US Pat. No. 9,776,817

IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading device comprising:
an image reader; and
a conveying portion configured to convey a sheet to an image reading position where the sheet is read by the image reader,
the conveying portion including:
a first roller unit,
the first roller unit including:
a first roller provided under an opposed roller;
a first roller holding portion configured to hold the first roller and rotatably provided on a rotary shaft; and
a first biasing portion configured to bias the first roller holding portion to bring the first roller into contact with the
opposed roller; and

a second roller unit,
the second roller unit including:
a second roller provided under the opposed roller;
a second roller holding portion configured to hold the second roller and rotatably provided on a rotary shaft; and
a second biasing portion configured to bias the second roller holding portion to bring the second roller into contact with
the opposed roller, wherein

the first roller unit and the second roller units are arranged at a position immediately upstream of the image reading position
in a sheet conveying direction and are arranged at different positions in a direction orthogonal to the sheet conveying direction,

the first roller holding portion includes a first extended portion extending downstream beyond the first roller in the sheet
conveying direction, and

the second roller holding portion does not include an extended portion extending downstream beyond the second roller in the
sheet conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 9,777,087

POLYMER INCLUDING PHTHALOCYANINE STRUCTURE, METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE POLYMER, PIGMENT COMPOSITION, PIGMENT DISPERSION, AND TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A polymer comprising a unit represented by any one of Formulae (1) and (2) below,

wherein,
R1 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group,

R2 to R4 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms,

A represents an oxygen atom or an NH group,
L represents an alkylene group, and
M represents a divalent metal, an SiX2 group, or an AIX group, where X represents a halogen atom or an OR5 group, R5 being a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an aralkyl group,


wherein,
R1 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group,

R2 to R4 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms,

A represents an oxygen atom or an NH group, and
L represents an alkylene group.

US Pat. No. 9,747,671

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
at least one memory storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus
to:

obtain information on each pixel of a target region associated with a target pixel, and information on each pixel of a reference
region associated with reference pixels, in image data;

determine whether a reference pixel is the same pixel as the target pixel, based on the obtained information;
derive a weight according to a similarity between the target region and the reference region according to a result of the
determination; and

decide a pixel value of the target pixel according to the weight and a pixel value of the reference pixel,
wherein the instructions, when executed by the one or more processors, further cause the image processing apparatus to:
in a case where the target pixel is used as the reference pixel, switch between derivation methods so as to derive a weight
for the target pixel by a different method from that in a case where the target pixel and the reference pixel are not the
same, and

in a case where it is determined that the target pixel matches the reference pixel, derive a set value as a weight for the
reference pixel as the target pixel,

wherein the set value is equal to or more than 0 and is 5 or less times the expected value of the weight in a case where the
pixel value of the target region and the pixel value of the reference region are same value as each other when a noise component
is disregarded.

US Pat. No. 9,747,672

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing method comprising the steps of:
acquiring an image generated by image pickup through an optical system;
selecting a plurality of optical transfer functions in a particular image height direction that depend on an image-pickup
condition of the image and an image height with respect to a reference position;

rotating the optical transfer functions around the reference position and providing an interpolation appropriate for a pixel
array so as to two-dimensionally arrange the optical transfer functions on the image;

generating a point spread function for each position in the image based on the optical transfer functions thus two-dimensionally
arranged;

generating a filter having a rotationally asymmetric coefficient in a filter plane based on the point spread function;
generating a correction signal by applying the filter to the image; and
providing sharpening processing to the image based on the correction signal and the image.

US Pat. No. 9,748,302

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup device comprising:
a photoelectric conversion portion including a semiconductor region of a first conductivity type and configured to generate
a charge in accordance with incident light;

a charge holding portion including a first semiconductor region of the first conductivity type configured to hold the charge
generated by the photoelectric conversion portion and provided in a semiconductor substrate;

a floating diffusion region of the first conductivity type provided in the semiconductor substrate;
a first transfer gate electrode provided on a region between the photoelectric conversion portion and the first semiconductor
region;

a second transfer gate electrode provided on a region between the first semiconductor region and the floating diffusion region;
and

a semiconductor region of a second conductivity type including a second semiconductor region of the second conductivity type
provided under the first semiconductor region of the first conductivity type and in the semiconductor substrate,

wherein
in a cross section of a pixel including the first semiconductor region of the first conductivity type, the second semiconductor
region of the second conductivity type and the second transfer gate electrode, an impurity concentration at a first point
within the second semiconductor region of the second conductivity type and on a first line oriented toward a depth direction
of the semiconductor substrate and passing through the first semiconductor region of the first conductivity type is higher
than an impurity concentration at a second point at a same depth as the first point and on a second line oriented toward the
depth direction and passing through the second transfer gate electrode,

in the cross section of the pixel the first semiconductor region of the first conductivity type is provided laterally to the
semiconductor region of the first conductivity type of the photoelectric conversion portion,

in the cross section of the pixel the first semiconductor region of the first conductivity type and the second semiconductor
region of the second conductivity type are arranged along the depth direction,

the semiconductor region of the second conductivity type including the second semiconductor region of the second conductivity
type continuously and laterally extends from a position where the second semiconductor region of the second conductivity type
is provided to a position under the semiconductor region of the first conductivity type included in the photoelectric conversion
portion,

the semiconductor region of the first conductivity type and an extended portion of the semiconductor region of the second
conductivity type which is laterally extended under the semiconductor region of the first conductivity type are arranged in
order along a line oriented in the depth direction, and

the extended portion is provided under the semiconductor region of the first conductivity type of the photoelectric conversion
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,773,827

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA WHERE THE PLURALITY OF PIXELS FORM A PIXEL GROUP UNDER A SINGLE MICROLENS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor including a semiconductor substrate having a first face and a second face opposite to the first
face, the solid-state image sensor comprising:
a plurality of pixel groups each including first and second photoelectric converters located in the semiconductor substrate,
a floating diffusion, a first transistor through which the first photoelectric converter is connected to the floating diffusion,
a second transistor through which the second photoelectric converter is connected to the floating diffusion, and an amplifier
transistor configured to output a signal according to a potential of the floating diffusion;

a wiring layer located at a side of the first face of the semiconductor substrate;
a plurality of microlenses located at a side of the second face of the semiconductor substrate, wherein each of the plurality
of microlens is provided for the first and second photoelectric converters of a corresponding one of the plurality of pixel
groups; and

a plurality of color filters located between the plurality of microlenses and the semiconductor substrate, the plurality of
color filters including plural color types having colors different from each other,

wherein the plurality of color filters are arranged such that only one color type is provided for the first and second photoelectric
converters of each of the plurality of pixel groups.

US Pat. No. 9,772,568

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising, in this order:
a support;
an undercoat layer that contains at most 10 mass % metal oxide; and
a photosensitive layer, wherein
the undercoat layer contains a polymerized product of a composition containing at least one anthraquinone derivative selected
from the group consisting of formula (1) and formula (2):



where R101 and R102 each independently represent an oxygen atom, C(CN)2, C(CN)R112 or NR113, and R112 and R113 each represent a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group;

R103, R104 and R106 to R110 each independently represent a group having any one of a hydroxy group, a thiol group, an amino group, and a carboxyl group,
a hydrogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, a halogen atom, a
nitro group, a cyano group, an alkoxy group, or an alkoxycarbonyl group;

R111 represents (i) a substituted or unsubstituted alkylene group, a substituted or unsubstituted cycloalkylene group, a substituted
or unsubstituted arylene group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group, (ii) a group derived by substituting
part of a methylene group in a main chain of the substituted or unsubstituted alkylene group with at least one kind selected
from the group consisting of an oxygen atom, a sulfur atom, NH, NR114, a carbonyl group, a sulfonyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted cycloalkylene group, and a substituted or unsubstituted
arylene group, (iii) a divalent group obtained by bonding a plurality of groups selected from the group consisting of the
substituted or unsubstituted cycloalkylene group, the substituted or unsubstituted arylene group, and the substituted or unsubstituted
heterocyclic group with at least one kind of bonding group selected from the group consisting of a single bond, an oxygen
atom, a sulfur atom, NH, NR114, a carbonyl group, and a sulfonyl group, or (iv) a group obtained by bonding, to the substituted or unsubstituted arylene
group or the divalent group obtained by the bonding with the bonding group, at least one kind selected from the group consisting
of an oxygen atom, a sulfur atom, NH, NR115, a carbonyl group, and a sulfonyl group;

R114 and R115 each independently represent an alkyl group or an aryl group;

at least one of R103, R104 and R106 to R111 represents a group having any one of a hydroxy group, a thiol group, an amino group, and a carboxyl group;

R105 represents a methylene group, a carbonyl group or NH;

R201 and R202 each independently represent an oxygen atom, C(CN)2, C(CN)R212 or NR213, and R212 and R213 each represent a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group;

R203 to R205 and R207 to R210 each independently represent a group having any one of a hydroxy group, a thiol group, an amino group, and a carboxyl group,
a hydrogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, a halogen atom, a
nitro group, a cyano group, an alkoxy group, or an alkoxycarbonyl group;

R211 represents (i) a substituted or unsubstituted alkylene group, a substituted or unsubstituted cycloalkylene group, a substituted
or unsubstituted arylene group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group, (ii) a group derived by substituting
part of a methylene group in a main chain of the substituted or unsubstituted alkylene group with at least one kind selected
from the group consisting of an oxygen atom, a sulfur atom, NH, NR214, a carbonyl group, a sulfonyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted cycloalkylene group, and a substituted or unsubstituted
arylene group, (iii) a divalent group obtained by bonding a plurality of groups selected from the group consisting of the
substituted or unsubstituted cycloalkylene group, the substituted or unsubstituted arylene group, and the substituted or unsubstituted
heterocyclic group with at least one kind of bonding group selected from the group consisting of a single bond, an oxygen
atom, a sulfur atom, NH, NR214, a carbonyl group, and a sulfonyl group, or (iv) a group obtained by bonding, to the substituted or unsubstituted arylene
group or the divalent group obtained by the bonding with the bonding group, at least one kind selected from the group consisting
of an oxygen atom, a sulfur atom, NH, NR215, a carbonyl group, and a sulfonyl group;

R214 and R215 each independently represent an alkyl group or an aryl group;

at least one of R203 to R205 and R207 to R211 represents a group having any one of a hydroxy group, a thiol group, an amino group, and a carboxyl group; and

R206 represents a methylene group, a carbonyl group or NH.

US Pat. No. 9,772,589

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a transferring portion which transfers a toner image onto a sheet;
a fixing portion which fixes the transferred toner image onto the sheet by heat;
a switching member which switches a conveying path of the sheet fixed by the fixing portion;
a sheet conveying portion which is provided downstream in a sheet conveyance direction of the switching member to convey the
sheet;

a first sheet detector which detects the sheet guided by the switching member;
a second sheet detector configured to detect the sheet conveyed; and
a controller configured to control an operation of the sheet conveying portion so that each of the following scenarios is
met:

(a) in a case that the controller determines a sheet jam occurs based on a signal from the second sheet detector and the first
sheet detector detects the sheet at a time when the controller determines the sheet jam occurs, the controller configuration
is such that the controller executes a conveying action to drive the sheet conveying portion until an upstream edge of the
sheet in the sheet conveyance direction passes through the switching member and then stops the sheet conveying portion,

(b) in a case that the controller determines a sheet jam occurs based on a signal from the second sheet detector and the first
sheet detector does not detect the sheet at a time when the controller determines the sheet jam occurs, the controller configuration
is such that the controller stops the sheet conveying portion without operating the conveying action according to a signal
to show that the first sheet detector does not detect the sheet in a case that occurrence of jam is determined, and

(c) in a case that the controller determines that a sheet jam occurs according to a signal from only the first sheet detector,
the controller configuration is such that the controller stops the conveying portion without operating the conveying action.

US Pat. No. 9,738,479

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a stacking portion on which the sheet, having the image formed on the sheet by the image forming unit, is to be stacked;
a first roller rotatable in a forward rotation direction and in a reverse rotation direction;
a second roller configured to discharge the sheet to the stacking portion by rotating with the first roller which is rotating
in the forward rotation direction;

a third roller configured to convey a sheet, having an image formed on a first side of the sheet by the image forming unit,
to the image forming unit again to form an image on a second side of the sheet, opposite to the first side of the sheet, by
rotating with the first roller which is rotating in the forward rotation direction after rotating in the reverse rotation
direction;

a regulation portion configured to be movable between a regulation position, where conveying of the sheet stacked on the stacking
portion in a direction opposite to a discharge direction by the second roller is regulated, and an allowing position, where
discharging of the sheet by the first roller and the second roller is allowed;

a movement unit configured to move the regulation portion between the regulation position and the allowing position; and
a switching portion configured to be movable between a first position where the sheet having the image formed on the sheet
by the image forming unit is guided by the switching portion to a conveying portion formed by the first roller and the second
roller and a second position where the sheet having the image formed on the sheet by the image forming unit is guided by the
switching portion to a conveying portion formed by the first roller and the third roller, wherein the switching portion and
the regulation portion are configured to rotate coaxially,

wherein the movement unit positions the regulation portion at the allowing position in a state where the first roller is rotating
in the forward rotation direction, and positions the regulation portion at the regulation position in a state where the first
roller is rotating in the reverse rotation direction,

wherein the regulation portion, positioned at the regulation position, blocks an exit of the conveying portion formed by the
first roller and the second roller, and

wherein, when the regulation portion is positioned at the regulation position, the second roller is positioned at a position
that is the same position at which the second roller is positioned when the regulation portion is positioned at the allowing
position.

US Pat. No. 9,737,216

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

14. A method for acquiring object information, the method comprising:
a step of controlling a light irradiation unit to irradiate an object that comprises biological tissue with first pulsed light
and second pulsed light;

a step of controlling an acoustic wave probe to convert an acoustic wave generated in the object due to the first pulsed light
into an acoustic wave signal;

a step of controlling a photo-detection unit to convert the second pulsed light which has propagated through the object into
a first optical signal having a temporal waveform;

a step of receiving the acoustic wave signal due to the acoustic wave generated by irradiation of the first pulsed light to
the object that comprises the biological tissue;

a step of receiving a first optical signal having the temporal waveform due to the second pulsed light which has propagated
through the object;

a step of converting the first optical signal having the temporal waveform into a frequency domain;
a step of calculating, using a first component of a predetermined frequency of the first optical signal in the frequency domain,
optical coefficient data of the object;

a step of calculating, using the optical coefficient data, a light intensity distribution, of the first pulsed light, with
which the object is irradiated, in the object, the optical coefficient data including a background absorption coefficient
for an area through which light passes after being provided to the object and before reaching a light absorber in the object
and a background scattering coefficient for the area in the object; and

a step of acquiring object information, using the acoustic wave signal and the light intensity distribution,
wherein the object information is a distribution of the absorption coefficient in the object, a distribution of concentrations
of substances in the object, or a distribution of oxygen saturation in the object.

US Pat. No. 9,773,189

RECOGNITION APPARATUS AND RECOGNITION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recognition apparatus comprising:
one or more non-transitory computer-readable storage devices; and
one or more computer processing devices connected to the one or more non-transitory computer-readable storage devices and
configured by one or more programs stored in the one or more non-transitory computer-readable storage devices at least to:

extract object candidate regions from an image;
extract a first feature value and a second feature value from each of the extracted object candidate regions, the first feature
value being a value used for determining an attribute of the image, the second feature value being a value different from
the first feature value and used for determining whether the object candidate region is a region showing an object included
in the image or not;

determine the attribute of the image for each of the extracted object candidate regions on a basis of the first feature value,
and determine whether the extracted object candidate region is a region showing the object or not each on a basis of the second
feature value; and

identify the attribute of the image by integrating determination results regarding the attribute of the image in, among the
object candidate regions, object candidate regions determined each as a region showing the object.

US Pat. No. 9,773,193

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

inputting an image;
determining, based on a quality of a processed image that is obtained by performing image processing on the input image using
a reference image, whether to acquire another reference image from a communication apparatus using a search key according
to the input image;

identifying an object in the input image;
specifying, based on the identified object, the search key for searching for the another reference image used in performing
the image processing on the input image;

acquiring, according to a result of the determining, the another reference image from the communication apparatus using the
search key; and

performing image processing by using the another reference image acquired from the communication apparatus, if the another
reference image is acquired.

US Pat. No. 9,770,911

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS WITH BEAM-SHAPED MEMBERS IN FLOW PASSAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
an ejection element substrate configured to eject liquid; and
a flow passage configured to guide the liquid to the ejection element substrate, wherein the flow passage includes:
a first beam-shaped member configured to divide the flow passage into a plurality of flow passages, and
a plurality of second beam-shaped members which are provided on a downstream side of the first beam-shaped member in a liquid-flowing
direction so as to sandwich a line extending from the first beam-shaped member in the liquid-flowing direction, wherein

the flow passage is divided into two flow passages including a first flow passage and a second flow passage by the first beam-shaped
member extending in the liquid-flowing direction, and the first flow passage and the second flow passage are different from
each other with respect to velocity at which the liquid flows therethrough.

US Pat. No. 9,742,932

FAX DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, FAX DATA MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A fax data management system comprising:
a processor; and
a memory coupled with the processor, the memory containing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor
to perform a process comprising:

managing, in a case where a fax number of received fax data is not registered in address book data in which a name and a fax
number of a source of transmission are registered in association with each other, the fax number of the received fax data
as unregistered address information;

generating a preview image from the received fax data;
displaying, on a display, the managed unregistered address information and the preview image generated from the received fax
data corresponding to the unregistered address information; and

registering a fax number, the fax number being selected from the displayed unregistered address information based on a user's
instruction, the selected fax number being registered into the address book data, the registered fax number being associated
with a name of a source of transmission.

US Pat. No. 9,774,775

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a first magnetic core and a first coil wound around the first magnetic core;
a second magnetic core and a second coil wound around the second magnetic core;
an imaging element provided between the first coil and the second coil; and
a magnetic member,
wherein the magnetic member includes
a first magnetic portion arranged between the first coil and one surface serving as a light-receiving surface side of the
imaging element,

a second magnetic portion arranged between the second coil and the other surface side opposite to the light-receiving surface
side of the imaging element, and

a third magnetic portion which connects the first magnetic portion and the second magnetic portion, and
wherein the first magnetic portion is arranged so as to face the first magnetic core, and/or the second magnetic portion is
arranged so as to face the second magnetic core.

US Pat. No. 9,740,137

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING ALTERNATING CURRENT BIAS CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a developing device that is disposed along a rotation direction with respect to the image bearing member, includes a first
developer bearing member and a second developer bearing member which bears a developer, and regulates the developer of the
second developer bearing member by the first developer bearing member by disposing the first developer bearing member disposed
on an upstream side in the rotation direction of the image bearing member and the second developer bearing member disposed
on a downstream side in the rotation direction of the image bearing member with a gap therebetween in a non-contact manner;

a bias application portion that is used to apply a first developing bias to the first developer bearing member and apply a
second developing bias to the second developer bearing member, the first developing bias containing a direct current bias
and an alternating current bias in a superimposing manner, the second developing bias containing a direct current bias and
an alternating current bias in a superimposing manner; and

a controller that controls at least one of the alternating current bias of the first developing bias applied to the first
developer bearing member and the alternating current bias of the second developing bias applied to the second developer bearing
member,

wherein the controller is configured to be able to execute a mode in which a first difference between an amplitude of the
alternating current bias of the first developing bias applied to the first developer bearing member and an amplitude of the
alternating current bias of the second developing bias applied to the second developer bearing member at a time of non-image
formation is set to be large compared to a second difference between an amplitude of the alternating current bias of the first
developing bias applied to the first developer bearing member and an amplitude of the alternating current bias of the second
developing bias applied the second developer bearing member at a time of image formation.

US Pat. No. 9,738,088

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a recording unit, configured to perform recording on a recording medium using a pigment ink including a pigment coloring material
and a transparent liquid including resin and substantially not including a coloring material, and provided with a first nozzle
for discharging the pigment ink and a second nozzle for discharging the transparent liquid;

a control unit configured to cause the recording unit to form a first detection patch and a second detection patch on the
recording medium which are used for adjustment of a relative recording position between the first nozzle and the second nozzle
on the recording medium;

a detection unit configured to detect information indicating a relative position between the first detection patch and the
second detection patch in a predetermined direction based on a measurement result of reflected light when areas respectively
including the first and the second detection patches formed on the recording medium by the recording unit are irradiated with
light; and

a determination unit configured to determine a relative adjustment amount of an application position between the first nozzle
and the second nozzle in the predetermined direction based on a detection result by the detection unit,

wherein the control unit causes the recording unit to form the first detection patch by the pigment ink using the first nozzle
on the recording medium and to dispose a coating material including resin on an edge portion of the first detection patch,
and to form a ground by a pigment ink on the recording medium and to form the second detection patch by applying the transparent
liquid on the formed ground by the second nozzle, and the detection unit detects the information by measuring specular reflected
light from an area including the first detection patch on which the coating material is disposed irradiated with light and
measuring specular reflected light from an area including the second detection patch irradiated with light.

