US Pat. No. 9,390,689

NEED-BELOW PROCESSING ACROSS Z-BAND BOUNDARIES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing a set of compositing instructions to render a region, the method comprising:
receiving a plurality of objects corresponding to the region partitioned into at least a first z-order band and a second z-order
band, wherein each object is associated with a processing flag identifying whether the underlying objects contribute to rendered
output;

identifying a transparency group spanning at least the first and the second z-order bands, the transparency group including
at least some of the received plurality of objects, wherein the transparency group defines compositing of said group with
other received objects;

selecting objects contributing to the rendered output of the region by changing the processing flag associated with at least
one object in said first z-order band if said at least one object belongs to the identified transparency group; and

producing a set of compositing instructions to render the region by processing the selected contributing objects.

US Pat. No. 9,383,719

CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus, said cartridge comprising:
a frame;
an accommodating portion, constituted by said frame, for accommodating developer;
a seal portion for preventing the developer from being leaked out from said accommodating portion, wherein said seal portion
is formed by injection molding at a seal forming portion provided on said frame and is projected from said seal forming portion;
and

a sprue which is formed integrally with said seal portion by a resin material remaining in a path for permitting flow of the
resin material melted when said seal portion is formed by the injection molding and which is projected from a surface of said
frame at a position different from a position of said seal portion such that said sprue projects further in a direction perpendicular
to said surface than said seal portion projects in the direction perpendicular to said surface.

US Pat. No. 9,385,262

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device provided with a plurality of wiring layers disposed on a first interlayer
insulating film, the method comprising:
forming the first interlayer insulating film disposed on a semiconductor substrate;
forming a first titanium layer on the first interlayer insulating film;
forming, on the first titanium layer, a first metal layer containing a first metal capable of forming an alloy with titanium
in the first titanium layer;

forming a first orientation layer on the first metal layer;
forming a first aluminum layer on the first orientation layer;
patterning a laminated layer including the first titanium layer, the first metal layer, the first orientation layer, and the
first aluminum layer so as to form a first wiring layer;

forming a second interlayer insulating film on the first wiring layer after the patterning the laminated layer;
forming an alloy of the titanium in the first titanium layer and the first metal in the first metal layer by heating treatment;
and

forming a trench in the second interlayer insulating film, whereinthe first wiring layer is closest to the semiconductor substrate among the plurality of wiring layers.

US Pat. No. 9,361,058

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING WHETHER TARGET IMAGE IS PROCESSABLE AND ACQUIRING PROCESSED TARGET IMAGE FROM THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of communicating with an information processing apparatus, the image processing apparatus
comprising:
at least one processor;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a processing target file to be printed;
a first determination unit configured to determine whether the acquired processing target file is processable by the image
processing apparatus;

a second determination unit configured to determine whether the processing target file is stored in the information processing
apparatus which processes the processing target file received from the image processing apparatus; and

a transmission control unit configured to transmit information to the information processing apparatus,
wherein, in a first case where the first determination unit has determined that the processing target file is not processable
by the image processing apparatus, and the second determination unit determines that the processing target file is not stored
in the information processing apparatus, the transmission control unit transmits the processing target file and processing
information to the information processing apparatus, and

wherein, in a second case where the first determination unit has determined that the processing target file is not processable
by the image processing apparatus, and the second determination unit has determined that the processing target file is stored
in the information processing apparatus, the transmission control unit transmits an identification information of the processing
target file and the processing information to the information processing apparatus,

wherein, in the first case where the first determination unit has determined that the processing target file is not processable
by the image processing apparatus, and the second determination unit determines that the processing target file is not stored
in the information processing apparatus, the identification information of the processing target file is generated and the
processing target file transmitted from the image processing apparatus and the identification information of the processing
target file are stored in the information processing apparatus, and

wherein at least one of the acquisition unit, the first determination unit, the second determination unit, and the transmission
control unit are implemented by the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,360,561

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel array including a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix in which each pixel includes a conversion element configured
to convert radiation into a charge and a switch element configured to transfer an electric signal based on the charge;

a plurality of wirings arranged in the pixel array, wherein the plurality of wirings includes a drive wiring through which
the switch element is supplied with a signal for controlling a conductive state and a non-conductive state of the switch element,
a bias wiring through which the conversion element is supplied with a voltage for the conversion element to convert the radiation
into the charge, and a signal wiring through which the electric signal is transferred to a readout circuit; and

a detecting unit configured to detect radiation irradiation to the pixel array,
wherein the detecting unit includes a detecting circuit configured to detect the radiation irradiation to the pixel array
on the basis of a plurality of currents flowing through the plurality of wirings detected for each of the plurality of wirings,

wherein the detecting circuit includes a current detection circuit configured to detect the plurality of currents flowing
through the plurality of wirings for each of the plurality of wirings,

wherein the current detection circuit detects a current flowing through the bias wiring and a current flowing through the
signal wiring, and

wherein the detecting circuit detects the radiation irradiation to the pixel array based on values of the currents detected
by the current detection circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,360,832

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly including a main assembly coupling;
a door provided on said main assembly, said door being configured to open and close a main assembly opening;
a developing cartridge including (i) a developing roller for developing a latent image and (ii) a development coupling for
receiving a driving force from said main assembly coupling for rotating said developing roller;

a drum supporting frame including a photosensitive drum and a mounting portion for detachably mounting said developing cartridge,
said drum supporting frame being movable through said main assembly opening between an inside and an outside of said main
assembly in a state that said developing cartridge is mounted to said mounting portion;

a contacting and spacing member provided on said drum supporting frame, said contacting and spacing member being movable between
a first position for contacting said developing roller to said photosensitive drum and a second position for spacing said
developing roller from said photosensitive drum; and

a switching member for switching a position of said contacting and spacing member by applying a force to said developing cartridge,
wherein said main assembly coupling engages with said development coupling in interrelation with a closing operation of said
door

wherein said developing cartridge is provided with a projection that said contacting and spacing member contacts, and said
projection projects in a longitudinal direction of said developing roller.

US Pat. No. 9,361,391

METHOD OF GENERATING A WEB FEED AND AN ASSOCIATED SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of generating a web feed composed of content elements, comprising:
a. determining a number of content elements to be added to the web feed, according to a number of available content elements
to be published and according to a predefined visibility period associated with said web feed and defining a minimal time
period for which any content element has to remain present in the web feed, wherein the determining of the number of content
elements comprises estimating a predicted number of new content elements liable to arrive during said visibility period, from
historical data of said web feed representing statistics of arrivals, during past visibility periods, of content elements
to be published, and comprises using the predicted number to adjust the number of content elements to be added to the web
feed;

b. selecting from said number of available content elements to be published, the determined number of content elements; and
c. creating, in said web feed, entries corresponding to said selected content elements.

US Pat. No. 9,361,664

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first resolution conversion unit which executes a resolution conversion processing for image data, which is inputted on
a block basis, on the block basis;

a conversion unit which converts the image data processed by said first resolution conversion unit on the block basis into
a rasterized form; and

a second resolution conversion unit which executes a resolution conversion processing on a pixel basis by using the image
data in the rasterized form converted by the conversion unit,

thereby improving at least one of memory usage and processing time.

US Pat. No. 9,362,319

IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,349,326

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a display panel configured to display a moving image;
a light-emitting unit configured to emit light to the display panel; and
a control unit configured to control lighting and extinction of the light-emitting unit for each frame of the moving image
to be displayed on the display panel,

wherein the control unit controls, for reducing blur of the moving image to be displayed on the display panel, lighting and
extinction of the light-emitting unit in each frame such that at least two lighting period different in length from each other
are included in each frame,

in a case where a drive frequency for the display panel is a first frequency, the control unit controls lighting and extinction
of the light-emitting unit in each frame such that a greater number of lighting periods than in a case where the drive frequency
is a second frequency are included in one frame, wherein the second frequency is higher than the first frequency, and

the control unit control lighting and extinction of the light-emitting unit in each frame such that an interval between the
lighting periods within one frame is shorter than a length of time from an ending time of a last lighting period in the frame
to an ending time of the frame.

US Pat. No. 9,348,303

CARTRIDGE, MOUNTING METHOD FOR COUPLING MEMBER, AND DISASSEMBLING METHOD FOR COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a cartridge comprising:
a developing roller;
a coupling member for receiving a rotational force for rotating the developing roller;
a cylindrical member movably supporting one end portion of the coupling member inside of the cylindrical member, the cylindrical
member being configured to transmit the rotational force from the coupling member to the developing roller; and

a member including (i) a supporting portion configured to support the cylindrical member rotatably and (ii) a regulating portion
capable of regulating movement of the coupling member, wherein the supporting portion encompasses the regulating portion as
seen along a rotational axis of cylindrical member; and

a driving motor; and
a driving shaft engageable with the coupling member of the cartridge.

US Pat. No. 9,349,079

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS WHICH SPECIFIES A SET OF ONE OR MORE CANDIDATE SIZES OF A RECORDING MEDIUM TO BE USED FOR PRINTING BY A PRINTER, METHOD THEREFOR, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a processor, and
at least one memory configured to store a printer driver which causes a printer to print an image and a plurality of applications
which request printing to the printer driver,

wherein the printer driver handles a predetermined set of a plurality of sizes of a recording medium, which is used to specify
a set of sizes of recording medium commonly for a first application and a second application among the plurality of applications,

wherein the processor determines, by executing the printer driver stored in the at least one memory, an application which
requests capability information of the printer driver, from the plurality of applications, and

wherein, in a first case where the processor determines the first application as the application which requests the capability
information, the processor specifies, by executing the printer driver, a first set of one or more candidate sizes of a recording
medium to be used for printing by the printer as the capability information, from the predetermined set, and

wherein, in a second case where the processor determines the second application as the application which requests the capability
information, the processor specifies, by executing the printer driver, a second set of one or more candidate sizes different
from the first set, from the predetermined set, and

wherein the processor, by executing the determined application, causes a CRT or LCD to display information indicating the
one or more candidate sizes of the specified first set, in the first case, and the processor, by executing the determined
application, causes the CRT or LCD to display information indicating the one or more candidate sizes of the specified second
set, in the second case.

US Pat. No. 9,350,724

AUTHENTICATION SERVER SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING CONTROL OF NOTIFICATIONS DURING SERVICE USE, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An authentication server system configured to perform authentication processing relating to use of a service, comprising:
a memory; and
one or more processors configured to act as an authentication unit, a notification unit, and a control unit, wherein
the authentication unit is configured to perform authentication processing using both a first authentication system that requests
a user to input authentication information and receives the input authentication information, to perform authentication processing
based on the authentication information, and a second authentication system that performs authentication processing without
requesting the user to input authentication information and receives the authentication information in response to authentication
processing performed in another authentication server system different from the authentication server system having successfully
been performed;

the notification unit is configured to issue a notification associated with the service to a terminal operated by the user;
and

the control unit is configured to perform control so that the notification unit issues the notification if the terminal is
permitted to use the service as a result of the authentication unit having performed the authentication processing using the
first authentication system, and configured to perform control so that the notification unit does not issue the notification
if the terminal is permitted to use the service as a result of the authentication unit having performed the authentication
processing using the second authentication system,

wherein the notification unit notifies, based on a table storing a notification period, a notification content, and an authentication
system corresponding to the notification content in association with one another, the terminal of the notification content
within the notification period, and

wherein the control unit performs, if the terminal is permitted to use the service as a result of the authentication processing
having been performed using the first authentication system, control so that the notification unit issues the notification
when the terminal is to be notified of the notification content within the notification period and the notification content
corresponds to the first authentication system.

US Pat. No. 9,341,976

MULTI-STATION IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH START-UP CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first image bearing member and a second image bearing member, on each of which an electrostatic latent image is formed by
laser light;

a first developing device and a second developing device, each configured to develop the electrostatic latent image formed
on the corresponding image bearing member to form a toner image;

a first transfer device and a second transfer device, each configured to transfer the toner image on the corresponding image
bearing member onto a recording medium;

a voltage applying unit configured to apply a voltage to the second transfer device;
a current detection unit configured to detect a current flowing when the voltage applying unit applies the voltage to the
second transfer device;

a first light source and a second light source, each configured to emit laser light to the corresponding image bearing member;
a rotary polygon mirror configured to deflect the laser light beams emitted from the first light source and the second light
source;

a motor configured to drive the rotary polygon mirror;
a detection unit configured to detect the laser light deflected by the rotary polygon mirror; and
a control unit configured to execute start-up control for controlling driving of the motor based on a detection result of
the detection unit so that a rotation number of the motor reaches a predetermined rotation number, and to execute determination
control for determining a voltage to be applied from the voltage applying unit to the second transfer device upon execution
of image formation,

wherein the detection unit is arranged at a position where the detection unit detects the laser light deflected by the rotary
polygon mirror toward the first image bearing member, and

wherein the control unit executes the start-up control and the determination control in parallel.

US Pat. No. 9,340,696

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE-RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink comprising: a self-dispersing pigment; polymer particles; a surfactant; a water-soluble organic solvent; and water,
wherein an amount of anionic functional group on the surface of the polymer particles is 0.2 mmol/g or less,
the surfactant is represented by the following general formula (1) and contains a fluorinated surfactant having a hydrophile-lipophile
balance (HLB) of 11 or less as determined by a Griffin method,

R1(CR2R3)nCH2CH2(OCH2CH2)mOH  (1)

wherein R1 denotes a fluorine atom or a hydrogen atom, R2 and R3 independently denote a fluorine atom or a hydrogen atom, and at least one of R2 and R3 denotes a fluorine atom, n is 1 or more and 30 or less, and m is 1 or more and 60 or less, and

the water-soluble organic solvent contains at least one water-soluble organic solvent selected from the following group A:glycerin, ethylene glycol, diethylene glycol, poly(ethylene glycol) having a weight-average molecular weight of 10,000 or
less, 1,3-propanediol, 1,4-butanediol, and diglycerol.

US Pat. No. 9,341,985

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device configured to be used for an image forming apparatus, the developing device comprising:
a developer container configured to accommodate a developer and to have an opening;
a developer bearing member configured to be rotatably provided and to bear the developer; and
a seal member configured to be provided at an end of the opening of the developer container in an axial direction of the developer
bearing member and to come into contact with a peripheral surface of the developer bearing member to suppress leakage of the
developer borne by the developer bearing member,

wherein a lubricant is applied to a surface of the developer bearing member,
wherein, in the axial direction of the developer bearing member, an end of the developer bearing member is located further
outward than an outer end of the seal member, and an end of a cleaning member is located further outward than the end of the
developer bearing member, and

wherein, in the axial direction of the developer bearing member, a first application quantity of the lubricant applied to
the surface of the developer bearing member at a position further outward than the outer end of the seal member is larger
than a second application quantity of the lubricant applied to the surface of the developer bearing member at a position corresponding
to the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,344,588

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SPECIFYING AT LEAST ONE IDENTIFIER OF CONTENTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus connectable to a contents providing apparatus, comprising:
a memory device configured to store a first program for accepting a user operation of designating first a content and a second
program different from the first program;

a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a list of identifiers of contents saved in the contents providing apparatus from
the contents providing apparatus using the second program in response to receiving a request from the first program;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain accessibility information of the contents saved in the contents providing apparatus
from the contents providing apparatus using the second program in response to receiving the request from the first program;

a specifying unit configured to specify, based on the accessibility information obtained by the second obtaining unit, at
least one identifier of contents set to be accessible among the identifiers of the list obtained by the first obtaining unit
without a user operation, using the second program; and

a passing unit configured to pass the at least one identifier specified by the specifying unit to the first program using
the second program.

US Pat. No. 9,344,602

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an attribute determination unit configured to determine an attribute of an object included in image data to be subjected to
printing processing;

a color conversion unit configured to convert the color space of the image data into a color space compatible with a printing
apparatus in accordance with the determination results obtained by the attribute determination unit;

an edge determination unit configured to determine an edge of an object included in the image data whose color space has been
converted by the color conversion unit; and

a black monochromatization unit configured to convert the color of a pixel, which is a pixel of an achromatic object of the
objects of the image data whose color space has been converted into the color space compatible with the printing apparatus
and which is a pixel determined to be an edge by the edge determination unit, into black alone.

US Pat. No. 9,344,886

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory having instructions for execution to cause the processor to:
detect a wireless network created by a base station;
acquire identification information of a provider of the detected wireless network;
determine whether the communication apparatus possesses authentication information which corresponds to the identification
information and is used for authentication with an authentication server so as to connect with the detected wireless network;

provide another communication apparatus with the acquired identification information if the communication apparatus does not
possess the authentication information;

acquire the authentication information corresponding to the provided identification information from the another communication
apparatus if the another communication apparatus possesses the authentication information;

perform a process for generating the authentication information if the another communication apparatus does not possess the
authentication information; and

perform the authentication with the authentication server using the acquired or the generated authentication information.

US Pat. No. 9,344,631

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR SELECTING AN IMAGE CAPTURED ON AN IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of selecting an image captured on a portable image capture device having a forward facing camera component and
a backward facing camera component, said method comprising:
capturing an image using the forward facing camera component of the portable image capture device;
displaying the captured image on a display of the portable image capture device;
capturing, using the backward facing camera component of the portable image capture device, a viewer image of at least the
viewer viewing the display displaying the displayed image;

comparing at least one region of the displayed image and the viewer image to identify at least one common feature in the displayed
image and the viewer image; and

selecting the displayed image for communication to at least the viewer according to the communication details of the viewer,
if the at least one common feature is identified in both the displayed image and the viewer image.

US Pat. No. 9,342,069

ARTICLE PROCESSING APPARATUS, GENERATION METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An article processing apparatus having a movable member for processing an article, the apparatus comprising:
an information processor configured to generate a transition order of states of the movable member,
wherein the information processor is configured to:
respectively set a plurality of clusters each including, as a plurality of nodes, a plurality of states that the movable member
may take, with respect to a plurality of regions of the article;

respectively set a plurality of costs with respect to a plurality of combinations of two nodes respectively belonging to two
clusters different from each other of the plurality of clusters; and

generate the transition order by obtaining, based on the plurality of clusters and the plurality of costs, as a solution of
a traveling salesman problem, an order of traveling a plurality of nodes obtained by selecting one node from each of the plurality
of clusters.

US Pat. No. 9,336,463

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,335,959

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,336,746

IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display device comprising:
a light-emitting unit including a first light source and a second light source;
a setting unit configured to set a display mode of the image display device to any one of a plurality of display modes;
a control unit configured to control to light the first light source based on the display mode set by the setting unit and
to control to light the second light source based on the display mode set by the setting unit; and

a display panel that is illuminated by the light-emitting unit,
wherein a difference between color matching functions of plural visual angles in a peak wavelength of a spectrum of the first
light source is smaller than that of the second light source, and

wherein the control unit is configured to light the first light source in a case where the setting unit sets a first display
mode for suppressing a difference in color appearance between the plural visual angles.

