path;
a plurality of assembly stations arranged along the first conveying path, at least one of the plurality of assembly stations
having a stocker and an assembly robot;

a first main part conveying cart and a second main part conveying cart sequentially passing through the plurality of assembly
stations on the first conveying path, each of the first main part conveying cart and second main part conveying cart mounting
a main part; and

a subsidiary parts conveying cart movable between the first main part conveying cart and the second main part conveying cart
on the first conveying path, the subsidiary parts conveying cart mounting a plurality of subsidiary parts, and the mounted
subsidiary parts being moved to the stocker by a transfer unit,

wherein the assembly robot attaches at least one of the plurality of subsidiary parts transferred to the stocker to the main
part mounted on one of the main part conveying carts on the first conveying path.

US Pat. No. 9,101,322

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray imaging apparatus comprising:
a splitting element configured to spatially split an X-ray into multiple X-ray beams;
a shielding unit including a shielding elements configured to block part of an X-ray acquired by the splitting element;
a detecting unit including a pixel group, the pixel group including a first detection pixel and a second detection pixel,
the pixels being configured to detect the intensity of the X-ray beam transmitted through the shielding unit; and

a computing unit configured to compute X-ray transmittance of a test object on the basis of the intensity of the X-ray detected
by the second detection pixel,

wherein part of the X-ray beam detected at the first detection pixel is blocked by the shielding elements and the X-ray beam
detected at the second detection pixel adjoining the first detection pixel is not blocked by the shielding element.

US Pat. No. 9,098,781

PRINTING APPARATUS FOR MOVING A PRINT CARRIAGE AND WRITING TAG INFORMATION IN A WIRELESS TAG ON A PAPER SHEET

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a print carriage incorporating a printhead and a communication unit configured to perform short distance wireless communication;
a movement control unit configured to move said print carriage;
a detection unit configured to detect, when said movement control unit moves said print carriage to cause said printhead to
execute printing of print data, a wireless tag on a paper sheet using said communication unit; and

a write unit configured to write tag information in the wireless tag detected by said detection unit,
wherein the movement control unit moves said print carriage to scan a width corresponding to a wireless tag search range on
the paper sheet before a number of wireless tags detected by said detection unit reaches a number of target wireless tags
which are targets of write processing by said write unit, and moves said print carriage to scan a width corresponding to a
printing range of the print data after the number of wireless tags detected by said detection unit reaches the number of target
wireless tags.

US Pat. No. 9,100,530

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising a processor for executing a method comprising:
an acquisition step of acquiring a frame image;
an identification step of identifying a single minimum pixel value, wherein the single minimum pixel value is a minimum value
of a first minimum pixel value, a second minimum pixel value, and a third minimum pixel value, the first minimum pixel value
being a minimum value of pixel values of a first color component of all pixels within a predetermined area including a pixel
of interest in the frame image, the second minimum pixel value being a minimum value of pixel values of a second color component
of all pixels within the predetermined area including the pixel of interest in the frame image, and the third minimum pixel
value being a minimum value of pixel values of a third color component of all pixels within the predetermined area including
the pixel of interest in the frame image;

a replacing step of replacing pixel values of the first, second, and third color components of the pixel of interest in the
frame image with the single minimum pixel value identified in said identification step such that respective first, second,
and third pixel values of the first, second, and third color components of the pixel of interest are equal;

a low-pass filtering step of applying a low-pass filter processing to a preprocessed image, wherein the preprocessed image
is generated based on replacing the pixel values in the replacing step; and

an output step of outputting a first subframe image based on a result of the low-pass filter processing for the preprocessed
image and of outputting a second subframe image based on a difference between the frame image acquired in the acquisition
step and the first subframe, wherein the first and second subframes are output alternately in the output step.

US Pat. No. 9,095,256

OPHTHALMOLOGIC IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic imaging apparatus, comprising:
an irradiation unit configured to irradiate an eye to be inspected with a measuring beam;
a fixation lamp;
a lighting position changing unit configured to change a lighting position of the fixation lamp;
an optical path length difference changing unit configured to change an optical path length difference between the measuring
beam and a reference beam corresponding to the measuring beam;

a control unit configured to control, when the lighting position of the fixation lamp is changed by the lighting position
changing unit, the optical path length difference changing unit to change the optical path length difference with a changing
amount corresponding to a changing amount of the lighting position of the fixation lamp; and

an acquisition unit configured to acquire a tomographic image of the eye to be inspected based on a beam obtained by combining
the reference beam with a return beam from the eye to be inspected, which is irradiated with the measuring beam.

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. 9,090,099

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:
a carriage configured to mount a print head and move along a first direction, the print head including an ejection port forming
portion in which ejections ports through which ink droplets are ejected are formed;

a conveying unit configured to convey a print medium along a second direction intersecting with the first direction;
a support surface for supporting a print medium conveyed by the conveying unit;
a control unit configured to perform a printing operation in which an image is printed by electing ink droplets by the print
head with movement of the carriage along the first direction and an intermittent conveyance operation in which the print medium
is intermittently conveyed by a conveyance amount along the second direction by the conveying unit;

a change unit which is capable of changing a distance between the ejection port forming portion and the support surface; and
a correction unit configured to correct the conveyance amount in the intermittent conveyance operation based on the distance
changed by the change unit.

US Pat. No. 9,091,974

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, the image forming apparatus comprising:
an image processing section that converts image data into a plurality of pixel data;
an image forming section that forms a toner image based on the plurality of pixel data onto the recording material; and
a fixing section that fixes the toner image onto the recording material by heating the recording material on which the toner
image is formed while conveying the recording material through a nip portion,

wherein the plurality of pixel data corresponding to one sheet of the recording material are divided into a plurality of areas,
each of which is composed of a predetermined number of pixels,

wherein the image processing section selects a fewer number of pixels than the predetermined number of pixels, regardless
of their density information, within each of the areas, and acquires density information of the fewer number of the pixels
selected,

wherein the image processing section finally does not acquire density information from pixels, except for the fewer number
of the pixels selected, within each of the areas,

wherein the image processing section determines a maximum value within the density information acquired, and
wherein the fixing section fixes the toner image for which the density information has been acquired, under a fixing condition
according to the maximum value.

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. 9,094,624

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus which includes a semiconductor portion having a first face on the light incident side and
a second face which is opposite to the first face, and an optical system arranged on the first face of the semiconductor portion,
comprising:
a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type configured to be provided on the second face side in the semiconductor
region;

a photoelectric conversion portion configured to be provided in the semiconductor portion so as to surround the first semiconductor
region, and include a second semiconductor region of the first conductivity type; and

a gate electrode configured to be arranged between the first semiconductor region and the second semiconductor region on the
second face of the semiconductor portion, and transfer a charge generated in the photoelectric conversion portion to the first
semiconductor region,

wherein the optical system is configured so as to make a light intensity in the second semiconductor region higher than that
in the first semiconductor region.

