US Pat. No. 10,018,959

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a mounting unit configured to mount a cartridge including a developing member by moving the cartridge in an insertion direction;
a pressing member having a first pressing portion configured to press the cartridge mounted on the mounting unit to separate the developing member from a photosensitive member and a second pressing portion configured to press the cartridge mounted on the mounting unit to bring the developing member into contact with the photosensitive member, the first and the second pressing portions integrally moving with a movement of the pressing member; and
an elastic member configured to press the pressing member so that the second pressing portion presses the cartridge.

US Pat. No. 10,018,961

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A ROTATABLE DEVELOPMENT CARRYING MEMBER DISPOSED IN A PARTICULAR RELATION TO A DEVELOPER SUPPLY ROLLER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on an image formation medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:a main assembly;
a cartridge receiving portion provided in the main assembly;
a rotatable photosensitive member provided in the main assembly;
a cartridge detachably mounted in the cartridge receiving portion, the cartridge including a rotatable developer carrying member configured to carry a developer to be supplied to the photosensitive member and a developer accommodating portion configured to accommodate the developer to be supplied to the developer carrying member; and
a transfer belt disposed in contact with the photosensitive member,
wherein the cartridge:
moves along a mounting direction when the cartridge is being mounted in the cartridge receiving portion;
is disposed in a downstream side of the transfer belt, with respect to the mounting direction, in a state where the cartridge is mounted in the cartridge receiving portion; and
is detachable from the cartridge receiving portion while the photosensitive member remains in the main assembly, and
wherein in a state where the cartridge is mounted in the cartridge receiving portion:
the developer accommodating portion is disposed downstream of a rotation axis of the rotatable developer carrying member with respect to the mounting direction; and
a developing portion, where a surface of the developer carrying member is in contact with or closest to the photosensitive member, is disposed downstream of the rotation axis of the developer carrying member or at the same position as the rotation axis of the developer carrying member, with respect to the mounting direction.

US Pat. No. 10,016,174

STRUCTURE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND TALBOT INTERFEROMETER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray Talbot interferometer comprising:an X-ray diffraction grating capable of diffracting x-ray radiation from an X-ray source to form an interference pattern;
an X-ray shield grating capable of partially blocking the X-ray radiation forming the interference pattern; and
an X-ray detector capable of detecting X-ray radiation from the X-ray shield grating;
wherein the X-ray shield grating includes:
a silicon substrate having a plurality of recessed portions, each recessed portion having a bottom and a side wall;
silicide layers, each silicide layer disposed in one of the plurality of recessed portions and in contact with the bottom of the one of the plurality of recessed portions; and
a metal structure including metal portions, each metal portion disposed in one of the plurality of recessed portions.

US Pat. No. 10,016,176

X-RAY IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An X-ray image processing apparatus for performing image processing for frames successively obtained by an X-ray sensor, comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
one or more processors which, when executing the instructions, function as:
an analysis unit configured to obtain a first analysis value and a second analysis value by analyzing different regions in each of the successively obtained frames;
a calculation unit configured to calculate, as a first statistic and a second statistic, a variance or a standard deviation of the first analysis values and the second analysis values in the successively obtained frames;
a determination unit configured to determine, based on the first statistic and the second statistic, whether to correct the first analysis value;
a correction unit configured to, if the determination unit determines to correct the first analysis value, correct the first analysis value based on the first statistic; and
a tone processing unit configured to perform tone processing on a frame of the successively obtained frames based on the corrected first analysis value.

US Pat. No. 10,021,309

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE REPRODUCING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reproducing apparatus for reproducing an image corresponding to image data, the image reproducing apparatus comprising:a memory that stores instructions; and
one or more processors that execute the instructions to cause the image reproducing apparatus to function as:
a generation unit configured to generate an image corresponding to a virtual diaphragm value by reconstructing the image data;
a setting unit configured to set the virtual diaphragm value; and
a display control unit configured to display, on a display, the image corresponding to the virtual diaphragm value generated by the generation unit,
wherein the display control unit displays the image corresponding to the virtual diaphragm value and a graphical user interface for indicating the virtual diaphragm value of the image set by the setting unit, and
wherein the display control unit displays images, of a plurality of images generated by the generation unit, together, and the plurality of images respectively correspond to a plurality of virtual diaphragm values.

US Pat. No. 10,021,328

IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF IMAGING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising: a plurality of pixels each having a first photoelectric conversion portion and a second photoelectric conversion portion arranged adjacent along a first direction; an isolation portion arranged between the first photoelectric conversion portion and the second photoelectric conversion portion; a first transfer gate that transfers charges of the first photoelectric conversion portion; and a second transfer gate that transfers charges of the second photoelectric conversion portion, wherein,the first photoelectric conversion portion has a first portion and a second portion, the second portion is located at a greater distance from the first transfer gate in a second direction than the first portion is, and the second direction is different from the first direction,
the second photoelectric conversion portion has a third portion arranged in the same position as the first portion in the second direction and a fourth portion arranged in the same position as the second portion in the second direction,
a width in the first direction of the first portion defined by the isolation portion is greater than a width in the first direction of the second portion defined by the isolation portion,
a width in the first direction of the second portion defined by the isolation portion is less than a width in the first direction of the fourth portion defined by the isolation portion, and
a position of the isolation portion between the first portion and the third portion is different from a position of the isolation portion between the second portion and the fourth portion in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,016,982

INKJET APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet apparatus comprising:a carriage configured to move with a recording head mounted thereon, the recording head having a discharge port surface on which a plurality of discharge ports is provided;
a platen configured to support a sheet at a position facing the recording head;
a rectifying skirt provided at at least one of front and rear of the carriage in a moving direction of the carriage, and having a rectifying surface at a side facing the platen; and
a sensor attached to the carriage and configured to read information on the sheet supported by the platen, the sensor being provided at an opposite side away from the platen with respect to the rectifying skirt, and the sensor reading the information on the sheet through a hole formed in the rectifying skirt.

US Pat. No. 10,019,810

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A DEPTH VALUE OF A PIXEL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of determining a depth value of a fine structure pixel in a first image of a scene using a second image of the scene, the method comprising:determining a gradient orientation for each of a plurality of fine structure pixels in the first image;
generating difference images from the second image and a series of blurred images formed from said first image, each said difference image corresponding to one of a plurality of depth values;
generating smoothed difference images by applying oriented smoothing to each of the difference images with an angle of the oriented smoothing being determined according to the determined gradient orientation, the smoothed difference images having increased coherency of fine structure;
selecting, for each of the plurality of fine structure pixels in the first image, one of the generated smoothed difference images having a minimum smoothed blur difference value at a corresponding pixel of the generated smoothed difference image; and
determining the depth value of the fine structure pixel corresponding to the selected smoothed difference image.

US Pat. No. 10,019,811

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING AN ERROR IN REGISTRATION BETWEEN IMAGES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to:
obtain a plurality of corresponding information items of a first image and a second image of an object;
calculate, registration errors that occur at positions defined by the plurality of corresponding information items of the first image and the second image that are registered based on the plurality of corresponding information items;
estimate, on the basis of the registration errors at the positions, a registration error that occurs at a further position different from the positions; and
estimate the registration error at the further position on the basis of a distance between the further position and a position of corresponding information item and an error increase rate of the registration error in accordance with a distance from the position of corresponding information item.

US Pat. No. 10,020,340

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSING ELEMENT AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensing element comprising:a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels arranged in two dimensions,
each of the plurality of pixels including:
a photoelectric conversion unit including a pixel electrode, a photoelectric conversion layer provided above the pixel electrode, and a counter electrode provided so as to sandwich the photoelectric conversion layer between the counter electrode and the pixel electrode,
a microlens provided above the photoelectric conversion unit,
a color filter provided between the counter electrode and the microlens, and
a layer provided between the counter electrode and the color filter,
wherein
the plurality of pixels includes a first pixel and a plurality of second pixels,
a light shielding film is provided between the first pixel and one of the plurality of second pixels or between one of the plurality of second pixels and another of the plurality of second pixels,
the layer covers an upper surface of the light shielding film, and
at least either the pixel electrodes of the plurality of second pixels are smaller than the pixel electrode of the first pixel or the counter electrodes of the plurality of second pixels are smaller than the counter electrode of the first pixel,
the first pixel is provided between one second pixel that is provided closest to a first outermost periphery of the pixel array and the first outermost periphery of the pixel array,
another second pixel is provided between the one second pixel and a second outermost periphery of the pixel array, the second outermost periphery being located at an opposite side of the first outermost periphery, and
the another second pixel is adjacent to the one second pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,021,627

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication device comprising:a first acquisition unit configured to acquire information relating to a first access point from a captured first image;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire information relating to a second access point from a captured second image;
a first execution unit configured to execute communication parameter share processing for sharing a communication parameter, required for establishing a wireless network, with the first access point by using the information acquired by the first acquisition unit;
a second execution unit configured to execute the communication parameter share processing, required for establishing a wireless network, with the second access point by using the information acquired by the second acquisition unit; and
a control unit configured to limit acquisition of the information by the second acquisition unit until completion of the communication parameter share processing executed by the first execution unit.

US Pat. No. 10,018,599

CAPACITIVE TRANSDUCER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a capacitive transducer that comprises a plurality of cells with each cell comprising a first electrode and a vibration film on a first surface side of a substrate having a through wiring that penetrates the substrate from a first surface to a second surface of the substrate, the vibration film including a second electrode that is formed with a gap from the first electrode, the method comprising:forming a holding member that holds a leading end of the through wiring, on the first surface side of the substrate having the through wiring; and
forming the cell after the forming of the holding member.

US Pat. No. 10,015,347

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR ACQUIRING AND UPDATING A RETENTION STORAGE FOR INFORMATION STORED IN A PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to execute steps comprising:
acquiring, from a retention storage of the information processing apparatus, a first list of paper types;
acquiring, from a printer to which the information processing apparatus is communicably connected, a second list of paper types stored in a storage of the printer;
determining whether there is a difference between the first list of the paper types and the second list of paper types;
updating the first list of the paper types retained in the retention storage by using the second list of paper types based on the determination;
acquiring, from the printer after the determination, a portion of second detailed information based on the difference between the first list of the paper types and the second list of paper types, wherein the second detailed information indicates print functions associated with the paper types included in the second list of the paper types and is stored in the storage of the printer;
updating first detailed information which indicates print functions associated with paper types stored in the retention storage, based on the portion of the second detailed information; and
generating print data, based on the updated first detailed information stored in the retention storage.

US Pat. No. 10,012,920

TONER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing a toner comprising a toner particle comprising a crystalline polyester resin and an amorphous polyester resin, the production method comprising:an aggregation step of obtaining aggregate particles by mixing an amorphous polyester resin microparticle dispersion comprising dispersed microparticles of the amorphous polyester resin, with a crystalline polyester resin microparticle dispersion comprising dispersed microparticles of the crystalline polyester resin, and carrying out an aggregation in which microparticles including the amorphous polyester resin microparticles and the crystalline polyester resin microparticles are aggregated; and
a fusion step of carrying out a fusion treatment on the aggregate particles by adding at a fusion treatment temperature an organic solvent that, at the fusion treatment temperature, is a good solvent for the amorphous polyester resin and a poor solvent for the crystalline polyester resin, wherein
the fusion treatment temperature is a temperature that is not larger than the onset temperature of the crystal melting peak of the crystalline polyester resin as measured with a differential scanning calorimeter (DSC),
the crystalline polyester resin is obtained by condensation polymerization of a diol component containing at least one compound selected from the group consisting of 1,8-octanediol, 1,9-nonanediol, 1,10-decanediol, 1,11-undecanediol, 1,12-dodecanediol, 1,13-tridecanediol, 1,14-tetradecanediol, 1,18-octadecanediol, 1,20-eicosanediol, and a dicarboxylic acid component containing at least one compound selected from the group consisting of suberic acid, azelaic acid, sebacic acid, 1,9-nonanedicarboxylic acid, 1,10-decanedicarboxylic acid, 1,11-undecanedicarboxylic acid, 1,12-dodecanedicarboxylic acid, 1,13-tridecanedicarboxylic acid, 1,14-tetradecanedicarboxylic acid, 1,16-hexadecanedicarboxylic acid, and 1,18-octadecanedicarboxylic acid,
the amorphous polyester resin is obtained by condensation polymerization of a diol component that is a bisphenol derivative represented by formula (1)
(where R represents an ethylene group or propylene group, x and y are each an integer equal to or greater than 1, and the average value of x+y is from 2 to 10), and a carboxylic acid component containing at least one compound selected from the group consisting of fumaric acid, maleic acid, maleic anhydride, phthalic acid, terephthalic acid, trimellitic acid, and pyromellitic acid,the toner particle has a matrix-domain structure in which domains of the crystalline polyester resin are present in a matrix of the amorphous polyester resin, at least 90 number % of the crystalline polyester resin domains having a diameter from 0.05 ?m to 0.50 ?m,
SF1 for the crystalline polyester resin domains is from 100 to 130 as calculated by SF1=(ML2/A)×(?/4)×100 where ML represents the absolute maximum length of the crystalline polyester resin domains and A represents a projected area of the crystalline polyester resin domains, and
the toner satisfies 0.00?(Wt2/Wt1)?0.50 where Wt1 represents heat of fusion (J/g) originating with the crystalline polyester resin during a first temperature ramp up in measurement on the toner using a differential scanning calorimeter (DSC), and Wt2 represents heat of fusion (J/g) originating with the crystalline polyester resin during a second temperature ramp up in measurement on the toner using a differential scanning calorimeter (DSC).

