US Pat. No. 9,625,841

TONER HAVING SILICA FINE PARTICLES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising
toner particles containing a binder resin comprising styrene resin, and release agent comprising at least one fatty acid ester
compound having a melting point of 60° C. to 90° C. selected from the group consisting of a tetrafunctional fatty acid ester
compound, a pentafunctional fatty acid ester compound and a hexafunctional fatty acid ester compound; and

inorganic fine particles present on the surface of the toner particles, the inorganic fine particles comprising metal oxide
fine particles, said metal oxide fine particles containing silica fine particles, and optionally containing titania fine particles
and alumina fine particles, a content of the silica fine particles being at least 85 mass % with respect to a total mass of
the silica, titania and alumina fine particles, wherein

when a coverage ratio A (%) is a coverage ratio of the toner particles' surface by the inorganic fine particles and a coverage
ratio B (%) is a coverage ratio of the toner particles' surface by the inorganic fine particles that are fixed on the toner
particles' surface, the toner has a coverage ratio A of 45.0% to 70.0% and a coefficient of variation on the coverage ratio
A of not more than 10.0%,

B/A is 0.50 to 0.85, and
a peak molecular weight (Mp) of a main peak is from 4000 to 8000 in a measurement using gel permeation chromatography of a
tetrahydrofuran-soluble matter in the toner.

US Pat. No. 9,628,696

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus configured to perform a reconstruction for a first image so as to generate a plurality of second
images having a plurality of focus positions different from each other, the image pickup apparatus comprising:
an imaging optical system;
an image pickup element including a plurality of pixels configured to obtain the first image;
a pupil divider configured so that a ray from the same position of an object plane enters pixels of the image pickup element
different from each other in accordance with a pupil region of the imaging optical system through which the ray passes;

a focus adjusting portion configured to adjust an imaging position of the imaging optical system; and
an image processing portion configured to perform the reconstruction using image pickup condition information of the first
image for the first image obtained by the image pickup element so as to generate the second image,

wherein the focus adjusting portion is configured to perform a first focus adjustment that adjusts an imaging position of
the imaging optical system for a reference object, and a second focus adjustment that moves the imaging position of the imaging
optical system for a main object so as to improve a resolution of the main object in accordance with a shift amount of pixels
that are to be combined by the reconstruction,

and wherein the shift amount of pixels is a shift amount of overlap pixels which are projected on a plurality of virtual imaging
planes corresponding to the plurality of focus positions.

US Pat. No. 9,625,861

SHEET COOLING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet cooling apparatus that cools a sheet while conveying the sheet passed through a fixing device for fixing an unfixed
toner image formed on the sheet by heating the toner image, the sheet cooling apparatus comprising:
a first cooling roller that is hollow inside;
a first suspension roller arranged downstream of the first cooling roller in a conveying direction;
a first endless belt that is suspended on the first cooling roller and the first suspension roller;
a second cooling roller that is hollow inside and arranged downstream of the first cooling roller in the conveying direction;
a second suspension roller arranged upstream of the second cooling roller in the conveying direction;
a second endless belt that is suspended on the second cooling roller and the second suspension roller;
a first cooling fan that blows cooling air into the hollow of the first cooling roller along a rotation axis of the first
cooling roller in a fan blowing direction; and

a second cooling fan that blows cooling air into the hollow of the second cooling roller along a rotation axis of the second
cooling roller in the fan blowing direction,

wherein a plurality of spiral-shaped heat radiation fins are disposed on an inner wall of the hollow inside of each of the
first and second cooling rollers in the direction of the rotation axis of the first and second cooling rollers, respectively,
the advancement directions of the plurality of spiral-shaped heat radiation fins of the first and second cooling rollers being
opposite to each other with respect to the rotation axis direction of the first and second cooling rollers, respectively,
and

wherein a rotation direction of the first cooling roller is opposite to a rotation direction of the second cooling roller,
whereby a fin blowing direction of the movement of the cooling air generated by the plurality of heat radiation fins of the
first and second cooling rollers following rotation of the first and second cooling rollers, respectively, coincides with
the fan blowing direction of the movement of the cooling air generated by the first and second cooling fans.

US Pat. No. 9,624,057

SHEET FEEDER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeder comprising:
a sheet storage unit that stores a sheet, the sheet storage unit being loadable into an apparatus main body;
a sheet feeding unit configured to feed the sheet from the sheet storage unit in a second direction orthogonal to a first
direction in which the sheet storage unit is loaded into the apparatus main body;

a conveying guide configured to guide the sheet fed in the second direction by the sheet feeding unit, the conveying guide
including a first guide segment included in the apparatus main body and a second guide segment included in the sheet storage
unit, the second guide segment being aligned with the first guide segment in the first direction while the sheet storage unit
is loaded in the apparatus main body; and

an edge guide member disposed at an upstream end of the first guide segment in the first direction, the edge guide member
having a guide surface shaped to, when the sheet abuts the guide surface, generate reaction force including a directional
force component acting upward and a directional force component acting in a direction opposite to the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,629,077

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that communicates with a communication apparatus, comprising:
a storage unit configured to store information on an access point connected to the information processing apparatus;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a list of access points to which the communication apparatus is connectable after
the storage unit has stored information on an access point connected to the information processing apparatus;

a display unit configured to display the list when an access point corresponding to information stored by the storage unit
is not an access point to which the communication apparatus is connectable; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit information stored by the storage unit to the communication apparatus when an access
point corresponding to the information stored by the storage unit is an access point to which the communication apparatus
is connectable, and transmit to the communication apparatus information on an access point selected using the displayed list
when an access point corresponding to the information stored by the storage unit is not an access point to which the communication
apparatus is connectable,

wherein the information processing apparatus communicates with the communication apparatus via an access point corresponding
to information transmitted by the transmission unit.

US Pat. No. 9,623,671

IMAGE PROCESSOR, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processor for printing an image on a first area of a printing medium by using a first nozzle group including a
plurality of nozzles in a first nozzle array ejecting a first ink and a second nozzle group including a plurality of nozzles
in a second nozzle array ejecting a second ink, and for printing an image on a second area different from the first area of
the printing medium by using a third nozzle group including a plurality of nozzles different from the nozzles included in
the first nozzle group in the first nozzle array and a fourth nozzle group including a plurality of nozzles different from
the nozzles included in the second nozzle group in the second nozzle array, the image processor comprising:
a first conversion unit configured to convert a first input color signal including RGB color components and representing a
predetermined color to be printed on the first area into a first output color signal including RGB color components by using
a first multi-color shading table corresponding to the first and second nozzle groups which defines a correspondence relationship
between a combination of input values of the RGB color components of the first input color signal and a combination of output
values of the RGB color components of the first output color signal, and convert a second input color signal including RGB
color components and representing the predetermined color to be printed on the second area into a second output color signal
including RGB color components by using a second multi-color shading table corresponding to the third and fourth nozzle groups
which defines a correspondence relationship between a combination of input values of the RGB color components of the second
input color signal and a combination of output values of the RGB color components of the second output color signal, wherein
parameters for signal conversion that are defined by the first multi-color shading table and parameters for signal conversion
that are defined by the second multi-color shading table, are different, wherein the first multi-color shading table and the
second multi-color shading table are determined such that a color difference, which is caused by a variation of the ejecting
characteristic among the nozzles of the first nozzle array and a variation of the ejecting characteristic among the nozzles
of the second nozzle array, between a color of an image printed onto the first area by using the first nozzle group and the
second nozzle group to eject the first ink and the second ink based on the first output color signal and a color of an image
printed onto the second area by using the third nozzle group and the fourth nozzle group to eject the first ink and the second
ink based on the second output color signal is reduced;

a color conversion processing unit configured to convert RGB signal based on the first output color signal into a first multiple
ink signal including an ink signal of the first ink representing an ink density of the first ink and an ink signal of the
second ink representing an ink density of the second ink to be printed on the first area and convert RGB signal based on the
second output color signal into second multiple ink signal ink signal of the first ink representing an ink density of the
first ink and representing an ink signal of the second ink representing an ink density of the second ink to be printed on
the second area;

a second conversion unit configured to convert an input ink signal of the first ink representing an ink density of the first
ink to be printed on the first area which is based on the first multiple ink signal into a output ink signal of the first
ink using a first head shading table corresponding to the first nozzle group of the first nozzle array which defines correspondence
relationship between an input value of the input ink signal of the first ink and an output value of the output ink signal
of the first ink, and convert an input signal of the first ink representing an ink density of the first ink to be printed
on the second area which is based on the first multiple ink signal into an output ink signal of the first ink using a second
head shading table corresponding to the third nozzle group of the first nozzle array which defines correspondence relationship
between an input value of the input ink signal of the first ink and an output value of the output ink signal of the first
ink, the first head shading table and the second head shading table are determined such that a density difference, which is
caused by a variation of the ejecting characteristic among the nozzles of the first nozzle array, between a density of an
image printed onto the first area by ejecting the first ink only from the first nozzle group based on the output ink signal
of the first ink and a density of an image printed onto the second area by ejecting the first ink only from the third nozzle
group based on the output ink signal of the first ink is reduced,

and configured to convert an input ink signal of the second ink representing an ink density of the second ink to be printed
on the first area which is based on the second multiple ink signal into a output ink signal of the second ink using a third
head shading table corresponding to the second nozzle group of the second nozzle array which defines correspondence relationship
between an input value of the input ink signal of the second ink and an output value of the output ink signal of the second
ink, and convert an input signal of the second ink representing an ink density of the second ink to be printed on the second
area which is based on the second multiple ink signal into an output ink signal of the second ink using a fourth head shading
table corresponding to the fourth nozzle group of the second nozzle array which defines correspondence relationship between
an input value of the input ink signal of the second ink and an output value of the output ink signal of the second ink wherein
the third head shading table and the fourth head shading table are determined such that a density difference, which is caused
by a variation of the ejecting characteristic among the nozzles of the first nozzle array, between a density of an image printed
onto the first area by ejecting the second ink only from the second nozzle group based on the output ink signal of the second
ink and a density of an image printed onto the second area by ejecting the second ink only from the fourth nozzle group based
on the output ink signal of the second ink is reduced; and

a print data generating unit configured to generate print data used for printing on the first area and the second area by
the first nozzle array based on the output ink signal of the first ink for the first area and output ink signal of the first
ink for the second area converted by the second converting unit and print data used for printing on the first area and the
second area by the second nozzle array based on the output ink signal of the second ink for the first area and output ink
signal of the second ink for the second area converted by the second converting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,627,319

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD USING PATTERNING AND DRY ETCHING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A semiconductor device manufacturing method comprising:
forming a multilayered film including a conductive layer mainly containing aluminum, and a barrier metal layer formed on the
conductive layer;

forming a hard mask layer on the barrier metal layer;
patterning a resist on the hard mask layer;
patterning the hard mask layer by dry-etching the hard mask layer by using the patterned resist as a mask;
cleaning a surface of the barrier metal layer with a cleaning solution after the patterning the hard mask layer; and
dry-etching the multilayered film by using the patterned hard mask layer as a mask after the cleaning the surface of the barrier
metal layer,

wherein in the patterning the hard mask layer, dry etching is performed by setting a ratio of a flow rate of an oxidizing
gas to a total flow rate of a process gas at less than 1% in a state in which the barrier metal layer is exposed to the process
gas, and

wherein the ratio of the flow rate of the oxidizing gas to the total flow rate of the process gas in a state before the barrier
metal layer is exposed to the process gas is higher than the ratio of the flow rate of the oxidizing gas in the state in which
the barrier metal layer is exposed to the process gas.

US Pat. No. 9,621,746

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHODS THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate data by a data generation operation by a user; and
a communication unit configured to transmit the data to an information management apparatus,
wherein, in a case where a prescribed time for which a disclosure cancel operation by the user to cancel disclosure of the
data transmitted by the communication unit is allowed has elapsed without the disclosure cancel operation being performed
by the user, the communication unit transmits a disclosure notification for causing the information management apparatus to
disclose the data transmitted by the communication unit without an operation by the user, to the information management apparatus,
and in a case where the disclosure cancel operation is performed by the user before the prescribed time has elapsed, the communication
unit does not transmit the disclosure notification to the information management apparatus,

wherein at least one of the units is implemented by a processor operating in conjunction with a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,621,786

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS ACQUIRING A FOCUSING DISTANCE FROM A PLURALITY OF IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for generating a depth map comprising the steps of:
generating, in a first generating step, a depth map from an image signal acquired by a passive method; and
generating, in a second generating step, from the image signal, an integrated reliability map representing the reliability
of distance information of the depth map,

wherein the second generating step comprises the steps of:
generating a first reliability map by performing a first process on the image signal,
generating a second reliability map by performing a second process, which is different from the first process, on the image
signal, and

integrating the first reliability map and the second reliability map to generate the integrated reliability map, and
wherein the first reliability map, the second reliability map, and the integrated reliability map have the same resolution.

US Pat. No. 9,621,826

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor having a pixel unit in which a plurality of pixels are two-dimensionally arranged, and a scanning unit
that selects pixels in the pixel unit in units of row and causes signals to be output from pixels in the selected row or rows,
each of the pixels comprising:
a photoelectric converter configured to generated signal charge corresponding to an amount of incident light;
a storage portion configured to store a charge;
a transfer portion configured to transfer a signal charge generated by the photoelectric converter to the storage portion,
if each of the pixels is included in the row or rows selected by the scanning unit; and

an output portion configured to output a pixel signal corresponding to the signal charge transferred to the storage portion,
wherein, in a merged readout mode in which a plurality of rows are selected at a time by the scanning unit, pixels signals
output from pixels in the selected rows are merged in each column and the merged pixel signal is read out, a capacitance of
the storage portion of a pixel in row or rows except a predetermined row among the plurality of selected rows is different
from a capacitance of the storage portion in a pixel in the predetermined row.

US Pat. No. 9,621,828

IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:
an image sensor including a plurality of focus detection pixels for generating a focus detection image and a plurality of
imaging pixels for generating a captured image in which a subject is captured, the plurality of focus detection pixels being
arrayed in a predetermined direction in such a manner that different colors thereof alternate;

a color ratio detection unit configured to detect a color ratio based on a pixel value output from a pixel in a position surrounding
a processing target pixel;

a color conversion unit configured to generate a first pixel value by applying color conversion, using the color ratio, to
a pixel value output from a pixel that is located in the predetermined direction of the processing target pixel; and

an addition unit configured to generate a third pixel value by adding a second pixel value output from the processing target
pixel with the first pixel value having the same color as the second pixel value.

US Pat. No. 9,610,778

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:
a liquid chamber wall member having a wall forming a liquid chamber storing liquid; and
a liquid discharge head substrate containing a laminate of a base substrate having a surface on which an element generating
energy for discharging liquid is formed,

a first layer, and
a second layer disposed on the first layer, contacting the wall, and having adhesiveness with the liquid chamber wall member
higher than the adhesiveness of the first layer, and

forming the liquid chamber with the liquid chamber wall member, wherein
the first layer has a portion exposed from the second layer as viewed from a first direction orthogonal to the surface and
contacting the liquid chamber wall member at a position distant from the liquid chamber in a second direction orthogonal to
an inner surface of the wall relative to a portion where the wall and the second layer contact, and

a length in the second direction of the portion of the first layer is 0.3 ?m or more.

US Pat. No. 9,614,883

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR TRANSMITTING UNCOMPRESSED VIDEO STREAMS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for sending uncompressed video data, wherein the video data represent at least one image comprising a plurality
of pixels, the method comprising:
ordering, for a video component of a pixel, bits encoding said video component, according to their significance in the video
component, wherein a bit being at the ith position after ordering is the ith most significant bit of the bits encoding said video component;

generating a plurality of packets from a group comprising a plurality of video components, each packet comprising a plurality
of bits having the same position in all the video components of the group after ordering; and

sending generated packets, wherein the sending of packets containing higher significant bits of the video components takes
precedence over the sending of packets containing lower significant bits of the video components;

re-sending at least some of the packets that have not been successfully transmitted; and
wherein the sending of a packet of lower significance is never made if the packets of higher significance corresponding to
the same video components have not been successfully transmitted,

the transmission being made using frames, constituted by a set of subframes, wherein the method further comprises choosing
the size of the group of video components to fit the size in bits of the subframes,

determining a block of video components, constituted by a plurality of said groups of video components, the number of groups
being chosen to fit the number of subframes within a frame;

considering the packets generated as a block of rows and columns of packets, each column of packets containing the packets
obtained from a given group of the block of video components;

generating frames constituted by subframes, each subframe containing exactly one packet from one column of the block of packets;
and

sending said frames.

US Pat. No. 9,614,902

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS USING NETWORK-ON-CHIP TECHNOLOGY AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of data processing modules, each of the plurality of data processing modules including a processor configured
to perform data processing; and

a plurality of routers, each of the plurality of routers transmitting data to one or more adjacent routers, each of the plurality
of routers including a controller and a storage connected to the controller,

wherein the plurality of routers correspond to the plurality of data processing modules one to one and each controller of
the plurality of routers is configured to:

receive data from the one or more adjacent routers;
determine whether the received data is for a data processing module corresponding to the router that received the data; and
issue a wakeup instruction for waking up a data processing module from a power saving state, to the data processing module
corresponding to the router that received the data according to a result of the determination.

US Pat. No. 9,614,140

PIEZOELECTRIC CERAMIC, METHOD FOR MAKING SAME, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, ULTRASONIC MOTOR, AND DUST CLEANER

Canon kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for making a piezoelectric ceramic, comprising:
forming a compact composed of an oxide powder containing barium titanate particles;
sintering the compact; and
decreasing the temperature of the compact after the sintering,
the sintering including
(A) increasing the temperature of the compact to a first temperature within a temperature range of a shrinking process of
the compact;

(B) increasing the temperature of the compact to a second temperature within a temperature range of a liquid phase sintering
process of the compact after (A);

(C) decreasing the temperature of the compact to a third temperature within the temperature range of the shrinking process
of the compact after (B); and

(D) retaining the third temperature after (C),
wherein the difference between the first temperature in (A) and the third temperature in (C) and (D) is 30° C. or less,
wherein, in (A), the first temperature is retained for 60 minutes or more and 240 minutes or less,
wherein, the second temperature is retained for 5 minutes or less after (B), and
wherein, in (D), a cumulative time for which the third temperature is retained is 10 hours or more and 70 hours or less.

US Pat. No. 9,614,141

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A piezoelectric ceramic containing a metal oxide expressed by general formula (1) and Mn at 0.04 weight parts to 0.36 weight
parts relative to 100 weight parts of the metal oxide in terms of metal;
the piezoelectric ceramic comprising a plurality of first crystal grains having a perovskite structure and a plurality of
second crystal grains existing between the first crystal grains and having a crystal structure different from that of the
first crystal grains;

the second crystal grains containing a metal oxide expressed by a general formula (2) or a general formula (4) as a principal
ingredient:

(Ba1-xCax)a(Ti1-yZry)O3  (1),
where 0.09?x?0.30, 0.025?y?0.085 and 0.986?a?1,020;
(Ba1-vCav)b(Ti1-wZrw)cOd  (2),
where 0?v?1, 0?w?1, 1?b?6, 2?c?19, b+2c?1?d?b+2c and b (Ba1-mCam)e(Ti1-nZrn)fOg  (4),
where 0?m?1, 0?n?1, 2?e?5, 1?f?3, g=e+2f and e>f.

US Pat. No. 9,614,402

POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, POWER RECEPTION APPARATUS, WIRELESS POWER FEEDING SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

3. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a program that causes a computer to perform a method for controlling
a power reception apparatus configured to receive power wirelessly from a power transmission apparatus, the method comprising:
receiving apparatus information of a plurality of power transmission apparatuses including at least a first power transmission
apparatus and a second power transmission apparatus;

displaying an instruction screen for instructing a power transmission apparatus to start supplying power, based on the apparatus
information received, wherein at least a name of the first power transmission apparatus, a first instruction button for instructing
the first power transmission apparatus to start supplying power, a name of the second power transmission apparatus, and a
second instruction button for instructing the second power transmission apparatus are displayed in the instruction screen;
and

instructing a power transmission apparatus which is selected by a user on the instruction screen, to supply power wirelessly
to the power reception apparatus,

wherein if the first instruction button is selected by a user on the instruction screen, instructs the first power transmission
apparatus to supply power wirelessly to the power reception apparatus, and if the second instruction button is selected by
a user on the instruction screen, instructs the second power transmission apparatus to supply power wirelessly to the power
reception apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,614,667

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a plural number M (M?2) of cipher processing units configured to perform, in a block order, either encryption processing or
decryption processing for data of a series of blocks each having a predetermined data size and included in a data unit,

wherein the plural number M of cipher processing units perform either encryption or decryption processing for the data unit
by repeating processing in the block order, and every time processing of the data unit starts, a first cipher processing unit
configured to process data of an nMth (nM mask value to be used for the encryption or the decryption, and

wherein the first cipher processing unit is one of the plural number M of cipher processing units.

