US Pat. No. 9,817,361

CARTRIDGE AND BEARING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable to an apparatus main unit of an image forming apparatus, the cartridge comprising:
a developing agent bearing member rotatable about an axial line;
a plurality of electric contacts each electrically connecting to the apparatus main unit; and
a positioning portion having a positioning region where the cartridge is positioned in a mounting direction of being mounted
to the apparatus main unit, by coming into contact with the apparatus main unit,

wherein, on a projection plane orthogonal to the axial line, forming an imaginary region surrounded by a plurality of straight
lines and edges of the electric contacts, while satisfying first, second, and third conditions, the entirety of the positioning
region of the positioning portion is disposed inside the imaginary region,

wherein the first condition is that each of ends of the plurality of straight lines is situated at an edge of the electric
contacts or at the center of the developing agent bearing member,

wherein the second condition is that the center of the developing agent bearing member is situated at an intersection of the
plurality of straight lines, or upon one of the straight lines,

and wherein the third condition is that each of the straight lines is stipulated so that the area of the imaginary region
is maximal, within the constrictions of the first and second conditions.

US Pat. No. 9,817,363

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DETACHABLE FIXING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprises:
an image forming device configured to form, on a sheet, a toner image to execute a print job input;
a first fixing device configured to fix the toner image formed on the sheet by the image forming device, the first fixing
device being permitted to execute a fixing process on the sheet of a predetermined type not including a predetermined envelope,
wherein the first fixing device is detachably attached to the image forming apparatus, and is exchangeable with a second fixing
device which is configured to fix the toner image formed on the sheet by the image forming device and is permitted to execute
a fixing process on the sheet of a predetermined type including the predetermined envelope; and

a controller configured to notify required time period for the first fixing device, which is currently attached, to become
able to be taken out, in a case where a print job requiring the second fixing device is input in a state where the first fixing
device is attached.

US Pat. No. 9,817,620

PREDICTIVE OBJECT-SEQUENCE CACHING FROM PRIOR PAGE CONTENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for rendering a page description language (PDL) document, the method comprising:
receiving a plurality of display lists, each display list comprising a plurality of display list objects;
determining a repeated sequence of a predetermined number of consecutive display list objects across the display lists;
determining a reusable sequence of display list objects, for the repeated sequence, by extending the repeated sequence to
further consecutive display list objects, each occurrence of the reusable sequence being associated with a z-order position
in a corresponding display list;

subdividing at least one display list, at the z-order position of the reusable sequence in said display list, into a plurality
of z-bands including a reusable z-band for the determined reusable sequence;

generating a reusable intermediate graphical representation for the determined reusable sequence and a further intermediate
graphical representation for at least one other z-band;

merging said further intermediate graphical representation with the reusable intermediate graphical representation in accordance
with an order of said z-bands; and

rendering the page description language (PDL) document using the merged representations.

US Pat. No. 9,815,640

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main body; and
a stacking unit configured so as to be insertable and pullable with respect to the main body,
wherein the main body includes:
a first frame provided on a first side in a direction orthogonal to a direction of inserting and pulling the stacking unit;
a second frame provided on a second side in the direction orthogonal to a direction of inserting and pulling the stacking
unit; and

a connection portion that connects the first frame and the second frame, wherein in a case where the stacking unit is inserted
between the first frame and the second frame, the connection portion is positioned on an upper side of the stacking unit and
not on a lower side of the stacking unit and the stacking unit moves under the connection portion,

and wherein the stacking unit includes:
a stacking portion on which a sheet is stacked; and
a regulation portion that is provided so as to be movable with respect to the stacking portion in the direction of inserting
and pulling the stacking unit and is configured to regulate a position of an end portion of the sheet stacked on the stacking
portion, wherein the regulation portion includes a first engaging portion engageable with the first frame on the first side
in a direction orthogonal to the direction of inserting and pulling the stacking unit and a second engaging portion engageable
with the second frame on the second side in a direction orthogonal to the direction of inserting and pulling the stacking
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,815,646

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image forming control portion;
a stacking portion on which a recording medium is stacked;
a sheet feeding member configured to feed the recording medium stacked on the stacking portion to a conveyance path;
a change unit configured to change a state of the sheet feeding member and the recording medium between a first state in which
the sheet feeding member and the recording medium stacked on the stacking portion are in abutment with each other and a second
state in which the sheet feeding member and the recording medium stacked on the stacking portion are separated from each other;

a decision unit configured to decide a size of the recording medium stacked on the stacking portion; and
a controller configured to control the change unit so that, when the size of the recording medium is changed from an undecided
state to a decided state by the decision unit, the state of the sheet feeding member and the recording medium is changed from
the second state to the first state even without an instruction to start image formation from the image forming control portion,

wherein the controller controls the change unit so that, when a predetermined time elapses without the instruction to start
the image formation after the state of the sheet feeding member and the recording medium is changed from the second state
to the first state by the change unit, the state of the sheet feeding member and the recording medium is changed from the
first state to the second state.

US Pat. No. 9,807,331

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, DRIVING METHOD THEREOF, AND IMAGING SYSTEM ACCUMULATING CHARGES GENERATED BY FIRST AND SECOND PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION UNITS DURING FIRST AND SECOND PERIODS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of driving a solid-state imaging device including a first pixel, a second pixel, and a floating diffusion node
shared by the first and second pixels,
the first pixel including a first photoelectric conversion unit, a first electric charge accumulation unit, a first reset
unit configured to reset the first photoelectric conversion unit, and a first transfer unit configured to transfer the electric
charge from the first electric charge accumulation unit to the floating diffusion node, and

the second pixel including a second photoelectric conversion unit, a second electric charge accumulation unit, a second reset
unit configured to reset the second photoelectric conversion unit, and a second transfer unit configured to transfer the electric
charge from the second electric charge accumulation unit to the floating diffusion node,

wherein:
the first pixel includes a third transfer unit configured to transfer the electric charge generated in the first photoelectric
conversion unit to the first electric charge accumulation unit, and

the second pixel includes a fourth transfer unit configured to transfer the electric charge generated in the second photoelectric
conversion unit to the second electric charge accumulation unit,

the method comprising the steps of:
during a first period, accumulating the electric charge in the first electric charge accumulation unit by turning on the third
transfer unit while discharging the electric charge generated in the second photoelectric conversion unit by the second reset
unit;

during a second period following the first period, accumulating the electric charge in the second electric charge accumulation
unit by turning on the fourth transfer unit while discharging the electric charge generated in the first photoelectric conversion
unit by the first reset unit; and

keeping both of the first and the second transfer units off during each of the first and the second periods,
wherein in the first period the third transfer unit is in an on state while the fourth transfer unit is in an off state and
in the second period the fourth transfer unit is in the on state while the third transfer unit is in the off state.

US Pat. No. 9,804,519

METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing a toner comprising a toner particle containing a binder resin, a colorant, and a crystalline substance,
wherein
the method comprises the steps of:
(I) setting a temperature of a dispersion, in which a coloring particle is dispersed with an aqueous medium, to TA(° C.),

the TA(° C.) being higher than the higher of a crystallization temperature Tc(° C.) of the crystalline substance and a glass transition
temperature Tg(° C.) of the coloring particle,

the coloring particle containing the binder resin, the colorant, and the crystalline substance;
(II) cooling the dispersion from the TA to a temperature equal to or lower than the Tg at a cooling rate of at least 5.0° C./min after the step (I); and

(III) holding the dispersion in a temperature range of at least Tg?10(° C.) and not more than Tg+10(° C.) for at least 30
min after the step (II).

US Pat. No. 9,804,535

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a movable endless belt;
an image forming unit configured to form a toner image on said belt;
a plurality of rollers configured to stretch said belt at an inner peripheral surface side of said belt, wherein said rollers
include a first roller configured to form a transfer portion where the toner image is transferred from said belt onto a recording
material and a second roller provided at a position at an upstream side of said first roller with respect to a movement direction
of said belt; and

an urging member configured to urge said belt toward an outer peripheral surface side of said belt in contact with an inner
peripheral surface of said belt along a widthwise direction crossing the movement direction of said belt, wherein said urging
member is provided at the inner peripheral surface side at a position which is adjacent to and upstream of said first roller
and which is downstream of said second roller with respect to the movement direction of said belt, and wherein said urging
member is supported at an upstream end portion thereof with respect to the movement direction of said belt and includes a
first urging portion and a second urging portion at two different positions with respect to the movement direction of said
belt, said first urging portion and said second urging portion simultaneously urging said belt at the two different positions
with respect to the movement direction of said belt.

US Pat. No. 9,798,256

METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing a toner comprising a toner particle, the method comprising:
a) preparing a resin solution comprising a binder resin, a colorant and an organic solvent;
b) providing in a pressure container a dispersion in which a droplet of the resin solution is dispersed in a dispersion medium
containing carbon dioxide, a surface of the droplet of the resin solution being covered with a resin fine particle L1 comprising
a resin R1;

c) further introducing into the dispersion a resin fine particle L2 comprising a resin R2;
d) pressurizing the dispersion by introducing carbon dioxide into the pressure container, and extracting the organic solvent
in the droplet into the dispersion medium; and

e) obtaining the toner particle by removing the carbon dioxide together with the extracted organic solvent from inside of
the pressure container, wherein

the resin R1 and the resin R2 comprise a segment having an organopolysiloxane structure, and
the resin R1 and the resin R2 satisfy formula (1):
2.0?(SP(R1)?SP(R2))/SP(R1)×100?15.0  (1)

where SP (R1) represents a solubility parameter of the resin R1 ((J/cm3)1/2 and SP (R2) represents a solubility parameter of the resin R2 ((J/cm3)1/2).

US Pat. No. 9,800,792

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CAPABLE OF DETERMINING LIGHT AMOUNT CHANGE CHARACTERISTIC, METHOD OF DETERMINING LIGHT AMOUNT CHANGE CHARACTERISTIC, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a photometry unit;
a first calculation unit configured to calculate a first evaluation value, based on a predetermined photometric value and
a photometric value at a first interval from the predetermined photometric value, out of a plurality of photometric values
acquired by periodically performing photometry at fixed time intervals using said photometry unit;

a second calculation unit configured to calculate a second evaluation value, based on the predetermined photometric value
and a photometric value at a second interval from the predetermined photometric value, out of the plurality of photometric
values; and

a determination unit configured to determine a light amount change period of light from a photometric target, based on the
first evaluation value and the second evaluation value;

wherein said determination unit determines whether or not the light from the photometric target changes at a light amount
change period corresponding to a first frequency,

wherein the first interval is an interval which causes the photometric value at the first interval to be in the same phase
relationship with the predetermined photometric value in a case where the light from the photometric target changes at the
first frequency, and

wherein the second interval is an interval which causes the photometric value at the second interval to be in an opposite
phase relationship with the predetermined photometric value in a case where the light from the photometric target changes
at the first frequency.

US Pat. No. 9,799,526

LIQUID COMPOSITION AND ETCHING METHOD FOR ETCHING SILICON SUBSTRATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An etching method comprising:
etching a silicon substrate to form a through hole with a liquid composition containing an alkaline organic compound, water,
and a boron compound with a content in the range of 1% by mass to 14% by mass, the boron compound being at least one selected
from the group consisting of boron sesquioxide, sodium tetraborate, metaboric acid, sodium perborate, sodium borohydride,
zinc borate, and ammonium borate,

wherein the silicon substrate has a member made of at least one of aluminum and an aluminum alloy.

US Pat. No. 9,791,914

RETURNING BACK TO NORMAL POWER MODE ONLY AFTER COMPLETING A TRANSITION TO A POWER SAVING MODE BY AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which can be shifted between a first power state and a second power state, comprising:
a network controller configured to receive data from an external device via a network:
a processor unit configured to process the received data; and
a power supply controller configured to control a power supply to the processor unit so that power is supplied to the processor
unit in the first power state but is not supplied to the processor unit in the second power state,

wherein the network controller and the power supply controller are connected to each other via a signal line,
wherein the network controller is configured to input, in a case where a predetermined type of data is received by the network
controller from the external device in the shift of the information processing apparatus from the first power state to the
second power state, a signal to the power supply controller via the signal line in accordance with the reception, and

wherein the power supply controller is configured to set predetermined data based on the input of the signal, and, after the
information processing apparatus come to be in the second power state by the shift, to restart the power supply to the processor
unit based on the set predetermined data, so that the processor unit processes the predetermined type of data received in
the shift.

US Pat. No. 9,794,485

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that corrects an image using an image signal obtained by performing shooting by an image
sensor which includes a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions that correspond to each of a plurality of microlenses
and is configured to perform photoelectric conversion on a light flux that enters via an imaging optical system including
an image stabilization optical system configured to correct a camera shake, comprising:
a first obtaining unit that obtains the image signal and a driving state of the image stabilization optical system at a time
of image shooting;

a second obtaining unit that obtains correction values for correcting variation in defocus amounts due to shift of a focus
plane at different image heights in the image sensor that occurred due to driving of the image stabilization optical system;
and

a refocus unit that performs refocusing on the basis of the obtained image signal and generates the image,
wherein the refocus unit corrects the variation in defocus amounts by refocusing on the basis of the correction values.

US Pat. No. 9,789,698

AQUEOUS INK SET, INK JET RECORDING METHOD AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aqueous ink set for ink jet comprising a combination of a first ink and a second ink,
wherein the first ink includes a self-dispersible pigment to a particle surface of which a functional group that includes
a phosphonic acid group is bonded, and a redispersion viscosity of the first ink as measured according to the following procedure
is 5 mPa·s or less,

wherein measurement of the redispersion viscosity being such that after 1.5 g of the first ink is stored for 15 hours under
a temperature of 30° C. and a relative humidity of 10%, the first ink is added thereto in an amount of the thus-reduced mass
followed by additional storing for 2 hours to thereby measure the viscosity of the resultant,

wherein the second ink includes an anionic dye, a lithium ion, and a sodium ion, and a total concentration of the lithium
ion and the sodium ion in the second ink is 0.050 mol/L or more, and

wherein a proportion of a concentration of the lithium ion in the total concentration of the lithium ion and the sodium ion
in the second ink is 45% or more to 85% or less.

US Pat. No. 9,785,095

ROLLER MEMBER, SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,787,920

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus that outputs a picked-up image signal based on a difference between an electric charge signal
and a noise signal generated by a photoelectric converter, comprising:
a generating unit that generates a difference image that is based on a difference between a first image picked up under a
first image pickup condition and a second image picked up under a second image pickup condition in which an exposure amount
of the photoelectric converter is smaller than the exposure amount of the photo electric converter in the first image pickup
condition;

a detector that detects a black spot area on the basis of the difference image generated by the generating unit; and
a voltage controller that controls a clip voltage that is set to limit a voltage of the noise signal, on the basis of the
detected black spot area.

