US Pat. No. 10,131,134

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISCHARGING ELECTROSTATIC CHARGE IN NANOIMPRINT LITHOGRAPHY PROCESSES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,133,222

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT OBTAINS AN AMOUNT OF APPLIED TONER USING IMAGE DATA BEFORE OR AFTER SCALING, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
determine whether or not a scaling degree in a processing of inputted image data exceeds a predetermined threshold, and
in a case where it is determined that the scaling degree of the inputted image data does not exceed the predetermined threshold, execute processing for scaling the inputted image and then execute first prediction processing that predicts an amount of applied toner using image data after scaling, and in a case where it is determined that the scaling degree of the inputted image data exceeds the predetermined threshold, execute second prediction processing that predicts the amount of applied toner using the inputted image data prior to scaling and then execute scaling processing after executing the second prediction processing.

US Pat. No. 10,126,708

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit having a photosensitive member configured to bear an electrostatic latent image;
a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive member;
a light irradiation unit configured to emit irradiation light for forming the latent image on the photosensitive member; and
a cooling unit configured to cool the developing unit, the cooling unit has a cooling fan, a duct configured to guide air supplied from the cooling fan and having a first air outlet portion and a second air outlet portion provided in the duct, in an axial direction of the photosensitive member, the first air outlet portion and the second air outlet portion being located at a distance from each other, the duct not having any opening between the first air outlet portion and the second air outlet portion;
wherein the image forming unit has an opening portion for allowing irradiation light emitted from the light irradiation unit to the photosensitive member to pass therethrough, air discharged from the first air outlet portion is supplied through the opening portion to the developing unit, and
when viewed from the axial direction of the photosensitive member, the developing unit is located on the opposite side to the first air outlet portion with the light irradiated from the light irradiation unit therebetween.

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. 10,125,283

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aqueous ink for use in an ink jet recording method using a recording head that ejects an ink by an action of thermal energy, the aqueous ink comprising:a self-dispersible pigment; and
a compound represented by General Formula (I):

wherein, in General Formula (I), n is an integer of 1 to 5, such that (i) when n is 1, R1 is a sulfonic acid group, a carboxylic acid group, a phosphoric acid group or a phosphonic acid group, and (ii) when n is 2 to 5, R1's are independently of each other, a sulfonic acid group, a carboxylic acid group, a phosphoric acid group or a phosphonic acid group, and R2 is a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,126,594

TRI-COLOR LED GROUPS SPACED FOR OPTIMAL COLOR MIXING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light source apparatus comprising a plurality of light source groups, and a diffusion member configured to diffuse light emitted from the plurality of tight source groups,wherein each light source group has:
a plurality of first light sources configured to emit light of a first color;
a plurality of second light sources configured to emit light of a second color with a spectral peak wavelength longer than that of the first color; and
a plurality of third light sources configured to emit light of a third color with a spectral peak wavelength shorter than that of the first color,
a distance between the plurality of second light sources of a same light source group and a distance between the plurality of third light sources of the same light source group are each shorter than a minimum value of a distance between the plurality of first light sources of the same light source group,
a distance between the light source group and the diffusion member in a light emission direction of the light source group is shorter than a distance between a central position of the light source group and a central position of a second light source group that is adjacent to the aforementioned light source group, and
the distance between the light source group and the diffusion member in a light emission direction of the light source group is longer than a minimum value of a distance between any of the plurality of first light sources of the light source group and any of the plurality of first light sources of the second light source group that is adjacent to the aforementioned light source group.

US Pat. No. 10,129,425

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SHIFTING TO AT LEAST ONE OF A FIRST STATE AND A SECOND STATE IN WHICH LESS POWER IS CONSUMED THAN IN THE FIRST STATE, AND A CONTROL METHOD AND A NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR USE WITH SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of shifting to at least one of a first state and a second state in which less power is consumed than in the first state, the apparatus comprising:at least one processor configured to:
receive a transmission request for data for display of a screen for remotely using the communication apparatus, from an external device capable of displaying the screen for remotely using the communication apparatus, wherein the screen for remotely using the communication apparatus includes a first screen and a second screen;
transmit, to the external device, data for display of a screen according to the transmission request, in a case where the transmission request is received from the external device; and
execute a shifting process of shifting the communication apparatus from the second state to the first state in a case that the communication apparatus is in the second state and the transmission request for data for the second screen is received from the external device, and not to execute the shifting process
in a case that the communication apparatus is in the second state and the transmission request, for data for display of the first screen is received from the external device.

US Pat. No. 10,124,558

THERMAL EXPANSION SUPPRESSING MEMBER AND ANTI-THERMALLY-EXPANSIVE MEMBER

KYOTO UNIVERSITY, Kyoto-...

1. An oxide represented by general formula (1):(Bi1-xMx)NiO3   (1),
wherein M represents at least one metal selected from the group consisting of Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu, Y, and In, and
wherein x represents a numerical value of 0.02?x?0.15.

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. 10,122,891

RECORDING DATA GENERATING APPARATUS, IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS, RECORDING DATA GENERATING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording data generating apparatus that generates recording data used for reproducing a gloss of an image by recording inclined structures on a recording medium, the recording data generating apparatus comprising:a conversion unit that converts gloss data with a first resolution having an inclined structure as one pixel into inclined structure data representing a combination ratio of a predetermined number of kinds of inclined structures;
a halftone processing unit that generates N-value quantization data representing one of the predetermined number of kinds of inclined structures by performing a halftone process of the inclined structure data of each pixel with the first resolution, N being equal to the predetermined number of kinds; and
a recording data generating unit that generates recording data used for recording one of the predetermined number of kinds of inclined structures for each pixel with the first resolution based on the quantization data.

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. 10,122,802

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROCESSING METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system comprising an image processing device and an information processing device,the information processing device comprising at least one processor and at least one memory storing computer executable instruction that, when executed by the at least one processor of the information processing device, causes the information processing device to: a processing unit configured to perform processing
accept a user instruction for causing the image processing device to perform image reading processing;
transmit, to a server via a first communication path, a request with first additional information including reading setting information and first identification information, so as to issue a first execution instruction for causing the image processing device to perform the image reading processing, in response to the user instruction; and
issue, to the image processing device via a second communication path different from the first communication path, a second execution instruction, with second additional information including reading setting information and second identification information, for causing the image processing device to perform the image reading processing, in response to the user instruction,
the image processing device comprising at least one processor and at least one memory storing computer executable instruction that, when executed by the at least one processor of the image processing device, causes the image processing device to:
receive the first execution instruction with the first additional information and image transmission destination information, that the server has issued via the first communication path;
receive the second execution instruction with the second additional information, that the information processing device has issued via the second communication path;
generate digital image data by performing image reading processing; and
transmit the generated digital image data, and
wherein, in a case where the first execution instruction is received before the second execution instruction, the image reading processing is performed in response to the first execution instruction and the generated digital image data is transmitted based on the image transmission destination information, and
wherein, in a case where the second execution instruction is received before the first execution instruction, the image reading processing is performed in response to the second execution instruction and the generated digital image data is transmitted based on the image transmission destination information if the first identification information and the second identification information are associated with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,115,755

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM USING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup device comprising:a plurality of pixels, each of the plurality of pixels including:
a first transfer transistor configured to transfer carriers stored at a first semiconductor region of a first conductive type disposed in a substrate to a second semiconductor region of the first conductive type disposed in the substrate;
a second transfer transistor configured to transfer the carriers held at the second semiconductor region to a third semiconductor region of the first conductive type disposed in the substrate, and
an amplification transistor configured to output a signal based on a potential of the third semiconductor region; and
a metal film
including
a first bottom surface located above an upper surface of a gate electrode of the first transfer transistor,
a second bottom surface located above the first semiconductor region, and
a third bottom surface located above the second semiconductor region,
wherein
with respect to a distance in a direction perpendicular to a surface of the substrate, a first distance between the second bottom surface and the surface of the substrate and a second distance between the third bottom surface and the surface of the substrate are each smaller than a third distance between the upper surface of the gate electrode and the surface of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,114,337

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image-forming apparatus for forming a toner image on a recording material, comprising:an image-forming unit that forms an unfixed toner image on the recording material;
a fixing device that fixes the unfixed toner image on the recording material, the fixing device including a heating rotator and a pressure member that forms, together with the heating rotator, a nip portion at which the recording material is heated and conveyed;
a bias-applying unit that applies bias to the heating rotator; and
a control unit that controls the bias-applying unit,
wherein a plurality of image forming modes can be performed in a case where image formation is successively performed on a preceding recording material and a succeeding recording material, each of the plurality of image forming modes having a time interval between the preceding recording material and the succeeding recording material which is different from each other,
wherein the control unit executes a first control of the bias-applying unit such that bias having the same polarity as a toner of the unfixed toner image is applied while the recording materials are being conveyed at the nip portion, and a second control of the bias-applying unit such that bias having a polarity opposite to a polarity of the toner is applied while the recording materials are not being conveyed at the nip portion due to the time interval, and
wherein a switching time between start of switching from the second control to the first control and completion of the switching in the image forming mode in which the time interval is a first time interval is determined to be longer than in the image forming mode in which the time interval is a second time interval shorter than the first time interval.

US Pat. No. 10,109,036

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME, AND PROGRAM THAT PERFORMS IMAGE PROCESSING FOR IMAGE DATA HAVING A FOCUS STATE THAT IS CHANGEABLE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that performs image processing on an image with respect to light-field image data, the image having a plurality of pixels, the light-field image data (i) being stored after shooting the image and (ii) having a focus state that is changeable after the shooting of the image, the image processing apparatus comprising:(A) a processor; and
(B) a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to function as:
(a) a specifying unit configured to specify a trimming area of the image with respect to the stored light-field image data, the trimming area being an area of the image that is out of focus, and the trimming area having at least one depth position on a depth map, the depth map indicating the depth position for each pixel of the plurality of pixels of the image with respect to the stored light-field image data;
(b) an acquiring unit configured to acquire information indicating a depth position to be focused in the specified trimming area, by using the depth map;
(c) a generating unit configured to generate edited light-field image data by trimming a portion of the stored light-field image data that relates to the specified trimming area;
(d) a storing unit configured to store, in a storage, the information acquired by the acquiring unit together with the edited light-field image data;
(e) a focusing unit configured to bring the specified trimming area into focus based on the depth position indicated by the information acquired by the acquiring unit; and
(f) an output unit configured to output, to a display unit, an image that includes the specified trimming area that is brought into focus by the focusing unit.

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. 10,108,124

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. 10,110,453

NETWORK SYSTEM AND DEVICE MANAGEMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A network system comprising a management system, in which network devices are managed, a client, and a camera system having a network camera,the management system including:
a first memory storing instructions; and
a first processor which is capable of executing the instructions stored in the first memory causing the management system to:
manage device information of each of the network devices, wherein the device information includes device identification information of each network device:
manage camera identification information of a network camera in association with the device identification information of a managed network device which the network camera is capable of monitoring;
receive error log records recorded by a function of each network device;
store the received error log records into a database, wherein the camera identification information is not included in any error log record and the device identification information and time of error occurrence are included in each error log record;
provide an error device list screen based on the device information of each network device and the stored error log records;
designate a period of recorded data to be requested to the camera system, wherein the period of recorded data is designated by selecting a time backward from an error occurrence in a network device selected on the error device list screen; and
manage a first request including camera identification information and the designated period, the camera identification information being managed in association with the device identification information of the network device selected on the error device list screen, and
the client including:
a second memory storing instructions; and
a second processor which is capable of executing the instructions stored in the second memory causing the client to:
perform confirmation for existence of the first request to the management system;
obtain, as a result of the confirmation, the first request including the camera identification information and the designated period from the management system;
make a second request for recorded data to the camera system, using the camera identification information and the designated period;
receive recorded data in response to the second request from the camera system; and
transmit the recorded data to the management system.

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. 10,110,280

ELECTRONIC DEVICE WIRELESSLY COMMUNICATING WITH EXTERNAL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:an antenna:
a proximity wireless communication unit configured to communicate with an external device via the antenna through proximity wireless communication using power wirelessly received from the external device;
a storage unit;
a battery: and
one or more processors configured to control execution of a plurality of application processes including a process for implementing a function executed without power consumption of the battery and a process for implementing a function executed with power consumption of the battery,
wherein the one or more processors store, into the storage, information regarding the function executed without power consumption of the battery in a case where the one or more processors determine that remaining power of the battery is equal to or smaller than a predetermined amount, and store, into the storage, information regarding the function executed with power consumption of the battery in a case where the one or more processors determine that remaining power of the battery is enough,
wherein the proximity wireless communication unit transmits, to the external device, the information regarding the function executed without power consumption of the battery in a case where the proximity wireless communication with the external device is established in a state in which the information regarding the function executed without power consumption of the battery is stored in the storage, and
wherein the proximity wireless communication unit transmits, to the external device, the information regarding the function executed with power consumption of the battery in a case where the proximity wireless communication with the external device is established in a state in which the information regarding the function executed with power consumption of the battery is stored in the storage;
wherein the one or more processors compare power that is necessary for completing the function executed with power consumption of the battery with the remaining power of the battery, and store, into the storage, the information regarding the function executed with power consumption of the battery in a case where it is possible to complete said function.

US Pat. No. 10,103,186

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus including a semiconductor substrate, comprising:an electrode which is arranged on the semiconductor substrate, the electrode forming a gate of a transistor;
a photoelectric conversion portion which is arranged in the semiconductor substrate, the conversion portion forming a source of the transistor;
a film which covers the photoelectric conversion portion and the electrode; and
an insulator which includes a first portion and a second portion, the first portion being provided between the electrode and the semiconductor substrate to form interfaces with the electrode and the semiconductor substrate, and the second portion being provided between the film and the photoelectric conversion portion to form interfaces with the film and the semiconductor substrate,
wherein the insulator is a silicon oxide containing nitrogen in the first portion,
a maximum nitrogen concentration of the second portion is lower than 1.0 atomic %, and
an interface nitrogen concentration of the second portion at the side of the semiconductor substrate of the second portion is 0.1 atomic % or lower.

US Pat. No. 10,101,695

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING A TEMPERATURE DETECTING ELEMENT MOUNTED IN A SUPPORTING MEMBER TO CONTACT A HEAT-CONDUCTIVE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:a rotatable member;
a heater contacting the rotatable member;
a heat-conductive member having a first surface contacting a surface of the heater opposite to a surface of the heater contacting the rotatable member, and a second surface opposite to the first surface;
a supporting member supporting the heater through the heat-conductive member; and
a temperature detecting element configured to detect a temperature of the heater through the heat-conductive member,
wherein a recording material on which an image is formed is heated by heat from the heater via the rotatable member,
wherein the supporting member has (a) a hole in which the temperature detecting element is disposed so as to contact the second surface of the heat-conductive member, and (b) an opposing surface that (i) opposes the second surface of the heat-conductive member, and (ii) includes a contact region contacting the second surface of the heat-conductive member, the opposing surface of the supporting member being provided adjacent to the hole of the supporting member in a longitudinal direction of the heater, and
wherein the contact region of the supporting member presses, toward the heater, a part of the heat-conductive member corresponding to the contact region of the supporting member, and the temperature detecting element presses, toward the heater, a part of the heat-conductive member corresponding to the hole of the supporting member.

US Pat. No. 10,104,301

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS PROCESS OF DETECTING CHANGE IN BRIGHTNESS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:at least one processor configured to execute a program stored in a memory, which functions as:
a detection unit configured to perform a detection process of detecting a flicker and a detection process set in advance other than the detection process of detecting the flicker based on an image acquired by picking up a subject; and
a control unit configured to control a frequency to perform the detection process of detecting the flicker and a frequency to perform the detection process set in advance using said detection unit depending on a detection result of the flicker performed by said detection unit at a time of picking up the subject,
wherein the detection process of detecting the flicker is a detection process of detecting at least a light amount change cycle of a flicker based on a plurality of images acquired in a charge accumulation period shorter than one cycle of the flicker,
wherein the detection process of detecting the flicker is performed in a period between successive detection processes set in advance, every predetermined cycle, and
wherein said control unit increases the frequency to perform the detection process of detecting the flicker using said detection unit when the detection result indicates that the flicker is present.

