US Pat. No. 9,661,240

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS COMPRISING A PIXEL INCLUDING A CONVERSION ELEMENT AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus, comprising:
a pixel including a conversion element configured to convert radiation into an electric signal, and a switch configured to
connect the conversion element to a signal line;

a readout unit configured to read out a signal that appears in the signal line;
a reset unit configured to reset a potential of the signal line; and
a signal processing unit,
wherein a period during which the readout unit reads out a signal that appears in the signal line includes
a first period during which the potential of the signal line is reset by the reset unit, and thereafter, a signal that appears
in the signal line in a state in which the switch is not turned on is read out, and

a second period during which the potential of the signal line is reset by the reset unit, and thereafter, a signal that appears
in the signal line due to the switch being turned on is read out, and

wherein the signal processing unit calculates a difference between the signal read out by the readout unit in the second period
and the signal read out by the readout unit in the first period.

US Pat. No. 9,690,201

DRAWING METHOD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,661,245

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,652,699

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,652,702

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising a plurality of control chips, where the plurality of control chips are cascade-connected,
wherein each control chip comprises:
a watchdog timer; and
a transfer unit configured to supply, to a second another control chip positioned on an upstream side, as an interrupt signal
from the watchdog timer, an OR signal of an interrupt signal generated by the watchdog timer and an interrupt signal generated
by another watchdog timer in a first another control chip positioned on a downstream side.

US Pat. No. 9,652,832

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image restoration filter storing unit configured to store an image restoration filter corresponding to image capturing
condition information;

an optical transfer function storing unit configured to store optical transfer function information; and
an image restoration filter generating unit configured to:
determine whether a first image restoration filter corresponding to first image capturing condition information of a captured
image is stored in the image restoration filter storing unit,

select the first image restoration filter from the image restoration filter storing unit when the first image restoration
filter is stored in the image restoration filter storing unit, and

generate the first image restoration filter using the optical transfer function information when the first image restoration
filter is not stored in the image restoration filter storing unit,

wherein the image restoration filter stored in the image restoration filter storing unit is a second image restoration filter
corresponding to second image capturing condition information of a captured image acquired within a specific period of time,
and

wherein the image restoration filter storing unit is configured to store the second image restoration filter corresponding
to the second image capturing condition information of the captured image depending on an image capturing frequency within
the specific period of time.

US Pat. No. 9,684,225

OPTICAL APPARATUS AND DRIVE CONTROLLING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens unit that can be attached to and detached from an image-pickup apparatus, the lens unit comprising:
an image-pickup optical system configured to form an optical image of an object, the image-pickup optical system including
a variable-magnification lens configured to move in an optical axis direction and to change a focal length, and a focus lens
configured to move in the optical axis direction for focusing and to correct a variation of an image plane associated with
a magnification variation by the variable-magnification lens;

a focus lens driver configured to drive the focus lens; and
a controller configured to control the focus lens driver so as to maintain an in-focus state associated with the magnification
variation, based on information on a tracking curve that represents an in-focus position of the focus lens corresponding to
an object distance and the focal length of the image-pickup optical system,

wherein the controller sends information on an actual position of the focus lens in a case the focus lens driver is not driving
the focus lens based on the information on the tracking curve when the controller receives a transmission request for information
on the in-focus position of the focus lens from the image-pickup apparatus, and

wherein the controller sends information on a corrected position of the focus lens calculated by a difference between the
actual position of the focus lens and the in-focus position of the focus lens indicated by the tracking curve in a case the
focus lens driver is driving the focus lens based on the information on the tracking curve when the controller receives the
transmission request for the information on the in-focus position of the focus lens from the image-pickup apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,645,518

TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner, comprising toner particles, each of which has a surface layer containing an organosilicon polymer,
wherein the organosilicon polymer has a partial structure represented by the following formula (T3),
R—Si(O1/2)3   (T3)

wherein R denotes an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms or a phenyl group,
wherein the surface layer has an average thickness Dav. of 5.0 nm or more and 150.0 nm or less as measured by observing a
cross section of each of the toner particles with a transmission electron microscope (TEM), and

the toner has a ratio (ASi/AC) of 20.00 or more in mapping measurement by focused-ion-beam time-of-flight secondary ion mass
spectrometry (FIB-TOF-SIMS), wherein ASi denotes ISi/I, AC denotes IC/I, ISi denotes an intensity of silicon ions, IC denotes
an intensity of carbon ions, and I denotes the number of primary ions, the silicon ions and carbon ions being emitted from
the toner particles in response to irradiation of the toner particles with the primary ions, and

a concentration of silicon elements on a surface of the toner particles is 5.0 atomic percent or more as measured by electron
spectroscopy for chemical analysis (ESCA).

US Pat. No. 9,647,576

VIBRATION TYPE DRIVING APPARATUS, TWO-DIMENSIONAL DRIVING APPARATUS, IMAGE-BLUR CORRECTION APPARATUS, INTERCHANGEABLE LENS, IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS, AND AUTOMATIC STAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A two-dimensional driving apparatus comprising:
a common movable body;
a first vibrator including an electro-mechanical energy conversion device, the first vibrator being configured to move the
common movable body in a first direction;

a second vibrator including an electro-mechanical energy conversion device, the second vibrator being configured to move the
common movable body in a second direction intersecting the first direction;

a first driving force transmission unit configured to transmit a driving force of the first vibrator to the common movable
body and move with the common movable body in the first direction; and

a second driving force transmission unit configured to transmit a driving force of the second vibrator to the common movable
body and move with the common movable body in the second direction,

wherein the common movable body is slidable with respect the first driving force transmission unit in the second direction
and the common movable body is also slidable with respect the second driving force transmission unit in the first direction,

wherein the first vibrator and the first driving force transmission unit do not move in the second direction when the second
driving force transmission unit and the common movable body are moved in the second direction due to the driving force of
the second vibrator, and the second vibrator and the second driving force transmission unit do not move in the first direction
when the first driving force transmission unit and the common movable body are moved in the first direction due to the driving
force of the first vibrator, and

wherein the first vibrator and the second vibrator maintain a same positional relation to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,646,403

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,639,008

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,669,545

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,639,045

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT SHIFTS TO STATE WHERE QUICK ACTIVATION IS POSSIBLE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a memory that stores instructions;
at least one processor that executes the instructions to;
execute a suspend processing to cause the image forming apparatus to shift to a power saving state in accordance with a power
switch being turned off by a user's operation;

execute a resume processing to cause the image forming apparatus to return from the power saving state in accordance with
the power switch being turned on by a user's operation; and

execute, in accordance with the power switch being turned on by the user's operation at a time that an OFF-time period, which
has elapsed in a state the power switch, having been turned off by the user's operation, is turned off, is not longer than
a predetermined time period, a restart processing to restart the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,674,420

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus configured to be detachably attached to an image capturing apparatus including an image sensor and configured
to communicate with the image capturing apparatus, the lens apparatus comprising:
an image capturing optical system configured to form an object image to be photoelectrically converted by the image sensor;
a memory configured to store first correction information for correcting focus state information that is information on a
focus state of the image capturing optical system, the focus state being detected in the image capturing apparatus by using
a signal from the image sensor; and

a lens calculator configured to produce, by performing an interpolation process on the first correction information by using
image sensor information that is information on the image sensor and received from the image capturing apparatus, second correction
information corresponding to the image sensor information,

wherein the lens calculator is configured to:
acquire a determination result of whether the lens calculator or the image capturing apparatus performs the interpolation
process;

perform the interpolation process and send the second correction information to the image capturing apparatus in a case where
the acquired determination result is that the lens calculator performs the interpolation process; and

send the first correction information to the image capturing apparatus in a case where the acquired determination result is
that the image capturing apparatus performs the interpolation process.

US Pat. No. 9,674,431

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus for generating a restored image from an original image, the image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element configured to photoelectrically convert an object image formed via an image pickup optical system
to obtain the original image; and

a processor configured to:
determine whether an aperture value, which is set when the original image is shot, is not less than a predetermined value;
and

generate the restored image from the original image using an image restoration filter whose distribution of two-dimensional
filter values is constant with respect to a position in the original image when the aperture value is not less than the predetermined
value.

US Pat. No. 9,674,441

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a main subject from an image captured by an image sensor that captures a subject image;
a position detection unit configured to detect a position, on a screen, of the main subject; and
a correction unit configured to correct, based on the position of the main subject detected by the detection unit, at least
one of a blur and a distortion of an image of a subject other than the main subject, the blur and the distortion occurring
due to correction of a blur of an image of the main subject performed by an optical image stabilization unit configured to
optically correct a blur, on the screen, of the image of the main subject.

US Pat. No. 9,674,463

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing image signals that are obtained from an image pickup element, the image processing
apparatus comprising:
at least one memory and processor configured to function as:
(a) a first detection unit configured to detect correlation data by operating a correlation of the image signals of two images
that are obtained from the image pickup element;

(b) a counting unit configured to detect, before the first detection unit operates the correlation of the image signals, whether
or not an image signal reaches a predetermined level, and to produce count information that indicates a count at which the
image signal reaches the predetermined level; and

(c) a second detection unit configured to compose a plurality of the correlation data with each other, excluding the correlation
data that is concerned with the image signal reaching the predetermined level and to normalize the correlation data composed
by the second detection unit, on the basis of the count information, wherein the second detection unit detects a defocus amount
on the basis of the correlation data normalized by the second detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,674,473

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,636,014

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND ALIGNMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus, comprising:
an optical system including a light beam projecting unit for projecting a light beam to an eye to be inspected, and a light
receiving unit for receiving a reflection light beam obtained by reflection of the light beam on the eye to be inspected;

a detecting unit for detecting a plurality of bright spot images from the reflection light beam received by the light receiving
unit, the bright spot images being generated based on the light beam reflected by an intraocular lens provided in the eye
to be inspected and the light beam reflected by a cornea of the eye to be inspected;

a determining unit for determining whether or not each of the plurality of bright spot images is generated based on the reflection
light beam obtained by reflection on a cornea of the eye to be inspected, in accordance with a position of the bright spot
images being generated based on the light beam reflected by the intraocular lens and a position of the bright spot images
being generated based on the light beam reflected by a cornea of the eye to be inspected in a direction of an optical path
of the optical system;

a selection unit for selecting bright spot images, which are a part of the detected plurality of bright spot images and are
determined by the determining unit to be based on the reflection light beam obtained by the reflection on the cornea; and

a calculating unit for calculating an alignment status between the eye to be inspected and the optical system based on the
bright spot images selected by the selection unit, wherein a bright spot image which is not selected by the selection unit
is not used for calculating the alignment status.

US Pat. No. 9,639,114

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,639,116

DISPLAY DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,636,022

SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A subject information acquisition device comprising:
an elastic wave receiving unit including a plurality of transducers each configured to receive an elastic wave generated by
irradiation of light to a subject;

a memory; and
a signal processing unit,
wherein the elastic wave receiving unit is configured to receive an elastic wave at a first position of the plurality of transducers
and output a first plurality of reception signals corresponding to the plurality of transducers at the first position with
respect to an interest region of the subject,

wherein the signal processing unit is configured to acquire a first plurality of corrected reception signals by correcting
the first plurality of reception signals with a first plurality of weighting factors, the first plurality of reception signals
including reception signals corresponding to transducers at the first position with a directivity angle including the interest
region and excluding reception signals corresponding to transducers at the first position with a directivity angle not including
the interest region,

wherein the signal processing unit is configured to acquire a first sum of the first plurality of corrected reception signals
and a second sum of the first plurality of weighting factors,

wherein the memory is configured to store the first sum and the second sum, respectively,
wherein the elastic wave receiving unit is configured to receive an elastic wave at a second position of the plurality of
transducers and output a second plurality of reception signals corresponding to the plurality of transducers at the second
position with respect to the interest region of the subject, the second position is different from the first position,

wherein the signal processing unit is configured to acquire a second plurality of corrected reception signals by correcting
the second plurality of reception signals with a second plurality of weighting factors, the second plurality of reception
signals including reception signals corresponding to transducers at the second position with a directivity angle including
the interest region and excluding reception signals corresponding to transducers at the second position with a directivity
angle not including the interest region,

wherein the signal processing unit is configured to acquire a third sum of the second plurality of corrected reception signals
and the first sum which is read out from the memory,

wherein the signal processing unit is configured to acquire a fourth sum of the second plurality of weighting factors and
the second sum which is read out from the memory,

wherein the memory is configured to store the third sum and the fourth sum, respectively, and
wherein the signal processing unit is configured to acquire subject information in the interest region, by using the third
sum and the fourth sum which are read out from the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,669,637

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light scanning apparatus comprising:
a light source;
a deflector configured to deflect a light flux from the light source;
an imaging optical system configured to guide the light flux deflected at the deflector onto a scanned surface; and
a control unit configured to control a light-emitting of the light source based on partial magnification shift of the imaging
optical system,

wherein the condition
0.3?B?0.6
is satisfied at an image height Y where a scanning angle ? is greatest, when the image height Y in a main scanning direction
on the scanned surface to which the light flux deflected at the scanning angle ? by the deflector enters is expressed by
Y=(K/B)×tan(B×?)
where K represents an imaging coefficient on an optical axis of the imaging optical system and B represents a scanning properties
coefficient.