US Pat. No. 9,742,980

FOCUS CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus control apparatus for detecting a phase difference between two images to acquire defocus information, comprising
at least one processor or one circuitry which functions as:
an acquiring unit which acquires first defocus information by detecting a phase difference between two images in a first direction
based on an output of an image sensor corresponding to a first region in an area of a captured image, and acquires second
defocus information by detecting a phase difference between two images in the first direction based on an output of the image
sensor corresponding to a second region in the area; and

a control unit which obtains defocus information corresponding to the area using both the first defocus information acquired
based on the output of the image sensor corresponding to the first region and the second defocus information acquired based
on the output of the image sensor corresponding to the second region, and performs focus control based on the obtained defocus
information,

wherein the first region has a length longer than the length of the second region in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,774,810

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising:
a pixel array including a plurality of pixels;
a readout unit configured to read out a signal from the pixel array; and
a voltage supply unit,
wherein the pixel array, the readout unit, and the voltage supply unit are arranged in a semiconductor substrate,
the readout unit includes a plurality of circuit blocks and the plurality of circuit blocks are respectively arranged in a
plurality of regions electrically isolated from each other in the semiconductor substrate, at least a part of each of the
plurality of circuit blocks being arranged in a corresponding one of the plurality of regions,

when latchup has occurred in at least one circuit block out of the plurality of circuit blocks, the voltage supply unit shuts
off supply of a power supply voltage to the region, out of the plurality of regions, in which at least the part of the at
least one circuit block is arranged, and thereafter performs the supply of the power supply voltage to the region in which
at least the part of the at least one circuit block is arranged, and

the voltage supply unit supplies the power supply voltage to the region, out of the plurality of regions, in which at least
the part of the circuit block where no latchup has occurred is arranged, while shutting off the supply of the power supply
voltage to the region in which at least the part of the at least one circuit block is arranged.

US Pat. No. 9,742,221

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE, POWER SUPPLY METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power transmission device that wirelessly supplies power to a power reception device, the power transmission device comprising:
one or more processors; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the power transmission device to perform
operations comprising:

a determining, when the power transmission device has been supplying power to a first power reception device and receives
a predetermined request from a second power reception device, determine whether a power supply destination is to be changed
from the first power reception device to the second power reception device, based on a battery residual capacity of the second
power reception device;

a controlling, when the determining determines the power supply destination is to be changed from the first power reception
device to the second power reception device, the power transmission device to stop power supply to the first power reception
device and to start power supply to the second power reception device; and

wherein, when the determining determines that the power supply destination is not to be changed from the first power reception
device to the second power reception device, the power transmission device transmits to the second power reception device
a refusal notification indicating that the power transmission device will not be supplying power to the second power reception
device.

US Pat. No. 9,740,953

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a controller including a memory storing instructions and a processor which executes the instructions, the controller being
configured to function as:

an identification unit configured to identify a quadrilateral shape determined to be representing four sides of a document
area based on a group of candidate lines detected for each side of the document area in an input image;

an area designation unit configured to change the quadrilateral shape identified by the identification unit, based on an instruction
from a user; and

a skew correction unit configured to perform skew correction on the input image based on the quadrilateral shape as a result
of the change by the area designation unit,

wherein the area designation unit includes:
a first display control unit configured to control a display to display the quadrilateral shape identified by the identification
unit in such a manner as to be overlapped with the input image;

a selection unit configured to select a side of the quadrilateral shape displayed by the first display control unit, based
on an instruction from the user;

a second display control unit configured to control the display to display a group of candidate lines for a side selected
by the selection unit;

a determination unit configured to determine, when a movement instruction for the side selected by the selection unit is received
from the user, whether to replace a position of the selected side with a position of one of the group of candidate lines,
based on a distance between the position of the side for which the movement has been instructed and the position of the one
of the group of candidate lines; and

a replacing unit configured to replace the position of the side selected by the selection unit with the position of the one
of the group of candidate lines, in a case where the determination unit determines that the replacement is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,743,004

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS INCLUDING ROTATABLY SUPPORTED STRUCTURE, AND FLEXIBLE PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus including an apparatus main unit and a structure supported rotatably with respect to the apparatus
main unit, comprising:
a shaft that is supported by the apparatus main unit and is disposed in a center of rotation of the structure; and
a flexible printed circuit board that is wrapped around and held by an outer peripheral surface of said shaft via a joining
member,

wherein said flexible printed circuit board includes:
a wrapping start portion from which wrapping of said flexible printed circuit board around said shaft is started;
a wrapping body portion having a wiring portion, a width of said wrapping body portion in a thrust direction of said shaft
being larger than a width of said wrapping start portion; and

an expansion portion that is provided between said wrapping start portion and said wrapping body portion, a width of said
expansion portion in the thrust direction of said shaft continuously expanding from the width of said wrapping start portion
to the width of said wrapping body portion;

wherein in said flexible printed circuit board, a coverlay opening area where a coverlay is made open is formed in at least
said wrapping start portion and said expansion portion, and

wherein the coverlay opening area has a length which makes it possible to wrap at least one turn of said flexible printed
circuit board around said shaft by using only the coverlay opening area from said wrapping start portion.

US Pat. No. 9,743,018

RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging system comprising:
a detection unit configured to include a plurality of pixels which are arranged in a matrix and which output pixel values
by converting radial rays into charges and to output image information;

driving control means for causing the plurality of pixels to perform a resetting operation until a signal indicating irradiation
with radial rays is supplied and to stop the resetting operation and perform an operation of accumulating charges when the
signal indicating irradiation with radial rays is supplied, and for performing an operation of reading pixel values of the
plurality of pixels after the irradiation with radial rays is terminated so as to output image information corresponding to
the irradiation with radial rays;

correction coefficient obtaining means for calculating correction coefficients in accordance with the image information output
from the detection unit; and

image correction means for correcting the image information output from the detection unit using the correction coefficients
calculated by the correction coefficient obtaining means,

wherein the correction coefficient obtaining means sets a pair of a first pixel value of a pixel included in a row which has
been subjected to the resetting operation after the irradiation with radial rays is started and a second pixel value of a
pixel which is included in a row which has not been subjected to the resetting operation after the irradiation with radial
rays is started and which is included in a column including the pixel having the first pixel value, and

the correction coefficients are calculated using the pair of values which belong to different columns.

US Pat. No. 9,764,550

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD SUBSTRATE AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head substrate comprising:
a heating resistor array including a plurality of heating resistors;
a protective film covering at least one of the heating resistors;
a supply opening array on a side of a surface of the liquid ejection head substrate on which the protective film is provided,
the supply opening array including a plurality of supply openings through which a liquid is supplied arranged in a direction
along the heating resistor array; and

an electrode disposed on the side of the surface in a space between the supply openings adjacent to each other in a direction
along the supply opening array, the electrode being configured such that a voltage is applied between the electrode and the
protective film,

wherein the protective film and the electrode are each disposed at a position at which the protective film and the electrode
are touchable with a liquid.

US Pat. No. 9,733,548

FOCAL-PLANE SHUTTER AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A focal-plane shutter comprising:
a base plate in which an aperture is formed;
a blade movable with respect to the base plate so as to shut or open the aperture;
a blade drive member connected to the blade and moving with respect to the base plate to move the blade;
an acceleration member moving with respect to the base plate in contact with the blade drive member in part of a movable range
of the blade to provide a driving force to the blade drive member;

a lock member including a stopper portion that contacts a contact portion of the blade drive member after completion of a
movement of the blade to reduce bounce of the blade drive member, the lock member being movable between (a) a first position
where the stopper portion enters a movable area of the contact portion with a movement of the blade drive member and thereby
the stopper portion is contactable with the contact portion and (b) a second position where the stopper portion is located
outside the movable area of the contact portion; and

a biasing member biasing the lock member from the second position toward the first position,
wherein:
during the movement of the blade, the contact portion pushes the lock member and thereby the lock member is moved from the
first position to the second position;

before the completion of the movement of the blade, the contact portion is away from the lock member and thereby the lock
member is moved from the second position to the first position; and

after the completion of the movement of the blade, the acceleration member pushes the lock member and thereby the lock member
is moved from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,731,502

PRINTING APPARATUS AND DATA TRANSFER METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus which causes a printhead to print on a print medium by transferring a plurality of data to the printhead
and driving the printhead while moving the printhead and the print medium relatively to each other, the apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a value on a priority for each of the plurality of data to transfer the plurality of data;
a generation unit configured to generate print timings of the printhead in accordance with (1) a moving speed of the printhead
or the print medium and (2) a print resolution of the printhead;

a selection unit configured to select, from the plurality of data, data to be transferred to the printhead in an interval
between a print timing generated by the generation unit and a next print timing following the print timing, based on the interval,
a data length of each of the plurality of data, and the values set by the setting unit; and

a transfer unit configured to transfer data selected by the selection unit to the printhead.

US Pat. No. 9,768,217

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSING DEVICE AND CAMERA WITH ASYMETRIC MICROLENSES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensing device including a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels are arranged,
wherein each of the plurality of pixels comprises:
a photoelectric conversion portion arranged in a substrate;
a microlens arranged above the photoelectric conversion portion;
an insulating member arranged between the substrate and the microlens; and
a light-guide portion configured to guide incident light that has passed through the microlens to the photoelectric conversion
portion, the light-guide portion being formed in the insulating member,

wherein the pixel array includes a central region and a peripheral region,
wherein in a pixel located in the peripheral region:
the microlens is arranged as being shifted towards a side of the central region in a shift direction with respect to the photoelectric
conversion portion,

in a cross-section along the shift direction, the microlens has an asymmetric shape with respect to a central line that is
perpendicular to an upper surface of the substrate and passes through a center of the microlens, and a highest portion of
the microlens is located on the side of the central region with respect to the central line, and

in the cross-section, the highest portion of the microlens having the asymmetric shape is located between a line that is perpendicular
to the upper surface of the substrate and passes through a center of the photoelectric conversion portion and a line that
is perpendicular to the upper surface of the substrate and passes through an end, on a side of the central region with respect
to the central line, of an upper surface of the light-guide portion.

US Pat. No. 9,733,594

DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developing container configured to accommodate a developer containing toner and carrier particles;
a cylindrical developing sleeve rotatable while carrying the developer in said developing container;
a magnet provided in said developing sleeve and configured to generate a magnetic force for holding the developer; and
a plurality of grooves provided at a developer carrying surface of said developing sleeve and formed along a direction crossing
a circumferential direction of said developing sleeve,

wherein in a cross-section perpendicular to a rotational axis of said developing sleeve, each of said grooves is formed by
a flat bottom portion contacting the carrier particle and a pair of side surface portions provided in both sides of said flat
bottom portion with respect to the circumferential direction of said developing sleeve and satisfies the following relationships:

r 2×r
r/2?s<2r,
where r is a volume-average particle size of the carrier particles, w is a length of the flat bottom portion measured in the
cross-section perpendicular to the rotational axis of said developing sleeve, L is a width between said side surface portions
at the surface of said developing sleeve in the cross-section perpendicular to the rotational axis of said developing sleeve,
and s is a depth of each of said grooves.

US Pat. No. 9,764,920

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, HAVING A BINDING UNIT WITH OPPOSED SURFACES TO NIP AND BIND A SHEET BUNDLE, AND HAVING A DETACHMENT UNIT TO DETACH SUCH BOUND SHEET BUNDLE FROM AT LEAST ONE OF THE SURFACES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for processing a sheet bundle including a sheet conveyed from an image forming unit, the apparatus comprising:
a binding unit including:
a first portion having a first protrusion and a second protrusion, and
a second portion having a first concave and a second concave, wherein the binding unit is configured to bind the sheet bundle
by the first protrusion nipping the sheet bundle with the first concave and the second protrusion nipping the sheet bundle
with the second concave; and

a detachment unit positioned between the first protrusion and the second protrusion and configured to urge the bound sheet
bundle away from the first portion such that the bound sheet bundle is detached from the first protrusion.

US Pat. No. 9,769,352

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING UNIQUE PORTIONS PERIODICALLY DISTRIBUTED IN A PRINTED IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

2. An image processing apparatus that performs a process of detecting a unique portion that occurs periodically in an inspection
target image, the apparatus comprising:
a filtering unit configured to perform a filtering process that averages pixel values in pixels consisting of a pixel of a
part area of the inspection target image and peripheral pixels of the pixel of the part area of the inspection target image,
which are determined according to a size of a filter, for each of pixels of the part area of the inspection target image;

an addition unit configured to add values resulting from the filtering process for each of pixels of the part area of the
inspection target image in relation to pixel positions in the inspection target image; and

a setting unit configured to, with respect to a period ? with which the unique portion of a detection target appears, set
a size S in the filtering process in a direction in which the unique portion may appear with the period ?, so as to meet S

US Pat. No. 9,733,431

NOISE REDUCTION DEVICE AND DETECTION APPARATUS INCLUDING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A noise reduction device comprising:
a splitting unit configured to split pulsed light generated in a first period into three or more pulsed light beams;
a delaying unit configured to provide the three or more pulsed light beams with different delay times; and
a combining unit configured to combine the three or more pulsed light beams,
wherein among the three or more pulsed light beams, two pulsed light beams whose delay times provided by the delaying unit
are closest to each other are configured such that the following expression is satisfied:

tk?T where tk is a difference between their delay times and T is the first period.

US Pat. No. 9,766,548

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, EXPOSURE METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus for exposing a substrate to light, the exposure apparatus comprising:
a projection optical system configured to project light from a reticle onto the substrate;
a processor configured to estimate a variation in imaging characteristic of the projection optical system, based on a first
model equation or a second model equation; and

an adjusting device configured to adjust the imaging characteristic of the projection optical system based on the variation
estimated by the processor,

wherein the processor is configured to generate, in a case where an error of the imaging characteristic of the projection
optical system adjusted by the adjusting device based on the variation, which is estimated based on the first model equation
including a first number of models for estimating the variation and determined in advance without the reticle, does not fall
within a predetermined tolerance, the second model equation including a second number of models for estimating the variation
based on the error, the second number being larger than the first number.

US Pat. No. 9,769,401

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a substrate comprising a pixel region where a photoelectric conversion element is arranged;
a first structure comprising:
a first insulating film having a first opening portion which is over the photoelectric conversion element; and
a wiring layer in the first insulating film;
a first insulator comprising:
a first portion arranged in the first opening portion; and
a second portion covering an upper surface of the first portion and an upper surface of the first structure other than an
inner surface of the first opening portion, the first portion and the second portion contacting each other and containing
the same material;

a second structure comprising:
a second insulating film having a second opening portion which is over the first opening portion; and
a wiring layer arranged in the second insulating film; and
a second insulator comprising a third portion in the second opening portion,
wherein a hydrogen concentration of the second portion of the first insulator is higher than a hydrogen concentration of a
portion of the first insulating film, and

an area of an upper surface of the first portion is larger than an area of a lower surface of the third portion which is over
the first portion.

US Pat. No. 9,769,404

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

14. A camera comprising:
a solid-state image sensor comprising a pixel array includes at least one light-receiving pixel having a first photoelectric
converter, a second photoelectric converter and one microlens provided in common for both the first photoelectric converter
and the second photoelectric converter, and at least one light-shielded pixel having a third photoelectric converter and a
fourth photoelectric converter, and a processor configured to process a signal from the pixel array; and

a processing unit configured to process a signal output from the solid-state image sensor,
wherein in reading signals output from each of the first row and the second row, the processor holds (a) a first signal corresponding
to charges of only a part of the plurality of photoelectric converters of the light-receiving pixel, (b) a second signal obtained
by adding a signal corresponding to charges of a part of the plurality of photoelectric converters of the light-receiving
pixel and a signal corresponding to charges of another part of the plurality of photoelectric converters of the light-receiving
pixel, and (c) a third signal obtained by adding a signal corresponding to charges of a part of the plurality of photoelectric
converters of the light-shielded pixel and a signal corresponding to charges of another part of the plurality of photoelectric
converters of the light-shielded pixel, and

wherein in a period from starting output of signals with the first row to starting output of signals associated with the second
row, the processor outputs (a) a signal associated with the first signal, (b) a signal associated with the second signal,
and (c) a signal associated with the third signal, and in the period, the processor does not output (d) a signal corresponding
to charges of only a part of the plurality of photoelectric converters of the light-shielded pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,766,577

HEATING DEVICE FOR IMAGE FIXING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A heating device for heating a toner image on a sheet via a fixing film, comprising:
a substrate disposed such that a first direction of the substrate orthogonal to a conveying direction of the fixing film is
longitudinal;

a first heating member formed by first and second heating resistors that are disposed in a manner substantially symmetrical
with respect to a predetermined reference position in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction of said substrate;
and

a second heating member formed by third and fourth heating resistors that are disposed farther from the reference position
in the second direction of said substrate than said first and second heating resistors and that are arranged in a manner substantially
symmetrical with respect to the reference position, said second heating member being capable of generating heat independently
of said first heating member,

wherein power-supply electrodes connected to said first heating member and power-supply electrodes connected to said second
heating member are all disposed at one end of said substrate in the longitudinal direction,

wherein an end of said first heating member and an end of said second heating member, which are located at the other end of
said substrate in the first direction, are configured not to be electrically conducted to each other,

wherein in said second heating member, ends of the third and fourth heating resistors located at the other end of said substrate
in the first direction are electrically conducted to each other, and

wherein said first heating member and said second heating member are configured to be capable of concurrently receiving power,
causing said first heating member and said second heating member to be capable of concurrently generating heat.

US Pat. No. 9,762,752

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR VISUAL GRADATION CORRECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

9. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium storing a program for causing a computer to execute an image forming
method, the image forming method comprising:
forming a set of reference patches including a plurality of reference patches each corresponding to a different one of a plurality
of different density regions with a first screen type and forming the set of reference patches with a second screen type different
from the first screen type by using a forming unit;

inputting a comparison result between each of the plurality of reference patches included in the set of reference patches
formed with the first screen type and a corresponding one of a plurality of confirmation patches, and input a comparison result
between each of the plurality of reference patches included in the set of reference patches formed with the second screen
type and a corresponding one of the plurality of confirmation patches; and

generating, based on input information, correction information for correcting a density of an image to be formed by the forming
unit with the first screen type and correction information for correcting a density of an image to be formed by the forming
unit with the second screen type by using a generation unit,

wherein first correction information being information for correcting an image, formed with the first screen type, having
a highest density among the plurality of density regions and second correction information being information for correcting
an image, formed with the second screen type, having a highest density among the plurality of density regions are each a value
generated by the generation unit based on a first comparison result between a reference patch, having the highest density
among the plurality of density regions, included in the set of reference patches formed with the first screen type and a corresponding
one of the plurality of confirmation patches, and a second comparison result between a reference patch, having the highest
density among the plurality of density regions, included in the set of reference patches formed with the second screen type
and a corresponding one of the plurality of confirmation patches, and the first correction information and the second correction
information are the same.

US Pat. No. 9,762,753

APPARATUS WHICH CAUSES A DEVICE TO PRINT AN IMAGE AFTER COMMUNICATION WITH THE DEVICE VIA A SHORT DISTANCE WIRELESS COMMUNICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus which causes a device to print an image, the apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
a display screen,
wherein a state of the apparatus is changed from a first state to a second state when the image is settled as a print target
by a user, the first state being a state in which the at least one processor does not cause the device to print the image
even if the apparatus is put close to the device and the second state being a state in which the at least one processor can
cause the device to print the image if the apparatus is put close to the device,

wherein the at least one processor causes the display screen to display first information for confirmation of the image and
not to display second information for prompting the user to put the apparatus close to the device for printing the image before
the image is settled as the print target by the user when the state of the apparatus is the first state,

wherein the at least one processor causes the display screen to display the second information with the first information,
after the image is settled as the print target and when the state of the apparatus is the second state, and

wherein after the apparatus in the second state performs a short distance wireless communication with the device, the device
prints the image.

US Pat. No. 9,762,802

IMAGE BLURRING CORRECTION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, OPTICAL DEVICE AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image blurring correction apparatus comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate first shake correction data based on a shake signal, and generate second shake correction
data based on the shake signal so as to obtain a greater shake correction effect than the first shake correction data; and

a calculation unit configured to use the first shake correction data in a case of a first movie shooting mode to calculate
a shake correction amount that is a movement amount of an image blur correction unit, and to use the second shake correction
data in a case of a second movie shooting mode to calculate the shake correction amount,

wherein the first movie shooting mode is transitioned to the second movie shooting mode when a magnitude of the shake signal
is less than or equal to a first predetermined range and the second movie shooting mode is transitioned to the first movie
shooting mode when the magnitude of the shake signal is greater than or equal to a second predetermined range,

wherein the first movie shooting mode is a mode that performs a change to a cut-off frequency of a filter at all driving positions
of the image blur correction unit,

wherein the second movie shooting mode is a mode that does not perform a change to the cut-off frequency of the filter at
driving positions of the image blur correction unit that are at or below a predetermined value, and

wherein when transitioning from the first movie shooting mode to the second movie shooting mode, the calculation unit obtains
a difference between the second shake correction data and the first shake correction data at the time of the transition, and
uses corrected second shake correction data obtained by subtracting the difference from the second shake correction data to
calculate the shake correction amount.

US Pat. No. 9,760,250

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device, comprising:
a communication unit configured to communicate with an external device;
an acquisition unit configured to access a device in which content data files are stored; and
a control unit configured to provide, in response to a request from the external device, information of at least one of the
stored content data files to the external device via the communication unit,

wherein, when the control unit receives from the external device a request that requests information of content data files
and that specifies a number, the control unit transmits to the external device the specified number of information of content
data files in an order from a newest content data file from among the stored content data files.

US Pat. No. 9,760,582

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a processor;
a storage configured to store a plurality of image data and a face dictionary in which, as image data for identification of
a person, a plurality of face images has been registered in association with the person, an upper limit having a predetermined
number of image data that are able to be registered in the face dictionary per the person; and

a memory having stored thereon instructions that when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
specify a number of image data in which a face of the person registered with the face dictionary among the image data stored
in the storage exists; and

update the face dictionary by reselecting the predetermined number of image data, not in excess of the upper limit, of images
to be used for the face dictionary according to the specified number of image data;

wherein the processor decreases a frequency for updating the face dictionary as the image data associated with the person
increases beyond the upper limit.

