US Pat. No. 9,160,888

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, USER INFORMATION MANAGEMENT CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a control unit configured to control a printer driver;
a first storage unit configured to store a print setting input on a print screen;
a second storage unit configured to store user information input on the print screen,
wherein the user information is obtained from the second storage unit using a user authority of a user, and is unobtainable
from the second storage unit using an authority of another user;

a receiving unit configured to receive a print instruction; and
a setting unit configured to set an authority of the control unit to the user authority of a user that issues the print instruction
after the print instruction,

wherein the control unit acquires and manages the user information from the second storage unit using the set user authority,
and

wherein a print job generated based on the acquired user information and the print setting stored by the first storage unit
are transmitted to an image processing apparatus, and

wherein the control unit notifies a filter of the printer driver activated to generate the print job of information for accessing
the user information managed by the control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,153,617

IMAGING APPARATUS, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of unit cells each including a first photoelectric conversion unit, a second photoelectric conversion unit, a
first transfer transistor configured to transfer an electric charge in the first photoelectric conversion unit, a second transfer
transistor configured to transfer an electric charge in the second photoelectric conversion unit, and at least one transistor
shared by the first and second photoelectric conversion units;

a first conductive member electrically connected to gates of the plurality of first transfer transistors;
a second conductive member electrically connected to gates of the plurality of second transfer transistors;
a third conductive member disposed adjacently to the first conductive member in a same wiring layer as the first conductive
member and electrically connected to a plurality of nodes each included in respective one of the plurality of unit cells;
and

a fourth conductive member disposed adjacently to the second conductive member in a same wiring layer as the second conductive
member, wherein

an opposing length of the first conductive member and the third conductive member in a wiring layer having the first and third
conductive members is longer than an opposing length of the second conductive member and the fourth conductive member in a
wiring layer having the second and fourth conductive members; and

a width W1 of the first conductive member, a distance D1 between the first conductive member and the third conductive member
in the wiring layer having the first and third conductive members, a width W2 of the second conductive member and a distance
D2 between the second conductive member and the fourth conductive member in the wiring layer having the second and fourth
conductive members satisfy a relationship of W1×D1>W2×D2.

US Pat. No. 9,152,361

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that communicates with a peripheral device, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to set, as a type of a device driver to be used, either of a specific driver and a generic driver
to an operating system of the information processing apparatus;

a receiving unit configured to receive model information and compatible identification information as device information from
the peripheral device;

a first search unit configured to search for a specific driver for the peripheral device corresponding to the model information;
a second search unit configured to search for a generic driver corresponding to the compatible identification information;
a control unit configured to control, if the setting unit has set a generic driver of the type of the device driver, installation
of the generic driver found by the second search unit even if the first search unit has found the specific driver; and

a display unit configured to, if the first search unit has found the specific driver and the second search unit has found
the generic driver, display a screen for changing settings made by the setting unit,

wherein the control unit controls installation of the specific driver if the first search unit has found the specific driver
and if the setting unit has set a specific driver as the type of the device driver.

US Pat. No. 9,150,039

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING SKEW CORRECTION MECHANISM, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first conveying unit configured to convey a sheet;
a first skew detection unit configured to detect a skew amount of a side edge of the sheet conveyed by said first conveying
unit and a skew direction thereof;

a second skew detection unit configured to detect a skew amount of a leading edge of the sheet conveyed by said first conveying
unit and a skew direction thereof;

a skew correction unit configured to correct skew of the sheet based on a detection result of said first skew detection unit;
a second conveying unit configured to convey the sheet the skew of which has been corrected by said skew correction unit;
a transfer unit configured to transfer a toner image to the sheet the skew of which has been corrected;
a leading edge position determination unit configured to preliminarily determine, before the skew correction by said skew
correction unit is completed, a leading edge position of the sheet with the skew thereof corrected by said skew correction
unit, based on the detection result of said first skew detection unit and a detection result of said second skew detection
unit, and

a control unit configured to control said second conveying unit so that the toner image is transferred on a predetermined
position of the sheet conveyed by said second conveying unit based on a determination result of said leading edge position
determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,152,114

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member for carrying an electrostatic latent image;
a developing device, containing a developer, for developing the electrostatic latent image carried on said image bearing member
into a toner image with the developer;

a supplying device for supplying a toner to said developing device;
a first temperature sensor for detecting an ambient temperature of said supplying device;
a second temperature sensor for detecting an ambient temperature of said developing device; and
a controller for controlling an image forming condition on the basis of information on a supply amount by said supplying device
and detection results of said first and second temperature sensors.

US Pat. No. 9,151,601

ASPHERIC FACE FORM MEASURING METHOD, FORM MEASURING PROGRAM, AND FORM MEASURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aspheric face form measuring method comprising:
calculating, in a phase calculating process via a computing apparatus, phase information of interference light from light
intensity of a fringe pattern image obtained by detecting interference light that is formed by measurement light reflected
off a subject aspheric face being overlaid and reference light, wherein the measurement light and the reference light were
formed by light being divided after being emitted from a light source;

changing, in a scanning process via the computing apparatus and in an aspheric axis direction, a relative distance between
an optical system, which forms measurement light and reference light, and the subject aspheric face, and transitioning, in
the scanning process via the computing apparatus and in a diameter direction, a null region position of a null region where
a fringe pattern on the fringe pattern image is a single color stripe;

performing, in a first form calculating process via the computing apparatus, calculation of form data for a perpendicular
incident region of null regions, where measurement light is vertically incident to the subject aspheric face, using phase
information of the perpendicular incident region found in the phase calculating process and a scanning amount which is a change
amount of the relative distance between the optical system and the subject aspheric face;

performing, in a second form calculating process via the computing apparatus, calculations of form data, of the null regions,
a non-perpendicular incident region that is outside of the perpendicular incident region, serving as a relative form as to
a perpendicular incident region form; and

compositing, in a form compositing process via the computing apparatus, a plurality of partial form data of the subject aspheric
face calculated with the first and second form calculating process, using each of a plurality of the phase information and
scanning amounts, obtained by alternately repeating the phase calculating process and scanning process,

wherein the first form calculating process further includes finding horizontal coordinates of the perpendicular incident region
while finding phase difference between a phase of the perpendicular incident region and a phase of an axis of symmetry of
the aspheric surface, and calculating the form of the perpendicular incident region from the found phase difference and the
scanning amount, and

wherein the second form calculating process further includes finding differences between the perpendicular incident region
and the non-perpendicular incident region in the phase difference between the horizontal coordinates and the phase of the
aspheric face axis portion, as relative values, and calculating, using the relative values of the phase differences and horizontal
coordinates, a form measurement of the non-perpendicular incident region as the relative form of the perpendicular incident
region.

US Pat. No. 9,143,658

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input first video data captured based on a first capturing parameter and second video data captured
based on a second capturing parameter;

an evaluation unit configured to obtain a first temporal noise evaluation value for the first video data based on the first
video data and a temporal visual property corresponding to the first video data, a first spatial noise evaluation value for
the first video data based on the first video data and a spatial visual property corresponding to the first video data, a
second temporal noise evaluation value for the second video data based on the second video data and a temporal visual property
corresponding to the second video data, and a second spatial noise evaluation value for the second video data based on the
second video data and a spatial visual property corresponding to the second video data;

an added noise determination unit configured to determine noise data to be added to at least one of the first and second video
data based on the first and second temporal noise evaluation values corresponding to the first and second video data and the
first and second spatial noise evaluation values corresponding to the first and second video data, so that a difference between
a temporal noise evaluation value corresponding to the first video data and a temporal noise evaluation value corresponding
to the second video data after addition of the noise data is smaller than a difference between the first and second temporal
noise evaluation values and so that a difference between a spatial noise evaluation value corresponding to the first video
data and a spatial noise evaluation value corresponding to the second video data after addition of the noise data is smaller
than a difference between the first and second spatial noise evaluation values; and

a noise adding unit configured to add the noise data to at least one of first and second video data.

US Pat. No. 9,128,371

IMPRINT METHOD, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint method comprising a dispensing step of dispensing a resin on a substrate on which a plurality of chip regions
are formed, using a first coating device, a contact step of bringing the dispensed resin into contact with a mold, and a curing
step of curing the resin in contact with the mold,
the method further comprising:
an inspection step of inspecting the substrate to obtain information on a foreign substance which exists on the substrate;
and a film forming step of forming a film covering the foreign substance by dispensing, using a second coating device different
from the first coating device, a material different from the resin onto or around the foreign substance only in a chip region
on the substrate where the foreign substance exists based on the information on the foreign substance obtained in the inspection
step,

wherein, in the dispensing step, the resin, which is brought into contact with the mold, is dispensed in the chip regions
on the substrate, where the foreign substance does not exist, by dispensing the resin directly onto the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,126,402

INK JET APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INK JET APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet apparatus comprising:
a plurality of actuators that correspond to a plurality of discharge ports, respectively, and discharge a liquid from the
discharge ports according to driving signals input to input terminals;

a driving signal source that outputs the driving signals;
a driving selector that outputs a drive switch control signal for an actuator to be driven among the plurality of actuators;
a plurality of drive switches that correspond to the actuators, respectively, connect or disconnect the input terminal of
each of the actuators and the driving signal source according to the drive switch control signal for the actuator, and allow
the driving signal to pass therethrough and input the driving signal to the input terminal when the input terminal and the
driving signal source are connected;

a detection circuit that detects a voltage of the input terminals when being connected to the input terminals; and
a plurality of detection switches that correspond to the actuators, respectively, and connect or disconnect the input terminals
of the actuators and the detection circuit on the basis of the drive switch control signals for the actuators or the driving
signals passed through the drive switches corresponding to the actuators.

US Pat. No. 9,117,111

PATTERN PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A pattern processing apparatus for comparing an input pattern and a registered pattern in respective local areas, thereby
determining a class to which the input pattern belongs, the pattern processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to provide;
a local area setting unit configured to set the local areas in the input pattern and the registered pattern;
a varied local area generating unit configured to generate a plurality of varied local area patterns based on the local area
set in at least one of the input pattern and the registered pattern;

a similarity calculating unit configured to calculate a plurality of similarities for combinations of a pattern of the local
area set in the input pattern or the plurality of varied local area patterns generated based on the input-pattern local area
and a pattern of the local area set in the registered pattern or the plurality of varied local area patterns generated based
on the registered-pattern local area, the local area in the registered pattern corresponding to the local area in the input
pattern;

a representative similarity calculating unit configured to calculate, per local area, representative similarity in terms of
similarity of the local area set in the registered pattern with respect to the local area in the input pattern from among
the plurality of similarities for the combinations of the pattern of the local area set in the input pattern or the plurality
of varied local area patterns generated based on the input-pattern local area and the pattern of the local area set in the
registered pattern or the plurality of varied local area patterns generated based on the registered-pattern local area; and

a classifying unit configured to classify, based on the representative similarity calculated by the representative similarity
calculating unit, a class to which the input pattern belongs.

US Pat. No. 9,110,395

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a development unit configured to develop an electrostatic image formed on an electrophotographic photosensitive member;
a cartridge, which is detachable from an image forming apparatus main body, configured to replenish the development unit with
developer;

a moving member equipped with a pressed portion and a detected portion, in which the detected portion is configured to move
to a predetermined position by the pressed portion being pressed by the cartridge when the cartridge is attached to the image
forming apparatus main body;

a detection device configured to detect whether the cartridge is attached by detection light passing the predetermined position,
and

a partition member configured to partition the cartridge and the detected portion,
wherein the moving member is provided so as to extend through a hole provided in the partition member.

US Pat. No. 9,110,411

FIXING MEMBER MANUFACTURING METHOD AND FIXING MEMBER MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing member manufacturing method comprising:
a first step of coating an outer peripheral surface of an elastic material with an adhesive;
a second step of externally fitting a resin tube around the elastic material coated with the adhesive;
a third step of temporarily fixing the resin tube onto the elastic material by heating the resin tube at a longitudinal end
portion;

a fourth step of temporarily fixing the resin tube onto the elastic material by heating the resin tube at another longitudinal
end portion except for a circumferential part of the resin tube;

a fifth step of squeezing out an excessive adhesive from between the elastic material and the resin tube, in a direction from
the longitudinal end portion to said another longitudinal end portion of the resin tube; and

a sixth step of fixing the resin tube onto the elastic material by heating the adhesive located between the elastic material
and the resin tube.

US Pat. No. 9,112,736

DATA TRANSFER APPARATUS, DATA TRANSFER METHOD, AND INTER-CHIP COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data transfer apparatus that performs data transfer using a packet having a header field and a data field including data,
the header field including a plurality of pieces of attribute information that indicate types of the data transfer, the apparatus
comprising:
storing means for prioritizing and storing a combination of attribute information having a high frequency of appearance in
a first bus wherein the combination of attribute information and an identifier are associated with each other, and the combination
of the attribute information is a combination of at least two of a request type, cache information, security information,
data width information, and exclusive access information;

receiving means for receiving a packet including a plurality of pieces of attribute information from the first bus; and
transmitting means for, in the case where the plurality of pieces combination of attribute information included in the packet
received by the receiving means match a certain combination of attribute information stored in the storing means, transmitting
a packet including the identifier corresponding to the certain combination of attribute information instead of the plurality
of pieces of attribute information.

US Pat. No. 9,110,238

OCULAR OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICK-UP APPARATUS INCORPORATING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ocular optical system used to view an image displayed on an image display surface, comprising: a first lens having positive
refractive power, a second lens of meniscus shape having negative refractive power with its concave surface facing the image
display surface side, and a third lens having positive refractive power arranged in this order from the image display surface
side to a viewer side, wherein, when f1 denotes a focal length of the first lens, f2 denotes a focal length of the second
lens and f denotes a focal length of the entire system, the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.82
?0.67

US Pat. No. 9,100,599

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus that carries out exposure control by driving an aperture, the apparatus comprising:
an image sensor, including multiple pixels, that accumulates and transfers charges per predetermined pixel group;
a determination unit that determines an image region in the image sensor that serves as a region from which to output image
data for recording or image data for display;

a control unit that drives the aperture within a predetermined period; and
a changing unit that changes a cycle of the readout of the image data for recording or the image data for display from the
image sensor,

wherein the predetermined period includes a period where charge accumulation or charge transfer for the pixels which are not
included in the image region is being carried out, and does not include a period where charge accumulation or charge transfer
for the pixels which are included in the image region is being carried out, and

wherein the changing unit changes the cycle of the readout in order to drive the aperture within the predetermined period.

US Pat. No. 9,088,760

CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit that receives at least one image data transmitted from an external apparatus to the control apparatus;
a storing unit that stores the at least one image data in a storage medium; and
a processor that (a) determines whether or not a predetermined instruction is inputted to the control apparatus after the
control apparatus starts receiving the at least one image data from the external apparatus, (b) causes a display apparatus
to display a menu that is used to help a user to play back the at least one image data if the predetermined instruction is
inputted to the control apparatus after the control apparatus starts receiving the at least one image data from the external
apparatus and before a predetermine time has elapsed, (c) determines whether or not the predetermined instruction is inputted
to the control apparatus after the predetermined time has elapsed if the predetermined instruction is not inputted to the
control apparatus within the predetermine time, and (d) causes the display apparatus to display a list of image data stored
in the storage medium instead of displaying the menu if the predetermined instruction is not inputted to the control apparatus
within the predetermine time but the predetermined instruction is inputted to the control apparatus after the predetermine
time has elapsed,

wherein at least one of the receiving unit and the storing unit has a hardware structure.

US Pat. No. 9,086,676

DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic image forming apparatus to which a plurality of developing cartridges are detachably mountable,
each of the developing cartridges including a developer carrier that develops a latent image formed on an image carrier, a
developer container that contains a developer for developing the latent image, and a unique identification portion, the electrophotographic
image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of mounting portions configured to detachably mount the plurality of the developing cartridges; and
a pressure member movably arranged to at least one of the mounting portions, configured to contact the identification portion
and urge the developing cartridge in an urging direction to the image carrier when the developing cartridge to be mounted
to the mounting portion is inserted into the mounting portion, and to contact the identification portion and urge a developing
cartridge with a different function in an opposite direction of a mounting direction to the mounting portion when the developing
cartridge with the different function is inserted into the mounting portion, and

wherein the pressure member urges the developing cartridge to the image carrier in an inclined direction to the mounting direction.

US Pat. No. 9,086,831

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM COMPRISING ONE OR MORE APPARATUSES WHICH MANAGE JOB INFORMATION OF A JOB

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system comprising one or more apparatuses which manage job information of a job, comprising:
the one or more apparatuses which manage a job by registering job information corresponding to the job in a first database,
wherein the job information is further asynchronously registered in a second database; and,

an external device which executes the job managed by said one or more apparatuses,
wherein in a case where receiving an execution request for a job to be executed by said external device, said one or more
apparatuses register job information of the job in said first database and search said second database for job information
for said external device, and,

wherein if job information is not found by the search, said one or more apparatuses execute predetermined processing based
on the job information registered by said one or more apparatuses, and,

wherein if job information is found by the search, said one or more apparatuses execute the predetermined processing based
on the job information, regardless of whether the job information corresponds to the registered job information.

US Pat. No. 9,086,938

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a framework configured to manage an application which provides a specific service, based on a manifest of the application;
and

an installing unit configured to execute installation when a number of extension applications that are installed to extend
a host application is less than or equal to a maximum number of the extension applications, that can be held by the host application,
described in the manifest of the host application, during installation of the extension application that extends the host
application,

wherein the installing unit determines whether or not the host application is being executed during installation of the extension
application, and

wherein if the host application is being executed and any one of the extension applications among the extension applications
that have been installed on the host application is uninstalled during rebooting, the installing unit executes installation
during rebooting when a number, that is calculated by subtracting a number of the extension applications to be uninstalled
from a number of the extension applications that have been installed on the host application, is less than or equal to the
maximum number of the extension applications that can be held by the host application.

US Pat. No. 9,083,264

VIBRATION ELEMENT, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, AND VIBRATION WAVE ACTUATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a vibration element, the method comprising:
forming a layer comprising ceramic containing glass on a substrate comprising ceramic or metal;
forming a conductive layer on the layer
forming a layer to be a piezoelectric layer on the conductive layer; and
sintering the substrate, the layer comprising ceramic, the conductive layer, and the layer to be the piezoelectric layer together,
wherein the layer comprises ceramic a compound whose main component is the same as a main component of the piezoelectric layer.

US Pat. No. 9,076,088

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for conveying a sheet from any of a plurality of storage units and forming an image on the conveyed
sheet, the apparatus comprising:
an executing unit configured to execute a job for forming an image on each of a plurality of sheets;
a determining unit configured to determine for each page whether the image which is to be formed on the plurality of sheets
by the job executing unit is a color image or a monochromatic image;

a conveyance control unit configured to convey a sheet from a storage unit storing a sheet for color printing out of the plurality
of storage units to form an image of a page determined as the color image by the determining unit and convey a sheet from
a storage unit storing a sheet for monochromatic printing out of the plurality of storage units to form an image of a page
determined as the monochromatic image by the determining unit; and

a notifying unit configured to, if there is a possibility that a sheet is conveyed from both the storage unit storing the
sheet for color printing and the storage unit storing the sheet for monochromatic printing by the conveyance control unit
when the executing unit executes the job, notify a user of the possibility before the job is executed.