US Pat. No. 9,336,322

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING OPERATION SCREEN ON CONSOLE SECTION BASED ON CONTENTS RECEIVED FROM EXTERNAL DEVICE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a plurality of form images different in size from each other for displaying a button on an operation
screen;

a network communication interface configured (i) to receive first data including (a) instruction information for instructing
the button to be displayed and (b) size information representing a size of an area for detecting a touch by a user on the
button, and (ii) to receive second data that includes the instruction information but that does not include the size information;

a processor configured such that (i) in a case in which the first data is received from the network communication interface,
the processor selects a form image from the memory that is close in size to the size represented by the size information,
and increases or reduces the selected form image to make the size thereof coincide with the size represented by the size information,
and (ii) in a case in which the second data is received by the network communication interface, the processor selects a default
image from the form images in the memory; and

a display apparatus configured to display the button with the selected form image on the operation screen, the selected form
image being increased or reduced if the first data is received.

US Pat. No. 9,335,664

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container comprising:
an accommodating chamber, provided with an opening for permitting discharge of a developer, for accommodating the developer;
and

developer feeding means for discharging the developer accommodated in said accommodating chamber through the opening by rotation,
wherein said developer feeding means includes:
a rotatable member;
a developer feeding member, fixed on said rotatable member, for discharging the developer accommodated in said accommodating
chamber through the opening by rotation of said rotatable member;

a sealing member for opening the opening by the rotation of said rotatable member, wherein one end portion thereof is fixed
on said rotatable member and the other end portion thereof is provided so as to seal the opening; and

a regulating portion for regulating said sealing member, which is wound about said rotatable member after the opening is opened
by the rotation of said rotatable member, so as to expose a feeding surface of said developer feeding member.

US Pat. No. 9,323,173

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a charging apparatus configured to charge the image bearing member;
an exposure apparatus configured to expose the image bearing member charged by the charging apparatus to form an electrostatic
latent image, the exposure apparatus intermittently performing light irradiation for each unit region of the image bearing
member;

a developing apparatus provided with a developer accommodation section that accommodates developer and configured to develop
the electrostatic latent image by the developer;

a signal output unit configured to output an electric signal for instructing the exposure apparatus to perform exposure, the
signal output unit outputting a first signal for exposing a printing part of the image bearing member where a developer image
is formed and a second signal for exposing a non-printing part of the image bearing member where the developer image is not
formed, wherein an exposure time period per unit region of the image bearing member in a case where the exposure apparatus
performs the light irradiation according to the second signal is shorter than an exposure time period per unit region of the
image bearing member in a case where the exposure apparatus performs the light irradiation according to the first signal;

a counting apparatus configured to receive the electric signal output from the signal output unit, count the first signals
and the second signals, and output a count value including a count value of the first signals and a count value of the second
signals; and

a calculation apparatus configured to obtain a use amount of the developer by the developing apparatus by calculating in such
a manner that an influence from exposure according to the second signal is removed based on the count value output from the
counting apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,323,186

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, comprising:
an image forming portion configured to form the image on the recording material;
a fixing portion, including a cylindrical rotatable member having a heat generating layer, configured to fix the image on
the recording material by heat of said rotatable member; and

a temperature detecting portion configured to detect the temperature of said rotatable member, said temperature detecting
portion including a plurality of temperature detection sensors arranged at both longitudinal end portions of said rotatable
member,

wherein said temperature detecting portion monitors a temperature change amount per one rotation of said rotatable member,
wherein said rotatable member is heated by the heat generating layer generating heat by a flow of a current in the heat generating
layer, and

wherein depending on the temperature change amount, a notification of an abnormality of said image forming apparatus is provided.

US Pat. No. 9,316,970

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING POWER SUPPLY TO HEATER OF FIXING UNIT BASED ON RESISTANCE VALUE OF HEATER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for heating and fixing a toner image formed on a recording medium, comprising:
a storage unit configured to store a recording medium;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information regarding the size of the recording medium stored in the storage unit,
a conveying unit configured to convey the recording medium stored in the storage unit;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the recording medium conveyed by the conveying unit;
a fixing unit, having a plurality of heaters including a first heater performing heating based on the amount of the power
supplied and a second heater performing heating based on the amount of the power supplied, configured to fix the image on
the recording medium by heating the image on the recording medium using the plurality of heaters;

a control unit configured to determine a heater to which the power is supplied among the plurality of heaters based on the
information obtained by the obtaining unit and configured to control the amount of power to be supplied to the determined
heater based on the resistance value of the determined heater; and

a detection unit, provided in a power line for supplying power to the plurality of heaters, configured to detect current values
of the plurality of heaters; and

a determining unit configured to:
in a case where the size of the recording medium stored in the storing unit is larger than or equal to a predetermined size,
based on the information obtained by the obtaining unit, control the detection unit to detect the current value of the first
heater and the current value of the second heater before the fixing unit fixes the image onto the recording medium, determine
a first resistance value of the first heater based on the detected current value of the first heater, and determine a second
resistance value of the second heater based on the detected current value of the second heater, and

in a case where the size of the recording medium stored in the storing unit is smaller than the predetermined size, based
on the information obtained by the obtaining unit, control the detection unit to detect the current value of the second heater
before the fixing unit fixes the image onto the recording medium, and determine the second resistance value of the second
heater based on the detected current value of the second heater,

wherein the control unit is configured to control, in a case where the size of the recording medium is a first size, which
is larger than or equal to the predetermined size, the amount of the power supplied to the first heater, and configured to
control, in a case where the size of the recording medium is a second size, which is smaller than the predetermined size,
the amount of the power supplied to the second heater.

US Pat. No. 9,317,230

MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM FOR MANAGING POWER CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A management apparatus comprising:
a management unit configured to manage a power control rule for a change of a state of one or more information processing
devices;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain information of a power control ability of an information processing device of the one
or more information processing devices;

a determination unit configured to determine, using the information of the power control ability of the information processing
device obtained by the obtaining unit, whether or not power control of the information processing device can be performed
based on the power control rule managed by the management unit;

a setting unit configured, if the determination unit determines that the power control of the information processing device
cannot be performed based on the power control rule managed by the management unit, to set a power control rule different
from the power control rule managed by the management unit so as to match the power control ability of the information processing
device;

a detection unit configured to detect the change of the state of the information processing device; and
a control unit configured to perform power control over the information processing device based on the change of the state
of the information processing device detected by the detection unit and on the power control rule set by the setting unit,

wherein if the determination unit determines the power control of the information processing device cannot be performed based
on the power control rule managed by the management unit, the setting unit sets a power control rule based on a pre-set operational
configuration that is prioritized in power control,

wherein the pre-set operational configuration is a configuration indicating whether to prioritize power saving or to prioritize
continuation of an operation of the information processing device in power control, and

wherein at least one of the management unit, the obtaining unit, the determination unit, the setting unit, the detection unit,
and the control unit is implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,316,744

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel array including a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix in which each pixel includes a conversion element configured
to convert radiation into a charge and a switch element configured to transfer an electric signal based on the charge;

a plurality of wirings arranged in the pixel array, wherein the plurality of wirings includes a drive wiring through which
the switch element is supplied with a signal for controlling a conductive state and a non-conductive state of the switch element,
a bias wiring through which the conversion element is supplied with a voltage for the conversion element to convert the radiation
into the charge, and a signal wiring through which the electric signal is transferred to a readout circuit; and

a detecting unit configured to detect radiation irradiation to the pixel array,
wherein the detecting unit includes a detecting circuit configured to detect the radiation irradiation to the pixel array
on the basis of a plurality of currents flowing through the plurality of wirings detected for each of the plurality of wirings,

wherein the detecting circuit includes a current detection circuit configured to detect the plurality of currents flowing
through the plurality of wirings for each of the plurality of wirings,

wherein the current detection circuit detects a current flowing through the bias wiring and a current flowing through the
signal wiring, and

wherein the detecting circuit detects the radiation irradiation to the pixel array based on values of the currents detected
by the current detection circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,316,807

LENS BARREL AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:
a first blade member;
a second blade member provided at an object side of the first blade member and overlapped with at least part of the first
blade member in an optical axis direction;

a drive unit configured to perform an opening and closing drive of the first blade member and the second blade member; and
a biasing member configured to apply a biasing force to the drive unit,
wherein the biasing member is disposed in a direction orthogonal to an optical axis with respect to the first blade member,
and

wherein the biasing member is disposed so as to overlap with at least part of the second blade member in the optical axis
direction during an opening and closing operation of the second blade member.

US Pat. No. 9,316,949

PARTICLE ADHESION PREVENTING MEMBER, ELECTRIC FIELD FORMING MEMBER, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member that moves while bearing a toner image;
a developing device that includes a developer bearing member that bears charged toner and develops an electrostatic latent
image formed on the image bearing member with toner; and

an electric field forming member that forms an electric field between a surface thereof onto which the charged toner adheres
and an opposed portion which opposes the electric field forming member in the image forming apparatus,

wherein the electric field forming member includes a conductive member connected to ground, and an insulating member attached
to the conductive member at a position opposite the opposed portion, the insulating member including a porous member made
of an ethylene propylene diene ternary copolymer having a volume resistivity of 1010 ?·cm or more and 1016 ?·cm or less and a density of 0.01 g/cm3 or more and 0.2 g/cm3 or less, and

wherein a normal charge polarity of the toner is in negative polarity and the porous member is negatively charged by being
adhered with a negatively-charged toner.

US Pat. No. 9,310,187

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a dividing unit configured to divide light from a measurement light source into reference light and measurement light;
a light receiving unit configured to receive interference light between (a) return light from an object to be examined based
on the measurement light and (b) the reference light;

an interference signal acquisition unit configured to acquire an interference signal based on the interference light received
by said light receiving unit;

an interference signal correction unit configured to separate the interference signal into a signal including information
representing a phase characteristic of the interference light and a signal including no information representing the phase
characteristic of the interference light; and

a tomographic image acquisition unit configured to acquire a tomographic image of the object by using the signal including
no information representing the phase characteristic of the interference light,

wherein said dividing unit comprises an optical coupler,
wherein said light receiving unit comprises a line sensor, and
wherein said interference signal acquisition unit, said interference signal correction unit, and said tomographic image acquisition
unit are implemented using a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,310,739

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CONTROLLING THE DISPLAY OF AN AGGREGATION RESULT OF A NUMBER OF PRINTED PAGES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus that manages a number of printed pages in a single color level and a number of printed pages in monochrome,
comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive setting information related to displaying an aggregation result of a number of printed
pages from a managing apparatus;

a displaying unit configured to control displaying an aggregation result of a number of printed pages; and
a determining unit configured to determine whether or not the received setting information indicates a first setting to display
a first aggregation result of a number of printed pages of each level among a plurality of color levels on an apparatus configured
not to manage a number of printed pages of each level among the plurality of color levels,

wherein the displaying unit is configured to control to display the first aggregation result in response to a determination
result of the determining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,313,345

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus executed by a computer which includes a storage unit and a processing unit and which
implements a registration unit, a notification unit, and a relay unit, the information processing apparatus configured to
relay data via a network between a supporting device and a supported device that receives remote support by the supporting
device, the information processing apparatus comprising:
the storage unit;
the processing unit configured to store in the storage unit a plurality of relay identifiers, each for transmitting and receiving
data between a supporting device and a supported device, in such a manner that a relay identifier included in the plurality
of relay identifiers is associated with a supporting device or a supported device that is using the relay identifier;

the registration unit configured to select, according to a request from a first supported device, a first relay identifier
not being used by another supported device from among the stored plurality of relay identifiers and then register the first
supported device in association with the first relay identifier, and to register, according to a request from a first supporting
device for providing remote support to the first supported device, the first supporting device in association with the first
relay identifier;

the notification unit configured to notify the first supported device and the first supporting device about the first relay
identifier; and

the relay unit configured to buffer data according to receiving, from the first supported device or the first supporting device,
a POST request to post the data based on the first relay identifier, and to return the buffered data according to receiving,
from the first supporting device or the first supported device, a GET request to get the buffered data based on the first
relay identifier.

US Pat. No. 9,310,307

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PROCESSING DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing device configured to process measurement spectral data by using a multivariate analysis, the data processing
device comprising:
a determination unit configured to, based on the measurement spectral data, determine sampling intervals to be used in the
multivariate analysis;

a data group obtaining unit configured to obtain a spectral data group of the sampling intervals determined by the determination
unit; and

a multivariate analysis unit configured to carry out the multivariate analysis by using the spectral data group obtained by
the data group obtaining unit,

wherein the determination unit determines the sampling intervals based on one of a rate of change of a spectral distribution,
intensity information in a frequency space, a magnitude of a spectral intensity distribution, or a magnitude of a Mahalanobis
distance.

US Pat. No. 9,304,439

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER, DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating unit for accommodating developer, said developer accommodating unit comprising:
a flexible container provided with an opening for permitting discharge of the accommodated developer therein;
a sealing member for sealing the opening so as to cover the opening and for exposing the opening by being moved;
an unsealing member, mounted on said sealing member and contactable with the developer, for moving said sealing member; and
a frame for accommodating said unsealing member therein,
wherein said frame includes a fixing portion for fixing said flexible container.

US Pat. No. 9,304,440

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating unit comprising:
a flexible container including an opening for permitting discharge of a developer;
a sealing member having a bonding portion to seal the opening; and
an unsealing member, attached to said sealing member, for unsealing said sealing member,
wherein said bonding portion includes (i) a first bonding portion extending lengthwise in a direction crossing a peeling direction,
(ii) a second bonding portion provided in a downstream side of said first bonding portion with respect to the peeling direction,
and (iii) a third bonding portion bonded upstream of said first bonding portion with respect to the peeling direction,

wherein, when said sealing member exposes the opening, said bonding portion is peeled in the order of said third bonding portion,
said first bonding portion, and said second bonding portion, and

wherein, when said sealing member exposes said opening, the flexible container is deformed to change a shape of said opening.

US Pat. No. 9,304,458

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to carry a toner image;
a transfer unit configured to nip a recording material by a transfer nip formed with said image bearing member and to transfer
the toner image from said image bearing member onto the recording material;

a fixing unit configured to nip the recording material by a fixing nip and to fix the toner image on the recording material
by heating the recording material using an AC voltage applied thereto;

a voltage source portion configured to apply an AC voltage to said fixing unit;
an electroconductive member contactable to the recording material;
a resistance element connected with said electroconductive member; and
a capacitor element connected with said electroconductive member,
wherein said electroconductive member is disposed at a position separated from said fixing unit and contactable to the recording
material nipped simultaneously by said transfer nip and said fixing nip, and

said resistance element and said capacitor element are connected in parallel between said electroconductive member and a ground
potential.

US Pat. No. 9,304,715

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR STORING AND REUSING SETTINGS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. A method for controlling an image processing apparatus, the method comprising:
reading an image on a document to generate image data of the image;
storing, by a first storage unit, a transmission destination history indicating a history of a transmission destination of
the generated image data, but only in a case in which the first storage unit is controlled to store the transmission destination
history;

setting a transmission destination according to a selected transmission destination history stored in the first storage unit;
receiving user's input of user information which specifies a user and a transmission destination in response to input of the
user's input by the user;

acquiring a definition file association with the received user information, the definition file including a transmission destination
used for data transmission;

in response to a content of the definition file, transmitting the generated image data by a transmission unit by one of a
first transmission method, a second transmission method, and a third transmission method, the first transmission method transmitting
the generated image data only according to the transmission destination set by the setting, the second transmission method
transmitting the generated image data only according to the transmission destination included in the acquired definition file
and preventing the setting of the transmission destination according to the selected transmission destination history, and
the third transmission method transmitting the generated image data, according to either the transmission destination set
by the setting or the transmission destination included in the acquired definition file, in response to a selection by the
user; and

controlling the first storage unit to store the transmission destination history, in a case where the transmission unit transmits
the generated image data by the first transmission method, and to control the first storage unit not to store the transmission
destination history, in a case where the transmission unit transmits the generated image data by the second transmission method
so that no information obtained from the definition file is stored in the first storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,282,263

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS WITH DRIVING LINES SUPPLYING DRIVING SIGNALS THROUGH BUFFERS ARRANGED BETWEEN PIXELS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus, comprising:
a pixel region including a plurality of pixels arranged therein, each pixel having a photoelectric conversion element and
at least one transistor;

a plurality of driving lines driving the plurality of transistors included in the plurality of the pixels;
a scanning circuit arranged at an outside of the pixel region, the scanning circuit being configured to supply a driving signal
to each of the plurality of driving lines; and

a plurality of buffers, each outputting the driving signal to the driving line, wherein
the driving lines, each supply the driving signal through the buffer to the transistors,
each of the buffers being arranged between two pixels, and
a number of the buffers is smaller than a number of the pixels.

US Pat. No. 9,280,116

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH FORCED TONER SUPPLY MODE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a developing device configured to develop an electrostatic image formed on the image bearing member, the developing device
including a developer bearing member configured to carry a developer;

a supply device configured to supply toner to the developing device;
a density detector configured to detect information about a toner density as a ratio of toner and carrier of the developer
of the developing device; and

a controller configured to execute a forced supply mode of performing the toner supply to the developing device from the supply
device,

wherein the controller interrupts an image forming operation and executes the forced supply mode when both of the following
conditions (i) and (ii) are satisfied in a job in which image formation is continuously performed on a plurality of recording
materials:

(i) a remaining supply amount obtained based on first information of at least one of detection results of the density detector
and information about a toner consumption and second information concerning a driving amount of the supply device is greater
than a first predetermined amount,

(ii) an accumulated amount of toner consumed after the forced supply mode is executed last time is greater than or equal to
a second predetermined amount, and

wherein the controller does not execute the forced supply mode in case that at least one of the above conditions (i) and (ii)
is not satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,282,214

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS INCLUDING AN AUTHENTICATION UNIT, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
an authentication unit including a processor configured to execute process steps stored in a non-transitory computer-readable
memory to, in a state in which a user is logged into the information processing apparatus as a first user that can use the
information processing apparatus without user authentication being required, perform a user authentication in order for the
user to log into the information processing apparatus as a second user other than the first user;

a determination unit including a processor configured to execute process steps stored in the memory to, in a case where the
user authentication is performed by the authentication unit, compare a use authority of the first user and a use authority
of the second user for each of a plurality of functions that the information processing apparatus has, and determine whether
or not there exists a function, out of functions for which usage by the first user is permitted, for which usage is not permitted
for the second user; and

a modification unit including a processor configured to execute process steps stored in the memory to, in a case where it
is determined by the determination unit that there exists the function, out of the functions for which usage by the first
user is permitted, for which usage is not permitted for the second user, modify a use authority of the second user for the
function for which usage by the second user is not permitted, so as to permit usage of the function for the second user.