US Pat. No. 9,757,028

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire a confocal image and a nonconfocal image of an eye to be inspected;
a display unit configured to display at least one of the acquired confocal image and the acquired nonconfocal image;
an analysis unit configured to analyze the acquired confocal image and the acquired nonconfocal image; and
a display control unit configured to change a display form displayed on the display unit in accordance with an analysis result
obtained by the analysis unit,

wherein the analysis unit comprises an evaluation value calculating unit configured to calculate evaluation values in the
acquired confocal image and the acquired nonconfocal image regarding a predetermined evaluation item, and

wherein the display control unit is configured to change the display form in accordance with a comparison result of the corresponding
evaluation values in the acquired confocal image and the acquired nonconfocal image.

US Pat. No. 9,757,029

FUNDUS IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging method comprising:
irradiating an imaging area of an object to be inspected with a first light beam which is scanned by a scan unit, and taking
a first image of the object to be inspected based on return light of the first light beam;

measuring aberration generated in the object to be inspected;
correcting the aberration in accordance with the measured aberration using an aberration correcting unit;
detecting a moving amount of the object to be inspected;
adjusting the imaging area by using the scan unit so as to correct the detected moving amount having a first amount; and
adjusting the imaging area by using the aberration correcting unit so as to correct the detected moving amount having a second
amount smaller than the first amount, the scan unit not being used for correcting the detected moving amount having the second
amount.

US Pat. No. 9,758,324

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:
a stacking portion on which sheets are stacked;
a rotator conveying a sheet by rotating in a contact state with the sheet stacked on the stacking portion;
a separating member pressing the rotator and separating the sheets one by one at a contact portion where the rotator and the
separating member contact each other;

a holder holding the separating member;
a guide portion rotatably provided with the holder and capable of guiding a front end of the sheet to the contact portion,
the guide portion configured to rotate with respect to the holder in a direction separating from the rotator in a state where
the separating member presses the rotator;

a regulating portion regulating the guide portion from rotating in a direction approaching the rotator in a state where the
guide portion contacts against the regulating portion, and

a guide portion biasing member biasing the guide portion, at a position upstream of the contact portion in a sheet conveyance
direction, toward the rotator,

wherein the guide portion covers both the holder and the separating member from outside in a width direction orthogonal to
the sheet conveyance direction, and is arranged upstream of a downstream end, in the sheet conveyance direction, of the separating
member.

US Pat. No. 9,761,406

RADIATION TUBE AND RADIATION INSPECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation tube comprising:
an enclosure having an opening portion;
a cathode having an electron source configured to emit electrons disposed inside the enclosure;
an anode having a target unit configured to generate radiation in response to irradiation by being bombarded with electrons
emitted from the electron source and a front shield configured to collimate the radiation and form a fan beam radiation, the
front shield being disposed on the opening portion and having a proximal end closer to the target unit and a distal end farther
from which the target unit than the proximal end; and

an insulating tube having a pair of tube ends being connected to the cathode and the anode, respectively and configured to
form a vacuum envelope with the cathode and the anode,

wherein the front shield has a slit-shaped opening having a wide opening width and a narrow opening width, and
wherein the wide opening width at the proximal end is larger than a diameter of the target unit and the narrow opening width
at the proximal end is smaller than the diameter of the target unit.

US Pat. No. 9,757,863

ROBOT APPARATUS, EXCHANGER APPARATUS AND ROBOT SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot apparatus comprising a mounting portion that detachably supports a supported portion of an operating unit that
operates an operating object, wherein
the mounting portion includes:
a guiding unit that guides the supported portion so as to enable the supported portion to pass through from one end part of
the guiding unit to another end part thereof; and

a lock mechanism that moves the supported portion from the one end part of the guiding unit toward a mount position between
the one end part and the another end part, to thereby bring the supported portion into a restricting state at the mount position,
and moves the supported portion toward the another end part from the restricting state, to thereby bring the supported portion
from the restricting state into a releasing state.

US Pat. No. 9,752,870

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for generating a projection pattern used in three-dimensional measurement of a target
object, the information processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain first distance information of the target object based on a first image obtained by
capturing the target object onto which a first projection pattern is projected and to obtain second distance information of
the target object based on a second image obtained by capturing the target object onto which a second projection pattern is
projected, wherein the first projection pattern is generated based on a first projection code string and the second projection
pattern is generated based on a second projection code string;

a determination unit configured to determine a projection code string for generating a projection pattern to be projected
based on the first distance information and the second distance information;

a generation unit configured to generate a pattern image of the projection pattern to be projected based on a projection code
string determined by the determination unit;

an image capturing unit configured to capture the target object on which the pattern image is projected and to obtain an image;
a pattern obtaining unit configured to extract a captured pattern from the image to obtain a captured code string;
an association unit configured to collate the projection code string with the captured code string to perform association
between the projection code string and the captured code string; and

a measurement unit configured to measure distance information of the target object based on the association,
wherein the determination unit determines the projection code string based on the difference between a distance value indicated
by the first distance information and a distance value indicated by the second distance information.

US Pat. No. 9,753,395

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS ACQUIRING A DURATION OF OVERCHARGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing body that bears a developer image to be transferred to a recording material;
a charging member that charges the image bearing body;
a transfer member that transfers a developer image formed by development, using a developer, of an electrostatic image formed
by exposure of the charged image bearing body, from the image bearing body to a transferred body;

a voltage applying portion that applies a voltage to each of the charging member and the transfer member;
a current detecting portion that detects a current flowing through the transfer member;
a preliminary exposing portion that exposes the image bearing body after the developer image is transferred and before the
image bearing body is charged by the charging member;

a setting portion that sets a value of a transfer voltage applied to the transfer member by the voltage applying portion during
image formation; and

an acquiring portion is provided which acquires a duration of an overcharged state occurring in an area of the image bearing
body charged by the charging member after the image bearing body is exposed by the preliminary exposing portion,

wherein an adjustment operation being performed before image formation is started and after the charging member charges the
image bearing body, the adjustment operation involving the voltage applying portion applying a voltage with a predetermined
adjustment voltage value to the transfer member and the setting portion setting the transfer voltage value based on a current
value detected by the current detecting portion when the voltage applying portion applies the voltage, and

wherein adjustment is made to an interval between a first timing when the preliminary exposing portion starts exposing the
image bearing body before execution of the adjustment operation and a second timing when the voltage applying portion starts,
during the subsequent adjustment operation, applying the voltage with the adjustment voltage value to the transfer member
such that the second timing is later than a third timing when the duration acquired by the acquiring portion ends.

US Pat. No. 9,753,403

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR EXECUTING DEVELOPER REPLENISHMENT CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a latent image forming unit configured to form an electrostatic latent image on an image carrier based on an image signal;
a development unit that includes a circulation mechanism configured to circulate developer along a circulation course in the
development unit, and that is configured to develop the electrostatic latent image using the developer;

a sensor configured to detect a toner density of the developer in the development unit and output a detected value corresponding
to the detected toner density;

a determination unit configured to determine a replenishment amount of toner to the development unit based on the detected
value output by the sensor; and

a replenisher unit configured to replenish the development unit with toner based on the replenishment amount determined by
the determination unit,

wherein the determination unit reduces a long period ripple of the detected value that occurs in accordance with a period
of circulation of the developer along the circulation course by executing filter processing for reducing the long period ripple.

US Pat. No. 9,753,424

MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, MANAGEMENT DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, MANAGEMENT SYSTEM CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming device in which a consumable container is replaceably loaded, the image forming device comprising:
a memory;
a processor that can communicate with the memory;
a network unit configured to control a communication via a network, and
a detector that detects identification information of the consumable container loaded in the image forming device,
wherein the memory stores a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the image forming device to:
manage remaining amount information of a consumable contained in a loaded consumable container,
transmit, in response to a detection of identification information of a new consumable container loaded in the image forming
device by the detector, a first replacement notification to a management device which manages the image forming device via
the network unit,

wherein transmission data as the first replacement notification includes a main code indicating a load of the new consumable
container, a sub-code according to remaining amount information of the consumable contained in another consumable container
which had been removed before the detection by the detector, the detected identification information of the new consumable
container, and counter information corresponding to a value accumulated by the image forming device for each print processing,
and

transmit, when identification information of a new consumable container loaded in the image forming device is not detected
by the detector, a second replacement notification to the management device,

wherein transmission data as the second replacement notification includes the main code, the sub-code, the counter information
and information indicating that the new consumable container has not been identified.

US Pat. No. 9,752,924

CAPACITANCE TYPE TRANSDUCER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a capacitance type transducer comprising a plurality of cells each having a structure in which
a vibrating film is supported so as to be vibrated, the vibrating film comprising: a second electrode formed so that a gap
is interposed between the second electrode and a first electrode; and an insulating film formed on the second electrode,
the method comprising:
forming a sacrificial layer on the first electrode;
forming a layer including the vibrating film on the sacrificial layer;
forming an etching hole to remove the sacrificial layer; and
forming a sealing film configured to seal the etching hole,
the method further comprising, before the forming an etching hole to remove the sacrificial layer:
forming a through hole in the insulating film on the second electrode; and
forming a conductor film on the insulating film including the through hole to electrically connect a conductor in the through
hole and the second electrode to each other,

wherein the conductor film electrically connects second electrodes of the plurality of cells to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,756,278

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing system comprising an image capturing apparatus and an image processing apparatus outside the image
capturing apparatus, wherein
the image capturing apparatus includes:
a first development unit configured to develop RAW image data captured by an image capturing element and generate first developed
image data;

a recording unit configured to record the first developed image data;
an image data transmitting unit configured to transmit the RAW image data to the image processing apparatus through a network;
a display unit configured to display an image; and
a control unit configured to control operation of the respective units of the image capturing apparatus,
the image processing apparatus includes:
an image data receiving unit configured to receive the RAW image data from the image capturing apparatus through the network;
a second development unit configured to develop the RAW image data received by the image data receiving unit and generate
second developed image data; and

an access information transmitting unit configured to transmit access information for the second developed image data to the
image capturing apparatus after the second development unit finishes developing, and

wherein the control unit controls so as to display either the first developed image data in the image capturing apparatus
or the second developed image data in the image processing apparatus on the display unit based on the access information received
from the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,750,402

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus, comprising:
an image acquisition unit configured to acquire a fundus image of an eye to be examined; and
a correction unit configured to correct the fundus image in accordance with a degree of clouding of the eye such that, among
color components contained in the fundus image, a ratio of a blue component in the fundus image increases against a red component
and a green component.

US Pat. No. 9,720,483

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data transfer apparatus comprising:
a data transfer unit configured to perform data transfer between each of a plurality of master modules and a slave module
in response to a data transfer request of each of the master modules;

a detection unit configured to detect the data transfer request of each of the master modules; and
a control unit configured to control the data transfer unit from a normal operation mode to a power saving mode and to return
the data transfer unit from the power saving mode to the normal operation mode,

wherein, in a case where a first data transfer request of a first master module included in the master modules is detected
and then a second data transfer request of a second master module included in the master modules is detected by the detection
unit after the data transfer unit is shifted from the normal operation mode to the power saving mode by the control unit,
the control unit returns the data transfer unit from the power saving mode to the normal operation mode, and

the data transfer unit collectively transmits the first data transfer request and the second data transfer request to the
slave module and collectively performs data transfer processing corresponding to the first data transfer request and data
transfer processing corresponding to the second data transfer request.

US Pat. No. 9,718,187

ROBOT CONTROLLING METHOD, ROBOT APPARATUS, PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ASSEMBLY COMPONENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A robot controlling method for controlling an articulated robot, the articulated robot including joint driving devices
configured to drive respective joints of the articulated robot each including a servomotor, a reduction gear, a motor-side
angle detector configured to detect an output angle of the servomotor, and a reduction gear-side angle detector configured
to detect an output angle of the reduction gear, the robot controlling method comprising:
a feedback control step of carrying out feedback control on motion of the servomotors such that detection angles detected
by the respective motor-side angle detectors become target angles;

a leading end position calculation step of obtaining a position of a leading end of the articulated robot based on detection
angles detected by the respective reduction gear-side angle detectors;

a timing step of obtaining a time from a reference time point to a time point at which a vibration width, relative to a positioning
completion position, of the position of the leading end of the articulated robot calculated in the leading end position calculation
step converges within a convergence range;

a setting step of setting the time obtained in the timing step as a stopping duration, and
a control step of stopping the articulated robot for the stopping duration and thereafter returning to the feedback control
step.

US Pat. No. 9,718,234

IMPRINT LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprint apparatus that forms a pattern to an imprint material on a substrate by using a mold, the apparatus comprising:
an optical system;
a light-receiving element;
a detection optical system that guides light from a mark formed on the substrate and a mark formed on the mold to the light-receiving
element via the optical system,

wherein an imaging plane of the substrate surface to be image-formed by the optical system is positioned between the optical
system and the detection optical system;

wherein the detection optical system is movable along the imaging plane; and
an illumination system that emits illumination light for curing the imprint material;
wherein the optical system includes:
an optical element having a surface that transmits one of the illumination light and the light from the marks, and reflects
the other; and

a plate-shaped optical member that corrects aberration generated by the optical element,
wherein an inclination direction of the plate-shaped optical member is different from an inclination direction of the surface
of the optical element.

US Pat. No. 9,720,372

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main body of the apparatus;
a cartridge having a first unit and a second unit pivotably coupled to the first unit; and
a cartridge supporting member configured to support and move the cartridge, and configured to be movable with respect to the
main body between (i) a mounting and demounting position where the cartridge supporting member is located at an exterior of
the main body of the apparatus and is supported by the main body of the apparatus and allowing the cartridge to be mounted
to and demounted from the cartridge supporting member and (ii) an image forming position where the cartridge supporting member
is located within an interior of the main body to locate the cartridge at a position where the cartridge is allowed to perform
formation of an image,

wherein the first unit includes a position-restricted portion, and the first unit is located below the second unit in a state
in which the cartridge is mounted on the cartridge supporting member,

wherein the cartridge supporting member includes a position restricting portion configured to restrict movement of the cartridge
with respect to the cartridge supporting member by coming into contact with the position-restricted portion,

wherein the position-restricted portion is a projecting portion projecting downward from the first unit in a state in which
the cartridge is mounted on the cartridge supporting member,

wherein the position restricting portion includes a first contact portion to contact the position-restricted portion while
the cartridge supporting member is moving from the mounting and demounting position to the image forming position, and includes
a second contact portion to contact the position-restricted portion while the cartridge supporting member is moving from the
image forming position to the mounting and demounting position, and

wherein, while the cartridge supporting member is supporting the cartridge, at least one of the first contact portion and
the second contact portion does not contact the position-restricted portion.

US Pat. No. 9,720,628

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:
a printer apparatus; and
an information processing apparatus, wherein the information processing apparatus comprises:
a processor, and
a memory coupled with the processor, the memory containing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor
to perform operations comprising:

acquiring a largest data size from among data sizes of all data to be used for a variable portion of a document template,
generating stub data having same data size as the acquired largest data size,
generating print data by using the document template and the generated stub data, wherein the generated print data includes
a fixed portion of the document template, the stub data, and a reference list which includes a reference position information
indicating a position from which the stub data starts in the generated print data, and

generating a data source including data to be referred to at a time of printing for the variable portion, and
wherein the printer apparatus receives the generated print data and the generated data source, and
reconstructs the received print data by overwriting the stub data in the received print data with the received data source.

US Pat. No. 9,715,108

SCANNING OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A scanning optical apparatus, comprising:
a deflector which deflects incident light, the deflector having a fixed-shaft and a polygon mirror provided rotatably with
respect to the shaft;

a lens through which the light from the deflector passes; and
an optical box which accommodates the deflector and the lens, the optical box having a hole portion into which the shaft is
fitted;

wherein a concave portion, the center of which coincides with the center of the hole portion and the internal diameter of
which is larger than that of the hole portion, is provided in the optical box.

US Pat. No. 9,716,829

ZOOM LENSES AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE ZOOM LENSES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

9. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a zoom lens comprising, from an object side to an image side, a first magnification-varying group, an aperture stop and a
second magnification-varying group,

the first magnification-varying group comprising, from the object side to the image side: a first lens unit having a positive
refractive power configured not to move for zooming; a second lens unit having a negative refractive power configured to move
during zooming; and one or more magnification-varying lens units configured to move during zooming, the one or more magnification-varying
lens units having a positive combined refractive power,

the second magnification-varying group comprising, from the object side to the image side: a first sub lens unit having a
negative refractive power configured not to move for zooming; a second sub lens unit having a negative refractive power configured
to move during zooming; and a third sub lens unit having a positive refractive power, the second magnification-varying group
moving the second sub lens unit from the object side to the image side to displace a focal length range of the zoom lenses
toward a long focal length side; and

a solid-state image pickup element configured to receive an image formed by the zoom lenses.

US Pat. No. 9,710,736

RENDERING APPARATUS AND RENDERING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a controller having a processor and a memory storing a program which is executed by the processor, the controller being configured
to execute:

receiving page description language (PDL) data including a plurality of objects;
determining whether or not the PDL data includes a greater number of specific type objects than a threshold;
selecting one of a first estimation method and a second estimation method used for estimating a time required to render the
PDL data, on a basis of the determination,

wherein the first estimation method determines an overlap region where objects overlap each other and a non-overlap region
where an object does not overlap another object, obtains at least information based on the overlap region and information
based on the non-overlap region, and estimates the time using at least the obtained information, and

wherein the second estimation method obtains information based on each of the plurality of objects without determining the
overlap region and the non-overlap region and estimates the time using at least the obtained information;

estimating the time required to render the PDL data by the selected estimation method; and
displaying, on a display device, time information based on at least the estimated time.

US Pat. No. 9,706,919

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
a photographing optical system configured to photograph a fundus of a subject's eye via a focusing lens;
a projection unit configured to project a plurality of focusing indices corresponding to an opening of a mask portion;
a detecting unit configured to detect if there is one or a plurality of focusing index images in a fundus image of the subject's
eye; and

a driving unit configured to drive the focusing lens along an optical path
using information about positions of the plurality of focusing index images corresponding to the opening of the mask portion
when the plurality of focusing index images is detected in the fundus image; and

to drive the focusing lens along the optical path using information about both a position of an image corresponding to the
mask portion different from the opening of the mask portion and a position of a focusing index image corresponding to the
opening of the mask portion when one focusing index image of the plurality of focusing index images is detected in the fundus
image.

US Pat. No. 9,710,524

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:
an association unit configured to associate, according to a user's instruction, a first object which is retrieved with a first
keyword and a second object which is retrieved with a second keyword different from the first keyword;

a retrieval unit configured to be able to retrieve, with the first keyword, the first object and a third object which is not
associated with the second object; and

a display control unit configured to display the retrieved first and third objects in a first display field,
wherein the display control unit is further configured to be able to display the second object in a second display field after
the association of the first object and the second object, in a manner such that the retrieved first and third objects in
the first display field and the second object in the second display field are visible together, and the second display field
is distinguishable from the first display field, indicates that the second object in the second display field is associated
with the first object in the first display field, and does not indicate whether or not the second object in the second display
field is associated with the third object in the first display field, and

wherein the display control unit is further configured not to display the second object in the second display field before
the association of the first object and the second object.

US Pat. No. 9,713,089

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a wireless communication unit configured to perform communication, conforming to near field communication (NFC) standard,
for another communication apparatus to access a storage unit included in the communication apparatus, the wireless communication
unit being operable with power supplied from the other communication apparatus in a case where the communication apparatus
is at least in a power-off state; and

a shift unit configured to shift the communication apparatus from the power-off state into a power-on state in a case where,
in communication, with the other communication apparatus, having been started using the wireless communication unit when the
communication apparatus is in the power-off state, the other communication apparatus has accessed the storage unit with the
access satisfying a predetermined condition,

wherein, in a case where the access, to the storage unit, satisfying the predetermined condition has not been executed in
communication, with the other communication apparatus, having been started using the wireless communication unit when the
communication apparatus is in the power-off state, the shift unit does not shift the communication apparatus from the power-off
state into the power-on state.

US Pat. No. 9,708,506

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink comprising a self-dispersing pigment, polyurethane resin particles, a surfactant, and water, wherein:
the self-dispersing pigment is a pigment having a phosphonate group bonded directly or via another atomic group to a surface
of the pigment,

the polyurethane resin particles have an anionic functional group content of 0.1 mmol/g or more and 0.4 mmol/g or less on
surfaces of the polyurethane resin particles and have a volume average particle size of 10.0 nm or more and 50.0 nm or less,

the surfactant includes a surfactant represented by a general formula (1) below,

wherein, in the general formula (1), R1 to R4 are each independently an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, x and y are each independently 2 to 5, and m+n is 0 to 10,
and

a mass ratio of an amount of the surfactant represented by the general formula (1) to an amount of the polyurethane resin
particles is 0.05 or more and 1.00 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,707,774

INK JET IMAGE RECORDING METHOD, INK SET, AND INK SET PREPARATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet image recording method, comprising:
applying a first aqueous ink and a second aqueous ink onto a recording medium,
wherein the first aqueous ink contains a surfactant expressed by general formula (1) with a content of V1 percent by mass relative to the total mass of the first aqueous ink and a liquid X being the portion other than the surfactant,
and the second aqueous ink contains the surfactant expressed by general formula (1) with a content of V2 percent by mass lower than V1 relative to the total mass of the second aqueous ink and a liquid Y being the portion other than the surfactant,

wherein general formula (1) is R1(CR2R3)nCH2CH2(OCH2CH2)mOH, where R1 represents fluorine or hydrogen, R2 and R3 each represent fluorine or hydrogen and at least one thereof is fluorine, n represents a numeral in the range of 1 to 30,
and m represents a numeral in the range of 1 to 60,

wherein the liquids X and Y are such that when the liquid X and Y are applied to adjacent regions on a recording medium having
a water absorption coefficient in the range of 0.1 mL·m?2·ms?1/2 to 0.3 mL·m?2·ms?1/2 so as to come into contact with each other, the liquid X flows to the region of the liquid Y, and

wherein when liquids X? and Y? are prepared by adding the surfactant expressed by general formula (1) to the liquid X and
Y, respectively, to a content of V2 percent by mass relative to the total mass of the respective liquids X? and Y?, and are then applied to adjacent regions on
a recording medium having a water absorption coefficient in the range of 0.1 mL·M?2·ms?1/2 to 0.3 mL·M?2·ms?1/2 so as to come into contact with each other, the liquid Y? flows to the region of the liquid X?, and

V2 is 0.5% by mass or more and 5.0% by mass or less relative to the total mass of the second aqueous ink.