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. 10,086,617

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a carriage configured to move with a printing head which discharges ink mounted thereon detachably;
a supply tube configured to supply ink from an ink tank to the printing head;
a head set cover rotatably and axially supported by the carriage, configured to move to a first orientation at which the printing head is fixed to the carriage and a second orientation at which the printing head is attachable to or detachable from the carriage; and
a joint unit arranged on the head set cover, configured to move to a first position connected to the printing head for supplying ink from the ink tank to the printing head via the supply tube and a second position separated from the printing head,
wherein the joint unit does not move to the first position from the second position when the head set cover moves to the first orientation from the second orientation, and moves to the second position from the first position in cooperation with movement of the head set cover when the head set cover moves to the second orientation from the first orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,089,496

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to, using a display unit configured to display information and an authentication unit configured to perform user authentication based on a user database in which information of an eligible user is registered, manage printing data in association with a user registered in the user database, and to cause the display unit to display a screen including a printing data list associated with a user authenticated by the authentication unit, the image forming apparatus comprising:one or more controllers having at least one processer executes programs or a circuitry realizing a specific function, the one or more controllers being configured to function as:
a storage unit configured to store document data transmitted from outside; and
unit configured to display, based on input of an instruction for causing the display unit to display a list of printable data in a state where a user has not been authenticated by the authentication unit, a screen including a printing data list not associated with any of the user registered in the user database
wherein the screen including the printing data list associated with an authenticated user further includes a shared printing data list, and
wherein the screen including the printing data list not associated with any of the users registered in the user database further includes a shared printing data list.

US Pat. No. 10,090,780

DEVICE WITH ELECTRODE CONNECTED TO THROUGH WIRE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A device comprising:a substrate having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, the substrate including a through wire extending therethrough between the first surface and the second surface; and
a conductive protective film which is disposed over at least one of a surface A of the through wire on the first surface side of the substrate and a surface B of the through wire on the second surface side of the substrate,
wherein at least one of the surface A and the surface B is recessed toward the inside of the substrate; and
wherein the surface of the conductive protective film is flush with the surface of the substrate or recessed toward the inside of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,067,420

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which cures an imprint material in a state in which the imprint material on a substrate is kept in contact with a mold, and separates the mold from the cured imprint material, thereby forming a pattern on the substrate, the apparatus comprising:a supply unit configured to supply the imprint material onto the substrate from a discharge outlet which discharges the imprint material; and
a generation unit configured to emit soft X-rays and generate ions, by the emitted soft X-rays, to be supplied to a space including an imprint position,
wherein the discharge outlet is arranged in a position where the soft X-rays emitted from the generation unit to the discharge outlet are shielded by a holding member configured to hold the mold, and
wherein the generation unit generates ions in a space in a lateral direction of the mold by emitting soft X-rays to the space in the lateral direction of the mold without passing through the mold.

US Pat. No. 10,067,430

MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A member for electrophotography comprising:an electro-conductive base; and
at least one electro-conductive resin layer, wherein
the electro-conductive resin layer of an outermost layer contains urethane resin, and
the urethane resin has a structure of a silicone graft fluororesin and a structure represented by Formula (1)

wherein, in Formula (1), A1 represents at least one structure selected from the group consisting of (A101), (A102), (A103), and (A104);
the (A101) structure containing a structure represented by Formula (A101a) shown below and a structure represented by either or both of Formula (A101b) and Formula (A101c)

the (A102) structure containing a constituent unit represented by Formula (A102a) and a constituent unit represented by either or both of Formula (A102b) and Formula (A102c)

wherein, in Formulae (A102a) to (A102c), R1 and R2 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having carbon atoms of 1 or more and 4 or less;
the (A103) structure represented by Formula (A103a)

wherein, in Formula (A103a), R3 and R4 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having carbon atoms of 1 or more and 4 or less and m represents an integer of 7 or more; and
the (A104) structure represented by Formula (A104a)

wherein, in Formula (A104a), R5 and R6 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having carbon atoms of 1 or more and 4 or less and p represents an integer of 6 or more.

US Pat. No. 10,070,015

IMAGE READING APPARATUS, IMAGE READING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SHADING CORRECTION ACCOUNTING FOR DARK CURRENT INFLUENCE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:an image sensor to read a document;
a movement unit configured to relatively move the document and the image sensor by using a motor as a drive source;
an output unit configured to output data of a plurality of colors based on accumulated light-receiving signals by accumulating the light-receiving signals from the image sensor for each color in order for each line in a direction of the movement based on an encoder pulse output from an encoder in accordance with rotation of the motor; and
a correction unit configured to perform shading correction for each piece of data of the plurality of colors output by the output unit by using a correction value to correct influence on data of the plurality of colors due to a dark current in the image sensor based on shading data, wherein
the output unit accumulates the light-receiving signal for predetermined color of the plurality of colors from timing based on the encoder pulse until end timing determined asynchronously with the encoder pulse so that an accumulation time becomes a predetermined time, and accumulates the light-receiving signals for other color different from the predetermined color of the plurality of colors from start timing based on the encoder pulse until end timing determined in synchronization with the encoder pulse, and
the correction unit corrects data of the predetermined color and data of the other color independently of each other and performs correction of data of the other color by using a correction value corresponding to the end timing determined in synchronization with the encoder pulse.

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. 10,061,159

LIGHT-EMITTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS WITH A PARTITION MEMBER SEPARATING ADJACENT LIGHT SOURCE UNITS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light-emitting apparatus comprising:a board on which a plurality of light source units are provided;
a partition member provided on the board and enclosing each of the plurality of light source units; and
a fixing member arranged in a boundary portion between two or more light source units that are adjacent to each other and fixing the board and the partition member, wherein
the partition member is a sheet member which separates each of the plurality of light source units from adjacent light source units,
in the boundary portion between the two or more light source units, a space is formed between the partition member and the board, and
the fixing member is provided in the space.

US Pat. No. 10,063,732

LINE SENSOR, IMAGE READING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A line sensor comprising:light-receiving-element rows each including a plurality of light receiving elements that are disposed in a first direction; and
a plurality of transmitting portions that are disposed in correspondence with the plurality of light receiving elements,
wherein the plurality of transmitting portions include first transmitting portions that transmit light having a first wavelength, second transmitting portions that transmit light having a second wavelength differing from the first wavelength, and third transmitting portions that transmit light having a third wavelength differing from the first wavelength and the second wavelength,
wherein the plurality of light receiving elements that are disposed in the first direction include first light receiving elements corresponding to the first transmitting portions, second light receiving elements corresponding to the second transmitting portions, each second light receiving element being disposed towards a center of a corresponding one of the light-receiving-element rows so as to be adjacent to a corresponding one of the first light receiving elements, and third light receiving elements corresponding to the third transmitting portions, each third receiving element being disposed towards the center of a corresponding one of the light-receiving-element rows so as to be adjacent to a corresponding one of the second light receiving elements,
wherein the light-receiving-element rows are disposed such that a first light-receiving-element row, a second light-receiving-element row, and a third light-receiving-element row are disposed side by side in three rows in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction,
wherein the transmitting portions corresponding to the light receiving elements that are disposed side by side in the second direction in the first light-receiving-element row, the second light-receiving-element row, and the third light-receiving-element row include the first transmitting portions, the second transmitting portions, and the third transmitting portions,
wherein a center of first transmitting portion is displaced from a center of a corresponding one of the first light receiving elements in a direction of the center of a corresponding one of the light-receiving-element rows,
wherein a center of second transmitting portion is displaced from a center of a corresponding one of the second light receiving elements in a direction of the center of a corresponding one of the light-receiving-element rows, and
wherein a center of third transmitting portion is displaced from a center of a corresponding one of the third light receiving elements in a direction of the center of a corresponding one of the light-receiving-element rows.

US Pat. No. 10,063,734

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT RECEIVES DATA FROM EXTERNAL APPARATUS VIA NETWORK, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a storage unit configured to store a plurality of processed data items; and
at least one processor connected to a memory, the at least one processor being configured to:
acquire apparatus information concerning an external apparatus holding unprocessed data corresponding to processed data;
communicate with the external apparatus using the apparatus information, and request the unprocessed data; and
receive a result of processing performed on the requested unprocessed data from the external apparatus,
wherein the apparatus information includes at least one of development capability of the external apparatus and remote startability of the external apparatus, and
wherein the at least one processor is configured to request the unprocessed data sequentially from a plurality of external apparatuses according to the apparatus information.

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. 10,062,018

PRINT CONTROL SYSTEM, PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT DETERMINE WHETHER PRINTING CAN BE PERFORMED BASED ON PAPER INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control system that controls a printing apparatus having a paper feed unit, the system comprising:one or more processors operating:
to determine whether printing using print data can be performed, based on first paper information included in a print setting in the print data, second paper information that is set in the printing apparatus, and printability information indicating a printable combination of the first paper information included in the print setting and the second paper information set in the printing apparatus, wherein the first paper information included in the print setting and the second paper information set in the printing apparatus each includes both of (i) information regarding a type of paper and (ii) information regarding a size of paper; and
to control the printing using the print data, based on a result of the determination,
wherein (i) it is determined that the printing using the print data can be performed in a case in which the first paper information included in the print setting and the second paper information set in the printing apparatus are matched, (ii) it is determined that the printing using the print data can be performed in a case in which a combination of the first paper information included in the print setting and the second paper information set in the printing apparatus is the printable combination indicated by the printability information, even if the first paper information included in the printing setting and the second paper information set in the printing apparatus are not matched, and (iii) it is determined that the printing using the print data cannot be performed in a case in which the first paper information included in the print setting and the second paper information set in the printing apparatus are not matched and a combination of the first paper information included in the print setting and the second paper information set in the printing apparatus is not the printable combination indicated by the printability information,
wherein the printability information indicates that the combination of the first paper information and the second paper information is the printable combination, in a case in which the information regarding a type of paper included in the first paper information and the information regarding a type of paper included in the second paper information satisfy a specific condition, even if the information regarding a size of paper included in the first paper information and the information regarding a size of paper included in the second paper information are not matched, and
wherein the printability information indicates that the combination of the first paper information and the second paper information is the printable combination, in a case in which the information regarding a size of paper included in the first paper information and the information regarding a size of paper included in the second paper information satisfy a specific condition, even if the information regarding a type of paper included in the first paper information and the information regarding a type of paper included in the second paper information are not matched.

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. 10,061,544

PRINTING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF RECEIVING A PLURALITY OF JOBS AND SELECTING SHEET INFORMATION BASED ON USER INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a storage configured to store sheet information and user identification information in association with each other, wherein the storage stores the sheet information including attribute information; and
a processor that executes a set of instructions to cause the printing apparatus to function as:
a receiving unit configured to receive a print job including attribute information of a sheet and user identification information;
a selecting unit configured to select, from the storage, sheet information based on the attribute information and the user identification information, which are included in the print job received by the receiving unit; and
a register unit configured to register, with the storage, sheet information generated from the attribute information included in the received print job in association with the user identification information included in the received print job, in a case in which the sheet information including the attribute information included in the received print job is not stored in the storage in association with the user identification information included in the received print job.

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. 10,054,872

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING REMOVABLE DEVELOPING UNITS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a first image forming portion having;
a first image bearing member;
a first developing unit detachably attached to the image forming apparatus and developing an electrostatic latent image formed on the first image bearing member by using a first developer including a first toner and a carrier,
the first developing unit having a first developing container with a first opening and containing the first developer, a first developer bearing member disposed at the first opening and developing a latent image born on the first image bearing member, a first developer supplying portion supplying the first developer to the first developing container, and a first developer discharging portion configured to discharge a part of the first developer according to supplying of the first developer by the first developer supplying portion,
a second image forming portion having;
a second image bearing member;
a second developing unit detachably attached to the image forming apparatus and developing an electrostatic latent image formed on the second image bearing member by using a second developer including a second toner and a carrier,
the second developing unit having a second developing container with a second opening and containing the second developer, a second developer bearing member disposed at the second opening and developing a latent image born on the second image bearing member, a second developer supplying portion supplying the second developer to the second developing container, and a second developer discharging portion configured to discharge a part of the second developer according to supplying of the second developer by the second developer supplying portion;
a first conveying pipe detachable from the first developing unit and attached to the first developing unit when the first developing unit is disposed in the image forming apparatus and for conveying the first developer discharged from the first developer discharging portion to a collection portion;
a second conveying pipe detachable from the second developing unit and attached to the second developing unit when the second developing unit is disposed in the image forming apparatus and for conveying the second developer discharged from the second developer discharging portion to the collection portion;
a first detection unit which detects a toner content of the first developer in the first conveying pipe; and
a second detection unit which detects a toner content of the second developer in the second conveying pipe,
wherein the first developing unit can be removed from the image forming apparatus in a state that the first conveying pipe and the first detection unit remain in the image forming apparatus, and
wherein the second developing unit can be removed from the image forming apparatus in a state that the second conveying pipe and the second detection unit remain in the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,057,233

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CARRYING OUT LOGIN PROCESSING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for controlling an image processing apparatus having a plurality of applications including a first group of applications and a second group of applications, wherein each of applications belonging to the first group is operated on an execution environment realized by a virtual machine and each of applications belonging to the second group is operated on an operating system of the image processing apparatus, the method comprising:setting one of the plurality of applications as an application for an initial screen to be displayed according to user's logging-in to the image processing apparatus;
accepting user's logging-in to the image processing apparatus;
notifying, according to success of user's logging-in to the image processing apparatus, user identification information of a log-in user to each of the applications belonging to the first group among the plurality of applications, wherein each of the plurality of applications generates a screen to be displayed based on the user identification information,
(i) in a case where the set one of the plurality of applications is included in the applications belonging to the first group, displaying, as the initial screen, the screen generated by the set one of the plurality of applications which has received the notified user identification information and notifying the user identification information to each of the applications belonging to the second group after displaying the initial screen,
(ii) in a case where the set one of the plurality of applications is included in the applications belonging to the second group, notifying the user identification information to the set one of the plurality of applications and displaying, as the initial screen, the screen generated by the set one of the plurality of applications which has received the notified user identification information, and notifying the user identification information to each of the applications belonging to the second group other than the set one of the plurality of applications after displaying the initial screen.

US Pat. No. 10,050,477

POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD FOR POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power transmission device comprising:a first power transmission unit configured to perform wireless power transmission;
a reception unit configured to receive, from a power reception device, a notification signal indicating a presence of the power reception device;
a modulation unit configured to modulate a medium used for the power transmission performed by the first power transmission unit, the medium modulated to transmit predetermined information; and
a control unit configured to cause, in a case where the reception unit receives the notification signal from the power reception device, the first power transmission unit to perform the power transmission to the power reception device that has transmitted the notification signal based on a result of negotiation with the power reception device,
wherein the control unit sets, as a target of the power transmission to be performed by the first power transmission unit, a second power reception device that has transmitted a notification signal including the predetermined information while the first power transmission unit is caused to perform the power transmission, using the medium obtained by the modulation by the modulation unit, to a first power reception device, wherein setting the second power reception device as a target of the power transmission performed by the first power transmission unit is based on a result of a negotiation with the second power reception device.

US Pat. No. 10,051,537

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first communication unit configured to perform proximity wireless communication in a tag mode in which information is received from another communication apparatus in a writer mode;
a second communication unit configured to perform short-range wireless communication having a communication range broader than a communication range of the proximity wireless communication;
a receive unit configured to receive, in a communication started by the first communication unit with the another communication apparatus in a case where the communication apparatus is in a power-off state, a communication parameter from the another communication apparatus via the first communication unit operating in the tag mode wherein the communication parameter includes at least one of a service set identification (SSID), a key and an authentication type for performing the short-range wireless communication; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where the communication apparatus is shifted out of the power-off state into a power-on state, control the second communication unit to perform processing for communication connection based on the communication parameter received by the receive unit.

