US Pat. No. 10,136,008

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM THAT PERFORMS PREVIEW DISPLAY, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing system that performs preview display of a result to be obtained by an image processing apparatus which executes processing based on execution data reserved in a communication apparatus, on a display control apparatus,wherein the image processing system includes at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to the at least the one processor and having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the at least the one processor, cause the at least the one processor to function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a preview image generated based on the execution data and bibliography information for managing specifications of the execution data indicated by the preview image from the communication apparatus, and acquire a supported sheet size information of the image processing apparatus from the image processing apparatus;
a transmission unit configured to transmit the preview image to the display control apparatus;
a preview display unit configured to perform preview display of the result on the display control apparatus based on the transmitted preview image;
a determination unit configured to cause the image processing apparatus to determine whether or not the execution data is formed according to a predetermined language specification in a case where the sheet size indicated by the preview image generated by the communication apparatus and acquired from the bibliographic information is not included in the acquired supported sheet size information; and
a generate unit configured to generate a new preview image having a different size magnification by applying a scaling process to the preview image in a case where the determination unit determines that the execution data is formed according to the predetermined language specification, and generate a new preview image including only a part of the preview image by performing cutting processing on the preview image in a case where the determination unit determines that the execution data is not formed according to the predetermined language specification,
wherein the transmission unit transmits the new preview image to the display control apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,131,146

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:an ejection opening row in which a plurality of ejection openings configured to eject a liquid are disposed in a first direction;
a pressure chamber in which a print element configured to generate energy to be used to eject a liquid is disposed;
a passage which communicates with the pressure chamber;
a supply opening row in which a plurality of supply openings extending in a second direction intersecting a face provided with the print element and configured to supply a liquid to the passage are arranged in the first direction;
a collection opening row in which a plurality of collection openings extending in the second direction and configured to collect a liquid from the passage are arranged in the first direction;
a first common supply passage which extends in the first direction and is configured to supply a liquid to the supply opening row;
a first common collection passage which extends in the first direction and is configured to collect a liquid from the collection opening row;
a first supply side communication opening which extends in the second direction and is configured to supply a liquid to the first common supply passage;
a first collection side communication opening which extends in the second direction and is configured to collect a liquid from the first common collection passage;
a substrate comprising the first common supply passage and the first common collection passage; and
a lid member including the first supply side communication opening and the first collection side communication opening, the lid member being disposed on the substrate,
wherein at least one of the first supply side communication opening and the first collection side communication opening is provided two or more in number.

US Pat. No. 10,136,086

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising:a pixel array including a plurality of unit pixels arranged into a matrix pattern, the plurality of unit pixels each including a plurality of photoelectric converters, some of the plurality of unit pixels located in a first row group being to be read in a first mode for reading a signal corresponding to combined electric charges that are obtained by combining electric charges separately generated by the plurality of photoelectric converters of each of the plurality of unit pixels, some others of the plurality of unit pixels located in a second row group, which is different from the first row group, being to be read in a second mode for reading a signal corresponding to electric charges that are generated by any one of the plurality of photoelectric converters of each of the plurality of unit pixels;
a correction value generating circuit that generates a first correction value for correcting a signal that is read in the first mode out of the unit pixel that is located in a light-receiving pixel area of the pixel array, and generates a second correction value that is different from the first correction value, for correcting a signal that is read in the second mode out of the unit pixel that is located in the light-receiving pixel area, the first correction value and the second correction value being generated based on signals that are read out of the unit pixels that are located in a reference pixel area of the pixel array; and
a correction circuit that corrects, by using the first correction value, the signal that is read in the first mode out of the unit pixel that is located in the light-receiving pixel area, and corrects, by using the second correction value, the signal that is read in the second mode out of the unit pixel that is located in the light-receiving pixel area.

US Pat. No. 10,126,703

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion;
a cover covering the image forming portion;
a stacking portion disposed in an upper section of the cover and configured to receive a recording medium thereon, the recording medium having an image formed by the image forming portion and being discharged;
an antenna arranged inside the upper section of the cover for use in establishing near field communication;
a display configured to display at least information relating to the image formation; and
wherein the antenna faces a region of the upper section of the cover at a position outside the stacking portion and opposite of the display such that the stacking portion is located between the antenna and the display in a direction intersecting with a discharging direction of the recording medium.

US Pat. No. 10,128,552

STRUCTURE AND ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. An electronic circuit comprising:a first conductor configured to form a signal line;
a second conductor configured to form ground;
a substrate including a first layer, a second layer, a third layer, and a fourth layer, wherein the third layer and the fourth layer are disposed between the first layer and the second layer, the first conductor is formed on the first layer and the second conductor is formed on the second layer; and
a structure configured to cut off propagation of an electromagnetic wave at one or more frequency bands,
wherein the structure includes:
a plurality of third conductors formed on the third layer, and
a plurality of fourth conductors formed on the fourth layer,
wherein one end of a first one of the plurality of third conductors is connected to one end of a first one of the plurality of fourth conductors by a first via,
wherein another end of the first one of the plurality of third conductors is connected to one end of a second one of the plurality of fourth conductors by a second via,
wherein another end of the second one of the plurality of fourth conductors is connected to one end of a second one of the plurality of third conductors by a third via,
wherein another end of the second one of the plurality of third conductors is an open end, and
wherein a helical shape with an axis substantially-parallel to the first layer and the second layer is formed by the plurality of third conductors, the plurality of fourth conductors, and a plurality of vias that include the first via, the second via, and the third via.

US Pat. No. 10,129,389

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus configured to perform data communication via a line, the communication apparatus comprising:a detection unit configured to detect a signal on the line, determine a input signal level of the signal, and determine a frequency of the signal; and
a line control unit configured to disconnect the line based on the input signal level and the frequency of the signal detected by the detection unit,
wherein the line control unit captures the line based on an elapse of a predetermined time after the line is disconnected.

US Pat. No. 10,129,486

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image capturing unit configured to acquire an image by capturing an object image; and
at least one of (a) circuitry and (b) at least one processor, configured to function as units comprising:
(1) a division photometry unit configured to detect a brightness of an object in each of a plurality of divided areas corresponding to the image captured by the image capturing unit;
(2) a weighting unit configured to weight a photometric value of each of the divided areas in accordance with a condition of the object;
(3) an exposure determination unit configured to determine exposure when the image is acquired by the image capturing unit based on weighting performed by the weighting unit; and
(4) a control unit configured to perform control such that a degree of reflection of the condition of the object on weighting of the photometric values performed by the weighting unit is different between a case where object image capture is performed intermittently by the image capturing unit in order to generate a time-lapse movie by compositing a plurality of images, and a case where object image capture is performed by the image capturing unit in order to generate a movie whose ratio of playback time to image capture time is larger than the time-lapse movie.

US Pat. No. 10,122,871

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS THAT EXECUTES BOTH A FIRST TYPE OF WIRELESS COMMUNICATION AND A SECOND TYPE OF WIRELESS COMMUNICATION, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a memory that stores programs; and
a processor that executes the program to:
receive either one of a first ON setting of allowing execution of proximity wireless communication and a first OFF setting of not allowing execution of the proximity wireless communication, from a user via a setting screen of the communication apparatus provided by an OS operating on the communication apparatus, as a first wireless communication setting corresponding to the proximity wireless communication;
receive either one of a second ON setting of allowing execution of wireless communication and a second OFF setting of not allowing execution of the wireless communication, from the user via a setting screen of the communication apparatus provided by the OS operating on the communication apparatus, as a second wireless communication setting corresponding to the wireless communication;
send a request for change to the OS such that the first wireless communication setting is automatically changed from the first OFF setting to the first ON setting in accordance with activation of a predetermined application in the communication apparatus; and
send a request for change to the OS such that the second wireless communication setting is automatically changed from the second OFF setting to the second ON setting in accordance with acquisition of connection information including an SSID by the proximity wireless communication,
wherein data communication with a connection destination indicated by the SSID is performed by the wireless communication.

US Pat. No. 10,122,882

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM STORAGE MEDIUM, RELATING TO DISPLAYING SETTING SCREENS ASSOCIATED WITH EXTENSION SOFTWARE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. A control method for an information processing apparatus, the method comprising:determining, when a workflow definition file for executing a predetermined job is created with a plurality of extension providers combined, whether a first extension provider included in the plurality of extension providers involves displaying of a setting screen;
determining whether the first extension provider includes a setting for referencing a result of a preceding extension provider;
creating, in a case where it is determined that the first extension provider involves displaying of the setting screen and that the first extension provider does not include the setting for referencing the result of a preceding extension provider, a workflow definition file that executes the displaying of the setting screen corresponding to the first extension provider before execution of processing associated with a particular function executed by the preceding extension provider; and
creating, in a case where it is determined that the first extension provider involves displaying of the setting screen and that the first extension provider includes the setting for referencing the result of a preceding extension provider, a workflow definition file that executes the displaying of the setting screen corresponding to the first extension provider not before execution of the processing associated with the particular function executed by the preceding extension provider.

US Pat. No. 10,120,330

MULTICOLOR MOLDED COMPONENT HAVING A BEARING PORTION THAT ENGAGES WITH REGULATION PORTIONS AND CARTRIDGE HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge mountable to a main body of an image forming apparatus, the cartridge comprising:a first rotatable member;
a second rotatable member configured to act on the first rotating member;
a bearing supporting the second rotatable member rotatably;
an urging member urging the bearing in an urging direction in which the second rotatable member approaches the first rotatable member;
a frame including first and second guide portions which guide the bearing to move in the urging direction of the bearing, the first and second guide portions disposed so as to be opposed to each other across the bearing in an orthogonal direction orthogonal to both the urging direction of the bearing and a rotational axis direction of the second rotatable member,
wherein the bearing includes inside and outside flanges which are opposed to each other across the first and second guide portions in the rotational axis direction of the second rotating member, and
wherein the bearing and the first and second guide portions of the frame are integrally molded by injection molding, and the first and second guide portions each has a width, in the rotational axis direction of the second rotatable member, which becomes narrower as it goes in a direction away from the first rotatable member in the urging direction of the bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,119,859

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING A BUFFER MEMBER IN A CORNER AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:a radiation detection panel;
a housing configured to accommodate the radiation detection panel, said housing providing an incident plane that is irradiated with radiation, a reversed surface opposite to the incident plane and a side surface connecting the incident plane and the reversed surface; and
a buffer member, wherein
the housing has an opening in a corner, said opening being formed at the side surface, and
the buffer member includes a first portion fixed inside the housing and a second portion protruding from the opening of the housing to an outside of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,118,396

PRINTING APPARATUS AND LIQUID STORAGE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a print head having an ejection port surface on which an ejection port which ejects a liquid is formed; and
a liquid storage container including:
a liquid storage chamber configured to store the liquid to be supplied to the print head;
a liquid injection portion configured for injection of the liquid into the liquid storage chamber from the outside;
an atmosphere communication chamber configured to communicate with the atmosphere, the atmosphere communication chamber being arranged under the liquid storage chamber in a direction of gravity; and
a communication flow path configured to allow communication between the liquid storage chamber and the atmosphere communication chamber, the communication flow path having an opening in the atmosphere communication chamber, the opening being arranged under the ejection port surface in the direction of gravity.

US Pat. No. 10,119,203

GLOSSY MEMBER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A glossy member, comprising:a polymer substrate; and
a polymer fiber assembly disposed on the polymer substrate,
wherein:
the polymer fiber assembly consists of polymer fibers having fiber diameters of 0.05 ?m to less than 1 ?m and forming a film shape;
the polymer fibers are in contact with each other and are oriented in a given direction such that the polymer fibers have an orientation degree of at least 90%;
an absolute value of a difference between an average solubility parameter of a constituent material for the polymer substrate and an average solubility parameter of a polymer material of the polymer fibers is less than 5 (J/cm3)1/2; and
each of the polymer fibers contains a polymer material having a repeating unit, which has a dipole moment of 0 D to 3.50 D, and an absolute value of a SOMO of 9 eV to 12 eV.

US Pat. No. 10,116,820

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing instructions, when executed by the processor, causing the image forming apparatus to function as:
an input unit configured to input image data;
a printing unit configured to print an image based on the image data input by the input unit;
a control unit configured to determine if the image forming apparatus is operating in a first mode or a second mode,
wherein if the control unit determines the image forming apparatus is operating in a first mode then perform control to print by the printing unit an image generated from the image data input by the input unit, and
wherein if the control unit determines the image forming apparatus is operating in a second mode then print by the printing unit an image obtained by adding a predetermined pattern image to the image generated from the image data input by the input unit; and
an operation unit including a display and accepting unit,
wherein if the image forming apparatus operates in the second mode, display a confirmation screen to a user prior to printing to accept selection regarding whether to perform printing in the second mode in response to operation performed to start printing the image.

US Pat. No. 10,116,828

IMAGE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image communication apparatus capable of image communication to an external line and an extension line, the apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
designate a transmission destination of image data,
append an external line number if the designated transmission destination is the external line,
transmit the image data in accordance with one of the designated transmission destination and the transmission destination to which the external line number is appended,
when a transmission of the image data is performed in accordance with the transmission destination to which the external line number is appended, individually record, as history information for the transmission, the designated transmission destination and the external line number,
set a number as the external line number;
register the transmission destination included in the history information to an address book if the external line number included in the history information and the set number match, and
display that the external line number is changed if the external line number included in the history information and the set number do not match when the history information is selected for the address book.

US Pat. No. 10,114,301

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTORECEPTOR, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photoreceptor abutting against at least one selected from a charging member for charging the electrophotographic photoreceptor and a developer carrying member for supplying a developer to the electrophotographic photoreceptor with an abutting member therebetween, whereinthe electrophotographic photoreceptor has a first portion and a second portion being different from the first portion along the longitudinal direction of the photoreceptor and abuts against the abutting member in the second portion;
the electrophotographic photoreceptor includes a support, a charge generating layer containing a charge generation material, and a surface layer in this order;
the electrophotographic photoreceptor includes, in the first portion, an undercoat layer containing a polymer of a composition containing an electron transport material and a crosslinking agent so as to be contiguous with the surface of the charge generating layer facing the support; and
the electrophotographic photoreceptor includes, in the second portion, at least one of:
(i) an intermediate layer disposed between and so as to be contiguous with the support and the charge generating layer; and
(ii) an intermediate layer disposed between and so as to be contiguous with the charge generating layer and the surface layer, wherein
the intermediate layers each have a Martens hardness of 500 N/mm2 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,116,355

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus which can supply power to a power receiving apparatus in a non-contact manner, the power supply apparatus comprising:a power supply unit configured to output power to the power receiving apparatus in a non-contact manner;
a first communication unit configured to communicate with the power receiving apparatus through a first communication scheme;
a second communication unit configured to communicate with the power receiving apparatus through a second communication scheme, wherein a range in which the second communication unit can communicate is broader than a range in which the first communication unit can communicate; and
a control unit configured to transmit a request signal requesting first device information to the power receiving apparatus using the first communication unit, and output first power from the power supply unit after a response signal responding to the request signal is received from the power receiving apparatus;
wherein the control unit receives second device information from the, power receiving apparatus using the second communication unit and compares the second device information and the first device information,
wherein, in a case where both of the second device information and the first device information indicate the same power receiving apparatus, the control unit controls the power supply unit to output second power and continue communication with the power receiving apparatus via the second communication unit,
wherein, in a case where both of the second device information and the first device information do not indicate the same power receiving apparatus, the control unit controls the power supply unit to stop communication with the power receiving apparatus via the second communication unit.

US Pat. No. 10,114,336

CARTRIDGE MOUNTABLE TO IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge mountable to a main body of an image forming apparatus, the main body including a unit having a developer member for supplying a developer to the cartridge, the cartridge comprising:a frame; and
a photosensitive member rotatably supported by the frame, the photosensitive member being to be contacted with the developer member,
wherein the frame includes an opening through which a part of a surface of the photosensitive member is exposed outside, and
wherein in a factory default state of the cartridge, a first surface region of the photosensitive member is exposed and handling caution information is printed on at least a part of the first surface region of the photosensitive member, the first surface region of the photosensitive member including a second surface region that is to be contacted with the developer member.

US Pat. No. 10,114,598

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, IN WHICH IMAGE FORMATION IS STOPPED IN ACCORDANCE WITH OBTAINED ERROR INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of communicating with a server, the apparatus comprising:(A) an image forming device configured to form an image on a sheet based on print data;
(B) a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
(C) at least one processor that executes instructions out of the set of instructions:
(a) to obtain print data transmitted from the server;
(b) to cause the image forming device to start image formation based on the obtained print data;
(c) to notify the server of identification information of the print data after the start of the image formation;
(d) to receive error information from the server as a response to the notification in a case that the server determines that the identification information of the print data does not match identification information stored in the server; and
(e) to cause the image formation by the image forming device to stop in accordance with receiving the error information from the server.

US Pat. No. 10,110,899

IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, IMAGE CODING METHOD, AND PROGRAM, AND IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, IMAGE DECODING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image encoding apparatus comprising:a determination unit configured to determine a block size of a block included in an image;
an information encoding unit configured to encode information on a minimum area size related to a quantization parameter; and
an encoding unit configured to encode a difference value for a quantization parameter capable of being shared in encoding processes for a block group including a plurality of blocks, a size of each of the plurality of blocks being smaller than the minimum area size,
wherein the plurality of blocks includes at least a first block and a second block processed subsequent to the first block,
wherein the encoding unit is configured to encode the difference value in processing of the first block, in a case where the first block contains a coefficient value not equal to 0,
wherein the processing of the first block is processing for encoding a parameter for the first block,
wherein the encoding unit is configured to encode the difference value in processing of the second block, in a case where the second block contains a coefficient value not equal to 0, and the difference value has not been encoded in the processing of the first block, and
wherein the processing of the second block is processing for encoding a parameter for the second block.

US Pat. No. 10,108,098

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus for performing pattern formation by transferring a pattern of an original onto a substrate, comprising:an original holder configured to hold and move the original;
a measurement unit configured to measure a misalignment amount of the original with respect to the original holder; and
a controller configured to control movement of the original holder,
wherein the controller repeatedly performs preliminary driving for moving the original holder before performing the pattern formation, and controls the movement of the original holder so as to end the preliminary driving if the misalignment amount measured by the measurement unit converges to a predetermined convergence value while the preliminary driving is repeatedly performed.

US Pat. No. 10,108,878

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR TONE CONTROL OF EACH OBJECT REGION IN AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor or circuit configured to perform the operations of the following units:
an object region detection unit configured to detect a plurality of object regions in an input image;
a main object region detection unit configured to detect a main object region in the object regions;
a first average luminance calculation unit configured to calculate an average luminance of the main object region;
a second average luminance calculation unit configured to calculate an average luminance of a region excluding the main object region in the object region;
a representative luminance value calculation unit configured to calculate one representative luminance value of each object region, by weighting the main object region in that object region;
a luminance distribution calculation unit configured to calculate a luminance distribution in each object region, by weighting the main object region in that object region;
a tone characteristics determination unit configured to determine tone characteristics for controlling tones of the input image, based on the representative luminance values of the object regions calculated by the representative luminance value calculation unit and the luminance distributions in the object regions calculated by the luminance distribution calculation unit; and
a tone correction unit configured to correct the tones of the input image, using the tone characteristics determined by the tone characteristics determination unit,
wherein the representative luminance value calculation unit and the luminance distribution calculation unit change a level of the weighting, based on a difference between the average luminance of the main object region and the average luminance of the region excluding the main object region.

US Pat. No. 10,108,887

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that uses a storage device to store data, an image forming device to perform print processing that performs an image formation on a sheet, a display device to display information, and a stapler device to staple a plurality of print processed sheets, comprising:a controller, having a processor that executes instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry, configured to:
cause the display device to display an instruction screen including i) an object for starting print processing based on print data stored in the storage device, ii) an object for performing setting related to a post processing to be performed, and iii) an object for performing setting related to automatic deletion of print data after performing the print processing;
cause the image forming device to start print processing in accordance with a print instruction for starting printing input on the displayed instruction screen;
control the stapler device so as to not perform stapling for print processed sheets in a case where starting of the print processing is instructed and a state in which stapling has been set as the post processing via the instruction screen, and image formation is performed on sheets that exceed a predetermined number of sheets, and control the stapler device so as to perform stapling for print processed sheets in a case where the starting of the print processing is instructed and the state in which the stapling has been set as the post processing via the instruction screen, and image formation is performed on sheets that does not exceed the predetermined number of sheets; and
control the storage device to delete, in accordance with completing of the stapling, print data for which the stapling and automatic deletion have been set via the instruction screen and the stapling was performed, and control the storage device not to delete print data for which the stapling and automatic deletion have been set via the instruction screen and the stapling was not performed.