US Pat. No. 10,012,921

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising: a toner particle containing:an amorphous resin,
a crystalline resin,
a colorant,
a release agent, and
a polymer in which a styrene-acrylic polymer is graft-polymerized on a polyolefin,
wherein
the amorphous resin contains an amorphous polyester resin A, and
the amorphous polyester resin A
(1) has a monomer unit derived from polyhydric alcohol and a monomer unit derived from polyhydric carboxylic acid,
has a content, in the monomer unit derived from polyhydric carboxylic acid, of at least 20.0 mol % and not more than 60.0 mol % of a succinic acid-derived monomer unit, and
has a content, in the monomer unit derived from polyhydric alcohol, of at least 90.0 mol % and not more than 100.0 mol % of a monomer unit derived from a propylene oxide adduct on bisphenol A,
(2) has a softening point of at least 85° C. and not more than 95° C.,
(3) has a solubility parameter [SP(A)], determined based on Fedors' equation, of at least 12.30 and not more than 12.40, and
(4) has a peak molecular weight [Mp(A)] of at least 4,000 and not more than 5,000.

US Pat. No. 10,012,938

ILLUMINATION OPTICAL SYSTEM, AND SPECTROPHOTOMETRIC APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An illumination optical system, comprising:a light source; and
a light guiding member configured to guide a light flux emitted from the light source to an illuminated surface,
the light guiding member having:
an incident surface into which the light flux from the light source enters;
an ellipsoidal reflection surface configured to reflect the light flux from the incident surface; and
an exit surface from which the light flux reflected by the ellipsoidal reflection surface exits,
wherein the light source is arranged so as to be separated from a first focal point of the ellipsoidal reflection surface at a position farther from the illuminated surface, in a direction perpendicular to a light emitting surface of the light source.

US Pat. No. 10,013,742

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a processor that sharpens an input image on the basis of a difference between a filter and a low pass filter, which are generated using information regarding a point spread function of an optical system corresponding to an image pickup condition of the optical system, or a difference between an image obtained by applying the filter to an input image generated by imaging through the optical system and an image obtained by applying the low pass filter to the input image.

US Pat. No. 10,007,871

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT CONVERTS DRAWING DATA GENERATED BY AN APPLICATION PROGRAM INTO PRINT DATA TO BE PRINTED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that converts drawing data generated by an application program into print data to be used for printing with a printing apparatus, the image processing apparatus comprising:(A) a memory configured to store a program; and
(B) a processor configured to execute the program to perform:
(a) determining, among drawing elements included in the drawing data, a drawing element that has a graphics attribute and that corresponds to a character drawn with path coordinates;
(b) converting the drawing data into the print data by performing image processing suitable to each attribute for the drawing elements included in the drawing data, wherein image processing suitable to a text attribute is performed for (i) the drawing element that has the text attribute, and (ii) a drawing element that is determined to be the drawing element that has the graphics attribute and that corresponds to the character drawn with the path coordinates, and wherein image processing suitable to the graphics attribute is performed for the drawing element that is determined to be the drawing element that has the graphics attribute and that does not correspond to the character drawn with the path coordinates; and
(c) sending converted print data to the printing apparatus so that the printing apparatus executes the printing using the converted print data.

US Pat. No. 10,006,765

DEPTH DETECTION APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS AND DEPTH DETECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A depth detection apparatus that detects depth information on a depth to an object on the basis of a first signal corresponding to luminous flux that passed through a first pupil region of an exit pupil of an imaging optical system and a second signal corresponding to luminous flux that passed through a second pupil region, which is different from the first pupil region,the depth detection apparatus comprising:
a first calculation unit adapted to calculate a first shift amount, which is a positional shift amount between the first signal and the second signal;
a signal processing unit adapted to generate a corrected signal by performing filter processing on at least one of the first signal and the second signal, the filter processing being performed to relatively displace the first signal and the second signal by a displacement amount corresponding to the first shift amount; and
a second calculation unit adapted to calculate a second shift amount, which is a positional shift amount between the first signal and the second signal, which are both filtered in the filter processing, or between signals, one of which is filtered in the filter processing and the other one of which is unfiltered.

US Pat. No. 10,003,767

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an imaging unit configured to use an imaging sensor to acquire a RAW image representing a pre-development image from imaging signals of a subject image;
a reduction unit configured to reduce the RAW image to generate a reduced RAW image;
a recording unit configured to record each data of the RAW image and the reduced. RAW image in a recording medium;
a communication unit configured to communicate with an external apparatus; and
a control unit configured to transmit data of the reduced RAW image recorded in the recording medium to the external apparatus via the communication unit, and to cause the external apparatus to perform editing processing of the reduced RAW image,
wherein the control unit receives editing information representing the content of editing processing from the external apparatus via the communication unit, and uses this editing information to execute editing of the RAW image corresponding to the reduced RAW image on which the editing processing has been performed, by referencing the editing information.

US Pat. No. 10,001,208

DRIVING FORCE TRANSMISSION MECHANISM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drive transmission mechanism comprising:a rotatable member provided with a drive transmitting portion; and
a shaft supporting said rotatable member;
wherein said shaft has a large diameter portion, a small diameter portion having a diameter smaller than that of said large diameter portion, at least one middle diameter portion having a diameter smaller than that of said large diameter portion and larger than that of said small diameter portion, and a stepped portion at a boundary between said small diameter portion and said middle diameter portion,
wherein said stepped portion of said shaft faces an inner portion of said rotatable member in a direction parallel to said shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,001,719

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive body on which an electrostatic image used to form a developer image to be transferred onto a recording material is formed;
a charging member that is arranged close to or in contact with the photosensitive body and charges the photosensitive body with a voltage applied thereto;
a voltage application unit that applies the voltage to the charging member;
an exposure unit that exposes the photosensitive body;
a detection unit that detects a current value of a current flowing to the charging member;
an acquisition portion that acquires, based on the current value detected by the detection unit, a discharge start voltage value, at which a discharge starts between the photosensitive body and the charging member, in a voltage value of the voltage applied to the charging member, the discharge start voltage value being acquired from at least one of a plurality of measurement regions set by dividing an image forming region of the photosensitive body, in which the electrostatic image is formed, into a plurality of regions in a longitudinal direction orthogonal to a conveyance direction of the recording material; and
a control portion that performs unevenness suppression control to reduce unevenness, in the longitudinal direction, of density of the developer image transferred onto the recording material based on an unevenness of film thickness of a photosensitive layer the discharge start voltage value acquired by the acquisition portion,
wherein
the acquisition portion acquires a first discharge start voltage value based on the current value detected by the detection unit when, after the voltage application unit applies a voltage of a first voltage value to the charging member, the exposure unit exposes only one measurement region, from which the discharge start voltage value is to be acquired, among the plurality of measurement regions to be set at a prescribed exposure potential and thereafter the voltage application unit applies, to the charging member, a voltage of a second voltage value having an absolute value closer to the first voltage value than the prescribed exposure potential,
acquires a second discharge start voltage value based on the current value detected by the detection unit when, after the voltage application unit applies the voltage of the first voltage value to the charging member, the exposure unit exposes only measurement regions other than the one measurement region among the plurality of measurement regions to be set at the prescribed exposure potential and thereafter the voltage application unit applies, to the charging member, a voltage of a third voltage value having an absolute value closer to the prescribed exposure potential than the first voltage value,
acquires an exposure potential in the one measurement region after the exposure by the exposure unit based on the first discharge start voltage value and the second discharge start voltage value, and
acquires film thickness of a photosensitive layer in the one measurement region based on the exposure potential.

US Pat. No. 10,001,721

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive member having an electrical charge retention layer;
a charging member configured to electrically charge the photosensitive member;
an exposure unit configured to expose a surface of the electrical charge retention layer to form an electrostatic image on the surface;
a developing agent bearing member configured to supply a developing agent to the surface to develop the electrostatic image and form a developing agent image;
a measurement unit configured to measure an exposure potential of the photosensitive member based on a discharge start voltage; and
a control unit configured to control a light quantity per unit area of the surface exposed by the exposure unit,
wherein the developing agent image is transferred onto a recording material to form an image on the recording material, and
wherein, based on a plurality of exposure potentials corresponding to a plurality of gradation levels which is acquired by exposing with the exposure unit the surface with each of a plurality of reference light quantities corresponding to the plurality of gradation levels, and measuring with the measurement unit the plurality of exposure potentials of the photosensitive member which is formed by the exposure with the plurality of reference light quantities, the control unit changes, to a light quantity different from the reference light quantities, the light quantity per unit area of the surface when the exposure unit exposes the surface in correspondence with the plurality of gradation levels.

US Pat. No. 10,001,726

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developer container, comprising:a frame body having a chamber for storing developer, the frame body being provided with an opening for connecting an inside of the chamber and an outside of the chamber;
a sealing member configured to seal the opening; and
an unsealing member configured to unseal the opening by moving the sealing member, the unsealing member being accommodated inside the chamber,
wherein a part of the sealing member is peelably bonded to the frame body at the outside of the chamber, and the part of the sealing member is bonded to at least a part of a peripheral portion of the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,001,738

IMAGING FORMING APPARATUS TO SWITCH SPEED OF ROLLER PAIRS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet while conveying the sheet at an image forming speed;
a discharge roller pair configured to discharge the sheet on which the image is formed by the image forming unit;
a conveyance roller pair disposed between the image forming unit and the discharge roller pair, and configured to convey the sheet from the image forming unit to the discharge roller pair;
a motor configured to drive the discharge roller pair and the conveyance roller pair; and
a control unit configured to control the motor to switch a speed of the conveyance roller pair and the discharge roller pair between a first speed corresponding to the image forming speed and a second speed which is higher than the first speed,
wherein the control unit is configured to perform first control and second control,
wherein, in first control, the motor is controlled in a manner such that the speed of the conveyance roller pair and the discharge roller pair is switched from the second speed to the first speed at timing at which a trailing end of a first sheet being conveyed by the discharge roller pair reaches a first position between the discharge roller pair and the conveyance roller pair and before a leading end of a second sheet fed following the first sheet being conveyed by the discharge roller pair reaches a second position upstream of the conveyance roller pair, and
wherein, in second control, the motor is controlled in a manner such that the speed of the conveyance roller pair and the discharge roller pair is switched from the second speed to the first speed at timing at which a leading end of a subsequent sheet fed following a preceding sheet being conveyed by the discharge roller pair reaches the second position and before the trailing end of the preceding sheet reaches the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,003,801

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS THAT ENCODES AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus having an image sensor, comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image capturing apparatus to:
encode by, from image data obtained from the image sensor, generating a plane of each of color components that configure the image data, and independently for each of the planes of the color components, performing frequency conversion processing, quantization processing, and encoding, and
determine a quantization coefficient used in quantization processing in accordance with image capturing information of a time of capturing the image data, the determining including:
deciding whether or not to correct a quantization coefficient that is used in quantization processing for a plane of each color component obtained by the image sensor based on an ISO sensitivity or exposure information for a time of capturing; and
in a case when it is decided that a quantization coefficient will be corrected, determine, based on a distribution of a histogram of a plane of each color component, a quantization coefficient used in quantization processing for the respective color component.

US Pat. No. 10,002,315

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of communicating with an external apparatus storing first print data, the image forming apparatus comprising:a display unit configured to display information;
a storage unit configured to store second print data;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet based on the first print data or the second print data;
one or more processors; and
a memory storing executable instructions, which when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image forming apparatus to perform:
acquiring bibliographic information about a plurality of print data including the first print data and the second print data;
sending a request to the external apparatus for acquiring status of the external apparatus;
displaying a screen for selecting print data from among the plurality of print data including the first print data and the second print data on the display unit based on the bibliographic information; and
causing the image forming unit to form an image based on receiving a printing instruction for the selected print data via the screen,
wherein information that indicates that the first print data is printable or not printable is displayed on the screen depending on whether or not the status of the external apparatus has been acquired from the external apparatus according to the acquisition request.

US Pat. No. 10,001,844

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a first identification unit configured to identify a type of an input device to be used to execute a task, the input device lying in a field of view range of a user wearing a display device;
a second identification unit configured to identify an operation medium with which the user operates the input device, the operation medium lying in the field of view range of the user;
a distance obtaining unit configured to obtain a first distance from the display device to the input device and a second distance from the display device to the operation medium;
a referring unit configured to refer to respective execution conditions for a plurality of tasks, wherein an execution condition for each task prescribes a type of an input device and an operation medium to be used and permissible ranges of a distance from the display device to the input device and a distance from the display device to the operation medium to execute the task;
a determination unit configured to determine a task for which the identified type of the input device, the identified operation medium, the first distance, and the second distance satisfy an execution condition for the task; and
a display control unit configured to cause the display device to display an image corresponding to the determined task.