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. 10,042,299

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:first and second rotatable members configured to form a nip for heating a toner image on a sheet;
a compressor configured to pressurize air;
an air nozzle configured to blow the air pressurized by said compressor onto said first rotatable member; and
a supplying mechanism including a plurality of air tubes configured to supply the air from said compressor to said air nozzle, and a plurality of clamping portions configured to connect said plurality of air tubes to provide an air supply line from said compressor to said air nozzle,
wherein said plurality of clamping portions includes a predetermined clamping portion capable of being unclamped by a predetermined internal pressure lower by 20% or more than an internal pressure at which other clamping portions, of said plurality of clamping portions, are unclamped.

US Pat. No. 10,042,300

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PERFORMING CONTACT CONTROL OR SEPARATION CONTROL OF PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUMS AND DEVELOPING ROLLERS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a plurality of image forming units including respective photosensitive drums, and developing rollers configured to develop latent images formed on the photosensitive drums;
a contact/separation unit configured to shift the photosensitive drums and the developing rollers of the plurality of image forming units from a separated state to a contact state or from the contact state to the separated state;
a driving unit configured to drive the contact/separation unit; and
a control unit configured to execute a first contact control, in which the driving unit is driven at a first speed and the photosensitive drums and the developing rollers of the plurality of image forming units are shifted from the separated state to the contact state, or a second contact control, in which the driving unit is driven at a second speed higher than the first speed and the photosensitive drums and the developing rollers of the plurality of image forming units are shifted from the separated state to the contact state, and execute a first separation control, in which the driving unit is driven at a third speed and the photosensitive drums and the developing rollers of the plurality of image forming units are shifted from the contact state to the separated state, or a second separation control, in which the driving unit is driven at a fourth speed higher than the third speed and the photosensitive drums and the developing rollers of the plurality of image forming units are shifted from the contact state to the separated state,
wherein the control unit is configured to select which contact control to execute, the first contact control or the second contact control, and which separation control to execute, the first separation control or the second separation control, according to a size of a sheet for image formation, and
wherein the control unit is configured to select the contact control and the separation control so that a difference between a number of times of execution of the second contact control and a number of times of execution of the second separation control becomes less than or equal to a predetermined number of times.

US Pat. No. 10,042,590

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus which performs printing processing based on print data, and has a Wi-Fi Direct function, the printing apparatus comprising:a wired interface;
a wireless interface that performs a communication by the Wi-Fi Direct function;
a memory that stores programs; and
a processor that executes the programs to:
set both a first permitted port number and a second permitted port number,
wherein the first permitted port number is a port number that is permitted to be used both in the communication by the Wi-Fi Direct function and in a communication by the wired interface, and
wherein the second permitted port number is a port number that is permitted to be used in the communication by the Wi-Fi Direct function and not permitted to be used in the communication by the wired interface.

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. 10,036,977

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member;
a developing device which includes a developer bearing member configured to face the image bearing member and configured to bear a developer and develop an electrostatic image formed on the image bearing member with the developer;
a bias applying portion configured to apply a developing bias to the developer bearing member;
a driving portion configured to drive the developer bearing member;
a transfer device configured to transfer an image developed by the developer bearing member to the recording material; and
a controller configured to control a driving speed of the developer bearing member and the developing bias based on a length of the recording material in a recording material conveying direction,
wherein, in a case where the length of the recording material in the recording material conveying direction is a first length, the controller controls a speed ratio of the driving speed of the developer bearing member to a driving speed of the image bearing member to be a first speed ratio and controls the developing bias so that a residual developer amount born per unit area of the developer bearing member after the developing of the electrostatic image becomes a first developer amount, and
wherein, in a case where the length of the recording material in the recording material conveying direction is a second length larger than the first length, the controller controls the speed ratio of the driving speed of the developer bearing member to the driving speed of the image bearing member to be a second speed ratio larger than the first speed ratio and controls the residual developer amount born per unit area of the developer bearing member after the developing of the electrostatic image becomes a second developer amount larger than the first developer amount.

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. 10,038,815

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a printer;
a USB interface;
a wired LAN interface connected to a network;
a memory that stores a program; and
a processor that executes the program to function as:
a TCP/IP processing module that establishes a connection between the image forming apparatus and a first host computer via the network and that receives first IPP print data from the first host computer;
a Web server module that processes HTTP protocol;
a USB control module that performs a USB communication with a second host computer via the USB interface and that receives PDL data and second IPP print data from the second host computer; and
a print processing module that controls the printer to perform print processing,
wherein in a case that the USB control module receives the PDL data from the second host computer via the USB interface, the USB control module transmits the PDL data to the print processing module,
wherein in a case that the TCP/IP processing module receives the first IPP print data from the first host computer, the TCP/IP processing module transmits the first IPP print data to the Web server module,
wherein in a case that the USB control module receives the second IPP print data from the second host computer via the USB interface, the USB control module transmits the second IPP print data to the TCP/IP processing module by loopback and the TCP/IP processing module transmits the second IPP print data to the Web server module; and
wherein in case that the Web server module receives the first or second IPP print data from the TCP/IP processing module, the Web server module transmits the first or second IPP print data to the print processing module.

US Pat. No. 10,029,475

RECORDING HEAD AND INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording head comprising:a plurality of discharge opening array units arranged side by side and including at least two first discharge opening array units for discharging an ink of a first color;
two second discharge opening array units for discharging an ink of a second color;
a third discharge opening array unit for discharging an ink of a third color; and
two fourth discharge opening array units for discharging an ink of a fourth color,
wherein
h1 L3>L1>L4, and
L3>L2>L4are satisfied, where h1 is a hue angle of the first color, L1 is a lightness of the first color, h2 is a hue angle of the second color, L2 is a lightness of the second color, h3 is a hue angle of the third color, L3 is a lightness of the third color, and L4 is a lightness of the fourth color,wherein the third discharge opening array unit is the only discharge opening unit, among the plurality of discharge opening array units, for discharging the ink of the third color, and
wherein the plurality of discharge opening array units is arranged in such a manner that the one third discharge opening array unit is located between the two first discharge opening array units, between the two second discharge opening array units, and not between the two fourth discharge opening array units.

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. 10,021,622

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions that, when executed by the processor(s), cause the apparatus to:
receive a request signal for causing another communication apparatus to acquire service information provided by the communication apparatus while the wireless connection with said another communication apparatus to be established by execution of the wireless connection processing with said another communication apparatus is not established;
1) transmit a response signal to the request signal in a case where the request signal is a query signal for specifying a service,
2) not transmit a response signal to the request signal, on a basis of number of other communication apparatuses to which the communication apparatus is wirelessly connected, in a case where the request signal is a signal which requests the service information provided by the communication apparatus without specifying a service; and
establish the wireless connection by execution of the wireless connection processing with said another communication apparatus, in a case where the response signal is transmitted and establishing the wireless connection with said another communication apparatus is determined.

US Pat. No. 10,015,362

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS FOR RESIZING RAW IMAGE DATA AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image sensor in which pixels including pixels in a correction pixel region and an effective pixel region are arrayed two-dimensionally and which outputs uncompressed or losslessly-compressed effective pixel region image data acquired from the effective pixel region and uncompressed or losslessly-compressed correction pixel region image data acquired from the correction pixel region;
a processor which resizes the effective pixel region image data; and
a controller which controls the processor not to resize the correction pixel region image data in a case where the processor resizes the effective pixel region image data, and controls the processor to generate an image data of one frame by combining the resized effective pixel region image data with the non-resized correction pixel image data; and
an output circuit which outputs the image data of one frame outside of the image capturing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,012,823

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; and
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein during zooming, the first lens unit is configured not to move, and the second lens unit and the third lens unit are configured to move along mutually different loci,
wherein the second lens unit comprises at least one positive lens, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
?3.20 0.35 1.90 vd2p<20.0,where fw represents a focal length of the zoom lens at a wide angle end, ft represents a focal length of the zoom lens at a telephoto end, f2 represents a focal length of the second lens unit, f3 represents a focal length of the third lens unit, and Nd2p and vd2p respectively represent a refractive index and an Abbe number of a material of the at least one positive lens of the second lens unit.

US Pat. No. 10,011,116

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF SUPPLYING LIQUID

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:an ejection opening for ejecting a liquid;
a passage in which an energy generation element for generating energy used to eject the liquid is disposed;
an ejection opening portion that allows communication between the ejection opening and the passage;
a supply passage for allowing the liquid to flow into the passage from an outside; and
an outflow passage for allowing the liquid to flow out to the outside from the passage,
wherein an expression of H?0.34×P?0.66×W>1.7 is satisfied when a height of the passage at an upstream side of a communication portion between the passage and the ejection opening portion in a flow direction of the liquid inside the passage is set to H,
a length of the ejection opening portion in a direction in which the liquid is ejected from the ejection opening is set to P, and
a length of the ejection opening portion in the flow direction of the liquid inside the passage is set to W.

US Pat. No. 10,004,041

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS PERFORMING COMMUNICATION OPERATION BASED ON A DETECTED TEMPERATURE, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first detection unit configured to detect a temperature of the communication apparatus,
wherein a communication accessory having a communication unit for communicating with an external apparatus can be mounted to the communication apparatus;
a determination unit configured to, in a case where the communication accessory is mounted to the communication apparatus, determine whether the mounted communication accessory comprises a second detection unit for detecting a temperature of the communication accessory; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where the determination unit determines that the communication accessory comprises the second detection unit, when performing data transfer to the external apparatus via the communication unit, cause the second detection unit to detect a temperature of the communication accessory, perform, in a case where the detected temperature is lower than a first value, a first communication operation performed without suspending the data transfer, and perform, in a case where the detected temperature is higher than or equal to the first value, a second communication operation performed while involving suspending the data transfer,
wherein the control unit is configured to, in a case where the determination unit determines that the communication accessory does not comprise the second detection unit, when performing data transfer to the external apparatus via the communication unit, cause the first detection unit to detect a temperature of the communication apparatus, and cause, in a case where the detected temperature is higher than or equal to a second value, the communication unit to suspend the data transfer.

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. 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. 9,993,962

METHOD OF IMPRINTING TO CORRECT FOR A DISTORTION WITHIN AN IMPRINT SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method comprising:providing an imprint lithographic template having an imprint surface that includes at least one protrusion, wherein the at least one protrusion defines a primary surface;
providing a substrate holder including a chucking region having a substrate support surface;
placing a substrate over the chucking region, wherein the substrate has a primary surface within an imprint region;
quantifying a distortion in the substrate, a deviation in planarity along the primary surface of the lithographic template, a deviation in planarity along a surface of a component within the imprint apparatus, or any combination thereof, wherein quantifying the distortion comprises determining a deviation in planarity along the primary surface of the substrate support surface of the chucking region within the imprint region, the primary surface of the substrate within the imprint region, or any combination thereof; and
dispensing a formable material over the primary surface of the substrate based at least in part on the distortion in the substrate, the deviation in planarity along the primary surface of the lithographic template, a deviation in planarity along the surface of the component within the imprint apparatus, or any combination thereof, wherein dispensing the formable material is performed such that the formable material is dispensed to:
a first areal density within a first area, where the deviation indicates that the at least one protrusion and the primary surface will be further apart when the imprint lithographic template contacts the formable material within the first area; and
a second areal density within a second area, where the deviation indicates that the at least one protrusion and the primary surface will be closer to each other when the imprint lithographic template contacts the formable material within the second area, wherein the first areal density is greater than the second areal density.

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. 9,996,554

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. 9,996,305

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. 9,996,051

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. 9,994,012

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. 9,981,476

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. 9,981,480

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. 9,969,192

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. 9,973,336

HASH VALUE GENERATING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A hash value generating device comprising:a ? processor that operates to perform ? processing included in round processing of Secure Hash Algorithm 3 (SHA-3 algorithm);
a ? processor that operates to perform ? processing included in the round processing;
a ? processor that operates to perform ? processing included in the round processing;
a ? processor that operates to perform ? processing included in the round processing; and
an processor that operates to perform processing included in the round processing,
wherein the ? processor receives input of data in units of planes, performs the ? processing and outputs data in units of sheets,
wherein each of the ? processor, the ? processor, the ? processor, the ? processor, and the processor is arranged independently in the hash value generating device, and the hash value generating device further comprises a register that operates to hold data on which processing has been performed, and
wherein the register receives input of data in units of sheets and outputs data in units of planes.

US Pat. No. 9,968,325

RADIOGRAPHING APPARATUS, RADIOGRAPHING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a program for causing a computer to execute a controlling method for a radiographing apparatus, the controlling method comprising:acquiring, by image data obtained by photography in a predetermined photographing mode, offset correction data corresponding to the photographing mode, wherein acquiring includes:
acquiring, as a first correction data acquiring, a first number of pieces of first image data in a first photographing mode, and
acquiring, as a second correction data acquiring, a second number of pieces of second image data, which is different from the first number, in a second photographing mode; and
updating the offset correction data corresponding to the photographing mode by using a predetermined number of pieces of the image data, and adjusting the number of pieces of the image data according to the photographing mode, wherein updating includes:
updating, as a first correction data update, first offset correction data corresponding to the first photographing mode by using an average of the first number of pieces of the first image data, and
updating, as a second correction data update, second offset correction data corresponding to the second photographing mode by using an average of the second number of pieces of the second image data.

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. 9,961,248

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. 9,961,266

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a first acquisition unit configured to acquire an image;
a recognition unit configured to recognize an object included in the image;
a specification unit configured to cause a user to specify data to be transmitted to the object recognized by the recognition unit; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit the specified data to an apparatus identified by destination information corresponding to the object, according to the specification by the specification unit.

US Pat. No. 9,961,268

CONTROL DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING IMAGING UNIT ACCORDING TO IMAGE CAPTURING DIRECTION AND ZOOM MAGNIFICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control device comprising:an acceptance unit configured to accept a specification of a specified region on a display screen of a display unit which displays an image captured by an imaging unit;
a determination unit configured to determine an image capturing direction and a zoom magnification for the specified region accepted by the acceptance unit; and
a control unit configured to control the imaging unit on the basis of the image capturing direction and the zoom magnification determined by the determination unit,
wherein, in a coordinate system in which x denotes a pan direction and y denotes a tilt direction, when an upper limit value of a movable range in the pan direction is defined as Lx, when a center coordinate of the specified region is defined as (x0, y0) and horizontal and vertical sizes thereof are defined as (w0, h0), and when a center of an imaging region determined finally is defined as (X, Y) and horizontal and vertical sizes thereof are defined as (W, H),
the control unit changes the image capturing direction of the imaging unit such that equations of (X, Y)=(x0, y0), (W, H)=(w0, h0) hold in a case where the center of the specified region is within the movable range in the pan direction of the imaging unit, and
the control unit changes the image capturing direction of the imaging unit such that equations of X=Lx, W=w0+2×(x0?Lx), H=W×(h0/w0) hold in a case where the center of the specified region is not within the movable range in the pan direction of the imaging unit,
wherein the acceptance unit is realized by a processor or a combination of the processor and software,
wherein the determination unit is realized by a processor or a combination of the processor and software, and
wherein the control unit is realized by a processor or a combination of the processor and software.