US Pat. No. 9,076,096

IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING PRINT SETTING INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive print data including logical sheet size information;
a first determination unit configured to determine whether physical sheet size information is included in the received print
data;

a second determination unit configured to determine whether specific information indicating that the received print data is
obtained by scanning is included in the received print data; and

a setting unit configured to:
set, when it is determined that physical sheet size information is not included and the specific information is not included,
physical sheet size information as equivalent to default sheet size information,

wherein at least one of the receiving unit, the first determination unit, the second determination unit, and the setting unit
is implemented by a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,075,656

CLOUD COMPUTING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A cloud computing system comprising at least one application server that communicates with an information processing apparatus
via a network, wherein the at least one application server comprises:
a central processing unit and at least one memory;
a request reception unit constructed to execute a request reception program that stores a message corresponding to a job in
a storage unit in response to reception of a processing request for the job from the information processing apparatus;

a back-end processing unit constructed to execute a back-end processing program that makes an acquisition request for the
message to the storage unit at regular intervals, and when the message has been acquired from the storage unit, performs processing
based on the acquired message;

wherein a plurality of back-end processing units are activated in the cloud computing system, and each back-end processing
unit is incorporated into a processing execution unit included in an application;

a calculation unit constructed to calculate a number of the back-end processing units to be deleted based on a number of messages
stored in the storage unit;

a determination unit constructed to determine a processing execution unit in a state in which all of the back-end processing
units incorporated into the processing execution unit are not performing a processing, among the plurality of processing execution
units; and

a deletion unit constructed to instruct to delete the number of the back-end processing units included in the processing execution
unit calculated by the calculation unit to the processing execution unit determined by the determination unit,

wherein the application comprises a first application including only a processing execution unit that is activated all the
time, and a second application that is different from the first application,

wherein the number of the processing execution units included in the first application is greater than the number of the processing
execution units included in the second application,

wherein the processing execution unit included in the first application executes processing based on the message in priority
to the processing execution unit included in the second application, and

wherein the determination unit determines the second application as including only the processing execution unit that is not
executing processing based on the message, and the deletion unit instructs to delete the number of the back-end processing
units to the processing execution unit included in the second application.

US Pat. No. 9,067,449

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD BY SERIALLY TRANSFERRING INTERMEDIATE IMAGES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image recording method, comprising:
an intermediate image formation step of forming an intermediate image by applying ink onto a first intermediate transfer member;
a first transfer step of transferring, onto a second intermediate transfer member, the intermediate image that is formed on
the first intermediate transfer member; and

a second transfer step of transferring, onto a recording medium, the intermediate image that is transferred onto the second
intermediate transfer member,

wherein the following relationship is satisfied:
9Fa/4<3Fb/2 in which Fa represents an adhesion force between the first intermediate transfer member and the intermediate image, Fb represents
an adhesion force between the second intermediate transfer member and the intermediate image, and Fc represents an adhesion
force between the recording medium and the intermediate image.

US Pat. No. 9,071,331

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a radio signal from another communication apparatus which performs radio communication
in another apparatus station;

an estimation unit configured to estimate a producing period and signal timing of the another apparatus station using the
radio signal detected by said detection unit;

a determination unit configured to determine, based on the radio signal detected by said detection unit, a communication apparatus
which has transmitted the signal; and

a storage unit configured to store, in association with each other, information of the communication apparatus determined
by said determination unit and the producing period and signal timing of the another apparatus station which have been estimated
by said estimation unit,

wherein said storage unit updates at least one of the stored producing period and signal timing of the another apparatus station
using a radio signal detected after the detection by said detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,069,279

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus comprising:
a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a rotating polygon mirror configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source such that the light beam scans
a photosensitive member;

an optical box to which the rotating polygon mirror is attached, the optical box including a first portion; and
a holding member configured to hold the light source, including a second portion and a protrusion portion, and attached to
the optical box such that the first portion of the optical box and the second portion of the holding member form a gap therebetween
and the protrusion portion does not contact to the optical box, wherein the holding member is attached to the optical box
with an adhesive poured into the gap, and the protrusion portion is arranged toward the optical box from the holding member
along a position in the gap into which the adhesive is poured and is disposed under the position in a vertical direction to
prevent the adhesive from falling off the position.

US Pat. No. 9,069,289

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container comprising:
a developer accommodating chamber, provided with an opening, for accommodating a developer;
a sealing member including end portion sealing portions each for sealing an end portion of the opening and a central portion
sealing portion for sealing a central portion of the opening; and

a rotatable member, connected with said sealing member, for peeling off said sealing member from the opening by rotation thereof
to expose the opening,

wherein with respect to a rotational axis direction of said rotatable member, an outer configuration of said rotatable member
is different between a sealing-member-connected end thereof and a sealing-member-connected center thereof so that one of the
end portion sealing portions is peeled earlier than the central portion sealing portion and so that the central portion is
peeled earlier than the other one of the end portion sealing portions.

US Pat. No. 9,057,976

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to rotate while bearing an electrostatic latent image;
a developer bearing member configured to rotate at a constant circumferential speed ratio with respect to the image bearing
member while bearing a developer and to develop the electrostatic latent image;

a developer supply member, which includes a foam layer at a surface and is arranged in contact with the developer bearing
member, configured to rotate in a direction opposite to a rotation direction of the developer bearing member at a constant
circumferential speed ratio with respect to the developer bearing member and to supply the developer to the developer bearing
member;

a first voltage application mechanism configured to apply a voltage Vdr to the developer bearing member;
a second voltage application mechanism configured to apply a voltage Vrs to the developer supply member; and
a control unit configured to control the first and second voltage application mechanisms,
wherein the control unit is configured to shift a difference Vdif (=Vrs?Vdr) between Vrs and Vdr toward polarity opposite
to normal charge polarity of the developer as S decreases, where S is an absolute value of a speed difference between a circumferential
speed of the image bearing member and a circumferential speed of the developer bearing member.

US Pat. No. 10,512,045

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication device comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions that, when executed by the processor(s), cause the communication device to:
receive a trigger frame including information on a plurality of resource units and an information element used for determining transmission power of the communication device from a base station; and
transmit a data signal to the base station in a resource unit designated for the communication device by the trigger frame with transmission power determined based on the information element and signal quality between the communication device and the base station,
wherein the communication device transmits the data signal with first transmission power when the signal quality is a first quality, and transmits the data signal with second transmission power higher than the first transmission power when the signal quality is a second quality lower than the first quality.

US Pat. No. 10,506,696

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging system, comprising:a detection unit configured to include a conversion element for converting radiation irradiation from a radiation source into a signal and to detect the radiation;
a first processing unit configured to output a first stop signal when dose information of the radiation obtained based on first processing for the signal converted by the conversion element exceeds a threshold;
a second processing unit configured to output a second stop signal when dose information of the radiation obtained based on second processing on a signal having undergone the first processing exceeds a threshold; and
a control unit configured to control the radiation source so as to stop the radiation irradiation based on the first stop signal or the second stop signal.

US Pat. No. 10,492,231

BACKOFF BASED SELECTION METHOD OF CHANNELS FOR DATA TRANSMISSION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A wireless communication method in a wireless network comprising an access point and a plurality of nodes, the method comprising the following steps, at one of the nodes:receiving a trigger frame from the access point, the trigger frame reserving a transmission opportunity on a 20 MHz channel, the reserved 20 MHz channel being split into OFDMA resource units in the frequency domain including one or more random OFDMA resource units the nodes can access using a contention scheme;
obtaining a random backoff value that the node initializes;
comparing the backoff value to a threshold value which is based on a number of the one or more random OFDMA resource units;
determining if the node is eligible to contend for access on the one or more random OFDMA resource units based on the result of the comparing; and
transmitting data on one or more of the one or more random OFDMA resource units if the node is determined to be eligible.

US Pat. No. 10,492,304

METHOD OF MOUNTING ELECTRONIC PART, CIRCUIT SUBSTRATE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical sensor comprising:a circuit substrate;
a light emitting element;
a first light receiving element configured to receive a light emitted from the light emitting element to an object and regularly reflected on the object,
wherein the light emitting element is arranged with the first light receiving element side by side on the circuit substrate,
wherein the light emitting element is arranged to be inclined so that a light axis of the light emitting element is inclined to a side of the first light receiving element,
wherein the first light receiving element is arranged to be inclined so that a light axis of the first light receiving element is inclined to a side of the light emitting element;
a first solder configured to connect a first electrode of the first light receiving element to a first land on the circuit substrate, and a second solder configured to connect a second electrode of the first light receiving element to a second land on the circuit substrate; and
a third solder configured to connect the first electrode of the light emitting element to a third land on the circuit substrate, and a fourth solder configured to connect the second electrode of the light emitting element to a fourth land on the circuit substrate;
wherein the second solder and the third solder are arranged side by side on the circuit substrate, and
wherein a height of the first solder on the circuit substrate is higher than a height of the second solder on the circuit substrate, and a height of the fourth solder on the circuit substrate is higher than a height of the third solder on the circuit substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,477,730

HEAD-MOUNTED DISPLAY AND GRIPPING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A head-mounted display configured to display an image to a user, the head-mounted display comprising:a protruding member disposed on an outer surface member of the head-mounted display, and in proximity to a heat generation source arranged inside the head-mounted display; and
a heat transfer member disposed between the protruding member and the heat generation source, and arranged to be deformable along an outer shape of the protruding member,
wherein the heat transfer member is in contact with the heat generation source at one side and in contact with an outside of the protruding member at the other side, and
wherein the protruding member includes ribs and is contact with the outer surface member of the head-mounted display by the ribs.

US Pat. No. 10,473,140

INSERT NUT AND FASTENING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An insert nut comprising:a cylindrical portion into which a screw is removably insertable;
a first portion provided in an inner periphery of said cylindrical portion and provided with a female screw portion threadably engageable with the screw, wherein D1 is an inner diameter of the female screw portion in the first portion at a screw thread position and h1 is a height of a screw thread of the female screw portion in the first portion;
a second portion provided in an inner periphery of said cylindrical portion and disposed in a downstream side of the first portion with respect to an inserting direction of the screw, wherein the second portion has a minimum inner diameter larger than D1+2×h1×0.3; and
a third portion provided in an inner periphery of said cylindrical portion and disposed in the downstream side of the second portion with respect to the inserting direction of the screw, the third portion being provided with a female screw portion threadably engageable with the screw, wherein a minimum inner diameter of the third portion is smaller than that of the second portion.

US Pat. No. 10,382,756

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR ENCODING AND DECODING THE TRANSFORM UNITS OF A CODING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encoding chroma residual samples into a video bitstream as a transform unit including two chroma residual coefficient arrays associated with a first chroma channel and two chroma residual coefficient arrays associated with a second chroma channel in a 4:2:2 chroma format, the method comprising:selecting a square transform to transform the chroma residual samples from a frequency domain to a spatial domain, the square transform being selected from a predetermined set of square transforms according to a transform size of the transform unit;
applying the selected square transform to the chroma residual samples to produce, for the transform unit, the two chroma residual coefficient arrays associated with the first chroma channel and the two chroma residual coefficient arrays associated with the second chroma channel; and
encoding four coded block flag values into the video bitstream for the transform unit, wherein the transform unit includes the two chroma residual coefficient arrays associated with the first chroma channel and the two chroma residual coefficient arrays associated with the second chroma channel, and each coded block flag value of the four coded block flag values corresponds to one chroma residual coefficient array of the two chroma residual coefficient arrays associated with the first chroma channel and the two chroma residual coefficient arrays associated with the second chroma channel.

US Pat. No. 10,342,057

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a communication unit configured to perform wireless communication by using one of a first mode of performing first communication with a partner apparatus via another apparatus, a second mode of performing second communication with the partner apparatus not via another apparatus, and a third mode of concurrently performing the first communication and the second communication; and
a control unit configured to control the first communication and the second communication of the communication unit,
wherein in a case where an operation mode of the control unit is the third mode, the control unit controls the communication unit so as to activate a function for the second communication after executing processing to establish a connection for the first communication by communicating association request, and in a case where the connection has not been established even after a predetermined first time has elapsed since the start of connection processing for the first communication, the control unit controls the communication unit so as to activate the function for the second communication even in a case where the connection for the first communication has not been established, and
wherein in a case where an operation mode of the control unit is the first mode and in a case where the connection has not been established even after a predetermined second time that is longer than the predetermined first time has elapsed since the start of connection processing for the first communication, the control unit controls the communication unit so as to generate a timeout event even in a case where the connection for the first communication has not been established;
wherein in a case where the connection for the first communication has been established after the function for the second communication is activated, the control unit controls the communication unit to change a wireless channel used in the second communication so as to match a wireless channel used in the first communication.

US Pat. No. 10,312,837

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for supplying a rotational angle of a moving object to a controller of the moving object, comprising:an encoder configured to acquire a first phase signal and a second phase signal that are acquired by measuring a rotation of the moving object; and
a calculation unit comprising at least one processor configured to calculate the rotational angle of the moving object by an iterative calculation so as to satisfy a relational expression bearing an arctangent, the relational expression bearing the arctangent using addition or subtraction including a first cosine wave and a second cosine wave at a higher harmonic of the first cosine wave for the first phase signal, and addition or subtraction a first sine wave and a second sine wave at a higher harmonic of the first sine wave for the second phase signal.

US Pat. No. 10,288,772

OPTICAL MEMBER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical member comprising:a light-transmitting substrate having a surface including an optically effective area and an optically non-effective area, wherein the optically effective area and the optically non-effective area are located adjacent relative to each other,
wherein the surface is bent, the angle of the bend being not less than 45 degrees and not more than 90 degrees,
wherein the optically non-effective area includes a boundary area extending along the border between the optically non-effective area and the optically effective area, and
wherein a light-shielding film is formed on (1) a fine rugged structure that is formed in the boundary area on (a) the substrate or (b) an intermediate layer formed on the substrate, and (2) the substrate or the intermediate layer, in the optically non-effective area other than the boundary area.

US Pat. No. 10,289,364

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that includes an application and a printer driver, comprising:a processor and a memory storing a program configured to function as:
a reception unit, in the application, configured to receive an instruction to execute a function which is different from printing related to the printer driver;
a setting unit, in the application, configured to set the instruction received by the reception unit in a Print Ticket and transfer the Print Ticket to an OS;
a calling unit, in the application, configured to call the printer driver via the OS;
an obtaining unit, in the printer driver called by the calling unit, configured to obtain the Print Ticket, from the OS, in which the instruction has been set by the setting unit; and
an execution unit, in the printer driver called by the calling unit, configured to execute the function based on the instruction set in the Print Ticket obtained by the obtaining unit,
wherein the function is a function different from a print function,
wherein the calling unit calls a first interface module prepared in the printer driver,
wherein the first interface module calls a second interface module, and
the second interface module obtains information to execute the function from a storage unit configured to store the information, and
wherein the execution unit executes the function based on the instruction set in the Print Ticket obtained by the obtaining unit and the information to execute the function obtained by the second interface module.

US Pat. No. 10,289,370

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of communicating with an information processing apparatus, the image processing apparatus comprising:a first receiving unit configured to receive a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) request via a network;
a second receiving unit configured to receive a HTTP request via a Universal Serial Bus (USB);
a decoding unit configured to decode encrypted data corresponding to the HTTP request in a case where the HTTP request received by the first receiving unit is received by using an encryption port for communicating the encrypted data;
a first transmission unit configured to transmit, to the information processing apparatus, a first response for permitting transmission of print data in a case where the encrypted data is decoded and a content type of the HTTP requests received by using the encryption port indicates a request of printing,
a second transmission unit configured to transmit, to the information processing apparatus, a second response regarding a remote screen for enabling the information processing apparatus to manage the image processing apparatus in a case where the encrypted data is decoded and the content type of the second request received by using the encryption port indicates a request of the remote screen; and
a print unit configured to perform print processing based on print data that has been received based on transmission of the first response,
wherein the first transmission unit transmits the first response in a case where the HTTP request is received via the USB by the second receiving unit and the content type of the HTTP request received by using the USB indicates the request of printing,
wherein the second transmission unit transmits the second response in a case where the HTTP request is received via the USB by the second receiving unit and the content type of the HTTP request received by using the USB indicates the request of the remote screen,
wherein the network is connected based on connection information being communicated between the image processing apparatus and the information processing apparatus using Bluetooth Low Energy, and
wherein the first receiving unit, the second receiving unit, the decoding unit the first transmission unit, the second transmission unit and the print unit are performed by a processor of the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,244,127

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing method executed by an information processing apparatus that generates layout data by assigning image data to a template, the method comprising the steps of:acquiring photographing place information or photographing period information of the image data from the image data; and
automatically selecting a template with a design corresponding to the photographing place information or the photographing period information from a template group stored in the information processing apparatus without receiving a user's selection; and
outputting the layout data generated by assigning the image data to the selected template,
wherein after the image data is assigned to a temporary template, the photographing place information or the photographing period information is obtained from the image data assigned to the temporary template,
a template group corresponding to the temporary template is obtained, and the template with the design corresponding to the photographing place information or the photographing period information is selected from the acquired template group.

US Pat. No. 10,205,922

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:at least one hardware processor; and
a memory which stores instructions executable by the at least one hardware processor to cause the display control apparatus to perform:
increasing pixel values of a plurality of predetermined positions on a first image based on an image frame of an inputted image signal;
decreasing pixel values of the plurality of predetermined positions, which are the same as positions where the pixel values of the first image are increased in the increasing, on a second image based on the image frame;
performing projection control to control a projection unit so that N image frames, which are based on the image frame and include both the first image whose pixel values of the predetermined positions have been increased in the increasing and the second image whose pixel values of the predetermined positions have been decreased in the decreasing, are projected at a frequency that is N-times a frame frequency according to the inputted image signal, wherein N is greater than 1;
acquiring, based on a captured image obtained by a capturing unit for capturing a projection surface where an image is projected according to the projection control, a parameter for adjusting an image to be projected by the projection unit; and
performing adjustment processing for adjusting, based on the parameter acquired in the acquiring, the image to be projected on the projection surface by the projection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,197,953

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member;
an exposure device configured to expose a surface of said image bearing member to form an electrostatic latent image thereon;
a developing device, rotatably provided with a developer bearing member bearing a liquid developer containing toner and a carrier liquid, configured to develop the electrostatic latent image on the surface of said image bearing member at a developing portion by being supplied with a developing bias with the toner when said developer bearing member is positioned at a developing position;
a transfer device configured to transfer a toner image developed by said developing device from said image bearing member by being supplied with a transfer bias at a transfer portion opposed to said image bearing member;
a detecting portion configured to detect at least one of a voltage applied to the transfer portion and a current flowing through the transfer portion; and
a controller configured to set the transfer bias to be supplied to said transfer device during image formation on the basis of a detection result of said detecting portion when a test bias is applied to said transfer device in a preparatory operation required before carrying out the image formation in response to an image formation instruction signal,
wherein in the preparatory operation said controller is configured to cause said developing device to supply the carrier liquid to said image bearing member and cause said transfer device to be supplied with the test bias after a leading end of a region of said image bearing member which is supplied with the carrier liquid by said developing device passes through the transfer portion,
wherein in the preparatory operation said controller is configured to cause said transfer device to be supplied with the test bias while a region of said image bearing member which is substantially not formed with the electrostatic latent image passes through the transfer portion,
wherein said developer bearing member is movably provided between the developing position and a spaced position away from said image bearing member, and in the preparatory operation said controller causes said developer bearing member to move from the spaced position to the developing position in response to the image formation instruction signal, and
wherein in the preparatory operation said controller causes said developer bearing member to be supplied with the developing bias before moving said developer bearing member from the spaced position to the developing position in response to the image formation instruction signal.