US Pat. No. 9,279,671

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH INCLINATION GUIDE DISPLAY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image-pickup mode setter which sets one image-pickup mode in a plurality of image-pickup modes for each specific image-pickup
scene in which a control for picking-up images is preliminarily set depending on the specific image-pickup scene;

an inclination detector which detects an inclination of the image-pickup apparatus;
a display processor for showing, on a display device, an inclination guide display depending on the inclination detected by
the inclination detector; and

a display controller which controls display of the inclination guide display in accordance with an image-pickup mode for the
specific image-pickup scene, which is set by the image-pickup mode setter,

wherein the display controller changes a level of exaggeration of the inclination guide display in accordance with the image-pickup
mode for the specific image-pickup scene set by the image-pickup mode setter.

US Pat. No. 9,264,640

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a photoelectric converting unit which stores a charge generated by photoelectric conversion on incident light;
a differential amplifying unit having a first input node electrically connected to the photoelectric converting unit;
a switch Metal Oxide Semiconductor (MOS) transistor;
an output circuit having an input node electrically connected to an output node of the differential amplifying unit via the
switch MOS transistor and an output node electrically connected to a second input node of the differential amplifying unit;
and

a potential control unit,
wherein
a first main node of the switch MOS transistor is electrically connected to the output node of the differential amplifying
unit,

a second main node of the switch MOS transistor is electrically connected to the input node of the output circuit; and
the potential control unit is configured to control a potential of the first main node of the switch MOS transistor so as
to prevent a voltage between a control node of the switch MOS transistor and the first main node of the switch MOS transistor
from changing toward a direction for turning on the switch MOS transistor in a period when a predetermined potential is given
to the control node of the switch MOS transistor and a signal based on the charge in the photoelectric converting unit is
given to the first input node of the differential amplifying unit, the predetermined potential being configured to set the
voltage between the control node of the switch MOS transistor and the first main node of the switch MOS transistor to be within
a threshold voltage of the switch MOS transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,237,302

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capture apparatus that stores an image captured by an image capture unit to a recording medium as an image file
having a predetermined image file format, the image capture apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit that acquires location information;
a first determination unit that determines whether or not acquisition of location information by the acquisition unit was
successful;

a storage control unit that, in a case of storing an image captured by the image capture unit to the recording medium as an
image file that complies with the image file format,

if a result of the determination performed by the first determination unit is that acquisition of location information was
successful, stores information indicating the existence of location information in a first area as attribute information that
complies with the image file format, stores the acquired location information in a second area as attribute information, and
stores the captured image in a predetermined format, and

if a result of the determination performed by the first determination unit is that acquisition of location information was
unsuccessful, stores information indicating the existence of location information in the first area that complies with the
image file format, stores predetermined information other than location information in the second area, allocates a reserved
area for location information recording in a continuous area that follows the predetermined information, and stores the captured
image in a predetermined format,

a writing unit that writes the location information acquired by the acquisition unit to an image file that is already stored
on the recording medium; and

a second determination unit that determines whether or not one of a world standard time and time difference information that
enables calculation of a world standard time is stored in the image file as one type of the attribute information,

wherein if information indicating the existence of location information is stored in the first area as attribute information
of the image file targeted for writing, and furthermore the reserved area exists in the second area, the writing unit overwrites
the location information acquired by the acquisition unit to the second area, and

wherein if the second determination unit determines that neither the world standard time nor the time difference information
is stored, the writing unit does not write the location information.

US Pat. No. 9,213,293

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING MEASUREMENT UNIT THAT IRRADIATES A MEASUREMENT IMAGE AND MEASURES LIGHT REFLECTED THEREFROM, AND HAVING SHIELDING UNIT THAT CAN BE MOVED TO BLOCK SUCH IRRADIATION AND MOVED TO NOT BLOCK SUCH IRRADIAT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form a measurement image on a sheet;
a measurement unit configured to irradiate the measurement image with light and measure light reflected from the measurement
image;

a white reference plate arranged to be movable to a first position opposed to the measurement unit and a second position being
far away from the measurement unit than the first position;

a shielding unit arranged to be movable to a third position where the shielding unit blocks the light with which the measurement
unit irradiates the white reference plate and a fourth position where the shielding unit does not block the light;

a conveyance unit arranged to be movable to a fifth position opposed to the measurement unit and a sixth position being farther
away from the measurement unit than the fifth position, and convey the sheet; and

a control unit configured to control positions of the white reference plate and the shielding unit and the conveyance unit,
wherein, in a case where the measurement unit measures the white reference plate, the shielding unit is at the fourth position,
the white reference plate is at the first position, and the conveyance unit is at the sixth position,

wherein, in a case where the measurement unit measures the measurement image, the white reference plate is at the second position,
the shielding unit is at the third position, and the conveyance unit is at the fifth position,

wherein, in a print operation, the shielding unit is at the third position, the white reference plate is at the second position,
and the conveyance unit is at a seventh position between the fifth and sixth positions,

wherein the print operation is performed without a measurement of the white reference plate performed by the measurement unit,
and

wherein the print operation is performed without a measurement of the measurement image performed by the measurement unit.

US Pat. No. 9,213,301

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly;
a belt unit detachably mountable to said main assembly, said belt unit including a movable endless belt, a supporting roller,
a steering unit, and a cleaning unit, wherein said supporting roller supports said endless belt, and said steering unit supports
said endless belt and is configured to be inclined relative to said supporting roller so as to move said endless belt in a
first widthwise direction perpendicular to a moving direction of said endless belt by a force produced by movement of said
endless belt in a second widthwise direction opposite to the first widthwise direction, and wherein said cleaning unit is
supported by said steering unit and is configured to remove and collect toner from said endless belt, said cleaning unit including
a discharge opening configured to discharge the collected toner;

an image forming station configured to form a toner image on said endless belt;
a toner container including a receiving opening portion at a cleaning unit side, said toner container being provided in said
main assembly and configured to contain the toner collected by said cleaning unit; and

a path member configured to guide the toner collected by said cleaning unit to said toner container, including a first opening
portion disposed at said cleaning unit side and a second opening portion disposed at said toner container side,

wherein in a state that said belt unit is dismounted from said main assembly, said path member is supported by said main assembly,
and

wherein in a state that said belt unit is mounted to said main assembly, said path member is not supported by said main assembly,
and is connected with said steering unit to be integrally movable with inclination of said steering unit, the first opening
portion is disposed at a position corresponding to the discharge opening, and the second opening portion is disposed at a
position inside the receiving opening portion such that the second opening portion does not contact the receiving opening
portion when being moved by the inclination of said steering unit.

US Pat. No. 9,211,748

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CALIBRATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus for printing an image by using a print head having a plurality of first nozzle arrays and a second
nozzle array, a plurality of nozzles capable of ejecting a first ink are arranged in a first direction so as to form the plurality
of first nozzle arrays, a plurality of nozzles capable of ejecting a second ink of a different color from that of the first
ink are arranged in the first direction so as to form the second nozzle array, the plurality of first nozzle arrays and the
second nozzle array being arranged in a second direction crossing the first direction such that the second nozzle array is
positioned between the plurality of first nozzle arrays with respect to the second direction, the printing being performed
by ejecting the first ink from the plurality of first nozzle arrays and ejecting the ink from the second nozzle array according
to print data, the printing apparatus comprising:
a test pattern printing unit that prints a test pattern including a plurality of patches, each of the patches being printed
by using the plurality of first nozzle arrays capable of ejecting the first ink and without using the second nozzle array;
and

a determining unit that determines a correction amount for correcting the print data for ejecting the first ink by using the
plurality of first nozzle arrays according to printed results of the test pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,183,434

INSPECTION APPARATUS, INSPECTION METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inspection apparatus configured to perform position adjustment between a reference image and a target image of a printed
document to inspect the printed document, the inspection apparatus comprising:
an extraction unit configured to extract a feature point of each of the reference image and the target image used for the
position adjustment;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image in a band region of a predetermined size from each of the reference image
and the target image;

a position adjustment unit configured to perform a first position adjustment on the reference image and the target image in
the band region, using each feature point in the band region extracted by the extraction unit;

a first determination unit configured to compare the reference image and the target image after the first position adjustment
and determine whether there is a difference between the reference image and the target image after the first position adjustment;
and

a second determination unit configured to determine whether there is a feature point for the first position adjustment in
a region adjacent to the band region, in a case where the first determination unit determines that there is a difference between
the reference image and the target image in the band region after the first position adjustment,

wherein in a case where the second determination unit determines that there is no feature point for the first position adjustment
in the region adjacent to the band region, the position adjustment unit performs a second position adjustment of the reference
image and the target image after the first position adjustment using a feature point for the first position adjustment in
the band region and additional patch information in the region adjacent to the band region, and

wherein the determination unit determines whether there is a difference between the reference image and the target image after
the second position adjustment, and

wherein in a case where the second determination unit determines that there is a feature point for the first position adjustment
in the region adjacent to the band region, the position adjustment unit does not perform the second position adjustment.

US Pat. No. 9,183,446

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for encoding two or more frame images of a moving image, comprising:
an extraction unit that extracts one or more specific regions corresponding to an object from a frame image;
an encoding unit that encodes a target frame image using an encoding parameter so that image quality of one or more selected
regions among specific regions is higher than that of one or more regions other than the selected regions,

wherein said encoding unit encodes the target frame so that image quality of a first region extracted by said extraction unit
from a first frame is higher than image quality of a second region different from the first region in the first frame, and

wherein, when said extraction unit extracts from a second frame subsequent to the first frame a third region corresponding
to the first region and a fourth region not corresponding to a region whose image quality is higher than that of the second
region in the first frame, said encoding unit selects the fourth region as a region whose image quality is to be higher in
the second frame in preference to the third region.

US Pat. No. 9,160,989

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR INCREASING PIXELS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an enlargement circuit configured to increase number of pixels in a vertical direction and in a horizontal direction, and
to cause each pixel in the pixels to have a luminance signal and a color-difference signal with respect to first image data
made of a luminance signal and a color-difference signal;

a conversion circuit connected to the enlargement circuit, and configured to convert the luminance signal and the color-difference
signal obtained in the enlargement circuit into image data of a Bayer array made of R, G1, G2, and B signals; and

a development circuit configured to generate second image data made of a luminance signal and a color-difference signal from
the image data of the Bayer array converted in the conversion circuit,

wherein the development circuit generates the luminance signal using one of the G1 signal and the G2 signal, the R signal, and the B signal in the image data of the Bayer array,

wherein the enlargement circuit enlarges the first image data by interpolation processing,
the conversion circuit converts the G1 signal from the luminance signal included in the first image data, and converts the G2 signal from the luminance signal generated by the interpolation processing by the enlargement circuit, and

the development circuit generates the luminance signal using the G1 signal, the R signal, and the B signal.

US Pat. No. 9,158,225

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DETECTION OF REMAINING DEVELOPER AMOUNT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image bearing member which bears an electrostatic latent image;
a developing device including:
a developing container which contains a developer;
a developer carrying member which carries the developer to develop the electrostatic latent image; and
an electrode member provided in the developing container;
a voltage applying device which applies an alternate-current voltage to the developer carrying member; and
a detecting device which detects information on a capacitance between the developer carrying member and the electrode member
when the voltage applying device applies the alternate-current voltage to the developer carrying member during developing
the electrostatic latent image,

wherein the voltage applying device has, as the alternate-current voltage, a first alternate-current voltage having a first
peak-to-peak voltage and a first frequency, and a second alternate-current voltage having a second peak-to-peak voltage higher
than the first peak-to-peak voltage and a second frequency lower than the first frequency, and

wherein the voltage applying device changes the first peak-to-peak voltage into the second peak-to-peak voltage if a number
of sheets used to form an image is equal to or greater than a predetermined number.

US Pat. No. 9,158,237

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING MOVABLE ENDLESS BELT SUPPORTING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member for carrying a toner image;
an endless intermediary transfer belt which is movable along an endless path;
a transfer member, including a contact portion contacting an inner surface of said belt, for transferring the toner image
from said image bearing member onto a surface of said belt, wherein a length of the contact portion measured in a moving direction
of said belt is larger than a length of a portion where said belt contacts said image bearing member, measured in the moving
direction;

a voltage source for applying a voltage to said transfer member;
a supporting member having a supporting portion for supporting said transfer member, and
an urging member for urging said supporting member in an urging direction toward said belt,
wherein said supporting member is rotatable during movement of said belt, about an axis of a rotational shaft so as to move
in a direction perpendicular to the moving direction of said belt,

wherein said urging member urges said supporting member to contact said contact portion to said belt during movement of said
belt,

wherein said rotational shaft is disposed at a position which is away from the inner surface of said belt in the endless path
and which is upstream of said contact portion with respect to the moving direction of said belt.

US Pat. No. 9,152,018

IMAGE PICKUP LENS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup lens comprising:
an optical system that includes a magnification variable lens used for a magnification variation, and a focus lens configured
to adjust an in-focus state, wherein the optical system is capable of attaching a wide attachment lens being configured to
change an enlargement ratio of the optical system; and

a manipulator manipulated so as to instruct driving of the magnification variable lens,
wherein a range capable of driving the magnification variable lens when the wide attachment lens is attached is restricted
to be smaller than that when the wide attachment lens is not attached, and

a moving amount of the magnification variable lens per a predetermined manipulated amount of the manipulator when the wide
attachment lens is attached is restricted to be a smaller distance than that when the wide attachment lens is not attached.

US Pat. No. 9,149,183

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing system comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a plurality of tomographic images of an eye to be examined;
an extraction unit configured to extract a retinal layer from the plurality of tomographic images;
a generation unit configured to generate three-dimensional shape data of the retinal layer based on the retinal layer extracted
by the extraction unit;

a setting unit configured to set a flat surface that is movable in a depth direction of the retinal layer extracted by the
extraction unit at a reference position of the three-dimensional shape data of the retinal layer;

a measurement unit configured to measure at least one of an area and a volume of the retinal layer, based on the three-dimensional
shape data of the retinal layer and the flat surface at the reference position, wherein the area is an area of the flat surface
surrounded by the three-dimensional shape data of the retinal layer, and the volume is a volume of a region surrounded by
the three-dimensional shape data of the retinal layer and the flat surface; and

a display control unit configured to display at least one of the area and the volume on a display device.

US Pat. No. 9,152,065

MAGNETIC TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magnetic toner comprising:
magnetic toner particles comprising a binder resin and a magnetic body; and
inorganic fine particles that are present on the surface of the magnetic toner particles and are not a magnetic iron oxide
and

magnetic iron oxide particles that are present on the surface of the magnetic toner particles,
wherein;
the inorganic fine particles present on the surface of the magnetic toner particles comprise metal oxide fine particles,
the metal oxide fine particles containing silica fine particles, and optionally containing titania fine particles and alumina
fine particles, and a content of the silica fine particles being at least 85 mass % with respect to a total mass of the silica
fine particles, the titania fine particles and the alumina fine particles,

wherein;
when a coverage ratio A (%) is a coverage ratio of the magnetic toner particles' surface by the inorganic fine particles and
a coverage ratio B (%) is a coverage ratio of the magnetic toner particles' surface by the inorganic fine particles that are
fixed to the magnetic toner particles' surface,

the magnetic toner has a coverage ratio A of at least 45.0% and not more than 70.0% and a ratio [coverage ratio B/coverage
ratio A] of the coverage ratio B to the coverage ratio A of at least 0.50 and not more than 0.85, and

wherein;
the magnetic iron oxide particles present on the surface of the magnetic toner particles are from at least 0.10 mass % to
not more than 5.00 mass % with respect to a total amount of the magnetic toner.

US Pat. No. 9,154,661

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SETTING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CHANGING A DEFAULT VALUE BASED ON A FREQUENCY WITH WHICH A SETTING VALUE HAS BEEN CHANGED BY A USER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that executes processing in accordance with a process definition file in which a plurality
of processes that are to be executed are defined, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit for receiving the process definition file, the process definition file including at least one definition
item corresponding to the plurality of processes to be executed, and the at least one definition item comprising (a) a default
setting for the definition item, (b) a first option setting and (c) a second option setting that is different from the first
option setting, wherein a value of the first option setting is initially set as a value of the default setting for the definition
item;

a counting unit configured to count, for each of the first option setting and the second option setting in the process definition
file, a number of times of execution;

a first determining unit configured to determine whether changing the value of the default setting for the definition item
is permitted or prohibited;

a second determining unit configured to determine, based on the number of times of execution counted by the counting unit
for the first option setting and the second option setting, whether to change the value of the default setting for the definition
item from the value of the first option setting to a value of the second option setting;

a changing unit configured to (a) if (1) it is determined by the first determining unit that changing the value of the default
setting for the definition item is permitted and (2) it is determined by the second determining unit that the value of the
default setting should be changed, change the value of the default setting for the definition item from the value of the first
option setting to the value of the second option setting, and (b) if it is determined by the first determining unit that changing
the value of the default setting for the definition item is prohibited, not change the value of the default setting for the
definition item; and

a display control unit configured to display on a setting screen the value of the default setting for the definition item.

US Pat. No. 9,152,076

DEVELOPING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:
a developing roller rotatably carrying a developer to develop an electrostatic image formed on an image bearing member;
a developing device frame supporting said developing roller and configured to include a developer accommodating portion for
accommodating the developer;

a sealing member provided at each of first and second opposite ends of said developing device frame with respect to a rotational
axis direction of said developing roller and in contact with said developing roller to prevent leakage of the developer; and

a developing blade in contact with said developing roller to regulate an amount of the developer carried on said developing
roller,

wherein said developing blade has a free end at a downstream side with respect to a rotational moving direction of said developing
roller, a longitudinal end portion with respect to a lengthwise direction of said developing roller, a projection projecting
from said longitudinal end portion in the lengthwise direction, an opposing surface opposed to said developing roller and
a non-opposing surface opposite from said opposing surface,

wherein said sealing member extends to ride on said projection from an upstream side of said projection with respect to the
rotational direction of said developing roller so as to extend from the opposing surface side to the non-opposing side of
said developing blade, and said sealing member urges said projection to said developing roller.