US Pat. No. 10,108,379

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a wireless communicator that periodically transmits a beacon packet;
a memory that stores instructions; and
a processor that executes the instructions to:
in a case where network setting information is received by the wireless communicator from an external apparatus, set the network setting information for the information processing apparatus; and
control the information processing apparatus to connect to a server, in a case where setting of the network setting information for the information processing apparatus is completed,
wherein before the network setting information is set for the information processing apparatus, first status information indicating that the network setting information has not been set for the information processing apparatus is included in the beacon packet, and
after the setting of the network setting information is completed, second status information indicating that the network setting information has been set for the information processing apparatus is included in the beacon packet.

US Pat. No. 10,108,124

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to, based on recording target image data, acquire a video count value per unit area predetermined in a direction in which a recording medium is conveyed; and
a control unit configured to perform control, when an image has been formed on an area of the recording medium from which a video count value has been acquired, by using the acquired video count value so that a developing unit is replenished with an amount of toner corresponding to the video count value acquired from the area.

US Pat. No. 10,108,129

MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A member for electrophotography, comprising:an electroconductive substrate; and
an electroconductive layer on the substrate, wherein
the electroconductive layer contains a resin having a cationic organic group in a molecule thereof and an anion;
a total sum of contents of an alkali metal and an alkali earth metal in the electroconductive layer is 500 ppm or less; and
the anion comprises at least one selected from the group consisting of a fluorosulfonate anion, a fluorocarboxylate anion, a fluorosulfonylimide anion, a fluorosulfonylmethide anion, a fluoroalkylfluoroborate anion, a fluorophosphate anion, a fluoroantimonate anion, and a fluoroarsenate anion.

US Pat. No. 10,105,041

LIGHT GUIDING OPTICAL SYSTEM AND ENDOSCOPIC APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light guiding optical system comprising:a light guide configured to guide light from an entrance end of the light guide to an exit end of the light guide by internally reflecting the light a plurality of times; and
an optical unit including a plurality of lenses configured to condense the light emitted from the exit end in a first section of a cross-section of the exit end, the first section including an optical axis of the optical unit,
wherein the exit end has an aperture that has a larger size in a first direction perpendicular to the first section than in a second direction perpendicular to a second section of the cross-section of the exit end, the second section perpendicular to the first section and including the optical axis,
wherein the exit end aperture has a size in the second direction that is smaller than a size of an aperture of the entrance end in the second direction,
wherein a lens closest to the light guide among the plurality of lenses has positive powers both in the first section and the second section of the cross-section, and
an optical power that has a size in the second section larger than a size in the first section, and
wherein the light from the exit end of the light guide enters the lens closest to the light guide among the plurality of lenses without entering any other intervening lens.

US Pat. No. 10,110,770

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR SELECTIVELY STORING PRINT DATA AND DISPLAYING ALERTS TO A USER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of communicating with an external device, the image forming apparatus using a display device that displays a screen and using a storage that stores data, the image forming apparatus comprising:a controller having a processor which executes instructions stored in a memory or having a circuitry, the controller being configured to:
acquire first print data, which is subjected to be stored so as to be printed according to a print instruction, from the external device;
determine whether the first print data is stored;
in a case where the first print data is determined to be stored, cause the storage to store the first print data to make it possible to issue the print instruction;
in a case where the first print data is determined not to be stored, register first information regarding the first print data that has not been stored in association with user information acquired from the first print data without causing the storage to store the first print data;
acquire second print data from the external device; and
based on a predetermined condition, after the second print data is registered, delete the second print data stored in the storage without a user instruction and register second information regarding the second print data that has been deleted in association with user information acquired from the second print data,
wherein the controller, on a basis that a user associated with the first information is currently in a login state, causes the display device to display a first notification message which indicates the first print data has not been stored,
wherein the controller, on a basis that a user associated with the second information is currently in a login state, causes the display device to display a second notification message which indicates the second print data has been deleted, and
wherein the controller, on a basis that a user associated with not only the second information but also the first information is currently in a login state, causes the display device to display not the second notification message but the first notification message.

US Pat. No. 10,105,112

X-RAY GENERATING TUBE, X-RAY GENERATING APPARATUS, AND RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray generating tube comprising:a transmission target having a surface configured to be irradiated with an electron beam and generate X-rays;
an electron emitting source configured to irradiate the surface with the electron beam and form a primary focal spot;
a tubular backward shield member having an electron beam passage and located at the surface side of the transmission target; and
a tubular forward shield member located in opposition to the surface side of the transmission target configured to define an extraction angle of an extracted X-ray beam,
wherein the tubular backward shield member is connected to the tubular forward shield member,
wherein the X-ray beam is extracted obliquely with respect to the surface; and
the tubular forward shield member is disposed such that a central axis of the electron beam and a central axis of the X-ray beam are located at a same side with respect to a virtual normal plane perpendicular to the surface and a projection of the central axis of the electron beam to the surface and intersecting the primary focal spot.

US Pat. No. 10,110,793

IMAGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:a lens unit configured to image an object;
an imaging unit configured to convert light with which an image is formed by the lens unit into an image signal;
a housing configured to house the lens unit and having a rectangular shape as viewed in a direction of an optical axis of the lens unit;
a pair of first light emitting elements arranged diagonally across the lens unit at positions corresponding to corners of the housing respectively;
a pair of second light emitting elements arranged diagonally across the lens unit at positions corresponding to different corners of the housing respectively, said different corners being different from the corners where the first light emitting elements are arranged, the second light emitting elements having a light distribution range narrower than that of the first light emitting elements; and
a control unit configured to control power supply to the first light emitting elements and the second light emitting elements;
wherein the control unit includes
a determination unit configured to determine a light amount of a captured image; and
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an imaging field angle in a case where the light amount determined by the determination unit is not larger than a predetermined amount;
wherein the control unit performs control to supply power to the first light emitting elements in a case where the imaging field angle acquired by the acquisition unit is wider than a predetermined field angle and supply power to the second light emitting elements in a case where the imaging field angle acquired by the acquisition unit is not wider than the predetermined field angle.

US Pat. No. 10,110,797

IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:a pixel unit including a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix,
wherein each of the plurality of pixels includes m photoelectric conversion units configured to generate signal charges, where m is an integer greater than or equal to two, and outputs a signal based on the signal charges, and
wherein each of at least a part of the plurality of pixels outputs a first signal that is based on the signal charges of n photoelectric conversion unit or units out of the m photoelectric conversion units, where n is an integer less than m;
an adder unit configured to add a plurality of the first signals output from the plurality of pixels which are different from each other;
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the plurality of the first signals added by the adder unit include a signal greater than a predetermined threshold; and
an output unit configured to output a determination result determined by the determination unit and a signal obtained by the adder unit adding the plurality of the first signals,
wherein the imaging device further comprises:
a plurality of analog-to-digital conversion circuits each of which converts an analog signal into a digital signal and outputs the digital signal,
wherein each of the at least a part of the plurality of pixels,
outputs, as an analog signal, the first signal that is based on the signal charges of the n photoelectric conversion unit or units, and
outputs, as an analog signal, a second signal that is based on the signal charges of the m photoelectric conversion units,
wherein each of the plurality of analog-to-digital conversion circuits,
converts the first signal into a digital signal that is based on the first signal, and
converts the second signal into a digital signal that is based on the second signal,
wherein the adder unit adds a digital signal that is based on the first signal of a first pixel and a digital signal that is based on the first signal of a second pixel of the plurality of pixels, the second pixel being different from the first pixel, and
wherein the determination unit,
subtracts a digital signal that is based on the first pixel of the plurality of pixels from a digital signal that is based on the second signal of the first pixel to generate a third signal that is based on the signal charges of m minus n of the photoelectric conversion unit or units resulted by excluding the n photoelectric conversion unit or units from the m photoelectric conversion units, and
further determines whether or not a plurality of the third signals corresponding to a plurality of pixels which output a plurality of the first signals subjected to the addition include a signal larger than a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,101,951

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD THAT INCREASE A WIDTH OF A LINE CONSTITUTING A WHITE CHARACTER IN IMAGE DATA IN A PRINTING COLOR SAVING MODE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:(A) an interface that receives print data;
(B) an operation device that receives a user instruction;
(C) a memory that stores instructions; and
(D) one or more processors that execute the instructions and cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
(a) a setting unit that sets a toner save mode corresponding to a white character based on the user instruction via the operation device;
(b) a receiving unit that receives the print data, including at least one character, via the interface, the at least one character being constituted of at least one line; and
(c) a processing unit that performs processing for increasing a width of the at least one line constituting the white character included in image data generated from the print data in a case when the setting unit sets the toner save mode for the white character, and does not perform processing for increasing a width of the at least one line constituting the white character included in the image data in a case when the setting unit does not set the toner save mode for the white character; and
(E) a printing unit that forms an image based on the image data and prints the formed image.

US Pat. No. 10,104,279

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

7. A control method for obtaining a captured image from an image capturing apparatus and controlling a display of the obtained image on a display unit, comprising:determining a region defined by a pair of first coordinate values and a pair of second coordinate values at least one of which is designated on a captured image displayed on the display screen;
controlling a display unit to shift a display of the captured image, when the region exceeds a display range of the captured image in accordance with an operation of designating at least one of the pair of first coordinate values and the pair of second coordinate values, by a portion that has exceeded the range; and
outputting a command to control at least one of pan, tilt, and zoom for obtaining a captured image corresponding to the determined region.

US Pat. No. 10,104,299

ZOOM CONTROL APPARATUS, ZOOM CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:at least one processor or one circuitry which functions as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information about a size of an object detected from an image;
a setting unit configured to set a reference size of an object for zoom control; and
a control unit configured to perform the zoom control based on the size of the object indicated by the acquired information and the set reference size,
wherein, in the zoom control, the control unit performs a first control in a case where the reference size is set to a first reference size, and performs a second control in a case where the reference size is set to a second reference size larger than the first reference size,
wherein the first control and the second control are different in zoom speed, and
wherein, in the first control, a zoom speed is updated in such a way as to increase.

US Pat. No. 10,104,311

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processing apparatus for stitch imaging using a plurality of radiographic imaging units to obtain a stitched image generated by the plurality of radiographic imaging units by emitting radiation to the plurality of radiographic imaging units, the processing apparatus comprising:a memory storing a program; and
one or more processors which, by executing the program, function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire state information that a radiographic imaging unit is in a state prepared for an image-capturing, or the radiographic imaging unit is not in the state prepared for the image-capturing, from the plurality of radiographic imaging units;
a determination unit configured to use the state information acquired from the plurality of radiographic imaging units to determine whether irradiation is permitted, wherein the determination unit determines that irradiation is permitted if all of the plurality of radiographic imaging units are in the state prepared for the image-capturing,; and
a display control unit configured to display a state prepared for stitch imaging on a display unit in a case where all of the plurality of radiographic imaging units are in the state prepared for the image-capturing,
wherein the display control unit further displays connection states between the plurality of radiographic imaging units and the processing apparatus on the display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,104,349

IMAGE DISPLAYING SYSTEM, CONTROLLING METHOD OF IMAGE DISPLAYING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image displaying system comprising:a first projector configured to project an image to a screen;
a second projector configured to project an image to the screen;
a memory storing instructions; and
at least one hardware processor configured to implement the instructions stored in the memory and execute:
a specifying task that specifies an overlap region on the screen where a first projection region on which an image is projected by the first projector and a second projection region on which an image is projected by the second projector overlap each other;
a measuring task that measures, based on a photographed image of the specified overlap region on the screen photographed in a situation where the first projector is projecting a predetermined image that is not uniform in brightness, and the second projector is projecting no image or only a uniform image that is uniform in brightness onto the overlap region, brightness of each of measuring positions in the specified overlap region in the situation, wherein the predetermined image projected by the first projector has been corrected by first luminance correction for reducing brightness of an image to be projected from the first projector at different degrees for different positions in the specified overlap region;
a setting task that sets, based on the brightness measured by the measuring task in the situation where the first projector is projecting the predetermined image that is not uniform in brightness and the second projector is projecting no image or only the uniform image that is uniform in brightness onto the overlap region, a parameter used for second luminance correction for reducing brightness of an image to be projected from the second projector at different degrees for different positions in the specified overlap region, to lessen a degree of the second luminance correction for a specific position, from among the measuring positions, in a first case where the measured brightness of the specific position is a first value, to less than the degree of the second luminance correction for the specific position, in a second case where the measured brightness of the specific position is a second value that is greater than the first value; and
a projecting task that causes the second projector to project a second image onto the screen together with the first projector projecting a first image onto the screen, wherein the first image is an image corrected by the first luminance correction and the second image is an image corrected by the second luminance correction according to the parameter set in the setting task.

US Pat. No. 10,093,103

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus comprising:a container divided into a first chamber and a second chamber by a dividing member, said first chamber including a discharge outlet that discharges a liquid onto an object placed on a base plate and configured to contain the liquid, said second chamber configured to contain a liquid filler;
a tank configured to store the liquid filler;
a connecting portion that provides liquid filler communication between said tank and said second chamber;
a measurement unit configured to measure an amount of the liquid filler supplied from said tank to said second chamber; and
a controller configured to determine an amount of the liquid contained in said first chamber based on a measurement result from said measurement unit.

US Pat. No. 10,095,154

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a photosensitive member;
a charging unit configured to charge the photosensitive member;
a light scanning apparatus configured to emit a plurality of light beams to form an electrostatic latent image on a surface of the photosensitive member;
a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image to form, on the surface of the photosensitive member, a toner image to be transferred onto a recording medium; and
an image control portion configured to control the light scanning apparatus,
the light scanning apparatus comprising:
a light source comprising a plurality of light emitting points in order to emit a plurality of light beams;
a light intensity detection portion configured to detect a light intensity of each of the plurality of light beams;
a plurality of light intensity control portions provided corresponding to the plurality of light emitting points, respectively, in order to control the light intensity of each of the plurality of light beams based on a corresponding detection result of the light intensity detection portion, each of the plurality of light intensity control portions being configured to supply, in advance, to a corresponding light emitting point of the plurality of light emitting points, a bias current equal to or less than a threshold current at which the corresponding light emitting point starts emitting light, and supply, to the corresponding light emitting point, a switching current superposed on the bias current, the switching current being modulated in order to control light emission of the corresponding light emitting point in accordance with an image signal; and
a bias current setting unit configured to output, for each of the plurality of light emitting points, a bias setting signal, which is used to set the bias current to be supplied to the corresponding light emitting point of the plurality of light emitting points, based on a control signal from the image control portion,
wherein each of the plurality of light intensity control portions comprises a bias current changing unit configured to change the bias current to be supplied to the corresponding light emitting point in accordance with the bias setting signal from the bias current setting unit,
wherein the image control portion controls the plurality of light intensity control portions so that each of the plurality of light intensity control portions operates in a first mode, in which a driving current to be supplied to the corresponding light emitting point is adjusted in order to emit a light beam having a first light intensity from the corresponding light emitting point, and in a second mode, in which a driving current to be supplied to the corresponding light emitting point is adjusted in order to emit a light beam having a second light intensity from the corresponding light emitting point, the second light intensity being lower than the first light intensity, and
wherein the bias current changing unit changes the bias current to be supplied to the corresponding light emitting point in accordance with the bias setting signal from the bias current setting unit even when the plurality of light intensity control portions are controlled by the image control portion so as to operate in the first mode and the second mode.

US Pat. No. 10,093,105

LIQUID STORAGE CONTAINER AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid storage container, comprising a storage chamber for storing a liquid, a supply port constructed to supply a liquid to the storage chamber, and a cover member mounted detachably on the supply port, whereinthe cover member includes a main body part lying outside of the storage chamber and the supply port in a state mounted on the supply port;
the main body part includes a cover part covering an opening surface of the supply port in the mounted state of the cover member, a support part constructed to connect the cover part with another member with the cover member removed from the supply port, and a convex part protruding from the cover part; and
the convex part is arranged only on one side of the cover part and the support part is arranged on the other side of the cover part relative to a straight line intersecting orthogonally with a straight line passing a centroid of the cover part and connecting the centroid and the support part, seen from a direction intersecting orthogonally with the opening surface in the mounted state of the cover member.

US Pat. No. 10,094,938

SCINTILLATOR PLATE AND RADIATION DETECTOR INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A scintillator plate comprising:a scintillator substrate;
scintillators formed on the scintillator substrate, the scintillators being a plurality of columnar crystal structures protruding from a surface of the scintillator substrate; and
a protection film configured to cover the scintillators,
wherein the protection film at least includes a metal alkoxide, and a cross-link formed by cross-linking some of metal atoms of the metal alkoxide by oxygen.

US Pat. No. 10,097,845

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR ENCODING AND DECODING VIDEO DATA USING A BLOCK DICTIONARY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computer-implemented method of decoding a coding unit from a video bitstream, comprising:determining, using a processor, reconstructed samples for a first prediction unit in a first coding unit of a frame, from the video bitstream;
decoding, using the processor, a dictionary store flag from the video bitstream based on a partition mode for the first prediction unit; and
where the dictionary store flag indicates that reconstructed samples for the first prediction unit be stored if the first prediction unit has a predetermined size:
storing the reconstructed samples for the first prediction unit of the frame into a processor-accessible memory buffer;
determining, using the processor, reconstructed samples for a second prediction unit in a second coding unit of the frame, the reconstructed samples for the second prediction unit being copied from reconstructed samples for the first prediction unit from the memory buffer; and
outputting, using the processor, the reconstructed samples for the second prediction unit in the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,093,511

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:a printing unit configured to perform a printing process in which an image is formed on sheets;
a first binding unit configured to perform a first binding process on sheets;
a second binding unit capable of binding sheets by performing a second binding process on the sheets of which a number of the sheets is greater than an upper limit of a number of sheets performable with the first binding process by the first binding unit;
a setting unit configured to set whether or not to switch a binding process from the first binding process to the second binding process in advance of starting the printing process, in a case where the first binding process is designated and where the number of sheets to be bound exceeds the upper limit of the number of sheets performable with the first binding process by the first binding unit; and
a control unit configured to,
(i) cause the first binding unit to perform the first binding process on sheets printed in the printing process in a case where the first binding process is designated and where the number of sheets to be bound is not greater than the upper limit of the number of sheets performable with the first binding process by the first binding unit,
(ii) cause the second binding unit to perform the second binding process on sheets printed in the printing process in a case where the first binding process is designated and where the number of sheets to be bound is greater than the upper limit of the number of sheets performable with the first binding process by the first binding unit and where a switching the binding process from the first binding process to the second binding process is set by the setting unit, and
(iii) cause the second binding unit to perform the second binding process on sheets printed in the printing process in a case where the second binding process is designated,
wherein the second binding unit does not perform the second binding process on sheets in a case where the first binding process is designated and where the number of sheets to be bound is greater than the upper limit of the number of sheets performable with the first binding process by the first binding unit and where the setting unit is set not to execute the switching to the second binding process.

US Pat. No. 10,096,090

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM, RELATING TO EMPHASIZING A CONTOUR REGION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing a program which, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the image processing apparatus to:
identify a plurality of contour regions, each respectively including a contour component, in an image;
determine a scatter degree of the plurality of contour regions in the image;
increase, in a case where the scatter degree of the plurality of contour regions is greater than a first predetermined value, an emphasis degree of the plurality of contour regions in comparison to a case where the scatter degree is equal to or less than the first predetermined value; and
output, to a display unit, the image including the plurality of contour regions, in which the emphasis degree of the plurality of contour regions is the increased emphasis degree,
wherein the scatter degree is a degree to which the contour regions are spatially scattered in the image.

US Pat. No. 10,095,106

REMOVING SUBSTRATE PRETREATMENT COMPOSITIONS IN NANOIMPRINT LITHOGRAPHY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. A nanoimprint lithography method comprising:a) disposing a pretreatment composition on a first nanoimprint lithography substrate to form a pretreatment coating on the nanoimprint lithography substrate, wherein the pretreatment composition comprises a polymerizable component;
b) disposing discrete portions of imprint resist on the pretreatment coating, each discrete portion of the imprint resist covering a target area of the nanoimprint lithography substrate, wherein the imprint resist is a polymerizable composition;
c) forming a composite polymerizable coating on the nanoimprint lithography substrate as each discrete portion of the imprint resist spreads beyond its target area, wherein the composite polymerizable coating comprises a mixture of the pretreatment composition and the imprint resist;
d) contacting the composite polymerizable coating with a nanoimprint lithography template;
e) polymerizing the composite polymerizable coating to yield a composite polymeric layer;
f) repeating b) through e) to yield an imprinted nanoimprint lithography substrate;
g) repeating a) through f) to yield a multiplicity of imprinted nanoimprint lithography substrates, wherein each imprinted nanoimprint lithography substrate comprises an uncured portion of the pretreatment coating; and
h) removing the uncured portions of the pretreatment coating from the multiplicity of imprinted nanoimprint lithography substrates in a batch process.