US Pat. No. 9,785,107

FRAME INCLUDING A POST AND A STAY AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING SAID FRAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A frame for an image forming apparatus including an image forming portion, said frame comprising:
a first side plate and a second side plate which are provided opposed to each other, interposing the image forming portion
therebetween;

a post, provided along a vertical direction, to which said first side plate is fastened; and
a stay provided so as to connect said post and said second side plate or a member fixed to said second side plate,
wherein said post includes:
a first side portion which is a surface opposing said first side plate and which includes a first fastening portion to which
said first side plate is fastened, and

a second side portion formed by being bent from said first side portion in a direction substantially perpendicular to said
first side portion, wherein said second side portion is a surface opposing said stay and includes a second fastening portion,
to which said stay is fastened, positioned at a height different from a height of said first fastening portion with respect
to the vertical direction,

wherein said second side portion is continuously formed at least from said first fastening portion to said second fastening
portion with respect to the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 9,787,929

IMAGING ELEMENT, IMAGING APPARATUS, ITS CONTROL METHOD, AND CONTROL PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging element having a stacked structure which includes a first substrate having a pixel portion in which pixels for
photoelectrically converting an optical image of an object and generating pixel signals are arranged and a second substrate
having a first output path for outputting first pixel signals of a first pixel group in the pixel portion and a second output
path for outputting second pixel signals of a second pixel group, the imaging element comprising:
converters which convert the first pixel signals and the second pixel signals into digital signals,
wherein a conversion rate of the first pixel signals by the converters is higher than a conversion rate of the second pixel
signals by the converters.

US Pat. No. 9,785,388

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INCLUDING LOAD DECIDING, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors configured to:
perform processes of a plurality of pages in parallel;
assign a thread of an edge extraction process to one or more image data included in the page to be processed, and synthesize
an edge of each image data extracted by the thread;

detect load levels of processes of the plurality of pages, for each page; and control the page processing depending on a result
of the load level detection; and

designate priority of page threads including the assigned thread, depending on the result of the load level detection,
wherein the one or more processors are further configured to raise the priority of the thread of the page for which the load
level has been detected as being higher than a threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,785,393

WIRELESS PRINTING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHODS OF CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
a memory storing a program for causing the at least one processor to function as:
a wireless communication unit configured to perform wireless communication using NFC (Near Field Communication);
a detection unit configured to detect that wireless connection with a communication partner apparatus through the wireless
communication unit has established; and

a transfer unit configured to, in a case where the detection unit detects that the wireless connection with the communication
partner apparatus has established while a plurality of images are being displayed on a display unit of the information processing
apparatus and at least one of the plurality of images is being selected, transfer, to the communication partner apparatus,
print data for printing an image corresponding to the selected image,

wherein the transfer unit starts transferring the print data without transfer start instruction from a user after detection
by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,784,641

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

and wherein the light shielding member is formed to satisfy the following expression
where p represents a layout pitch of the lenses, ? represents a wavelength of the test light, f represents a focal length
of the lenses, i represents an imaginary unit, N is an integer equal to or larger than 2, j is an integer from 2 to N, and
?1 is an absolute value of an electric field transmission coefficient at the perimeter edge portion of each lens, the absolute
value of the electric field transmission coefficient ?1 increasing in a stepped manner from the perimeter edge portion of each lens toward the inner side thereof by an amount of
change ?j, at a position that is a distance ?j inwards from the perimeter edge portion of each lens.

US Pat. No. 9,783,365

DRIVING FORCE TRANSMISSION DEVICE AND IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving force transmission device that transmits a driving force from a drive source,
the driving force transmission device comprising:
a first annular gear;
a second annular gear rotating coaxially with the first annular gear;
a first inner gear disposed inside the first annular gear and meshing with the first annular gear;
a second inner gear disposed inside the second annular gear and meshing with the second annular gear and the first inner gear;
a carrier rotatably supporting the first inner gear and the second inner gear and rotating coaxially with the first annular
gear; and

an actuator that, in a case where one of the first annular gear, the second annular gear, and the carrier is an input member,
another one is an output member, and the remaining one is a rotational member, causes either one of the input member and the
output member to rotate integrally with the rotational member,

wherein, when the driving force is inputted from the drive source to the input member and the input member is rotated unidirectionally,
a rotation direction of the output member in a case where one of the input member and the output member rotates integrally
with the rotational member is reversed with respect to that in a case where one of the input member and the output member
does not rotate integrally with the rotational member.

US Pat. No. 9,783,383

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first sheet container unit configured to contain a set of first-type index sheets;
a second sheet container unit configured to contain sets of second-type index sheets;
a third sheet container unit configured to contain plain sheets;
an image forming device configured to form an image on a sheet and discharge to a first destination; and
a control unit configured to:
control the image forming apparatus to feed a first-type index sheet from the first sheet container unit to the first destination;
then control the image forming apparatus to feed a second-type index sheet from the second sheet container unit to the first
destination;

then control the image forming apparatus to feed a plain sheet from the third sheet container unit to the image forming device
to cause the image forming device to form an image on the plain sheet fed from the third sheet container unit and discharge
to the first destination;

then control the image forming apparatus to feed a next first-type index sheet from the first sheet container unit to the
first destination;

control the image forming apparatus to discharge remaining second-type index sheets in a current set, among the sets of second-type
index sheets, in the second sheet container unit, to a second destination after the next first-type index sheet is fed from
the first sheet container unit to the first destination; and

control the image forming apparatus to feed a second-type index sheet from a next set, among the sets of second-type index
sheets, from the second sheet container unit to the first destination after discharging the remaining second-type index sheets
in the current set.

US Pat. No. 9,785,224

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of transiting to a first power state and to a second power state in which power
consumption is lower than power consumption in the first power state, the apparatus comprising:
a first wake-up device which outputs a wake-up request to wake-up the information processing apparatus from the second power
state;

a storage device which stores a status of the first wake-up device;
a second wake-up device which outputs a wake-up request to wake-up the information processing apparatus from the second power
state; and

a power controller which shifts a state of the information processing apparatus from the second power state to the first power
state based on the wake-up request from the second wake-up device;

wherein the power controller acquires a status of the first wake-up device after receiving the wake-up request from the second
wake-up device, and determines whether or not to light a display based on a result of comparison between the status of the
first wake-up device stored in the storage device and the acquired status of the first wake-up device.

US Pat. No. 9,783,694

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD AND LIQUID SET USED FOR THE METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method comprising:
an ink application step of applying an ink comprising a coloring material, an anionic water-soluble resin having an anionic
group and a hydrophobic group, resin particles, an inclusion compound, and an aqueous medium to a recording medium; and

a first liquid composition application step of applying a first liquid composition comprising at least one of an organic acid
and a polyvalent metal ion to the recording medium so as to at least partly overlap with an area where the ink is applied,

wherein the inclusion compound is at least one compound selected from the group consisting of an ?-cyclodextrin, an ?-cyclodextrin
derivative, a ?-cyclodextrin, a ?-cyclodextrin derivative, a ?-cyclodextrin, and a ?-cyclodextrin derivative, and

(i) when the inclusion compound is the ?-cyclodextrin, the ?-cyclodextrin derivative, the ?-cyclodextrin, or the ?-cyclodextrin
derivative,

the hydrophobic group is
an alkyl group or a cycloalkyl group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms, or
an aryl group or an aralkyl group having 6 to 7 carbon atoms, and
(ii) when the inclusion compound is the ?-cyclodextrin or the ?-cyclodextrin derivative,
the hydrophobic group is
an alkyl group or a cycloalkyl group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms, or
an aryl group or an aralkyl group having 6 to 15 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,787,804

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of communicating by at least an e-mail and a facsimile, the communication apparatus comprising:
a user interface that selects a file from files stored in an external storage device;
a storage device that stores a plurality of destinations including a destination of the e-mail and a destination of the facsimile;
a memory;
a processor coupled to the memory which executes the following:
determining, based on a file format of the file selected by the user interface, whether the selected file can be converted
to facsimile data by the communication apparatus; and

enabling a user to select the destination of the e-mail and the destination of the facsimile from among destinations stored
in the storage device if it is determined that the selected file can be converted to facsimile data by the communication apparatus,
and enabling the user to select the destination of the e-mail but disabling the user to select the destination of the facsimile
from among destinations stored in the storage device if it is determined that the selected file cannot be converted to facsimile
data by the communication apparatus;

converting the selected file to the facsimile data if the selected file can be converted to facsimile data by the communication
apparatus and the destination of the facsimile is selected; and

transmitting the facsimile data to the destination of the facsimile.

US Pat. No. 9,786,806

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:
a silicon substrate; and
a Schottkey barrier element, a p-type MOS transistor, and an n-type MOS transistor which are arranged in an in-plane direction
on the silicon substrate,

wherein the Schottkey barrier element includes a semiconductor layer and electrodes, and the semiconductor layer and the electrodes
are in contact with each other to form the Schottkey barrier element,

the semiconductor layer is arranged
(i) just above a layer having the same chemical composition as those of an impurity diffusion layer in the source or drain
of the p-type MOS transistor,

(ii) just above a layer having the same chemical composition as those of an impurity diffusion layer in the source or drain
of the n-type MOS transistor,

(iii) just above a region, in the silicon substrate, having the same chemical composition as those of a channel region, in
the silicon substrate, just below a gate oxide film of the p-type MOS transistor or the n-type MOS transistor, or

(iv) just above a region, in the silicon substrate, having the same chemical composition as those of a region, in the silicon
substrate, just below a field oxide film disposed between the p-type MOS transistor and the n-type MOS transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,786,317

RECORDING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a recording unit that records on a recording medium a file that includes moving image data and offset information indicating
an offset of the moving image data included in the file,

wherein normal offset information is recorded in the file if recording of the moving image data is stopped normally;
a control unit that controls the recording unit so that recording of the moving image data is stopped in response to a drop
of a free capacity of the recording medium to a predetermined capacity during recording of the moving image data,

wherein the control unit detects a predetermined file that needs to be repaired among the files which have been recorded on
the recording medium,

wherein the predetermined file does not have normal offset information;
a repair unit that executes repair processing for the predetermined file which has been recorded on the recording medium,
wherein the repair unit, in the repair processing, generates normal offset information for the predetermined file and stores
the generated normal offset information in the predetermined file which has been recorded on the recording medium, and

wherein the control unit decides the predetermined capacity based on a data amount necessary to record the normal offset information
for the detected predetermined file if the moving image data is recorded on the recording medium on which the predetermined
file has been recorded and controls the recording unit so that the recording of the moving image data is stopped in response
to a drop of the free capacity of the recording medium on which the predetermined file has been recorded to the decided predetermined
capacity during the recording of the moving image data on the recording medium on which the predetermined file has been recorded.

US Pat. No. 9,787,864

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DISPLAYING AN IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a display;
a touch panel;
a memory that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to
determine whether a touch operation executed on the touch panel is a flick operation or a drag operation, the touch operation
being executed in a state in which a preview image of a first image file from among a plurality of image files is displayed
on the display; and

switch a display from the preview image of the first image file to a preview image of a second image file which is one file
preceding or succeeding the first image file without executing intermediate depiction if determined that the touch operation
executed in the state in which the preview image of the first image file is displayed on the display is the drag operation,
or switch the display from the preview image of the first image file to a preview image of a third image file which is N-files
preceding or succeeding the first image file without executing intermediate depiction if determined that the touch operation
executed in the state in which the preview image of the first image file is displayed on the display is the flick operation,
where N is a fixed value of two or more.

US Pat. No. 9,787,874

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS WITH SHARPNESS DETERMINATION, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHODS THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
a memory,
wherein the at least one processor is configured to function as:
an obtaining unit that obtains determination information to determine a degradation characteristic of sharpness of an image
formed by an image forming apparatus;

a first selection unit that selects one of a plurality of recovery processing parameters used to recover sharpness of an image,
based on the determination information, characteristics of the plurality of recovery processing parameters being different
from each other; and

a recovery unit that performs recovery processing of sharpness on image data using the selected recovery processing parameter,
wherein in a case when the degradation characteristics of sharpness are substantially the same in a low frequency range of
the image, the same recovery processing parameter is selected, and

wherein a common recovery processing parameter is assigned to a plurality of determination information items that is registered
to a table and to which it has been determined that the degradation characteristics of sharpness are substantially the same,
the table indicating correspondence between the determination information and the plurality of recovery processing parameters.

US Pat. No. 9,785,068

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle containing a binder resin and a wax, wherein
in a three-dimensional analysis of the internal structure of the toner particle,
(i) the wax is present in domain form in the interior of the toner particle;
(ii) the proportion of toner particles for which a shortest distance between a surface of the toner particle and a domain
having a largest major axis length among the domains of the wax is less than 50 nm, is equal to or less than 10.0 number %;

(iii) the proportion of toner particles for which the shortest distance between the surface of the toner particle and the
domain having the largest major axis length is at least 50 nm and not more than 500 nm, is equal to or greater than 60.0 number
%;

(iv) using d for a major axis length of the domain having the largest major axis length and using D for a number-average particle
diameter (D1) of the toner, the d and D satisfy the relationship with the following formula (1)

0.25D
(v) the ratio between the major axis length and a minor axis length (major axis length/minor axis length) of the domain having
the largest major axis length is at least 1.0 and not more than 2.5.

US Pat. No. 9,785,071

TONER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,785,077

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle that comprises:
a binder resin;
an organic silicon polymer other than the binder resin, the organic silicon polymer being contained in a surface layer of
the toner particle, and having a structure represented by formula (T3)

Rf—SiO3/2  (T3)

in which Rf represents a hydrocarbon group having from 1 to 6 carbon atoms or an aryl group, and a proportion of the structure
represented by the formula (T3) to the number of a silicon atom in the organic silicon polymer is at least 5.0% calculated
from Si-NMR chart; and

a polyester resin other than the binder resin, the polyester resin being contained in the toner particle in an amount of from
at least 1.0% by mass to less than 80% by mass, the polyester resin has a melting point, wherein

dSi/(dC+dO+dSi+dS) is at least 2.5 atom %
when measuring densities of carbon atom, oxygen atom, silicon atom, and sulfur atom in the surface layer with X-ray photoelectron
spectroscopic analysis (Electron Spectroscopy for Chemical Analysis (ESCA)), and

resultant carbon atom density is defined as dC,
resultant oxygen atom density is defined as dO,
resultant silicon atom density is defined as dSi, and
resultant sulfur atom density is defined as dS.