US Pat. No. 10,002,894

IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING SAME EXPOSURE PERIOD FOR SIGNALS HELD IN SIGNAL HOLDING UNITS IN FIRST AND SECOND PIXEL ROWS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus having a plurality of pixel rows is arranged, each row in the plurality of pixel rows including a plurality of pixels each including a first photoelectric conversion unit and a second photoelectric conversion unit and an amplification element configured to amplify a signal that is based on a signal charge generated by the first photoelectric conversion unit and/or the second photoelectric conversion unit, the imaging apparatus comprising:a lens array including a plurality of microlenses, each microlense in the plurality of microlenses being configured to condense light on the first photoelectric conversion unit and the second photoelectric conversion unit of a pixel included in the plurality of pixels;
wherein the each pixel has a plurality of first signal holding units disposed between an output node of the first photoelectric conversion unit or the second photoelectric conversion unit and an input node of the amplification element,
wherein a signal based on a signal charge generated in the first photoelectric conversion unit of a pixel among the pixels in the first pixel row is held in the first signal holding unit disposed between the output node of the first photoelectric conversion unit and the input node,
wherein a signal based on a signal charge generated in the second photoelectric conversion unit of a pixel among the pixels in a second pixel row that is different from the first pixel row is held in the first signal holding unit disposed between the output node of the second photoelectric conversion unit and the input node,
wherein an exposure period is the same for the signal held in the signal holding unit of the pixel included in the first pixel row and the signal held in the signal holding unit of the pixel included in the second pixel row, and
wherein a height of a potential barrier generated between a plurality of the first signal holding units disposed adjacent to each other and included in the same pixel is higher than a height of a potential barrier generated between the first photoelectric conversion unit and the second photoelectric conversion unit adjacent to each other and included in the same pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,003,472

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to communicate with a communication apparatus, the information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor that controls:
a first connecting unit configured to connect the information processing apparatus with a first access point in the communication apparatus without receiving input of connection information from a user;
a connection-information acquisition unit configured to acquire connection information for connecting to a second access point in the communication apparatus via the first access point with which the information processing apparatus is connected;
a storage unit configured to store the connection information acquired by the connection-information acquisition unit in a memory;
a second connecting unit configured to connect the information processing apparatus with a mobile communication network via which communication with Internet is able to be performed;
a receiving unit configured to receive transmission instruction to transmit data; and
a transmitting unit configured to transmit the data to the communication apparatus via the second access point with which the information processing apparatus is connected when the receiving unit receives the transmission instruction;
wherein, when the receiving unit receives the transmission instruction in a state where the information processing apparatus is not connected with the second access point, the connecting unit connects the information processing apparatus with the second access point by using the connection information stored in the storage unit,
wherein the second connecting unit disconnects the connection between the mobile communication network and the information processing apparatus in response to the transmission instruction received by the receiving unit and connects the information processing apparatus with the mobile communication network when the transmitting unit terminates data transmission, and
wherein, when the information processing apparatus is connected with the second access point, the first access point is disabled.

US Pat. No. 10,001,954

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM TO IDENTIFY A FUNCTION OF A REGISTER PRINTING APPARATUS BASED ON PRINTING APPARATUS TYPE AND TO DISPLAY A PRINT SCREEN BASED ON IDENTIFIED FUNCTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus communicable with a printing apparatus, the information processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the information processing apparatus to:
register a plurality of types of printing apparatuses and functional information of the printing apparatus for each of the types of printing apparatuses;
acquire apparatus information of a printing apparatus, from the printing apparatus;
determine a type of the printing apparatus of which the apparatus information has been acquired, based on the registered plurality of types of printing apparatuses, using the acquired apparatus information of the printing apparatus;
identify a function of the printing apparatus registered based on the type of the printing apparatus determined;
display a configuration setting screen for setting configuration setting information that is setting information about a function usable in the printing apparatus based on the identified function of the printing apparatus; and
display a print setting screen via the configuration setting screen based on the set configuration setting information,
wherein the configuration setting screen is displayed in such a way that the function usable in the printing apparatus based on the identified function of the printing apparatus is settable,
wherein the configuration setting screen includes a setting object for setting the settable function on or off, and
wherein, when device information of the printing apparatus is acquired, on or off of the settable function in the setting object included in the configuration setting screen is automatically set on a basis of the device information of the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,001,702

IMPRINTING APPARATUS, DEVICE FABRICATION METHOD, AND IMPRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprinting apparatus to imprint a pattern onto a resin using a mold, the imprinting apparatus comprising:a detector configured to make a detection by detecting a mold mark provided on the mold and a substrate mark provided on a substrate;
a driving unit configured to change a relative position between the mold and the substrate;
a curing unit configured to cure an uncured resin residing in a shot region on the substrate; and
a controller configured to perform control to cause the detector to make a detection,
wherein the controller performs control to cause the detector to make a first detection by detecting the mold mark and the substrate mark provided on a first shot region on a substrate,
wherein the controller performs control to cause the driving unit to change a first relative position to a second relative position between the mold and the substrate based on the first detection for aligning the mold and the first shot region,
wherein, after the change from the first relative position to the second relative position is completed, the controller performs control to cause the curing unit to cure uncured resin residing in the first shot region and in contact with the mold, wherein the curing results in a third relative position between the mold and the substrate after the uncured resin has been cured,
wherein the controller causes the detector to make a second detection in state of the third relative position, and
wherein, before the uncured resin residing in a second shot region on the substrate cures, the controller causes the driving unit to offset the relative position based on the second detection for aligning the mold and the second shot region.

US Pat. No. 10,001,958

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the apparatus to perform operations comprising:
acquiring jobs that include a printing job and a post-processing job;
displaying, on a display, a selection screen for selecting a device that is to execute the printing job and a device that is to execute the post-processing job;
determining a device that is to execute the printing job and a device that is to execute the post-processing job; and
transmitting the printing job to the device determined as the device that is to execute the printing job and transmitting the post-processing job to the device determined as the device that is to execute the post-processing job,
wherein the selection screen includes, as a candidate for the device that is to execute the printing job, at least a first device capable of executing the printing job and incapable of executing the post-processing job and a second device capable of executing both the printing job and the post-processing job, and includes, as a candidate for the device that is to execute the post-processing job, at least the second device capable of executing both the printing job and the post-processing job and a third device incapable of executing the printing job and capable of executing the post-processing job,
wherein the second device is displayed as the candidate for the device that is to execute the printing job and as the candidate for the device that is to execute the post-processing job,
wherein the device that is to execute the post-processing job is determined based on a device that has been selected via the selection screen, and
wherein in a case where the second device has been selected as the device that is to execute the post-processing job, the second device is automatically determined as the device that is to execute the printing job.

US Pat. No. 10,003,753

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:a light emitter configured to provide a notification of an operation status by light emission;
a flash configured to emit light to illuminate an object; and
a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a determination unit configured to determine whether it is in a first state in which the flash is used or a second state in which the flash is not used;
a shooting control unit configured
when the determination unit determines it is in the first state, in response to one shooting instruction, to control to perform a series of shooting operations including at least a first shooting operation with causing the flash to emit light for shooting a person and a second shooting operation for shooting a background, and
when the determination unit determines it is in the second state, in response to a shooting instruction, to control not to perform a shooting operation by causing the flash to emit light and to perform a shooting operation without causing the flash to emit light; and
a control unit configured
to control the light emitter not to provide the notification at the end of a shooting operation which is not a last shooting operation of the series of shooting operations,
to control the light emitter to provide the notification after the end of the last shooting operation of the series of shooting operations, and
to control the light emitter not to provide the notification at the end of a shooting operation in the second state.

US Pat. No. 9,998,715

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD CORRECTING A READ-OUT SIGNAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:a photoelectric conversion unit including one microlens and a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements, wherein each photoelectric conversion element accumulates charges based on incident light passing through the one microlens detected by the photoelectric conversion element;
a read-out circuit electrically connected to the photoelectric conversion unit, and configured to read out a first signal based on charges accumulated by a first one of the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements, and to read out a second signal based on charges accumulated by a second one of the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements; and
a signal processor electrically connected to the read-out circuit, and configured to, in a case where the first signal is larger than a predetermined saturation signal level and the second signal, correct the first signal to a predetermined signal level based on the second signal so that a change rate of a third signal obtained by adding the first signal and the second signal relative to a light amount approximates to a change rate of the third signal relative to a light amount in a case where the first signal is smaller than the predetermined saturation signal level,
wherein the signal processor further performs predetermined processing to the corrected first signal and the second signal to generate image data of the subject or information on a distance to the subject, and outputs the generated image data to a memory unit or outputs the generated information to control an optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,998,728

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a captured image obtaining unit configured to obtain a first captured image of a target object onto which a first pattern light is projected by a projection unit and a second captured image of the target object onto which a second pattern light, in which the positions of a bright portion and a dark portion of the first pattern light are inverted, is projected by the projection unit; and
a control unit configured:
(a) to detect a first position and a second position adjacent to the first position in the obtained captured image, wherein a magnitude relation between a pixel value of the first captured image and a pixel value of the second captured image in the first position is inverted from a magnitude relation between a pixel value of the first captured image and a pixel value of the second captured image in the second position,
(b) to control, based on the pixel value of the first captured image or the second captured image in the detected first position or second position, (1) an amount of light that enters an image sensor of the captured image obtaining unit or (2) a gain of the image sensor; and
(c) to control the captured image obtaining unit to obtain a third captured image of a target object onto which the first pattern light is projected by the projection unit and a fourth captured image of the target object onto which the second pattern light is projected by the projection unit, wherein the controlled amount of light or controlled gain is used in obtaining the third captured image and the fourth captured image so as to improve a signal-to-noise ratio of the third captured image and the fourth captured image, which images are used to determine a tone intersection.

US Pat. No. 9,995,918

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a fifth lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a sixth lens unit having a positive refractive power, wherein an interval between the first lens unit and the second lens unit is increased during zooming from a wide angle end to a telephoto end,
wherein an interval between adjacent lens units is changed during zooming,
wherein the first lens unit consists of, in order from the object side to the image side, a positive lens G11 having a convex surface facing the object side and a meniscus negative lens G12 having a convex surface facing the object side, and
wherein the following conditional expression is satisfied:
1.2?|fG12/fw|?10.0,where fG12 represents a focal length of the meniscus negative lens G12, and fw represents a focal length of the zoom lens at the wide angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,998,738

IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS, IMAGE ENCODING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image encoding apparatus which encodes an image, the apparatus comprising:a computer executing instructions that, when executed by the computer, cause the computer to function as:
a first acquiring unit configured to acquire an evaluation value for a block being a division of the image;
a determining unit configured to determine a class to which the block belongs to among a plurality of classes based on the evaluation value acquired by the first acquiring unit;
a second acquiring unit configured to acquire count information describing the number of blocks belonging to a predetermined class of the plurality of classes; and
a setting unit configured to set a quantization parameter usable for encoding a block belonging to a different class from the predetermined class based on the count information acquired by the second acquiring unit.

US Pat. No. 9,995,925

OBSERVATION OPTICAL SYSTEM, AND IMAGE DISPLAYING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An observation optical system for observation of an image displayed on an image display surface comprising, in order from an observation side to an image displaying surface side:a first lens having a positive refractive power; a second lens having a negative refractive power; and a third lens having a positive refractive power, wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
and?1.00<(R12+R11)/(R12?R11)

US Pat. No. 9,994,413

SHEET PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing device comprising:a first teeth portion;
a second teeth portion configured to clamp and bind a sheet bundle with the first teeth portion;
a first support portion configured to support the first teeth portion;
a shaft; and
a second support portion configured to support the second teeth portion and being swingably supported around the shaft between a binding position in which the second teeth portion clamps and binds the sheet bundle with the first teeth portion and a standby position in which the second teeth portion is apart from the first teeth portion, the second support portion including:
a first arm member including a first portion and a pair of first side portions provided on both ends of the first portion, each of the pair of first side portions extending perpendicular to the first portion and defining a first through-hole in which the shaft is inserted; and
a second arm member including a second portion and a pair of second side portions provided on both ends of the second portion, each of the pair of second side portions extending perpendicular to the second portion and defining a second through-hole in which the shaft is inserted, the second arm member being fixed to the first arm member.

US Pat. No. 9,996,482

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that can communicate with an external device via a local interface, comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor that, upon execution of the instructions stored in the memory, causes the information processing apparatus to:
receive an access instruction to access a web server of the external device connected via the local interface;
determine whether or not access request information issued by the access instruction includes port information used in a connection to the external device via the local interface;
in a case where the determination determines that the access request information does not include the port information, perform a search process for searching for the external device; and
start up a communication control unit by using port information, as a startup parameter, corresponding to the external device searched for by the search process,
wherein the communication control unit started up by the start-up communicates with the web server of the external device via the local interface.