US Pat. No. 9,091,534

MEASURING APPARATUS, MEASURING METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING AN OPTICAL COMPONENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A measuring apparatus, comprising:
a light source for emitting light having a coherence length smaller than an optical path difference between light entering
a first optical surface of an object to be measured and light entering a second optical surface of the object to be measured;

a separating optical system for separating the light emitted from the light source into reference light and measuring light
that irradiates the object to be measured;

a lens array formed of a plurality of lenses, for condensing, on an image plane, each of the reference light and the measuring
light that travels via the object to be measured;

an image pickup element arranged on the image plane;
an adjusting unit for changing at least one object to be adjusted among an optical path length of the measuring light that
travels from the light source to the lens array, an optical path length of the reference light that travels from the light
source to the lens array, and a wavelength width of the light source, the adjusting unit being configured to change the at
least one object to be adjusted so as to include a range in which a signal light component contained in the measuring light
that travels via the object to be measured interferes with the reference light; and

a calculating unit for extracting interference light spots generated through interference between the signal light component
and the reference light from a plurality of picked-up images acquired sequentially from the image pickup element while changing,
by the adjusting unit, the at least one object to be adjusted, calculating positions of the interference light spots, and
calculating a shape of the object to be measured based on the positions of the interference light spots and predetermined
reference positions.

US Pat. No. 9,088,987

COMMUNICATION CHANNEL DETERMINATION METHOD AND A DETERMINATION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of a controlling apparatus, comprising:
selecting a first communication apparatus, which has a higher load than a second communication apparatus, based on a load
of a plurality of communication apparatuses;

determining interference on a plurality of communication channels caused by a signal sent from an uncontrolled apparatus which
is not controlled by the controlling apparatus;

selecting a first communication channel from among the plurality of communication channels, whose interference is lower than
that of a second communication channel, based on the determined interference on the plurality of communication channels; and

allocating the first communication channel to the first communication apparatus,
wherein, in allocating, the same communication channel as the first communication channel is allocated to a third communication
apparatus in a case where the third communication apparatus is classified in the same load class as the first communication
apparatus, and the first communication apparatus does not receive a signal from the third communication apparatus wirelessly
and the third communication apparatus does not receive a signal from the first communication apparatus wirelessly, or another
communication channel is allocated to the third communication apparatus in a case where either the first communication apparatus
receives a signal from the third communication apparatus wirelessly or the third communication apparatus receives a signal
from the first communication apparatus wirelessly.

US Pat. No. 9,086,651

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a developing unit detachably attached to the image forming apparatus, the developing unit containing a developer;
a first member that includes a first electrode and is rotatable around a rotation axis in the developing unit;
a second member that moves around the rotation axis in the developing unit, wherein when the second member rotates, the first
member temporarily stops;

a second electrode provided on an exterior of the developing unit;
an output section that detects an electrostatic capacitance between the first electrode and the second electrode, and outputs
data on the detected electrostatic capacitance; and

a determining section that determines an amount of developer in the developing unit based on the data output from the output
section.

US Pat. No. 9,081,329

DEVELOPING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:
a developer containing portion configured to contain developer;
a developer bearing member configured to bear the developer and develop an electrostatic latent image;
a flexible stirring member configured to stir the developer in the developer containing portion; and
a partition member which is disposed to separate the developer containing portion from a space adjacent to the developer containing
portion and which is arranged to bend to block at least a part of a light path when being pressed by the stirring member via
the developer, the light path being formed in the space and used to detect an amount of the developer.

US Pat. No. 9,075,370

COLOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A color image forming apparatus including an image forming unit, wherein the image forming unit includes a rotating photosensitive
member, a charging unit configured to charge the photosensitive member, a light irradiation unit configured to perform light
irradiation to form an electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive member, a development unit configured to apply toner
to the electrostatic latent image to form a toner image on the photosensitive member, and a transfer unit configured to transfer
the toner image adhering to the photosensitive member onto a belt, the color image forming apparatus comprising:
a pre-exposure unit configured to be arranged on the downstream side of the transfer unit in a rotational direction of the
photosensitive member and to irradiate the photosensitive member surface with light before the photosensitive member surface
is charged by the charging unit;

a power supply unit configured to supply power to the charging unit associated with the photosensitive member;
a detection unit configured to detect an output of the power supply unit when an electrostatic latent image for color misregistration
correction that is formed on the photosensitive member by the light irradiation performed by the light irradiation unit passes
through a position facing the charging unit;

a color misregistration correction control unit configured to control a color misregistration correction based on the result
of detection by the detection unit so that a detected color misregistration state at least comes closer to a reference state;
and

a light amount control unit configured to control a light emission amount of the pre-exposure unit,
wherein the light amount control unit performs control such that the pre-exposure unit has a decreased light emission amount
when the formed electrostatic latent image for color misregistration correction passes through a position facing the pre-exposure
unit before passing through the position facing the charging unit.

US Pat. No. 9,053,548

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS INCLUDING DISPLAY UNIT FOR UPDATING DATA AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD USING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus that converts vector pattern data into bitmap data, the lithography apparatus comprising:
a display unit including a touch panel function;
a processing unit that causes the display unit to display a bitmap image for lithography and performs processing for updating
the bitmap data by changing at least one of a pixel value, dimension, and shape of the bitmap image displayed on the display
unit based on an input received via the display unit; and

a control unit configured to control writing on a substrate with a charged particle beam based on the updated bitmap data
updated by the processing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,053,536

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR A TOMOGRAM OF AN EYE REGION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the image processing apparatus to:
acquire a tomogram of a fundus of a subject eye;
detect a first layer boundary from the tomogram;
estimate a new layer boundary based on a form of the first layer boundary; and
determine a region which has a thickness equal to or more than a threshold from regions between the first layer boundary and
the new layer boundary.

US Pat. No. 9,052,679

CLEANING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cleaning device used in an image forming apparatus, the cleaning device comprising:
a cleaning member configured to remove a developer from an image bearing member, the cleaning member being attached to a fixing
portion provided in a frame, the cleaning member including a blade portion contacting the image bearing member in a counter
direction with respect to a moving direction of the image bearing member, a flexible supporting member configured to support
the blade portion including one end portion in which the blade portion is provided, the other end portion having a portion
to be fixed to the fixing portion, and a bent portion arranged between the one end portion and the other end portion, the
bent portion being arranged outward, with respect to the line segment connecting a contact portion where the blade contacts
the image bearing member, with the portion to be fixed, away from the surface of the image bearing member, including the supporting
member where the portion to be fixed, is arranged with respect to the contact portion, at the downstream side in the movement
direction of the image bearing member,

wherein the portion to be fixed is positioned lower than the bent portion in the vertical direction; and
a container configured to store the developer removed from the image bearing member, the container being formed of the frame,
wherein between the frame and the other end portion, a space allowing the other end portion to elastically deform is provided,
and the container is provided with a sealing member configured to prevent intrusion of the developer into the space.