US Pat. No. 9,787,898

APPARATUS, METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR CONTROLLING IMAGING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus including a plurality of operating systems and executing imaging processing according to a camera
function that operates on each of the plurality of operating systems, the imaging apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive input of an operation signal of imaging preparation according to a first camera function
of a first operating system, activation of the first operating system being completed prior to activation of a second operating
system; and

a control unit configured to
execute a second camera function of the second operating system instead of the first camera function in an event that the
first camera function is not executing imaging preparation processing when activation of the second operating system is completed,
and

continue execution of the first camera function without starting execution of the second camera function in an event that
the first camera function is executing imaging preparation processing when the activation of the second operating system is
completed.

US Pat. No. 9,776,411

INKJET RECORDING HEAD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing an inkjet recording head comprising a substrate including an energy-generating element generating
energy for ejecting a liquid, an ejection port for ejecting the liquid, an outermost liquid-repellant layer on the ejection
port-forming surface of a member forming the ejection port, and a liquid flow passage communicating with the ejection port,
the method comprising:
forming a liquid-repellent material layer serving as the outermost liquid-repellant layer on a surface of a layer serving
as the member;

partially reducing a liquid repellency of the liquid-repellent material layer to form a liquid-repellent region having a contact
angle of 80 degrees or more with pure water and a liquid-nonrepellent region having a contact angle with pure water that is
less than the contact angle of the liquid-repellent region by 30 degrees or more, on the same surface of the outermost liquid-repellent
layer,

wherein the liquid-repellent material layer contains a fluorine-containing compound including a carbonyl group having a bond
with a fluorine-containing group as a liquid-repellent component.

US Pat. No. 9,779,001

MIRRORING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT MAINTAIN DIFFERENCE IN REMAINING WRITABLE AMOUNTS OF DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mirroring device comprising:
two storage devices to which an upper limit is set for a number of rewrites of data;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire respective remaining writable amounts of data in the storage devices from respective
total amounts of data written in the storage devices;

a determination unit configured to determine whether a difference between the acquired respective remaining writable amounts
of data is equal to or more than a predetermined value; and

a control unit configured to, when said determination unit determines that the difference is less than the predetermined value,
control the storage devices such that the difference becomes equal to or more than the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,779,526

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING AREA OF A PIXEL COVERED BY A SCALABLE DEFINITION FOR A CHARACTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of determining a coverage area of a pixel intersected by a scalable path definition for a character, the method
comprising:
determining a raster representation for the scalable path definition;
storing the raster representation for the scalable path definition in a pixel buffer;
initializing an intercepts array configured to have a sufficient number of entries for storing intercept values for each row
in the raster representation;

setting a value corresponding to a first horizontal pixel entry position;
receiving an edge direction for each of a plurality of edges of the scalable path definition intersecting the pixel, the scalable
path definition defining a non-self-overlapping shape;

determining that an initial edge or a first edge entering pixel is upwards or downwards heading;
if the initial edge or the first edge entering pixel is upwards heading and enters the pixel on a bottom side of the pixel,
setting one or more variable directions to “UP” or zero (0) to indicate that the upwards heading initial edge or first edge
entering pixel enters the pixel on the bottom side of the pixel, or, if the initial edge or first edge entering pixel is downwards
heading and enters the pixel on a top side of the pixel, setting the one or more variable directions to “DOWN” or one (1)
to indicate that the downwards heading initial edge or first edge entering pixel enters the pixel on the top side of the pixel;

calculating and storing intercept values based on the set one or more variable directions;
determining a fragment area for each of the plurality of edges, each of the fragment areas representing an area of the pixel
located to a side of each of the plurality of edges including portions of the pixel covered and uncovered by the non-self-overlapping
shape, the side being selected based on the edge direction for each of the plurality of edges of the scalable path definition
intersecting the pixel; and

determining the coverage area of the pixel based on a sum of the fragment areas, the sum of the fragment areas having a value
greater than a total area of the pixel and exceeding the total area of the pixel by the coverage area.

US Pat. No. 9,781,326

EXPOSURE CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An exposure control apparatus of an image pickup apparatus having a first image pickup unit configured to generate first
image data according to a main subject image formed by light from a main subject via a first shooting optical system, and
a second image pickup unit configured to generate second image data according to a photographer image formed by light from
a photographer via a second shooting optical system, comprising:
a first photometric measurement unit configured to obtain first luminance information based on the first image data;
a second photometric measurement unit configured to obtain second luminance information based on the second image data;
a judgment unit configured to judge, according to the first luminance information and the second luminance information, whether
or not the main subject is in backlight scene; and

an exposure control unit configured to control, based on a result of the judgment by said judgment unit, exposure for the
main subject.

US Pat. No. 9,778,767

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a monitor unit provided with a display unit and rotatably connected to a main body via a connection portion;
a touch detection unit configured to detect a touch operation on the display unit;
a position detection unit configured to detect at least a first position and a second position, each of which is a relative
position of the monitor unit with respect to the main body, wherein the second position is a position obtained by rotation
from the first position on a rotation axis, and the monitor is upside down when in the second position with respect to the
first position; and

a control unit configured to perform control, in a case where the relative position, detected by the position detection unit,
of the monitor unit is the first position, to display a first display item at a position nearer to the connection portion
than a second display item and to display the second display item at a position nearer to the connection portion than a third
display item on the display unit, wherein the first display item allows processing to be performed in response to a touch
operation thereon and the second display item and the third display item show respective information and does not allow processing
to be performed in response to a touch operation thereon, and to perform control to reverse display orientation of the display
unit vertically and horizontally and to display the third display item at a position nearer to the connection portion than
the second display item, and to display the first display item and the second display item with a changed relative position
between the first display item and the second display item so that the first display item is displayed at a position nearer
to the connection portion than the second display item and the third display item on the display unit, in response to a change
of the relative position, detected by the position detection unit, of the monitor unit from the first position to the second
position that is the position obtained by rotation from the first position on the rotation axis.

US Pat. No. 9,781,330

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:
at least one processor or one circuitry which functions as
a focus detection unit configured to detect a focus state in each of a plurality of focus detection regions;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an adjustment value used for adjustment of a detection result obtained by the focus
detection unit, for each of the plurality of focus detection regions; and

a control unit configured to perform switching between a first mode and a second mode based on focus states detected in the
plurality of focus detection regions,

wherein, in the first mode, the acquisition unit acquires the adjustment values for a first focus detection region and the
plurality of focus detection regions other than the first focus detection region, based on a focus state detected by the focus
detection unit in the first focus detection region included in the plurality of focus detection regions, and

wherein, in the second mode, the acquisition unit acquires the adjustment value for each of the plurality of focus detection
regions, based on a focus state detected by the focus detection unit in each of the plurality of focus detection regions.

US Pat. No. 9,781,346

IMAGE CAPTURING CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING IMAGE CAPTURING CONTROL PROGRAM FOR DRIVING A MOVABLE ELEMENT WHEN MOTION VECTORS HAVE MUTUALLY DIFFERENT MAGNITUDES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing control apparatus configured to control an image capturing apparatus that performs still image capturing
of a moving object with drive of a movable element movable in a direction other than an optical axis direction of an image
capturing optical system, the image capturing control apparatus comprising:
a vector acquisition unit configured to acquire multiple motion vectors respectively detected in multiple object areas of
a captured moving image produced by the image capturing apparatus; and

a control unit configured to control the still image capturing with a drive control of the movable element,
wherein the control unit is configured to cause the image capturing apparatus, when the multiple motion vectors have mutually
different magnitudes, to perform the still image capturing multiple times with the drive controls of the movable element while
changing a drive amount of the movable element on the basis of the respective multiple motion vectors.

US Pat. No. 9,781,351

ZOOMING CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ZOOMING CONTROL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zooming control device comprising:
a first determination unit configured to determine whether a current state is a specific image capturing state in which a
photographer can perform image capturing while viewing an image of a subject including the photographer himself or herself;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire information relating to a subject detected from an image;
a second determination unit configured to determine whether an image satisfies a predetermined composition condition, based
on the information relating to the subject that has been acquired by the acquisition unit;

a zooming control unit configured to, in a case in which the second determination unit determines that the image does not
satisfy the predetermined composition condition, perform zooming control so as to satisfy the predetermined composition condition;
and

a reception unit configured to receive a predetermined operation for instructing an image capturing preparation operation,
wherein the zooming control unit performs the zooming control in a first state in which the predetermined operation is not
received by the reception unit, and in a case in which the first determination unit determines that the current state is the
specific image capturing state, the zooming control unit continues the zooming control even in a second state in which the
predetermined operation is received.

US Pat. No. 9,778,035

SCALE, ENCODER, LENS APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM HAVING A PLURALITY OF PATTERNS WITH DIFFERENT MODULATING PERIODS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A scale having a plurality of patterns so as to spatially modulate energy distributions, the plurality of patterns comprising:
a first pattern having a first modulation period in a moving direction; and
a second pattern having a second modulation period different from the first modulation period in the moving direction,
wherein the first pattern has a plurality of first pattern lines arranged in a direction perpendicular to the moving direction,
each first pattern line including a plurality of reflective portions arranged in the moving direction,

wherein the second pattern has a plurality of second pattern lines arranged in the direction perpendicular to the moving direction,
each second pattern line including a plurality of reflective portions arranged in the moving direction,

wherein the plurality of first pattern lines and the plurality of second pattern lines are alternately arranged in the direction
perpendicular to the moving direction,

wherein a first relative position in the moving direction and a second relative position in the moving direction are different
from each other, the first relative position being between one of the plurality of first pattern lines and one of the plurality
of second pattern lines and the second relative position being between another of the plurality of first pattern lines and
another of the plurality of second pattern lines, and

wherein the plurality of reflective portions of each of the plurality of second pattern lines have different relative positions
in the moving direction in relation to the plurality of reflective portions of any other of the plurality of second pattern
lines.

US Pat. No. 9,781,366

IMAGE SENSING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system comprising:
a photoelectric conversion apparatus that includes a pixel array including a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix including
rows and columns, the plurality of pixels including a plurality of image sensing pixels for image sensing and a plurality
of ranging pixels for ranging; and

a signal processing unit configured to process signals read from the photoelectric conversion apparatus,
wherein signals are read from the pixel array in each of a first frame, a second frame, and a third frame,
wherein the system is capable of performing a first operation, a second operation, and a third operation,
the first operation being an operation that signals are read from the ranging pixels and the image sensing pixels in the first
frame, the signal processing unit performs ranging based on the signals from the ranging pixels of the first frame, and the
signal processing unit generates an image which is based on the signals from the image sensing pixels of the first frame,

the second operation being an operation that signals are read from the image sensing pixels without reading signals from the
ranging pixels in the second frame, and exposure is controlled based on the signals from the image sensing pixels of the second
frame,

the third operation being an operation that signals are read from the image sensing pixels in the third frame, and generating
an image based on the signals from the image sensing pixels of the third frame,

wherein the system performs the third operation, under an image sensing condition based on a result of the ranging of the
first operation and controlling exposure of the second operation, and

wherein a number of signals output from the photoelectric conversion apparatus in the first operation is larger than a number
of signals output from the photoelectric conversion apparatus in the second operation, and smaller than a number of the imaging
pixels read out in the third operation.

US Pat. No. 9,778,806

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME FOR DETECTING A CONDUCTIVE OBJECT ON A TOUCH-PANEL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic device, comprising:
a determining unit configured to determine, in a Nth frame, a region of a conductive object based on measurement of a self-capacitance
of each of a plurality of electrodes arranged to intersect with each other;

a detecting unit configured to detect, in the Nth frame, the conductive object based on measurement of a mutual capacitance
of, among the plurality of electrodes, an electrode corresponding to the region of the conductive object determined by the
determining unit, without measuring, in the Nth frame, a mutual capacitance of an electrode outside of the region of the conductive
object determined by the determining unit; and

a control unit configured to control measurement of the self-capacitance, so as not to measure the self-capacitance in a N+1th
frame of an electrode of the region of the conductive object detected in the Nth frame by the detecting unit, but so as to
measure the self-capacitance in the N+1th frame of an electrode of a region not determined in the Nth frame by the determining
unit to be a region of the conductive object,

wherein, the determining unit further determines, in the N+1th frame, a region of a conductive object based on measurement
of the self-capacitance in the N+1th frame of each of the plurality of electrodes based on the control by the control unit,
and

the detecting unit detects, in the N+1th frame, the conductive object based on measurement of a mutual capacitance in the
N+1th frame of an electrode corresponding to the region of the conductive object determined in the N+1th frame by the determining
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,778,581

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
a charge generating layer on the support; and
a hole transporting layer on the charge generating layer;wherein the hole transporting layer comprises:
binding resins comprising a polyester resin having a structural unit represented by the following formula (1); and
a hole transporting substance;

wherein, in the formula (1),
R1 to R8 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, or a methyl group;

X1 represents a divalent group represented by any one of the following formulas (2) to (5); and

Z1 represents a substituted cycloalkylidene group in which 1 to 3 substituent groups are alkyl groups having 1 to 3 carbon atoms,
and the substituted cycloalkylidene group is a 5- to 8-membered ring,


wherein, in the formulae (2) to (5),
R21 to R24, R31 to R34, R41 to R44 and R51 to R58 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, or a methyl group, and

Y1 represents a single bond, an oxygen atom, a sulfur atom, or an unsubstituted or substituted alkylene group

wherein the hole transporting substance is at least one of the compound represented by the following formula (S1):

wherein Ar21 and Ar22 each independently represent a phenyl group or a phenyl group substituted with a methyl group; and
the compound represented by the following formula (S2):

wherein Ar23 to Ar28 each independently represent a phenyl group or a phenyl group substituted with a methyl group, and

wherein, in the hole transporting layer, the mass ratio of the hole transporting substance to the binding resins is 10/8 to
6/10.

US Pat. No. 9,775,514

APPARATUS FOR MEASUREMENT OF A FUNDUS COMPRISING A FOCUSING SYSTEM AND A WAVEFRONT CORRECTION DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for measuring a fundus of a subject comprising:
a scanner for scanning light from a light source across the subject;
a focusing unit which adjusts a defocus comprising:
a first focusing mirror; and
a second focusing mirror;
wherein the first focusing mirror and the second focusing mirror are arranged so that an incident beam from the light source
entering the focusing unit and an emitted beam exiting the focusing unit are substantially parallel to each other and are
directed in substantially a same direction,

wherein the focusing unit is positioned between the scanner and the subject;
wherein adjustment of the defocus is accomplished by moving both the first focusing mirror and the second focusing mirror
such that the incident beam and the emitted beam remain substantially parallel to each other, and

wherein an optical path length between the scanner and the subject does not substantially change as the defocus is adjusted
by moving both the first focusing mirror and the second focusing mirror;

a wavefront sensor for detecting a shape of a wavefront; and
a wavefront correction device;
wherein the wavefront correction device adjusts a wavefront of the light from the light source based on the shape of the wavefront
detected by the wavefront sensor, and is positioned between the focusing unit and the light source, and

wherein an optical lens is not arranged on an optical path between the wavefront correction device and the subject.