US Pat. No. 9,152,078

DEVELOPING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus, comprising:
a developer carrying member provided in a rotatable manner, and configured to carry developer including toner and magnetic
carrier so as to develop a latent image;

a regulating member configured to regulate the developer carried on the developer carrying member, the regulating member having
a distal end portion facing the developer carrying member and the distal end portion being positioned below a rotation center
of the developer carrying member in a gravity direction;

a first chamber provided so as to face a peripheral surface of the developer carrying member, and configured to supply the
developer to the developer carrying member;

a second chamber provided so as to face the peripheral surface of the developer carrying member at an upstream side with respect
to the first chamber in a rotation direction of the developer carrying member, and configured to collect the developer from
the developer carrying member, the second chamber communicating with the first chamber at both end portions of the second
chamber so as to form a circulation route for circulating the developer between the first chamber and the second chamber;

a first conveying member provided in a rotatable manner in the first chamber;
a second conveying member provided in a rotatable manner in the second chamber; and
a magnet fixed inside of the developer carrying member, and configured to generate a magnetic field for causing the developer
to be carried on the developer carrying member, the magnet comprising a plurality of magnetic poles including:

a pair of magnetic poles composed of a first magnetic pole and a second magnetic pole, the second magnetic pole having the
same polarity as a polarity of the first magnetic pole and being arranged adjacently to the first magnetic pole at a downstream
side with respect to the first magnetic pole in the rotation direction of the developer carrying member; and

a third magnetic pole having a polarity different from the polarity of the second magnetic pole and being arranged adjacently
to the second magnetic pole at the downstream side with respect to the second magnetic pole in the rotation direction of the
developer carrying member,

the developer carrying member and the first conveying member being arranged at positions overlapping with each other as viewed
in a vertical direction,

a rotation center of the first conveying member being arranged below the rotation center of the developer carrying member
in the gravity direction,

the second magnetic pole being arranged, on the peripheral surface of the developer carrying member, at a position on the
upstream side in the rotation direction of the developer carrying member with respect to an intersection at which a vertical
line passing through the rotation center of the first conveying member intersects with a lower surface of the developer carrying
member.

US Pat. No. 9,154,689

FOCUS DETECTOR, AND LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A focus detector comprising:
a pair of lenses;
a pair of sensors having a plurality of pixels, the sensors photoelectrically converting a pair of subject images formed by
the pair of lenses into a pair of image signals;

a setting unit that computes a correlation amount for the pair of image signals for each of states in which a number of pixels
to be subject to computation is changed and sets a reference number-of-pixels based on a smallest number of pixels to be subject
to computation, among the numbers of pixels to be subject to computation that show high coincidence degree based on correlation
amount computed for each of the states;

a correlation computing unit that computes a correlation amount for the pair of the image signals for each of a plurality
of areas of the sensors defined based on the reference number-of-pixels,

wherein an in-focus state is detected based on a correlation amount computed by the correlation computing unit.

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. 9,152,114

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. 9,148,747

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of executing a direct wireless communication, the communication apparatus comprising:
an identification unit configured to identify, by performing search processing, one external apparatus as a communication
partner of the direct wireless communication;

a display unit configured to display, in a case where the identification unit identifies one external apparatus as a communication
partner of the direct wireless communication, an instruction screen for a user to instruct to establish the direct wireless
communication between the communication apparatus and the external apparatus identified by the identification unit;

a notification unit configured to notify, in a case where the display unit displays the instruction screen, the external apparatus
identified by the identification unit that the communication apparatus is waiting for the instruction of the user; and

a connection unit configured to perform, in a case where the user instructs to establish the direct wireless communication
via the instruction screen, connection processing for establishing the direct wireless communication between the communication
apparatus and the external apparatus identified by the identification unit.

US Pat. No. 9,141,060

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a conveying unit configured to convey a sheet;
an image forming unit configured to form a measurement image on a sheet along a main scanning direction orthogonal to a sheet
conveying direction of the conveying unit;

a fixing unit configured to fix the measurement image formed by the image forming unit onto the sheet by heating;
a measuring unit configured to irradiate light to the measurement image on the sheet having passed through the fixing unit,
measuring reflected light from the measurement image, and outputting a measured value;

a discharging unit configured to discharge a sheet measured by the measuring unit;
a feeding unit configured to rotate the direction of a sheet discharged by the discharging unit once such that the measurement
image formed along the main scanning direction is along the sheet conveying direction;

a first calculation unit configured to cause the measuring unit to output a measured value at a predetermined point of measurement
on the measurement image after the sheet passes through the fixing unit, cause the feeding unit to feed the sheet, causing
the sheet to pass through the fixing unit again, cause the measuring unit to output measured values at a plurality of points
of measurement including the measured value at the point of measurement, and calculate a first correction coefficient from
a first measured value and a second measured value at the point of measurement;

a correction unit configured to correct the measured values at the plurality of points of measurement by using the first correction
coefficient calculated by the first calculation unit; and

a second calculation unit configured to calculate a second correction coefficient for correcting an unevenness in the main
scanning direction on basis of the measured value at the plurality of points of measurement corrected by the correction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,141,069

PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM UNIT, ASSEMBLING METHOD THEREFOR, AND ASSEMBLING THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An assembling method for a photosensitive drum unit, said photosensitive drum unit comprising:
(A) a photosensitive drum having a cylinder;
(B) a rotational force receiving member for receiving a rotational force for rotating said photosensitive drum, said rotational
force receiving member having a rotational force receiving portion for receiving the rotational force at one end portion side
thereof and a portion-to-be-engaged at another end portion side thereof;

(C) a spherical member having (1) a spherical portion, (2) a projected portion projected from said spherical portion, and
(3) an engaging portion for engaging with said portion-to-be-engaged;

(D) a drum flange having (1) a hole portion that opens outwardly in the longitudinal direction of said cylinder, and (2) a
groove portion that continues from said hole portion; and

(E) a closing member for limiting outward movement of said spherical portion in the longitudinal direction of said cylinder,
wherein said assembling method comprises:
i) a step of mounting said drum flange to one end portion of said cylinder;
ii) a step of accommodating said spherical member with said drum flange by inserting said spherical portion into the inside
of said hole portion through an opening formed thereof, and inserting said projected portion into said groove portion for
receiving the rotational force from said projected portion;

iii) a step of mounting said closing member to said drum flange and making said closing member partially covering said opening
of said hole portion; and

iv) a step of connecting said spherical member with said rotational force receiving member by inserting said portion-to-be-engaged
into said hole portion through said opening and engaging said portion-to-be-engaged with said engaging portion.

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. 9,116,495

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DRIVE CONDITION OF BELT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for controlling a driving condition of an endless belt driven in a condition having a periodic disturbance and
an other disturbance other than the periodic disturbance, comprising steps of:
feedback controlling a widthwise position of the belt by a steering mechanism that is configured to move the belt in the widthwise
direction such that an influence of the periodic disturbance is compensated;

estimating or detecting a phase angle of the periodic disturbance on the timing when the other disturbance is added to the
belt in response to detecting that the other disturbance is to be added during the feedback control;

obtaining interpolation coefficients that respectively interpolate values of feedforward inputs when the other disturbance
is added in case of a plurality of typical angles set in advance among phase angles of the periodic disturbance stored in
a memory based on the estimated or detected phase angles of the periodic disturbance and adding values obtained by multiplying
these interpolation coefficients by the values of the corresponding feedforward inputs; and

controlling the steering mechanism by adding the values obtained by multiplying the interpolation coefficients by the values
of the corresponding feedforward inputs to control values of the feedback control as a correction value,

wherein the plurality of typical angles are four types of phase angles of the periodic disturbance determined by a phase angle
where the control value is maximized, a phase angle where the control value is minimized, and two phase angles which are medians
of the control values from a relationship between more than four types of phase angles of the periodic disturbance and their
control values of the feedback control at a time when a variation of the control values with respect to time is maximized
when the other disturbance is caused in the belt which is feedback controlled by rushing the recording member into the nip
portion at the more than four types of phase angles, and

the values of feedforward inputs are values of four feedforward inputs corresponding to the four typical angles, and each
feedforward input is obtained by obtaining a deviation from a target value of the widthwise position of the belt by causing
the other disturbance to the belt which is feedback controlled when the phase angle of the periodic disturbance is the corresponding
typical angle, obtaining a control value of the steering mechanism calculated such that the deviation is compensated based
on the deviation of the widthwise position of the belt, repeating the control of the belt on which the other disturbance is
caused when the phase angle of the periodic disturbance is the corresponding typical angle by using the calculated control
value, determining a control value by which the deviation of the widthwise position of the belt is minimized, and obtaining
the values of feedforward inputs based on the determined control value.

US Pat. No. 9,118,858

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixel units each configured to include a photoelectric conversion unit and an amplification transistor that
outputs a signal based on an electric carrier generated by the photoelectric conversion unit, and be arranged in a matrix
manner;

a first output line to which a signal from two or more pixel units arranged in a first column, including a first pixel unit,
among the plurality of pixel units is output;

a second output line to which a signal from two or more pixel units arranged in a second column, including a second pixel
unit, among the plurality of pixel units is output;

a connection unit configured to control an electric connection between an input node of the amplification transistor included
in the first pixel unit and an input node of the amplification transistor included in the second pixel unit;

a first selection transistor connected in series to the amplification transistor included in the first pixel unit; and
a second selection transistor connected in series to the amplification transistor included in the second pixel unit, wherein:
the first pixel unit and the second pixel unit are arranged in a same row; and
the first selection transistor and the second selection transistor are controlled independently from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,116,020

ENCODER, LENS APPARATUS, AND CAMERA CAPABLE OF DETECTING POSITION OF OBJECT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An encoder comprising:
a cylinder configured to be rotatable in a circumferential direction;
a scale attached to the cylinder; and
a detector configured to detect a position of the cylinder by using the scale,
a fixed holder holding the scale,
a movable holder configured to be movable in the circumferential direction of the cylinder and holding the scale, and
a biasing portion configured to bias the scale via the movable holder toward a side of the fixed holder so that the scale
is attached to an inner wall of the cylinder.

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. 9,111,197

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING REPORT PRINTING FUNCTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit;
a storage unit configured to store information on the image processing apparatus;
a touch panel configured to receive input from a log-in user; and
a control unit configured to control execution of automatic report printing in which the information is printed by said printing
unit as a report when predetermined conditions are satisfied, and execution of manual report printing in which the information
is printed by said printing unit as a report based on an instruction from the log-in user,

wherein said control unit performs the automatic report printing in a predetermined language and performs the manual report
printing in a language for the log-in user.

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. 9,110,155

ULTRASONIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ultrasonic apparatus which acquires biological information by receiving an ultrasonic wave from a specimen, said apparatus
comprising:
a plurality of transducers that receive ultrasonic waves and convert them into received electrical signals, respectively;
an adaptive signal processing unit that generates a first intermediate signal with the use of a plurality of received electrical
signals obtained from said plurality of transducers and a weighting coefficient by calculating a correlation matrix of the
plurality of received electrical signals, extracting a plurality of sub-matrices from said correlation matrix, calculating
a sub-correlation matrix by averaging said plurality of sub-matrices, and determining said weighting coefficient from said
sub-correlation matrix;

a fixed signal processing unit that generates a second intermediate signal with the use of said plurality of received electrical
signals and a predetermined weighting coefficient; and

a unit that generates an output signal to be used for acquisition of said biological information by comparing said first intermediate
signal and said second intermediate signal therebetween.

US Pat. No. 9,113,060

IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE WITH OPERATION UNIT EXCELLENT IN OPERABILITY AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display device comprising:
a mounting unit configured to be detachably mounted to an image pickup apparatus main unit;
a signal cable configured to be connected to the image pickup apparatus main unit;
an image display unit configured to display an image captured by the image pickup apparatus main unit;
an operation unit having an operation face on which an operation member is disposed;
a hinge mechanism configured to couple the image display unit to the operation unit such that the image display unit can be
rotated relative to the operation unit; and

a rotary mechanism configured to couple the operation unit to the mounting unit such that the operation unit can be rotated
relative to the mounting unit about a rotation axis perpendicular to the operation face of the operation unit,

wherein in a case where the operation unit is rotated relative to the mounting unit, the image display unit and the hinge
mechanism are rotated together with the operation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,110,222

IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup system, comprising:
two lens apparatuses each including a movable optical member, a driving unit that drives the movable optical member, and a
driving signal generating unit that generates a driving signal for causing the driving unit to drive the movable optical member;

a command signal generating unit that generates a command signal to command driving of the movable optical member;
a posture determining unit that determines a posture of each of the two lens apparatuses; and
a master-slave setting unit that sets each of the lens apparatuses, based on the posture of the lens apparatus determined
by the posture determining unit, as one of a master lens apparatus in which the driving signal generating unit generates the
driving signal based on the command signal and a slave lens apparatus in which the driving signal generating unit generates
the driving signal based on a position of the movable optical member in the other lens apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,110,278

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a rear lens group including one or more lens units and having as a whole a positive refractive power,
wherein:
the first lens unit and the rear lens group are moved during zooming so that a distance between the first lens unit and the
rear lens group decreases at a telephoto end as compared with at a wide-angle end,

the first lens unit includes an image side aspheric lens having a negative aspheric amount and one or more object side aspheric
lenses disposed on the object side further than the image side aspheric lens, and

the following condition is satisfied:
0.060
where Aspi represents an aspheric amount of an i-th object side aspheric lens counted from the object side among the one or
more object side aspheric lenses, Ndi represents a refractive index of a material of the i-th object side aspheric lens, BLD1
represents a length of the first lens unit from its most-object side lens surface to its most-image side lens surface, and
? represents summation.

US Pat. No. 9,053,388

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold a plurality of spatial transformation matrices for spatial transformation, and a projection
matrix for projection operation;

a vectorizing unit configured to generate an input image vector by vectorizing at least a partial region of an input image;
a determination unit configured to determine a variation attribute by detecting a variation of a target object from a specific
state in the input image; and

a generation unit configured to select one of the plurality of spatial transformation matrices based on the variation attribute
determined by the determination unit, and to generate a transformed image vector by performing the spatial transformation
on the input image vector using the selected spatial transformation matrix and to generate a projection vector by performing
the projection operation on the transformed vector, using the projection matrix,

wherein in the spatial transformation matrices,
rows correspond to elements of the transformed image vector,
elements of the rows correspond to elements of the input image vector, and
in each row, only elements that are referenced when calculating an element value corresponding to the transformed image vector
have a value indicating a reference ratio, and the other elements all have a value of 0.

US Pat. No. 10,433,417

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:a printed circuit board;
a conductive member, the conductive member being located opposite the printed circuit board and being configured to fix the printed circuit board in the electronic apparatus; and
at least four connecting portions, the connecting portions being configured to connect the printed circuit board to the conductive member and being separated from each other,
wherein the printed circuit board has:
a printed wiring board having a signal wiring formed thereon;
a first semiconductor device; and
a second semiconductor device connected to the first semiconductor device via the signal wiring,
wherein the signal wiring has a signal wiring pattern formed on a surficial layer located opposite the conductive member in the printed wiring board, and
wherein the conductive member has an aperture formed therein and located opposite the signal wiring pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,412,776

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of communicating with another communication apparatus in a network conforming to NAN (Neighbor Awareness Networking), the communication apparatus comprising:a detection unit configured to, while joining a first NAN cluster included among a plurality of NAN clusters, detect an existence of a second NAN cluster included among the plurality of NAN clusters;
a comparison unit configured to compare an attribute value of the second NAN cluster with an attribute value of the first NAN cluster; and
a transmission unit configured to, when the attribute value of the second NAN cluster is lower than the attribute value of the first NAN cluster, transmit information indicating an existence of the first NAN cluster to the second NAN cluster.

US Pat. No. 10,412,839

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD, POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printed circuit board comprising:a piezoelectric element mounted on the printed circuit board and including a primary side electrode pair configured to input a voltage, a secondary side electrode configured to generate an output voltage according to the input voltage to the primary side electrode pair and a conductive resistor that couples the primary side electrode pair;
a first connection part connected to the primary side electrode pair of the piezoelectric element;
a second connection part connected to the secondary side electrode of the piezoelectric element; and
an opening provided to the printed circuit board arranged between the first connection part and the second connection part so as to prevent an occurrence of leakage between the first connection part and the second connection part, the opening passing through the printed circuit board,
wherein the conductive resistor is arranged between the first connection part and the opening when viewed from a direction perpendicular to the printed circuit board.

US Pat. No. 10,362,933

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS, TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE GENERATION METHOD, AND PROGRAM THAT DETERMINE AN IMAGING REGION FOR CAPTURING A PLURALITY OF TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGES FOR GENERATING AN AVERAGED TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:a detection unit configured to detect a movement amount of a subject's eye;
an error obtaining unit configured to obtain a value of tracking error based on a result of the detection;
a determining unit configured to determine each position of a plurality of scanning lines at intervals corresponding to the value of tracking error;
a tomographic image obtaining unit configured to obtain a plurality of tomographic images by scanning each position of the plurality of scanning lines with measurement light; and
a generation unit configured to generate an averaged tomographic image by averaging pixel values of the plurality of tomographic images obtained by the tomographic image obtaining unit,
wherein the determining unit determines the intervals based on the value of tracking error.

US Pat. No. 10,345,937

ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH A BACKLIGHT AND CAPACITIVE TOUCH PANEL AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRONIC DEVICE SO AS TO SUPPRESS ERROR DETECTION OF A TOUCH OPERATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a displaying unit configured to display an image,
a backlight;
a capacitive touch panel arranged on a display surface side of the displaying unit, the touch panel comprising a plurality of column electrodes and a plurality of row electrodes, which are arranged orthogonal to each other and are configured to detect a touch operation;
a backlight control unit configured to control a current of the backlight based on pulse width modulation; and
a control unit configured to (a) acquire a first frequency for detecting a change amount, as a capacitance change amount, of a signal at each of crossing points between the plurality of column electrodes and the plurality of row electrodes, and (b) cause the backlight control unit to drive the backlight at a second frequency different from a natural number multiple of the acquired first frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,345,974

TECHNIQUE FOR IMPROVING CAPACITANCE TYPE INPUT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An input apparatus comprising:a touch panel sensor having a plurality of column electrodes and a plurality of row electrodes arranged to intersect the plurality of column electrodes;
a first measurement unit configured to execute a self-capacitance measurement for each of a plurality of peripheral electrodes which are column electrodes and row electrodes arranged in a peripheral portion of the touch panel sensor out of the plurality of column electrodes and the plurality of row electrodes;
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not any measurement result of the plurality of peripheral electrodes measured by the first measurement unit exceeds a threshold value;
a setting unit configured to set, if any measurement result of the plurality of peripheral electrodes measured by the first measurement unit exceeds a threshold value, an accumulation number of each mutual-capacitance of a plurality of intersection points, which are formed by the plurality of column electrodes and the plurality of row electrodes intersecting, so that the accumulation number of an intersection point closer to a position of a conductor object estimated based on measurement results of the self-capacitance measurement is larger, and the accumulation number of an intersection point farther from the position of the conductor object is smaller, and set, if all of the measurement results of the plurality of peripheral electrodes measured by the first measurement unit do not exceed the threshold value, the accumulation numbers of the mutual-capacitances of each of the plurality of intersection points to be the same value;
a second measurement unit configured to execute a mutual-capacitance measurement for each of the plurality of the intersection points in accordance with the accumulation numbers set for each of the plurality of intersection points by the setting unit; and
a decision unit configured to decide coordinates of the conductor object based on the measurement result of the mutual-capacitance measurement executed by the second measurement unit.