US Pat. No. 10,182,500

CURABLE COMPOSITION FOR PHOTOIMPRINT, CURED PRODUCT, AND METHOD OF PRODUCING FILM HAVING PATTERN, OPTICAL COMPONENT, CIRCUIT BOARD, OR ELECTRONIC COMPONENT USING THE COMPOSITION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of producing a film having a pattern, the method comprising:arranging a curable composition for photoimprint on a substrate;
bringing a mold having a mold pattern for transfer into contact with the curable composition for photoimprint in a gaseous atmosphere containing a condensable gas;
irradiating the curable composition with light to form a cured film; and
releasing the mold from the cured film,
wherein the curable composition for photoimprint is a curable composition for photoimprint in a gaseous atmosphere containing a condensable gas, the curable composition at least comprising component (A) and component (B):
(A) polymerizable compound; and
(B) photopolymerization initiator,
wherein component (B) has a saturated solubility of less than 1% by weight in the condensable gas in a liquid state at 5° C. and 1 atm or has a Hansen distance (Ra) of larger than 7.6 to the condensable gas.

US Pat. No. 9,862,190

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a liquid ejection head including:
a substrate having a terminal, the terminal being a point for electrical connection to an external device;
an inorganic material layer on the substrate;
a flow path member disposed on the inorganic material layer and containing an organic material; and
an intermediate layer disposed between the inorganic material layer and the flow path member,
the manufacturing method comprising:
a step of forming the intermediate layer by applying a photosensitive material containing a silane coupling agent onto the
substrate including an upper surface of the terminal, by exposing the photosensitive material to light, and by developing
the exposed photosensitive material, wherein the photosensitive material applied on the upper surface of the terminal is removed
and the terminal is exposed; and

a step of cleaning the upper surface of the terminal immediately after the step of forming the intermediate layer by using
a solution containing hydrogen fluoride, ammonium fluoride, and a water-soluble organic solvent.

US Pat. No. 9,847,680

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:
a power supply unit that wirelessly supplies power to an electronic device;
a communication unit that transmits information related to the power supply apparatus to the electronic device, transmits
information for requesting the electronic device for transmitting information related to the electronic device, when a predetermined
time has elapsed after the information related to the power supply apparatus is transmitted to the electronic device, and
receives the information related to the electronic device from the electronic device; and

a control unit that uses the information related to the electronic device to control power to be wirelessly supply to the
electronic device, after the information related to the electronic device is received from the electronic device.

US Pat. No. 9,742,969

ATTACHMENT OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An attachment optical system to be detachably mounted between an image pickup optical system and an image pickup apparatus,
comprising:
a receiver configured to receive first information for correcting lateral chromatic aberrations that are caused by the image
pickup optical system;

a computing unit configured to derive, based on the first information and optical characteristics of the attachment optical
system, second information for correcting lateral chromatic aberrations; and

a transmitter configured to transmit the second information to the image pickup apparatus,
wherein the first information and the second information comprise information for obtaining lateral chromatic aberration amounts
under conditions regarding a zoom position, focus position, and f-number of the image pickup optical system, based on a ratio
of an image height to be corrected on an image plane to a maximum image height,

wherein the first information and the second information each indicate shift amounts of blue and red relative to green in
a radial direction of a circle centered about an optical axis position, and

wherein the shift amount of blue B1B(r) relative to green in the second information and the shift amount of red B1R(r) relative to green in the second information are derived as follows:

B1B(r)=K×A1B(r)+C1B(r)

B1R(r)=K×A1R(r)+C1R(r),
where K represents a predetermined constant that is set in advance to the computing unit, r represents the ratio of the image
height to be corrected on the image plane to the maximum image height, A1B(r) represents the shift amount of blue relative to green in the first information, A1R(r) represents the shift amount of red relative to green in the first information, and C1B(r) and C1R(r) respectively represent functions that have r as a variable.

US Pat. No. 9,642,263

DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a display panel;
an exterior member made up of a plurality of separated bezels each disposed on a front surface side of a peripheral portion
of the display panel; and

at least one joint member disposed on inner sides of the bezels at at least one portion where the bezels are separated so
as to connect the adjacent bezels, wherein

each of the joint members has a first portion having elasticity and supporting a lower end of the display panel, and a second
portion having higher rigidity than the first portion and making contact with the inner side of the bezel.

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. 9,560,961

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY TANGIBLE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of tomographic images of an eye to be inspected;
a specification unit configured to specify an area of a tomographic image among the plurality of tomographic images, on which
a folded image is generated; and

a display control unit configured to control a display unit to display (1) a layer thickness map based on the plurality of
tomographic images with (2) data indicating the area on which the folded image is generated,

wherein the data indicating the area on which folded image is generated is superimposed on the layer thickness map, and
wherein the display control unit controls the display unit to display the layer thickness map with a color and to display
the data indicating the area on which the folded image is generated by a color different from the color of the layer thickness
map.

US Pat. No. 9,557,944

PRINTING SYSTEM INCLUDING A HOST APPARATUS, AND A PRINTING APPARATUS WHICH IS CONNECTED TO THE HOST APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING SECURE PRINTING WITH MISMATCHED AUTHENTICATION DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing system comprising a host apparatus which transmits to a printing apparatus: a print job and account information
including a password, a personal identifier, and an affiliation identifier, which are input by a user to the host apparatus,
and the printing apparatus which is connected to the host apparatus, receives the print job and the account information, and
performs authenticated printing, wherein the printing apparatus comprises:
a storage unit configured to store account information including a password, a personal identifier, and an affiliation identifier
for each user input by an administrator of the printing system beforehand;

a processor configured to:
authenticate the user by comparing the account information transmitted by the host apparatus with the account information
in the storage unit;

execute printing based on the print job in a first case where it is determined by authentication by the authentication unit
that: even though all of the account information transmitted by the host apparatus do not match with all of the account information
stored in the storage unit for a first user, (1) the password and the personal identifier transmitted by the host apparatus
and the password and the personal identifier stored in the storage unit for the first user match; (2) the affiliation identifier
transmitted by the host apparatus and the affiliation identifier stored in the storage unit for the first user do not match;
and (3) the affiliation identifier transmitted by the host apparatus has been stored in the storage unit for a second user;
and

suppress the printing in a second case where it is determined by authentication by the authentication unit that the password
and the personal identifier transmitted by the host apparatus and the password and the personal identifier stored in the storage
unit for the first user match, and the affiliation identifier transmitted by the host apparatus has not been stored for any
user.