US Pat. No. 9,669,642

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,674,526

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ENCODING AND DECODING A DIGITAL IMAGE SIGNAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

encoding an item of information representative of said segmentor determined.

US Pat. No. 9,671,731

FIXING MEMBER, FIXING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A fixing member, comprising:
a substrate;
an elastic layer; and
a release layer on the elastic layer, in this order,
wherein the release layer contains a tetrafluoroethylene-perfluoroalkyl vinyl ether copolymer,
wherein a content of the perfluoroalkyl vinyl ether based on all tetrafluoroethylene-perfluoroalkyl vinyl ether copolymers
in the release layer is 3.0 mol % to 5.8 mol %, and

wherein the elastic layer has an indentation elastic modulus EITs at a surface thereof and an indentation elastic modulus EITc at a position at a depth of 50 ?m from the surface, EITs and EITc being measured at a temperature of 150° C., such that EITs is larger than EITc, and EITc is 17 MPa to 24 MPa.

US Pat. No. 9,641,775

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,641,018

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,667,852

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING IN-FOCUS OPERATION BASED ON ONE FOCUS DETECTION AREA AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to photoelectrically convert an object image formed by an imaging optical system;
a calculation unit configured to, as a scan operation, extract a specific frequency component from an image signal output
from an imaging area of the image sensor corresponding to a focus detection area, to calculate a focus evaluation value based
on the specific frequency component obtained by one scan operation of the focus detection area; and

a control unit configured to drive a focus adjustment unit included in the imaging optical system based on the focus evaluation
value, to perform an in-focus operation, wherein the focus adjustment unit is configured to adjust a focusing state of the
object image,

wherein a change curve representing a change amount of the focus evaluation value obtained by one scan includes a first slope
portion before inversion of a sign of an inclination of the change curve at a peak value on the change curve and a second
slope portion after inversion of a sign of an inclination of the change curve at the peak value on the change curve, and

wherein the control unit determines whether the focus evaluation value corresponding to the peak value on the change curve
is used for the in-focus operation, based on a comparison of an inclination of the first slope portion and an inclination
of the second slope portion to a threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,665,028

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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


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

US Pat. No. 9,667,866

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING GPS FUNCTION AND INTERVAL PHOTOGRAPHING FUNCTION, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

operate in a plurality of image pickup modes including an interval mode for performing image pickup in a case where a first
time period elapses;

acquire position information indicative of a position of the image pickup apparatus in a case where a second time period elapses;
set the second time period according to a user's operation;
determine whether the first time period is longer than a validity period of satellite position information for acquiring the
position information;

synchronize the second time period and the first time period in a case where the first time period is equal to or shorter
than the validity period of satellite position information;

determine, before the first time period elapses, whether power required for measuring performed each time when the second
time period elapses is larger than power required for measuring performed from a cold start in a case where the first time
period is longer than the validity period of satellite position information;

maintain the second time period unchanged in a case where the power required for the measuring performed each time when the
second time period elapses is not larger than the power required for the measuring performed from the cold start; and

synchronize the second time period and the first time period in a case where the power the power required for the measuring
performed each time when the second time period elapses is larger than the power required for the measuring performed from
the cold start.

US Pat. No. 9,667,876

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image capture unit; and
at least one processor or circuit to perform the operations of the following units:
a setting unit configured to set a sensitivity serving as a setting for shooting using the image capture unit; and
a selection unit configured to be able to select one of a first selection method capable of selecting a sensitivity from out
of a plurality of sensitivities at a first numerical value increment, and a second selection method capable of selecting a
sensitivity from out of a plurality of sensitivities at a second numerical value increment, as a method for selecting the
sensitivity, the second numerical value being smaller than the first numerical value,

wherein options selectable with the first selection method include a predetermined sensitivity that does not correspond to
the first numerical value increment and is selectable with the second selection method.

US Pat. No. 9,667,878

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to convert light incident thereon via an imaging optical system into an electric signal and output
the electric signal;

a control unit configured to control a charge accumulation period for the image sensor;
a selection unit configured to select one of a first mode in which the electric signal output from the image sensor is not
output as a visible image and a second mode in which the electric signal output from the image sensor is output as a visible
image;

a photometry unit configured to perform photometry based on the electric signal output from the image sensor; and
a focus detection unit configured to perform focus detection based on the electric signal output from the image sensor,
wherein the control unit controls the charge accumulation period with an integer multiple of a period of a horizontal synchronization
signal, and if the first mode has been selected, sets a minimum accumulation period for the charge accumulation period to
a first period, and if the second mode has been selected, sets the minimum accumulation period to a second period that is
greater than or equal to the first period.

US Pat. No. 9,667,888

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a first image capturing unit;
a second image capturing unit that is different from the first image capturing unit; and
a control unit configured to perform control such that a second live image captured by the second image capturing unit is
superimposed and displayed on a first live image captured by the first image capturing unit,

wherein if first information is to be displayed on a display unit along with the first live image and the second live image,
the control unit controls to select a display state in which the first information is superimposed on the second live image
or a display state in which the first information is displayed behind the second live image, according to a state of a predetermined
function for shooting.

US Pat. No. 9,668,144

METHOD OF SHAPING THE SPECTRUM OF AN INPUT BITSTREAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

22. A signal processing system comprising:
a first signal processing device comprising a processing unit configured to perform a plurality of line coding steps on respective
parts of an input bitstream to obtain a plurality of respective line-coded signals, to multiplex the plurality of line-coded
signals to obtain a spectrum-shaped output signal, and to determine a transfer function of a communication channel through
which the spectrum-shaped output signal is to be transmitted, wherein the plurality of line coding steps are performed according
to the transfer function; and

a second signal processing device for decoding output signals from the first signal processing device, the second signal processing
device comprising:

a receiving unit configured to receive a spectrum shaped signal representing an original signal and comprising a plurality
of multiplexed line-coded signals, and

a processing unit configured to decode the multiplexed line-coded signals, and to arrange the decoded line-coded signals as
parts of the original signal to obtain the original signal.

US Pat. No. 9,667,892

IMAGE SENSOR, IMAGE SENSING DEVICE, CAMERA, AND METHOD OF DRIVING IMAGE SENSING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising a semiconductor chip and a package covering the semiconductor chip,
the semiconductor chip comprising a pixel portion including a plurality of pixels arranged to form a plurality of rows and
a plurality of rows, a row selection unit configured to select a row of the plurality of columns, a memory, a readout unit
configured to write, in the memory, a first signal corresponding to a reset level from pixels of the row selected from the
plurality of rows by the row selection unit and a second signal corresponding to an optical signal level from the pixels of
the row selected from the plurality of rows, an output unit configured to output an image signal corresponding to the first
and second signals written in the memory, a control unit configured to output a control signal to an output pin of the package
via an output pad of the semiconductor chip, and a pad to which a power supply voltage is supplied from outside the semiconductor
chip,

wherein the control signal indicates a write period within a row-selected period during which the row is selected from the
plurality of rows by the row selection unit, and

wherein during the write period, the first and second signals associated with the row selected from the plurality of rows
are written in the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,633,264

OBJECT RETRIEVAL USING BACKGROUND IMAGE AND QUERY IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image retrieval apparatus comprising:
a selection unit configured to sequentially select each of a plurality of cameras;
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire, from an image group captured by a camera selected by the selection unit, an
image that does not include a retrieval target object as a background image;

a second acquisition unit configured to acquire an image including the retrieval target object as a query image;
an extraction unit configured to extract feature amounts having different dimensions from each of the background image and
the query image;

a learning unit configured to learn, for each sub-group of feature amounts having same dimension in a group of the feature
amounts that the extraction unit extracts from the background image and the query image, a discriminator used for identifying
the retrieval target object from an image captured by the selected camera to obtain weights corresponding to the sub-group;
and

a retrieval unit configured to utilize the sub-group and the weights corresponding to the sub-group to retrieve the retrieval
target object from the image group captured by the selected camera, wherein the retrieval unit is configured to utilize the
sub-group and the weights corresponding to the sub-group in an order of a sub-set based on a dimension of or an evaluation
result of the sub-set.

US Pat. No. 9,632,448

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a conversion unit configured to convert image data based on a conversion condition which corresponds to a type of halftone
processing;

an image processing unit configured to execute the halftone processing on the image data converted by the conversion unit,
wherein the halftone processing includes first halftoning and second halftoning which is different from the first halftoning;

an image forming unit including a photoreceptor, an exposure unit configured to expose, based on the image data on which the
halftone processing is executed by the image processing unit, the photoreceptor with light to form an electrostatic latent
image on the photoreceptor, and a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image;

an image carrier on which a measurement image is formed by the image forming unit;
a measurement unit configured to measure the measurement image formed on the image carrier;
a controller configured to:
control the image forming unit to form a predetermined measurement image and a first measurement image;
control the measurement unit to measure the predetermined measurement image and the first measurement image;
control the image forming unit to form a second measurement image; and
control the measurement unit to measure the second measurement image;
an adjustment unit for adjusting, before forming the second measurement image, the intensity of the light of the exposure
unit based on the measurement result of the predetermined measurement image; and

a generation unit configured to generate a first conversion condition corresponding to the first halftoning based on the measurement
result of the first measurement image and to generate a second conversion condition corresponding to the second halftoning
based on the measurement result of the second measurement image,

wherein the predetermined measurement image and the first measurement image are formed based on first measurement image data
on which the image processing unit executes the first halftoning,

wherein the second measurement image is formed based on second measurement image data on which the image processing unit executes
the second halftoning,

wherein the conversion unit, in a case where the image processing unit executes the first halftoning on the image data, converts
the image data based on the first conversion condition, and

wherein the conversion unit, in a case where the image processing unit executes the second halftoning on the image data, converts
the image data based on the second conversion condition.

US Pat. No. 9,632,449

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CONTROLLED LIGHT EMISSION USING CURRENT ADJUSTMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,632,469

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,628,657

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A copier comprising:
a document cover;
a reading unit configured to read an image;
a printing unit configured to print the image; and
a setting unit configured to set an identification card mode for reading a front side and a back side of an identification
card and then printing an image of the front side and an image of the back side,

wherein the printing unit starts, in a case where the identification card mode is set by the setting unit, printing of the
image of the front side and the image of the back side in accordance with open of the document cover after the reading unit
reads the front side and the back side of the identification card, and

wherein the printing unit starts, in a case where the identification card mode is not set by the setting unit, printing of
an image without waiting open of the document cover after reading by the reading unit.

US Pat. No. 9,626,605

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PROCESSING RENDERING DATA INCLUDING A PIXEL PATTERN FOR REPRESENTING A SEMITRANSPARENT OBJECT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether rendering positions of two semitransparent objects respectively represented
by two pieces of rendering data overlap, each rendering data having a pixel pattern including pixels to be painted with a
color of a semitransparent object and pixels to be painted with a color of a background of the semitransparent object; and

a control unit configured to, on a basis of at least a determination that the rendering positions overlap, perform control
such that rendering based on the pixel pattern of one of the two pieces of rendering data is not performed by a renderer,

wherein the determination unit and the control unit are implemented by one or more processors.

US Pat. No. 9,625,838

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic apparatus comprising:
a cylindrical electrophotographic photosensitive member;
a charging roller that is disposed so as to be in contact with the electrophotographic photosensitive member and applies a
direct current voltage to charge the electrophotographic photosensitive member;

a driving force transmission that transmits a driving force which causes rotation so that contact portions of the electrophotographic
photosensitive member and the charging roller move in the same direction and a peripheral speed of the charging roller is
higher than a peripheral speed of the electrophotographic photosensitive member; and

a developing device that supplies a toner onto the electrophotographic photosensitive member to form a toner image,
wherein the developing device is configured to collect a residual toner left on the electrophotographic photosensitive member
after the toner image has been transferred onto a transfer material,

the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises a support, an undercoat layer on the support, and a photosensitive
layer on the undercoat layer,

the undercoat layer contains metal oxide particles, and
a volume resistivity of the undercoat layer is from 1×107 ?·cm to 1×1014 ?·cm.

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. 9,625,861

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. 9,622,656

OPHTHALMOLOGICAL APPARATUS, COMPARISON METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmological apparatus comprising:
a measurement unit configured to measure data of a layer thickness of a predetermined tissue of the eye being examined by
analyzing tomographic images of the eye being examined;

a position identifying unit configured to identify positions of a first part and a second part in the measured data;
a storage unit configured to store statistical data of layer thicknesses of the predetermined tissue of a plurality of eyes
that have been examined;

a position alignment unit configured to perform position alignment on the measured data of the eye being examined and the
statistical data of layer thicknesses of the predetermined tissue of the plurality of eyes that have been examined which is
stored in a storage unit, by comparing an inclination of a first line extending from the first part toward the second part
with an inclination of a second line extending from the first part in the statistical data toward the second part in the statistical
data; and

a comparison unit configured to compare the measured data of the eye being examined with the statistical data.