US Pat. No. 10,088,772

DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:a rotatable developer carrying member enclosing a magnetic field generating portion including a plurality of magnetic poles and configured to carry a developer; and
a resinous regulating portion provided at a position opposing said developer carrying member and configured to regulate an amount of the developer carried by said developer carrying member,
wherein said regulating portion is formed of a resin material containing magnetic powder, and at least a free end portion, opposed to said developer carrying member, of said regulating portion has relative permeability of 10 or more and 60 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,089,563

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printing unit configured to print images on sheets;
a generation unit configured to generate images used for printing;
a first binding unit configured to execute first binding processing on sheets;
a second binding unit configured to execute second binding processing on sheets, which is capable of executing binding processing on sheets of a number greater than an upper limit number of sheets bindable by the first binding processing; and
a control unit configured to control the printing unit to start printing on sheets after confirming that a number of sheets used for printing does not exceed the upper limit number of sheets bindable by the first binding processing in a case where the first binding processing is specified, and control the printing unit to start printing on sheets without confirming that a number of sheets used for printing does not exceed an upper limit number of sheets bindable by the second binding processing in a case where the second binding processing is specified.

US Pat. No. 10,087,029

SHEET CONVEYANCE DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance device comprising:a first rotating member configured to rotate in one direction;
a second rotating member configured to convey a sheet in a first direction in conjunction with the first rotating member according to the first rotating member rotating;
a third rotating member configured to convey the sheet in a second direction different from the first direction in conjunction with the first rotating member according to the first rotating member rotating; and
a switching unit configured to switch from a first state in which the second rotating member contacts a first surface of the sheet and the first rotating member contacts a second surface opposite to the first surface of the sheet to a second state in which the first rotating member contacts the first surface of the sheet and the third rotating member contacts the second surface of the sheet by moving the second rotating member before a trailing edge of the sheet conveyed in the first direction is conveyed by the first rotating member and the second rotating member.

US Pat. No. 10,085,003

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus, comprising:an image sensor;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain three-dimensional information of a subject, the three-dimensional information including an image obtained by using the image sensor, and depth information relating to the image;
a comparison unit configured to make a comparison between a resolution of the three-dimensional information and a resolution of a formative apparatus; and
a judging unit configured to judge whether or not recapturing of the subject is required, based on a result of the comparison,
wherein the obtaining unit obtains three-dimensional information relating to each pixel position, based on a defocus amount at each pixel position obtained based on parallax images, and
the judging unit judges that recapturing is required when a maximum value of a distance between the three-dimensional information of adjacent pixel positions is greater than or equal to the resolution of the formative apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,083,512

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, POSITION AND ORIENTATION ESTIMATION APPARATUS, AND ROBOT SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a processor to communicate with a memory;
an image acquirer configured to acquire a captured image obtained by an image sensor that captures an image;
a storage configured to store relationship information indicating a relationship between a luminance value of an image captured by the image sensor and an amount of variation of the luminance value;
a variation amount deriving unit configured to derive an amount of variation of a luminance value of respective pixels in the acquired captured image based on luminance values in the acquired captured image and the relationship information;
a coefficient acquirer configured to acquire a filter coefficient of a feature detection filter used to detect an image feature from the captured image;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a luminance gradient value which is a gradient value of the luminance value and a changing rate of the luminance gradient value in accordance with a change of the luminance based on the luminance values of the captured image and the filter coefficient of the feature detection filter;
an estimation unit configured to estimate an amount of variation of the luminance gradient value based on the derived amount of variation of the luminance value and the changing rate of the luminance gradient value in accordance with the change of the luminance value;
a threshold value deriving unit configured to derive a threshold value of the luminance gradient value to be used in detecting an image feature from an image based on the estimated amount of variation of the luminance gradient value; and
a detector configured to detect a feature from the acquired captured image using the feature detection filter based on the threshold value and a luminance gradient value obtained from the acquired captured image,
wherein the variation amount deriving unit, the calculation unit, the estimation unit, and the threshold value deriving unit are implemented by the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,070,836

X-RAY MAMMOGRAPHY SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray mammography system comprising:an X-ray detecting unit including a detecting portion configured to detect X-rays passed through a breast; and
an X-ray generating unit including a transmission type target and an electron emitting source and is configured to radiate X-rays toward the detecting portion, the transmission type target including a target layer having an electron incidence surface, the transmission type target configured to be irradiated with electrons and radiating the X-rays in a direction opposite to the electron incidence surface, and the electron emitting source emitting an electron beam to the target layer,
wherein a distance between a normal line of the target layer and a distal end is larger than a distance between the normal line and a proximal end, where the proximal end is associated with an end of an X-ray irradiated region in the detecting portion the closest to a chest of a testee, and the distal end is an end of the X-ray irradiated region far away from the chest of the testee, and
wherein the electron emitting source is located further away from the proximal end along the detecting portion than the transmission type target.

US Pat. No. 10,073,663

NETWORK DEVICE CONFIGURED TO PROVIDE REBOOT ERROR INFORMATION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR, AND MONITORING SYSTEM USING NETWORK DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A network device connectable to a network, the network device comprising:a receiver that receives a reboot instruction through the network;
a user interface that designates whether information indicating a factor why reboot of the network device cannot be performed should be replied;
one or more memories that store instructions; and
one or more processors that execute the instructions to:
determine whether the reboot of the network device can be performed based on an operating state of the network device;
in response to the reboot instruction received by the receiver, reply information indicating an error and information indicating the factor why the reboot of the network device cannot be performed in a case where it is determined that the reboot of the network device cannot be performed and the user interface designates that the information indicating the factor why the reboot of the network device cannot be performed should be replied; and
in response to the reboot instruction received by the receiver, reply information indicating an error without replying the information indicating the factor why the reboot of the network device cannot be performed in a case where it is determined that the reboot of the network device cannot be performed and the user interface designates that the information indicating the factor why the reboot of the network device cannot be performed should not be replied.

US Pat. No. 10,075,713

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR ENCODING AND DECODING THE TRANSFORM UNITS OF A CODING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of inverse transforming a plurality of residual coefficient arrays from a video bitstream configured for a 4:2:2 format, the method comprising:decoding four luma residual coefficient arrays, wherein each luma residual coefficient array corresponds to one 4×4 luma block of four 4×4 luma blocks collectively occupying an 8×8 luma region;
decoding, after the four luma residual coefficient arrays are decoded, a first chroma residual coefficient array and a second chroma residual coefficient array for a first colour channel, wherein the first chroma residual coefficient array for the first colour channel corresponds to a 4×4 chroma block associated with an upper portion of the 8×8 luma region and the second chroma residual coefficient array for the first colour channel corresponds to a 4×4 chroma block associated with a lower portion of the 8×8 luma region, and the second chroma residual coefficient array for the first colour channel is decoded consecutively after the first chroma residual coefficient array for the first colour channel is decoded;
decoding, after the first chroma residual coefficient array and the second chroma residual coefficient array for the first colour channel are decoded, a first chroma residual coefficient array and a second chroma residual coefficient array for a second colour channel, wherein the first chroma residual coefficient array for the second colour channel corresponds to a 4×4 chroma block associated with the upper portion of the 8×8 luma region and the second chroma residual coefficient array for the second colour channel corresponds to a 4×4 chroma block associated with the lower portion of the 8×8 luma region, and the second chroma residual coefficient array for the second colour channel is decoded consecutively after the first chroma residual coefficient array for the second colour channel is decoded; and
applying a 4×4 inverse transform to each of the four decoded luma residual coefficient arrays, the decoded first and second chroma residual coefficient arrays for the first colour channel and the decoded first and second chroma residual coefficient arrays for the second colour channel.

US Pat. No. 10,071,878

SHEET STACKING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

15. A sheet stacking apparatus comprising:a door pivotable about a pivot relative to an apparatus main body;
a sheet stacking unit provided in the door, wherein the sheet stacking unit includes a sheet stacking surface onto which sheets are to be stacked, and wherein one end of the sheet stacking surface is located higher than the other end of the sheet stacking surface in a state in which the door is at a closure position, and the one end of the sheet stacking surface can be located lower than the other end of the sheet stacking surface in a state in which the door is opened from the closure position; and
a resistance application unit configured to apply resistance against the pivot of the door being moved to be opened,
wherein the resistance application unit is configured to apply no resistance to the pivot of the door which is at any position in a first area, and to apply resistance to the pivot of the door which is at any position in a second area,
wherein the first area is between the closure position and a first position where the door pivots from the closure position by a first angle, and the second area is an area where the door pivots to be opened over the first position,
wherein, in a state in which the door is at the closure position, a centroid of the door is located on a first side of a vertical line passing through a center of the pivot,
wherein, when the centroid of the door is located on the vertical line passing through the center of the pivot, the door is in the first area,
wherein, in a state in which the door is at the first position, the centroid of the door is located on a second side of the vertical line passing through the center of the pivot and a self-weight of the door acts on the door in a direction moving from the first position to the second area,
wherein, in a state in which the door is at the first position where the door pivots from the closure position by the first angle, the sheet on the sheet stacking surface does not move, along the sheet stacking surface, to the one end side of the sheet stacking surface by weight of the sheet, and
wherein, in a state in which the door is at a second position in the second area, the sheet on the sheet stacking surface can move, along the sheet stacking surface, to the one end side of the sheet stacking surface by weight of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,067,457

FIXING APPARATUS INCORPORATING A NOVEL HEATER CONFIGURATION FOR HIGH SPEED PRINTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus comprising:a first heating element;
a second heating element;
a first switching element positioned in a power supply path from an alternating-current power supply to the first heating element;
a second switching element positioned in a power supply path from the alternating-current power supply to the second heating element; and
a controller configured to control power supplied from the alternating-current power supply to the first heating element and the second heating element, for each control cycle, only having a first period and a second period having the same time length as that of the first period, of a plurality of predetermined cycles of alternating current flowing from the alternating-current power supply,
wherein an image formed on a recording medium is thermally fixed on the recording medium by using heat generated by the first heating element and the second heating element, and
wherein, when total power, comprising the power supplied to the first heating element and the power supplied to the second heating element, in the control cycle is set to a level which is equal to or less than a predetermined level, the controller is arranged to control the first switching element and the second switching element in such a manner that three following rules are satisfied,
rule 1: in both of a waveform of an alternating current flowing through the first heating element and a waveform of an alternating current flowing through the second heating element, the first period and the second period are alternately present during the control cycle, the first period including both of a phase control waveform in which a current flows in a part of a half cycle of alternating current and a wave-number control waveform in which a current flows or does not flow over a half cycle of alternating current, the second period including only the wave-number control waveform,
rule 2: when the first heating element operates in the first period, the second heating element operates in the second period, and when the first heating element operates in the second period, the second heating element operates in the first period during the control cycle, and
rule 3: both the waveform of the alternating current flowing through the first heating element and the waveform of the alternating current flowing through the second heating element are electrically symmetric in the positive and negative directions during the control cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,063,993

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF MEDIATING WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS FOR EXTERNAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first communication unit configured to connect with an external apparatus via communication in compliance with a first communication method; and
a control unit configured to control the communication to be performed by the first communication unit,
wherein, in a case where the first communication unit receives a search request including information indicating that an external apparatus is a transmission source from the external apparatus via communication in compliance with the first communication method, the control unit determines whether the external apparatus which is the transmission source of the search request including information indicating that the external apparatus is the transmission source has been set to be paired with the communication apparatus via communication in compliance with the first communication method before receiving the search request,
in a case where the control unit determines the external apparatus has been set to be paired with the communication apparatus, the control unit controls the first communication unit so as to transmit a search request designating the communication apparatus as the transmission source to other apparatus via communication in compliance with the first communication method,
wherein the control unit controls the first communication unit so as to receive a search response replying to the search request designating the communication apparatus as the transmission source from the other apparatus via communication in compliance with the first communication method,
wherein the control unit controls the first communication unit so as to transmit information corresponding to the search response received by the first communication unit to the external apparatus via communication in compliance with the first communication method, wherein the information corresponding to the search response contains address information of the other apparatus in compliance with the first communication method for performing communication using the first communication method between the external apparatus and the other apparatus, not via the communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,063,748

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING A DETERMINATION UNIT THAT DETERMINES AN ATTRIBUTE VALUE WHICH SPECIFIES PROCESSING CONTENT OF ONE OR MORE PIXELS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:at least one processor configured to function as:
(a) a dividing unit configured to divide at least part of an image, which is obtained by reading an original using a scanning device, into a plurality of processing blocks;
(b) a determination unit configured to determine an attribute value that specifies a processing content of one or more pixels in each processing block, of the plurality of processing blocks, divided by the dividing unit, in accordance with a coordinate in the original to which each processing block, of the plurality of processing blocks, corresponds; and
(c) an image processing unit configured to execute an image process to correct an input pixel value of a pixel in image data that represents the image and to output the corrected pixel value of the pixel, based on the attribute value determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,063,762

IMAGE SENSOR AND DRIVING METHOD THEREOF, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS WITH OUTPUT SIGNAL CONTROL ACCORDING TO COLOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:a plurality of unit pixels, arranged in matrix, each having a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions for accumulating charge corresponding to a quantity of incident light and outputting signals, having parallax information, corresponding to the accumulated charge;
color filters, arranged for the plurality of unit pixels, respectively, that mainly pass light of wavelengths corresponding to different colors;
first control signal lines corresponding to every predetermined number of rows and connected to the unit pixels corresponding to the color filters of a first color to control an output timing of the signals from the respective photoelectric conversion portions, the unit pixels being included in the predetermined number of rows; and
second control signal lines corresponding to the every predetermined number of rows and connected to the unit pixels corresponding to the color filters of a second color to control an output timing of the signals from the respective photoelectric conversion portions, the unit pixels being included in the same predetermined number of rows that include the unit pixels corresponding to the color filters of the first color,
wherein in a case that the predetermined number of rows is greater than one, the first and second control signal lines are arranged between the every predetermined number of rows.

US Pat. No. 10,063,807

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD WITH CONTROLLING OF OUTPUT RATES FROM ENCODERS TO MEMORY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a converter that converts image data to a plurality of pixel planes;
a plurality of first memories that respectively store one of the plurality of pixel planes;
a plurality of encoders that respectively encode a pixel plane stored in a corresponding one of the plurality of first memories;
a rate controller that controls output rates from the plurality of encoders to a second memory; and
an access controller that grants an access request for access to the second memory,
wherein the rate controller controls the output rates by controlling an access request that is to be output to the access controller among access requests to the second memory from the plurality of encoders, in accordance with a conversion mode of the converter and/or available capacities of the first memories, and
wherein the rate controller controls the output rates such that in a case where the conversion mode is a second conversion mode, the output rate of an encoder, which is one of the plurality of encoders and which encodes a particular pixel plane, is larger than in a case where the conversion mode is a first conversion mode.

US Pat. No. 10,062,539

ANODE AND X-RAY GENERATING TUBE, X-RAY GENERATING APPARATUS, AND RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM THAT USE THE ANODE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An anode for an X-ray generating tube comprising:a target layer configured to generate an X-ray when an electron beam is irradiated thereon;
a supporting substrate configured to support the target layer;
an anode member having a tubular shape, which is configured to hold the supporting substrate inside; and
a connecting electrode layer configured to electrically connect the target layer and the anode member,
wherein the connecting electrode layer comprises a first bonding boundary where the connecting electrode layer is bonded to the supporting substrate and a second bonding boundary where the connecting electrode layer is bonded to the anode member, and
wherein the first bonding boundary and the second bonding boundary are on the same side with respect to an imaginary intermediate plane associated with an aggregation of a plurality of midpoints along the connecting electrode layer, each of which is a midpoint in a thickness direction of the connecting electrode layer, where any portion of the imaginary intermediate plane is perpendicular to the thickness direction of a corresponding region of the connecting electrode layer.

US Pat. No. 10,063,880

MOTION DETECTING APPARATUS, MOTION DETECTING METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A motion detecting apparatus comprising:a generating unit configured to generate an image which has a number of gradations less than that of an original image of a moving image, wherein the original image has units of blocks;
a first motion detecting unit configured to perform motion detection of a target block to detect a motion vector, wherein the motion detection is based on the generated image having the number of gradations less than that of the original image;
a calculating unit configured to calculate a flatness value indicating a flatness of the target block, wherein the calculating unit calculates the flatness value using a difference value between (1) an average value of pixel values of the target block in the original image and (2) a pixel value of the target block in the original image; and
a selecting unit configured to select, as a motion vector for the target block, (1) a motion vector detected by the motion detection of the target block based on the generated image or (2) a reference motion vector,
wherein the selecting unit selects the motion vector detected by the motion detection for the target block based on the generated image as the motion vector for the target block, if the flatness value is not smaller than a first threshold,
wherein the selecting unit selects the reference motion vector as the motion vector for the target block, if the flatness value is smaller than the first threshold, wherein the reference motion vector is (a) a zero motion vector or (b) a motion vector based on a motion vector of a block neighboring the target block, and
wherein the reference motion vector is a vector independent from the motion detection of the target block based on the generated image.

US Pat. No. 10,063,721

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROGRAM THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING THE PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:(A) a memory that stores data;
(B) an interface that connects to an external memory; and
(C) a processor that executes a set of instructions:
(a) to instruct (i) to print data stored in the memory or (ii) to print data stored in the external memory, based on a user operation;
(b) to display, in a case when a predetermined instruction to the data stored in the memory is instructed, a first screen that includes an instruction for instructing to delete the data stored in the memory after printing the data stored in the memory;
(c) to display, in a case when a predetermined instruction regarding the data stored in the external memory is instructed, a second screen that does not include the instruction for instructing to delete the data after printing the data;
(d) to receive a print start instruction from a user;
(e) upon receiving the print start instruction from the user in a case in which the instruction has been instructed on the first screen, to print the data stored in the memory and to delete the data stored in the memory after printing the data stored in the memory; and
(f) upon receiving the print start instruction from the user in a case in which the instruction has not been instructed on the first screen, to print the data stored in the memory without deleting the data stored in the memory after printing the data stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 10,054,790

IMAGING OPTICAL SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging optical system, comprising:a first lens array including a plurality of lens rows each having a plurality of lenses arrayed in a first direction, the plurality of lens rows being arranged in a second direction which is perpendicular to the first direction and to an optical axis direction; and
a second lens array including a plurality of lens rows each having a plurality of lenses arrayed in the first direction, the plurality of lens rows being arranged in the second direction,
wherein the imaging optical system is configured to form an erect image of an object in a first cross section which is perpendicular to the second direction, and is configured to form an inverted image of the object in a second cross section which is perpendicular to the first direction,
wherein at least one of the first lens array or the second lens array includes at least one of a scattering portion or a light-shielding portion arranged between adjacent lens rows, and
wherein the following expression is satisfied:
D/Rs?0.2where D represents a length of at least one of the scattering portion or the light-shielding portion in the second direction, and Rs represents an effective diameter of the imaging optical system in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,053,310

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:a body portion comprising a supporting portion configured to support a sheet, and a feed portion configured to feed the sheet supported on the supporting portion;
a pivoting portion arranged upstream in a sheet feeding direction of the supporting portion and supported pivotably between a first position and a second position with respect to the body portion, the pivoting portion being configured to support the sheet together with the supporting portion at the first position;
a slide portion supported slidably on the pivoting portion;
a first regulating portion configured to abut against the slide portion and regulate the slide portion from moving downstream in the sheet feeding direction;
a second regulating portion configured to regulate a position of the sheet supported on the supporting portion; and
a guide portion formed across the supporting portion and the slide portion, and configured to guide the second regulating portion between the supporting portion and the slide portion along the sheet feeding direction, the second regulating portion being configured to move on the supporting portion by being guided by the guide portion in a state where the second regulating portion is separated from the slide portion.