US Pat. No. 9,609,316

IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, IMAGE CODING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM THEREOF, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE DECODING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

2. An image coding apparatus comprising:
a plurality of predictive coding units configured to predictively encode inputted image data;
a plurality of entropy coding units configured to execute processing of both entropy encoding the image data predictively-coded
by the predictive coding units on the basis of context parameters on a block-by-block basis and updating the context parameters
on the basis of a result of the entropy coding;

a first context memory group including a plurality of context memories and a second context memory group including a plurality
of context memories, to store context parameters to be used by the plurality of entropy coding units;

a common context memory for storing the context parameters that are to be used in common by at least two among the plurality
of entropy coding units; and

a memory control unit configured to write the context parameters to the context memories and the common context memory,
wherein the memory control unit is configured to initialize at least one of the first context memory group and the second
context memory that is first used by the entropy coding unit, together with the common context memory, before starting coding
processing for the image data, at predetermined timing in response to execution of the processing for the block by entropy
coding unit, write the same context parameter into a context memory corresponding to the entropy coding unit, a context memory
corresponding to a subsequent block line which is a context memory belonging to the context memory group to which the context
memory belongs, and the common context memory, until the entropy coding unit completes the processing for a predetermined
number of blocks positioned on the left side of each block line, and write the context parameter stored in the common context
memory into the first or second context memory group, into which nothing is written in the writing processing, in response
to a completion of processing for writing the context parameter corresponding to the block into the common context memory.

US Pat. No. 9,604,476

PAPER CUTTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A paper cutting apparatus, comprising:
a cutting unit configured to cut paper;
a moving unit configured to move the cutting unit from a moving start position to a stop position in a cutting direction intersecting
the conveyance direction of the paper;

a motor configured to drive the moving unit;
a detection unit configured to detect a current value of the motor;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a paper cutting time required for the cutting unit to pass through the paper in the
cutting direction from the moving start position to a distal end of the paper, and a moving time required for the cutting
unit to move from the start position to the stop position; and

a control unit configured to stop, before the moving time has elapsed, the drive of the motor on the basis of the current
value,

wherein the control unit does not execute determination for determining whether to stop the drive of the motor based on the
current value, before the paper cutting time has elapsed following the start of movement of the cutting unit from the moving
start position to the stop position, and

wherein the control unit begins the determination after the paper cutting time has elapsed following the start of movement
of the cutting unit from the moving start position to the stop position.

US Pat. No. 9,609,150

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM CAPABLE OF AUTOMATICALLY CONFIGURING SETTINGS FOR FUNCTIONAL COOPERATION BETWEEN APPARATUSES, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus configured to notify predetermined information to an information processing apparatus in a case
where an approach of a user to the information processing apparatus is detected, comprising:
a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a computer-executable program; and
a computer communicatively connected to the non-transitory computer-readable storage medium and configured by the computer-executable
program at least to:

set a detection frame extracted from picked-up image data obtained by picking up an image of the information processing apparatus,
so as to detect the user's approach to the information processing apparatus;

determine whether or not the set detection frame has a size at least larger than a predetermined threshold value;
enable a function of detecting whether or not the user has approached the information processing apparatus, using the detection
frame, in a case where it is determined that the size of the detection frame at least is not larger than the predetermined
threshold value; and

disable the function of detecting whether or not the user has approached the information processing apparatus, using the detection
frame, in a case where it is determined that the size of the detection frame at least is larger than the predetermined threshold
value.

US Pat. No. 9,609,192

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of optical systems arranged two-dimensionally;
a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements which are two-dimensionally arranged for each of the plurality of optical
systems and are used to photoelectrically convert an image from each of the optical systems; and

at least one processor that functions as:
a storing unit configured to store a plurality of image frames each having a different parallax, which are formed by the plurality
of photoelectric conversion elements;

an encoding unit configured to inter frame prediction encode the plurality of image frames by a prediction encoding based
on a prediction in a time direction; and

a multiplex unit configured to generate stream data by multiplexing encoded data generated by the encoding unit.

US Pat. No. 9,609,208

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image generation method for generating an output image from a plurality of input images captured at a plurality of viewpoints
by an image sensor, the method comprising:
a step of generating a plurality of pixel shifted images by performing different shifting for each of the plurality of input
images according to a virtual image forming plane that is different from an image sensing plane at which the input images
are captured, wherein an amount of pixel shifting is non-integral; and

a step of generating an output image that has a higher resolution than the resolution of the input images from the plurality
of pixel shifted images through composition processing.

US Pat. No. 9,609,301

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus including an imaging unit, comprising:
an attitude detection unit configured to detect an attitude of the electronic apparatus;
a processing unit configured to perform specific processing for an image captured by the imaging unit based on the attitude
detected by the attitude detection unit;

a recording control unit configured to perform interval recording in which an image captured by the imaging unit is recorded
at an interval based on predetermined setting interval;

a control unit configured to control the processing unit to perform, for images recorded in a second image recording operation
and subsequent image recording operations of the interval recording, the specific processing based on information of an attitude
used to perform a first image recording operation at the time of the interval recording; and

a holding unit configured to hold a parameter to be used in the interval recording in a first memory,
wherein:
the interval recording is executed using the parameter held in the first memory,
the parameter includes the attitude detected by the attitude detection unit in the first image recording operation of the
interval recording, and

the processing unit executes the specific processing using the attitude held in the first memory in each of the second image
recording operation and subsequent image recording operations of the interval recording.

US Pat. No. 9,602,685

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT GENERATE LEARNING DATA USED IN LEARNING A CLASSIFICATION RULE FOR CLASSIFYING AN INPUT IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that generates learning data used in learning a classification rule for classifying
an image that is input from an image input device, the apparatus comprising:
at least one processor operatively coupled to a memory, serving as:
(a) a reception unit configured to receive an initial image that is input from the image input device;
(b) a first generation unit configured to generate an image that is different from the initial image, by correcting the initial
image using a coefficient determined based on information about a type of the input device;

(c) a second generation unit configured to generate the learning data using the image generated by the first generation unit
and the input image; and

(d) a learning unit for generating the classification rule using the learning data generated by the second generation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,594,445

OPERATION RECEPTION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR RECEIVING OPERATION ON PAGE IMAGE, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR USE WITH OPERATION RECEPTION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An operation reception device including a display panel having a display screen, and a first touch panel having a first
touch sensor for detecting an operation on the display screen, the device comprising:
a second touch panel provided on a face of the operation reception device opposite from a face on which the display panel
and the first touch panel are provided, the second touch panel having a second touch sensor for detecting an operation on
an outer face of the second touch panel;

a processor and a memory, the processor and memory being configured to:
determine whether or not a first coordinate position detected by the first touch sensor corresponds to a second coordinate
position detected by the second touch sensor, the first coordinate position being a coordinate position where the operation
on the display screen is detected by the first touch sensor and the second coordinate position being a coordinate position
where the operation on the outer face of the second touch panel is detected;

control the display screen to display a screen through which a plurality of page images to be edited are designated, based
on the determination that the first coordinate position corresponds to the second coordinate position;

receive an editing operation on the plurality of page images designated through the screen displayed on the display screen;
and

perform a predetermined editing corresponding to the received editing operation on the designated plurality of image pages,
wherein designation of start and end pages to be edited can be received through the screen displayed on the screen display,
and

wherein the start page is designated based on the operation on the display screen detected by the first touch sensor, and
the end page is designated based on the operation on the outer face of the second touch panel.

US Pat. No. 9,595,809

WAVELENGTH TUNABLE LASER DEVICE AND OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A wavelength tunable laser device, comprising:
a first reflector;
a second reflector;
an active layer formed between the first reflector and the second reflector;
a quantum well structure layer that exhibits a quantum confined stark effect by a reverse bias voltage; and
an electrode configured to apply the reverse bias voltage to the quantum well structure layer,
wherein the active layer and the second reflector have a gap formed therebetween,
the gap having a length to be changed to thereby sweep a resonance wavelength, and
wherein the electrode is further configured to change application of the reverse bias voltage to be applied to the quantum
well structure layer depending on the length of the gap when the resonance wavelength is swept.

US Pat. No. 9,594,291

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus comprising:
a focus lens;
a focus detector;
an automatic focusing unit that controls driving of the focus lens based on a focus detection result obtained from the focus
detector;

an output unit that outputs focus information including a focus detection range within which the automatic focusing unit performs
focusing and a focus state obtained based on the focus detection result on a display unit that displays the focus information
superimposed on a picked-up image obtained by the lens apparatus;

a display determination unit that determines whether or not to display the focus information on the display unit;
an input unit that receives pan/tilt information through electrical communication; and
a condition setter that sets each of a plurality of determination conditions enabled or disabled,
wherein the output unit outputs a signal to display the focus information based on a determination result of the display determination
unit to the display unit,

wherein the display determination unit determines to display the focus information on the display unit when the input unit
receives the pan/tilt information indicating that the lens apparatus is panned or tilted,

wherein the plurality of determination conditions each are a condition to determine whether or not the lens apparatus is panned/tilted,
and

wherein the condition setter is a lens function information display unit that displays and sets function information of the
lens apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,594,301

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD USING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus that forms a pattern of a resin on a substrate-side pattern region of a substrate by using a mold,
the imprint apparatus comprising:
a first mechanism configured to apply a force to the mold to thereby deform a mold-side pattern region of the mold;
a second mechanism configured to irradiate only a partial region of the substrate corresponding to the substrate-side pattern
region with light that has passed through the mold, and capable of changing an illuminance distribution of an irradiation
region of the light; and

a control unit configured to obtain shape difference information between the mold-side pattern region and the substrate-side
pattern region, and to control the force and the illuminance distribution based on the obtained shape difference information.

US Pat. No. 9,596,363

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CONNECTING TO ACCESSORY DEVICE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND ACCESSORY DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus that includes an electronic apparatus body to which an accessory device can be connected, and performs
communication between the electronic apparatus body and the accessory device connected thereto,
wherein in a case where the electronic apparatus body transmits first data to the accessory device in synchronism with a clock
signal, and receives second data from the accessory device in synchronism with the clock signal, the electronic apparatus
body is capable of performing data communication selectively using a first communication method and a second communication
method which is different from the first communication method, and in the second communication method, a low level of the
second data is different in level from a low level of the clock signal and a low level of the first data in the first communication
method, and

wherein the electronic apparatus body includes:
a level changing unit configured to change, in a state in which the clock signal is set to a high level in the first communication
method, the first data from a high level to the low level, and then further change the first data from the low level to the
high level; and

a detection unit configured to detect a change in level of the second data responsive to a change in level of the first data
caused by said level changing unit, to thereby detect, based on a result of the detection, whether or not the accessory device
is normally connected to the electronic apparatus body, and whether or not the accessory device is compatible with the second
communication method.

US Pat. No. 9,594,318

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
a support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the support,
wherein a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member contains a polymerized product of a hole transportable
compound represented by the following structural formula (1):

in the structural formula (1):
Ar represents a substituted or unsubstituted condensed polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon group, and a substituent of the condensed
polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon group is a group selected from the group consisting of an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, an
aralkyl group, a halogen atom, and a halogen-substituted alkyl group;

Ph represents a substituted or unsubstituted group obtained by removing q+1 hydrogen atoms from benzene, and a substituent
of the group obtained by removing q+1 hydrogen atoms from benzene is a group selected from the group consisting of an alkyl
group, an alkoxy group, an aralkyl group, a halogen atom, and a halogen-substituted alkyl group;

Ar and Ph are bonded to each other through an aromatic ring in Ar and Ph;
R represents a linear or branched alkylene group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms;
Fn represents a reactive functional group said reactive functional group being an acryloyloxy group or a methacryloyloxy group;
m and n each independently represent 0 or 1;
p represents an integer of 0 or more and 4 or less, and when p represents 2 or more, structures in p sets of parentheses may
be identical to or different from each other, provided that when p represents 2 or more, a case where oxygen atoms (O) are
continuous is excluded;

q represents an integer of 0 or more and 3 or less, and when q represents 2 or more, structures in q sets of parentheses may
be identical to or different from each other;

r represents an integer of 1 or more and 6 or less, and when r represents 2 or more, structures in r sets of parentheses may
be identical to or different from each other;

the structural formula (1) has at least one Fn;
a structure except Fn in the structural formula (1) has a conjugated structure containing 20 or more sp2 carbon atoms; and
the 20 or more sp2 carbon atoms in the conjugated structure are continuously bonded to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,596,379

IMAGE READING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus, comprising:
an image pickup unit configured to conduct image pickup from a placing surface; and
a projecting unit configured to project an image on the placing surface,
wherein the projecting unit is configured to switch a blur amount of the image on the placing surface, and
wherein the projecting unit is further configured to set a blur amount of the image in a first mode, in which the image pickup
is not conducted by the image pickup unit, smaller than a blur amount of the image in a second mode, in which the image pickup
is conducted by the image pickup unit.

US Pat. No. 9,589,320

IMAGE-PICKUP UNIT, IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image-pickup unit comprising:
an image sensor including M×N pixels and configured to photoelectrically convert an object image; and
a color filter disposed on an object side of the image sensor, and including a plurality of filter segments,
wherein each filter segment corresponds to one of the pixels of the image sensor, and the plurality of filter segments include
first to Z-th filter segments having spectral transmittances different from each other,

wherein a condition below is satisfied:

where L is an integer equal to or larger than four, and Pk represents the number of pixels of the image sensor, which receive light of a wavelength band k (k=1, 2, . . . , L), and

wherein a condition below is satisfied:

where Fk(i,j) (i=1, 2, . . . , M, and j=1, 2, . . . , N) represents a distribution of the spectral transmittance corresponding to
the wavelength band k, Fk1 represents a distribution of the spectral transmittance corresponding to a wavelength band k1 (k1=1, 2, . . . , L), Fk2 represents a distribution of the spectral transmittance corresponding to a wavelength band k2 (k2=1, 2, . . . , L), and Rk1,k2 represents a cross-correlation between the Fk1 and the Fk2.

US Pat. No. 9,588,323

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING 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 which does not move for zooming;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power which moves during zooming;
a third lens unit having a positive or negative refractive power which moves during zooming; an aperture stop; and
a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power which does not move for zooming,
wherein, in the fourth lens unit, a front group is a lens system including a lens face which satisfies a relationship of
h_bar_i/h_i ?0.06,
among lenses in an optical path from the aperture stop to an image plane, and a rear group is a lens system other than the
lens system of the front group, where h_i is an incidence height from an optical axis of an on-axis ray of an i-th lens, which
is a thin lens, in paraxial tracking and h_bar_i is an incidence height from an optical axis of an off-axis main light beam
of the i-th lens in the paraxial tracking, and
wherein the zoom lens satisfies the following conditional expressions:
0.420
0.630
2.16×10?3<(?Rfn??Rfp)/(?Rfp??Rfn)<3.10×10?3, and

0.17 where a partial dispersion ratio of a material of a positive lens Lm formed of a material having a highest partial dispersion
ratio, which is contained in the rear group, is represented by ?Lm,
a distance from the aperture stop to the image plane is represented by d,
a distance from the aperture stop to the positive lens Lm is represented by dLm,
an average value of Abbe constants of materials of positive lenses contained in the front group is represented by ?Rfp,
an average value of partial dispersion ratios thereof is represented by ?Rfp,
an average value of Abbe constants of materials of negative lenses contained in the front group is represented by ?Rfn,
an average value of partial dispersion ratios thereof is represented by ?Rfn,
a refractive power of the front group is represented by ?Rf, and
a refractive power of the rear group is represented by ?Rb.

US Pat. No. 9,591,180

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing image data to be used for image formation, 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:

determine a black background area formed from a plurality of black lines using the number of consecutive black lines and the
number of consecutive lines adjacent to the black lines and other than the black lines out of the image data; and

perform thinning processing for the black background area by switching a thinning pattern to convert a value of a pixel based
on the number of lines included in the black background area determined in the black background area determining step.

US Pat. No. 9,585,554

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a display control unit for causing a display unit to display respective display forms indicating a plurality of layer boundaries
in positions corresponding to the plurality of layer boundaries of a tomographic image of a retina in an overlapped state;

an instruction unit for providing an instruction for changing at least one of positions of the display forms overlapped on
the tomographic image; and

a changing unit for changing, when the changing unit is instructed by the instruction unit (a) to come into contact with two
adjacent display forms of the display forms indicating the plurality of layer boundaries and (b) to change the position of
one of the two adjacent display forms toward a side of another display form, the positions of the two adjacent display forms
in conjunction with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,591,197

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus comprising:
a movable optical member;
a driving unit that drives the movable optical member;
an operating unit that operates the driving unit;
a first controller that derives an input value for operating the driving unit based on an operation amount of the operating
unit;

a second controller that corrects the input value input from the first controller to calculate a control value and outputs
the control value to the driving unit; and

a deriving unit that derives a matching position from the control value, wherein
when an operation from the operating unit becomes effective, the deriving unit outputs the matching position to the first
controller, and the first controller sets the matching position to the input value.

US Pat. No. 9,591,204

FOCUS DETECTING UNIT, FOCUS DETECTING METHOD, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detecting unit comprising:
a corrector configured to correct, so that a difference between parallax images decreases, parallax image signals output from
an image sensor using a first shading correction value or a second shading correction value which is different from the first
shading correction value and relies on more parameters than the first shading correction value, wherein the corrector corrects
the parallax image signals using the first shading correction value when a half-mirror is retreated from an optical path,
and the corrector corrects the signals using the second shading correction value when the half-mirror is inserted into the
optical path; and

a focus detector configured to provide a focus detection based on the parallax image signals corrected by the corrector.

US Pat. No. 9,591,205

FOCUS CONTROL APPARATUS, OPTICAL APPARATUS, FOCUS CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING FOCUS DETECTION PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus control apparatus configured to control drive of a focus element movable in an image capturing system that photoelectrically
converts, by an image sensor, an object image formed by an optical system, the apparatus comprising:
a first focus detector configured to perform a phase difference focus detection to calculate, from a phase difference between
paired image signals produced using an output from the image sensor, a defocus amount of the image capturing system;

a second focus detector configured to produce, with the focus element being driven, a contrast evaluation value corresponding
to a contrast of the object image using the output from the image sensor;

a reliability acquirer configured to acquire a reliability of the phase difference focus detection on a basis of a coincidence
degree of the paired image signals and a contrast of the paired image signals; and

a controller configured (a) to control the drive of the focus element on a basis of a phase difference in-focus drive amount
that is a drive amount of the focus element to bring the image capturing system into a phase difference in-focus state and
that is calculated from the defocus amount and (b) to control the drive of the focus element to bring the image capturing
system into a contrast in-focus state by using the contrast evaluation value,

wherein the controller is configured to drive the focus element by following drive amounts:
when the reliability is higher than a first reliability and the defocus amount is larger than a first defocus amount, a first
drive amount that is smaller than the phase difference in-focus drive amount by a first non-drive amount;

when the reliability is higher than the first reliability and the defocus amount is smaller than the first defocus amount,
the phase difference in-focus drive amount; and

when the reliability is lower than the first reliability and higher than a second reliability and the defocus amount is larger
than a second defocus amount, a second drive amount that is smaller than the phase difference in-focus drive amount by a second
non-drive amount, and

the controller is configured to drive the focus element, (a) when the reliability is lower than the first reliability and
higher than the second reliability and the defocus amount is smaller than the second defocus amount and (b) when the reliability
is lower than the second reliability, by using the contrast evaluation value.

US Pat. No. 9,590,183

ORGANIC COMPOUND AND ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic compound represented by the following Formula [1];
wherein,
R1 to R16 are each independently selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 4
carbon atoms, a cyano group, a diphenylamino group, a pyridyl group, and an aryl group, wherein

the diphenylamino group, the pyridyl group, and the aryl group each optionally have at least one substituent selected from
the group consisting of a methyl group, an ethyl group, an iso-propyl group, a t-butyl group, and a fluorine atom; and

Ar1 and Ar2 are each any of a phenyl group, a biphenyl group, a terphenyl group, and a naphthyl group, wherein

Ar1 and Ar2 each optionally have at least one substituent selected from the group consisting of a methyl group, an ethyl group, an iso-propyl
group, a t-butyl group, and a fluorine atom.