US Pat. No. 9,626,285

STORAGE RESOURCE ALLOCATION TO DATAFLOWS BASED ON DATA REQUIREMENTS AND ATTRIBUTES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A resource allocation apparatus comprising:
an attribute acquisition unit configured to acquire an attribute provided to a plurality of data flows beforehand, each data
flow of the plurality of data flows being a flow of data between a process and another process, wherein the process transfers
specific data on a specific data flow to the other process by (a) the process storing the specific data in a data storage
resource which is allocated to the specific data flow, and (b) the other process obtaining the specific data from the data
storage resource which is allocated to the specific data flow, wherein (1) the attribute indicates a requirement for a data
storage resource to store the data flowing on the data flow, and (2) the attribute comprises (a) a data size attribute indicating
a data size of the data storage resource required to store the data flowing on the data flow, and (b) a data type attribute
which indicates a type of data flowing on the data flow wherein the data type attribute is one of an RGB color image and a
grayscale image;

a graph generation unit configured to generate a data flow relationship graph indicating a relationship between the plurality
of data flows which potentially leads to access contention in the data storage resource; and

an allocation unit configured to, based on the attribute and the data flow relationship graph, allocate the data storage resource
to the plurality of data flows such that no access contention occurs upon transferring data on the data flow between the process
and the other process.

US Pat. No. 9,626,553

OBJECT IDENTIFICATION APPARATUS AND OBJECT IDENTIFICATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An object identification apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to, for objects in a plurality of sample images, store feature quantities of a plurality of predetermined
partial areas, and a similarity of feature quantities for each partial area between objects of an identical individual and
between objects of different individuals;

a selection unit configured to, for each partial area of an object in a registered image, select a corresponding sample image
from the storage unit based on feature quantities of the partial area;

a setting unit configured to, for objects in the registered image, set a similarity of feature quantities for each partial
area between objects of an identical individual and between objects of different individuals based on a similarity related
to the selected sample images for each partial area;

a learning unit configured to make a discriminator learn based on the set similarity;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a similarity for each partial area between an object in an input image and the object
in the registered image; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether the object in the input image is identical to the object in the registered
image based on the similarity acquired by the acquisition unit and a result of identification by the learned discriminator.

US Pat. No. 9,618,404

TRANSDUCER AND MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transducer comprising:
a substrate;
a cell including a vibrating membrane and a second electrode, the vibrating membrane including a first electrode, the second
electrode being disposed on the substrate with a spacing from the first electrode;

a connection electrode disposed on a surface of the substrate having the cell disposed thereon, the connection electrode being
electrically connected to one of the first and second electrodes; and

a flexible print circuit board including an insulating film and a conductive portion disposed on the insulating film, the
conductive portion being electrically connected to the connection electrode,

wherein part of the conductive portion is exposed to face an upper surface of the substrate having the cell disposed thereon,
and

wherein an insulation layer is disposed on part of the upper surface of the substrate facing the flexible print circuit board.

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. 9,612,818

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A program management method in an information processing apparatus provided with an extension unit for performing control
to download an extension program for extending functionality from an external server and to install the extension program,
the method comprising:
by the extension unit,
performing control to download from the external server an introduction program that provides information about an extension
program which can be downloaded from the external server, and to install the introduction program;

obtaining, from the installed introduction program, information about the extension program which can be downloaded;
performing control to download the extension program that can be downloaded from the external server and install the extension
program that can be downloaded, based on the information obtained from the introduction program in the obtaining, in response
to receiving an instruction to install the extension program which can be downloaded; and

stopping the installed extension program, based on limitation information for the extension program, which is included in
the information obtained from the introduction program by the obtaining, and performing control to uninstall; and

displaying, when the control to uninstall is performed based on the limitation information, a notification screen for notifying
that uninstallation is performed due to a limit expiration, wherein in the stopping,

if a type of the stopped extension program is an applet type, when an icon displayed in a main menu is pressed, screen data
for displaying a notification of the limit expiration of the extension program and the icon are associated and stored, and

if the type of the stopped extension program is a servlet type, a URL of the extension program is obtained, and screen data
for displaying a notification of the limit by a Web browser of an access resource when the URL is accessed, and the URL are
associated and stored,

wherein any one of screen data stored in the stopping is displayed in the displaying, and
wherein if the type of the stopped extension program is an esplet type, a notification of the limit expiration of the extension
program is displayed on a status line within the main menu in the displaying.

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. 9,614,902

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. 9,614,688

PROVIDING IMAGE DATA TO A CLIENT DISPLAY DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for providing display information to a client display device from a plurality of servers over one or more data
communication channels, wherein each of the servers provides a pre-assigned partial region of an overall image for display
on the client display device, and wherein in the method each of the plurality of servers performs:
determining whether or not data to be sent is image data associated with the pre-assigned partial region assigned to the server;
sending the data to be sent via an existent data communication channel to the client display device if it is determined that
the data to be sent is not image data;

sending, if it is determined that the data to be sent is image data, instead of the image data, information indicating an
intended establishment of one or more new data communication channels over which to send the image data to the client display
device;

receiving an acknowledgment sent from the client display device via a multicast communication channel, wherein the acknowledgment
confirms the intended establishment of the one or more new data communication channels;

establishing the one or more new data communication channels; and
apportioning and sending the image data over the established one or more new data communication channels to the client display
device.

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. 9,609,192

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. 9,602,736

IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image sensing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor including a plurality of pixels which are arrayed to form a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns and
perform photoelectric conversion for light, the image sensor being configured to sense, with a rolling shutter operation,
an optical image formed from fluorescence or phosphorescence generated by excitation light from an excitation light source;

a mechanical shutter configured to control exposure on the image sensor; and
a controller configured to control the image sensor and the mechanical shutter so as to prevent overlapping between an excitation
period and a detection period, the excitation period being a period during which the excitation light source emits excitation
light, the detection period being a period during which the plurality of pixels are commonly set in a state of performing
the photoelectric conversion for detecting fluorescence or phosphorescence and the mechanical shutter is open,

wherein the controller is configured to control the image sensor such that the excitation period starts in a state that pixels
on at least a part of the plurality of rows are set and maintained in a charge accumulation state.

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. 9,594,318

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. 9,594,323

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising toner particles, each of the toner particles comprising a polyester binder resin, a hydrocarbon wax
and a colorant, with inorganic fine particles being melt-fixed at the surface of the toner particles, wherein
the toner satisfies formula (1):
1.20?P1/P2?2.00  (1)

where P1=Pa/Pb and P2=Pc/Pd,
Pa is an intensity of the highest absorption peak in a range from 2843 cm?1 to 2853 cm?1 in an FT-IR spectrum obtained by an attenuated total reflectance (ATR) method by using Ge as the ATR crystal and under the
condition of an infrared light-incidence angle of 45°,

Pb is an intensity of the highest absorption peak in a range from 1713 cm?1 to 1723 cm?1 in an FT-IR spectrum obtained by an attenuated total reflectance (ATR) method by using Ge as the ATR crystal and under the
condition of an infrared light-incidence angle of 45°,

Pc is an intensity of the highest absorption peak in a range from 2843 cm?1 to 2853 cm?1 in an FT-IR spectrum obtained by an attenuated total reflectance (ATR) method by using KRS5 as the ATR crystal and under the
condition of an infrared light-incidence angle of 45°, and

Pd is an intensity of the highest absorption peak in a range from 1713 cm?1 to 1723 cm?1 in an FT-IR spectrum obtained by an attenuated total reflectance (ATR) method by using KRS5 as the ATR crystal and under the
condition of an infrared light-incidence angle of 45°.

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. 9,594,341

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING LOCKING CARTRIDGE TRAY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, to which a cartridge is detachably mountable, for forming an image on a recording material,
said apparatus comprising:
a main assembly including an opening;
a cartridge tray for dismountably supporting a cartridge, said cartridge tray being movable through the opening between an
outer position and an inner position;

an openable member for opening and closing the opening;
said cartridge tray being provided, at one end portion side of said cartridge tray with respect to a longitudinal direction
of said cartridge, with a regulating member which is engaged with a main assembly side engaging portion of said main assembly
to regulate movement of said cartridge tray toward the outer position when said cartridge tray is in the inner position;

at least one urging member, provided upstream of said regulating member with respect to an outward direction which is from
the inner position toward the outer position, for urging said cartridge tray from the inner position toward the outer position;
and

a locking member movable between a regulating position and a non-regulating position in interrelation with movement of said
openable member, wherein when said openable member is closed, said locking member moves to the regulating position at which
said locking member engages with the other end portion side of said cartridge tray with respect to the longitudinal direction
to push said cartridge tray to the inner position and regulates movement of said cartridge tray toward the outer position,
and wherein when said openable member is opened, said locking member moves to the non-regulating position at which said locking
member disengages from said cartridge tray.

US Pat. No. 9,594,342

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:
a developing chamber that has a developer bearing member bearing developer;
an accommodating chamber that has a concave portion and an opening and accommodates the developer under the developing chamber;
a conveying member that conveys the developer by rotation; and
a first detecting portion and a second detecting portion for detecting an amount of the developer in use of capacitance, wherein
a part of the concave portion is at least within a turning radius of the conveying member,
the first detecting portion is provided on a downstream side in a rotating direction of the conveying member relative to the
concave portion, and

the second detecting portion is provided on an upstream side in the rotating direction of the conveying member relative to
the concave portion.

US Pat. No. 9,596,406

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS ASSOCIATING SHOOTER AND SHOT IMAGE, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a first image pickup unit configured to shoot a subject to obtain a first image;
a second image pickup unit configured to shoot a shooter to obtain a second image, wherein the subject is different from the
shooter;

a first identification unit configured to identify a person existing in the first image to obtain first identification information
indicating the person;

a second identification unit configured to identify the shooter existing in the second image to obtain second identification
information indicating the shooter;

a recording unit configured to record the second identification information as shooter information of the first image, together
with the first image; and

a control unit configured to, if a person indicated by another information is the same person as the person indicated by the
first identification information, control said recording unit to record the another information, instead of the second identification
information, as the shooter information of the first image, wherein the another information is shooter information of another
image previously obtained by said first image pickup unit.

US Pat. No. 9,596,426

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
a first photoelectric conversion portion which converts light into an electric charge;
a second photoelectric conversion portion which converts light into an electric charge;
a charge holding portion which holds an electric charge;
a first transfer transistor which transfers an electric charge of the first photoelectric conversion portion to the charge
holding portion;

a second transfer transistor which transfers an electric charge of the second photoelectric conversion portion to the charge
holding portion; and

an amplifier portion which outputs a signal based on an electric charge of the charge holding portion, wherein
in a first control operation, from a state in which both of the first transfer transistor and the second transfer transistor
are off, the first transfer transistor is turned on while the second transfer transistor remains off,

in a second control operation, both of the first transfer transistor and the second transfer transistor are being on, and
a difference between a control voltage provided in the first control operation to the first transfer transistor to turn on
the first transfer transistor and a control voltage provided to the first transfer transistor to turn off the first transfer
transistor is smaller than a difference between a control voltage provided in the second control operation to the first transfer
transistor to turn on the first transfer transistor and the control voltage provided to the first transfer transistor to turn
off the first transfer transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,595,658

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL PIEZOELECTRIC DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
Na, Ba, Nb, Ti, and at least one of Si and B,
wherein a ratio “y” of a content (mol) of Nb with respect to a total content (mol) of Nb and Ti is 0.85?y?0.95,
a ratio “x” of a content (mol) of Na with respect to the total content (mol) of Nb and Ti is 0.80?x?0.95,
a ratio “b” of a content (mol) of Ba with respect to the total content (mol) of Nb and Ti is 0.05?b?0.15, and
a total content (part by weight) of Si and B is 0.001 parts by weight or more and 4.000 parts by weight or less with respect
to 100 parts by weight of an oxide including Na, Ba, Nb and Ti.

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. 9,591,197

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. 9,585,570

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND LASER APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A laser apparatus, comprising:
a laser medium;
temperature controlling means configured to control a temperature of said laser medium, and including a circulator circulating
a substance near said laser medium to heat the laser medium, and heating means heating said substance circulating within said
circulator;

excitation means configured to excite said laser medium;
control means configured to control said temperature controlling means and said excitation means;
first temperature measuring means configured to measure the temperature of said laser medium; and
second temperature measuring means configured to measure a temperature of said substance circulating within said circulator,
wherein said control means does not activate said excitation means until the temperature of said substance circulating within
said circulator, measured by said second temperature measuring means, reaches a first value, and activates said heating means
until the temperature of said laser medium, measured by said first temperature measuring means, reaches a second value different
from said first value,

wherein a current to flow to said heating means after the temperature of said substance circulating within said circulator,
measured by said second temperature measuring means, reaches the first value and until the temperature of said laser medium,
measured by said first temperature measuring means, reaches the second value, is smaller than a current to flow to said heating
means until the temperature of said substance circulating within said circulator, measured by said second temperature measuring
means, reaches the first value.