US Pat. No. 10,191,424

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING SWITCHING FROM MONOCHROME IMAGE FORMING MODE TO COLOR IMAGE FORMING MODE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image forming unit comprising a plurality of image forming stations configured to form images of different colors, the image forming unit being capable of operating in a first mode of performing image formation using only a first image forming station for a predetermined color among the plurality of image forming stations, and a second mode of performing image formation using the plurality of image forming stations; and
a controller configured to control the image formation in the first mode and the image formation in the second mode,
wherein, in a case where the controller determines that switching to the image formation in the second mode occurs after the image formation in the first mode, the controller controls the image forming unit so that a second image forming station, which performs image formation first in the second mode among the plurality of image forming stations, starts a preparation operation of the second image forming station and the image formation by the second image forming station before the first image forming station ends the image formation in the first mode.

US Pat. No. 10,188,364

RADIATION IMAGING CONTROL APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging control apparatus comprising:a managing unit configured to, in a case where a radiation imaging apparatus performs wireless communication, manage whether to operate the radiation imaging control apparatus controlling the radiation imaging apparatus as a master unit or a slave unit; and
an obtaining unit configured to, in a case where the radiation imaging control apparatus operates as the slave unit when performing the wireless communication with the radiation imaging apparatus, obtain reception information of radio wave in the radiation imaging control apparatus,
wherein at least one of the managing unit and the obtaining unit is implemented by a central processing unit, a memory and a communication circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,185,876

DETECTION APPARATUS, DETECTION METHOD, AND LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A detection apparatus which detects a position of a mark including a plurality of mark elements, the detection apparatus comprising:an image pickup unit configured to capture a two-dimensional image of the mark; and
a processor which detects a position of the mark using the two-dimensional image of the mark obtained by the image pickup unit,
wherein the processor
sets a detection region in the two-dimensional image of the mark,
generates a one-dimensional integrated signal having a plurality of peaks by accumulating, in a predetermined direction, a two-dimensional image signal included in the detection,
detects peaks in which differences between values of the peaks and a reference value are equal to or larger than a threshold value and peaks in which differences between values of the peaks and the reference value are smaller than the threshold value from among the plurality of peaks of the generated integrated signal in order to determine if a failure region is present within the detection region, and
in a case where a failure region is present within the detection region, the processor narrows a width of the detection region in the predetermined direction until the failure region is excluded so as to form a new detection region that does not include the failure region, generates a new one-dimensional integrated signal having a plurality of peaks by accumulating, in the predetermined direction, a two-dimensional image signal included in the new detection region, and detects a position of the mark based on the new one-dimensional integrated signal.

US Pat. No. 10,186,210

IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE AND CONTROL METHODS FOR IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display device comprising:a plurality of light emission units configured to be separately controlled in light emission;
a display panel having a plurality of display areas corresponding to the plurality of light emission units, and configured to transmit light emitted from the plurality of light emission units to display an image based on a display image signal;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the plurality of display areas is a first area satisfying a predetermined condition or a second area having luminance lower than that of the first area, respectively, based on an input image signal;
a light emission control unit configured to control light emitted from the plurality of light emission units to reduce an amount of light emitted from a light emission unit corresponding to the second area relative to an amount of light emitted from a light emission unit corresponding to the first area; and
a correction unit configured to output the display image signal to the display panel, the display image signal being obtained by adding a first correction value to a portion of the input image signal corresponding to all the second area.

US Pat. No. 10,187,578

CONTROL APPARATUS OF VIBRATION ACTUATOR, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING VIBRATION ACTUATOR, DRIVING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, INTERCHANGEABLE LENS, AND AUTOMATIC STAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus of a vibration actuator, the control apparatus including a control unit comprising:a unit configured to obtain a relative position between a vibrator and a driven member by a position detection unit, and to output a first deviation, which is a difference between the relative position and a command value of the relative position;
a gain control unit configured to obtain a second deviation, which is a difference between the relative position and a target position of the relative position, and to a output a gain based on the second deviation; and
a control amount calculation unit configured to output a control amount to be used to control driving of the vibrator using the first deviation and the gain,
wherein the gain control unit reduces the gain output in accordance with reduction of the second deviation, and
the relative position between the vibrator and the driven member is changed due to driving of the vibrator.

US Pat. No. 10,187,581

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT COMPENSATES FOR FLASH BAND, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an image pickup device configured to sequentially start exposure and sequentially read out signals for each row of pixels; and
at least one processor or circuit configured to function as the following units:
a detection unit configured to, based on an image signal output from the image pickup device, detect a flash band that appears in a plurality of frames consecutive in terms of time due to an external flash;
a correction unit configured to correct an image in at least one of the plurality of frames in which the flash band was detected by the detection unit to a full-screen flash image; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether a width of the flash band detected by the detection unit is equal to or greater than the number of rows in one frame,
wherein when the determination unit determines that the width of the flash band is not equal to or greater than the number of rows in one frame, the correction unit interpolates a row in which the flash band does not appear using a row in which the flash band appears and which immediately precedes or immediately succeeds the row in which the flash band does not appear.

US Pat. No. 10,187,601

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:a pixel region in which a plurality of pixels are arranged in a matrix including a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns, each of the plurality of pixels including a photoelectric converter and a source follower circuit configured to output a signal corresponding to an electric charge generated in the photoelectric converter;
a first output line connected to the source follower circuit of a first pixel and to the source follower circuit of a second pixel arranged in the same column as the first pixel; and
a second output line connected to the source follower circuit of a third pixel arranged in the same column as the second pixel and to the source follower circuit of a fourth pixel arranged in the same column as the third pixel,
wherein the first output line is connected to a third output line via a first select circuit,
wherein the second output line is connected to the third output line via a second select circuit, and
wherein the first select circuit and the second select circuit are provided in the pixel in a planar view.

US Pat. No. 10,183,505

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PLATEN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printhead configured to eject ink;
a sheet conveying unit configured to convey a sheet in a first direction;
a suction unit configured to suction ink; and
a platen unit configured to support the sheet to be printed with the printhead,
wherein the platen unit comprises:
supporting portions arranged in a second direction intersecting with the first direction, and configured to support the sheet;
an ink receiver for receiving ink ejected from the printhead, the ink receiver being adjacent to the supporting portions in the first direction and extending in the second direction;
an ink channel including an inclined bottom surface for allowing flow of ink received by the ink receiver, the ink channel being disposed below the ink receiver and extending in the second direction;
an ink collector which can contain the ink flowing from the inclined bottom surface and is disposed below the inclined bottom surface; and
a discharge port for discharging ink contained in the ink collector by suction of the suction unit through a tube connected to the discharge port.

US Pat. No. 10,183,509

SHEET SUPPLYING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a setting portion on which a roll sheet wound in a shape of a roll is set;
a pressing member configured to be movable between a first position for pressing an outer surface of the roll sheet set on the setting portion and a second position apart from the roll sheet set on the setting portion;
a printing unit configured to print on the roll sheet; and
a control unit configured to move the pressing member to the first position in a first case where the roll sheet set on the setting portion is supplied to the printing unit, and to move the pressing member to the second position in a second case where a roll sheet having a first surface printed by the printing unit is wound on the setting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,175,595

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle, said toner particle comprising:a toner base particle containing a binder resin and a wax; and
a coating layer containing a 1,2-polybutadiene resin at the surface of the toner base particle, wherein
the 1,2-polybutadiene resin has a 1,2-syndiotactic structure,
a percentage content of the 1,2-syndiotactic structure in the 1,2-polybutadiene resin is at least 30 mass %, and
a coverage ratio of the toner base particle by the coating layer is at least 50%.

US Pat. No. 10,162,278

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising a support, an electrically conductive layer, and a photosensitive layer in this order,wherein the electrically conductive layer contains a binder material and particles represented by General Formula (1)
Nb2.00O5.00-XNY  (1)
wherein, in Formula (1), Nb is a niobium atom, O is an oxygen atom, N is a nitrogen atom, and 0.00

US Pat. No. 10,162,546

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus capable of transmitting and receiving data to and from a plurality of storages mounted on a network, the imaging apparatus comprising:an imaging unit configured to capture an image;
a memory configured to store a priority order of the plurality of storages;
one or more interfaces configured to receive a first command or a second command, and a third command, wherein the first command includes an instruction to mount a specific storage, wherein the second command includes an instruction to mount a storage selected by the imaging apparatus from among the plurality of storages, and wherein the third command includes an instruction to execute one of a plurality of types of data transfer processing by using a mounted storage; and
one or more processors configured to automatically select and mount a storage from among the plurality of storages, the plurality of storages not mounted to the imaging apparatus, if the one or more interfaces receive the second command and the third command, the storage to mount being selected based on the type of data transfer processing specified in the instruction included in the third command in a case where no storage has been mounted to the imaging apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,165,287

IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, IMAGE CODING METHOD, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, IMAGE DECODING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image coding apparatus comprising:a quantization unit configured to quantize transform coefficients by using a quantization matrix, the quantization matrix being a matrix with n rows and n columns, n being a natural number equal to or greater than 4,
an acquisition unit configured to acquire difference values between elements among a plurality of elements in the quantization matrix, and
a coding unit configured to code the difference values acquired by the acquisition unit,
wherein the acquisition unit acquires a difference value between an element corresponding to a first row and a first column and a predetermined initial value, and
wherein the acquisition unit acquires a difference value between an element corresponding to the first row and a p-th column (p is a natural number equal to or greater than 2) in the quantization matrix and an element corresponding to a (p+1)th row and the first column in the quantization matrix.

US Pat. No. 10,154,459

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:a wireless communication unit configured to perform a close proximity wireless communication with another communication apparatus; and
a shifting unit configured to, in a case where predetermined information is included in information received in a communication with the other communication apparatus, by the wireless communication unit, executed in a state in which execution of a function of performing a wireless communication with the other communication apparatus is restricted, the wireless communication being in conformity with a communication standard different from a communication standard used in the close proximity wireless communication, shift the communication apparatus into a state in which the restriction is canceled, and configured not to shift the communication apparatus into the state in which the restriction is canceled in a case where the predetermined information is not included in the information received in the communication with the other communication apparatus, by the wireless communication unit, executed in the state in which the execution of the function is restricted.

US Pat. No. 10,151,958

ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrochromic element, comprising:a pair of electrodes; and
an electrochromic layer disposed between the pair of electrodes,
the electrochromic element being controlled in transmittance by pulse width modulation,
wherein:
the electrochromic layer contains at least one of:
two or more anode electrochromic materials, or
two or more cathode electrochromic materials; and
all of the anode electrochromic materials have an equal molecular length, or satisfy a condition that a molecular ratio of (large molecular length)/(small molecular length) is 1.4 or less, or
all of the cathode electrochromic materials have an equal molecular length, or satisfy a condition that a molecular ratio of (large molecular length)/(small molecular length) is 1.4 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,152,002

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:a support member;
an electroconductive layer; and
a photosensitive layer in this order,
wherein the electroconductive layer contains
a binder and
particles having a core containing titanium oxide, and a coating layer coating the core and containing titanium oxide doped with niobium or tantalum.

US Pat. No. 10,152,021

CARTRIDGE THAT REDUCES CONTACT WITH PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge attachable to and detachable from a main body of an image forming apparatus, the cartridge comprising:a photosensitive member;
a frame supporting the photosensitive member rotatably and having an opening in which the photosensitive member is exposed;
a cover member removably attached to the frame so as to cover at least part of the opening; and
a flexible sheet member on which handling caution information is displayed, a first end portion of the sheet member being attached to the cover member, a second end portion of the sheet member opposite to the first end portion being removably attached to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,147,532

WIRING STRUCTURE FOR ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A wiring structure for an electronic apparatus comprising:a first signal cable and a second signal cable each configured to transmit an electronic signal;
a first magnetic member which comprises soft magnetic material and through which the first signal cable is passed;
a second magnetic member which comprises soft magnetic material and through which the second signal cable is passed; and
a holder configured to hold the first and second magnetic members, the holder comprising:
a first holding portion configured to hold the first magnetic member and comprising an elastic engagement portion that is configured to engage with the first magnetic member by deforming elastically upon being pressed by the first magnetic member;
a second holding portion to which the second magnetic member is attached in a state where the first magnetic member is held by the first holding portion, the second holding portion being configured to hold the second magnetic member at a position where the second magnetic member overlaps with the first magnetic member at a position apart from the elastic engagement portion when viewed in a moving direction of the first magnetic member in which the first magnetic member is attached to the first holding portion; and
a restrict portion arranged on the elastic engagement portion and configured to restrict movement of the second magnetic member in a state where the second magnetic member is held by the second holding portion.
US Pat. No. 10,146,146

TONER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle comprising a binder resin, a wax and inorganic fine particles, the binder resin comprising a crystalline polyester resin and an amorphous polyester resin, whereinthe content of the inorganic fine particles in the toner particle is 0.5 to 5.0 mass parts per 100 mass parts of the binder resin, and
in a cross section of the toner particle, S1/Sc?0.3 when Sc represents an area taken up by the crystalline polyester resin and S1 represents an area taken up by the inorganic fine particles that are present in the crystalline polyester resin portion.

US Pat. No. 10,146,153

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:(a) a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
(b) at least on processor that executes the set of instructions:
(i) to set a sampling condition under which a pixel of an image is sampled based on information indicating at least a number of bits of a pixel of the image;
(ii) to sample a pixel of the image based on a set sampling condition by the setting unit; and
(iii) to analyze the image based on sampled pixel data,
wherein, in a case when a number of bits of a pixel of the image is greater than or equal to a predetermined number of bits, a sampling condition is set so that a sampling interval becomes larger than that in a case when a number of bits of a pixel of the image is less than the predetermined number of bits.

US Pat. No. 10,136,811

FUNDUS IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A fundus imaging apparatus configured to capture a fundus image of a subject eye, the apparatus comprising:an optical unit configured to guide light from a light source to a fundus;
a wavefront measurement unit configured to measure the wavefront of reflected light guided via the optical unit after the light is reflected on the fundus;
a wavefront correction unit provided on an optical path extending between the light source and the subject eye and configured to correct the wavefront;
an image-capturing unit configured to receive the reflected light and capture an image of the fundus;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire thickness information about an optical diffusive layer of the fundus; and
a determination unit configured to determine a correction value to be used when the wavefront correction unit corrects the wavefront based on the thickness information.

US Pat. No. 10,136,008

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM THAT PERFORMS PREVIEW DISPLAY, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing system that performs preview display of a result to be obtained by an image processing apparatus which executes processing based on execution data reserved in a communication apparatus, on a display control apparatus,wherein the image processing system includes at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to the at least the one processor and having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the at least the one processor, cause the at least the one processor to function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a preview image generated based on the execution data and bibliography information for managing specifications of the execution data indicated by the preview image from the communication apparatus, and acquire a supported sheet size information of the image processing apparatus from the image processing apparatus;
a transmission unit configured to transmit the preview image to the display control apparatus;
a preview display unit configured to perform preview display of the result on the display control apparatus based on the transmitted preview image;
a determination unit configured to cause the image processing apparatus to determine whether or not the execution data is formed according to a predetermined language specification in a case where the sheet size indicated by the preview image generated by the communication apparatus and acquired from the bibliographic information is not included in the acquired supported sheet size information; and
a generate unit configured to generate a new preview image having a different size magnification by applying a scaling process to the preview image in a case where the determination unit determines that the execution data is formed according to the predetermined language specification, and generate a new preview image including only a part of the preview image by performing cutting processing on the preview image in a case where the determination unit determines that the execution data is not formed according to the predetermined language specification,
wherein the transmission unit transmits the new preview image to the display control apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,133,206

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a photosensitive member;
a latent image forming unit configured to form an electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive member;
a developing unit configured to contain developer including toner, and to develop the electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive member using the developer;
a detector configured to detect an amount of the toner in the developing unit;
a supplying unit configured to supply toner to the developing unit;
a sensor configured to measure a measurement image; and
a controller configured:
to determine a charge amount of the toner in the developing unit based on a determination condition, an amount of the toner consumed in the developing unit, an amount of the toner supplied by the supplying unit, and the amount of the toner detected by the detector, and
to control an image forming condition based on the determined charge amount,
wherein the developing unit comprises a developer carrying member configured to rotate while carrying the developer,
wherein the determination condition comprises:
a first determination condition for determining the charge amount under a state in which the developer carrying member is rotated, and
a second determination condition for determining the charge amount under a state in which the developer carrying member is not rotated,
wherein the controller updates the first determination condition and the second determination condition based on a rotation time period of the developer carrying member and a measurement result by the sensor,
wherein the controller is further configured:
to update the first determination condition based on the measurement result of the measurement image when the rotation time period of the developer carrying member is shorter than a predetermined time period, and
to update the second determination condition based on the measurement result of the measurement image in a case where the rotation time period of the developer carrying member is longer than the predetermined time period.

US Pat. No. 10,133,215

DEVELOPER CONTAINER, DEVELOPER STORAGE UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sealing member provided to a developer container, the developer container comprising: a frame provided with a developer storage chamber configured to store developer and an opening for discharging the developer from the developer storage chamber; a rotatable member provided inside of the developer storage chamber and being rotatable in a first direction and a second direction opposite to the first direction; a stirring member attached to the rotatable member; and a drive transmitting member for rotating the rotatable member, the sealing member comprising:a sealing portion attached to the frame so as to seal the opening; and
an attached portion attached to the rotatable member,
wherein the sealing member is disposed inside the developer storage chamber, and the sealing member is attached to the frame and the rotatable member such that, if the rotatable member rotates in the first direction, the sealing portion starts separating from the frame after the stirring member contacts a first regulating portion, and if the rotatable member rotates in the second direction the sealing portion starts separating from the frame after the stirring member contacts a second regulating portion.

US Pat. No. 10,126,703

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion;
a cover covering the image forming portion;
a stacking portion disposed in an upper section of the cover and configured to receive a recording medium thereon, the recording medium having an image formed by the image forming portion and being discharged;
an antenna arranged inside the upper section of the cover for use in establishing near field communication;
a display configured to display at least information relating to the image formation; and
wherein the antenna faces a region of the upper section of the cover at a position outside the stacking portion and opposite of the display such that the stacking portion is located between the antenna and the display in a direction intersecting with a discharging direction of the recording medium.

