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. 9,959,482

CLASSIFYING METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM, INSPECTION METHOD, AND INSPECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A classifying method of classifying an article into one of a plurality of groups based on an evaluation value for an image of the article, the method comprising:a creating step of creating, based on sample images, which are images of a plurality of samples each of which has already been classified into one of the plurality of groups, a list of at least one image feature estimated to have been used to classify each sample;
a determining step of determining an evaluation method for obtaining the evaluation value, the evaluation method using a feature amount of the at least one image feature included in the list as a parameter;
a first obtaining step of obtaining evaluation values for the sample images by the determined evaluation method;
a changing step of changing the evaluation method by changing in the list, so that an evaluation value of at least one sample image having a singular evaluation value among the sample images is changed, and a degree of dissimilarity in an evaluation value range for sample images between the plurality of groups is increased; and
a second obtaining step of obtaining the evaluation value for the image of the article based on the changed evaluation method, and classifying the article into one of the plurality of groups based on the obtained evaluation value for the image of the article.

US Pat. No. 9,961,280

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image by using a terahertz wave, comprising:a plurality of pixels, each having an antenna and a Schottky barrier diode connected with the antenna;
a plurality of switches connected to each of the plurality of pixels;
a signal generating unit configured to generate a signal having a predetermined period; and
a transmission line configured to transmit the signal having the predetermined period to each of the plurality of pixels,
wherein:
each of the plurality of pixels is further connected to a scanning line for reading out a signal from the corresponding pixel through a corresponding switch among the plurality of switches, and
each of the plurality of pixels has a frequency converting element configured to convert a frequency of a detection signal of the Schottky barrier diode, using the signal having the predetermined period.

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. 9,959,491

COLOR CONVERSION IN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a processor and a memory storing computer code that, when executed by the processor, causes the image processing apparatus to:
obtain a first signal that is a signal in a uniform color space by converting a signal corresponding to a predetermined color of an input image signal;
obtain a second signal that is a signal in a uniform color space by converting a signal corresponding to the predetermined color of a signal in a color space used by the image processing apparatus;
decide a grid point coordinate value on a lookup table that corresponds to the predetermined color;
associate a signal of the predetermined color in the uniform color space that is obtained as the first signal, with the decided grid point coordinate value, and based on the association calculate a first matrix for converting each signal in the uniform color space into a grid point coordinate value;
associate the signal of the predetermined color in the uniform color space that is obtained as the second signal, with the decided grid point coordinate value, and based on the association calculate a second matrix for converting each grid point coordinate value into a signal in the uniform color space;
generate a lookup table for converting each grid point coordinate value into a signal in the color space used by the image processing apparatus by using the second matrix and color space information for converting a signal in the uniform color space into a signal in the color space used by the image processing apparatus; and
convert the input image signal into the signal in the color space used by the image processing apparatus by using the first matrix and the lookup table, to print the converted input image signal.

US Pat. No. 9,958,259

DEPTH VALUE MEASUREMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for measuring a depth value of an object, the method comprising:illuminating the object with a luminaire comprising at least three or more spaced-apart pixel-layers including a first pixel-layer, a second pixel-layer and a third pixel-layer, each pixel-layer including a rectangular array of pixels;
capturing one or more images of the object illuminated by the pixel-layers of the luminaire; and
determining the depth value of a point on the surface of the object based on the one or more captured images,
wherein the spaced-apart pixel-layers of the luminaire are grouped into at least a front group and a back group, and wherein the front group is separated from the back group by a distance that is relatively large as compared to a distance by which the spaced-apart pixel-layers within any one group are separated.

US Pat. No. 9,958,026

DAMPING STRUCTURE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A damping structure comprising:a first frame including a first plate;
a driving motor provided on the first plate of the first frame;
a second frame provided at a position facing the first frame and including a second plate opposite to the first plate, the second frame being configured to support the first frame in such a manner that a gap is provided between the first and second plates;
a projecting portion provided in the gap and configured to project from one plate toward the other plate of the first and second plates;
a press member provided at a tip of the projecting portion and whose area is larger than an area of an end surface of the tip of the projecting portion; and
a damping member provided on the press member so as to be compressively held between the press member and the other plate, the damping member (i) having a rigidity lower than rigidities of the first frame, second frame, and the projecting portion and (ii) having a loss factor, measured by a mechanical impedance method in the state being compressed between the press member and the other plate, of 0.05 or more.

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. 9,961,235

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD IN WHICH COLOR AND MONOCHROME IMAGES ARE DISTINGUISHED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a controlling portion having a processor which executes instructions stored in a memory or having a circuitry, the controlling portion being configured to:
obtain an image including a plurality of blocks, each of the blocks including a plurality of pixels;
first determine whether each of the blocks is a color block or a monochrome block; and
second determine whether the image is a color image or a monochrome image by comparing an arrangement of the determination result of color block and monochrome block with a predetermined pattern including at least color.

US Pat. No. 9,955,111

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

17. A display control method comprising:acquiring each of a plurality of pieces of refocusable image data in which a corresponding focus position being an in-focus position in a depth direction is changeable after image capturing, and a plurality of pieces of data each of which is added to a different one of the plurality of pieces of refocusable image data and associated with a position in the depth direction;
identifying a group to which at least one of the plurality of pieces of added data acquired by the acquiring belongs;
generating, from the plurality of pieces of refocusable image data associated with the one or more pieces of added data belonging to the identified group, each of a plurality of refocused images with the corresponding focus position set to a position associated with the one or more pieces of added data belonging to the group; and
displaying the plurality of refocused images on a screen.

US Pat. No. 9,955,128

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a first image sensor which has a plurality of color filters, each corresponding to each of rays of light having wavelengths different from each other; and
a CPU which synthesizes signals corresponding to the plurality of color filters, at predetermined ratios, respectively, wherein
a focus position, in a first region of the first image sensor, for rays of light corresponding to the plurality of color filters is different from a focus position, in a second region of the first image sensor, for rays of light corresponding to the plurality of color filters, and
the CPU changes the predetermined ratios, into different values in the first region and in the second region, according to the focus position for the rays of light corresponding to each of the plurality of color filters.

US Pat. No. 9,953,625

ELECTROSTATIC CAPACITANCE TRANSDUCER, PROBE, AND SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrostatic capacitance transducer, comprising:a plurality of elements, each of the elements having a cell including
a first electrode, and
a vibrating film including a second electrode, formed across a gap from the first electrode;
a first flexible printed circuit having a plurality of first lines; and
a second flexible printed circuit having a plurality of second lines;
wherein a part of the plurality of elements are grouped into a first element group, each one of the elements of the first element group being electrically connected to a different one of the first lines;
wherein a part of the plurality of elements other than the first element group are grouped into a second element group, each one of the elements of the second element group being electrically connected to a different one of the second lines; and
wherein the intervals between adjacent lines in at least part of the plurality of first and second lines are wider at an opposite side from a connection side where the lines have been connected to the plurality of elements, than at the connection side, and
wherein a length of the first flexible print circuit concerning a direction of the first line is substantially equal to a length of the second flexible print circuit concerning a direction of the second lines.

US Pat. No. 9,950,438

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:a puncher configured to punch holes in a first sheet conveyed from one of a plurality of sheet storing units;
a discharge roller configured to discharge the first sheet having the holes punched by the puncher and a second sheet conveyed from other of the plurality of sheet storing unit, the second sheet being a pre-punched sheet;
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the sheet processing apparatus to:
acquire a number of holes of the second sheet;
acquire a number of holes of the first sheet to be punched by the puncher;
determine whether the acquired number of holes of the second sheet coincides with the acquired number of holes of the first sheet to be punched; and
display a predetermined warning in a case where it is determined that the acquired number of holes of the second sheet does not coincide with the acquired number of holes of the first sheet to be punched.

US Pat. No. 9,943,961

APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the apparatus to:
hold data related to a worker;
obtain measurement data, which includes an image containing a face of the worker, for recognizing the worker;
recognize the worker based on the data related to the worker and the measurement data;
determine work information about work which the worker and a robot perform on a target object together, corresponding to the recognized worker, based on attribute information which includes a physical feature of the recognized worker's body and an operating motion of work performed in the past by the recognized worker; and
control at least one of a position, orientation, and path of the robot based on the work information to reduce a change in an orientation of the worker when the worker and the robot perform the work on the target object together.

US Pat. No. 9,946,056

ILLUMINATION OPTICAL SYSTEM, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An illumination optical system that illuminates a target illumination region by using light emitted from a discharge lamp, comprising:a condensing mirror configured to condense the light emitted from the discharge lamp;
an internal reflection optical integrator which has a polygonal cross-sectional shape and is arranged on an optical path from the condensing mirror to the target illumination region;
an imaging optical system configured to form an image on the target illumination region, the imaging optical system having an object plane at an exit end plane of the internal reflection optical integrator;
a power supply cable connected to an electrode of the discharge lamp so as to cross an optical path directed from the condensing mirror to the internal reflection optical integrator, and
a cooling nozzle configured to cool the discharge lamp,
wherein the power supply cable is arranged so that a shadow of the power supply cable is neither parallel nor perpendicular to each side of the polygon of an entrance plane of the internal reflection optical integrator, and
wherein the cooling nozzle is arranged so that a shadow of the cooling nozzle is at least one of 90° and 180° with respect to the shadow of the power supply cable on the entrance plane of the internal reflection optical integrator.

US Pat. No. 9,942,550

IMAGE ENCODING DEVICE, IMAGE ENCODING METHOD AND PROGRAM, IMAGE DECODING DEVICE, AND IMAGE DECODING METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image encoding device comprising:an input unit configured to input a luminance signal with a first bit depth of an image and a chrominance signal with a second bit depth of the image where the second bit depth is different from the first bit depth;
a first determining unit configured to determine a luminance quantization parameter used to quantize the input luminance signal;
a second determining unit configured to determine a chrominance quantization parameter used to quantize the input chrominance signal, the chrominance quantization parameter being a value within a range depending on a difference between the first bit depth and the second bit depth; and
a quantizing unit configured to quantize the input luminance signal by the luminance quantization parameter, and to quantize the input chrominance signal by the chrominance quantization parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,942,301

INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing terminal comprising:a memory storing instructions for operation of a web browser, the web browser having a function to save data relating to a web site into a storage area of the information processing terminal for the web browser; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the information processing terminal to:
control display of a first confirmation screen, the first confirmation screen being for confirming whether to permit securing of an area of a particular size for saving data therein, according to a request from the web site;
secure, in a case where permitting is confirmed via the first confirmation screen, the area of the particular size using a FileSystem Application Programming Interface (API) supported by the web browser;
save the data relating to the web site into the secured area, wherein the saved data in the area secured using the FileSystem API is different from cookie data, WebStorage data and IndexedDataBase (indexedDB) data;
detect a movement from the web site on the web browser;
control, on the web browser, display of a second confirmation screen for confirming whether to delete the data relating to the web site, in a case where a movement from the web site is detected;
delete, in a case where deleting is confirmed via the second confirmation screen, data which has been saved for the web site into the area secured using the FileSystem API, wherein the deleted data is data for which a persistent type is specified as a storage type; and
release the secured area for the web site,
wherein at least in one of cases where a uniform resource locator (URL) of a web site different from the web site is specified, where a tab of the web site is closed on the web browser, and where the web browser is closed, a movement from the web site is detected.

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. 9,939,746

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member comprising:an electroconductive substrate; and
an electroconductive surface layer containing:
an electroconductivity imparting agent; and
a bound polyrotaxane of which a first polyrotaxane and a second polyrotaxane are crosslinked,
the first polyrotaxane molecule including first cyclic molecules each of which has at least one hydroxy group, and a first linear-chain molecule threaded through the first cyclic molecules, the first linear-chain molecule including two blocking groups at both ends thereof so as to prevent the first cyclic molecules from being dissociated from the first linear-chain molecule,
the second polyrotaxane molecule including a-second-cyclic molecules each of which has at least one hydroxy group, and a second linear-chain molecule threaded through the second cyclic molecules, the second linear-chain molecule including two blocking group at both ends thereof so as to prevent the second cyclic molecules from being dissociated from the second linear-chain molecule,
each of the first cyclic molecules being bound to each of the second cyclic molecules with a linkage which binds an oxygen atom derived from the hydroxy group in each of the first cyclic molecules, and
an oxygen atom derived from the hydroxy group in each of the second cyclic molecules,
the linkage having structures at both ends adjacent to the respective oxygen atoms, wherein
each of the structures is selected from the group consisting of structures represented by formulae (2) to (7):

wherein
in structural formula (2), R3 represents a hydrogen atom or a methyl group, and n1 and n2 each represent an integer of 1 to 4,
in structural formula (3), m represents 0 or 1,
in structural formula (5), p1 and p2 each represent 0 or 1,
in structural formula (6), q1 represents 0 or 1, and
in structural formula (7), R4 represents a hydrocarbon group having a carbon number of 5 to 47 or an alkyl group having a polyether structure and a total carbon number of 5 to 47, and R5 represent a hydrogen atom or a methyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,939,754

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CORRECTS A WIDTH OF A FINE LINE, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an obtaining unit that obtains image data;
an identification unit that identifies a fine line part in the image data;
a correction unit that corrects a density value of the fine line part and a density value of a non-fine line part adjacent to the fine line part;
an exposure unit that exposes a photosensitive member based on the image data in which the density values of the fine line part and the non-fine line part have been corrected,
wherein an exposure spot corresponding to the fine line part and an exposure spot corresponding to the non-fine line part are overlapped with each other, and a combined potential is formed on the photosensitive member by the exposure spot corresponding to the fine line part and the exposure spot corresponding to the non-fine line part; and
an image forming unit that forms an image on the exposed photosensitive member by developing agent adhering on the exposed photosensitive member according to a potential on the exposed photosensitive member formed by the exposure unit,
wherein the correction causes a peak of the formed combined potential to reach a target potential and a size of a part of the formed combined potential whose potential is greater than a predetermined potential to reach a target size.

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. 9,939,776

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, AND COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus cartridge comprising:a guide member positioned at a side of the image forming apparatus cartridge;
developer contained in the image forming apparatus cartridge;
a developing roller having an axis L1, the developing roller being rotatably supported in the image forming apparatus cartridge to permit rotation about the axis L1; and
a coupling member having an axis L2, the coupling member including (i) a first end portion operatively connected to the developing roller, (ii) a second end portion including at least one projection, with the at least one projection including a facing portion that faces the axis L2, and (iii) a connecting portion connecting the first end portion and the second end portion,
wherein, for at least a part of the connecting portion, a maximum distance from the axis L2 along a line perpendicular to the axis L2 to an outermost surface of the connecting portion is shorter than a distance between the facing portion and the axis L2 along a line perpendicular to the axis L2, and
wherein a relative positioning of the coupling member and the guide member is changeable between (i) a first relative position in which a tip of the at least one projection is a first distance away from an end of the guide member as measured in the direction of the axis L1 and (ii) a second relative position in which the tip of the at least one projection is a second distance away from the end of the guide member as measured in the direction of the axis L1, wherein the first distance is greater than the second distance.

US Pat. No. 9,941,317

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA WHICH CAN DETECT VISIBLE LIGHT AND INFRARED LIGHT AT A HIGH S/N RATIO

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor including a plurality of first pixels and a plurality of second pixels, whereineach of the plurality of first pixels includes a first filter having a visible light transmittance higher than an infrared light transmittance and a first photoelectric converter configured to receive visible light transmitted through the first filter,
each of the plurality of second pixels includes a second filter having an infrared light transmittance higher than a visible light transmittance and a second photoelectric converter configured to receive infrared light transmitted through the second filter,
the plurality of first pixels form a plurality of first groups,
the plurality of second pixels form a plurality of second groups,
the solid-state image sensor includes a plurality of first synthesizers respectively corresponding to the plurality of first groups and a plurality of second synthesizers respectively corresponding to the plurality of second groups,
each of the plurality of first synthesizers is configured to synthesize a first signal from signals of first pixels of a corresponding first group of the plurality of first groups,
each of the plurality of second synthesizers is configured to synthesize a second signal from signals of second pixels of a corresponding second group of the plurality of second groups, and
a number of the second pixels of each second group used to generate the synthesized second signal is greater than a number of the first pixels of each first group used to generate the synthesized first signal.