US Pat. No. 9,581,880

SHUTTER DEVICE AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING SHUTTER DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A shutter device comprising:
a first shutter driving mechanism including a first motor, a first driven member configured to be driven by the first motor,
and a first light shielding member configured to be driven by the first driven member so as to open or close an aperture;

a second shutter driving mechanism including a second motor, a second driven member configured to be driven by the second
motor, and a second light shielding member configured to be driven by the second driven member so as to open or close an aperture;
and

a control unit configured to control the first motor and the second motor,
wherein in a case where the shutter device performs a first-frame shooting operation, the control unit controls the first
motor and the second motor such that the first shutter driving mechanism performs an exposure operation prior to an exposure
operation of the second shutter driving mechanism,

wherein in a case where the shutter device performs a second-frame shooting operation directly after the first-frame shooting
operation, the control unit controls the first motor and the second motor such that the second shutter driving mechanism performs
an exposure operation prior to an exposure operation of the first shutter driving mechanism,

wherein each of the first and second driven members is configured to provide a first driven zone and a second driven zone,
wherein in a case where the first and second driven members are driven in the first driven zone, the first and second light
shielding members maintain the closed state or the open state and do not continue to travel in a same direction, even if the
first driven member or the second driven member is moved, and

wherein in a case where the first and second driven members are driven in the second driven zone, the first and second light
shielding members travel from the closed state to the open state or from the open state to the closed state.

US Pat. No. 9,584,506

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system including:
a fee-based integrated service that a user belonging to a tenant for which a license is set is able to use, a free integrated
service, an authentication/authorization service, a print service, and a client, wherein the fee-based integrated service,
the free integrated service, the authentication/authorization service and the print service provide a cloud service,

wherein at least one of a plurality of central processing units (CPUs) included in the system functions as:
a setting unit configured to, when the user accessing the cloud service uses the fee-based integrated service, assign a role,
which is a concept used for managing authority which is required when the user accesses the cloud service, to user information
of the user and not to set a scope, which limits an act of the user, for first authorization information issued based on the
user information, and configured not to, when the user uses the free integrated service, assign a role to the user information
of the user and to set a scope for second authorization information issued based on the user information; and

an authorization unit configured to, in a case where a first print request is transmitted from a web browser of the client
to the print service via the fee-based integrated service, authorize use of the fee-based integrated service in a manner such
that the print service transmits authorization information related to the first print request to the authentication/authorization
service, the authentication/authorization service determines whether the role is assigned to the user information without
verifying a definition of the scope linked to the first authorization information, and the authorization unit, based on a
determination by the authentication/authorization service that the role is assigned to the user information linked to the
first authorization information, authorizes the use of the fee-based service, and

in a case where a second print request is transmitted from the web browser of the client to the print service via the free
integrated service, authorize use of the free integrated service in a manner such that the print service transmits authorization
information related to the second print request to the authentication/authorization service, the authentication/authorization
service determines whether the scope linked to the second authorization information is included in a scope for using the free
integrated service, and the authorization unit, based on a determination by the authentication/authorization service that
the scope linked to the second authorization information is included in the scope for using the free integrated service, authorizes
the use of the free integrated service without the authentication/authorization service verifying whether a role is assigned
to the user information linked to the second authorization information.

US Pat. No. 9,584,768

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor coupled to a memory, serving as:
(i) an image obtaining unit configured to obtain an image captured by an image capturing apparatus;
(ii) an index detection unit configured to detect index information from the image;
(iii) a measurement value obtaining unit configured to obtain a measurement value measured by a sensor;
(iv) a determination unit configured to determine a suitability of the index information and the measurement value as calibration
data for performing a calibration of at least one of a position and an orientation of the sensor with respect to the image
capturing apparatus, based on the index information and the measurement value; and

(v) a presentation unit configured to present the suitability of the calibration data on a display area displayed on a predetermined
display,

wherein the suitability as the calibration data to be presented identifiably represents a case when a capturing environment
of an image from which the index information included in the calibration data is detected or a measurement environment of
the measurement value is not suitable for performing the calibration, or a case when a capturing environment of an image from
which the index information included in the calibration data is detected or a measurement environment of the measurement value
is suitable for performing the calibration and the calibration data satisfies a predetermined condition.

US Pat. No. 9,583,523

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

a second electrode disposed between the insulating film and the photoelectric conversion film,
wherein the second electrode has a first opening above the one electrode and a second opening above the another electrode,
and

the insulating film continuously covers the first opening and the second opening in contact with the photoelectric conversion
film through the first opening and the second opening.

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. 9,578,189

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. 9,578,448

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
an operation unit configured to be operated by a user;
a communication unit configured to perform close proximity wireless communication;
a detection unit configured to detect an operation for the operation unit;
a display unit configured to display, if the detection unit detects the operation and the communication unit has executed
close proximity wireless communication with an external apparatus, a confirmation screen for confirming execution of processing
corresponding to the operation for the operation unit; and

a control unit configured to control the processing corresponding to the operation for the operation unit in accordance with
an instruction of the user for the screen displayed by the display unit.

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. 9,572,546

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:
a probe in which a plurality of elements are arrayed in a first direction, wherein said plurality of elements perform electronic
scanning by transmitting an ultrasound wave to a measurement target region of an object and receiving a reflected wave;

a mechanical scanner arranged to position said probe in a scanning movement in said first direction and in a direction crossing
said first direction, wherein each movement in said first direction forms a stripe;

a transmission beam former which inputs, to each element included in a transmission aperture element row transmitting the
ultrasound wave, from among said plurality of elements, an input signal for driving the element;

a received signal beam former which combines received signals obtained by elements included in a reception aperture element
row receiving the ultrasound wave, from among said plurality of elements;

a generator which generates property information on the object from the combined received signal; and
a controller which gradually reduces the number of elements included in the transmission aperture element row or the number
of elements included in the reception aperture element row in the electronic scan as the position of said probe comes to the
stripe on an end section of the measurement target region of the object, such that with respect to the elements included in
the transmission aperture row or the reception aperture row, a center of the elements shifts within the array in a direction
to the end section of the measurement target region as the position of said probe comes to the stripe on the end section.

US Pat. No. 9,578,192

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF DEVICES DRIVEN BY POWER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising a plurality of devices driven by power and configured to be operable in:
1) a standby mode in which power is supplied to the plurality of devices and the image forming apparatus stands by a start
of an image formation; and

2) a power saving mode in which power supply to a part of the plurality of devices is stopped so that the power consumption
of the image forming apparatus in the power saving mode is reduced compared with that of the image forming apparatus in the
standby mode, comprising:

a door which is opened when consumable material is replaced;
a detection unit configured to detect whether or not a replacement of the consumable material is required;
a door opened/closed detection unit configured to detect the door opening or door closing both in the standby mode and in
the power saving mode;

a first power supply configured to supply power to the door opening/closing detection unit when the image forming apparatus
is in the power saving mode;

a display unit configured to display information;
a control unit configured to display a guide to replace the consumable material on the display unit when the door opening
is detected by the door opening/closing detection unit in the power saving mode and it is detected by the detection unit that
the replacement of the consumable material is required;

a second power supply configured to supply power to the control unit; and
a power control unit, when the image forming apparatus is in the power saving mode, configured to stop power supply from the
second power supply to the control unit when the door opening is not detected by the door opening/closing detection unit,
and configured to allow power supply from the second power supply to the control unit when the door opening is detected by
the door opening/closing detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,578,199

CONTROL OF DRIVING ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive selection of a function from a plurality of types of functions;
an execution unit configured to execute the function received by said reception unit;
a determination unit configured to determine whether temperature rise suppression of a predetermined driving element is necessary;
and

a stop control unit configured to perform stop control on said predetermined driving element in accordance with the type of
the selected function, if said determination unit determines that temperature rise suppression is necessary,

wherein if the function received by said reception unit is a function which does not use said predetermined driving element,
said stop control unit causes said execution unit to execute the function, and

if the function received by said reception unit is a function which uses said predetermined driving element, said stop control
unit causes said execution unit to execute at least an initial operation of operations included in the function, even if said
determination unit determines that temperature rise suppression is necessary.

US Pat. No. 9,578,202

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit;
a communication unit;
a memory; and
a processor for executing a program stored in the memory, the program including following steps of:
capturing an object by the image capturing unit and generating image data;
communicating with an external apparatus via the communication unit by a connection procedure selected from a plurality of
connection procedures, the plurality of connection procedures including a first connection procedure in which an external
apparatus is connected in accordance with a predetermined operation on the communication apparatus and a second connection
procedure in which an external apparatus is connected in accordance with an operation whose operation amount is smaller than
the predetermined operation performed on the communication apparatus to do connection by the first connection procedure, wherein
the connection procedure is selected before connection between the communication apparatus and the external apparatus is established
by the communication unit;

operating in a first transmitting mode when the connection with the external apparatus is established by the first connection
procedure;

operating in a second transmitting mode when the connection with the external apparatus is established by the second connection
procedure;

wherein, in the first transmitting mode, a content that is selected based on an operation on the communication apparatus is
transmitted and, in a second transmitting mode, a content that is selected based on an operation on an external apparatus
is transmitted,

wherein the first transmitting mode is executed after establishing the connection between the communication apparatus and
the external apparatus and the second transmitting mode is executed after the connection between the communication apparatus
and the external apparatus is established by the communication unit, and

wherein the contents recorded in a recording medium include the image data generated by the image capturing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,575,422

METHOD OF PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, METHOD OF PRODUCING ORGANIC DEVICE, AND EMULSION FOR CHARGE TRANSPORTING LAYER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing an electrophotographic photosensitive member which comprises a support and a charge transporting
layer formed thereon, the method comprising the steps of:
preparing a solution comprising (i) a first liquid whose solubility in water under 25° C. and 1 atmosphere is 1.0 mass % or
less, (ii) a second liquid whose solubility in water under 25° C. and 1 atmosphere is 5.0 mass % or more, (iii) a charge transporting
substance, and (iv) a binder resin;

preparing an emulsion by dispersing the solution in water;
forming a coat for the charge transporting layer by using the emulsion; and
forming the charge transporting layer by heating the coat.

US Pat. No. 9,575,425

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner, comprising:
a toner particle having an average circularity of 0.935 to 0.948, said toner particle comprising a binder resin, a magnetic
material having an octahedral shape with a number average particle diameter ranging from 100 to 200 nm, and organic-inorganic
composite fine particles, said organic-inorganic composite fine particles comprising vinyl resin particles with a number average
particle diameter of 50 to 200 nm and a shape factor SF-2 of 103 to 120 having inorganic fine particles embedded to the vinyl
resin particle, the organic-inorganic composite fine particles having convexes derived from the inorganic fine particles on
surfaces thereof, wherein

(i) each of the eight regions of the first circle comprises pieces of the magnetic material, and an average number of the
pieces of the magnetic material contained in each of the eight regions of the first circle is 6.0 or more and a coefficient
of variation of the number of the pieces of the magnetic material among the eight regions of the first circle is 0.50 or less
when drawing a first circle on a reflection electron image of the toner particle, the reflection electron image being photographed
by using a scanning electron microscope with a magnifying power of 20,000, the first circle having a radius of 2.0 ?m, and
having a center at a midpoint of the maximum diameter of the toner particle in the reflection electron image, and

dividing the first circle into eight regions evenly with eight lines each of which extends from the center of the first circle
towards a periphery of the first circle, and

(ii) each of the eight regions of the second circle comprises the organic-inorganic composite fine particles, an average number
of the organic-inorganic composite fine particles contained in each of the eight regions of the second circle is 70.0 or more,
and a coefficient of variation of the number of the organic-inorganic composite fine particles among the eight regions of
the second circle is 0.30 or less when drawing a second circle on a reflection electron image of the toner, the reflection
electron image being photographed by using a scanning electron microscope with a magnifying power of 20,000, the second circle
having a radius of 2.0 ?m, and having a center at a midpoint of the maximum diameter of the toner in the reflection electron
image, and

dividing the second circle into eight regions evenly with eight lines each of which extends from the center of the second
circle towards a periphery of the second circle.