US Pat. No. 9,710,869

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR RENDERING A GRAPHICAL OBJECT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of rendering a graphic object, the method comprising:
tessellating the graphic object into a plurality of original polygons;
forming a plurality of expanded polygons based on the plurality of original polygons, the expanded polygons encompassing sampling
points of pixels touched by edges of the graphic object;

rendering the plurality of expanded polygons in accordance with a centre-intersect pixel placement rule as applied to the
plurality of expanded polygons; and

excluding pixels which are rendered by the rendering of the plurality of expanded polygons and which violate an area-intersect
pixel placement rule as applied to the plurality of original polygons.

US Pat. No. 9,712,159

DIFFERENTIAL SIGNAL DRIVING CIRCUIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A differential driving circuit, comprising:
a source current source;
a sink current source;
an H-bridge circuit that is connected to the source current source and the sink current source, that has a first output terminal
and a second output terminal, and that generates differential output from the first output terminal and the second output
terminal;

an error detector unit that adjusts a common mode voltage at the first output terminal and the second output terminal of the
H-bridge circuit; and

a circuit network configured by resistors and capacitors connected to the first output terminal and the second output terminal
of the H-bridge circuit;

wherein the circuit network is configured such that one terminal of a first resistor and one terminal of a first capacitor
are connected to the first output terminal of the H-bridge circuit, one terminal of a second resistor and one terminal of
a second capacitor are connected to the second output terminal of the H-bridge circuit, one terminal of a third resistor is
connected to the other terminal of the first resistor and the other terminal of the second resistor, one terminal of a third
capacitor is connected to the other terminal of the first capacitor, the other terminal of the second capacitor, and the other
terminal of the third resistor, and the other terminal of the third capacitor is connected to ground, and

the error detector unit is configured to control at least one of the source current source and the sink current source, based
on a voltage generated at a node where the other terminal of the third resistor and the one terminal of the third capacitor
are connected to each other, and a reference voltage,

wherein the error detector unit includes a differential amplifier having a first input terminal to which the reference voltage
is input and a second input terminal to which the voltage generated at the node where the other terminal of the third resistor
and the third capacitor are connected to each other is input, and a voltage source, and

output of the differential amplifier is connected to a control terminal of one of the source current source and the sink current
source, and output of the voltage source is connected to the control terminal of the other of the source current source and
the sink current source.

US Pat. No. 9,709,876

OPTICAL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical device comprising:
a first member;
a second member that is rotatable relative to the first member around a rotation central axis;
a coupling unit that is disposed at the second member; and
a position detecting unit that has a detecting part disposed at the first member and a detected part disposed at the second
member, and is configured to detect a position of the second member relative to the first member,

wherein, when viewed from a direction of the rotation central axis, an angle between a first axis and a second axis is 90
degrees at a predetermined position within a rotational range of the second member, and

wherein the first axis is an axis that is perpendicular to the rotation central axis and passes through the detecting part
and the second axis is an axis that is perpendicular to the rotation central axis and passes through the coupling unit.

US Pat. No. 9,710,913

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT FORMS DISTANCE IMAGE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AS WELL AS STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor processing input data of a plurality of images, the processor performing the functions of:
a distance estimation unit configured to estimate distance information corresponding to a subject distance in each area of
the plurality of images, from a correlation degree of the plurality of images;

a distance reliability calculation unit configured to calculate a reliability of the distance information estimated by the
distance estimation unit; and

a distance image forming unit configured to correct the distance information estimated by the distance estimation unit based
on the reliability calculated by the distance reliability calculation unit and to form a distance image based on the corrected
distance information,

wherein the distance image includes a monochrome image which changes in gray scale according to the estimated distance information
or a color image which changes in tone according to the estimated distance information.

US Pat. No. 9,712,716

PRINT SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND PRINT APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print system in which a print server and a print apparatus are communicably connected, wherein the print apparatus comprises:
a holding unit configured to hold destination information of a print server trusted as a request destination; a reception
unit configured to receive a print request;

a determination unit configured to determine, when the print request is received by the reception unit, whether destination
information of a print server designated by the print request matches the destination information held by the holding unit;

an access unit configured to request access to the print server indicated by the destination information held by the holding
unit when the determination unit determines that there is no match for the destination information; and

an update unit configured to update the destination information held by the holding unit to the destination information of
the print server designated by the print request received by the reception unit when, as a response to the request by the
access unit, a destination that is the same as in the destination information of the print server designated by the print
request received by the reception unit is received as a redirect destination, and

wherein the print server comprises:
a reception unit configured to receive a request;
a management unit configured to manage in association destination information of a first destination and destination information
of a second destination that becomes a redirect destination of the request; and

a processing unit configured to respond, when a destination designated by the request received by the reception unit is the
first destination, to a request source of the request so as to redirect the request to the second destination, based on the
destination information managed by the management unit.

US Pat. No. 9,708,116

PACKING MEMBER AND CARTRIDGE PACKED IN THE PACKING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A packing member for packing a cartridge that includes a photosensitive drum on which an electrostatic latent image is
to be formed and is detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus, wherein said packing member is molded with a thin
resin material plate, and said packing member comprises:
(i) a frame portion including (a) an opening as an entrance for the cartridge, (b) a recessed portion for accommodating the
cartridge, and (c) a first limiting portion for limiting a position of the cartridge with respect to a direction perpendicular
to a longitudinal direction of the cartridge, the first limiting portion being a plurality of surfaces with an interval therebetween
larger than a width of the cartridge with respect to the direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the cartridge;
and

(ii) a cap portion for openably covering the opening, wherein said cap portion includes a second limiting portion for limiting
movement of the cartridge to a position where said first limiting portion is capable of limiting movement of the cartridge,
and

wherein said first limiting portion and said second limiting portion contact portions of the cartridge excluding a region
of the photosensitive drum where the electrostatic latent image is to be formed.

US Pat. No. 9,709,908

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
an electrically conductive support;
an undercoat layer on the electrically conductive support; and
a photosensitive layer on the undercoat layer, wherein the undercoat layer has a volume resistivity of from 1×1010 ?·cm to 1×1013 ?·cm;

the undercoat layer comprises:
(A) a zinc oxide particle; and
(B) at least one particle selected from the group consisting of titanium oxide particles coated with tin oxide doped with
any one of zinc, aluminum, fluorine, tungsten, niobium, tantalum, and phosphorus, and a titanium oxide particle coated with
oxygen deficient tin oxide; and

the content of the particle (B) in the undercoat layer is from 3% by mass to 20% by mass based on the content of the particle
(A).

US Pat. No. 9,710,676

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:
a web browser that displays an operation screen provided by a server; and
a processor and a memory configured to:
store a first authentication information which is stored when a user logs in to the data processing apparatus and is deleted
when the user logs out of the data processing apparatus, the first authentication information indicating the user;

transmit to the server an instruction accepted via the operation screen;
receive from the server process execution request created based on the instruction transmitted to the server;
determine whether or not a second authentication information specified based on the process execution request-related information
transmitted by the server matches with the first authentication information, the second authentication information indicating
a user; and

cause a process according to the process execution request to be executed when it is determined that the second authentication
information matches with the first authentication information, and to cause the process according to the process execution
request not to be executed when it is not determined that the second authentication information matches with the first authentication
information.

US Pat. No. 9,709,922

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory;
a controller that includes a circuit and a processor coupled to the memory and executes the following:
generating a composite image to be combined with an input image, wherein the input image is to be printed on a first area
on a sheet and the composite image is to be printed on a second area on the sheet, and the first area and the second area
are allocated separately on the sheet;

obtaining a value indicating a toner amount to be used in printing the input image;
determining, based on at least a size of the second area and a rate of the composite image area to the second area, a value
indicating a toner amount to be used in printing the composite image generated;

calculating, based on the value indicating the toner amount to be used in printing the input image and the value indicating
the toner amount to be used in printing the composite image, a value indicating a toner amount to be used in printing the
input image with which the composite image has been combined; and

notifying a printing unit of the value calculated.

US Pat. No. 9,712,487

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions that, when executed by the processor(s), cause the apparatus to:
set a first address, which is used by the communication apparatus in a first wireless network;
join the first wireless network, and newly join a second wireless network while keeping joining the first wireless network;
determine, when newly joining the second wireless network, whether or not a network address part of the first address is in
common with a first network address that the communication apparatus attempts to use in the second wireless network; and

set a second address that the communication apparatus uses in the second wireless network in accordance with a result of the
determine,

wherein the communication apparatus sets, in a case where the network address part of the first address is in common with
the first network address, an address obtained using a second network address different from the first network address as
the second address, without changing an address used by the communication apparatus in the first wireless network from the
first address that has been set, and

wherein the communication apparatus sets, in a case where the network address part of the first address is not in common with
the first network address, an address obtained using the first network address as the second address, without changing an
address used by the communication apparatus in the first wireless network from the first address that has been set.

US Pat. No. 9,710,201

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF DISPLAYING INITIAL SCREEN BASED ON PAST SETTING INFORMATION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a memory device; and
a processor configured to execute computer executable instructions recorded on the memory device, the computer executable
instructions including instructions, that when executed by the processor, cause the image forming apparatus to:

hold, so as to correspond to identification information of a user, a setting value of a job for each of a plurality of respective
applications, the plurality of applications including at least a copy application of executing printing based on image data
generated by reading an image, and a transmission application of transmitting the generated image data to an external device;

authenticate a user;
display a first screen for selecting one application from among the plurality of applications, according to the authentication
of the user;

receive a selection of one application from among the plurality of applications via the first screen;
read the setting value held so as to correspond to the identification information of the authenticated user, the setting value
being of the one application selected via the first screen;

display a second screen, on which the read setting value is reflected, for receiving a setting value of the job to be executed;
execute the job based on the setting value of the job received via the second screen; and
receive an instruction for causing the setting value of the job received via the second screen to be held so as to correspond
to the identification information of the authenticated user,

wherein the instruction is received before the job is executed, and
wherein the computer executable instructions further include instructions, that when executed by the processor, cause the
image forming apparatus to set, for each of the plurality of applications, whether or not to cause the setting value of the
job to be held so as to correspond the identification information of the user,

wherein the setting value of the job received via the second screen is held so as to correspond to the identification information
of the authenticated user, based on the reception of the instruction, in a case where the one application selected via the
first screen matches with the application in which the setting value of the job is set to be caused to be held so as to correspond
the identification information of the user, and

the setting value of the job received via the second screen is not held so as to correspond to the identification information
of the authenticated user in a case where the one application selected via the first screen does not match with the one application
in which the setting value of the job is set to be caused to be held so as to correspond the identification information of
the user.

US Pat. No. 9,704,069

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method for classifying each of a plurality of regions in an image to one of a plurality of predefined
classes using classification confidences, the method comprising:
a confidence generation step for generating, for each of a plurality of regions of the image, a set of classification confidences,
each classification confidence corresponding to one of a plurality of predefined classes and representing the probability
of the respective region belonging to the predefined class; and

a classification step for classifying the regions in the image wherein for each of the regions for which an obvious match
with one of the predefined classes exists based on the classification confidences associated with the region, classifying
the region to the respective predefined class based on the classification confidences associated with the region,

the method further comprising:
a fuzzy region extraction step for extracting and designating as fuzzy regions one or more regions of the plurality of regions,
which do not have an obvious match with one of the plurality of predefined classes based on their set of associated classification
confidences; and

a confidence update step for updating the classification confidence for each such fuzzy region based on the sets of classification
confidences associated with adjacent regions thereof,

wherein the classification step further classifies the fuzzy regions to respective predefined classes based on the updated
classification confidences.

US Pat. No. 9,703,067

LENS BARREL AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:
a base barrel;
a first guide portion held by the base barrel;
a movable barrel protrudable and retractable with respect to the base barrel in an optical axis direction;
a second guide portion held by the movable barrel such that when the movable barrel is protruded with respect to the base
barrel during transition from a retracted state to an image capturing standby state, the second guide portion protrudes in
an object side with respect to the first guide portion;

a lens holding member including a first held portion and a second held portion, the first held portion being held by the first
guide portion so as to be movable in the optical axis direction, the second held portion being held by the second guide portion
so as to be movable in the optical axis direction;

a lock portion for setting a positional relationship between the first and second guide portions during the transition from
the retracted state to the image capturing standby state so that after the lock portion sets the positional relationship between
the first and second guide portions, the lens holding member is movable in the optical direction in an image capturable state
while maintaining the positional relationship between the first and second guide portions set by the lock portion;

an initial position detector for detecting an initial position of the lens holding member in the optical axis direction; and
a controller for controlling movements of the movable barrel and the lens holding member so that a movement of the lens holding
member toward the initial position detector is started during the transition from the retracted state to the image capturing
standby state before start of setting of the positional relationship by the lock portion.

US Pat. No. 9,705,391

STEPPING MOTOR, LENS APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A stepping motor comprising:
a rotating shaft;
a rotor magnet fixed to the rotating shaft;
a plurality of coil bobbins each wound with a coil;
a stator yoke group having a plurality of stator yokes each surrounding each of the plurality of coil bobbins in an axial
direction and a radial direction of the rotating shaft, the plurality of stator yokes each having pole teeth alternately arranged
in a circumferential direction around the rotating shaft and disposed opposed to a side surface of the rotor magnet;

a first bearing supporting the rotating shaft and disposed on an output side of the stepping motor;
a second bearing supporting the rotating shaft and disposed on an opposite side to the output side of the stepping motor;
a magnetic member configured to attract the rotor magnet in the axial direction of the rotating shaft to a side of the second
bearing;

a first case plate fixing the first bearing;
a second case plate fixing the second bearing;
a washer disposed between the rotor magnet and the second bearing; and
an output washer disposed between the rotor magnet and the first bearing,
wherein the first and second case plates hold the stator yoke group between both sides thereof in the axial direction,
wherein the magnetic member has an annular shape,
wherein a thickness TM of the magnetic member in the axial direction is less than a distance TA between a one-side end surface
of the second case plate and a one-side end surface of the rotor magnet so that the magnetic member does not contact the rotor
magnet,

wherein the washer contacts the rotor magnet and the second bearing, and
wherein the output side washer does not contact the first bearing.

US Pat. No. 9,702,831

OBJECT INFORMATION OBTAINING APPARATUS, PROGRAM, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

17. A non-transitory storage medium storing a program that causes a computer to execute a process of obtaining information
about a phase image of an object using information about an interference pattern produced by a shearing interferometer, the
interference pattern being formed by an electromagnetic wave or electron beam passed through or reflected by the object, the
process comprising:
obtaining information about a differential phase image of the object using the information about the interference pattern;
obtaining information about contrast in each region of the interference pattern;
weighting the information about the differential phase image using the information about the contrast to obtain information
about a weighted differential phase image; and

integrating the information about the weighted differential phase image to obtain the information about the phase image of
the object.

US Pat. No. 9,705,143

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM THEREOF, AND BATTERY FOR OPERATING ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fuel cell device supplying electric power with an image pickup device which can detect a consumption power of the image
pickup device, comprising:
a fuel cell stack which outputs the electric power through a chemical reaction between fuel gas and oxidant gas;
a purge valve which executes a purging operation of the fuel cell stack;
a fuel cell system controller which controls the purge valve in accordance with the consumption power detected by the image
pickup device; and

a cell voltage detector which detects an output voltage of the fuel cell stack,
wherein the fuel cell system controller determines whether or not to notify request of the purging operation based on the
detected output voltage of the fuel cell stack, and

wherein the fuel cell system controller decides whether or not an unoperated state of the image pickup device reaches a predetermined
time, and, when deciding that the unoperated state reaches the predetermined time, causes the purge valve to execute the purging
operation.

US Pat. No. 9,704,905

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor which includes a semiconductor layer having a first surface and a second surface, comprising:
charge accumulation region pairs which are arranged between the first surface and the second surface, one of the charge accumulation
region pairs including charge accumulation regions to accumulate a charge;

a transfer gate which is arranged on a side of the first surface so that the transfer gate transfers the charge;
microlenses which are arranged on a side of the second surface so that one of the microlenses is assigned to the one of the
charge accumulation region pairs;

an intra-pair isolation region which is arranged between the charge accumulation regions of the one of the charge accumulation
region pairs; and

an inter-pair isolation region which is arranged between the charge accumulation region pairs,
wherein a first potential barrier formed by the intra-pair isolation region is lower than a second potential barrier formed
by the inter-pair isolation region.

US Pat. No. 9,703,112

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising:
in order from an object side to an image side,
a first lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a second lens unit having a positive refractive power; and
a rear unit including a plurality of lens units,
wherein a distance between adjacent lens units changes during zooming,
wherein an image stabilizing unit Ls comprising at least part of the second lens unit moves in a direction perpendicular to
an optical axis during blurring correction,

wherein the image stabilizing unit Ls is disposed on a most object side of the second lens unit,
wherein an aperture stop is arranged on a position adjacent to an image side of the image stabilizing unit Ls,
wherein the zoom lens comprises a lens unit for focusing disposed on an image side of the aperture stop,
wherein the lens unit for focusing moves to the image side when focusing from infinity to a closest distance, and
wherein the following conditions are satisfied:
1.30
2.00 where fLs represents a focal length of the image stabilizing unit Ls, TExp represents a distance between an exit pupil and an image surface of the zoom lens at a wide angle end, and fw represents a focal length of the zoom lens at the wide angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,705,428

VIBRATION-TYPE DRIVING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration-type driving apparatus comprising:
a vibrator holding member; and
a vibrator comprising:
an electro-mechanical energy conversion element; and
an elastic member comprising:
a vibrating portion to which the electro-mechanical energy conversion element is attached;
a contact portion protruding from a face of the vibrating portion; and
a first supporting portion and a second supporting portion arranged at opposite ends of the vibrating portion in a relative
movement direction of the vibrator, so as to sandwich the vibrating portion therebetween,

wherein the vibrating portion is connected to the vibrator holding member through the first supporting portion and the second
supporting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,703,178

PROJECTOR HAVING A ROD INTEGRATOR WITH AN ENTRANCE PLANE SMALLER THAN AN AREA LIGHT SOURCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projector comprising:
a light emitting diode (LED);
a spatial light modulator;
an illumination system that receives light from the LED and illuminates the spatial light modulator; and
a projection lens that forms an image by the light from the spatial light modulator,
wherein the LED has a light emitting region as an area light source,
wherein the illumination system includes a rod integrator, the rod integrator being arranged so that an entrance plane of
the rod integrator faces the light emitting region, and so that a size of the entrance plane of the rod integrator is smaller
than a size of the light emitting region, and

wherein when illumination efficiency is defined as an efficiency of capturing light from the light emitting region with the
rod integrator multiplied by an efficiency of capturing light from the rod integrator with the projection lens, then the size
of the entrance plane of the rod integrator is set so that an illumination efficiency when the set size is used is higher
than an illumination efficiency when the size of the entrance plane of the rod integrator is the same as the size of the light
emitting region.

US Pat. No. 9,704,248

POSITION AND ORIENTATION MEASURING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position and orientation measurement apparatus comprising:
at least one memory storing computer executable instructions; and
at least one processor configured to execute the computer executable instructions to implement:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from an image including a target object, at least one coarse position and orientation
of the target object, wherein the coarse position and orientation is acquired based on a predetermined resolution;

a generation unit configured to generate, based on the acquired coarse position and orientation and the predetermined resolution,
at least one candidate position and orientation which is different from the coarse position and orientation; and

a deriving unit configured to derive a position and orientation of the target object in the image based on the generated position
and orientation and model information of the target object.

US Pat. No. 9,703,254

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A DUAL-POSITION DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, comprising:
a main assembly to which a cartridge including a developing device for developing the latent image on an image bearing member
is detachably mountable; and

a transfer unit, detachably mountable to said main assembly separately from said cartridge, for transferring a developer image
formed on said image bearing member,

wherein said developing device includes a developer carrying member and is movable between a contact position where said developer
carrying member contacts said image bearing member and a spaced position where said developer carrying member is spaced from
said image bearing member,

wherein said transfer unit includes a developing device contact-and-separation mechanism for moving said developing device
between the contact position and the spaced position, and

wherein said developing device contact-and-separation mechanism includes an engaging member engageable with said cartridge
and movable, with respect to said transfer unit, between a first position and a second position, wherein said engaging member
in the first position permits said developing device to be placed in the contact position, and said engaging member in the
second position places said developing device in the spaced position.