US Pat. No. 9,778,600

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH REMOVABLE INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER BELT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly;
a belt unit configured to be detachably mountable to said main assembly, said belt unit comprising:
a movable endless belt;
supporting rollers configured to support said endless belt;
a supporting frame configured to support said supporting rollers;
a grip member provided on said supporting frame at a position outside of said belt with respect to a widthwise direction of
said belt, when said belt unit is mounted in said main assembly, and configured to be rotatable between a first position in
which said grip member is projected out of an accommodating portion of said supporting frame in an upward direction and a
second position in which said grip member is accommodated in the accommodating portion; and

an urging member configured to urge said grip member from the second position toward the first position, said belt unit configured
to be inserted into and removed from said main assembly through an opening portion in a direction substantially perpendicular
to the widthwise direction of said belt, the opening portion being provided in a lateral side portion of said main assembly;

an image forming unit provided in said main assembly and configured to form an image on said belt; and
a pressing portion provided in said main assembly and configured to press said grip member directly to move said grip member
from the first position to the second position with the insertion of said belt unit into said main assembly, said pressing
portion being positioned at a pressing position outside of said belt with respect to the widthwise direction of said belt
and being configured to be disengaged from said grip member to permit said grip member to move from the second position to
the first position by an urging force of said urging member upon removal of said belt unit.

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. 9,778,890

JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING JOB ERROR INFORMATION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that communicates with an external device, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a display device configured to display information to a user;
a storage configured to store data;
an image forming device configured to form an image on a sheet; and
a controller having a processor which executes instructions stored in a memory or having a circuitry, the controller being
configured to:

receive print data with which user information is associated from the external device, and cause the image forming device
to form an image based on print data with which user information corresponding to a login user who has logged in to the image
forming apparatus according to an image forming instruction by the login user; and

receive print data with which user information is associated from the external device, not perform a holding process of holding
the print data in the storage so that the print data is read out when an image forming instruction is received, store non-holding
information indicating that the holding process is not performed in association with the user information, and cause the display
device to display notification information indicating that the holding process is not performed on print data of the login
user based on non-holding information corresponding to the login user.

US Pat. No. 9,781,222

METHOD, SYSTEM AND SERVER DEVICE FOR TRANSMITTING A DIGITAL RESOURCE IN A CLIENT-SERVER COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of transmitting a digital resource in a client-server communication system, the method comprising, at a main server
device:
receiving a request for a main resource from a client device;
determining a file name identifying at least one missing secondary resource, wherein the at least one missing secondary resource
is at least one resource associated with said requested main resource and missing at the server device;

requesting a secondary server device to push a file having the file name identifying the at least one missing secondary resource
to the client device; and

at the main server device, transmitting the requested main resource to the client device in response to the request from the
client device,

wherein requesting the secondary server device to push the at least one missing secondary resource is prior to transmitting
the requested main resource to the client device.

US Pat. No. 9,779,701

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor that operates to:
perform filter processing using first to N-th division filters each having a plurality of filter coefficients on a first image
to generate first to N-th intermediate images, where N is an integer of 2 or more; and

combine the generated first to N-th intermediate images to generate a second image,
wherein the at least one processor changes a range to be subjected to the filter processing on the first image, for each of
the division filters.

US Pat. No. 9,749,490

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a human sensor;
a network interface which receives a data via a network;
a power controller which shifts the image forming apparatus to a first power saving state from which it is possible to return
to a normal power state in accordance with an output from the human sensor and possible to return to the normal power state
in accordance with an output from a network interface, and shifts from the first power saving state to the normal power state
in accordance with the output from the human sensor or the output from the network interface;

wherein the power controller further shifts the image forming apparatus to a second power saving state from which it is possible
to return to the normal power state in accordance with an output from the network interface but impossible to return to the
normal power state in accordance with an output from the human sensor, and shifts the image forming apparatus from the second
power saving state to the normal power state in accordance with the output from the network interface.

US Pat. No. 9,748,490

ORGANIC COMPOUND, ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT, AND IMAGE DISPLAY UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic compound expressed by the following general formula (1):

wherein R1 to R6 each represent a chemical species selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, halogens, and cyano, alkyl, and alkoxy groups;
Ar1 to Ar5 each represent a group selected from the group consisting of aryl and heterocycle groups that may each have a substituent
selected from the group consisting of halogens, a cyano group, alkyl groups having a carbon number in the range of 1 to 4,
phenyl, and naphthyl, phenanthrenyl, fluorenyl, triphenylenyl, chrysenyl, dibenzothienyl, dibenzofuranyl, carbazolyl, and
phenanthrolyl groups; and p, q and r each represent 0 or 1, but are not 0 all at the same time.

US Pat. No. 9,772,795

PROCESSING APPARATUS TO RECOGNIZE PERIPHERAL COMPONENT INTERCONNECT EXPRESS DEVICES DURING BOOTUP

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to perform data processing by a first device and a second device, the information
processing apparatus comprising:
a power source unit configured to supply predetermined power to the first device and the second device,
wherein the first device includes a first communication unit configured to communicate with the second device, a first initialization
unit configured to initialize the first communication unit with the power supplied from the power source unit based on reception
of a notification from a second communication unit of the second device, a detection unit configured to detect the second
device with communication established between the initialized first communication unit and the second communication unit of
the second device, and a transmission unit configured to transmit specific logical information to the detected second device
with use of the first communication unit, and

wherein the second device includes the second communication unit configured to communicate with the first device, a storage
unit configured to store the specific logical information acquired from the first device, a second initialization unit configured
to initialize the second communication unit with the predetermined power supplied from the power source unit, and a third
initialization unit configured to complete an initial setting of the second device by writing the specific logical information
acquired from the first device into the storage unit with the communication established between the first communication unit
to be initialized and the second communication unit, based on the notification from the initialized second communication unit.

US Pat. No. 9,774,353

GENERATING APPARATUS, GENERATING METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A generating apparatus generating error-correcting code for data packet comprising:
a first determining unit configured to determine a redundancy range for the error-correcting code;
a second determining unit configured to determine a combination of a plurality of interleaving lengths indicating an interval
of a plurality of data packets for which the error-correcting code is generated; and

a generating unit configured to generate the error-correcting code for the data packet, based on the combination of the plurality
of interleaving lengths determined by the second determining unit, wherein

the second determining unit determines the combination of the plurality of interleaving lengths, such that a total redundancy
of the error-correcting codes for the data packets falls within a range of redundancy determined by the first determining
unit.

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. 9,772,570

MAGNETIC TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magnetic toner, comprising:
a toner particle containing a binder resin, a magnetic material, and a releasing agent containing an ester compound; and
an inorganic fine particle “a” and an organic-inorganic composite fine particle on each of surface of the toner particle,
said organic-inorganic composite fine powder being present at 0.5 to 3.0 mass % with reference to the mass of the toner,

the organic-inorganic composite fine particle having a volumetric specific heat at 80° C. of 2,900 to 4,200 kJ/(m3·° C.) and comprising

a vinyl-based resin particle and an inorganic fine particle “b” embedded in the vinyl-based resin particle, wherein
the inorganic fine particle “a” contains at least an inorganic oxide fine particle selected from the group consisting of a
silica fine particle, a titania fine particle, and an alumina fine particle, and has a number-average particle diameter (D1) of 5 to 25 nm,

coverage A (%) of each of the surface of the toner particle with the inorganic fine particle “a” is 45 to 70.0%,
the toner particle has a endothermic peak measured with a differential scanning calorimeter (DSC), the half width of the endothermic
peak is 2.0 to 8.0° C., and

the binder resin has an acid value of 5 to 30 mgKOH/g.

US Pat. No. 9,774,886

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PROVIDING COMPENSATION OFFSETS FOR A SET OF RECONSTRUCTED SAMPLES OF AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of providing offsets for use in performing sample adaptive offset loop filtering on a set of reconstructed samples
of an image, each sample having a sample value, the method comprising:
selecting, based on a rate distortion criterion, classes from among a plurality of predetermined classes, each said classes
defining a range of sample values within a full range of the sample values, into which class a sample is put if its sample
value is within the range of the class concerned, and the selected classes being a fixed number of successive classes, spanning
in combination a fixed range of sample values smaller than one half of said full range, the position of the successive classes
within the full range being one of a plurality of selectable positions, and said range of the successive classes at one selectable
position overlapping said range of the successive classes at at least one other selectable position; and

associating with each class of the selected classes an offset for application to the sample value of each sample of the class
concerned.

US Pat. No. 9,739,986

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 the zooming;
at least one lens unit that moves during the zooming; and
a rear lens group,
wherein the first lens unit comprises a first lens sub unit that does not move for focusing, and a second lens sub unit having
a positive refractive power that moves during the focusing,

wherein the first lens sub unit comprises a negative lens and a positive lens, and
wherein the following conditions are satisfied:
?25.00
2.00
?0.30 where f1 represents a focal length of the first lens unit, OK11 represents a distance on an optical axis from a lens surface
closest to the image side of the first lens sub unit to a rear principal point position of the first lens sub unit, ft represents
a focal length of the zoom lens at a telephoto end, and OK1 represents a distance on the optical axis from a lens surface
closest to the image side of the first lens unit to a rear principal point position of the first lens unit, provided that
a direction from the object side toward the image side is a positive direction.

US Pat. No. 9,772,581

DEVELOPER CONTAINER CONFIGURED TO REDUCE DEAD SPACE IN THE PATH OF THE DEVELOPER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container configured to store developer therein, the developer container comprising:
a conveyance member configured to allow the developer to be placed thereon and convey the developer;
an opening member including an opening for discharging the developer; and
a coupling member (i) coupling the opening member and the conveyance member with each other and (ii) capable of extending
and compressing by receiving a vibration,

wherein the conveyance member includes a vibration receiving portion configured to receive a vibration, and
wherein the coupling member extends and compresses when the conveyance member conveys the developer toward the opening side
by receiving the vibration through the vibration receiving portion,

wherein the conveyance member forms a bottom of the developer container.

US Pat. No. 9,739,988

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 the zooming;
a third lens unit having a negative refractive power that moves during the zooming;
a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power that moves during the zooming;
an aperture stop; and
a fifth lens unit having a positive refractive power that does not move for zooming,
the third lens unit comprising:
a cemented lens formed by cementing a single negative lens and a single positive lens; and
a single negative lens,
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.60<|fn1x/fpx|<3.5; and

0.24
where fn1x represents a focal length of the single negative lens included in the cemented lens, fpx represents a focal length of the
single positive lens included in the cemented lens, and ?3wx represents a lateral magnification of the third lens unit at
a wide angle end.

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. 9,772,591

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus having a replaceable unit, the image forming apparatus comprising:
an output unit configured to output information indicating that a usage amount of the replaceable unit has reached a threshold
value for determining replacement of the replaceable unit;

an input unit configured to input setting information for setting the threshold value; and
a control unit configured to set the threshold value in accordance with the setting information input by the input unit,
wherein the output unit outputs a first image sample and a second image sample by using the replaceable unit, the second image
sample being lower in image quality than the first image sample,

wherein, the setting information includes first information corresponding to the first image sample and second information
corresponding to the second image sample,

wherein, when the first information is input in the control unit, the control unit sets the threshold value to a first threshold,
and wherein, when the second information is input in the control unit, the control unit sets the threshold value to a second
threshold being different from the first threshold, and

wherein the first threshold is smaller than the second threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,738,473

SHEET DETECTING APPARATUS, SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus, comprising:
an abutment member including an abutment surface against which a leading edge of a sheet being conveyed abuts;
a holding member configured to hold the abutment member so as to be movable between an abutment position at which the leading
edge of the sheet abuts against the abutment surface and a retracted position at which the leading edge of the sheet does
not abut against the abutment surface, the holding member being movable together with the abutment member from a waiting position
in a predetermined direction when the abutment surface of the abutment member is pushed by the leading edge of the sheet in
a state in which the holding member is located at the waiting position;

a sheet conveying unit configured to convey the sheet in a state in which the abutment member contacts a surface of the sheet
after the leading edge of the sheet comes off the abutment surface by the holding member being moved in the predetermined
direction;

a first urging portion configured to urge the holding member so as to move the holding member to the waiting position in the
state in which the abutment member contacts the surface of the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveying unit;

a second urging portion configured to urge the abutment member so as to move the abutment member, which is released from contact
with the surface of the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveying unit, from the retracted position to the abutment position in
a state in which the holding member is located at the waiting position; and

a flag configured to move in association with movement of the abutment member in order to change detection of a detecting
portion.

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. 9,773,143

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a predetermined image in a captured image;
determination unit configured to determine, based on a position of the predetermined image detected by the detection unit,
a position regarding setting of image analysis processing; and

a setting unit configured to perform, based on the position determined by the determination unit, setting regarding the image
analysis processing to be performed on an image of a monitoring target range, wherein the image analysis processing includes
detection processing to detect an event, regarding an object different from the predetermined image, at the determined position.

US Pat. No. 9,772,893

NETWORK DEVICE AND METHOD OF SPECIFYING SUPERVISED DATA TO BE TRANSMITTED TO SYSTEM IN ACCORDANCE WITH CALCULATION LOGIC USED FOR CALCULATING PREVIOUS TIMINGS OF DATA STORED IN A SENSOR DATA DATABASE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A network device communicating with a system for performing analysis of data collected from the network device, the network
device comprising:
a plurality of sensors;
a sensor data database in which data detected by each of the plurality of sensors is stored;
a memory storing instructions; and
a processor which can execute the instructions, causing the network device to:
(a) obtain, from the system, condition data for specifying supervised data that the system collects,
(b) update a condition data database of the network device by adding the obtained condition data to the condition data database,
(c) obtain logic from a logic database of the network device, based on information for specifying logic included in the condition
data in the condition data database, wherein the logic database stores different pieces of logic,

(d) specify, from among data in the sensor data database, data to be transmitted to the system, wherein the specifying includes
(1) using the obtained logic to calculate previous timings of data, and (2) specifying data in the sensor data database corresponding
to the calculated previous timings, and

(e) transmit the specified data as supervised data to the system.

US Pat. No. 9,774,753

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a USB interface to which a USB device is connectable;
one or more processors which (a) control communication between the USB device connected to the USB interface and an external
apparatus, and (b) shift the image forming apparatus from a first power state, in which power is supplied to the USB interface,
to a second power state, in which power supply to the USB interface is stopped; and

an input device which receives a setting from a user,
wherein if the input device has received a first setting to permit the image forming apparatus to shift to the second power
state at the time of use of the USB device, the one or more processors shift the image forming apparatus from the first power
state to the second power state at the time of use of the USB device, based on a predetermined condition being satisfied,
and

wherein if the input device has received a second setting not to permit the image forming apparatus to shift to the second
power state at the time of use of the USB device, the one or more processors do not shift the image forming apparatus from
the first power state to the second power state at the time of use of the USB device.