US Pat. No. 9,575,432

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a light source including a plurality of light-emitting portions that are each configured to emit a light beam for exposing
a photosensitive member, wherein the plurality of light-emitting portions include a first light-emitting portion configured
to emit a first light beam and a second light-emitting portion configured to emit a second light beam;

a deflection unit configured to deflect a plurality of light beams emitted from the plurality of light-emitting portions,
such that the plurality of light beams scan the photosensitive member, wherein the first light beam deflected by the deflection
unit exposes a different position from the second light beam deflected by the deflection unit in a scanning direction of the
plurality of light beams;

a beam detection unit provided at a position on which a light beam deflected by the deflection unit is incident, the beam
detection unit including a receiving surface configured to receive the first and second light beams deflected by the deflection
unit, and being configured to generate a detection signal indicating that the light beam has been detected according to incidence
on the receiving surface of the first and second light beams deflected by the deflection unit;

a first driver IC configured to drive light-emitting portions included in the plurality of light-emitting portions, wherein
the light-emitting portions driven by the first driver IC include the first light-emitting portion;

a second driver IC configured to drive light-emitting portions that are included in the plurality of light-emitting portions
and that are different from light-emitting portions driven by the first driver IC, wherein the light-emitting portions driven
by the second driver IC include the second light-emitting portion; and

a control unit,
wherein the beam detection unit is configured to generate a first signal according to detection of a light beam emitted from
a light-emitting portion driven by the first driver IC and to generate a second signal according to detection of a light beam
emitted from a light-emitting portion driven by the second driver IC, and the first signal and the second signal are generated
by the beam detection unit separately, and

wherein the control unit is configured to measure a time interval between the first signal and the second signal, and is configured
to control the first driver IC and the second driver IC so that with respect to relative emission timings at which the plurality
of light-emitting portions emit light beams based on image data, the relative emission timings are controlled based on the
measured time interval and by using as a reference a detection signal generated by the beam detection unit that has detected
the first light beam.

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. 9,576,877

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING MOUNTED MEMBER, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ELECTRONIC COMPONENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic component comprising:
a base body having a first area and a second area in a periphery of the first area;
an electronic device fixed to the first area of the base body;
a lid member opposing the electronic device via a space; and
a frame member configured to surround the space and fixed to the second area of the base body,
wherein the frame member includes a first portion, a second portion, and a third portion located between the first portion
and the second portion along a circumferential direction of the frame member,

wherein the lengths of the first portion and the second portion in the circumferential direction are longer than the length
of the third portion in the circumferential direction, coefficients of linear expansion of the first portion and the second
portion are different from a coefficient of linear expansion of at least one of the base body and the lid member, and a Young's
modulus of the third portion is lower than Young's moduli of the first portion and the second portion, and

wherein the frame member includes an overlap portion which overlaps the base body, the frame member includes an expanded portion
which does not overlap the base body, and the expanded portion is provided with a through hole.

US Pat. No. 9,567,172

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion;
a sheet storing portion which is drawably mounted on an image forming apparatus body;
a sheet feeding portion which feeds a sheet stored in the sheet storing portion in a direction perpendicular to a mounting
direction of the sheet storing portion;

a biasing portion which biases the sheet storing portion which is mounted in the image forming apparatus body in a direction
opposite to the mounting direction;

a positioning portion which performs positioning of the sheet storing portion mounted on the image forming apparatus body
in a mounting direction, wherein the positioning portion includes a latch portion which is provided in one of the sheet storing
portion and the image forming apparatus body and a to-be-latched portion which is provided in the other of the sheet storing
portion and the image forming apparatus body, and wherein the sheet storing portion is positioned by abutting the latch portion
against the to-be-latched portion due to a biasing force by the biasing portion in the mounting direction; and

an adjusting portion which adjusts the positioning portion so as to adjust a positioning position of the sheet storing portion
in the mounting direction,

wherein the adjusting portion includes a first teeth portion which has a plurality of teeth formed on a inclined surface inclined
in a direction oblique to the mounting direction and a second teeth portion which has a plurality of teeth on a surface which
faces the inclined surface and an engagement position between the teeth of the first teeth portion and the teeth of the second
teeth portion is changeable by moving of the first teeth portion in the direction oblique to the mounting direction, and

wherein the first teeth portion is provided on the latch portion or the to-be-latched portion and the positioning position
of the sheet storing portion in the mounting direction is adjusted by moving of the first teeth portion.

US Pat. No. 9,568,812

IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image projection apparatus comprising:
a projection unit configured to project an image onto a projection plane through a zoom lens;
an instruction receiving unit configured to receive an instruction for moving a correction point for correcting a projected
range of the image;

a deformation unit configured to deform the projected range of the image according to a moved position of the correction point;
and

a control unit configured to, if the correction point is moved to an outside of a predetermined range, optically change the
projected range of the image projected by the projection unit by driving the zoom lens in accordance with a movement of the
correction point.

US Pat. No. 9,565,999

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
a tomographic image acquisition unit configured to acquire a tomographic image of a subject's eye based on a combined beam
obtained by combining a return beam from the subject's eye, which is irradiated with a measuring beam, and a reference beam
corresponding to the measuring beam;

an optical path length difference changing unit configured to change an optical path length difference between the measuring
beam and the reference beam;

an anterior segment image acquisition unit configured to acquire an image of an anterior segment of the subject's eye;
a determination unit configured to determine, based on the image of the anterior segment, whether relative positions of an
optical system for irradiating the subject's eye with the measuring beam and the anterior segment satisfy a predetermined
position range;

a scanning unit configured to scan a fundus of the subject's eye with the measuring beam; and
a control unit configured to change, when it is determined that the relative positions satisfy the predetermined position
range, from a state that the subject's eye is not irradiated with the measuring beam to a state that the subject's eye is
irradiated with the measuring beam while the scanning unit is driven, and to automatically control the optical path length
difference changing unit so that the optical path length difference is within a predetermined length range in the state that
the subject's eye is irradiated with the measuring beam.

US Pat. No. 9,568,819

HOLDING APPARATUS, IMPRINT APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD USING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

17. A holding apparatus for holding a mold that has a pattern on a surface, the apparatus comprising:
a chuck having a plurality of attraction units that vacuum-attracts the mold, and configured to hold the mold by the plurality
of attraction units; and

an actuator configured to apply a force to the mold to deform the mold for magnification correction thereof,
wherein at least one of the plurality of attraction units is displaceable relative to another of the plurality of attraction
units in a direction along the force, in a state that the at least one of the plurality of attraction units vacuum-attracts
the mold, in a case where the actuator applies the force to the mold, so that relative positions between the plurality of
attraction units are changed in accordance with the deformed mold, and

wherein the at least one of the plurality of attraction units includes an exhaust portion, and a contact part, to be in contact
with mold, that is formed around the exhaust portion, a plurality of grooves being formed around the contact part in the chuck
so that the at least one of the plurality of attraction units is displaceable in each of two directions along the force.

US Pat. No. 9,571,671

MANAGEMENT DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A management device comprising:
a processor and a memory operatively coupled to provide:
a manager configured to manage device information which includes at least a power status and an existence or non-existence
of a power status notification function of an image forming device, wherein the power status of the image forming device having
the power status notification function is managed according to a notification from the image forming device using the power
status notification function;

a requestor configured to transmit a response confirmation request to at least one of multiple image forming devices;
a receiver configured to receive a response from any one of the multiple image forming devices; and
an acquirer configured to acquire, from the image forming device that provided the response, data that shows an operational
status of an image forming device by sending a data acquisition request different from the response confirmation request to
the image forming device that provided the response,

wherein the device information further includes a compulsory acquisition standby status as one of pieces of status information
about the data that shows the operational status of the image forming device,

wherein the requestor does not transmit the response confirmation request in a case where the power status managed by the
manager is a power conservation mode for the image forming device having the power status notification function,

wherein, in a case where the requestor does not transmit the response confirmation request to the image forming device which
the power status managed by the manager is the power conservation mode and the status information of the image forming device
indicates the compulsory acquisition standby status, the acquirer sends the data acquisition request to the image forming
device,

wherein the requestor transmits the response confirmation request to the image forming device in a case where the power status
managed by the manager is a standby mode for the image forming device having the power status notification function, and

wherein the acquirer does not send the data acquisition request to the image forming device which does not perform a response
for the response confirmation request by the requestor.

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. 9,571,758

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND IMAGING APPARATUS DRIVING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel unit including a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix, each of the plurality of pixels including a plurality of
photoelectric conversion units configured to generate a signal charge and to output a pixel signal based on the signal charge;

a microlens array including a plurality of microlenses; and
an AD conversion unit configured to convert the pixel signal output from the each pixel into a digital signal by comparing
the pixel signal and a ramp signal;

wherein each of the plurality of microlenses is provided for corresponding one of the plurality of pixels,
wherein each of the plurality of microlenses is provided correspondingly to a plurality of photoelectric conversion units
arranged adjacent to each other in the corresponding one of the plurality of pixels,

wherein a first pixel signal based on the signal charges from m (m being an integer) photoelectric conversion units of the
photoelectric conversion units included in one pixel of the plurality of pixels is converted into a digital signal in a first
conversion period, and

wherein a second pixel signal based on the signal charges from n (n being an integer smaller than m, and equal to or larger
than 1) photoelectric conversion units of the photoelectric conversion units included in the one pixel is converted into a
digital signal in a second conversion period shorter than the first conversion period, a viable signal range of the second
pixel signal being smaller than a viable signal range of the first pixel signal.

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. 9,563,148

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS COMPRISING A PLURALITY OF ROTATABLE SHEET MEMBERS TO DETERMINE AMOUNT OF DEVELOPER BY CAPACITIVE MEANS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a storage chamber configured to store developer;
a plurality of sheet members disposed between a first electrode and a second electrode and rotatably disposed in the storage
chamber;

a detecting portion configured to detect a periodically fluctuated output value relating to capacitance between the first
electrode and the second electrode; and

a controller configured to determine an amount of the developer based on a phase time difference between a highest local maximum
value of the periodically fluctuated output value and an another local maximum value that comes next to the highest local
maximum value in one period, occurring due to respective ones of the plurality of sheet members.

US Pat. No. 9,563,159

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND ROTATABLE MEMBER FOR USE WITH THE IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image heating apparatus for heating an image formed on a recording material, said image heating apparatus comprising:
a cylindrical rotatable member including a base layer and an electroconductive layer;
a helical coil disposed in a hollow portion of said rotatable member, said coil having a helical portion of which a helical
axis extends along a generatrix direction of said rotatable member; and

a magnetic core disposed in the helical portion of said coil,
wherein an AC magnetic field, formed by an alternating current flowing through said coil, causes the electroconductive layer
to generate heat through electromagnetic induction heating,

wherein the base layer has a volume resistivity higher than that of the electroconductive layer, and a specific gravity smaller
than that of the electroconductive layer, and

wherein the electroconductive layer is formed of at least one of silver, aluminum, and austenitic stainless steel.

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. 9,565,338

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND MEDIUM TO PERFORM IMAGE SMOOTHING AND BRIGHTNESS CORRECTION TO REMOVE SHOW THROUGH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a scanner which reads a document, the scanner being able to read the document at a specified reading resolution;
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
an extraction unit configured to extract a region of halftone dots having cycle corresponding to frequency around Nyquist
frequency determined based on the specified reading resolution, from image data obtained by reading the document;

a smoothing unit configured to perform smoothing processing on the region of halftone dots extracted by the extraction unit;
and

a correction unit configured to perform brightness correction on the region smoothened by the smoothing unit.

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. 9,554,709

SPECIMEN INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a light source configured to irradiate a specimen with light;
a detector configured to output a signal by detecting an acoustic wave that is produced by irradiating the specimen with the
light; and

a memory in communication with a processor, the memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, causes the
processor to:

calculate, by using the signal, a first optical characteristic value distribution in the specimen, the first optical characteristic
value distribution being an initial sound pressure distribution or an optical energy absorption density distribution which
represents the product of an absorption coefficient distribution and a local fluence distribution;

determine, by using the first optical characteristic value distribution, two or more regions of a vessel in the specimen;
determine from the first optical characteristic value distribution, the initial sound pressure distribution or the optical
energy absorption density distribution of the determined two or more regions of the vessel;

calculate, by using the initial sound pressure distribution or the optical energy absorption density distribution of the determined
two or more regions of the vessel, an average optical constant of a background region which surrounds the two or more regions
of the vessel;

calculate, by using the calculated average optical constant of the background region, the local fluence distribution in the
specimen; and

calculate, by dividing the first optical characteristic value distribution by the local fluence distribution, a second optical
characteristic value distribution in which the first optical characteristic value distribution is corrected.

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. 9,560,689

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication device comprising:
a connection unit configured to establish a first connection to a first other communication device, establish, based on the
first connection, a second connection to a second other communication device that is connected to the first other communication
device, while the first connection has been established, and perform direct communication with the second other communication
device using the second connection;

a determination unit configured to determine whether an operation mode of the first connection is a mode in which a periodic
search for another network is performed while a network has been established by the first connection; and

a control unit configured to, if the operation mode of the first connection is the mode in which the periodic search is performed,
control the connection unit so as to restrict at least one of establishment of the second connection and switching of a channel
in the second connection, while the first connection has been established.