US Pat. No. 9,703,512

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor and a memory storing a computer program that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to function
as:

a storage unit configured to store a plurality of groups of processing modules, at least one of the groups including a plurality
of processing modules for processing a plurality of types of PDLs (Page Description Languages);

a determination unit configured to determine a type of PDL of a print job; and
a processing unit configured to be able to perform processing of enabling, from the plurality of groups stored in the storage
unit, at least one group including a processing module corresponding to the type of PDL determined by the determination unit
and another processing module corresponding to a different type of PDL from the determined type of PDL, by at least reserving
work memory for the one group, interpreting a rendering command described in the PDL of the print job by using the processing
module that corresponding to the type of PDL determined by the determination unit and the work memory reserved for processing
the determined type of PDL, and generating page data,

wherein the processing unit disables a group different from the one group based on the determination by at least releasing
work memory reserved for the different group.

US Pat. No. 9,704,294

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which,
when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to:

obtain a curved slice from a three-dimensional tomographic image of an object based on a reference position and a reference
distance in the three-dimensional tomographic image; and

generate a two-dimensional tomographic image corresponding to the curved slice from the three-dimensional tomographic image,
wherein the curved slice is obtained having a predetermined positional relationship with the reference position in the three-dimensional
tomographic image.

US Pat. No. 9,700,199

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an extracting unit configured to extract a depolarizing region in a plurality of polarization-sensitive tomographic images
of an eye;

a detecting unit configured to detect motion of the eye using the extracted depolarizing region; and
a positioning unit configured to position a plurality of tomographic luminance images corresponding to the plurality of polarization-sensitive
tomographic images, using the detected movement.

US Pat. No. 9,706,095

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power; and
a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein a distance between adjacent lens units varies when performing zooming,
when zooming is performed, the first lens unit is configured not to be moved, and at least the second lens unit and the third
lens unit are configured to be moved, and

when a lateral magnification of a composite lens system of the third lens unit and the fourth lens unit at a wide angle end
is denoted by ?34w, a lateral magnification of the composite lens system of the third lens unit and the fourth lens unit at
a telephoto end is denoted by ?34t, a lateral magnification of the second lens unit at the wide angle end is denoted by ?2w,
a lateral magnification of the second lens unit at the telephoto end is denoted by ?2t, a lateral magnification of the third
lens unit at the wide angle end is denoted by ?3w, and a lateral magnification of the third lens unit at the telephoto end
is denoted by ?3t, the zoom lens is configured to satisfy the following conditional expressions:

2.20<(?34t/?34w)/(?2t/?2w)<15.00,

3.40
?0.15
US Pat. No. 9,705,087

ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An organic light emitting device comprising:
an anode;
a cathode; and
an organic compound layer being placed between the anode and the cathode and including at least a hole transport layer and
an emission layer,

wherein the emission layer contains a light emitting material which emits light including light in the blue color wavelength
region;

wherein the hole transport layer contains a first organic compound and a second organic compound;
wherein an ionization potential of the second organic compound is smaller than that of the first organic compound;
wherein the second organic compound in a radical cation state has no absorption spectrum peak in the blue color wavelength
region; and

wherein concentration of the second organic compound is 5% by weight or more to 30% by weight or less of the hole transport
layer.

US Pat. No. 9,699,345

PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processing apparatus capable of registering applications which periodically execute processes, the apparatus comprising:
a processor implementing functions of:
a management unit configured to manage one of a plurality of applications which have been registered with the processing apparatus,
as a reference application;

a registration unit configured to register a new application with the processing apparatus;
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not a next execution date/time and an execution cycle of the new application
are modifiable, wherein the execution cycle indicates a time period from a starting time of a given execution of an application
to a starting time of a next execution of that application after the given execution;

a setting unit configured to set the next execution date/time and the execution cycle of the new application so that the next
execution date/time of the new application matches the next execution date/time of the reference application and so that the
execution cycle of the new application matches the execution cycle of the reference application or an integer multiple of
the execution cycle of the reference application, in a case where it is determined that the next execution date/time and the
execution cycle of the new application are modifiable; and

a changing unit configured to change the reference application managed by said management unit to the new application in a
case where it is determined that the next execution date/time and the execution cycle of the new application are not modifiable.

US Pat. No. 9,697,590

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing method comprising the steps of:
acquiring an image generated by image pickup through an optical system;
selecting a plurality of optical transfer functions in a particular image height direction that depend on an image-pickup
condition of the image and an image height with respect to a reference position;

rotating the optical transfer functions around the reference position and providing an interpolation appropriate for a pixel
array so as to two-dimensionally arrange the optical transfer functions on the image;

generating a point spread function for each position in the image based on the optical transfer functions thus two-dimensionally
arranged;

generating a filter having a rotationally asymmetric coefficient in a filter plane based on the point spread function;
generating a correction signal by applying the filter to the image; and
providing sharpening processing to the image based on the correction signal and the image.

US Pat. No. 9,690,226

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CONTROLLED CHARGING VOLTAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable image bearing member;
a charging member disposed proximate or in contact with the image bearing member, the charging member charging the image bearing
member by applying a voltage having superimposed an AC voltage and a DC voltage as a charging voltage during an image forming
operation of forming an image on the image bearing member;

an image forming unit configured to form an image on the image bearing member being charged by the charging member;
a direct current detection unit configured to detect a direct current flowing from the charging member to the image bearing
member when the charging voltage is applied to the charging member; and

a control unit configured to selectively execute a first mode of setting a voltage having superimposed a first AC voltage
and the predetermined DC voltage as the charging voltage during the image forming operation, the first AC voltage being set
by applying a plurality of test AC voltages to the charging member during execution of the first mode, and a second mode of
setting a voltage having superimposed a second AC voltage higher than the first AC voltage and the predetermined DC voltage
as the charging voltage during the image forming operation, the second AC voltage being set by applying a plurality of test
AC voltages to the charging member during execution of the second mode, the control unit applying the voltage having superimposed
the first AC voltage and the predetermined DC voltage to the charging member, and detecting a direct current flowing from
the charging member to the image bearing member via the direct current detection unit during execution of the first mode,
and if an absolute value of the detected direct current is lower than a predetermined value, switching the first mode to the
second mode and executing the second mode.

US Pat. No. 9,690,740

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, INPUT CONTROL APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An input and output control apparatus which accepts input of data from outside of a data processing system, inputs the
data to a bus in the data processing system and outputs data, for which processing by the data processing system is completed,
from the bus to outside, wherein the data processing system includes a plurality of communication units and a plurality of
processing units and the plurality of communication units are connected by the bus in a ring shape and data processed by the
plurality of processing units are delivered via the bus in the data processing system, the input and output control apparatus
comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive, from the bus, data for which all processing by the data processing system has been
completed and thereby the data being in a state to be output to the outside;

a determination unit configured to determine whether output of the data, for which all processing by the data processing system
has been completed, from the bus to the outside is possible or not;

a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the bus, the data for which all processing by the data processing system has
been completed but of which the output from the bus to the outside has been suspended in a case where the determination unit
determines that the output of the data, for which all processing by the data processing system has been completed, from the
bus to the outside is not possible;

a counting unit configured to count a number of data items for which all processing by the data processing system has been
completed, of which the output to the outside is suspended according to the determination by the determination unit, and which
remain on the bus; and

a control unit configured to control input of data from the outside to the bus based on the number of the data items.

US Pat. No. 9,657,171

FLAME RETARDANT COMPOSITION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A flame retardant composition, comprising:
a flame retardant represented by any one of the following general formulae (1) to (3);
an aromatic polyester;
a styrene polymer;
rubber having a siloxane bond; and
a fluorine compound, wherein
a content of the flame retardant is 10 wt % or more and 25 wt % or less when a total weight of the flame retardant composition
is 100 wt %,

a content of the aromatic polyester is 40 wt % or more and 90 wt % or less when the total weight of the flame retardant composition
is 100 wt %,

a content of the styrene polymer is 5 wt % or more and 30 wt % or less when the total weight of the flame retardant composition
is 100 wt %,

a content of the rubber is 1 wt % or more and 15 wt % or less when the total weight of the flame retardant composition is
100 wt %, and

a content of the fluorine compound is 0.1 wt % or more and 1.0 wt % or less when the total weight of the flame retardant composition
is 100 wt %,


wherein, in General Formulae (1) to (3), R1 to R8 are alkyl groups and R1 to R8 may be the same or different from each other,
and

wherein, in General Formula (2), n represents a number of phosphazene units.

US Pat. No. 9,690,228

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR MAINTAINING LINEARITY BETWEEN AN EXPOSURE INTENSITY AND DENSITY OF AN OUTPUT IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that generates a halftone image to be used in a case where an image is formed on a printing
medium by exposing a photoreceptor by intensity modulation of a light beam, the apparatus comprising:
a multivalued dither processing unit configured to generate an N-nary (N?3) image from an input image by a dither method;
a determination unit configured to determine whether a difference in pixel value between pixels adjacent to each other in
an exposure scanning direction exceeds a predetermined limit value for each pixel of the N-nary image generated by the multivalued
dither processing unit; and

a correction unit configured to correct the pixel values of the adjacent pixels whose difference in pixel value has been determined
to exceed the predetermined limit value so that the difference does not exceed the limit value.

US Pat. No. 9,690,235

INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER AND IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An intermediate transfer member for use in an image recording method comprising the steps of applying a reaction liquid
to the intermediate transfer member, applying an ink to the intermediate transfer member so as to overlap with at least a
part of a region to which the reaction liquid has been applied, thereby forming an intermediate image, and transferring the
intermediate image to a recording medium,
the intermediate transfer member comprising a surface having a plurality of protruded structures,
wherein the surface of the intermediate transfer member is such that 1.2?S2/S1?10, where S1 is a projection surface area in
a direction perpendicular to the surface of the intermediate transfer member, S2 is an actual surface area of the intermediate
transfer member, and S2/S1 is an average of a surface area per unit area of the surface of the intermediate transfer member.

US Pat. No. 9,691,010

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, DISTRIBUTED PRINTING SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING PRINTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print server for making, by going through or without going through a printer object corresponding to a printer provided
by a system, an instruction for printing by the printer, the print server comprising:
at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to the at least one processor and having stored thereon instructions
executable by the at least one processor, the at least one processor and at least one memory cooperating to act as:

a determination unit that determines whether or not document data to be printed is printable without going through a printer
object corresponding to a designated printer, and, in a case that the document data is not printable without going through
the printer object, determines whether or not the printer object corresponding to the designated printer exists; and

a unit that, in a case where it is determined by the determination unit that the printer object corresponding to the designated
printer does not exist, causes the printer object to be generated by the system,

wherein the print server is one of a plurality of print servers, a print request from a client terminal being transmitted
distributively to any one of the plurality of print servers by a load balancer,

the print server receives a predefined print request and generates the printer object,
the print server which has received a deletion request via the load balancer deletes the generated printer object and stores
information indicating that the printer object has been deleted in a storage shared by the plurality of print servers, and

another print server, which is one of the plurality of print servers and has generated a corresponding printer object corresponding
to the printer object that has been deleted, confirms that the printer object has been deleted based on a printer object name
associated with deleted printer object information, both of which are transmitted together to the another print server from
the print server, and deletes the corresponding printer object according to confirmation that the printer object has been
deleted.

US Pat. No. 9,690,244

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image forming portion which forms a toner image on a sheet based on image data;
a supporting portion supporting the sheet on which the toner image is formed by the image forming portion;
a pair of tooth-like members which perform stapleless binding to sheets respectively having a binding region by engaging the
binding regions of the sheets supported on the supporting portion in between the pair of tooth-like members without using
staples; and

a control portion performing reduction processing to data of the image data which corresponds to the binding region so that
a toner density of the binding region when performing the stapleless binding is lower than that when not performing the stapleless
binding.

US Pat. No. 9,690,252

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an opening and closing member which is movably provided with respect to an apparatus main body of the image forming apparatus
to open and close the inside of the apparatus main body; and

a movable member which has an operating unit, in which a pressing operation is performed, and is movably connected with respect
to the opening and closing member,

wherein the movable member moves in conjunction with the opening and closing operation of the opening and closing member to
be able to open and close the inside of the apparatus main body, together with the opening and closing member, and

wherein the movable member includes a bumping portion, the opening and closing member includes a bumped portion, and the bumping
portion abuts against the bumped portion in an open state of the opening and closing member, thereby restricting the movement
of the movable member in a direction in which the operating unit is pressed,

wherein the movable member moves, while changing a posture with respect to the opening and closing member so that a facing
direction of the operating unit is maintained in a predetermined direction, when moving in conjunction with movement of the
opening and closing member.

US Pat. No. 9,693,081

RECEIVER, DISPLAY APPARATUS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING RECEIVING CONTROL PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A receiver connectable to at least one of plural transmitters and configured to receive, from a connected transmitter of
the plural transmitters, a transmission signal in which an image signal and a control signal are multiplexed, the plural transmitters
having mutually different specifications on the control signal, the receiver comprising:
a demultiplexer configured to demultiplex the transmission signal received from the connected transmitter into the image signal
and the control signal;

a selector configured to select a signal path for the demultiplexed control signal;
an information acquirer configured to acquire first information for identifying the connected transmitter; and
a controller configured to control the selection of the signal path by the selector such that the signal path corresponding
to the specification acquired by using the first information is selected.

US Pat. No. 9,690,522

PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD OF PRINTING APPARATUS TO DETERMINE WHETHER TO PERMIT OR RESTRICT PRINT JOBS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system including a first computer, a second computer, and a printing apparatus, the system comprising:
a storage device included in the printing apparatus and configured to store print restriction information defining a setting
content to permit or restrict printing for each user;

an obtainment unit implemented by at least one processor in the first computer and configured to obtain the print restriction
information in response to success of an authentication using user authentication information which is transmitted from the
first computer;

a first transmission unit included in the first computer and configured to transmit, to the printing apparatus, a first print
job including a first print setting and the print restriction information which has been obtained by the obtainment unit;

a second transmission unit included in the second computer and configured to transmit, to the printing apparatus, a second
print job including a second print setting and user identification information of a user of the second computer, wherein the
second print job does not include the print restriction information;

a determining unit implemented by at least one processor in the printing apparatus and configured to determine whether a print
job transmitted to the printing apparatus is the first print job including the print restriction information or the second
print job not including the print restriction information; and

a control unit included in the printing apparatus and configured to determine whether to permit or restrict an execution of
a print job,

wherein, based on the determining unit determining that the first print job including the print restriction information is
transmitted to the printing apparatus, the control unit determines whether to permit or restrict an execution of the first
print job based on the first print setting and the print restriction information included in the first print job, and

wherein, based on the determining unit determining that the second print job including the user identification information
and not including the print restriction information is transmitted to the printing apparatus, the control unit uses the user
identification information included in the second print job to obtain the print restriction information from the storage device
and determines whether to permit or restrict an execution of the second print job based on the second print setting and the
print restriction information obtained from the storage device.

US Pat. No. 9,690,524

MANAGING PRINT SETTINGS IN MULTIPLE EXECUTION ENVIRONMENTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus:
including at least one processor and at least a memory coupled to the at least one processor and having stored thereon instructions
which, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to function as:

a first print setting unit configured to operate in a first execution environment of the information processing apparatus,
and receive set values of a plurality of print setting items on a first print setting screen and save a set of the set values;
and

a second print setting unit configured to operate in a second execution environment of the information processing apparatus,
and receive set values of a plurality of print setting items on a second print setting screen and save a set of the set values,

wherein the first print setting unit is configured to obtain the set of the set values saved by the second print setting unit,
display, on the first print setting screen, a first list of names each corresponding to a respective set in a plurality of
sets of set values including the obtained set of the set values, and reflect the set values of the set corresponding to a
name selected from the first list in set values of the plurality of print setting items on the first print setting screen,

wherein the second print setting unit is configured to obtain the set of the set values saved by the first print setting unit,
display, on the second print setting screen, a second list of names each corresponding to a respective set in a plurality
of sets of set values including the obtained set of the set values, and reflect the set values of the set corresponding to
a name selected from the second list in set values of the plurality of print setting items on the second print setting screen.

US Pat. No. 9,659,533

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus, comprising:
a light source;
a display panel that displays an image by controlling a transmittance of light from the light source;
a first sensor that detects a brightness of the light source;
a second sensor that detects a brightness of the light source, a distance from the light source to the second sensor being
longer than a distance from the light source to the first sensor;

a memory that stores correspondence information indicating a predetermined correspondence relationship of a difference between
a first change degree of a detection value from the first sensor and a second change degree of a detection value from the
second sensor with a change in a brightness distribution or a color distribution in the display sand due to the light from
the light source; and

a controller configured to control a transmittance of the display panel, wherein
the controller performs:
acquiring the change in the brightness distribution or the color distribution in the display panel due to light from the light
source during a period on the basis of the first change degree during the period, the second change degree during the period
aid the correspondence information stored in the memory; and

controlling the transmittance of the display panel on the basis of the change in the brightness distribution or the color
distribution during the period.

US Pat. No. 9,656,474

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRINTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
an ejection port array that ejects droplets to a printing medium while moving relative to the printing medium; and
at least one gas blowing port disposed with reference to the ejection port array that blows gas as the ejection port array
ejects droplets to the printing medium,

wherein the gas blowing port blows gas, where the gas is blown at a speed equal to or lower than a maximum speed at which
no vortex due to the gas is generated when only the gas is blown from the gas blowing port, to an upstream side of an airflow
of a vortex generated in an area between an ejection port surface of the ejection port array and the printing medium while
the liquid ejection head is moving relative to the printing medium, the gas blowing port being disposed at a position within
a distance between the ejection port surface and the printing medium from the ejection port array.

US Pat. No. 9,658,554

METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING RESIN PARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing a toner comprising
a toner particle having a core-shell structure that has a core containing a resin and has a shell phase on a surface of the
core,

the shell phase being derived from a resin fine particle containing a resin A, and the resin A being a resin containing a
segment derived from a crystalline polymer D,

the method comprising the steps of:
(i) preparing a dispersion in a container, the dispersion being a dispersion of a resin solution droplet dispersed in a dispersion
medium, and the resin solution droplet containing the resin, the resin fine particle, and an organic solvent; and

(ii) extracting the organic solvent contained in the resin solution droplet into the dispersion medium and removing the organic
solvent from the dispersion medium,
wherein:
an amount of matter soluble in the organic solvent at a temperature of 35° C. is not more than 30.0 mass % of the resin A,
and an amount of matter soluble in the organic solvent at a temperature of 35° C. is at least 90.0 mass % of the crystalline
polymer D,

a gauge pressure P1 within the container during the preparation of the dispersion in the step (i) is not more than 8.0 MPa,

the dispersion is maintained in the step (i) at a temperature higher than a temperature Ta (° C.), and
the method further comprises the following step (iii) between the step (i) and the step (ii):
(iii) cooling the dispersion to a temperature lower than the temperature Ta (° C.),(where the temperature Ta (° C.) is a temperature at which—when a crystalline polymer solution prepared by dissolving the
crystalline polymer D in the organic solvent is dispersed in the dispersion medium in a container, the container is pressurized
to the gauge pressure P1, and the crystalline polymer solution is cooled under the gauge pressure P1—the heat generation accompanying crystal precipitation of the crystalline polymer D contained in the crystalline polymer
solution is first observed; in addition, the mixing mass ratio between the crystalline polymer D and the organic solvent is
the same as the mixing mass ratio in the step (i) between the crystalline polymer D contained in the resin fine particle and
the organic solvent).

US Pat. No. 9,690,095

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus comprising:
a polygonal mirror configured to deflect a light beam emitted from a light source such that the light beam scans a member
to be scanned;

a drive motor configured to rotate the polygonal mirror on an rotation shaft of the polygon mirror;
a lens configured to guide the light beam deflected by the polygon mirror to the member to be scanned;
a board on which the polygonal mirror and the drive motor are mounted;
a first installation portion and a second installation portion where the board is installed and a fixing portion where the
board is fixed rigidly, wherein the first installation portion and the second installation portion are arranged on sides opposite
to each other across a first virtual plane connecting an optical axis of the lens and the rotation shaft of the polygonal
mirror, and the first installation portion and the second installation portion are arranged on a side opposite to the fixing
portion with respect to a second virtual plane perpendicular to the first virtual plane, parallel to the rotation shaft, and
including the rotation shaft, and wherein a distance between the rotation shaft of the polygonal mirror and the first installation
portion is equal to a distance between the axis of the polygonal mirror and the second installation portion;

a first rubber member provided between the board and the first installation portion, wherein the first rubber member makes
contact with the board and the first installation portion;

a second rubber member provided between the board and the second installation portion, wherein the second rubber member makes
contact with the board and the second installation portion; and

a first screw configured to position the board with respect to the first installation portion and to deform the first rubber
member, wherein the first screw adjusts inclination of the board with respect to the first installation portion by deforming
the first rubber member; and

a second screw configured to position the board with respect to the second installation portion and to deform the second rubber
member, wherein the second screw adjusts inclination of the board with respect to the second installation portion by deforming
the second rubber member.

US Pat. No. 9,690,113

OPTICAL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:
a base member where a first aperture is formed;
a moving member that is arranged on the base member and that includes a second aperture;
a holder that is arranged inside the second aperture and that holds an optical element for image blur correction,
wherein the holder is movable between (1) a shooting state where the optical element is positioned on an optical axis of an
image pickup optical system and (2) an evacuating state where the optical element evacuates from the optical axis,

wherein the moving member is movable along with the holder relative to the base member in a plane perpendicular to the optical
axis,

wherein the base member includes a first restricting portion restricting a first end of the moving member and a second restricting
portion restricting a second end of the moving member when the holder moves in the plane perpendicular to the optical axis
so as to correct an image blur,

wherein the first restricting portion is formed on an outer peripheral part side of the base member, and the second restricting
portion is formed on an inner peripheral part side of the base member, which is a first aperture side,

wherein an upper end restricting portion is formed on an outer peripheral part side of the moving member, and a lower end
restricting portion is formed on an inner peripheral part side of the moving member, which is a second aperture side,

wherein the first restricting portion abuts against the upper end restricting portion to restrict the first end, and
wherein the second restricting portion abuts against the lower end restricting portion to restrict the second end.