US Pat. No. 9,591,246

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH BLUR CORRECTING FUNCTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
an acquiring unit which acquires distance information corresponding to an object distance in a photographed image picked up
by an image pickup element configured to receive light flux though a photographing lens;

an image processing unit configured to perform an image processing for adjusting a focusing state of the photographed image,
based on the distance information acquired by the acquiring unit; and

a display control unit which displays, on a display unit, an image derived from the image processing by the image processing
unit, wherein

the image processing unit forms an image by adjusting the focusing state within a range corresponding to the object distance
from a first distance to a second distance, and

the image processing is performed based on an optical transmission characteristic between the photographing lens and the image
pickup element.

US Pat. No. 9,588,461

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container detachably mountable to a developer supplying apparatus, said developer supply container comprising:
a developer accommodating portion configured to accommodate developer;
a rotatable drive receiving portion configured to receive a rotational driving force;
a feeding portion configured to feed the developer in said developer accommodating portion by rotation of said drive receiving
portion;

a developer discharging chamber provided with a discharge opening configured to discharge the developer fed by said feeding
portion;

a pump portion provided to act at least on said developer discharging chamber and having a volume changeable with expansion
and contraction with reciprocation;

an operating portion configured to operate said pump portion; and
a portion-to-be-detected to be detected by a detecting portion provided in the developer supplying apparatus to stop said
pump portion in a predetermined expansion and contraction state of said pump portion when operation of said pump portion is
stopped.

US Pat. No. 9,579,791

CONTROL METHOD OF ROBOT APPARATUS AND ROBOT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot apparatus comprising:
a link pivotally connected to a base body via a joint and having an arm;
a pair of actuators that generate driving forces for pulling the link in mutually opposite directions relative to the base
body; and

a control unit configured to control the driving forces of the pair of actuators in accordance with a stiffness command value
representing a target stiffness of the link and a torque command value representing a target torque value of the link,

wherein the control unit determines, through iterative calculations, a stiffness command value and a torque command value
that satisfy a relationship where the stiffness command value is greater than the absolute value of the torque command value
divided by a length of the arm.

US Pat. No. 9,583,071

CALIBRATION APPARATUS AND CALIBRATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A calibration apparatus for executing calibration of a display apparatus, comprising:
a display control unit configured to control the display apparatus to simultaneously display two or more calibration images
of which characteristic values are in one sub-range of a plurality of sub-ranges constituting an available range for the characteristic
value;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire a measurement value corresponding to at least a display brightness or a display
color of each of the two or more calibration images displayed by the display control unit; and

a calibration unit configured to execute calibration of the display apparatus based on the measurement values acquired by
the acquisition unit, wherein

the acquisition unit acquires the measurement value corresponding to each of the plurality of sub-ranges, and
the calibration unit executes calibration of the display apparatus based on the measurement values of the plurality of sub-ranges.

US Pat. No. 9,581,784

COMPOSITE PLASTIC LENS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A composite plastic lens comprising:
a resin lens including a convex surface, a surface on the side opposite to the convex surface, a side surface, a protrusion
protruding from at least part of the side surface; and

a resin light-shielding holder configured to hold the resin lens,
wherein the resin lens is joined with the resin light-shielding holder at least at the protrusion on the side of the convex
surface, and an interface of the resin light-shielding holder with respect to the protrusion on the side of the convex surface
is inclined inward from an outer periphery of the composite plastic lens in a direction approaching the surface on the side
opposite to the convex surface; and

an angle F formed between the interface and a plane including a line orthogonal to an optical axis falls within a range from
5° to 80°.

US Pat. No. 9,578,189

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a conversion unit configured to convert data;
a first estimation unit configured to estimate, before the conversion unit converts the data, a size of the data after being
converted by the conversion unit;

a notification unit configured to notify another communication apparatus of the size estimated by the first estimation unit;
a transmission unit configured to transmit the data converted by the conversion unit to said another communication apparatus;
and

a reception unit configured to receive from said another communication apparatus information indicating whether to allow transfer
of the data, as a response to the notification by the notification unit,

wherein the transmission unit transmits the data converted by the conversion unit to said another communication apparatus
in a case where the reception unit receives information indicating that the transfer of the data is allowed, and does not
transmit the data converted by the conversion unit to said another communication apparatus in a case where the reception unit
receives information indicating that the transfer of the data is not allowed.

US Pat. No. 9,578,190

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of operating as a multi-access point, comprising:
a processor performing the functions of a first communication unit, a second communication unit, a determination unit and
a control unit, wherein

the first communication unit is configured to generate a first wireless network by operating as a first access point and transmit/receive
information via the first wireless network;

the second communication unit is configured to generate a second wireless network different from the first wireless network
by operating as a second access point and transmit/receive information via the second wireless network;

the determination unit is configured to determine one of the first wireless network and the second wireless network via which
an external device establishing communication with the communication apparatus is connected; and

the control unit is configured to control to allow the external device to use a function or functions of the communication
apparatus using a predetermined application on the external device,

wherein said control unit controls to provide, in accordance with a result of determination by said determination unit, at
least one available function using the predetermined application when the external device is connected via the first wireless
network that is not the same as at least one available function using the predetermined application when the external device
is connected via the second wireless network.

US Pat. No. 9,578,255

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CAPABLE OF REDUCING INFLUENCE OF FLICKER, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. A method of controlling an image pickup apparatus, comprising:
first calculating light amount change characteristics of light from an object, based on a plurality of photometric values
obtained at a period shorter than a first period;

second calculating the light amount change characteristics, based on luminance change information with a reference image,
the reference image being an image obtained through charge accumulation using an image pickup unit while differentiating start
timing on a region-by-region basis by taking more time than required to obtain the plurality of photometric values by said
image pickup unit;

storing characteristics information concerning the light amount change characteristics calculated in a memory based on the
plurality of photometric values by said first calculating;

suppressing influence of change in an amount of light from an object, on an image acquired by the image pickup unit; and
causing, in a case where the characteristics information has been stored in the memory, controlling for not causing said image
pickup unit to obtain the reference image, but causing said suppression processing based on the characteristics information
stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,575,701

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING WI-FI HANDOVER TECHNIQUE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus which executes a job in response to an instruction from a communication terminal, comprising:
at least one CPU, the at least one CPU configured to execute instructions stored in a memory to cause the image forming apparatus
to:

establish a wireless communication by using a proximity wireless communication or establish the wireless communication by
not using the proximity wireless communication;

determine whether the established wireless communication, by which a request to execute a scan job is received from the communication
terminal, is established by using the proximity wireless communication; and

control to, when it is determined that the wireless communication is established by using the proximity wireless communication,
reject a request to execute other scan jobs from communication terminals other than the communication terminal until receiving
a connection release request from the communication terminal, and when it is determined that the wireless communication is
not established by using the proximity wireless communication, reject a request to execute other scan jobs from communication
terminals other than the communication terminal until execution of the scan job is completed.

US Pat. No. 9,576,218

SELECTING FEATURES FROM IMAGE DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for selecting SIFT features from an input image, the method comprising:
applying a SIFT procedure to the input image to obtain candidate keypoints;
calculating, for each candidate keypoint, a first Laplacian value (Lu) for pixels in an upper Scale Space and a second Laplacian
value (Ll) for pixels in a lower Scale Space, based on the position of the candidate keypoint;

discarding a candidate keypoint if a Laplacian value Lc of the keypoint position is less than or equal to either of Lu or
Ll;

calculating, in the case that the candidate keypoint is not discarded, the candidate keypoint's Laplacian strength (Ls) based
on a relative change in Laplacian value from Lc to Lu and from Lc to Ll; and

selecting one or more candidate keypoints as SIFT features based on the corresponding Laplacian strength.

US Pat. No. 9,578,295

CALIBRATION FEATURE MASKING IN OVERLAP REGIONS TO IMPROVE MARK DETECTABILITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of displaying an image using at least a first projector and a second projector, the method comprising:
projecting a calibration pattern using the first projector, the calibration pattern being embedded in a first portion of an
image projected by the first projector;

determining a contribution of the second projector to projecting a second portion of the image to an overlap area, the overlap
area having a contribution from the first and second projectors, wherein the contribution is an intensity of a colour channel;

modifying the determined contribution of the second projector to the overlap area to allow the calibration pattern of the
first projector to be detectable to a capture device, the modification having a pattern corresponding to the calibration pattern;
and

displaying the image using the first projector and the modified contribution of the second projector.

US Pat. No. 9,570,504

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING ETCHED AND PLANARIZED INSULATING LAYER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing an imaging apparatus, the imaging apparatus being formed on a substrate, the imaging apparatus
comprising:
a pixel region including a photoelectric conversion element; and
a peripheral circuit region that is arranged on a periphery of the pixel region, the pixel region and the peripheral circuit
region each comprising a transistor having an electrode,

the method comprising:
forming a silicide block layer so as to cover the transistor in the pixel region, wherein the silicide block layer is not
formed on the electrode of the transistor in the peripheral circuit region;

forming an etch stop layer above the photoelectric conversion element in the pixel region, wherein the etch stop layer is
not formed in the peripheral circuit region;

forming an insulating layer in the pixel region and the peripheral circuit region;
etching the insulating layer formed in the pixel region in a state in which the peripheral circuit region is protected;
planarizing a surface of the insulating layer; and
forming a waveguide in the pixel region,
wherein, after the forming of the insulating layer and before the etching of the insulating layer, an average value of heights
of a top surface of the insulating layer in the pixel region is larger than an average value of heights of a top surface of
the insulating layer in the peripheral circuit region,

wherein a difference between the average value of heights of the top surface of the insulating layer in the pixel region and
the average value of heights of the top surface of the insulating layer in the peripheral circuit region is caused by a difference
of arrangements of the silicide block layer and the etch stop layer between the pixel region and the peripheral circuit region;
and

wherein the etching results in the difference between the average value of heights of the top surface of the insulating layer
in the pixel region and the average value of heights of the to surface of the insulating layer in the peripheral circuit region
being reduced.

US Pat. No. 9,568,742

IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image stabilization apparatus mounted on an optical apparatus, comprising:
an image stabilization unit configured to compensate image blurring due to shake, by moving a compensation member in directions
along drive axes of the image stabilization unit that are orthogonal to an optical axis;

a first shake detection unit configured to detect an angular velocity of the shake;
a second shake detection unit configured to detect shake by a different method from that used by the first shake detection
unit;

an orientation detection unit configured to detect an inclination status of the optical apparatus relative to a reference
position;

a calculation unit configured to calculate, for each of the drive axis directions, a compensation value from a first signal
based on output of the first shake detection unit, a second signal based on output of the second shake detection unit, the
compensation value being a moving amount of the compensation member; and

a weighting unit configured to perform weighting on the compensation value of each of the drive axes of the image stabilization
unit, based on a correlation between the first signal which is based on the output of the first shake detection unit and the
second signal which is based on the output of the second shake detection unit using an orientation determination value based
on the orientation detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,566,741

IMPRINT METHOD, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint method of forming a pattern of a resin on a substrate, the method comprising:
holding the substrate on a holding surface;
bringing an uncured resin on the substrate in contact with a mold;
thermally deforming, in a deforming step, a partial region of the substrate by irradiating the partial region with light so
as to change an outer circumferential shape of the partial region;

curing the uncured resin on the partial region by irradiating light having a wavelength that is different from the light used
in the deforming step; and

releasing the mold from the cured resin on the partial region in contact with the mold,
wherein, in at least a portion of a period during the deforming step, a region different from the partial region is held at
a first suction force, while the partial region is held at a second suction force that is less than the first suction force,
the first suction force and the second suction force acting between the substrate and the holding surface.

US Pat. No. 9,566,781

TRANSFER-TYPE IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transfer-type image recording method comprising the steps of:
applying a treatment liquid that causes aggregation of a component contained in an ink to an image formation surface of an
intermediate transfer member;

applying an ink to the image formation surface to which the treatment liquid is applied to form an intermediate image;
transferring the intermediate image from the image formation surface to an recording medium; and
applying an aqueous cleaning liquid to the image formation surface after the transfer of the intermediate image,
wherein the treatment liquid contains a nonionic surfactant,
wherein in the step of applying a treatment liquid, the following Expression (1) is satisfied:
T1 where T1 is a temperature of the treatment liquid applied to the image formation surface, and Tc1 is a cloud point of the
treatment liquid, and
wherein in the step of applying an aqueous cleaning liquid, the following Expression (2) is satisfied:
T2>Tc2  (2)
where T2 is a temperature of a liquid mixture, formed on the image formation surface, of a remainder of the treatment liquid
and the aqueous cleaning liquid, and Tc2 is a cloud point of the liquid mixture.

US Pat. No. 9,571,694

IMAGE READING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to read an image of a document to generate image data;
a character recognition unit configured to execute character recognition processing;
a first receiving unit configured to receive a storage instruction for storing the image data in a storage unit;
a second receiving unit configured to receive a character recognition instruction for causing the character recognition unit
to execute the character recognition processing on the image data which has been stored in the storage unit in accordance
with the storage instruction; and

a determining unit configured to determine, in accordance with the storage instruction, a predetermined resolution as a reading
resolution by the reading unit,

wherein at least one of the character recognition unit and the determining unit is implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,568,880

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING BINDING PROCESSING FUNCTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:
a binding unit configured to perform binding processing by pressing a sheet bundle;
a motor configured to drive the binding unit to press the sheet bundle;
a motor controller configured to set a driving current of the motor and an upper limit value of the driving current, the motor
controller being configured to set the driving current when starting activating the motor in a state where the binding unit
is not pressing the sheet bundle at a first value, and set the upper limit value of the driving current in a period in which
the binding unit is pressing the sheet bundle to a second value less than or equal to the first value; and

a current detector configured to detect the driving current of the motor,
wherein the motor controller is configured to, if the driving current detected by the current detector reaches the second
value in a period in which the binding unit is pressing the sheet bundle, brake the motor.

US Pat. No. 9,565,407

PROJECTION DISPLAY APPARATUS AND IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projection display apparatus comprising:
a light shielding member provided with an opening through which light from a light source passes; and
a light modulation element unit configured to face the light shielding member to be illuminated by the light passing through
the opening of the light shielding member,

wherein the light shielding member has a first region and a second region that is located between the first region and the
opening,

wherein the light modulation element unit has a third region facing the first region, and a fourth region facing the second
region, and

wherein a first average temperature gradient between the first region and the third region is greater than a second average
temperature gradient between the second region and the fourth region.

US Pat. No. 9,563,144

CHARGING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A charging device for use in an image forming apparatus, the charging device comprising:
a charging member being in contact with an image bearing member and configured to charge the image bearing member while rotating;
and

a brush member being in contact with the charging member,
wherein the charging member includes a force receiving portion that receives a force in a longitudinal direction of the charging
member while rotating,

wherein the charging member is in contact with the brush member at a place different from a place of the force receiving portion,
and

wherein a component of the force received by the charging member at the force receiving portion in the longitudinal direction
and a component of a force received by the charging member resulting from tilting of bristles in the brush member in the longitudinal
direction are in an identical direction.

US Pat. No. 9,561,658

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

28. A printing apparatus comprising:
an ink storage section configured to store ink;
a detection unit configured to detect an ink remaining amount of said ink storage section;
a printhead configured to discharge ink supplied from said ink storage section;
an air communication section through which said storage section communicates with air;
a suction unit having a cap and configured to suck ink from said printhead through the cap; and
a control unit configured to perform a preparation process before transport of the apparatus according to an instruction regarding
transport of the apparatus and to perform a start-up process when the apparatus is started up after the transport of the apparatus,

wherein the preparation process includes:
a detecting process of detecting the ink remaining amount by said detection unit;
a saving process of saving information regarding the ink remaining amount detected in the detecting process; and
a first suction process in which said suction unit sucks ink in said air communication section from said printhead,
wherein the start-up process includes a second suction process in which said suction unit sucks ink from said printhead based
on the information saved in the saving process.

US Pat. No. 9,563,255

METHOD FOR TERMINATING OR POWERING A WIRELESS CONNECTION TO IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS BASED ON TYPE OF CONNECTION MODE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus connectable to an external apparatus, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a recording control unit configured to perform control so that image data is recorded on a recording medium;
a transmission unit configured to transmit image data selected by an operation on an operation unit of the image processing
apparatus to the external apparatus in a first connection mode and transmit image data selected by an operation on an operation
unit of the external apparatus to the external apparatus in a second connection mode; and

a control unit configured to, in a case where a user operation to terminate a wireless connection to the external apparatus
started in the first connection mode is inputted in the external apparatus, perform control so that the connection to the
external apparatus is terminated and the image processing apparatus is not turned off, and in a case where a user operation
to terminate a wireless connection to the external apparatus started in the second connection mode is inputted in the external
apparatus, perform control so that the image processing apparatus is turned off.

US Pat. No. 9,560,973

SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING DEVICE AND SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A subject information acquiring device comprising:
a light absorbing member configured to be provided outside a subject;
a light source configured to irradiate the subject and said light absorbing member with pulsed light;
a detector configured to detect a subject acoustic wave produced from the subject and an absorber acoustic wave produced from
said light absorbing member irradiated with the pulsed light and acquire a first detection signal based on the detected subject
acoustic wave and the detected absorber acoustic wave; and

a signal processing unit configured to:
specify a signal resulting from the detected absorber acoustic wave within the first detection signal acquired by said detector;
acquire impulse response data using the specified signal;
acquire a second detection signal by de-convoluting the first detection signal using the impulse response data; and
acquire subject information using the second detection signal.

US Pat. No. 9,565,348

AUTOMATIC TRACKING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An automatic tracking apparatus comprising an image pickup apparatus having a zoom function and a camera platform driving
the image pickup apparatus in at least one of a pan direction or a tilt direction, and automatically tracking an object to
be tracked by operating at least one of the image pickup apparatus or the camera platform, the automatic tracking apparatus
further comprising:
a unit for detecting a position of the object to be tracked in image information taken by the image pickup apparatus;
a prohibition area setting unit for setting a tracking prohibition area in a picked up image based on information on the automatic
tracking apparatus that includes information on the object to be tracked, including information on at least one of a type,
an orientation, or a traveling speed of the object to be tracked, or information on at least one of a pan position of the
camera platform, a tilt position of the camera platform, or a zoom position of the image pickup apparatus; and

a controller that, when the position of the object to be tracked is in the tracking prohibition area, does not perform a tracking
operation, and, when the position is out of the tracking prohibition area, performs at least one of zoom, pan, or tilt operations
to perform the tracking operation to reposition the object within the tracking prohibition area.

US Pat. No. 9,558,719

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a moving unit configured to move relative positions of a first display unit and a second display unit, wherein said first
display unit and said second display unit display images for respective eyes of a user;

a detecting unit configured to detect relative moving amounts of said first display unit relative to said second display unit
and said second display unit relative to said first display unit;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain a first captured image captured by a first capturing unit and a second captured image
captured by a second captured unit, respectively;

a determination unit configured to determine extraction ranges based on the relative moving amounts of said first display
unit relative to said second display unit and said second display unit relative to said first display unit detected by the
detecting unit, wherein moving amounts of the extraction ranges are calculated to be proportional to both the relative moving
amounts of said first and second display units and a pupil distance of said first capturing unit and said second capturing
unit;

an extracting unit configured to generate a first extracted image and a second extracted image by respectively extracting
portions of the first captured image and the second captured image in the extraction ranges determined by the determination
unit; and

a composite image generating unit configured to generate a first composite image and a second composite image by respectively
compositing a first CG image and a second CG image with the first extracted image and the second extracted image.

US Pat. No. 9,560,277

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a correction unit configured to perform distortion aberration correction on image data in which distortion aberration has
occurred; and

a stabilization unit configured to perform image stabilization processing in which partial image data is clipped from the
image data based on a movement of an imaging unit when the image data has been generated,

wherein the correction unit reduces an amount of the distortion aberration correction in a case where the image stabilization
processing is not performed, as compared to a case where the image stabilization processing is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,560,285

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels, each pixel including a photoelectric conversion unit configured to generate charge in response to incident
light and to accumulate the charge, a holding unit configured to hold the charge, an amplification unit configured to output
a signal based on the charge, a first transfer switch configured to transfer the charge from the photoelectric conversion
unit to the holding unit, and a second transfer switch configured to transfer the charge from the holding unit to the amplification
unit; and

an output line to which the signals from the plurality of pixels are output,
wherein at a first time point, the photoelectric conversion units of the plurality of pixels start accumulation of charge,
the first transfer switch of at least one of the plurality of pixels is kept off from the first time point to a second time
point and the photoelectric conversion unit of the at least one of the plurality of pixels accumulates charge generated in
a first period from the first time point to the second time point,

in the first period, the second transfer switches of the plurality of pixels are turned on and the amplification units of
the plurality of pixels output the signals to the output line in turns,

in a second period from the second time point to a third time point, the holding units of the plurality of pixels hold charge
generated by the photoelectric conversion units in the first period and charge generated by the photoelectric conversion units
in the second period, and at the third time point, the first transfer switches of the plurality of pixels are controlled from
on to off.