US Pat. No. 9,993,152

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an extraction unit configured to extract a region where a polarization state is scrambled in a polarization-sensitive tomographic image of an object;
an estimation unit configured to estimate a reference line using the extracted region; and
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display, in different display forms, (a) a first region that is in the extracted region and exists at a deeper position than the estimated reference line, (b) a second region that is in the extracted region and exists at a shallower position than the estimated reference line, and (c) a third region that is in the extracted region and is different from the first region and the second region.

US Pat. No. 9,996,018

TONER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle, the toner particle containing:a resin;
a pigment; and
a pigment dispersant, wherein:
the resin comprises a polar resin having an acid value of 2.0 to 30.0 mgKOH/g, and
the pigment dispersant comprises:
the structure represented by the following formula (1) or a tautomer thereof, and
a polymer moiety having a vinyl copolymer structure or polyester structure,

wherein:
X, Y and Z each independently represent —O—, a methylene group, or —NR4—, and R4 represents a hydrogen atom, or a linear or branched alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms,
R1 represents a substituted or unsubstituted phenyl group, a polycyclic aromatic group, or a heterocyclic group,
R2 represents a hydrogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted phenyl group, an aralkyl group, a linear, branched, or cyclic alkyl group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms, or a monovalent group obtained by substituting a methylene group of a main chain of an alkyl group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms by an ether bond, an ester bond, or an amide bond,
R3 represents a substituted or unsubstituted phenylene group, a linear, branched, or cyclic alkylene group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms, or a divalent group obtained by substituting a methylene group of a main chain of an alkylene group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms by an ether bond, an ester bond, or an amide bond,
W represents a linking group to the polymer moiety,
a substituent of the substituted phenyl group and a substituent of the substituted phenylene group are each a methyl group, a methoxy group, a hydroxy group, a nitro group, a chloro group, a carboxy group, an amino group, a dimethylamino group, a carboxylic acid amide group, or a ureido group,
the polycyclic aromatic group is a group obtained by naphthalene, anthracene, phenanthrene, or anthraquinone by removing one hydrogen atom therefrom, and
the heterocyclic group is a group obtained by imidazole, oxazole, thiazole, pyridine, indole, benzimidazole, benzimidazolinone, or phthalimide by removing one hydrogen atom therefrom.

US Pat. No. 9,996,020

ROLLER, ROTATING MEMBER UNIT, CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A roller used in an image forming apparatus, comprising:a cylindrical shaft having a joint that is formed by a pair of ends of the cylindrical shaft, the pair of ends face or make contact with each other in a circumferential direction; and
a cylindrical coating layer that coats an outer circumference of the cylindrical shaft,
the joint having a depression-protrusion-shaped portion, the joint being formed so as to extend from one end to the other end of the cylindrical shaft in an axial direction of the cylindrical shaft, and the roller making contact with a rotating member provided in an apparatus main body of the image forming apparatus or a cartridge that is detachable from the apparatus main body so that an axial line of the roller is not parallel to an axial line of the rotating member, wherein
the cylindrical shaft has facing surfaces which form the depression-protrusion-shaped portion of the joint and which face or make contact with each other, and moreover which extend in a direction non-parallel to the axial direction, and the facing surfaces are inclined at a predetermined engagement angle with respect to a circumferential direction, and
a generating line of a circumferential surface of the coating layer and a generating line of a circumferential surface of the rotating member cross each other at a crossing angle smaller than the engagement angle.

US Pat. No. 9,996,038

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member movable in a predetermined movement direction and configured to bear a toner image formed at an image forming position by using a liquid developer containing toner particles and a carrier liquid;
a transfer member configured to transfer the toner image onto a recording material at a transfer portion formed between said transfer member and said image bearing member;
an input portion into which information on a kind of the recording material onto which the toner image is transferred is inputted;
an adjusting device configured to adjust an amount of the carrier liquid of the toner image on said image bearing member, wherein said adjusting device is provided at an adjusting position opposing a position of said image bearing member upstream of the transfer portion and downstream of the image forming position with respect to the movement direction and includes a carrier liquid container configured to store the carrier liquid, a rotatable adjusting roller configured to carry the carrier liquid stored in said carrier liquid container, and a contacting-and-spacing mechanism movable between a contact position where said adjusting roller is contacted to said image bearing member and a spaced position where said adjusting roller is spaced from said image bearing member; and
an executing portion configured to execute an operation of said adjusting device depending on the information inputted in said input portion when the toner image on said image bearing member is at the adjusting position, wherein said executing portion executes any of a plurality of operations including a first operation in which the amount of the carrier liquid of the toner image on said image bearing member is increased by said adjusting device, a second operation in which the amount of the carrier liquid is decreased by said adjusting device, and a third operation in which the amount of the carrier liquid is not adjusted by said adjusting device.

US Pat. No. 9,996,041

BELT FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A belt feeding device comprising:a movable endless belt configured to feed a recording material on which a toner image is carried;
a plurality of rollers contacting an inner peripheral surface of said movable endless belt and including a first roller, an opposing roller and a second roller,
wherein said first roller is smaller in diameter at a central portion than at an end portion in a region including a belt contact region thereof with respect to a rotational axis direction thereof,
wherein said opposing roller is provided downstream of and adjacent to said first roller with respect to a movement direction of said movable endless belt and is constant in diameter in a region including a belt contact region thereof with respect to a rotational axis direction thereof,
and wherein said second roller is provided downstream of and adjacent to said opposing roller with respect to the movement direction of said movable endless belt and is constant in diameter in a region including a belt contact region thereof with respect to a rotational axis direction thereof; and
a rotatable brush roller configured to remove toner deposited on an outer peripheral surface of said movable endless belt, wherein said rotatable brush roller is provided at a position opposing said opposing roller via said movable endless belt and contacts the outer peripheral surface of said movable endless belt,
wherein the following relationship is satisfied:
(|D2s?D2m|/2)×10???(|D2s?D2m|/2)×(b/(a+b)),
where as seen in the rotational axis directions,
D2m is a minimum diameter of said first roller,
D2s is a maximum diameter of said first roller,
? is an entering amount in which an outer peripheral surface of said opposing roller enters said rotatable brush roller with respect to a reference line A which is an outer common tangential line at a stretching side of said movable endless belt between a portion of said first roller having the minimum diameter D2m and said second roller,
a is a distance between a rectilinear line passing through a rotation center of said first roller and perpendicular to the reference line A and a rectilinear line passing through a rotation center of said opposing roller and perpendicular to the reference line A, and
b is a distance between a rectilinear line passing through a rotation center of said second roller and perpendicular to the reference line A and the rectilinear line passing through the rotation center of said opposing roller and perpendicular to the reference line A.

US Pat. No. 9,996,047

CLEANING BLADE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A cleaning blade, comprising:an elastic member; and
a supporting member supporting the elastic member, the elastic member comprising:
a free end portion,
the free end portion having a hardened region including an edge that is brought into abutment against a member to be cleaned, and a ridge portion formed by an intersection of a first surface and a second surface of the elastic member,
wherein at least one of the first surface and the second surface in the hardened region has a hardened surface that is brought into abutment against the member to be cleaned, and
wherein relationships represented by expressions (1) and (2) are satisfied:
0.1?DHs?0.4; and  (1)
DHs where DHs (mN/?m2) represents a maximum value of a dynamic hardness of the hardened surface, and DHm (mN/?m2) represents a maximum value of the dynamic hardness obtained in a positional range in which a distance L from the edge on a straight line that bisects an angle of the edge in a cross-section of the elastic member orthogonal to a longitudinal direction of the elastic member satisfies 0 ?m

US Pat. No. 9,996,049

PROCESS CARTRIDGE INCLUDING A COUPLING MEMBER AND A SHEET THAT CONTACTS THE COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:a photosensitive drum;
a rotatable developing roller for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive drum;
a rotatable roller having a rotation shaft in a position deviated from an axis of the developing roller, the rotatable roller being configured for transmitting a driving force to the developing roller;
an Oldham coupling member disposed at an end portion of the shaft of the rotatable roller, the Oldham coupling including a drive receiving portion for receiving a driving force to be transmitted to the developing roller, wherein the drive receiving portion is movable relative to the rotatable roller in a direction crossing the shaft of the rotatable roller;
an urging member for urging the drive receiving portion in the direction crossing the shaft of the rotatable roller;
a supporting portion for rotatably supporting the drive receiving portion so as to be movable together with the drive receiving portion relative to the rotatable roller in the direction crossing the shaft of the rotatable roller;
an abutting portion for receiving the supporting portion urged by the urging member; and
an elastic sheet provided at an end of the developing roller,
wherein the elastic sheet is configured to rotate along with the developing roller and intermittently contact at least part of the Oldham coupling member by rotation of the elastic sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,996,050

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE USED FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge attachable to an image forming apparatus including an apparatus main body and a movement member, the cartridge comprising:at least one rotating member;
at least one coupling arranged to engage with a drive member on the apparatus main body side so as to receive a drive force to rotate the at least one rotating member, the at least one coupling including a projected portion provided at an end portion thereof and engaging with the drive member; and
a contacted portion with which a contact portion of the movement member is brought into contact,
wherein the movement member moves the cartridge and is movable between a first position for disposing the cartridge at a position where image formation is possible and a second position where the cartridge is disposed outside of the apparatus main body and attachable to and detachable from the movement member,
wherein, when the movement member is positioned at the first position, the at least one coupling is arranged to engage with the drive member so as to be positioned at a drive position where the at least one coupling is able to rotate the at least one rotating member,
wherein the at least one coupling is movable to a retracted position from the drive position, and, with respect to a rotational axis direction of the at least one rotating member, a position of the projected portion in a state that the at least one coupling is positioned at the retracted position is different from a position of the projected portion in a state that the at least one coupling is positioned at the drive position, and
wherein, in response to movement of the moving member from the first position to the second position, the cartridge is moved by the contacted portion pushed by the contact portion, and the at least one coupling moves from the drive position to the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 9,996,307

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT DETERMINES WHETHER A FORMAT OF NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATION TAG DATA IS APPROPRIATE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory that stores instructions; and
a processor that, upon execution of the instructions stored in the memory, functions to:
determine, in a case where the information processing apparatus obtains data from an NFC (Near Field Communication) tag of a printing apparatus, whether a format of the data is an appropriate format,
perform processing for transmitting, if it is determined at least that the format of the data is the appropriate format and a print target file has been selected already in the information processing apparatus, a print job for printing the selected print target file to the printing apparatus identified in accordance with the data, and
execute, if it is determined that the format of the data is not the appropriate format, an error display.

US Pat. No. 9,996,052

CARTRIDGE CAPABLE OF BEING INSERTED IN AN APPARATUS MAIN BODY OF AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge capable of being inserted in an apparatus main body of an image forming apparatus by moving along an axial direction of an image bearing member, the cartridge comprising:the image bearing member;
a frame configured to support the image bearing member;
a storage member configured to store therein information on the cartridge, and include an electrical contact that is configured to contact a main body contact provided to the apparatus main body;
a first pressed section configured to be pressed by the apparatus main body in such a manner that the cartridge is positioned with respect to the apparatus main body; and
a second pressed section configured to be pressed by the apparatus main body in such a manner that the cartridge is positioned with respect to the apparatus main body,
wherein the storage member is provided to the frame, and
wherein the electrical contact is disposed between the first pressed section and the second pressed section in the axial direction, and is configured to be able to be in contact with the main body contact on a lower side in a state where the cartridge is attached to the apparatus main body.

US Pat. No. 9,986,342

TRANSDUCER, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING TRANSDUCER, AND OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A transducer comprising:at least one element including a plurality of cells,
wherein the cell includes a pair of electrodes disposed with a gap therebetween and a vibrating membrane including one of the electrodes, and the vibrating membrane is vibratably supported,
wherein the element includes a first cell group configured by n (n is an integer greater than or equal to 3) cells and having channels communicating with each other and a second cell group configured by n cells and having channels communicating with each other,
wherein the first cell group and the second cell group do not communicate with each other,
wherein etching holes are provided for forming cavities at equidistant positions from centers of the cells configuring the first cell group, and
wherein a channel that communicates a cavity in the first cell group with a cavity in the second cell group is not provided.

US Pat. No. 9,983,530

DETERMINATION APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING TYPE OF RECORDING MEDIUM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus for determining a type of a recording medium, comprising:a detection unit configured to detect a characteristic value indicating a physical characteristic of a recording medium;
a measurement unit configured to measure a moisture content correlated with a moisture content of the recording medium; and
a determination unit configured to determine the type of the recording medium based on the moisture content measured by the measurement unit and the characteristic value detected by the detection unit,
wherein the determination unit is further configured to correct the characteristic value detected by the detection unit using the moisture content measured by the measurement unit or correct a rule for determining the type of the recording medium using the moisture content measured by the measurement unit, and determine the type of the recording medium in accordance with the corrected characteristic value or the corrected rule.