US Pat. No. 10,346,102

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS INSTALL OF A DEVICE DRIVER IN ACCORDANCE WITH CAPABILITY OF AN OPERATING SYSTEM, INSTALLATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising,a memory storing an installer including a set of instructions for controlling an install of at least one device driver among devices drivers of two architectures, using a driver file that includes information for constructing the device drivers of the two architectures, which are a new architecture and an old architecture; and
a processor for executing the set of instructions to cause the information processing apparatus to:
obtain specific information specifying an operating system that controls execution of the set of instructions included in the installer;
communicate with a peripheral apparatus to receive identification information from the peripheral apparatus, the identification information indicating a type of a device driver to be installed in the information processing apparatus; and
control, in a case when it is determined that the operating system is an operating system that can install either of the device drivers of the two architectures in accordance with the obtained specific information, or, in a case when it is determined that the operating system is an operating system that can install only a device driver of the new architecture in accordance with the obtained specific information, to install the device driver of the new architecture using the driver file,
wherein, in a case when it is determined that the operating system can install only the device driver of the new architecture and the type of the device driver indicated by the received identification information is a device driver of the old architecture, a set up of the installed device driver of the new architecture is performed for the peripheral apparatus, by using set up information for the device driver of the new architecture, and
wherein, in a case when it is determined that the operating system can install both of the device drivers of the two architectures and the type of the device driver indicated by the received identification information is the device driver of the old architecture, a set up of the installed device driver of the new architecture is performed for the peripheral apparatus, by using the set up information for the device driver of the new architecture.

US Pat. No. 10,346,113

PRINTING APPARATUS WHICH NOTIFIES A USER THAT A PREDETERMINED ATTRIBUTE OF A SHEET SET IN THE PRINTING APPARATUS AND THE PREDETERMINED ATTRIBUTE SET AS A PRINT SETTING DO NOT MATCH, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus for printing an image, the printing apparatus comprising:a first acquisition unit configured to acquire first sheet information related to a predetermined attribute of a sheet set in the printing apparatus;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire second sheet information related to the predetermined attribute set as a print setting for printing executed by the printing apparatus; and
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display notification information,
wherein, in a case where the first sheet information and the second sheet information do not match, the display control unit causes the display unit to display notification information for notifying a user that the first sheet information acquired by the first acquisition unit and the second sheet information acquired by the second acquisition unit do not match,
wherein the notification information is for notifying the user of a first display item related to the first sheet information and a second display item related to the second sheet information,
wherein, when displaying the notification information, the display control unit causes the display unit to display a first part of the notification information and a predetermined display item of the first display item and the second display item, and
wherein, even in a case where no user instruction is given in a case where the first part and the predetermined display item are displayed, the display control unit causes the display unit to display a second part of the notification information different from the first part and displays another display item of the first display item and the second display item instead of the first part and the predetermined display item.

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. 10,307,952

CYLINDRICAL EXTRUDING DIE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SEAMLESS TUBE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing an electrically conductive seamless tube containing a thermoplastic resin serving as a binder and an electrically conductive filler dispersed in the thermoplastic resin, the method comprising the steps of:(1) preparing an electrically conductive resin composition containing a thermoplastic resin and an electrically conductive filler;
(2) preparing a cylindrical extruding die comprising a cylindrical slit, a plurality of circumferential distribution channels communicating with the slit and configured to distribute the resin composition that is plasticized in a helical direction toward the slit, and a plurality of lead-in paths configured to lead the plasticized resin composition into the plurality of circumferential distribution channels, each of the plurality of lead-in paths containing a line mixer;
(3) introducing the plasticized resin composition into the plurality of lead-in paths of the cylindrical extruding die toward the plurality of circumferential distribution channels;
(4) introducing the plasticized resin composition that has flowed through the plurality of lead-in paths into the plurality of circumferential distribution channels toward the slit; and
(5) introducing the plasticized resin composition that has flowed through the plurality of circumferential distribution channels into the slit and extruding the plasticized resin composition from an outlet of the slit into a cylindrical shape,
wherein
the step (3) comprises a step of interchanging the plasticized resin composition flowing through the plurality of lead-in paths between a flow near a wall of the plurality of lead-in paths and a flow in a radial center of the plurality of lead-in paths by the line mixers disposed in the plurality of lead-in paths,
the plurality of lead-in paths has a circular cross section.

US Pat. No. 10,310,775

JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR AUDIO GUIDANCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A job processing apparatus comprising:a hardware numeric keypad at least including a first hardware key and a second hardware key;
a touch panel display device;
at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, causing the job processing apparatus to perform operations including:
displaying, on the touch panel display device, an operation screen that includes at least a plurality of display items for accepting an operation that relates to execution of a job,
outputting, in response to setting a focus on one of the plurality of display items displayed on the touch panel display device, an audio guidance for the one display item on which the focus has been set,
moving a target of the focus based on selection of the first hardware key, and
executing the job at least based on detecting pressing of the second hardware key in a state in which the focus is not set on any of the plurality of display items.

US Pat. No. 10,310,777

PRINT SYSTEM, PRINT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system comprising a print apparatus and a server system,wherein the server system comprises:
at least one memory storing a program;
at least one processor that when executing the program causes the server system to:
generate print data based on an audio control device receiving a print instruction by voice of a user, wherein the audio control device executes
a first reception process of receiving information on an external access point from a terminal apparatus through a first wireless communication and a second reception process of receiving information on the external access point from the terminal apparatus through a second wireless communication, a communication speed of the first wireless communication is faster than that of the second wireless communication, and
wherein the print apparatus comprises:
a wireless interface configured to communicate to the external access point to which the audio control device connects based on the information on the external access point received in the first reception process or the second reception process;
at least one memory storing a program;
at least one processor that when executing the program causes the print apparatus to:
obtain, via the external access point, the print data generated by the server system based on the audio control device receiving the print instruction by voice; and
a printer engine configured to print based on the print data.

US Pat. No. 10,310,783

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS NEAR-FIELD WIRELESS COMMUNICATION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to communicate with an external device, the information processing apparatus comprising:a first near-field wireless communication device configured to start a communication with the external device in accordance with a reception of a wireless signal transmitted from the external device near the first near-field wireless communication device;
a second near-field wireless communication device configured to start a communication with the external device in accordance with a reception of a wireless signal transmitted from the external device near the second near-field wireless communication device; and
at least one processor configured to execute a program to function as:
a control unit configured to, in a case where both the first near-field wireless communication device and the second near-field wireless communication device receive the wireless signal transmitted from the external device at a same time, control the second near-field wireless communication device to communicate with the external device in accordance with the reception of the wireless signal transmitted from the external device near the second near-field wireless communication device by the second near-field wireless communication device, and control the first near-field wireless communication device not to communicate with the external device even though the first near-field wireless communication devices also receives the wireless signal transmitted from the external device near the first near-field wireless communication device.

US Pat. No. 10,313,602

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions to function as:
a focus detection unit configured to detect a defocus amount in an imaging optical system based on a signal obtained from an image sensor and to obtain a reliability of the detected defocus amount;
an exposure control unit configured to control exposure based on the signal obtained from the image sensor; and
a control unit configured to control driving of a focusing lens based on the defocus amount,
wherein:
the defocus amount detection and the exposure control are concurrently performed,
in a case where the reliability of the defocus amount detected by the focus detection unit is greater than or equal to a first reliability threshold value, and the defocus amount is smaller than or equal to a first defocus amount threshold value:
if the defocus amount does not meet a first condition or a second condition, the control unit determines that the image capture apparatus in an in-focus state and ends the control of driving of the focusing lens;
if the defocus amount meets the first condition or the second condition, the control unit does not determine that the image capture apparatus is in an in-focus state; and
the first condition is that it is determined that the defocus amount is based on a signal obtained before the exposure control is completed, and the second condition is that it is determined that the defocus amount is based on a signal affected by driving of an aperture in the exposure control, and
the exposure control includes generating an evaluation value and determining an exposure condition based on the evaluation value, and also includes at least one of changing an exposure time and changing an f-number in accordance with the determined exposure condition.

US Pat. No. 10,313,604

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:a light emitter having a light source, configured to provide a notification of an operation status of a count-down operation of a self-timer when performing self-timer shooting, the notification being via light emission;
a memory and at least one processor, which function as:
a control unit configured to control the light emitter to provide the notification of the operation status of the self-timer in self-timer shooting if a predetermined condition that is assumed to be a shooting of a person is satisfied, and to control the light emitter not to provide the notification of the operation status of the self-timer in self timer shooting if the predetermined condition is not satisfied,
an object detector configured to detect a specific object from a captured image; and
a mode setting unit configured to set one of a plurality of operation modes,
wherein:
the predetermined condition includes a state where the object detector is detecting the specific object,
if the mode setting unit has set a first operation mode, the control unit is configured to control the light emitter to provide the notification of the operation status of the count-down operation of the self-timer in self-timer shooting irrespective of whether the object detector has detected the specific object, and
if the mode setting unit has set a second operation mode for a dark place, the control unit is configured to control the presence/absence of the notification of the operation status of the self-timer by the light emitter in accordance with whether the object detector has detected the specific object.

US Pat. No. 10,310,788

CONTROL METHOD FOR GENERATING DATA USED FOR PRINTING AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method in an information processing apparatus, the method comprising:receiving document data that has a layer structure and is able to contain a print ticket corresponding to each layer;
generating a first command for controlling printing according to a setting value included in a print ticket of a first layer contained in the received document data for a whole print job;
if there is a setting value corresponding to a first function belonging to a job scope or a document scope among setting values included in the print ticket of the first layer, storing the setting value corresponding to the first function on a storage area;
generating page data that is to be included in a print job on a basis of the received document data;
when there is a print ticket of a second layer that is lower than the first layer and is to be set for a page when the page data is generated, comparing a setting value corresponding to the first function included in the print ticket for the page with the stored setting value; and
when the compared setting values are different from each other, issuing a control code for separation and generating a second command for controlling the printing according to setting values corresponding to a plurality of functions included in the print ticket for the page,
wherein, when the compared setting values are not different from each other, next page data based on the received document data is generated without issuing the control code.

US Pat. No. 10,313,617

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:a pixel portion in which pixels that convert entered light into electric signals are arranged in a matrix;
a column output line provided for each pixel column of the pixel portion;
a clip circuit configured to clip, at a predetermined signal level, signals respectively output from the pixels to the column output lines;
an A/D converter configured to A/D convert the signals clipped by the clip circuit;
a controller circuit configured to change a signal level at which clipping is performed by the clip circuit, according to a maximum value of a conversion range of the A/D converter; and a correction circuit configured to correct streak-shaped or band-shaped noise of the A/D converted signals in a line direction caused by high luminance light that enters the pixel portion, wherein the clip circuit is arranged at a preceding stage of a comparison circuit of the A/D converter and clips analog signals respectively output from the pixels to the column output lines, and
wherein the analog signals are clipped to a value that is smaller than a maximum value of a ramp signal input to the comparison circuit and a digital gain is applied to the A/D converted signals to compensate a difference between the clipped value and the maximum value of the ramp signal.

US Pat. No. 10,311,592

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method for capturing image data of a moving object, comprising:acquiring a plurality of image data items by continuously capturing images of the object;
computing positional information of the moving object and image feature values of respective one of the image data items;
calculating degree of matching, for each of the plurality of image data items and while the positional information satisfies a predetermined condition, by sequentially comparing the image feature values with reference image feature values that have been acquired in advance,
wherein either image data for which the degree of matching has been calculated earlier or image data for which the degree of matching has been calculated later, whichever is higher in the degree of matching, is stored.

US Pat. No. 10,308,557

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric ceramic comprising Cu content and a perovskite-type metal oxide having the following general formula (1):NaxBa1-yNbyZr1-yO3  (1)
wherein x satisfies 0.85?x?0.96, and y satisfies 0.90?y?0.96,
wherein the Cu content corresponds to 2.00 mol % or less of the amount of the perovskite-type metal oxide, and
wherein the average equivalent circular diameter of crystal grains of the piezoelectric ceramic is 0.3 ?m or more and 100 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 10,310,350

ORGANIC COMPOUND, ELECTROCHROMIC COMPOUND, AND ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT, OPTICAL FILTER, LENS UNIT, IMAGING DEVICE, AND WINDOW COMPONENT HAVING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic compound of Formula (1),
wherein, in Formula (1), R1 is an alkyl group or an alkoxy group, X1 and X2 are each independently selected from an alkyl group which may have a substituent, an aryl group which may have a substituent, or an aralkyl group which may have a substituent, and A1? and A2? are each independently a monovalent anion.

US Pat. No. 10,310,357

OPTICAL APPARATUS INCLUDING ELASTIC DAMPING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:an optical unit including a movable member and an actuator that drives the movable member;
a holder configured to hold the optical unit; and
an elastic member that has a first contacting portion and a second contacting portion each contacting the holder, and a flexible portion provided between the first and second contacting portions and connected to the optical unit,
wherein the flexible portion is connected to the optical unit at a connection position such that a first space is formed between the flexible portion and the optical unit, and a second space is formed between the flexible portion and the holder so as to include an opposite position to the connection position.

US Pat. No. 10,310,395

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising a support member bearing a photosensitive layer, said electrophotographic photosensitive member having a surface layer comprising a polymerization product of a hole transporting compound represented by Formula (1)
where Ar1 is a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group; Ar2 and Ar3 are independently a substituted or unsubstituted arylene group; Ar1 to Ar3 do not have a fluorine atom; substituents of the aryl group or arylene groups of Ar1 to Ar3 are selected from the group consisting of C1-6 alkyl, C1-6 alkoxy, and a monovalent group having a polymerizable functional group, and at least one of the aryl group or arylene groups of Ar1 to Ar3 has the monovalent group having the polymerizable functional group; Z1 is a monovalent group represented by Formula (2) or a monovalent group represented by Formula (3); Z2 is a hydrogen atom, a monovalent group represented by Formula (2), or a monovalent group represented by Formula (3); and when Z1 and Z2 are the monovalent groups represented by Formula (2), or when Z1 and Z2 are the monovalent groups represented by Formula (3), Z1 and Z2 may be the same or different from each other),

where * is a bonding position of the substituent bonded to Ar2 or Ar3; R21 and R22 are independently a hydrogen atom or C1-4 alkyl; p is 0 or 1; q is an integer of 1 to 4; r is 0 or 1; p, q, and r satisfy 2?p+q+r?4; R21 may be the same or different and R22 may be the same or different when q is 2 or more; Ar21 is an (s+1) valent group derived by removing (s+1) hydrogen atoms from substituted or unsubstituted arene; R23 is a fluorine atom, a C1 or C2 alkyl having a fluorine atom as a substituent, or a methoxy group having a fluorine atom as a substituent; s is the number of R23s directly bonded to Ar21 and is an integer of 1 to 5; and R23s may be the same or different when s is 2 or more,

where ** is a bonding position of the substituent bonded to Ar2 or Ar3; R31 and R32 are independently a hydrogen atom or C1-4 alkyl; t is an integer of 1 to 3; R31 may be the same or different and R32 may be the same or different when t is 2 or more; Ar31 is a (u+1) valent group derived by removing (u+1) hydrogen atoms from substituted or unsubstituted arene; R33 is a fluorine atom, C1-4 alkyl having a fluorine atom as a substituent, or C1-3 alkoxy having a fluorine atom as a substituent; u is the number of R33s directly bonded to Ar31 and is an integer of 1 to 5; and R33s may be the same or different when u is 2 or more.

US Pat. No. 10,312,723

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:an authentication unit that performs authentication to determine whether a battery is a predetermined battery;
a power receiving unit that receives power supplied from an external apparatus; and
a power control unit that (a) controls power supplied from the external apparatus to a first power path and a second power path if it has been determined that the battery is the predetermined battery, and (b) limits power supplied from the external apparatus to the first power path and the second power path if it has been determined that the battery is not the predetermined battery,
wherein the first power path differs from the second power path, and the second power path is a power path for supplying power from the power control unit to the battery.

US Pat. No. 10,310,675

USER INTERFACE APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for specifying an operation performed on an operation surface, the apparatus comprising:an image sensor installed at a position upward from the operation surface and configured to sense a distance from respective positions of a plurality of positions of a target object placed on the operation surface;
a memory storing instructions; and
one or more processors which execute the instructions and cause the apparatus to function as units comprising:
(1) a first acquisition unit that acquires distances from the image sensor to respective positions of a plurality of positions of a target object placed on the operation surface;
(2) a first determination unit that determines that the target object performs a touch gesture against the operation surface in a case where the distance acquired by the first acquisition unit is less than or equal to a predetermined value;
(3) a first specification unit that specifies a tip of the target object that is determined to have performed the touch gesture in an image having the distances acquired by the first acquisition unit;
(4) a second specification unit that specifies a direction of the target object in the image having the distances;
(5) a second acquisition unit that acquires an angle formed by the direction of the target object and the operation surface using the image having the distances; and
(6) a second determination unit that determines, as the touch position on the operation surface, a position shifted by a predetermined amount in the specified direction of the target object from the specified tip of the target object,
wherein the predetermined amount is a first amount in a case where the acquired angle is a first angle, and
wherein the predetermined amount is a second amount that is smaller than the first amount in a case where the acquired angle is a second angle that is larger than the first angle.

US Pat. No. 10,310,424

FIXING DEVICE THAT ALLEVIATES A PHYSICAL LOAD ON NON-HEAT-GENERATING REGIONS OF A HEAT GENERATING LAYER OF A FIXING FILM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:(A) a cylindrical film including a heat generating layer that generates heat by energization, and an electroconductive layer electrically connected with the heat generating layer and extending along a circumferential direction of the film at a longitudinal end portion of the film, wherein a volume resistivity of the electroconductive layer is less than a volume resistivity of the heat generating layer;
(B) an energizing member configured to energize the heat generating layer;
(C) a roller;
(D) a sliding member elongated in a longitudinal direction of the film and configured to slide on an inner surface of the film and to form a nip in cooperation with the roller, so as to feed a recording material through the nip; and
(E) a supporting member configured to support the sliding member from a side opposite from a side on which the sliding member contacts the film, wherein a thermal conductivity of the sliding member is greater than a thermal conductivity of the supporting member,
wherein the recording material, on which a toner image is formed is heated while being fed through the nip, and
wherein a longitudinal end of the sliding member is positioned between an inner end surface and an outer end surface of the electroconductive layer with respect to the longitudinal direction of the film.

US Pat. No. 10,310,432

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion configured to form a toner image on a recording material;
a fixing portion configured to fix the toner image on the recording material, said fixing portion including a first rotatable member and a second rotatable member cooperative with said first rotatable member to form a nip, wherein the recording material carrying the toner image is subjected to a fixing process by passing through the nip so that the toner image is fixed on the recording material;
an obtaining portion configured to obtain information relating to remaining service life of each area provided by dividing said first rotatable member into a plurality of areas in a longitudinal direction of said first rotatable member; and
an informing portion configured to inform a remaining service life of said fixing portion or said image forming apparatus in accordance with the information obtained by said obtaining portion,
wherein the information is provided by accumulating values each obtained, for each image formation job, by multiplying a time period of said fixing process by an operation coefficient determined on the basis of a size of the recording material and a position of the area.