US Pat. No. 9,560,181

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus accepting connection of a telephone and connecting to a telephone line, the communication apparatus
comprising:
a memory storing a program;
at least one processor which executes the program stored in the memory;
a line connection terminal configured to connect the communication apparatus to the telephone line;
a telephone connection terminal configured to connect the communication apparatus to the telephone;
a modem provided on a connection path between the line connection terminal and the at least one processor;
a connection relay configured to switch between connection and disconnection of the telephone connection terminal to and from
the modem

wherein the at least one processor executes first determination for determining whether a first voltage of the connection
path under conditions where the telephone connection terminal is connected to the modem is greater than or equal to a first
threshold value

if the at least one processor determines by the first determination that the first voltage is greater than or equal to the
first threshold value, the at least one processor executes second determination for determining whether a second voltage of
the connection path under conditions where the telephone connection terminal is disconnected from the modem tends to decrease;
and

the at least one processor executes third determination for determining connection states of the telephone connection terminal
and the line connection terminal based on a determination result of the first determination and a determination result of
the second determination,

wherein, if the at least one processor determines by the second determination that the second voltage has decreased more than
once, it is determined by the third determination that a wrong connection has been made.

US Pat. No. 9,557,660

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, CHARGE TRANSPORT LAYER FORMING COATING LIQUID, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A charge transport layer forming coating liquid comprising:
(??) a charge transport material;
(??) at least one selected from the group consisting of polycarbonate resins and polyester resins;
(??) at least one of xylene and toluene; and
(??) cyclopentanone,
wherein the proportion of (??) in the charge transport layer forming coating liquid is in the range of 50% by mass to 85%
by mass relative to the total mass of (??) and (??).

US Pat. No. 9,553,995

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of executing a voice call and a data transmission, comprising:
a reading unit configured to read a document and generate image data of the document;
a registration unit configured to register, for one destination, voice call destination information used to execute the voice
call and data transmission destination information used to execute the data transmission;

a selecting unit configured to select a communication mode including at least a voice call mode, a transmission mode, and
a transmission after calling mode in accordance with an operation by a user; and

a control unit configured to execute, based on a selection of the transmission after calling mode, a voice call with the destination
using the voice call destination information registered for the destination, and then cause, based on a user instruction input
by a user, the reading unit to read the document, and then execute data transmission of the image data of the document to
the destination using the data transmission destination information registered by the registration unit.

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. 9,554,010

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND REFLECTING MIRROR UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a light source which illuminates a reading position,
a photoelectrical converting unit which converts received light into electricity,
a mirror holder,
a focusing mirror which focuses and reflects light reflected from an original at the reading position, wherein the focusing
mirror has a reflecting portion having a curved reflecting surface and a pair of fixing portions which are respectively disposed
at both ends of the focusing mirror in a longitudinal direction, wherein a first surface of each of the fixing portions, facing
the mirror holder, has a projection, and

a pair of pressing members each of which abuts to a second surface of a respective one of the fixing portions other than the
first surface and each of which presses the focusing mirror toward the mirror holder, for fixing the focusing mirror on the
mirror holder,

wherein a geometrical moment of inertia of the fixing portions is smaller than a geometrical moment of inertia of the reflecting
portion.

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. 9,552,238

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. An information processing method of operating an application and a driver on an OS (Operating System), comprising:
receiving, via a predetermined API (Application Programming Interface), an application event issued by the application;
determining whether the driver can handle the received application event;
when it is determined in the determining that the driver cannot handle the received application event, discarding the received
application event, acquiring an OS event necessary for an operation of the driver from the OS, and processing based on the
acquired OS event; and

when it is determined in the determining that the driver can handle the received application event, processing based on the
received application event.

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. 9,552,041

SYSTEM, METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM FOR CONTROLLING POWER SUPPLY IN RESPONSE TO RECEIPT OF DATA OVER A NETWORK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system comprising:
an information processing apparatus configured to have a normal power supply mode and a power saving mode in which power consumption
is less than in the normal power supply mode; and

a network interface apparatus configured to connect the information processing apparatus and a network,
wherein the network interface apparatus includes
a return determination unit configured to determine whether or not the information processing apparatus needs to return to
the normal power supply mode, in response to reception, through the network of a first packet related to a job when the information
processing apparatus is in the power saving mode,

a cooperation determination unit configured to determine whether or not cooperation with another apparatus is needed in order
to process the job related to the first packet, if the return determination unit determines that the information processing
apparatus needs to return to the normal power supply mode,

a generation unit configured to generate a second packet for causing the another apparatus to return from the power saving
mode to the normal power supply mode and to send the second packet to the another apparatus, if the cooperation determination
unit determines that cooperation with another apparatus is needed, and

a control unit configured to cause the information processing apparatus to return from the power saving mode to the normal
power supply mode after the generation unit sends the second packet.

US Pat. No. 9,554,105

PROJECTION TYPE IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus that operates to configure an image projection system configured to project an image by combining on
a screen a plurality of projection images projected by a plurality of display apparatuses so that the images partially overlap
each other, the display apparatus comprising:
a transformation unit configured to perform a geometrical transformation on a projection image; and
a setting unit configured to set a parameter of the geometrical transformation by the transformation unit based on a relation
between a position of an overlap region in a projection image obtained before the geometrical transformation by the transformation
unit is performed, and a position of the overlap region in the projection image obtained after the geometrical transformation
is performed,

wherein an amount or value of the geometrical transformation is changed according to a position of a vertex of the overlap
region.

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. 9,541,857

DEVELOPING APPARATUS, CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:
a developer bearing member configured to bear a developer on a surface in a developing operation;
a regulating member configured to come in contact with the developer bearing member and regulate layer thickness of the developer
born on the surface of the developer bearing member;

a development chamber provided with the developer bearing member and the regulating member and having an opening;
a storage chamber configured to store the developer; and
a conveying member provided in the storage chamber and configured to convey the developer stored in the storage chamber to
the development chamber through the opening,

the developing apparatus collecting, after developer on an image bearing member is transferred onto a transfer material, the
developer remaining on the image bearing member into the storage chamber,

wherein when the developing operation is performed,
a bottom section of the development chamber is located above a bottom section of the storage chamber in a vertical direction,
and

a contact region of the developer bearing member in contact with the regulating member is located directly above the opening
in the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 9,542,629

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus having a printer configured to form an image and performing correction by using correction
data when the image is formed by the printer, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a sensor configured to obtain a measurement value by measuring an image formed by the printer;
at least one processor configured to control:
execution of a single-color calibration, the single-color calibration being executed to generate single-color image forming
correction data that is to be used when a single-color image is formed by the printer, the single-color image forming correction
data being generated in the single-color calibration by using the measurement value acquired by the sensor by measuring at
least one single-color patch formed by the printer, the at least one single-color patch being formed by using a toner of a
single kind of color;

execution of a multi-color calibration, the multi-color calibration being executed to generate multi-color image forming correction
data that is to be used when a multi-color image is formed by the printer, the multi-color image forming correction data being
generated in the multi-color calibration by using the measurement value acquired by the sensor by measuring at least one multi-color
patch formed by the printer, the at least one multi-color patch being formed by using a toner of multiple kinds of color;

display of a first screen on a display for enabling a user to select whether to cause the at least one processor to perform
the single-color calibration or the multi-color calibration; and

display of a second screen on the display for enabling a user to select whether to cause the at least one processor to perform
the multi-color calibration with performing the single-color calibration or to cause the multi-color calibration without performing
the single-color calibration, if causing the at least one processor to perform the multi-color calibration is selected by
the user via the first screen displayed on the display.

US Pat. No. 9,541,864

IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-forming apparatus, comprising:
an image bearing member which bears a toner image;
a movable belt; and
a transfer device arranged to face the image bearing member via the belt, the transfer device being provided with a non-conductive
sheet member, a conductive sheet member fixed onto the non-conductive sheet member, and an elastic member which presses the
non-conductive sheet member towards the belt, wherein

the conductive sheet member has a conductive section and an electrical connection path section for supplying voltage from
a power source to the conductive section,

the connection path section is arranged outside an image formation enabling range, where a toner image can be formed on the
image bearing member, in a belt width direction perpendicular to a direction of movement of the belt and parallel to an axis
of rotation of the image bearing member, and

in a pressing direction of the elastic member, the elastic member, the non-conductive sheet member, and the conductive section
are arranged in a line.

US Pat. No. 9,541,869

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
first and second rotatable members configured and positioned to heat a toner image on a sheet therebetween;
an endless belt configured and positioned to heat said first rotatable member by contacting an outer surface of said first
rotatable member;

first and second rollers provided inside of said endless belt and configured to rotatably support said endless belt;
a first bearing mounted on said first roller and configured to rotatably support said first roller;
a second bearing mounted on said second roller and configured to rotatably support said second roller;
a holding mechanism configured and positioned to hold said first bearing and said second bearing so as to permit movements
of said first bearing relative to said second bearing in a direction away from each other; and

a coil spring provided so as to directly contact said first bearing and said second bearing and configured to urge said first
bearing relative to said second bearing in the direction away from each other,

wherein said holding mechanism includes a spring holder extending along the direction in which said first and second bearings
move away from each other and configured to hold said coil spring to regulate an expansion and contraction direction of said
coil spring.

US Pat. No. 9,542,143

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PERFORMING FACSIMILE COMMUNICATION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a modem processing unit configured to perform facsimile communication;
a modulated digital signal storing unit configured to store into a storage unit a first pulse code modulated (PCM) digital
signal that is modulated by said modem processing unit, for transmission to an opposite-side apparatus in the facsimile communication
without converting the first PCM digital signal to a first analog signal;

a network interface control unit configured to transmit the stored first PCM digital signal to the opposite-side apparatus
without converting the first PCM digital signal to the first analog signal; and

a demodulated digital signal storing unit configured to store into the storage unit a second digital signal that is obtained
by demodulating a received second PCM digital signal received from the opposite-side apparatus in the facsimile communication
by said modem processing unit,

wherein the second PCM digital signal is received from the opposite-side apparatus without conversion from a second analog
signal.

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. 9,542,734

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT DETERMINE TONE CHARACTERISTICS FOR RESPECTIVE OBJECT SIGNALS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit that acquires an image having object regions;
a detector that detects each object region from the image acquired by said acquisition unit;
a luminance distribution calculator that calculates a plurality of luminance distribution information for respective object
regions detected by said detector;

a representative luminance value calculator that calculates a plurality of representative luminance values for respective
object regions detected by said detector; and

a determination unit that determines tone characteristics, which are used for tone compression, for respective object regions,
wherein said determination unit determines the tone characteristic for a target object region based on a luminance distribution
of the target object region and a difference between the representative luminance value of the target object region and the
representative luminance value other than the target object region.

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. 9,543,791

POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, POWER TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a transmission unit configured to transmit inquiry information for inquiring presence or absence of a power receiving request
to a plurality of power receiving apparatuses;

a receiving unit configured to receive response information to the inquiry information from each of the power receiving apparatuses;
a determination unit configured to determine an end timing at which a response waiting time during which the receiving unit
waits for the receiving of the response information based on a receiving situation of the response information within a first
time from a transmission timing at which the inquiry information has been transmitted; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit power after a lapse of the end timing.

US Pat. No. 9,535,260

ADAPTER HAVING TILT-SHIFT UNIT, AND CAMERA SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A camera system comprising:
an interchangeable lens including an image-pickup optical system configured to form an optical image of an object;
a camera body including an image sensor configured to photoelectrically convert the optical image of the object formed by
the image-pickup optical system;

an adapter attachable between the interchangeable lens and the camera body, the adapter including a lens side mount to which
the interchangeable lens is detachably attachable, a camera side mount detachably attachable to the camera body, a tilt-shift
unit configured to provide at least one of a tilt operation and a shift operation vertical to an optical axis of the interchangeable
lens, and a detector configured to detect at least one of a tilt amount and a shift amount; and

a controller,
wherein a flange focal length of the interchangeable lens is longer than a flange focal length of the camera body,
wherein a length of the adapter from the lens side mount to the camera side mount in an optical axis direction is equal to
or smaller than a difference between the flange focal length of the interchangeable lens and the flange focal length of the
camera body,

wherein the image-pickup optical system includes a focus lens unit, and
wherein the controller is configured to control a focus driving range of the focus lens unit based on a detection result by
the detector.

US Pat. No. 9,535,795

SERVER SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM FOR EXECUTING PARALLEL DISTRIBUTED PROCESSING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A server system that can communicate with a plurality of tasks of executing prescribed processes, and causes the plurality
of tasks, of which the prescribed processes are different from each other, to sequentially process a job having occurred,
thereby achieving processing of the job, the server system comprising:
a processor; and
a memory configured to store data to be processed by the processor, and the processor comprising:
a counting unit configured to count a number of task attempts according to a failure of a particular process executed by each
of the tasks; and

a job management unit configured to, when the tasks of executing the particular process has made a request to acquire the
job, if the number of task attempts counted by the counting unit has not exceeded the maximum number of attempts, transmit
a regular job, and if the number of task attempts counted by the counting unit has exceeded the maximum number of attempts,
transmit a job for a failure, wherein, if the job management unit has transmitted the regular job, the tasks execute the particular
process, and if the job management unit has transmitted the job for a failure, the tasks execute post-processing corresponding
to the particular process,

wherein the counting unit counts the number of job attempts when the counted number of task attempts has exceeded the maximum
number of attempts, and wherein, when the tasks of executing the particular process has made a request to acquire the job,
if the number of task attempts counted by the counting unit has exceeded the maximum number of attempts but the number of
job attempts has not exceeded the maximum number of attempts, the job management unit performs control to process the job
again from a beginning without transmitting the job for a failure.