US Pat. No. 9,557,474

LIGHT GUIDE AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light guide comprising:
an incidence surface on which light from a light emitting unit is incident;
a light guide portion configured to propagate the light being incident via the incidence surface;
a reflection portion configured to reflect the light propagated by the light guide portion toward an exit surface;
the exit surface from which the light reflected on the reflection portion exits; and
a protrusion portion which is provided downstream of the reflection portion outside outermost lines of a main light flux,
wherein the protrusion portion is provided so as to be positioned at a predetermined position of another member,
wherein a plane defined by a surface of the light guide portion and a plane defined by a reflection surface of the reflection
portion intersect.

US Pat. No. 9,557,544

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING ZOOM LENS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a second lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein, during zooming, the first lens unit and the second lens unit move so that a distance between the first lens unit
and the second lens unit changes,

wherein the first lens unit includes a negative lens, a negative lens and a positive lens that are disposed in this order
from the object side to the image side, and the second lens unit includes a positive lens, a positive lens, a negative lens
and a positive lens that are disposed in this order from the object side to the image side,

wherein the zoom lens performs focusing by moving the first lens unit,
wherein the zoom lens further comprises an aperture stop disposed between the first lens unit and the second lens unit, and
wherein the zoom lens satisfies conditional expressions
4.18?TLw/BFw<12.0,

0.20
?1.30
 where TLw is a total length of the zoom lens at a wide angle end, BFw is a back focal length at the wide angle end, ft is
a focal length of the zoom lens at a telephoto end, f1 is a focal length of the first lens unit, f2 is a focal length of the second lens unit, and

wherein at least one positive lens included in the first lens unit satisfies conditional expression:
1.86 where Nd is a refractive index of a material of a positive lens included in the first lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,557,592

DISPLAY DEVICE HAVING A DISPLAY PANEL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display device comprising:
a display panel;
a support member that is in contact with at least a part of a lower side of the display panel; and
a panel holder that has a first member supporting via the support member the lower side of the display panel, wherein
the support member is an elastic body that, in a case where the display panel is deformed, the elastic body deforms accordingly
as a result of a part thereof moving relative to the first member.

US Pat. No. 9,551,954

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit; and
a control unit configured to control the image forming unit;
wherein the image forming unit comprises:
a photosensitive member to be rotated;
a light source including at least three light emitting elements each configured to emit a light beam to expose the photosensitive
member, wherein the light beams emitted from the three light emitting elements expose positions on the photosensitive member
different from each other in a rotational direction thereof;

a deflection unit configured to deflect the light beams so that each deflected light beam scans the photosensitive member;
and

a signal generating unit configured to receive one of the light beams deflected by the deflection unit and to generate a reference
signal as a reference for an emission timing of each of the light beams based on receipt of said one light beam,

wherein the image forming unit develops, with toner, an electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive member scanned
by the light beams, and forms an image on a recording medium by transferring a toner image from the photosensitive member
onto the recording medium,

wherein the control unit causes the light emitting elements to emit the light beams based on an image data,
wherein the control unit controls the emission timing of each of the light emitting elements based on a delay amount set for
each of the light emitting elements relative to a generation timing of the reference signal,

wherein the control unit causes the image forming unit to form a first pattern image, a second pattern image, a third pattern
image and a fourth pattern image by using all of the light emitting elements, wherein a position at which the first pattern
and the second pattern are formed is different from a position at which the third pattern and the fourth pattern are formed
with respect to a scanning direction of the light beams, and

wherein the emission timing of the light beams emitted from the light emitting elements relative to the generation timing
of the reference signal for forming the first pattern image and that for forming the second pattern image are different from
each other, and the emission timing of the light beams emitted from the light emitting elements relative to the generation
timing of the reference signal for forming the third pattern image and that for forming the fourth pattern image are different
from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,551,957

DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing cartridge comprising:
a casing;
a developing roller, provided in said casing, configured to rotate and carry developer;
a coupling member configured to receive a rotational force for rotating said developing roller, said coupling member being
movable between a first position in which a rotational axis of said coupling member is parallel to a rotational axis of said
developing roller and a second position in which the rotational axis of said coupling member is inclined relative to the rotational
axis of said developing roller; and

a non-elastic member, provided adjacent to said coupling member, movable between a contact position in which said non-elastic
member contacts said coupling member and a spaced position in which said non-elastic member is spaced from said coupling member,

wherein said non-elastic member is rotatable between the contact position and the spaced position.

US Pat. No. 9,551,966

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a printing medium;
a fixing unit configured to fix the image on the printing medium;
a conveyance unit configured to convey the printing medium along a conveyance path and to reverse a conveyance direction of
the printing medium which passes through the fixing unit;

a color measurement unit configured to measure, downstream of the fixing unit in a conveyance direction of the printing medium,
a color of the image fixed on the printing medium; and

a control unit configured to control the conveyance unit such that a time period from when an edge of the printing medium
passes through the fixing unit until when the edge of the printing medium whose conveyance direction is reversed passes through
a measurement position of the color measuring unit in a case where the color measuring unit measures the color of the image
fixed on the printing medium is longer than a time period from when an edge of the printing medium passes through the fixing
unit until when the edge of the printing medium whose conveyance direction is reversed passes through the measurement position
of the color measuring unit in a case where the color measuring unit dose not measure the color of the image fixed on the
printing medium.

wherein the control unit controls, based on a fixing temperature used for fixing the image on the printing medium by the fixing
unit, the time period from when the edge of the printing medium passes through the fixing unit until when the edge of the
printing medium whose conveyance direction is reversed passes through the measurement position in a case where the color measurement
unit measures the color of the image fixed on the printing medium.

US Pat. No. 9,554,068

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels each including a first photoelectric conversion element, a second photoelectric conversion element,
and a microlens shared by the first and second photoelectric conversion elements;

a processing circuit configured to perform a first process for generating a first signal corresponding to a charge generated
by the first photoelectric conversion element, and a second process for generating a second signal corresponding to a sum
of the charge generated by the first photoelectric conversion element and a charge generated by the second photoelectric conversion
element; and

a current source configured to supply a first driving current to the processing circuit during a period in which the processing
circuit performs the first process, and supply a second driving current to the processing circuit during a period in which
the processing circuit performs the second process, a value of the second driving current being larger than a value of the
first driving current.

US Pat. No. 9,552,286

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INSTALLATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, including at least one hardware processor and at least one memory, the information
processing apparatus comprising:
an execution program comprising:
an execution unit configured to execute processes of a plurality of programs in a mode that specific information is not output;
wherein each of the plurality of programs comprising: a determination unit configured to determine whether or not a process
of the program itself has failed; and a return unit configured to return a return value based on the determination by the
determination unit; and

a re-execution unit configured, in a case where the determination unit determines that the process of the program itself has
failed, to re-execute, based on the return value, the process of the program itself in a mode that the specific information
is output,

wherein, in a case where an error has occurred in the process of the program itself as a result of re-executing the process
of the program itself by the re-execution unit, the specific information is output, and

wherein the execution program is stored in the at least one of the memory and implemented by the at least one of the hardware
processor.

US Pat. No. 9,551,564

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a light source unit configured to change a wavelength of light over time;
an interference optical system configured to split the light from the light source unit into irradiation light to be applied
to an object and reference light and to generate interference light between reflected light of the light applied to the object
and the reference light;

a light splitting unit configured to split the interference light into two interference lights;
two optical detection units configured to receive the two interference lights;
an information acquisition unit configured to acquire information about the object on the basis of a temporal waveform of
an intensity of the interference lights;

a wavelength selector provided on an optical path between an emission end surface of the light source unit and the two optical
detection units, and having a wavelength selectivity with equal wavenumber intervals; and

a differential detection unit configured to detect a differential between the two interference lights detected by the two
optical detection units,

wherein the information acquisition unit obtains peak values in the temporal waveform of the intensity of the interference
lights and acquires the information about the object on the basis of the obtained peak values, and

wherein the wavelength selector is a Fabry-Perot filter.

US Pat. No. 9,551,926

DETERMINATION METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A determination method of determining exposure conditions used for an exposure method using an exposure apparatus including
an illumination optical system which illuminates a mask, and a projection optical system which projects a pattern of the mask
onto a substrate, to be set in the exposure apparatus for illuminating the mask and projecting the pattern of the mask onto
the substrate, the method comprising:
a first step of setting an unoptimized illumination parameter for a light intensity distribution formed on a pupil plane of
the illumination optical system, and an unoptimized aberration parameter for an aberration of the projection optical system;

a second step of calculating an image performance of an optical image of the pattern of the mask, which is formed in an image
plane of the projection optical system in correspondence with the pattern of the mask to be placed on an object plane of the
projection optical system, using the unoptimized illumination parameter and the unoptimized aberration parameter;

a third step of repeating the calculating the image performance of the second step while changing both of a value of the unoptimized
illumination parameter and a value of the unoptimized aberration parameter; and

a fourth step of determining a value of the illumination parameter and a value of the aberration parameter, based on the results
of the image performance calculated while changing both of the value of the unoptimized illumination parameter and the value
of the unoptimized aberration parameter, thereby determining, as the exposure conditions, the light intensity distribution
formed on the pupil plane of the illumination optical system and the aberration of the projection optical system, which are
defined by the determined value of the illumination parameter and the determined value of the aberration parameter, respectively,

wherein the exposure method comprises a step of illuminating the mask and exposing the substrate under the determined exposure
conditions.

US Pat. No. 9,541,898

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming station configured to form an image on a recording material;
an electric circuit configured to operate said image forming station;
a casing configured to accommodate said image forming station and said electric circuit;
a recess provided on said casing;
a voltage source cable provided on a wall surface of said recess and configured to supply electric power to said electric
circuit from an outside of said casing; and

an air vent opening formed in a wall surface of said recess for permitting air flow between an inside and an outside to cool
an inside of said casing.

US Pat. No. 9,543,777

POWER SUPPLYING DEVICE AND POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power-supplying device comprising:
a communicating unit configured to wirelessly communicate with a first external device;
a power supply unit configured to supply power to a power-supplied external device different from the first external device;
a detecting unit configured to detect an error rate occurred between the communicating unit and the first external device;
and

a control unit configured to perform, based on whether a change of the error rate between the communicating unit and the first
external device is more than a predetermined value, a process for controlling power supply to the power-supplied external
device from the power supply unit if the power supply unit supplies power to the power-supplied external device wirelessly,
wherein the communicating unit uses a communication path which is different from a path used for power supplying by the power
supply unit.

US Pat. No. 9,538,969

MANAGEMENT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A management apparatus which manages an image captured in a radiation detection apparatus by irradiation with radiation,
comprising:
a management unit configured to manage imaging information which is input by a user and serves as information for imaging;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain the captured image; and
an association unit configured to associate the obtained image with the imaging information,
wherein when a mis-exposure notification is received from the radiation detection apparatus and said management unit manages
necessary imaging information, said obtaining unit obtains the captured image.

US Pat. No. 9,535,345

SOLUTION OF GALLIUM PHTHALOCYANINE METHOD FOR PREPARING THE SAME METHOD FOR PRODUCING GALLIUM PHTHALOCYANINE CRYSTAL METHOD FOR PURIFYING COMPOSITION CONTAINING GALLIUM PHTHALOCYANINE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing a gallium phthalocyanine crystal, comprising:
(a1) dissolving a gallium phthalocyanine represented by the formula (2) in a compound represented by the formula (1), to prepare
a solution of a gallium phthalocyanine represented by the formula (2),

wherein, in the formula (2),
X1 represents a chlorine atom or a hydroxy group

H2N—CH2—R1—CH2—NH2  (1)
wherein, in the formula (1), R1 represents a single bond, or a substituted or unsubstituted alkylene group having 1 to 10 main-chain carbon atoms,
a substituent of the substituted alkylene group is an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, an alkyl group having 1 to 3
carbon atoms and being substituted with an amino group, or a hydroxy group,

one of the carbon atoms in the main chain of the alkylene group may be replaced with an oxygen atom, a sulfur atom, or a bivalent
group represented by the formula —NR2—, and

R2 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, or an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms and being
substituted with an amino group, and

(b1) mixing the solution prepared in the step (a1) with a poor solvent for the gallium phthalocyanine represented by the formula
(2) to perform the crystal transformation of the gallium phthalocyanine represented by the formula (2), thereby forming a
hydroxygallium phthalocyanine crystal having peaks at Bragg angles 2? of 6.9°±0.3° and 26.6°±0.3° in X-ray diffraction with
CuK? radiation or a hydroxygallium phthalocyanine crystal having peaks at Bragg angles 2? of 7.4°±0.3° and 28.3°±0.3° in X-ray
diffraction with CuK? radiation.

US Pat. No. 9,535,398

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container comprising:
a developer accommodating container for accommodating developer;
a feeding member for feeding the developer, said feeding member being formed of a resin material and being rotatable about
an axis of a feeding shaft inside said developer accommodating container; and

a drive transmission member that is formed of a resin material and is rotatably mounted to said developer accommodating container,
wherein a taper-shaped hole of said feeding shaft and a taper-shaped shaft of said drive transmission member are welded to
each other.

US Pat. No. 9,535,159

TEST-OBJECT-INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS AND TEST-OBJECT-INFORMATION ACQUISITION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A test-object-information acquisition apparatus comprising:
a light radiating unit configured to radiate light onto a test object;
a first probe configured to receive an acoustic wave generated in the test object in response to the test object being irradiated
with the light from the light radiating unit and converts the acoustic wave into a first electric signal;

a second probe that includes a plurality of conversion elements arranged in a first direction, and configured to radiate an
ultrasound beam towards the test object, to receive a reflected wave of the ultrasound beam from the test object, and to convert
the reflected wave into a second electric signal;

an ultrasound controller configured to control the second probe to radiate the ultrasound beam toward the test object;
a scanning unit configured to cause the light radiating unit, the first probe, and the second probe to perform a reciprocating
scan process across the test object by moving the light radiating unit, the first probe, and the second probe back and forth
in a second direction that is different from the first direction;

a photoacoustic-image acquisition unit configured to acquire a photoacoustic image on the basis of the first electric signal;
an ultrasound-image acquisition unit configured to acquire an ultrasound image on the basis of the second electric signal,
wherein the ultrasound controller is further configured to cause the plurality of conversion elements to linearly scan the
ultrasound beam along the first direction, and to vary a linear scanning direction to be different between the forward scan
and the backward scan of the reciprocating scan process; and

a controller configured to correct the acquired ultrasound image.

US Pat. No. 9,537,484

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:
a plurality of circuit blocks, each of which performs an assigned operation, and performs a reset operation in a case where
recovering from a shutdown state of power supply;

a power control unit configured to control power supply to a power domain comprising at least one circuit block; and
an initialization control unit configured to control reset operation parameters of the plurality of circuit blocks as reset
operation targets, for which power supply is resumed by the power control unit, so as to meet a power condition that makes
power dissipation of the semiconductor device by the reset operation not more than a predetermined power based on a number
of clock cycles required by each of the plurality of circuit blocks as the reset operation targets to do the reset operation,

wherein the initialization control unit comprises:
an order determination unit configured to determine priority orders of the reset operations of the plurality of circuit blocks
as the reset operation targets in descending order of the number of clock cycles; and

a parameter selection unit configured to select a reset operation parameter based on the priority order for each of the plurality
of circuit blocks as the reset operation targets.

US Pat. No. 9,527,286

PRINT APPARATUS AND PRINT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print apparatus comprising:
a print unit configured to include a plurality of inkjet-type line print heads;
a conveying unit configured to move a sheet used for printing to be performed by the print unit; and
a supply unit configured to supply humidified gas to a space between two adjacent print heads,
wherein the supply unit includes
a humidifying unit configured to generate the humidified gas,
a supply port which is configured to supply the humidified gas generated by the humidifying unit from a side of the space,
and

a discharge port which is configured to discharge the humidified gas from the space, and which is disposed so as to face the
supply port across the space in a direction parallel to a surface of the sheet and perpendicular to a moving direction of
the sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,527,290

METHOD OF CLEANING LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of cleaning a liquid discharge head, the method comprising:
presenting the liquid discharge head having a liquid chamber forming member configured to form a first liquid chamber and
a second liquid chamber, a substrate provided with a heat-generating resistor covered with a covering layer provided in the
first liquid chamber, and an electrode provided in the second liquid chamber; and

applying a voltage between the covering layer and the electrode in case that the covering layer and the electrode communicate
with each other through liquid to cause an electrochemical reaction between the covering layer and the liquid and dissolve
the covering layer into the liquid to remove kogation accumulated on the covering layer.

US Pat. No. 9,531,937

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS FOR ACQUIRING A REFOCUS IMAGE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus capable of processing an input image to generate a plurality of output images with focus positions
different from each other, the image pickup apparatus comprising:
an imaging optical system;
an image pickup element including a plurality of pixels;
a lens array configured such that rays from the same position on an object plane are incident on pixels of the image pickup
element different from each other depending on a pupil region of the imaging optical system through which the ray passes;

a control unit configured to drive the imaging optical system to perform focus control; and
an image processing unit configured to acquire a first focus position and a second focus position, determine a third focus
position based on the acquired first focus position and the acquired second focus position such that a refocus control range
associated with the third focus position includes the first focus position and the second focus position, and perform image
processing for the input image acquired by the image pickup element to generate the output image,

wherein the image processing unit is configured to determine the third focus position by:
acquiring relative distance information between the first focus position and the second focus position, and
determining the third focus position by using a table that indicates a relationship between an object distance and the refocus
control range, and

wherein the control unit is configured to perform the focus control based on the determined third focus position.

US Pat. No. 9,531,969

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor and memory coupled to each other and cooperating to act as:
an extraction unit configured to extract a target area from an image,
a setting unit configured to set a pixel from the target area as a pixel-of-interest,
a reference value calculation unit configured to calculate a reference value based on pixel values of a plurality of pixels
included in the target area,

a comparison unit configured to perform processing of comparing each of pixel values of a plurality of pixels in a predetermined
layout with respect to the pixel-of-interest with the reference value, using a conditional expression including the each of
the pixel values of the plurality of pixels in the predetermined layout with respect to the pixel-of-interest and the reference
value, and

an information determination unit configured to determine information of the pixel-of-interest based on a plurality of comparison
results obtained by the comparison unit repeatedly performing the comparison processing on the plurality of pixels in the
predetermined layout with respect to the pixel-of-interest while changing a pixel to be processed each time the comparison
processing is performed, and a values corresponding to the plurality of comparison results.

US Pat. No. 9,532,054

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR DE-BLOCKING VIDEO DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of de-blocking video data, the method comprising:
receiving the video data encoding colour channels in a 4:2:2 format, the video data being encoded in a quad-tree;
generating a plurality of transform units for one chroma channel of the colour channels, each of the transform units including
at least one transform;

determining a chroma boundary distance representing a distance from a chroma edge of one of the transform units of the chroma
channel to a boundary of an inferred split of a transform of the transform unit, the inferred split dividing a rectangular
chroma region of the transform unit;

determining an edge flag for the transform unit, the edge flag indicating the determined chroma boundary distance; and
applying de-blocking to the transform units of the video data according to the determined edge flag.

US Pat. No. 9,529,527

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus operable to recognize a first operation made up of a first touch input and a second
operation made up of a combination of the first input and a touch input that follows after the first input, the touch input
that follows after the first touch input is input before a predetermined time period passes after the first touch, the information
processing apparatus comprising:
a detecting unit configured to detect that, as one touch input, an operating object touches a touch target surface and then
the operating object is released from the touch target surface; and

a control unit configured to control output to start a response corresponding to the first operation without waiting for the
predetermined time period to pass after the first touch input, in a case that at least a movement distance that the operating
object has moved in a direction parallel to the touch target surface in a state of proximity to the touch target surface after
the operating object is released from the touch target surface at the end of the first touch input exceeds a threshold, and
configured to control output not to start the response corresponding to the first operation by the predetermined time period
passes after the first touch input while the movement distance does not exceed the threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,526,464

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a radiation detection unit configured to convert radiation transmitted through a subject to an electric signal;
a casing having an opening at a portion other than a radiation receiving surface of the radiation detection unit and configured
to store the radiation detection unit;

a cover member attached to the opening;
a holder capable of storing a detachable battery and arranged at the opening;
a first seal member arranged between a peripheral edge portion of the opening and the holder, and configured to effect sealing
between interior of the apparatus and the opening; and

a second seal member arranged between the cover member and the holder, and configured to effect sealing between the interior
of the cover member and the opening,

wherein hermeticity of the radiation imaging apparatus due to the first seal member and the second seal member is improved
by pressing by the cover member.