US Pat. No. 9,939,367

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:an optical transmission system for transmitting light from a light source; a photoacoustic probe including an irradiating end for irradiating an object with the light and a receiver for receiving acoustic waves generated by the object that has been irradiated with the light;
a processor for acquiring information on the object based on the acoustic waves;
a light quantity meter removably positioned facing the irradiating end, for measuring a quantity of light emitted from the irradiating end prior to irradiating the object with the light by acquiring a total quantity of light or a light quantity distribution within a plane irradiated by the light;
a memory for storing a measurement value measured by the light quantity meter; and
a presentation unit,
wherein the processor is configured to compare the measurement value with a reference value of light quantity or a history of measurement value stored in the memory to determine whether or not the measurement value is within a reference range, and cause the presentation unit to present a result of the determination thereon,
the processor is configured to, when a difference between the measurement value and the reference value of light quantity or the history of measurement value stored in the memory is larger than a predetermined value, cause the presentation unit to present thereon an indication to the effect that the measurement value is anomalous, and when the difference is less than the predetermined value, the processor enables photoacoustic measurement of the object.

US Pat. No. 9,942,477

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a dividing unit that divides each of two frame images into a plurality of divided areas;
a determination unit that determines a representative point for each of the divided areas in one frame image out of the two frame images;
a setting unit that, for each of the two frame images, sets image portions for detecting movement between the two frame images, based on the representative points; and
a detection unit that detects movement between the two frame images based on correlation values of image signals in the set image portions in the two frame images,
wherein for each of the divided areas, the determination unit determines a feature point of the divided area or a predetermined fixed point as the representative point of the divided area in accordance with a position of the divided area in the one frame image.

US Pat. No. 9,936,140

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image sensor configured to output, at a predetermined framerate, an image signal obtained by image capture;
a memory configured to store the image signal;
an image signal writer configured to write the image signal to the memory;
an image signal reader configured to, in a case where a readout region of the image signal written in the memory changes according to electronic zoom, read out at least a partial region of the image signal;
a display configured to perform live-view display of an image based on the image signal read out by the image signal reader;
a memory access controller configured to perform control, for each frame of the image signal, such that an operation of the image signal reader reading out the image signal stored in the memory starts after a fixed delay time from a timing at which an operation of the image signal writer writing the image signal to the memory starts; and
a zoom controller configured to control a zoom magnification rate of the electronic zoom,
wherein the memory access controller sets the fixed delay time according to a maximum magnification rate that is controllable by the zoom controller, such that the operation of the image signal writer writing the image signal to the memory and the operation of the image signal reader reading out the image signal from the memory end within a period of one frame of the image signal, regardless of the reading region changing by the electronic zoom, and
wherein the fixed delay time is fixed regardless the zoom magnification rate of the electronic zoom.

US Pat. No. 9,936,141

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING CORRECTION PROCESSING FOR EFFECTING VIRTUAL LIGHT SOURCE AND METHOD EXECUTED BY IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the image processing apparatus to:
apply, to an image that has been captured using an auxiliary light source, correction processing for adding an effect of a virtual light source; and
determine an amount of light to be emitted by the auxiliary light source for capturing an is rage to which the correction processing is to be applied, and determines a parameter to be used in the correction processing,
wherein
the determinations of the amount of light to be emitted and the parameter are based on a degree of shadows of an object to be captured using the auxiliary light source, and
wherein the correction processing is applied, to an image that has been captured using the auxiliary light source light emission of the determined amount in accordance with the determined parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,931,033

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A FUNDUS IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for imaging a fundus of a subject comprising:obtaining an image of the fundus of the subject from an ophthalmoscope;
obtaining an image quality of the image of the fundus of the subject;
estimating a first illumination center position for an illumination beam relative to a center position of a pupil of the subject based on the image quality;
wherein, the first illumination center position is offset from the center position of the pupil; and
sending instructions to the ophthalmoscope to shift a center position of the illumination beam to the first illumination center position.

US Pat. No. 9,934,882

AMINE COMPOUND AND IONIC CONDUCTIVE AGENT, AND ELECTROCONDUCTIVE RESIN COMPOSITION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electroconductive resin composition comprising:a resin selected from the group consisting of an ultraviolet curing resin, a rubber and a pressure-sensitive adhesive; and
an amine compound having an anion portion and a cation portion, the anion portion having a structure of:

wherein each of R9 and R10 is independently selected from the group consisting of a fluorine atom and a perfluoroalkyl group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms; and
the cation portion having a structure of:

wherein:
each of R1 to R3 is, independently, an alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms;
each of R4 to R7 is independently selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom and an alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms;
R8 is an unsubstituted aminoalkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms; and
each of n and m is, independently, an integer of 1 to 20.
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. 9,933,713

ELECTRO-CONDUCTIVE BELT AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electro-conductive belt, comprising:an electro-conductive resin layer, the electro-conductive resin layer containing:
(1) a matrix containing a thermoplastic resin having at least one bond selected from the group consisting of an amide bond, an ester bond and a carbonate bond;
(2) particles; and
(3) a domain containing an ionic liquid including a hexafluorophosphate anion or an anion expressed by the following formula (1):

wherein m and n each represent an integer of 1 to 4,
wherein the particles contain a silicone resin having a structural unit expressed by the following formula (2):
R0—SiO3/2,
wherein R0 represents a hydrocarbon group having a carbon number of 1 to 6, and
wherein the amount of the particles is in the range of 30 to 100 parts by mass relative to 100 parts by mass of the ionic liquid.

US Pat. No. 9,932,198

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a sheet, the image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a first stacking tray on which a plurality of sheets, on each of which an image is formed by the image forming unit, are stacked;
a sheet processing unit configured to perform binding processing to a sheet bundle including a plurality of sheets stacked on the first stacking tray;
a second stacking tray on which the sheet bundle stacked on the first stacking tray is discharged;
a bundle shift unit configured to shift the sheet bundle stacked on the first stacking tray in a width direction which is orthogonal to a discharge direction of the sheet bundle; and
a control unit configured to control the bundle shift unit so as to discharge the sheet bundle to a first discharge position, a second discharge position, or a third discharge position, each of which is positioned differently on the second stacking tray in the width direction,
wherein, in a case where the image forming apparatus is designated to perform image forming for a plurality of sheet bundles to which a binding process is to be performed, the control unit controls the bundle shift unit such that
1) a sheet bundle which was bound by the sheet processing unit is discharged to the first discharge position,
2) a first sheet bundle, which was designated to be bound but was not bound by the sheet processing unit since the number of the sheets in the sheet bundle is in excess of an allowable number of the sheets for binding, is discharged to the second discharge position, and
3) a second sheet bundle, which was designated to be bound but was not bound by the sheet processing unit since the number of the sheets in the sheet bundle is in excess of the allowable number of the sheets for binding, is discharged to the third discharge position.

US Pat. No. 9,933,740

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT GENERATES CONVERSION CONDITION BASED ON MEASUREMENT RESULT AND FIRST COEFFICIENT, AND WHERE CHROMATIC COLOR IMAGE IS FORMED AFTER PREDETERMINED NUMBER OF MONOCHROME IMAGES, GENERATES CONVERSION CONDITION BASED ON NEW MEASUREME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a conversion unit configured to convert image data based on a conversion condition;
an image bearing member;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the image bearing member based on the converted image data;
a measuring unit configured to measure a measurement image on the image bearing member; and
a controller configured to control the image forming unit to form a first measurement image, to control the measuring unit to measure the first measurement image, and to generate the conversion condition based on a result of measurement of the first measurement image and a first coefficient,
wherein in a case where a chromatic color image is formed after a predetermined number of monochrome images are formed, the controller controls the image forming unit to form a second measurement image, controls the measuring unit to measure the second measurement image, and generates the conversion condition based on a result of measurement of the second measurement image and a second coefficient different from the first coefficient before the chromatic color image is formed,
wherein the image forming unit comprises a first image forming unit that forms an image with a black developer and a second image forming unit that forms an image with a developer of a different color different from the black, and
wherein the conversion condition comprises a first conversion condition for correcting a tone characteristic of the image formed by the first image forming unit and a second conversion condition for correcting a tone characteristic of the image formed by the second image forming unit.

US Pat. No. 9,933,744

POWER SUPPLY AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply comprising:a first switching unit configured to perform switching for an input voltage;
a power restriction unit connected between the first switching unit and a load;
a second switching unit connected between the power restriction unit and the load and configured to perform switching for the input voltage;
a controller configured to output a control signal to the first switching unit and the second switching unit; and
an adjusting unit configured to adjust input of the control signal to the second switching unit,
wherein the controller operates the second switching unit selectively in accordance with the control signal.

US Pat. No. 9,936,105

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that suppresses image degradation caused by a flare due to reflected light, comprising:a processor that executes a program stored in a memory and functions as:
an image capturing unit configured to capture an image;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain, from the captured image, a value of a first imaging pixel adjacent in a first direction to a first focusing pixel, and a value of a second imaging pixel adjacent in the first direction to a second focusing pixel present in a vicinity of the first imaging pixel; and
a correcting unit configured to correct the value of the first imaging pixel based on a result of comparing (a) the values of the first imaging pixel and the second imaging pixel with (b) values based on values of a plurality of third imaging pixels that exist in vicinities of the first imaging pixel and the second imaging pixel and are not adjacent to a focusing pixel, in order to suppress an effect on the value of the first imaging pixel that is caused by the flare.

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. 9,926,150

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:an apparatus main body, and
a cassette unit detachable from the apparatus main body, the cassette unit being configured to hold a stack of sheets, the cassette unit including a regulating member that regulates an edge of two sides of the sheets stacked in the cassette unit, an external member forming an outer surface of the cassette unit, a positioning member configured to position the external member relative to the apparatus main body and an operating lever operable by a user;
wherein the operating lever causes the regulating member, the external member, and the positioning member to move in accordance with movement of the operating lever.

US Pat. No. 9,930,279

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:a plurality of unit pixels that ach have a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions, and are arranged in a matrix;
a plurality of column output lines arranged for each column of the unit pixels; and
a switching circuit that switches between a first mode where signals that have been accumulated in the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions of a unit pixel are output to respectively different column output lines, and a second mode where signals that have been accumulated in the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions of a unit pixel are combined and then output to a single column output line,
wherein focus detection is performed by detecting a phase difference of signals obtained from the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions and output to the different column output lines in the first mode, and capture images are generated using the combined signals output to the single column output line in the second mode.

US Pat. No. 9,927,751

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording material, wherein the image forming unit includes at least first and second photosensitive drums, and first and second process members configured to act on the first and the second photosensitive drums, respectively;
a first feeding member configured to feed the recording material stacked on a tray to the image forming unit;
a reverse member configured to reverse the recording material onto which the image has been formed by the image forming unit without stopping the recording material temporarily;
a second feeding member configured to feed the recording material reversed by the reverse member to the image forming unit; and
a processor that switches an image formation mode between a first mode, in which the first and the second process members are at acting positions for acting on the first and the second photosensitive drums, respectively, and a second mode, in which the first process member is at a retreating position apart from the acting position and the second process member is at the acting position,
wherein the first feeding member feeds a first recording material to the image forming unit and subsequently the second feeding member feeds a second recording material to the image forming unit, and in a case that the image formation mode for the first recording material is different from the image formation mode for the second recording material, the processor sets the image formation mode to the first mode while the images are formed on the first recording material and the second recording material.

US Pat. No. 9,930,068

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one hardware processor that executes the instructions to:
instruct that an encryption security policy be enabled, wherein the encryption security policy is comprised of a policy of a procedure of an encryption of a communication;
instruct that an authentication security policy be enabled, wherein the authentication security policy is comprised of a policy of a procedure of an authentication, and wherein both of the encryption security policy and the authentication security policy give a restriction to a setting value of access control information in a control program for controlling the image forming apparatus, and wherein the access control information is common to the encryption security policy and the authentication security policy;
set, in a case where it is instructed that the encryption security policy be enabled, the setting value of the access control information in the control program of the image forming apparatus so that the setting value of the access control information in the control program of the image forming apparatus is harmonized with the encryption security policy;
restrict, after harmonizing the setting value of the access control information with the encryption security policy, a user from changing the setting value of the access control information in the control program of the image forming apparatus; and
permit, in accordance with disablement of the encryption security policy, the user to change the setting value of the access control information in the control program of the image forming apparatus in a case where any of conditions of the setting value of the access control information is not related to the authentication security policy which is in an enabled state,
wherein, even if the encryption security policy is disabled, the at least one hardware processor restricts the user from changing the setting value of the access control information in the control program of the image forming apparatus in a case where at least one of conditions of the setting value of the access control information in the control program of the image forming apparatus is related to the authentication security policy which is in the enabled state.

US Pat. No. 9,929,303

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a solid-state image sensor, comprising:forming a first insulating member and an electrically conductive member above a semiconductor substrate including a first region in which a plurality of photoelectric conversion units are arranged and a second region in which a circuit configured to process signals from the plurality of photoelectric conversion units is arranged, wherein the first insulating member covers the first region and the second region, the electrically conductive member is arranged above at least the second region, and a connecting portion of an upper surface of the electrically conductive member, which is used to connect a plug, is covered with part of the first insulating member;
forming a plurality of first openings corresponding to the plurality of photoelectric conversion units in the first insulating member;
forming a second insulating member above the first region and the second region after the forming the plurality of first openings, wherein the second insulating member covers the first insulating member, and a portion of the second insulating member formed in the first opening functions as a waveguide;
partially removing the second insulating member such that the part of the first insulating member covering the connecting portion is exposed;
forming a third insulating member that covers the first insulating member and the second insulating member above the first region and the second region after the partially removing the second insulating member;
partially removing the third insulating member formed above the first region such that the second insulating member is exposed;
forming a second opening to expose the connecting portion of the electrically conductive member in the first insulating member and the third insulating member after the partially removing the third insulating member; and
forming the plug in the second opening.

US Pat. No. 9,925,819

POST PROCESS CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, SHEET PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an operation unit configured to receive a user instruction to copy N copies of one or more originals, N being a positive integer equal to or greater than two;
a scanner unit configured to scan images on the one or more originals in accordance with the user instruction received by the operation unit, to generate image data;
an image forming unit configured to form images on a plurality of sheets based on the image data generated by the scanner unit;
a folding unit configured to perform center-folding processing on the plurality of sheets; and
a control unit configured to determine a number of sheets per one copy of the plurality of sheets, based on a number of the originals scanned by the scanner unit,
wherein the control unit is configured to control the folding unit to:
(i) if the number of sheets per one copy of the plurality of sheets is two or greater and less than a maximum number of sheets for folding capability of the folding unit, perform the center-folding processing for folding sheets, of the plurality of sheets, in units of the number of sheets per one copy, and
(ii) if the number of sheets per one copy of the plurality of sheets is one, perform the center-folding processing for collectively folding sheets, of the plurality of sheets, in units of the maximum number.

US Pat. No. 9,930,193

COMMUNICATION DEVICE WIRELESSLY COMMUNICATING WITH EXTERNAL DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication device comprising:an image capturing unit configured to capture an object to acquire an image of the object;
a detection unit configured to continuously determine a presence of an external device based on the image acquired by the image capturing unit;
a first wireless communication unit configured to perform wireless communication according to a first communication standard; and
a control unit configured to perform control so that processing for establishing wireless communication with the external device via the first wireless communication unit is started if the external device is detected by the detection unit,
wherein, if the external device is not detected by the detection unit for a certain time period after the wireless communication with the external device is established by the first wireless communication unit, the control unit performs control so that the wireless communication with the external device by the first wireless communication unit is disconnected, and
wherein, if the external device is again detected by the detection unit before the certain time period elapses, the control unit performs control so that the wireless communication with the external device by the first wireless communication unit remains connected.

US Pat. No. 9,930,210

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that can operate in a power-saving mode and supplies power toan image reading device configured to read an image from an original, comprising;
a request unit configured to request a reading operation to the image reading device;
a discarding unit configured to, in a case where the reading operation does not terminate normally due to the fact that the information processing apparatus changes to the power-saving mode during the reading operation, discard image data of an image which was being read from an original when the information processing apparatus changed to the power-saving mode after the information processing apparatus returns from the power-saving mode;
an initialization unit configured to initialize the image reading device between a start of the reading operation and re-reading of the image corresponding to the discarded image data, in the case where the reading operation does not terminate normally; and
an instruction unit configured to instruct the image reading device to re-read the image corresponding to the discarded image data after the image reading device has been initialized,
wherein the request unit, the discarding unit, the initialization unit, and the instruction unit are implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,921,513

CHARGING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A charging member comprising:
a support, and
a surface layer on the support;
wherein,
the surface layer comprises a polymer compound having a structural unit represented by the following formula (1):

wherein A represents an aromatic cyclic hydrocarbon group; R1 represents any one of the following formulae (2) to (5); L represents a polysiloxane having at least one of an SiO3/2 unit (T) and an SiO2/2 unit (D); and U represents an integer of 1 or more, with the proviso that U is integer of 2 or more, a plurality of R1 represent any one of the following formulae (2) to (5) respectively;


wherein R2 to R6, R9 to R13, R18, R19, R24 and R25 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, a hydroxyl group, a carboxyl group
or an amino group;

R7, R8, R14 to R17, R22, R23, and R28 to R31 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms;

R20, R21, R26 and R27 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkoxy group or alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms;

n, m, l, q, s and t each independently represent an integer of 1 to 8, and p and r each independently represent an integer
of 4 to 12;

x and y each independently represent 0 or 1;
the symbol “*” represents the binding site with a silicon atom in a polysiloxane represented by L in the formula (1); and
the symbol “**” represents the binding site with an oxygen atom in a unit represented by —(R1(L)-O)— in the formula (1).