US Pat. No. 9,983,542

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:(i) a photosensitive drum;
(ii) a first frame configured and positioned to rotatably support said photosensitive drum;
(iii) a developing roller configured and positioned to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on said photosensitive drum;
(iv) a second frame configured and positioned (a) to rotatably support said developing roller, and (b) to be connected to said first frame so as to be movable relative to said first frame;
(v) a coupling member provided adjacent to an end of said second frame in a direction parallel to a rotational axis of said developing roller, said coupling member including:
(v-i) a driving force receiving portion configured and positioned (a) to receive a driving force for rotating said developing roller, and (b) to be movable relative to said second frame in a crossing direction crossing a rotational axis of said driving force receiving portion; and
(vi) a retaining portion provided on said first frame and configured to retain said driving force receiving portion such that a position of said driving force receiving portion relative to said second frame changes in response to movement of said second frame relative to said first frame.

US Pat. No. 9,984,084

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store a computer program; and
a hardware-processor configured to execute the computer program, wherein the hardware-processor in executing the computer program controls to cause the information processing apparatus to:
display a search screen and a search result screen on a display, wherein the search screen is used for setting a search condition designated by a user, and wherein the search result screen displays a list of files that are searched-for based on the search condition, and wherein information displayed for the searched-for files in the list includes attribute information, that corresponds to first item names designated in first columns of the list, for each of the searched-for files;
receive both of a second item name and a search keyword that are set as the search condition via the search screen by the user;
search for second files based on the received second item name and the received search keyword;
acquire the first item names designated in the first columns being displayed on the search result screen;
determine whether the received second item name is included in the acquired first item names; and
automatically add, without further receiving an additional instruction from the user, a second column corresponding to the second item name to the first columns being displayed on the search result screen if it is determined that the received second item name is not included in the acquired first item names, wherein the search result screen displays a second list of the second searched-for files after the second column is added automatically, and wherein information displayed for the second searched-for files in the displayed second list includes attribute information, that corresponds to the second item name designated in the automatically added second column and the first item names designated in the first columns, for each of the second searched-for files.

US Pat. No. 9,983,502

CONTROLLER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A controller that is mounted on a control board of an image forming apparatus, the image forming apparatus including: an optical scanning apparatus including a driving board on which a light source having a light emitting element that emits a laser beam, and a laser driver that drives the light source based on driving data, are mounted; and the control board that transmits data to the driving board via a cable, the controller comprising:a setting unit configured to set, as an operation mode, a first mode in which driving data indicating a pattern for causing the light emitting element to emit laser beam based on image data is generated and transmitted to the driving board, and a second mode in which image data is transmitted to the driving board without being converted into the driving data, wherein the driving data is binary data configured from data for causing the light emitting element to be turned on and data for causing the light emitting element to be turned off, and the image data is multi-valued data representing density gradation;
a data conversion unit configured to, in the first mode, convert inputted image data into driving data of a number of light emitting elements that the light source has and output the converted driving data to the driving board, and in the second mode, convert the inputted data into image data for each scanning line in scanning of a photosensitive member by the laser beam and output the converted image data; and
a transmission unit configured to serially transmit data output from the data conversion unit to the driving board.

US Pat. No. 9,979,842

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT TRANSMITS AND RECEIVES MAINTENANCE WORK DATA TO AND FROM INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to connect to a session management server that is configured to manage a communication between the image forming apparatus and a call center terminal, to transmit and receive maintenance work data for performing a maintenance work on the image forming apparatus, the image forming apparatus comprising:a processor configured to implement instructions stored in a memory and execute:
a storage task that stores in a storage section, before a connection between the image forming apparatus and a call center terminal, via the session management server, is disconnected, information corresponding to a maintenance service by a call center terminal that is to communicate with the image forming apparatus via the session management server;
a display task that displays a first graphical user interface and a second graphical user interface, on a display section of the image forming apparatus, in a case where the storage task stores the information in the storage section, wherein the first graphical user interface is usable by a user to give an instruction to communicate with the call center terminal providing the maintenance service corresponding to the information stored by the storage task and to continue a maintenance service that was started before the connection between the image forming apparatus and a call center terminal is disconnected, and the second graphical user interface is usable by the user to give an instruction to communicate with a call center terminal to receive a remote maintenance service anew; and
a connection task that connects to the session management server to communicate with the call center terminal providing the maintenance service identified by the information stored by the storing task, in a case where an instruction to connect is received from the first graphical user interface.

US Pat. No. 9,977,365

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CORRECTION OF EXPOSURE LIGHT USING MEASUREMENT IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive member;
an exposing unit configured to expose the photosensitive member to exposure light to form an electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive member, wherein the exposure light scans the photosensitive member;
a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive member to form an image;
an intermediate transfer member onto which the image on the photosensitive member is transferred;
a measurement unit configured to measure a measurement image transferred onto the intermediate transfer member;
an adjustment unit configured to:
control the exposing unit and the developing unit to form the measurement image on the photosensitive member;
control the measurement unit to measure the measurement image on the intermediate transfer member; and
adjust gradation characteristics of an output image based on a measurement result of the measurement unit, wherein the output image to be formed by the image forming apparatus; and
a correction unit configured to correct intensity of the exposure light for each of a plurality of positions on the photosensitive member in a scanning direction in which the exposure light scans the photosensitive member,
wherein, based on a correction amount for intensity of the exposure light corresponding to another position which is different from a predetermined position included in the plurality of positions in the scanning direction, the correction unit corrects the intensity of the exposure light for each of the plurality of positions, the correction amount being an amount with respect to the intensity of the exposure light corresponding to the predetermined position, and
wherein the predetermined position on the photosensitive member in the scanning direction corresponds to a position on the photosensitive member in the scanning direction, at which the measurement image is formed.

US Pat. No. 9,971,553

CONTROL METHOD OF TERMINAL DEVICE, TERMINAL DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of controlling a terminal device having at least one memory storing a program and a processor to execute the program, the control method comprising the steps of:searching for a communication device;
registering, if the communication device is detected in the searching step, communication information used for a first network connection by which the detection of the communication device is performed;
determining in a first determining step whether or not communication with the communication device is available by a second network connection to which the terminal device is currently connected;
determining in a second determining step whether or not communication with the communication device is available by the first network connection, based on the registered communication information; and
communicating with the communication device using the first network connection, if the first network connection is different from the second network connection and communication with the communication device is determined to be unavailable in the first determining step, and also if communication with the communication device is determined to be available in the second determining step.

US Pat. No. 9,973,644

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH FORCED AIR-COOLING STRUCTURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an image pickup element configured to photoelectrically convert an object image formed, by a shooting optical system;
a first circuit board arranged along in an optical axial direction of the image pickup element;
a second circuit board arranged along the optical axial direction in parallel with the first circuit board;
a fan;
an inlet arranged on one side of an apparatus body of the image pickup apparatus in a width direction, said inlet being configured to inhale external air by drive of said fan;
an outlet arranged on the one side of the apparatus body in the width direction, the outlet being configured to discharge the air inhaled through said inlet by the drive of said fan; and
a duct provided inside of the apparatus body while extending along in the optical axial direction, said duct having an inhaling part interconnecting with said inlet, a discharging part interconnecting with said outlet, and a cooling part connected to each of the inhaling part and the discharging part,
wherein each of the inhaling part and the discharging part is connected to the cooling part in a direction intersecting with the cooling part,
wherein the first circuit board is arranged on a surface of a side of the cooling part, on which said inlet and said outlet are open, and the second circuit board is arranged on a surface of a side of the cooling part, opposite to the surface on which the first circuit board is arranged.

US Pat. No. 9,973,693

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR GENERATING WIDE-ANGLE IMAGE BY COMPOSITING PLURAL IMAGES, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM STORING IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one memory configured to store instructions; and
at least one processor connected to the at least one memory and configured to execute the instructions to:
obtain a plurality of images that are generated by repeating to photograph images with exposure values different for every predetermined step while changing a photographing target area continuously;
detect an overlapped area among the plurality of images;
compute composition ratios of the overlapped areas of the plurality of images according to signal value of at least one of the plurality of images and the exposure values of the plurality images; and
generate a wide angle-composite image by compositing the plurality of images based on the composition ratios,
wherein the at least one processor executes further instruction to:
when compositing another image onto the generated wide-angle composite image to generate a new wide-angle composite image,
not use the another in an area where a predetermined number of images are used for compositing the plurality of images, from among the overlapped areas where the another image and the generated wide-angle composite image overlap each other,
but use the another image in an area where images of which number is less than the predetermined number are used for compositing the plurality of images, from among the overlapped areas.

US Pat. No. 9,973,699

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an evaluation unit configured to evaluate validity of an imaging parameter acquired from image data outputted from an image capturing element that captures a subject image and generate an evaluation value of the imaging parameter;
a generation unit configured to generate shake correction data by using shake data outputted from a shake detection unit;
a control unit configured to control an image blur correction unit by using the shake correction data;
a changing unit configured to cause, about a frame image at a time of photographing a moving image, an image blur correction performance of the image blur correction unit in a case of the evaluation value of the imaging parameter being close to a target value of the imaging parameter to be greater than the image blur correction performance of the image blur correction unit in a case of the evaluation value of the imaging parameter being far from the target value of the imaging parameter; and
a recording unit configured to record the frame image whose image blur correction performance exceeds a predetermined threshold value as still image reproduction data,
wherein the imaging parameter is any one of an exposure parameter used for exposure control, a focus state parameter used for focus lens control, and a white balance parameter, and
wherein each unit is implemented by one or more processors, circuitry or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,967,435

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM THEREFORE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a first adjustment unit configured to adjust a color conversion table, used for converting a color to be printed by a printer, by adjusting a selected adjustment color using the selected adjustment color and a target color;
a storage unit configured to store, in a storage apparatus, a first color conversion table and a second color conversion table, the first color conversion table generated by causing the first adjustment unit to adjust the color conversion table for a first adjustment color, and the second color conversion table generated by the first adjustment unit to adjust a second adjustment color different from the first adjustment color after generation of the first color conversion table;
a cancellation unit configured to delete an adjustment result of the first adjustment color; and
a second adjustment unit configured to adjust the second color conversion table stored in the storage apparatus by the storage unit in response to the deletion of the adjustment result of the first adjustment color which has been performed by the cancellation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,962,932

PRINT INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND PRINT INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print information processing apparatus comprising:a print level information generating unit configured to generate print level information representing an amount of ink to be applied to a predetermined area on a print medium based on input pixel data;
a print timing information generating unit configured to generate print timing information indicating a timing, at which the ink is applied to the predetermined area, based on the input pixel data; and
a print information combining unit configured to combine the print level information and the print timing information so as to generate print information,
wherein the print information combining unit outputs the print level information as the print information in a case where the amount of ink to be applied to the predetermined area is maximum or minimum, and
the print information combining unit replaces a part of the print level information with at least a part of the print timing information so as to output, as the print information, information obtained by combining the print timing information and the print level information in a case where the amount of ink to be applied to the predetermined area is not maximum or minimum.

US Pat. No. 9,962,937

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:first and second recording element boards having recording elements for generating energy to be utilized for ejection of liquid;
first and second support members for respectively supporting the first and second recording element boards; and
a flow channel forming member carrying thereon the first and second support members arranged side by side,
wherein the edge of the first recording element board located at the side of the second recording element board projects toward the second recording element board from the edge of the first support member located at the side of the second support member, and
wherein a liquid supply channel is formed on the surface of the first recording element board located vis-à-vis the first support member to supply liquid to the recording elements and a lid member is arranged between the first recording element board and the first support member to form part of the liquid supply channel.

US Pat. No. 9,966,046

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of mutually communicating with an external apparatus via a network by using a communication protocol from among a plurality of communication protocols which are supported by the image processing apparatus, the image processing apparatus comprising:a setting unit configured to set an image size of a first image;
a first generation unit configured to generate the first image in the image size set by the setting unit;
a receiving unit configured to receive a request of a protocol type corresponding to the communication protocol for communication with the external apparatus from the external apparatus;
a processing unit configured to superimpose a second image into the first image in a case where the image size, set by the setting unit, matches a condition corresponding to the protocol type; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit the first image, into which the second image is superimposed, to the external apparatus in a case where the image size matches the condition corresponding to the protocol type, or to transmit an error in a case where the image size does not match the condition corresponding to the protocol type.

US Pat. No. 9,958,989

COORDINATE INPUT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A coordinate input apparatus that detects a specified position in a coordinate-input effective area using a light projector that projects light onto a coordinate input surface and a plurality of light receptors that receive the light projected by the light projector, the apparatus comprising:the plurality of light receptors;
a memory that stores instructions; and
a processor that executes the instructions stored in the memory to:
set a first coordinate system based on a positional relationship between two light receptors constituting a first combination of light receptors;
set a second coordinate system based on a positional relationship between two light receptors constituting a second combination of light receptors different from the first combination of light receptors, the plurality of light receptors including the first combination of light receptors and the second combination of light receptors having a same arrangement for the first coordinate system and second coordinate system; and
convert a coordinate value, in the second coordinate system, of the specified position detected using the second combination of light receptors into a coordinate value in the first coordinate system based on the positional relationship between the first combination of light receptors.