US Pat. No. 9,658,593

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drum unit usable in a process cartridge, the drum unit comprising:
a photosensitive drum having an axis L1; and

a coupling member having an axis L2 and including (i) a first end portion connected to the photosensitive drum, (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 photosensitive drum as measured in the direction of the axis L1 and (ii) a second position in which the tip of the at least one projection is a second distance away from the photosensitive
drum as measured in the direction of the axis L1, with the first distance being greater than the second distance.

US Pat. No. 9,688,068

REAL-TIME LINEFEED MEASUREMENT OF INKJET PRINTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of determining line feed error in an image forming apparatus for printing an input image by overprinting multiple
times on the same area of a print medium, wherein the image forming apparatus includes a print head having ink ejection nozzles
within nozzle banks and a head sensor configured to sense information from the input image printed on a print medium, the
method comprising:
obtaining swaths by half-toning the input image, wherein each swath includes a correlatable noise pattern in a bottom area
of the swath and height of the bottom area is equivalent to a line feed distance;

printing a first swath of the swaths on the print medium while the print head moves across the print medium in a scan direction;
repositioning the print head relative to the print medium on which the first swath is printed by at least one line feed distance
in a feed direction which intersects the scan direction; and

after the repositioning, sensing the bottom of the first swath on the repositioned print medium by the head sensor and determining
the line feed error based upon information sensed from the printed first swath by the head sensor, between the time when the
print head reaches an edge of the printed first swath in the scan direction and the time when the ink ejection nozzles start
to print a second swath of the swaths, and then printing the second while the print head moves across the print medium in
the scan direction,

wherein the line feed error is determined from a vertical shift represented by a position of the head sensor before the repositioning,
the line feed distance, and a position of the printed first swath in the feed direction, and

wherein the second swath is printed on top of the printed first swath on the print medium while compensating for the determined
line feed error by controlling the ejection of ink from the ink ejection nozzles within the nozzle banks of the image forming
apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,688,069

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS AND LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus, comprising:
a liquid discharge head comprising:
a substrate;
a plurality of pressure chambers two-dimensionally provided on a first surface side of the substrate;
a discharge port, a pressure generating unit configured to discharge liquid through the discharge port, and a flow path connected
to the pressure chamber, which are provided correspondingly to each of the plurality of pressure chambers;

a common liquid chamber provided on a second surface side of the substrate; and
a plurality of supply paths provided between adjacent ones of the plurality of pressure chambers and connected to the common
liquid chamber;

a moving unit configured to relatively move the liquid discharge head and a recording object; and
a driving unit configured to drive the pressure generating units,
wherein flow paths respectively corresponding to the plurality of pressure chambers adjacent to the supply paths are connected
to the supply paths,

wherein the driving unit outputs drive signals to the pressure generating units respectively corresponding to the plurality
of pressure chambers connected to the supply paths at different timings,

wherein the pressure chambers having the flow paths connected to one of the supply paths are provided at vertices of a quadrangle
having a center corresponding to a center of the one of the supply paths,

wherein, when a plane in which a plurality of discharge ports corresponding to the plurality of pressure chambers are provided
is taken as an X-Y plane, and a direction in which the liquid discharge head and the recording object are relatively moved
is taken as a Y direction, a flow path corresponding to each of an even number of pressure chambers that sandwich the supply
path in an X direction is connected to the supply path, and

wherein the driving unit drives, alternately in the X direction, pressure generating units respectively corresponding to the
even number of pressure chambers connected to the supply path.

US Pat. No. 9,692,940

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

14. An image processing method comprising:
detecting an edge portion of an object in first image data to generate edge information corresponding to a pixel of the first
image data; and

performing dither processing using a dither matrix for the first image data to generate second image data; and
with respect to a pixel on the edge portion of the object in the first image data, perform outputting edge correction data
based on a value of the pixel; and

with respect to a neighboring area of the edge portion, the neighboring area is included in the object in the first image
data,

in a case where a value of a pixel in the second image data corresponding to the pixel of the neighboring area is not 0, performing
outputting data obtained by using a value of the pixel of the neighboring area in the first image data and a first correction
property, and

in a case where a value of a pixel in the second image data corresponding to the pixel of the neighboring area is 0 and a
value of a neighboring pixel of the pixel in the second image data is not 0 and edge information corresponding to the neighboring
pixel indicates the edge portion, performing outputting data obtained by using a value of the pixel of the neighboring area
in the first image data and a second correction property.

US Pat. No. 9,691,155

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR FINDING BACKGROUND REGIONS IN AN IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising a processor and a memory storing a background model generated from a background
image, the background model including a feature of each region in the background image and stability in terms of time for
the feature extracted from that region, and storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the image processing
apparatus to:
input a video;
divide an input image in the video into a plurality of regions based on superpixels;
extract a feature from each of the plurality of regions;
select with respect to a region of interest in the input image, based on the stability of the feature of each region in the
background model, a neighboring region in the background model in a neighborhood of the region of interest;

compare the feature extracted from the region of interest in the input image with a feature of the selected neighboring region
in the background model; and

determine for each of the plurality of regions in the input image whether the region is the background based on a result of
the comparison.

US Pat. No. 9,692,962

CONTROL DEVICE, OPTICAL APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control device that performs tracking control on a subject by a movable unit shifting and moving the subject in a photographed
image, the device comprising:
a gravity center calculating unit configured to calculate one gravity center position corresponding to a plurality of subjects
detected from the photographed image; and

a control unit configured to perform drive controlling on the movable unit so that the calculated gravity center position
is located at a specific position of the photographed image.

US Pat. No. 9,660,175

PIEZOELECTRIC CERAMIC, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PIEZOELECTRIC CERAMIC, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric ceramic, comprising: a main component containing a perovskite metal oxide having the following general
formula (1); Mn as a first auxiliary component; and a second auxiliary component containing at least one element selected
from the group consisting of Cu, B, and Si,
(Ba1-xCax)a(Ti1-yZry)O3(0.100?x?0.145,0.010?y?0.039)  (1)

wherein the amount b (mol) of Mn per mole of the metal oxide is in the range of 0.0048?b?0.0400, the second auxiliary component
content on a metal basis is 0.001 parts by weight or more and 4.000 parts by weight or less per 100 parts by weight of the
metal oxide, and the value a of the general formula (1) is in the range of 0.9925+b?a?1.0025+b.

US Pat. No. 9,661,204

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a first image sensor, in which a plurality of pixels are arranged two-dimensionally, which outputs a first image signal;
a second image sensor, in which a plurality of pixels, the number of which is smaller than that of the first image sensor,
are arranged two-dimensionally, which outputs a second image signal;

an optical element which directs a light flux to the second image sensor;
a first image development circuit which develops the first image signal;
a second image development circuit which develops the second image signal, wherein the developed second image signal is used
for detecting a subject;

a memory which records the developed first image signal; and
a display panel which displays an image using the developed second image signal.

US Pat. No. 9,690,167

IMAGE SHAKE CORRECTING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, LENS BARREL, OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image shake correcting device for correcting an image shake by using a plurality of optical correcting units configured
to be components of an imaging optical system comprising:
a signal dividing unit configured to divide the shake detection signal by a shake detecting unit into a plurality of signals;
a calculating unit configured to calculate respectively a drive amount of the plurality of the optical correcting units from
the plurality of the signals divided by the signal dividing unit; and

a limiting unit configured to limit the drive amounts of the plurality of the optical correcting units,
wherein when the plurality of the optical correcting units are driven to perform the image shake correction, the limiting
unit limits any drive of the plurality of the optical correcting units, and

wherein the limiting unit changes limiting conditions in the case in which the movement directions, when performing the image
shake correction, of a first optical correcting unit and a second optical correcting unit that are included in a plurality
of optical correction units are the same and in the case in which they are different.

US Pat. No. 9,661,237

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit configured to capture a plurality of images with different exposure amounts;
an image processor configured to composite the plurality of images and generate a composited image; and
a display control unit configured to display the composited image generated by the image processor on a display unit;
wherein, upon receiving an instruction for magnification a portion of the composited image displayed on the display unit,
the display control unit displays the magnified image of an image from among the plurality of images in a case where the image
capturing apparatus is performing a predetermined operation, and magnifies and displays a portion of the composited image
in a case where the image capturing apparatus is not performing the predetermined operation.

US Pat. No. 9,690,201

DRAWING METHOD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of determining a layout of a plurality of cut patterns used for a drawing method of drawing the plurality of cut
patterns based on the determined layout using a charged particle beam drawing apparatus, the determining method comprising
the steps of:
determining a layout of the plurality of cut patterns based on a plurality of first linear patterns arranged to extend in
a first direction and aligned at a predetermined pitch P in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction so that
the plurality of cut patterns satisfy Ai =m1X (m1=1, 2, 3, . . . ),

wherein the plurality of cut patterns include plural pairs each having cut patterns adjacent to each other in the second direction,
wherein Ai is an interval in the second direction between the centers of each pair i of cut patterns adjacent to each other
in the second direction, i is a number that identifies the pair, and X is a dimension defined by the pitch P, and

wherein the interval of one pair, among the plural pairs, in the second direction, is different from the interval of another
pair, among the plural pairs, in the second direction,

wherein the drawing method comprises a step of drawing the plurality of cut patterns on the plurality of first linear patterns
based on the determined layout using the charged particle beam drawing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,661,245

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

a processing unit configured to perform predetermined detection processing on captured image data obtained by using an imaging
unit for wide-angle imaging;

a receiving unit configured to receive, from a receiving apparatus, at least one of a first request for requesting converted
image data which is obtained by performing a geometric conversion on the captured image data and a second request for requesting
non-converted image data which is captured image data on which the geometric conversion has not been performed;

a conversion unit configured to perform conversion processing according to the geometric conversion on positional information
obtained by performing the predetermined detection processing on the captured image data on which the geometric conversion
has not been performed; and

a transmitting unit configured to transmit to the receiving apparatus:
(i) the converted image data which is obtained by performing the geometric conversion on the captured image data and converted
positional information which is obtained by performing the conversion processing on the positional information in a case where
the receiving unit receives from the receiving apparatus the first request for the converted image data, and

(ii) the non-converted image data which is captured image data on which the geometric conversion has not been performed and
non-converted positional information which is positional information on which the conversion processing has not been performed
by the conversion unit in a case where the receiving unit receives from the receiving apparatus the second request for the
non-converted image data.

US Pat. No. 9,661,247

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, METHOD OF DRIVING SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:
a pixel including:
a photoelectric conversion element;
a floating diffusion layer;
a transfer transistor configured to transfer charges generated in the photoelectric conversion element to the floating diffusion
layer;

a reset transistor configured to reset a potential of the floating diffusion layer; and
an amplifier transistor configured to output a signal based on the potential of the floating diffusion layer; and
a control unit configured to:
supply a first voltage to a gate of the reset transistor when charges are accumulated in the photoelectric conversion element,
the first voltage being a voltage between a second voltage and a third voltage;

subsequently supply the second voltage to the gate of the reset transistor when the reset transistor is turned on in order
to reset the potential of the floating diffusion layer; and

subsequently supply the third voltage to the gate of the reset transistor when the amplifier transistor outputs the signal
based on the potential of the floating diffusion layer.

US Pat. No. 9,693,037

IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING AN IMAGING ELEMENT IN WHICH A PLURALITY OF LIGHT RECEIVING ELEMENTS IS ARRANGED WITH RESPECT TO A MICRO LENS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a sensor that has a plurality of photoelectric conversion units configured to receive and photoelectrically convert light
fluxes having passed through an imaging optical system with respect to one micro lens and is capable of outputting first viewpoint
image data and second viewpoint image data;

a movement detecting processor configured to detect the movement of an object by calculating first statistics of each of a
plurality of the first viewpoint image data and comparing the first statistics or calculating second statistics of each of
a plurality of the second viewpoint image data and comparing the second statistics;

a phase difference detecting processor configured to acquire information corresponding to a phase difference between a first
viewpoint image and a second viewpoint image by comparing the first viewpoint image and the second viewpoint image; and

a controller configured to control focus adjustment based on the phase difference detected by the phase difference detecting
processor,

wherein, in a case where the movement is detected by the movement detecting processor, the phase difference detecting processor
compares the first viewpoint image and the second viewpoint image in a region restricted by each region of the first viewpoint
image and the second viewpoint image in which the movement is detected by the movement detecting processor,

wherein the movement detecting processor detects the movement of an object in a case where the movement of the object is equal
to or less than a threshold value, and

wherein, when a movement amount of an object detected by the movement detecting processor is equal to or less than a threshold
value, the controller calculates center coordinates of an object position on a first viewpoint image or a second viewpoint
image from the movement amount and instructs the movement detecting processor to calculate an characteristic amount of the
object on the center coordinates.

US Pat. No. 9,652,699

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for forming an image on a recording medium, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to set whether gloss processing for reproducing a metallic luster is executed on a partial area
of an image expressed by input image data, based on the input image data; and

a recording unit configured to record on the partial area a color material, which reduces an amount of an internal scattering
light, corresponding to any of a complementary color of the partial area, black, or gray and to record thereon a color material
for reproducing the color of the partial area in a case where a result of the setting unit indicates execution of the gloss
processing,

wherein the internal scattering light scatters inside the color material for reproducing the color of the partial area.

US Pat. No. 9,686,447

DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor that executes instructions stored in the memory, wherein the processor
(a) detects a horizontal start position, a horizontal end position, a vertical start position, and a vertical end position
of an effective image area of an input analog image signal,

(b) calculates a first difference that represents a difference between the detected horizontal start position of the input
analog image signal and a horizontal start position of an effective image area of a candidate format,

(c) calculates a second difference that represents a difference between the detected horizontal end position of the input
analog image signal and a horizontal end position of the effective image area of the candidate format,

(d) calculates a third difference that represents a difference between the detected vertical start position of the input analog
image signal and a vertical start position of the effective image area of the candidate format,

(e) calculates a fourth difference that represents a difference between the detected vertical end position of the input analog
image signal and a vertical end position of the effective image area of the candidate format,

(f) determines whether the calculated first difference and the calculated second difference satisfy a first predetermined
condition,

(g) determines whether the calculated third difference and the calculated fourth difference satisfy a second predetermined
condition,

(h) determines the candidate format as a format of the input analog image signal if the calculated first difference and the
calculated second difference satisfy the first predetermined condition and the calculated third difference and the calculated
fourth difference satisfy the second predetermined condition,

(i) calculates a fourth value for each of candidate formats, by dividing a product of a first value and a second value by
a third value, if the first predetermined condition or the second predetermined condition is not satisfied, wherein the first
value represents a horizontal resolution of a candidate format, the second value represents a vertical resolution of a candidate
format, and the third value represents a total number of horizontal dots of a candidate format, and

(j) determines one of the candidate formats as a format of the input analog image signal, based on the fourth values calculated
for the candidate formats, if the first predetermined condition or the second predetermined condition is not satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,652,188

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM FOR EXECUTING AN OPERATION BASED ON A STORAGE MODE OF THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus communicable with an information processing apparatus over a network, the image forming apparatus
comprising:
a setting unit which is implemented by at least one processor and sets a forcible reservation mode in which print data received
from the information processing apparatus is reserved forcibly at the image forming apparatus;

a network interface which receives print data, to which either a print command or a save command is added, from the information
processing apparatus over the network;

a storage, having at least a first storage area and a second storage area, capable of storing the print data in the first
storage area or the second storage area;

an operation unit interface which receives from a user a print start instruction to start printing the print data stored in
the first storage area or the second storage area;

a printer which prints an image based on the print data the printing of which is instructed; and
a control unit which is implemented by at least one processor and performs control for storing the print data into the first
storage area in a case where the forcible reservation mode is set by the setting unit and where the command added to the print
data is the print command or for storing the print data into the second storage area in a case where the forcible reservation
mode is set by the setting unit and where the command added to the print data is the save command.

US Pat. No. 9,651,899

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH BELT STEERING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of photoconductive drums;
a plurality of toner-image forming units configured to form a toner image onto each of the plurality of photoconductive drums;
a belt configured to carry the toner images, wherein each toner image is electrostatically transferred from a photoconductive
drum at one of a plurality of first transfer portions;

a plurality of first transfer rollers configured to transfer the toner images on the photoconductive drums toward the belt,
wherein the plurality of first transfer rollers are configured to form the plurality of first transfer portions;

a driving roller configured to stretch the belt and to apply driving force to the belt;
a second transfer roller disposed at a position opposed to the driving roller with the belt being disposed therebetween and
configured to form a second transfer portion at which the toner images formed on the belt are transferred onto a recording
medium;

a steering roller disposed downstream of the driving roller and upstream of the plurality of first transfer portions in a
moving direction of the belt and configured to stretch the belt and to be tilted to move a position of the belt in a widthwise
direction intersecting the moving direction of the belt, wherein the steering roller includes a rotating portion and a non-rotating
portion, wherein the rotating portion rotates along with the movement of the belt in a center portion in the widthwise direction,
and wherein the non-rotating portion frictionally slides on an inner surface of the belt with the movement of the belt at
each of both ends of the rotating portion;

a contact and separation mechanism configured to bring the belt and the plurality of photoconductive drums into and out of
contact with each other; and

a driven roller disposed downstream of the plurality of first transfer portions and upstream of the driving roller in the
moving direction of the belt, wherein the driven roller includes a rubber material at least on a surface of the driven roller,
and is configured to stretch the belt and to be rotated with movement of the belt,

wherein a static friction coefficient of the surface of the driving roller with respect to the belt is not less than 1.0 and
not more than 1.5, and

wherein a static friction coefficient of the surface of the driven roller with respect to the belt is not less than 1.0 and
not more than 1.5.

US Pat. No. 9,686,530

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a data acquisition unit configured to acquire light field data containing a plurality of parallax images;
a setting unit configured to set a virtual focal plane of the light field data acquired by the data acquisition unit;
a reconstruction unit configured to generate, based on the light field data acquired by the data acquisition unit, light field
data in which a focal plane is moved to the virtual focal plane;

a determination unit configured to determine a data reduction amount of the light field data generated by the reconstruction
unit in accordance with a refocusable range of the light field data generated by the reconstruction unit; and

a reduction unit configured to reduce an amount of data of the light field data generated by the reconstruction unit in accordance
with the data reduction amount.

US Pat. No. 9,648,244

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power that does not move for zooming;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power that moves during zooming;
a third lens unit having a negative refractive power that moves along a locus convex toward the object side during zooming
from a wide angle end to a telephoto end;

a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power that moves during zooming;
an aperture stop; and
a fifth lens unit having a positive refractive power that does not move for zooming,
wherein the fourth lens unit has a lens surface having an aspherical shape with which the positive refractive power is weakened.

US Pat. No. 9,648,266

DRIVING METHOD FOR IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, DRIVING METHOD FOR IMAGING SYSTEM, IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving method for an image pickup device having a plurality of pixels, a vertical signal line, and a signal processing
circuit, the plurality of pixels having a first pixel and a second pixel, the first pixel having a first photoelectric conversion
unit and a first amplifying transistor, the second pixel having a second photoelectric conversion unit; and a second amplifying
transistor, the method comprising:
amplifying a signal output to the vertical signal line with one of a first amplification factor and a second amplification
factor lower than the first amplification factor by the signal processing circuit;

performing a first operation if the signal processing circuit amplifies the signal output to the vertical signal line with
the first amplification factor; and

performing a second operation without performing the first operation if the signal processing circuit amplifies the signal
output to the vertical signal line with the second amplification factor,

wherein the first operation includes an operation in which a first signal and a second signal are mixed in the vertical signal
line by at least partially overlapping a period when the first amplifying transistor outputs the first signal based on electric
carriers generated by the first photoelectric conversion unit to the vertical signal line with a period when the second amplifying
transistor outputs the second signal based on electric carriers generated by the second photoelectric conversion unit to the
vertical signal line; and

the second operation includes an operation in which the first and second photoelectric conversion units output a first number
of signals based on electric carriers acquired by performing photoelectric conversion on incident light, and includes an operation
in which the image pickup device outputs a second number of signals by performing a process of the first number of signals,
the second number being smaller than the first number.

US Pat. No. 9,648,195

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a first image capturing device;
a second image capturing device;
a processor; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions that when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
capture an image of a subject to generate image data using the first image capturing device;
capture an image of a user who captures the image of the subject using the second image capturing device, for a predetermined
period before and after the image of the subject is captured;

obtain first classification information by analyzing, in the image captured by the second image capturing device, each of
a state of the user before the image of the subject is captured and a state of the user after the image of the subject is
captured; and

record the first classification information in association with the image data.

US Pat. No. 9,646,403

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an inputter for inputting an image;
a reader for reading out, from a memory, to perform image processing for an image of a second region of the input image, an
image of the second region and an image of a part of a first region adjacent to the second region; and

a controller for controlling a position of padding in the memory, wherein the padding results from image reduction of the
first region, which is performed before the image processing for the image of the second region, so that the padding that
results from the image reduction of the first region is not read out by the reader for the image processing for the image
of the second region.