US Pat. No. 9,538,145

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, METHOD FOR SETTING MASK IMAGE, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transmission apparatus that transmits an image to be distributed, which is at least a part of a captured image by an
image capture unit, to a reception apparatus, the transmission apparatus comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold at least one setting including an extraction range to extract a distribution image from
the captured image and a resolution of the captured image;

a determination unit configured to receive, from a reception apparatus, specification information for specifying one of the
at least one setting in the holding unit and to apply a coordinate system corresponding to an extraction range of the distribution
image, the extraction range being determined by the specified setting;

a setting unit configured to receive, from the reception apparatus, mask position information indicating a mask position in
the determined coordinate system for displaying a mask in the distributed image and set the mask position, based on the resolution
of the captured image, the extraction range and the received mask position in the determined coordinate system, at which the
mask is displayed in the distribution image extracted from the captured image; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the distribution image with the mask to a reception apparatus by extracting the
distribution image within the extraction range of the captured image.

US Pat. No. 9,509,997

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM, IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, IMAGE CODING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A coding apparatus configured to code multi-viewpoint images captured from a plurality of viewpoints with respect to an
object, the apparatus comprising:
an imaging element or device configured to capture images using parameters related to exposure set for each of the plurality
of viewpoints; and

at least one processor that operates to perform inter-frame predictive coding on an image to be coded using a reference image
selected from the images captured by the imaging element or device based on the parameters related to the exposure set for
each of the plurality of viewpoints,

wherein the at least one processor further operates to select the reference image based on the parameters related to exposure
and a parallax, which is a difference between a viewpoint from which the image to be coded is captured and a viewpoint from
which an image other than the image to be coded is captured,

wherein the at least one processor further operates to first determine whether an image is captured from a viewpoint of which
the parallax is within a predetermined range, and

wherein the at least one processor selects the reference image based on results of the first determination.

US Pat. No. 9,507,283

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
a charge-generating layer on the support; and
a charge-transporting layer on the charge-generating layer,
wherein:
the charge-transporting layer is a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member;
the charge-transporting layer comprises a matrix-domain structure having:
a domain which comprises a polycarbonate resin A comprising:
a structural unit represented by one of the following formulae (A-1) and (A-2);
a structural unit represented by the following formula (B); and
a structural unit represented by the following formula (C); and
a matrix which comprises a charge-transporting substance and a resin D having a structural unit represented by the following
formula (D);

a content of the structural unit represented by one of the formulae (A-1) and (A-2) is from 5% by mass to 25% by mass based
on a total mass of the polycarbonate resin A;

a content of the structural unit represented by the formula (B) is from 35% by mass to 65% by mass based on the total mass
of the polycarbonate resin A;

a content of the structural unit represented by the formula (C) is from 10% by mass to 60% by mass based on the total mass
of the polycarbonate resin A,

in the formula (A-1):
Z11 and Z12 each independently represent an alkylene group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms;

R11 to R14 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, or a phenyl group; and

n11 represents a number of repetitions of a structure within parentheses, and an average of n11 in the formula (A-1) ranges from 10 to 150;

in the formula (A-2):
Z21 to Z23 each independently represent an alkylene group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms;

R16 to R27 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, or a phenyl group; and

n21, n22, and n23 each independently represent a number of repetitions of a structure within parentheses, an average of n21 and an average of n22 in the formula (A-2) each range from 1 to 10, and an average of n23 in the formula (A-2) ranges from 10 to 200;

in the formula (C):
Y31 represents an oxygen atom or a sulfur atom; and

R31 to R34 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a methyl group;

in the formula (D):
m41 represents 0 or 1;

when m41 represents 1, X41 represents an o-phenylene group, a m-phenylene group, a p-phenylene group, a bivalent group having two p-phenylene groups
bonded with a methylene group, or a bivalent group having two p-phenylene groups bonded with an oxygen atom;

Y41 represents a single bond, an oxygen atom, a methylene group, an ethylidene group, a propylidene group, a cyclohexylidene group,
a phenylmethylene group, or a phenylethylidene group; and

R41 to R48 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a methyl group.

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. 9,501,021

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING BINDING PROCESSING FUNCTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

14. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a stacking unit configured to stack the sheet on which the image is formed by the image forming unit;
a binding unit configured to perform binding processing by pressing a sheet bundle including a plurality of sheets stacked
on the stacking unit;

a motor configured to drive the binding unit to press the sheet bundle;
a speed detection unit configured to detect a speed of the motor;
a voltage detection unit configured to detect a driving voltage of the motor;
a current detection unit configured to detect a driving current of the motor; and
a motor control unit configured to determine an upper limit value of the driving current of the motor based on the speed detected
by the speed detection unit, the driving voltage detected by the voltage detection unit, and the driving current detected
by the current detection unit in a period when the motor is being driven and the binding unit is not pressing the sheet bundle.

US Pat. No. 9,501,121

JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS USING MULTIPLE POWER SOURCES AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A job processing apparatus that performs job processing by using power supplied from a first power supply and a second
power supply, the job processing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive a job;
a calculating unit configured to calculate an amount of power consumed to process the received job;
a determining unit configured to determine whether the received job is executable based on a first amount of power that can
be supplied from the first power supply and the calculated amount of power;

a control unit configured to perform control so that the job is processed with the power supplied from the first power supply
if the determining unit determines that the job is executable with the first amount of power and the job is processed with
the power supplied from the second power supply if the determining unit determines that the job is not executable with the
first amount of power;

a storage unit configured to store a power history in which each executed job is associated with a type of the power supply
that is used; and

a charging unit configured to charge each job in accordance with the type of the power supply associated with the job stored
in the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,493,018

PRINTING APPARATUS WITH CUT UNIT CONFIGURED TO CUT A SHEET ACCORDING TO AN OPERATOR'S INSTRUCTIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a support unit configured to support a continuous sheet;
an operation unit configured to operate a conveyance unit to convey the continuous sheet in accordance with an operator's
instruction;

a detection unit configured to detect that a continuous sheet has been loaded into the support unit;
a cut unit configured to cut the continuous sheet drawn from the support unit; and
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display an operation screen for prompting operations by the operation
unit,

wherein in response to the detection by the detection unit that a continuous sheet has been loaded into the support unit,
the display control unit causes the display unit to display the operation screen for prompting operations by the operation
unit to selectively advance or reverse the continuous sheet before cutting the continuous sheet by the cut unit and before
a printing on the continuous sheet is started.