US Pat. No. 9,522,554

IMAGE PRINTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image printing apparatus for printing an image comprising:
a print head including an ejection port array having a plurality of ink ejection ports arranged in an arranging direction
to eject ink;

a scanning unit configured to relatively scan the print head over a printing medium with the print head in a scanning direction
that crosses the arranging direction a plurality of times;

a conveying unit configured to relatively convey the printing medium in a conveyance direction that crosses the scanning direction
between scans of the print head performed by the scanning unit, so that a first area in which an image is printed in K (K?2)
scans of the print head and a second area in which an image is printed in (K+1) scans of the print head are arranged in the
printing medium in the arranging direction, a plurality of first ejection ports arranged at one end of the ejection port array
in the arranging direction form an image in the second area in a first scan of the (K+1) scans, and a plurality of second
ejection ports arranged in the other end of the ejection port array in the arranging direction form an image in the second
area in a second scan that differs from the first scan of the (K+1) scans;

an acquiring unit configured to acquire first image data corresponding to the ejection ports other than the first ejection
ports and the second ejection ports and second image data corresponding to at least the first ejection ports and the second
ejection ports;

a generating unit configured to generate first print data used for printing an image in the K scans over the first area on
the basis of the first image data and K first mask patterns each having print permitting pixels and non-print permitting pixels
therein and corresponding to one of the K scans over the first area, and second print data used for printing an image in the
(K+1) scans over the second area on the basis of the second image data and (K+1) second mask patterns each having print permitting
pixels and non-print permitting pixels therein and corresponding to one of the (K+1) scans over the second area; and

an ejection control unit configured to cause the print head to eject ink into the first area in accordance with the first
print data generated by the generating unit in each of the K scans, and cause the print head to eject ink into the second
area in accordance with the second print data generated by the generating unit in each of the (K+1) scans,

wherein (i) among the (K+1) second mask patterns, each of the second mask patterns corresponding to the first ejection ports
and the second mask patterns corresponding to the second ejection ports is formed from a plurality of first pixel group areas
and a plurality of second pixel group areas, each of the first pixel group areas being formed by both of the print permitting
pixels and the non-print permitting pixels disposed therein, and each of the second pixel group areas being formed by only
plurality of the non-print permitting pixels disposed therein,

wherein (ii) each of the first pixel group areas of the second mask pattern corresponding to the first ejection ports is disposed
at a position corresponding to one of the second pixel group areas of the second mask pattern corresponding to the second
ejection ports, and each of the first pixel group areas of the second mask pattern corresponding to the second ejection ports
is disposed at a position corresponding to one of the second pixel group areas of the second mask pattern corresponding to
the first ejection ports, and

wherein (iii) each of a print permission ratio for the second mask pattern corresponding to the first ejection ports and a
print permission ratio for the second mask pattern corresponding to the second ejection ports is lower than each of the print
permission ratios for each of the K first mask patterns, the print permission ratio being a ratio of a number of print permitting
pixels to a sum of the number of print permitting pixels and a number of non-print permitting pixels, and

wherein (iv) each of the print permission ratio for the second mask pattern corresponding to the first ejection ports and
the print permission ratio for the second mask pattern corresponding to the second ejection ports is lower than each of the
print permission ratios for each of K?1 second mask pattern corresponding to a part of ejection ports other than the first
ejection ports and the second ejection ports.

US Pat. No. 9,525,815

IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND RECORDING MEDIUM TO CONTROL LIGHT EMISSION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a light emitter configured to move between a light emission position and a non-light emission position;
an instruction device configured to change, in response to a user's manual operation, to a first state for giving an instruction
to prepare for capturing a subject's image; and

a light emission determination unit implemented by a processor and configured to make a light emission determination,
wherein, in response to setting the instruction device to the first state, the light emission determination unit makes the
light emission determination based on a captured scene, and

wherein, in response to setting the instruction device to the first state and in a case where the light emission determination
unit determines that the light emitter does not emit light, the light emission determination unit determines that the light
emitter emits light regardless of predetermined setting of a light emission mode of the light emitter, in response to a user's
operation for moving the light emitter to the light emission position while the instruction device is kept in the first state.

US Pat. No. 9,521,412

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING RESIDUAL DATA FOR ENCODING OR DECODING AT LEAST PART OF AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of determining residual data for encoding or decoding at least part of an image of an enhancement layer of video
data, the video data including the enhancement layer and a base layer, the enhancement layer being composed of processing
blocks and the base layer being composed of elementary units each having associated residual data, the method comprising:
for a processing block of the enhancement layer, determining, based on at least the number of elementary units of the base
layer spatially corresponding, at least partially, to the processing block, whether or not to use residual data of one or
more of said spatially corresponding elementary units of the base layer for prediction of the processing block,

wherein in the case where only one elementary unit spatially corresponds to the processing block, the residual data associated
with the said one elementary unit is used for prediction of the corresponding processing block of the enhancement layer;

otherwise, in the case where a plurality of elementary units spatially correspond at least partially to the processing block,
either:
1) the residual data of none of the said plurality of elementary units is used for prediction of the corresponding processing
block of the enhancement layer; or

2) the residual data of at least one of the plurality of elementary units is used, under a predefined condition, for prediction
of the corresponding processing block of the enhancement layer,

wherein the predefined condition defines that the motion vectors of the plurality of elementary units are consistent with
one another.

US Pat. No. 9,519,365

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a touch operation and a move operation without releasing on a display unit;
a display control unit configured to control a display screen to be displayed on the display unit, the display screen including
a plurality of items including a first item enabling a user to change a setting value in response to the touch operation in
an area of the first item without screen transition, and a second item enabling the display screen to transition to a different
display screen in response to the touch operation in an area of the second item;

a selection unit configured to select one of the plurality of items in response to the touch operation detected by the detection
unit; and

a control unit configured to,
(a) in a first case where the first item has been selected by the selection unit and a touch-down operation for touching the
display screen is detected in the area of the first item by the detection unit, change a setting value corresponding to the
first item in response to the move operation in the first direction continuing from the touch-down operation, and control
the selection unit not to change the selected item in response to the move operation in the second direction continuing from
the touch-down operation,

(b) in a second case where the second item has been selected by the selection unit and a touch-down operation is detected
in the area of the second item by the detection unit, control the selection unit to change the selected item in response to
the move operation in the second direction continuing from the touch-down operation,

(c) in a third case where the first item has not been selected by the selection unit and the touch-down operation for the
display screen is detected in the area of the first item by the detection unit, control the selection unit not to change the
setting value corresponding to the first item even if the move operation in the first direction continuing from the touch-down
operation is performed, and control the selection unit to change the selected item in response to the move operation in the
second direction continuing from the touch-down operation.

US Pat. No. 9,500,995

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating container for accommodating developer, said developer accommodating container comprising:
a frame provided with a hole;
a rotatable member penetrating the hole; and
a seal member, provided on said frame by injection molding and penetrated by said rotatable member, for sealing a gap between
the hole and said rotatable member to prevent the developer from leaking out of said developer accommodating container,

wherein said seal member includes (i) a projected portion that projects toward an inside of the hole and contacts said rotatable
member, (ii) a preventing portion for preventing movement of said seal member in an axial direction of the hole by being engaged
with a surface of said frame that surrounds the hole, and (iii) a base portion from which said projected portion and said
preventing portion project.

US Pat. No. 9,498,956

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, METHOD FOR CLEANING THE HEAD, RECORDING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH THE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head, comprising:
liquid ejection ports;
a liquid chamber communicating with the liquid ejection ports;
an electrothermal converting portion disposed in the liquid chamber;
an insulating protective layer configured to insulate the electrothermal converting portion from a liquid in the liquid chamber;
an upper electrode configured to cover at least a heat generating portion heated by the electrothermal converting portion
of the protective layer, and made of a material eluted by an electrochemical reaction with the liquid; and

a counter electrode provided to be electrically connectable with the upper electrode via the liquid, and configured to cause
the electrochemical reaction between the upper electrode and the liquid,

wherein the liquid ejection head includes a conductivity measuring unit of the liquid provided with an electrode pair that
touches the liquid in the liquid chamber, and the one electrode of the electrode pair is the counter electrode, and the other
electrode of the electrode pair is an electrode provided separately from the upper electrode and the counter electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,503,616

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

19. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to include a plurality of first pixels and a second pixel having a photoelectric conversion area
which is more greatly shielded from light than a photoelectric conversion area of the first pixel;

a comparison unit configured to compare outputs of the first pixels as a plurality of correction target pixels with outputs
of the first pixels as a plurality of reference pixels which are arranged at a position more distant from the second pixel
than the correction target pixels; and

a correction unit configured to execute correction processing of the correction target pixels in accordance with a comparison
result of said comparison unit,

wherein the correction unit executes the correction processing when a difference, which is a difference between the outputs
of the first pixels as the plurality of correction target pixels and the outputs of the plurality of reference pixels, is
not less than a predetermined value, and does not execute the correction processing when the difference is less than the predetermined
value.

US Pat. No. 9,483,221

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR ON-DEMAND PRINTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a first display controlling unit configured to display a composite job object, a print job object, and a post-processing job
object as candidates for a to-be-outputted job in a first display area,

the composite job object representing a composite job, the composite job including a print job and a post-processing job for
forming a product,

the print job object representing the print job for forming the product, and
the post-processing job object representing the post-processing job for forming the product;
a second display controlling unit configured to display a logical device object, a printing apparatus object, and a post-processing
apparatus object as candidates for an output destination device in a second display area,

the logical device object representing a logical device to which the printing apparatus and the post-processing apparatus
are assigned,

the printing apparatus object being an object of the printing apparatus, and
the post-processing apparatus object being an object of the post-processing apparatus; and
a transmitting unit configured to transmit the print job included in the composite job to the printing apparatus and the post-processing
job included in the composite job to the post-processing apparatus in a case where the composite job object displayed in the
first display area is selected and where the logical device object displayed in the second display area is selected, and transmit
the print job to the printing apparatus in a case where the print job object displayed in the first display area is selected
and where the printing apparatus object displayed in the second display area is selected.

US Pat. No. 9,477,432

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a first wireless communication unit configured to receive information stored in a memory of a communication partner apparatus
by a first wireless communication method that is short range wireless communication;

a second wireless communication unit configured to communicate with the communication partner apparatus by a second wireless
communication method different from the first wireless communication method;

a starting unit configured to start, in a case where application information is included in the information received through
the first wireless communication unit, an application indicated by the application information; and

a write unit configured to write, in a case where first setting information for connecting to a first wireless network by
the second wireless communication method is not included in the information received through the first wireless communication
unit, second setting information for connecting to a second wireless network by the second wireless communication method in
the memory of the communication partner apparatus through the first wireless communication unit,

wherein in a case where the first setting information is included in the information received through the first wireless communication
unit, the second wireless communication unit connects to the first wireless network based on the first setting information,
and

wherein the application started by the starting unit is executed using communication through the second wireless communication
unit based on the second setting information written by the write unit, or communication through the second wireless communication
unit based on the first setting information.

US Pat. No. 9,477,193

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive drum;
an exposure device configured to expose said photosensitive drum, having been charged, with image light to form an electrostatic
image;

a developing device configured to develop the electrostatic image into a toner image;
an endless intermediary transfer belt stretched around a plurality of stretching rollers including a driving roller configured
to apply a driving force to said intermediary transfer belt, said intermediary transfer belt temporarily carrying the toner
image having been primary-transferred from said photosensitive drum before secondary-transfer of the toner image onto a recording
material;

a first driving source for rotating said photosensitive drum;
a second driving source for rotating said driving roller;
a temperature detecting unit configured to detect a temperature of at least one of temperatures inside and outside of a main
assembly of said apparatus;

an optical detecting member configured to detect light applied to said intermediary transfer belt;
an executing portion configured to execute an operation in an acquisition mode in which an adjusting toner image is formed
on said intermediary transfer belt, the light is applied to the adjusting toner image and detected by said optical detecting
member, and image exposure timing of said photosensitive drum is acquired on the basis of a detection result of said optical
detecting member; and

a determination portion configured to determine, when an image formation job is inputted, whether to execute a first image
formation in which the operation in the acquisition mode is carried out, and an image forming operation is carried out using
the exposure timing acquired by the operation in the acquisition mode or a second image formation in which the operation in
the acquisition mode is not carried out, and the image forming operation is carried out using the exposure timing acquired
by a previous acquisition mode operation, wherein said determination portion makes the determination on the basis of a result
of a current detection of said temperature detecting unit and a result of a detection of said temperature detecting unit in
a previous first image formation, and wherein when said determination portion determines the execution of the first image
formation, driving speeds of said first driving source and said second driving source are set, before the execution of the
operation in the acquisition mode, on the basis of the result of the current detection of said temperature detecting unit,
and the operation in the acquisition mode and the image formation are carried out using the driving speeds currently set.

US Pat. No. 9,465,338

FIXING MEMBER, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, FIXING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A fixing member comprising:
a base member;
an elastic layer provided on a surface of the base member; and
a surface layer,
wherein the surface layer contains a tetrafluoroethylene-perfluoroalkyl vinyl ether copolymer having a partial structure represented
by structural formula (1):


 and
wherein the surface layer has a surface having a contact angle of 67 degrees or more as measured in a mixed liquid for a wetting
tension test having a wetting tension of 31.0 mN/m.

US Pat. No. 9,459,572

FIXING MEMBER MANUFACTURING METHOD AND FIXING MEMBER MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A fixing member manufacturing method comprising:
a step of holding a longitudinal end of a resin tube by a first holding tool;
a step of holding another longitudinal end of the resin tube by a second holding tool;
a step of decreasing a distance between the first and second holding tools each holding the resin tube so that a longitudinal
length of the resin tube is decreased to less than its full length in a natural state;

a step of expanding the resin tube, of which the longitudinal length has been decreased to less than its full length in the
natural state in the decreasing step, in a radial direction; and

a step of externally fitting the resin tube, expanded in the radial direction, around an elastic material coated with an adhesive.

US Pat. No. 9,456,292

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

11. A method for a communication apparatus which has a direct wireless communication function, the method comprising:
identifying, by executing search processing, one device as a communication partner of a wireless communication by the direct
wireless communication function;

determining, via a processor, whether a user's instruction is necessary for establishing a wireless communication between
the communication apparatus and the identified device by the direct wireless communication function;

displaying, on a display unit and if it is determined that the user's instruction is necessary, an instruction screen for
a user to issue an instruction for establishing a wireless communication by the direct wireless communication function;

notifying, if it is determined that the user's instruction is necessary, the identified device of predetermined information;
and

executing, if the instruction for establishing a wireless communication by the direct wireless communication function is issued
by a user via the instruction screen, connection processing for establishing a wireless communication by the direct wireless
communication function,

wherein, if it is determined that the user's instruction is not necessary, executing includes executing the connection processing
with neither displaying the instruction screen by the display unit nor notifying the identified device of the predetermined
information.

US Pat. No. 9,438,771

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a first region in which one of a signal level of a color plane corresponding to at least
one color filter of an image acquired from an image pickup element including a plurality of color filters and a signal level
of a brightness plane generated from the image monotonically increases or monotonically decreases in a first direction within
a predetermined section;

a determination unit configured to determine a second region in which color bleeding of an image pickup optical system occurs,
based on optical information on the color bleeding and information on the first region; and

a correction unit configured to correct the image so as to reduce the color bleeding,
wherein the optical information is information on a second direction in which the color bleeding of the image pickup optical
system occurs, and

wherein the determination unit is configured to compare the first direction with the second direction to determine the second
region.

US Pat. No. 9,434,196

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printhead having nozzles for printing a plurality of images and inspection patterns on a continuous print medium;
a reading unit configured to read and inspect the inspection patterns;
a cut unit configured to cut the continuous print medium on which the plurality of images are printed to form a print product;
a discharge unit configured to discharge the print product; and
a control unit configured to, based on inspection results of two successive inspection patterns inspected by said reading
unit, control said discharge unit to discharge the print product which is printed between the two successive inspection patterns
discriminately from another print product.

US Pat. No. 9,411,720

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH OVERWRITE DELETION FUNCTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that is equipped with an overwrite deletion function for overwriting data stored in
a nonvolatile memory device, and a hibernation function for causing data stored in a volatile memory device to be stored in
the nonvolatile memory device, comprising:
a non-transitory memory device;
a processor;
an input unit configured to receive an instruction for enabling the overwrite deletion function or the hibernation function;
and

a control unit configured to perform a control, in a case where one of the overwrite deletion function and the hibernation
function is enabled, such that the other function is disabled,

wherein when said input unit receives the instruction for enabling one of the overwrite deletion function and the hibernation
function and the other function has been set to be enabled, said control unit inhibits the one function from being set to
be enabled, or sets the other function to be disabled and sets the one function to be enabled, and

wherein the control unit is implemented at least in part by the processor executing at least one program recorded on the non-transitory
memory device.

US Pat. No. 9,407,847

SOLID STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM WITH WRITING MEMORY SELECTING UNIT AND READING MEMORY SELECTING UNIT FOR OUTPUTTING SIGNALS IN AN ORDER OF SPATIAL ARRANGEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid state imaging apparatus, comprising:
a pixel portion comprising a plurality of unit pixels arranged in matrix,
the plurality of unit pixels each comprising a photoelectric conversion element;
a plurality of vertical output lines arranged for each column of the pixel portion, configured to transmit signals output
from the photoelectric conversion elements,

a plurality of memories configured to store the signals output from the photoelectric conversion elements;
a writing memory selecting unit connected between the plurality of vertical output lines and the plurality of memories, configured
to selectively store a signal transmitted from at least one of the plurality of vertical output lines into at least one of
the plurality of memories;

a plurality of horizontal scanning channels configured to input the signals stored in the plurality of memories; and
a reading memory selecting unit connected between the plurality of memories and the plurality of horizontal scanning channels,
configured to selectively output the signal stored in the at least one of the plurality of memories to at least one of the
plurality of horizontal scanning channels,

the reading memory selecting unit being configured to output the signals in an order corresponding to spatial arrangement
of the photoelectric conversion elements.

US Pat. No. 9,401,704

ACTIVE MATRIX PANEL, DETECTION APPARATUS AND DETECTION SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A detection apparatus comprising:
a plurality of conversion elements for converting radiation or light into a charge;
a plurality of transistors corresponding to the conversion elements to output an electric signal in accordance with the converted
charge;

a gate line connected to control electrodes of the transistors; and
a drive circuit supplying the gate line with a conducting voltage in which the transistors are in a conductive state and a
non-conducting voltage in which the transistors are in a non-conductive state,

wherein the drive circuit comprises a shift register comprising a plurality of shift register unit circuits connected to each
other, and a demultiplexer comprising a plurality of demultiplexer unit circuits into which output signals of the plurality
of shift register unit circuits are respectively input,

wherein the demultiplexer unit circuit comprises a first transistor and a second transistor, and the first transistor supplies
the conducting voltage to the gate line at the conductive state and does not supply the conducting voltage to the gate line
at the non-conductive state, and the second transistor supplies the non-conducting voltage to the gate line at the conductive
state and does not supply the non-conducting voltage to the gate line at the non-conductive state, and

wherein the first transistor is changed from the non-conducting state into the conducting state when the second transistor
is in the conducting state.

US Pat. No. 9,400,437

POSITION MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND EXPOSURE APPARATUS WHICH MEASURE POSITION OF OBJECT USING REFERENCE MARK, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A position measurement apparatus that measures a position of an object, the position measurement apparatus comprising:
an image sensor;
a first illumination optical system configured to illuminate a mark of the object using measurement light in a first wavelength
band;

an imaging optical system configured to cause light from the object illuminated by the measurement light in the first wavelength
band to image on the image sensor;

a reference mark configured to be arranged outside an optical path of the first illumination optical system and the imaging
optical system;

a second illumination optical system configured to illuminate the reference mark using reference light of a second wavelength
band;

an optical element configured to guide light from the reference mark illuminated by the reference light of the second wavelength
band to the image sensor through the optical path of the imaging optical system; and

a position measurement unit configured to detect the position of the object based on an image of the object and an image of
the reference mark detected by the image sensor,

wherein the second wavelength band of the reference light is set between an upper limit and a lower limit of the first wavelength
band,

wherein the optical element is a mirror which transmits a part of incident light and reflects another part of the incident
light, and

wherein an optical characteristic of the mirror is set so that light amount of light arriving at the image sensor from the
object through the mirror is larger than that arriving at the image sensor from the reference mark through the mirror.