US Pat. No. 9,961,282

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a plurality of pixels arranged in a plurality of rows, that each has one microlens and a plurality of photoelectric converting units disposed to correspond to each one of the microlenses, and that outputs a signal by each row, wherein
a first row being a part of the plurality of rows includes an effective pixel having the plurality of photoelectric converting units to which the light transmitted through the one microlens enters,
a second row being other part of the plurality of rows includes a light-shielded pixel having the plurality of photoelectric converting units shielded from light, and does not include the effective pixel,
the effective pixel in the first row outputs a first signal based on a signal generated by the photoelectric converting unit being only a part of the plurality of photoelectric converting units and outputs a second signal based on a signal obtained by adding signals generated by the plurality of photoelectric converting units,
the light-shielded pixel in the second row outputs a third signal based on a signal obtained by adding signals generated by the plurality of photoelectric converting units, and
the image pickup apparatus further comprises a signal processing unit configured to obtain a first difference between a signal based on the first signal and a signal based on the third signal and obtain a second difference between a signal based on the second signal and the signal based on the third signal.
US Pat. No. 9,958,801

TONER AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner, comprising a toner particle containing a binder resin, comprising:a graft polymer having (i) an amorphous vinyl polymer segment and a crystalline polyester segment branched from the amorphous vinyl polymer segment, or (ii) a crystalline polyester segment and an amorphous vinyl polymer segment branched from the crystalline polyester segment;
the crystalline polyester segment comprising a unit derived from a monomer (a) and a unit derived from a monomer (b), monomer (a) being one or more monomers selected from the group consisting of a C2-11 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic diol, a C2-13 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic dicarboxylic acid, a C2-12 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic monohydroxymonocarboxylic acid, an intramolecular acid anhydride of a C2-13 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic dicarboxylic acid, an alkyl ester of a C2-13 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic dicarboxylic acid, an alkyl ester of a C2-12 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic monohydroxymonocarboxylic acid and a lactonized compound of a C2-12 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic monohydroxymonocarboxylic acid, and monomer (b) being one or more monomers selected from the group consisting of a C12-22 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic diol, a C14-24 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic dicarboxylic acid, a C13-23 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic monohydroxymonocarboxylic acid, an intramolecular acid anhydride of a C14-24 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic dicarboxylic acid, an alkyl ester of a C14-24 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic dicarboxylic acid, an alkyl ester of a C13-23 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic monohydroxymonocarboxylic acid and a lactonized compound of a C13-23 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic monohydroxymonocarboxylic acid, wherein
the crystalline polyester segment has a content X (mol %) of the unit derived from the monomer (b) of 1.0 to 20 mol % as calculated from X={Mb/(Ma+Mb)}×100 where Ma (mol/g) is the number of moles of the unit derived from the monomer (a) per unit mass, and Mb (mol/g) is the number of moles of the unit derived from the monomer (b) per unit mass, and
a melting point of the graft polymer is 50 to 85° C.

US Pat. No. 9,956,776

METHOD FOR PRODUCING LIQUID-EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid-ejection head comprising:a substrate on or above which a plurality of actuators are formed, the plurality of actuators generating energy for ejecting a liquid; and
a flow-passage-forming member on or above the substrate, the flow-passage-forming member defining ejection ports through which the liquid is ejected and a plurality of liquid chambers each having a corresponding one of the plurality of actuators,
the flow-passage-forming member including an orifice plate defining the ejection ports and liquid-chamber side walls defining side walls of the plurality of liquid chambers,
the flow-passage-forming member being formed of an inorganic material and having a depressed portion between the liquid chambers, and the depressed portion being filled with a photosensitive resin,
wherein pinholes are formed in the photosensitive resin filled in the depressed portion, and
wherein the area of the cross section of a pinhole of the pinholes parallel to the substrate is smaller than the ejection port.

US Pat. No. 9,960,109

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printed circuit board comprising:a semiconductor package including a semiconductor element and a package substrate; and
a printed wiring board on which the semiconductor package is mounted,
wherein a plurality of first lands are formed apart from each other on a surface of the package substrate,
wherein a plurality of second lands are formed apart from each other on a surface of the printed wiring board corresponding to the plurality of first lands,
wherein the surface of the package substrate and the surface of the printed wiring board face each other, and each of the plurality of the first lands and a corresponding one of the plurality of the second lands are bonded to each other with solder having a height of 30% or less of a diameter of a solder bonding portion at a corresponding one of the plurality of the first lands,
wherein the package substrate includes an insulator of which a base material is ceramic,
wherein a solder resist layer including a plurality of openings respectively corresponding to the plurality of second lands is formed on the plurality of second lands, each of the plurality of openings defining a bonded area where the solder is on the corresponding one of the plurality of second lands, and
wherein an opening area of, at least an area where a distance between the first land and the second land corresponding to the first land is greater than an average of values of distance between the first lands and the second lands corresponding to the first lands provided over the printed wiring board, the plurality of openings is 56% or greater and 81% or less of a solder bonded area of the corresponding one of the plurality of first lands provided in the facing package substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,959,602

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, RADIOGRAPHY APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:a pixel selection unit configured to select a plurality of pixels having pixel values being equal to or smaller than a first predetermined pixel value for each line in an area shielded by a collimator in a case where an image includes the area shielded by the collimator;
an extraction processing unit configured to extract a line artifact in the area in which the pixels are selected by the pixel selection unit; and
a subtraction processing unit configured to subtract the extracted line artifact from the image, wherein in a case where the image does not include the area shielded by the collimator, the pixel selection unit removes, from the image, pixels having pixel values larger than or equal to a second predetermined pixel value and selects a plurality of pixels in ascending order of pixel value for each line of the image after removing the pixels.

US Pat. No. 9,959,605

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An age processing apparatus comprising:an image acquirer configured to acquire a first image generated by image capturing through an image capturing optical system;
a filter memory configured to store data relating to multiple image restoration filters that are used for an image restoration process and correspond to a mutually different first F-numbers;
an interpolation data memory configured to store interpolation data corresponding to each of mutually different second F-numbers different from the first F-numbers, the interpolationdata relating to an interpolation proportion in an interpolation process; and
an image generator configured to generate, when an image capturing F-number an F-number for the image capturing is one of the second F-numbers, a second image by performing on the first image a correction process that includes the image restoration process and the interpolation process, respectively using at least one of the image restoration filter corresponding to the first F-numbers and the interpolation data corresponding to the image capturing F-number,
wherein the multiple first F-numbers are set such that multiple F-number ranges sectioned at the first F-numbers between a minimum F-number and a maximum F-number each settable as the image capturing F-number include an F-number range corresponding to a different number of F-number steps from that of another F-range.

US Pat. No. 9,961,426

CYLINDRICAL MEMBER HOLDING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF STABLY HOLDING CYLINDRICAL MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cylindrical member holding apparatus comprising:a base portion;
a holder portion configured to hold a cylindrical member; and
a plurality of elastically-deformable supporting portions configured to be disposed respective opposite sides of the cylindrical member, which is held by said holder portion, in a direction of an axis of the cylindrical member and connect said base portion and said holder portion together,
wherein:
said plurality of supporting portions have such a shape as to be more easily elastically deformed in a first direction than in a second direction and a third direction, where the first direction is the direction of the axis of the cylindrical member held by said holder portion, the second direction is a direction that is perpendicular to the first direction and connects said holder portion and said base portion together, and the third direction is a direction that is perpendicular to the first direction and also perpendicular to the second direction,
one of said holder portion and said base portion is provided with a convex portion, and the other one of said holder portion and said base portion is provided with a concave portion into which the convex portion is inserted with a clearance left and in a noncontact state, and
the clearance is configured to have such dimensions as to limit an amount of change in position of said holder portion relative to said base portion to a predetermined amount or smaller.

US Pat. No. 9,959,648

MEDICAL IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A medical image display apparatus that displays, on a display screen, a display image having undergone gray level transform of changing a number of gray levels of a medical image, the medical image display apparatus comprising:at least one processor and at least one memory that cooperate to act as units comprising:
(a) an obtaining unit configured to obtain, in the medical image, a representative value of pixel values concerning a region of a block, wherein (1) the block corresponds to a partial region in a region designated in the display image and (2) each partial region in the designated region corresponds to a respective block;
(b) a setting unit configured to set a specific region in the display screen so as to include the designated region; and
(c) a display control unit configured to (i) superimpose and display and (ii) arrange representative values obtained by the obtaining unit on the specific region in correspondence with an arrangement of the partial regions.

US Pat. No. 9,961,228

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an input unit having one or more input devices through which a first image switching operation and a second image switching operation can be made;
one or more processors that execute computer executable instructions to function as:
a control unit configured to switch a displayed image in accordance with an image switching operation made through the input unit,
wherein the control unit:
switches an image being displayed to an image generated from an image file being different from an image file used to generate the image being displayed in a case where the first image switching operation has been made through the input unit; and
switches the image currently being displayed to a different image generated from the image file used to generate the image being displayed in a case where the second image switching operation has been made through the input unit, and
wherein;
the different image is an image representing the same scene as the image being displayed but having a different area being in focus; and
the different image is an image obtained by carrying out an adaptive process adding a bokeh effect on a pan-focus image.

US Pat. No. 9,961,231

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD THAT ATTEMPTS DECODING OF ADDITIONAL INFORMATION USING A PLURALITY OF DECODING METHODS, AND APPARATUS THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method, performed by a processor executing a program stored in a memory, of acquiring additional information from image information obtained by shooting a printed product on which the additional information is multiplexed by at least one of a plurality of different multiplexing methods, comprising:attempting decoding of the additional information from the image information by a plurality of different decoding methods corresponding to the plurality of different multiplexing methods; and
outputting the additional information successfully decoded,
wherein the additional information is multiplexed for each block formed by dividing the image information, and
in the attempting decoding, the decoding of the additional information is attempted for each block by each of the plurality of different decoding methods, and a rest of the image information is decoded by the decoding method that has succeeded in the decoding.

US Pat. No. 9,939,741

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus for forming a pattern on a substrate, the apparatus comprising:a measurement unit configured to measure an amount of overlay shift between a first mark formed on a first surface of the substrate and a second mark formed on a second surface of the substrate opposite to the first surface,
wherein the measurement unit includes:
an optical system configured to illuminate the substrate from a side of the first surface with light transmitted by the substrate, and form an image of the first mark with light returning from the first surface and an image of the second mark with light returning from the second surface;
a sensor configured to detect each of the image of the first mark and the image of the second mark; and
a processor configured to execute:
a position determining task that determines a measurement focus position of the optical system at which the sensor is able to detect both the image of the first mark and the image of the second mark based on:
first mark detection information obtained in a focus state of the optical system at which the sensor is able to detect the image of the first mark;
second mark detection information obtained in a focus state of the optical system at which the sensor is able to detect the image of the second mark; and
a distance between the first surface and the second surface;
a detecting task that detects the image of the first mark and the image of the second mark using the sensor at the measurement focus position; and
a position obtaining task that obtains a position of the first mark on the first surface and a position of the second mark on the second surface based on the image of the first mark and the image of the second mark detected by the detecting task,
wherein the first mark detection information includes a first contrast of the image of the first mark,
wherein the second mark detection information includes a second contrast of the image of the second mark, and
wherein the position determining task determines the measurement focus position so that a ratio of a distance from the measurement focus position to the second surface and a distance from the measurement focus position to the first surface coincides with a ratio of the first contrast and the second contrast.

US Pat. No. 9,939,755

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, which is configured to form an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion comprising:
a photosensitive member to be rotated;
a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a deflection unit configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source so that the light beam is scanned on the photosensitive member;
a developing unit configured to develop an electrostatic latent image, which is formed on the photosensitive member through scanning of the light beam, with use of toner; and
a transfer unit configured to transfer a toner image developed on the photosensitive member onto the recording medium,
the image forming portion being configured to control an image forming speed depending on a type of the recording medium on which the image is to be formed, the image forming speed including: a conveyance speed of the recording medium; a rotation speed of the photosensitive member; and a scan speed of the light beam;
a fixing unit configured to fix the toner image, which has been transferred onto the recording medium, to the recording medium;
a storage unit configured to store a light intensity correction data used for correcting a light intensity of the light beam to a light intensity corresponding to each of a plurality of different positions in a scanning direction of the light beam in association with a first scan speed of the light beam;
a setting unit configured to:
set a light intensity correction data corresponding to an exposure position from among a plurality of light intensity correction data stored in the storage unit according to exposure positions of the light beam in the scanning direction while the light beam is being scanned on an image forming area of the photosensitive member at the first scan speed;
calculate a light intensity correction data corresponding to a position between the plurality of different positions in the scanning direction based on the plurality of light intensity correction data stored in the storage unit; and
set the light intensity correction data stored in the storage unit and a calculated light intensity correction data according to the exposure position of the light beam in the scanning direction while the light beam is being scanned on the image forming area of the photosensitive member at a second scan speed lower than the first scan speed; and
a light intensity controller configured to control the light intensity of the light beam based on the light intensity correction data set by the setting unit,
wherein the setting unit fixes a switching period of the light intensity correction data while the light beam is being scanned on the image forming area of the photosensitive member regardless of the scan speed, and switches the light intensity correction data according to the exposure position of the light beam at the switching period to set the light intensity correction data.

US Pat. No. 9,939,769

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an apparatus body;
an image bearing member arranged in the apparatus body;
an electrification member arranged in the apparatus body and configured to be in contact with a surface of the image bearing member to electrify the image bearing member;
an electrostatic latent image forming portion arranged in the apparatus body and configured to form an electrostatic latent image on the electrified image bearing member based on image information;
an image forming portion arranged in the apparatus body and configured to form an image on a recording medium based on the electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member;
an environment detecting portion configured to detect environmental information in the apparatus body;
a service life determining portion configured to determine whether or not a service life of the electrification member has come to its end based on information concerning an electrification time during which voltage is applied to the electrification member obtained by using a detection result of the environment detecting portion and information concerning an image ratio of a formed image obtained by using the detection result of the environment detecting portion; and
an alarm portion configured to issue an alarm in response to a determination made by the service life determining portion that the service life of the electrification member has come to the end.

US Pat. No. 9,940,691

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME, AND VIDEO CAMERA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for estimating a projective transformation from a first frame image in a moving image to a second frame image in the moving image, the second frame image corresponding to the first frame image, the information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to:
calculate, in each of the first frame image and the second frame image, an area of a triangle whose apexes are three feature points of four feature points;
calculate, in each of the first frame image and the second frame image, a first transformation matrix and a second transformation matrix for transforming four reference feature points into the four feature points, by using the area of the triangle whose apexes are three feature points of the four feature points; and
calculate the projective transformation from the first frame image to the second frame image as a third transformation matrix for transforming the four feature points of the first frame image into the four feature points of the second frame image, by using the first transformation matrix and the second transformation matrix.

US Pat. No. 9,939,414

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:a processor configured to acquire information about the inside of an object using electrical signals output from a plurality of detecting elements supported by a probe so that a high-resolution region in which directivity axes of at least part of the plurality of detecting elements converge is formed, wherein the electrical signals being signals obtained in response to a reception of an acoustic wave propagated from the object irradiated with light; and
a memory configured to store correction data for correcting the electrical signals output by the plurality of detecting elements, and used when the processor acquires the information about the inside of the object, the correction data including information based on a position of each of the plurality of detecting elements and information based on sensitivity, wherein
the processor revises the correction data on the basis of the electrical signals output by the plurality of detecting elements when a light absorber for calibration disposed at a predetermined position in relation to the probe is used as the object during calibration of the object information acquiring apparatus.
US Pat. No. 9,934,446

OBJECT DETECTING APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a memory for storing a program;
a processor which executes the program stored in the memory to:
input an object area of an image for learning; and
learn information concerning a feature quantity of the object area using the feature quantity extracted from the input object area of the image for learning, wherein the learning learns the image feature of the object area as a combination of the image features for each partial area obtained by dividing a circumscribed rectangle of the object area into a predetermined number of partial areas, and generates the image feature of each partial area by using information of pixels included in the object area in the partial area;
acquire an image including an object;
divide the acquired image into a plurality of superpixels based on similarity of pixel values of adjacent pixels;
generate a plurality of candidate areas for an area of the object by combining respective combinations of two or more superpixels in the plurality of superpixels, wherein the candidate areas correspond to different combinations of the superpixels;
extract a feature quantity from each of the plurality of candidate areas;
check the feature quantity extracted from each candidate area, against registered information concerning the feature quantity of the object area; and
output the area of the object in the acquired image, based on a checked result for each candidate area by the checking.

US Pat. No. 9,936,092

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus having a security function, the electronic apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the electronic apparatus to:
instruct cancellation of the security function that provides security protecting the electronic apparatus by authenticating with a password,
measure an elapsed time after the security function shifts from an enabled state to a canceled state in accordance with the instruction,
detect connection of an encryption device to the electronic apparatus, wherein the encryption device provides security by encryption which is different from the security provided by the security function,
determine whether the measured elapsed time has exceeded a predetermined time,
return the security function from the canceled state to the enabled state again based on the elapsed time being determined to have exceeded the predetermined time while the connection of the encryption device is not detected, and
maintain the security function in the canceled state regardless of the elapsed time, based on detection of the connection of the encryption device.