US Pat. No. 9,482,990

SHUTTER MECHANISM FOR CONTROLLING DEVELOPER SUPPLIED FROM A DEVELOPER SUPPLYING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device that is attachable to and detachable from a body of an image forming apparatus including a developer
supplying device, the developing device comprising:
a developer receiving port configured to receive developer supplied from the developer supplying device; and
a shutter mechanism configured to open and shut the developer receiving port according to a mounting action of the developing
device,

wherein the shutter mechanism comprising:
a shutter configured to open and shut the developer receiving port; and
an engaging member configured to be movably provided together with the shutter and configured to movably engaged with the
shutter,

wherein the engaging member is configured to contact with the developer supplying member according to a mounting action of
the developing device, and according to a movement of the developing device toward a mounting position of the developing device
in a state where the engaging member contacting with the developer supplying member, the shutter opens the developer receiving
port, and

wherein the engaging member is configured to swing with respect to the shutter.

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. 9,462,992

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. 9,453,986

IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING A CURVED IMAGE SURFACE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging optical system including (a) an aperture stop, (b) a first optical system disposed on an object side of the aperture
stop, and (c) a second optical system disposed on an image side of the aperture stop; and

a light-receiving surface which is disposed on an image side of the imaging optical system and is a concave surface facing
the imaging optical system,

wherein the first optical system and the second optical system have different positive power,
wherein the first optical system includes a first lens closest to the object side and a second lens adjacent to the first
lens,

wherein the second optical system includes a third lens closest to the image side and a fourth lens adjacent to the third
lens,

wherein a difference between an Abbe number of the third lens and an Abbe number of the fourth lens is larger than a difference
between an Abbe number of the first lens and an Abbe number of the second lens, and

wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.8?|Rimg|/fsys?1.5, and

0.8?|Rimg|/dpup?1.5
where fsys represents a focal length of the imaging optical system, dpup represents a distance from an exit pupil of the imaging optical system to the light-receiving surface, and Rimg represents a radius of curvature of the light-receiving surface.

US Pat. No. 9,456,125

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:
a sensor unit, having a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements for receiving light that passed through an imaging
optical system and accumulating charge, configured to generate an image signal to be used for correlation calculation for
focus detection based on the accumulated charge;

a control unit configured to control the photoelectric conversion elements to stop charge accumulation in a case where a first
signal that represents contrast of the image signal reaches a predetermined voltage level; and

a voltage level setting unit configured to set the predetermined voltage level,
wherein the voltage level setting unit sets a larger voltage level as the predetermined voltage level in a first case, in
which luminance change in a direction of the correlation calculation in the plurality of the photoelectric conversion elements
is gentler than a second case, than in the second case.

US Pat. No. 9,451,125

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD THEREFOR, AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating image data of an original based on images read by a plurality of sensor units
arranged in a main scanning direction so that a reading area of each sensor unit partially overlaps with a reading area of
an adjacent sensor unit, and each sensor unit reading an image of a partial region divided from a region of the original along
a sub-scanning direction, the apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store attachment position information indicating an attachment, position of each sensor unit;
and

a geometric correction unit configured to perform tilt correction based on placement information of the original and attachment
error correction based on the attachment position information for image data output from the plurality of sensor units, and
perform joint processing for the corrected image data so as to generate image data of the original,

wherein (a) the tilt correction is processing of correcting a tilt of the original in the image data, (b) the tilt of the
original is detected for each original read, (c) the attachment error correction is processing of correcting an attachment
error of each sensor unit in image data output from the sensor unit, and (d) as a part of the attachment error, each sensor
unit has a different tilt.

US Pat. No. 9,444,966

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a flatbed scanner unit configured to read an original on a platen glass, the flatbed scanner unit having a first reading unit
having a light source and an image sensor;

a feeding unit openable and closable with respect to the platen glass and configured to feed and to read an original, wherein
the feeding unit comprises a second reading unit having a light source and an image sensor;

a first white reference, provided on the flatbed scanner unit, arranged to face the second reading unit when the feeding unit
is closed;

a second white reference, provided in the feeding unit, arranged to face the first reading unit when the feeding unit is closed;
a control unit configured to control at least one of the first reading unit and the second reading unit to obtain first data
by the image sensor of at least one of the first reading unit and the second reading unit when the light source is on, and
to obtain second data by the image sensor of at least one of the first reading unit and the second reading unit when the light
source is off, prior to image reading;

wherein the control unit is further configured to determine an opened/closed state of the feeding unit based on the first
data and the second data.

US Pat. No. 9,442,408

MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY, METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A member for electrophotography comprising:
a support,
an elastic layer on the support, and
a surface layer on the elastic layer;wherein,
the elastic layer comprises a quaternary ammonium salt and an epichlorohydrin rubber;
the surface layer comprises a polymer having:
any one or both of the structures represented by the following Formulae (1) and (2),
any one or both of the structures represented by the following Formulae (3) and (4), and
a structure represented by the following Formula (5); and,
a universal hardness of a surface of the surface layer is 1.0 N/mm2 or more and 5.0 N/mm2 or less:


wherein l represents an integer of 1 or more.

US Pat. No. 9,445,094

IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, IMAGE CODING METHOD, AND PROGRAM, AND IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, IMAGE DECODING METHOD, AND PROGRAM, RELATING TO USE OF AN IMAGE QUALITY CONTROL PARAMETER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image encoding apparatus configured to divide an image into divisional blocks and to perform encoding on the image in
units of divisional blocks, the image coding apparatus comprising:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire information on a block size of a target block to be encoded;
a setting unit configured to set information on a minimum quantization size indicating a block size used to control a quantization
of the image; and

an encoding unit configured to encode a first quantization parameter used to control a quantization of the target block, the
first quantization parameter corresponding to encoding the target block to be encoded, in a case where the block size of the
target block to be encoded is greater than or equal to the minimum quantization size, and to encode a second quantization
parameter used to control a quantization of a plurality of blocks in a block group which contains the target block to be encoded,
the second quantization parameter corresponding to encoding a block of a block size smaller than the minimum quantization
size, in a case where the block size of the target block to be encoded is smaller than the minimum quantization size, and
the second quantization parameter used to control the quantization of the plurality of blocks has not been encoded.