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. 9,919,518

PRINTING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing element substrate comprising:
a plurality of printing elements;
a first transistor electrically connected to one end of each of the plurality of printing elements; and
a plurality of second transistors for driving the plurality of printing elements independently of each other,
wherein an electrical pathway is formed between a first power node and a second power node in order of the first transistor,
one of the plurality of printing elements, and one of the plurality of second transistors, and

wherein a plurality of electrical pathways is formed between the one end of each of the plurality of printing elements and
the first transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,919,526

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a liquid discharge head, the method comprising:
a transferring step of transferring a dry film supported by a supporting member to a substrate having a hole;
a peeling step of peeling the supporting member off the dry film on the substrate;
wherein in the peeling step, the dry film is in contact with a wall surface defining the hole in the substrate; and
wherein a length of a part which is in the hole of the dry film is 25 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 9,919,537

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A PATTERN, MANUFACTURING APPARATUS FOR MANUFACTURING A PATTERN, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING STRUCTURAL BODY AND MANUFACTURING APPARATUS THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a pattern, the method comprising:
applying ink and reaction liquid comprising a compound which reacts to a compound in the ink, according to image data representing
an image, to form an ink pattern having a shape of the image formed by the ink combined with the reaction liquid on a transfer
member;

reducing solvent content of the ink pattern;
applying a thermoplastic resin powder to the ink pattern of which solvent content has been reduced;
removing the thermoplastic resin powder not adhering to the ink pattern to form a pattern of the thermoplastic powder;
heating the formed pattern of the thermoplastic resin powder to melt the thermoplastic resin powder in the formed pattern
on the transfer member, thereby forming a melted resin pattern, and

bringing a layer formed of the melted resin pattern on the transfer member into contact with a previously stacked layer formed
of the pattern of the thermoplastic resin powder to form a structural body.

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. 9,922,425

VIDEO SEGMENTATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of classifying visual elements in a region of a video as either foreground or background, the method comprising:
classifying each visual element in the region as either foreground or background using a first classifying method;
expanding spatially at least one of the visual elements classified as foreground to form a spatially expanded area; and
classifying the visual elements in the spatially expanded area as either foreground or background using a second classifying
method that is more sensitive for detecting foreground than the first classifying method.

US Pat. No. 9,918,625

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a deciding unit configured to perform decision processing to decide at least one of first images obtained by taking images
of a first region of an eye at different times and at least one of second images obtained by taking images of a second region
different from the first region at different times, the decision unit being configured to perform the decision processing
so that the first region and the second region are included in the decided at least one of the first images and the decided
at least one of the second images; and

an image generating unit configured to generate a new image by using the decided at least one of the first images and the
decided at least one of the second images.

US Pat. No. 9,918,631

ADAPTIVE OPTICAL APPARATUS AND OPHTHALMIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An adaptive optical apparatus comprising:
a wavefront detection unit configured to detect a wavefront aberration;
a wavefront correction unit configured to correct the wavefront aberration;
a first scanning unit, arranged to be optically substantially conjugate to said wavefront correction unit, configured to scan
measurement light from a light source on an object in a first direction;

a second scanning unit, arranged to be optically substantially conjugate to said wavefront correction unit, configured to
scan light on the object in a second direction; and

an optical element commonly arranged (a) in a first optical path between said wavefront correction unit and said first scanning
unit, (b) in a second optical path between said first scanning unit and said second scanning unit, and (c) in a third optical
path between said wavefront detection unit and said wavefront correction unit, the first optical path, the second optical
path, and the third optical path being different from each other,

wherein said wavefront correction unit reflects light from the light source, and the light reflected by said wavefront correction
unit irradiates said first scanning unit via a first region of said optical element,

wherein the light reflected by said first scanning unit irradiates said second scanning unit via a second region of said optical
element, and

wherein said wavefront correction unit reflects light reflected by the object, and the light reflected by said wavefront correction
unit irradiates said wavefront detection unit via a third region of said optical element.

US Pat. No. 9,918,632

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
a light scanning unit that scans measuring light on an eye to be examined;
an acquisition unit that acquires a light receiving signal from a light receiving unit that receives light reflected from
the eye to be examined;

an instruction unit that instructs a drive position of the light scanning unit;
a position detection unit that detects a current position of the light scanning unit; and
a measurement unit that measures a drive time delay from the moment the instruction unit issues an instruction to the moment
the current position reaches the instructed drive position,

wherein the acquisition unit starts acquiring the light receiving signal at timing based on the drive time delay.

US Pat. No. 9,921,454

IMAGING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF GENERATING AN IMAGE WITH A WEIGHT OF A SIGNAL CORRESPONDING TO EACH TYPE OF SPECTRAL SENSITIVITY CHARACTERISTICS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:
a secondary imaging optical system configured to form a secondary image of object light that has had a primary image formed;
an image sensor having two or more types of spectral sensitivity characteristics and configured to output a signal of an object
image that is the secondary image formed by the secondary imaging optical system; and

a signal processor configured to calculate a resolution of the signal corresponding to each of the spectral sensitivity characteristics
on the basis of an output signal of the image sensor when a member in the vicinity of a primary imaging plane serves as an
object, and generate an image with a weight of a signal corresponding to each type of the spectral sensitivity characteristics
output by the image sensor being varied on the basis of the resolution of the signal corresponding to each of the spectral
sensitivity characteristics,

wherein the signal processor increases the weight of a signal as the resolution of the signal corresponding to the spectral
sensitivity characteristics is higher.

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. 9,921,462

LIGHT SOURCE OPTICAL SYSTEM AND PROJECTION DISPLAY APPARATUS EMPLOYING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light source optical system configured to guide a light flux from a light source to a wavelength conversion element,
the light source optical system comprising:
a first lens surface array including a plurality of first lens surfaces;
a second lens surface array including a plurality of second lens surfaces and configured to receive a light flux from the
first lens surface array;

a condense optical system having a positive power and configured to guide a light flux from the second lens surface array
to the wavelength conversion element; and

a light guide surface configured to guide the light flux from the second lens surface array to the wavelength conversion element
via the condense optical system,

wherein in a direction orthogonal to an optical axis of the condense optical system in a cross section parallel to a normal
of the light guide surface and including the optical axis of the condense optical system, a width of the light guide surface
is narrower than a width of the condense optical system, and

the following expression is satisfied:

where the number of the second lens surfaces is defined as N, a focal length of each of the respective second lens surfaces
is defined as fLA, and an area of each of the respective second lens surfaces is defined as SLA.

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. 9,924,047

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which is able to transmit image data to a file server, comprising:
a first display unit configured to display a first screen, in the first screen a list of destination information which has
been registered in an address book and a registration request key being displayed, the destination information including destination
information specifying a WebDAV server;

a second display unit configured to display a second screen in response to operation of the registration request key, in the
second screen an input area for inputting destination information indicating a folder in the WebDAV server and a connection
determination key for determining whether a connection between the image processing apparatus and the WebDAV server can be
established using the destination information being displayed;

a determination unit configured to determine, in accordance with operation of the connection determination key, whether the
connection can be established using the destination information

a notification unit configured to notify a user of a determination result by the determination unit; and
a registration unit configured to register the destination information in the address book.

US Pat. No. 9,924,060

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM, THAT ARE CAPABLE OF SETTING A NAMING RULE FOR A FILE NAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
at least one processor; and
at least one memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the information
processing apparatus to:

display a setting screen for setting a naming rule;
allow a user to designate items as the naming rule in the displayed setting screen, wherein the naming rule will be used for
generating a file name of a file,

determine whether or not at least one of the designated items is a predetermined item by which the file name will be generated
uniquely, wherein the determination is performed without generating the file name based on the designated items while the
setting screen is being displayed for setting the naming rule,

warn a user in the displayed setting screen while it is determined, without generating the file name based on the designated
items, that none of the designated items is the predetermined item,

store the designated items as the naming rule if it is determined that at least one of the designated items is the predetermined
item, and

generate the file name of a file in accordance with the designated items stored as the naming rule after storing the designated
items as the naming rule.

US Pat. No. 9,924,068

CONVERTING IMAGE DATA FOR PRINTING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus for processing image data, comprising:
an image data acquisition unit configured to acquire image data;
a decision unit configured to decide, based on a resolution of the image data acquired by the image data acquisition unit
and a target resolution to be used in generation of print data, a first resolution higher than the resolution of the image
data and closest to the resolution of the image data out of divisors of the target resolution;

a first resolution conversion unit configured to convert the image data acquired by the image data acquisition unit into first
image data having the first resolution decided by the decision unit;

a filter acquiring unit configured to acquire a filter corresponding to the first resolution which is one of the divisors
of the target resolution, wherein the filter is used to compensate for degradation in quality of an image represented by the
image data, which can occur when the image data is processed for printing;

a filter processing unit configured to process the first image data converted by the first resolution conversion unit using
the filter acquired by the filter acquiring unit;

a second resolution conversion unit configured to convert the first image data processed by the filter processing unit into
second image data having the target resolution; and

a generation unit configured to generate the print data based on the second image data converted by the second resolution
conversion unit.

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. 9,918,033

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. 9,918,062

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. 9,914,225

ROBOT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot apparatus comprising:
a hand device;
a hand side contact point which is provided in the hand device and to which a voltage is applied;
a tool device which can be attached to and detached from the hand device;
a tool side contact point which is provided in the tool device, and comes in contact with the hand side contact point as the
tool device is mounted on the hand device;

a tool side voltage detecting unit which is provided in the tool device, and detects a voltage of the tool side contact point;
a controlling unit which determines a contact state between the hand side contact point and the tool side contact point, by
using a value of the voltage that has been detected by the tool side voltage detecting unit; and

a hand side voltage detecting unit which detects a voltage of the hand side contact point, wherein
the controlling unit determines the contact state by using a value of the voltage which has been detected by the hand side
voltage detecting unit and the value of the voltage which has been detected by the tool side voltage detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,914,295

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING STRUCTURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a structure having a substrate in which holes are formed and a photosensitive resin layer provided
on the substrate in such a manner as to cover at least a part of the holes, the method comprising:
preparing a substrate in which holes formed by a surface in which a wavelike shape is formed and a photosensitive resin layer
provided on the substrate in such a manner as to cover at least a part of the holes; and

exposing the photosensitive resin layer on the substrate,
wherein the wavelike shape of the surface forming the holes diffuses reflection in the holes during the exposing step causing
light entering the hole to be absorbed and attenuated by the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,914,298

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a semiconductor substrate having an energy generating element arranged thereon to generate energy to be utilized to eject
liquid;

an ejection port forming member having an ejection port for ejecting liquid; and
a laminate including a plurality of insulating layers laid sequentially in the depth direction of the semiconductor substrate
and having wiring formed therein and electrically connected to the energy generating element, the wiring including a via formed
in the insulating layers, wherein

the energy generating element is arranged between the semiconductor substrate and the laminate in the laminating direction
of the insulating layers, and

the ejection port is arranged at a position opposed to the energy generating element.

US Pat. No. 9,910,196

DYE COMPOUND, INK, AND RESIST COMPOSITION FOR COLOR FILTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A dye compound represented by the general formula (1):
wherein in the general formula (1),
R1 and R2 each independently represent an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an amino group; R3 and R4 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a cyano group, a carbamoyl group, a carboxylate group, or a carboxamide group,

L represents a linear alkylene group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, a branched alkylene group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, or
a phenylene group,

m and n each independently represent an integer of 0 to 4,
i) when L represents a linear alkylene group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms or a branched alkylene group having 1 to 12 carbon
atoms, A1, A2, B1 in the case that m represents an integer of 1 to 4, and B2 in the case that n represents an integer of 1 to 4, each independently represent a carboxamide group,

ii) when L represents a phenylene group, A1, A2, B1 in the case that m represents an integer of 1 to 4, and B2 in the case that n represents an integer of 1 to 4, each independently represent a sulfonate group, a carboxamide group, or
a sulfonamide group; and

at least one of A1 and A2 represents a di(2-ethylhexyl)carboxamide group.

US Pat. No. 9,904,879

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

12. A method for an apparatus comprising at least one processor coupled to at least one memory, the method comprising:
acquiring at least one image group including at least one image;
creating a layout candidate by laying out images included in an image group that has been acquired in the acquiring;
evaluating the layout candidate created by the creating, based on individual evaluation of each of the images laid out in
layouts, by analyzing image data of the images without displaying of the images;

displaying at least one layout candidate on a display screen after the evaluating, wherein the at least one layout candidate
is selected from a plurality of layout candidates created by the creating, based on evaluation results from the evaluating;

causing a printer to print the at least one layout candidate displayed on the display screen, in accordance with an operation
by a user; and

specifying a print size of the layout candidate created in the creating,
wherein the individual evaluation includes a first evaluation which is based on a print size of a face region in the layout
candidate, in a case where the layout candidate is printed by the printer in the specified print size,

wherein the first evaluation is based on the print size of the layout candidate and an information amount of a person in an
image laid out in layouts, and

wherein in a case where an information amount of a person in an image is equal to or larger than a predetermined threshold
value, an evaluation value of the first evaluation is a first evaluation value, and in a case where an information amount
of a person of an image is smaller than the predetermined threshold value, an evaluation value of the first evaluation is
a second evaluation value smaller than the first evaluation value.

US Pat. No. 9,902,586

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CREATING FOLD SECTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus capable of performing folding processing on sheets, comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a fold unit configured to form a fold line on the sheet having the image formed thereon by the image forming unit and discharge
the sheet having been folded in two along the fold line;

a storage device; and
a processor configured to execute computer executable instructions recorded on the storage device, the computer executable
instructions including instructions, that when executed by the processor, cause the sheet processing apparatus to:

receive a bookbinding lap and receive a folding position-adjustment amount, the bookbinding lap being received according to
a first user setting through a console section and the folding position-adjustment amount being received according to a second
user setting through the console section, the first user setting and the second user setting each being independently received;
and

control the fold unit to form the fold line at a folding position determined based on the received bookbinding lap and the
received folding position-adjustment amount.

US Pat. No. 9,906,705

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a focus detector configured to produce, by using a light from an object passing through an image-taking optical system, focus
information indicating a focus state of the image-taking optical system;

a light-receiving sensor including (a) three types of color visible-light receiving elements each receiving the light from
the object and respectively having sensitivity centroids in mutually different wavelength ranges of a visible wavelength range
and (b) a plurality of infrared receiving elements each having a sensitivity centroid in an infrared wavelength range, which
are provided separately from each other, wherein the three types of color visible-light receiving elements and the plurality
of infrared receiving elements are arranged two-dimensionally; and

a controller configured to:
perform focus control of the image-taking optical system by using the focus information, spectral information in accordance
with outputs from the three types of color visible-light receiving elements, and light source information in accordance with
an output from at least one of the three types of color visible-light receiving elements and outputs from the plurality of
infrared receiving elements.

US Pat. No. 9,905,699

THIN FILM TRANSISTOR, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A thin film transistor, comprising:
a gate electrode;
a first insulating film as a gate insulating film;
an oxide semiconductor film as a channel layer, said oxide semiconductor film comprising at least one of a Sn—In—Zn oxide,
an In—Zn—Ga oxide, an In—Sn oxide, an In—Ga oxide, an In—Zn oxide or an In oxide;

a second insulating film as a protective layer for protecting the channel layer; and
a source electrode and a drain electrode, wherein
a part of each of the source electrode and the drain electrode covers the oxide semiconductor film, and another part of each
of the source electrode and the drain electrode covers the second insulating film, and

each of the first insulating film and the second insulating film includes a silicon oxide layer, and a film thickness of that
part of the second insulating film which is covered with either of the source electrode and the drain electrode is not more
than half of a film thickness of the first insulating film.

US Pat. No. 9,906,747

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM HAVING A PLURALITY OF UNIT PIXEL REGIONS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:
a plurality of unit pixel regions arranged in a matrix including a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns,
wherein each of the plurality of unit pixel regions includes a pixel including a photoelectric conversion unit and a source
follower circuit configured to output a signal corresponding to an electric charge generated in the photoelectric conversion
unit, and

wherein the unit pixel regions arranged in one column are divided into a plurality of blocks;
a plurality of first output lines, each of the plurality of first output lines being connected to the source follower circuits
of each of the unit pixel regions in one block and outputting pixel signals from the unit pixel regions in one block;

a plurality of select circuits provided respectively for the plurality of blocks; and
a second output line connected to the plurality of first output lines provided for the same column as the second output line
via the plurality of select circuits.