US Pat. No. 9,960,343

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:an oxide containing Na, Ba, Nb, and Ti; and
at least one element selected from Mn and Ni,
wherein x, which is a molar ratio of Na based on 1 mol of the oxide containing Na, Ba, Nb, and Ti, is in a range of 0.80?x?0.92,
y, which is a molar ratio of Nb based on a sum of numbers of moles of Nb and Ti, is in a range of 0.83?y?0.92, and
a molar ratio of Ba is represented, by use of the value of y, as 1?y, and
wherein the content of the Ni is 0.05 mol or less based on 1 mol of the oxide containing Na, Ba, Nb, and Ti, and
the content of the Mn is 0.005 mol or less based on 1 mol of the oxide containing Na, Ba, Nb, and Ti.

US Pat. No. 9,960,370

ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An organic light-emitting device comprising:a pair of electrodes; and
an organic compound layer disposed between the pair of electrodes,
wherein the organic compound layer includes an iridium complex represented by the following general formula [1] and a hydrocarbon compound represented by the following general formula [5]; and
the hydrocarbon compound comprises a compound formed only of an SP2 carbon atom and a hydrogen atom:

in the formula [1]:
R1 to R8 each represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a trifluoromethyl group, a cyano group, a substituted or unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heteroaromatic group;
m represents an integer of 1 to 3 and n represents an integer of 0 to 2, provided that m+n equals 3;
a ring A represents a cyclic structure selected from a benzene ring, a naphthalene ring, a fluorene ring, a phenanthrene ring, a 9,9-spirobifluorene ring, and a chrysene ring, and is covalently bonded to a benzo[f]isoquinoline skeleton and an Ir metal, and the ring A may further have a substituent;
X represents a bidentate ligand; and
a partial structure IrXx comprises any one of structures represented by the following general formulae [2] to [4]:

in the formulae [2] to [4]:
R10 to R24 each represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a trifluoromethyl group, a cyano group, a substituted or unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heteroaromatic group;
Ar1-(Ar2)p—(Ar3)q—Ar1  [5]
in the formula [5]:
p and q each represent 0 or 1, and p+q is equal to or more than 1;
Ar1 represents any one of substituents represented in the following substituent group ?; and
Ar2 and Ar3 each represent any one of substituents represented in the following substituent group ?, and Ar2 and Ar3 may be identical to or different from each other
[Substituent group ?]

[Substituent group ?]

US Pat. No. 9,959,094

ARITHMETIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME USING CORDIC ALGORITHM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An arithmetic apparatus comprising a plurality of cascade-connected arithmetic units, each of the plurality of arithmetic units comprising:a calculator configured to operate in one of a rotation mode for performing a rotation calculation, and a vectoring mode for calculating a rotation angle;
a register configured to hold a rotational direction in the rotation calculation by the calculator; and
a selector configured to select a sign of specific input data to the calculator and output the selected sign to the calculator and register as the rotational direction in the vectoring mode, and select the rotational direction held in the register, output the selected rotational direction to the calculator, and maintain the rotational direction held in the register in the rotation mode,
wherein when operating in the rotation mode, the calculator performs the rotation calculation on data input from a preceding arithmetic unit in the plurality of cascade-connected arithmetic units, with the rotational direction from the selector, and
wherein operations of the calculator in the vectoring mode and the rotation mode are controlled by the selected rotational direction output from the selector.

US Pat. No. 9,958,330

SENSOR AND INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS USING SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sensor to transmit and detect an electromagnetic wave, the sensor comprising:a substrate;
a transmitting unit and a receiving unit integrated on the substrate; and
a polarization converting unit,
wherein the transmitting unit includes:
a generating element configured to generate a first electromagnetic wave, and
a first antenna electrically connected with the generating element and configured to emit the first electromagnetic wave, wherein the first electromagnetic wave emitted by the first antenna has a first polarization direction,
wherein the polarization converting unit is configured to convert the first electromagnetic wave into a third electromagnetic wave having a third polarization direction for reflection on a subject, and convert the reflected third electromagnetic wave into a second electromagnetic wave having a second polarization direction,
wherein the receiving unit includes:
a second antenna configured to receive the second electromagnetic wave having a second polarization direction, and
a detecting device electrically connected with the second antenna and configured to detect the second electromagnetic wave received by the second antenna,
wherein, to reduce a change of a characteristic of the generating element by reflected electromagnetic waves entering into the transmitting unit, the polarization converting unit converts a polarization state of the first electromagnetic wave such that combining a reflected electromagnetic wave, having a polarization state that differs from the polarization state of the reflected first electromagnetic wave, with the first antenna is more difficult than combining the reflected first electromagnetic wave with the first antenna.

US Pat. No. 9,958,636

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:a base member;
a rotatable operation member disposed outside the base member and rotatable with respect to the base member;
a clicking member disposed inside the base member, rotatable together with the rotatable operation member and having concave and convex portions arranged in a circumferential direction;
an exterior member disposed between the base member and the rotatable operation member and having a shape extending in the circumferential direction;
a switching operation member provided with an operation knob located at an outer circumference of the exterior member and movable with respect to the base member between a first position and a second position in the circumferential direction;
a pressing member and a contact member both held by the base member, the pressing member being biased toward the clicking member, the contact member being biased toward the switching operation member to contact the switching operation member; and
a stopper member movable together with the switching operation member with respect to the base member,
wherein, when the switching operation member is located at the first position, the pressing member contacts the concave and convex portions, and
when the switching operation member is located at the second position, the pressing member contacts the stopper member and held at a position away from the concave and convex portions.

US Pat. No. 9,958,929

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a storing device that stores store settings of a pre-set power state to which the image forming apparatus is to be shifted in a case where an operation to turn off a power switch is detected;
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
determine, if the image forming apparatus is returned from a suspended state, whether there has been a change of an optional device attached to the image forming apparatus, the change of the optional device being at least one of an installation of a new optional device on the image forming apparatus, a removal of an optional device from the image forming apparatus, an addition of a new optional device, and a replacement of an optional device;
shift, in response to a detection of the operation to turn off the power switch, the power state of the image forming apparatus from a standby state to the power-off state even if the suspended state is set as the pre-set power state to which the image forming apparatus is to be shifted, in a case where it is determined that there has been the installation of the new optional device on the image forming apparatus, the removal of the optional device from the image forming apparatus, the addition of the new optional device, or the replacement of the optional device; and
execute, in a case where the image forming apparatus is activated from the power-off state, acquisition of information about one or more optional devices attached to the image forming apparatus, the acquired information including at least one of a model name, configuration information, and operation speed of the one or more optional devices attached to the image forming apparatus;
initialize, based on the acquired information about the one or more optional device, at least one of the processor and the one or more optional devices.

US Pat. No. 9,955,111

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

17. A display control method comprising:acquiring each of a plurality of pieces of refocusable image data in which a corresponding focus position being an in-focus position in a depth direction is changeable after image capturing, and a plurality of pieces of data each of which is added to a different one of the plurality of pieces of refocusable image data and associated with a position in the depth direction;
identifying a group to which at least one of the plurality of pieces of added data acquired by the acquiring belongs;
generating, from the plurality of pieces of refocusable image data associated with the one or more pieces of added data belonging to the identified group, each of a plurality of refocused images with the corresponding focus position set to a position associated with the one or more pieces of added data belonging to the group; and
displaying the plurality of refocused images on a screen.

US Pat. No. 9,944,096

RECORDING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:a plurality of feeding units each configured to feed a sheet;
a conveyance unit provided on an upstream side of a recording unit in a direction in which the sheet is conveyed, wherein the conveyance unit conveys the sheet to the recording unit by a first motor driving the conveyance unit;
a first detection unit provided on the upstream side of the recording unit in the direction in which the sheet is conveyed, wherein the first detection unit detects whether there is the sheet;
a control unit that controls driving of a second motor for a roll sheet feeding unit among the plurality of feeding units, so as to convey a roll sheet fed from the roll sheet feeding unit; and
at least one processor in communication with at least one memory storing computer-executable instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, further causes the apparatus to function as:
a determination unit that determines which feeding unit among the plurality of feeding units feeds the sheet to the recording unit,
wherein, if the first detection unit detects that there is the sheet, the control unit drives the second motor in a direction for rewinding the roll sheet with the sheet fixed by the conveyance unit, and the determination unit determines the feeding unit that feeds the sheet to the recording unit based on an output value associated with the driving of the second motor, which is output when the second motor is driven in the direction for rewinding the roll sheet with the sheet fixed by the conveyance unit.

US Pat. No. 9,943,961

APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the apparatus to:
hold data related to a worker;
obtain measurement data, which includes an image containing a face of the worker, for recognizing the worker;
recognize the worker based on the data related to the worker and the measurement data;
determine work information about work which the worker and a robot perform on a target object together, corresponding to the recognized worker, based on attribute information which includes a physical feature of the recognized worker's body and an operating motion of work performed in the past by the recognized worker; and
control at least one of a position, orientation, and path of the robot based on the work information to reduce a change in an orientation of the worker when the worker and the robot perform the work on the target object together.

US Pat. No. 9,946,112

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS EMITTING LIGHT FROM AN EMISSION SURFACE AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS HAVING THE LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light source apparatus that emits light from an emission surface, comprising:a plurality of light sources provided, respectively, in a plurality of first divided regions of the emission surface;
a first suppressing member that suppresses, for each of the plurality of first divided regions, spreading, in a direction parallel to the emission surface, of light emitted from a light source provided in the first divided region;
a conversion member that is provided on a side closer to the emission surface than the plurality of light sources and the first suppressing member so as to convert the color of the light emitted from the plurality of light sources and emit light of the converted color;
a second suppressing member that suppresses, for each of a plurality of second divided regions of the emission surface, spreading, in the direction parallel to the emission surface, of the light emitted from the conversion member in the second divided regions; and
a diffusing member that is provided on a side closer to the emission surface than the second suppressing member so as to diffuse the light emitted from the conversion member,
wherein the second divided region includes two or more first divided regions, and
the second suppressing member is located between the conversion member and the diffusing member.

US Pat. No. 9,939,753

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD, EXPOSURE DEVICE HAVING PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printed circuit board of which a part of at least one side is divided by a division process, the printed circuit board comprising:a first area where a component is placed; and
a divided portion where the component is not placed, and which includes the part of the at least one side,
wherein silk print is given an entire area of the divided portion and not applied to an entire area of the first area.

US Pat. No. 9,939,762

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SHEET FEEDING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a main assembly;
an image forming portion for forming an image on a sheet;
an openable member rotatably supported by said main assembly;
a first feeding guide provided on said openable member;
a second feeding guide provided in said main assembly, wherein when said openable member is closed, a sheet feeding path for feeding the sheet is formed by said first and second feeding guides;
a hole provided in said first feeding guide; and
an illumination device, provided on said openable member, for illuminating at least a part of said second feeding guide through said hole when said openable member is open.

US Pat. No. 9,939,779

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form a toner image on a recording material;
an image heating apparatus configured to heat the toner image on the recording material formed in the image forming unit;
a storage unit configured to store at least a developer storage portion storing toner;
a tray, arranged above the storage unit in a vertical direction of the image forming apparatus, configured to stack the recording material discharged from the image forming apparatus after the toner image has been heated;
an air flow passage formed between the storage unit and the tray, and having a suction port configured to introduce outside air;
a hole portion, provided above the storage unit in a vertical direction, and configured to communicate a space in which the storage unit is arranged with the air flow passage; and
a fan, disposed between the hole portion and the image heating apparatus, and configured to blow air sent from the air flow passage to the recording material after the toner image was heated and before the recording material is discharged onto the tray.

US Pat. No. 9,942,431

IMAGING FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of receiving an image data via a network from an image processing controller which generates the image data, the image forming apparatus comprising:a printer which forms an image on a sheet based on the received image data; and
a network interface which transmits predetermined information to an external device via the image processing controller, wherein the image processing controller returns to a first power state from a second power state in which power consumption is higher than power consumption in the first power state in accordance with receiving the predetermined information,
wherein the network interface does not transmit the predetermined information to the image processing controller while the image processing controller is in the first power state, and the network interface transmits the predetermined information to the image processing controller when the image processing controller returns from the first power state to the second power state.

US Pat. No. 9,942,448

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus configured to control a display of an image, the display control apparatus comprising:one or more processors;
a conversion unit configured to convert a color of the image based on a predetermined condition; and
a display control unit configured to perform control such that, in a case where a non-color-converted image is displayed in which the color of the non-color-converted image is not converted, a display item is displayed at a superimposed position at which the display item is superimposed on the image, and in a case where a color-converted image is displayed in which the color of the color-converted image is converted, the display item is displayed at a non-superimposed position at which the display item is not superimposed on the color-converted image.