US Pat. No. 9,437,637

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD AND RESIST PATTERN FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a semiconductor device comprising:
a first step of forming a first photoresist film on a substrate;
a second step of forming a first photoresist pattern by exposing and then developing the first photoresist film;
a third step of irradiating the first photoresist pattern with ultraviolet light to cure a surface of the first photoresist
pattern;

a fourth step of forming a second photoresist film so as to cover the substrate and the first photoresist pattern;
a fifth step of forming a second photoresist pattern at least a part of which is provided on the first photoresist pattern
by exposing and then developing the second photoresist film; and

a sixth step of performing ion implantation in the substrate using the second photoresist pattern,
wherein the second photoresist pattern is:
(i) not subjected to ultraviolet irradiation after the second photoresist film has been developed and before the ion implantation
is performed, or

(ii) irradiated with the ultraviolet light, after the second photoresist film has been developed and before the ion implantation
is performed, under a condition that at least one of an ultraviolet light irradiation amount, an ultraviolet light irradiation
time, and an atmospheric temperature at the time of ultraviolet irradiation is reduced relative to that in the third step,
and

wherein, in the fifth step, a mask having an opening a diameter of which is smaller than that of an opening of a mask that
is used in the second step is used.

US Pat. No. 9,436,150

INTERLOCK MECHANISM IN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND ELECTRICAL DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an opening and closing portion configured to be capable of opening and closing;
a switch configured to be turned off when a voltage applied to a drive terminal is smaller than a first voltage and to be
turned on when the voltage applied to the drive terminal is greater than or equal to a second voltage that exceeds the first
voltage;

a drive unit configured to generate a drive voltage;
a first line configured to be used to apply the drive voltage to the drive terminal of the switch;
a second line arranged such that at least a part thereof is near the first line; and
a voltage drop element provided on the first line and configured to drop the voltage applied to the drive terminal,
wherein the voltage drop element drops a voltage applied from the second line through the first line to the drive terminal
by a predetermined voltage when the first line and the second line short-circuit in a state where the opening and closing
portion is open, so as to lower the voltage applied to the drive terminal to be smaller than the first voltage, thereby turning
off the switch.

US Pat. No. 9,431,206

X-RAY GENERATION TUBE, X-RAY GENERATION DEVICE INCLUDING THE X-RAY GENERATION TUBE, AND X-RAY IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An X-ray generation tube comprising:
a target for generating an X-ray through irradiation with an electron beam;
an electron source provided opposed to the target; and
a grid electrode having multiple electron passage apertures,
wherein the grid electrode is disposed between the target and the electron source so that a part of a source-side electron
beam emitted from the electron source passes through the multiple electron passage apertures and irradiates the target,

wherein the source-side electron beam shows a current density distribution,
wherein the grid electrode has an aperture ratio distribution,
wherein a region of the source-side electron beam, in which a current density is largest, is aligned with a region of the
grid electrode, in which an aperture ratio is smallest,

wherein the grid electrode causes the part of the source-side electron beam to pass through the multiple electron passage
apertures so as to form a target-side electron beam on the target side of the grid electrode, and

wherein a current density at a beam center of the target-side electron beam is lower than a current density at a beam center
of the source-side electron beam.

US Pat. No. 9,417,573

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device, comprising:
a cylindrical rotary member including a conductive layer;
a coil that is disposed inside the rotary member, the coil including a helical portion of which a helical axis is substantially
parallel to a generatrix direction of the rotary member, the coil being configured to form an alternating magnetic field to
generate heat in the conductive layer by electromagnetic induction;

a core disposed inside the helical portion, the core configured to guide a line of magnetic force of the alternating magnetic
field;

a roller that comes in contact with an outer surface of the rotary member so as to form a fixing nip portion between the roller
and the rotary member;

a metal stay that is disposed inside the rotary member; and
a sliding member configured to form the fixing nip portion together with the roller through the rotary member,
wherein an image on a recording material is fixed to the recording material by being heated at the fixing nip portion, wherein
the sliding member is electrically insulating,

wherein a cross sectional shape of the metal stay has a U-shape,
wherein the metal stay is arranged such that an opening portion of the U-shape opposes to the nip portion,
wherein two leg portions of the U-shape are in contact with the sliding member,
wherein, when viewing from one end of the helical axis toward a direction of the helical axis, the coil is surrounded by the
metal stay and the sliding member, and

wherein the metal stay directly opposes to the rotary member.

US Pat. No. 9,409,406

RECORDING APPARATUS WITH MOUNTING-REMOVING MECHANISM FOR INK CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a recording head configured to execute recording on a recording medium;
a mounting portion on which an ink cartridge for supplying ink to the recording head is mounted;
a latching unit configured to be changeable between a first state where the ink cartridge mounted on the mounting portion
is latched and a second state where the ink cartridge mounted on the mounting portion is not latched;

a regulation member configured to be movable between a regulating position where the regulation member regulates movement
of the latching unit and a releasing position where the regulation member allows the movement of the latching unit; and

a return unit configured to return the regulation member to the regulating position from the releasing position by contacting
the regulation member moved to the releasing position.

US Pat. No. 9,398,195

IMAGE PROCESSING INCLUDING COLOR MATERIAL SAVING PROCESS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus to which a color material saving process can be applied, the image processing apparatus comprising:
an object analysis unit which determines object type for an object contained in print data;
an object conversion unit which, if the color material saving process is applied and the object analysis unit determines that
the print data contains an image object, decreases the size of the image object contained in the print data, and if the color
material saving process is applied and the object analysis unit determines that the print data contains a character object
or a graphic object, reduces the density of the character object or the graphic object contained in the print data; and

a priority level specifying unit which specifies a priority level of the size or the density,
wherein the object conversion unit reduces the density and decreases the size according to a weight which is based on the
specified priority level.

US Pat. No. 9,389,563

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 first light source and the second light source are arranged such that a power-supplied portion of the first light
source and a power-supplied portion of the second light source face each other.

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. 9,386,312

VIDEO ENCODING AND DECODING WITH IMPROVED ERROR RESILIENCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encoding a sequence of digital images into a bitstream, at least one portion of an image being encoded by motion
compensation with respect to a reference image portion,
wherein, for at least one image portion to encode, the method comprises:
obtaining a target number of motion information predictors to be used for said image portion to encode; and
generating a set of motion information predictors using the obtained target number of motion information predictors; and
wherein generating comprises:
obtaining a first set of motion information predictors each associated with an image portion having a predetermined relationship
with said image portion being encoded, wherein the predetermined relationship is at least one selected from: a spatial relationship;
a temporal relationship; and a spatial and temporal relationship,

modifying said first set of motion information predictors by removing one or more duplicate motion information predictors
to obtain a reduced set of motion information predictors containing a first number of motion information predictors, each
motion information predictor of said reduced set being different from any other motion information predictor of said reduced
set,

after obtaining said reduced set of motion information predictors, comparing said first number of motion information predictors
to said target number obtained, and

if said first number is lower than said target number,
obtaining an additional motion information predictor, and
adding said additional motion information predictor to said reduced set of motion information predictors.