US Pat. No. 9,904,199

CHARGING MEMBER HAVING OUTER SURFACE WITH CONCAVE PORTIONS BEARING EXPOSED ELASTIC PARTICLES, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A charging member, comprising:
an electro-conductive support; and
a surface layer having in an outer surface thereof, concave portions independent of each other, each of which holds an elastic
particle positioned in each of the concave portions, the elastic particles being exposed at a surface of the charging member
to form a convex portion in the surface of the charging member, wherein

when each of the concave portions and the elastic particle held in each of the concave portions are orthogonally projected
on a surface of the support and orthogonal projection image is obtained, in the orthogonal projection image, a site exists
in which an outer edge of a projection image derived from each of the concave portions and an outer edge of a projection image
derived from the elastic particle in the respective concave portions are separated,

a part of a wall of each of the concave portions constitutes a part of the surface of the charging member,
the elastic particle has an elastic recovery power We (%) of 70% or more, and has a Martens hardness of 0.1 to 3.0 N/mm2,

the Martens hardness of the elastic particle is lower than a Martens hardness measured at a surface of the part of the wall
constituting the surface of the charging member,

an average value of acute angles is 0° to less than 45°, each of the acute angles being formed by (I) a line segment and (II)
a longitudinal direction of the charging member, the line segment connecting (i) a center of gravity of a gap formed by separation
of the elastic particle and each of the concave portion, and (ii) a center of gravity of the elastic particle,

the elastic recovery power is determined by We (%)=We/Wt×100 where We is elastic deformation work and Wt is mechanical driving
total work, We and Wt being measured by using a microhardness meter with a square pyramid shaped diamond as an indenter,

the elastic particle has an average particle diameter of 6 to 30 ?m, and
a distance of the site in which the outer edge of the projection image derived from the elastic particle and the outer edge
of the projection image derived from the each of the concave portions are separated is ? or more of the average particle diameter
of the elastic particle and 70 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 9,902,154

IMAGE PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image printing apparatus, comprising:
a printing head that ejects an ink to perform printing;
a platen that supports a recording medium at a position at which the platen faces the printing head;
an ink receiving portion that is formed on the platen and receives the ink ejected to beyond an edge of the recording medium
during printing;

a first support portion that is disposed on the platen upstream of the ink receiving portion in a conveyance direction of
the recording medium and supports the recording medium;

a second support portion that is disposed on the platen downstream of the ink receiving portion in the conveyance direction
and supports the recording medium; and

a third support portion that is disposed on the platen near an edge of the recording medium in a width direction of the recording
medium in an area through which the recording medium passes,

wherein the third support portion includes a contact portion that protrudes from the ink receiving portion and comes into
contact with the recording medium, a non-contact portion that is surrounded by the contact portion and does not come into
contact with the recording medium, and a first suction hole formed in the non-contact portion, and air is sucked into the
first suction hole to cause the recording medium to adhere to the contact portion, and

wherein the ink receiving portion has a second suction hole formed in the area through which the recording medium passes at
least beyond the third support portion in the width direction or downstream of the third support portion in the conveyance
direction and a supply port formed between the third support portion and the second suction hole, and air is sucked into the
second suction hole and supplied toward the recording medium through the supply port.

US Pat. No. 9,904,206

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a photoreceptor configured to be driven for rotation on which a latent image is formed by the light beam;
a rotatable polygonal mirror configured to rotate about a rotation axis and have a plurality of mirror planes which deflect
the light beam so that the light beam scans the photoreceptor;

a processing unit configured to perform a dither process on input image data; and
a correction unit configured to correct image data which has been subjected to the dither process using correction amounts
based on inclinations of the plurality of mirror planes relative to the rotation axis of the rotatable polygonal mirror,

wherein the light source emits the light beam for forming the latent image based on the corrected image data, and
the correction unit determines the correction amounts in accordance with a type of the dither process.

US Pat. No. 9,904,214

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING TRANSFER BELT CONFIGURED TO AVOID IMAGE DEFECTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an endless intermediary transfer belt;
a toner image forming unit configured to form a toner image on said intermediary transfer belt at an image forming portion;
a first transfer roller contacting an inner peripheral surface of said intermediary transfer belt;
a second transfer roller configured to sandwich said intermediary transfer belt between itself and said first transfer roller
to form a transfer portion where the toner image is transferred from said intermediary transfer belt onto a recording material;

an urging member configured to urge said intermediary transfer belt from the inner peripheral surface of said intermediary
transfer belt at an urging portion, the urging portion being provided adjacent to and upstream of the transfer portion with
respect to a movement direction of said intermediary transfer belt; and

a stretching roller, configured to stretch said intermediary transfer belt between itself and said first transfer roller in
contact with the inner peripheral surface of said intermediary transfer belt at a stretching portion, the stretching portion
being provided adjacent to and upstream of the urging portion and downstream of the image forming portion with respect to
the movement direction of said intermediary transfer belt,

wherein as viewed in a direction of a rotational axis of said first transfer roller,
(1) a contact point between (i) an outer common tangential line, on a stretching side of said intermediary transfer belt,
of said stretching roller and said first transfer roller, and (ii) said first transfer roller, and

(2) an intersection point between the outer common tangential line and a rectilinear line which is perpendicular to the outer
common tangential line and which passes through a rotation center of said second transfer roller

satisfy
that the intersection point is disposed more downstream than the contact point with respect to a direction in which the recording
material is fed at the transfer portion, and

that a distance between the contact point and the intersection point is 5% or more of a diameter of said first transfer roller.

US Pat. No. 9,900,533

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory which stores an address of a defective pixel that satisfies a predetermined condition, among defective pixels included
in an image sensor having a plurality of pixels covered with color filters; and

a correction circuit which corrects, among pixel data of an image obtained by exposing the image sensor, the pixel data of
the defective pixel at the address stored in the memory to generate a corrected image,

wherein the defective pixel is a pixel having pixel data whose difference from a value determined using the pixel data of
pixels surrounding the pixel is greater than a threshold value, and

the predetermined condition includes at least one of a condition that a plurality of defective pixels, including the defective
pixel, among pixels corresponding to different color filters are directly adjacent to each other, and a condition that a plurality
of defective pixels, including the defective pixel, among pixels corresponding to the same color filter are directly adjacent
to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,894,149

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory storing instructions; and
a processor which is configured to execute the instructions causing the image processing apparatus to:
acquire information about an installed application if reservation information acquired from a server is reservation information
about a distributed application;

download the distributed application if the installed application matches the distributed application;
update the installed application by using the distributed application that has been downloaded;
download firmware if the acquired reservation information is reservation information about the firmware; and
configured to execute an update using the firmware that has been downloaded,
wherein, in the updating of the application, if a state of the installed application before update using the distributed application
is a stop state, the state of the application is not set to a start state in order to make the state of the application after
an update using the distributed application the stop state, and

wherein, in the updating of the application, if the state of the installed application before update using the distributed
application is the start state, the state of the application after update using the distributed application is set to the
start state.

US Pat. No. 9,893,650

DRIVING CIRCUIT FOR A VIBRATION TYPE ACTUATOR, VIBRATION DEVICE, IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION APPARATUS, REPLACEMENT LENS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND AUTOMATIC STAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving circuit for a vibration type actuator, the driving circuit comprising an inductor and a capacitor which are connected
in series with the inductor,
wherein the inductor and the capacitor are configured to be connected in series to an electric-mechanical energy conversion
element of a vibrator, and

wherein, in a case where a series resonance frequency based on the inductor and the capacitor is set as fs, and a resonance
frequency in a vibration mode other than vibration used for driving of the vibrator is set as fu, 0.73·fu

US Pat. No. 9,894,703

COMMUNICATIONS APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communications apparatus, comprising:
one or more processors; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions, which when executed by the one or more processors, causes the communications
apparatus to:

determine a timing of starting a period when a communications group, to which a plurality of other communications apparatuses
belong, can perform communications, based on a beacon signal that was received by the communications apparatus in a predetermined
period;

transmit a signal that requests obtaining of information to the plurality of other communications apparatuses, according to
the determined timing; and

obtain information from each of the plurality of other communications apparatuses in a case where the signal was transmitted,
wherein in a case where a first communications group and a second communications group having different timings of starting
a period when communications are possible were detected based on a plurality of beacon signals that were received by the communications
apparatus in the predetermined period, the signal is transmitted to a plurality of other communications apparatuses that belong
to the first communications group, according to the timing that was determined based on a beacon from an apparatus that belongs
to the first communications group from among the plurality of beacon signals, and the signal is transmitted to a plurality
of other communications apparatuses that belong to the second communications group, according to the determined timing based
on a beacon from an apparatus that belongs to the second communications group from among the plurality of beacon signals.

US Pat. No. 9,885,998

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A REMOVABLE IMAGE BEARING MEMBER UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly;
an image bearing member unit including an image bearing member, said image bearing member unit being demountable from and
mountable to said main assembly in a direction parallel to a rotational axis of said image bearing member;

a developing unit including a developer carrying member configured to form a toner image on said image bearing member;
an accommodating portion configured to accommodate said image bearing member unit and provided with an inserting opening through
which said image bearing member unit is insertable;

a rotatable openable member configured to open and close said inserting opening;
a moving mechanism configured to move said developing unit in interrelation with opening and closing of said openable member,
said moving mechanism contacting said developing unit to said image bearing member unit by a closing operation of said openable
member and spacing said developing unit from said image bearing member unit by an opening operation of said openable member;

a gap regulating portion provided on said image bearing member unit and configured to regulate a gap between said image bearing
member and said developer carrying member by contacting said developing unit;

a positioning portion configured to position said image bearing member unit with respect to an inserting direction of said
image bearing member unit into said image forming apparatus when said image bearing member unit is mounted to a mounting position;

a moving portion for moving said image bearing member unit, wherein when said image bearing member unit is in a predetermined
range between the mounting position and a predetermined position a predetermined distance away from the mounting position
in an upstream direction with respect to the inserting direction, said moving portion being capable of moving said image bearing
member unit to the predetermined position or to a position upstream of the predetermined position with respect to the inserting
direction; and

a contact surface provided on said openable member, said contact surface is capable of being contacted by said image bearing
member unit when said openable member is moved to a closing position in a state that said image bearing member unit is in
the predetermined position,

wherein an angle formed between a normal line of said contact surface and the inserting direction in a downstream side is
not less than 90 degrees.

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. 9,876,047

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor apparatus comprising:
a first photodiode arranged in a semiconductor substrate;
a second photodiode arranged in the semiconductor substrate;
a charge voltage conversion part connected to a cathode of the first photodiode and an anode of the second photodiode and
configured to convert a charge amount in accordance with electrons generated in the first photodiode and holes generated in
the second photodiode into a voltage; and

a signal generation part configured to generate a signal in accordance with the voltage of the charge voltage conversion part,
wherein an element separation part constituted by an insulator is arranged between an active region where the first photodiode
is arranged and an active region where a transistor constituting the signal generation part is arranged and between an active
region where the second photodiode is arranged and an active region where a transistor constituting the signal generation
part is arranged.

US Pat. No. 9,874,831

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus comprising:
a light source;
a deflector configured to deflect a light flux from the light source to scan a surface to be scanned in a main-scanning direction;
an incident optical system configured to guide the light flux from the light source to a deflection surface of the deflector;
and

an imaging optical system configured to guide the light flux deflected by the deflector to the surface to be scanned,
wherein a scanning speed of the light flux is different between at an on-axis image height and at an off-axis image height
on the surface to be scanned, and

wherein the optical scanning apparatus satisfies the following conditions:
0.5<|?si|<2.2,

3.0<|?so|<10.0, and

0.2

  • where ?si represents a magnification of the incident optical system in a sub-scanning cross-section, ?so represents a magnification
    of the imaging optical system in the sub-scanning cross-section, Li represents a distance between the light source and the
    deflection surface on an optical axis, and Lo represents a distance between the deflection surface and the surface to be scanned
    on the optical axis.

  • US Pat. No. 9,874,848

    IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A LUBRICANT AND DEVELOPER OF OPPOSITE POLARITY

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
    a cartridge including an image bearing member, a developer bearing member that bears a developer, and a storage member; and
    a detection unit configured to communicate with the storage member and detect if the cartridge is new based on information
    stored in the storage member, wherein

    a lubricant of a polarity opposite to a polarity of the developer is coated on the developer bearing member; and
    if the cartridge is detected to be new, prior to start of an image forming operation, a discharging operation of discharging
    the lubricant from a surface of the developer bearing member onto the image bearing member is performed,

    wherein the developer bearing member is configured to receive a developing bias, and when a predetermined time elapses from
    a start of the discharging operation and before an end of the discharging operation, an absolute value of the developing bias
    is set greater than when the discharging operation is started.

    US Pat. No. 9,871,987

    IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. An image pickup element comprising:
    a pixel array in which a plurality of first unit pixels each including M photoelectric converters (M is a natural number higher
    than or equal to 2) and a plurality of second unit pixels each including N photoelectric converters (N is a natural number
    lower than M) are arranged in rows and columns;

    a first column output line arranged for each column of the pixel array,
    wherein signals of the first unit pixels are output to the first column output line; and
    a second column output line that is different from the first column output line and arranged for each column of the pixel
    array,

    wherein signals of the second unit pixels are output to the second column output line,
    wherein the first column output line is shared by the first unit pixels of adjacent columns for outputting signals of the
    first unit pixels of adjacent columns, and the second column output line is shared by the second unit pixels of adjacent columns
    for outputting signals of the second unit pixels of adjacent columns,

    wherein the number of the second column output lines per column is lower than the number of the first column output lines
    per column.

    US Pat. No. 9,866,723

    PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    8. A computer-readable non-transitory storage medium that stores a program of instructions, the program of instructions capable
    of causing a computer to perform a method of controlling a printing apparatus, which can be connected to plural option units,
    the printing apparatus having a booting unit configured to boot the printing apparatus, a printer, a network interface circuit
    configured to receive at least one printer update program for updating a control program for controlling an operation of the
    printing apparatus, and to receive plural update programs for updating control programs each of which controls an operation
    of one of plural option units, a connection interface circuit configured to connect an option unit to the printing apparatus,
    the option unit including a memory for storing a control program for controlling an operation of the option unit, a storage
    memory, and an update unit, the method comprising:
    storing in the storage unit a control program for controlling the operation of the printing apparatus, the received printer
    update program for updating the control program for controlling the operation of the printing apparatus and the received plural
    update programs for updating the control programs each of which controls the operation of one of plural option units, wherein
    the storage memory already has stored the received printer update program for updating the control program for controlling
    the operation of the printing apparatus and the received plural update programs for updating the control programs each of
    which controls the operation of one of plural option units before one of the option units is connected to the connection interface
    circuit;

    detecting that the option unit in the plural option units has been connected to the connection interface circuit; and
    updating, by selecting and using one update program corresponding to the detected option unit from the received plural update
    programs stored by the storage memory, the control program stored in the memory of the detected option unit in a case where
    the detecting unit has detected that the option unit has been connected to the connection interface circuit and the booting
    unit has booted the printing apparatus after the option unit has been connected to the connection interface circuit,

    wherein the update unit does not perform update process using an update program corresponding to an option unit which is not
    detected, and

    wherein the option unit is any one of a facsimile unit, a folding machine unit, a punch unit, and a saddle stitch binding
    unit which performs a finishing process to be performed on sheets printed by the printer.

    US Pat. No. 9,866,729

    IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR COLOR SEPARATION AND QUANTIZATION PROCESSING

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
    at least one processor;
    a memory coupled with the at least one processor and having stored thereon instructions that, when executed by the at least
    one processor, cause the image processing apparatus to:

    input a hue signal representing a hue of an image and an image quality signal representing a texture of the image;
    convert the image quality signal into a physical quantity signal indicating at least a refractive index of a color material
    corresponding to the image quality signal; and

    determine a color material dot arrangement for outputting the image by using either quantization method of reproducing an
    image having blue noise characteristics exhibiting high dispersibility or quantization method of reproducing an image having
    green noise characteristics exhibiting low dispersibility based on the hue signal and the physical quantity signal,

    wherein the quantization method of reproducing an image having blue noise characteristics is used in a case where the refractive
    index is high, and the quantization method of reproducing an image having green noise characteristics is used in a case where
    the refractive index is low.