US Pat. No. 9,942,465

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING CONDITION SETTING METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method comprising:imaging an object;
discriminating a position or posture where an image was captured of the imaged object;
determining whether discrimination of the position or posture of the imaged object has ended; and
setting, when it is determined that the discrimination has not ended, a new imaging condition in accordance with an imaging condition setting rule represented by a direction and a distance,
wherein the imaging condition setting rule is generated based on a discriminable range and an identification determination result range,
wherein the discriminable range is a range of an imaging condition in which the position or posture of the object is discriminable, that has been determined by use of a plurality of images obtained by imaging the object under a plurality of imaging conditions in advance, and
wherein the identification determination result range is a range of an imaging condition in which an identity of the position or posture of the object is discriminable, that has been determined by use of a plurality of images obtained by imaging the object under a plurality of imaging conditions in advance, the identity of the position or posture referring to the position or posture where the image was captured,
wherein the imaging condition includes one or a combination of a position of an image pickup unit which images the object, a posture of the image pickup unit, a field angle of the image pickup unit, a resolution of an image to be imaged by the image pickup unit, a position of an illumination which radiates light to the object, and a posture of the illumination.

US Pat. No. 9,942,477

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a dividing unit that divides each of two frame images into a plurality of divided areas;
a determination unit that determines a representative point for each of the divided areas in one frame image out of the two frame images;
a setting unit that, for each of the two frame images, sets image portions for detecting movement between the two frame images, based on the representative points; and
a detection unit that detects movement between the two frame images based on correlation values of image signals in the set image portions in the two frame images,
wherein for each of the divided areas, the determination unit determines a feature point of the divided area or a predetermined fixed point as the representative point of the divided area in accordance with a position of the divided area in the one frame image.

US Pat. No. 9,940,715

DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT APPARATUS, METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A diagnosis support apparatus to reduce differences in radiographic interpretation by collectively performing a plurality of radiographic interpretations, comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the diagnosis support apparatus to:
obtain a plurality of target images as interpretation targets;
select a first image finding item of a plurality of image finding items;
sequentially assign an evaluation for the first image finding item to each image of the plurality of target images in accordance with operations input by a user;
select a second image finding item of the plurality of image finding items, wherein the second image finding item is different from the first image finding item and the selection of the second image finding item is performed after the selection of the first image finding item;
sequentially assign another evaluation indicating a degree for the second image finding item to each image of the plurality of target images in accordance with other operations input by a user;
display an image of the plurality of target images for which another evaluation indicating the degree is assigned, in accordance with the operation input, in a display area, of a plurality of display areas corresponding to evaluations configured to be assigned for the second image finding item, and being arranged in order of intensity of the indicated degree for the second image finding item, which corresponds to the evaluation assigned for the target image;
create a structured report based on the evaluations corresponding to each image finding item; and
store the structured report in a database.

US Pat. No. 9,936,140

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image sensor configured to output, at a predetermined framerate, an image signal obtained by image capture;
a memory configured to store the image signal;
an image signal writer configured to write the image signal to the memory;
an image signal reader configured to, in a case where a readout region of the image signal written in the memory changes according to electronic zoom, read out at least a partial region of the image signal;
a display configured to perform live-view display of an image based on the image signal read out by the image signal reader;
a memory access controller configured to perform control, for each frame of the image signal, such that an operation of the image signal reader reading out the image signal stored in the memory starts after a fixed delay time from a timing at which an operation of the image signal writer writing the image signal to the memory starts; and
a zoom controller configured to control a zoom magnification rate of the electronic zoom,
wherein the memory access controller sets the fixed delay time according to a maximum magnification rate that is controllable by the zoom controller, such that the operation of the image signal writer writing the image signal to the memory and the operation of the image signal reader reading out the image signal from the memory end within a period of one frame of the image signal, regardless of the reading region changing by the electronic zoom, and
wherein the fixed delay time is fixed regardless the zoom magnification rate of the electronic zoom.

US Pat. No. 9,936,141

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING CORRECTION PROCESSING FOR EFFECTING VIRTUAL LIGHT SOURCE AND METHOD EXECUTED BY IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the image processing apparatus to:
apply, to an image that has been captured using an auxiliary light source, correction processing for adding an effect of a virtual light source; and
determine an amount of light to be emitted by the auxiliary light source for capturing an is rage to which the correction processing is to be applied, and determines a parameter to be used in the correction processing,
wherein
the determinations of the amount of light to be emitted and the parameter are based on a degree of shadows of an object to be captured using the auxiliary light source, and
wherein the correction processing is applied, to an image that has been captured using the auxiliary light source light emission of the determined amount in accordance with the determined parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,936,149

IMAGING APPARATUS WITH TEMPERATURE SENSORS, IMAGING SYSTEM AND IMAGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a sensor array having a plurality of subarrays each having a plurality of sensors, each of the plurality of sensors comprising a conversion element converting radiation or light to charges and outputting signals based on the charges; and
a plurality of temperature sensors which output signals based on temperatures of the sensor array,
wherein a signal output from one subarray of the plurality of subarrays and a signal of one temperature sensor of the plurality of temperature sensors are read out through a line to which one sensor included in the one subarray and the one temperature sensor are commonly connected.

US Pat. No. 9,933,741

CONNECTION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A connection device on or under which an electric apparatus is mounted and which is electrically connected to the mounted electric apparatus, the connection device comprising:a connecting member provided turnably on a pivot axis and having a projecting shape that fits in the electric apparatus, the connecting member being electrically connected to the electric apparatus when fitting in the electric apparatus,
wherein the connecting member is disposed at a position closer to one end than the other end of the connection device in a direction intersecting a direction of the pivot axis, and turns only toward the one end, and
wherein an axis of a projecting direction of the projecting shape tilts to be closer to the one end when the connecting member turns on the pivot axis toward the one end.

US Pat. No. 9,930,244

IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM IN WHICH OPTICAL ACCESSORY IS PLACEABLE IN FRONT OF LIGHT EMITTING UNIT, ILLUMINATION APPARATUS IN WHICH OPTICAL ACCESSORY IS PLACEABLE IN FRONT OF LIGHT EMITTING UNIT, AND METHOD FOR DETECTING FOCUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing system comprising:an image capturing apparatus;
a first light emitting unit;
a second light emitting unit having a light coverage smaller than a light coverage of the first light emitting unit; and
a processor configured to perform control according to whether a predetermined optical accessory for the first light emitting unit is present in front of the first light emitting unit in such a manner that, when focus detection is performed in the image capturing apparatus, one of the first light emitting unit and the second light emitting unit is used as a light emitting unit that emits assist light for the focus detection.

US Pat. No. 9,927,752

OPTICAL SENSOR AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical sensor, comprising:a light emitting element that irradiates irradiating light toward an irradiated member;
a first light receiving element for receiving diffused reflection light into which the irradiating light is diffusely reflected by the irradiated member;
a second light receiving element for receiving specular reflection light into which the irradiating light is specularly reflected by the irradiated member; and
a housing for forming a first opening and a second opening, wherein the first opening is an opening for determining an irradiation region of the irradiated member onto which the irradiating light is irradiated, and is the opening through which the irradiating light passes and through which the diffused reflection light to be received by the first light receiving element passes, and the second opening is an opening through which the specular reflection light to be received by the second light receiving element passes.

US Pat. No. 9,930,068

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one hardware processor that executes the instructions to:
instruct that an encryption security policy be enabled, wherein the encryption security policy is comprised of a policy of a procedure of an encryption of a communication;
instruct that an authentication security policy be enabled, wherein the authentication security policy is comprised of a policy of a procedure of an authentication, and wherein both of the encryption security policy and the authentication security policy give a restriction to a setting value of access control information in a control program for controlling the image forming apparatus, and wherein the access control information is common to the encryption security policy and the authentication security policy;
set, in a case where it is instructed that the encryption security policy be enabled, the setting value of the access control information in the control program of the image forming apparatus so that the setting value of the access control information in the control program of the image forming apparatus is harmonized with the encryption security policy;
restrict, after harmonizing the setting value of the access control information with the encryption security policy, a user from changing the setting value of the access control information in the control program of the image forming apparatus; and
permit, in accordance with disablement of the encryption security policy, the user to change the setting value of the access control information in the control program of the image forming apparatus in a case where any of conditions of the setting value of the access control information is not related to the authentication security policy which is in an enabled state,
wherein, even if the encryption security policy is disabled, the at least one hardware processor restricts the user from changing the setting value of the access control information in the control program of the image forming apparatus in a case where at least one of conditions of the setting value of the access control information in the control program of the image forming apparatus is related to the authentication security policy which is in the enabled state.

US Pat. No. 9,925,819

POST PROCESS CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, SHEET PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an operation unit configured to receive a user instruction to copy N copies of one or more originals, N being a positive integer equal to or greater than two;
a scanner unit configured to scan images on the one or more originals in accordance with the user instruction received by the operation unit, to generate image data;
an image forming unit configured to form images on a plurality of sheets based on the image data generated by the scanner unit;
a folding unit configured to perform center-folding processing on the plurality of sheets; and
a control unit configured to determine a number of sheets per one copy of the plurality of sheets, based on a number of the originals scanned by the scanner unit,
wherein the control unit is configured to control the folding unit to:
(i) if the number of sheets per one copy of the plurality of sheets is two or greater and less than a maximum number of sheets for folding capability of the folding unit, perform the center-folding processing for folding sheets, of the plurality of sheets, in units of the number of sheets per one copy, and
(ii) if the number of sheets per one copy of the plurality of sheets is one, perform the center-folding processing for collectively folding sheets, of the plurality of sheets, in units of the maximum number.

US Pat. No. 9,930,193

COMMUNICATION DEVICE WIRELESSLY COMMUNICATING WITH EXTERNAL DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication device comprising:an image capturing unit configured to capture an object to acquire an image of the object;
a detection unit configured to continuously determine a presence of an external device based on the image acquired by the image capturing unit;
a first wireless communication unit configured to perform wireless communication according to a first communication standard; and
a control unit configured to perform control so that processing for establishing wireless communication with the external device via the first wireless communication unit is started if the external device is detected by the detection unit,
wherein, if the external device is not detected by the detection unit for a certain time period after the wireless communication with the external device is established by the first wireless communication unit, the control unit performs control so that the wireless communication with the external device by the first wireless communication unit is disconnected, and
wherein, if the external device is again detected by the detection unit before the certain time period elapses, the control unit performs control so that the wireless communication with the external device by the first wireless communication unit remains connected.

US Pat. No. 9,923,605

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
an antenna that wirelessly receives power;
a power circuit that inputs power received by the antenna;
a communication circuit that performs communication using the antenna;
switches; and
a resonant element that resonates with the antenna,
wherein the resonant element is arranged between the antenna and one of the power circuit and the communication circuit, and
wherein at least one of the switches is arranged between the resonant element and the one circuit, and at least another one
of the switches is arranged between the other circuit and the antenna.

US Pat. No. 9,919,536

LIQUID CONTAINER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid container enabled to contain a liquid therein;
wherein an outer wall of the liquid container has a first surface, a second surface, a third surface, and a fourth surface,
the second surface and the third surface are adjacent to the first surface, the second surface and the third surface face
each other, and the fourth surface is adjacent to the first surface, the second surface, and the third surface,

a boundary between the first surface and the second surface and a boundary between the first surface and the third surface
are longer than a boundary between the first surface and the fourth surface,

the first surface has a space in which a storage element storing information on the liquid container is contained,
the first surface and the second surface have a first recessed portion that crosses the boundary between the first surface
and the second surface, and the first surface and the third surface have a second recessed portion that crosses the boundary
between the first surface and the third surface, and

the first recessed portion and the second recessed portion face each other across the space,
wherein when a direction parallel to the second surface viewed from the first surface side is denoted as Y direction, the
width of the first recessed portion in the Y direction is within ±50% of the width of the space in the Y direction,

wherein the liquid container includes a case containing a liquid and a cover covering at least a part of the case, and
the first recessed portion and the second recessed portion are formed in an outer wall of the cover.

US Pat. No. 9,924,155

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of photoelectric conversion units configured to output a plurality of signals by photoelectrically converting
light fluxes each having passed through a different pupil region of an imaging optical system;

one or more processors;
a memory storing instructions which, when the instructions are executed by the one or more processors, cause the imaging apparatus
to:

generate combined image data corresponding to the light fluxes by combining the plurality of signals corresponding to the
light fluxes each having passed through the different pupil regions of the imaging optical system, and

generate a single Design rule for Camera File system (DCF) image file including the combined image data and image data of
the signal corresponding to a light flux having passed through any one of the different pupil regions of the imaging optical
system, and

wherein the DCF image file comprises in a data arrangement order:
a header section that includes metadata and data of an offset amount to each image area;
a thumbnail image section that includes a thumbnail image;
an image section, and
wherein the combined image data and the image data of the signal corresponding to the light flux having passed through any
one of the different pupil regions of the imaging optical system are arranged in the data arrangement order in the image section.