US Pat. No. 9,375,920

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a printing element substrate that includes multiple connecting terminals; and
an electric wiring substrate that includes a first wiring line having a first line width, a second wiring line having a second
line width, and inner leads that separately connect the first wiring line to a connecting terminal and the second wiring line
to a connecting terminal, wherein

the first wiring line is provided with one of the inner leads,
the second wiring line is provided with multiple inner leads, and
the second line width is larger than the first line width.

US Pat. No. 9,377,748

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image onto a recording material, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a belt unit having a belt contacting the recording material;
an opening and closing member openable and closable against an apparatus body;
a switch configured to switch a state where image formation operation is prohibited and a state where the prohibition is released;
a switching member capable of pressing the switch, the switching member being provided on the opening and closing member;
and

a moving member movably held on the opening and closing member,
wherein the image formation operation prohibited state is switched by pressing the switch and releasing the pressing by the
switching member,

wherein the pressing of the switch by the switching member is released and the image formation operation is prohibited when
the opening and closing member is opened against the apparatus body,

wherein the belt unit can be detached and attached to the apparatus body when the opening and closing member is opened against
the apparatus body,

wherein the moving member is positioned at a first position or a second position different from the first position relative
to the opening and closing member when the opening and closing member is closed, depending on whether the belt unit is attached
or not attached to the apparatus body,

wherein when the opening and closing member is closed against the apparatus body in a case where the belt unit is not attached
to the apparatus body, the moving member is positioned at the first position, the switching member cannot press the switch
by causing the moving member to contact the apparatus body, and the image formation operation is prohibited, and

wherein when the opening and closing member is closed against the apparatus body in a case where the belt unit is attached
to the apparatus body, the moving member is positioned at the second position, the switching member presses the switch and
the prohibition of the image formation operation is released.

US Pat. No. 9,377,838

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND POWER SAVING CONTROL METHOD WHEN TRANSITING TO A POWER SAVING STATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a plurality of application programs and an operating system for controlling communications between
the plurality of application programs and a hardware of the data processing apparatus, the plurality of application programs
including a sleep control application for transition from a first power state to a second power state that consumes less power
than that in the first power state and a monitoring application for monitoring communication between the operating system
and an external apparatus via a network; and

a processor configured to execute the plurality of application programs and the operating system,
wherein the operating system includes data monitoring software for notifying the monitoring application that the operating
system receives data from the external apparatus and data processing software for processing the data received from the external
apparatus,

wherein if the monitoring application receives a notification from the data monitoring software and determines that the data
is to be processed by the data processing software, the monitoring application instructs the sleep control application not
to transit from the first power state to the second power state while the data processing software is processing the data,
and

wherein when the sleep control application receives an instruction from the monitoring application, the sleep control application
does not transit the data processing apparatus from the first power state to the second power state while the data processing
software is processing the data.

US Pat. No. 9,377,714

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT WITH FRAMES FOR ACCOMMODATING A DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating unit for accommodating developer, said developer accommodating unit comprising:
a flexible container, provided with an opening for permitting discharge of the developer, for accommodating the developer;
a sealing member for sealing the opening; and
a frame, including a first frame and a second frame, for accommodating said flexible container in a space formed by mounting
said first frame to said second frame and for accommodating the developer discharged through the opening of said flexible
container when said sealing member is peeled off to unseal the opening,

wherein, if a longitudinal end top surface of said flexible container is depressed in a mounting direction of said first frame
toward said second frame, a longitudinal end side surface of said flexible container adjacent to the longitudinal end top
surface is deformed and extends towards outside of said flexible container with respect to a longitudinal direction of said
flexible container.

US Pat. No. 9,373,724

METHOD OF DRIVING TRANSISTOR AND DEVICE INCLUDING TRANSISTOR DRIVEN BY THE METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of driving a bottom-gate type transistor including a substrate, a first conductive layer, a first insulating layer,
a semiconductor layer, a second insulating layer, and a second conductive layer in an order from a top surface of the substrate
going upward from bottom to top,
wherein the semiconductor layer connected to a source electrode and a drain electrode of the transistor and comprises an amorphous
material in which any crystalline diffraction peak is not observed in X-ray diffraction, the source electrode and the drain
electrode are disposed on the second insulating layer, and the first conductive layer serves as a gate electrode of the transistor,
and

wherein a flat band current IFB of the bottom-gate type transistor represented by the following equation (1) is smaller than
10?12 A when VD is 0.1V:

IFB=ts×W×?×VD/L  (1)

where ? denotes electrical conductivity of the semiconductor layer, W denotes the channel width of the bottom-gate type transistor,
L denotes the channel length thereof, is denotes the thickness of the semiconductor layer, and VD denotes a drain voltage,

the method comprising:
applying a voltage to the gate electrode to induce carriers to the semiconductor layer;
supplying a constant current between the source electrode and the drain electrode; and
applying a voltage to the second conductive layer with respect to a voltage of the source electrode,
wherein the voltage applied to the second conductive layer is lower than VON1×C1/(C1+C2) where C1 denotes a capacitance per unit area of the first insulating layer, C2 denotes a capacitance per unit area of the second insulating layer, and VON1 denotes a potential of the gate electrode with respect to the source electrode at which the drain current rises in the transfer
characteristic of the transistor when the second conductive layer is set to 0 V.

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. 9,362,896

CHIP, MULTICHIP MODULE, AND APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A chip comprising:
a plurality of unit cells; a scanning circuit adapted to scan the plurality of unit cells, thereby making each of the plurality
of unit cells output a signal; a voltage-to-current conversion circuit; a current-to-voltage conversion circuit; an output
terminal; and an input terminal, wherein

the current-to-voltage conversion circuit is adapted to convert a first current signal input into the input terminal, into
a first voltage signal,

the scanning circuit starts scanning in response to the first voltage signal output from the current-to-voltage conversion
circuit, and

the voltage-to-current conversion circuit is adapted to convert a second voltage signal output from the scanning circuit into
a second current signal, and to output the second current signal from the output terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,363,429

IMAGING APPARATUS AND ITS CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging device that outputs a parallax image of a first image signal and a second image signal;
a first focus detecting unit configured to calculate a defocus amount by a phase-difference detection method using the first
image signal and the second image signal;

a second focus detecting unit configured to calculate a contrast evaluation value based on a combined signal, wherein the
combined signal is a signal obtained by relatively shifting phases of the first and second image signals and combining the
first and second image signals;

a brightness detecting unit configured to detect the brightness level of an object, and a control unit configured to, when
the brightness level of the object detected by the brightness detecting unit is within a first range, the control unit controls
a focus adjustment operation using the result of the first focus detecting unit, whereas when the brightness level of the
object detecting by the brightness detecting unit is within a second range indicating the brightness level of the object detected
by the brightness detecting unit is greater than a brightness level of an object detected by the brightness detecting unit
within the first range, the control unit controls the focus adjustment operation using the results of both the first and second
focus detecting units.