US Pat. No. 10,053,314

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:a sheet supporter configured to support a sheet;
a first rotary member configured to feed the sheet supported on the sheet supporter;
a second rotary member configured to feed the sheet supported on the sheet supporter with a feeding force weaker than the first rotary member;
a third rotary member in contact with a separation member and configured to separate sheets fed by the first rotary member one by one;
a motor driving the first rotary member, the third rotary member and the second rotary member; and
a drive transmission switching between a first drive transmission state in which a driving force from the motor to the first rotary member and the third rotary member is transmitted while the driving force from the motor to the second rotary member is cut off, and a second drive transmission state in which the driving force from the motor to the second rotary member is transmitted while the driving force from the motor to the first rotary member and the third rotary member is cut off,
wherein the drive transmission switches driving states such that the first drive transmission state is selected in a state where the motor is driven in a first direction, and the second drive transmission state is selected in a state where the motor is driven in a second direction opposite to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,057,479

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SWITCHING TOUCH OPERATIONS BETWEEN STATES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising a memory and at least one processor which function as:a detection unit configured to detect a touch operation;
a setting unit configured to set a touch restriction mode for restricting acceptance of a touch operation, in accordance with a specific operation being performed; and
a control unit configured to perform:
(a) control so as to, in a state where the touch restriction mode is not set, change a setting of the apparatus in accordance with a touch operation being performed in a case where a first screen is displayed on a display unit, and execute a specific function in accordance with a touch operation being performed in a case where a second screen different from the first screen is displayed on the display unit; and
in a state where the touch restriction mode is set, (b) control so as to change a setting of the apparatus in accordance with a touch operation being performed in a case where the first screen is displayed on the display unit, and to not execute at least the specific function in accordance with a touch operation in a case where the second screen is displayed on the display unit,
wherein, if the second screen is displayed in a state where the touch restriction mode is set, the control unit is further configured to perform:
(c) control so as to not extend a time until an automatic power-off function is executed even if a touch operation is detected; or
(d) control so as to extend a time until the automatic power-off function is executed for a predetermined time in accordance with a touch operation being performed in a case where a remaining time until the automatic power-off function is executed is within a predefined time, and so as to not further extend the time until the automatic power-off function is executed even if a touch operation is performed after the extension is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,057,297

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a communication unit configured to establish communication with a communication relay device with one of a plurality of encryption methods;
a display unit configured to display at least a security policy setting screen and warning screen, the security policy setting screen being for determining whether or not to validate a security policy setting for setting whether to enable or disable the security policy of prohibiting the use of a weak encryption method that does not satisfy a predetermined encryption strength, wherein a warning that the network is disconnected by validating the security policy setting is displayed in the security policy setting screen;
at least one hardware processor; and
at least one memory coupled to the at least one hardware processor and having instructions stored therein,
wherein, upon execution of the stored instructions by the at least one hardware processor, the at least one hardware processor and the at least one memory cooperate to function as
a reception unit configured to receive, via the setting screen, a first input from a user that indicates validation of the security policy setting for restricting establishing communication with an encryption method which does not satisfy the predetermined encryption strength; and
a control unit configured to display on the display unit, after disconnection of communication with the communication relay device, a first screen, which is the warning screen indicating a reason for the disconnection of the previously established communication in a case where the reception unit has received the first input and the communication unit is re-establishing communication with the communication relay device having the disconnected communication previously established using the encryption method which does not satisfy the predetermined encryption strength, the first screen indicating that the encryption method used in the attempted communication between the communication unit and the communication relay device does not satisfy the predetermined encryption strength.

US Pat. No. 10,048,373

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An object information acquisition apparatus comprising:a processor configured to perform frequency domain interferometry combined with adaptive signal processing by using reception signals output from a plurality of transducer elements in response to a reception of an acoustic wave transmitted from the plurality of transducers to an object and reflected by the object, and a reference signal so as to obtain acoustic characteristics at a plurality of positions located inside the object, wherein
the processor is configured to apply different reference signals depending on a target position located inside the object while performing the frequency domain interferometry so as to obtain the acoustic characteristics at the plurality of positions inside the object, further wherein
the processor is configured to apply different reference signals depending on hardness or tilt of a reflecting face inside the object.

US Pat. No. 10,045,753

STRUCTURE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND TALBOT INTERFEROMETER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray Talbot interferometer comprising:an X-ray diffraction grating capable of diffracting x-ray radiation from an X-ray source to form an interference pattern;
an X-ray shield grating capable of partially blocking the X-ray radiation forming the interference pattern; and
an X-ray detector capable of detecting X-ray radiation from the X-ray shield grating;
wherein the X-ray shield grating includes:
a silicon substrate having a plurality of recessed portions, each recessed portion having a bottom and a side wall;
silicide layers, each silicide layer disposed in one of the plurality of recessed portions and in contact with the bottom of the one of the plurality of recessed portions; and
a metal structure including metal portions, each metal portion disposed in one of the plurality of recessed portions.

US Pat. No. 10,051,139

NETWORK DEVICE THAT FLEXIBLY MANAGES SETTING VALUE, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A network device that communicates with a management server that manages a master data including a shared setting value to be set on a plurality of network devices and a unique setting value to be set on a single network device, the device comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions to:
receive a first instruction instructing the network device to change a shared setting value managed by the network device;
receive a second instruction instructing the network device to initialize a plurality of setting values managed by the network device to restore the plurality of setting values to an initial value;
request, in a case where the first instruction is received, reflecting the change of the setting value according to the first instruction in the master data managed by the management server;
request, in a case where the second instruction is received, initializing the unique setting value among the unique setting value and the shared setting value managed by the management server;
execute, in a case where the second instruction is received, an initialization of the plurality of setting values managed by the network device;
acquire the setting value to be set on the network device from the management server; and
apply a shared setting value, which is managed as the master data and is acquired from the management server, to the plurality of setting values managed by the network device,
wherein the unique setting value is a setting value unique to the single network device.

US Pat. No. 10,043,103

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OBJECT MATCHING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of matching a tagged target group, selected from a plurality of gallery groups in a first camera field of view, with probe groups in a second camera field of view, the method comprising:determining a group context for the tagged target group;
determining, in the second camera field of view, probe contexts for the respective probe groups in the second camera field of view;
matching, using one or more processors, the group context against the probe contexts to produce respective similarity scores;
identifying, based upon the similarity scores, the probe group that matches the tagged target group;
determining appearance models for the tagged target group and the probe groups;
matching the appearance model of the tagged target group against the appearance models of the probe groups to produce respective intra-group similarity distance scores; and
identifying, based upon the intra-group similarity scores, the probe group that matches the tagged target group.

US Pat. No. 10,044,902

PRINTING APPARATUS CONNECTED TO A SADDLE FINISHER WITH IMAGE FORMING CONTROLLED BASED ON A TRANSPARENCY OF A COVER SHEET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:an image forming unit that forms an image on a body sheet and forms an image on a cover sheet, wherein the image forming unit comprises a reversing mechanism that reverses and discharges the cover sheet;
a saddle finisher that receives the body sheet and the cover sheet from the image forming unit, performs a bookbinding process on a sheet bundle including the body sheet and the cover sheet; and
a controller that controls the image forming unit:
(i) in a case that the cover sheet is a first type of sheet, to form a normal image on the cover sheet after forming the image on the body sheet and to convey the cover sheet on which the normal image has been formed to the saddle finisher without reversing the cover sheet,
(ii) in case that the cover sheet is a second type of sheet that has a higher transparency than the first type of sheet and is able to be reversed by the reversing mechanism, to form a mirror image on the cover sheet after forming the image on the body sheet and to convey the cover sheet on which the mirror image has been formed to the saddle finisher by reversing the cover sheet using the reversing mechanism, and
(iii) in a case that the cover sheet is a third type of sheet that has a higher transparency than the first type of sheet and is not able to be reversed by the reversing mechanism, to form a normal image on the cover sheet after forming the image on the body sheet and to convey the cover sheet on which the normal image has been formed to the saddle finisher without reversing the cover sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,043,118

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that generates a halftone image of an input image by performing quantization, comprising:a processor; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
hold a threshold value matrix in which threshold values, corresponding to a plurality of pixels in the input image, are arranged;
determine a candidate of a pixel position whose threshold value is to be rewritten based on each pixel value of a plurality of pixels included in a predetermined area of the input image;
determine the threshold value of the pixel position determined to be the candidate by using at least one threshold value of a plurality of threshold values corresponding to the plurality pixels in the predetermined area; and
generate the halftone image of the input image based on the determined threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,044,924

ACCESSORY APPARATUS, IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-capturing apparatus to which an accessory apparatus is detachably attachable, the image-capturing apparatus comprising:a camera communicator configured to provide, with the accessory apparatus, three channels that are a notification channel used for providing a notice from the image-capturing apparatus to the accessory apparatus, a first data communication channel used for transmitting accessory data from the accessory apparatus to the image-capturing apparatus, and a second data communication channel used for transmitting camera data from the image-capturing apparatus to the accessory apparatus; and
a camera controller configured (a) to provide, by switching a signal level of the notification channel from a first level to a second level, a transmission request as the notice to the accessory apparatus to cause the accessory apparatus to transmit the accessory data to the image-capturing apparatus through the first data communication channel and (b) to transmit the camera data to the accessory apparatus through the second data communication channel,
wherein the camera controller is configured to be capable of selectively performing:
a first process to switch, after the accessory apparatus receives the transmission request and in response thereto starts transmitting first accessary data as the accessory data, the signal level of the notification channel from the second level to the first level; and
a second process to keep, after the accessory apparatus receives the transmission request and in response thereto ends transmitting the first accessary data, the signal level of the notification channel at the second level, and
wherein the camera controller is configured to, while keeping the signal level of the notification channel at the second level in the second process, receive second accessory data transmitted from the accessory apparatus as the accessory data different from the first accessory data.

US Pat. No. 10,044,964

COLUMN SIGNAL PROCESSING UNIT WITH DRIVING METHOD FOR PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS, PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving method for a photoelectric conversion apparatus that includesa pixel array in which a plurality of pixels are arranged in a matrix, each of the pixels including a photoelectric conversion unit, and
a plurality of column signal processing units provided in correspondence with respective columns of the pixel array,
each column signal processing unit including
an amplification unit configured to amplify a signal output from the pixel, a hold unit configured to hold a signal output from the amplification unit, and
a plurality of buffer units provided in correspondence with respective columns of the pixel array,
the method comprising:
first processing of causing, in a case where signals are sequentially read out from the pixels in first and second rows included in the pixel array, the hold unit to hold a first signal output from the amplification unit based on a situation where the amplification unit is reset;
second processing of performing AD conversion of the first signal after the first processing and outputting a second signal that is obtained by superposing a signal based on charges generated in the photoelectric conversion unit of the pixel in the first row on the first signal from the amplification unit;
third processing of performing an operation of performing, after the second signal is held in the hold unit, AD conversion of the second signal and an operation of resetting the amplification unit after the second signal is output from the amplification unit, at least partly in parallel; and
fourth processing of causing the hold unit to hold a fourth signal that is obtained by superposing a signal based on charges generated in the photoelectric conversion unit of the pixel in the second row on a third signal output from the amplification unit based on a situation where the amplification unit is reset in the third processing and is output from the amplification unit,
wherein the AD conversion of the first to fourth signals supplied from the buffer unit is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,042,426

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR DETECTING OBJECT FROM IMAGE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor for causing the information processing apparatus to:
acquire an input image having one or more pixels and, for each pixel of the input image, positional information of at least an object in the acquired input image and a surface in the acquired input image in a space including the surface as part of a background; and
extract from the acquired input image, in an a first area including the surface in the background, an a first object area corresponding to an the object existing in the a foreground with respect to the surface, based on the positional information of the object in the acquired input image, the positional information of the surface, and a first reference, and to extract from the acquired input image, in a second area not including the surface in the background, an a second object area corresponding to the object existing in the foreground with respect to the surface, based on the positional information of the object in the acquired input image, and a second reference different from the first reference.

US Pat. No. 10,038,880

CONTROL DEVICE, METHOD, AND MEDIUM CONTROLLING DISPLAY OF IMAGES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control device connectable to a first projection device and a second projection device, whereinthe first projection device performs projection onto a projection area in a projection surface to display a first image with a first resolution in the projection area,
the second projection device performs projection onto the projection area to display a second image with a second resolution lower than the first resolution in the projection area,
both the first image and the second image are displayed to display an image based on target image data in the projection area,
the first projection device includes a first light emission unit and a first projection unit configured to modulate light emitted from the first light emission unit and project the modulated light onto the projection area, and
the second projection device includes a second light emission unit and a second projection unit configured to modulate light emitted from the second light emission unit and project the modulated light onto the projection area,
the control device comprises:
a control unit configured to control the display of the first image by the first projection device and the display of the second image by the second projection device based on the target image data, and
the control unit includes:
a first determination unit configured to determine light emission luminance based on the target image data; and
a second determination unit configured to determine light emission luminance of the first light emission unit and light emission luminance of the second light emission unit such that a sum of the light emission luminance of the first light emission unit and the light emission luminance of the second light emission unit is equal to the light emission luminance determined by the first determination unit, and
wherein when the light emission luminance determined by the first determination unit is equal to or less than an upper limit of the light emission luminance of the first light emission unit, the second determination unit determines light emission luminance of the first light emission unit equal to the light emission luminance determined by the first determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,035,296

METHODS FOR CONTROLLING SPREAD OF IMPRINT MATERIAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method comprising the steps of:providing a substrate having a location thereon defining an imprint field having a border, the imprint field further defined by an interior region and a perimeter region surrounding the interior region, wherein the perimeter region further includes fluid control features in the substrate;
depositing a polymerizable material onto the substrate at the imprint field location; and
allowing the polymerizable material to spread on the substrate, wherein fluid control relief features redirect spreading of the polymerizable material so as to redirect the spreading of the polymerizable material away from the imprint field border.

US Pat. No. 10,038,394

VIBRATION WAVE DRIVE DEVICE, STATOR FOR A VIBRATION WAVE MOTOR, VIBRATION WAVE MOTOR, DRIVING CONTROL SYSTEM, OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF A VIBRATION WAVE DRIVING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration wave drive device, comprising:an annular piezoelectric element comprising a one-piece piezoelectric material and multiple electrodes; and
a power feeding member comprising an electric wire for supplying electric power to the piezoelectric element, the power feeding member being provided on a first surface of the piezoelectric element,
wherein the piezoelectric element comprises two driving regions, and a non-driving region arranged between the two driving regions, and
wherein the power feeding member is arranged only in the non-driving region and a voltage is applied to the drive regions through an electrode provided in the non-driving region.

US Pat. No. 10,036,996

SLIDING MEMBER, SLIDING DEVICE INCLUDING SLIDING MEMBER, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING SLIDING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sliding member provided with a sliding surface, whereinthe sliding surface has a first sliding surface and a second sliding surface, the first sliding surface comprises diamond like carbon,
the second sliding surface comprises a material of which frictional coefficient is higher than that of the diamond like carbon at a temperature of 25° C. and a humidity of 45%, and the frictional coefficient of the sliding member is 0.12 or less,
wherein the sliding member includes a plurality of first sliding surfaces mutually separated, and the second sliding surface is disposed in a region between the mutually separated first sliding surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,038,023

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor which includes a semiconductor layer having a first surface and a second surface, comprising:charge accumulation region pairs which are arranged between the first surface and the second surface, one of the charge accumulation region pairs including charge accumulation regions to accumulate a charge;
a transfer gate which is arranged on a side of the first surface so that the transfer gate transfers the charge;
microlenses which are arranged on a side of the second surface so that one of the microlenses is assigned to the one of the charge accumulation region pairs;
a first isolation portion which is arranged between the charge accumulation regions of the one of the charge accumulation region pairs, the first isolation portion including an isolation region extending from the second surface toward the first surface; and
a second isolation portion which is arranged between the charge accumulation region pairs, the second isolation portion continuously extending from the second surface toward the first surface, wherein a depth, from the second surface, of the isolation region of the first isolation portion is smaller than a depth, from the second surface, of the second isolation portion.

US Pat. No. 10,037,000

CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus, the cartridge comprising:a frame;
a rotatable member for carrying developer, the rotatable member being supported by the frame;
a blade member contacting the rotatable member;
a first seal member provided between the blade member and the frame, the first seal member extending in a rotational axis direction of the rotatable member, the first seal member being configured to seal a gap between the blade member and the frame, and the first seal member including an extending portion at a longitudinal end portion thereof, the extending portion extending in a crossing direction that crosses the rotational axis direction of the rotatable member; and
a second seal member provided between the rotatable member and the frame, the second seal member extending in the crossing direction, the second seal member contacting the rotatable member and the frame, the second seal member being configured to seal a gap between the rotatable member and the frame, and the second seal member including a first surface contacting the extending portion of the first seal member,
wherein the frame includes a second surface opposite of the first surface of the second seal member across the extending portion of the first seal member in the rotational axis direction of the rotatable member, the second surface sandwiching the extending portion of the first seal member with the first surface of the second seal member in the rotational axis direction of the rotatable member.

US Pat. No. 10,038,802

COPY-FORGERY-INHIBITED PATTERN IMAGE GENERATION METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a print controller that causes a printing unit to print at least a first image part and a second image part on a first sheet,
wherein the first image part includes two parts, one part of which includes clusters of dots and the other part of which includes dots, and the clusters are provided more sparsely in the one part than the dots are provided in the other part, and the second image part includes two parts, one part of which includes clusters of dots and the other part of which includes dots, and the clusters are provided more sparsely in the one part than the dots are provided in the other part,
wherein a density difference between the one part and the other part in the first image part printed on the first sheet is different from a density difference between the one part and the other part in the second image part printed on the first sheet; and
a user interface that receives, from a user, identification information identifying one of the first image part and the second image part printed on the first sheet,
wherein the print controller is configured to cause, in accordance with a print instruction given after the reception of the identification information, the printing unit to print, on a second sheet, an image obtained by combining image data which is based on the received identification information and other image data,
wherein a part of the image printed on the second sheet that corresponds to the image data which is based on the received identification information includes two parts, one part of which includes clusters of dots and the other part of which includes dots, and the clusters are provided more sparsely in the one part than the dots are provided in the other part,
wherein densities of the one part and the other part in the part of the image printed on the second sheet correspond, respectively, to densities of the one part and the other part of the one of the first image part and the second image part printed on the first sheet that is associated with the received identification information and
wherein
the density of the one part in the part of the image printed on the second sheet is dependent on a number of the clusters per unit area and a size of the clusters in the one part in the part,
the density of the other part in the part of the image printed on the second sheet is dependent on a number of dots per unit area and a size of the dots in the other part in the part,
the density of the one part of the one of the first image and the second image printed on the first sheet that is associated with the received identification information is dependent on a number of the clusters per unit area and a size of the clusters in the one part of the one of the first image and the second image printed on the first sheet, and
the density of the other part of the one of the first image and the second image printed on the first sheet that is associated with the received identification information is dependent on a number of dots per unit area and a size of the dots in the other part of the one of the first image and the second image printed on the first sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,038,814

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus that prints an overcoat layer on printing paper on which a main image has been printed, the printing apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire supplemental information;
a setting unit configured to set a gloss mode of an overcoat layer; and
a control unit configured to perform control so that the overcoat layer is printed based on overcoat layer print data,
wherein, in a case where the supplemental information acquired by the acquisition unit is printed by using an overcoat layer, the control unit performs control so that the overcoat layer is printed based on overcoat layer print data generated by combining the supplemental information formed in a mixture pattern for the supplemental information in which a high gradation value and a low gradation value are arranged alternately in rows and columns, with a mixture pattern for a background portion in which a high gradation value and a low gradation value are arranged,
wherein the control unit performs control so that the overcoat layer is printed based on overcoat layer print data having a low gradation value if a first gloss mode is set by the setting unit, and performs control so that the overcoat layer is printed based on overcoat layer print data having a mixture pattern for the background portion in which a high gradation value and a low gradation value are arranged if a second gloss mode is set by the setting unit, and
wherein, in a case where the supplemental information is printed by using an overcoat layer, even if the first gloss mode is set, the control unit performs control so that the overcoat layer is printed based on overcoat layer print data generated by combining the supplemental information with a mixture pattern for the background portion in which a high gradation value and a low gradation value are arranged.

US Pat. No. 10,038,819

SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A signal processing apparatus comprising:an AD conversion unit configured to convert six analog image signals obtained from a sensor configured to read a document image into six first signals, each of which is a 10-bit digital image signal, respectively;
a memory unit to which the six first signals are written at a first speed that is the same as a frequency of the six analog image signals;
a serialization unit configured to:
read out from the memory unit four second signals, each of which is a 10-bit digital image signal at a second speed lower than two times the first speed, respectively; and
serialize the four second signals to generate six 7-bit serial signals; and
a transmission unit configured to convert the six 7-bit serial signals into low-voltage differential signals, respectively, and to transmit the low-voltage differential signals to an apparatus in a subsequent stage.

US Pat. No. 10,038,843

IMAGE TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, IMAGE TRANSMISSION METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an image capturer configured to capture image data;
a transmitter configured to transmit image data to a display apparatus;
a receiver configured to receive, from the display apparatus, a plurality of types of instruction including a still image capturing instruction and a still image acquiring instruction;
a processor configured to generate a low resolution still image from a high resolution still image obtained by the image capturer; and
an apparatus controller configured to perform control to cause the image capturer to capture image data and the transmitter to transmit image data,
wherein, in response to receiving a still image capturing instruction from the display apparatus while the transmitter is transmitting, to the display apparatus, live image data having a first resolution, the apparatus controller, during a predetermined processing period, performs control (i) to cause the transmitter to suspend transmitting the live image data having the first resolution to the display apparatus, (ii) to cause the image capturer to capture the high resolution still image having a second resolution that is higher than the first resolution, (iii) not to transmit the captured high resolution still image to the display apparatus, (iv) to transmit the low resolution still image, having a size that is smaller than a size of the high resolution still image, to the display apparatus, wherein the low resolution still image is generated by the processor from the high resolution still image, and (v) to cause the transmitter to resume transmitting the live image data to the display apparatus, and
wherein, in response to receiving, after receiving the still image capturing instruction, a still image acquiring instruction from the display apparatus, the apparatus controller performs control to cause the transmitter to transmit the captured high resolution still image to the display apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,029,496

PRINTING APPARATUS AND HEAD CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus in which a printing unit provided with ejection ports, through which liquid is ejected, is moved in a main scanning direction along the surface of a print medium so as to perform printing, the printing unit comprising:a first opening formed at a first surface, the first surface facing a region between an ejection port surface having the ejection ports formed thereat and the print medium;
a second opening formed at a second surface, the second surface being different from the first surface; and
a first communication path that allows the first opening and the second opening to communicate with each other,
wherein the first opening and the second opening are formed in different pressure regions, in which pressures different from each other are produced in a case where the printing unit is moved in the main scanning direction,
a second pressure region in which the second opening is formed is a region whose pressure is lower than that in a first pressure region in which the first opening is formed in a case where the printing unit is moved in the main scanning direction,
the printing unit is moved inside of a casing of the printing apparatus,
the first pressure region is formed between the first surface and the print medium, and
the second pressure region is formed between the second surface and a part of the casing facing the second surface.