US Pat. No. 9,535,381

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic member comprising:
a rubber layer having a lightness of 15 or less and comprising a marked portion formed so as to have a depth of 35 ?m or more
and 100 ?m or less;

a fluorine-based resin layer having a light transmittance of 60% or more; and
an adhesive layer disposed between the rubber layer and the fluorine-based resin layer, the adhesive layer having a lightness
of 60 or more and having a thickness of 3 ?m or more and 10 ?m or less in a portion surrounding the marked portion.

US Pat. No. 9,536,923

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup device, comprising:
an image pickup pixel having a first photoelectric conversion portion and a first transistor for reading out a signal based
on a charge generated in the photoelectric conversion portion;

a focus detection pixel having a second photoelectric conversion portion, a second transistor for reading out a signal based
on a charge generated in the second photoelectric conversion portion, and a light shielding portion;

a first film containing titanium nitride and being provided on an under face of the light shielding portion;
a second film containing titanium nitride and being provided on an upper face of the light shielding portion and below a first
insulating film, the upper face being positioned farther apart from a light receiving face of the second photoelectric conversion
portion than from the under face;

a third film containing titanium is provided between the light shielding portion and the second film; and
a wiring line for the first transistor and the second transistor provided above the first transistor and the second transistor,
wherein a thickness of the second film is larger than that of the first film in height direction,
wherein the thickness of the first film and the second film are larger than that of the third film in height direction,
wherein the wiring line and a structure having the light shielding portion, the first film, the second film, and the third
film are provided in the same layer.

US Pat. No. 9,535,645

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DISPLAYING ON A MULTI-DISPLAY SYSTEM BASED ON DISPLAY TYPE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for displaying a window of an application program on a first display device and an
external display device, comprising:
a memory device; and
a processor connected to the memory device,
wherein the memory device stores window information and first identification information, the window information being information
on the window that was displayed on the first display device and the external display device when shutdown processing was
performed, the first identification information being identification information of the external display device,

wherein the first identification information was acquired from the external display device before completion of the shutdown
processing by the information processing apparatus,

wherein the processor acquires second identification information that indicates the external display device after restart
processing by the information processing apparatus,

wherein, in a case where the second identification information corresponds to the first identification information stored
in the memory device, the processor causes the information processing apparatus to perform:

processing of displaying, on the first display device, on the basis of the information stored in the memory device, the window
that was displayed on the first display device when the shutdown processing was performed, and

processing of presenting, to the external display device, on the basis of the information stored in the memory device, the
window that was displayed on the external display device when the shutdown processing was performed, and

wherein, in a case where the second identification information does not correspond to the first identification information
stored in the memory device, the processor performs:

control of not displaying, on the external display device, on the basis of the information stored in the memory device, the
window that was displayed on the external display device when the shutdown processing was performed, and

control of displaying, on the first display device, on the basis of the information stored in the memory device, the window
that was displayed on the first display device when the shutdown processing was performed and the window that was displayed
on the external display device when the shutdown processing was performed.

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. 9,536,184

PRINTING APPARATUS, SHEET-PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHODS THEREOF, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND PRINTING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing system, comprising:
an authentication unit configured to obtain authentication information and execute authentication processing for authenticating
a user based on the authentication information;

a control unit configured to cause the user to log in to the printing system based on an authentication result of the authentication
unit;

an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet; and
a binding unit for binding sheets with a staple, the binding unit being configured to be able to perform the binding for both
sheets discharged from the image forming unit and sheets inserted to the binding unit by a user operation;

wherein the control unit is further configured to determine whether or not the user is logging in to the printing system before
the binding is performed to sheets inserted to the binding unit by the user operation, control to a display unit to display
a message prompting the login in a case where any user does not log in to the printing system, and control the binding unit
not to perform the binding before any user logs in to the printing system.

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. 9,536,185

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to print an image on a sheet;
an engine control unit configured to control the printing unit to execute a preparation operation of the printing unit;
an error detection unit configured to detect an error of the printing unit;
a function restriction unit configured to restrict a function based on the error detected by the error detection unit; and
a power control unit configured to shift, in a state in which the function is restricted by the function restriction unit,
the image forming apparatus from a standby state in which power is supplied to the engine control unit to a sleep state in
which power is not supplied to the engine control unit;

wherein the engine control unit does not control the printing unit to execute the preparation operation of the printing unit
when the power control unit returns the image forming apparatus from the sleep state to the standby state in a state in which
the function is restricted by the function restriction unit.

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. 9,531,969

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. 9,530,185

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory including instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
perform an interpolation process in each of a plurality of defined directions on a mosaic image to output interpolated images
having undergone the interpolation process for each pixel, wherein the mosaic image is generated by an image pickup device
which outputs an image signal corresponding to one of colors of a plurality of color filters for each pixel;

acquire an evaluation value representing a correlation for each of the defined directions for each of pixels;
correct the evaluation values for at least one pixel of interest based on the evaluation values for peripheral pixels of the
at least one pixel of interest in a case where the evaluation values for the at least one pixel of interest and the evaluation
values for the peripheral pixels satisfy a predetermined condition; and

output an image signal for each pixel based on the corrected evaluation values and the interpolated images.

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. 9,525,815

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. 9,524,448

LOCATION-BASED SIGNATURE SELECTION FOR MULTI-CAMERA OBJECT TRACKING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of linking tracks of objects in different fields of view, comprising:
detecting a first object in a first field of view and a second object in a second field of view;
generating a first track and a second track by tracking the first object in the first field of view and the second object
in the second field of view, respectively;

accumulating, during the tracking, a plurality of first signatures representing respective appearances of the first object
corresponding to different views of the first object in association with the first track and a plurality of second signatures
representing respective appearances of the second object corresponding to different views of the second object in association
with the second track;

determining a first area in the first field of view, based on a portion of the first object in a frame associated with the
first track;

determining a plurality of second areas corresponding to the first area in the second field of view in a plurality of frames
associated with the second track, by comparing a first one of the first signatures of the first track corresponding to the
first area with the plurality of second signatures of the second track;

comparing the first one of the first signatures corresponding to the first area and a respective one of the second signatures
corresponding to the second areas; and

linking the first track and the second track, if the first one of the first signatures matches with any of the second signatures
corresponding to the second areas as a result of the comparison.

US Pat. No. 9,519,242

DEVELOPING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A CONVEYING MEMBER WITH MULTIPLE SCREW PORTIONS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:
a developer bearing member which carries and conveys a developer and develops a latent image formed on an image bearing member;
a supplying chamber which is disposed along an axial direction of the developer bearing member and supplies the developer
to the developer bearing member;

a collecting chamber which is disposed along the axial direction of the developer bearing member, and collects the developer
supplied to the developer bearing member, the collecting chamber forming a circulation path with the supplying chamber to
circulate the developer, wherein the developer supplied to the developer bearing member is collected in the collecting chamber
before being collected in the supplying chamber;

a first conveying member which is disposed in the supplying chamber and conveys the developer along the supplying chamber;
a second conveying member which is disposed in the collecting chamber and conveys the developer in a conveying direction opposite
to a conveying direction of the first conveying member; and

a third conveying member which is disposed in the collecting chamber and conveys the developer in a conveying direction opposite
to the conveying direction of the second conveying member, the third conveying member having a conveying performance which
is lower than that of the second conveying member,

wherein the third conveying member is disposed corresponding to a coated area of the developer bearing member with respect
to a longitudinal direction of the third conveying member,

wherein the third conveying member is directly opposed to the second conveying member for an entire longitudinal area of the
third conveying member without a partition wall between the third conveying member and the second conveying member, and the
developer is free to move directly from the third conveying member to the second conveying member,

wherein the third conveying member has a first screw portion including a spiral blade portion and a second screw portion including
a spiral blade portion, the second screw portion being disposed at a downstream side in the conveying direction of the third
conveying member with respect to the first screw portion, and

wherein the spiral blade portion of the first screw portion and the spiral blade portion of the second screw portion are formed
to have a same spiral direction, and a conveying performance of the second screw portion is lower than a conveying performance
of the first screw portion.

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. 9,511,588

METHOD FOR PROCESSING SILICON SUBSTRATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

11. A method for manufacturing a liquid ejection head comprising a silicon substrate, the method comprising the steps of:
providing a silicon substrate having a first surface and a second surface which is a surface opposite to the first surface;
forming a non-penetrating hole extending from the first surface of the silicon substrate toward the second surface side in
the silicon substrate;

sticking a sealing tape comprising a support member and an adhesive layer on the first surface of the silicon substrate and
filling a part of the non-penetrating hole with the adhesive layer, with space left inside the non-penetrating hole;

performing reactive ion etching from the second surface of the silicon substrate toward the first surface side to allow the
reactive ion etching to reach the adhesive layer filled in the non-penetrating hole and to expose the adhesive layer; and

peeling the sealing tape from the silicon substrate to form a through hole in the silicon substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,503,607

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that stores an image into a recording medium as an image file having a predetermined file
format, comprising:
a storing unit that stores, into a recording medium, an image file in which a predetermined size of a reservation area is
allocated within a recording area for attribute information complying with the predetermined image file format;

an acquisition unit that acquires location information; and
a control unit that, if predetermined time information has been stored as one attribute within the recording area in an image
file stored in the recording medium, writes the location information acquired by the acquisition unit into the reservation
area of the image file, and, if predetermined time information has not been stored as one attribute within the recording area
in the image file, does not write the location information into the image file stored into the reservation area of the image
file.

US Pat. No. 9,503,646

IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION APPARATUS, OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image blur correction apparatus comprising:
a microcomputer configured to execute:
a shooting state determining task that determines a shooting state of one of a first shooting state or a second shooting state
based on an angular velocity signal;

an image blur correction task that performs an image blur correction using characteristics depending on a determination result
of the shooting state determining task;

a first shooting start state determining task that determines that the first shooting state has started:
when, within a first predetermined period after the angular velocity signal exceeds a first positive threshold value, the
angular velocity signal falls below a second negative threshold value; and

a first shooting end state determining task that determines, while in the first shooting state, that the first shooting state
has ended:

when, during a second predetermined period after the angular velocity signal does not exceed a third positive threshold value,
the angular velocity signal does not fall below a fourth negative threshold value for an entire time of the second predetermined
period, and

wherein the third positive threshold value is smaller than the first positive threshold and the absolute value of the fourth
negative threshold value is smaller than the absolute value of the second negative threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,501,870

MIXED REALITY IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND MIXED REALITY IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a computer-readable memory; and
one or more processors that are coupled to the computer-readable memory and that are configured to cause the image processing
apparatus to implement:

an obtaining unit configured to obtain illumination environment information, which indicates an illumination environment of
a real space, from image data imaged by an imaging unit;

a first conversion unit configured to convert the image data into standard image data based on the illumination environment
information;

a generating unit configured to generate standard mixed reality image data by combining the standard image data and virtual
image data;

a second conversion unit configured to convert, based on the illumination environment information, the standard mixed reality
image data generated by the generating unit into mixed reality image data corresponding to the illumination environment of
the real space; and

an output unit configured to output the mixed reality image data corresponding to the illumination environment of the real
space, which is obtained by converting the standard mixed reality image data by the second conversion unit.

US Pat. No. 9,502,451

IMAGING DEVICE HAVING ELECTRODE OVERLYING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION LAYER AND HAVING ELECTRICAL CONTACT TO ELECTRODE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged in a pixel region, each of the plurality of pixels including a photoelectric conversion element
including a first electrode provided above a substrate, a second electrode provided above the first electrode and a photoelectric
conversion layer provided between the first electrode and the second electrode;

an interconnection layer provided between the substrate and the first electrode, the interconnection layer including a first
conductive member extending in a first direction, and a second conductive member provided at a level lower than the first
conductive member and extending in a second direction intersecting the first direction;

a first contact portion provided in the pixel region, the first contact portion electrically connecting the second electrode
and the first conductive member; and

a second contact portion electrically connecting the first conductive member and the second conductive member.

US Pat. No. 9,502,465

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup device including a plurality of pixels, each of the plurality of pixels comprising:
a photoelectric conversion portion configured to generate charges in accordance with incident light;
a charge holding portion including a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type configured to hold the charges
generated by the photoelectric conversion portion;

a floating diffusion; and
a transfer portion including a transfer gate electrode configured to transfer the charges of the first semiconductor region
into the floating diffusion,

wherein
a second semiconductor region of a second conductivity type is disposed under the first semiconductor region of a first conductivity
type and at a first depth,

a third semiconductor region of the second conductivity type is disposed under the second semiconductor region of the second
conductivity type and at a second depth deeper than the first depth, and

in a cross-sectional view including the first, second and third semiconductor region,
a first line perpendicular to a surface of the photoelectric conversion portion, the first line crossing and dividing the
first semiconductor region of the first conductivity type,

a second line perpendicular to the surface of the photoelectric conversion portion, the second line crossing and dividing
the first semiconductor region of the first conductivity type, the second line being positioned between the photoelectric
conversion portion and the first line in the cross-sectional view,

a third line parallel to the surface of the photoelectric conversion portion, the third line crossing and dividing the second
semiconductor region of the second conductivity type at the first depth, and

a fourth line parallel to the surface of the photoelectric conversion portion, the fourth line crossing and dividing the third
semiconductor region of the second conductivity type at the second depth are defined so that

a first intersection between the first and third lines and a second intersection between the second and third lines are both
included in the second semiconductor region of the second conductivity type,

a third intersection between the first and fourth lines is included in the third semiconductor region of the second conductivity
type, and

a fourth intersection between the second and fourth lines is included in a fourth semiconductor region of the first conductivity
type but not on a border of the fourth semiconductor region.