US Pat. No. 9,352,465

CONTROL METHOD FOR ROBOT APPARATUS AND ROBOT APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method for a robot apparatus including
a power supply unit;
an articulated arm having a plurality of joints each having an actuator and a driver configured to adjust power of the power
supply unit and supply it to the actuator; and

a control device configured to control the driver such that power required for an operation of the actuator may be supplied
from the power supply unit to the actuator to move a position/attitude of the articulated arm, the method comprising:

determining by the control device whether a total of required power in all of the actuators is equal to or lower than an allowable
power of the power supply unit by using a trajectory through teaching points for moving the articulated arm from a first position/attitude
to a second position/attitude before the articulated arm starts moving; and

if the total of required power in all of the actuators is higher than the allowable power of the power supply unit, resetting
by the control device the trajectory for moving the articulated arm from the first position/attitude to the second position/attitude
to a trajectory causing a total of required powers in all of the actuators to be equal to or lower than the allowable power
of the power supply unit.

US Pat. No. 9,354,549

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER, DEVELOPER SUPPLYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container detachably mountable to a developer supplying device, said developer supply container comprising:
a developer accommodating chamber capable of accommodating developer;
a rotatable feeding portion configured to feed the developer in said developer accommodating chamber;
a developer discharging chamber including a discharge opening for permitting discharge of the developer fed by said feeding
portion;

a driving force receiving portion configured to receive a rotational force for rotating said feeding portion;
a pump portion capable of changing an inside volume of said developer accommodating chamber in a longitudinal direction of
said developer supply container to apply a pressure at least to said discharge opening; and

a driving force converting portion configured to convert the rotational force received by said driving force receiving portion
into a feeding driving force for feeding the developer by an operation of said pump portion in the longitudinal direction
of said developer supply container,

wherein an expansion and contraction stroke of said pump portion provided by said driving force converting portion in an initial
predetermined number of rotations in an initial stage is different from that in a subsequent stage after the initial stage.

US Pat. No. 9,354,579

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR FORMING OUTPUT SHEET BUNDLES INSERTED WITH TABBED SHEETS, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first supply unit configured to supply at least one tabbed sheet one by one from each of a plurality of tabbed sheet bundles
each comprised of tabbed sheets that are different in tab position from one another;

a second supply unit configured to supply recording sheets;
a conveyance unit configured to convey the at least one tabbed sheet supplied by said first supply unit and the recording
sheets supplied by said second supply unit and to discharge them to outside;

an image forming unit configured to form images on both surfaces of each of the recording sheets conveyed by said conveyance
unit; and

a control unit configured to, in a case where at least one surplus tabbed sheet not inserted into corresponding each of a
plurality of output sheet bundles remains in each of the plurality of tabbed sheet bundles when outputting the plurality of
output sheet bundles each having the at least one tabbed sheet inserted into a recording sheet bundle comprised of recording
sheets each formed with images on both sides by a double-sided image forming operation of said image forming unit:

control said first supply unit and said conveyance unit so that the at least one surplus tabbed sheet is conveyed directly
after conveyance of the tabbed sheet to be lastly inserted into each of a respective one of the plurality of output sheet
bundles other than the last output sheet bundle; and

control said first supply unit and said conveyance unit so that the at least one surplus tabbed sheet is conveyed subsequently
to conveyance of the last recording sheet used to form the last output sheet bundle.

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. 9,349,078

JOB MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A job management system that includes an image forming apparatus and a management system for managing job history information,
wherein the image forming apparatus comprises:
at least one processor and a memory constructed to function as:
a managing unit configured to associate a paper brand identifier with a paper name to be managed in a database;
a recording unit configured to record a number of sheets of paper used in a job executed by the image forming apparatus for
each paper brand identifier as a job history;

a first notifying unit configured to notify the management system about identifying information for identifying the latest
job history in a plurality of job histories recorded by the recording unit in a case of updating of the paper brand identifier
and the paper name in the database;

a second notifying unit configured to notify the management system about the updated paper name and the paper brand identifier;
and

a transmitting unit configured to transmit the job history information with the plurality of job histories recorded by the
recording unit to the management system, and

wherein the management system comprises:
at least one processor and a memory constructed to function as:
a managing unit configured to associate the paper name with the paper brand identifier of the image forming apparatus to be
managed based on a notification from the image forming apparatus; and

a counting unit configured to count the number of sheets of paper used for each paper name before the update by using the
job history information and the identifying information.

US Pat. No. 9,350,995

IMAGE ENCODING OR DECODING APPARATUS, SYSTEM, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR ENCODING OR DECODING A PLURALITY OF IMAGES IN PARALLEL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

5. An image encoding apparatus configured to encode a plurality of images that is temporally continuous, the image encoding
apparatus comprising:
a first encoding unit configured to encode an N-th image of the plurality of images;
a second encoding unit configured to encode an (N+1)th image, which is continuous to the N-th image, with reference to the
N-th image;

a recording unit configured to record a number of tiles processed by the first encoding unit; and
a control unit configured to control processing start timing for the first encoding unit and the second encoding unit,
wherein the control unit is configured to instruct the second encoding unit to start encoding an initial processing target
block of the (N+1)th image after the number of tiles recorded by the recording unit reaches a number of tiles that include
a motion vector presence range.

US Pat. No. 9,339,254

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold an object;
a detector configured to output a signal by detecting a photoacoustic wave generated from the object held by the holding unit
and irradiated with light from a light source, said detector having a reception region, and said reception region being disposed
in contact with said holding unit;

a generator configured to generate, using the signal, image data indicating characteristic information about at least a portion
in the object;

a region acquirer configured to acquire information on a region in the image where said holding unit contacts the object;
and

a display information acquirer configured to cause a display unit to display display information corresponding to the image
data and display information corresponding to the information on the region.

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. 9,335,688

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device for fixing a toner image on a recording material, comprising:
a cylindrical film; and
a cover covering the film along an outer circumferential surface of the film,
wherein the toner image is heated by heat of the film, and
wherein the cover is configured so that a gap, between the film and the cover at an end portion of the film in a longitudinal
direction of the film, is smaller than that at a center portion of the film in the longitudinal direction of the film.