    US Pat. No. 9,864,937

    IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. An image recording apparatus, comprising:
    a recording unit recording an image on a recording sheet;
    a conveying unit conveying a plurality of recording sheets in an overlapping state to the recording unit; and
    a setting unit setting an overlapping amount so that the image is prevented from being printed on a region of a predetermined
    range which includes a boundary between an overlapping portion, in which a subsequent sheet and a preceding sheet overlap
    each other, and a non-overlapping portion, in which the subsequent sheet and the preceding sheet do not overlap each other,

    wherein an inclined portion corresponding to the predetermined range occurs by overlapping the subsequent sheet and the preceding
    sheet, and

    wherein the recording unit, the conveying unit and the setting unit are implemented by a processor executing a program to
    function as each of the units.

    US Pat. No. 9,866,758

    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 positive refractive power;
    a second lens unit having negative refractive power;
    a third lens unit having positive refractive power; and
    a rear lens group including one or more lens units,
    wherein a distance between adjacent lens units changes during zooming;
    the first lens unit is closer to the object side at a telephoto end than at the wide-angle end;
    the second lens unit includes three negative lenses which are continuously arranged from the object side to the image side;
    and

    following conditions are satisfied:
    22.0
    20.0<|fT/f2|<50.0

    where fW is a focal length of the zoom lens at the wide-angle end, fT is a focal length of the zoom lens at the telephoto
    end, f1 is a focal length of the first lens unit, and f2 is a focal length of the second lens unit.

    US Pat. No. 9,862,195

    INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRELIMINARY DISCHARGING METHOD

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:
    a print head having a nozzle arrangement surface on which a nozzle for discharging ink is provided, the print head configured
    to perform a preliminary discharge operation;

    a wiping unit configured to perform a wiping operation on the nozzle arrangement surface; and
    a control unit configured to cause the print head to perform the preliminary discharge operation and to cause the wiping unit
    to perform the wiping operation before the print head performs the preliminary discharge operation,

    wherein the control unit causes the wiping unit to perform the wiping operation if a preliminary discharge amount in the preliminary
    discharge operation is greater than a first threshold value, and causes the wiping unit not to perform the wiping operation
    if the preliminary discharge amount is less than the first threshold value.

    US Pat. No. 9,862,196

    LIQUID CONTAINER AND RECORDING APPARATUS ON WHICH LIQUID CONTAINER IS MOUNTED

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An ink tank containing a liquid in a liquid containing portion, comprising:
    a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface,
    wherein a supply port for supplying the liquid opens at the first surface, and the liquid containing portion has, on a bottom
    surface which is a lower surface in a gravity direction and connects the first surface to the second surface, a first inclined
    surface inclining downward in the gravity direction from the first surface side to the second surface side, a second inclined
    surface inclining upward in the gravity direction from the first surface side to the second surface side, and a third inclined
    surface inclining upward in the gravity direction from the first surface side to the second surface side at a position closer
    to the second surface than to the second inclined surface in this order from the first surface side.

    US Pat. No. 9,864,263

    OPTICAL UNIT, OPTICAL APPARATUS USING THE SAME, LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS, AND PROJECTION DISPLAY APPARATUS

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An optical unit comprising:
    a plurality of reflective surfaces configured to reflect light fluxes from a plurality of light sources and to guide the light
    fluxes to a lens unit,

    wherein the reflective surfaces are configured such that the light fluxes reflected on the reflective surfaces are a plurality
    of convergent light fluxes and such that a distance between each of the convergent light fluxes decreases with distance travelled
    from the reflective surfaces,

    each of the reflective surfaces is each of a plurality of concave mirrors,
    each of the concave mirrors is a part of a different one of a plurality of concave surfaces and each of the concave surfaces
    has a different shape from each other,

    the concave mirrors include a first concave mirror and a second concave mirror, the second concave mirror being provided at
    a position from the lens unit that is further from the lens unit than the first concave mirror, and

    a focal length of the second concave mirror is longer than a focal length of the first concave mirror.

    US Pat. No. 9,865,064

    IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
    at least one processor or circuit configured to perform the operations, of the following units:
    a division unit configured to divide each of a plurality of frame images that were continuously captured by an image capturing
    unit into a plurality of regions on a screen;

    a motion vector detection unit configured to detect a motion vector for each of the divided regions of the plurality of frame
    images;

    a separation unit configured to separate a subject vector that indicates motion of a subject from a background vector that
    indicates motion of a background, based on a panning speed of the apparatus that was detected by a panning detection unit
    and the motion vector detected by the motion vector detection unit; and

    an identification unit configured to identify a subject region by weighting the subject vector based on information regarding
    a distance of the subject that was detected by a distance detection unit for each of the divided regions of the plurality
    of frame images.

    US Pat. No. 9,864,552

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

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. A communication apparatus having a Wi-Fi Direct function, the communication apparatus comprising:
    a memory that stores instructions; and
    a processor that executes the instructions to:
    specify a service desired by a user from among a plurality of services including at least a print service;
    transmit, in a case where an instruction for starting a search is accepted from the user, a service search for searching for
    a device that has the Wi-Fi Direct function and provides the specified service, to a plurality of nearby devices;

    transmit, to a device that has responded to the service search, an acquisition request for acquiring device information, wherein
    a device that does not provide the specified service does not respond to the service search;

    display, based on device information acquired in response to the acquisition request, a candidate list for a user to select
    a connection destination of the Wi-Fi Direct function, wherein devices that provide the specified service are displayed in
    the candidate list and devices that do not provide the specified service are not displayed in the candidate list; and

    perform a connection process for establishing wireless connection of the Wi-Fi Direct function between the communication apparatus
    and a device selected from the candidate list by the user.

    US Pat. No. 9,864,299

    IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING A DEVELOPING UNIT TO DEVELOP AN ELECTROSTATIC LATENT IMAGE ON A PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
    a photosensitive member;
    an exposure unit configured to expose the photosensitive member to form an electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive
    member;

    a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image with toner;
    a mounting unit to which a container is mountable, the container containing toner;
    a detection unit configured to detect that the container is mounted on the mounting unit;
    a determination unit configured to determine whether the container is exchanged with another container based on the detection
    result by the detection unit;

    a driving unit configured to rotate the container mounted on the mounting unit to replenish the developing unit with the toner
    from the container;

    a rotation detection unit configured to detect rotation information associated with the container rotated by the driving unit;
    and

    a controller configured to execute a feedback control based on the rotation information detected by the rotation detection
    unit to control the driving unit,

    wherein the controller, after the determination unit determines that the container is exchanged with the another container,
    executes another control different from the feedback control to control the driving unit until a predetermined condition is
    satisfied.

    US Pat. No. 9,864,318

    IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING A POWER SUPPLY FOR FORMING AN IMAGE ON A RECORDING MATERIAL

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. A power supply device that supplies voltage to a first member and a second member, comprising:
    a first circuit configured to generate a first voltage having a first polarity, the first voltage being applied to the first
    member;

    a second circuit connected to the first circuit configured to generate a second voltage having a second polarity which is
    opposite polarity of the first polarity, the second voltage being applied to the first member and second member;

    a detection circuit configured to detect current flowing into the first member when the first voltage is applied to the first
    member from the first circuit; and

    a separation device configured to, in a case where the first voltage is applied to the first member from the first circuit,
    close current flowing from the second member to the first circuit through a path via which the first circuit and the second
    circuit are connected.

    US Pat. No. 9,864,869

    INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO CONTROL ACCESS TO CONTENT, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND SYSTEM

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    2. A control method for a server apparatus communicable with a communication apparatus which sends a content to the server
    apparatus and an external apparatus, which distributes a content transferred from the server apparatus to a third-party terminal
    via a network, comprising:
    receiving a content from the communication apparatus;
    transferring the content to the external apparatus;
    acquiring a content disclosure range set by the communication apparatus;
    acquiring a content disclosure range which has been set in the external apparatus from the external apparatus;
    comparing the content disclosure range set by the communication apparatus with the content disclosure range which has been
    set in the external apparatus, when the server apparatus transfers a content acquired from the communication apparatus to
    the external apparatus; and

    selectively executing notification to the communication apparatus based on a result of the comparison,
    wherein in the executing the notification, if the result of the comparison indicates that the content disclosure range set
    by the communication apparatus is different from the content disclosure range which has been set in the external apparatus,
    the notification is executed.

    US Pat. No. 9,857,704

    ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. A process cartridge detachably mountable to a main body of an electrophotographic apparatus, comprising:
    an electrophotographic photosensitive member;
    a charging member for charging the electrophotographic photosensitive member;
    a developer bearing member for supplying developer to the electrophotographic photosensitive member; and
    a gap retaining member configured to retain a distance between the electrophotographic photosensitive member and the charging
    member or the developer bearing member;

    wherein the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises:
    a first region having a support, an undercoat layer on the support, a charge generating layer on the undercoat layer, and
    a charge transporting layer as the surface layer on the charge generating layer; and
    a second region having the support, the undercoat layer, on the support, and
    the charge transporting layer being in contact with the undercoat layer, the charge generating layer not being interposed
    between the undercoat layer and the charge transporting layer;

    wherein the gap retaining member comes into contact with a surface of the second region of the electrophotographic photosensitive
    member, and not the first region of the electrophotographic photosensitive member;

    wherein the charge transporting layer comprises a charge transporting substance and at least one selected from the group consisting
    of a polycarbonate resin and a polyester resin, wherein the undercoat layer comprises a metal oxide particle and an urethane
    resin as a binder resin;

    wherein the urethane resin is a polymer of a composition containing an isocyanate compound having an isocyanate group or a
    block isocyanate group, and

    a thermoplastic resin having a hydroxyl group;
    wherein the isocyanate compound comprises an isocyanurate-modified products and has a molecular weight of 200 to 1,300; and
    wherein the thermoplastic resin has a hydroxyl value of 50 mgKOH/g or more and a weight average molecular weight of 5,000
    to 400,000.

    US Pat. No. 9,857,713

    RESIN PARTICLE AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE RESIN PARTICLE, AND TONER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE TONER

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. A toner comprising a toner particle, the toner particle comprising a core-shell structure composed of a core particle and
    a shell phase on a surface of the core particle,
    the core particle comprising a resin X and a colorant;
    the shell phase is derived from a resin fine particle comprising a resin Y, said resin Y having a crosslinked structure and
    an organic polysiloxane structure represented by formula (i)


    where R1 represents an alkyl group, and n represents a polymerization degree and is an integer of 2 or more; and

    said resin Y being a polymer of a monomer composition comprising a polyester having a polymerizable unsaturated group, with
    an average number of polymerizable unsaturated groups in one molecule of the polyester being 1.4 to 2.6, wherein

    the resin fine particle swells in an organic solvent,
    the resin X, the resin Y, and the organic solvent satisfy formulae (1) and (2):
    1.5?|SPX?SPY|?3.1  (1)

    0?|SPSOL?(SPX?SPY)/2|?2.5  (2)

    where SPX represents a SP value ((J/cm3)1/2) of resin X, SPY represents a SP value ((J/cm3)1/2) of resin Y, and SPSOL represents a SP value ((J/cm3)1/2) of the organic solvent, and

    the resin fine particle satisfies formulae (3) and (4):
    80?A?140  (3)

    1.33?(4?(B/2)3/3)/(4?(A/2)3/3)?2.85  (4)

    where “A” represents a number-average particle diameter (nm) of the resin fine particle when the resin fine particle is dispersed
    in water, and

    “B” represents a number-average particle diameter (nm) of the resin fine particle when the resin fine particle is dispersed
    in the organic solvent.

    US Pat. No. 9,855,690

    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. 9,857,761

    IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A SUPPORTING MEMBER FOR DISMOUNTABLY SUPPORTING ONE OR MORE CARTRIDGES

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
    a main assembly provided with an opening;
    a supporting member configured to dismountably support a cartridge configured to form an image on a recording material, said
    supporting member being movable between an inside position, which is inside said main assembly, and an outside position, which
    is outside said main assembly, through said opening;

    an openable member configured to open and close said opening; and
    a connecting member configured to connect said openable member and said main assembly with each other, and configured be rotatable
    with respect to said openable member and said main assembly, said connecting member being provided with a movement regulating
    portion configured to regulate movement of said supporting member placed in the outside position in a state in which said
    openable member opens said opening,

    wherein said connecting member is provided with one of (i) a projection engaged with a groove of one of said openable member
    and said main assembly, and (ii) a groove engaged with a projection of one of said openable member and said main assembly,
    wherein by movement of said projection in said groove during one of an opening operation and a closing operation of said openable
    member, said connecting member is moved in interrelation with the one of the opening operation and the closing operation of
    said openable member, and

    wherein, in a state in which said openable member is open, said projection is in a recess provided at an end portion of said
    groove, and said recess is configured such that said projection is locked with said groove upon a movement in a direction
    including an upward component.

    US Pat. No. 9,857,762

    IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DETACHABLE FIXING DEVICE

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. An image forming apparatus comprises:
    an image forming device configured to form a toner image on a sheet during printing which corresponds to an input print job;
    a fixing device configured to fix the toner image formed on the sheet by the image forming device, the fixing device being
    exchangeable with another fixing device;

    a storage unit configured to store information which corresponds to a sheet size which is permitted for a fixing process to
    be executed by the fixing device;

    a controller configured to acquire, from the storage unit, the information which corresponds to a sheet size which is permitted
    for a fixing process to be executed by a currently-attached fixing device; and

    a selection unit configured to urge an operator to select one mode from among a plurality of modes including a first mode
    and a second mode,

    wherein in a case where a first print job requiring a sheet to be used, of which the sheet size does not coincide with the
    sheet size presented by the information acquired by the controller, and a second print job requiring a sheet to be used, of
    which the sheet size coincides with the sheet size presented by the information acquired by the controller, are input continuously
    and consequently, in the first mode, the first print job is executed prior to the second print job, and in the second mode,
    the second print job is executed prior to the first print job, and

    wherein the controller executes the one mode selected by the operator through the selection unit.

    US Pat. No. 9,857,766

    ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, AND COUPLING MEMBER

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An image forming apparatus cartridge comprising:
    a casing;
    developer contained in the casing;
    a developing roller having an axis L1, the developing roller being rotatably supported in the casing to permit rotation about the axis L1; and

    a coupling member having an axis L2 and including (i) a first end portion operatively connected to the developing roller, (ii) a second end portion having an
    outermost surface, (iii) an axle portion connecting the first end portion and the second end portion to each other, and (iv)
    at least one projection extending from the second end portion,

    wherein, for at least part of the outermost surface of the second end portion, a maximum distance from the axis L2 to the outermost surface along a line perpendicular to the axis L2 increases as the distance along the axis L2 from the axle portion increases, 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 developing roller 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 developing
    roller as measured in the direction of the axis L1, with the first distance being greater than the second distance.

    US Pat. No. 9,860,407

    COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. A communication apparatus for performing automatic reception processing of a calling signal received on a telephone line,
    by power supplied from a first power supply, the communication apparatus comprising:
    a facsimile receiving unit configured to receive a facsimile data from the telephone line by controlling a modem, by power
    supplied from a second power supply;

    a detection unit configured to detect a calling signal received from the telephone line, by power supplied from the first
    power supply, while power supplied from the second power supply is stopped;

    a counting unit configured to count the number of calling signals detected by the detection unit; and
    a power supply control unit configured to start supply of power from the second power supply to the facsimile receiving unit
    in a case where the number of detected calling signals counted by the counting unit reaches a predetermined number,

    wherein the facsimile receiving unit starts reception of the facsimile data by power supplied from the second power supply.

    US Pat. No. 9,860,409

    OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. An optical scanning apparatus, comprising:
    a deflector configured to deflect light beams with first and second deflection surfaces to scan first and second scanned surfaces
    in a main scanning direction;

    first and second imaging optical systems configured to guide the light beams deflected by the first and second deflection
    surfaces to the first and second scanned surfaces; and

    an incident optical system configured to allow the light beam to obliquely enter the first deflection surface in a sub-scanning
    section,

    wherein the first imaging optical system comprises a first optical element having an absolute value of a curvature radius
    of an incident surface smaller than an absolute value of a curvature radius of an exit surface in the sub-scanning section
    including an optical axis, and

    wherein the incident surface of the first optical element is configured to reflect the light beam entering the incident surface
    toward a direction of separating from a main scanning section including the deflector in the sub-scanning section including
    the optical axis.