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. 9,774,759

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control apparatus for controlling a print unit configured to print an image on a print medium based on a print
job, comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive the print job;
a determination unit configured to, in a case where the print job received by the reception unit is an authenticated print
job requiring authentication processing, determine whether there is a plurality of persons near the print control apparatus;

a hold unit configured to, in a case where it is determined by the determination unit that there is a plurality of persons
near the print control apparatus, hold print processing based on the authenticated print job; and

a control unit configured to, in a case where a state in which there is a plurality of persons near the print control apparatus
has changed to a state in which there is a single person near the print control apparatus, restart the print processing held
by the hold unit,

wherein a print product produced by printing the image on the print medium by restarting the held print processing is discharged
onto a discharge unit of the print control apparatus, and

the determination unit, the hold unit, and the control unit are implemented by a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,739,604

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
one or more memories that store a set of instructions; and
one or more processors that execute the instructions to:
acquire a captured image captured by an imaging apparatus in a state where a pattern is projected onto a measurement target
object, the pattern including a plurality of lines, identification information arranged on or between the lines to identify
the lines, and a feature arranged between the plurality of lines;

identify each line included in the captured image by acquiring a correspondence between each line included in the projected
pattern and each line included in the captured image, based on the identification information included in the captured image;

determine a second region in the pattern corresponding to a first region between the lines in the captured image based on
a result of the identification; and

derive a distance of the measurement target object by acquiring a correspondence between the first region and the second region.
US Pat. No. 9,740,118

METHOD OF PRODUCING LIQUID DEVELOPER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

7. A method of producing a liquid developer containing a dispersing agent, an insulating liquid (a), and a toner particle
that contains a colorant and a binder resin, the method comprising:
a step (1) of preparing a mixture containing the colorant, the binder resin, the insulating liquid (a), a solvent (b), and
the dispersing agent; and

a step (2) of distillatively removing the solvent (b) from the mixture, wherein
the binder resin dissolves in the solvent (b) and does not dissolve in the insulating liquid (a),
the dispersing agent dissolves in both the insulating liquid (a) and the solvent (b), and
the binder resin contains a polymer A that has an alkali metal sulfonate group or an alkaline-earth metal sulfonate group,
and

a phase separation point A is larger than a phase separation point B, where
the phase separation point A is a mixing mass ratio for the insulating liquid (a) and the solvent (b) at which separation
into two phases occurs when the insulating liquid (a) is added to a solution obtained by dissolving the polymer A in the solvent
(b),

the phrase separation point B is a mixing mass ratio for the insulating liquid (a) and the solvent (b) at which separation
into two phases occurs when the insulating liquid (a) is added to a solution obtained by the dissolution in the solvent (b)
of the resin component present in the binder resin other than the polymer A, and

the mixing mass ratio for the insulating liquid (a) and the solvent (b) is a ratio determined by {mass of insulating liquid
(a)}/{mass of insulating liquid (a)+mass of solvent (b)}.

US Pat. No. 9,738,069

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND INKJET PRINTING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus, comprising:
a print head that has a print element array in which a plurality of print elements is arranged in a predetermined direction,
the print elements generating energy for discharging inks with application of a driving pulse;

a first acquisition unit configured to acquire first information about a deviation of discharge amount of ink discharged by
the plurality of print elements in the print element array;

a second acquisition unit configured to acquire second information about a temperature of the print head during print operation;
a decision unit configured to decide a first driving pulse based on the first information and the second information, the
first driving pulse being composed of a main pulse and a pre-pulse applied to the print elements prior to the main pulse;
and

a control unit configured to control the print head so as to discharge the inks onto a printing medium by applying the first
driving pulse to the print elements,

wherein the decision unit decides the first driving pulse such that
(i) when the deviation indicated by the first information is a first value and the temperature indicated by the second information
is a first temperature, the pulse width of the pre-pulse of the first driving pulse is a first width, and

(ii) when the deviation indicated by the first information is a second value larger than the first value and the temperature
indicated by the second information is the first temperature, the pulse width of the pre-pulse of the first driving pulse
is a second width shorter than the first width.

US Pat. No. 9,774,769

MOUNTED ELECTRONIC COMPONENT INCLUDING CONNECTION PORTIONS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A surface mounted electronic component including a first connection portion and a second connection portion, each of the
first connection portion and the second connection portion having a solder wettability for a connection to a mounting board,
comprising:
an upper surface on which an electronic device is mounted;
a lower surface located on an opposite side of the upper surface; and
side surfaces each configured to share a side with the lower surface, wherein
the first connection portion includes a joint region arranged on the lower surface,
the second connection portion includes a lower surface region arranged on the lower surface, and a side surface region connected
to the lower surface region and arranged on one side surface of the side surfaces, the one side surface sharing one side of
four sides with the lower surface,

the lower surface region is arranged apart from the joint region in a direction along the one side,
a length of the lower surface region in the direction is longer than a length of the joint region in the direction,
a length of the side surface region in the direction is shorter than the length of the lower surface region in the direction,
and

the side surface region is spaced apart from both ends of the one side surface in the direction.

US Pat. No. 9,738,075

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:
a substrate; and
a member provided with discharge ports, the liquid discharge head configured to discharge liquid, wherein
a discharge port surface of the member having the discharge ports arrayed thereon includes fumed silica,
the fumed silica has an average particle diameter not larger than 20 nm, and a relative surface area of not smaller than 90
m2/g, and

the member comprises an epoxy resin.

US Pat. No. 9,738,076

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing method of a liquid ejection head including a flow path connected to an ejection orifice that ejects liquid,
the manufacturing method comprising:
a step of preparing a substrate including a first layer;
a step of forming a flow path mold for forming the flow path and a member, from the first layer, the member is not part of
the flow path mold and is located outside the flow path mold with a gap between the flow path mold and the member;

a step of providing a second layer so that the gap is filled with the second layer, the second layer covers the flow path
mold and the member located outside the flow path mold with the gap between the flow path mold and the member;

a step of forming an ejection orifice forming member for forming an ejection orifice from the second layer;
a step of removing the second layer on the member;
a step of removing the member located outside the flow path mold;
a step of forming a third layer so that the third layer covers the ejection orifice forming member; and
a step of forming a wall member located outside the ejection orifice forming member from the third layer, with a gap between
the ejection orifice forming member and the wall member.

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. 9,740,133

CHARGING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A charging member comprising:
an electro-conductive support; and
an electro-conductive elastic layer on the electro-conductive support, wherein
the electro-conductive elastic layer comprises 10% by mass or more and 50% by mass or less of an aggregate of crosslinked
rubber particles,

the aggregate of the crosslinked rubber particles has a circle-equivalent diameter of 10 ?m or more and 50 ?m or less,
the crosslinked rubber particles have one of an acrylic resin and a styrene acrylic resin chemically bonded to a surface thereof,
the charging member comprises protrusions derived from the aggregate of the crosslinked rubber particles on a surface thereof,
and

the protrusions have an average height of 50 nm or more and 200 nm or less.

US Pat. No. 9,740,135

OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning device comprising:
a light source;
a deflection unit configured to deflect a light beam emitted from the light source;
a board; and
a light receiving member including a body portion, which includes a light receiving portion, and a first terminal portion
and a second terminal portion, each of which is soldered to the board,

wherein the light receiving portion receives the light beam deflected by the deflection unit and moving in a scanning direction,
wherein the first terminal portion and the second terminal portion are located opposite each other across the body portion
in an intersection direction that intersects with the scanning direction as viewed in a normal direction to a mounting surface
of the board,

wherein the board has a through-hole formed thereon, into which at least a part of the body portion is inserted, and includes
a first soldering portion soldered to the first terminal portion and a second soldering portion soldered to the second terminal
portion, the first soldering portion and the second soldering portion being located opposite each other across the through-hole
in the intersection direction, and

wherein, when a length in the scanning direction and a length in the intersection direction of the body portion are denoted
by Lx0 and Ly0, respectively, and a length in the scanning direction and a length in the intersection direction of the through-hole
are denoted by Lx1 and Ly1, respectively, the lengths Lx0, Ly0, Lx1, and Ly1 satisfy the following formula:

(Lx1?Lx0)>(Ly1?Ly0).

US Pat. No. 9,738,085

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus, comprising:
a first ink tank configured to contain ink;
a second ink tank configured to contain ink supplied from the first ink tank;
a hollow pipe, having conductivity, configured to connect the first ink tank and the second ink tank, and having an opening
provided at one end connected to the second ink tank, said opening being open into the second ink tank, wherein the hollow
pipe is provided on an upper surface of the second ink tank in a gravity direction when ink is supplied from the first ink
tank to the second ink tank via the hollow pipe;

an electrode provided on the upper surface of the second ink tank; and
a detecting unit configured to detect that an ink amount in the second ink tank is greater than a prescribed amount by applying
an electric current between the hollow pipe and the electrode,

wherein a lower end position of the hollow pipe is below a lower end position of the electrode in the gravity direction, and
a highest position of the opening is above the lower end position of the electrode in the gravity direction.

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. 9,738,087

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD WITH COORDINATED FILLING OPERATIONS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:
a printhead having a discharging port surface on which a discharging port for discharging ink is formed;
a first tank for storing ink to be supplied to the printhead;
a second tank for storing ink to be supplied to the first tank;
a valve that can be switched between an open state in which the printhead communicates with the first tank and a closed state
in which the printhead does not communicate with the first tank;

a cap for covering the discharging port surface;
a pump for generating a negative pressure in an inside of the cap when the cap covers the discharging port surface; and
an internal pressure changing member for changing an internal pressure of the first tank; and
a control unit configured to perform a first filling operation which includes causing the pump to be driven when the cap covers
the discharge port surface and the valve is in the closed state so as to generate the negative pressure in the inside of the
cap, and then causing the valve to be switched to the open state, so that ink is supplied from the second tank to the printhead
through the first tank, and configured to perform a second filling operation which includes causing the internal pressure
changing member to be driven so that ink is supplied from the second tank to the first tank,

wherein the control unit performs the second filling operation in parallel with performing the first filling operation.

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. 9,774,805

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CHANGING GAIN OF AMPLIFIER OF IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup device comprising a pixel area, the pixel area including a valid pixel area and a reference pixel area, the
valid pixel area obtaining an image signal, and the reference pixel area obtaining information for a reference level correction,
and the image pickup device further comprising an amplifier that amplifies an output from the pixel area, the image pickup
device outputting the image signal corresponding to an optical image formed in the valid pixel area; and

a controller that changes numbers of reading lines assigned to the valid pixel area and the reference pixel area in the pixel
area in a case where a gain of the amplifier is changed,

wherein said controller decreases a number of reading lines assigned to the valid pixel area and increases a number of reading
lines assigned to the reference pixel area in a case where the gain of the amplifier is increased.

US Pat. No. 9,742,981

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING LIGHT FIELD DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
obtain light field data, which is three-dimensional information within an object space;
generate first object information by detecting an object included in the object space using the light field data;
add the first object information to the light field data;
set focal information for re-forming the light field data based on photographing information of the light field data;
add the focal information to the light field data;
receive information regarding an object which is a destination target of transmission from an external apparatus;
detect second object information corresponding to the object from the first object information added to the light field data
based on the received information regarding the object; and

update the focal information in accordance with a result of the detection.

US Pat. No. 9,771,221

BELT TRANSPORTING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A belt transporting device comprising:
an endless belt configured to rotate;
a first stretching member configured to stretch the belt;
a second stretching member configured to stretch the belt; and
a belt adjusting unit configured to adjust the movement of the belt with respect to a widthwise direction of the belt perpendicular
to a movement direction of the belt by tilting the first stretching member with respect to the second stretching member,

wherein the belt adjusting unit comprises:
a first adjustment member provided at one end side of the first stretching member with respect to the widthwise direction,
the first adjustment member being rotatable relative to the first stretching member to change a position of an edge portion
of the first stretching member at the one end side;

a second adjustment member provided at another end side of the first stretching member with respect to the widthwise direction,
the second adjustment member being rotatable relative to the first stretching member to change a position of another edge
portion of the first stretching member at the another end side; and

an interlocking device configured to move the second adjustment member according to a movement of the first adjustment member,
wherein the interlocking device rotates the second adjustment member in an opposite direction to the belt moving direction,
in a case where the first adjustment member rotates in the belt moving direction by receiving a force from the belt.

US Pat. No. 9,774,808

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving method for a photoelectric conversion apparatus, the photoelectric conversion apparatus including
a pixel array having a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix form; and
a plurality of column signal processing units each provided corresponding to a column of the pixel array,
each of the column signal processing units including a column amplification unit having
an amplifier;
a first capacitance; and
a second capacitance provided in parallel with the first capacitance; and
amplifying a signal output from the pixel array,
the method comprising:
establishing a short circuit between an input node and an output node of the amplifier by switching a reset switch to an ON
state in a state that the first and the second capacitances are electrically connected between the input node and output node
of the amplifier;

after the short circuit is established between the input node and the output node of the amplifier, electrically isolating
the second capacitance from at least one of the input and output nodes of the amplifier,

switching the reset switch from the ON state to an OFF state, and
if an output from the amplifier is larger than a threshold while the reset switch is in the OFF state, electrically connecting
the second capacitances to the input and output nodes off the amplifier.

US Pat. No. 9,740,165

DUST COLLECTING FILTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A filter frame for containing a dust collecting filter, comprising:
a first frame portion, including a filter installation surface on which the filter is installed, and a first side surface
standing up from a first side of the installation surface and a second side surface standing up from a second side opposing
the first side of the installation surface and a third side surface standing up from a third side connecting the first side
and the second side of the installation surface and a fourth side surface standing up from a fourth side opposing the third
side of the installation surface, configured to form a containing portion that contains the filter, wherein the filter installation
surface has an opening through which a first surface of the filter is exposed;

a second frame portion configured to sandwich the filter with first frame portion, wherein the second frame portion has an
opening through which a second surface of the filter is exposed;

a connecting portion, provided on the fourth side surface, configured to connect the first frame portion and the second frame
portion so as to be openable, closable;

a first latching portion, provided on the first side surface, configured to latch the first frame portion and the second frame
portion when the filter frame is closed,

wherein the first latching portion is released when the first side surface is bent in an outside direction;
a second latching portion, provided on the second side surface, configured to latch the first frame portion and the second
frame portion when the filter frame is closed,

wherein the second latching portion is released when the second side surface is bent in an outside direction;
a third latching portion, provided on the third side surface, configured to latch the first frame portion and the second frame
portion when the filter frame is closed,

wherein the third latching portion is released when the third side surface is bent in an outside direction;
a clearance portion provided between the third side surface and the second frame portion when the filter frame is closed,
wherein it is accessible from the clearance portion to an inner surface of the third side surface; and
an arm configured to connect the first side of the filter installation surface and the second side of the filter installation
surface,

wherein the arm connects a first position corresponding to the first latching portion and a second position corresponding
to the second latching portion.