US Pat. No. 10,123,688

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, OPERATION METHOD THEREOF, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:an image acquiring unit configured to acquire a plurality of types of images of an eye, including a confocal image and a non-confocal image of the eye;
a deciding unit configured to independently decide a saving format for saving the confocal image and non-confocal image in a storage region so that the relation in magnitude of at least one of the number of frames and the amount of data differs between the confocal image saved in the storage region and the non-confocal image saved in the storage region; and
a saving unit configured to save at least one of the acquired plurality of types of images in the storage region, based on the decided saving format.

US Pat. No. 10,129,389

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus configured to perform data communication via a line, the communication apparatus comprising:a detection unit configured to detect a signal on the line, determine a input signal level of the signal, and determine a frequency of the signal; and
a line control unit configured to disconnect the line based on the input signal level and the frequency of the signal detected by the detection unit,
wherein the line control unit captures the line based on an elapse of a predetermined time after the line is disconnected.

US Pat. No. 10,124,609

CUTTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cutting apparatus comprising:a cutter unit having a cutter blade, the cutter unit being configured to reciprocate with the cutter blade from a first end portion of a sheet through a second end portion of the sheet to cut the sheet;
a sensing unit configured to sense a position of at least the second end portion of the sheet; and
a control unit configured to control movement of the cutter unit such that a return movement of the cutter unit occurs from a reverse position that is set in accordance with a sensing result of the sensing unit,
wherein the reverse position is settable to a position in which the second end portion remains in the cutter unit.

US Pat. No. 10,122,871

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS THAT EXECUTES BOTH A FIRST TYPE OF WIRELESS COMMUNICATION AND A SECOND TYPE OF WIRELESS COMMUNICATION, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a memory that stores programs; and
a processor that executes the program to:
receive either one of a first ON setting of allowing execution of proximity wireless communication and a first OFF setting of not allowing execution of the proximity wireless communication, from a user via a setting screen of the communication apparatus provided by an OS operating on the communication apparatus, as a first wireless communication setting corresponding to the proximity wireless communication;
receive either one of a second ON setting of allowing execution of wireless communication and a second OFF setting of not allowing execution of the wireless communication, from the user via a setting screen of the communication apparatus provided by the OS operating on the communication apparatus, as a second wireless communication setting corresponding to the wireless communication;
send a request for change to the OS such that the first wireless communication setting is automatically changed from the first OFF setting to the first ON setting in accordance with activation of a predetermined application in the communication apparatus; and
send a request for change to the OS such that the second wireless communication setting is automatically changed from the second OFF setting to the second ON setting in accordance with acquisition of connection information including an SSID by the proximity wireless communication,
wherein data communication with a connection destination indicated by the SSID is performed by the wireless communication.

US Pat. No. 10,121,816

IMAGING DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING IMAGING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:a plurality of pixels disposed two-dimensionally, each of the plural pixels including:
a photoelectric conversion unit provided in a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type;
a transfer transistor including a second semiconductor region of a second conductivity type which is provided in the first semiconductor region and to which charge generated in the photoelectric conversion unit is transferred;
a third semiconductor region of the first conductivity type provided in a portion deeper than the second semiconductor region and having an impurity concentration higher than an impurity concentration of the first semiconductor region; and
a counter doped region provided around the second semiconductor region,
wherein at least a part of the third semiconductor region and at least a part of the counter doped region are overlapped with a gate electrode of the transfer transistor in a plan view, and
a first overlap of the counter doped region with respect to the gate electrode is larger than a second overlap of the third semiconductor region with respect to the gate electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,115,216

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image replacing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image replacing apparatus to perform operations including:
acquiring an image data group from a database, wherein the image data group includes a plurality of image data files,
generating layout data using a template having a plurality of slots that includes a first slot and a second slot, wherein the generated layout data includes a first image which was selected from the acquired image data group and is arranged in the first slot based on a first predetermined criteria, and includes a second image which was selected from the acquired image data group and is arranged in the second slot based on a second predetermined criteria that is different from the first predetermined criteria, and
displaying the generated layout data as a layout image on a display screen, for a user,
wherein, in response to receipt of a first input from the user, the image replacing apparatus further performs operations including:
selecting, as a change target slot and based on the first user input, the first slot having the first image,
selecting, from the acquired image data group, first candidate images based on the first image arranged in the change target slot,
displaying, on the display screen for the user, the selected first candidate images,
wherein, in response to receipt of a second input from the user selecting an item for changing the first candidate images, the image replacing apparatus further performs operations including:
selecting, from the acquired image data group, second candidate images based on the second image arranged in the second slot,
changing the displayed first candidate images to the second candidate images, and
wherein, in response to receipt of a third input from the user selecting an image in the second candidate images, the image replacing apparatus further performs operations including:
replacing the first image displayed in the first slot by displaying, in the first slot, an image selected by the user from the second candidate images displayed on the displayed screen.

US Pat. No. 10,115,754

IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup device, comprising:a pixel region including a plurality of pixels;
a well region in which the plurality of pixels are provided;
first and second well wires configured to supply a potential to the well region, the first and second well wires being arranged in the pixel region;
first and second well contacts connected to the well region, the first and second well contacts being connected in the first well wire at a first interval; and
third and fourth well contacts connected to the well region, the third and fourth well contacts being connected in the second well wire at a second interval larger than the first interval,
a number of pixels arranged in the second interval is larger than a number of pixels arranged in the first interval.

US Pat. No. 10,108,382

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions to:
read a two-dimensional code displayed by a device;
search for the device based on address information included in the two-dimensional code;
determine whether a direct wireless communication function of the device can be used based on information included in the two-dimensional code in a case where the device cannot be detected through the search operation; and
notify a user of the communication apparatus to use the direct wireless communication function of the device in a case where the device cannot be detected through search operation,
wherein the at least one processor determines that the direct wireless communication function of the device can be used in a case where information indicating that setting of the direct wireless communication function of the device is valid is included in the two-dimensional code, and the processor determines that the direct wireless communication function of the device cannot be used in a case where information indicating that setting of the direct wireless communication function of the device is invalid is included in the two-dimensional code.

US Pat. No. 10,108,129

MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A member for electrophotography, comprising:an electroconductive substrate; and
an electroconductive layer on the substrate, wherein
the electroconductive layer contains a resin having a cationic organic group in a molecule thereof and an anion;
a total sum of contents of an alkali metal and an alkali earth metal in the electroconductive layer is 500 ppm or less; and
the anion comprises at least one selected from the group consisting of a fluorosulfonate anion, a fluorocarboxylate anion, a fluorosulfonylimide anion, a fluorosulfonylmethide anion, a fluoroalkylfluoroborate anion, a fluorophosphate anion, a fluoroantimonate anion, and a fluoroarsenate anion.

US Pat. No. 10,105,050

ADAPTIVE OPTICS APPARATUS, ADAPTIVE OPTICS METHOD, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic imaging apparatus comprising:a fundus imaging optical system that receives light reflected from a subject's eye and captures an image of a fundus of the subject's eye;
a wavefront correcting device that is disposed in an optical path of the fundus imaging optical system, controls a wavefront of incident light and corrects a wavefront aberration of the subject's eye;
a wavefront aberration detecting optical system that projects measurement light to the subject's eye and detect light reflected from the fundus with a wavefront sensor; and
a control unit that performs feedback control of repeating (a) detection of a wavefront aberration of the subject's eye on the basis of a detection signal from the wavefront sensor and (b) control of the wavefront correcting device on the basis of a result of the detection,
wherein, after the control unit controls the wavefront correcting device so as to hold a correction characteristic of the wavefront correcting device on the basis of a detection signal acquired from the wavefront sensor through the feedback control, the control unit controls the wavefront correcting device so as to resume correcting the wavefront aberration of the subject's eye on the basis of a detection signal acquired from the wavefront sensor through the feedback control.

US Pat. No. 10,108,468

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a storage device storing computer executable instructions,
wherein the processor executes the computer executable instructions to function as:
a determination unit configured to determine whether a document is being edited on a window of an editing application or is to be stored;
a first acquisition unit configured to periodically acquire edited contents of the document currently being edited on the window of the editing application;
a second acquisition unit configured to transmit the acquired edited contents to an external apparatus and acquire from the external apparatus information about related files related to the document currently being edited in a case where the determination unit determines that the document is being edited;
a third acquisition unit configured to transmit the acquired edited contents to the external apparatus and acquire information about registration destination candidates for the document based on storage destinations of related files related to the document in a case where the determination unit determines that the document is to be stored; and
a display unit configured to display a list of the information about the related files acquired by the second acquisition unit in a case where the determination unit determines that the document is being edited,
wherein the display unit displays a list of the information about registration destination candidates for the document acquired by the third acquisition unit in a case where the determination unit determines that the document is to be stored.

US Pat. No. 10,104,299

ZOOM CONTROL APPARATUS, ZOOM CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:at least one processor or one circuitry which functions as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information about a size of an object detected from an image;
a setting unit configured to set a reference size of an object for zoom control; and
a control unit configured to perform the zoom control based on the size of the object indicated by the acquired information and the set reference size,
wherein, in the zoom control, the control unit performs a first control in a case where the reference size is set to a first reference size, and performs a second control in a case where the reference size is set to a second reference size larger than the first reference size,
wherein the first control and the second control are different in zoom speed, and
wherein, in the first control, a zoom speed is updated in such a way as to increase.

US Pat. No. 10,104,304

IMAGING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PERFORMING INTERMITTENT IMAGE CAPTURING OPERATION, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus capable of setting an interval shooting mode for causing an imaging device to perform intermittent image capturing operations to acquire a moving image constituted by a plurality of images sequentially acquired through the intermittent image capturing operations, the imaging apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the imaging apparatus to perform operations comprising:
acquiring a real measurement luminance by performing photometry on a subject;
performing exposure control processing; and
setting a control luminance to be used when the exposure control processing is performed in an image capturing operation,
wherein in the interval shooting mode, if a real measurement luminance acquired in response to a second image capturing operation to be performed after a first image capturing operation is in a predetermined range based on, as a reference point, a control luminance used in the first image capturing operation, the setting sets a control luminance to be used in the second image capturing operation to be substantially the same as the control luminance used in the first image capturing operation,
wherein if the real measurement luminance acquired in response to the second image capturing operation is not in the predetermined range, the setting sets the control luminance to be used in the second image capturing operation based on a calculation result obtainable by using the real measurement luminance acquired in response to the second image capturing operation and the control luminance used in the first image capturing operation, and
wherein the intermittent image capturing operations in the interval shooting mode include the first image capturing operation and the second image capturing operation.

US Pat. No. 10,093,105

LIQUID STORAGE CONTAINER AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid storage container, comprising a storage chamber for storing a liquid, a supply port constructed to supply a liquid to the storage chamber, and a cover member mounted detachably on the supply port, whereinthe cover member includes a main body part lying outside of the storage chamber and the supply port in a state mounted on the supply port;
the main body part includes a cover part covering an opening surface of the supply port in the mounted state of the cover member, a support part constructed to connect the cover part with another member with the cover member removed from the supply port, and a convex part protruding from the cover part; and
the convex part is arranged only on one side of the cover part and the support part is arranged on the other side of the cover part relative to a straight line intersecting orthogonally with a straight line passing a centroid of the cover part and connecting the centroid and the support part, seen from a direction intersecting orthogonally with the opening surface in the mounted state of the cover member.

US Pat. No. 10,097,507

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS INCLUDING A DHCP SERVER FUNCTION, CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

15. A control method for an information processing apparatus that is configured to connect to at least one of a plurality of external devices in a wireless link layer level and in an Internet Protocol (IP) layer level and that includes a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server function configured to distribute different IP addresses to the plurality of external devices respectively, the method comprising:determining whether or not a number of at least one external device connected to the information processing apparatus in the IP layer level has reached a first connection number that represents a number of external devices connectable in the IP layer level, when an IP address distribution request is received from a first external device after a connection to the first external device is established in the wireless link layer level; and
not distributing an IP address to the first external device when it is determined that the first connection number has been reached, and distributing the IP address to the first external device so that a connection to the first external device in the IP layer level becomes available when it is determined that the first connection number has not been reached.

US Pat. No. 10,096,095

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND DISPLAY METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus, comprising:a display unit configured to display an image on a screen;
a first acquiring unit configured to acquire brightness information that is information related to a first display brightness; and
a correcting unit configured to, (1) in a case where a first image that is an image based on first image data having a first dynamic range and a second image that is an image based on second image data having a second dynamic range narrower than the first dynamic range are displayed on the screen, perform a brightness correction on the second image data so that the first image is displayed in accordance with the first display brightness related to the brightness information and the second image is displayed in accordance with a second display brightness that is lower than the first display brightness related to the brightness information, and (2) in a case where the first image is not displayed on the screen but the second image is displayed on the screen, not perform the brightness correction on the second image data.

US Pat. No. 10,095,106

REMOVING SUBSTRATE PRETREATMENT COMPOSITIONS IN NANOIMPRINT LITHOGRAPHY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. A nanoimprint lithography method comprising:a) disposing a pretreatment composition on a first nanoimprint lithography substrate to form a pretreatment coating on the nanoimprint lithography substrate, wherein the pretreatment composition comprises a polymerizable component;
b) disposing discrete portions of imprint resist on the pretreatment coating, each discrete portion of the imprint resist covering a target area of the nanoimprint lithography substrate, wherein the imprint resist is a polymerizable composition;
c) forming a composite polymerizable coating on the nanoimprint lithography substrate as each discrete portion of the imprint resist spreads beyond its target area, wherein the composite polymerizable coating comprises a mixture of the pretreatment composition and the imprint resist;
d) contacting the composite polymerizable coating with a nanoimprint lithography template;
e) polymerizing the composite polymerizable coating to yield a composite polymeric layer;
f) repeating b) through e) to yield an imprinted nanoimprint lithography substrate;
g) repeating a) through f) to yield a multiplicity of imprinted nanoimprint lithography substrates, wherein each imprinted nanoimprint lithography substrate comprises an uncured portion of the pretreatment coating; and
h) removing the uncured portions of the pretreatment coating from the multiplicity of imprinted nanoimprint lithography substrates in a batch process.

US Pat. No. 10,088,772

DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:a rotatable developer carrying member enclosing a magnetic field generating portion including a plurality of magnetic poles and configured to carry a developer; and
a resinous regulating portion provided at a position opposing said developer carrying member and configured to regulate an amount of the developer carried by said developer carrying member,
wherein said regulating portion is formed of a resin material containing magnetic powder, and at least a free end portion, opposed to said developer carrying member, of said regulating portion has relative permeability of 10 or more and 60 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,089,563

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printing unit configured to print images on sheets;
a generation unit configured to generate images used for printing;
a first binding unit configured to execute first binding processing on sheets;
a second binding unit configured to execute second binding processing on sheets, which is capable of executing binding processing on sheets of a number greater than an upper limit number of sheets bindable by the first binding processing; and
a control unit configured to control the printing unit to start printing on sheets after confirming that a number of sheets used for printing does not exceed the upper limit number of sheets bindable by the first binding processing in a case where the first binding processing is specified, and control the printing unit to start printing on sheets without confirming that a number of sheets used for printing does not exceed an upper limit number of sheets bindable by the second binding processing in a case where the second binding processing is specified.

US Pat. No. 10,087,029

SHEET CONVEYANCE DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance device comprising:a first rotating member configured to rotate in one direction;
a second rotating member configured to convey a sheet in a first direction in conjunction with the first rotating member according to the first rotating member rotating;
a third rotating member configured to convey the sheet in a second direction different from the first direction in conjunction with the first rotating member according to the first rotating member rotating; and
a switching unit configured to switch from a first state in which the second rotating member contacts a first surface of the sheet and the first rotating member contacts a second surface opposite to the first surface of the sheet to a second state in which the first rotating member contacts the first surface of the sheet and the third rotating member contacts the second surface of the sheet by moving the second rotating member before a trailing edge of the sheet conveyed in the first direction is conveyed by the first rotating member and the second rotating member.

US Pat. No. 10,083,382

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH SECURE PRINT FUNCTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus to which a user is capable of instructing execution of one function out of a plurality of functions including at least a print function, the image forming apparatus comprising:a display device configured to display information; and
at least one controller having a processor that executes programs stored in a memory or circuitry having functions implemented therein,
the controller being configured to:
hold a plurality of print jobs including a print job associated with a user; and
control the display device to display, in response to an instruction to execute the print function, a screen including a list of print jobs of which a print instruction is available but has not yet been instructed,
wherein in a first case where the user has not been identified when the execution of the print function is instructed, the controller controls the display device to display the screen including the list of print jobs in which all of the plurality of print jobs are included in the list, and in a second case where the user has been identified when the execution of the print function is instructed, the controller controls the display device to display the screen including the list of print jobs in which only the print job associated with the identified user out of the plurality of print jobs is included in the list, and
wherein the controller controls, in the first case when the screen including the list of print jobs in which all of the plurality of print jobs are included in the list is displayed, display of the display device so as to disable deletion of the all of the plurality of print jobs displayed on the screen, and the controller controls, in the second case when the screen including the list of print jobs in which only the print job associated with the identified user out of the plurality of print jobs is included in the list is displayed, display of the display device so as to enable deletion of the print jobs associated with the identified user displayed on the screen.

US Pat. No. 10,083,512

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, POSITION AND ORIENTATION ESTIMATION APPARATUS, AND ROBOT SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a processor to communicate with a memory;
an image acquirer configured to acquire a captured image obtained by an image sensor that captures an image;
a storage configured to store relationship information indicating a relationship between a luminance value of an image captured by the image sensor and an amount of variation of the luminance value;
a variation amount deriving unit configured to derive an amount of variation of a luminance value of respective pixels in the acquired captured image based on luminance values in the acquired captured image and the relationship information;
a coefficient acquirer configured to acquire a filter coefficient of a feature detection filter used to detect an image feature from the captured image;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a luminance gradient value which is a gradient value of the luminance value and a changing rate of the luminance gradient value in accordance with a change of the luminance based on the luminance values of the captured image and the filter coefficient of the feature detection filter;
an estimation unit configured to estimate an amount of variation of the luminance gradient value based on the derived amount of variation of the luminance value and the changing rate of the luminance gradient value in accordance with the change of the luminance value;
a threshold value deriving unit configured to derive a threshold value of the luminance gradient value to be used in detecting an image feature from an image based on the estimated amount of variation of the luminance gradient value; and
a detector configured to detect a feature from the acquired captured image using the feature detection filter based on the threshold value and a luminance gradient value obtained from the acquired captured image,
wherein the variation amount deriving unit, the calculation unit, the estimation unit, and the threshold value deriving unit are implemented by the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,070,925

MEDICAL MANIPULATOR AND MEDICAL IMAGING SYSTEM INCLUDING MEDICAL MANIPULATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

19. A medical imaging system comprising:the medical manipulator including a driving unit including a vibration-type actuator including a vibrating unit configured to generate a vibration wave in response to being excited by an applied AC voltage, a moving unit configured to relatively move with respect to the vibrating unit in response to a reception of the vibration wave, and a pressure application unit configured to apply a pressure between the vibrating unit and the moving unit; a manipulator unit connected to the driving unit and configured to be movable by being driven by the driving unit; a supporting unit configured to support the driving unit and the manipulator unit; a driving circuit connected to the vibrating unit and configured to apply an AC voltage to the vibrating unit; and a torque control unit configured to control a holding torque with which the moving unit is held by the vibrating unit; and
a medical imaging apparatus including a transmission unit configured to transmit position information associated with a target position,
the driving circuit including a target position signal receiving unit configured to receive the position information associated with the target position.