    US Pat. No. 9,854,387

    MOBILE INFORMATION TERMINAL AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CARRYING OUT NEAR-FIELD WIRELESS COMMUNICATION, SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. A system comprising:
    a mobile information terminal; and
    an image forming apparatus,
    wherein the mobile information terminal comprises:
    a first memory; and
    a first processor connected to the first memory and configured to execute instructions that, when executed, cause the mobile
    information terminal to:

    set information on an operating mode of the image forming apparatus; and
    send the information on the operating mode and authentication data to the image forming apparatus in response to a near-field
    wireless communication being started by the mobile information terminal,

    wherein the image forming apparatus comprises:
    a second memory; and
    a second processor connected to the second memory and configured to execute instructions that, when executed, cause the image
    forming apparatus to:

    perform an authentication process based on the authentication data sent from the mobile information terminal; and
    in a case where the authentication process is successfully completed, set the operating mode of the image forming apparatus
    based on the information on the operating mode sent from the mobile information terminal by the near-field wireless communication,

    wherein, in a case where a scanning application is started in the mobile information terminal, the information on the operating
    mode sent from the mobile information terminal shows a scanning mode,

    wherein, in a case where a printing application is started in the mobile information terminal, the information on the operating
    mode sent from the mobile information terminal shows a restriction mode,

    wherein, in a case where the scanning mode is set as the operating mode of the image forming apparatus, the image forming
    apparatus displays an operating screen corresponding to the scanning mode, and

    wherein, in a case where the restriction mode is set as the operating mode of the image forming apparatus, an operation on
    an operation panel of the image forming apparatus is restricted.

    US Pat. No. 9,854,153

    IMAGING APPARATUS, AND A METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS USING AN IMAGING SURFACE CORRECTION MAP FOR PERFORMING CORRECTIONS

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An imaging apparatus on which a lens device is able to be detachably mounted, the imaging apparatus comprising:
    an imaging unit configured to include a plurality of photoelectric conversion units that receive light fluxes passing through
    and incident on different pupil regions in an imaging optical system of the lens device and output a plurality of signals;

    a calculation unit configured to acquire the signals output by the plurality of photoelectric conversion units and calculate
    a defocus amount; and

    a correction unit configured to correct the defocus amount calculated by the calculation unit,
    wherein the correction unit performs imaging surface correction by correcting the defocus amount using an imaging surface
    correction map generated based on correction information regarding optical characteristics of the lens device and correction
    information regarding an inclination of an imaging surface of the imaging unit.

    US Pat. No. 9,848,769

    OPHTHALMIC DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT APPARATUS AND OPHTHALMIC DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT METHOD

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An apparatus comprising:
    an acquiring unit configured to acquire a volume image of a retina;
    a detection unit configured to detect a center of a macula lutea by analyzing the volume image;
    a comparing unit configured to compare a thickness of the retina obtained from the volume image with a threshold value to
    obtain a difference as a degree of abnormality;

    a determining unit configured to determine a portion where the difference obtained by the comparing unit is larger than the
    difference of another portion on the retina, the portion determined by the determining unit being a different portion from
    the center of the macula lutea; and

    an acquiring position setting unit configured to set a single scan line for imaging and/or displaying a tomographic image
    of the retina, the single scan line passing through the portion determined by the determining unit and the center of the macula
    lutea.

    US Pat. No. 9,852,365

    INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR IMPORTING SETTING INFORMATION IN A SYNCHRONOUS MANAGEMENT ENVIRONMENT, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM ON WHICH COMPUTER READABLE PROGRAM IS STORED

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An information processing apparatus communicating with a management apparatus, comprising:
    one or more processors;
    a storage unit configured to store setting information including a plurality of setting values; and
    a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus
    to perform operations comprising:

    receiving an instruction for importing setting information based on a user instruction;
    determining whether setting information held by the management apparatus and the setting information stored in the storage
    unit are in a synchronization state;

    changing the synchronization state to a suspension state, excluding predetermined setting information from setting information
    to be imported based on the user instruction, importing the setting information from which the predetermined setting information
    is excluded, and updating the setting information stored in the storage unit, in a case where the instruction for importing
    the setting information is received and the setting information held by the management apparatus and the setting information
    stored in the storage unit are in the synchronization state; and

    acquiring predetermined information held by the management apparatus by changing the suspension state to the synchronization
    state after finishing importing the setting information,

    wherein the predetermined setting information is setting information managed in the management apparatus as a setting value
    common to the information processing apparatus and another information processing apparatus different from the information
    processing apparatus.

    US Pat. No. 9,854,169

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

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
    one or more processors; and
    a memory storing instructions, the one or more processors configured to execute the instructions, thereby causing the image
    processing apparatus to function as:

    a determination unit configured to determine an optical transfer function based on shooting condition information;
    an acquisition unit configured to acquire shake information corresponding to a shake;
    a control unit configured to select a method of image restoration based on the optical transfer function and the shake information;
    and

    an image restoration unit configured to perform the image restoration based on the selected method of the image restoration,
    wherein the control unit selects the method of image restoration from among methods of image restoration that include a method
    to correct an image blur caused by the shake,

    wherein the determination unit is configured to:
    determine, as a first optical transfer function, the optical transfer function based on the shooting condition information,
    and

    determine a second optical transfer function based on the first optical transfer function and the shake information, and
    wherein the determination unit is configured to combine, with the first optical transfer function, frequency characteristics
    of a shake acquired based on the shake information to determine the second optical transfer function.

    US Pat. No. 9,851,651

    IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD TO CONTROL THE GLOSS OF AN IMAGE TO BE PRINTED

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    7. An image processing apparatus comprising:
    an input unit configured to receive color image data and gloss image data of an image to be printed;
    a first color separation unit configured to convert the color image data into a first print material amount signal representing
    a use amount of a basic-color print material and a use amount of a spot-color print material which reproduces a color different
    from the basic-color print material;

    a second color separation unit configured to generate a second print material amount signal representing a use amount corresponding
    to a plurality of basic-color print materials corresponding to the spot-color print material, by performing a use amount replacement
    which replaces a use amount corresponding to the gloss image data, of the basic-color print material use amount and the spot-color
    print material use amount indicated by the first print material amount signal, with use amounts corresponding to the plurality
    of basic-color print materials;

    a path separation unit configured to convert the second print material amount signal into path separation data corresponding
    to each printing scan of an image generating apparatus; and

    a halftone processing unit configured to perform halftone processing on the path separation data to generate a print signal
    indicating a print position of an on-dot, for each of the basic-color print material and the spot-color print material, thereby
    generating the print signal which causes superposition of on-dots of the plurality of basic-color print materials corresponding
    to the spot-color print material in printing scan of the image generating apparatus.

    US Pat. No. 9,843,932

    COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. A communication apparatus comprising:
    a reception unit configured to, when acquiring communication parameters from another communication apparatus, receive an authentication
    request signal transmitted from said other communication apparatus;

    an authentication unit configured to authenticate said other communication apparatus based on identification information included
    in the authentication request signal;

    a determination unit configured to determine whether the authentication request signal has been transmitted by unicast;
    notification unit configured to notify said other communication apparatus of an error in a case where authentication by the
    authentication unit fails and where it is determined that the authentication request signal has been transmitted by unicast;
    and

    an acquisition unit configured to acquire communication parameters from said other communication apparatus in a case where
    authentication by the authentication unit succeeds,

    wherein, even in a case where authentication by the authentication unit fails, when it is determined that the authentication
    request signal has not been transmitted by unicast, the notification unit does not notify the said communication apparatus
    of an error.

    US Pat. No. 9,843,688

    IMAGE FORMING SYSTEMS, AND METHODS OF USING SAME

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An image forming system comprising:
    an image processing apparatus configured to generate image data based on a printing request transmitted from an external apparatus
    via a network and transmit the image data; and

    an image forming apparatus configured to execute printing based on the image data transmitted from the image processing apparatus,
    wherein the image processing apparatus includes
    a first interface which receives information of the image forming apparatus from the image forming apparatus,
    a storage which stores the information of the image forming apparatus received by the first interface,
    a second interface which receives a request from an external apparatus and transmits the information about the request stored
    in the storage to the external apparatus,

    a controller which shifts the image processing apparatus from a first power state to a second power state in which power consumption
    is lower than power consumption in the first power state, and shifts

    the image processing apparatus from the second power state to the first power state,
    wherein, when the second interface has received a first request from an external apparatus while the image processing apparatus
    is in the second power state, the controller shifts the image processing apparatus from the second power state to the first
    power state and the first interface transmits a second request to the image forming apparatus, and

    wherein the first interface receives new information of the image forming apparatus from the image forming apparatus as response
    information about the second request and the second interface transmits new information about the first request to the external
    apparatus.

    US Pat. No. 9,840,382

    SHEET SUPPORTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. A sheet supporting apparatus comprising:
    a body;
    a supporting portion configured to be held in an elevating manner by the body and to support a sheet;
    a sheet regulating member configured to regulate a position of the sheet supported on the supporting portion;
    a movement portion capable of moving between a first position and a second position;
    a lock portion configured to lock the supporting portion;
    an interlocking mechanism configured to interlock the lock portion with the movement portion, the interlocking mechanism causing
    the lock portion to unlock the supporting portion to allow the sheet regulation portion regulating the position of the sheet
    supported on the supporting portion to move in a case where the movement portion is positioned at the first position, the
    interlocking mechanism causing the lock portion to regulate the supporting portion to prevent the supporting portion from
    elevating with respect to the body in a case where the movement portion is positioned at the second position; and

    a movement regulation unit configured to regulate movement of the movement portion to the second position from the first position.
    US Pat. No. 9,842,985

    MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR PIEZOELECTRIC CERAMICS

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. A manufacturing method for a piezoelectric ceramics, comprising at least:
    producing granulating powder by adding a binder to barium titanate particles each comprising manganese at 0.04% by mass or
    more and 0.20% by mass or less in terms of a metal; and

    sintering a mixture prepared by adding at least one compound selected from the group consisting of Ba4Ti12O27 particles and Ba6Ti17O40 particles to the granulating powder.

    US Pat. No. 9,841,724

    IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CARTRIDGE HAVING CHANGEABLE RELATIVE POSITIONING OF A COUPLING MEMBER AND ANOTHER PART OF THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CARTRIDGE

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An image forming apparatus cartridge comprising:
    a guide member positioned at a side of the image forming apparatus cartridge;
    developer contained in the image forming apparatus cartridge;
    a developing roller having an axis L1, the developing roller being rotatably supported in the image forming apparatus cartridge to permit rotation about the axis
    L1; and

    a coupling member having an axis L2, the coupling member including (i) a first end portion operatively connected to the developing roller, (ii) a second end
    portion including at least one projection having a facing portion that faces the axis L2, and (iii) a connecting portion connecting the first end portion and the second end portion,

    wherein, for at least a part of the connecting portion, a maximum distance from the axis L2 along a line perpendicular to the axis L2 to an outermost surface of the connecting portion is shorter than a distance between the facing portion and the axis L2 along a line perpendicular to the axis L2,

    wherein, for at least part of the second end portion, a maximum distance from the axis L2 to the outermost surface of the second end portion along a line perpendicular to the axis L2 increases as the distance along the axis L2 from the connecting portion increases, and

    wherein a relative positioning of the coupling member and the guide member is changeable between (i) a first relative position
    in which a tip of the at least one projection is a first distance away from an end of the guide member as measured in the
    direction of the axis L1 and (ii) a second relative position in which the tip of the at least one projection is a second distance away from the end
    of the guide member as measured in the direction of the axis L1, wherein the first distance is greater than the second distance.

    US Pat. No. 9,835,936

    ANGLE ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS AND PROJECTION DISPLAY APPARATUS

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. An angle adjustment apparatus that adjusts an angle of an optical member, the angle adjustment apparatus comprising:
    a holder that includes a first surface and holds the optical member;
    a base member that includes a second surface coming into contact with the first surface and supports the holder;
    an urging member that urges the holder to the base member; and
    a driver that applies driving force to the holder,
    wherein the driver applies driving force to the holder in a direction perpendicular to a first direction when driving the
    holder around the first direction, and applies driving force to the holder in a direction different from the first direction
    and perpendicular to a second direction perpendicular to the first direction when driving the holder around the second direction,
    and

    wherein at least one surface of the first and second surfaces includes a curved shape that enables the holder to tilt relative
    to the base member around the first and the second directions.

    US Pat. No. 9,825,491

    POWER FEEDING APPARATUS, POWER FEEDING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. A power feeding apparatus comprising:
    a power feeding unit configured to wirelessly feed power to a power receiving apparatus;
    a reception unit configured to receive, from a first power receiving apparatus, remaining battery level information of a secondary
    battery of the first power receiving apparatus;

    a determination unit configured to determine power feeding time for feeding of power to the first power receiving apparatus,
    based on the remaining battery level information;

    a first switching unit configured to switch a power feeding destination from the first power receiving apparatus to a second
    power receiving apparatus according to a lapse of the power feeding time from start of power feeding to the first power receiving
    apparatus; and

    a second switching unit configured to switch the power feeding destination from the first power receiving apparatus to the
    second power receiving apparatus in response to the power feeding apparatus receiving a stop request of power feeding from
    the first power receiving apparatus even before the lapse of the power feeding time.

    US Pat. No. 9,820,646

    IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
    a detecting unit configured to detect at least one layer boundary on a tomographic image of an eye obtained by performing
    tomographic imaging on the eye by using optical interference;

    a determining unit configured to determine, based on the detected at least one layer boundary, a region of the tomographic
    image including a retina of the eye; and

    a processing unit configured to convert an intensity distribution of a region other than the region including the retina by
    using an amount of conversion which is greater than an amount of conversion used to convert an intensity distribution of the
    region including the retina.

    US Pat. No. 9,826,047

    INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM, FOR TRANSMITTING PACKET DESPITE BLOCKAGE

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An information processing apparatus that transmits an SLP packet, the apparatus comprising:
    a display that displays a setting screen for a user to set a transmission standby time;
    a memory that stores instructions;
    a processor that executes the instructions to:
    detect a link-up; and
    transmit an SLP packet when a time elapsed after detecting the link-up reaches the transmission standby time set by the user,
    wherein the SLP packet is not transmitted until the time elapsed after detecting the link-up reaches the transmission standby
    time set by the user, and

    wherein the information processing apparatus is a printing apparatus.

    US Pat. No. 9,824,273

    IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. An image processing system comprising:
    a memory that stores a program; and
    a processor that executes the program stored in the memory so as to function as units comprising:
    a detection unit configured to detect a boundary of a retinal layer in a tomographic image of an eye to be examined;
    a calculation unit configured to calculate, at respective points or the boundary of the retinal layer detected by the detection
    unit, each of signed curvature values corresponding to one of the points of the boundary of the retinal layer;

    a generation unit configured to generate a curvature map based on the signed curvature values calculated by the calculation
    unit;

    a display control unit configured to display on a display device the curvature map generated by the generation unit; and
    a graph generation unit configured to generate a graph that has a first axis and a second axis, the first axis plotting an
    average value of the signed curvature values and the second axis plotting a variance value of the signed curvature values,

    wherein the curvature map has a display form which is recognizable whether it is an upward or downward convex shape; and
    wherein the display control unit displays, on the display device, the graph on which a mark indicating the signed curvature
    values is superimposed.

    US Pat. No. 9,821,977

    SHEET STORAGE DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. A sheet storage apparatus comprising:
    a main body formed with an opening;
    a sheet storage device configured to store a sheet on which an image has been formed inside the main body in a state where
    the sheet is not exposed out of the main body through the opening,

    wherein the sheet storage device includes a lower guide on which the sheet conveyed through an entrance of the sheet storage
    device is placed and a higher guide located on an upper side of the lower guide in a vertical direction, the lower guide bending
    between the entrance and the opening, the higher guide bending between the entrance and the opening in a direction same as
    a direction in which the lower guide bends; and

    a sheet moving unit configured to move the sheet stored in the sheet storage device to expose the sheet out of the main body
    through the opening,

    wherein a bending portion of the higher guide is located nearer to the entrance and farther from the opening than a bending
    portion of the lower guide

    a memory unit in which information on a user that has instructed printing to be performed on the sheet stored in the sheet
    storage device is stored;

    an authenticating unit configured to authenticate a user; and
    a controlling unit configured to control the sheet moving unit, in a case that the user authenticated by the authenticating
    unit and the user whose information is stored in the memory unit match each other, such that the sheet stored in the sheet
    storage device and on which the user has instructed printing to be performed is exposed to the outside of the main body through
    the opening.

    US Pat. No. 9,824,296

    EVENT DETECTION APPARATUS AND EVENT DETECTION METHOD

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An event detection apparatus comprising:
    at least one processor and memory coupled to each other and cooperating to act as:
    an input unit configured to input a plurality of time-sequential images;
    a first extraction unit configured to extract sets of first image samples, the sets of first image samples composed of a plurality
    of layers, wherein each layer from the plurality of layers corresponds to a different sampling interval from a first time
    range of the plurality of time-sequential images, wherein each set of first image samples is composed of a plurality of image
    samples;

    a second extraction unit configured to extract sets of second image samples, the sets of second image samples composed of
    a plurality of layers, wherein each layer from the plurality of layers corresponds to a different sampling interval from a
    second time range of the plurality of time-sequential images, wherein each set of second image samples is composed of a plurality
    of image samples;

    a dissimilarity calculation unit configured to calculate a dissimilarity between a set of the first image samples and a set
    of the second image samples that have the same sampling interval, for each layer from the plurality of layers; and

    a detection unit configured to detect an event from the plurality of time-sequential images based on the calculated dissimilarity
    for each layer from the plurality of layers.