US Pat. No. 9,933,303

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:a radiation detection panel configured to detect radiation irradiated by a radiation generation unit;
a first member and second member arranged on a radiation-incident direction side;
a third member and fourth member arranged on a side opposite to the radiation-incident direction side; and
a housing containing the radiation detection panel and at least the fourth member,
wherein the fourth member is configured as a base which supports the radiation detection panel, and
wherein the second member is arranged between the first member and the radiation detection panel,
the third member is arranged between the radiation detection panel and the fourth member and in contact with the radiation detection panel,
the second member and the third member are lower in elastic modulus than the first member and the fourth member, and
the elastic modulus of the second member is lower than the elastic modulus of the third member.

US Pat. No. 9,928,451

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROLLING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a processor and a memory coupled to the processor, the memory having instructions stored thereon that are executed by the processor to act as:
a receiving unit configured to receive a handwritten input for a description area displayed on a display unit;
an information recognition unit configured to recognize a description of the handwritten input written in the description area and to convert the description to character information;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire positional information of the description area in which the handwritten input is received;
a determining unit configured to determine whether to display image information of the description written in the description area or to display the character information of the description written in the description area based on the positional information acquired by the acquiring unit; and
a display control unit configured to cause the display unit to display the image information of the description written in the description area or the character information of the description written in the description area in accordance with a determination result obtained by the determining unit,
wherein, in a case where the description includes data other than one or more characters written in the description area in which the character information of the description is displayed, the display control unit causes the display unit to display the data other than the one or more characters.

US Pat. No. 9,927,741

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a developing device configured to develop, with toner containing a wax, an electrostatic latent image formed on said image bearing member;
an intermediary transfer member onto which a toner image formed on said image bearing member is transferred;
a rotatable transfer member configured to form a transfer portion in contact with an outer surface of said intermediary transfer member, wherein the toner image formed on said intermediary transfer member is transferred onto a recording material at the transfer portion;
a cleaning device configured to remove the toner deposited on said rotatable transfer member, said cleaning device including a blade contacting said rotatable transfer member or a blade contacting a rotatable member for feeding the toner collected from said rotatable transfer member;
a fixing device including a heating roller configured to fix the toner image by heating the recording material;
a feeding portion configured to turn the recording material passing through said fixing device upside down and configured to feed the recording material to the transfer portion; and
a controller configured to execute a supplying operation for supplying a supplying toner image to said cleaning device during a continuous double-sided job for carrying out continuous image formation on first and second surfaces of each of a plurality of recording materials, wherein the supplying toner image is formed in a region, corresponding to a region between a recording material and a subsequent recording material during the continuous image forming job,
wherein said controller executes the supplying operation on the basis of:
(i) first information on image information on the image formed on each of the recording materials during the continuous double-sided image forming job, and
(ii) second information for discriminating whether or not the first information is information on the image formed on the first surface of each of the recording materials.

US Pat. No. 9,928,595

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR HIGH-RESOLUTION MULTI-VIEW CAMERA CALIBRATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system comprising:two or more cameras;
a rotating stage, which has an axis of rotation;
one or more computer-readable media; and
one or more processors that are coupled to the one or more computer-readable media, the rotating stage, and the two or more cameras and that are configured to cause the system to
control the two or more cameras to capture respective images of a calibration target in a first pose, wherein the calibration target is positioned on the rotating stage;
control the rotating stage to rotate through an angular increment to a second pose;
control the two or more cameras to capture respective images of the calibration target in the second pose; and
calculate a transformation between two cameras of the two or more cameras based on the respective images of the calibration target in the first pose, on the respective images of the calibration target in the second pose, and on the angular increment,
wherein, to calculate the transformation between the two cameras of the two or more cameras, the one or more processors are further configured to cause the system to calculate a transformation between the first pose and the second pose.

US Pat. No. 9,925,792

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS, AND LIQUID DISCHARGE METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a plurality of discharge orifices configured to discharge liquid;
a plurality of recording elements configured to generate energy used to discharge liquid;
a plurality of supply channels configured to supply liquid to the plurality of recording elements;
a common supply channel communicating with the plurality of supply channels and configured to supply liquid to the plurality of supply channels;
a plurality of recovery channels configured to recover liquid supplied to the plurality of recording elements by the plurality of supply channels; and
a common recovery channel communicating with the plurality of recovery channels and configured to recover liquid from the plurality of recovery channels,
wherein the liquid discharge head has formed therein
a first inlet port configured to supply liquid from outside of the liquid discharge head to the common supply channel, and
a first recovery port configured to recover liquid from the common supply channel to the outside of the liquid discharge head,
the first inlet port and the first recovery port communicating by the common supply channel without going through channel portions where the recording elements are disposed, and
wherein the liquid discharge head has formed therein
a second inlet port configured to supply liquid from outside of the liquid discharge head to the common recovery channel, and
a second recovery port configured to recover liquid from the common recovery channel to the outside of the liquid discharge head,
the second inlet port and the second recovery port communicating by the common recovery channel without going through channel portions where the recording elements are disposed.

US Pat. No. 9,928,124

REVERTING TIGHTLY COUPLED THREADS IN AN OVER-SCHEDULED SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of processing a task on a processor adapted to process a plurality of tasks, the method comprising the steps of:processing the task by a producer thread and a consumer thread running concurrently, each thread executing at least a portion of the task, the threads communicating via a message queue comprising a plurality of messages produced by the producer thread to be processed by the consumer thread;
detecting a transition of an occupancy state of the message queue from a substantially full state to a substantially empty state, wherein the state of the message queue is determined—based on the plurality of messages in the message queue to be processed by the consumer thread, and the transition of an occupancy state of the message queue from a substantially full state to a substantially empty state is caused by a further task interfering with processing of the task; and
in the event of detecting the transition, processing the task sequentially by a single thread.

US Pat. No. 9,921,517

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT EXPOSES PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER BY LIGHT REFLECTED BY ROTATING POLYGON MIRROR AND SCANNING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a light source;
a light driving unit configured to convert a digital value indicating an emission intensity of the light source to an analog
signal and to drive the light source by a drive signal obtained based on the analogue signal;

a polygon mirror configured to be rotationally driven and to reflect light that the light source emits in order to expose
a photosensitive member;

a detection unit configured to detect light that the light source emits and that is reflected by the polygon mirror in a predetermined
direction, and to output a synchronization signal indicating a detection timing;

a speed control unit configured to perform acceleration/deceleration control of the polygon mirror in order to maintain a
rotation speed of the polygon mirror based on the synchronization signal at a target speed; and

a light intensity control unit configured to decide an emission intensity of the light source and notify the digital value
to the light driving unit, wherein

the speed control unit changes control of the polygon mirror to a neutral control in which neither acceleration nor deceleration
control is performed in a case the light intensity control unit changes the light intensity of the light source when the speed
control unit is performing the acceleration/deceleration control.

US Pat. No. 9,924,100

IMAGE-BLUR CORRECTION APPARATUS, TILT CORRECTION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE-BLUR CORRECTION APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING TILT CORRECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-blur correction apparatus comprising:
a designation unit configured to designate a level of an effect of image-blur correction and a level of an effect of first
tilt correction of an aging apparatus having an optical axis as a rotary axis;

an electronic correction unit configured to execute at least one of the image-blur correction and the first tilt correction
by changing an image clipping range set within an imaging screen; and

a control unit configured to vary a ratio of a correctable range of trapezoidal distortion caused by tilting of the image-blur
correction apparatus and a ratio of a first tilt-correctable range in, the electronic correction according to the level of
the effect of the image blur correction and the level of the effect of the first tilt correction,

wherein each unit is implemented by one or more processors, circuitry, or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,919,521

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a liquid ejection substrate including a plurality of liquid ejection sections including pressure chambers configured to hold
liquid at a negative pressure and ejection ports communicating with the pressure chambers, the pressure chambers each including
a pressure unit configured to apply pressure to the liquid in each of the pressure chambers, the pressed liquid being ejected
through each of the ejection ports; and

a liquid reservoir on a back of the liquid ejection substrate opposite to a side on which the ejection ports are provided,
wherein the liquid reservoir is partitioned into:
a common liquid chamber to hold the liquid at a negative pressure substantially equal to the negative pressure of the liquid
ejection sections, and

a plurality of common liquid channels extending parallel to each other and each provided by a wall in the common liquid chamber
to separate the common liquid channel from the common liquid chamber,

wherein the plurality of common liquid channels each communicate with the pressure chambers,
the plurality of common liquid channels communicate with one set of the inlets and the outlets of the plurality of pressure
chambers, and

the common liquid chamber communicates with another set of the inlets and the outlets of the plurality of pressure chambers,
wherein the another set is different than those being communicated with by the plurality of common liquid channels.

US Pat. No. 9,921,319

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus connected to an external connection unit of a radiation imaging apparatus including
a storage unit and an imaging-apparatus control unit configured to access the storage unit, comprising:
second control unit that is capable of accessing the storage unit; and
an output unit configured to output, to an external apparatus, at least one of radiation image data captured by the radiation
imaging apparatus and log data of the radiation imaging apparatus which are obtained from the storage unit via the second
control unit;

wherein in a case in which it is determined by the imaging-apparatus control unit or the second control unit that an abnormality
has occurred in the radiation imaging apparatus, the second control unit accesses the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,922,400

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus for displaying an image containing a plurality of objects, the image display apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
at least one processor functioning as:
a setting unit configured to set one of the plurality of objects as a first object and set a first magnification of the first
object according to a size of the first object, and to set a different one of the plurality of objects as a second object
and set a second magnification of the second object according to a size of the second object; and

a display control unit configured to perform control in such a manner that, based on the first magnification set by the setting
unit, zooming in to at least a part of the image is performed and the first object is displayed on a screen; and

a receiving unit configured to receive an instruction from a user to display the second object on the screen,
wherein the display control unit performs control in such a manner that, based on the second magnification set by the setting
unit, zooming in to at least a part of the image is performed and the second object is displayed on the screen immediately
succeeding the display of the first object upon receiving the instruction from the user; and

wherein the image is a static document with the plurality of objects fixed within the image, and the plurality of objects
in the image do not overlap.

US Pat. No. 9,921,409

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising: an image pickup optical system including a protection lens arranged closest to a
light incident side and having a convex-shaped surface on the light incident side an aperture stop, an optical system A, and
an optical system B having different optical characteristics from the optical system A;
a housing configured to house the image pickup optical system and separate a medium outside the housing and a medium inside
the housing; and

a switching unit arranged in the housing, connected to the optical system A and the optical system B, and configured to place
the optical system A in an optical path of the image pickup optical system and the optical system B out of the optical path
when the medium outside the housing is a first medium, and to place the optical system A out of the optical path and the optical
system B in the optical path when the medium outside the housing is a second medium different from the first medium.

US Pat. No. 9,921,457

LIGHTING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lighting device capable of changing the light irradiation range comprising:
a light emitting portion; and
an optical member disposed in front of the light emitting portion,
wherein the optical member has a plurality of shapes such that two types of cylindrical concave surface having axial directions
substantially perpendicular to each other are crossed each other, the plurality of shapes being formed in a central region
of an entry surface through which light from the light emitting portion enters or a central region of an exit surface through
which the light entering through the entry surface exits.

US Pat. No. 9,921,995

MANAGING DATA IN USB COMMUNICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory;
a universal serial bus (USB) communicator that communicates with an external apparatus via a USB cable, wherein data received
by the USB communicator is stored in an end point of the USB communicator, and the data stored in the end point is transferred
to the memory; and

a processor that executes programs to:
determine whether or not the data has been stored in the end point when a changeover request indicating to change over setting
of the end point is received from the external apparatus by the USB communicator, wherein the data stored in the end point
is lost when the setting of the end point is changed over; and

transmit a Negative ACKnowledgment (NACK) to the external apparatus via the USB cable, when it is determined that the data
has been stored in the end point,

wherein, when it is determined that the data has been stored in the end point, the changeover of the setting of the end point
based on the changeover request is not performed.

US Pat. No. 9,924,064

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus capable of connecting with an external apparatus, the printing apparatus comprising:
a storage that is capable of storing identification information of one or more users and print data in association with a
respective user of the one or more users;

a network interface that receives the print data from the external apparatus;
a printing unit;
a memory that stores instructions; and
one or more processors which execute the instructions to cause the printing apparatus to function as a control unit configured
to control:

(i) storing of the print data received via the network interface in the storage in association with the identification information
of a user, of the one or more users, who operates the external apparatus to print the print data,

(ii) printing of the print data stored in the storage, based on an instruction by a login user, of the one or more users,
while the login user is logged into the printing apparatus, in association with the identification information of the login
user, and

(iii) deleting, among the identification information of the one or more users stored in the storage, identification information
of a user where print data corresponding to the identification information of the user is not stored in the storage after
an elapse of a certain period of time since a latest login by the user into the printing apparatus,

wherein the control unit does not delete the identification information of a user, of the one or more users, where print data
corresponding to the identification information of the user is stored in the storage after an elapse of the certain period
of time since a latest login by the user into the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,924,066

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a projector configured to project an image on a stage;
a camera configured to capture an image on the stage;
a distance sensor configured to obtain a distance image;
at least one processor configured to implement instructions stored in at least one memory and execute a plurality of tasks,
including:

a detecting task that detects an object place on the stage from the captured image;
a projecting task that controls the projector to project an operation display item regarding a reading of the object placed
onto the stage according to the detecting task detecting the object placed on the stage;

a recognizing task that recognizes a gesture of a user on the stage from the obtained distance image; and
a reading task that obtains a read image of the object in accordance with the gesture recognized by the recognizing task to
the operation item projected by the projector.

US Pat. No. 9,924,070

CORRECTION METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A correction method for an image forming apparatus,
the image forming apparatus comprising:
a light source comprising a plurality of light emitting points;
a photosensitive member configured to rotate in a first direction so that a latent image is formed on the photosensitive member
with a light beam emitted from the light source; and

a deflecting unit configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source to move light spots of the light beam
radiated to the photosensitive member in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction to form scanning lines,

the correction method comprising a correction step of correcting sparseness and denseness of density in the first direction,
the sparseness and denseness of density in the first direction having been caused by deviation of the scanning lines in the
first direction, by moving a pixel of interest in the first direction in accordance with the deviation of the scanning lines,
and an output step of causing a pixel value of the pixel of interest to be output in accordance with a movement of the pixel
of interest,

wherein a correction amount of the pixel value of the pixel of interest differs in accordance with an image forming condition.

US Pat. No. 9,917,964

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus capable of communicating with a print server, comprising:
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
transmit a first request for acquiring Web contents to the print server by using a first communication method, wherein the
first communication method is a communication method that uses an HTTP protocol;

display on a display unit, in a case where Web contents are received as a response to the first request, a screen based on
the received Web contents;

acquire, in a case where the Web contents cannot be acquired as a response to the first request, a condition of the print
server from the print server by using a second communication method different from the first communication method, wherein
the second communication method is a communication method that uses a communication protocol different from the HTTP protocol;

generate display data indicating a condition of the print server based on the acquired condition;
display on the display unit, in the case where the Web contents cannot be acquired as a response to the first request, a screen
based on the generated display data without displaying a screen indicating an error of the first request transmitted using
the HTTP protocol;

transmit a second request for acquiring Web contents to a server different from the print server using the HTTP protocol;
and

display on the display unit, in a case where Web contents cannot be received as a response to the second request, a screen
indicating an error of the second request transmitted using the HTTP protocol without displaying the screen based on the generated
display data.