US Pat. No. 10,027,867

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT IS CAPABLE OF BOUNCE EMISSION PHOTOGRAPHING, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. image pickup apparatus comprising:a lighting device that is capable of changing an irradiation angle of an illumination light;
an apparatus body that is equipped with said lighting device and outputs an image corresponding to an optical image formed through an image pickup optical system; and
at least one processor, the at least one processor functioning, according to a program stored in a memory, as:
a first control unit configured to drive said lighting device to perform pre-emission when the irradiation angle is controlled for bounce emission photographing where an object is photographed while being illuminated by a reflected light that emitted from said lighting device and is reflected by reflection material;a first distance measuring unit configured to measure a first distance between the image pickup apparatus and the object and a second distance between the reflection material and the image pickup apparatus using the pre-emission of said lighting device;a second control unit configured to set up the irradiation angle based on the first distance and the second distance and to drivingly control said lighting device to the set irradiation angle;
a second distance measuring unit configured to measure a third distance between the image pickup apparatus and the object during focus control for focusing on the object; and
a prohibition unit configured to prohibit the pre-emission by said first control unit when said second distance measuring unit measures the third distance.

US Pat. No. 10,026,197

SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD, SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing method for extracting feature amounts from an image for performing face or pattern recognition, comprising:sequentially selecting one of a plurality of spatial filters with different frequency responses;
generating a plurality of filtered images by performing spatial filtering on the image using the sequentially selected one of the spatial filters;
switching from a pixel position to another pixel position to set a relative position of a reference pixel with respect to a pixel of interest in response to selecting one of the spatial filters, according to a frequency response of the selected one of the spatial filters, wherein a pixel value at the reference pixel is to be used for encoding a pixel value at the pixel of interest of each filtered image;
creating vectors by encoding each of the plurality of filtered images using the pixel value at the pixel of interest of each filtered image and the pixel value at the reference pixel of that filtered image, the reference pixel being located at the set relative position with respect to the pixel of interest; and
performing face or pattern recognition using the plurality of encoded images by comparing the created vectors with vectors of images stored in a memory.

US Pat. No. 10,022,900

APPLICATION DEVICE, IMPRINTING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OBJECT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An application device to supply an imprinting material to a substrate in an imprinting apparatus that forms a pattern on the imprinting material on the substrate by using a mold, the application device comprising:a container unit that contains the imprinting material;
an ejecting unit that is provided on the container unit and that ejects the imprinting material contained in the container unit toward the substrate;
a connecting portion that is connectable to the container unit; and
a supplying portion formed on the connecting portion,
wherein the application device is detachably attachable to the imprinting apparatus, and
wherein the imprinting material is supplied to the container unit through a supplying portion formed on the connecting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,023,418

RECEPTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a processing unit having a discharge port; and
a reception unit that receives an article discharged from the discharge port, the apparatus reception unit comprising:
a first rod being disposed horizontally at a position below the discharge port in a gravity direction;
a second rod being disposed horizontally at a position farther away from the processing unit than the first rod; and
a reception sheet having flexibility, supported by the first rod and the second rod, and configured to receive thereon the article discharged from the discharge port,
wherein the first rod is capable of being disposed in at least one of a first position and a second position which are different from each other in the gravity direction and each provided on the processing unit, and
wherein the first rod has hooks at both ends, and the processing unit has first engagement holes in which the hooks are engaged in a case where the first rod is disposed at the first position, and has second engagement holes, arranged lower than the first engagement holes in the gravity direction, in which the hooks are engaged in a case where the first rod is disposed at the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,025,218

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING HIGH VOLTAGE GENERATING CIRCUIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a charger that charges a photoreceptor;
a developer that develops a latent image formed on the photoreceptor with toner;
a first power source that supplies a charging voltage to the charger;
a second power source that supplies a developing voltage including a direct current component and an alternating current component to the developer;
a first detector that detects a current flowing through the charger;
a second detector that detects a current which is an alternating current flowing through the developer;
an OR circuit to which a first detection signal that indicates a detection result of the first detector and a second detection signal that indicates a detection result of the second detector are input and which outputs a first output signal corresponding to the first detection signal, in a case where a level of the first detection signal is higher than a level of the second detection signal, and outputs a second output signal corresponding to the second detection signal, in a case where the level of the first detection signal is not higher than the level of the second detection signal; and
a controller that determines an error related to the first power source or the photoreceptor based on the first output signal, and determines an error related to the second power source or the developer based on the second output signal.

US Pat. No. 10,025,221

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER SCANNED BY LIGHT THAT CHANGES IN SCANNING SPEED IN ACCORDANCE WITH IMAGE HEIGHT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a photosensitive member;
a correction unit configured to correct a tone of each pixel in first image data in accordance with an image height on the photosensitive member, and output resultant second image data;
a halftone processing unit configured to determine exposed regions of pixels in an image to be formed by applying halftone processing to the second image data using a multi-pixel dither matrix; and
a scanning unit configured to form a latent image by scanning the photosensitive member with light that changes in scanning speed in accordance with an image height based on the exposed regions of the pixels determined by the halftone processing unit,
wherein the scanning unit is further configured to perform partial exposure with respect to the pixels based on the exposed regions of the pixels, the partial exposure exposing partial regions of the pixels to light unlike entire exposure that exposes entire regions of the pixels to light.

US Pat. No. 10,025,230

POSITION DETECTION APPARATUS THAT DETECTS POSITION OF TARGET OBJECT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detection apparatus that detects a position of a target object in a predetermined direction, the position detection apparatus comprising:a swinging member of which one end is in contact with the target object in the predetermined direction;
a moving member that is in contact with another end of said swinging member;
(M +1) pieces of sensors that are arranged in a direction that intersects a moving direction of said moving member and output signals corresponding to a position of said moving member that corresponds to a swinging amount of said swinging member; and
a detection unit configured to detect the position of the target object based on the output signals of said sensors,
wherein said moving member has a plurality of measured parts disposed on said moving member along a plurality of loci of measuring positions of said sensors formed on said moving member during movement of said moving member,
wherein said detection unit detects the position of the target object based on the output signals of M pieces of sensors among said (M +1) pieces of sensors in a case where a predetermined sensor other than the M pieces of sensors outputs a predetermined signal, and
wherein the measured parts corresponding to the measuring position of the predetermined sensor are provided in 2M pieces of divided areas that are disposed along a locus corresponding to the predetermined sensor, and each of the measured parts corresponding to the measuring position of the predetermined sensor is disposed in a center portion except both ends in the moving direction in each of the divided areas.

US Pat. No. 10,025,232

INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An intermediate transfer member for electrophotography, comprising:a substrate; and
a surface layer provided on the substrate, wherein
the surface layer comprises a binder resin and a perfluoropolyether,
an extraction amount of the perfluoropolyether per 10 mm3 of the surface layer, is 0.10 mg or more and 5.00 mg or less, the extraction amount of the perfluoropolyether obtained by immersing the intermediate transfer member for electrophotography into a solvent of 1,1,2,2,3,3,4-heptafluorocyclopentane and methylethylketone, the mixing ratio in mass being 1:1, at 25 degrees in Celsius for 24 hours,
a surface of the intermediate transfer member for electrophotography that is not subjected to the following first and second treatments, has a n-hexadecane contact angle of 55 degrees or more,
a surface of the intermediate transfer member for electrophotography that has been subjected to the following first treatment, has a n-hexadecane contact angle of 40 degrees or less, and
a surface of the intermediate transfer member for electrophotography that has been subjected to the following second treatment, has a n-hexadecane contact angle of 50 degrees or more,
(I) the first treatment comprising the steps of:
(i) cutting a rectangular test piece from the intermediate transfer member for electrophotography;
(ii) wrapping and fixing the rectangular test piece around a peripheral surface of a cylindrical metal core to form a first roller;
(iii) bringing the first roller into contact with a second roller with a load of 2 kgf, the second roller comprising a cylindrical metal core and a surface layer provided thereon containing a carbon black and an acrylonitrile rubber, and having a volume resistivity of 1.0×106?·cm; and
(iv) rotating the first roller at a circumferential speed of 200 mm/s for 15 hours while a voltage of 6.5 kV is applied between the first roller and the second roller,
(II) the second treatment comprising the steps of:
(v) cutting a rectangular test piece from the intermediate transfer member for electrophotography;
(vi) wrapping and fixing the rectangular test piece around a peripheral surface of a cylindrical metal core to form a first roller;
(vii) bringing the first roller into contact with a second roller with a load of 2 kgf, the second roller comprising a cylindrical metal core and a surface layer provided thereon containing a carbon black and an acrylonitrile rubber, and having a volume resistivity of 1.0×106?·cm;
(viii) rotating the first roller at a circumferential speed of 200 mm/s for 15 hours while a voltage of 6.5 kV is applied between the first roller and the second roller; and
(ix) heating the first roller resulting from the step (viii) at 70 degrees in Celsius for 2 hours,
the content of the perfluoropolyether is 10.0 mass % or more and 70.0 mass % or less based on the mass of the total solid component in the surface layer, and
the perfluoropolyether has a hydroxy group, a trifluoromethyl group, or a methyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,026,776

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SOLID STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a solid state image pickup apparatus, comprising the steps of:forming, by removing part of an insulating layer by using a first mask:
a first contact opening on an impurity region; and
a second contact opening over a compound layer such that a first portion, which covers the compound layer, of the insulating layer is exposed at a bottom of the second contact opening; and
ion-implanting an impurity into the impurity region through the first contact opening while the first portion that covers the compound layer is exposed at the second contact opening,
wherein the impurity region is disposed in a pixel region including a photoelectric conversion unit, and
the compound layer is disposed on at least one of a gate electrode, a drain region, and a source region of a transistor disposed in a peripheral circuit region and is composed of a metal and a semiconductor.

US Pat. No. 10,025,248

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A SELECTING PORTION FOR SELECTING AN EXECUTION ORDER OF A NUMBER OF FIXING OPERATIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an input portion into which a job is to be input;
an image forming portion configured to form a toner image on a recording material to execute the job input into said input portion;
a fixing portion configured to fix, on the recording material, the toner image formed by said image forming portion, said fixing portion being capable of being replaced with another fixing portion depending on a content of the job;
a selecting portion configured to prompt an operator to select one of a plurality of modes before a plurality of jobs are successively reserved, the plurality of modes including a first mode, in which an execution order of the plurality of jobs is changed so as to decrease a number of times of replacement of said fixing portion when the plurality of jobs are successively reserved, and a second mode, in which the execution order of the plurality of jobs is not changed when the plurality of jobs are successively reserved; and
a controller configured to control the execution order of the reserved jobs,
wherein, in a case that the first mode is selected by the operator in said selecting portion, depending on successive reservation of the plurality of jobs input into said input portion, said controller changes the execution order of the plurality of jobs so as to decrease the number of times of replacement of said fixing portion, and in a case that the second mode is selected by the operator in said selecting portion, when the plurality of jobs are successively reserved, said controller maintains the execution order of the plurality of jobs in a reserved order.

US Pat. No. 10,026,027

PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS, AND PRINTING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing control apparatus connected to a printing apparatus that is operated in at least a standby state and a power saving state in which power consumption is lower than that in the standby state, the printing control apparatus comprising:a reception unit that receives a print packet from an external apparatus, the print packet including a print job and a port number for printing;
a generation unit that generates, in accordance with the print job included in the print packet, an image to be printed; and
a transmission unit that transmits, based on receiving the print packet, a return packet for returning the printing apparatus from the power saving state to the standby state to the printing apparatus before the image is transmitted to the printing apparatus,
wherein the return packet also includes the port number.

US Pat. No. 10,027,837

CALCULATION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a calculation unit configured to calculate information about power using a first signal related to a current and a second signal related to a voltage;
a first communication unit configured to transmit a calculation result of the calculation unit;
a second communication unit configured to receive a plurality of pieces of setting information stored in a storage unit; and
a switching unit configured to switch calculation processing of the calculation unit, based on the plurality of pieces of the setting information received via the second communication unit;
wherein the calculation unit calculates an effective voltage value or an effective current value by selectively using the first and the second signals based on the information stored in the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 10,018,910

IMPRINT APPARATUS, ALIGNMENT METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus configured to form a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate using a mold, the apparatus comprising:a stage configured to hold the substrate;
a holding mechanism configured to hold the mold;
a scope configured to detect a mark provided on the mold;
a driving mechanism configured to drive the scope by a driving amount, prior to performing alignment between the mold and the substrate, to position the mark provided on the mold held by the holding mechanism within a field of view of the scope; and
a processing unit configured to:
obtain a positional shift amount from a reference position of the mold held by the holding mechanism based on the driving amount of the scope required for positioning the mark provided on the mold within the field of view of the scope; and
control a movement amount of the stage based on the obtained positional shift amount to locate an alignment mark on the substrate within the field of view of the scope, such that the scope can detect the mark on the mold and the mark on the substrate, and alignment between the mold and the substrate can then be performed.

US Pat. No. 10,016,862

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, CALCULATION METHOD, SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measurement apparatus for measuring a shape of an object to be measured, the measurement apparatus comprising:a processing unit configured to obtain information on the shape of the object to be measured based on an image obtained by imaging the object to be measured onto which pattern light alternately including a bright portion and a dark portion along a first direction is projected,
wherein the pattern light includes a plurality of bright portions along the first direction, and
wherein the processing unit is configured to:
obtain a plurality of first signals different from each other and indicating a light intensity distribution in a second direction intersecting the first direction, from a region of the image corresponding to the dark portion;
obtain a plurality of correction signals by calculating differences between the plurality of first signals and a second signal obtained from a region of the image corresponding to one of the plurality of bright portions;
obtain an evaluation value indicating evaluation of each of the plurality of correction signals, representing a light intensity distribution in the second direction;
select a first signal, from among the plurality of first signals, corresponding to a correction signal having a highest evaluation value, from among the plurality of correction signals;
obtain, for a plurality of second signals obtained from a plurality of regions of the image corresponding to the plurality of bright portions, correction signals with the evaluation values falling within an allowable range, from among the plurality of correction signals, by calculating a difference between the second signal and the first signal corresponding to the correction signal having the highest evaluation value; and
obtain the information using the correction signals having the evaluation value falling within the allowable range, from among the plurality of correction signals.

US Pat. No. 10,021,483

SOUND CAPTURE APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a hardware processor; and
a memory which stores instructions to be executed by the hardware processor, wherein in accordance with the instructions executed by the hardware processor, the apparatus performs:
obtaining a first captured audio signal captured by a sound capture unit;
reducing a noise contained in the first captured audio signal obtained in the obtaining;
generating, based on a result of learning using a second captured audio signal obtained before the first captured audio signal, a target sound signal corresponding to the first captured audio signal;
determining an output mode to be applied among a plurality of output modes including a first output mode where the target sound signal corresponding to the first captured audio signal generated in the generating is output, and a second output mode where a noise-reduced signal obtained by reducing noise from the first captured audio signal in the reducing is output; and
outputting a signal according to the determined output mode determined in the determining.

US Pat. No. 10,017,656

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD, TREATMENT LIQUID AND INK SET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method comprising the steps of:applying an ink comprising a pigment to a recording medium; and
applying a treatment liquid comprising an organic acid and water to the recording medium, so as to overlap at least a part of a region to which the ink is applied,
wherein the treatment liquid comprises at least one organic compound:
(a) having (i) an anionic group, and (ii) an amino group or quaternary ammonium in its molecular structure, and
(b) having a surface-activating capability, wherein the static surface tension of water is changed to 60 mN/m or less when added in an amount of 0.1% by mass into the water.

US Pat. No. 10,016,893

ROBOT HAND CONTROLLING METHOD AND ROBOTICS DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A controlling method of a robot hand, the robot hand comprising:a plurality of fingers configured to grasp a work; and
an actuator configured to move at least one of the plurality of fingers, wherein
a controlling unit executes the method to perform:
acquiring a first position of the plurality of fingers for grasping the work with a first grip force by the plurality of fingers by using position of the plurality of fingers in relation to the first grip force preliminarily acquired;
moving the plurality of fingers to the first position by the actuator for grasping the work;
acquiring a second position of the plurality of fingers for grasping the work with a second grip force by the plurality of fingers by using a movement quantity of the plurality of fingers in relation to a difference between the first grip force and a second grip force preliminarily acquired; and
moving the plurality of fingers from the first position to the second position by the actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,019,207

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM CONFIGURED TO GENERATE A CONTROL JOB FOR OCCUPYING COMMUNICATION WITH A PERIPHERAL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of operating an application, the apparatus comprising:a generation unit configured to generate a control job for occupying communication with a peripheral device, wherein the control job is stored in a job queue, and is different from a print job that is stored in the job queue due to require print processing; and
a deletion unit configured to delete the control job stored in the job queue,
wherein, if a status of the control job stored in the job queue is processing, communication with the peripheral device via a communication unit is occupied by an application that has created the control job, and, after communication for the application is completed, the deletion unit deletes the control job stored in the job queue,
wherein the generation unit and the deletion unit are implemented by a processor of the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,018,955

POWER SUPPLY CIRCUIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply circuit comprising:a bridge circuit having a first switching element connected to a first direct-current power supply and a second switching element connected in series with the first switching element, and configured to output a voltage, in accordance with switching of the first switching element and of the second switching element, to a load;
first and second drive circuits configured to drive the first and second switching elements, respectively, so that the first and second switching elements alternatingly enter an on state in accordance with an input pulse signal;
a capacitor connected between the first drive circuit and an output terminal of the bridge circuit, and configured to generate a charge voltage used for driving of the first switching element by the first drive circuit, in accordance with charging by being supplied with a charging current from a second direct-current power supply while the first switching element is in an off state;
an inductance component for noise suppression provided in a path in which the charging current flows; and
a voltage limit element connected in parallel with the inductance component, and configured to limit a voltage that occurs at the inductance component.

US Pat. No. 10,018,722

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measurement apparatus for measuring one of a position and an attitude of a measurement target, comprising:a first illumination unit configured to illuminate the measurement target with pattern light of a first wavelength;
a second illumination unit configured to illuminate the measurement target with light of a second wavelength different from the first wavelength;
an image sensor including one pixel unit in which a plurality of pixels adjacent to each other are arranged in a matrix and configured to capture the measurement target illuminated with the pattern light of the first wavelength and the light of the second wavelength by the one pixel unit and obtain a first image corresponding to the pattern light of the first wavelength and a second image corresponding to the light of the second wavelength by the one pixel unit;
an optical member arranged between the measurement target and the image sensor and configured to separate the pattern light of the first wavelength and the light of the second wavelength and make one of the pattern light of the first wavelength and the light of the second wavelength enter each pixel of the one pixel unit; and
a processing unit configured to obtain information of one of the position and the attitude of the measurement target based on the first image and the second image.

US Pat. No. 10,016,174

STRUCTURE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND TALBOT INTERFEROMETER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray Talbot interferometer comprising:an X-ray diffraction grating capable of diffracting x-ray radiation from an X-ray source to form an interference pattern;
an X-ray shield grating capable of partially blocking the X-ray radiation forming the interference pattern; and
an X-ray detector capable of detecting X-ray radiation from the X-ray shield grating;
wherein the X-ray shield grating includes:
a silicon substrate having a plurality of recessed portions, each recessed portion having a bottom and a side wall;
silicide layers, each silicide layer disposed in one of the plurality of recessed portions and in contact with the bottom of the one of the plurality of recessed portions; and
a metal structure including metal portions, each metal portion disposed in one of the plurality of recessed portions.

US Pat. No. 10,016,176

X-RAY IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An X-ray image processing apparatus for performing image processing for frames successively obtained by an X-ray sensor, comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
one or more processors which, when executing the instructions, function as:
an analysis unit configured to obtain a first analysis value and a second analysis value by analyzing different regions in each of the successively obtained frames;
a calculation unit configured to calculate, as a first statistic and a second statistic, a variance or a standard deviation of the first analysis values and the second analysis values in the successively obtained frames;
a determination unit configured to determine, based on the first statistic and the second statistic, whether to correct the first analysis value;
a correction unit configured to, if the determination unit determines to correct the first analysis value, correct the first analysis value based on the first statistic; and
a tone processing unit configured to perform tone processing on a frame of the successively obtained frames based on the corrected first analysis value.