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. 9,477,285

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF OPERATING IN POWER SAVING MODE, CONTROL METHOD OF DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing apparatus which can operate in a power saving mode in which power consumption is smaller than that of
a normal power mode, the apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors
to:

store, in the one or more memories, a response pattern indicating one or more packets the data processing apparatus can respond
to while maintaining the power saving mode, a return pattern indicating one or more packets for returning the data processing
apparatus from the power saving mode to the normal power mode, and a discard pattern indicating one or more packets that the
data processing apparatus discards;

when a packet corresponding to the response pattern stored in the one or more memories is received by the data processing
apparatus operating in the power saving mode, respond to the received packet while maintaining the power saving mode;

when a packet corresponding to the return pattern stored in the one or more memories is received by the data processing apparatus
operating in the power saving mode, return the data processing apparatus from the power saving mode to the normal power mode;

when a packet corresponding to the discard pattern stored in the one or more memories is received by the data processing apparatus
operating in the power saving mode, discard the received packet while maintaining the power saving mode;

cause a packet information screen showing the packet received by the data processing apparatus to be displayed; and
register a packet in the one or more memories as any of the response pattern, the return pattern, or the discard pattern after
the packet is selected by a user from the packet information screen.

US Pat. No. 9,477,799

HIERARCHICAL DETERMINATION OF METRICS FOR COMPONENT-BASED PARAMETERIZED SOCS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of determining a metric of a system-on-chip (SoC), the method comprising:
receiving a model dependency graph representing the SoC, the model dependency graph having a plurality of nodes representing
components of the SoC and their models, and a plurality of directed edges between the nodes representing variables passed
between the nodes of the model dependency graph;

modifying the model dependency graph by clustering a plurality of strongly connected nodes in the model dependency graph into
a single clustered node to form a clustered model dependency graph;

determining an execution schedule according to a direction of an edge in the clustered model dependency graph; and
executing models in the clustered model dependency graph according to the execution schedule to determine metrics of the SoC.

US Pat. No. 9,475,288

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head, comprising:
a printing element substrate including an ejection port ejecting a liquid;
a plate-shaped first support member formed of a resin, configured to support the printing element substrate and including
a supply port for supplying the liquid to the printing element substrate;

a second support member configured to support the first support member and formed with a channel for supplying the liquid
to the first support member; and

a first screw and a second screw for joining the first support member and the second support member, the first screw being
provided at one side of the printing element substrate, and the second screw being provided at the other side of the printing
element substrate, wherein

the first support member includes a thin portion having a thickness smaller than a thickness of a portion of the first support
members where the printing element substrate is disposed, the thin portion being provided between a portion of the first support
member where one of the first screw and the second screw is disposed and the portion where the printing element substrate
is disposed, and wherein

the first support member is deformed so that a portion between the second screw and the first screw becomes convex toward
a side at which the printing element substrate is provided.

US Pat. No. 9,456,743

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to process a tomographic image indicating the polarization state of a fundus of
an eye, the image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of the tomographic images imaged at different times;
an extraction unit configured to extract each depolarized area from an area excluding a Retina Pigment Epithelium (RPE) layer
in the plurality of the tomographic images; and

a display control unit configured to display information about each depolarized area extracted by the extraction unit on a
display unit with the information associated with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,459,789

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND OPERATION METHOD THEREOF FOR DETERMINING A FLICK OPERATION OF A POINTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to determine a flick operation of a pointer, the information processing
apparatus comprising a processor coupled to a memory, the processor being programmed to:
display an image on a predetermined screen;
acquire position information of each of one or more touched positions periodically detected on a touch panel;
acquire an amount of movement of the pointer during input of one stroke, based on the position information of a plurality
of touched positions periodically detected from when the pointer touched the touch panel to before the pointer is released
from the touch panel;

acquire a movement speed as a speed of the pointer when the pointer is released from the touch panel, based on the position
information of a plurality of touched positions periodically detected before the pointer is released from the touch panel;

select a speed threshold from a plurality of speed thresholds based on the amount of movement of the pointer during the input
of one stroke;

determine that the flick operation of the pointer has occurred at the end of the movement in a case where the movement speed
exceeds the speed threshold selected by the processor; and

move the image displayed on the predetermined screen, in a case where it is determined that the flick operation has occurred
based on the movement speed and the speed threshold selected by the processor, in a direction of the flick operation after
the pointer is released from the touch panel.

US Pat. No. 9,459,541

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A substrate processing apparatus for performing a process of reducing warpage of a substrate, comprising:
a substrate stage configured to hold the substrate;
a pressing member including a portion formed to press a peripheral portion of the substrate against the substrate stage;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information indicating a shift between a center of a region where a pattern was formed
on the substrate and a center of the substrate; and

a controller configured to control relative positions of the substrate stage and the pressing member based on the information
obtained by the obtaining unit, such that the portion of the pressing member presses the peripheral portion of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,457,573

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a liquid ejection head having an ejection port through which liquid is ejected, the method comprising:
(a) forming a hole in an SOI substrate including a first silicon layer, a second silicon layer, and a silicon oxide layer
interposed between the first and second silicon layers such that the hole extends through the first silicon layer and the
silicon oxide layer to the second silicon layer;

(b) forming a first protective film on the first silicon layer and an inner wall of the hole to protect the first silicon
layer against the liquid;

(c) forming a water-repellent film on the first protective film;
(d) attaching a support substrate to part of the water-repellent film facing away from the first silicon layer;
(e) removing the second silicon layer to remove a bottom of the hole;
(f) removing part of the water-repellent film disposed on the inner wall of the hole; and
(g) releasing the support substrate from the water-repellent film.

US Pat. No. 9,457,590

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a conveying unit configured to convey a print medium using a roller;
a print head configured to apply a color material on a first surface of the print medium and a second surface of the print
medium, which is a surface opposite to the first surface, as the print medium is conveyed by the conveying unit in a predetermined
conveying direction;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain information on an application amount of the color material applied on the first surface
of the print medium; and

a control unit configured to control timing of applying a color material on an area of the second surface on which printing
is to be performed according to the application amount for a portion of the first surface that comes in contact with the roller
at the time of performing printing on the area of the second surface, the application amount being indicated by the information
obtained by the obtaining unit,

wherein the control unit controls timing of applying the color material so that an interval of applying timings of the color
material in a case that the application amount is a first application amount is shorter than an interval of applying timings
of the color material in a case that the application amount is a second application amount that is less than the first application
amount.

US Pat. No. 9,459,579

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CORRECTS IMAGE FORMING CONDITION BASED ON MEASUREMENT RESULT OF MEASUREMENT IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a converting unit configured to convert image data based on a conversion condition;
a photosensitive member;
an exposure unit whose light intensity is controlled, and configured to expose the photosensitive member based on the converted
image data to form an electrostatic latent image;

a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image to form an image on the photosensitive member;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the image developed by the developing unit onto a sheet;
a measuring unit configured to measure a plurality of measurement images formed on the photosensitive member by the exposure
unit and the developing unit, the plurality of measurement images including a first measurement image and second measurement
images;

a controller configured to control the exposure unit and the developing unit to form the plurality of measurement images on
the photosensitive member, and to control the measuring unit to measure the plurality of measurement images;

a generation unit configured to generate the conversion condition based on second measurement data corresponding to the second
measurement images measured by the measuring unit; and

a determination unit configured to determine an execution timing and the light intensity of the exposure unit based on first
measurement data corresponding to the first measurement image measured by the measuring unit,

wherein the controller is further configured to control, based on the execution timing determined by the determination unit,
a subsequent timing at which the plurality of measurement images are to be formed,

wherein the controller is further configured to update the light intensity of the exposure unit to the light intensity determined
by the determination unit at the subsequent timing, and

wherein the conversion condition is updated before the subsequent timing.

US Pat. No. 9,448,746

PRINTING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE PRINTING SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

17. A control method for controlling a printing apparatus having a printer configured to print an image on a sheet, a sheet
processor configured to perform sheet processing to a sheet, a sheet holder configured to hold a sheet to which printing by
the printer is not to be performed but the sheet processing by the sheet processor is to be performed, a detector configured
to detect a sheet in the sheet holder, and a button or key configured to operate to input a user instruction, the control
method comprising:
holding a sheet to which printing by the printer is not to be performed but the sheet processing by the sheet processor is
to be performed;

holding a setting relating to, and defining at least one characteristic of, the sheet processing by the sheet processor, wherein
the sheet processor performs the sheet processing on the held sheet based on the held setting in response to the user instruction
via the button or key and being received such that the setting affects how the sheet processing is performed; and

(i) clearing the setting if a predetermined time elapses in a state that the detector detects no sheet in the sheet holder
after the sheet processor performs the sheet processing based on the setting held by the setting holder in response to the
user instruction via the button or key, and

(ii) controlling not to clear the setting if the detector detects a sheet newly set in the sheet holder in a time period before
the predetermined time elapses after the sheet processor performs the sheet processing based on the setting held by the setting
holder in response to the user instruction via the button or key so as to cause the sheet processor to perform the sheet processing
on the newly set sheet based on the setting held by the setting holder.

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. 9,438,780

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, ACCESSORY AND IMAGE CAPTURE SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An accessory connectable to an image capture apparatus, comprising:
a first signal terminal which is electrically connected to a terminal provided to an accessory shoe of a connected image capture
apparatus so as to communicate with the connected image capture apparatus, a signal level of a signal going through said first
signal terminal corresponding to information to be communicated via said first signal terminal;

a second signal terminal used to make a serial communication with the connected image capture apparatus, which is different
from said first signal terminal;

an activation signal generation unit configured to generate an activation signal required to change the connected image capture
apparatus from a first state to a second state, wherein the first state is a state where the serial communication via the
second signal terminal is not executable, and the second state is a state where the serial communication via the second signal
terminal is executable;

a control unit configured to control to output the activation signal to the connected image capture apparatus via said first
signal terminal; and

a determination unit configured to determine a type of the connected image capture apparatus by using said first signal terminal,
wherein when said determination unit determines that the connected image capture apparatus is a specific image capture apparatus,
said control unit controls to output the activation signal to the connected image capture apparatus via said first signal
terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,435,642

POSITION MEASURING APPARATUS, PATTERN TRANSFER APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A position measuring apparatus for measuring a position of a measured object, the position measuring apparatus comprising:
a sensor head provided on the measured object;
a scale irradiated with light from the sensor head and having a thickness in a direction of gravitational force;
a structure supported by a floor via a vibration isolation apparatus that reduces vibration transferred from the floor to
the structure; and

a supporting unit disposed between the structure and the scale, and configured to support the scale in the direction,
wherein the supporting unit includes a spring element having a spring constant that reduces vibration, transferred from the
floor to the scale through the vibration isolation apparatus and the structure, in the direction,

wherein, in a case where a mass of an object including the scale and supported by the supporting unit is set to m and the
spring constant of the supporting unit is set to k, a frequency fc in the direction represented by the following Equation
is set to a value equal to or less than 10 Hz,


wherein the position measuring apparatus comprises a position sensor configured to measure a relative position in the direction
between the structure or a reference object mounted on the structure and the scale,

wherein the position measuring apparatus further comprises a driving unit configured to drive the object including the scale
in the direction based on an output from the position sensor,

wherein the supporting unit has a negative spring constant, and
wherein a servo control frequency for positioning the object including the scale in the direction by the driving unit and
the position sensor is set to a value, not less than 1 and not greater than 10, times the fc.

US Pat. No. 9,395,450

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR RADIATION IMAGING, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus including a radiation detection unit including a radiation detection array having a plurality
of pixels configured to detect radiation and accumulate charges and arranged two-dimensionally and a plurality of scanning
lines for discharging charges accumulated in the pixels, the apparatus comprising:
a reset control unit configured to perform reset scanning to sequentially discharge charges accumulated in the pixels;
an irradiation detection unit configured to detect a start of radiation irradiation;
an imaging control unit configured to perform control to stop the reset scanning in accordance with detection of the start
of irradiation and obtain an image signal by reading out charges accumulated in the pixels by the radiation irradiation;

a generation unit configured to generate image data to be used for a preview without correcting for an image signal from a
pixel on which the reset scanning is performed during the radiation irradiation; and

an output unit configured to output the image data to an external apparatus.

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.