US Pat. No. 9,918,033

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A signal processing apparatus comprising:
an analog-digital converter that converts an analog signal to a digital signal using a plurality of reference signals having
different slopes from each other;

a supply unit that supplies analog signals of a plurality of predetermined different output levels; and
a calculation unit that calculates a slope ratio and an offset amount between the plurality of different slopes for correcting
a digital signal obtained by the analog-digital converter by converting an analog signal output from a pixel section of an
image sensor based on a plurality of digital signals respectively obtained by converting the analog signals of the plurality
of different output levels using the plurality of reference signals,

wherein, in a case where the conversion is performed using a reference signal with a steeper slope, the supply unit supplies
to the analog-digital converter at least one high level analog signal whose level is higher than a case where the conversion
is performed using a reference signal with a gentler slope, and

the calculation unit further uses a digital signal obtained by converting the high level analog signal when calculating the
slope ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,915,997

ELECTRONIC DEVICE, POWER CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:
a first sensor;
a second sensor;
a third sensor; and
a controller which includes one or more processors,
wherein:
(i) the second sensor is turned on based on a detection result of the first sensor,
(ii) the third sensor is turned on based on a detection result of the second sensor, and
(iii) the first sensor is turned off based on a detection result of the third sensor, and
wherein the controller is returned to a first power mode from a second power mode, in which power consumption is lower than
power consumption of the first power mode, based on a detection result of the second sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,918,062

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit configured to capture an image of a subject by using an image sensor having pixels each including
a plurality of receiving elements, and to generate signals corresponding to each of the plurality of the receiving elements;

a generating unit configured to generate a first RAW image and a second RAW image from the signals;
a first development unit configured to generate first image data by performing development processing on the first RAW image;
a RAW compressing unit configured to generate first compressed-RAW image data and second compressed-RAW image data by compressing
the first RAW image and the second RAW image; and

a second development unit configured to perform development processing on the first RAW image, the development processing
performed by the second development unit having a higher processing load than the development processing performed by the
first development unit,

wherein the second development unit generates second image data by performing development processing on the first RAW image
by using the second RAW image.

US Pat. No. 9,916,785

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, LIGHT EMITTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a light emitting element group composed of three light emitting elements each having a different emission color;
a storage unit configured to store first adjustment information which characterizes correspondence between adjustment parameters
which are capable of being set and adjustment amounts of emission brightness of each of two light emitting elements among
the three light emitting elements;

a setting unit configured to set an adjustment parameter; and
an adjustment unit configured to adjust the emission brightness of the two light emitting elements based on the adjustment
parameter set via the setting unit and the first adjustment information stored by the storage unit; and

a generation unit configured to generate a graphic image including a user input area which enables a user to designate the
adjustment parameter,

wherein the setting unit is configured to set the adjustment parameter in response to a user's designation in the user input
area.

US Pat. No. 9,917,140

PHOTO ELECTRIC CONVERTER IMAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus that includes a semiconductor substrate, the photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a plurality of interlayer insulating films disposed above the semiconductor substrate;
a plurality of wiring layers disposed above the semiconductor substrate;
a first electrode disposed above the plurality of wiring layers;
a photoelectric conversion film disposed above the first electrode;
a second electrode disposed above the photoelectric conversion film;
a readout circuit portion disposed on the semiconductor substrate, the readout circuit portion including a transistor being
electrically connected to the first electrode;

a first film disposed between the plurality of interlayer insulating films, the first film being any of a silicon oxide film,
a silicon oxynitride film, and a silicon nitride film; and

a second film disposed between an uppermost layer of the plurality of wiring layers and the first electrode, the second film
being a silicon nitride film or a silicon carbide film, and

a pad portion for electrically connecting to an external device,
wherein the second film is disposed above the pad portion and has an opening to expose the pad portion.

US Pat. No. 9,904,188

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
an undercoat layer on the support; and
a photosensitive layer on the undercoat layer;
wherein the undercoat layer comprises:
a binder resin; and
conductive particles each comprising a core particle coated with tin oxide doped with aluminum.

US Pat. No. 9,902,156

RECORDING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording device comprising:
a recording head having a discharge port surface having a plurality of discharge ports that allow ink to be discharged therethrough;
a first tank for storing the ink to be supplied to the recording head;
a second tank for storing the ink to be supplied to the first tank;
an ink-flow path for supplying the ink from the first tank to the recording head;
a valve disposed on the ink-flow path and capable of being switched between an open state where the ink is supplied from the
second tank to the recording head through the first tank and a closed state where the ink is not supplied from the second
tank to the recording head;

a cap configured to cover the discharge port surface;
a pump configured to make a pressure of an inside of the cap negative in a state where the cap covers the discharge port surface;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire information on an ambient air pressure of an environment where the recording device
is placed; and

a suction control unit configured to perform a suction operation of sucking the ink from the discharge ports by driving the
pump when the valve is in the closed state and then switching the valve to the open state,

wherein when a predetermined instruction is received, the suction control unit performs the suction operation twice or more
in a first case where the ambient air pressure acquired by the acquiring unit is larger than a threshold, and the suction
control unit performs the suction operation a larger number of times in a second case where the ambient air pressure acquired
by the acquiring unit is smaller than the threshold than in the first case.

US Pat. No. 9,904,226

OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE OPTICAL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:
a light-emitting member;
a light-receiving member;
a substrate, in which a substrate layer, a conductive layer and a protective layer are laminated in this order and on which
the light-emitting member and the light-receiving member are mounted; and

a light-shielding member disposed between the light-receiving member and the light-emitting member and inserted in a through-hole
of the substrate provided between the light-receiving member and the light-emitting member,

wherein the through-hole is comprised of the substrate layer, the conductive layer and the protective layer in a depth direction
of the through-hole.

US Pat. No. 9,894,237

IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup device comprising:
an imaging portion that photoelectrically converts incident light;
an analog to digital converter that converts an analog image signal output from the imaging portion to digital image data;
a memory that stores digital image data of at least one frame converted by the analog to digital converter; and
a generator that generates digital moving image data from digital still image data,
wherein, in a case where a still image is captured while moving images are being captured by using the imaging portion, the
digital still image data is stored in the memory, and the digital moving image data is output before the digital still image
data is output from the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,889,650

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD, EJECTING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:
a heat generating element array in which heat generating elements to generate heat energy that is used to eject a liquid are
arranged in a predetermined direction;

a pressure chamber that includes one of the heat generating elements therein; and
a flow passage of which one end communicates with the pressure chamber, and of which the other end communicates with a common
liquid chamber,

wherein an amount per liquid droplet ejected by the heat generating elements included in the heat generating element array
is equal, and

wherein a flow resistance of the flow passage which communicates with a heat generating element disposed in a central portion
in the predetermined direction among the heat generating elements included in the heat generating element array is higher
than a flow resistance of a flow passage which communicates with a heat generating element disposed in an end portion.

US Pat. No. 9,894,280

IMAGING APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING SELECTED FACE IN IN-FOCUS STATE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a central processing unit (CPU); and
a storage device containing instructions that, when executed by the CPU, cause the CPU to perform operations comprising:
detecting a plurality of faces at focal positions different from each other from a plurality of images having focal positions,
wherein all of the plurality of images are based on shooting by one user operation;

displaying a list of the plurality of detected faces on a first area of a display device for assisting a user to select a
face to be focused, and displaying an image including the plurality of detected faces on a second area of the display device;
and

selecting one of the plurality of detected faces upon receipt of a selection instruction by the user,
wherein in a case where one of the plurality of detected faces is selected by the user, controlling to change a focusing state
of the image displayed on the second area of the display device so that the one of the plurality of detected faces selected
by the user is displayed in an in-focus state.

US Pat. No. 9,876,950

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus enabling a user to set a focus detection area to a position in an imaging range, the image
capturing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor that operates to:
perform photometry on an object;
detect a face area included in the imaging range;
set a position of a main photometry area in the imaging range; and
perform focus detection based on the focus detection area set by a user,
wherein, in a case where a user sets the focus detection area to a position in the imaging range and the at least one processor
detects the face area, the at least one processor determines whether to set a position of the main photometry area to a position
corresponding to the face area or to set a position of the main photometry area to a position corresponding to the focus detection
area based on information regarding the face area and information regarding the focus detection area set by the user,

wherein the at least one processor performs photometry on the object based on a position of the main photometry area; and
wherein, in a case where the focus detection area is set by the user to a positon which is out of the face area detected by
the at least one processor in the imaging range, the at least one processor performs focus detection with not changing the
focus detection area set by the user when the main photometry area is set to the position corresponding to the face area.

US Pat. No. 9,875,524

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

an input unit adapted to input an image;
a first acquisition unit adapted to acquire a low-frequency component image from the image input by the input unit;
a first transformation unit adapted to transform the low-frequency component image acquired by the first acquisition unit;
a second transformation unit adapted to transform the image input by the input unit;
a second acquisition unit adapted to acquire a transformed high-frequency component image from the transformed image obtained
by the second transformation unit; and

a display control unit adapted to display, on a display unit, a combined image obtained by combining the transformed low-frequency
component image obtained by the first transformation unit and the transformed high-frequency component image acquired by the
second acquisition unit,

wherein an image transformation performed by the first transformation unit and the second transformation unit includes at
least one of enlargement, reduction, or geometric transformation of the image.

US Pat. No. 9,871,561

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
an electric power reception unit configured to receive electric power wirelessly supplied from another apparatus;
a wireless unit configured to provide notification of capability information of the communication apparatus by wireless communication;
and

a control unit configured to control the wireless unit to switch from providing notification of first capability information
to providing notification of second capability information in accordance with reception of electric power by the electric
power reception unit, the first capability information not including first service information but including second service
information, the first service information indicating that a wireless power transmission service of receiving electric power
supplied wirelessly is able to be executed, the second service information indicating that a service that is different from
the wireless power transmission service is able to be executed, the second capability information including the first service
information.

US Pat. No. 9,869,032

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF PHTHALOCYANINE CRYSTAL BY MILLING CRYSTAL TRANSFORMATION FOR AT LEAST 1,000 HOURS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A process of producing a phthalocyanine crystal containing N,N-dimethylformamide, comprising:
performing a crystal transformation by milling for at least 1000 hours a mixture of phthalocyanine and the N,N-dimethylformamide,
and

obtaining the phthalocyanine crystal containing N,N-dimethylformamide, wherein
a content of N,N-dimethylformamide in said phthalocyanine crystal is 0.1 to 1.5% by mass based on phthalocyanine in the phthalocyanine
crystal.

US Pat. No. 9,864,331

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:
a casing;
developer contained within the casing;
a photosensitive drum having an axis L1, the photosensitive drum being rotatably supported in the casing to permit rotation about the axis L1;

a drum flange provided at an end of the photosensitive drum; and
a coupling member having an axis L2 and including (i) a first end portion connected to the drum flange, (ii) a second end portion including at least one projection
having a slanted surface with respect to a plane perpendicular to the axis L2, and (iii) a connecting portion connecting the first end portion and the second end portion,

wherein, as measured along a line perpendicular to the axis L2, a maximum distance from the axis L2 to an outermost surface of the connecting portion is shorter than a distance between the axis L2 and the at least one projection, and

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

US Pat. No. 9,857,730

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:
a developer bearing member for bearing developer;
a frame housing the developer;
a stirring member including a sheet-like stirring portion and a rotary shaft to which the sheet-like stirring portion is attached;
and

a first electrode and a second electrode which are used to detect an amount of the developer and which are arranged with an
interval therebetween,

wherein an area between the first electrode and the second electrode in a surface of the frame is positioned below the rotary
shaft of the stirring member and below a lower end of the developer bearing member, and

wherein the sheet-like stirring portion comes into contact with the first electrode, with the second electrode, and with the
area due to rotation of the stirring member.

US Pat. No. 9,857,739

COATING APPARATUS, COATING METHOD, FIXING MEMBER MANUFACTURING APPARATUS, FIXING MEMBER MANUFACTURING METHOD AND FIXING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A coating apparatus configured to coat a peripheral surface of an endless member with a coating liquid, comprising:
a holding member configured to hold the endless member;
a nozzle member configured to eject the coating liquid onto the endless member;
an impregnation member provided at a position lower than a free end of the nozzle member in a gravitational direction and
configured to be impregnated with the coating liquid that is on the endless member, the coating liquid having been ejected
from the nozzle member, through contact with the endless member;

a rotating mechanism configured to rotate the holding member relative to the impregnation member and the nozzle member; and
a moving mechanism configured to move the holding member relative to the impregnation member and the nozzle member in a direction
substantially opposite to the gravitational direction so that the coating liquid is ejected from the nozzle member onto the
endless member in a region where the endless member has already come into contact with the impregnation member.

US Pat. No. 9,858,670

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the information processing apparatus to:
obtain a two-dimensional image obtained by capturing a scene including an object;
obtain parameters indicating a capturing position and capturing orientation of the two-dimensional image;
obtain a three-dimensional shape model representing a three-dimensional shape of the object;
extract three-dimensional geometrical features of the object from the three-dimensional shape model;
extract, from the two-dimensional image, two-dimensional geometrical features corresponding to the three-dimensional geometrical
features;

derive a plane representing a surface of the three-dimensional shape model at a position of each of the three-dimensional
geometrical features;

correct a position and an orientation of each of the three-dimensional geometrical features based on a position and an orientation
of a corresponding two-dimensional geometrical feature, the capturing position and the capturing orientation of the two-dimensional
image, and the plane representing the surface at the position of the three-dimensional geometrical feature; and

output a set of the three-dimensional geometrical features in which respective positions and orientations of the three-dimensional
geometrical features have been corrected, as a corrected three-dimensional shape model.

US Pat. No. 9,854,241

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of decoding a transform unit containing chroma residual samples from a video bitstream, the transform unit containing
a plurality of chroma residual coefficient arrays associated with a single chroma channel in a 4:2:2 chroma format, the method
comprising:
decoding a plurality of coded block flag values from the video bitstream for a single chroma channel of the transform unit,
wherein the transform unit has a plurality of chroma residual coefficient arrays for a single colour channel and each coded
block flag value of the plurality of coded block flag values corresponds to one chroma residual coefficient array of the chroma
residual coefficient arrays;

decoding from the video bitstream each of a plurality of chroma residual coefficient arrays according to a corresponding coded
block flag value of the plurality of coding block flag values;

selecting a square inverse transform for the decoded chroma residual coefficient arrays, the square inverse transform being
selected from a predetermined set of square inverse transforms according to a transform size of the transform unit; and

applying the selected square inverse transform to each of the decoded chroma residual coefficient arrays to produce the chroma
residual samples for the chroma channel of the transform unit.

US Pat. No. 9,853,500

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising: a power supply unit; a first communication unit; a second communication unit; and
a control unit configured to control the power supply apparatus to wirelessly supply power to a power receiving device the
power supply unit, and wirelessly communicate with the power receiving device via the first communication unit; wherein in
a case where the power supply apparatus wirelessly supplying power to the power receiving device via the power supply unit,
the control unit determines, based on capability of the power receiving device, whether the first communication unit operates
in a peer-to-peer initiator mode (P2P mode) or a reader/writer mode, and wherein, in a case where the power supply apparatus
wirelessly communicates with the power receiving device via the first communication unit, the control unit determines, based
on an authentication mode for wireless communication executed by the second communication unit, whether the first communication
unit operates in the P2P mode or the reader/writer mode.

US Pat. No. 9,852,760

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording apparatus that can communicate with an external apparatus, the image recording apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a communication interface,
wherein the processor functions at least as a recording unit, a completion unit, a first input unit, and a transmission unit,
wherein the recording unit is configured to record movie data on at least one recording medium,
wherein the completion unit is configured to complete a movie file based on movie data recorded on the at least one recording
medium by the recording unit,

wherein the first input unit is configured to receive a predetermined instruction for transmitting at least part of movie
data, recorded by the recording unit, to the external apparatus,

wherein the transmission unit is configured to transmit, via the communication interface, at least one of movie files completed
by the completion unit, based on the predetermined instruction, and

wherein, in a case in which the first input unit receives the predetermined instruction while the recording unit is recording
the movie data, the completion unit completes a recorded part of the movie data being recorded, as a movie file, and the transmission
unit automatically transmits the completed movie file via the communication interface.