US Pat. No. 10,310,433

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS A TEMPERATURE OF AT LEAST ONE OF A ROTATING MEMBER BASED ON A WEARING AMOUNT OF THE ROTATING MEMBER AND A PRESSING MEMBER BASED ON A HARDNESS CHANGE AMOUNT OF THE PRESSING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that prints an image on a recording material, the image forming apparatus comprising:a fixing unit that fixes an image, formed on a recording material, onto the recording material, the fixing unit having a rotating member with a surface layer, a pressing member that forms a fixing nip portion to sandwich and to transport the recording material with the rotating member, and a heater that heats the rotating member;
a rotating member temperature sensor that detects a temperature of the rotating member;
a wearing amount acquisition portion that acquires a wearing amount of the surface layer of the rotating member, the wearing amount acquisition portion acquiring the wearing amount corresponding to the temperature detected by the rotating member temperature sensor, and the wearing amount acquisition portion acquiring the wearing amount per recording material, the wearing amount per recording material being different depending on the temperature detected by the rotating member temperature sensor; and
a control temperature setting portion that sets a control temperature of the heater according to the wearing amount.

US Pat. No. 10,310,436

SHEET DISCHARGE DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet discharge device comprising:a discharge roller;
a first roller configured to form a first nip portion by contacting the discharge roller;
a second roller configured to form a second nip portion by contacting the discharge roller on a downstream side of the first roller in a rotation direction of the discharge roller;
an urging unit configured to urge the first roller and the second roller toward the discharge roller;
an adjustment unit configured to adjust a ratio of a pressure of the second nip portion relative to a pressure of the first nip portion in a state in which the first roller and the second roller are kept in contact with the discharge roller by the urging unit; and
a stacking unit on which a sheet is to be stacked,
wherein, in a case where the ratio is adjusted by the adjustment unit to a first ratio, the sheet that passes through the second nip portion is decurled and discharged directly toward the stacking unit at a first discharge angle, and
wherein, in a case where the ratio is adjusted by the adjustment unit to a second ratio that is different from the first ratio, the sheet that passes through the second nip portion is decurled and discharged directly toward the stacking unit at a second discharge angle that is equivalent to the first discharge angle.

US Pat. No. 10,310,439

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printing unit;
a display unit;
a touch sensor;
a human sensor;
a power control unit which performs control, based on a detection result of the human sensor, so that power is supplied to a predetermined device of the printing apparatus without lighting up the display unit;
a display control unit which lights up the display unit based on a detection result of the touch sensor; and
a print control unit which controls, based on a predetermined user operation for a predetermined screen displayed on the display unit, a predetermined device of the printing unit to be driven.

US Pat. No. 10,310,442

FRAME FOR FORMING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE FRAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing method of a frame structure for an image forming apparatus, the frame structure includinga first stay including a first and a second welding surface welded to a frame assembly,
a second stay including a third and a fourth welding surface welded to said frame assembly,
a third stay including a fifth and a sixth welding surface welded to said frame assembly,
at least one supporting portion provided on each of said first stay, said second stay and said third stay and configured to support said frame assembly on an installation surface in contact with said installation surface,
a first opposing surface of said frame assembly opposing said first welding surface and welded with said first welding surface,
a second opposing surface of said frame assembly opposing said second welding surface and welded with said second welding surface,
a third opposing surface of said frame assembly opposing said third welding surface and welded with said third welding surface,
a fourth opposing surface of said frame assembly opposing said fourth welding surface and welded with said fourth opposing surface,
a fifth opposing surface of said frame assembly opposing said fifth welding surface and welded with said fifth welding surface, and
a sixth opposing surface of said frame assembly opposing said sixth welding surface and welded with said sixth opposing surface,
said frame assembly being welded with said first stay, said second stay and said third stay so that said frame assembly supported to said installation surface by a plurality of said supporting portions is not contact with said installation surface, said manufacturing method comprising:
a fixing step of fixing said frame assembly to a jig in a state in which said frame assembly is not contact with said installation surface;
a adjusting step of adjusting a position of said first stay to said frame assembly by moving said first stay in a vertical direction in a state in which said first welding surface contacts said first opposing surface and said second welding surface contacts said second opposing surface, adjusting a position of said second stay to said frame assembly by moving said second stay in the vertical direction in a state in which said third welding surface contacts said third opposing surface and said fourth welding surface contacts said fourth opposing surface, and adjusting a position of said third stay to said frame assembly by moving said third stay in the vertical direction in a state in which said fifth welding surface contacts said fifth opposing surface and said sixth welding surface contacts said sixth opposing surface; and
a welding step of welding said first welding surface to said first opposing surface, welding said second welding surface to said second opposing surface, welding said third welding surface to said third opposing surface, welding said fourth welding surface to said fourth opposing surface, welding said fifth welding surface to said fifth opposing surface, and welding said sixth welding surface to said sixth opposing surface in a state in which said plurality of said supporting portions contact said installation surface and said frame assembly is not contact with said installation surface.

US Pat. No. 10,310,447

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member comprising an electroconductive support and an elastic layer on the support, whereinthe electrophotographic member has convex portions composed of the elastic layer on a surface of the electrophotographic member,
the electrophotographic member has a filled portion containing a resin at a valley portion between the convex portions,
the filled portion has a height lower than heights of the convex portions,
the surface of the electrophotographic member includes
a first region which is a surface of the elastic layer uncovered with the filled portion and
a second region which is a surface of the filled portion, and wherein when
a Martens hardness measured at a surface of the first region is defined as H1, and a Martens hardness measured at a surface of the second region is defined as H2, H1 and H2 satisfy a following relationship: H2>H1.

US Pat. No. 10,310,449

LOUVER ASSEMBLY FOR AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion configured to form an image;
a circuit board provided further on a back side of the image forming apparatus than the image forming portion and on which a circuit component configured to drive the image forming portion is implemented;
an apparatus body configured to accommodate the image forming portion and the circuit board; and
a louver unit through which an inside of the apparatus body communicates with an outside of the apparatus body and which is disposed under the circuit board such that at least a part of the louver unit overlaps with the circuit board when the louver unit is viewed in a vertical direction from underneath, the louver unit comprising a first louver portion and a second louver portion, the first louver portion comprising a plurality of first slat portions arranged with first openings therebetween, the second louver portion comprising a plurality of second slat portions arranged with second openings therebetween,
wherein the apparatus body comprises such a shape that the louver unit and a surface on which the image forming apparatus is installed oppose each other with a space therebetween,
wherein the plurality of second slat portions are disposed under the plurality of first slat portions such that, in a case where the louver unit is viewed in the vertical direction from underneath, the plurality of second slat portions respectively overlap the first openings, and
wherein the first openings and the second openings communicate the inside with the outside of the apparatus body.

US Pat. No. 10,313,535

REMOTE SUPPORT APPARATUS, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, REMOTE SUPPORT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system comprising:a supporting apparatus;
a relay server; and
a printing apparatus,
the supporting apparatus comprising:
a first memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions stored in the first memory device to:
receive a selection of one support type from among a plurality of support types of the printing apparatus including at least a first support type and a second support type, wherein the first support type indicates a remote operation of the printing apparatus, and the second support type indicates a displaying of a maintenance moving image; and
transmit, to the relay server, information indicating the support type of which selection is received,
the printing apparatus comprising:
a second memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions stored in the second memory device to:
get, from the relay server, the information indicating the support type;
display a maintenance moving image on an operation panel of the printing apparatus in a case where the got support type is the second support type indicating the displaying of a maintenance moving image, the displayed maintenance moving image being got from the relay server; and
transmit, to the relay server, an image displayed on the operation panel of the printing apparatus in a case where the got support type is the first support type indicating the remote operation of the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,310,213

LENS CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens control apparatus comprising:a focus detection unit configured to detect an amount of defocus on a basis of a pair of image signals obtained by an imaging element receiving and photoelectrically converting a pair of light rays with parallax that has passed through a shooting optical system including a focus lens;
a control unit configured to control drive of the focus lens on a basis of a focus detection result of the focus detection unit;
a moving subject determination unit configured to determine whether or not a subject is a moving subject; and
a focus determination unit configured to determine whether or not the subject is in focus, on a basis of the amount of defocus, wherein
in a first mode where the control unit performs control in such a manner as to drive the focus lens on a basis of a preset drive speed, upon the moving subject determination unit having determined that the subject is a moving subject, when the focus determination unit determines that the subject is in focus, a transition is made to a second mode where a drive speed of the focus lens is variably controlled on the basis of the amount of defocus.

US Pat. No. 10,313,544

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus having a sensor including a plurality of elements and each of the plurality of elements outputs temperature data, the image forming apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
memory, wherein one or more programs are stored in the memory and configured to be executed by the one or more processors, the one or more programs including:
instruction for identifying elements that output temperature data which is higher than a reference temperature among the plurality of elements;
instruction for identifying a heat source region where the number of elements is largest from among a plurality of heat source regions formed by the identified elements;
instruction for determining one or more feature parameters of the identified largest heat source region; and
instruction for shifting a power state of the image forming apparatus based on the one or more the determined feature parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,313,547

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, DATA PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising:
reading out data of a first area of image data to be subjected to image processing from an external memory, sequentially interpreting a plurality of commands included in a command list obtained from the external memory, and transmitting the data of the first area to an image processing circuit according to the command; and
receiving data obtained by performing the image processing on the data of the first area from the image processing circuit and writing the received data in the external memory according to the command,
wherein, based on a control signal indicating that data of a second area following to the data of the first area can be read out from the external memory,
reading out data comprises controlling readout of a following command to a command indicating suspension from the external memory and continuation, suspension, or restart of transmission of the data of the second area, and
based on a control signal indicating that the data of the second area following to the data of the first area can be read out from the external memory,
receiving data comprises controlling, in a case that the command indicating suspension is received, continuation, suspension, or restart of writing of the data of the second area to the external memory.

US Pat. No. 10,313,554

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF DISPLAYING DOCUMENT THUMBNAIL IMAGE, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a storage that is able to store a first document, a first thumbnail image of a top page of the first document, a second document, and a second thumbnail image of a top page of the second document;
a user interface that receives a merge instruction for merging the first document and the second document; and
a controller that performs output process of
outputting a third document obtained by merging, in accordance with the merge instruction, the first document and the second document stored in the storage;
wherein the first document, the first thumbnail image, the second document, and the second thumbnail image remain after merging the first document and the second document, and
wherein, in accordance with the merge instruction, the controller determines a top thumbnail image of a top document in the first document and the second document
as a thumbnail image of the third document without generating a third thumbnail image of the third document.

US Pat. No. 10,313,580

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:a touch detection unit configured to detect a touch operation on an operation surface, the operation surface including a first region, a third region adjacent to the first region, and a second region adjacent to the third region; and
a control unit configured to perform, when a touch position is moved in the first region, control to move a mark, which is displayed on a display unit different from the operation surface, based on a first component and a second component of movement of the touch position,
wherein the control unit performs control not to move the mark displayed on the display unit when the touch position is moved in the second region of the operation surface, and
wherein the control unit performs control not to move the mark displayed on the display unit based on at least one of the first component and the second component of movement of the touch position when the touch position is moved in the third region.

US Pat. No. 10,308,458

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a feeding portion configured to feed a sheet;
an image forming portion configured to form an image to be transferred on the sheet fed by the feeding portion;
a transferring portion configured to transfer the image formed by the image forming portion on the sheet;
a conveying portion configured to stop the sheet fed by the feeding portion at a predetermined position and to convey the sheet to the transferring portion so that the image formed by the image forming portion is transferred to the sheet;
a type discriminating portion configured to discriminate a type of the sheet to be fed; and
a controlling portion configured to control the feeding portion,
wherein the controlling portion changes a sheet feeding start timing at which the feeding portion starts to feed the sheet to the conveying portion based on the type of the sheet discriminated by the type discriminating portion, whereby a time period in which the sheet is being stopped by the conveying portion is changed based on the type of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,306,453

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method for a communication apparatus capable of establishing a first wireless connection based on a predetermined communication standard with a first apparatus and a second wireless connection based on the predetermined communication standard with a second apparatus, wherein the communication apparatus is able to establish the first wireless connection and the second wireless connection concurrently in a case where a communication channel used for the first wireless connection is the same as a communication channel used for the second wireless connection, the control method comprising:executing first search processing at a first interval more than once in a case where the second wireless connection is disconnected in a state in which the first wireless connection and the second wireless connection are established concurrently, wherein the first search processing is a search for the second apparatus by using a plurality of communication channels, and executing second search processing at a second interval shorter than the first interval more than once in a case where the second wireless connection is disconnected in a state in which the first wireless connection and the second wireless connection are not established concurrently, wherein the second search processing is a search for the second apparatus by using a plurality of communication channels; and
establishing the second wireless connection in a case where the second apparatus capable of being wirelessly connected to the communication apparatus is discovered by one of the first search processing and the second search processing.

US Pat. No. 10,289,038

FIXING DEVICE HAVING A SEPARATING MEMBER THAT SEPARATES A RECORDING MATERIAL FROM A CYLINDRICAL FILM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:a cylindrical film;
a nip forming member configured to form a nip between itself and said film when in contact with an outer surface of said film;
a preventing member provided in a position opposing an end portion of said film with respect to a generatrix direction of said film and configured to prevent movement of said film in the generatrix direction;
a frame; and
a separating member configured to separate, from said film, a recording material discharged from the nip, said separating member being rotatable relative to said preventing member at a first portion thereof, and being slidable relative to said frame at a second portion thereof, said second portion of said separating member being in a position that is more remote from a surface of said film than is said first portion, and a sliding direction of said separating member crossing a plane of the nip,
wherein said fixing device fixes, at the nip, a toner image on the recording material while nipping and feeding the recording material on which the toner image is formed.

US Pat. No. 10,234,787

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A CONTROLLER THAT CONTROLS A FIXING CONDITION IN RESPONSE TO A SELECTED LEVEL OF CREASE OR FINISH OF AN ENVELOPE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming station configured to form a toner image on a recording material;
a fixing portion configured to fix the toner image formed by said image forming station on the recording material;
a selector configured to select a correction level for correcting a crease of an envelope, by an operator; and
a controller configured to control a fixing condition in response to the correction level selected on said selector.

US Pat. No. 10,230,858

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:a reader configured to read an image of a document set on a document platen;
a document forgetting detection unit configured to execute a detection process for detecting whether the document has been forgotten on the document platen;
a setting unit configured to set a first function related to reading process of a plurality of pages or a second function related to reading process of a single page; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where the first function related to reading process of a plurality of pages is set, cause the document forgetting detection unit to perform a first detection process in which the detection process is not executed on at least a page other than a last page of the document and is executed on the last page of the document, and, in a case where the second function related to reading process of a single page is set, cause the document forgetting detection unit to perform a second detection process in which the detection process is executed on the read single page,
wherein the document forgetting detection unit, the setting unit, and the control unit are implemented by at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 10,209,929

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

5. An image forming apparatus comprising:a sheet support portion configured to support a sheet;
a size detection portion configured to detect a size of the sheet supported by the sheet support portion;
an image forming portion configured to form an image on the sheet fed from the sheet support portion;
a storage portion configured to store information of a sheet size and a sheet orientation of the sheet supported on the sheet support portion, and information indicating whether an input-free setting that allows to omit an input of the sheet size and the sheet orientation is enabled or disabled; and
a controller comprising a processor and configured to execute, in a case where an image forming job is inputted, one of a plurality of modes including a first mode and a second mode,
wherein the first mode is a mode in which an image is formed on the sheet by the image forming portion only if a sheet size included in the image forming job is consistent with the sheet size stored in the storage portion, and the second mode is a mode in which an image is formed by the image forming portion even if the sheet size included in the image forming job is inconsistent with the sheet size stored in the storage portion, and
wherein in a case where the controller executes the second mode with the input-free setting enabled, the controller is configured to execute an operation by which an orientation of an image to be formed on the sheet by the image forming portion is changed depending on the size of the sheet detected by the size detection portion.

US Pat. No. 10,209,943

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control apparatus for controlling a multi-projection by a plurality of projection units, the display control apparatus comprising:an obtaining unit for obtaining an overlap value relating to a width by which a first region image of a whole image and a second region image of the whole image are to be overlapped;
a determining unit for determining whether a width of a projection overlap region in which a first projection image projected by a first projection unit based on the first region image and a second projection image projected by a second projection unit based on the second region image are overlapped is larger than the width according to the overlap value obtained by the obtaining unit; and
a control unit for:
executing, in a case where the determining unit determines that the width of the projection overlap region in which the first projection image projected by the first projection unit and the second projection image projected by the second projection unit are overlapped is larger than the width according to the overlap value obtained by the obtaining unit, first setting processing including distortion correction processing for the first and second projection units such that the width of the projection overlap region in which the first projection image projected by the first projection unit and the second projection image projected by the second projection unit is equal to the width according to the overlap value obtained by the obtaining unit; and
executing, in a case where the determining unit determines that the width of the projection overlap region in which the first projection image projected by the first projection unit and the second projection image projected by the second projection unit are overlapped is not larger than the width according to the overlap value obtained by the obtaining unit, second setting processing including reducing processing for reducing a spatial size of a multi-projection image relative to the case where the first setting processing is executed and distortion processing for the first and second projection units,
wherein an aspect ratio of the whole image is equal to an aspect ratio of a multi-projection image according to the first setting processing and an aspect ratio of a multi-projection image according to the second setting processing.

US Pat. No. 10,209,945

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that transmits image data to be displayed in a display unit to a display control apparatus, the information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor;
a communication interface;
wherein the at least one processor functions as a transmission control unit and a detection unit, wherein
the transmission control unit performs control such that the image data to be displayed is transmitted to the display control apparatus via the communication interface; and
the detection unit detects an operation performed on the information processing apparatus,
wherein in a case where the detection unit detects a predetermined operation for changing a display appearance of the image data to be displayed, the transmission control unit performs control such that information of an amount of change resulting from the predetermined operation is transmitted before transmission of the image data to be displayed, to the display control apparatus via the communication interface, and
wherein the information of the amount of change which the display control apparatus uses to process the image data to be displayed that is received from the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,209,207

X-RAY TALBOT INTERFEROMETER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray Talbot interferometer comprising:a source grating having a plurality of X-ray transmitting portions to transmit some X-rays from an X-ray source;
a beam splitter grating configured to diffract the X-rays from the X-ray transmitting portions with a periodic structure to form interference patterns;
an analyzer grating configured to block parts of the interference patterns; and
a detector configured to detect X-rays from the analyzer grating,
wherein the beam splitter grating forms the interference patterns corresponding to the respective X-ray transmitting portions by diffracting X-rays from each of the X-ray transmitting portions with the periodic structure;
the X-ray transmitting portions are arranged to form a periodic pattern in which specific spatial frequency components are enhanced by superimposing the interference patterns corresponding to the respective X-ray transmitting portions;
the specific spatial frequency components are spatial frequency components contained in a sideband produced when spatial frequency components specific to the interference patterns are modulated by an object; and
when no object is placed between the source grating and the analyzer grating, the periodic pattern is is substantially the same as a grating pattern of the analyzer grating in a positional relationship over an entire imaging field.