US Pat. No. 9,773,291

RENDERING PROCESSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. A sub-processor connected to a processor comprising circuitry configured to:
transfer, after acquiring, for a rendering target image that is divided into first and second regions, first information used
for rendering the first region and second information used for rendering the second region, the second information to another
sub-processor connected to the sub-processor;

render a first part of the first region using the first information; and
output a rendering result of the rendering of the first part to the other sub-processor in response to reception of a predetermined
signal from the other sub-processor, and

wherein the other sub-processor renders a second part, corresponding to the first part, of the second region using the second
information, outputs a rendering result of the second part without reception of an output control of the rendering result
of the second part from an external source, outputs the predetermined signal to the sub-processor triggered by an output of
the rendering result of the second part, and outputs without modification the rendering result of the first part output from
the sub-processor.

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. 9,743,018

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. 9,736,624

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, COMMUNICATION DEVICE CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication device comprising:
a first wireless communication unit configured to transmit information stored in a memory to a communication partner device
via a first wireless communication system of short range wireless communication;

a second wireless communication unit configured to communicate with the communication partner device via a second wireless
communication system which is different from the first wireless communication system;

a first write unit configured to write to the memory one of application information used to activate an application and setting
information used to establish communication with the second wireless communication system;

a first transmission unit configured to transmit the information written by the first write unit to the communication partner
device via the first wireless communication unit;

a second write unit configured to write to the memory, in a case where the transmission by the first transmission unit is
performed, either the application information or the setting information, whichever was not written by the first write unit;
and

a second transmission unit configured to transmit the information written by the second write unit to the communication partner
device via the first wireless communication unit in a case where the communication by the first wireless communication unit
starts in a condition that the writing by the second write unit is being performed.

US Pat. No. 9,766,374

OPTICAL MEMBER, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical member comprising:
a base member; and
a porous layer disposed on the base member, comprising a porous glass and a transparent resin material held in the inside
of a porous structure of the porous glass,

wherein, in the thickness direction of the porous layer, the degree of porosity in the base member side with respect to the
center line of the porous layer in the thickness direction is smaller than the degree of porosity in the side opposite to
the base member with respect to the center line of the porous layer in the thickness direction.

US Pat. No. 9,734,846

MAGNETIC RECORDING APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD OF MAGNETIC RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A magnetic recording apparatus comprising:
a writing unit configured to form a recording column extending in a first direction, by applying a recording magnetic field
to a recording medium;

a moving unit configured to move a relative position of the recording medium and the writing unit to a second direction perpendicular
to the first direction; and

a controlling unit configured to control the writing unit and the moving unit such that, on the recording medium, the recording
columns mutually adjacent in regard to the second direction partially overlap in the second direction,

wherein the controlling unit controls the moving unit such that a quantity of movement in the second direction in a case of
deleting information written on the recording medium by overwriting with the writing unit another information on the recording
column in which the information has been written is larger than a quantity of movement in the second direction in a case of
writing information on the recording medium with the writing unit, and

wherein the writing unit, the moving unit, and the controlling unit are implemented by at least one circuit.

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. 9,730,589

EXAMINED-PORTION INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An examined-portion information acquisition apparatus comprising:
a plurality of examined-portion holding members each configured to hold a respective examined portion of an object;
the plurality of examined-portion holding members comprising:
a first examined-portion holding member configured to hold a first examined portion of the object;
a second examined-portion holding member configured to hold a second examined portion of the object;
a receiver configured to receive an acoustic wave; and
a moving system configured to move the receiver from a position at which the receiver receives an acoustic wave from the first
examined portion held by the first examined-portion holding member to a position at which the receiver receives an acoustic
wave from the second examined portion held by the second examined-portion holding member, wherein

the receiver includes:
a plurality of transducers each configured to receive an acoustic wave, and
a supporting member on which the plurality of transducers are arranged, and
the plurality of transducers are arranged on the supporting member such that directivity axes of some transducers among the
plurality of transducers converge.

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. 9,766,527

ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT, OPTICAL FILTER, LENS UNIT, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND WINDOW MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrochromic element, comprising:
a first electrode;
a second electrode;
a carrier; and
an electrolyte, an anodic organic electrochromic compound, and a cathodic redox substance that are arranged between the first
electrode and the second electrode,

at least one of the first electrode and the second electrode being transparent, wherein:
the electrolyte, the anodic organic electrochromic compound, and the cathodic redox substance are mixed;
the electrolyte is in contact with the first electrode, the second electrode, and the carrier;
the carrier further has a redox substance; and
a reduced form of the redox substance of the carrier is more easily oxidized than a reduced form of the anodic organic electrochromic
compound.

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. 9,766,577

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. 9,762,788

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, DEPTH INFORMATION ACQUISITION METHOD AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit acquiring a first image by capturing an object at a first focusing position, and acquiring a second image
after acquiring the first image, by capturing the object at a second focusing position that is different from the first focusing
position, the second image having different blur than that of the first image;

a depth information determination unit determining depth information of the object on a basis of a difference in blur between
the first image and the second image; and

a focusing position setting unit setting a focus movement amount that is a difference between the first focusing position
and the second focusing position, in accordance with an F-number of the imaging unit,

wherein, in a case that the F-number of the image unit is changed automatically or by a user operation to a changed F-number,
the focusing position setting unit sets the second focusing position in accordance with the changed F-number in such a manner
that an absolute value of the focus movement amount is greater when the F-number is large, as compared to when the F-number
is relatively small, and

the focusing position setting unit sets the second focusing position in such a manner that the focus movement amount satisfies
the formula given below:

d=kF2?, ?16?k?16, k?0,

where d is the focus movement amount at an image plane, k is a coefficient, F is the F-number, and ? is a wavelength of light
used to capture the first image and the second image.

US Pat. No. 9,762,840

IMAGING DEVICE AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of driving an imaging device including a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels is arranged, each of the pixels
including a first photoelectric conversion unit, a second photoelectric conversion unit, and a micro lens that collects incident
light to the first photoelectric conversion unit and the second photoelectric conversion unit, the method comprising:
reading out a first signal based on a signal electric charge generated in the first photoelectric conversion unit, and a second
signal based on a signal electric charge generated in at least the second photoelectric conversion unit, from each of a plurality
of pixels included in a part of the pixel array, in a first frame period; and

reading out a third signal based on the signal electric charge generated in the first photoelectric conversion unit and the
signal electric charge generated in the second photoelectric conversion unit, from each of a plurality of pixels included
in another part of the pixel array, and from which the first and second signals have not been read out in the first frame
period, in a second frame period other than the first frame period.

US Pat. No. 9,760,041

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a movable intermediary transfer member;
a toner image forming unit configured to form a toner image on said intermediary transfer member with a toner containing a
wax;

a voltage source configured to output a voltage;
a rotatable transfer member configured to form a transfer portion in contact with said intermediary transfer member, wherein
in the transfer portion, a transfer electric field is formed by said voltage source for transferring the toner image from
said intermediary transfer member onto a recording material fed to the transfer portion;

a fixing unit configured to fix the toner image on the recording material by heating the recording material, on which the
toner image is transferred, together with the toner image at the transfer portion;

a feeding portion configured to feed to the transfer portion the recording material after passing through said fixing unit,
wherein said feeding unit feeds the recording material so that a toner image-fixed surface of the recording material faces
toward said rotatable transfer member at the transfer portion;

an executing portion configured to execute double-sided image formation for forming the toner image on one surface of the
recording material and then for forming a toner image on the other surface of the recording material by feeding the recording
material by said feeding portion; and

first and second cleaning units configured to electrostatically remove the toner on said rotatable transfer member,
wherein said first cleaning unit includes a first brush roller, a first rotatable member and a first blade member,
wherein said second cleaning unit includes a second brush roller, a second rotatable member, a second blade member and a third
blade member,

wherein each of said first and second brush rollers has electroconductivity and electrostatically attracts the toner on said
rotatable transfer member in contact with said rotatable transfer member while being rotated,

wherein a voltage of an opposite polarity to a normal charge polarity of the toner is applied to said first rotatable member,
and the toner attracted to said first brush roller in contact with said first brush roller is electrostatically attracted
to said first rotatable member,

wherein a voltage of an identical polarity to the normal charge polarity of the toner is applied to said second rotatable
member, and the toner attracted to the second brush roller in contact with said second brush roller at a contact position
is electrostatically attracted to said second rotatable member,

wherein said first blade member contacts said first rotatable member and scrapes a deposited matter off said first rotatable
member with rotation of said first rotatable member,

wherein said second blade member contacts said second rotatable member at a cleaning portion and scrapes a deposited matter
off said second rotatable member with rotation of said second rotatable member, and

wherein said third blade member is disposed downstream of the cleaning portion and upstream of the contact position with respect
to a rotational direction of said second rotatable member, and scrapes the deposited matter off said second rotatable member
with the rotation of said second rotatable member.

US Pat. No. 9,760,059

PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photosensitive member unit detachably mountable to a main assembly of a image forming apparatus, said photosensitive
member unit comprising:
a rotatable photosensitive member;
a charging member including an elastic layer and contactable to said photosensitive member to electrically charge said photosensitive
member;

first urging means configured to urge said charging member toward said photosensitive member;
a rotatable portion provided on said photosensitive member and configured to rotate by a driving force from the main assembly;
a rotatable spacer member including a contact portion contacted to said rotatable portion and capable of receiving the driving
force through said rotatable portion, said spacer member being rotatable between a spacing position for maintaining a spaced
state in which said contact portion contacts said rotatable portion to space said charging member from said photosensitive
member, and a contact position in which the spaced state between said photosensitive member and said charging member is disestablished
to permit contact between said photosensitive member and said charging member, and said spacer member being movable toward
said photosensitive member with movement of said charging member toward said photosensitive member by said first urging means
when the spaced state is disestablished;

a supporting member configured to urge and support said spacer member in a state that said spacer member is in the spacing
position; and

second urging means configured to urge said supporting member toward a rotation axis of said spacer member.

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. 9,727,285

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS WHICH CONTROLS PRINT SETTING PROCESSING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the information processing apparatus to:
register at least one piece of batch setting information, each of which contains a plurality of pieces of print setting information;
restrict usage of print setting information; and
allow a user to select first batch setting information, which does not include the print setting information restricted, to
permit the user to use the first batch setting information as settings to be used for printing, and inhibit a user from selecting
second batch setting information, which includes the print setting information restricted, to prevent the user from using
the second batch setting information as settings to be used for printing.

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. 9,727,053

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for generating teaching data for an installation by a robot, comprising:
a memory; and
a controller constructed to:
obtain sensing data of an installation target component installed in a prescribed position on an installation recipient component,
set a portion of the installation target component as a gripped portion based on the sensing data and model data of the installation
target component, wherein the gripped portion is to be held by a hand mechanism of a robot during a holding operation, and
wherein the gripped portion is not occluded by the installation recipient component,

calculate a hand position and orientation of the hand mechanism in which the gripped portion can be held by the hand mechanism,
store information on the gripped portion and the hand position and orientation in the memory as teaching data, and
control the robot to perform a holding operation of holding an installation target component with the hand mechanism based
on the teaching data stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,729,656

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system comprising:
a data acquisition device configured to acquire data to undergo data processing;
a management server; and
a conversion server configured to convert a data format of the data which is stored in an external server,
wherein the management server receives a job request for processing of data selected by a user using an operation unit, and
acquires information about a data format of the data from the external server or a predetermined device having the operation
unit,

wherein, based on the acquired information about the data format of the data, the management server decides timeout information
which is used in a communication to be controlled by the data acquisition device,

wherein, if a data format of the data stored in the external server is a first format, the management server transmits a job
to which first location information indicating a location where the data is stored in the external server is added, to the
data acquisition device, and does not add timeout information to the job, and the data acquisition device receives the job
and determines whether or not the timeout information is added to the job, and

wherein, in a case where the data acquisition device determines that the timeout information is not added to the job, the
data acquisition device acquires the data from the external server based on the transmitted first location information, without
the conversion server, the data acquisition device sets a predetermined time as a first timeout time used for a communication
for acquisition of the data from the external server, and controls the communication for acquisition of the data from the
external server using the first timeout time,

and wherein, if the data format of the data stored in the external server is a second format, the management server transmits
a job to which second location information indicating a location where the data to be converted by the conversion server is
stored in the conversion server and the decided timeout information are added, to the data acquisition device, and the data
acquisition device receives the job and determines whether or not the timeout information is added to the job, and

wherein, in a case where the data acquisition device determines that the timeout information is added to the job, the data
acquisition device acquires the data from the conversion server based on the transmitted second location information, the
data acquisition device sets a time, specified by the added timeout information, which is longer than the predetermined time,
as a second timeout time used for a communication for acquisition of the data from the conversion server, and controls the
communication for acquisition of the data from the conversion server using the second timeout time,

wherein the data acquisition device acquires the data from the external server in the communication in accordance with the
first timeout time or from the conversion server in the communication in accordance with the second timeout time, and executes
the data processing to the acquired data based on the job transmitted from the management server.

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. 9,756,272

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF DRIVING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a pixel array comprising a plurality of unit cells arranged in matrix,
one of the plurality of unit cells outputting a digital signal based on an electric signal, and the one of the plurality of
unit cells comprising

a plurality of photoelectric conversion units each configured to output the electric signal generated by accumulating the
electric signal in a period based on electromagnetic waves incident on respective ones of the plurality of photoelectric conversion
units, and

a first circuit provided downstream of a photoelectric conversion unit among the plurality of photoelectric conversion units,
and a second circuit,

wherein the first circuit is configured to process the electric signal output from the photoelectric conversion unit after
the period, the second circuit is configured to process a signal processed by the first circuit,

wherein an operation period of the second circuit is shorter than an operation period of the first circuit, and
wherein a number of the first circuit arranged in the one of the plurality of unit cells is greater than a number of the second
circuit arranged in the one of the plurality of unit cells,

wherein the image pickup apparatus further comprises a third circuit configured to process a signal processed by the second
circuit,

wherein the second circuit is an amplifier configured to amplify the electric signal, and
wherein the third circuit is a signal processing unit configured to process the electric signal output by the amplifier.

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. 9,720,780

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a first setting unit configured to set reservation information for making a reservation to save setting data stored in a first
storage device, to a second storage device;

a first reservation determination unit configured to, after a request for stopping operation of the first storage device has
been issued, determine whether the reservation information has been set;

a saving unit configured to save the setting data stored in the first storage device to the second storage device after the
reservation information is set by the first setting unit; and

a stopping unit configured to stop operation of the first storage device after the setting data stored in the first storage
device is saved to the second storage device by the saving unit.