US Pat. No. 9,648,200

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM STORING RECEIVED IMAGE DATA IN FOLDER, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store an address book which registers a name and address in association with each other;
at least one processor in communication with the memory, the at least one processor performs
storing a rule for setting a folder path which includes a plurality of hierarchical folders, wherein the rule defines that
a name registered in the address book is used as a folder name of one folder selected from the plurality of hierarchical folders,
and wherein the rule is stored before receiving image data;

receiving, from an external apparatus, image data and an address of the external apparatus;
acquiring a name, that is registered in the address book, corresponding to the received address of the external apparatus
in response to receiving the image data from the external apparatus;

setting a folder path based on the stored rule and the acquired name in response to receiving the image data from the external
apparatus, wherein the set folder path includes the acquired name as a folder name of the one folder selected from the plurality
of hierarchical folders; and

storing the received image data in a folder indicated by the set folder path.

US Pat. No. 9,648,739

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT MOUNTING STRUCTURE AND PRINTED WIRING BOARD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic component mounting structure comprising:
a first land formed on a printed wiring board;
a second land formed on the printed wiring board;
an electronic component including a pair of electrodes formed on both sides of a body, a first electrode as one of the pair
of electrodes being connected to the first land, and a second electrode as the other one of the pair of electrodes being connected
to the second land;

a first wiring pattern connected to the first land; and
a second wiring pattern connected to the second land and including a first partial pattern overlapping a portion of the body
of the electronic component in planar view, the portion being not covered with the pair of electrodes, a second partial pattern
formed integral with the first partial pattern and overlapping the first electrode of the electronic component in planar view,
and a third partial pattern formed integral with the second partial pattern and parallel to the first wiring pattern,

wherein the first land, the second land, the first wiring pattern and the second wiring pattern are formed in an uppermost
conductor layer of the printed wiring board.

US Pat. No. 9,636,906

PRINTING APPARATUS AND DRIVING METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit including at least two nozzle arrays arranged in a first direction, each nozzle array including a plurality
of nozzles arranged along a second direction intersecting the first direction; and

a plurality of printing elements provided so as to correspond to the plurality of nozzles of each nozzle array;
a driving unit configured to drive the plurality of printing elements such that ink dots are discharged from the plurality
of nozzles of each nozzle array;

a conveying unit configured to convey, in the first direction, a sheet to be printed;
a control unit configured to cause the printing unit to print an image corresponding to print data on the sheet conveyed by
the conveying unit, and to print, on the sheet, an adjusting pattern for acquiring a print position shift amount between the
at least two nozzle arrays in the first direction at a predetermined interval;

a reading unit configured to read a printing result by the printing unit on the downstream side of a conveying direction of
the sheet with respect to the printing unit;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire the print position shift amount based on a result of reading, by the reading unit,
the adjusting pattern printed on the sheet while the conveying unit conveys the sheet; and

a print data generation unit configured to generate the print data,
wherein the print data generation unit performs
a first operation of expanding print data onto a memory in correspondence with the first direction and the second direction,
a second operation of, for each nozzle array, for every column data corresponding to the second direction in the expanded
print data, determining some of the plurality of nozzles as non-discharge nozzles such that positions of the non-discharge
nozzles in the second direction do not overlap each other between the at least two nozzle arrays in the first direction, and
determining the remaining nozzles of the plurality of nozzles as discharge nozzles,

wherein the printing elements corresponding to the discharge nozzles, of the non-discharge nozzles and the discharge nozzles,
are activated for printing the image based on the expanded print data,

a third operation of determining print data to be assigned to each nozzle array so that printing of dots corresponding to
each column data is completed by printing dots discharged from the determined discharge nozzles of each nozzle array,

a fourth operation of inserting null data as column data corresponding to the print position shift amount acquired by the
acquisition unit to the determined print data, and

a fifth operation of distributing the print data to the respective nozzle arrays so as to newly determine discharge nozzles
and non-discharge nozzles in response to insertion of the column data of the null data, and print, by the newly determined
discharge nozzles, dots corresponding to the print data to which the column data has been inserted.

US Pat. No. 9,641,838

MOVING IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, METHOD AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A moving image coding apparatus for motion-prediction coding a moving image including a plurality of color components on
a color component basis, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the moving image coding apparatus to:
obtains obtain the plurality of color components configuring the moving image;
generate at least one motion prediction information for prediction-coding a coding-target image of the obtained color components,
for each color component;

determine a correlation relationship of at least one motion prediction information of each color component;
determine a color component which is to be a correction target, on the basis of a result of the determination of the correlation
relationship;

correct at least one motion prediction information of the determined color component using the motion prediction information
corresponding to at least one color component among the other color components;

prediction-code the coding-target image of each color component using corrected coding parameters;
if at least one motion prediction information of the color component to be the correction target is corrected, calculate an
inter-picture difference value between a reference image according to at least one motion prediction information of a color
component as the correction target and the coding target image, and an inter-picture difference value between the reference
image in a case of using motion prediction information corresponding to the other color component instead of at least one
motion prediction information of the color component of the correction target and the coding target image;

if a difference of the calculated inter-picture difference values is equal to or less than a predetermined value, output the
corrected motion prediction information of the color component of the correction target and the motion prediction information
of the other color component as the coding parameters; and

if the difference is more than the predetermined value, output uncorrected motion prediction information of the color component
of the correction target and the motion prediction information of the other color component as the coding parameters.

US Pat. No. 9,639,008

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus that patterns a substrate, the apparatus comprising:
a substrate holder configured to hold the substrate and be movable;
a measuring station that includes a first measuring device including a first reference member and configured to measure a
height of the substrate holder via the first reference member, the measured height by the first measuring device being used
to position the substrate holder relative to the measuring station, and a second measuring device configured to measure a
height of a surface of the substrate held by the substrate holder;

a patterning station that includes a third measuring device including a second reference member and configured to measure
a height of the substrate holder via the second reference member, the measured height by the third measuring device being
used to position the substrate holder relative to the patterning station, and patterns the substrate held by the substrate
holder based on an output of the second measuring device; and

a controller,
wherein the patterning station includes a fourth measuring device configured to measure a height of the surface of the substrate
held by the substrate holder, and the controller is configured to obtain a correction value for compensating for a difference
between a shape of the first reference member and a shape of the second reference member and for correcting an output obtained
from at least one of the first measuring device and the third measuring device based on an output of the second measuring
device and an output of the fourth measuring device with respect to a substrate held by the substrate holder to compensate
for the difference using the correction value to position the substrate holder.

US Pat. No. 9,669,545

ROBOT CALIBRATING APPARATUS AND ROBOT CALIBRATING METHOD, AND ROBOT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING ROBOT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot calibrating apparatus calibrating a command value for a robot body which includes a multi-jointed arm and whose
position-and-orientation is controlled based on the command value, comprising:
an operating unit configured to calculate a calibrating function (F) for calibrating the command value, based on a difference
between an ideal position-and-orientation of the robot body and an actual position-and-orientation of the robot body,

wherein the ideal position-and-orientation is operated based on the command value for calibration used during calibration
or on a control result value which is a result of control based on the command value,

wherein the actual position-and-orientation is operated based on a measurement value (VHPmeas) acquired by a visual sensor arranged at a prescribed relative position-and-orientation with respect to the robot body during
the robot body being controlled based on the command value for calibration,

wherein:
a measurement value (VHWmeas) is acquired through measurement of a position-and-orientation of an object by the visual sensor,

a temporary command value (RHTtemp) for the robot body is generated based on the measurement value (VHWmeas), and

the temporary command value (RHTtemp) is calibrated using the calibrating function (F) to generate a post-calibration command value (RHTcomp).

US Pat. No. 9,673,141

MOUNTING MEMBER, ELECTRONIC COMPONENT, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MODULE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mounting member comprising:
a substrate having an upper surface and a lower surface opposite to the upper surface, an electronic device being provided
on the upper surface;

a plurality of internal connecting portions provided on the upper surface, each configured to be electrically connected to
the electronic device; and

a plurality of external connecting portions provided on the lower surface, each configured to be soldered, wherein
the plurality of external connecting portions include a first connecting portion electrically connected to at least one of
the plurality of internal connecting portions, and a second connecting portion, and

a first surface of the first connecting portion and a second surface of the second connecting portion include gold layers,
and a thickness of the gold layer of the second surface is less than a thickness of the gold layer of the first surface.

US Pat. No. 9,674,468

IMAGING DEVICE AND DRIVING METHOD FOR SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR WITH MULTIPLE DIFFERENT ELECTRIC POTENTIALS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
a solid-state image sensor including a plurality of unit pixels, each including
a photo-electric converter that converts incident light into a signal charge,
a holding unit that temporarily holds the signal charge obtained by the photo-electric converter,
a first transfer gate arranged between the photo-electric converter and the holding unit, that transfers the signal charge
to the holding unit,

a charge-voltage converter that converts the signal charge into a voltage signal,
a second transfer gate arranged between the holding unit and the charge-voltage converter, that transfers the signal charge
to the charge-voltage converter, and that is in a non-conductive state in a case where an image capturing operation is performed
in the photo-electric converter, and

an overflow drain that discharges signal charge converted by the photo-electric converter; and
a driving unit that drives the solid-state image sensor,
wherein the driving unit supplies, within an exposure period of the photo-electric converter, a first electric potential to
the first transfer gate,

wherein the driving unit supplies, within a transfer period during which batch transfer in which the signal charge is collectively
transferred from the photo-electric converter to the holding unit is performed after the end of the exposure period, a second
electric potential, which is higher than the first electric potential, to the first transfer gate,

wherein the driving unit supplies, within a period after the end of the transfer period, a third electric potential, which
is lower than the first electric potential, to the first transfer gate,

wherein the driving unit performs control such that, at least during a period from the exposure period to the end of the transfer
period, the potential barrier of the overflow drain side becomes higher than that of the first transfer gate side, and such
that, after the third electric potential is supplied to the first transfer gate, the potential barrier of the overflow drain
side becomes lower than that of the first transfer gate side, and

wherein the driving unit further supplies, at least during a period from the start of the exposure period until after the
end of the transfer period, a fixed electric potential to the second transfer gate that heightens a potential barrier of the
second transfer gate.

US Pat. No. 9,674,473

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND CAMERA SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:
at least one processor; and
at least one memory having stored thereon instructions that when executed by the at least one processor cause the at least
one processor to function as:

a communication unit that can communicate with an image pickup apparatus;
a state change unit that can change an operation state of the electronic device to a first state in which an operation corresponding
to an image pickup of a subject by the image pickup apparatus can be performed and a second state in which power consumption
is lower than power consumption in the first state; and

a timing calculation unit that calculates an activation timing for starting an operation for changing the operation state
of the electronic device from the second state to the first state by the state change unit,

wherein the timing calculation unit calculates the activation timing on the basis of information related to a timing for picking
up the image of the subject by the image pickup apparatus which is received from the image pickup apparatus via the communication
unit,

wherein the activation timing calculated by the timing calculation unit is different depending on whether the information
related to the timing for picking up the image of the subject is first information or second information that is different
from the first information,

wherein the state change unit starts the operation for changing the operation state of the electronic device from the first
state to the second state after the activation timing is calculated by the timing calculation unit, and

wherein the state change unit starts the operation for changing the operation state of the electronic device from the second
state to the first state at the activation timing.

US Pat. No. 9,639,114

SPREAD SPECTRUM CLOCK GENERATION CIRCUIT, CLOCK TRANSFER CIRCUIT, INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A spread spectrum clock generation circuit comprising:
a generation unit that has a terminal to receive a reference clock and that generates a spread spectrum clock based on the
reference clock;

a monitoring unit configured to monitor a difference between the number of pulses of a reference clock input to the generation
unit after a reference time and the number of pulses of a spread spectrum clock output from the generation unit after the
reference time, the monitoring unit including

a first cyclic shift register driven by the reference clock,
a second cyclic shift register driven by the spread spectrum clock,
a set/reset flip-flop circuit group, an internal state of which is determined in accordance with an output from the first
cyclic shift register and an output from the second cyclic shift register, and

an acquisition unit that is electrically connected to the set/reset flip-flop circuit group to acquire the difference based
on an output from the set/reset flip-flop circuit group; and

a controller configured to control a frequency of a spread spectrum clock to be generated by the generation unit so as to
make the difference fall within the number of stages of each of the first and second cyclic shift registers,

wherein a frequency of the reference clock is constant over time.

US Pat. No. 9,639,116

DISPLAY DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display device, comprising:
a display panel;
a first holding member which holds a plurality of sides of the display panel from a front surface side;
first shock-absorbing member which is disposed between the front surface side of the display panel and the first holding member,
at least at a side of a lower end section of the display panel;

a second holding member which holds the plurality of the sides of the display panel from a rear surface side;
a second shock-absorbing member which is disposed between the rear surface side of the display panel and the second holding
member, at least at the side of the lower end section of the display panel; and

a supporting member which supports a portion of the lower end section of the display panel;
wherein a force against the display panel from the first shock-absorbing member and the second shock-absorbing member is smaller
in a vicinity of the supporting member than in other portions.

US Pat. No. 9,669,642

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND PRE-TRANSPORTATION PROCESSING METHOD FOR THE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:
a recording head configured to eject ink;
a buffer tank configured to temporarily store the ink;
a mounting unit to which a main tank that stores the ink is capable of being mounted, the main tank having a first supply
port from which the ink is supplied to the recording head and a second supply port from which the ink is supplied to the buffer
tank;

a detecting unit configured to detect an ink volume in the main tank; and
a control unit configured to perform a discharge operation to discharge the ink in the buffer tank from the recording head
via the main tank in a pre-transportation process in the ink jet recording apparatus,

wherein the control unit prompts a user to replace the main tank without performing the discharge operation if the ink volume
detected by the detecting unit is smaller than a threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,637,329

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
an apparatus body;
a storage cassette including a cassette body which is provided in the apparatus body to be mountable and in which a sheet
is stored, and a regulation member which is supported on the cassette body to be movable and regulates positions of the sheet
stored in the cassette body; and

a size detection portion configured to detect a size of the sheet stored in the cassette body, the size detection portion
including:

a size detection member which is swung around a pivotal shaft extended in a direction intersecting with a mounting direction
of the storage cassette, in accordance with a movement of the regulation member;

a shaft support portion provided on a downstream side of the cassette body in the mounting direction and configured to swingably
support the size detection member around the pivotal shaft;

a plurality of detection elements which are provided in the apparatus body on mutually radially different positions around
an imaginary axis and detect the size detection member in a case where the storage cassette is mounted;

a mounting base supported on the apparatus body and integrally supporting the plurality of detection elements;
an engaging portion provided on the shaft support portion; and
an engaged portion provided on the mounting base and configured to engage with the engaging portion such that the pivotal
shaft of the size detection member and the imaginary axis are collinear in a case where the storage cassette is mounted on
the apparatus body.

US Pat. No. 9,641,739

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD WITH IMPROVED FOCUS ADJUSTMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:
an image sensor configured to perform photoelectric conversion on a subject image formed by an image optical system including
a focus adjustment unit;

a scan AF operation circuit configured to:
set a first imaging area and a second imaging area;
extract a component of a first frequency band from an image signal output from the first imaging area;
extract a component of a second frequency band from the second imaging area, the second frequency band being higher than the
first frequency band; and

calculate a first focus evaluation value based on the component of the first frequency band and calculate a second focus evaluation
value based on the component of the second frequency band;

a memory; and
a CPU configured to execute computer executable instruction recorded in the storage device, the computer executable instructions,
when executed, cause the imaging apparatus to:

perform control based on the second focus evaluation value of a first focus adjustment process which moves the image optical
system to adjust a focus position and perform control based on a third focus evaluation value corresponding to a difference
between the first focus evaluation value and the second focus evaluation value of a second focus adjustment process which
moves the image optical system to adjust the focus position.

US Pat. No. 9,637,336

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:
a rotation axis rotatable in a predetermined rotating direction, and including a first portion to be engaged that is integrally
rotated with the rotation axis, and a second portion to be engaged that is integrally rotated with the rotation axis;

a first rotating member including a first sheet abutting portion that is configured to abut on a conveyed sheet and a first
engaging portion that is engaged with the first portion to be engaged, and rotatably provided on the rotation axis, the rotation
axis being rotated in the predetermined rotating direction in a state where the first engaging portion and the first portion
to be engaged are engaged, by the first rotating member being rotated in the predetermined rotating direction, by the first
sheet abutting portion being pressed by the conveyed sheet;

a second rotating member including a second sheet abutting portion that is configured to abut on the conveyed sheet and a
second engaging portion that is engaged with the second portion to be engaged, and rotatably provided on the rotation axis,
the rotation axis being rotated in the predetermined rotating direction in a state where the second engaging portion and the
second portion to be engaged are engaged, by the second rotating member being rotated in the predetermined rotating direction,
by the second sheet abutting portion being pressed to the conveyed sheet;

a detector that is configured to detect that the sheet has passed through a sheet conveying path, according to movement of
the first rotating member or the second rotating member;

a positioning unit that is configured to position the rotation axis to a stop position by rotating the rotation axis in the
predetermined rotating direction;

a first force applying member that is configured to apply a force to the first rotating member to cause the first rotating
member to be rotated in the predetermined rotating direction; and

a second force applying member that is configured to apply a force to the second rotating member to cause the second rotating
member to be rotated in the predetermined rotating direction,

wherein in a case that the second rotating member engages with the second portion, the second rotating member rotates together
with the first rotating member, and

in a case that the second rotating member contacts with the conveyed sheet in a status that the rotation axis and the first
rotating member are stopped by the positioning unit, contact status of the second rotating member with the conveyed sheet
is cancelled as the conveyed sheet passes the second rotating member and the second rotating member rotates independently
from the first rotating member by the second force applying member.

US Pat. No. 9,674,526

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ENCODING AND DECODING A DIGITAL IMAGE SIGNAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. Method for encoding a digital image signal represented by a set of digital samples, at least part of the digital image
signal being encoded by reference to a reference digital image signal,
the method comprising applying a segmentor to said reference digital image signal to obtain subsets of digital samples and
applying a same filter among a set of predetermined filters to each sample of a said subset of digital samples, said segmentor
being a context function capturing local characteristics of said reference digital image signal,

characterized in that the method comprises the following steps:
selecting a subset of segmentors from a predetermined set of segmentors based upon at least one characteristic obtained from
said reference digital image signal,

determining one segmentor among said selected subset of segmentors to apply to said reference digital image signal, said one
segmentor being determined by iteratively testing each segmentor of said selected subset of segmentors according to a selection
criteria, and

encoding an item of information representative of said segmentor determined.

US Pat. No. 9,641,775

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND DRIVING METHOD OF IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of pixels arrayed in a matrix, the plurality of pixels each including a photoelectric conversion unit, a charge-voltage
converter configured to convert charges into a voltage, a transfer unit configured to transfer the charges from the photoelectric
conversion unit to the charge-voltage converter, and an output unit configured to output a signal that is based on an electric
potential of the charge-voltage converter;

a signal line;
a holding unit;
a clipping unit;
a holding capacitance; and
a supply unit connected to a power supply line, wherein
the clipping unit includes a clipping transistor for clipping an electric potential of the signal line, one of a source and
a drain of the clipping transistor is connected to the signal line, and a reference electric potential is supplied to the
other one of the source and the drain of the clipping transistor,

the holding capacitance includes a first node connected to a control node of the clipping transistor, and a second node to
which a plurality of electric potentials being different in electric potential from one another is supplied from the supply
unit,

the output unit outputs, to the signal line, a first signal that is based on a reset electric potential of the charge-voltage
converter,

the holding unit holds the first signal that is output to the signal line,
the output unit subsequently outputs, to the signal line, a second signal that is based on the electric potential of the charge-voltage
converter to which the charges are transferred from the photoelectric conversion unit,

the holding unit holds the second signal that is output to the signal line,
an electric potential of the first node is a first electric potential during a period in which the charge-voltage converter
is reset,

the electric potential of the first node shifts from the first electric potential to a second electric potential during a
period from when the holding unit holds the first signal to when the holding unit holds the second signal, and

by maintaining causing a path between the second node and the supply unit to be in a non-conductive state during a period
from when the electric potential of the first node starts to shift from the first electric potential to the second electric
potential to when the holding unit holds the second signal, the second node is maintained being in an electrically-floating
state during a period from when the electric potential of the first node starts to shift from the first electric potential
to the second electric potential to when the holding unit holds the second signal.

US Pat. No. 9,641,018

POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power receiving apparatus comprising:
a power receiving unit configured to receive power wirelessly transmitted by a power transmission apparatus;
a power storage unit configured to store the power received by the power receiving unit;
a communication unit configured to perform communication for wireless power transmission from the power transmission apparatus
to the power receiving apparatus;

a determination unit configured to determine a supply source of power to be used for the communication for wireless power
transmission performed by the communication unit so that, the supply source is the power transmission apparatus in a case
where an amount of power stored in the power storage unit is less than a predetermined amount of power by which the communication
unit can perform the communication for wireless power transmission, and the supply source is the power storage unit in a case
where the amount of stored power is equal to or greater than the predetermined amount of power; and

a control unit configured to perform control so that the power used for the communication performed by the communication unit
is supplied by the supply source determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,667,820

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which is communicably connected to an image forming apparatus and an external device,
and which generates image data based on a print request from the external device and transfers the generated image data to
the image forming apparatus, comprising:
a first network interface which receives a network instruction for returning the information processing apparatus from a first
power saving state, from the external device via a network;

a switch which receives a user instruction for returning the information processing apparatus from the first power saving
state, from a user;

a power controller which returns the information processing apparatus from the first power saving state in accordance with
the reception of the network instruction or the user instruction; and

a processor which determines whether the image forming apparatus is to be returned from a second power saving state in accordance
with whether the received instruction is the network instruction or the user instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,667,841

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a program; and
a processor configured to execute the program stored in the memory, wherein the processor:
(A) reduces, by a factor of 2 to 1, each of (a) a reference image, having a plurality of pixels with each pixel having a pixel
signal value, to a reduced reference image and (b) a comparative image, having a plurality of pixels with each pixel having
a pixel signal value, to a reduced comparative image, the reducing being performed by setting a pixel signal value for each
pixel in (i) the reduced reference image and (ii) the reduced comparative image using the pixel signal values for a group
of four pixels in each of the reference image and in the comparative image, respectively,

(B) extracts, from the reduced reference image, a first feature point corresponding to an edge in the reduced reference image,
(C) specifies (a) a first point in the reduced comparative image that corresponds to the first feature point extracted from
the reduced reference image using a first filter with a 3×3 pixel size to produce corresponding point, (b) a second feature
point in the reference image based on a position of the first feature point in the reduced reference image, and (c) a second
corresponding point in the comparative image that corresponds to the second feature point in the reference image using a second
filter with a 5×5 pixel size, the second feature point corresponding to the first feature point, and the second corresponding
point corresponding to the first corresponding point, respectively, and

(D) calculates a motion vector between the reference image and the comparative image using a difference between the second
feature point and the second corresponding point.