US Pat. No. 9,843,714

CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire capability information regarding a speed at which an imaging apparatus changes an
imaging range thereof;

a display control unit configured to, if an operation of moving an image for specifying the imaging range within which the
imaging apparatus captures an image is executed, move the image based on the capability information acquired by the acquisition
unit;

a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the imaging apparatus, an instruction for changing the imaging range according
to the operation; and

a specifying unit configured to specify a speed at which the imaging apparatus changes the imaging range according to the
operation,

wherein an input unit inputs a first instruction for changing display of the image by moving a pointer from a first position
to a second position on a display screen of a display unit,

wherein the specifying unit specifies a first speed at which the imaging apparatus changes the imaging range according to
a speed at which the pointer has moved from the first position to the second position, and

wherein the display control unit changes display of the image at a speed corresponding to the first speed specified by the
specifying unit if the first speed is equal to or lower than a second speed corresponding to the capability information acquired
by the acquisition unit, and changes display of the image at a speed corresponding to the second speed if the first speed
is higher than the second speed.

US Pat. No. 9,841,730

FILTER FRAME AND FILTER ASSEMBLY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A frame for sandwiching and holding a filter, the frame comprising:
a first frame portion provided with an opening for permitting passing of air, said first frame portion including a first plate
portion which includes a plurality of sides surrounding the opening of said first frame portion;

a second frame portion provided with an opening for permitting passing of air and configured to hold the filter between itself
and said first frame portion, said second frame portion including a second plate portion which includes a plurality of sides
surrounding the opening of said second frame portion;

a plurality of first tapered projections provided on said first plate portion where the filter is mounted, and configured
to project from said first plate portion so as to be disposed with intervals at an edge portion of said first plate portion,
in a region where the filter is disposed; and

a plurality of second tapered projections provided on said second plate portion where the filter is mounted, and configured
to project from said second plate portion so as to be disposed with intervals at an edge portion of said second plate portion,
in a region where the filter is disposed, wherein at least said first tapered projections are disposed so as to be sandwiched
by said second tapered projections with respect to an arrangement direction of said first tapered portions,

wherein, in a section in a plane perpendicular to the arrangement direction of said first tapered projections, shapes of at
least one of said first tapered projections and said second tapered projections have first sides substantially perpendicular
to a bottom of said at least one of said first tapered projections and said second tapered projections, and second sides inclined
with respect to the bottom of said at least one of said first tapered projections and said second tapered projections, and

wherein said plurality of first tapered projections are formed on all of the plurality of sides included in said first plate
portion, and said plurality of second tapered projections are formed on all of the plurality of sides included in said second
plate portion.

US Pat. No. 9,835,985

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image with a toner, comprising:
a movable member-to-be-cleaned on which the toner is deposited;
a first cleaning unit configured to remove the toner deposited on said member-to-be-cleaned, said first cleaning unit including
a first attracting member, a first rotatable member and a first blade member,

wherein said first attracting member contacts said member-to-be-cleaned while rotating and is supplied with a voltage of a
first polarity to attract the toner deposited on said member-to-be-cleaned,

wherein said first rotatable member contacts said first attracting member to move the toner from said first attracting member
thereto, and

wherein said first blade member contacts said first rotatable member at a first contact portion and scrapes deposited matter
off said first rotatable member with rotation of said first rotatable member, and the toner scraped off by said first blade
member drops by gravitation at a first position;

a second cleaning unit configured to remove the toner deposited on said member-to-be-cleaned, said second cleaning unit including
a second attracting member, a second rotatable member and a second blade member,

wherein said second attracting member contacts said member-to-be-cleaned while rotating and is supplied with a voltage of
a second polarity to attract the toner deposited on said member-to-be-cleaned,

wherein said second rotatable member contacts said second attracting member to move the toner from said second attracting
member thereto, and

wherein said second blade member contacts said second rotatable member at a second contact portion and scrapes deposited matter
off said second rotatable member with rotation of said second rotatable member, and the toner scraped off by said second blade
member drops by gravitation at a second position; and

a feeding member configured to feed the toner dropped from the first position and the second position in a direction of a
rotational axis thereof,

wherein said feeding member rotates around the rotational axis and is provided vertically below the first position and the
second position,

wherein said feeding member is disposed such that vertical lines passing through the first position and the second position
cross said feeding member, and

wherein rotational directions of said first rotatable member and said second rotatable member are opposite to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,833,995

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head for ejecting liquid through at least two ejection ports formed in an ejection port forming member,
a liquid chamber communicating with the ejection ports being formed so as to correspond to the ejection ports, wherein:
the ejection port forming member has grooves so as to sandwich the ejection ports and the liquid chamber, a single one of
the ejection ports being sandwiched between a pair of the grooves,

when assuming that a part of the ejection port forming member forming a ceiling unit of the liquid chamber has a thickness
t, the groove has a depth h and a width s, a width of the liquid chamber in a direction sandwiched by the grooves is denoted
by W, and a width between the liquid chamber and one of the grooves has a thickness L, the following relations are satisfied:

h/t?1.0,

W/L?4.7, and

W/s?0.8.

US Pat. No. 9,834,002

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS, IMPRINT APPARATUS AND PART MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus, comprising:
a head including a discharge port surface on which a discharge port is formed to discharge a liquid;
a first reservoir that stores the liquid to be supplied to the head;
a flexible member, separating an inner space of the first reservoir into a first chamber that stores the liquid and a second
chamber that stores an operation liquid;

a second reservoir communicating with the second chamber, the second reservoir storing the operation liquid to be supplied
to the second chamber, the second reservoir being disposed in such a manner that a liquid surface of the operation liquid
stored in the second reservoir is positioned below the discharge port surface; and

an adjustment unit that performs adjustment in such a manner that a position of the liquid surface of the operation liquid
in the second reservoir is maintained within a predetermined range in a state where the second reservoir is opened to atmosphere.

US Pat. No. 9,823,562

IMPRINT APPARATUS, IMPRINT METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus for forming a pattern in first and second shot regions on a substrate by performing, at each of the
first and second shot regions, imprint processing of forming the pattern of an imprint material on the substrate using a mold,
the apparatus comprising:
a heating unit configured to deform each of the first and second shot regions by heating the substrate; and
a control unit configured to control the heating unit,
wherein the control unit obtains first heating control information for controlling heating of the first shot region by the
heating unit and second heating control information for controlling heating of the second shot region by the heating unit,

wherein the second heating control information is set using the first heating control information so that the second shot
region becomes close to a target shape by deformation of the second shot region by the heating of the first shot region using
the first heating control information and deformation of the second shot region by the heating of the second shot region using
the second heating control information,

wherein the control unit controls heating of the first shot region using the obtained first heating control information and
controls the imprint processing of the first shot region deformed by the heating of the first shot region, and

wherein the control unit controls heating of the second shot region using the obtained second heating control information
and controls the imprint processing of the second shot region deformed by the heating of the first shot region and the heating
of the second shot region.

US Pat. No. 9,825,621

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF REDUCING AMOUNT OF RADIATION NOISE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

4. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a circuit;
a power supply unit which supplies a voltage to said circuit; and
a clock control unit which modulates a clock frequency of a clock to be supplied to said circuit with a modulation range corresponding
to the voltage to be supplied to said circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,821,562

INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET PRINTER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink cartridge mountable to a cartridge mounting portion provided with an ink receiving tube, an electrical connecting
portion and a locking lever, in a mounting direction crossing with a direction of gravity, said ink cartridge comprising:
a casing including an ink accommodating chamber configured to accommodate ink to be supplied to the ink receiving tube, said
casing including a front surface at a leading side with respect to the mounting direction, an upper surface and a bottom surface;

a tube inserting portion into which the ink receiving tube is insertable and which is provided at said front surface in a
position closer to said bottom surface than to said upper surface;

an electrical contact electrically connectable to the electrical connecting portion and provided in a position closer to the
upper surface than said tube inserting portion, said electrical contact including an area crossing with the mounting direction;

an engaging portion provided in a position closer to said electrical contact than to said tube inserting portion, said engaging
portion being engageable with the locking lever to maintain a inserted state in which the ink receiving tube is inserted in
said tube inserting portion and a connected state in which said electrical contact is connected with the electrical connecting
portion;

a substrate provided with said electrical contact;
a tube insertion path provided in said casing to connect said tube inserting portion and said ink accommodating chamber with
each other, an elastic member provided in said tube insertion path and elastically deformable with insertion of said ink receiving
tube into said tube insertion path;

an air vent path provided on said casing and configured to introduce ambient air into said ink accommodating chamber, said
air vent path having one end portion provided with an air vent and the other end portion connected with said ink accommodating
chamber, and a sealing film sealing said air vent, said sealing film being unsealable by an unsealing pin provided on said
cartridge mounting portion; and

a positioning portion engageable with a positioning member provided in the cartridge mounting portion to limit movement of
said casing in a direction perpendicular to the mounting direction, said positioning portion being provided in a position
closer to the upper surface than said tube inserting portion and closer to said bottom surface than said electrical contact.

US Pat. No. 9,823,360

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging area in which a plurality of imaging pixels for obtaining a radiation image are arranged to form a plurality of
rows and a plurality of columns, each of the plurality of imaging pixels including a first conversion element configured to
convert radiation into an electrical signal, and a first switch;

a plurality of first driving lines for driving the first switches of the plurality of imaging pixels;
a plurality of column signal lines arranged to respectively correspond to the plurality of columns such that signals are read
out from the plurality of imaging pixels;

a plurality of detecting pixels each arranged in a position which is specified by a row of the plurality of rows and a column
of the plurality of columns, the detecting pixel being used for at least one of (a) detecting start of irradiation of radiation
and (b) monitoring irradiation amount of radiation, and each of the plurality of detecting pixels including a second conversion
element configured to convert radiation into an electrical signal, and a second switch;

a plurality of second driving lines which are different from the plurality of first driving lines, wherein at least one of
the plurality of second driving lines is supplied with a signal including, in a period during which radiation is irradiated,
a level for turning on the second switch and a level for turning off the second switch; and

a plurality of detection signal lines which are different from the plurality of column signal lines, each of the plurality
of detection signal lines corresponding to at least one of to the plurality of detecting pixels,

wherein each of the first switches is electrically connected to a corresponding first conversion element and a corresponding
column signal line among the plurality of column signal lines, and is not electrically connected to the detection signal line,
and wherein each of the plurality of second switches has a control terminal connected to a corresponding second driving line
of the plurality of second driving lines, each of the second switches is electrically connected to a corresponding second
conversion element and a corresponding detection signal line of the plurality of detection signal lines and is not electrically
connected to the plurality of column signal lines.

US Pat. No. 9,823,616

IMAGE HEATING UNIT HAVING AN ELECTRICAL SUBSTRATE MOUNTED ON A SURFACE OF AN OUTERMOST WALL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating unit detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus, the image heating unit comprising:
a pair of rotatable members configured to form a nip for heating a toner image formed on a recording material;
an outermost wall positioned outside said rotatable members; and
an electrical substrate including a storing element, wherein said electrical substrate is mounted on an outer surface of said
outermost wall so that said storing element faces an outer surface of said outermost wall, with a predetermined gap being
provided between said storing element and said outermost wall.

US Pat. No. 9,823,361

RADIATION IMAGING CONTROL APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM AND RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a radiation imaging unit configured to perform imaging of an object using radiation;
a command communication control unit configured to perform command communication regarding the imaging with the radiation
imaging unit; and

an emergency imaging shift unit configured to shift a state of the radiation imaging unit to a state for performing emergency
imaging via communication different from the command communication by the command communication control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,823,621

PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER CARTRIDGE AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photosensitive member cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus for forming an
image on a sheet, said photosensitive member cartridge comprising:
a frame including a first side wall, a second side wall, and a bottom wall;
a photosensitive member on which a latent image is to be formed and which is provided in said frame;
a transfer member configured to transfer an image formed on said photosensitive member onto the sheet;
a mounting portion configured to detachably mount a developing cartridge including a developer carrying member configured
to supply the developer onto said photosensitive member and memory means configured to store information;

a first electrical contact portion provided on said frame and electrically connectable with a main assembly electrical contact
portion provided in the main assembly when said photosensitive member cartridge is mounted to the main assembly; and

a second electrical contact portion provided on said frame and configured to electrically connect said memory means and said
first electrical contact portion with each other when said developing cartridge is mounted to said mounting portion,

wherein said first side wall is provided at one end portion of said frame in a longitudinal direction of said photosensitive
member and said second side wall is provided at the other end portion of said frame in the longitudinal direction, and

wherein said first electrical contact is provided on said first side wall, and said second electrical contact is provided
at a position closer to said first side wall than to said second side wall with respect to the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 9,818,050

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT DETECTS OVERLAP OF COLOR MATERIAL, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material by applying a plurality of color materials to the
recording material in accordance with an image forming condition, the apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine, for each first region of a first size, first values each relating to a surface
area colored by a respective color material caused to adhere to a recording material based on converted data that are converted
from image data corresponding to each image formed by the plurality of color materials, wherein the first region includes
a plurality of pixels;

a detection unit configured to detect an overlap of color materials for a second region of a second size larger than the first
size based on the first values of a plurality of first regions included in the second region; and

a control unit configured to control the image forming condition by which the plurality of color materials are formed into
an image on the recording material, the image forming condition being controlled in accordance with the detected overlap of
color materials.

US Pat. No. 9,817,327

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a binder resin, a colorant, and a compound represented by the following general formula [1]:
(in the formula, R1 to R8 each independently represent a group selected from the hydrogen atom, fluorine atom, bromine atom, iodine atom, hydroxy group,
acetyl group, aldehyde group, C1 to C6 hydrocarbon groups, and amino group; X represents a group selected from the oxygen atom, sulfur atom, carbonyl group, and
—CR9R10—; and R9 and R10 each independently represent a group selected from the hydrogen atom, bromine atom, C1 to C3 hydroxyalkyl groups, hydroxy group, phenyl group, and C1 to C6 hydrocarbon groups).

US Pat. No. 9,817,331

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image based on input image data, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a charging unit configured to charge the photosensitive member;
a light irradiating unit configured to irradiate the photosensitive member charged by the charging unit with light;
a developing unit configured to develop an electrostatic latent image with toner, the electrostatic latent image being formed
on the photosensitive member by the light irradiating unit irradiating the photosensitive member;

a processing unit configured to generate a plural-bit density data indicating a density based on the input image data, configured
to generate processing data by correcting the plural-bit density data based on correction data stored in a storage unit, configured
to convert the processing data into a plural-bit binary drive data corresponding to a value of the processing data, and configured
to serially output the plural-bit binary drive data bit by bit to generate a drive signal; and

a drive unit configured to drive the light irradiating unit based on the drive signal generated by the processing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,817,338

CARTRIDGE AND UNIT WITH PORT FOR INJECTION MOLDING RESIN MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus, said cartridge comprising:
a cartridge frame formed of a resin material; and
a resin member molded on said cartridge frame by injection molding of a second resin material,
wherein the cartridge frame includes (i) a first surface to which a metal mold for forming the resin member is contacted,
(ii) a second surface that includes a resin material inlet port and is arranged opposed to the first surface, and (iii) a
passage extending in a straight path from said resin material inlet port to the metal mold for the second resin material through
said cartridge frame.

US Pat. No. 9,817,343

FIXING APPARATUS HAVING FILM, HEATER, AND SHIELDING MEMBER HAVING A CUTOUT AND MOVABLE BETWEEN A FIRST POSITION AND A SECOND POSITION SO THAT RADIANT LIGHT EMITTED THROUGH THE CUTOUT HEATS THE FILM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus for fixing a toner image onto a recording material while conveying the recording material bearing the
toner image at a nip portion, the fixing apparatus comprising:
a cylindrical film;
a nip portion forming member in contact with an inner surface of the film;
a pressure member configured to form the nip portion with the nip portion forming member through the film;
a heater having a long narrow shape along a longitudinal direction of the film, configured to heat the film by emitting a
radiant light, the heater being arranged in a hollow portion of the film;

a first shielding member configured to shield the nip portion forming member from the radiant light emitted by the heater,
the first shielding member being arranged between the nip portion forming member and the heater; and

a second shielding member having a cutout, configured to be rotatable around the heater between a first position and a second
position, the first position being at an opposite side to the heater across the first shielding member when viewed in a longitudinal
direction of the heater, the second position being different from the first position in a rotating direction of the film when
viewed in the longitudinal direction of the heater so that the radiant light passing through the cutout of the second shielding
member heats the film,

wherein, when the second shielding member is positioned at the second position, a longitudinal width of a region of the film
receiving the radiant light through the cutout is smaller than a longitudinal width of a region receiving the radiant light
not through the cutout when the second shielding member is positioned at the first position.