US Pat. No. 10,070,836

X-RAY MAMMOGRAPHY SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray mammography system comprising:an X-ray detecting unit including a detecting portion configured to detect X-rays passed through a breast; and
an X-ray generating unit including a transmission type target and an electron emitting source and is configured to radiate X-rays toward the detecting portion, the transmission type target including a target layer having an electron incidence surface, the transmission type target configured to be irradiated with electrons and radiating the X-rays in a direction opposite to the electron incidence surface, and the electron emitting source emitting an electron beam to the target layer,
wherein a distance between a normal line of the target layer and a distal end is larger than a distance between the normal line and a proximal end, where the proximal end is associated with an end of an X-ray irradiated region in the detecting portion the closest to a chest of a testee, and the distal end is an end of the X-ray irradiated region far away from the chest of the testee, and
wherein the electron emitting source is located further away from the proximal end along the detecting portion than the transmission type target.

US Pat. No. 10,071,878

SHEET STACKING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

15. A sheet stacking apparatus comprising:a door pivotable about a pivot relative to an apparatus main body;
a sheet stacking unit provided in the door, wherein the sheet stacking unit includes a sheet stacking surface onto which sheets are to be stacked, and wherein one end of the sheet stacking surface is located higher than the other end of the sheet stacking surface in a state in which the door is at a closure position, and the one end of the sheet stacking surface can be located lower than the other end of the sheet stacking surface in a state in which the door is opened from the closure position; and
a resistance application unit configured to apply resistance against the pivot of the door being moved to be opened,
wherein the resistance application unit is configured to apply no resistance to the pivot of the door which is at any position in a first area, and to apply resistance to the pivot of the door which is at any position in a second area,
wherein the first area is between the closure position and a first position where the door pivots from the closure position by a first angle, and the second area is an area where the door pivots to be opened over the first position,
wherein, in a state in which the door is at the closure position, a centroid of the door is located on a first side of a vertical line passing through a center of the pivot,
wherein, when the centroid of the door is located on the vertical line passing through the center of the pivot, the door is in the first area,
wherein, in a state in which the door is at the first position, the centroid of the door is located on a second side of the vertical line passing through the center of the pivot and a self-weight of the door acts on the door in a direction moving from the first position to the second area,
wherein, in a state in which the door is at the first position where the door pivots from the closure position by the first angle, the sheet on the sheet stacking surface does not move, along the sheet stacking surface, to the one end side of the sheet stacking surface by weight of the sheet, and
wherein, in a state in which the door is at a second position in the second area, the sheet on the sheet stacking surface can move, along the sheet stacking surface, to the one end side of the sheet stacking surface by weight of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,067,411

DRIVING APPARATUS APPROPRIATE FOR DRIVING MIRROR UNIT AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving apparatus comprising:a first gear having a first cam portion configured to act on a follower in a radial direction, and a second cam portion configured to act on the follower in a thrust direction; and
a second gear having a third cam portion configured to act on the follower in a radial direction, and a fourth cam portion configured to act on the follower in the thrust direction, the second gear meshing with the first gear,
wherein the first gear and the second gear mesh with each other in a vicinity of a first region in which a lift amount of the first cam portion, with respect to the follower in a radial direction from the first gear toward the second gear, increases, and
in a vicinity of a position at which the first gear and the second gear mesh with each other in the vicinity of the first region, a lift amount of the second cam portion in the thrust direction is larger than a lift amount of the fourth cam portion in the thrust direction.

US Pat. No. 10,067,431

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:an electroconductive support member; and
a photosensitive layer on the electroconductive support member,
wherein the surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member contains a cured material, and
the cured material is a copolymer of:
a hole transport compound having a chain-polymerizable functional group, and
a compound denoted by a formula (I)

in the formula (I), R1 represents a hydrogen atom or a methyl group, and R2 represents a straight-chain alkyl group having a carbon number of 7 or more or a branched alkyl group having a carbon number of 7 or more.

US Pat. No. 10,067,432

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:a surface layer containing a charge transporting material and a polyester resin,
wherein the polyester resin has a structure represented by general formula (I) and a structure represented by general formula (II):
where, in general formula (I), X1 represents a divalent group, andwhere, in general formula (II), X2 represents a member selected from the group consisting of a single bond, an oxygen atom, a divalent alkylene group, and a divalent cycloalkylene group, and R11 to R18 each represent one of a hydrogen atom and an alkyl group,wherein the structure represented by general formula (I) includes a structure represented by formula (I-1):

wherein the structure represented by general formula (II) includes a structure represented by general formula (II-1):
where, in general formula (II-1), R21 represents a member selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, a methyl group, an ethyl group, and a phenyl group, R22 represents one of a methyl group and an ethyl group, R23 represents an alkyl group with a carbon number of 1 to 4, R24 to R27 each represent one of a hydrogen atom and a methyl group, and m represents an integer of 0 to 3.

US Pat. No. 10,070,001

DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processing method in a document reading apparatus that includes a scanner configured to generate image data by reading an image of a document, the processing method comprising:prompting input, to be supplied by a user, of characters to be included in a file name of the image data generated by the scanner;
performing character recognition on the image data generated by the scanner to recognize characters from the image data;
receiving, from the user, a setting relating to whether characters representing unique information is included in a file name of the image data generated by the scanner; and
setting in a case where characters to be included in a file name are input by the user and the character recognition performed on the image data is successful, according to the received setting, a file name that includes the characters input by the user, the characters recognized from the image data and the characters representing the unique information or a file name that includes the characters input by the user and the characters recognized from the image data and does not include the characters representing the unique information, as the file name of the image data,
wherein in a case where characters to be included in a file name are not input by the user,
if the character recognition performed on the image data is successful, a file name that includes the characters representing the unique information or a file name that does not include the characters representing the unique information is set according to the received setting, and
if the character recognition performed on the image data is not successful, a file name that includes the characters representing the unique information is set regardless the received setting.

US Pat. No. 10,067,443

DEVELOPER CONTAINER, DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCORPORATING A DEVELOPER QUANTITY DETECTION UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container configured to accommodate magnetic developer, the developer container comprising:a stirring member having a stirring shaft and a stirring sheet, and configured to stir the developer; and
a conductive resin sheet disposed on an inside wall of the developer container so as to come into contact with the stirring sheet when the stirring member rotates and configured to be used for detecting developer quantity by using capacitance,
where the conductive resin sheet includes at least one of carbon black, carbon fiber and graphite, and
wherein at least part of an upstream side face of the conductive resin sheet in a direction of rotation of the stirring member is fixed to a side face of the developer container facing the upstream side face.

US Pat. No. 10,067,447

IMAGE HEATING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING REGULATION OF LUBRICANT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus fixing a toner image on a recording material, the fixing apparatus comprising:a tubular film;
an elongate heater having a first surface and a second surface, which is on an opposite side to the first surface, the first surface of the heater being in contact with an inner surface of the tubular film;
a roller provided in contact with an outer surface of the tubular film to form a nip portion between the tubular film and the roller, where in the recording material having the toner formed theron is heated and has the image fixed theron while being transported by the nip portion;
a lubricant interposed between the first surface of the heater and the inner surface of the tubular film;
a temperature detecting member provided on the second surface of the heater to detect a temperature of the heater;
a controller controlling electrical power to be supplied to the heater so that a temperature detected by the temperature detecting member reaches a target temperature; and
a guide member for guiding the tubular film, wherein the guide member is elongated in a longitudinal direction of the heater and is in contact with the inner surface of the tubular film, the guide member having a protrusion protruding toward the inner surface of the tubular film, and the guide member has a first region and a second region in the longitudinal direction, the first region being a region that overlaps the temperature detecting member as seen in a direction that is perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the guide member, and the second region being a region that does not overlap the temperature detecting member as seen in the direction that is perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the guide member, and
wherein the protrusion overlaps the first region of the guide member as seen in the direction that is perpendicular to the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,067,448

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A CONTROLLER THAT SETS A TARGET TEMPERATURE BASED ON DENSITY INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion configured to form a toner image on a recording material on the basis of image information;
a fixing portion configured to fix the toner image on the recording material, wherein said fixing portion includes a heating member and an opposing member configured to form a nip in cooperation with said heating member in contact with said heating member;
a temperature detecting member configured to detect a temperature of said heating member;
a controller configured to control electrical power supplied to said heating member so that the temperature detected by said temperature detecting member is a target temperature; and
an acquiring portion configured to acquire density information of the toner image from the image information, wherein said acquiring portion acquires the density information in each of a central region and an end region of an image formable region of the recording material with respect to a widthwise direction perpendicular to a feeding direction of the recording material,
wherein the recording material, on which the toner image is formed, is heated while being fed in the nip, and the toner image is fixed on the recording material, and
wherein, when a detection temperature by said temperature detecting member is higher than a predetermined temperature at a timing immediately after an image formation start signal is received, said controller sets the target temperature depending on the density information in the end region irrespective of the density information in the central region, and
wherein, when the detection temperature of said temperature detecting member is lower than the predetermined temperature, said controller sets the target temperature depending on the density information in the central region and the density information in the end region.

US Pat. No. 10,067,455

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:a printer configured to print on a sheet;
a stapler configured to staple sheets printed on by the printer and staple sheets inserted in a sheet insertion slot by a user;
a power controller configured to shift the printing apparatus from a first power state to a second power state in which power consumption is lower than power consumption in the first power state;
a sensor configured to sense whether one or more sheets has been inserted in the sheet insertion slot; and
a controller configured to prohibit the power controller from shifting the printing apparatus from the first power state to the second power state based on a sensing result of the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,067,457

FIXING APPARATUS INCORPORATING A NOVEL HEATER CONFIGURATION FOR HIGH SPEED PRINTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus comprising:a first heating element;
a second heating element;
a first switching element positioned in a power supply path from an alternating-current power supply to the first heating element;
a second switching element positioned in a power supply path from the alternating-current power supply to the second heating element; and
a controller configured to control power supplied from the alternating-current power supply to the first heating element and the second heating element, for each control cycle, only having a first period and a second period having the same time length as that of the first period, of a plurality of predetermined cycles of alternating current flowing from the alternating-current power supply,
wherein an image formed on a recording medium is thermally fixed on the recording medium by using heat generated by the first heating element and the second heating element, and
wherein, when total power, comprising the power supplied to the first heating element and the power supplied to the second heating element, in the control cycle is set to a level which is equal to or less than a predetermined level, the controller is arranged to control the first switching element and the second switching element in such a manner that three following rules are satisfied,
rule 1: in both of a waveform of an alternating current flowing through the first heating element and a waveform of an alternating current flowing through the second heating element, the first period and the second period are alternately present during the control cycle, the first period including both of a phase control waveform in which a current flows in a part of a half cycle of alternating current and a wave-number control waveform in which a current flows or does not flow over a half cycle of alternating current, the second period including only the wave-number control waveform,
rule 2: when the first heating element operates in the first period, the second heating element operates in the second period, and when the first heating element operates in the second period, the second heating element operates in the first period during the control cycle, and
rule 3: both the waveform of the alternating current flowing through the first heating element and the waveform of the alternating current flowing through the second heating element are electrically symmetric in the positive and negative directions during the control cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,067,459

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a main assembly;
an operating portion provided slidably between a first position and a second position of said main assembly;
a supporting position configured to slidably support said operating portion;
a slide rail provided on one of said supporting portion and said operating portion along a sliding direction of said operating portion and configured to slidably support said operating portion;
a slidable member provided on the other one of said supporting portion and said operating portion so as to be engageable with said slide rail and configured to be slidable with said slide rail; and
an urging unit configured to urge said operating portion toward the first position when said operating portion is in a position closer to the first position than a predetermined position between the first position and the second position is and configured to urge said operating portion toward the second position when said operating portion is in a position closer to the second position than the predetermined position is,
wherein a relationship of engagement between said slide rail and said slidable member is set so that the engagement between said slide rail and said slidable member when said operating portion is in a position between the first position and the second position is looser than the engagement between said slide rail and said slidable member when said operating portion is in the first position or the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,070,044

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR MULTIPLE TYPES OF USER INTERFACES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

18. A method for controlling an electronic apparatus comprising a first operation unit and a second operation unit, wherein the first operation unit includes one or more buttons and a second operation unit consists of a touch panel separate from the one or more buttons, the method comprising:performing a first function and a second function, wherein the first function is able to be performed in accordance with operation to only the first operation unit, the first function is also able to be performed in accordance with operation to only the second operation unit, and the second function is able to be performed after the first function;
controlling displaying first operational display items in a case where the first function is performed in accordance with the operation to only the first operation unit; and
controlling displaying second operational display items in a case where the first function is performed in accordance with the operation to only the second operation unit,
wherein a size of a second item, which is included in the second operational display items and is for instructing the performance of the second function, is larger than a size of a first item, which is included in the first operational display items and is for instructing the performance of the second function, or wherein the number of the first operational display items is larger than the number of the second operational display items,
wherein the second function is performed in accordance with operation to only the first operation unit for selecting the first item, and
wherein the second function is performed in accordance with operation to only the second operation unit when the second operational display items are displayed.

US Pat. No. 10,063,801

IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing device comprising:a pixel unit in which a plurality of pixels are arranged in a matrix, wherein each pixel of the plurality of pixels includes a photoelectric conversion unit, a transfer transistor that transfers an electric charge accumulated in the photoelectric conversion unit, and an amplification transistor that receives the electric charge transferred by the transfer transistor at an input node,
wherein, in the pixel unit, at least two pixel rows, each including plural pixels arranged in a row direction, are arranged in a column direction different from the row direction, and the at least two pixel rows include a first pixel row and a second pixel row,
wherein a first pixel of the first pixel row includes a first switch that changes a capacitance value at an input node of an amplification transistor included in the first pixel, and
wherein a second pixel of the second pixel row includes a second switch that changes a capacitance value at an input node of an amplification transistor included in the second pixel; and
a buffer that drives the first switch and the second switch,
wherein an output node of the buffer is electrically connected to an input node of the first switch and an input node of the second switch to be common to the input node of the first switch and the input node of the second switch.

US Pat. No. 10,063,807

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD WITH CONTROLLING OF OUTPUT RATES FROM ENCODERS TO MEMORY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a converter that converts image data to a plurality of pixel planes;
a plurality of first memories that respectively store one of the plurality of pixel planes;
a plurality of encoders that respectively encode a pixel plane stored in a corresponding one of the plurality of first memories;
a rate controller that controls output rates from the plurality of encoders to a second memory; and
an access controller that grants an access request for access to the second memory,
wherein the rate controller controls the output rates by controlling an access request that is to be output to the access controller among access requests to the second memory from the plurality of encoders, in accordance with a conversion mode of the converter and/or available capacities of the first memories, and
wherein the rate controller controls the output rates such that in a case where the conversion mode is a second conversion mode, the output rate of an encoder, which is one of the plurality of encoders and which encodes a particular pixel plane, is larger than in a case where the conversion mode is a first conversion mode.

US Pat. No. 10,054,790

IMAGING OPTICAL SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging optical system, comprising:a first lens array including a plurality of lens rows each having a plurality of lenses arrayed in a first direction, the plurality of lens rows being arranged in a second direction which is perpendicular to the first direction and to an optical axis direction; and
a second lens array including a plurality of lens rows each having a plurality of lenses arrayed in the first direction, the plurality of lens rows being arranged in the second direction,
wherein the imaging optical system is configured to form an erect image of an object in a first cross section which is perpendicular to the second direction, and is configured to form an inverted image of the object in a second cross section which is perpendicular to the first direction,
wherein at least one of the first lens array or the second lens array includes at least one of a scattering portion or a light-shielding portion arranged between adjacent lens rows, and
wherein the following expression is satisfied:
D/Rs?0.2where D represents a length of at least one of the scattering portion or the light-shielding portion in the second direction, and Rs represents an effective diameter of the imaging optical system in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,053,310

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:a body portion comprising a supporting portion configured to support a sheet, and a feed portion configured to feed the sheet supported on the supporting portion;
a pivoting portion arranged upstream in a sheet feeding direction of the supporting portion and supported pivotably between a first position and a second position with respect to the body portion, the pivoting portion being configured to support the sheet together with the supporting portion at the first position;
a slide portion supported slidably on the pivoting portion;
a first regulating portion configured to abut against the slide portion and regulate the slide portion from moving downstream in the sheet feeding direction;
a second regulating portion configured to regulate a position of the sheet supported on the supporting portion; and
a guide portion formed across the supporting portion and the slide portion, and configured to guide the second regulating portion between the supporting portion and the slide portion along the sheet feeding direction, the second regulating portion being configured to move on the supporting portion by being guided by the guide portion in a state where the second regulating portion is separated from the slide portion.

US Pat. No. 10,054,881

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:a first rotatable member and a second rotatable member for forming a nip for heating a toner image on a recording material;
an endless belt for heating said first rotatable member in contact with an outer surface of said first rotatable member;
a first roller and a second roller, which are provided inside of said endless belt in the order named along a rotational direction of said first rotatable member, for supporting said endless belt;
a first heater for heating said first roller;
a second heater for heating said second roller;
a first sensor for detecting a temperature of a region of said endless belt supported by said first roller;
a second sensor for detecting a temperature of a region of said endless belt supported by said second roller; and
a controller for controlling energization to said first heater and to said second heater, wherein said controller is capable of executing a first mode in which the energization to said first heater is controlled using an output of said first sensor and the energization to said second heater is controlled using an output of said second sensor, and a second mode in which the energization to said first heater and said second heater is controlled using the output of said first sensor without using the output of said second sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,054,181

DAMPING COMPONENT AND DAMPING STRUCTURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

16. A damping structure comprising:a vibrated member to which vibration is transmitted from an exciter; and
a damping component coupled with the vibrated member, the damping component comprising:
a base comprising an attachment portion to be attached to the vibrated member;
a damping member disposed at an outer circumferential side of the base while being compressed; and
a holding portion disposed at an outer circumferential side of the damping member and compressively holding the damping member;
wherein the damping member has rigidity lower than rigidity of the base and rigidity of the holding portion and has a loss factor, measured by a mechanical impedance method in a state being compressed between the base and the holding portion, of 0.05 or more.