US Pat. No. 10,209,980

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus in which firmware update is allowed, the image forming apparatus comprising: one or more storage devices; a display; andone or more processors configured to:
update firmware including plural firmware programs in the image forming apparatus,
receive an instruction to update the firmware in the image forming apparatus, execute the instruction to acquire a firmware type indicator corresponding to the firmware version wherein the firmware type indicator indicating whether the firmware of the firmware version: has the security specification configuration of the firmware in the image forming apparatus, wherein the firmware version information includes the firmware type indicator which indicates that the firmware has a security specification configuration,
identify an authority of an operator of the image forming apparatus, and prevent altering the firmware by updating at least one of the plural firmware programs in the firmware in the image forming apparatus in a case where the firmware, including the plural firmware programs, installed in the image forming apparatus is firmware of a security version which is verified as firmware complying with a predetermined security standard and the authority of the operator of the image forming apparatus is not verified as a predetermined authority,
wherein the firmware of the security version complying with the predetermined security standard is updated in accordance with an update instruction, only in a case where the update instruction is verified as the instruction associated with a predetermined authorized input by the operator,
wherein it is identified whether firmware has the security specification configuration based on the firmware version information including a firmware type indicator indicating whether the firmware has the security specification configuration on the firmware installed in the image forming apparatus,
and wherein the processor controls the display for a user who is not authenticated as IT manager to allow displaying version information of the firmware as IT manager in a case where the firmware type indicator corresponding to the firmware version does not indicate that the firmware has the security specification configuration and controls the display for a user who is not authenticated as IT manager not to display version information of the firmware in a case where the firmware type indicator corresponding to the firmware version indicates that the firmware has the security specification configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,208,244

ORGANIC COMPOUND, ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT CONTAINING THE SAME, OPTICAL FILTER, LENS UNIT, IMAGING DEVICE, AND WINDOW MATERIAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic compound represented by the following general formula (1)
wherein in the general formula (1), R11 to R15 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an unsubstituted or a substituted alkyl group, an unsubstituted or a substituted alkoxy group, an unsubstituted or substituted aryl group, an unsubstituted or a substituted aryloxy group, an unsubstituted or a substituted aralkyl group, an acyl group, or a halogen atom, provided that at least one of R11, R13, and R15 represents the unsubstituted or the substituted alkoxy group or the unsubstituted or the substituted aryloxy group; and R11 to R15 may form a ring structure by bonding therebetween,
R5 and R6 each independently represent an unsubstituted or a substituted alkyl group, an unsubstituted or a substituted aryl group, or an unsubstituted or a substituted aralkyl group, and
R21 to R24 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an unsubstituted or a substituted alkyl group, an unsubstituted or a substituted alkoxy group, an unsubstituted or a substituted aryl group, an unsubstituted or a substituted aryloxy group, an unsubstituted or a substituted aralkyl group, an acyl group, or a halogen atom and may form a ring structure by bonding therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,202,249

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding device for feeding a sheet, the sheet feeding device comprising:a stacking unit configured to stack sheets on the stacking unit;
a feeding unit configured to feed the sheets stacked on the stacking unit;
a conveyance rotating member configured to convey the sheets, and which is disposed on a downstream side of the feeding unit in a sheet conveyance direction;
a separation unit configured to separate the sheets fed from the feeding unit one by one, and which is disposed to contact the conveyance rotating member;
a holding unit configured to hold the feeding unit and the conveyance rotating member, and which is disposed to be rotatable;
a swinging member configured to guide the sheets, and which is swingably disposed on the holding unit; and
a guiding unit configured to guide the sheets, and which is disposed on a lower side of the swinging member to contact the swinging member,
wherein a first contact portion, that is a contact portion of the swinging member and the guiding unit, is disposed on an upstream side of a second contact portion, that is a contact portion of the conveyance rotating member and the separation unit, in the sheet conveyance direction,
wherein a swinging shaft of the swinging member is disposed on an upstream side of the first contact portion in the sheet conveyance direction, and
wherein the first contact portion and the second contact portion are arranged to overlap with each other in the sheet conveyance direction.

US Pat. No. 10,189,249

RECORDING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording element substrate comprising:a recording module including a plurality of recording elements and first logic circuits corresponding to the plurality of recording elements;
a memory module including a plurality of memory elements and second logic circuits corresponding to the plurality of memory elements;
a signal supply circuit configured to supply a signal for controlling the recording elements and a signal for controlling the memory elements; and
a common line configured to connect the signal supply circuit to the plurality of first logic circuits and the plurality of second logic circuits in common,
wherein the recording elements are arranged along an extending direction in which the common line extends, and the memory modules are disposed between the common line and the recording elements.

US Pat. No. 10,189,250

PRINTHEAD, ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printhead comprising:a plurality of element substrates that each include a first element substrate adjacent to a second element substrate in a first direction,
wherein a planar shape of each of the first element substrate and the second element substrate is quadrilateral that has a first side and a second side along the first direction,
wherein the quadrilateral of the first element substrate has a first element substrate oblique side close to the second element substrate, the first element substrate oblique side obliquely intersecting with both of the first side and the second side of the first element substrate,
wherein the quadrilateral of the second element substrate has a second element substrate oblique side close to the first element substrate side, the second element substrate oblique side obliquely intersecting with both of the first side and the second side of the second element,
wherein the first element substrate and the second element substrate each have a print element array in which a plurality of print elements are arrayed in the first direction, and each have a plurality of driving circuits that respectively correspond to the plurality of print elements, each corresponding print element and driving circuit being arranged in a second direction that intersects with both of the first direction and a third direction along the first element substrate oblique side and along the second element substrate oblique side, and each of the plurality of driving circuits being arranged on either a side of the first side or a side of the second side with respect to a print element corresponding to a driving circuit,
wherein a first print element array arranged in the first element substrate includes a first print element that is closest to the second element substrate in the first direction, and a second print element array arranged in the second element substrate includes a second print element that is closest to the first element substrate in the first direction, and
wherein an order of arrangement in the second direction of at least the first print element and a first driving circuit corresponding to the first print element is opposite to an order of arrangement in the second direction of the second print element and a second driving circuit corresponding to the second print element.

US Pat. No. 10,191,394

DISTORTION DETECTION METHOD, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, EXPOSURE METHOD, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for obtaining a plurality of types of distortion components relating to a shot region of a substrate, implemented by a control unit included in an exposure apparatus configured to expose the substrate with light, the method comprising:obtaining, by the control unit, a first formula that expresses a shape of a substrate based on information about a warping shape of the substrate in a state where the substrate is not yet held by a chuck configured to hold the substrate and included in the exposure apparatus;
converting, by the control unit, the first formula into a second formula that expresses positional deviation amounts at a plurality of positions on a surface of the substrate held by the chuck;
calculating, by the control unit, the positional deviation amounts by using the second formula; and
obtaining, by the control unit, a plurality of types of distortion components relating to a shot region of the substrate, held by the chuck, based on the calculated positional deviation amounts,
wherein the chuck is held by a moving unit configured to be movable and included in the exposure apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,191,403

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a plurality of photosensitive members;
a light scanning apparatus configured to emit light beams scanning on surfaces of the plurality of photosensitive members, respectively, to form electrostatic latent images on the surfaces of the plurality of photosensitive members;
a plurality of developing devices configured to develop the electrostatic latent images formed on the surfaces of the plurality of photosensitive members with developers having respective colors to form a plurality of toner images;
an intermediate transfer member on which the plurality of toner images developed by the plurality of developing devices are transferred;
a pattern detector configured to detect a registration correction pattern included in the toner images transferred onto the intermediate transfer member; and
a controller configured to correct a color misregistration between toner images having respective colors on the intermediate transfer member, based on a detection result of the pattern detector,
wherein the light scanning apparatus includes:
a light source configured to emit the light beams;
a rotary polygon mirror configured to deflect the light beams emitted from the light source so that the light beams scan on the surfaces of the plurality of photosensitive members, respectively, to form the electrostatic latent images;
a motor configured to rotate the rotary polygon mirror;
a first pulse generation unit configured to generate a first pulse in synchronization with a rotation speed of the motor;
a second pulse generation unit configured to generate a second pulse by receiving a light beam deflected by the rotary polygon mirror;
a drive circuit board, to which the light source is attached, configured to drive the light source according to image data;
a housing configured to hold the polygon mirror and the motor therein; and
a temperature detector, disposed on the drive circuit board provided outside of the housing, configured to detect a temperature of the drive circuit board, and
wherein the controller
starts rotation of the rotary polygon mirror when a predetermined condition is satisfied in a state in which the rotary polygon mirror is stopped, and rotates the rotary polygon mirror at a predetermined rotation speed based on the first pulse in a first state in which the light beams are not emitted from the light source,
thereafter, starts emission of the light beams from the light source, switches a rotation control based on the first pulse to a rotation control based on the second pulse, and rotates the rotary polygon mirror at the predetermined rotation speed based on the second pulse in a second state in which the light beams are emitted from the light source, and
thereafter, detects a temperature of the drive circuit board by the temperature detector in response to input of an image formation start signal for starting image formation, and corrects color misregistration using a detected temperature of the temperature detector and the detection result of the pattern detector.

US Pat. No. 10,191,406

ROTATABLE MEMBER AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE ROTATABLE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A rotatable member for use with a rotatable driving member provided in a process cartridge or an electrophotographic image forming apparatus, said rotatable member comprising:a hollow cylindrical rotation shaft engageable with the rotatable driving member,
wherein said rotation shaft includes a seam extending from one end to the other end thereof in an axial direction thereof,
wherein said rotation shaft includes a transmitting surface engaging with the driving member and configured to receive a driving force for rotating said rotation shaft about the axial direction, and
wherein said transmitting surface is twisted or inclined with respect to the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,191,410

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device for use with an image forming apparatus, comprising:a developer carrying member being rotatable and configured to carry a developer for developing a latent image;
a supplying member, for supplying the developer to said developer carrying member, configured to be rotatable and to form a nip in contact with said developer carrying member;
an accommodating portion, provided below said supplying member in a state the developing device is mounted on the image forming apparatus for use, for accommodating the developer to be supplied from said supplying member to said developer carrying member;
a feeding member, provided in said accommodating portion, for feeding the developer accommodated in said accommodating portion to said supplying member;
a rotatable member, provided above said feeding member and located at a downstream side of the nip with respect to a rotational direction of said supplying member, for moving the developer toward the nip; and
a retaining portion for retaining the developer supplied to said supplying member,
wherein said supplying member rotates so that a surface thereof moves downward at the nip, and
wherein said rotatable member opposes said supplying member and is disposed in said retaining portion provided below the nip.

US Pat. No. 10,191,412

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM HAVING PUMP OPERATED DEVELOPER DISCHARGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container comprising:a developer accommodating portion configured to accommodate developer;
a discharge opening provided in the developer accommodating portion and configured to permit discharging of the developer in the developer accommodating portion;
a driving force receiving portion configured and positioned to receive a driving force; and
a pump portion configured and positioned to act on the developer accommodating portion by the driving force received by the driving force receiving portion,
wherein the pump portion is configured to alternately change an internal pressure of the developer accommodating portion between a pressure lower than ambient pressure and a pressure higher than the ambient pressure to supply the developer along with air out of the developer accommodating portion through the discharge opening, which has an area of not more than 12.6 mm2.

US Pat. No. 10,191,192

LIGHT AMOUNT ADJUSTING DEVICE, LENS BARREL, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light amount adjusting device that adjusts an amount of light passing through an aperture, the light amount adjusting device comprising:a first filter, including a transparent area and a non-transparent area, configured to move between a retracted position and an in-use position in an area including an area facing the aperture,
wherein a width of the non-transparent area is narrower than an opening diameter of the aperture; and
a second filter, including a transparent area and a non-transparent area, configured to move between a retracted position and an in-use position in an area including the area facing the aperture,
wherein, if the first filter and the second filter are in the retracted positions, the transparent area of the first filter and the transparent area of the second filter overlap in a position facing an entire area of the aperture,
wherein, if the first filter and the second filter are in the in-use positions, the transparent area of the first filter and the non-transparent area of the second filter overlap in a position facing the aperture, and the non-transparent area of the first filter and the transparent area of the second filter overlap in a position facing the aperture,
wherein the non-transparent area includes a uniform density area in which an optical density is substantially uniform, and a gradation area that is arranged between the transparent area and the uniform density area and includes an area in which an optical density continuously changes from the transparent area to the uniform density area, and
wherein, if the first filter and the second filter are in the in-use positions, the transparent area of the first filter and the uniform density area of the second filter overlap in a position facing the aperture, the uniform density area of the first filter and the transparent area of the second filter overlap in a position facing the aperture, and the gradation area of the first filter and the gradation area of the second filter overlap in a position facing the aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,183,820

SHEET STORAGE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet storage apparatus comprising:a sheet storage portion configured to store a sheet; and
a regulating member provided movably in the sheet storage portion and comprising a first regulating surface configured to abut against a sheet stored in the sheet storage portion and a second regulating surface configured to abut against a sheet stored in the sheet storage portion, the regulating member being movable to
(i) a first regulating position on which the first regulating surface is orthogonal to a first direction, and abuts against and regulates end portions, in the first direction, of a plurality of first sheets each having a first size in a case where the plurality of first sheets are stored in the sheet storage portion,
(ii) a second regulating position on which the first regulating surface is parallel with the first direction, and abuts against and regulates end portions, in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, of a plurality of second sheets each having a second size different from the first size in a case where the plurality of second sheets are stored in the sheet storage portion, and
(iii) a third regulating position on which the second regulating surface is orthogonal to the first direction and regulates end portions in the first direction, of a plurality of third sheets each having a third size, the third sheet having a different length in the first direction from the first sheet and the second sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,183,828

SHEET DISCHARGE DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet discharge device comprising:a conveying portion which includes a first roller contacting a first surface of a sheet and a second roller contacting a second surface of the sheet and which conveys the sheet in a conveying direction with the sheet nipped between the first roller and the second roller;
a first conveying guide which is provided upstream of the conveying portion in the conveying direction to guide the first surface of the sheet;
a second conveying guide which is provided to face the first conveying guide to guide the second surface of the sheet;
a rotating portion which is disposed on a shaft of the first roller and has an outer diameter larger than that of the first roller; and
a guide portion which is provided in the first conveying guide and in which an interval between the guide portion and the second conveying guide becomes narrower toward a downstream side in the conveying direction, the guide portion being located at a position corresponding to the rotating portion in a sheet width direction orthogonal to the conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 10,183,829

SHEET STACKING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet stacking apparatus comprising:a discharging portion comprising a nip portion nipping and conveying a sheet, and configured to discharge the sheet;
a stacking portion on which the sheet discharged by the discharging portion is stacked;
an air blowing unit configured to blow air toward a lower face of the sheet being nipped by the nip portion; and
a control portion configured to execute a first mode in a case where a length of the sheet to be discharged by the discharging portion in a sheet discharging direction is a first length and a second mode in a case where a length of the sheet to be discharged by the discharging portion in the sheet discharging direction is a second length longer than the first length, the first mode being a mode where the air blowing unit does not change a volume of the air to the sheet while the nip portion of the discharging portion is nipping and conveying the sheet, and the second mode being a mode where the air blowing unit changes the volume of the air from a first air volume to a second air volume which is smaller than the first air volume while the nip portion of the discharging portion is nipping and conveying the sheet.

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. 10,183,397

ROBOT DEVICE, ROBOT CONTROL METHOD, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A robot device comprising:a manipulator having:
a first link linked to a base by a first bendable portion; and
a pair of first actuators, each of the first actuators situated on respective sides of the first link so as to cause the first bendable portion to bend, and each of the pair of first actuators including a parallel type variable stiffness actuator; and
a control unit configured to drive the pair of first actuators to thereby bend the first bendable portion to a target angle,
wherein the control unit is further configured to, in a case the target angle is updated, drive the pair of first actuators in a non-antagonistic driving mode, and thereafter switch to drive the pair of first actuators in an antagonistic drive mode, the antagonistic driving mode being a driving mode in which both of the first actuators generate tensile forces, and the non-antagonistic driving mode being a driving mode in which one of the first actuators generates a tensile force and the other one of the first actuators generates a pushing force, and
wherein the control unit gradually switches from the non-antagonistic driving mode to the antagonistic driving mode.

US Pat. No. 10,180,641

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONTROLLING CONDITIONS OF APPLIED BIAS BASED ON TEST IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member configured to carry a toner image;
a toner image forming device configured to form a toner image on said image bearing member;
a transferring device configured to transfer the toner image from said image bearing member onto a recording material at a transfer portion;
a transfer bias applying device configured to apply a leading end bias to the transferring device when a leading end side area of the recording material with respect to a feeding direction of the recording material is passing through the transfer portion and apply a central bias to the transferring device when a central area of the recording material with respect to the feeding direction is passing through the transfer portion;
a fixing device configured to fix the toner image transferred onto the recording material on the recording material;
a sensor configured to detect light projected to and reflected by the toner image fixed on the recording material by said fixing device; and
a controller configured to control the leading end bias and the central bias so that the leading bias is lower than the central bias,
wherein said controller sets a condition of the leading end bias on the basis of a detection result of said sensor from a first test image formed by the toner image forming device, and sets a condition of the central bias on the basis of a detection result of said sensor from a second test image formed by the toner image forming device, and
wherein a toner deposition amount per unit area of the first test image is less than that of the second test image.

US Pat. No. 10,180,643

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER BELT, SECONDARY TRANSFER MEMBER THAT CONTACTS OUTER SURFACE OF INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER BELT, OPPOSED MEMBER OPPOSED TO SECONDARY TRANSFER MEMBER VIA INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER BELT, CONTACT MEMBER THAT CONTACT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image carrier configured to carry toner images;
an electrically conductive intermediate transfer belt movable in an endless manner to which toner images are primarily transferred from the image carrier;
a secondary transfer member that contacts with an outer circumferential surface of the intermediate transfer belt, configured to secondarily transfer the toner images from the intermediate transfer belt to recording materials;
an opposed member that is opposed to the secondary transfer member via the intermediate transfer belt;
at least one contact member being in contact with an inner circumferential surface of the intermediate transfer belt;
a constant-voltage element connected to the opposed member and the at least one contact member, the opposed member and the at least one contact member being grounded via the constant-voltage element; and
a transfer power source configured to apply a voltage to the secondary transfer member, the transfer power source applies the voltage so as to perform a secondary transfer that transfers the toner images from the intermediate transfer belt to the recording materials,
wherein the toner images on the image carrier is primarily transferred to the intermediate transfer belt by the transfer power source and the at least one contact member in which an electric potential is formed by the constant-voltage element.