US Pat. No. 10,021,309

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE REPRODUCING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reproducing apparatus for reproducing an image corresponding to image data, the image reproducing apparatus comprising:a memory that stores instructions; and
one or more processors that execute the instructions to cause the image reproducing apparatus to function as:
a generation unit configured to generate an image corresponding to a virtual diaphragm value by reconstructing the image data;
a setting unit configured to set the virtual diaphragm value; and
a display control unit configured to display, on a display, the image corresponding to the virtual diaphragm value generated by the generation unit,
wherein the display control unit displays the image corresponding to the virtual diaphragm value and a graphical user interface for indicating the virtual diaphragm value of the image set by the setting unit, and
wherein the display control unit displays images, of a plurality of images generated by the generation unit, together, and the plurality of images respectively correspond to a plurality of virtual diaphragm values.

US Pat. No. 10,021,333

IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:a pixel portion formed by arraying pixels including photoelectric conversion portions in a matrix;
a combining portion which combines pixel signals from pixels on an identical row on different pixel columns to each other;
a plurality of A/D converters which are provided in a one-to-one correspondence to pixel columns of said pixel portion and converts combined pixel signals obtained by combining the pixel signals by said combining portion to digital signals; and
a distributing portion which distributes the combined pixel signals of plural different rows of the pixel portion to different A/D converters of said plurality of A/D converters, wherein the combined pixel signal of each row of the plural different rows is distributed to each of the different A/D converters in one-to-one correspondence,
wherein each of the different A/D converters converts the combined pixel signal of each row of the plural different rows to digital signal simultaneously.

US Pat. No. 10,016,982

INKJET APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet apparatus comprising:a carriage configured to move with a recording head mounted thereon, the recording head having a discharge port surface on which a plurality of discharge ports is provided;
a platen configured to support a sheet at a position facing the recording head;
a rectifying skirt provided at at least one of front and rear of the carriage in a moving direction of the carriage, and having a rectifying surface at a side facing the platen; and
a sensor attached to the carriage and configured to read information on the sheet supported by the platen, the sensor being provided at an opposite side away from the platen with respect to the rectifying skirt, and the sensor reading the information on the sheet through a hole formed in the rectifying skirt.

US Pat. No. 10,018,599

CAPACITIVE TRANSDUCER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a capacitive transducer that comprises a plurality of cells with each cell comprising a first electrode and a vibration film on a first surface side of a substrate having a through wiring that penetrates the substrate from a first surface to a second surface of the substrate, the vibration film including a second electrode that is formed with a gap from the first electrode, the method comprising:forming a holding member that holds a leading end of the through wiring, on the first surface side of the substrate having the through wiring; and
forming the cell after the forming of the holding member.

US Pat. No. 10,015,803

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing code to be executed by the at least one processor, wherein the at least one processor executes the code to function as:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a first radio quality regarding a first signal and a second radio quality regarding a second signal when spatially separating and transmitting the first signal of a first communication period length and the second signal of a second communication period length, wherein the first radio quality and the second radio quality are obtained in parallel;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the first radio quality satisfies a first level for transmitting the first signal in the first communication period length and whether the second radio quality satisfies a second level for transmitting the second signal in the second communication period length;
a comparison unit configured to compare the first communication period length with the second communication period length to obtain a difference between the first communication period length and the second communication period length; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where at least one of the first radio quality or the second radio quality does not satisfy the corresponding first level or the second level and the difference between the first communication period length and the second communication period length is not smaller than a predetermined length, perform control of extending the communication period length of a signal having a smaller communication period length out of the first signal and the second signal by lowering a coding rate of the signal having the smaller communication period length so as to transmit, in the extended communication period length, the same amount of data as data of the signal having the smaller communication period length in the communication period length before extension.

US Pat. No. 10,015,358

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING IF COLOR INFORMATION OF PRINT DATA CAN BE CHANGED PRIOR TO PRINTING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including a storage configured to store data, an image forming device configured to form an image on a sheet, and a display device configured to display information of a user and configured to receive an instruction from the user, the image forming apparatus comprising:a controller, including a processor configured to execute instructions stored in a memory or including circuitry, the controller configured to:
acquire first print data including a chromatic content to be printed and color mode information indicating that the content is to be printed in black-and-white, and store the first print data in the storage so as to enable the user to input, through the display device, an instruction for causing the image forming device to form an image based on the first print data;
acquire second print data including a non-chromatic content to be printed and color mode information indicating that the content is to be printed in black-and-white, and store the second print data in the storage so as to enable the user to input, through the display device, an instruction for executing an instruction for causing the image forming device to form an image based on the second print data, wherein the non-chromatic content is generated by converting chromatic content to non-chromatic content; and
receive, through the display device, an instruction for selecting one print data from among a list of a plurality of print data including the first print data and the second print data,
wherein the controller causes the display device to display a first screen through which color mode information of the selected print data can be changed by selecting from among a plurality of modes including a color mode and a monochrome mode based on information indicating that the selected print data is the first print data, and
wherein the controller causes the display device to display a second screen through which color mode information of the selected print data cannot be changed by selecting from among a plurality of modes including a color mode and a monochrome mode based on information indicating that the selected print data is the second print data.
US Pat. No. 10,012,922

TONER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle, the toner particle comprising:a binder resin;
a pigment having a structure derived from a basic compound;
a resin A having an acidic functional group, the content of resin A being 1.0 to 30.0 mass parts per 100 mass parts of the pigment; and
a resin B having an acid value of at least 2.0 mg KOH/g and a glass transition temperature TgB of at least 50° C., wherein
a hydrophobic parameter HPA of the resin A and a hydrophobic parameter HPB of the resin B satisfy:
HPA?0.60 where HPA represents a volume fraction of heptane at a point of precipitation by the resin A as measured by the addition of heptane to a solution containing 0.01 mass parts of the resin A and 1.48 mass parts of chloroform,
HPB?0.70 where HPB represents a volume fraction of heptane at a point of precipitation by the resin B as measured by the addition of heptane to a solution containing 0.01 mass parts of the resin B and 1.48 mass parts of chloroform, and
HPA?HPB>0.

US Pat. No. 10,007,871

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT CONVERTS DRAWING DATA GENERATED BY AN APPLICATION PROGRAM INTO PRINT DATA TO BE PRINTED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that converts drawing data generated by an application program into print data to be used for printing with a printing apparatus, the image processing apparatus comprising:(A) a memory configured to store a program; and
(B) a processor configured to execute the program to perform:
(a) determining, among drawing elements included in the drawing data, a drawing element that has a graphics attribute and that corresponds to a character drawn with path coordinates;
(b) converting the drawing data into the print data by performing image processing suitable to each attribute for the drawing elements included in the drawing data, wherein image processing suitable to a text attribute is performed for (i) the drawing element that has the text attribute, and (ii) a drawing element that is determined to be the drawing element that has the graphics attribute and that corresponds to the character drawn with the path coordinates, and wherein image processing suitable to the graphics attribute is performed for the drawing element that is determined to be the drawing element that has the graphics attribute and that does not correspond to the character drawn with the path coordinates; and
(c) sending converted print data to the printing apparatus so that the printing apparatus executes the printing using the converted print data.

US Pat. No. 10,006,762

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to provide:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image captured by an imaging apparatus while a pattern including a plurality of first features and a second feature different from the first features is projected onto a measurement target object;
an initial value acquisition unit configured to associate the first features included in the projected pattern and the first features included in a captured image based on the captured image to identify the first features included in the captured image, and acquire an initial value of shape information on the measurement target object in an area including the first features within the captured image based on an identified result;
a setting unit configured to set a candidate for the shape information in a first area based on an initial value of shape information in an area surrounding the first area within the captured image;
an evaluation unit configured to decide an area in the pattern corresponding to the first area as a second area based on the candidate for the shape information in the first area, and evaluate a correlation between the first area and the second area based on the second feature included in the first area and the second feature included in the second area; and
a derivation unit configured to derive the shape information in the first area based on the correlation evaluated by the evaluation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,006,765

DEPTH DETECTION APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS AND DEPTH DETECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A depth detection apparatus that detects depth information on a depth to an object on the basis of a first signal corresponding to luminous flux that passed through a first pupil region of an exit pupil of an imaging optical system and a second signal corresponding to luminous flux that passed through a second pupil region, which is different from the first pupil region,the depth detection apparatus comprising:
a first calculation unit adapted to calculate a first shift amount, which is a positional shift amount between the first signal and the second signal;
a signal processing unit adapted to generate a corrected signal by performing filter processing on at least one of the first signal and the second signal, the filter processing being performed to relatively displace the first signal and the second signal by a displacement amount corresponding to the first shift amount; and
a second calculation unit adapted to calculate a second shift amount, which is a positional shift amount between the first signal and the second signal, which are both filtered in the filter processing, or between signals, one of which is filtered in the filter processing and the other one of which is unfiltered.

US Pat. No. 10,001,208

DRIVING FORCE TRANSMISSION MECHANISM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drive transmission mechanism comprising:a rotatable member provided with a drive transmitting portion; and
a shaft supporting said rotatable member;
wherein said shaft has a large diameter portion, a small diameter portion having a diameter smaller than that of said large diameter portion, at least one middle diameter portion having a diameter smaller than that of said large diameter portion and larger than that of said small diameter portion, and a stepped portion at a boundary between said small diameter portion and said middle diameter portion,
wherein said stepped portion of said shaft faces an inner portion of said rotatable member in a direction parallel to said shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,001,719

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive body on which an electrostatic image used to form a developer image to be transferred onto a recording material is formed;
a charging member that is arranged close to or in contact with the photosensitive body and charges the photosensitive body with a voltage applied thereto;
a voltage application unit that applies the voltage to the charging member;
an exposure unit that exposes the photosensitive body;
a detection unit that detects a current value of a current flowing to the charging member;
an acquisition portion that acquires, based on the current value detected by the detection unit, a discharge start voltage value, at which a discharge starts between the photosensitive body and the charging member, in a voltage value of the voltage applied to the charging member, the discharge start voltage value being acquired from at least one of a plurality of measurement regions set by dividing an image forming region of the photosensitive body, in which the electrostatic image is formed, into a plurality of regions in a longitudinal direction orthogonal to a conveyance direction of the recording material; and
a control portion that performs unevenness suppression control to reduce unevenness, in the longitudinal direction, of density of the developer image transferred onto the recording material based on an unevenness of film thickness of a photosensitive layer the discharge start voltage value acquired by the acquisition portion,
wherein
the acquisition portion acquires a first discharge start voltage value based on the current value detected by the detection unit when, after the voltage application unit applies a voltage of a first voltage value to the charging member, the exposure unit exposes only one measurement region, from which the discharge start voltage value is to be acquired, among the plurality of measurement regions to be set at a prescribed exposure potential and thereafter the voltage application unit applies, to the charging member, a voltage of a second voltage value having an absolute value closer to the first voltage value than the prescribed exposure potential,
acquires a second discharge start voltage value based on the current value detected by the detection unit when, after the voltage application unit applies the voltage of the first voltage value to the charging member, the exposure unit exposes only measurement regions other than the one measurement region among the plurality of measurement regions to be set at the prescribed exposure potential and thereafter the voltage application unit applies, to the charging member, a voltage of a third voltage value having an absolute value closer to the prescribed exposure potential than the first voltage value,
acquires an exposure potential in the one measurement region after the exposure by the exposure unit based on the first discharge start voltage value and the second discharge start voltage value, and
acquires film thickness of a photosensitive layer in the one measurement region based on the exposure potential.

US Pat. No. 10,001,721

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive member having an electrical charge retention layer;
a charging member configured to electrically charge the photosensitive member;
an exposure unit configured to expose a surface of the electrical charge retention layer to form an electrostatic image on the surface;
a developing agent bearing member configured to supply a developing agent to the surface to develop the electrostatic image and form a developing agent image;
a measurement unit configured to measure an exposure potential of the photosensitive member based on a discharge start voltage; and
a control unit configured to control a light quantity per unit area of the surface exposed by the exposure unit,
wherein the developing agent image is transferred onto a recording material to form an image on the recording material, and
wherein, based on a plurality of exposure potentials corresponding to a plurality of gradation levels which is acquired by exposing with the exposure unit the surface with each of a plurality of reference light quantities corresponding to the plurality of gradation levels, and measuring with the measurement unit the plurality of exposure potentials of the photosensitive member which is formed by the exposure with the plurality of reference light quantities, the control unit changes, to a light quantity different from the reference light quantities, the light quantity per unit area of the surface when the exposure unit exposes the surface in correspondence with the plurality of gradation levels.

US Pat. No. 10,001,726

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developer container, comprising:a frame body having a chamber for storing developer, the frame body being provided with an opening for connecting an inside of the chamber and an outside of the chamber;
a sealing member configured to seal the opening; and
an unsealing member configured to unseal the opening by moving the sealing member, the unsealing member being accommodated inside the chamber,
wherein a part of the sealing member is peelably bonded to the frame body at the outside of the chamber, and the part of the sealing member is bonded to at least a part of a peripheral portion of the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,001,727

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating container for accommodating developer, the developer accommodating container comprising:a flexible container provided with a plurality of openings for permitting discharge of developer accommodated therein and provided with a hole for being fixed; and
a sealing member for sealing the plurality of openings so as to cover the plurality of openings and for exposing the plurality of openings by being moved,
wherein, when the sealing member is moved, the flexible container is deformed to change a shape of the plurality of openings.

US Pat. No. 10,001,738

IMAGING FORMING APPARATUS TO SWITCH SPEED OF ROLLER PAIRS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet while conveying the sheet at an image forming speed;
a discharge roller pair configured to discharge the sheet on which the image is formed by the image forming unit;
a conveyance roller pair disposed between the image forming unit and the discharge roller pair, and configured to convey the sheet from the image forming unit to the discharge roller pair;
a motor configured to drive the discharge roller pair and the conveyance roller pair; and
a control unit configured to control the motor to switch a speed of the conveyance roller pair and the discharge roller pair between a first speed corresponding to the image forming speed and a second speed which is higher than the first speed,
wherein the control unit is configured to perform first control and second control,
wherein, in first control, the motor is controlled in a manner such that the speed of the conveyance roller pair and the discharge roller pair is switched from the second speed to the first speed at timing at which a trailing end of a first sheet being conveyed by the discharge roller pair reaches a first position between the discharge roller pair and the conveyance roller pair and before a leading end of a second sheet fed following the first sheet being conveyed by the discharge roller pair reaches a second position upstream of the conveyance roller pair, and
wherein, in second control, the motor is controlled in a manner such that the speed of the conveyance roller pair and the discharge roller pair is switched from the second speed to the first speed at timing at which a leading end of a subsequent sheet fed following a preceding sheet being conveyed by the discharge roller pair reaches the second position and before the trailing end of the preceding sheet reaches the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,001,844

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a first identification unit configured to identify a type of an input device to be used to execute a task, the input device lying in a field of view range of a user wearing a display device;
a second identification unit configured to identify an operation medium with which the user operates the input device, the operation medium lying in the field of view range of the user;
a distance obtaining unit configured to obtain a first distance from the display device to the input device and a second distance from the display device to the operation medium;
a referring unit configured to refer to respective execution conditions for a plurality of tasks, wherein an execution condition for each task prescribes a type of an input device and an operation medium to be used and permissible ranges of a distance from the display device to the input device and a distance from the display device to the operation medium to execute the task;
a determination unit configured to determine a task for which the identified type of the input device, the identified operation medium, the first distance, and the second distance satisfy an execution condition for the task; and
a display control unit configured to cause the display device to display an image corresponding to the determined task.

US Pat. No. 10,002,894

IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING SAME EXPOSURE PERIOD FOR SIGNALS HELD IN SIGNAL HOLDING UNITS IN FIRST AND SECOND PIXEL ROWS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus having a plurality of pixel rows is arranged, each row in the plurality of pixel rows including a plurality of pixels each including a first photoelectric conversion unit and a second photoelectric conversion unit and an amplification element configured to amplify a signal that is based on a signal charge generated by the first photoelectric conversion unit and/or the second photoelectric conversion unit, the imaging apparatus comprising:a lens array including a plurality of microlenses, each microlense in the plurality of microlenses being configured to condense light on the first photoelectric conversion unit and the second photoelectric conversion unit of a pixel included in the plurality of pixels;
wherein the each pixel has a plurality of first signal holding units disposed between an output node of the first photoelectric conversion unit or the second photoelectric conversion unit and an input node of the amplification element,
wherein a signal based on a signal charge generated in the first photoelectric conversion unit of a pixel among the pixels in the first pixel row is held in the first signal holding unit disposed between the output node of the first photoelectric conversion unit and the input node,
wherein a signal based on a signal charge generated in the second photoelectric conversion unit of a pixel among the pixels in a second pixel row that is different from the first pixel row is held in the first signal holding unit disposed between the output node of the second photoelectric conversion unit and the input node,
wherein an exposure period is the same for the signal held in the signal holding unit of the pixel included in the first pixel row and the signal held in the signal holding unit of the pixel included in the second pixel row, and
wherein a height of a potential barrier generated between a plurality of the first signal holding units disposed adjacent to each other and included in the same pixel is higher than a height of a potential barrier generated between the first photoelectric conversion unit and the second photoelectric conversion unit adjacent to each other and included in the same pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,003,706

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM TO SHIFT POWER STATES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to operate in a plurality of power modes, the image forming apparatus comprising:a Universal Serial Bus (USB) detector having a power state and configured to receive predetermined data to shift a power mode of the image forming apparatus to a normal power mode from a power saving mode;
a network detector having a power state and configured to receive predetermined data to shift the power mode of the image forming apparatus to the normal power mode from the power saving mode;
a display configured to receive user input to set both the power state for the USB detector and the power state for the network detector in the power saving mode; and
a power supply controller configured to, when a condition for shifting the power mode of the image forming apparatus from the normal power mode to the power saving mode is satisfied, (1) stop power to the USB detector and the network detector, (2) stop power to the USB detector and continue supplying power to the network detector, (3) stop power to the network detector and continue supplying power to the USB detector, or (4) continue supplying power to the USB detector and the network detector, based on the user input received by the display,
wherein the USB detector is configured to receive the predetermined data from a USB host device through a USB interface that is external to the image forming apparatus and the network detector is configured to receive the predetermined data through a USB interface, and
wherein, in response to disconnection of the USB host device from the image forming apparatus, the power mode of the image forming apparatus is shifted from the normal power mode to a power saving mode in which the network detector continues to receive power.

US Pat. No. 10,003,472

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to communicate with a communication apparatus, the information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor that controls:
a first connecting unit configured to connect the information processing apparatus with a first access point in the communication apparatus without receiving input of connection information from a user;
a connection-information acquisition unit configured to acquire connection information for connecting to a second access point in the communication apparatus via the first access point with which the information processing apparatus is connected;
a storage unit configured to store the connection information acquired by the connection-information acquisition unit in a memory;
a second connecting unit configured to connect the information processing apparatus with a mobile communication network via which communication with Internet is able to be performed;
a receiving unit configured to receive transmission instruction to transmit data; and
a transmitting unit configured to transmit the data to the communication apparatus via the second access point with which the information processing apparatus is connected when the receiving unit receives the transmission instruction;
wherein, when the receiving unit receives the transmission instruction in a state where the information processing apparatus is not connected with the second access point, the connecting unit connects the information processing apparatus with the second access point by using the connection information stored in the storage unit,
wherein the second connecting unit disconnects the connection between the mobile communication network and the information processing apparatus in response to the transmission instruction received by the receiving unit and connects the information processing apparatus with the mobile communication network when the transmitting unit terminates data transmission, and
wherein, when the information processing apparatus is connected with the second access point, the first access point is disabled.

US Pat. No. 10,001,954

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM TO IDENTIFY A FUNCTION OF A REGISTER PRINTING APPARATUS BASED ON PRINTING APPARATUS TYPE AND TO DISPLAY A PRINT SCREEN BASED ON IDENTIFIED FUNCTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus communicable with a printing apparatus, the information processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the information processing apparatus to:
register a plurality of types of printing apparatuses and functional information of the printing apparatus for each of the types of printing apparatuses;
acquire apparatus information of a printing apparatus, from the printing apparatus;
determine a type of the printing apparatus of which the apparatus information has been acquired, based on the registered plurality of types of printing apparatuses, using the acquired apparatus information of the printing apparatus;
identify a function of the printing apparatus registered based on the type of the printing apparatus determined;
display a configuration setting screen for setting configuration setting information that is setting information about a function usable in the printing apparatus based on the identified function of the printing apparatus; and
display a print setting screen via the configuration setting screen based on the set configuration setting information,
wherein the configuration setting screen is displayed in such a way that the function usable in the printing apparatus based on the identified function of the printing apparatus is settable,
wherein the configuration setting screen includes a setting object for setting the settable function on or off, and
wherein, when device information of the printing apparatus is acquired, on or off of the settable function in the setting object included in the configuration setting screen is automatically set on a basis of the device information of the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,001,956

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that is capable of using a device driver with a first architecture and a device driver with a second architecture different from the first architecture, and that has the device driver with the first architecture installed therein, the information processing apparatus comprising:a processor and a memory storing computer executable code, wherein the processor executes the code to perform:
searching for a queue to be replaced in installing the device driver with the second architecture, the queue to be replaced using the device driver with the first architecture corresponding to a peripheral device to which the device driver with the second architecture corresponds;
performing control to, when the queue to be replaced has been found, replace the queue to be replaced with another queue that uses the installed device driver with the second architecture; and
convert setting information of the queue to be replaced into a format compatible with the device driver with the second architecture, and storing the converted setting information as setting information of the another queue.