US Pat. No. 10,057,529

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising a first substrate and a second substrate which are stacked, whereinthe first substrate includes a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels are arranged along a surface,
the second substrate includes a readout circuit configured to read out a signal from the pixel array,
the readout circuit includes a first AD conversion circuit configured to generate a plurality of first digital signals by performing analog-to-digital conversion on a plurality of first signals output from the pixel array to a plurality of first signal lines, a first parallel-serial conversion circuit configured to output a first serial signal by performing parallel-serial conversion on the plurality of first digital signals, and a processing circuit configured to process the first serial signal,
in an orthogonal projection to the surface, at least a part of the pixel array and at least a part of the processing circuit overlap with each other,
the first AD conversion circuit is arranged between a first edge of the second substrate and the processing circuit, and
the first parallel-serial conversion circuit is arranged between the first AD conversion circuit and the processing circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,048,373

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An object information acquisition apparatus comprising:a processor configured to perform frequency domain interferometry combined with adaptive signal processing by using reception signals output from a plurality of transducer elements in response to a reception of an acoustic wave transmitted from the plurality of transducers to an object and reflected by the object, and a reference signal so as to obtain acoustic characteristics at a plurality of positions located inside the object, wherein
the processor is configured to apply different reference signals depending on a target position located inside the object while performing the frequency domain interferometry so as to obtain the acoustic characteristics at the plurality of positions inside the object, further wherein
the processor is configured to apply different reference signals depending on hardness or tilt of a reflecting face inside the object.

US Pat. No. 10,050,564

VIBRATION ACTUATOR AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS MOUNTING THE VIBRATION ACTUATOR THEREON

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration actuator, comprising:a vibrating body comprising:
an elastic body including a ferrous metal, and
an electro-mechanical energy conversion device bonded to the elastic body; and
a driven member in frictional contact with the vibrating body and moving relatively with respect to the vibrating body,
wherein the elastic body comprises:
a nitrided layer including a nitride of the ferrous metal, the nitrided layer being in contact with the driven member, and
a non-covered portion where the nitrided layer is not formed, and
wherein the elastic body is electrically grounded through the non-covered portion.

US Pat. No. 10,040,662

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus, comprising:a support surface on which a sheet is supported;
a first aligning member configured to contact a first edge on one side, in a sheet width direction, of the sheet supported on the support surface;
a second aligning member configured to contact a second edge on the other side, in the sheet width direction, of the sheet supported on the support surface;
an abutment portion configured to contact a third edge, parallel to the sheet width direction, of the sheet supported on the support surface;
a first binding unit configured to bind first sheets, which are positioned by the abutment portion, the first aligning member, and the second aligning member, with a staple; and
a second binding unit configured to bind second sheets, which are positioned by the abutment portion, the first aligning member, and the second aligning member, without using a staple,
wherein the first binding unit is movable in the sheet width direction to a plurality of positions, the first binding unit binding the first sheets at a selected position among the plurality of positions, the plurality of positions including a position at which the first binding unit is located when the first binding unit binds a first part in a corner portion, on the one side in the sheet width direction and on a side of the third edge contacting the abutment portion, of the first sheets positioned by the abutment portion, the first aligning member, and the second aligning member,
wherein the second binding unit is configured to bind a second part in a corner portion, on the one side in the sheet width direction and on the side of the third edge contacting the abutment portion, of the second sheets positioned by the abutment portion, the first aligning member, and the second aligning member, and
wherein at least a part of the first binding unit and at least a part of the second binding unit overlap each other in a direction along the support surface and perpendicular to the sheet width direction as viewed along the sheet width direction at a time when the first binding unit binds the first part in the corner portion, on the one side in the sheet width direction and on the side of the third edge contacting the abutment portion, of the first sheets positioned by the abutment portion, the first aligning member, and the second aligning member.

US Pat. No. 10,042,235

ILLUMINATION DEVICE AND ILLUMINATION CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An illumination device comprising:a first casing;
a second casing, including a light emitting unit, configured to be rotatable relative to the first casing;
a drive unit configured to rotate the second casing relative to the first casing; and
a control unit configured to control, in a case where the second casing is rotated relative to the first casing with the drive unit not being used, the drive unit to rotate the second casing to a predetermined position that is different from a position of the second casing before the rotation of the second casing.

US Pat. No. 10,040,199

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING WORK TO BE PICKED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A processing apparatus for determining a work to be picked by a robot from a plurality of works, using an image, captured by an image capture device, of an area on which the plurality of works are placed, whereineach of a plurality of partial areas of the area is assigned with a priority for a picking sequence, and
wherein, when the robot picks a work positioned in one partial area, the priority for picking sequence is based on an area value of other partial areas shielded by the robot with respect to the image capture device, and
the processing apparatus is configured to
obtain information of positions and orientations of the plurality of works based on the image,
select a pickable candidate work among the plurality of works based on the information,
determine, if there exist a plurality of candidate works, as a picking target work, a candidate work positioned in the partial area assigned with a highest priority among the partial areas where the plurality of candidate works are respectively positioned,
select, as a next pickable candidate work, a candidate work whose position and orientation have changed within allowable ranges before and after picking, based on a result of comparison between an image of the area captured again by the image capture device after picking the target work and a preceding image captured by the image capture device before picking the target work, and
determine, if there exist a plurality of next pickable candidate works, as a next picking target work, a next pickable candidate work positioned in the partial area assigned with the highest priority among the partial areas where the plurality of next pickable candidate works are respectively positioned.

US Pat. No. 10,042,281

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an optical scanning unit configured to scan a photosensitive member with a light beam, wherein said optical scanning unit includes a rotatable polygonal mirror configured to deflect the light beam emitted from a light source and a detecting portion configured to detect the light beam deflected by said rotatable polygonal mirror; and
a controller configured to control, on the basis of a detected signal by said detecting portion, a scanning start position of the photosensitive member with the light beam deflected by said rotatable polygonal mirror,
wherein a rotation center of said rotatable polygonal mirror is made eccentric with respect to a center of gravity of said rotatable polygonal mirror by an eccentricity amount of 7.5 ?m or more, and
wherein said controller identifies one of plural reflecting surfaces of said rotatable polygonal mirror as a reference surface by using a period of light beam detection signals from light beams reflected by two consecutive reflecting surfaces with respect to a rotational direction of said rotatable polygonal mirror.

US Pat. No. 10,042,289

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH VIBRATION CONTROLLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an intermediary transfer member configured to carry a toner image transferred from a photosensitive member to transfer the toner image onto a transfer material;
a cleaning member contacted to said intermediary transfer member to clean a surface of said intermediary transfer member;
a supporting member configured to support said cleaning member;
an urging member mounted to said cleaning member at one end of said urging member and configured to urge said cleaning member toward said intermediary transfer member;
a case that is not integral with said supporting member and that supports the other end of said urging member, wherein said case holds said supporting member so as to cover said cleaning member and said supporting member;
a viscoelasticity member; and
a vibration controlling member configured to suppress vibration of said cleaning member,
wherein said vibration controlling member is out of contact with said supporting member and mounted on an outer surface of said case by said viscoelasticity member.

US Pat. No. 10,042,298

FILM AND IMAGE HEATING DEVICE USING FILM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A film unit used in a fixing apparatus having a heating roller, the film unit comprising:a cylindrical film including a resin layer, which is made from a crystalline thermoplastic resin, wherein a degree of crystallinity of the resin layer is not less than 81% of a maximum saturated degree of crystallinity of the crystalline thermoplastic resin; and
a nip forming member contacting an inner surface of the film, configured to form a nip portion with the heating roller via the film,
wherein an image is fixed on a recording material by heat from the heating roller while the recording material, on which the image is formed, is being conveyed at the nip portion.

US Pat. No. 10,042,309

PHOTORECEPTOR AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoreceptor comprising:a cylindrical support on which a photosensitive layer is formed and to which a predetermined voltage is applicable; and
a flange provided in an end portion of the support,
the flange including a Helmholtz resonator including a cavity portion and a communication portion which allows the cavity portion and an outside to communicate with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,042,312

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING REDUCED COMPONENT AND ASSEMBLING COST

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus arranged to form an image on a recording material, the image forming apparatus comprising:an object;
an electrically conductive member; and
an urging member arranged to urge the electrically conductive member towards the object and to electrically couple the electrically conductive member and the object to each other,
wherein the electrically conductive member does not have any insulating cover and is formed of a material having an elastic coefficient that is lower than that of the urging member.

US Pat. No. 10,040,284

DISCHARGE ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A discharge element substrate comprising:groups arranged along a first direction, each of the groups comprising a first discharge element, a first driving circuit electrically connected to the first discharge element, a second discharge element, a second driving circuit electrically connected to the second discharge element, and a power supply wiring line including a common portion, a first portion and a second portion;
a power supply electrode extending in the first direction; and
first supply ports arranged along the first direction, each of the first supply ports corresponding to one of the groups,
wherein, in each of the groups, the first driving circuit and the second driving circuit are arranged along the first direction,
wherein, in each of the groups, the second discharge element and the power supply electrode are connected via the common portion and the first portion of the power supply wiring line, and the first discharge element and the power supply electrode are connected via the common portion and the second portion of the power supply wiring line,
wherein, in each of the groups, a length of the first portion is smaller than a length of the second portion,
wherein, in each of the groups, in a second direction which intersects the first direction, a first distance from the first driving circuit to the first discharge element is smaller than a second distance from the second driving circuit to the second discharge element,
wherein, in each of the groups, in the second direction, a length of a first driving wiring line connecting the first driving circuit and the first discharge element is smaller than a length of a second driving wiring line connecting the second driving circuit and the second discharge element, and
wherein the common portion and the second portion are arranged between two first supply ports which are adjacent to each other in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,044,902

PRINTING APPARATUS CONNECTED TO A SADDLE FINISHER WITH IMAGE FORMING CONTROLLED BASED ON A TRANSPARENCY OF A COVER SHEET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:an image forming unit that forms an image on a body sheet and forms an image on a cover sheet, wherein the image forming unit comprises a reversing mechanism that reverses and discharges the cover sheet;
a saddle finisher that receives the body sheet and the cover sheet from the image forming unit, performs a bookbinding process on a sheet bundle including the body sheet and the cover sheet; and
a controller that controls the image forming unit:
(i) in a case that the cover sheet is a first type of sheet, to form a normal image on the cover sheet after forming the image on the body sheet and to convey the cover sheet on which the normal image has been formed to the saddle finisher without reversing the cover sheet,
(ii) in case that the cover sheet is a second type of sheet that has a higher transparency than the first type of sheet and is able to be reversed by the reversing mechanism, to form a mirror image on the cover sheet after forming the image on the body sheet and to convey the cover sheet on which the mirror image has been formed to the saddle finisher by reversing the cover sheet using the reversing mechanism, and
(iii) in a case that the cover sheet is a third type of sheet that has a higher transparency than the first type of sheet and is not able to be reversed by the reversing mechanism, to form a normal image on the cover sheet after forming the image on the body sheet and to convey the cover sheet on which the normal image has been formed to the saddle finisher without reversing the cover sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,044,903

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SWITCHING A COMMUNICATION DESTINATION WHILE REDUCING PROCESSING LOAD WHEN ESTABLISHING A CONNECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. A control method for an information processing apparatus comprising:causing, in a state that a screen is displayed on a display unit of the information processing apparatus by a predetermined application program for performing data communication with an external apparatus, the information processing apparatus to operate in a first state in which a first connection with the Internet based on a first communication method and a second connection with the external apparatus based on a second communication method are established in parallel and in which first communication with the Internet based on the first communication method is possible and second communication with the external apparatus based on the second communication method is not possible;
displaying, on the display unit, a selecting screen for receiving, from a user, an operation for selection of data that is acquired via first communication with the Internet based on a first communication method and is to be transmitted to an external apparatus in a state that the information processing apparatus is operating in the first state;
switching, in the state that the screen is displayed on the display unit by the predetermined application program, the state of the information processing apparatus from the first state to a second state in which the first connection and the second connection are established in parallel and in which the second communication is possible and the first communication is not possible, the switching being performed while the information processing apparatus maintains the first connection and the second connection in parallel;
transmitting, to the external apparatus, the data selected on the basis of the operation in the state that the screen is displayed on the display unit by the predetermined application program and in a state that the information processing apparatus is operating in the second state; and
switching, after completion of the data transmission to the external apparatus, the state of the information processing apparatus from the second state to the first state while the information processing apparatus maintains the first connection and the second connection in parallel.

US Pat. No. 10,044,904

APPARATUS, IMAGE READING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR READING AN IMAGE OF A TARGET OBJECT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

15. An image reading method to be executed by a system, the system comprising an imaging apparatus configured to image an image on which a target object placed on an operation plane is imaged as a subject, a movement detecting apparatus configured to detect movement of a predetermined operation object on the operation plane, and an apparatus, the image reading method comprising:receiving, by the apparatus, the image imaged by the imaging apparatus;
acquiring, by the apparatus, a partial image corresponding to a portion of the target object from the image imaged by the imaging apparatus in accordance with a position of the predetermined operation object being moved in a case where the movement of the predetermined operation object is detected by the movement detecting apparatus;
generating, by the apparatus, an image representing the target object using a plurality of the acquired partial images;
causing a predetermined display device to display the generated image on the operation plane; and
informing, in a case where the apparatus has not acquired the partial image of at least the portion of the target object placed on the operation plane when the movement of the predetermined operation object is completed, presence of an unacquired region through the display device.

US Pat. No. 10,043,115

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR PRINTING IMAGE DATA GENERATED BY READING DOCUMENT, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR EXECUTING THE METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a reader configured to read an image on a document and generate image data;
a first memory configured to store image data for at least one page generated by the reader reading the image on the document;
a second memory configured to store image data obtained by compressing the image data stored in the first memory;
a printer configured to print an image; and
at least one processor,
wherein the at least one processor is configured to execute:
reserving, in the first memory, an area for storing image data of one page generated by the reader reading the image on the document;
storing, in the area reserved in the first memory, image data generated by the reader reading the image on the document;
storing, in the second memory, image data obtained by compressing the image data stored in the area;
releasing the reserved area after completion of storing, in the second memory, the image data stored in the reserved area;
determining whether or not the reserved area for storing the image data of the one page to be printed by the printer has been released; and
causing the printer to perform printing based on the image data of the one page stored in the reserved area in a case where the reserved area for storing the image data of the one page to be used for printing has not been released, and causing the printer to perform printing based on the image data of the one page stored in the second memory in a case where the reserved area for storing the image data of the one page to be used for printing has been released.

US Pat. No. 10,043,118

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that generates a halftone image of an input image by performing quantization, comprising:a processor; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
hold a threshold value matrix in which threshold values, corresponding to a plurality of pixels in the input image, are arranged;
determine a candidate of a pixel position whose threshold value is to be rewritten based on each pixel value of a plurality of pixels included in a predetermined area of the input image;
determine the threshold value of the pixel position determined to be the candidate by using at least one threshold value of a plurality of threshold values corresponding to the plurality pixels in the predetermined area; and
generate the halftone image of the input image based on the determined threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,044,924

ACCESSORY APPARATUS, IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-capturing apparatus to which an accessory apparatus is detachably attachable, the image-capturing apparatus comprising:a camera communicator configured to provide, with the accessory apparatus, three channels that are a notification channel used for providing a notice from the image-capturing apparatus to the accessory apparatus, a first data communication channel used for transmitting accessory data from the accessory apparatus to the image-capturing apparatus, and a second data communication channel used for transmitting camera data from the image-capturing apparatus to the accessory apparatus; and
a camera controller configured (a) to provide, by switching a signal level of the notification channel from a first level to a second level, a transmission request as the notice to the accessory apparatus to cause the accessory apparatus to transmit the accessory data to the image-capturing apparatus through the first data communication channel and (b) to transmit the camera data to the accessory apparatus through the second data communication channel,
wherein the camera controller is configured to be capable of selectively performing:
a first process to switch, after the accessory apparatus receives the transmission request and in response thereto starts transmitting first accessary data as the accessory data, the signal level of the notification channel from the second level to the first level; and
a second process to keep, after the accessory apparatus receives the transmission request and in response thereto ends transmitting the first accessary data, the signal level of the notification channel at the second level, and
wherein the camera controller is configured to, while keeping the signal level of the notification channel at the second level in the second process, receive second accessory data transmitted from the accessory apparatus as the accessory data different from the first accessory data.

US Pat. No. 10,044,929

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a hardware processor; and
a memory which stores instructions to be executed by the hardware processor wherein in accordance with the instructions executed by the hardware processor, the image processing apparatus functions to perform steps, wherein the steps comprise:
receiving an instruction for validating first detection processing and second detection processing from a plurality of detection functions, wherein the second detection processing is different from the first detection processing;
performing the first detection processing to detect an object from an image captured by an imaging apparatus; and
outputting a recommendation of a zoom for the second detection processing to a display unit based on the object detected in the first detection processing and a failure of the second detection processing, wherein the second detection processing is for detecting a specific feature in the object detected in the first detection processing.

US Pat. No. 10,044,943

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROLLING METHOD, AND PROGRAM, FOR ENLARGING AND DISPLAYING PART OF IMAGE AROUND FOCUS DETECTION AREA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the display control apparatus to:
enlarge and display an enlargement area of an image including a focus detection area on a screen;
display a focus frame on the screen over a location corresponding to the focus detection area included in the enlargement area;
move the focus frame on the enlargement area displayed on the screen in response to an operation by a user; and
display a normal area of the image, which is larger than the enlargement area of the image, on the screen instead of the enlargement area of the image if the focus frame moves to an end part of the enlargement area displayed on the screen.

US Pat. No. 10,044,956

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image sensor having a pixel region which is formed by a plurality of pixels, a first output terminal which outputs an image signal read out from the pixel region, a first adding circuit which is disposed in a stage preceding the first output terminal and is able to add signals of the pixels to form the image signal, a second output terminal which outputs a correction signal to correct the image signal, and a second adding circuit which is disposed in a stage preceding the second output terminal and is able to add signals of the pixels to form the correction signal; and
at least one processor configured to perform the operations of a correction unit which corrects the image signal using the correction signal,
wherein an output timing of the image signal by the first output terminal and an output timing of the correction signal by the second output terminal are different each other.

US Pat. No. 10,044,961

IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND MOVING BODY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup device which includes a plurality of pixels each of which comprises:a photoelectric conversion unit;
an amplifying transistor provided with an input node in which a charge generated in the photoelectric conversion unit is input;
a transfer transistor configured to switch a connection and a disconnection between the photoelectric conversion unit and the input node;
a reset transistor configured to switch a connected state and a disconnected state between the input node and a power supply wire; and
a switch connected to the input node,
wherein the image pickup device further includes a potential supply unit configured to supply the switch with a first potential, a second potential, and a third potential which is a potential between the first potential and the second potential.