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. 9,720,635

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor connected to the memory and configured to execute instructions that, when executed, cause the information processing
apparatus to:

edit a workflow formed by a first plurality of jobs which are to be processed in one or more job processing apparatuses of
a plurality of job processing apparatuses,

wherein the workflow includes a plurality of processes, associated with the first plurality of jobs, executed in a predesignated
order, and

wherein the workflow is edited at least to set settings for a process associated with a job of interest of the first plurality
of jobs;

obtain pieces of history information associated with a second plurality of jobs processed by the one or more job processing
apparatuses of the plurality of job processing apparatuses;

extract, from the second plurality of jobs, based at least on the obtained pieces of history information, a series of jobs
having a job type arrangement in common with the job of interest of the first plurality of jobs forming the edited workflow;

select a job from the extracted series of jobs, the selected job corresponding to the job of interest, so that the settings
of the selected job can be selected as settings for the process associated with the job of interest;

display settings set for the selected job; and
set, based on a selection of the displayed settings, the settings of the process associated with the job of interest.

US Pat. No. 9,715,354

PRINTING APPARATUS FOR DETECTING A MISMATCH BETWEEN A DETECTED SIZE OF AN ENVELOPE AND A USER ENTERED SIZE OF AN ENVELOPE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a tray on which an envelope is stacked, the envelope having a flap and a body portion other than the flap;
a conveyance path configured to convey the envelope stacked on the tray;
a receiver configured to receive a print job;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the envelope conveyed along the conveyance path in accordance with the
print iob received by the receiver;

a first guide member and a second guide member provided on the tray, the first guide member and the second guide member regulating
the envelope in a width direction orthogonal to a conveyance direction of the envelope;

a detector configured to detect a position of the first guide member; and
a controller configured to receive envelope information from an operation panel before the print iob is received, the envelope
information including an orientation of the envelope stacked on the tray, a type of the envelope stacked on the tray, and
a flap length of the envelope stacked on the tray,

wherein the orientation of the envelope includes either a first orientation in which the flap and the body portion of the
envelope are aligned in the width direction or a second orientation in which the flap and the body portion are aligned in
the conveyance direction,

wherein the controller is configured to determine a body length of the body portion in the width direction based on the orientation
and the type of the envelope included in the envelope information received from the operation panel,

wherein the controller is configured to determine a guide length between the first guide member and the second guide member
based on detection information from the detector,

wherein in a case where the orientation of the envelope included in the envelope information received from the operation panel
corresponds to the first orientation, the controller controls the operation panel to display a warning message based on (a)
the body length determined based on the type of the envelope included in the envelope information received from the operation
panel, (b) the flap length included in the envelope information received from the operation panel, and (c) the guide length
determined based on the detection information from the detector, and

wherein in a case where the orientation of the envelope included in the envelope information received from the operation panel
corresponds to the second orientation, the controller controls the operation panel to display the warning message based on
(a) the body length determined based on the type of the envelope included in the envelope information received from the operation
panel and (c) the guide length determined based on the detection information from the detector, regardless of the flap length
of the envelope.

US Pat. No. 9,715,358

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor in communication with at least one memory that operate to:
first determine whether an input setting value input via a print setting screen can be set in combination with another setting
value;

if the first determination determines that the input setting value cannot be set in combination with the other setting value,
secondly determine whether there is a setting value that belongs to a target category and can be set in combination with the
other setting value; and

change the input setting value to the setting value that can be set in combination with the other setting value based on a
result of determination performed by the first determination and a result of determination performed by the second determination,

wherein the second determination determines whether there is a setting value that belongs to a same category (a first category)
as that of the input setting value and can be set in combination with the other setting value, and determines whether there
is a setting value that belongs to a second category different from that of the input setting value and can be set in combination
with the other setting value if the second determination determines that there is no setting value that belongs to the first
category and can be set in combination with the other setting value.

US Pat. No. 9,715,657

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, GENERATING METHOD, MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT APPARATUS, AND MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

4. A generating method for generating an inference means that outputs a diagnosis inferred for a medical case and reason information
used to infer the diagnosis, the method comprising:
a first obtainment step of obtaining values indicating an inference accuracy or likelihood for each of a plurality of inference
means based on an inference result output by each of the plural inference means and a group of first correct data including
a correct diagnosis for the medical case;

a second obtainment step of obtaining values indicating a validity of the reason information used in the inference output
by each of the plurality of inference means, based on the reason information and a group of second correct data that includes
correct reason information in a case for which the correct diagnosis has been provided; and

a generating step of generating at least one inference means from the plurality of inference means based on (1) the values
indicating the inference accuracy or likelihood performance and (2) the values indicating the validity.

US Pat. No. 9,717,056

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

16. A method of controlling an electronic device comprising:
determining whether a detachable communication device is capable of using wireless power supply in a case where the detachable
communication device and the electronic device are connected, wherein the electronic device includes a first communication
circuit that performs wireless communication, and the detachable communication device includes a second communication circuit
that performs wireless communication and an antenna being connected with the second communication circuit; and

performing a process of restricting power supply from the antenna to the second communication circuit in a case where the
detachable communication device is not capable of using wireless power supply.

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. 9,710,726

CORRELATION USING OVERLAYED PATCHES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A computer implemented method for identifying a component tile within a target image, said method comprising:
receiving a plurality of distinct component tiles;
overlaying the plurality of component tiles to form an overlaid image, said overlaying being based on an embedded parameter
value for each component tile;

comparing the target image with the overlaid image to determine a matching parameter value; and
identifying a component tile within the target image by determining that the embedded parameter value of the component tile
is the closest of the embedded parameter values to the matching parameter value.

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. 9,709,490

REFRACTIVE INDEX DISTRIBUTION MEASURING METHOD, REFRACTIVE INDEX DISTRIBUTION MEASURING APPARATUS, AND OPTICAL ELEMENT MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A refractive index distribution measuring method comprising:
measuring a wavefront of light transmitted through a test unit that is formed by sandwiching a test lens between a first reference
lens whose shape and refractive index are known, a second reference lens whose shape and refractive index are known, and a
medium; and

calculating a refractive index distribution of the test lens from the shape and the refractive index of the first reference
lens, the shape and the refractive index of the second reference lens, and the measured wavefront of the test unit.

US Pat. No. 9,711,547

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels,
wherein at least one of the plurality of pixels includes:
a photoelectric conversion unit;
a reset transistor;
a floating diffusion region;
an amplification transistor configured to amplify a signal based on charges generated by the photoelectric conversion unit;
and

a capacitance that has a PN junction constituted by a first semiconductor region having a first conductivity type and a second
semiconductor region having a second conductivity type and can accumulate the charges;

wherein the one of the plurality of pixels is configured to change a capacitance value of an input node of the amplification
transistor by switching a connection state of the capacitance,

wherein a switching transistor is configured to switch a connection state of the capacitance with the input node of the amplification
transistor,

wherein a gate electrode of the amplification transistor is arranged on a main surface of a semiconductor substrate, and a
third semiconductor region having the second conductivity type is arranged under the gate electrode of the amplification transistor,
and

wherein an added impurity concentration of impurity having the second conductivity type on the PN junction surface of the
capacitance is higher than an added impurity concentration of impurity having the second conductivity type at a point in the
third semiconductor region, the point being at a same depth as a bottom of one of a source and a drain of the amplification
transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,712,937

SOUND SOURCE SEPARATION APPARATUS AND SOUND SOURCE SEPARATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sound source separation apparatus comprising:
a sound pickup unit configured to pick up sound signals of a plurality of channels;
a detector configured to detect relative positions, corresponding to each of a plurality of frames, between a sound source
and the sound pickup unit;

a phase regulator configured to perform phase regulation of the sound signals of a first channel among the plurality of channels
in each of the plurality of frames, using the relative positions corresponding to each of the plurality of frames, such that
a phase difference between the sound signals of the first channel and the sound signals of a second channel among the plurality
of channels is a predetermined value in each of the plurality of frames;

one or more processors;
a memory coupled to the one or more processors, the memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the
one or more processors cause the sound source separation apparatus to:

divide the sound signals of the plurality of channels into the plurality of frames, each of the plurality of frames having
a predetermined time period, and

estimate a sound source separation parameter using the regulated sound signals; and
a sound source separator configured to, for each of the plurality of frames, perform sound source separation for separating
sound signals generated by the sound source from the sound signals by using a separation filter based on the sound source
separation parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,710,897

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire a first image which is captured by a first image capturing unit having a first angle
of view and a second image which is captured by a second image capturing unit having a second angle of view smaller than the
first angle of view, the second image including an image of an object same as that in the first image;

a transforming unit configured to perform positioning and transformation of the first image and the second image such that
images of the same object are superposed;

a detecting unit configured to perform processing of edge detection for detecting an edge of each of the images of the object
in a region in which the first image and the second image are superposed;

a deciding unit configured to decide weights at a time of applying weighted composition to the first image and the second
image which are subjected to the positioning and the transformation by the transforming unit; and

a composition unit configured to apply the weighted composition to the first image and the second image which are subjected
to the positioning and the transformation by the transforming unit, by using the weights decided by the deciding unit, wherein

the deciding unit decides the weights such that a weight of the first image with respect to the second image in a partial
region including a region, which is detected as the edge by the detecting unit, is smaller than a weight of the first image
with respect to the second image in a region other than the partial region.

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. 9,709,907

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising a support, a charge generation layer formed on the support, and
a charge transport layer formed on the charge generation layer,
wherein the charge generation layer comprises
a gallium phthalocyanine crystal,
a nitrogen-containing heterocyclic compound contained in the gallium phthalocyanine crystal, and
an amide compound represented by a formula (1) below,
in the formula (1), R11 represents a methyl group or a propyl group,
a nitrogen atom in a heterocyclic ring of the nitrogen-containing heterocyclic compound has a substituent,
the substituent of the nitrogen atom having a substituent is a substituted or unsubstituted acyl group, —(C?O)—O—R1, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted
aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group, where a substituent of the substituted acyl group is a group
described in (i) below; and R1 represents a group described in (ii) below,
(i) a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted
aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group where, in this (i), a substituent of the substituted alkyl
group, a substituent of the substituted alkenyl group, a substituent of the substituted aryl group, and a substituent of the
substituted heterocyclic group are each a halogen atom, a cyano group, a nitro group, a hydroxy group, a formyl group, an
alkyl group, an alkenyl group, an alkoxy group, or an aryl group,(ii) a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted
aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group where, in this (ii), a substituent of the substituted alkyl
group, a substituent of the substituted alkenyl group, a substituent of the substituted aryl group, and a substituent of the
substituted heterocyclic group are each a halogen atom, a cyano group, a nitro group, a hydroxy group, a formyl group, an
alkyl group, an alkenyl group, an alkoxy group, or an aryl group,
wherein the nitrogen-containing heterocyclic compound is a compound represented by a formula (2) below,

in the formula (2), R21 represents a substituted or unsubstituted acyl group, —(C?O)—O—R2, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted
aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group,

a substituent of the substituted alkyl group, a substituent of the substituted alkenyl group, a substituent of the substituted
aryl group, and a substituent of the substituted heterocyclic group are each a halogen atom, a cyano group, a nitro group,
a hydroxy group, a formyl group, an alkyl group, an alkenyl group, an alkoxy group, or an aryl group, and

a substituent of the substituted acyl group is a group described in (i) below, and R2 represents a group described in (ii) below,
(i) a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted
aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group where, in this (i), a substituent of the substituted alkyl
group, a substituent of the substituted alkenyl group, a substituent of the substituted aryl group, and a substituent of the
substituted heterocyclic group are each a halogen atom, a cyano group, a nitro group, a hydroxy group, a formyl group, an
alkyl group, an alkenyl group, an alkoxy group, or an aryl group,(ii) a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted
aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group where, in this (ii), a substituent of the substituted alkyl
group, a substituent of the substituted alkenyl group, a substituent of the substituted aryl group, and a substituent of the
substituted heterocyclic group are each a halogen atom, a cyano group, a nitro group, a hydroxy group, a formyl group, an
alkyl group, an alkenyl group, an alkoxy group, or an aryl group.

US Pat. No. 9,712,470

SERVER APPARATUS ENABLING POSTING OF MESSAGES, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A server apparatus that is connected to at least one information processing apparatus via a network, for receiving a message
posted from the information processing apparatus to make the message open to the public, comprising:
a generation unit configured to, whenever receiving a posting request for posting a message from the information processing
apparatus, generate a posting reception notification which indicates information related to a reception sequence number of
the posting request; a transmission unit configured to transmit the posting reception notification to the information processing
apparatus;

a storage unit configured to receive not only the message posted from the information processing apparatus but also the posting
reception notification as reception information, and store the message in a memory if there is no posting request from another
information processing apparatus which has been made with a reception sequence number later in sequential order than the reception
sequence number indicated by the information related to the reception sequence number indicated by the reception information;
and

a notification unit,
wherein whenever said generation unit receives the posting request from the information processing apparatus, said generation
unit generates latest registration sequence number information indicating that the posting request is a latest posting request
at a current time, as the posting reception notification,

wherein said storage unit stores the message in the memory, when a registration sequence number as the reception sequence
number indicated by the information related to the reception sequence number indicated by the reception information matches
the latest registration sequence number, and

wherein said notification unit is configured to, when the registration sequence number indicated by the reception information
matches the latest registration sequence number, transmit a registration notification to the effect that the message has been
registered, to the information processing apparatus, whereas when the registration sequence number indicated by the reception
information does not match the latest registration sequence number, said notification unit transmits a confirmation notification
to the effect that there is a latest message other than the message of which the posting request has been made by the information
processing apparatus, to the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,712,726

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE THAT SYNTHESIZES A PLURALITY OF IMAGES, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:
an image pickup device which outputs an image signal based on an optical image;
a driver which drives the image pickup device;
an image processor which synthesizes a plurality of image signals continuously obtained from the image pickup device to obtain
a synthesized image;

a first generator which generates a first drive signal for driving a circuit block other than the image pickup device;
a second generator which generates a second drive signal for driving the driver; and
a controller which causes a phase of the first drive signal and a phase of the second drive signal to have a predetermined
relationship in a case where noise is added from the circuit block to each of the plurality of image signals.

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. 9,712,740

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire image data representing a captured image;
a first input unit configured to input a first user instruction indicating an in-focus position of a refocused image for generating
the refocused image, wherein the in-focus position is a position to be in focus in an image and the refocused image is an
image in which the in-focus position of the captured image represented by the image data is changed;

an output unit configured to output the refocused image in focus at the in-focus position according to the first user instruction,
wherein the refocused image output by the output unit is an image in which an image region corresponding to the in-focus position
is emphasized compared to in the refocused image in focus at the in-focus position.