US Pat. No. 10,001,702

IMPRINTING APPARATUS, DEVICE FABRICATION METHOD, AND IMPRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprinting apparatus to imprint a pattern onto a resin using a mold, the imprinting apparatus comprising:a detector configured to make a detection by detecting a mold mark provided on the mold and a substrate mark provided on a substrate;
a driving unit configured to change a relative position between the mold and the substrate;
a curing unit configured to cure an uncured resin residing in a shot region on the substrate; and
a controller configured to perform control to cause the detector to make a detection,
wherein the controller performs control to cause the detector to make a first detection by detecting the mold mark and the substrate mark provided on a first shot region on a substrate,
wherein the controller performs control to cause the driving unit to change a first relative position to a second relative position between the mold and the substrate based on the first detection for aligning the mold and the first shot region,
wherein, after the change from the first relative position to the second relative position is completed, the controller performs control to cause the curing unit to cure uncured resin residing in the first shot region and in contact with the mold, wherein the curing results in a third relative position between the mold and the substrate after the uncured resin has been cured,
wherein the controller causes the detector to make a second detection in state of the third relative position, and
wherein, before the uncured resin residing in a second shot region on the substrate cures, the controller causes the driving unit to offset the relative position based on the second detection for aligning the mold and the second shot region.

US Pat. No. 10,001,958

MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the apparatus to perform operations comprising:
acquiring jobs that include a printing job and a post-processing job;
displaying, on a display, a selection screen for selecting a device that is to execute the printing job and a device that is to execute the post-processing job;
determining a device that is to execute the printing job and a device that is to execute the post-processing job; and
transmitting the printing job to the device determined as the device that is to execute the printing job and transmitting the post-processing job to the device determined as the device that is to execute the post-processing job,
wherein the selection screen includes, as a candidate for the device that is to execute the printing job, at least a first device capable of executing the printing job and incapable of executing the post-processing job and a second device capable of executing both the printing job and the post-processing job, and includes, as a candidate for the device that is to execute the post-processing job, at least the second device capable of executing both the printing job and the post-processing job and a third device incapable of executing the printing job and capable of executing the post-processing job,
wherein the second device is displayed as the candidate for the device that is to execute the printing job and as the candidate for the device that is to execute the post-processing job,
wherein the device that is to execute the post-processing job is determined based on a device that has been selected via the selection screen, and
wherein in a case where the second device has been selected as the device that is to execute the post-processing job, the second device is automatically determined as the device that is to execute the printing job.

US Pat. No. 9,998,673

DISPLAY PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display processing apparatus for displaying, on a display device, an image in accordance with image data captured by an image capture apparatus, the display processing apparatus comprising:a storage device; and
a processor configured to execute computer executable instructions recorded on the storage device, the computer executable instructions including instructions, that when executed by the processor, cause the display processing apparatus to:
obtain data for an order of displaying a plurality of images captured by the image capture apparatus; and
perform, based on the data for the order, display processing for providing in a display region corresponding to an angle including first and second angles a first display element indicating the first angle for capturing a first one of the plurality of images, a second display element indicating the second angle for capturing a second one of the plurality of images to be displayed subsequent to the first one of the plurality of images, a third display element that indicates that the second one of the plurality of images is to be displayed subsequent to the first one of the plurality of images, and a fourth display element that indicates a time for changing from the first one of the plurality of images to the second one of the plurality of images.

US Pat. No. 9,998,715

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD CORRECTING A READ-OUT SIGNAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:a photoelectric conversion unit including one microlens and a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements, wherein each photoelectric conversion element accumulates charges based on incident light passing through the one microlens detected by the photoelectric conversion element;
a read-out circuit electrically connected to the photoelectric conversion unit, and configured to read out a first signal based on charges accumulated by a first one of the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements, and to read out a second signal based on charges accumulated by a second one of the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements; and
a signal processor electrically connected to the read-out circuit, and configured to, in a case where the first signal is larger than a predetermined saturation signal level and the second signal, correct the first signal to a predetermined signal level based on the second signal so that a change rate of a third signal obtained by adding the first signal and the second signal relative to a light amount approximates to a change rate of the third signal relative to a light amount in a case where the first signal is smaller than the predetermined saturation signal level,
wherein the signal processor further performs predetermined processing to the corrected first signal and the second signal to generate image data of the subject or information on a distance to the subject, and outputs the generated image data to a memory unit or outputs the generated information to control an optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,998,724

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING THREE-DIMENSIONAL DATA THAT DESCRIBES A SPACE THAT INCLUDES PHYSICAL OBJECTS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when the instructions are executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain three-dimensional data that describes a space that includes physical objects;
a converting unit configured to convert data of positions in a predetermined direction of the three-dimensional data in accordance with a position of each of the physical objects, wherein the positions do not include the position of at least one of the physical objects; and
an output unit configured to output three-dimensional data converted by the converting unit,
wherein the converting unit converts data of a position in a range corresponding to a space in which the physical objects are not present with a larger compression rate compared to data of a position in a range corresponding to a space in which the physical objects are present.

US Pat. No. 9,998,728

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a captured image obtaining unit configured to obtain a first captured image of a target object onto which a first pattern light is projected by a projection unit and a second captured image of the target object onto which a second pattern light, in which the positions of a bright portion and a dark portion of the first pattern light are inverted, is projected by the projection unit; and
a control unit configured:
(a) to detect a first position and a second position adjacent to the first position in the obtained captured image, wherein a magnitude relation between a pixel value of the first captured image and a pixel value of the second captured image in the first position is inverted from a magnitude relation between a pixel value of the first captured image and a pixel value of the second captured image in the second position,
(b) to control, based on the pixel value of the first captured image or the second captured image in the detected first position or second position, (1) an amount of light that enters an image sensor of the captured image obtaining unit or (2) a gain of the image sensor; and
(c) to control the captured image obtaining unit to obtain a third captured image of a target object onto which the first pattern light is projected by the projection unit and a fourth captured image of the target object onto which the second pattern light is projected by the projection unit, wherein the controlled amount of light or controlled gain is used in obtaining the third captured image and the fourth captured image so as to improve a signal-to-noise ratio of the third captured image and the fourth captured image, which images are used to determine a tone intersection.

US Pat. No. 9,995,918

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;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a fifth lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a sixth lens unit having a positive refractive power, wherein an interval between the first lens unit and the second lens unit is increased during zooming from a wide angle end to a telephoto end,
wherein an interval between adjacent lens units is changed during zooming,
wherein the first lens unit consists of, in order from the object side to the image side, a positive lens G11 having a convex surface facing the object side and a meniscus negative lens G12 having a convex surface facing the object side, and
wherein the following conditional expression is satisfied:
1.2?|fG12/fw|?10.0,where fG12 represents a focal length of the meniscus negative lens G12, and fw represents a focal length of the zoom lens at the wide angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,998,738

IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS, IMAGE ENCODING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image encoding apparatus which encodes an image, the apparatus comprising:a computer executing instructions that, when executed by the computer, cause the computer to function as:
a first acquiring unit configured to acquire an evaluation value for a block being a division of the image;
a determining unit configured to determine a class to which the block belongs to among a plurality of classes based on the evaluation value acquired by the first acquiring unit;
a second acquiring unit configured to acquire count information describing the number of blocks belonging to a predetermined class of the plurality of classes; and
a setting unit configured to set a quantization parameter usable for encoding a block belonging to a different class from the predetermined class based on the count information acquired by the second acquiring unit.

US Pat. No. 9,995,925

OBSERVATION OPTICAL SYSTEM, AND IMAGE DISPLAYING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An observation optical system for observation of an image displayed on an image display surface comprising, in order from an observation side to an image displaying surface side:a first lens having a positive refractive power; a second lens having a negative refractive power; and a third lens having a positive refractive power, wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
and?1.00<(R12+R11)/(R12?R11)

US Pat. No. 9,994,413

SHEET PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing device comprising:a first teeth portion;
a second teeth portion configured to clamp and bind a sheet bundle with the first teeth portion;
a first support portion configured to support the first teeth portion;
a shaft; and
a second support portion configured to support the second teeth portion and being swingably supported around the shaft between a binding position in which the second teeth portion clamps and binds the sheet bundle with the first teeth portion and a standby position in which the second teeth portion is apart from the first teeth portion, the second support portion including:
a first arm member including a first portion and a pair of first side portions provided on both ends of the first portion, each of the pair of first side portions extending perpendicular to the first portion and defining a first through-hole in which the shaft is inserted; and
a second arm member including a second portion and a pair of second side portions provided on both ends of the second portion, each of the pair of second side portions extending perpendicular to the second portion and defining a second through-hole in which the shaft is inserted, the second arm member being fixed to the first arm member.

US Pat. No. 9,996,482

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that can communicate with an external device via a local interface, comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor that, upon execution of the instructions stored in the memory, causes the information processing apparatus to:
receive an access instruction to access a web server of the external device connected via the local interface;
determine whether or not access request information issued by the access instruction includes port information used in a connection to the external device via the local interface;
in a case where the determination determines that the access request information does not include the port information, perform a search process for searching for the external device; and
start up a communication control unit by using port information, as a startup parameter, corresponding to the external device searched for by the search process,
wherein the communication control unit started up by the start-up communicates with the web server of the external device via the local interface.

US Pat. No. 9,993,152

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an extraction unit configured to extract a region where a polarization state is scrambled in a polarization-sensitive tomographic image of an object;
an estimation unit configured to estimate a reference line using the extracted region; and
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display, in different display forms, (a) a first region that is in the extracted region and exists at a deeper position than the estimated reference line, (b) a second region that is in the extracted region and exists at a shallower position than the estimated reference line, and (c) a third region that is in the extracted region and is different from the first region and the second region.

US Pat. No. 9,996,752

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method associated with a camera view of a moving object in a scene, the method comprising:detecting and tracking the moving object over multiple video frames;
estimating an orientation of the moving object in each of the video frames;
constructing a cost map from the estimated orientations over the multiple video frames for finding a minimum cost path over the cost map;
determining regularized orientation estimates of the moving object from the minimum cost path; and
locating the vanishing point of the camera view based on an axis of the moving object from the minimum cost path, wherein the axis formed uses the regularized orientation estimates.

US Pat. No. 9,998,048

MOTOR CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VECTOR-CONTROLLING SENSORLESS MOTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A motor control apparatus that vector-controls a sensorless motor, the apparatus comprising:an estimating unit configured to obtain an estimated phase value by estimating a phase of a rotor in the sensorless motor; and
a generating unit including a switch and configured to generate, from the estimated phase value and a phase command value of the rotor, a phase conversion value that is used for a coordinate conversion between a rotary coordinate system and a static coordinate system in the vector control by setting the switch to an ON state,
wherein the generating unit is further configured to output the phase command value as the phase conversion value by setting the switch to an OFF state when the rotor starts to rotate from a stopped state, and change the phase conversion value so that the phase conversion value approaches the estimated phase value from a predetermined timing after the rotor starts to rotate by setting the switch to the ON state.

US Pat. No. 9,996,028

DEVELOPER REPLENISHING CONTAINER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developer container comprising:a developer containing portion capable of containing a developer;
a discharge port through which the developer contained in the developer containing portion is discharged;
a storing portion configured to store the developer to be discharged through the discharge port, the storing portion being in fluid communication with an inside of the developer containing portion and the discharge port;
a rotatable member provided above the storing portion and having first and second portions arranged in a rotational direction of said rotatable member; and
a displacement portion provided in the storing portion and arranged to be displaceable, and including a displaceable shaft portion configured to extend along the storing portion and capable of reciprocating by rotation of the rotatable member and a coil spring which biases the displaceable shaft portion, wherein
in the rotatable member the first portion is contactable to a part of the shaft portion and the second portion is not contactable to said shaft portion.

US Pat. No. 9,996,029

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH REMOVABLE RESIDUAL TONER ACCOMMODATING PORTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material using toner, said image forming apparatus comprising:a main assembly;
an openable member capable of opening and closing said main assembly;
a discharging portion provided in said main assembly and provided with a first opening for discharging toner, a direction perpendicular to the first opening being inclined with respect to a plane which is perpendicular to a rotational axis of said openable member; and
a toner accommodating portion detachably mounted to said openable member and configured to accommodate the toner, said toner accommodating portion being provided with a second opening cooperative with said first opening to form a toner flow passage,
wherein said toner accommodating portion includes an elastic member extending along a periphery of said second opening so as to surround said second opening, and a sheet member overlaid on said elastic member so as to surround said second opening,
wherein said toner accommodating portion is movable, in a state that it is mounted on said openable member, between a contacting position in which said toner accommodating portion contacts said first opening and a spacing position in which said toner accommodating portion is spaced from said discharging portion, and
wherein said sheet member contacts said first opening when said toner accommodating portion is in the contacting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,996,032

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container, comprising:a casing that contains developer; and
a belt-shaped conveying member configured to convey the developer and including a partitioning portion, the partitioning portion being a partition for the developer contained in the casing with respect to a conveying direction in which the developer is conveyed,
wherein the partitioning portion is in contact with an interior surface of the casing when the developer container is new and extends in a direction intersecting with the conveying direction in which the developer is conveyed,
wherein, when the developer container is new, a first developer amount which is an amount of the developer contained at an upstream side that is upstream of the partitioning portion in the conveying direction, is larger than a second developer amount which is an amount of the developer contained at a downstream side that is downstream of the partitioning portion in the conveying direction,
the partitioning portion (i) being moved to downstream side in the conveying direction together with the conveying member and moved relative to the casing or (ii) being joined to the casing and moved relative to the conveying member when the conveying member moves in circulating direction.

US Pat. No. 9,996,038

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member movable in a predetermined movement direction and configured to bear a toner image formed at an image forming position by using a liquid developer containing toner particles and a carrier liquid;
a transfer member configured to transfer the toner image onto a recording material at a transfer portion formed between said transfer member and said image bearing member;
an input portion into which information on a kind of the recording material onto which the toner image is transferred is inputted;
an adjusting device configured to adjust an amount of the carrier liquid of the toner image on said image bearing member, wherein said adjusting device is provided at an adjusting position opposing a position of said image bearing member upstream of the transfer portion and downstream of the image forming position with respect to the movement direction and includes a carrier liquid container configured to store the carrier liquid, a rotatable adjusting roller configured to carry the carrier liquid stored in said carrier liquid container, and a contacting-and-spacing mechanism movable between a contact position where said adjusting roller is contacted to said image bearing member and a spaced position where said adjusting roller is spaced from said image bearing member; and
an executing portion configured to execute an operation of said adjusting device depending on the information inputted in said input portion when the toner image on said image bearing member is at the adjusting position, wherein said executing portion executes any of a plurality of operations including a first operation in which the amount of the carrier liquid of the toner image on said image bearing member is increased by said adjusting device, a second operation in which the amount of the carrier liquid is decreased by said adjusting device, and a third operation in which the amount of the carrier liquid is not adjusted by said adjusting device.

US Pat. No. 9,996,554

SEARCH APPARATUS, SEARCH METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A search apparatus connected to a first capturing apparatus and to a second capturing apparatus, wherein areas captured by the first capturing apparatus and the second capturing apparatus do not overlap each other, the search apparatus comprising:a processor, and a memory configured to store instructions to be executed by the processor for causing the search apparatus to perform operations comprising:
extract a plurality of attributes from a plurality of objects in captured images captured by the first capturing apparatus and by the second capturing apparatus;
determine a search target in a first captured image captured by the first capturing apparatus based on user designation;
determine at least one other object other than the search target from a second captured image captured by the second capturing apparatus based on a captured time of the first captured image; and
determine a search condition used in a search for the search target in a third captured image, wherein attributes used as the search condition are determined based on the difference between a plurality of attributes of the search target in the first captured image captured by the first capturing apparatus and a plurality of attributes of the at least one other object in the second captured image captured by the second capturing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,996,047

CLEANING BLADE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A cleaning blade, comprising:an elastic member; and
a supporting member supporting the elastic member, the elastic member comprising:
a free end portion,
the free end portion having a hardened region including an edge that is brought into abutment against a member to be cleaned, and a ridge portion formed by an intersection of a first surface and a second surface of the elastic member,
wherein at least one of the first surface and the second surface in the hardened region has a hardened surface that is brought into abutment against the member to be cleaned, and
wherein relationships represented by expressions (1) and (2) are satisfied:
0.1?DHs?0.4; and  (1)
DHs where DHs (mN/?m2) represents a maximum value of a dynamic hardness of the hardened surface, and DHm (mN/?m2) represents a maximum value of the dynamic hardness obtained in a positional range in which a distance L from the edge on a straight line that bisects an angle of the edge in a cross-section of the elastic member orthogonal to a longitudinal direction of the elastic member satisfies 0 ?m

US Pat. No. 9,996,049

PROCESS CARTRIDGE INCLUDING A COUPLING MEMBER AND A SHEET THAT CONTACTS THE COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:a photosensitive drum;
a rotatable developing roller for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive drum;
a rotatable roller having a rotation shaft in a position deviated from an axis of the developing roller, the rotatable roller being configured for transmitting a driving force to the developing roller;
an Oldham coupling member disposed at an end portion of the shaft of the rotatable roller, the Oldham coupling including a drive receiving portion for receiving a driving force to be transmitted to the developing roller, wherein the drive receiving portion is movable relative to the rotatable roller in a direction crossing the shaft of the rotatable roller;
an urging member for urging the drive receiving portion in the direction crossing the shaft of the rotatable roller;
a supporting portion for rotatably supporting the drive receiving portion so as to be movable together with the drive receiving portion relative to the rotatable roller in the direction crossing the shaft of the rotatable roller;
an abutting portion for receiving the supporting portion urged by the urging member; and
an elastic sheet provided at an end of the developing roller,
wherein the elastic sheet is configured to rotate along with the developing roller and intermittently contact at least part of the Oldham coupling member by rotation of the elastic sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,996,305

PRINT CONTROL METHOD FOR PERFORMING PRINT PROCESS ACCORDING TO PRINT DATA, STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PRINT CONTROL PROGRAM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO PERFORM PRINT PROCESS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print control method of controlling an information processing apparatus to transmit print data to a printing apparatus in response to a print data transmission request received from the printing apparatus, whereby the printing apparatus performs a print process based on the transmitted print data, the print control method comprising:detecting an anomaly in a print data transmission process associated with the print process, under execution by the information processing apparatus;
stopping the print process under execution by the printing apparatus and causing the printing apparatus to shift to a printable state for printing another print process that is different than the print process, in response to detecting the anomaly in the print data transmission process;
receiving a state shift completion notice from the printing apparatus, the state shift completion notice notifying the information processing apparatus that the printing apparatus has shifted to the printable state; and
rebooting the information processing apparatus in response to the state shift completion notice.

US Pat. No. 9,996,050

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE USED FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge attachable to an image forming apparatus including an apparatus main body and a movement member, the cartridge comprising:at least one rotating member;
at least one coupling arranged to engage with a drive member on the apparatus main body side so as to receive a drive force to rotate the at least one rotating member, the at least one coupling including a projected portion provided at an end portion thereof and engaging with the drive member; and
a contacted portion with which a contact portion of the movement member is brought into contact,
wherein the movement member moves the cartridge and is movable between a first position for disposing the cartridge at a position where image formation is possible and a second position where the cartridge is disposed outside of the apparatus main body and attachable to and detachable from the movement member,
wherein, when the movement member is positioned at the first position, the at least one coupling is arranged to engage with the drive member so as to be positioned at a drive position where the at least one coupling is able to rotate the at least one rotating member,
wherein the at least one coupling is movable to a retracted position from the drive position, and, with respect to a rotational axis direction of the at least one rotating member, a position of the projected portion in a state that the at least one coupling is positioned at the retracted position is different from a position of the projected portion in a state that the at least one coupling is positioned at the drive position, and
wherein, in response to movement of the moving member from the first position to the second position, the cartridge is moved by the contacted portion pushed by the contact portion, and the at least one coupling moves from the drive position to the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 9,996,306

BOOKBINDING SYSTEM, PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a receiver configured to receive image data;
a printer engine configured to print an image on a sheet based on the image data;
a saddle finisher configured to perform saddle stitching on the sheet conveyed from the printer engine and to discharge a booklet including the sheet; and
a controller configured to,
(i) in a case that an opening orientation of the saddle stitching is designated to be left-open and a print on an outer surface of a front cover of the booklet is designated and in a case that an opening orientation of the saddle stitching is designated to be right-open and a print on an outer surface of a back cover of the booklet is designated, control the printer engine to print the image on the sheet without rotating the image data 180 degrees, and,
(ii) in a case that an opening orientation of the saddle stitching is designated to be right-open and the print on the outer surface of the back cover of the booklet is not designated, control the printer engine to print the image on the sheet with rotating the image data 180 degrees,
wherein the booklet is discharged from the saddle finisher with a printed surface of the booklet facing upward in both the case of the orientation of the saddle stitching being left-open and the case of the orientation of the saddle stitching being right-open.