US Pat. No. 10,042,144

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an optical system; and
an image pickup element configured to pick up an image formed by the optical system,
wherein the optical system includes, in order from an object side to an image side, one or more lenses, an aperture stop, and one or more lenses,
the lens arranged at the most image side in the optical system is a negative lens,
an infrared cut film is formed on at least one lens surface in the optical system, and
the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.1<(Lepw?Lc)/Rc<1.5; and
1.0<|Lepw|Ymax<2.5,where Lepw denotes an optical axial distance from an exit pupil of the optical system to an image plane when the optical system focuses on an infinite distance object, Lc denotes an optical axial distance from the lens surface provided with the infrared cut film to the image plane when the optical system focuses on the infinite distance object, Rc denotes a curvature radius of the lens surface provided with the infrared cut film, and Ymax denotes a radius of a circle circumscribed about an effective imaging area of the image pickup element.

US Pat. No. 10,044,964

COLUMN SIGNAL PROCESSING UNIT WITH DRIVING METHOD FOR PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS, PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving method for a photoelectric conversion apparatus that includesa pixel array in which a plurality of pixels are arranged in a matrix, each of the pixels including a photoelectric conversion unit, and
a plurality of column signal processing units provided in correspondence with respective columns of the pixel array,
each column signal processing unit including
an amplification unit configured to amplify a signal output from the pixel, a hold unit configured to hold a signal output from the amplification unit, and
a plurality of buffer units provided in correspondence with respective columns of the pixel array,
the method comprising:
first processing of causing, in a case where signals are sequentially read out from the pixels in first and second rows included in the pixel array, the hold unit to hold a first signal output from the amplification unit based on a situation where the amplification unit is reset;
second processing of performing AD conversion of the first signal after the first processing and outputting a second signal that is obtained by superposing a signal based on charges generated in the photoelectric conversion unit of the pixel in the first row on the first signal from the amplification unit;
third processing of performing an operation of performing, after the second signal is held in the hold unit, AD conversion of the second signal and an operation of resetting the amplification unit after the second signal is output from the amplification unit, at least partly in parallel; and
fourth processing of causing the hold unit to hold a fourth signal that is obtained by superposing a signal based on charges generated in the photoelectric conversion unit of the pixel in the second row on a third signal output from the amplification unit based on a situation where the amplification unit is reset in the third processing and is output from the amplification unit,
wherein the AD conversion of the first to fourth signals supplied from the buffer unit is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,042,426

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR DETECTING OBJECT FROM IMAGE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor for causing the information processing apparatus to:
acquire an input image having one or more pixels and, for each pixel of the input image, positional information of at least an object in the acquired input image and a surface in the acquired input image in a space including the surface as part of a background; and
extract from the acquired input image, in an a first area including the surface in the background, an a first object area corresponding to an the object existing in the a foreground with respect to the surface, based on the positional information of the object in the acquired input image, the positional information of the surface, and a first reference, and to extract from the acquired input image, in a second area not including the surface in the background, an a second object area corresponding to the object existing in the foreground with respect to the surface, based on the positional information of the object in the acquired input image, and a second reference different from the first reference.

US Pat. No. 10,040,652

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS, SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:an apparatus body;
a supporting portion configured to support a sheet and to be drawn out in a drawing-out direction from the apparatus body and attached to the apparatus body; and
a feeding unit provided in the apparatus body, the feeding unit comprising:
a feeding portion configured to feed the sheet supported by the supporting portion;
a conveyance portion configured to convey the sheet fed by the feeding portion;
a separation portion configured to form a separation nip, in which sheets are separated one by one, with the conveyance portion, the separation portion being detachable from the feeding unit in the drawing-out direction; and
a guide member comprising a guide surface and a lower portion, the guide surface being configured to guide the sheet fed by the feeding portion to the separation nip, the lower portion being provided below the guide surface and defining an exposing area exposing at least a part of the separation portion to a space appearing in a case where the supporting portion has been drawn out from the apparatus body,
wherein the guide surface and the exposing area overlap the separation portion in the drawing-out direction.

US Pat. No. 10,040,657

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:a sheet conveyor configured to convey a sheet in a sheet conveying direction;
a conveyance guide arranged movably between a guide open position and a guide closed position, and configured to guide the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveyor at the guide closed position;
a door arranged movably between a door open position and a door closed position, and configured to press the conveyance guide so as to move the conveyance guide from the guide open position to the guide closed position in response to a movement of the door from the door open position to the door closed position;
a first retainer configured to engage the conveyance guide so as to retain the conveyance guide, and
a second retainer disposed in a position different from the first retainer and configured to engage the conveyance guide so as to retain the conveyance guide,
wherein in a state where the door is positioned at the door closed position, the first and second retainers retain the conveyance guide at the guide closed position, and
wherein in a state where the door is positioned at the door open position, the first retainer retains the conveyance guide at the guide closed position and the second retainer does not retain the conveyance guide at the guide closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,038,880

CONTROL DEVICE, METHOD, AND MEDIUM CONTROLLING DISPLAY OF IMAGES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control device connectable to a first projection device and a second projection device, whereinthe first projection device performs projection onto a projection area in a projection surface to display a first image with a first resolution in the projection area,
the second projection device performs projection onto the projection area to display a second image with a second resolution lower than the first resolution in the projection area,
both the first image and the second image are displayed to display an image based on target image data in the projection area,
the first projection device includes a first light emission unit and a first projection unit configured to modulate light emitted from the first light emission unit and project the modulated light onto the projection area, and
the second projection device includes a second light emission unit and a second projection unit configured to modulate light emitted from the second light emission unit and project the modulated light onto the projection area,
the control device comprises:
a control unit configured to control the display of the first image by the first projection device and the display of the second image by the second projection device based on the target image data, and
the control unit includes:
a first determination unit configured to determine light emission luminance based on the target image data; and
a second determination unit configured to determine light emission luminance of the first light emission unit and light emission luminance of the second light emission unit such that a sum of the light emission luminance of the first light emission unit and the light emission luminance of the second light emission unit is equal to the light emission luminance determined by the first determination unit, and
wherein when the light emission luminance determined by the first determination unit is equal to or less than an upper limit of the light emission luminance of the first light emission unit, the second determination unit determines light emission luminance of the first light emission unit equal to the light emission luminance determined by the first determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,038,394

VIBRATION WAVE DRIVE DEVICE, STATOR FOR A VIBRATION WAVE MOTOR, VIBRATION WAVE MOTOR, DRIVING CONTROL SYSTEM, OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF A VIBRATION WAVE DRIVING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration wave drive device, comprising:an annular piezoelectric element comprising a one-piece piezoelectric material and multiple electrodes; and
a power feeding member comprising an electric wire for supplying electric power to the piezoelectric element, the power feeding member being provided on a first surface of the piezoelectric element,
wherein the piezoelectric element comprises two driving regions, and a non-driving region arranged between the two driving regions, and
wherein the power feeding member is arranged only in the non-driving region and a voltage is applied to the drive regions through an electrode provided in the non-driving region.

US Pat. No. 10,036,868

LENS BARREL AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:a lens;
a lens housing barrel including (a) a first barrel portion to house the lens and (b) a second barrel portion provided on an image side in an optical axis direction further than the first barrel portion and having a diameter smaller than that of the first barrel portion;
an external barrel disposed at an outer circumference of the lens housing barrel and extending from an object side in the optical axis direction further than the first barrel portion to the second barrel portion;
a first elastic member disposed between the external barrel and a part of the second barrel portion or a member fixed to the second barrel portion and elastically deformable with a movement of the external barrel with respect to the lens housing barrel due to a first external force from the object side; and
a second elastic member disposed between the external barrel and the first barrel portion such that the second elastic member contacts an inner surface, which extends along the optical axis direction, of the external barrel and an outer surface, which extends along the optical axis direction, of the first barrel portion and being elastically deformable with a movement of the external barrel with respect to the lens housing barrel due to a second external force from a radially outer side.

US Pat. No. 10,036,970

MAGENTA TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magenta toner having a toner particle containing a binder resin, a wax and a colorant, whereinthe colorant contains a compound (1) and a compound (3),
a content of the compound (1) is 0.5 to 20.0 mass parts per 100 mass parts of the binder resin,
a content of the compound (3) is 0.2 to 10.0 mass parts per 100 mass parts of the binder resin, and
the binder resin contains a polyester resin, a content ratio of the polyester resin is 50 to 100 mass % of a total of the binder resin:
and

US Pat. No. 10,036,996

SLIDING MEMBER, SLIDING DEVICE INCLUDING SLIDING MEMBER, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING SLIDING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sliding member provided with a sliding surface, whereinthe sliding surface has a first sliding surface and a second sliding surface, the first sliding surface comprises diamond like carbon,
the second sliding surface comprises a material of which frictional coefficient is higher than that of the diamond like carbon at a temperature of 25° C. and a humidity of 45%, and the frictional coefficient of the sliding member is 0.12 or less,
wherein the sliding member includes a plurality of first sliding surfaces mutually separated, and the second sliding surface is disposed in a region between the mutually separated first sliding surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,038,802

COPY-FORGERY-INHIBITED PATTERN IMAGE GENERATION METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a print controller that causes a printing unit to print at least a first image part and a second image part on a first sheet,
wherein the first image part includes two parts, one part of which includes clusters of dots and the other part of which includes dots, and the clusters are provided more sparsely in the one part than the dots are provided in the other part, and the second image part includes two parts, one part of which includes clusters of dots and the other part of which includes dots, and the clusters are provided more sparsely in the one part than the dots are provided in the other part,
wherein a density difference between the one part and the other part in the first image part printed on the first sheet is different from a density difference between the one part and the other part in the second image part printed on the first sheet; and
a user interface that receives, from a user, identification information identifying one of the first image part and the second image part printed on the first sheet,
wherein the print controller is configured to cause, in accordance with a print instruction given after the reception of the identification information, the printing unit to print, on a second sheet, an image obtained by combining image data which is based on the received identification information and other image data,
wherein a part of the image printed on the second sheet that corresponds to the image data which is based on the received identification information includes two parts, one part of which includes clusters of dots and the other part of which includes dots, and the clusters are provided more sparsely in the one part than the dots are provided in the other part,
wherein densities of the one part and the other part in the part of the image printed on the second sheet correspond, respectively, to densities of the one part and the other part of the one of the first image part and the second image part printed on the first sheet that is associated with the received identification information and
wherein
the density of the one part in the part of the image printed on the second sheet is dependent on a number of the clusters per unit area and a size of the clusters in the one part in the part,
the density of the other part in the part of the image printed on the second sheet is dependent on a number of dots per unit area and a size of the dots in the other part in the part,
the density of the one part of the one of the first image and the second image printed on the first sheet that is associated with the received identification information is dependent on a number of the clusters per unit area and a size of the clusters in the one part of the one of the first image and the second image printed on the first sheet, and
the density of the other part of the one of the first image and the second image printed on the first sheet that is associated with the received identification information is dependent on a number of dots per unit area and a size of the dots in the other part of the one of the first image and the second image printed on the first sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,038,820

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating halftone image data that is usable by an image forming apparatus which forms an image on a recording medium, the image processing apparatus comprising:a recovery processing unit configured to perform, on input image data, recovery processing for recovering sharpness of a frequency component lower than a predetermined frequency in image sharpness that is deceased by the image forming apparatus; and
a halftone processing unit configured to convert the image data subjected to the recovery processing by the recovery processing unit into halftone image data with a number of gradation levels which is able to be output by the image forming apparatus,
wherein the halftone processing unit includes:
a target value calculation unit configured to calculate, as a target value, a number of dots that are to be output for each local region of the image data subjected to the recovery processing;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire threshold values corresponding to the local region;
an edge intensity calculation unit configured to calculate edge intensity in the local region;
a division unit configured to divide pixels included in the local region into a first pixel group and a second pixel group based on a pixel value of each pixel;
a distribution order determination unit configured to calculate, with respect to each pixel included in the local region, an evaluation value of each pixel based on a pixel value of each pixel, a threshold value corresponding to each pixel, and the edge intensity and to determine a distribution order, in which dots are to be distributed, based on an order of the evaluation value; and
an output value determination unit configured to determine an output value for each pixel in the local region by distributing dots to pixels included in the local region as much as the target value while referring to the distribution order, and
wherein the distribution order determination unit calculates the evaluation value in such a way that dots are likely to be distributed to the first pixel group and dots are unlikely to be distributed to the second pixel group.

US Pat. No. 10,038,821

IMAGE READING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS SHADING CORRECTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An original reading apparatus, comprising:a conveying unit configured to convey an original set on a tray;
a sensor configured to read the original conveyed by the conveying unit and to output pixel data of the read original;
at least one memory; and
at least one processor connected to the at least one memory and configured by one or more programs stored in the at least one memory at least to:
set a threshold value based on the pixel data in a first region of a reference sheet conveyed by the conveying unit;
determine whether or not target pixel data in a second region of the reference sheet is a singular-point pixel, the second region being located downstream of the first region with respect to a conveying direction of the conveying unit;
for each of main-scanning positions, count the number of pixel data that have not been determined as the singular-point pixel;
for each of the main-scanning positions, cumulatively sum the pixel data that have not been determined as the singular-point pixel if a count value corresponding to a main-scanning position of the pixel data is smaller than a predetermined number;
calculate the shading correction data using data obtained by cumulatively summing the predetermined number of the target pixel data that have not been determined as the singular-point pixel; and
perform shading correction on the pixel data output from the sensor, based on the shading correction data.

US Pat. No. 10,038,843

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an image capturer configured to capture image data;
a transmitter configured to transmit image data to a display apparatus;
a receiver configured to receive, from the display apparatus, a plurality of types of instruction including a still image capturing instruction and a still image acquiring instruction;
a processor configured to generate a low resolution still image from a high resolution still image obtained by the image capturer; and
an apparatus controller configured to perform control to cause the image capturer to capture image data and the transmitter to transmit image data,
wherein, in response to receiving a still image capturing instruction from the display apparatus while the transmitter is transmitting, to the display apparatus, live image data having a first resolution, the apparatus controller, during a predetermined processing period, performs control (i) to cause the transmitter to suspend transmitting the live image data having the first resolution to the display apparatus, (ii) to cause the image capturer to capture the high resolution still image having a second resolution that is higher than the first resolution, (iii) not to transmit the captured high resolution still image to the display apparatus, (iv) to transmit the low resolution still image, having a size that is smaller than a size of the high resolution still image, to the display apparatus, wherein the low resolution still image is generated by the processor from the high resolution still image, and (v) to cause the transmitter to resume transmitting the live image data to the display apparatus, and
wherein, in response to receiving, after receiving the still image capturing instruction, a still image acquiring instruction from the display apparatus, the apparatus controller performs control to cause the transmitter to transmit the captured high resolution still image to the display apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,031,455

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion forming a toner image on a sheet;
a rotatable heating member and a rotatable pressing member for fixing, at a nip, the toner image formed on the sheet by said image forming portion;
an executing portion for executing a cleaning mode for cleaning said rotatable heating member by introducing, into the nip, the sheet on which a predetermined toner image is formed by said image forming portion;
a re-introducing mechanism for re-introducing the sheet, into the nip, which has passed through the nip and then has been turned upside down; and
a shifting mechanism for shifting a sheet position so that when a single sheet is introduced twice into the nip in the cleaning mode by using said re-introducing mechanism, positional relationships of a first-time sheet and a second-time sheet relative to said rotatable heating member with respect to a widthwise direction of said rotatable heating member are made different from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,031,461

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING MULTIPLE IMAGE FORMING MODES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member on which an electrostatic image is formed; and
a developer bearing member that bears a developer to develop the electrostatic image formed on the image bearing member,
wherein the image forming apparatus is capable of performing
a first image forming mode that performs image formation at a first peripheral speed ratio representing a ratio of a peripheral speed of the developer bearing member to a peripheral speed of the image bearing member, and
a second image forming mode that performs the image formation at a second peripheral speed ratio, which is different from the first peripheral speed ratio,
wherein an amount of the developer consumed in the image formation is detected based on an estimate of an amount of the developer consumed by one pixel and the number of pixels at a part at which the developer is consumed, and
wherein the estimate of the amount of the developer consumed by the one pixel in the first image forming mode is different from that in the second image forming mode.

US Pat. No. 10,029,481

POROUS BODY, METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE POROUS BODY, INK JET RECORDING METHOD, AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for producing a porous body for use in an ink jet recording apparatus including an image forming unit configured to form a first image including a first liquid and a coloring material on an ink receiving medium, and a liquid absorbing member including the porous body that comes into contact with the first image to absorb at least a part of the first liquid from the first image, the method comprising the steps of:laminating a first porous layer that comes into contact with the first image and includes a first resin, a second porous layer including a second resin, and a third porous layer including a third resin; and
heating the laminated first to third porous layers,
wherein the second porous layer has a portion where no material is present when viewed in a thickness direction, and
wherein a softening temperature T1 (° C.) of the first resin, a softening temperature T2 (° C.) of the second resin, a softening temperature T3 (° C.) of the third resin, and a heating temperature T (° C.) in the step of heating the first to third porous layers are such that T2

US Pat. No. 10,029,496

PRINTING APPARATUS AND HEAD CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus in which a printing unit provided with ejection ports, through which liquid is ejected, is moved in a main scanning direction along the surface of a print medium so as to perform printing, the printing unit comprising:a first opening formed at a first surface, the first surface facing a region between an ejection port surface having the ejection ports formed thereat and the print medium;
a second opening formed at a second surface, the second surface being different from the first surface; and
a first communication path that allows the first opening and the second opening to communicate with each other,
wherein the first opening and the second opening are formed in different pressure regions, in which pressures different from each other are produced in a case where the printing unit is moved in the main scanning direction,
a second pressure region in which the second opening is formed is a region whose pressure is lower than that in a first pressure region in which the first opening is formed in a case where the printing unit is moved in the main scanning direction,
the printing unit is moved inside of a casing of the printing apparatus,
the first pressure region is formed between the first surface and the print medium, and
the second pressure region is formed between the second surface and a part of the casing facing the second surface.

US Pat. No. 10,029,366

CONTROL DEVICE FOR MOTOR DRIVE DEVICE, CONTROL DEVICE FOR MULTI-AXIAL MOTOR, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR MOTOR DRIVE DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A motor drive device configured to perform motion control of a moving member via a transmission mechanism connected to a motor, the motor drive device comprising:a thrust control unit configured to generate a position command value for the motor based on an input thrust command value; and
a motor control unit configured to generate a current value to control the motor based on the position command value for the motor,
wherein
the motor control unit executes a first feedback control according to detection results of a motor position detecting unit configured to detect a position of an output member that outputs rotation of the motor, and
the thrust control unit executes a second feedback control according to detection results of a thrust detecting unit configured to detect thrust occurring at the moving member.

US Pat. No. 10,022,979

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:an element board which includes an ejection opening ejecting a liquid, an element provided corresponding to the ejection opening and generating energy used to eject the liquid from the ejection opening, and a pressure chamber having the element provided therein; and
a resin film which is provided at a rear face provided with the ejection opening in the element board and which includes a supply opening supplying the liquid to the pressure chamber,
wherein a supply path for supplying the liquid supplied from the supply opening to the pressure chamber is formed between the rear face of the element board and the resin film, and
wherein an outer shape of the resin film is partially smaller than an outer shape of the element board so as not to protrude from the outer shape of the element board.