US Pat. No. 9,665,020

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
an electrically conductive support;
a charge generating layer on the electrically conductive support; and
a charge transporting layer on the charge generating layer,
wherein the charge transporting layer comprises:
a polysiloxane resin having a polycarbonate or polyarylate skeleton and a siloxane structure represented by the following
formula (1) at an end of the polycarbonate or polyarylate skeleton;

a polycarbonate resin A having a structural unit represented by the following formula (A); and
a charge transporting substance; and
wherein the content of the siloxane structure in the polysiloxane resin is not less than 0.5% by mass and not more than 10%
by mass based on the total mass of all resins in the charge transporting layer,


wherein, in the formula (1),
V1 represents a divalent organic group,

Ra to Re each independently represents an alkyl group or an aryl group,
“a” represents number of repetitions of a structure within the bracket, and an average of “a” in the polysiloxane resin ranges
from 1 to 500,


wherein, in the formula (A),
Z1 represents a substituted cycloalkylidene group having 1 to 3 substituent groups, the substituent groups of the substituted
cycloalkylidene group are alkyl groups having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, the substituted cycloalkylidene group is 5-membered to
8-membered ring, and

R1 to R8 each independently represents a hydrogen atom or a methyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,665,028

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member comprising:
an electro-conductive mandrel, and
an electro-conductive layer comprising an anion and a polyurethane resin whose polymer molecular chain has, at the terminal
thereof, a structure represented by formula (1):


wherein Z represents a cationic organic group having at least one structure selected from the group consisting of an imidazolium
cation and a pyridinium cation.

US Pat. No. 9,665,029

ELECTRO-CONDUCTIVE ROLLER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electro-conductive roller for applying a charge to a member in order to provide a charged member, comprising:
a mandrel; and
an electrode layer made of a polymer fiber having an electro-conductivity, the polymer fiber being wound around a periphery
of the mandrel and covering a peripheral surface of the mandrel, said polymer fiber being aligned in a circumferential direction
of the mandrel, wherein the electrode layer has a surface resistivity in an axial direction of the electro-conductive roller
of at least ten times as high as a surface resistivity of the electrode layer in the circumferential direction of which the
polymer fiber is aligned, and

no electrical gap exists between the polymer fiber of the electrode layer such that a direct electrical discharge is prevented
between the mandrel and the charged member.

US Pat. No. 9,665,034

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit comprising a first photosensitive member and a second photosensitive member, the image forming unit
being configured to expose the first photosensitive member and the second photosensitive member to light based on image data,
and to develop electrostatic latent images formed on the first photosensitive member and the second photosensitive member
by exposure to the light with toners of different colors;

an endless transfer belt stretched around a plurality of rollers and driven to rotate, wherein a toner image on the first
photosensitive member and a toner image on the second photosensitive member are transferred onto the endless transfer belt;

a transfer unit configured to transfer the toner images on the endless transfer belt onto a recording medium entering a transfer
nip formed between the transfer unit and the endless transfer belt, wherein in a direction of rotation of the endless transfer
belt, a second transfer portion at which the toner image on the second photosensitive member is transferred onto the endless
transfer belt is arranged between a first transfer portion at which the toner image on the first photosensitive member is
transferred onto the endless transfer belt and the transfer unit;

a holding unit configured to hold recording media;
a conveyance unit configured to convey the recording medium held by the holding unit to the transfer nip;
a storage unit configured to store delay data indicating an amount of delay of an exposure start timing of the second photosensitive
member with respect to an exposure start timing of the first photosensitive member for forming electrostatic latent images
corresponding to one recording medium, wherein the delay data includes: first delay data indicating the amount of delay of
the exposure start timing of the second photosensitive member; and second delay data indicating the amount of delay of the
exposure start timing of the second photosensitive member, and the amount of delay based on the second delay data is larger
than the amount of delay based on the first delay data; and

a control unit configured to delay the exposure start timing of the second photosensitive member with respect to the exposure
start timing of the first photosensitive member on image formation corresponding to one recording medium, wherein in a state
in which an image forming job for forming the images on a plurality of the recording media is inputted, the control unit controls
the exposure start timing of the second photosensitive member based on the first delay data until a first recording medium
included in the plurality of the recording media enters the transfer nip and controls the exposure start timing of the second
photosensitive member based on the second delay data after the first recording medium enters the transfer nip.

US Pat. No. 9,667,102

WIRELESS ELECTRIC POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING WIRELESS ELECTRIC POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A wireless power transmission apparatus that carries out wireless power transmission, the wireless power transmission apparatus
comprising:
a communication unit configured to carry out communication for a wireless power transmission;
a restriction unit configured to restrict a wireless power transmission in a case in which the communication unit is unable
to communicate with an object disposed within a range in which a wireless power transmission apparatus can transmit wireless
power;

a display control unit configured to display an instruction for an operation to start a wireless power transmission to the
object while a wireless power transmission to the object is restricted by the restriction unit; and

a control unit configured to start a wireless power transmission for charging the object so that the object is able to communicate
with the communication unit in response to the operation having been performed by a user after the display control unit displays
the instruction for the operation to start the wireless power transmission.

US Pat. No. 9,665,314

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MANAGING A PRINT-SETTING USER INTERFACE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for managing a print-setting user interface, the method comprising:
receiving a request to display a print-setting user interface (UI) from an application, wherein the request includes at least
an application identification (ID) of the application;

obtaining first hardware profile data of an application-host device, wherein the application-host device has the application
installed thereon;

displaying a first print-setting UI for a first display size based on first print-setting UI data conforming to the application
ID and the first hardware profile data indicating that a display size is a first size;

determining whether one or more changes are made to the first hardware profile data:
responsive to determining that the one or more changes are made to the first hardware profile data, obtaining second hardware
profile data, which encompasses the one or more changes made to the first hardware profile data and indicates that the display
size is a second size different from the first size;

determining whether the first print-setting UI data conforms to the second hardware profile data;
responsive to determining that the first print-setting UI data conforms to the second hardware profile data, continuing to
display the first print-setting UI according to the first print-setting UI data; and

responsive to determining that the first print-setting UI data does not conform to the second hardware profile data,
obtaining second print-setting UI data, which conforms to the application ID and the second hardware profile data,
generating a second print-setting UI for a second display size according to the second print-setting UI data, and
displaying the second print-setting UI for the second display size based on the second print-setting UI data,
wherein a print setting item included in the first print-setting UI is different from a print setting item included in the
second print-setting UI.

US Pat. No. 9,665,060

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND NOISE FILTER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus, comprising:
a first capacitor including at least one capacitor whose one end is connected to a live side of an AC line of an AC voltage
supplied from an AC power supply;

a second capacitor including at least one capacitor whose one end is connected to a neutral side of the AC line;
at least one first ground pattern to which another end of the first capacitor is connected;
at least one second ground pattern to which another end of the second capacitor is connected; and
a substrate on which the first capacitor and the second capacitor are mounted, and the at least one first ground pattern and
the at least one second ground pattern are formed,

wherein the at least one first ground pattern and the at least one second ground pattern are not connected electrically on
the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,665,322

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR EXECUTING PRINT JOB AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus to be used in an image forming system that includes a storing unit configured to store user
information and group information, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a controlling unit that performs control based on a program and includes at least one memory that stores the program and at
least one processor that executes the program,

wherein the controlling unit is configured to perform the following processing:
processing of acquiring print data that includes user information and group information that is not associated with the user
information in the storing unit; and

processing of causing the storing unit to store said non-associated group information in such a way as to associate, with
the user information, said non-associated group information.

US Pat. No. 9,662,005

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire a first tomographic image and a second tomographic image;
a dividing unit configured to divide the first tomographic image and the second tomographic image into plural regions respectively;
a determining unit configured to determine similarity for each of the plural regions by comparing the plural regions in the
first tomographic image with the plural regions in the second tomographic image;

a selecting unit configured to select a part of similarities in the plural regions, on the basis of the similarities in the
plural regions; and

a registration unit configured to perform registration between the first tomographic image and the second tomographic image,
on the basis of the part of similarities selected by the selecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,662,011

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus, comprising:
a scanning unit configured to project and scan a measuring beam on a fundus of an eye to be inspected;
an adjustment unit configured to carry out focus adjustment for a plurality of image acquiring planes different in position
from one another, each of which is perpendicular to an optical axis of the measuring beam projected on the fundus;

an image acquiring unit configured to acquire images for the plurality of image acquiring planes; and
a calculation unit configured to calculate, in correspondence to a diopter of the eye to be inspected, a focus displacement
amount when an image of a first image acquiring plane in the plurality of image acquiring planes is obtained and when an image
of a second image acquiring plane in the plurality of image acquiring planes, which is at a predetermined distance in the
direction of the optical axis from the first image acquiring plane, is obtained,

wherein the adjustment unit is configured to carry out the focus adjustment in accordance with a calculation result in the
calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,633,284

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD OF IDENTIFYING OBJECT IN IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for identifying an object in an input image, comprising:
a memory; and
a processor which executes a program stored in the memory to function as:
a calculation unit configured to obtain a degree of similarity between corresponding local feature amounts out of a plurality
of local feature amounts of the object in the input image and a plurality of local feature amounts of an object in an image
registered in advance;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain a difference between a capturing condition for the object in the input image and a
capturing condition for the object in the registered image;

a selection unit configured to select, from degrees of similarity obtained by the calculation unit, degrees of similarity
in a number according to the difference from a higher rank in descending order of the degree of similarity, wherein the selection
unit selects a smaller number of degrees of similarity as the difference becomes larger;

a derivation unit configured to derive one degree of similarity from the selected degrees of similarity; and
a determination unit configured to determine, based on the one degree of similarity derived by the derivation unit, whether
the object in the input image belongs to the same category as the object in the registered image.

US Pat. No. 9,635,359

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING DEBLOCKING FILTER INTENSITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A moving image encoding apparatus for performing encoding using inter prediction between frames, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the apparatus to:
generate a predicted image for prediction encoding processing;
divide an original image into blocks each having a predetermined number of pixels, and perform orthogonal transformation and
quantization on a difference between an encoding target image and the predicted image for each of the blocks;

generate an encoded stream by encoding the transformation result;
generate a locally decoded image by performing inverse quantization and inverse orthogonal transformation on the transformation
result;

calculate a PSNR (Peak Signal-to-Noise Ratio) from the original image and the locally decoded image;
calculate a first filter intensity based on the calculated PSNR;
correct the first filter intensity based on a conspicuity value of block noise, wherein the conspicuity value is determined
by comparing a boundary difference value between adjacent boundary pixels and a peripheral difference value between adjacent
pixels other than the boundary pixels of the locally decoded image and another locally decoded image adjacent to the locally
decoded image, and a second filter intensity estimated based on encoding information obtained from a result of the prediction
encoding processing and pattern information of the adjacent boundary pixels; and

perform a deblocking filter processing on the locally decoded image using the corrected filter intensity.

US Pat. No. 9,630,790

COUPLING DEVICE, SHEET CONVEYANCE DEVICE, AND DRIVING FORCE TRANSMITTING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving device comprising:
a driving source;
a shaft;
a rotating member supported by the shaft, the rotating member rotated by receiving a driving force from the driving source
with respect to the shaft and demountable from the shaft;

a contacting portion provided on the rotating member; and
a restricting member that is provided on the shaft to be rotatable with respect to the shaft and restricts a movement of the
rotating member in an axial direction by contact with the contacting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,634,897

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS OPERABLE IN AUTO-NEGOTIATION MODE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus configured to communicate with an external apparatus in a case where both the communication apparatus
and the external apparatus are configured to communicate using an auto-negotiation mode and a fixed mode, comprising:
a memory device;
a processor configured to execute computer executable instructions recorded on the memory device, the computer executable
instructions including instructions, that when executed by the processor, cause the communication apparatus to:

determine whether a power saving function is active, the power saving function being a function that cannot be active unless
both the communication apparatus and the external apparatus are operating in the auto-negotiation mode; and

transmit, to the external apparatus, a changing command for changing a setting of a communication mode of the external apparatus
from the fixed mode to the auto-negotiation mode in a case where the external apparatus is operating in the fixed mode and
it is determined that the power saving function is not active.

US Pat. No. 9,629,522

SEPARABLE MEDICAL INSTRUMENT, AND OPERATED SECTION AND OPERATING SECTION THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A medical instrument comprising:
an operated section having a deformable portion; and
an operating section configured to deform the deformable portion,
wherein the operated section and the operating section are attachable to and detachable from each other,
wherein the operated section includes an operated-section-side wire configured to penetrate the deformable portion, and a
first magnet coupled to the operated-section-side wire,

wherein the operating section contains therein
a moving part that in accordance with its movement moves the operated-section-side-wire and that includes a second magnet
configured to attract the first magnet, and

wherein the operating section contains the moving part movably and sealed without being exposed to an exterior and to be coupled
to the operated section, and

wherein the moving part deforms the deformable portion by moving the operated-section-side wire by moving the first magnet
using the second magnet.

US Pat. No. 9,635,205

APPARATUS THAT PRODUCES GUIDANCE DISPLAY INTERLOCKED WITH HUMAN SENSOR, CONTROL METHOD OF THE APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus including a plurality of operation modes, the plurality of operation modes including at least a normal power
mode and a power-saving mode in which power consumption is lower than that in the normal power mode, the apparatus comprising:
a human sensor configured to detect a person who exists within a predetermined range of the apparatus, the predetermined range
including a first range and a second range closer to the apparatus than the first range as detection ranges;

communication equipment configured to wirelessly communicate with external equipment that is held above the apparatus;
first light-emitting equipment configured to be lit to provide light at a position where the external equipment is to be held
above the apparatus;

second light-emitting equipment configured to be lit to provide light at a position where a user instruction to return the
apparatus from the power-saving mode is receivable; and

a controller configured to control, based on a condition that the human sensor detects a person in the first range, the communication
equipment to enter a state where communication with the external equipment is available, and the first light-emitting equipment
and the second light-emitting equipment to be lit, and then, based on a condition that the human sensor detects a person in
the second range, the apparatus to return from the power-saving mode, and the second light-emitting equipment not to be lit
while the first light-emitting equipment remains lit.

US Pat. No. 9,635,218

IMAGE PROCESSING BASED ON A PIXEL VALUE IN IMAGE DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain image data, which represents an image, to be executed an image process;
a second obtaining unit configured to obtain information associated with image nonuniformity which appears in an image printed
on a printing medium by an output device, the image nonuniformity being caused by characteristics variations of the output
device;

a partition unit configured to partition at least part of the image data obtained by the first obtaining unit into a plurality
of processing blocks, based on the information obtained by the second obtaining unit, size of each of the plurality of processing
blocks being determined in accordance with the image nonuniformity of the information, sizes of processing blocks adjacent
to each other being different from each other;

a determination unit configured to determine an attribute value for each processing block partitioned by the partition unit,
based on the information, so as to reduce image nonuniformity which will appear in an image printed on a printing medium by
the output device based on the image data, wherein the attribute value specifies processing content to be executed to one
or more pixels of the image data, and wherein an identical attribute value is set for pixels included in one processing block;
and

an image processing unit configured to execute the image process to the image data based on the attribute value determined
for each processing block,

wherein at least one processor includes the partition unit, the determination unit and the image processing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,632,403

LIGHT SOURCE OPTICAL SYSTEM CAPABLE OF USING CONVERTED LIGHT AND NON-CONVERTED LIGHT FROM WAVELENGTH CONVERSION ELEMENT, LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS USING THE SAME, AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light source optical system for guiding light from a light source to a fly's eye lens including a plurality of lens cells,
the light source optical system comprising:
a wavelength conversion element configured to convert the light from the light source into converted light having a wavelength
different from a wavelength of the light from the light source and emit the converted light and non-converted light having
the same wavelength as the wavelength of the light from the light source; and

an optical element including a first region which guides the light from the light source to the wavelength conversion element
through a lens unit, and a second region which guides the converted light and the non-converted light in a direction different
from a direction of the light source,

wherein the light from the light source is incident on the first region of the optical element, the converted light and the
non-converted light are incident on the first region and the second region of the optical element, and

wherein, on the fly's eye lens, when a distance in a first direction between a side of the first region and a boundary line
between the lens cells of the fly's eye lens is Ey, and a distance in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction
between a side of the first region and a boundary line between the lens cells of the fly's eye lens is Ex,

Ey/Fy?0.05

Ex/Fx?0.05

is satisfied,
where Fx is the dimension of a side of each lens cell of the fly's eye lens in the first direction and Fy is the dimension
of a side of each lens cell of the fly's eye lens in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,635,266

IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image stabilization apparatus comprising:
at least one processor or circuit to perform the operations of the following units:
an image stabilization unit to move a correction member which is movable in a direction different from an optical axis of
an imaging optical system based on a shake detected by a shake detection unit and stabilize an image blur based on the shake
of the apparatus;

a zoom unit to change a focal length of the imaging optical system;
a calculation unit to calculate a movement amount of the correction member corresponding to the focal length to reduce at
least one of a variation in a light amount and a variation in a resolution in an imaging screen which varies in accordance
with the focal length and is based on a characteristic of the imaging optical system; and

a control unit to control, when changing the focal length by the zoom unit, an actual movement amount to follow a target value
of a movement position of the correction member by setting a limitation of a variation amount of the movement position per
unit time on the movement amount calculated by the calculation unit,

wherein the control unit sets an upper limit value of the limitation of the variation amount of the movement position larger
than a first threshold value when a driving speed of the zoom unit when changing the focal length is higher than a second
threshold value and sets the upper limit value of the limitation of the variation amount of the movement position smaller
than the first threshold value when the driving speed of the zoom unit is lower than the second threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,632,449

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CONTROLLED LIGHT EMISSION USING CURRENT ADJUSTMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a light emitting unit configured to emit light by being supplied with a current;
a light receiving unit configured to receive the light emitted from the light emitting unit and output a value related to
a light reception amount; and

a control unit configured to control light emission from the light emitting unit,
wherein, after reception of an image forming instruction, the control unit performs adjustment for adjusting a superimposed
current of first and second currents, and the second current through comparison between the value output from the light receiving
unit and a reference value set based on a target setting signal, and after the adjustment, supplies the superimposed current
of the first and the second currents or the second current to the light emitting unit to cause the light emitting unit to
emit light,

wherein the adjustment includes a first adjustment for adjusting the first current by supplying the superimposed current of
the first and the second currents to the light emitting unit, and a second adjustment for adjusting the second current by
supplying the second current to the light emitting unit without supplying the first current thereto,

wherein, upon reception of the image forming instruction, the control unit performs adjustment in order of the second adjustment
for the first time, the first adjustment for the first time, the second adjustment for the second time, and the first adjustment
for the second time, and

wherein an execution period of the second adjustment for the first time is longer than an execution period of the second adjustment
for the second time.

US Pat. No. 9,630,405

PRINTING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing element substrate comprising:
a plurality of ejection openings for ejecting liquid;
a plurality of temperature detection elements provided along the ejection openings;
heating resistor elements for generating energy for ejecting ink through the ejection openings and being provided to correspond
to the ejection openings; and

liquid supply openings for supplying liquid to the ejection openings,
wherein the ejection openings and the heating resistor elements are provided along the liquid supply openings,
wherein the temperature detection elements form a column,
wherein the heating resistor elements are provided between the column of the temperature detection elements and the liquid
supply openings, and

wherein the temperature detection elements are arranged at a higher density during an operation for ejecting ink through the
ejection openings in a part having a higher temperature change of the printing element substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,632,469

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT OBTAINS MISREGISTRATION AMOUNT FROM DETECTION RESULT OF DETECTION PATTERN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a forming unit configured to form a detection pattern on a first region and a second region of an image carrier, a position
of the second region being different from that of the first region in a main scanning direction;

a detection unit configured to detect the detection pattern only on the first region if an absolute value of a misregistration
amount in the main scanning direction is less than a threshold, and to detect the detection pattern only on the second region
if the absolute value of the misregistration amount in the main scanning direction is greater than the threshold; and

a control unit configured to perform misregistration correction by obtaining a calculated misregistration amount in the main
scanning direction based on a detection result of the detection pattern on the first region or the second region, wherein

the detection pattern has a first edge that is tilted by a first angle with respect to the main scanning direction on the
first region, and has a second edge that runs in the main scanning direction or is tilted by a second angle, which is smaller
than the first angle, with respect to the main scanning direction on the second region.