US Pat. No. 9,402,025

DETECTION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR DETECTING FEATURE POINT AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A detection apparatus for detecting feature points in an image, the detection apparatus comprising a processor and a memory
storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the detection apparatus to:
receive a shooting mode for shooting the image;
set a number of feature points to be detected from first and second regions of the image when the shooting mode is a first
mode such that a ratio between a number of feature points detected from the first region of the image when the shooting mode
is the first mode and a number of feature points detected from the second region of the image when the shooting mode is the
first mode is larger than a ratio between a number of feature points detected from the first region of the image when the
shooting mode is a second mode and a number of feature points detected from the second region of the image when the shooting
mode is the second mode; and

detect the feature points of the number set in accordance with the shooting mode.

US Pat. No. 9,397,586

ULTRASONIC WAVE MOTOR AND ULTRASONIC WAVE MOTOR-EQUIPPED DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving device including a vibration element, a friction member, and a pressing member for applying pressure in a direction
in which the vibration element and the friction member make contact with each other, causing the vibration element and the
friction member to make a relative movement by vibration generated in the vibration element, the driving device comprising:
a connection member configured to transmit a driving force caused by the relative movement to a holding member of another
member, wherein the holding member makes a movement caused by the transmitted driving force; and

a guide member configured to guide the holding member in a moving direction when the vibration element and the friction member
make the relative movement,

wherein the connection member connects the holding member to the vibration element or the friction member so as not to apply
a reaction force caused by the pressing member to the holding member.

US Pat. No. 9,391,108

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM USING THE PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels; and
an isolation portion including an insulator and defining a plurality of active regions arranged along a first direction, wherein
each of said pixels comprises a photoelectric conversion portion including a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity
type, a charge storage portion including a second semiconductor region of the first conductivity type configured to hold a
charge generated by the photoelectric conversion portion, a floating diffusion portion to which a charge of the charge storage
portion is transferred, and a first gate electrode extending over the second semiconductor region,

the first semiconductor region and the second semiconductor region of corresponding one of the plurality of pixels are arranged
along the first direction in each of the plurality of active regions, and

the first semiconductor region extends deeper than the second semiconductor region in a first cross section including the
first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,384,433

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS COLOR MISREGISTRATION CORRECTION CONTROL CAUSED BY INCLINATION OF TRANSFER MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a transfer member that is driven to be rotated;
a first image forming unit configured to form a first image on the transfer member;
a second image forming unit arranged at a different position from that of the first image forming unit with respect to a rotation
direction of the transfer member, and configured to form a second image on the transfer member;

a first detection unit configured to detect a first position of the transfer member in a direction perpendicular to the rotation
direction;

a second detection unit arranged at a different position from that of the first detection unit with respect to the rotation
direction of the transfer member, and configured to detect a second position of the transfer member in the direction perpendicular
to the rotation direction; and

a control unit configured to control a forming position of the second image based on the first position and the second position
to reduce a misregistration amount between the first image and the second image

wherein the control unit is further configured not to control the forming position of the second image when a monochrome image
is formed.

US Pat. No. 9,383,953

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control apparatus capable of communicating with a printing apparatus and an information processing apparatus, the
print control apparatus comprising a memory and a processor communicating with the memory, the processor configured to implement:
a first reception unit configured to receive a first instruction for shutting down the printing apparatus from the information
processing apparatus;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain device information of the printing apparatus from the printing apparatus;
a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the printing apparatus, a second instruction to cause the printing apparatus
to shut down the printing apparatus based on the first reception unit receiving the first instruction;

a second reception unit configured to receive, from the printing apparatus, a response to the second instruction transmitted
by the transmission unit;

an execution unit configured to shut down the print control apparatus based on the second reception unit receiving the response
to the second instruction,

wherein the transmission unit determines, based on the device information of the printing apparatus obtained by the obtaining
unit, whether to transmit the second instruction, and transmits the second instruction to the printing apparatus in a case
where the transmission unit has determined to transmit the second instruction, and

wherein the device information includes at least one of information indicating a status of job execution in the printing apparatus
and information indicating whether the printing apparatus supports remote shutdown; and

a notification unit configured to notify the information processing apparatus that shutdown processing of the printing apparatus
has succeeded before the execution unit shuts down the print control apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,383,703

LINE WIDTH CORRECTION AND TAILING SUPPRESSION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a buffer that stores an image;
a line width correction processing unit that receives the stored image from the buffer, detects an edge neighboring region
of an object in the received image in a predetermined direction and subjects the detected edge neighboring region to a line
width correction processing;

a determination unit that determines setting information based on the predetermined direction; and
a tailing suppression processing unit that receives the stored image from the buffer, and subjects the received image to a
culling processing to suppress a tailing, on a basis of the determined setting information,

wherein the line width correction processing unit and the tailing suppression processing unit are arranged for parallel processing.

US Pat. No. 9,383,454

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels are arrayed, each of the plurality of pixels including a converter configured
to accumulate charges corresponding to radiation;

a bias line configured to apply a bias potential to the converters of the plurality of pixels;
a detection circuit configured to detect a current flowing to the bias line; and
a control unit configured to detect a start of radiation irradiation to the pixel array based on an output from the detection
circuit and configured to control a charge accumulation operation of the plurality of pixels in accordance with the detection
of the start of radiation irradiation,

wherein the detection circuit includes a differential amplifier circuit and a feedback path and is configured to apply a potential
corresponding to a reference bias potential to the bias line,

the differential amplifier circuit includes a first input terminal to which the reference bias potential is applied, a second
input terminal to which the bias line is connected, and an output terminal, and the feedback path connects the output terminal
and the second input terminal, and

an impedance of the feedback path in a detection operation of detecting radiation irradiation is higher than the impedance
of the feedback path in a readout operation of a signal from the pixel array.

US Pat. No. 9,360,791

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING A CLOCK SIGNAL GENERATED BY A SPREAD SPECTRUM CLOCK OSCILLATOR, AND A CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a clock output circuit configured to output a clock signal which is used for outputting a video signal;
a first image output circuit configured to output a first video signal in accordance with the outputted clock signal and a
mask signal masking an output from another image output circuit;

a second image output circuit configured to output a second video signal in accordance with a clock signal which is generated
from the outputted clock signal by a spread spectrum clock generator;

an AND circuit configured to calculate a logical AND of the mask signal output from the first image output circuit and the
second video signal output from the second image output circuit, and to output a third video signal which is the calculation
result of the logical AND; and

an OR circuit configured to calculate a logical OR of the first video signal output from the first image output circuit and
the third video signal output from the AND circuit, and to output, to an image forming unit, a fourth video signal which is
the calculation result of the logical OR,

wherein a laser device provided in the image forming unit is controlled in accordance with the fourth video signal output
from the OR circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,360,566

RADIATION DETECTOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation detector, comprising:
a scintillator layer having multiple scintillator crystals arranged in two dimensions; and
a light receiving element including a plurality of pixels arranged in two dimensions for detecting scintillation light from
the scintillator layer, wherein:

the multiple scintillator crystals each comprise two crystal phases, which are:
(i) a first crystal phase including a plurality of columnar crystals having unidirectionality and having a refractive index
n1, and

(ii) a second crystal phase, which is between the plurality of columnar crystals and which has a refractive index n2; and

a material having a refractive index n3 is disposed between adjacent said scintillator crystals, and the refractive indices n1, n2 and n3 satisfy a relationship of one of n1?n3?n2 and n2?n3?n1.

US Pat. No. 9,363,465

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:
a transmission unit configured to transmit a clock signal to a recording medium;
a communication unit configured to transmit a command to the recording medium and receive data output from the recording medium
in response to a timing signal obtained by delaying the clock signal; and

a control unit configured to control said communication unit to transmit a transmission command for requesting the recording
medium to transmit a predetermined data string having a predetermined pattern and receive the predetermined data string output
from the recording medium, and

wherein said control unit performs an adjustment process for adjusting a delay amount of the timing signal based on a result
that said communication unit has received the predetermined data string, and

said control unit has a plurality of modes including a first mode in which the delay amount of the timing signal is adjusted
based on a result that said communication unit has received the predetermined data string in response to a plurality of timing
signals each has a delay amount in a first range and a second mode in which the delay amount of the timing signal is adjusted
based on a result that said communication unit has received the predetermined data string in response to a plurality of timing
signals each has a delay amount in a second range narrower than the first range.

US Pat. No. 9,361,548

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND CONTROL PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an execution unit configured to execute a printing job using a tab sheet to be supplied from a first sheet supply unit and
a sheet other than a tab sheet to be supplied from a second sheet supply unit;

a reception unit configured to receive an instruction to confirm printed material of the printing job; and
a control unit configured to control the execution unit to stop a printing operation of the printing job that the execution
unit is executing and print, for confirmation, at least one page included in the printing job, based on the reception unit
receiving the instruction,

wherein the control unit further controls the execution unit to restart the stopped printing job after the printing for the
confirmation is ended, and

wherein the control unit controls the execution unit to execute the printing for the confirmation without using a tab sheet
to be supplied from the first sheet supply unit and by using a sheet other than a tab sheet to be supplied from the second
sheet supply unit.

US Pat. No. 9,362,319

IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup device in which a plurality of pixels are arranged in a semiconductor substrate, each of the plurality
of pixels comprising:
a photoelectric conversion element including a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type and a second semiconductor
region of a second conductivity type, the second semiconductor region constituting a PN junction together with the first semiconductor
region;

a floating diffusion region of the first conductivity type;
a transfer gate that transfers charges in the first semiconductor region to the floating diffusion region;
an amplification transistor whose gate is electrically connected to the floating diffusion region; and
a reset transistor that discharges charges in the floating diffusion region,
the image pickup device further comprising a wiring line connected to a gate of the reset transistor,
wherein an outer edge of the first semiconductor region has a recessed portion in plan view,
wherein the gate of the amplification transistor and the gate of the reset transistor are disposed in the recessed portion,
wherein, the wiring line connected to the gate of the reset transistor includes:
a first portion extending in a direction of a pixel row of the plurality of pixels,
a second portion, extending in a direction of a pixel column of the plurality of pixels, being connected to the first portion
and arranged along the first semiconductor region, and

a third portion connected to the second portion, and connected to the gate of the reset transistor over the recessed portion,
and

wherein the floating diffusion region is surrounded by the first semiconductor region or is located in the recessed portion
in plan view.

US Pat. No. 9,343,908

POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, POWER TRANSFER SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD FOR POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power transmitting apparatus, comprising:
a power transmitting unit configured to transmit power to a power receiving apparatus using an antenna; and
a control unit configured to change, in a case where the power receiving apparatus is moved from a first position to a second
position when the transmitting unit transmits power to the power receiving apparatus using the antenna having a resonance
frequency with a first value, the resonance frequency of the antenna from the first value to a second value according to the
second position before the power receiving apparatus reaches the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,343,972

POWER SUPPLY SWITCHING RECTIFICATION METHOD ACCORDING TO INPUT ALTERNATING VOLTAGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply, comprising:
a rectification unit configured to rectify an alternating voltage input from a commercial alternating-current power supply;
a first capacitor and a second capacitor connected in series between two lines at an output side of the rectification unit,
wherein the second capacitor is connected to a lower potential side of the first capacitor;
a first line configured to connect the commercial alternating-current power supply and the rectification unit;
a first switch connected to the first line, the first switch is turned on or off;
a second line configured to connect a midpoint of the first capacitor and the second capacitor, and the rectification unit;
a second switch connected to the second line, the second switch is turned on or off,
wherein the second switch is turned on in a case where the input alternating voltage is a first alternating voltage, and the
second switch is turned off in a case where the alternating voltage is a second alternating voltage that is higher than the
first alternating voltage;

a detection unit configured to detect a voltage signal according to a voltage applied to the second capacitor that is connected
to a lower potential side of the lines,

wherein, in a case where the second alternating voltage is input to the rectification unit and the second switch is turned
ON, a value of the voltage signal exceeds a first threshold,

wherein the first switch is switched from ON to OFF in a case where the value of the voltage signal exceeds the first threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,336,463

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CHANGING PARTITIONS OF STORAGE UNIT, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to perform printing;
a volatile storage unit;
a nonvolatile storage unit configured to be stored with a file system and divided into a plurality of partitions, wherein
the plurality of partitions include at least an image development partition in which an image to be printed by the printing
unit is developed;

a development unit configured to develop the file system on the volatile storage unit; and
a change unit configured to change at least one to-be-changed partition of the plurality of partitions of the nonvolatile
storage unit by using the file system developed by the development unit,

wherein the change unit saves data of the to-be-changed partition into the image development partition, and changes the to-be-changed
partition after the data has been saved into the image development partition,

wherein a data save process is not performed for the image development partition, when the to-be-changed partition is the
image development partition, before the change of image development partition, and

wherein the image development partition is larger in size than the other partitions of the plurality of partitions.

US Pat. No. 9,335,959

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS OPERABLE TO FORM DATA BASED ON DRIVER TYPE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system comprising a plurality of image forming apparatuses and a bibliographic server, the bibliographic server
comprising:
a storage unit configured to store print job information, the print job including user identification information for specifying
a user having submitted a print job, driver information indicating a printer driver which has generated the print job, and
device identification information for identifying a first image forming apparatus storing the print job;

a reception unit configured to receive a request of a print job listing including user identification information for specifying
a user currently logging in to a second image forming apparatus; and

a control unit configured to specifying a print job which is stored in the first image forming apparatus corresponding to
the user currently logging into the second image forming apparatus based on the user identification information and then determine
whether the specified print job can be appropriately printed by the second image forming apparatus based on the driver information
and the device identification information; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit to the second image forming apparatus the print job list with printability determination
information indicating a result of the determination,

wherein the second image forming apparatus is configured to display the print job list based on the printability determination
information.

US Pat. No. 9,327,926

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
an apparatus body;
a sheet feed portion feeding a sheet;
a sheet storage portion in which sheets fed by the sheet feed portion are stored and which is provided in the apparatus body
to be capable of being mounted and drawn; and

a resistance unit that is provided on one of the sheet storage portion and the apparatus body, and applies a resistance force
against the sheet storage portion while the sheet storage portion is being mounted toward a feed position to which the sheet
is capable of being fed by the sheet feed portion, the resistance unit including:

a link member that is pivoted by coming in contact with the other of the sheet storage portion and the apparatus body while
the sheet storage portion is being mounted on the apparatus body toward the feed position, and is formed such that a distance
between a normal line in an contact surface with the other of the sheet storage portion and the apparatus body and a pivot
center becomes longer as the sheet storage portion approaches the feed position;

a linear type oil damper generating the resistance force through a linear operation in accordance with the pivoting of the
link member; and

a transmitting member that is provided between the link member and the linear type oil damper, linearly moves due to the pivoting
of the link member, and transmits the pivoting of the link member to the linear type oil damper.

US Pat. No. 9,331,517

ELECTRONIC DEVICE, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:
a first power receiving unit for wirelessly receiving power from a power supply apparatus;
an interface unit that connects to a battery device, wherein the battery device includes a second power receiving unit for
wirelessly receiving power from the power supply apparatus; and

a control unit that
selects the first power receiving unit or the second power receiving unit when power that can be received by the first power
receiving unit and the second power receiving unit from the power supply apparatus is higher than a predetermined value,

charges a battery included in the battery device by using the first power receiving unit without using the second power receiving
unit if the first power receiving unit is selected, and

charges the battery included in the battery device by using the second power receiving unit without using the first power
receiving unit if the second power receiving unit is selected.

US Pat. No. 9,310,741

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND COLORIMETRIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a fixing unit that fixes a toner image to a recording material;
a colorimetric unit that is provided on a conveyance path downstream of the fixing unit in a recording material conveyance
direction, and colorimetrically measures a test pattern formed on the recording material;

a facing member that is disposed facing the colorimetric unit with the conveyance path interposed therebetween;
a drive unit that drives the colorimetric unit or the facing member such that the colorimetric unit and the facing member
are closer to each other or separated from each other; and

a control unit that controls the drive unit,
wherein the colorimetric unit and the facing member are provided on a double-sided conveyance path through which, for image
forming on both of a first face and a second face of a recording material, the recording material on which an image has been
formed on the first face thereof is conveyed in order to form an image on the second face of the recording material, and

in a case where single-sided printing is instructed, the control unit controls the drive unit such that the colorimetric unit
and the facing member are closer to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,310,746

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus having a plurality of sheet storage units that stores sheets to be supplied to a printing unit, the
printing apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive, from an external printing apparatus in which a sheet storage unit group constituted
by arbitrary sheet storage units of a plurality of sheet storage units has been formed, sheet storage unit group settings
of the external printing apparatus including paper information that is information of sheets stored in respective sheet storage
units that constitute the sheet storage unit group;

a determination unit configured to determine whether a sheet storage unit group with a same configuration as that of the sheet
storage unit group of the external printing apparatus can be formed in the printing apparatus, based on the information of
the sheets stored in each of the plurality of sheet storage units which the external printing apparatus has, and the sheet
storage unit group settings of the external printing apparatus including the paper information received by the reception unit;
and

a creation unit configured to form, when the determination unit determines that a sheet configuration with the same configuration
as that of the sheet storage unit group of the external printing apparatus can be formed in the printing apparatus, sheet
storage unit group settings of the printing apparatus and a sheet storage unit group corresponding to a sheet storage unit
group formed in the external printing apparatus using arbitrary sheet storage units of the plurality of sheet storage units
which the printing apparatus has, based on the information of the sheets stored in each of the plurality of sheet storage
units which the external printing apparatus has, and sheet storage unit group settings of the external printing apparatus
including the paper information received by the reception unit,

wherein configurations of the sheets in the sheet storage units which belong to the sheet storage group of the external printing
apparatus are formed to become the same as the sheet storage units of the printing apparatus based on differences between
the sheet storage unit group settings of the external printing apparatus and the sheet storage unit group settings of the
printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,310,254

APPARATUS FOR ACQUIRING INFORMATION FROM OBJECT TO BE MEASURED AND AQUIRING METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus configured to acquire information on an object to be measured by irradiating the object with an electromagnetic
wave pulse, the apparatus comprising:
a generating unit configured to generate the electromagnetic wave pulse with which the object is irradiated;
a detecting unit configured to detect the electromagnetic wave pulse from the object; and
a casing including a propagation path of the electromagnetic wave pulse leading from the generating unit to the detecting
unit and a measuring window interposed between the propagation path and the object,

wherein the measuring window is formed of a material that has a transmittance to a terahertz wave and is configured to suppress
fluctuation of ambient atmosphere in the casing, and

wherein a distance of the propagation path is changed by moving the measuring window contacted from outside of the casing
by the object, in a state in which the fluctuation of the ambient atmosphere is suppressed.

US Pat. No. 9,313,347

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus having a Web browser function, comprising:
a processing unit; and
a memory coupled to the processing unit, the memory including instructions that, when executed by the processing unit, cause
the processing unit to perform as:

a registration unit that registers an acquisition destination of content to be displayed on a screen of the Web browser and
a name input by a user, for acquisition destination of content, and registers title control information designating whether
the name or contents of a title tag defined for a page of acquired content is to be to displayed as a title on a display screen
of the content;

a selection unit that selects an acquisition destination of content to be displayed on the screen of the Web browser, from
the acquisition destinations of a plurality of content registered by the registration unit;

an acquisition unit that acquires content from the acquisition destination of content selected by selection unit; and
a display control unit that displays the content acquired by the acquisition unit, and, in a case where the title control
information registered together with the acquisition destination of the content designates the name, displays the registered
name in a title display area of the screen of the Web browser, and, in a case where the title control information designates
the contents of the title tag, displays the contents defined in the title tag associated with the page to be displayed from
the acquired content in the title display area,

wherein the display control unit, in a case where the title control information designates the contents of the title tag,
and the title tag associated with the page to be displayed from the acquired content is not defined, displays the name, which
is registered in accordance with the user input, in the title display area.

US Pat. No. 9,313,355

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus operable to activate in either a normal activation mode or in a special activation
mode for updating data stored in a memory, the apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a packet transmitted from an external apparatus on a network;
a first operation unit configured to accept from a user a special operation for causing the information processing apparatus
to activate in the special activation mode; and

a control unit configured to cause the information processing apparatus to activate in the normal activation mode in response
to the reception unit receiving an activation a magic packet for causing the information processing apparatus to activate,

wherein the control unit causes the information processing apparatus to activate in the normal activation mode rather than
in the special activation mode in response to the reception unit receiving the activation packet even if the first operation
unit accepts the special operation, and

wherein the special operation is a pressing of a predetermined key.