US Pat. No. 10,027,867

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT IS CAPABLE OF BOUNCE EMISSION PHOTOGRAPHING, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. image pickup apparatus comprising:a lighting device that is capable of changing an irradiation angle of an illumination light;
an apparatus body that is equipped with said lighting device and outputs an image corresponding to an optical image formed through an image pickup optical system; and
at least one processor, the at least one processor functioning, according to a program stored in a memory, as:
a first control unit configured to drive said lighting device to perform pre-emission when the irradiation angle is controlled for bounce emission photographing where an object is photographed while being illuminated by a reflected light that emitted from said lighting device and is reflected by reflection material;a first distance measuring unit configured to measure a first distance between the image pickup apparatus and the object and a second distance between the reflection material and the image pickup apparatus using the pre-emission of said lighting device;a second control unit configured to set up the irradiation angle based on the first distance and the second distance and to drivingly control said lighting device to the set irradiation angle;
a second distance measuring unit configured to measure a third distance between the image pickup apparatus and the object during focus control for focusing on the object; and
a prohibition unit configured to prohibit the pre-emission by said first control unit when said second distance measuring unit measures the third distance.

US Pat. No. 10,027,906

SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT THAT STOPS POWER SUPPLY TO AT LEAST A STORAGE AREA OF A FIRST SRAM IN A POWER-SAVING MODE, AND CONTROL METHOD OF SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor integrated circuit comprising:a first image processing circuit configured to perform first image processing;
a second image processing circuit configured to perform second image processing;
a first SRAM configured to temporarily store image data for which the first image processing has been performed by the first image processing circuit;
a second SRAM configured to store a parameter for performing the second image processing for image data that is input to the second image processing circuit; and
a processor configured to stop power supply to at least a storage area of the first SRAM in which the image data is stored, continue to supply power to a storage area of the second SRAM in which the parameter is stored, and to stop power supply to a control area for controlling to write data to the storage area of the second SRAM, based on a condition for shifting the semiconductor integrated circuit into a power-saving mode.

US Pat. No. 10,027,907

IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE HAVING UNIT PIXELS ARRANGED IN TWO-DIMENSIONAL MATRIX FORM EACH OF WHICH HAS PIXELS OF DIFFERENT SENSITIVITIES, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR, AND SIGNAL PROCESSING DEVICE FOR IMAGE PICKUP DEV

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an image pickup device in which a plurality of unit pixels are arranged in a two-dimensional matrix form, each of the plurality of unit pixels including:
a plurality of first sensitivity pixels, which are arranged at a periphery of the unit pixel, each first sensitivity pixel configured to have a first sensitivity based on a first light receiving area; and
at least one second sensitivity pixel configured to have a second sensitivity based on a second light receiving area smaller than a total area of the first light receiving areas of the plurality of first sensitivity pixels included in the unit pixel, wherein the first light receiving areas of each of the first sensitivity pixels of each unit pixel differ in size and form from the second light receiving area of the second sensitivity pixel of the respective unit pixel;
an adding circuit configured to add pixel signals that are outputs of the plurality of first sensitivity pixels such that the centroid position of the total area of the first light receiving areas of the plurality of first sensitivity pixels included in the unit pixel approximately coincides with a centroid position of the second light receiving area of the at least one second sensitivity pixel; and
a correction circuit configured to correct an added first sensitivity pixel signal having undergone addition by the adding circuit and a second sensitivity pixel signal of the at least one second sensitivity pixel based on preset common shading correction data.

US Pat. No. 10,027,913

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image sensor having a pixel region which is formed by a plurality of pixels, a first output terminal which outputs an image signal read out from the pixel region, a first adding circuit which is disposed in a stage preceding the first output terminal and is able to add signals of the pixels to form the image signal, a second output terminal which outputs a correction signal to correct the image signal, and a second adding circuit which is disposed in a stage preceding the second output terminal and is able to add signals of the pixels to form the correction signal; and
at least one processor configured to perform the operations of a correction unit which corrects the image signal using the correction signal,
wherein an output timing of the image signal by the first output terminal and an output timing of the correction signal by the second output terminal are different each other.

US Pat. No. 10,028,191

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DUAL MODE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN COMMUNICATION DEVICES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus that communicates with an external apparatus to transmit data to the external apparatus, the communication apparatus comprising:a first communication unit configured to communicate with the external apparatus in accordance with a first communication method;
a second communication unit configured to communicate with the external apparatus in accordance with a second communication method; and
a control unit configured to control operation in the first communication unit and the second communication unit,
wherein
the control unit controls so as to switch communication with the external apparatus a second communication by the second communication unit after performing a first communication by the first communication unit, and transmit transmission target data to the external apparatus in the second communication,
the control unit sets a frequency, for repeatedly executing connection processing in accordance with the first communication method by controlling the first communication unit to establish the first communication in a case where the first communication cannot be established before the second communication, to be higher than a frequency for repeatedly executing connection processing in accordance with the second communication method by controlling the second communication unit to establish the second communication is a case where the second communication cannot be established after establishing the first communication, and
the first communication has power consumption that is at least lower than that of the second communication.

US Pat. No. 10,026,197

SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD, SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing method for extracting feature amounts from an image for performing face or pattern recognition, comprising:sequentially selecting one of a plurality of spatial filters with different frequency responses;
generating a plurality of filtered images by performing spatial filtering on the image using the sequentially selected one of the spatial filters;
switching from a pixel position to another pixel position to set a relative position of a reference pixel with respect to a pixel of interest in response to selecting one of the spatial filters, according to a frequency response of the selected one of the spatial filters, wherein a pixel value at the reference pixel is to be used for encoding a pixel value at the pixel of interest of each filtered image;
creating vectors by encoding each of the plurality of filtered images using the pixel value at the pixel of interest of each filtered image and the pixel value at the reference pixel of that filtered image, the reference pixel being located at the set relative position with respect to the pixel of interest; and
performing face or pattern recognition using the plurality of encoded images by comparing the created vectors with vectors of images stored in a memory.

US Pat. No. 10,022,900

APPLICATION DEVICE, IMPRINTING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OBJECT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An application device to supply an imprinting material to a substrate in an imprinting apparatus that forms a pattern on the imprinting material on the substrate by using a mold, the application device comprising:a container unit that contains the imprinting material;
an ejecting unit that is provided on the container unit and that ejects the imprinting material contained in the container unit toward the substrate;
a connecting portion that is connectable to the container unit; and
a supplying portion formed on the connecting portion,
wherein the application device is detachably attachable to the imprinting apparatus, and
wherein the imprinting material is supplied to the container unit through a supplying portion formed on the connecting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,023,418

RECEPTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a processing unit having a discharge port; and
a reception unit that receives an article discharged from the discharge port, the apparatus reception unit comprising:
a first rod being disposed horizontally at a position below the discharge port in a gravity direction;
a second rod being disposed horizontally at a position farther away from the processing unit than the first rod; and
a reception sheet having flexibility, supported by the first rod and the second rod, and configured to receive thereon the article discharged from the discharge port,
wherein the first rod is capable of being disposed in at least one of a first position and a second position which are different from each other in the gravity direction and each provided on the processing unit, and
wherein the first rod has hooks at both ends, and the processing unit has first engagement holes in which the hooks are engaged in a case where the first rod is disposed at the first position, and has second engagement holes, arranged lower than the first engagement holes in the gravity direction, in which the hooks are engaged in a case where the first rod is disposed at the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,025,220

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus, comprising:a splitting element which splits a light flux emitted from a light source into first and second light fluxes;
a deflecting unit which deflects the first and second light fluxes to scan first and second scanned surfaces in a main scanning direction; and
an imaging optical system which includes a first imaging lens on which both the first and second light fluxes deflected by the deflecting unit are incident and guides the first and second light fluxes to the first and second scanned surfaces, respectively, wherein
the condition expressed by
?1.1??1/?2??0.9
is satisfied where ?1 and ?2 are angles within a main scanning cross section between a first axis parallel to the main scanning cross section and directions of incidence of the first and second light fluxes on the deflecting unit, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,025,221

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER SCANNED BY LIGHT THAT CHANGES IN SCANNING SPEED IN ACCORDANCE WITH IMAGE HEIGHT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a photosensitive member;
a correction unit configured to correct a tone of each pixel in first image data in accordance with an image height on the photosensitive member, and output resultant second image data;
a halftone processing unit configured to determine exposed regions of pixels in an image to be formed by applying halftone processing to the second image data using a multi-pixel dither matrix; and
a scanning unit configured to form a latent image by scanning the photosensitive member with light that changes in scanning speed in accordance with an image height based on the exposed regions of the pixels determined by the halftone processing unit,
wherein the scanning unit is further configured to perform partial exposure with respect to the pixels based on the exposed regions of the pixels, the partial exposure exposing partial regions of the pixels to light unlike entire exposure that exposes entire regions of the pixels to light.
US Pat. No. 10,025,223

INK JET RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING ANIONIC INORGANIC PARTICLES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording medium comprising:a substrate; and
at least two or more ink receiving layers on the substrate, wherein:
a first ink receiving layer which is an outermost surface layer contains anionic inorganic particles having an average particle diameter of 3.0 ?m or more, a binder, a cationic polymer, and a polyvalent metal salt,
a content of the polyvalent metal salt based on the anionic inorganic particles in the first ink receiving layer is 5 mass % or more and 40 mass % or less,
a content ratio of the polyvalent metal salt to the cationic polymer in the first ink receiving layer (Content of polyvalent metal salt/Content of cationic polymer) is 1.0 or more and 8.0 or less,
an arithmetic average roughness Ra of a surface of the recording medium is 1.0 ?m or more, and
a second ink receiving layer adjacent to a lower side of the first ink receiving layer, wherein the second ink receiving layer contains a polyvalent metal salt of a content lower than the content of the polyvalent metal salt contained in the first ink receiving layer or does not contain a polyvalent metal salt.

US Pat. No. 10,025,230

POSITION DETECTION APPARATUS THAT DETECTS POSITION OF TARGET OBJECT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detection apparatus that detects a position of a target object in a predetermined direction, the position detection apparatus comprising:a swinging member of which one end is in contact with the target object in the predetermined direction;
a moving member that is in contact with another end of said swinging member;
(M +1) pieces of sensors that are arranged in a direction that intersects a moving direction of said moving member and output signals corresponding to a position of said moving member that corresponds to a swinging amount of said swinging member; and
a detection unit configured to detect the position of the target object based on the output signals of said sensors,
wherein said moving member has a plurality of measured parts disposed on said moving member along a plurality of loci of measuring positions of said sensors formed on said moving member during movement of said moving member,
wherein said detection unit detects the position of the target object based on the output signals of M pieces of sensors among said (M +1) pieces of sensors in a case where a predetermined sensor other than the M pieces of sensors outputs a predetermined signal, and
wherein the measured parts corresponding to the measuring position of the predetermined sensor are provided in 2M pieces of divided areas that are disposed along a locus corresponding to the predetermined sensor, and each of the measured parts corresponding to the measuring position of the predetermined sensor is disposed in a center portion except both ends in the moving direction in each of the divided areas.

US Pat. No. 10,026,776

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SOLID STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a solid state image pickup apparatus, comprising the steps of:forming, by removing part of an insulating layer by using a first mask:
a first contact opening on an impurity region; and
a second contact opening over a compound layer such that a first portion, which covers the compound layer, of the insulating layer is exposed at a bottom of the second contact opening; and
ion-implanting an impurity into the impurity region through the first contact opening while the first portion that covers the compound layer is exposed at the second contact opening,
wherein the impurity region is disposed in a pixel region including a photoelectric conversion unit, and
the compound layer is disposed on at least one of a gate electrode, a drain region, and a source region of a transistor disposed in a peripheral circuit region and is composed of a metal and a semiconductor.

US Pat. No. 10,026,027

PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS, AND PRINTING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing control apparatus connected to a printing apparatus that is operated in at least a standby state and a power saving state in which power consumption is lower than that in the standby state, the printing control apparatus comprising:a reception unit that receives a print packet from an external apparatus, the print packet including a print job and a port number for printing;
a generation unit that generates, in accordance with the print job included in the print packet, an image to be printed; and
a transmission unit that transmits, based on receiving the print packet, a return packet for returning the printing apparatus from the power saving state to the standby state to the printing apparatus before the image is transmitted to the printing apparatus,
wherein the return packet also includes the port number.

US Pat. No. 10,022,955

INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An intermediate transfer member for an ink jet recording apparatus, comprising:a surface capable of receiving an ink, the surface having a plurality of recessed portions having bottoms, each recessed portion allowing a circle having a diameter of less than an average diameter R of ink dots on the intermediate transfer member, and
wherein the surface has a sea-island structure in plain view including sea portions defined by the bottoms of the recessed portions and island portions defined by the upper end surfaces of protruding portions disposed within the recessed portions.

US Pat. No. 10,027,837

CALCULATION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a calculation unit configured to calculate information about power using a first signal related to a current and a second signal related to a voltage;
a first communication unit configured to transmit a calculation result of the calculation unit;
a second communication unit configured to receive a plurality of pieces of setting information stored in a storage unit; and
a switching unit configured to switch calculation processing of the calculation unit, based on the plurality of pieces of the setting information received via the second communication unit;
wherein the calculation unit calculates an effective voltage value or an effective current value by selectively using the first and the second signals based on the information stored in the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 10,019,919

PROCESSING APPARATUS, COMMAND GENERATION METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processing apparatus, comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the processing apparatus to:
detect movement of a touch position of a touch operation performed on an input area;
determine, based on both a detected amount of movement of the touch position and a size of a display area for displaying an image, an amount of change of an image size to be changed in response to the detected movement of the touch position, so that the amount of change of the image size determined in a first case, where the size of the display area is a first size, is larger than the amount of change of the image size determined in a second case where the size of the display area is a second size that is smaller than the first size, wherein the detected amount of movement of the touch position in the first case is the same as the detected amount of movement of the touch position in the second case, and wherein the display area is an area positioned in the input area and the size of the display area is resizable; and
perform control for changing a size of an image displayed in the display area according to the determined amount of change of the image size.

US Pat. No. 10,018,910

IMPRINT APPARATUS, ALIGNMENT METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus configured to form a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate using a mold, the apparatus comprising:a stage configured to hold the substrate;
a holding mechanism configured to hold the mold;
a scope configured to detect a mark provided on the mold;
a driving mechanism configured to drive the scope by a driving amount, prior to performing alignment between the mold and the substrate, to position the mark provided on the mold held by the holding mechanism within a field of view of the scope; and
a processing unit configured to:
obtain a positional shift amount from a reference position of the mold held by the holding mechanism based on the driving amount of the scope required for positioning the mark provided on the mold within the field of view of the scope; and
control a movement amount of the stage based on the obtained positional shift amount to locate an alignment mark on the substrate within the field of view of the scope, such that the scope can detect the mark on the mold and the mark on the substrate, and alignment between the mold and the substrate can then be performed.

US Pat. No. 10,016,862

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, CALCULATION METHOD, SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measurement apparatus for measuring a shape of an object to be measured, the measurement apparatus comprising:a processing unit configured to obtain information on the shape of the object to be measured based on an image obtained by imaging the object to be measured onto which pattern light alternately including a bright portion and a dark portion along a first direction is projected,
wherein the pattern light includes a plurality of bright portions along the first direction, and
wherein the processing unit is configured to:
obtain a plurality of first signals different from each other and indicating a light intensity distribution in a second direction intersecting the first direction, from a region of the image corresponding to the dark portion;
obtain a plurality of correction signals by calculating differences between the plurality of first signals and a second signal obtained from a region of the image corresponding to one of the plurality of bright portions;
obtain an evaluation value indicating evaluation of each of the plurality of correction signals, representing a light intensity distribution in the second direction;
select a first signal, from among the plurality of first signals, corresponding to a correction signal having a highest evaluation value, from among the plurality of correction signals;
obtain, for a plurality of second signals obtained from a plurality of regions of the image corresponding to the plurality of bright portions, correction signals with the evaluation values falling within an allowable range, from among the plurality of correction signals, by calculating a difference between the second signal and the first signal corresponding to the correction signal having the highest evaluation value; and
obtain the information using the correction signals having the evaluation value falling within the allowable range, from among the plurality of correction signals.

US Pat. No. 10,021,483

SOUND CAPTURE APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a hardware processor; and
a memory which stores instructions to be executed by the hardware processor, wherein in accordance with the instructions executed by the hardware processor, the apparatus performs:
obtaining a first captured audio signal captured by a sound capture unit;
reducing a noise contained in the first captured audio signal obtained in the obtaining;
generating, based on a result of learning using a second captured audio signal obtained before the first captured audio signal, a target sound signal corresponding to the first captured audio signal;
determining an output mode to be applied among a plurality of output modes including a first output mode where the target sound signal corresponding to the first captured audio signal generated in the generating is output, and a second output mode where a noise-reduced signal obtained by reducing noise from the first captured audio signal in the reducing is output; and
outputting a signal according to the determined output mode determined in the determining.

US Pat. No. 10,017,656

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD, TREATMENT LIQUID AND INK SET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method comprising the steps of:applying an ink comprising a pigment to a recording medium; and
applying a treatment liquid comprising an organic acid and water to the recording medium, so as to overlap at least a part of a region to which the ink is applied,
wherein the treatment liquid comprises at least one organic compound:
(a) having (i) an anionic group, and (ii) an amino group or quaternary ammonium in its molecular structure, and
(b) having a surface-activating capability, wherein the static surface tension of water is changed to 60 mN/m or less when added in an amount of 0.1% by mass into the water.

US Pat. No. 10,016,893

ROBOT HAND CONTROLLING METHOD AND ROBOTICS DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A controlling method of a robot hand, the robot hand comprising:a plurality of fingers configured to grasp a work; and
an actuator configured to move at least one of the plurality of fingers, wherein
a controlling unit executes the method to perform:
acquiring a first position of the plurality of fingers for grasping the work with a first grip force by the plurality of fingers by using position of the plurality of fingers in relation to the first grip force preliminarily acquired;
moving the plurality of fingers to the first position by the actuator for grasping the work;
acquiring a second position of the plurality of fingers for grasping the work with a second grip force by the plurality of fingers by using a movement quantity of the plurality of fingers in relation to a difference between the first grip force and a second grip force preliminarily acquired; and
moving the plurality of fingers from the first position to the second position by the actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,019,207

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM CONFIGURED TO GENERATE A CONTROL JOB FOR OCCUPYING COMMUNICATION WITH A PERIPHERAL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of operating an application, the apparatus comprising:a generation unit configured to generate a control job for occupying communication with a peripheral device, wherein the control job is stored in a job queue, and is different from a print job that is stored in the job queue due to require print processing; and
a deletion unit configured to delete the control job stored in the job queue,
wherein, if a status of the control job stored in the job queue is processing, communication with the peripheral device via a communication unit is occupied by an application that has created the control job, and, after communication for the application is completed, the deletion unit deletes the control job stored in the job queue,
wherein the generation unit and the deletion unit are implemented by a processor of the information processing apparatus.