US Pat. No. 9,817,351

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion capable of forming an image on a recording medium;
an operation portion for performing an operation of the image forming apparatus;
a first push button which is arranged in a surface of the operation portion, and with which a signal of stopping an image
forming action performed by the image forming portion is input;

a second push button which is arranged in the surface of the operation portion, and with which information relating to numerals
is input; and

a receiving portion provided in the operation portion so as to be able to receive a radio signal from a communication component
by placing the communication component transmitting the radio signal so as to face the receiving portion,

wherein at least a central portion of the first push button is located at a position recessed from the surface of the operation
portion,

wherein a central portion of the second push button is higher than the central portion of the first push button in a direction
of protruding from the surface of the operation portion,

wherein the central portion of the second push button is located at a position protruding more than the surface of the operation
portion, and

wherein a portion of the surface of the operation portion in which the first push button is arranged and a portion of the
surface of the operation portion in which the second push button is arranged are at a same level.

US Pat. No. 9,817,355

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of holding units configured to hold a sheet;
an execution unit configured to execute a job for printing an image on a plurality of sheets;
a selection unit configured to select a holding unit as a feeding source of a sheet to be used for printing from among the
plurality of holding units based on a size of the sheet to be printed on the sheet;

a printing unit configured to print the image on the sheet fed from the holding unit selected by the selection unit;
a first binding unit configured to bind a sheet using a staple;
a second binding unit configured to bind a sheet without using a staple; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where a sheet is set to be bound by the first binding unit, permit a holding unit
that holds a predetermined type of sheet to be selected by the selection unit, and in a case where a sheet is set to be bound
by the second binding unit, not permit the holding unit that holds the predetermined type of sheet to be selected by the selection
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,817,614

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of controlling an information processing apparatus for executing a program including a first program layer, described
by an operating system independent (OS-independent) program language, and a second program layer, described by an OS-dependent
program language, wherein the first program layer uses image data of a first format, the second program layer uses image data
of a second format different from the first format, and both the first and second program layers are executed in the information
processing apparatus, the method comprising:
causing the first program layer to transmit a selection instruction of image data to the second program layer;
causing the second program layer to convert the image data of the second format, which is selected in accordance with the
selection instruction transmitted from the first program layer, into image data of the first format;

causing the second program layer to transmit the image data of the first format to the first program layer, wherein the image
data of the first format to be transmitted to the first program layer is reduced in size for display;

adding an object;
describing content including the image data of the first format and the added object by an OS-independent drawing language;
causing the second program layer to execute rendering processing of the content described by the OS-independent drawing language
in accordance with a request from the first program layer; and

transmitting a print command based on an execution result of the rendering processing of the content, to a printer.

US Pat. No. 9,802,344

INJECTION MOLDING RESIN GEAR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An injection molding resin gear for an image forming apparatus, the injection molding resin gear comprising:
a tooth portion having teeth and a rim, wherein the teeth have a tooth plane and are formed on an outer peripheral portion
of the rim to extend towards an addendum circle;

a shaft supporting portion formed around a shaft center of rotation; and
a web that connects the tooth portion and the shaft supporting portion and includes a plurality of concave/convex portions,
wherein each concave/convex portion includes a concave portion formed on a first surface, a convex portion formed on a second
surface at a position corresponding to the concave portion, and a thinned portion orientated in a radial direction that passes
through a concave/convex portion rotation center of the concave/convex portion, and

wherein one of the concave portions and the convex portions include a gate point as a point of resin entry into the injection
molding resin gear,

whereby an accuracy of the tooth plane is increased due to a thickness of the thinned portion causing resistance of resin
flow from the gate point to the tooth portion and delay of resin filling in the radial direction relative to resin filling
in a circumferential direction that is at a right angle with respect to the radial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,807,264

INFORMATION-PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION-PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM, PORTABLE TERMINAL, AND INFORMATION-PROCESSING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system comprising:
a printing apparatus; and
a portable terminal on which a plurality of applications are installed,
wherein the printing apparatus comprises,
a display,
an NFC tag, and
a writing unit configured to write, in the NFC tag, application information corresponding to a screen that the display is
displaying, wherein the application information is for causing the portion terminal to activate a predetermined application,

wherein the portable terminal comprises,
an acquisition unit configured to acquire the application information from the NFC tag, and
an activation unit configured to selected, from the plurality of applications, an application corresponding to the application
information acquired by the acquisition unit and automatically activate the selected application, and

wherein, in a case where the screen that the display is displaying is changed, the writing unit writes, in the NFC tag, application
information corresponding to the changed screen.

US Pat. No. 9,794,463

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

11. A control method for obtaining a captured image from an image capturing apparatus and controlling 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 which are designated
on the captured image displayed on the display unit;

controlling the display unit to display, 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,
a predetermined image including at least a part of the region on a portion that has exceeded the range while holding the region;
and

outputting a command for obtaining a captured image corresponding to the region displayed and controlled in the controlling.

US Pat. No. 9,785,864

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method, the method comprising:
a first process of generating a first pyramid by hierarchizing a plurality of template images having different resolutions
from each other in an order of resolution;

a second process of generating a second pyramid by hierarchizing a plurality of search target images having different resolutions
from each other corresponding to the same resolutions of the template images in the first pyramid in the order of resolution;
and

a search process of performing search processing for searching for a feature image included in each of the template images
in the first pyramid from the corresponding search target image of the same resolution in the second pyramid,

wherein the first process includes setting a number of stages of the first pyramid in a manner that a size of the feature
image included in each of the template images in the first pyramid is not smaller than a previously set threshold,

wherein the first process includes generating a plurality of template image candidates having different resolutions from each
other and setting a template image candidate of the plurality of template image candidates including a feature image having
a size larger than or equal to the threshold as a template image constituting the first pyramid,

wherein the feature image included in the template image candidate includes a contour set constituted by one or more contours
extracted from an original reference image, and

wherein the size of the feature image included in the template image candidate is a size of the contour set.

US Pat. No. 9,785,095

ROLLER MEMBER, SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A conveyance unit configured to be removably attached to a rotatable shaft, the conveyance unit comprising:
an elastically deformable endless belt configured to convey a sheet; and
a holding unit holding the endless belt, the holding unit including:
a first holding portion being in contact with an inner circumferential surface of the endless belt;
a second holding portion being in contact with an outer circumferential surface of the endless belt and movable with respect
to the first holding portion; and

an engage portion configured to engage with an engaged portion supported on the rotatable shaft,
wherein the second holding portion includes a first surface abutting with the rotatable shaft in a state in which the engage
portion is engaged with the engaged portion, and a second surface abutting with the rotatable shaft at a position different
from the first surface in a rotation direction of the rotatable shaft in the state in which the engage portion is engaged
with the engaged portion,

wherein the second holding portion is moved, with respect to the first holding portion, in response to a disengagement of
the engage portion from the engaged portion, by resilient force of the endless belt in a state in which the second holding
portion is in contact with the outer circumferential surface of the endless belt and in which the second surface abuts with
the rotatable shaft in a state in which the first surface is separated from the rotatable shaft, and

wherein the second holding portion is configured to be held between the rotatable shaft and the outer circumferential surface
of the endless belt in the state in which the engage portion is engaged with the engaged portion, and to be separated from
the rotatable shaft in a state in which the engage portion is disengaged from the engaged portion.

US Pat. No. 9,784,641

LENS ARRAY, WAVEFRONT SENSOR, WAVEFRONT MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, SHAPE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, ABERRATION MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, MANUFACTURING METHOD OF OPTICAL ELEMENT, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF OPTICAL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens array, comprising:
a plurality of lenses configured to form a plurality of light spots by collecting test light that has been divided,
wherein each lens has
a lens member, and
a light shielding member provided corresponding to an inner region of the lens member including a perimeter edge portion thereof,
the light shielding member shielding a part of the light and transmitting a part of the light,

and wherein the light shielding member is formed to satisfy the following expression
where p represents a layout pitch of the lenses, ? represents a wavelength of the test light, f represents a focal length
of the lenses, i represents an imaginary unit, N is an integer equal to or larger than 2, j is an integer from 2 to N, and
?1 is an absolute value of an electric field transmission coefficient at the perimeter edge portion of each lens, the absolute
value of the electric field transmission coefficient ?1 increasing in a stepped manner from the perimeter edge portion of each lens toward the inner side thereof by an amount of
change ?j, at a position that is a distance ?j inwards from the perimeter edge portion of each lens.
US Pat. No. 9,785,070

MAGNETIC CARRIER, TWO-COMPONENT DEVELOPER, REPLENISHMENT DEVELOPER, AND IMAGE FORMATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magnetic carrier comprising:
a magnetic material-dispersed resin carrier core material; and
a resin coating layer on the surface of the magnetic material-dispersed resin carrier core material,
wherein the magnetic material-dispersed resin carrier core material contains a core material particle containing a magnetic
material and a binder resin, and a primer compound having an amino group,

the resin coating layer contains a coating resin A, which is a polymer of monomers including at least a (meth)acrylic acid
ester having an alicyclic hydrocarbon group,

the content of the primer compound in the magnetic material-dispersed resin carrier core material is from 0.10 parts by mass
to 0.90 parts by mass with respect to 100 parts by mass of the core material particle, and

the content of the resin coating layer is from 0.5 parts by mass to 5.0 parts by mass with respect to 100 parts by mass of
the magnetic material-dispersed resin carrier core material.

US Pat. No. 9,785,071

TONER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle having a core-shell structure that contains a core and a shell on the core, wherein
the core comprises an amorphous resin A and a crystalline resin,
the shell comprises an amorphous resin B,
the amorphous resin A comprises a styrene-acrylic resin,
a content of the styrene-acrylic resin is at least 50% by mass based on the total mass of the amorphous resin A,
a degree of compatibility A between the amorphous resin A and the crystalline resin, calculated with the following formula
(X), is at least 50% and not more than 100%

degree of compatibility A (%)=100?(100×?H(A))/(?H(C)×C/100)  (X), and

a degree of compatibility B between the amorphous resin B and the crystalline resin, calculated with the following formula
(Y), is at least 0% and not more than 40%

degree of compatibility B (%)=100?(100×?H(B))/(?H(C)×D/100)  (Y),
wherein, in formulae (X) and (Y),
?H(A) represents an exothermic quantity (J/g) of an exothermic peak of a resin mixture A in differential scanning calorimetric
analysis, the resin mixture A consisting of the amorphous resin A and the crystalline resin,

?H(C) represents an exothermic quantity (J/g) of an exothermic peak of the crystalline resin in differential scanning calorimetric
analysis,

C represents a mass ratio (%) of the crystalline resin in the resin mixture A,
?H(B) represents an exothermic quantity (J/g) of an exothermic peak of a resin mixture B in differential scanning calorimetric
analysis, the resin mixture B consisting of the amorphous resin B and the crystalline resin, and

D represents a mass ratio (%) of the crystalline resin in the resin mixture B.

US Pat. No. 9,776,449

POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM INCLUDING THE POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A post-processing apparatus comprising:
a post-processing unit configured to perform predetermined post-processing on a sheet;
a moving unit configured to move the post-processing unit to a first processing position where first processing is performed
or to a second processing position where second processing is performed, wherein in the first processing, the predetermined
post-processing is performed on a sheet which is conveyed from an image forming apparatus, and in the second processing, the
predetermined post-processing is performed on a sheet which is manually inserted; and

a control unit configured to control the post-processing unit to start moving after a difference in time between a first time
period and a second time period is elapsed in a case where the first time period, which is a time period to next execution
of the predetermined post-processing in the first processing, is greater than the second time period, which is a time period
for the post-processing unit to move to the first processing position.

US Pat. No. 9,781,088

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing
apparatus to:

display an authentication screen based on HTML data received from a Web server;
manage authentication information inputted via the authentication screen;
set identification information of the authentication screen in a case where a title of the authentication screen does not
exist; and

control to, upon a display of the managed authentication information, in a case where an address of the HTML data is set to
be displayed as the identification information of the authentication screen, display the address of the HTML data in a case
where the title of the authentication screen does not exist, and in a case where the address of the HTML data is not set to
be displayed as the identification information of the authentication screen, display a predetermined character string in a
case where the title of the authentication screen does not exist.

US Pat. No. 9,781,116

AUTHORITY TRANSFER SYSTEM, METHOD THAT IS EXECUTED BY AUTHORITY TRANSFER SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An authority transfer system, which includes a terminal, a server that provides a service via a network, and a client that
uses the service, the authority transfer system comprising:
an authentication unit configured to determine, based on authentication information input by a user via an authentication
screen displayed on the terminal, whether the user is an authorized user;

an issuance unit configured to, in a case where the user determined by the authentication unit to be an authorized user has
performed, via an authorization screen displayed on the terminal, an authorization operation to permit an authority of the
user in the service to be transferred to the client provided in the terminal, issue authorization information indicating that
the authority of the user has been transferred to the client;

an authorization unit configured to authorize the client to use the service by the authority of the user based on the authorization
information, which the terminal transmits to the client when the client makes a request to use the service; and

a checking unit configured to check with the user whether to perform, on a tenant to which the user who has been determined
by the authentication unit to be an authorized user belongs, a setting such that, when an additional user belonging to the
tenant uses the service via the client provided in the terminal, the authorization information corresponding to the client
is issued without the additional user performing the authorization operation,

wherein, in response to the user performing the setting such that, when an additional user belonging to the tenant uses the
service via the client provided in the terminal, the authorization information is issued without the additional user performing
the authorization operation, the authorization unit authorizes the additional user to use the service without performing the
authorization operation when the additional user uses the service via the client provided in the terminal

wherein in a case where the terminal that the user uses is not a terminal in which common setting has been set, the checking
unit checks with the user whether to perform, on the user who has been determined by the authentication unit to be an authorized
user, a setting such that, when the user uses the service via a client provided in an additional terminal, the authorization
information corresponding to the client provided in the additional terminal is issued without the user performing the authorization
operation.

US Pat. No. 9,781,373

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor that includes a plurality of micro-lenses, wherein the image sensor outputs signals from which parallax images
of first image signal and second image signal are obtained; and

a calculation unit configured to calculate first correlation data based on the first image signal and the second image signal,
and second correlation data by combining a plurality of the first correlation data,

wherein a defective signal among the first image signal and the second image signal that is not appropriate for generating
the first correlation data is excluded upon calculating the second correlation data.

US Pat. No. 9,781,374

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS, PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION SYSTEM, AND DRIVING METHOD FOR THE PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit;
a signal line;
a reset unit having an input node, and an output node connected to a floating diffusion node;
a driving unit connected to the floating diffusion node;
an amplification unit having an input node, and an output node connected to the signal line; and
an output control unit, wherein the photoelectric conversion unit includes a first electrode, a second electrode, a photoelectric
conversion layer that is arranged between the first electrode and the second electrode and accumulates signal carriers, and
an insulating layer arranged between the photoelectric conversion layer and the second electrode,

a magnitude relationship between a potential applied to the first electrode and a first potential applied to the second electrode
by the driving unit is a first relationship in a first period,

in the first period, the input node is supplied with a potential corresponding to the first potential, and the amplification
unit outputs a signal corresponding to the potential of the input node, to the signal line,

in a second period, the magnitude relationship is in a second relationship that is opposite of the first relationship by changing
a potential applied to the second electrode by the driving unit from the first potential to a second potential,

in a third period, during which the amplification unit outputs a signal corresponding to a potential of the input node, the
potential of the input node corresponds to the signal carriers accumulated by the photoelectric conversion layer during the
third period, the magnitude relationship is in the first relationship, the second period is a period between the first period
and the third period, and

the output control unit sets a potential range of the output node in the second period to be smaller than each of a potential
range of the output node in the first period and a potential range of the output node in the third period, or the output control
unit puts the amplification unit into a non-operating state in at least a part of the second period.