US Pat. No. 9,313,356

NETWORK SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR COORDINATED PROCESSING, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A network system including an image reading apparatus and an image processing apparatus, each having a specific image process
function, the network system comprising:
a memory device configured to store first version information indicating a version of the specific image process function
of the image reading apparatus and second version information indicating a version of the specific image process function
of the image processing apparatus; and

a CPU coupled to the memory device and programmed to provide:
an accepting unit configured to accept a job to instruct image processing,
a selecting unit configured to, in a case where the accepting unit accepts the job, compare the first version information
and the second version information stored in the memory device and select an apparatus, on which the image processing is to
be executed, from the image reading apparatus and the image processing apparatus, based on a result of the comparison,

wherein the apparatus selected by the selecting unit has a higher capability of executing the image processing instructed
by the job, which is indicated by version information, than a capability of another apparatus that is not selected by the
selecting unit in executing the image processing instructed by the job, and

a controller configured to control the image reading apparatus or the image processing apparatus selected by the selecting
unit to execute the image processing instructed by the job,

wherein, in a case where the controller controls the image processing apparatus to execute the image processing instructed
by the job, the image processing apparatus receives, from the image reading apparatus, image data generated by scanning in
the image reading apparatus, and executes the image processing instructed by the job on the image data, using the specific
image process function of the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,305,965

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of light receiving portions on one surface of a semiconductor substrate; and
a plurality of color filters arranged correspondingly to each of the plurality of light receiving portions, wherein
each of the plurality of color filters has a peripheral edge with a first part in direct contact with an adjacent color filter
of the plurality of color filters and a second part separated from the adjacent color filter by a hollow portion provided
in a boundary portion between the adjacent color filters, and

the hollow portion is provided around each of the plurality of color filters, and the hollow portion provided around each
of the plurality of color filters is formed in a discontinuous pattern in a plan view.

US Pat. No. 9,304,429

CHARGING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A charging member comprising an electro-conductive substrate and an electro-conductive resin layer, wherein
the electro-conductive resin layer includes a binder, a plurality of bowl-shaped resin particles, and a plurality of hollow
particles;

the charging member has a surface having recesses defined by openings of the bowl-shaped resin particles and protrusions defined
by edges of the openings of the bowl-shaped resin particles; and

the electro-conductive resin layer satisfies a positional relationship between the bowl-shaped resin particles and the hollow
particles defined by requirement (1):

requirement (1): at least 4.0 hollow particles existing within a region,the region being defined by orthographic projection of the bowl-shaped resin particle from the surface of the electro-conductive
resin layer toward the depth direction, and
being between
an outer wall surface of a shell forming the recess of the bowl-shaped resin particle, and
a plane M2 which is parallel to the surface of the electro-conductive substrate and is passing through a point p2 at a distance d of b/(1+?2) (?m) in the depth direction, from a point p1 at a deepest position of the outer wall surface of the shell, where the symbol b in “b/(1+?2)” represents a particle diameter
(?m) of the bowl-shaped resin particle by spherical approximation.

US Pat. No. 9,304,450

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR CORRECTING A SET VOLTAGE TO BE APPLIED DURING AN IMAGE FORMATION OPERATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a movable image-bearing member;
an electrostatic image forming unit configured to form an electrostatic image on the image-bearing member;
a developing unit configured to develop an electrostatic image formed on the image-bearing member into a toner image in a
developing portion;

a developing bias power supply configured to apply a developing bias to the developing unit;
a transfer member configured to transfer the toner image from the image-bearing member onto a member to be transferred in
a transfer portion;

a transfer power supply configured to apply voltage to the transfer member;
a first detection member configured to detect a current to the transfer member;
a second detection member configured to detect an environment relating to a temperature and a humidity around the image forming
apparatus;

an execution unit configured to execute a setting mode to be executed during a non-image-formation period, the setting mode
setting a voltage to be applied to the transfer member during an image formation operation based on a voltage to be applied
to the transfer member and a detection result from the first detection member, and a correction mode to be executed in a non-image-formation
period excluding a period for executing the setting mode, the correction mode correcting the voltage set by the setting mode
based on a difference between a detection result from the first detection member regarding a test voltage applied to the transfer
member and a predetermined target current value, wherein a period for executing the correction mode is shorter than a period
for executing the setting mode, and wherein the correction mode is executed in one of a first period when a region of the
image-bearing member having been in the developing portion when the developing bias power supply has an off state passes through
the transfer portion next and a second period when the region of the image-bearing member having been in the developing portion
when the developing bias power supply has an on state passes through the transfer portion; and

a storage unit configured to store in advance a correction current difference based on the environment that is a difference
between a current when a predetermined voltage is applied to the transfer member during the first period and a current when
a predetermined voltage is applied to the transfer member during the second period,

wherein the execution unit corrects the voltage set by the setting mode in accordance with the correction current difference
based on a detection result from the first detection member and a detection result from the second detection member in a case
that the correction mode is executed during the first period.

US Pat. No. 9,304,461

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PRESSURE ROTATING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a pressure rotating member of a thermal fixing apparatus, the pressure rotating member comprising:
a substrate; and
an elastic layer on the substrate, wherein the elastic layer has a void and a needle-shaped filler oriented along a longitudinal
direction of the substrate,

the method comprising steps of:
(1) (i) providing an emulsion liquid composition for forming the elastic layer, the emulsion liquid composition comprising
an uncrosslinked rubber, the needle-shaped filler, and a water-containing gel, wherein the water-containing gel is dispersed
in the emulsion liquid composition, and (ii) forming a layer of the emulsion liquid composition on the substrate by flowing
the emulsion liquid composition in the longitudinal direction of the substrate to orient the needle-shaped filler along the
longitudinal direction of the substrate;

(2) cross-linking the uncrosslinked rubber in the layer of the emulsion liquid composition so that water in the water-containing
gel dispersed in the layer of the emulsion liquid composition is kept in the layer of the emulsion liquid composition; and

(3) after the step (2), evaporating the water dispersed in the layer of the emulsion liquid composition to form the elastic
layer having the void therein.

US Pat. No. 9,303,988

IMAGE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, IMAGE MEASUREMENT METHOD AND IMAGE MEASUREMENT PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image measurement apparatus, comprising:
a first camera that takes an image of a workpiece held by a holding device;
a detecting device provided on the holding device that detects a position and/or a posture of a measurement plane for the
workpiece held by the holding device; and

a control unit that stores external parameters of the first camera and a position and/or a posture of a calibration plane
where the external parameters are calibrated, stores the position and/or the posture of the measurement plane for the workpiece
detected by the detecting device while the workpiece is held by the holding device, corrects the external parameters based
on a detected value by the detecting device such that the positions and/or the postures of the measurement plane and the calibration
plane coincide with each other, and measures a two-dimensional position and/or a posture of the workpiece held by the holding
device from the image taken by the first camera using the corrected external parameters.

US Pat. No. 9,302,450

OPTICAL ELEMENT, OPTICAL SYSTEM, AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical element comprising a substrate that is transparent to a d-line, and an antireflection film formed on the substrate,
wherein the antireflection film includes a plurality of thin film layers that include an uppermost layer that is most distant
from the substrate and has a refractive index nd of 1.20 to 1.30 to the d-line, a high refractive index layer having a refractive
index of 2.00 to 2.40 to the d-line, and at least one of an intermediate refractive index layer having a refractive index
of 1.55 to 1.70 to the d-line and a low refractive index layer having a refractive index of 1.40 to 1.52 to the d-line, and

wherein an undercoat layer includes the substrate to the thin film layer adjacent to the uppermost layer, and the following
expression is satisfied, where Y(?, ?) is an optical admittance calculated from a refractive index to the d-line and a film
thickness of the undercoat layer, ? is an incident angle in a range of 0° to 60°, and ? is a wavelength in a range of 420
nm and 680 nm:

nd?0.1??Y(?,?)?nd.

US Pat. No. 9,301,684

OPHTHALMIC IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR OPHTALMIC IMAGING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmic imaging apparatus having an automatic transition function for transiting from an anterior ocular observation
state to a fundus observation state, an autofocus function performed during fundus observation, and an automatic image capturing
function performed when fundus alignment is complete, the apparatus comprising:
a first control unit configured to control the automatic transition function, the autofocus function, and the automatic image
capturing function to be deactivated in response to a first user operation; and

a second control unit configured to control the deactivated automatic transition function, autofocus function, and automatic
image capturing function to be reactivated in response to a second user operation.

US Pat. No. 9,307,104

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus operable in one of a web mode for displaying a screen provided by a web application of a web server
and a native mode for displaying a screen provided by a native application of the printing apparatus, the printing apparatus
comprising:
a displaying unit;
a printing unit configured to perform printing processing;
a hardware key configured to instruct the printing apparatus to display a setting screen for page integration, wherein in
either case where the printing apparatus is operating in the web mode or the native mode, the displaying unit displays the
setting screen for page integration in response to a user pressing the hardware key;

a determining unit configured to determine, in response to the user pressing the hardware key, whether the printing apparatus
is operating in the web mode or the native mode;

a requesting unit configured to request, if the determining unit determines that the printing apparatus is operating in the
web mode, screen information for displaying the setting screen for page integration from the web server by transmitting identification
information of the hardware key and identification information of the printing apparatus to the web server; and

a receiving unit configured to receive the screen information from the web server,
wherein if the determining unit determines that the printing apparatus is operating in the web mode, the displaying unit displays
the setting screen for page integration, based on the screen information received by the receiving unit, and

wherein if the determining unit determines that the printing apparatus is operating in the native mode, the display unit displays
the setting screen, which is provided by the native application, for page integration.

US Pat. No. 9,304,786

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
a display unit configured to display a menu screen, the menu screen being able to be used for switching of displayed languages;
an input unit configured to prompt a user to input, via a registration screen, a registration instruction for registering
in the menu screen a user-defined button which is defined by a user, the user-defined button enables a process to be performed
by the information processing apparatus and allows the user to define a plurality of button names, each of the plurality of
button names corresponding to a different one of the displayed languages for the user-defined button; and

a storage unit configured to store the plurality of button names for the user-defined button in response to the registration
instruction;

wherein the input unit is configured to input a switching instruction for switching the displayed languages, the switching
instruction indicating a displayed language that is selected from the displayed languages and,

wherein the display unit is configured to display, in response to the switching instruction, a button name for the button
in the menu screen, the user-defined button name corresponding to the selected displayed language.

US Pat. No. 9,305,327

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for receiving a drawing command including a moving image drawing command and a graphics drawing
command and executing drawing processing, comprising:
a CPU configured to carry out functions of a graphic drawing unit, a graphics image holding unit, a moving image drawing command
holding unit, a moving image drawing command output unit, a moving image drawing unit, a graphics output unit, and a composition
unit;

the graphics drawing unit configured to generate the moving image drawing command, the graphics drawing command and synchronizing
information from the drawing command and execute the graphics drawing command to output graphics data;

the graphics image holding unit configured to hold the graphics data output by the graphics drawing unit;
the moving image drawing command holding unit configured to hold the moving image drawing command generated by the graphics
drawing unit;

the moving image drawing command output unit configured to output a synchronized moving image drawing command from the moving
image drawing command holding unit in accordance with the synchronizing information generated by the graphics drawing unit;

the moving image drawing unit configured to execute the synchronized moving image drawing command on an input moving image
and obtain processed moving image data;

the graphics output unit configured to output synchronized graphic data from the graphics image holding unit in accordance
with the synchronizing information generated by the graphics drawing unit; and

the composition unit configured to generate composite image data by compositing the synchronized graphics data with the processed
moving image data obtained by the moving image drawing unit,

wherein, the synchronized graphics data and the processed moving image data are updated corresponding to a frame change on
the screen.

US Pat. No. 9,304,317

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING A SHUTTER MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a deflection unit configured to deflect the light beam so the light beam scans a photosensitive member;
an optical box having a bottom on which the deflection unit is disposed and a sidewall extending from the bottom;
a cover member having an opening portion through which the light beam deflected by the deflection unit passes, the cover member
being attached to the sidewall to cover the optical box;

a transparent member configured to cover the opening portion of the cover member and through which the light beam deflected
by the deflection unit passes; and

a shutter member configured to move between a first position where the shutter member is retracted from a light path of the
light beam, and a second position where the shutter member covers the transparent member,

wherein the shutter member includes an opening through which the light beam passed through the transparent member passes in
a state where the shutter member is located at the first position, and the opening of the shutter member includes an insertion
portion for inserting a cleaning member used for cleaning the transparent member.

US Pat. No. 9,302,525

RECORDING MEDIUM AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium comprising:
a first resin layer provided on one surface of a base;
a porous undercoating layer provided on the first resin layer;
a first ink-receiving layer provided on the porous undercoating layer;
a second resin layer provided on the other surface of the base; and
a second ink-receiving layer provided on the second resin layer,
wherein a 60° specular glossiness of a surface of the first resin layer that is closer to the first ink-receiving layer is
65% or more,

wherein a 60° specular glossiness of a surface of the second resin layer that is closer to the second ink-receiving layer
is 65% or more,

wherein the porous undercoating layer has a thickness of 3 ?m or less, and
wherein the porous undercoating layer has an average pore radius smaller than an average pore radius of the first ink-receiving
layer.

US Pat. No. 9,306,923

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

11. A method for controlling an image forming apparatus connectable via a network with a server configured to provide a resource
service to an external apparatus connected via the network, the method comprising:
acquiring, via a first application, first authorization information issued by an authorization server approving delegation
of a user's authorization for using the resource service;

transmitting, via a second application and in a case where a request for acquiring authorization information is received from
a resource service application, a request for further delegating the authorization to the authorization server together with
the first authorization information, and acquires second authorization information issued based on the first authorization
information from the authorization server;

managing, via a framework application, a life cycle of the resource service application that operates in a resource service
application execution environment provided by a virtual machine by managing a resource service application ID of the resource
service application in a case where the resource service application is installed while confirming that the resource service
application is not altered,

wherein the second application acquires the resource service application ID via the framework application, and the resource
service application requests an object of an interface for calling the second application to the framework application, acquires
the object of the interface to which the resource service application ID is set, and transmits the resource service application
ID set to the interface to the second application together with the request for acquiring the authorization information defined
in the object of the interface.

US Pat. No. 9,307,218

IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING FOCAL CORRECTION, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus that includes an optical imaging system that has a moveable lens for focus adjustment and a moveable
lens for adjustment of angle of view, the imaging apparatus executing focus adjustment by displacing the moveable lens for
focus adjustment to an in-focus position, the imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging element configured to perform photoelectric conversion upon reception of light from a subject;
a control unit configured to control driving of the moveable lens for focus adjustment by detecting the in-focus position;
a color adjustment unit configured to adjust a color of a captured image; and
a correcting unit configured to acquire positional information for the moveable lens for focus adjustment or the positional
information for the moveable lens for adjustment of angle of view and calculate a correction amount to correct a deviation
in the in-focus position resulting from chromatic aberration in the optical imaging system, and perform processing to suppress
coloring of the subject image resulting from chromatic aberration by revising the correction amount to thereby output a revised
correction amount to the control unit,

wherein the correction unit decreases a level of revision on the correction amount as the degree of a decolorization process
performed by the color adjustment unit increases.

US Pat. No. 9,285,850

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT VALIDATES ADDED HARDWARE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus to which hardware is addable, comprising:
a first circuit board that is fixed within a main body of the information processing apparatus;
a second circuit board that includes one or more option slots for enabling to add hardware options, and is taken out from
the main body when an option is added to the information processing apparatus;

a first storage unit that is arranged on the first circuit board and stores state information which indicates a state of said
information processing apparatus;

a control unit that stores the state of said information processing apparatus in said first storage unit while a first power
supply supplies a power to said control unit; and

a second storage unit that is supplied with a power from a second power supply different from the first power supply when
the first power supply stops the power supply to said control unit, and stores detection information indicating that the second
circuit board is taken out from the main body or put in to the main body,

wherein when a power is supplied by said first power supply to said control unit, said control unit restores, by reloading
said state information stored in said first storage unit, said apparatus to the state of the information processing apparatus
before the power supply to said control unit is stopped in a case where said second storage unit does not store the detection
information indicating that the second circuit board is taken out from the main body or put in to the main body, and initializes
the hardware in a case where said second storage unit stores the detection information indicating that the second circuit
board is taken out from the main body or put in to the main body.

US Pat. No. 9,285,866

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS WITH POWER SHUTOFF SWITCH AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR FOR REDUCING POWER CONSUMPTION IN AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a switching unit configured to be in an ON-state in which power is supplied to the information processing apparatus and an
OFF-state in which power is not supplied to the information processing apparatus in accordance with a user operation;

a driving unit configured to set the switching unit to the OFF-state;
a power supply unit configured to supply power to the driving unit; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where a condition for shutting off power supply to the information processing apparatus
is satisfied, control the power supply unit to generate the power to be supplied to the driving unit and perform control so
that the power generated by the power supply unit is supplied to the driving unit,

wherein the driving unit to which the power is supplied sets the switching unit to the OFF-state.

US Pat. No. 9,280,728

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus having Media Direct Print function to print data stored in a portable storage medium, the image
forming apparatus comprising;
a processor and a memory configured to function as:
a connection detection unit configured to detect connection with the portable storage medium;
a receiving unit configured to receive an execution request to execute calibration;
a determining unit configured to determine whether the received execution request is made to execute manual calibration in
response to instructions from a user or to execute automatic calibration on fulfillment of predetermined conditions;

a calibration suspending unit configured to suspend execution of the calibration by not responding to the execution request,
in response to the received execution request being determined by the determining unit as an execution request of the automatic
calibration and the connection with the portable storage medium being detected by the connection detection unit; and

a calibration execution unit configured to, in a case where the manual calibration is determined by the determining unit as
the calibration requested to be executed, execute calibration by responding to the execution request to execute the calibration.

US Pat. No. 9,279,667

ASPHERIC SURFACE MEASURING METHOD, ASPHERIC SURFACE MEASURING APPARATUS, OPTICAL ELEMENT PRODUCING APPARATUS AND OPTICAL ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An aspheric surface measuring method of measuring a profile of a measurement object aspheric surface using output from
a light-receiving sensor to which a measurement light projected onto and reflected by the measurement object aspheric surface
is introduced through an optical system, the method comprising:
a step of providing a reference aspheric surface whose profile has been measured;
a step of calculating (a) a positional magnification distribution of rays of a reference light, which is projected onto and
reflected by the reference aspheric surface and is introduced to the light-receiving sensor through the optical system, using
a distance on the light-receiving sensor from a position corresponding to an optical axis of the optical system to an incident
position of each of the rays and a distance on a sensor conjugate surface from a position corresponding to the optical axis
to an incident position of that ray, the sensor conjugate surface being located at a position conjugate with the light-receiving
sensor with respect to the optical system and (b) an angular magnification distribution of the rays of the reference light
using a change amount of a reflection angle in a meridional plane on the sensor conjugate surface with respect to a tilt of
the reference surface and a change amount of an incident angle in a meridional plane on the light-receiving sensor with respect
the tilt of the reference surface;

a step of measuring a first wavefront of the reference light on the light-receiving sensor using the output from the light-receiving
sensor;

a step of calculating a second wavefront of the reference light on the light-receiving sensor using a parameter of the optical
system;

a calibration step of moving at least two movable elements among part of the optical system, the reference aspheric surface
and the light-receiving sensor so that a difference between rotationally symmetric components of the first and second wavefronts
becomes smaller than a predetermined value;

a step of measuring, after the calibration step, a third wavefront of the reference light on the light-receiving sensor using
the output from the light receiving sensor;

a step of measuring, after the calibration step, a fourth wavefront of the measurement light on the light-receiving sensor
using the output from the light receiving sensor; and

a step of calculating the profile of the measurement object aspheric surface using the third wavefront, the fourth wavefront,
the positional magnification distribution, the angular magnification distribution and the profile of the reference aspheric
surface.

US Pat. No. 9,270,900

MOVIE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A movie processing apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input an input image;
a memory control unit configured to store, in a memory, a deformation image obtained by executing an image deformation process
for the input image using a deformation parameter;

a determination unit configured to determine, from a memory region in which the deformation image is stored, a readout region
to be accessed for obtaining an output image, on the basis of a size of the input image, a size of the output image, and the
deformation parameter;

a readout unit, configured to access the readout region, that reads out pixel data included in the deformation image; and
an output unit configured to output the image based on the pixel data readout by said readout unit.

US Pat. No. 9,263,487

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a semiconductor substrate;
a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions provided in the semiconductor substrate;
an insulator provided on the semiconductor substrate;
a first member provided on the semiconductor substrate and configured to overlap with the photoelectric conversion portion,
the first member forming a waveguide;

a first lens provided on the first member;
a color filter provided on the first member;
a second member provided between the first member and the first lens, and
a third member provided between the first member and the second member,
wherein the photoelectric conversion portion and the first member are provided in line along a first direction,
wherein the insulator includes a first portion and a second portion that is different from the first portion,
wherein the first portion, the first member, and the second portion are provided in line along a second direction intersecting
the first direction,

wherein a material of the first lens includes silicon nitride,
wherein a material of the first member includes silicon nitride,
wherein a material of the second member includes silicon oxide, and
wherein a material of the third member includes silicon oxy-nitride.