US Pat. No. 9,996,051

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus including a main assembly and a supporting member movable, in a state in which the supporting member detachably supports a cartridge, between a first position where the supporting member is positioned inside the main assembly and said cartridge is provided at an image formable position, and a second position retracted from the first position by being moved relative to the main assembly, wherein said cartridge comprises:a supported portion for being supported by contacting with a supporting portion provided in the supporting member when the supporting member is in the second position; and
a suppressed portion for suppressing rotation of said cartridge about said supported portion by engaging with a suppressing portion provided in the supporting member when the supporting member is in the second position,
wherein when the supporting member is at the first position and said cartridge is positioned at the image formable position, said supported portion is spaced from the supporting portion and said suppressed portion is spaced from the suppressing portion.

US Pat. No. 9,996,307

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT DETERMINES WHETHER A FORMAT OF NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATION TAG DATA IS APPROPRIATE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory that stores instructions; and
a processor that, upon execution of the instructions stored in the memory, functions to:
determine, in a case where the information processing apparatus obtains data from an NFC (Near Field Communication) tag of a printing apparatus, whether a format of the data is an appropriate format,
perform processing for transmitting, if it is determined at least that the format of the data is the appropriate format and a print target file has been selected already in the information processing apparatus, a print job for printing the selected print target file to the printing apparatus identified in accordance with the data, and
execute, if it is determined that the format of the data is not the appropriate format, an error display.

US Pat. No. 9,994,012

INK JET RECORDING METHOD AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording method comprising:ejecting an aqueous ink from a recording head to record an image on a recording medium using an ink jet recording apparatus, the ink jet recording apparatus comprising:
a first ink storage portion having an air communication part;
a second ink storage portion; and
a recording head,
wherein the first ink storage portion has a maximum ink storage amount (V1) 3.0 or more to 8.0 or less times larger than a maximum ink storage amount (V2) of the second ink storage portion, and the ink in the second ink storage portion has a temperature (T2) higher than a temperature (T1) of the ink in the first ink storage portion,
wherein the aqueous ink contains a coloring material and a surfactant having a hydrophilic-lipophilic balance (HLB) of 8.0 or more and 19.5 or less,
wherein the ink jet recording apparatus is free from pressure control between the first ink storage portion and the second ink storage portion, and
wherein the temperature (T1) is 5 C or more to 40 C or less and the temperature (T2) is 10 C or more to 50 C or less.

US Pat. No. 9,994,022

RECORDING DEVICE, RECORDING METHOD, AND RECORDING UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording device comprising:a recording unit including
a first recording part where there are provided at least
a first discharge orifice row where a plurality of discharge orifices that discharge a first ink are arrayed in a predetermined direction, and
a second discharge orifice row where a plurality of discharge orifices that discharge a second ink of a different type from the first ink are arrayed in the predetermined direction, and
a second recording part where there are provided at least
a third discharge orifice row where a plurality of discharge orifices that discharge the first ink are arrayed in the predetermined direction, and
a fourth discharge orifice row where a plurality of discharge orifices that discharge the second ink are arrayed in the predetermined direction,
the first recording part and the second recording part being disposed separately from each other in an intersecting direction that intersects the predetermined direction;
a scanning unit configured to perform recording scanning by moving the recording unit in the intersecting direction; and
a recording control unit configured to, in a same recording scan by the scanning unit,
perform recording of a first region on the recording medium in the intersecting direction, which is on one edge side of the recording medium, by only the first recording part,
perform recording of a second region in the intersecting direction, which is on the other edge side of the recording medium, by only the second recording part, and
perform recording of a third region on the recording medium between the first region and the second region in the intersecting direction, by both the first recording part and the second recording part,
wherein the first ink has a higher permeation speed as to the recording medium than the permeation speed of the second ink as to the recording medium,
and wherein a distance between the first discharge orifice row and the third discharge orifice row in the intersecting direction is a first distance, and a distance between the second discharge orifice row and the fourth discharge orifice row in the intersecting direction is a second distance that is longer than the first distance.

US Pat. No. 9,992,478

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SYNTHESIZING IMAGES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an image capturing condition acquirer configured to acquire image capturing condition information of a plurality of images having angles of view different from each other;
a distance information acquirer configured to acquire distance information included in the plurality of images;
an angle of view information acquirer configured to acquire angle of view information; and
an image generator configured to generate an image corresponding to the angle of view information from the plurality of images based on a deterioration amount of a resolution calculated by using the image capturing condition information, the distance information, and the angle of view information,
wherein the distance information is object distance information for at least two objects in an image.

US Pat. No. 9,981,476

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a recording element substrate including a recording element;
an electronic substrate disposed outside the recording element substrate;
an electric element mounted on the electronic substrate;
a housing that supports the recording element substrate and the electronic substrate and comprises a first resin material; and
a cover member that surrounds and shields the electric element and comprises a second resin material,
the second resin material having higher heat resistance than the first resin material, and a smaller amount of filler than the first resin material.

US Pat. No. 9,981,477

LIQUID EJECTING DEVICE AND HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejecting device comprising:a liquid container constructed to store liquid thereinside;
a head provided on a carriage and including a liquid containing unit constructed to store liquid thereinside, and a liquid ejecting unit that ejects liquid; and
a flexible member that connects the liquid container to the liquid containing unit and supplies the liquid stored inside the liquid container to the liquid containing unit,
wherein a holding member is arranged inside the liquid containing unit to hold the liquid stored inside the liquid containing unit,
wherein with respect to a supply port that is opened to an inside of the liquid containing unit and is an entrance to an inside of the liquid containing unit of the liquid supplied from the liquid container, and with respect to a surface facing the supply port of the holding member, a space is provided between the supply port and the surface facing the supply port, and
wherein in the space, the liquid is supplied to the surface from the supply port without touching a side wall.

US Pat. No. 9,981,478

LIQUID EJECTING DEVICE AND HEAD WITH FLEXIBLE MEMBER FOR SUPPLYING LIQUID FROM A MAIN TANK

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejecting device comprising:a liquid container that can store liquid thereinside;
a head that is provided on a carriage and includes a liquid containing unit capable of storing liquid thereinside, and a liquid ejecting unit ejecting liquid; and
a flexible member that supplies the liquid stored in the liquid container to the liquid containing unit, the flexible member having a flow passage connecting member, the flow passage connecting member having an inserting port and a flow-passage-connecting-member flow passage, wherein a concave portion that is concave in a direction to an inside of the liquid containing unit is formed on an outer wall surface of the liquid containing unit, and a projected portion that is projected in a direction to an outside of the liquid containing unit from a bottom surface of the concave portion and is inserted to the inserting port is formed inside the concave portion, and, inside the projected portion, there is no liquid flow path from the flow passage connecting member to the liquid container.

US Pat. No. 9,981,480

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD, INK, AND LIQUID COMPOSITION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method comprising the steps of:applying an ink comprising a coloring material and anionic resin particles to a recording medium; and
applying a liquid composition to the recording medium so as to at least partly overlap with an area where the ink is applied, the liquid composition destabilizing a dispersion state of the coloring material or of the anionic resin particles in the ink,
wherein the ink comprises a trihydric or higher polyhydric alcohol compound having a group formed by substituting a hydrogen atom of a hydroxyl group by a structure represented by —Rn—H, where R is an alkyleneoxy group including an ethyleneoxy group; and the number of “R”s per molecule is 40 or more and 120 or less when the polyhydric alcohol is a trihydric alcohol and is 12 or more and 400 or less when the polyhydric alcohol is a tetrahydric or higher polyhydric alcohol.

US Pat. No. 9,981,493

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus that includes a current resonance switching power source and operates in one of a first mode and a second mode, comprising:a transformer, including a current resonance circuit, configured to output, to a secondary side, a voltage different from a voltage received on a primary side;
an oscillator configured to perform an oscillation operation to the transformer;
a capacitor configured to smooth the voltage output by the transformer;
an amplifier configured to output a different current in accordance with a difference between a first reference voltage and an output voltage smoothed by the capacitor and output to a load;
a first comparator configured to compare the output voltage smoothed by the capacitor and the first reference voltage;
a second comparator configured to compare the output voltage smoothed by the capacitor and a second reference voltage lower than the first reference voltage;
a latch circuit configured to receive a comparison result from the first comparator and a comparison result from the second comparator; and
a controller configured to:
control, in a case where the first mode is instructed by a switching signal which is received from outside and instructs switching of the first mode and the second mode, an oscillation operation timing of the oscillator and an oscillation frequency that changes a voltage excited on the secondary side of the transformer based on an output from the amplifier; and
control, in a case where the second mode is instructed by the switching signal, the oscillation operation timing of the oscillator and the oscillation frequency that changes the voltage excited on the secondary side of the transformer based on an output from the latch circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,986,161

IMAGE CAPTURING CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing control apparatus configured to switch between a first setting mode in which a specific setting relating to image capturing is automatically performed and a second setting mode in which the specific setting is performed based on an amount of a user operation performed on a first operation member, the image capturing control apparatus comprising:a reception unit configured to receive an image capturing preparation instruction to prepare for image capturing; and
a control unit configured to perform control in such a manner that the first setting mode is switched to the second setting mode based on a user operation,
wherein, in a case where the first setting mode is switched to the second setting mode by a user operation before the reception unit receives the image capturing preparation instruction, the control unit performs control in such a manner that the second setting mode is not switched to the first setting mode when the reception unit is released from a state of receiving the image capturing preparation instruction, and
wherein, in a case where the first setting mode is switched to the second setting mode by a user operation in a state of the reception unit receiving the image capturing preparation instruction, the control unit performs control in such a manner that the second setting mode is switched to the first setting mode when the reception unit is released from the state of receiving the image capturing preparation instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,986,190

IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD OF DRIVING IMAGING APPARATUS, AND APPARATUS USING THE IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:a photoelectric conversion element;
an amplifier transistor configured to output a voltage corresponding to electric charges generated by the photoelectric conversion element;
a load transistor configured to supply a bias current to the amplifier transistor; and
a voltage supply unit configured to output, in a first period, a first voltage to a control node of the load transistor via an input capacitor, and output to the control node, in second period different from the first period, a second voltage having different voltage value from the first voltage,
wherein a current value of the bias current to be supplied by the load transistor at a time when the second voltage is output to the control node via the input capacitor is larger than a current value of the bias current to be supplied by the load transistor at a time when the first voltage is output to the control node via the input capacitor, and
wherein a difference between the first voltage and the second voltage is controlled based on a voltage output from the amplifier transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,983,502

CONTROLLER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A controller that is mounted on a control board of an image forming apparatus, the image forming apparatus including: an optical scanning apparatus including a driving board on which a light source having a light emitting element that emits a laser beam, and a laser driver that drives the light source based on driving data, are mounted; and the control board that transmits data to the driving board via a cable, the controller comprising:a setting unit configured to set, as an operation mode, a first mode in which driving data indicating a pattern for causing the light emitting element to emit laser beam based on image data is generated and transmitted to the driving board, and a second mode in which image data is transmitted to the driving board without being converted into the driving data, wherein the driving data is binary data configured from data for causing the light emitting element to be turned on and data for causing the light emitting element to be turned off, and the image data is multi-valued data representing density gradation;
a data conversion unit configured to, in the first mode, convert inputted image data into driving data of a number of light emitting elements that the light source has and output the converted driving data to the driving board, and in the second mode, convert the inputted data into image data for each scanning line in scanning of a photosensitive member by the laser beam and output the converted image data; and
a transmission unit configured to serially transmit data output from the data conversion unit to the driving board.

US Pat. No. 9,980,685

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:a plurality of sensors arrayed to form a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns;
a driving unit configured to drive the plurality of sensors row by row; and
a correcting unit, wherein
a first irradiation is performed to the plurality of sensors, and then a second irradiation is performed to the plurality of sensors,
the driving unit performs,
first driving to drive the plurality of sensors while selecting the plurality of rows in a first order, in accordance with the first irradiation, such that the plurality of sensors output signals corresponding to the first irradiation, and
second driving to drive the plurality of sensors while selecting the plurality of rows in a second order, in accordance with the second irradiation, such that the plurality of sensors output signals corresponding to the second irradiation, the second order being different from the first order,
among two neighboring rows of the plurality of rows, (i) a period from when the sensor in one row is driven in the first driving to when the sensor in the one row is driven in the second driving and (ii) a period from when the sensor in the other row is driven in the first driving to when the sensor in the other row is driven in the second driving are different from each other, and
the correcting unit corrects a signal from the sensor driven in the second driving in at least one of a first row and a second row neighboring each other, based on a signal from the sensor in the first row, a signal from the sensor in the second row and a difference of the period between the first row and the second row.

US Pat. No. 9,969,192

PRINTING APPARATUS AND SHEET WINDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printing unit having a print head configured to perform printing on a sheet that is continuous;
a cutter unit configured to cut the sheet;
a basket unit configured to receive a sheet on which an image is printed by the printing unit and which is cut by the cutter unit;
a first driving unit configured to apply a rotational force to a first spool that holds a rolled sheet;
a second driving unit configured to apply a rotational force to a second spool that holds a rolled sheet;
a first pressing roller configured to apply a pressing force to an outer peripheral surface of the rolled sheet held by the first spool;
a second pressing roller configured to apply a pressing force to an outer peripheral surface of the rolled sheet held by the second spool; and
a control unit configured to control the printing apparatus,
wherein the printing apparatus is configured to operate in (a) a first mode in which the first driving unit drives the first spool to feed out the rolled sheet on the first spool to the printing unit, the printing unit performs printing on the fed sheet, the cutter unit cuts the fed sheet and the basket unit receives the printed and cut sheet, and (b) a second mode in which the second driving unit drives the second spool to feed out the rolled sheet on the second spool to the printing unit, the printing unit performs printing on the fed sheet, the cutter unit cuts the fed sheet and the basket unit receives the printed and cut sheet, and
wherein the control unit controls the printing apparatus such that, in the first mode and the second mode,
during a sheet feeding operation in which a leading edge of the sheet is fed toward a printing position of the print head, one of the first and second pressing rollers presses the outer peripheral surface with a first pressing force,
during a printing operation in which an image is printed on the fed sheet by the print head, the one of the first and second pressing rollers presses the outer peripheral surface with a second pressing force that is smaller than the first pressing force, and
when the cutter unit cuts the sheet, the one of the first and second pressing rollers presses the outer peripheral surface with a third pressing force that is larger than the second pressing force.

US Pat. No. 9,971,949

IMAGING PROCESSING SYSTEM AND METHOD AND MANAGEMENT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus for controlling one or more image capturing apparatuses, the control apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory having instructions stored thereon, which when executed by the at least one processor cause the at least one processor to:
identify an imaging object which enters an imageable area of the one or more image capturing apparatuses;
store, in a storage, identification of the imaging object which enters the imageable area of the one or more image capturing apparatuses;
determine at a determination time according to a time when the imaging object enters the imageable area, based on the identification of the imaging object which has been stored in the storage when the imaging object has entered the imageable area prior to the determination time, whether the imaging object which enters the imageable area is tracked by the one or more image capturing apparatuses;
compare a tracking object upper limit number with a number of tracking objects already tracked;
determine, if the tracking object upper limit number is greater than the number of tracking objects already tracked, the imaging object as a tracking object; and
determine, if the tracking object upper limit number is equal to the number of tracking objects already tracked, the imaging object as a tracking object, instead of one of the tracking objects already tracked.

US Pat. No. 9,957,399

AQUEOUS INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aqueous ink for ink jet comprising:a pigment;
a resin dispersant for dispersing the pigment;
a fluorinated surfactant;
a water-soluble organic solvent; and
a water-soluble urethane resin,
wherein the pigment comprises at least one pigment selected from the group consisting of (a) quinacridone pigments, (b) quinacridone solid solution pigments formed from two or more of the quinacridone pigments, (c) diketopyrrolopyrrole pigments, and (d) C.I. Pigment Violet 23, wherein the quinacridone pigments comprise at least one pigment selected from the group consisting of C.I. Pigment Violet 19, C.I. Pigment Red 122, C.I. Pigment Red 202, and C.I. Pigment Red 209, and wherein the diketopyrrolopyrrole pigments comprise at least one pigment selected from the group consisting of C.I. Pigment Red 254, C.I. Pigment Red 255, and C.I. Pigment Red 272,
wherein the resin dispersant comprises a water-soluble acrylic resin and has an acid value of 150 mg KOH/g or more to 200 mg KOH/g or less,
wherein the fluorinated surfactant comprises a perfluoroalkyl ethylene oxide adduct having a perfluoroalkyl group with six or less carbon atoms,
wherein the water-soluble organic solvent comprises (i) a water-soluble organic solvent A having a dielectric constant of 40.0 or more and (ii) a water-soluble organic solvent B having a dielectric constant of 3.0 or more to 20.0 or less,
wherein a content p (% by mass) of the pigment is 5.00% by mass or less,
wherein a content a (% by mass) of the water-soluble organic solvent A relative to the content p (% by mass) of the pigment is 2.0 times or more in terms of mass ratio,
wherein a content b (% by mass) of the water-soluble organic solvent B relative to the content a (% by mass) of the water-soluble organic solvent A is 0.6 times or less in terms of mass ratio,
wherein the content b (% by mass) of the water-soluble organic solvent B relative to a content f (% by mass) of the fluorinated surfactant is 10.0 times or more in terms of mass ratio, and
wherein the water soluble urethane resin has an acid value of 45 mg KOH/g or more to 70 mg KOH/g or less.

US Pat. No. 9,955,866

OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmic apparatus comprising:a holed mirror having an opening part and a mirror part;
a fundus observation optical system that includes a light source for fundus observation, the light source being used for illuminating a fundus of a subject's eye via the holed mirror and an objective lens, and that is configured to obtain a front image of the fundus;
an optical coherence tomography (OCT) optical system for obtaining, using a technique of an optical coherence, a tomographic image of the fundus via the objective lens;
an anterior eye observation optical system for observing an anterior eye observation image of the subject's eye illuminated, via the objective lens with an anterior eye illumination light source;
a first wavelength separation unit disposed between the objective lens and the holed mirror and configured to set a first optical axis of the fundus observation optical system to be coaxial with a second optical axis commonly shared by the OCT optical system and the anterior eye observation optical system; and
a second wavelength separation unit configured to set the optical axis of the OCT optical system to be coaxial with the optical axis of the anterior eye observation optical system to form the second optical axis.

US Pat. No. 9,961,248

IMAGING SYSTEM, ILLUMINATION DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging system, which includes an illumination device capable of automatically driving a movable portion including a light emission unit to change a radiation direction of the light emission unit and an imaging apparatus, the imaging system comprising:a processor; and
a memory containing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising:
an acquisition operation to acquire information classifying a lens unit attached to the imaging apparatus; and
a control operation to determine whether to perform automatically driving the movable portion or not, based on the information classifying the lens unit,
wherein, if a focal length of the lens unit attached to the imaging apparatus is shorter than a first threshold value, the control operation does not allow the movable portion to be automatically driven.

US Pat. No. 9,961,251

METHODS FOR ADJUSTING CONTROL PARAMETERS ON AN IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computer-implementable method of adjusting a control parameter of an image capture device, the method comprising:detecting, at an interactive display device, a substantially continuous user selection of values of a control parameter of the image capture device, wherein the user selection is detected from user manipulation of a continuously-variable input control of the interactive display device;
determining a rate of change of the user selected values of the control parameter during user manipulation of the continuously-variable input control;
determining, based upon at least the determined rate of change, whether to transmit each of the selected values; and
sequentially transmitting, the selected values to the image capture device, via a communications network, where the selected values are determined to be transmitted,
wherein each of the transmitted values is transmitted as an interim control parameter value, and the transmitted values are adapted to adjust the control parameter of the image capture device.

US Pat. No. 9,961,254

ELECTRONIC DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a receiving unit configured to receive a focus adjustment operation for remotely operating an image capturing apparatus;
an obtainment unit configured to transmit to the image capturing apparatus a focus adjustment command in accordance with having received the focus adjustment operation by the receiving unit, and to obtain from the image capturing apparatus information used for a guide display indicating a focus level of a particular region of a captured image that is information based on a result of performing a focus adjustment based on the transmitted focus adjustment command; and
a display control unit configured to display the guide display based on the information obtained from the image capturing apparatus by the obtainment unit,
wherein the display control unit, in a case when the receiving unit receives the focus adjustment operation, displays the guide display based on the focus adjustment operation before obtaining by the obtainment unit the information based on the result of performing the focus adjustment based on the focus adjustment command.