    US Pat. No. 9,820,713

    IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. An image processing apparatus for reconstructing a tomographic image of a subject based on a plurality of projection images
    obtained by detecting, by a detection unit, radiation emitted from a plurality of different positions, comprising:
    a CPU; and
    at least one memory, the CPU and the at least one memory cooperating to provide:
    a reconstruction unit configured to reconstruct a first tomographic image from the plurality of projection images;
    an extraction unit configured to extract a fixed pattern occurring in the first tomographic image due to the detection unit;
    an update unit configured to form a second tomographic image by updating the first tomographic image using a value concerning
    intensity of the fixed pattern; and

    an output unit configured to output, as the tomographic image of the subject, the second tomographic image after update,
    wherein the update unit updates the first tomographic image based on differences between the projection image of the first
    tomographic image before update and a projection image of the second tomographic image after update.

    US Pat. No. 9,824,301

    INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
    at least one memory which stores instructions; and
    one or more processors which execute the instructions to cause the information processing apparatus to:
    implement a plurality of sequences of weak classifiers which are logically cascade-connected in each sequence, wherein the
    sequences respectively correspond to a plurality of categories of an object and the plurality of weak classifiers are grouped
    into at least a first group and a second group in the order of connection;

    control to perform, by pipeline processing, classification processing by weak classifiers belonging to the first group in
    the sequences respectively corresponding to the plurality of categories;

    decide, based on results of classification processing by the weak classifiers belonging to the first group in the sequences
    respectively corresponding to the plurality of categories, categories for which classification processing are to be performed
    by weak classifiers belonging to the second group out of the plurality of categories; and

    control to perform, by pipeline processing, classification processing by the weak classifiers belonging to the second group
    in sequences respectively corresponding to the decided categories.

    US Pat. No. 9,825,077

    PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE, METHOD FOR PRODUCING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. A method for manufacturing a photoelectric conversion device that includes a pixel region in which a plurality of pixels
    are arranged in a matrix, each of the pixels having a photoelectric conversion element, a first transistor for outputting
    a signal generated in the photoelectric conversion element to a signal line, and a peripheral circuit region, arranged outside
    of the pixel region, having second transistors for a scanning circuit configured to supply a drive pulse to the first transistor,
    the pixel region being located on a semiconductor substrate and the peripheral circuit region being located on the semiconductor
    substrate, the method comprising steps of:
    forming gate electrodes of the first transistors and the second transistors;
    implanting impurity ions of a first conductivity type using the gate electrodes as masks;
    forming a first insulating film that covers the peripheral circuit region and an entirety of the pixel region;
    removing portions of the first insulating film formed on the peripheral circuit region while protecting the pixel region by
    the first insulating film formed on the entirety of the pixel region, such that side spacers of the second transistors are
    formed and side spacers of the first transistors are not formed;

    implanting impurity ions of the first conductivity type using the side spacers as masks;
    forming a second insulating film that covers the pixel region and the peripheral circuit region;
    forming contact holes, by an etching process, in regions of the second insulating film corresponding to drain regions of the
    first transistors; and

    filling the contact holes with a conductor,
    wherein, in the forming contact holes, the first insulating film left in the pixel region after the forming the side spacers
    of the second transistors is used as an etch stop film in the pixel region, and

    wherein, in the forming the side spacers of the second transistors, the first insulating film is not left on regions of sources
    and drains of the second transistors.

    US Pat. No. 9,825,079

    PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:
    a substrate having a circuit;
    a photoelectric conversion film disposed above the substrate;
    a plurality of first electrodes disposed between the photoelectric conversion film and the substrate, and connected to the
    circuit, the plurality of first electrodes includes one electrode and another electrode separated from one electrode; and

    a second electrode disposed above the substrate so that the photoelectric conversion film is arranged between the plurality
    of first electrodes and the second electrode,

    wherein the second electrode has a first opening that overlaps the one electrode and a second opening that overlaps the another
    electrode, and

    the second electrode includes, in a plan view, a first portion that overlaps the one electrode, a second portion that overlaps
    the another electrode, and a third portion that does not overlap the plurality of first electrodes, and

    in a direction where the one electrode and the another electrode are arranged, the third portion is positioned between the
    first portion and the second portion, and a sum of a width of the first portion and a width of the second portion is larger
    than a width of the third portion.

    US Pat. No. 9,826,384

    COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. A communication apparatus comprising:
    one or more memories that store instructions; and
    one or more processors that execute the instructions to:
    receive a search signal from another communication apparatus that is not wirelessly connected;
    detect an execution state of a predetermined service;
    transmit response signals to the search signal in a case where the predetermined service is not being executed, and transmit
    no response signals to the search signal in a case where the predetermined service is being executed; and

    perform wireless connection processing for connection to said another communication apparatus in a case where the response
    signals are transmitted and not perform wireless connection processing for connection to said another communication apparatus
    in a case where the response signals are not transmitted.

    US Pat. No. 9,824,848

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

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. An X-ray generating tube comprising:
    an anode comprising:
    a target generating an X-ray upon an irradiation with an electron beam; and
    an anode member which is electrically connected to the target and which holds the target;
    a cathode comprising:
    an electron emitting source having an electron emitting portion configured to irradiate an electron beam to the target; and
    a cathode member electrically connected to the electron emitting source; and
    an insulating tube having a pair of ends in a tube axis direction, one end of which is connected to the anode member and the
    other end of which is connected to the cathode member,

    wherein the anode further comprises an inner circumferential conductive layer located on an inner surface of the insulating
    tube at a distance from the cathode and an end surface conductive layer located on the one end of the insulating tube,

    wherein the inner circumferential conductive layer is electrically connected to the anode member via the end surface conductive
    layer, and

    wherein a plurality of the end surface conductive layers are located in a tube circumference direction of the insulating tube.

    US Pat. No. 9,823,829

    IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An image display apparatus comprising:
    a display unit configured to display an image based on an input image data on a screen;
    a processor; and
    a memory storing a program which, when executed by the process, causes the image display apparatus to:
    calculate, based on the input image data, an amount of blue light emitted from the screen in a case where the image based
    on the input image data is displayed on the screen; and

    perform control, in which a notification image is displayed on the screen, based on the amount of blue light, wherein
    the amount of blue light is calculated based on:
    blue pixel values of the input image data; and
    a size of the screen.

    US Pat. No. 9,824,089

    COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, DATA CONTROL METHOD IN SAID APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM FOR DATA CONTROL

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. A communicating apparatus comprising:
    at least one central processing unit (CPU); and
    a memory device storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one CPU, cause the communicating apparatus to:
    import a transfer condition which is used by another apparatus for transferring data and a transfer destination address of
    a first file server in the another apparatus, data received by the another apparatus being transferred to the first file server
    in the another apparatus in a case where the transfer condition is satisfied in regard to the data received by the another
    apparatus;

    determine whether the communicating apparatus is connected to a network via an external controller or the communicating apparatus
    is connected to the network not via the external controller;

    add, in a case where it is determined that the communicating apparatus is connected to the network via the external controller,
    a predetermined port number to the imported transfer destination address;

    receive data from the network;
    transfer, in accordance with a satisfaction of the transfer condition, the received data to a second file server in the communicating
    apparatus using the imported transfer destination address in a case where it is determined that the communicating apparatus
    is connected to the network not via the external controller; and

    transfer, in accordance with the satisfaction of the transfer condition, the received data to the second file server in the
    communicating apparatus using an address which is generated by adding the predetermined port number to the imported transfer
    destination address in a case where it is determined that the communicating apparatus is connected to the network via the
    external controller.

    US Pat. No. 9,826,142

    IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

    a compression unit configured to perform compression processing on image data;
    an expansion unit configured to perform expansion processing on the image data that has been subjected to the compression
    processing based on a coding parameter used for the compression processing on the image data; and

    a processing unit configured to perform autofocus processing based on the image data that has been subjected to the expansion
    processing, the autofocus processing being adaptively performed based on a distribution of values of the coding parameter.

    US Pat. No. 9,826,148

    IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR ADJUSTING TEXTURE OF AN IMAGE

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
    a processor configured to control execution of the following processes:
    a process of inputting captured image data and shooting environment information representing an environment at the time of
    shooting of the captured image data;

    a process of acquiring a predetermined parameter for adjusting an image quality, and reference environment information serving
    as a reference when adjusting the image quality by applying the predetermined parameter to the captured image data;

    a process of adjusting the image quality by using the predetermined parameter;
    a process of determining, based on a difference between the reference environment information and the shooting environment
    information whether adjustment by the predetermined parameter can be applied; and

    wherein the process of adjusting the image quality is performed by using the predetermined parameter when the difference is
    not more than a predetermined value, and a warning is issued when the difference is greater than the predetermined value.

    US Pat. No. 9,822,822

    DRIVE APPARATUS AND BELT UNIT FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. A drive apparatus comprising:
    a first rotary member;
    a second rotary member, which is provided with an axle hole, and which receives drive power from the first rotary member or
    transmits the drive power to the first rotary member;

    an axle member, which is inserted into the axle hole in the second rotary member and engages with the first rotary member
    so as to transmit the drive power between the first rotary member and the second rotary member; and

    a coupling member for coupling the first rotary member and the second rotary member,
    the coupling member including a supporting portion which is disposed between the first rotary member and the second rotary
    member in a radial direction, and

    a restricting portion which restricts departure of the axle member from the axle hole in the second rotary member,
    wherein the first rotary member has a width larger than an outer diameter of the axle member and includes a recess portion
    which contacts with the axle member.

    US Pat. No. 9,826,163

    IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
    a setting unit configured to set, in a first image, a first graphic corresponding to an area on which an image analysis unit
    performs image analysis processing; and

    a determination unit configured to determine based on the first graphic, in a second image corresponding to a part of the
    first image, a second graphic corresponding to an area on which the image analysis unit performs image analysis processing
    and having a shape different from a shape of the first graphic and a number of vertexes equal to or smaller than a number
    of vertexes of the first graphic, in a case where an image to be displayed on a display unit is changed to the second image
    from the first image,

    wherein, the second image does not include at least a part of the first graphic.

    US Pat. No. 9,823,607

    FIXING DEVICE

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

    a metal stay that is disposed inside the rotary member,
    wherein an image on a recording material is fixed to the recording material by being heated at the fixing nip portion,
    wherein the metal stay is disposed outside the coil, and
    wherein the metal stay has two U-shaped metal members with openings facing each other and has an insulation material between
    the two U-shaped metal members.

    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. 9,823,610

    IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
    a cassette comprising a first sheet storage area and a second sheet storage area, arranged side by side, each on which a sheet
    having a predetermined size is placeable;

    an image forming portion configured to form an image on the sheet;
    a sheet feeder configured to feed the sheet placed on the first sheet storage area of the cassette to the image forming portion;
    a first sheet sensor configured to detect the sheet placed on the first sheet storage area;
    a second sheet sensor configured to detect the sheet placed on the second sheet storage area;
    a movement member configured to move the sheet from the second sheet storage area to the first sheet storage area when the
    sheet is not detected by the first sheet sensor and the sheet is detected by the second sheet sensor; and

    an annunciator configured to annunciate that a sheet having a size different from the predetermined size is placed on the
    cassette in a case where the first sheet sensor does not detect the sheet on the first sheet storage area after a completion
    of a movement operation of the sheet from the second sheet storage area to the first sheet storage area by the movement member.

    US Pat. No. 9,826,175

    IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
    an image sensor of a rolling shutter type;
    a count number calculator which calculates a count number corresponding to an accumulation time based on a signal readout
    time per a readout unit line of the image sensor;

    a skip setter which sets a skip line in which processing concerning at least one of an accumulating operation and a readout
    operation in the image sensor is skipped; and

    a controller which controls the accumulating operation and the readout operation of the image sensor so as to achieve uniform
    accumulation time of the readout unit line within one frame based on the count number and the skip line.

    US Pat. No. 9,824,639

    IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An image display apparatus comprising:
    a plurality of light emitting units corresponding to a plurality of regions of a screen;
    a display panel configured to display an image based on input image data on the screen by transmitting light from the plurality
    of light emitting units; and

    a computer having one or more processors configured to
    allow each light emitting unit to emit light at light emission quantity based on a characteristic value of the input image
    data in each region;

    acquire, from a sensor, a detected value of light transmitted from the display panel in a predetermined region of the screen;
    and

    perform calibration of display characteristics of the display panel using the detected value, wherein
    the calibration is not performed in a case that a difference between a light emission quantity of a first light emitting unit
    and a light emission quantity of a second light emitting unit is larger than a threshold, the first light emitting unit and
    the second light emitting unit being among target light emitting units that are corresponding to target regions located in
    a predetermined range from the predetermined region.

    US Pat. No. 9,823,615

    PRINTING SYSTEM INCLUDING PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. A printing system including a printing control apparatus which generates image data, and a printing apparatus which is
    able to connect to the printing control apparatus and performs printing by using the image data transmitted from the printing
    control apparatus,
    wherein the printing apparatus comprises:
    a first processing unit configured to control the printing apparatus;
    a memory unit configured to store data processed by the first processing unit;
    a first network interface unit configured to communicate with the printing control apparatus; and
    a power source control unit configured to shift the printing apparatus to a first power saving state in which power is not
    supplied to the first processing unit and the first network interface unit and power is supplied to the memory unit,

    wherein the first network interface unit is configured to, based on a first condition for shifting the printing apparatus
    to the first power saving state being satisfied, transmit first information to the printing control apparatus, and

    wherein the printing control apparatus comprises:
    a second network interface unit configured to receive the first information transmitted by the first network interface unit;
    and

    a second processing unit configured to turn off the printing control apparatus in accordance with receiving the first information.

    US Pat. No. 9,824,640

    IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR FOR CONTROLLING LIGHT EMISSION AMOUNT OF LIGHT-EMITTING UNIT

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An image display apparatus comprising:
    a light-emitting unit configured to emit light;
    a display unit configured to display an image of a frame by modulating light emitted from the light-emitting unit; and
    a control unit configured to control the light emission amount of the light-emitting unit according to a maximum pixel value
    of pixel values in the frame and a minimum pixel value of pixel values in the frame, wherein

    in a case where the minimum pixel value is larger than a first threshold, which is a value based on a lower limit value in
    a range of pixel values displayable in the display unit in a case where the light emission amount of the light-emitting unit
    is maximized, the control unit controls the light emission amount of the light-emitting unit with a maximum light emission
    amount of the light-emitting unit, irrespective of the maximum pixel value of pixel values in the frame, and

    in a case where the minimum pixel value is equal to or smaller than the first threshold, the control unit controls the light
    emission amount of the light-emitting unit on the basis of the maximum pixel value of pixel values in the frame.

    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. 9,823,363

    RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
    a pixel array including a plurality of pixels being two-dimensionally arranged and each including a conversion unit configured
    to convert radiation into a charge, a holding unit configured to perform holding of a signal according to the charge of the
    conversion unit, an output unit configured to output the signal held in the holding unit, and a reset unit configured to perform
    resetting of the conversion unit;

    a control unit configured to control the pixel array to perform a reset operation for concurrently performing the resetting
    on the plurality of pixels and a holding operation for concurrently performing the holding on the plurality of pixels, based
    on a control signal indicating timing of generation of radiation; and

    a selection unit configured to perform a selection operation for sequentially selecting a pixel from which the held signal
    is to be output, from the plurality of pixels, to output the held signals from the plurality of pixels,

    wherein the selection unit is configured to select at least part of the plurality of pixels in a period from when the control
    unit performs the reset operation to when the control unit performs the holding operation based on a first control signal
    among a plurality of the control signals.

    US Pat. No. 9,823,619

    CARTRIDGE DETACHABLY MOUNTABLE TO MAIN ASSEMBLY OF ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, ASSEMBLING METHOD FOR DRIVE TRANSMITTING DEVICE FOR PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. A photosensitive drum unit comprising:
    (i) a photosensitive drum;
    (ii) a flange provided on an end of the photosensitive drum, the flange including an accommodating portion at an inside thereof;
    (iii) a coupling member including:
    (iii-i) a free end portion having at least one projection,
    (iii-ii) a connecting portion that is connected with the flange and at least a part of which is accommodated in the accommodating
    portion so that a rotational axis of the coupling member is inclinable relative to a rotational axis of the flange, and

    (iii-iii) a through-hole penetrating the connecting portion; and
    (iv) a shaft capable of receiving a rotational force from the coupling member, penetrating the through-hole, and supported
    by the flange at opposite end portions thereof so as to permit the coupling member to incline with respect to the shaft.