US Pat. No. 9,239,535

OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning device comprising:
a deflection unit including:
a rotating polygon mirror configured to deflect a first light beam emitted from a first light source and a second light beam
emitted from a second light source, such that the first light beam scans a first photosensitive member and the second beam
scans a second photosensitive member, wherein the rotating polygon mirror is configured to deflect the first light beam and
the second light beam in respective directions opposite to each other in respect to the rotating polygon mirror;

a motor configured to cause the rotating polygon mirror to rotate; and
a driving unit including a driving IC configured to drive the motor and with which the motor is provided;
a first reflection mirror configured to guide the first light beam deflected by the rotating polygon mirror, onto the first
photosensitive member;

a second reflection mirror configured to guide the second light beam deflected by the rotating polygon mirror, onto the second
photosensitive member; and

an optical box including a bottom, sidewalls standing from the bottom and to which the first light source and the second light
source are attached,

wherein the bottom includes an installation region in which the deflection unit is installed, a first supporting region with
which a first supporting portion, configured to support an end of the first reflection mirror, is provided, a second supporting
region with which a second supporting portion, configured to support an end of the second reflection mirror, is provided,
and a wave-shaped bottom having a wave shape in cross section in a scanning direction of the both light beams deflected by
the rotating polygon mirror,

wherein the first supporting potion and the second supporting portion are provided on the bottom surrounded by the sidewalls,
wherein the wave-shaped bottom is provided in a region surrounded by a sidewall, which is included in the sidewalls, located
opposite a light path of each of the first light beam and the second light beam that are incident on the rotating polygon
mirror in the scanning direction, the installation region, the first supporting region, and the second supporting region,
and

wherein the wave-shape bottom is connected to the installation region and the sidewall directly.

US Pat. No. 9,239,551

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an endless image carrying belt moving while carrying a toner image;
a transfer rotating member forming a transfer nip with the image carrying belt and transferring the toner image from the image
carrying belt to a recording medium;

a pressure member provided adjacent to and upstream of, with respect to a moving direction of the image carrying belt, the
transfer nip and pressing the image carrying belt from an inner circumferential surface thereof; and

a guide portion disposed downstream of, with respect to the moving direction of the image carrying belt, the transfer nip
on a side opposite to the image carrying belt across an extension line of the stretch surface formed by the transfer nip and
the pressure member upstream of the transfer nip, and guiding the recording medium conveyed downstream from the transfer nip.

US Pat. No. 9,239,976

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a paper type to be used at the time of execution of an input print job;
a determination unit configured to determine a paper type to be used for executing the input print job by using information
about the paper type acquired by the acquisition unit; and

a generation unit configured to generate a correction table corresponding to the paper type determined by the determination
unit, the correction table being used to correct an image that is formed by an image forming unit by using a value obtained
as a result of measuring a patch formed by the image forming unit on paper of the paper type determined by the determination
unit

wherein the generation unit acquires an order of execution of print jobs from print job information acquired by a print job
information acquisition unit, and generates correction tables corresponding to paper types in the order of execution of print
jobs.

US Pat. No. 9,235,172

IMAGE FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device for fixing a toner image formed on a recording material, on a recording material, said fixing device comprising:
a cylindrical film;
a heater having a first surface contacting an inner surface of said film;
an opposed member cooperating with said heater to form a press-contact portion with said film interposed therebetween;
a supporting member configured to support a second surface of said heater opposite the first surface; and
a heat conduction member contacting said second surface,
wherein with respect to a generatrix direction of said film, an end portion of a contact region between said heat conduction
member and said second surface is at or inside an end portion of said press-contact portion, and

wherein in a region from an the end portion of the contact region to an outside of the end portion of said press-contact portion
with respect to the generatrix direction, said supporting member includes a first region not contacting said second surface
and a second region contacting said second surface outside said first region.

US Pat. No. 9,235,178

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that has a first mode in which electric power is supplied to a part of the image processing
apparatus and a second mode in which electric power is not supplied to the part of the image processing apparatus, the image
processing apparatus comprising:
a first detection unit adapted to detect a change of state;
a second detection unit adapted to, in response to, and after, a detected change of state by the first detection unit, start
a detecting operation, and detect an object; and

a control unit adapted to switch the electric power mode of the image processing apparatus from the second mode to the first
mode in a case where said second detection unit detects the object.

US Pat. No. 9,237,248

IMAGE READING DEVICE WITH REGULATING MEMBERS MAINTAINING INTERNAL CABLE SEPARATION DURING OPEN AND CLOSED POSITION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming device configured to form an image on a sheet;
an image reading device configured to read an image on a document, wherein the image reading device is movable between a first
position and a second position spaced farther apart from the image forming device than the first position;

a shaft, wherein the image reading device is movable between the first position and the second position by rotating about
the shaft;

first and second cables each configured to connect the image reading device and the image forming device;
a first regulating member configured to regulate a position of the first cable; and
a second regulating member configured to regulate a position of the second cable,
wherein the first regulating member regulates the movement of the first cable toward the second cable, in a case where the
image forming device is at the first position and the first cable is bending in opposite direction to the second cable,

wherein the second regulating member regulates the movement of the second cable toward the first cable, in a case where the
image forming device is at the first position and the second cable is bending in opposite direction to the first cable,

wherein the second regulating member is provided between the first regulating member and the shaft with respect to a direction
crossing to an axis of the shaft; and

wherein the first regulating member and the second regulating member move in synchronization with the movement of the image
reading device from the second position to the first position, to respectively press the first cable and the second cable
and bend the first and the second cables in a direction away from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,236,224

DRAWING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A drawing apparatus for performing drawing on a substrate with a charged particle beam, the apparatus comprising:
a plurality of charged particle optical systems each configured to irradiate the substrate with a plurality of charged particle
beams, the plurality of charged particle optical systems being arrayed at a pitch in a first direction;

a stage configured to hold the substrate and be moved relative to the plurality of charged particle optical systems in a second
direction orthogonal to the first direction; and

a controller configured to determine charged particle beams, of the plurality of charged particle beams, to be used for the
drawing with respect to each of the plurality of charged particle optical systems so as to satisfy a relation given by SW=Pc/?=Ps/?,
where Ps is an array pitch of shot regions on the substrate in the first direction, SW is a width, in the first direction,
of each of a plurality of drawing regions on the substrate by each of the plurality of charged particle optical systems, Pc
is an array pitch of the plurality of drawing regions in the first direction, and ? and ? are natural numbers.

US Pat. No. 9,232,887

OPHTHALMIC APPARATUS AND OPHTHALMIC METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmic apparatus, comprising:
a fundus image acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of fundus images acquired by imaging fundus of a subject's
eye at different times and at least one fundus image that is fewer than the plurality of fundus images and acquired by imaging
fundus of the subject's eye at a different time from those for the plurality of fundus images;

a generating unit configured to generate a new fundus image by averaging the plurality of fundus images;
an extraction unit configured to extract a feature region from the generated new fundus image;
a scanning unit configured to scan a measuring light in the fundus; and
a control unit configured to control the scanning unit so as to correct, based on the extracted feature region and the at
least one fundus image, positions of tomographic images in the fundus irradiated with the measuring light.

US Pat. No. 9,235,369

MOBILE INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL AND METHOD THEREFOR, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CHARGING PAYMENT OF UNPRINTED PORTION OF A PRINT JOB

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mobile information processing terminal including a communication unit configured to perform short distance communication,
comprising:
a memory configured to store a program;
a processor configured to execute the program stored in the memory;
wherein the processor transmits a print job to a printing apparatus based on communication via said communication unit, and
the processor sets a time period which movement outside a range of communication with the printing apparatus by said communication
unit is allowed, and

in a case where a preset event occurs in a status in which print processing based on the print job of the printing apparatus
is in progress and said communication unit is communicable with the printing apparatus, the processor transmits an advance
payment request and the set time period to specify a number of paper sheets printable by the printing apparatus during the
time period according to a preset condition to the printing apparatus via said communication unit, and executes payment processing
of an amount requested by the printing apparatus, with respect to an unprinted portion of the print job transmitted from said
transmission unit to the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,236,413

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing method of a solid-state imaging apparatus comprising a semiconductor substrate having a plurality of light
receiving portions provided thereon, the method comprising:
forming a first color filter layer at a position corresponding to a first light receiving portion;
forming a sacrificial layer on an upper surface and a side surface of the first color filter layer;
forming a second color filter layer at a position corresponding to a second light receiving portion adjacent to the first
light receiving portion without covering a part of the sacrificial layer on the upper surface of the first color filter layer;
and

removing the sacrificial layer on the upper surface and on the side surface of the first color filter layer in a same etching
process so that a hollow portion is formed between the first color filter layer and the second color filter layer.

US Pat. No. 9,235,158

DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device, comprising:
a developing container configured to store a developer including a non-magnetic toner and a magnetic carrier;
a cylindrical developing sleeve having a plurality of grooves which are respectively formed in a direction which intersects
a circumferential direction of the developing sleeve on an outer surface thereof and configured to rotate while carrying the
developer on the outer surface;

a developer regulating member configured to regulate an amount of the developer carried by the developing sleeve; and
a magnetic field generating portion disposed on an inner side of the developing sleeve and including a plurality of fixed
magnetic poles which have at least a drawing-up pole which draws up the developer in the developing container and bears the
developer on the outer surface of the developing sleeve, and a cut pole which is disposed to be adjacent to the drawing-up
pole on a downstream side of the drawing-up pole in a direction of rotation of the developing sleeve and to be in the vicinity
of the developer regulating member,

wherein the plurality of fixed magnetic poles are configured to form a Fr attenuation area in which Fr attenuates toward the
cut pole side from the drawing-up pole side between a peak of a magnetic flux density of the drawing-up pole and a peak of
a magnetic flux density of the cut pole, and a F? reverse area in which F? is oriented towards an opposite direction to the
direction of rotation of the developing sleeve between the peak of the magnetic flux density of the drawing-up pole and the
peak of the magnetic flux density of the cut pole where Fr is a magnetic force in a direction toward the center of the developing
sleeve and F? is a magnetic force in a tangential direction of the outer surface of the developing sleeve,

wherein a pitch interval of the plurality of grooves of the developing sleeve is shorter than a length of the F? reverse area
in the direction of rotation of the developing sleeve.

US Pat. No. 9,223,768

DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A document management apparatus that manages a version of a binder document formed by integrating a plurality of original
documents, the document management apparatus comprising a memory and a processor which functions as:
a first determination unit configured to, when updating a binder document, determine whether there is a same original document
as the original document included in a new version of the updated binder document, in the original documents included in a
past version of the updated binder document;

a storage unit configured to, when the first determination unit determines that there is the same original document in the
original documents included in the binder document of the past version, store reference information regarding the same document
as information corresponding to the original document included in the binder document of the new version and, when the first
determination unit determines that there is not the same original document in the original documents included in the binder
document of the past version, store an entity file of the original document as the information corresponding to the original
document included in the binder document of the new version,

wherein the reference information has a file size smaller than that of the entity file;
a deletion instruction reception unit configured to receive a deletion instruction for deleting an arbitrary version of the
binder document, the arbitrary version being designated as a deletion target version;

a second determination unit configured to determine whether there is reference information regarding an entity file of the
original document included in the binder document of the deletion target version designated by the deletion instruction, in
the binder documents of versions coming after the deletion target version;

a deletion unit configured to, when the second determination unit determines that there is the reference information regarding
the entity file of the original document included in the binder document of the deletion target version, move the entity file
to a binder document of a movement target version which is the oldest version among the versions determined to have the reference
information, and when the second determination unit determines that there is no reference information regarding the entity
file of the original document included in the binder document of the deletion target version, delete the entity file of the
original document;

an updating unit configured to update the reference information included in the binder documents of the versions coming after
the movement target version such that the entity file moved to the movement target version is referred to; and

a main control unit determines whether there is an unprocessed original document having an entity in the binder document of
the deletion target version, and when it is determined that there is no unprocessed original document having the entity, completing
the deleting of the arbitrary version of the binder document.

US Pat. No. 9,219,814

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, which comprises a connection unit that an external telephone is connected to, a switching unit
that switches between a connection state in which the external telephone is connected to a line and a disconnection state
in which the external telephone is disconnected from the line, a detection unit that detects an off-hook state of the external
telephone, and a network control unit that is connected to the line in parallel to the external telephone, and controls a
capture state of the line, the apparatus comprising:
a capture control unit that captures, when the detection unit detects the off-hook state of the external telephone in the
disconnection state, the line using a line capture unit, an impedance of a side of the line capture unit being lower than
the external telephone side, the line capture unit being included in the network control unit;

a connection control unit that connects the external telephone to the line by switching the switching unit to the connection
state after the line capture unit captures the line; and

a line release unit that releases the line captured by the line capture unit after the external telephone is connected to
the line.

US Pat. No. 9,219,831

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT RECEIVES OPERATION SETTINGS FOR JOB EXECUTION FROM MULTIPLE OPERATION UNITS, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that receives operation settings set through a plurality of operation units and executes jobs,
comprising:
a non-transitory memory device;
a processor;
a user determination unit configured, in a case where it receives a plurality of operation settings from the plurality of
operation units, to determine whether or not a plurality of users who have set the plurality of operation settings are the
same as one another;

an operation setting determination unit configured to determine whether or not the plurality of operation settings are in
a conflict relationship with one another; and

an operation permission judgment unit configured to determine, based on a result of the determination by said user determination
unit and a result of the determination by said operation setting determination unit, whether or not each of the received operation
settings should be permitted,

wherein in a case where said user determination unit determines that the plurality of users who have set the plurality of
operation settings are not the same as one another and said operation setting determination unit determines that the plurality
of operation settings are in a conflict relationship with one another, said operation permission judgment unit refuses each
of at least one subsequently received operation setting, and

wherein said user determination unit, said operation setting determination unit, and said operation permission judgment unit
are implemented at least in part by said processor executing at least one program recorded on said non-transitory memory device.

US Pat. No. 9,219,863

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
a shake detection unit configured to detect a shake of said image capture apparatus;
a translational motion correction amount calculation unit configured to calculate, based on an output of said shake detection
unit, a first correction amount for correcting a translational motion component of image blurring generated in a captured
image due to the shake;

a perspective component correction amount calculation unit configured to calculate, based on the output of said shake detection
unit, a second correction amount for correcting a perspective component of the image blurring generated in the captured image
due to the shake;

an image stabilization unit configured to correct the image blurring of the captured image based on the first correction amount
and the second correction amount; and

a control unit configured to control, if a panning state of said image capture apparatus is determined, said translational
motion correction amount calculation unit and said perspective component correction amount calculation unit so as to decrease
correction amount for the translational motion component and the perspective component.

US Pat. No. 9,213,257

SMALL-SIZED DEVELOPING DEVICE AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE HAVING STABLE DEVELOPER REGULATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device configured to develop a latent image formed on an image bearing member, the developing device comprising:
a rotatable developing-agent bearing member configured to bear developing agent;
a developing container configured to form a developing-agent storage chamber that stores the developing agent;
a developing-agent regulating portion provided in the developing container to regulate an amount of the developing agent born
on the developing-agent bearing member;

a support portion configured to support the developing-agent bearing member movably relative to the developing-agent regulating
portion;

a pressurizing member configured to pressurize the developing-agent bearing member toward the developing-agent regulating
portion; and

a movement restricting portion located on a downstream side of the developing-agent bearing member in the pressurizing direction
of the pressurizing member to be in contact with a surface of the developing-agent bearing member,

wherein a contact portion of the developing-agent regulating portion with respect to the developing-agent bearing member is
fixed to the developing container without forming a gap from the developing container on a downstream side in a pressurizing
direction of the pressurizing member, and

wherein the movement restricting portion restricts the developing-agent bearing member from moving in a direction intersecting
the pressurizing direction in a plane orthogonal to an axis of the developing-agent bearing member.

US Pat. No. 9,213,277

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for controlling a temperature of a fixing unit configured to fix a color material on a printing
sheet, comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire the color material amount of each page of image data of a plurality of pages;
a setting determination unit configured to determine whether a setting for printing image data of the plurality of pages on
a printing sheet has been performed;

a one-color-material-amount determination unit configured to determine one color material amount out of a plurality of color
material amounts acquired by said acquisition unit upon determining, as a result of determination of said setting determination
unit, that the setting for printing image data of the plurality of pages on one printing sheet has been performed; and

a control unit configured to control the temperature of the fixing unit using a fixing temperature corresponding to the color
material amount determined by said one-color-material-amount determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,180,489

ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electromechanical transducer comprising an element including a plurality of cells, the cells each including a first
electrode, and a second electrode provided with a cavity being disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode,
wherein a groove is provided so as to surround an outer side of the cells on outermost periphery of the element, and
wherein a width of the groove is 10 percent or more of the distance between the cavities of the cells included in the element.

US Pat. No. 9,170,429

OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:
an imaging optical system including a correction lens, which corrects an image blur, a zoom lens for changing a focal length,
and a focus lens, which performs focus adjustment;

a focal length detection unit configured to detect the focal length of an imaging optical system;
an object distance detection unit configured to detect an object distance;
a shake detection unit configured to detect a shake amount;
a walking shooting determination unit configured to determine whether or not a user of the optical apparatus is walking based
on the shake amount detected by the shake detection unit;

a sensitivity generation unit configured to generate sensitivity, which is a ratio of a moving amount of an object image on
an image sensing plane to a moving amount of the correction lens, based on a determination result by the walking shooting
determination unit, the focal length, and the object distance;

a correction amount calculation unit configured to calculate a correction amount based on the shake amount and the sensitivity;
and

a control unit configured to drive the imaging optical system to correct the image blur based on the correction amount,
wherein the sensitivity generation unit generates the sensitivity by limiting at least one of the object distance or the focal
length, or a range of the sensitivity when the walking shooting determination unit determines that the user of the optical
apparatus is walking.

US Pat. No. 9,160,930

LENS DRIVING CONTROL APPARATUS AND LENS APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens driving control apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element that includes an imaging pixel and a focus detection pixel, configured to perform a photoelectric
conversion of an object image;

a readout unit configured to read image signals from the focus detection pixel with a predetermined period;
a storage unit configured to store the image signals read by the readout unit;
an addition unit configured to add a plurality of signals in time-series continuous frames of the image signals;
a focus detection unit configured to perform focus detection based on an addition result by the addition unit; and
a lens controller configured to set a driving speed of a lens based on the addition number of times by the addition unit and
a result of the focus detection unit every time the image signals are read, and to control the driving speed of the lens,

wherein the lens controller performs a control so that the driving speed of the lens is reduced when the addition number of
times increases.

US Pat. No. 9,159,117

DRAWING DATA GENERATION APPARATUS, DRAWING DATA GENERATION METHOD, PROGRAM, AND DRAWING DATA GENERATION SYSTEM FOR CHANGING MAGNIFICATION OF DISPLAYED IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drawing data generation apparatus comprising:
at least one processor coupled via a bus to a memory, the processor being programmed to control one or more of:
an image acquiring unit which acquires data on a captured image;
a magnification acquiring unit which acquires a display magnification change instruction; and
a generation unit which generates drawing data for displaying at least a part of the captured image as a display image on
a display,

wherein the generation unit generates the drawing data in a first layout when the magnification acquiring unit acquires an
instruction to enlarge to a first magnification, and generates the drawing data in a second layout that is different from
the first layout when the magnification acquiring unit acquires an instruction to enlarge to a second magnification that is
higher than the first magnification,

wherein in the first layout, a first partial area in the display image is displayed with the first magnification at a pre-determined
position in the display image,

wherein in the second layout, a second partial area in the display image is displayed with the second magnification at the
pre-determined position, and the first partial area is displayed with a lower magnification than the second magnification,
and

wherein, generating the drawing data in the second layout, the generation unit changes a position of the first partial area
with the low magnification from the pre-determined position so that the second partial area with the second magnification
and the first partial area with the low magnification do not overlap.

US Pat. No. 9,158,136

DRIVING CIRCUIT FOR LIGHT MODULATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving circuit for driving a light modulator including a matrix of pixels, the driving circuit comprising:
a first selecting unit configured to select a row of the matrix of pixels, each pixel having a capacitance element for modulating
light;

a first transistor configured to reset a voltage of the capacitance element in the selected row;
a second selecting unit configured to select a column of the matrix of pixels, information being written in the capacitance
element specified by the first and second selecting unit; and

a second transistor, the information being written in the capacitance element through the second transistor,
wherein the first transistor is grounded and connected with the capacitance element.