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. 10,175,597

LIQUID DEVELOPER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid developer comprising:a carrier liquid;
a toner particle that is insoluble in the carrier liquid;
a compound with formula (1)

where R1 and R2 each independently represent an alkyl group having 13 to 23 carbons; and
a polymer compound that has a structural unit with formula (2)

where R3 to R6 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group; A represents any of a single bond, carbonyl group, alkylene group, arylene group, or —COOR9— (where the carbonyl group in —COOR9— is bonded to a carbon atom to which R3 is bonded and R9 represents an alkylene having 1 to 4 carbons); and B represents an alkylene group or an arylene group, wherein
the content ratio on a molar basis of the compound with formula (1) to the polymer compound having the structural unit with formula (2) is 5:1 to 35:1.

US Pat. No. 10,175,599

ROTATING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A rotating member used in an image forming apparatus or in a process cartridge mountable to a main body of the image forming apparatus, the rotating member comprising:a cylindrical rotating shaft, the shaft including a first end portion in a circumferential direction thereof and a second end portion opposite to the first end portion in the circumferential direction,
wherein the first end portion and the second end portion face each other and extend in a direction along a rotational axis of the shaft,
wherein the first end portion has a projection which projects in a direction approaching the second end portion in the circumferential direction of the shaft and which includes convex round corners, and the second end portion has a recess which is recessed in a direction away from the first end portion in the circumferential direction of the shaft and which includes concave round corners,
wherein the projection of the first end portion engages with the recess of the second end portion so that at least a part of an edge of the projection contacts with at least a part of an edge of the recess and so that each of the convex round corners of the projection faces each of the concave round corners of the recess with a gap therebetween, and
wherein each of the convex round corners has a radius of curvature larger than that of each of the concave round corners so as to form the gap.

US Pat. No. 10,168,967

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing method executed by an image forming apparatus including a display for displaying an operation screen and a memory for storing a personal setting value, of a predetermined setting item, in association with a user and a common setting value, of the predetermined setting item, being used in common by the first and second users, the method comprising:setting, in accordance with an operation performed by an administrator, to use a personal setting value for the user or to use the common setting value;
performing login processing to allow a user to log in to the image forming apparatus;
reading the personal setting value from the memory and displaying an operation screen based on the read personal setting value in a case where the user logs in to the image forming apparatus in a state where it is set to use the personal setting value, and
reading the common setting value from the memory and displaying an operation screen based on the read common setting value in a case where the user logs in to the image forming apparatus in a state where it is set to use the common setting value;
wherein a value of a display language included in the personal setting value is reflected on the operation screen in a case where the personal setting value is read, and, after that, a value of a display language included in the common setting value is reflected on the operation screen in response to receiving a logout instruction from the user.

US Pat. No. 10,162,304

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:a photosensitive drum configured to carry an electrostatic latent image;
a developing roller configured to develop the electrostatic latent image;
a drum frame for supporting the photosensitive drum;
a developing frame for supporting the developing roller, wherein the developing frame is rotatably supported by the drum frame about an rotational axis, and wherein the developing frame is movable, relative to the drum frame, between a contact position in which the developing roller is contact with the photosensitive drum and a spaced-apart position in which the developing roller is spaced apart from the photosensitive drum;
a force receiving member having an end and an urged portion, the force receiving member being configured to move between a regulating position and an operative position, wherein the end is closer to the rotational axis when the force receiving member is in the regulating position than when the force receiving member is in the operative position,
an urging member including a first portion contacting with and urging the urged portion of the force receiving member, a second portion, and an elastic portion disposed between the first portion and the second portion,
wherein, when a force is applied to the end of the force receiving member when the force receiving member is in the operative position, the developing frame is moved such that the developing roller is spaced apart from the photosensitive drum, and
wherein the elastic portion is elastically deformable when the force receiving member is in the regulating position.

US Pat. No. 10,165,151

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
store in a storage unit, as user information of a user capable of logging into the information processing apparatus, first user information of a first user having particular authority and second user information of a second user having no particular authority,
wherein the particular authority is an authority to change particular settings of the information processing apparatus;
display a user selection screen on which at least a login instruction button for the second user is displayed and a login instruction button for the first user is not displayed; and
perform a login process that, according to selection of the login instruction button for the second user, enables the second user to log into the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,165,163

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING MECHANISM FOR ATTACHING AND DETACHING TRANSPARENT COVER, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a holding mechanism that holds a cover member which is transparent and has a curved surface, the cover member comprising a first portion having a constant curvature and a second portion formed continuously with the first portion and including a curved surface different in curvature from the first portion or a flat surface that is not curved;
an image pickup unit, including a photographing lens and an image pickup device, that is arranged inside the cover member held by said holding mechanism, wherein a tilt position of the photographing lens is capable of being changed by a tilt mechanism; and
an image processing circuit that inputs an image signal outputted from the image pickup device after capturing the image signal and performs, on the inputted image signal, image processing for correcting image quality of the inputted image signal, according to the tilt position of the photographing lens changed by the tilt mechanism;
wherein the image processing for correcting image quality of the inputted image signal includes at least one of respective corrections of sharpness, gamma, saturation, aberration, and noise reduction,
wherein the image processing performed on the inputted image signal varies based on the tilt position of the photographing lens,
wherein an amount of image processing performed on the inputted image signal is based on an angle of the photographing lens corresponding to the tilt position, and
wherein in a case where the cover member is attached to said holding mechanism, the image processing circuit performs the image processing for correcting the image quality of the inputted image signal such that the amount of image processing for correcting the image quality is larger when an angle of view of the photographing lens is within a range extending over the first portion and the second portion or within a range of the second portion than when the angle of view of the photographing lens is within a range of the first portion of the cover member.

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. 10,148,843

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprisinga memory that stores a program; and
at least one processor that executes the program to cause the communication apparatus to function as:
a communication unit configured to communicate with a recording apparatus having storage medium and capable of accepting an operation on the content data stored in the storage medium via communication;
a registration unit configured to register a predetermined recording apparatus; and
a control unit configured to perform control for receiving the content data stored in the storage medium, and to control predetermined processing for causing the recording apparatus to delete the content data stored in the storage medium,
wherein the control unit, in a case where the recording apparatus is the predetermined recording apparatus registered by the registration unit, performs control so as to perform the predetermined processing for causing the content data stored in the storage medium to be deleted, and in a case where the recording apparatus is not the predetermined recording apparatus registered by the registration unit, performs control so as to not perform the predetermined processing for causing the content data stored in the storage medium to be deleted.

US Pat. No. 10,146,112

PROJECTING TYPE IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS INCLUDING LIGHT SOURCE CONTROL UNIT AND COOLING CONTROL UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:a light source:
a light source control unit configured to control electric power to be supplied to the light source:
a cooling control unit configured to control electric power to be supplied to a light source cooling unit to control a cooling performance of the light source cooling unit;
an image display device; and
an illumination optical system configured to guide light from the light source to the image display device,
wherein when the light source control unit turns off the light source, the light source control unit is configured to firstly lower electric power to be supplied to the light source to a predetermined electric power that is lower than normal electric power to be supplied when the light source is on, and then to cut off the electric power to be supplied to the light source, and
wherein when the light source control unit turns off the light source, the cooling control unit makes cooling performance of the light source cooling unit higher than the cooling performance when the normal electric power is supplied to the light source,
wherein after the light source control unit lowers the electric power to be supplied to the light source to the predetermined electric power, an interval of one second or more is provided until the cooling control unit cuts off the electric power to be supplied to the light source cooling unit, and
wherein an interval of one second or more is provided until the light source control unit cuts off the electric power to be supplied to the light source, after the cooling control unit cuts off the electric power to be supplied to the light source cooling unit.
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. 10,136,811

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. 10,142,510

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for controlling an apparatus having a processor and a memory configured to implement the functions of a first wireless communication portion configured to execute first wireless communication by a first wireless communication method, and a second wireless communication portion configured to execute second wireless communication by a second wireless communication method having a communication range broader than that of the first wireless communication method, the method comprising:a display control step causing a display device to display a predetermined screen in which printing is instructed by a user, in a first case where the first wireless communication portion performs the first wireless communication with a printer and a predetermined condition is satisfied in the first wireless communication, and causing the display device to not display the predetermined screen, in a second case where the first communication portion performs the first wireless communication with the printer and the predetermined condition is not satisfied in the first wireless communication, and
a transmitting step transmitting data to be printed by the printer, to the printer, using the second wireless communication which is established based on the first wireless communication,
wherein, the data is transmitted in the transmitting step in the first case, in accordance with an instruction by the user to the display device displaying the predetermined screen in the display control step, and
wherein the data is transmitted in the transmitting step in the second case, even if the instruction by the user is not performed on the display device.

US Pat. No. 10,142,558

ADAPTOR AND CAMERA SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An adaptor attachable between an interchangeable lens and a camera main body, the interchangeable lens including a first light amount adjustment stop capable of changing a passing area of image pickup light, the camera main body including an image pickup element, the adaptor comprising:a second light amount adjustment stop capable of changing transmittance of the image pickup light by using a change in a physical property; and
a controller configured to control the second light amount adjustment stop, wherein
in a moving image pickup mode, the controller controls the transmittance in the second light amount adjustment stop depending on an operating amount of an operation unit by a user to adjust an amount of light, or in response to an instruction, transmitted toward the interchangeable lens from the camera main body, to drive the first light amount adjustment stop,
in the moving image pickup mode, the controller converts the instruction, transmitted toward the interchangeable lens from the camera main body, to drive the first light amount adjustment stop, into a drive completion signal, and transmits the drive completion signal to the camera main body, and
in the moving image pickup mode, the first light amount adjustment stop is not driven.

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. 10,133,220

FIXING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus for fixing an image onto a recording material, the fixing apparatus comprising:a heating rotary member;
a film having a cylindrical shape; and
a pressure member that presses the film from inside the film toward the heating rotary member to form a nip portion which is an area where the heating rotary member and the film contact, the pressure member including a metallic member extending from an upstream side of a center of the nip portion to a downstream side of the center of the nip portion in a recording material conveyance direction and a resin member that supports the metallic member and press the film toward the heating rotary member,
wherein the recording material on which the image is formed is conveyed while being heated at the nip portion to fix the image onto the recording material,
wherein the metallic member and the resin member are in contact with an inner surface of the film,
wherein the nip portion is formed between the heating rotary member and an area of the film with which the metallic member and the resin member are in contact in the recording material conveyance direction,
wherein in a cross section perpendicular to a rotation axis direction of the heating rotary member, a center of gravity of the metallic member is on the upstream side of the center of the nip portion in the recording material conveyance direction,
wherein, of the resin member, a portion that is located downstream of the nip portion in the recording material conveyance direction protrudes toward the heating rotary member beyond the metallic member.

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. 10,123,692

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:a movable unit including an examination unit and a manual operation member and configured to be movable with respect to a fixing unit in a horizontal direction;
a drive unit that transmits electric drive force for horizontal movement of the movable unit; and
a drive force transmit switching unit that switches whether or not to execute transmission of the electric drive force from the drive unit to the movable unit,
wherein the movable unit moves by the electric drive force from the drive unit and the drive force transmit switching unit when the transmission of the electric drive force is executed, and the movable unit moves with the drive unit and the drive force transmit switching unit, by a manual drive force provided through the manual operation member when the transmission of the electric drive force is not executed, and
wherein the movable unit is arranged by sharing a slide mechanism in a manual alignment of the examination unit for an eye to be inspected, the manual alignment being executed by using the manual operation member by an operator, and in an automatic alignment of the examination unit for the eye to be inspected, the automatic alignment being executed based on a relative position of the examination unit with respect to the eye to be inspected.

US Pat. No. 10,129,420

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A first image processing apparatus capable of communicating with a second image processing apparatus storing print data, and using a display unit for displaying information to a user, the first image processing apparatus comprising:a controller having a processor which executes instructions stored in a memory, the instructions, when executed, causing the controller to be configured to:
obtain identification information of print data from a third image processing apparatus;
obtain image data corresponding to a subgroup of pages of a plurality of pages of the print data from the second image processing apparatus based on the identification information of print data obtained from the third image processing apparatus;
cause the display unit to execute display processing based on the image data corresponding to the subgroup of pages;
obtain the print data from the second image processing apparatus after the display processing;
generate image data, based on the print data, of a different page of the plurality of pages from the pages included in the subgroup of pages; and
cause the display unit to execute display processing based on the image data of the different page,
wherein, in response to receiving the print data that has an attribute of hold designation, the second image processing apparatus generates the image data corresponding to the subgroup of pages on a basis of the print data without printing out the print data, and extracts the identification information from the print data and transmits the identification information to the third image processing apparatus, and
wherein each of the first image processing apparatus, the second image processing apparatus, and the third image processing apparatus is either a print data storage apparatus that has a printer unit or a print output apparatus that has a printer unit.

US Pat. No. 10,129,425

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SHIFTING TO AT LEAST ONE OF A FIRST STATE AND A SECOND STATE IN WHICH LESS POWER IS CONSUMED THAN IN THE FIRST STATE, AND A CONTROL METHOD AND A NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR USE WITH SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of shifting to at least one of a first state and a second state in which less power is consumed than in the first state, the apparatus comprising:at least one processor configured to:
receive a transmission request for data for display of a screen for remotely using the communication apparatus, from an external device capable of displaying the screen for remotely using the communication apparatus, wherein the screen for remotely using the communication apparatus includes a first screen and a second screen;
transmit, to the external device, data for display of a screen according to the transmission request, in a case where the transmission request is received from the external device; and
execute a shifting process of shifting the communication apparatus from the second state to the first state in a case that the communication apparatus is in the second state and the transmission request for data for the second screen is received from the external device, and not to execute the shifting process
in a case that the communication apparatus is in the second state and the transmission request, for data for display of the first screen is received from the external device.

US Pat. No. 10,124,610

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a conveyance roller configured to convey a print medium in a first direction;
a printhead configured to print an image on the print medium conveyed by the conveyance roller;
a carriage mounting the printhead and configured to move in a second direction which intersects the first direction; and
a rotary encoder including a code wheel provided coaxially with the conveyance roller and configured to detect a rotation amount of the conveyance roller,
wherein the carriage includes a cutout portion in a side portion, and
the carriage is configured to move to a position at which the carriage overlaps the code wheel at the cutout portion in a direction perpendicular to the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,122,802

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system comprising an image processing device and an information processing device,the information processing device comprising at least one processor and at least one memory storing computer executable instruction that, when executed by the at least one processor of the information processing device, causes the information processing device to: a processing unit configured to perform processing
accept a user instruction for causing the image processing device to perform image reading processing;
transmit, to a server via a first communication path, a request with first additional information including reading setting information and first identification information, so as to issue a first execution instruction for causing the image processing device to perform the image reading processing, in response to the user instruction; and
issue, to the image processing device via a second communication path different from the first communication path, a second execution instruction, with second additional information including reading setting information and second identification information, for causing the image processing device to perform the image reading processing, in response to the user instruction,
the image processing device comprising at least one processor and at least one memory storing computer executable instruction that, when executed by the at least one processor of the image processing device, causes the image processing device to:
receive the first execution instruction with the first additional information and image transmission destination information, that the server has issued via the first communication path;
receive the second execution instruction with the second additional information, that the information processing device has issued via the second communication path;
generate digital image data by performing image reading processing; and
transmit the generated digital image data, and
wherein, in a case where the first execution instruction is received before the second execution instruction, the image reading processing is performed in response to the first execution instruction and the generated digital image data is transmitted based on the image transmission destination information, and
wherein, in a case where the second execution instruction is received before the first execution instruction, the image reading processing is performed in response to the second execution instruction and the generated digital image data is transmitted based on the image transmission destination information if the first identification information and the second identification information are associated with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,108,257

ELECTRONIC DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a posture detection unit configured to detect a posture of the electronic device;
a touch detection unit configured to detect a touch on a touch panel;
a function execution unit configured not to execute a function according to a touch when a touch area on an object area of the touch panel is equal to or greater than a threshold, while, to execute a function according to the touch when the touch area on the object area is less than the threshold, regardless of a touch area on an area other than the object area being less than or equal to or greater than the threshold; and
a control unit configured to control the object area of the touch panel to be made different according to the posture detected by the posture detection unit,
wherein when the posture detection unit detects that a posture of the touch panel is a first posture, the control unit performs control to set a first area of the touch panel to be the object area, while when the posture detection unit detects that the posture is a second posture having a larger inclination by a predetermined value than an inclination of the first posture, the control unit performs control to set a second area, which is different from the first area to be the object area.

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. 10,105,050

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. 10,107,909

SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS, SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A subject information acquisition apparatus comprising:a scan line signal acquiring processor that acquires a plurality of scan line signals each indicative of a reflected wave from each of a plurality of positions along a scan line in the subject by using a plurality of reception signals outputted from a plurality of transducers that transmits elastic waves to the subject and receives the reflected wave reflected in the subject; and
a processor that acquires moving information indicative of motion of an object in the subject by using the plurality of scan line signals, wherein the moving information comprises at least one of a velocity of the object, a velocity distribution, a displacement of the object and a displacement distribution,
wherein the processor acquires the moving information, on the basis of a shape formed by a contour line of cross-correlation values on a plane represented by an axis of time difference and an axis of distance difference, the cross-correlation values being cross-correlation values between scan line signals at different positions in the subject, and
wherein the processor controls a display device to display a graphical representation of the moving information indicative of the motion of an object in the subject.

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. 10,104,138

METHOD, DEVICE, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR ENCODING INTER-LAYER DEPENDENCIES IN ENCAPSULATING MULTI-LAYER PARTITIONED TIMED MEDIA DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for encapsulating multi-layer partitioned timed media data, the multi-layer partitioned timed media data comprising timed samples, each timed sample being encoded into a first layer and at least one second layer, at least one timed sample comprising at least one subsample, each subsample being encoded into the first layer or the at least one second layer, the method comprising:obtaining at least one subsample, belonging to said first layer, from at least one of the timed samples;
creating a first track comprising the at least one obtained subsample;
obtaining at least another subsample, belonging to said second layer, from the same one of the timed samples;
creating a second track comprising said at least another obtained subsample and generating descriptive metadata, the descriptive metadata comprising:
a first descriptor comprising a parameter which indicates, when set to 1, that the at least one obtained subsample belonging to said first layer is a complete frame; and
a second descriptor for signaling a dependency link between the at least another obtained subsample belonging to said second layer and the at least one subsample belonging to said first layer, said second descriptor referencing said first descriptor.