    US Pat. No. 9,826,186

    IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An imaging apparatus comprising pixels configured to output optical signals, an AD converting unit, a reference signal
    supplying unit configured to supply a ramp signal to the AD converting unit, and a counter configured to generate a count
    signal by counting clock signals,
    wherein the AD converting unit performs a first comparison being a comparison between a ramp signal and the optical signal,
    the ramp signal having a signal level changing in a first amplitude range at a first changing rate depending on elapsed time;

    in a case where the magnitude relationship between the ramp signal and the optical signal is changed in the first comparison,
    the AD converting unit generates a first digital signal by acquiring the count signal corresponding to a change from start
    of the first comparison to the change of the magnitude relationship between the ramp signal and the optical signal, and generates
    a second digital signal by performing a second comparison being a comparison between a ramp signal and the optical signal,
    the ramp signal having a signal level changing in a second amplitude range at a second changing rate depending on elapsed
    time;

    in a case where the magnitude relationship between the ramp signal and the optical signal is not changed in the first comparison,
    the AD converting unit generates a third digital signal by performing a third comparison being a comparison between a ramp
    signal and the optical signal, the ramp signal having signal level changing in a third amplitude range larger than the first
    amplitude range at a third changing rate depending on elapsed time larger than both of the first changing rate and the second
    changing rate.

    US Pat. No. 9,823,630

    CONTROL DEVICE, ACTUATOR INCLUDING CONTROL DEVICE, IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION DEVICE, REPLACEMENT LENS, IMAGING DEVICE AND AUTOMATIC STAGE

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. A control device comprising:
    a processor; and
    a memory storing a program that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to function as:
    a deviation calculating unit configured to output a first deviation signal and a second deviation signal for a first direction
    and a second direction crossing the first direction, respectively, based on a difference between a position command and positional
    data on a moving body;

    a compensation unit that outputs a first control signal and a second control signal based on the first deviation signal and
    the second deviation signal, respectively; and

    a controlled amount calculating unit that outputs at least a first signal regarding a driving parameter for a first motor
    and a second signal regarding a driving parameter for a second motor, based on the first control signal and the second control
    signal,

    wherein the compensation unit is configured to adjust control gain of the first deviation signal and the second deviation
    signal in accordance with a difference in transfer characteristics of a driving force that is obtained by synthesizing driving
    forces of the first motor and the second motor between the first direction and the second direction, thus outputting the first
    control signal and the second control signal, and

    wherein the first motor and the second motor are controlled based on the first control signal and the second control signal.

    US Pat. No. 9,821,583

    PRINTING DEVICE WITH MIXED SHEET STACKING CONTROL

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. A printing apparatus comprising:
    a printer configured to print an image on a sheet based on a print job;
    a stacker capable of stacking the sheet having been conveyed from the printer;
    a detection unit configured to detect an existence or an absence of the sheet in the stacker; and
    a controller configured to, when the printing apparatus is powered on, control the stacker to execute an eject process for
    ejecting the sheet in the stacker based on the existence of the sheet in the stacker being detected by the detection unit,
    wherein the eject process is executed without an execution request for a print job.

    US Pat. No. 9,823,887

    METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MANAGING A PRINT PREVIEW

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. A method for managing a print preview, the method comprising:
    receiving a first preview request, wherein the first preview request includes an XPS file;
    configuring a filter pipeline based on the XPS file;
    obtaining a job flow from the XPS file;
    generating a first parts list based at least on the first preview request and the job flow;
    determining whether the filter pipeline is clear of parts;
    in response to determining that the filter pipeline is not clear of the parts, resetting a state of each filter in the filter
    pipeline to clear the parts from the filter pipeline, wherein resetting the state of each filter in the filter pipeline includes
    resetting a state of a first filter in the filter pipeline and a state of a second filter in the filter pipeline by sending
    a clearance part to the first filter to reset the state of the first filter, wherein the first filter passes the clearance
    part to the second filter to reset the state of the second filter;

    in response to determining that the filter pipeline is clear of the parts, processing one or more parts listed in the first
    parts list using the filter pipeline;

    receiving a second preview request;
    determining whether the one or more parts listed in the first parts list of the first preview request can be used in the second
    preview request;

    generating a second parts list based on the second preview request, wherein the one or more parts listed in the first parts
    list are included in the second parts list if the one or more parts listed in the first parts list can be used in the second
    preview request;

    determining whether the filter pipeline is clear of the one or more parts listed in the first parts list; and
    in response to determining that the filter pipeline is clear of the one or more parts listed in the first parts list, processing
    one or more parts listed in the second parts list using the filter pipeline.

    US Pat. No. 9,824,664

    CALIBRATION DEVICE, CALIBRATION METHOD AND DISPLAY DEVICE

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. A calibration device for a display device, the calibration device comprising:
    a processor; and
    a memory coupled to the processor to store instructions that cause the processor to execute:
    receiving a confirmation image selected by a user;
    controlling the display device to display a colorimetry image on a first display region of the display device and the confirmation
    image on a second display region of the display device; and

    performing calibration to update set values of a plurality of image quality adjustment items based on colorimetry results
    from the colorimetry image; and

    selecting whether or not to carry out synchronous display mode for displaying the confirmation image in synchronism with progress
    of the calibration; wherein

    in a case that the synchronous display mode has been selected, the display device is controlled so as to display the confirmation
    image in the second display region using a plurality of set values, which are set before the calibration, at the start of
    the calibration, and update the plurality of set values of the second display region in synchronism with progress of the calibration
    during the calibration; and

    in a case that the synchronous display mode has not been selected, the display device is controlled not to update the confirmation
    image with the plurality of set values during the calibration.

    US Pat. No. 9,826,218

    INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
    an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image representing reflected light of structured light; and
    a generation unit configured to calculate distance information from the image and generate a measurement line map storing
    the distance information,

    wherein the structured light forms a plurality of measurement lines at discrete positions, and the measurement line map is
    formed as a two-dimensional array in which one dimension includes elements in a number being determined depending on a number
    of the measurement lines, and another dimension includes elements in a number corresponding to a number of pixels of the image
    in a lengthwise direction of the measurement lines, and

    wherein at least one of the acquisition unit or the generation unit is implemented by using a processor.

    US Pat. No. 9,818,027

    IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
    an image forming device configured to form an image;
    a reader configured to read an original on which a first image is formed;
    a conveyer configured to convey the original to the reader, and then convey the original to the image forming device;
    a memory that stores a set of instructions; and
    at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
    specify information relating to the first image formed on the original, based on a reading result read by the reader; and
    determine a second image, based on the information relating to the specified first image, the second image being determined
    in accordance with a form in the first image,

    wherein the at least one processor further executes the instructions to cause the image forming device to overwrite the second
    image (i) in a case where the second image is of a second form and the first image is of a first form and (ii) in a case where
    the second image is of a fourth form, different from the second form, and the first image is of a third form different from
    the first form.

    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. 9,819,844

    ELECTRONIC APPARATUS CAPABLE OF EFFICIENT AND UNIFORM HEAT DISSIPATION

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    2. An electronic apparatus provided with a battery accommodation section that can accommodate a battery, comprising:
    a substrate that has an electric component, which forms a heat source, mounted thereon;
    a heat dissipating member that forms part of the battery accommodation section;
    a first heat conductive member that has one end thermally connected to the electric component and another end thermally connected
    to said heat dissipating member; and

    an insertion port member that forms part of the battery accommodation section and is disposed at a location closer to a battery
    insertion port through which the battery is inserted than said heat dissipating member is,

    a shield member that is attached to said substrate and is configured to electromagnetically shield the electric component
    mounted on said substrate,

    wherein said insertion port member is formed of a material lower in thermal conductivity than said heat dissipating member,
    wherein the one end of said first heat conductive member is inserted into said shield member, and
    wherein said shield member is mounted on said substrate such that the one end of said first heat conductive member is in contact
    with the electric component.

    US Pat. No. 9,819,851

    IMAGING SYSTEM, CONTROL APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. An imaging system comprising an image capturing apparatus and a control apparatus that selectively performs wireless connection
    with the image capturing apparatus,
    wherein the image capturing apparatus comprises a wireless access point communication unit configured to operate as a unique
    wireless access point device, and

    the control apparatus comprises
    a wireless station communication unit configured to operate as a wireless station device,
    a storage unit including a memory to store, in association with a predetermined imaging condition, connection setting information
    for wirelessly connecting with the image capturing apparatus, and

    a connection control unit including a memory storing instructions and a processor to execute the instructions to set, if an
    imaging condition designated by a user matches with the predetermined imaging condition, the connection setting information
    associated with the predetermined imaging condition in the wireless station communication unit and perform control so as to
    wirelessly connect with the image capturing apparatus.

    US Pat. No. 9,818,571

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

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An X-ray generation tube comprising:
    an anode including
    a target configured to generate X-rays under irradiation of electrons, and
    an anode member electrically connected to the target;
    a cathode including
    an electron emitting source configured to emit an electron beam in a direction towards the target, and
    a cathode member electrically connected to the electron emitting source; and
    an insulating tube extending between the anode member and the cathode member,
    wherein the anode further includes an inner circumferential anode layer electrically connected to the anode member, the inner
    circumferential anode layer extending along an inner circumferential face of the insulating tube, and is remote from the cathode
    member, and

    wherein the electron emitting source protrudes from the cathode member toward the target, and the inner circumferential anode
    layer has a portion overlapping the electron emitting source in a tube axial direction.

    US Pat. No. 9,819,857

    ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. An electronic apparatus, comprising:
    a setting unit configured to set a display item to be displayed on a setting screen;
    a mode setting unit configured to set a mode from among a plurality of modes; and
    a display control unit configured to display the setting screen in accordance with the mode set by the mode setting unit and
    the display item set by the setting unit,

    wherein the setting screen has a first area for displaying display items that differ for each mode, and a second area for
    displaying display items that are displayed in a plurality of modes.

    US Pat. No. 9,818,321

    CALIBRATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    19. A calibration apparatus comprising:
    a processor; and
    a memory coupled to the processor to store instructions that cause the processor to perform operations of at least one of
    a plurality of steps including:

    a calibration step of performing calibration for an image display apparatus;
    an acquiring step of acquiring a color deviation direction that represents a direction of deviation in a color space between
    a color measurement value and a theoretical value, for each of color patches of a plurality of colors; and

    a displaying step of displaying on a display unit of the image display apparatus a display image including a visual representation
    of a vector which indicates the color deviation direction of each of the plurality of colors.

    US Pat. No. 9,819,869

    IMAGE SHAKE CORRECTION DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING MOVEMENT OF A MOVABLE MEMBER HOLDING AN IMAGE SHAKE CORRECTION UNIT, AND OPTICAL DEVICE AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. An image shake correction device comprising:
    a base member;
    a movable member configured to hold an image shake correction unit and relatively move in a direction different from an optical
    axis with respect to the base member;

    a rolling member, sandwiched between the movable member and the base member, configured to move with respect to the movable
    member;

    a restriction portion, provided corresponding to the rolling member, configured to restrict a movement range of the rolling
    member; and

    a drive control unit configured to control movement of the movable member,
    wherein the drive control unit is configured to move the movable member within a range including a range where the rolling
    member contacts an end of the restriction portion during image shake correction operation in moving image capturing,

    wherein the drive control unit is configured to move the movable member within a range where the rolling member does not contact
    the end of the restriction portion during image shake correction operation in still image capturing,

    wherein an expression of (D/2)+(Ls/4)?H<(D/2)+(Ld/4) is satisfied, where H is a distance from an initial position of the image
    shake correction unit to the end of the restriction portion, Ls is a maximum movement amount of the movable member for image
    shake correction during still image capturing, Ld is a maximum movement amount of the movable member for image shake correction
    during moving image capturing, and D is a diameter of the rolling member, and

    wherein, if image shake correction that is performed during the still image capturing is performed after an image shake correction
    operation that is performed during the moving image capturing is performed, a centering operation for moving the rolling member
    away from an end of the restriction portion satisfies a conditional expression of Ls/2?S?(W?D), where S is a maximum movement
    of the movable member when the centering operation is performed, and W is an inner diameter of the restriction portion.

    US Pat. No. 9,819,872

    IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD THAT ADJUST, BASED ON A TARGET OBJECT DISTANCE, AT LEAST ONE OF BRIGHTNESS OF EMITTED PATTERN LIGHT AND AN EXPOSURE AMOUNT

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. A processing apparatus comprising:
    an acquisition unit configured to acquire a single captured image obtained by capturing, by an image capturing unit, target
    objects to which a projection unit has emitted pattern light;

    a derivation unit configured to derive, using the single captured image, distances from the image capturing unit to the target
    objects included in the single captured image; and

    an adjustment unit configured to obtain, using the derived distances, an adjustment amount of at least one of a brightness
    of the pattern light emitted from the projection unit and an exposure amount of the image capturing unit, and to adjust, in
    accordance with the obtained adjustment amount, at least one of a first parameter for controlling the brightness of the pattern
    light emitted from the projection unit, and a second parameter for controlling the exposure amount of the image capturing
    unit.

    US Pat. No. 9,819,873

    IMAGE-PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE-PROCESSING METHOD

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. An image-processing apparatus comprising:
    a first acquiring unit configured to acquire moving image data including a first frame obtained by imaging and a second frame
    obtained by imaging with a shorter exposure time than the first frame;

    a second acquiring unit configured to acquire reproduction information that is information related to a reproduction speed
    of the moving image data; and

    a combining unit configured to combine the first frame and the second frame with each other based on the reproduction information,
    wherein

    the combining unit changes a combination ratio between the first frame and the second frame in accordance with a reproduction
    speed of the moving image data.

    US Pat. No. 9,817,326

    ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising: an electrically conductive support; an intermediate layer adjacent
    to the electrically conductive support; a charge-generating layer; and a charge-transport layer in this order, wherein:
    the intermediate layer has a thickness of 6.0 ?m or less,
    the intermediate layer is a cured film containing:
    dispersed inorganic particles having a number-average particle size of 0.3 ?m or less having a solidity of 0.90 or less, and
    a polymerized product of a composition containing an electron-transport substance having a polymerizable functional group
    and a crosslinking agent,

    a content of the dispersed inorganic particles is 0.7% or more by volume and 13% or less by volume of the total volume of
    the intermediate layer,

    a surface of the electrically conductive support has an average local height difference (Rmk) of 0.1 ?m or more along a calculation
    length in the range of 0.5 Lm1 (?m) or more and 1.5 Lm1 (?m) or less, and

    a surface of the intermediate layer has an average local height difference (Rmk) of 0.08 ?m or more along a calculation length
    in the range of 0.5 Lm2 (?m) or more and 1.5 Lm2 (?m) or less,

    wherein Lm1 denotes a calculation length in the range of 0.1 ?m or more and 100 ?m or less along which the surface of the support has
    a maximum average local height difference (Rmk,max), and

    Lm2 denotes a calculation length in the range of 0.1 ?m or more and 100 ?m or less along which the surface of the intermediate
    layer has a maximum average local height difference (Rmk,max).

    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. 9,817,842

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

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
    a transfer control unit configured to control transferring an image data to a destination indicated by a destination data;
    a receiving unit configured to receive an instruction for importing the destination data to a destination table having a destination
    group which is configured to have a destination data and the destination data in the destination group has an access limitation
    within users of the destination group wherein the destination data indicates a destination to which the image forming apparatus
    sends the image processing data;

    setting unit configured to set whether or not the destination group in the destination table is to be used; and
    an importing unit configured to import the destination data to the destination group in the destination table in accordance
    with the reception of the instruction by the receiving unit in a case where the setting unit sets the destination group is
    to be used and not to import the destination data to the destination group in the destination table in a case where the setting
    unit does not set the destination group is to be used;

    wherein the transfer control unit, the receiving unit, the setting unit and the importing unit are implemented by at least
    one processor.

    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. 9,817,332

    OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An optical scanning device comprising:
    a deflecting unit having a first deflecting surface, and arranged to deflect a light beam and optically scan a scanned surface
    in a main-scanning direction;

    an incident optical system arranged to cause the light beam to be obliquely incident on the first deflecting surface in a
    sub-scanning section;

    an imaging optical system arranged to guide a light beam deflected by the first deflecting surface onto the scanned surface;
    and

    a light receiving unit arranged to receive a light beam deflected by the first deflecting surface and generate a signal,
    wherein the incident optical system and the imaging optical system do not include optical elements integrally formed with
    each other, and

    wherein a following condition is satisfied,
    |?|?|?|,
    where ? (deg) is an incident angle of the light beam from the incident optical system with respect to the first deflecting
    surface in the sub-scanning section, and (? (deg) is an angle defined by the light beam incident on the first deflecting surface
    and the light beam deflected by the first deflecting surface and directed toward the light receiving unit in a main-scanning
    section.

    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.