US Pat. No. 9,709,930

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING OPENINGS AND DUCTS TO PERMIT FLOW OF AIR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a fixing portion configured to fix a toner image formed on a recording material thereon, said fixing portion including a heating
member having a heat source, a pressing member cooperating with said heating member to form a nip while pressing against said
heating member, and a frame containing said heating member and said pressing member;

a first opening provided in said frame and configured to permit air to flow from an inside of said frame to an outside of
said frame;

a second opening provided in said frame and configured to permit air to flow from the outside of said frame to the inside
of said frame; and

an external duct provided outside said fixing portion and configured to guide the air discharged through said first opening
to said second opening;

wherein at least a part of an inner wall of said external duct is made of a metal plate, and the air introduced through said
second opening is guided to said pressing member.

US Pat. No. 9,712,753

EXPOSURE CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An exposure control apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit including a plurality of pixels that are arranged two-dimensionally, and configured to acquire image data;
and

at least one processor or circuit that performs the operations of the following units:
a compression unit configured to compress the image data and generate compressed data;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a first photometric value based on the compressed data;
a conversion unit configured to convert the first photometric value into a second photometric value corresponding to the image
data before the compression; and

an exposure control unit configured to perform exposure control based on the second photometric value.

US Pat. No. 9,709,935

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus for fixing a toner image on a recording material while conveying the recording material on which the
toner image has been formed at a nip portion, comprising:
a roller;
a heating unit configured to heat the roller from outside the roller, the heating unit receiving power supplied from a power
supply;

a backup unit forming the nip portion with the roller; and
a power shutdown member configured to operate in response to an abnormal temperature of the backup unit and shut down power
supply to the heating unit.

US Pat. No. 9,712,755

INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM FOR CORRECTING LIGHT FIELD DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory coupled to the processor, the memory having instructions that, when executed by the processor, perform operations
comprising:

obtaining light field data representing directions and intensity of light beams emitted from an object to an image pickup
unit;

correcting the light field data on a coordinate of the light field data; and
generating image data from the corrected light field data,
wherein the light beams pass different parts of a lens so that the directions are distinguished, and
wherein the image data is obtained by performing integration in a certain direction on the light field data on the light field
coordinate.

US Pat. No. 9,712,756

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a light emitter configured to provide a notification of an operation status of a count-down operation of a self-timer when
performing self-timer shooting, the notification being via light emission;

a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a mode setting unit configured to set one of a plurality of operation modes; and
a control unit configured to control the light emitter to provide the notification of the operation status of the self-timer
in self-timer shooting if the mode setting unit has set a first operation mode which is not an operation mode for a dark place,
and to control the light emitter not to provide the notification of the operation status of the self-timer in self-timer shooting
if the mode setting unit has set a second operation mode which is an operation mode for a dark place.

US Pat. No. 9,712,757

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF COMPOSITING IMAGES GENERATED USING THE SAME DEVELOPMENT PARAMETER AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor;
a processor; and
a memory storing a computer program which, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to:
control the image sensor to repeat image capture of frame images under different exposures;
apply development processing to develop each of the captured frame images;
generate a composite image by compositing temporally consecutive developed captured frame images that have been developed,
and

generate HDR video using sequentially generated composite images, wherein
the processor generates, from one captured frame image of the captured frame images, a first image and a second image that
are associated with different development parameters, one development parameter in the different development parameters being
calculated for the one captured frame image of the captured frame images and another development parameter in the different
development parameters being calculated for another captured frame image of the captured frame images other than the one captured
frame image of the captured frame images, and

the processor generates the composite image by compositing temporally consecutive developed captured frame images that have
been developed using the same development parameter.

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. 9,709,950

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DETACHABLE FIXING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,704,069

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. 9,705,391

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. 9,705,427

ULTRASONIC MOTOR AND LENS APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving motor, comprising:
a member including a contact surface;
a vibrator including a contact part that is brought into contact with the contact surface, wherein the vibrator and the member
move relatively by a vibration of the vibrator;

a pressing unit comprising an elastic member so as to apply a pressing force on the contact part against the member including
the contact surface; and

a contact member configured to be located between the pressing unit and the vibrator,
wherein the contact member has a curved surface portion formed as an arc shape curved toward the pressing unit, and the contact
member comes into contact with the pressing unit at the curved surface portion, and

the curved surface portion is formed so as to locate a position of a center of a circle including the arc shape of the curved
surface portion not closer to the contact member than to the contact part.

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. 9,703,174

OPTICAL APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH BARRIER MECHANISM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus equipped with a barrier mechanism covering a lens exposed to a subject side through an opening part,
the barrier mechanism comprising:
a barrier driving ring;
a plurality of barrier blades configured to be arranged overlapping in an optical axis direction of an optical axis of the
optical apparatus, and to be driven by said barrier driving ring to rotate in an opening-and-closing direction for opening
and closing the opening part; and

a barrier barrel configured to be arranged at the outer peripheral side of said barrier driving ring, and to hold said barrier
blades,

wherein said plurality of barrier blades include:
a main barrier blade arranged at an image surface side and supported by said barrier barrel with a first shaft so as to be
rotatable in the opening-and-closing direction; and

at least first and second auxiliary barrier blades supported by a second shaft provided on the subject side of the main barrier
blade so as to be rotatable in the opening-and-closing direction,

wherein the second shaft is located between the first shaft and the optical axis as viewed from the optical axis direction,
when a line connecting the optical axis and an axis of the first shaft is disposed along an X-axis, while an Y-axis is defined
to be perpendicular to both the optical axis and the X-axis,

wherein the second shaft revolves around the first shaft,
wherein each of the first and second auxiliary barrier blades is not directly connected to the first shaft so that each of
the first and second auxiliary barrier blades is rotatable about the second shaft without coaxially rotating with the first
shaft, and

wherein each of the first and second auxiliary barrier blades is rotatable about the second shaft in a direction that is opposite
in a revolving direction of the second shaft around the first shaft so that when the first and second auxiliary blades are
rotating in the opening-and-closing direction thereof while the second shaft is revolving around the first shaft through the
X-axis, moving amounts of the first and second auxiliary barrier blades in an Y-axis direction are greater than moving amounts
of the first and second auxiliary barrier blades in an X-axis direction.

US Pat. No. 9,703,249

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a conveying unit configured to convey a sheet along a main conveying path;
a printing unit configured to perform printing on the sheet conveyed by the conveying unit;
a fixing unit including a fixing section configured to perform fixing processing to the printed sheet that is conveyed on
the main conveying path by the conveying unit and is subjected to printing by the printing unit;

a bypass path that comprises a conveying path branching from the main conveying path and that does not pass through the fixing
section; and

a switching unit configured to switch a conveying path of the printed sheet between a main conveying path passing through
the fixing section and the bypass path.

US Pat. No. 9,706,081

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

determining a black background area where a plurality of black lines are successive in image data, the black line being a
line formed from a predetermined number of black pixels in a sub-scanning direction;

obtaining a number of pixels in a sub-scanning direction in a white area adjacent to the black background area determined
in the determining;

obtaining a number of pixels in a sub-scanning direction in a black area adjacent to the white area in a different direction
from the black background area; and

based on the number of pixels in the white area and the number of pixels in the black area, correcting a pixel value in a
black background area so that a density per a unit area decreases,

wherein if the number of pixels in the white area is a first number of pixels and the number of pixels in the black area is
equal to or more than a predetermined value, the correcting reduces an amount for decreasing a density per the unit area in
the black background area than if the number of pixels in the white area is a second number of pixels which is larger than
the first number of pixels and the number of pixels in the black area is less than the predetermined value.

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. 9,690,235

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. 9,690,238

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A CONTROLLER FOR EXECUTING A RUBBING PROCESS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
first and second rotatable members configured to form a nip for heating a toner image on a sheet;
a rotatable rubbing member configured to rub an outer surface of said first rotatable member;
a moving mechanism configured to move said rotatable rubbing member toward and away from said first rotatable member; and
a controller configured to control said moving mechanism to execute a rubbing operation by said rotatable rubbing member,
wherein when said controller executes a single rubbing operation, said controller alternately executes a first process for
contacting said rotatable rubbing member with said first rotatable member and a second process for spacing said rotatable
rubbing member from said first rotatable member a plurality of times.

US Pat. No. 9,661,556

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information, about (1) a beacon interval and (2) a number of beacon intervals between
successive beacons that include a Deliver Traffic Indication Message (DTIM), of a base station defined in IEEE 802.11 series;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the communication apparatus is operated in a power save mode, in which
a state to receive data from the base station and a state not to receive the data from the base station are alternated, as
defined in IEEE 802.11 series, based on the beacon interval and the number of beacon intervals between successive beacons
that include a DTIM; and

a control unit configured to operate the communication apparatus in the power save mode or a mode, in which the state to receive
data from the base station is maintained without shifting to the state not to receive data from the base station, different
from the power save mode, based on the beacon interval and the number of beacon intervals between successive beacons that
include a DTIM.

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. 9,690,527

PLUG-IN SOFTWARE PROGRAM, FUNCTION EXTENSION METHOD, AND FUNCTION EXTENSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method comprising:
inputting a sheet size of a sheet;
executing, in a first case where the input sheet size is not within a maximum page size which can be set in a page setting
of an application, a first setting to the page setting, the first setting being for setting a page size having an aspect ratio
corresponding to an aspect ratio of the input sheet size and having a size of which at least one of a width and a length fits
the maximum page size and is within the maximum page size; and

executing, in a second case where the input sheet size is within the maximum page size, a second setting to the page setting,
for setting a page size having the input sheet size,

wherein if the width of the input sheet size is smaller than a width of the maximum page size and the length of the input
sheet size is smaller than a length of the maximum page size, the page size having the input sheet size is set to the page
setting by the second setting as the second case.

US Pat. No. 9,690,537

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF QUICKLY UPDATING A DISPLAY IN ACCORDANCE WITH AN OPERATION FOR CHANGING A DISPLAY APPEARANCE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that transmits image data to be displayed in a display unit to a display control apparatus,
the information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor;
a communication interface;
wherein the at least one processor functions as a capture unit, a transmission control unit and a detection unit, wherein
the capture unit captures the image data to be displayed on the display unit of the information processing apparatus;
the transmission control unit performs control such that the captured image data is transmitted to the display control apparatus
via the communication interface; and

the detection unit detects an operation performed on the information processing apparatus,
wherein in a case where the detection unit detects a predetermined operation for changing a display appearance of the image
data to be displayed, the transmission control unit performs control such that information of an amount of change resulting
from the predetermined operation is transmitted before transmission of the captured image data, to the display control apparatus
via the communication interface.

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. 9,690,112

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor in which a plurality of light receiving elements are arrayed with respect to one lens on an image sensing
plane on which an object image is formed by an imaging lens, the lens being arranged such that an exit pupil of the imaging
lens and the light receiving elements are in a conjugate relationship;

a polarizer arranged at approximately a position of the exit pupil of the imaging lens, and having a plurality of areas that
have different polarization directions corresponding to a plurality of different areas of the exit pupil; and

at least one processor or circuit configured to perform the operations of the following units:
an image processing unit that generates a plurality of images corresponding to the plurality of areas of the polarized from
output of the in plurality of light receiving elements; and

a compositing unit that divides each of the plurality of images into a plurality of block areas, obtains polarization information
for each block area by comparing images of corresponding block areas in the plurality of images, and composites the plurality
of mages based on the obtained polarization information for each block area.

US Pat. No. 9,659,872

MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:
a first semiconductor substrate;
a second semiconductor substrate;
a first pattern which is included in a first metal layer arranged between the first semiconductor substrate and the second
semiconductor substrate;

a second pattern which is included in a second metal layer arranged between the first semiconductor substrate and the second
semiconductor substrate; and

conductive sections which penetrate through the first semiconductor substrate,
wherein at least two of the conductive sections are in contact with the second pattern, and the second pattern is electrically
connected with the first pattern via the at least two of the conductive sections in contact with the second pattern.

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. 9,660,175

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. 9,692,979

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising:
a storage unit configured to store an adjustment value for adjusting a position at which a photographing lens stops during
an automatic focusing operation performed with respect to an object, the adjustment value being selected by a user; and

a control unit,
the control unit comprising:
a first mode for controlling so that when an image switching request has been received, before a switched image is displayed
on a display unit, a thumbnail image corresponding to the switched image is displayed on the display unit; and

a second mode for controlling so that when the image switching request has been received, the switched image is displayed
on the display unit without displaying the thumbnail image,

the control unit being configured to, in an operation state for selecting the adjustment value, control in the second mode
so that the switched image is displayed on the display unit without the thumbnail image being displayed.

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. 9,655,586

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus, comprising:
a first conversion element arranged to convert a radiation ray into electric charge in order to obtain a radiographic image;
a first amplifier arranged to output a voltage corresponding to the electric charge of the first conversion element;
a second conversion element arranged to convert the radiation ray into electric charge in order to detect radiation irradiation;
a second amplifier arranged to output a voltage corresponding to the electric charge of the second conversion element; and
a control circuit configured to control the first amplifier and the second amplifier,
wherein the control circuit is capable of controlling the second amplifier independently of control that is exerted over the
first amplifier.

US Pat. No. 9,693,000

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one non-transitory memory device;
at least one processor;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain an image;
a first setting unit configured to set, based on a position of a correction target pixel, a first area of the image, the first
area consisting of a plurality of pixels on a line of interest that is set so as to pass through the correction target pixel;

a second setting unit configured to set a plurality of second areas of the image, each second area consisting of a plurality
of pixels existing on at least one reference lines that are set so as not to pass through the correction target pixel and
are parallel with the line of interest;

a correlation computing unit configured to compute amounts of correlation between the respective second areas and the first
area; and

a correction unit configured to compute a correction value for correcting a value of a pixel corresponding to the correction
target pixel by using a value of a pixel on each of the at least one reference lines, the value being determined based on
the amounts of correlation, and correct the value of the pixel corresponding to the correction target pixel by using the correction
value,

wherein the correction unit computes the correction value by using a value of a pixel on each of the at least one reference
lines, the value is specified for each of the at least one reference lines based on one of the plurality of second areas in
which a highest amount of correlation with the first area is obtained, among the plurality of second areas, and

wherein the obtaining unit, the first setting unit, the second setting unit, the correlation unit, and the correction unit
are implemented by the at least one processor executing at least one program recorded on the at least one non-transitory memo
device.

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. 9,661,238

REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND REPRODUCING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image output apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store a plurality of image data;
a combining unit configured to combine at least two image data of the plurality of image data, and to output a combined image
to a display unit;

an acquiring unit configured to acquire a characteristic corresponding to a partial area of a display image displayed by the
display unit, in response to the partial area of the display image being designated by a user; and

a control unit configured to control combining by the combining unit based on the characteristic corresponding to the partial
area designated by the user.