US Pat. No. 9,924,440

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD AND SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of deciding which role of a first role for generating a wireless network and a second role for participating in
a generated wireless network, a communication apparatus operates, said method comprising the steps of:
generating a wireless network when operating in the first role;
participating in a generated wireless network when operating in the second role;
comparing first information set in another apparatus with first information set in said communication apparatus; and
determining based on second information, in a case where the first information set in said another apparatus is the same as
the first information set in said communication apparatus, which of the first role and the second role said communication
apparatus operates in,

wherein a value of the second information is set randomly in at least one of said communication apparatus and said another
apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,923,972

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING DATA TRANSMISSION VIA NETWORK, AND METHOD FOR SELECTING DATA DESTINATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a message via a network;
an obtainment unit configured to obtain a result of detection by a sensor for detecting at least one of (a) a state of a device
and (b) a state of an environment around a device;

a selection unit configured to select, based on the result of detection obtained by the obtainment unit, from a plurality
of devices corresponding to a common address set as a destination of the message received by the reception unit, a device
to which the received message is to be transmitted;

a setting unit configured to change a destination address of the received message from the common address corresponding to
the plurality of devices to an address specific to the device selected by the selection unit based on the result of detection;
and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the message whose destination address is changed by the setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,921,456

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An illumination apparatus comprising:
a light source;
a light-receiving unit; and
a light guide unit having an arc shape,
wherein the light guide unit comprises:
a light incidence section on which light from the light source is incident, wherein the light incidence section is disposed
on an outer circumferential side of the light guide unit and faces the light source;

a first reflecting section having a first arc-shaped region and a second arc-shaped region, wherein both the first arc-shaped
region and the second arc-shaped region are disposed at a position further from the light source than the light incidence
section in a circumferential direction of the arc shape of the light guide unit, wherein the first arc-shaped region is disposed
closer to one end of the arc shape of the light guide unit than the light incidence section, and wherein the second arc-shaped
region is disposed closer to another end of the arc shape of the light guide unit than the light incidence section;

a second reflecting section having a first surface for reflecting the light incident from the light incidence section toward
the first arc-shaped region, and a second surface for reflecting the light incident from the light incidence section toward
the second arc-shaped region;

a third reflecting section, which is disposed at a position between the first and the second surfaces, for reflecting the
light incident from the light incidence section; and

a light-emitting section configured to emit the light reflected by the first reflecting section and the third reflecting section,
wherein the third reflecting section is disposed at a position closer to the light-emitting section than the first and the
second surfaces,

wherein the light-receiving unit is disposed at a position surrounded by the first and the second surfaces and the third reflecting
section, and

wherein a hole portion is disposed on at least one of the first and the second surfaces.

US Pat. No. 9,924,047

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which is able to transmit image data to a file server, comprising:
a first display unit configured to display a first screen, in the first screen a list of destination information which has
been registered in an address book and a registration request key being displayed, the destination information including destination
information specifying a WebDAV server;

a second display unit configured to display a second screen in response to operation of the registration request key, in the
second screen an input area for inputting destination information indicating a folder in the WebDAV server and a connection
determination key for determining whether a connection between the image processing apparatus and the WebDAV server can be
established using the destination information being displayed;

a determination unit configured to determine, in accordance with operation of the connection determination key, whether the
connection can be established using the destination information

a notification unit configured to notify a user of a determination result by the determination unit; and
a registration unit configured to register the destination information in the address book.

US Pat. No. 9,921,499

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, AND PHTHALOCYANINE PIGMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support member; and
a photosensitive layer containing a phthalocyanine pigment comprising crystalline particles having a crystallite correlation
length r and a particle size R of 400 nm or less,

wherein a parameter k defined by r/R is in the range of 0.17 to 0.42, and
wherein the phthalocyanine pigment is a hydroxygallium phthalocyanine pigment comprising the crystalline particles, and the
crystalline particles have a crystal form exhibiting peaks at Bragg angles 2? of 7.4°±0.3° and 28.2°±0.3° in a CuK?X-ray diffraction
spectrum thereof and contain therein an amide compound represented by formula (A1):


wherein R1 represents a group selected from the group consisting of a methyl group, a propyl group, and a vinyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,915,918

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH FIXING DEVICE DETACHABLY MOUNTED THERETO

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus to which a fixing device is detachably mounted, the fixing device comprising a heater, a detector
to detect a temperature of the heater, and a first memory that stores information relating to the heater, the image forming
apparatus comprising:
a second memory;
an image former configured to form an image on a sheet;
a power circuit configured to supply power to the heater; and
a processor configured to control (i) the power circuit based on a power supply condition, and (ii) whether or not to perform
update processing that includes reading out the information from the first memory and storing the information in the second
memory;

wherein, the power supply condition is one of (i) a first power supply condition that is determined based on the temperature
detected by the detector and information previously stored in the second memory, (ii) a predetermined power supply condition,
and (iii) a second power supply condition based on the temperature detected by the detector and the information newly stored
in the second memory after the update processing, and

wherein, (i) in a case in which the power circuit starts supplying the power to the heater and the heater starts heating without
performing the update processing by the processor, the processor controls the power circuit based on the first power supply
condition, (ii) in a case in which the power circuit supplies the power to the heater and the heater starts heating while
the processor performs the update processing, the processor controls the power circuit based on the predetermined power supply
condition, and (iii) in a case in which the processor has performed the update processing and has determined the second power
supply condition, the processor controls the power circuit based on the second power supply condition.

US Pat. No. 9,908,338

LIQUID STORAGE BOTTLE, LIQUID STORAGE BOTTLE PACKAGE, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID STORAGE BOTTLE PACKAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid storage bottle, comprising:
a main body portion configured to store a liquid;
a nozzle portion configured to discharge the liquid stored in the main body portion;
a cap mounted on the nozzle portion;
a space portion formed between the nozzle portion and the cap; and
a communicating portion configured to allow the space portion to communicate with outside of the liquid storage bottle,
wherein the nozzle portion includes a contact portion which comes into contact with the cap in a state in which the cap is
mounted on the nozzle portion, and the communicating portion is a groove portion formed by cutting out a part of the contact
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,906,750

IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE DRIVING METHOD, IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM USING RESET CANCELLATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving method of an image pickup device that comprises
a plurality of pixels configured to be arranged in plural rows and plural columns, respectively include a photoelectric convertor
for generating charge, and respectively output an optical signal based on the charge, and

a plurality of A/D converting units configured to be respectively provided corresponding to the plural columns and convert
the optical signal to a digital signal,

the driving method comprising:
resetting the photoelectric convertor of the pixel in a second row, which is different from a first row, among the plural
rows during a period in which the pixel in the first row among the plural rows is being selected as a pixel to output the
optical signal; and

canceling the reset of the photoelectric convertor of the pixel in the second row in a period other than the period in which
the A/D converting unit converts the optical signal of the pixel in the first row into the digital signal.

US Pat. No. 9,900,513

CONTROL APPARATUS, OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND LENS APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus detachably mounted on an image pickup apparatus and for communicating with the image pickup apparatus,
the lens apparatus comprising:
an image stabilizer;
a shake detector configured to detect a shake applied to the lens apparatus; and
an image stabilization controller configured to control image stabilization by driving the image stabilizer,
wherein the lens apparatus receives, from the image pickup apparatus, information representing a follow shot angular velocity
for following an object calculated from an output from the shake detector and a motion vector representing motion of the object
acquired from an image pickup result provided by the image pickup apparatus, and

wherein the image stabilization controller is configured to:
drive the image stabilizer when a difference between the follow shot angular velocity and an angular velocity of the lens
apparatus acquired based on the output from the shake detector is a first difference; and

stop driving the image stabilizer when the difference is a second difference, which is larger than the first difference.

US Pat. No. 9,900,514

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING IMAGE STABILIZATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus comprising:
an image capturing optical system including a correction unit configured to move in image stabilization; and
a driver configured to rotationally drive the correction unit based on a rotational center position that varies depending
on an object distance,

wherein a conditional expression below is satisfied:
|Rinf|/D?|Rn|/D>0.001,

where Rinf is a distance in an optical axis direction from an intersection of a lens surface closest to an object side of
the correction unit and an optical axis of the image capturing optical system to the rotational center position when focusing
at infinity, Rn is a distance in the optical axis direction from the intersection of the lens surface closest to the object
side of the correction unit and the optical axis to the rotational center position when focusing in a close range, and D is
a thickness on the optical axis of the correction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,900,520

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING A CLIP LIMITING FEATURE TO AVOID IMAGE SMEAR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus that outputs an image signal based on an optical signal photoelectrically converted by an image
sensor provided with a plurality of two-dimensionally arranged pixels, the image pickup apparatus comprising:
at least one processor configured to execute:
a clip limiting function that controls the image sensor to limit an output voltage of the image signal based on the optical
signal;

a gain upper limit setting function that controls the image sensor to set a gain upper limit to be applied to the image signal;
a condition determining function that determines whether or not a condition to cause occurrence of a smear in a shot image
is satisfied based on a gain that is set to be applied to the image signal; and

a smear control function that:
activates the clip limiting function to limit the output voltage of the image signal when the condition determining function
determines that the condition to cause occurrence of the smear is satisfied; and

deactivates the clip limiting function when the condition determining function determines that the condition to cause occurrence
of the smear is not satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,891,576

FEEDING DEVICE, CLEANING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A feeding device for feeding a developer, said feeding device comprising:
a cleaning member configured to be in contact with an image bearing member for carrying a developer image to remove a developer
from the image bearing member;

an accommodating portion configured to accommodate the developer removed by said cleaning member;
a feeding member including a rotational shaft and a spiral feeding blade and configured to feed the developer from said accommodating
portion;

a sheet fixed to said accommodating portion and contacted to the image bearing member; and
a guiding portion extending toward said feeding member and forming a part of a wall surface of said accommodating portion
at a position on a side where said sheet is provided, with respect to a line connecting a rotation center of the image bearing
member and a rotation center of said feeding member, as viewed in an axial direction of the image bearing member when the
feeding device is attached to the image bearing member,

wherein relative to a horizontal orientation, said guiding portion is inclined at a first angle that is greater than an angle
of repose of the developer and less than 90°, and

wherein an imaginary extension of said guiding portion in a cross-section perpendicular to the axial direction of the image
bearing member passes through said rotational shaft, and as said guiding portion approaches said feeding member, a distance
between said guiding portion and a line which extends vertically through the rotation center of the feeding member decreases.

US Pat. No. 9,891,580

DRIVE TRANSMISSION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drive transmission device comprising:
a driving rotational body;
a driven rotational body that rotates by engaging with the driving rotational body;
a driven member that is driven by the rotation of the driven rotational body;
an elastic member that rotates the driven rotational body by an elastic force when the driven rotational body does not engage
with the driving rotational body; and

a first rotational body and a second rotational body arranged downstream of the driven rotational body in a drive train that
transmits a driving force from the driving rotational body to the driven member, the first rotational body being configured
to rotate in synchronization with the driven rotational body, the second rotational body being configured to be rotated by
the first rotational body and drive the driven member,

wherein the first rotational body and the second rotational body are gears that mesh with each other,
wherein the first rotational body rotates without rotating the second rotational body when the driven rotational body rotates
by the elastic force of the elastic member,

wherein an arcuate surface coaxial with a rotation center of the first rotational body is provided in a portion of the first
rotational body that faces the second rotational body in a phase in which the first rotational body does not rotate the second
rotational body, and an arcuate surface extending along the arcuate surface of the first rotational body is provided in a
portion of the second rotational body that faces the first rotational body in the phase in which the first rotational body
does not rotate the second rotational body,

wherein, in a state where the arcuate surface of the first rotational body and the arcuate surface of the second rotational
body are in contact with each other, the first rotational body rotates without rotating the second rotational body when the
driven rotational body rotates by the elastic force of the elastic member, and

wherein the elastic member is a torsion spring of which center being coaxial with a rotation axis of the second rotational
body.

US Pat. No. 9,894,270

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR HANDLING A RAW IMAGE, OF A MOVING IMAGE OR A STILL IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a central processing unit (CPU); and
a memory having stored thereon instructions that when executed by the CPU, cause the CPU to perform control to cause the image
processing apparatus to:

obtain a RAW image generated from a captured image;
perform first development processing of developing the RAW image to obtain a developed image;
store, into a storage medium, the RAW image as a RAW image file and the developed image obtained by the first development
processing as an image file;

read the RAW image file stored in the storage medium and perform second development processing of developing the RAW image
to obtain a developed image having higher image quality than the developed image obtained by the first development processing;

output the developed image obtained by the first or second development processing as a display image;
recieve an instruction for enlarging a partial area of the display image; and
perform a switching operation to output the developed image obtained by the second development processing in a case where
the instruction for enlarging the partial area is given in a state in which the developed image obtained by the first development
processing is displayed as the display image.

US Pat. No. 9,894,283

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first input unit configured to input image data;
a second input unit configured to input spectral imaging data of shooting scene of the image data;
a generation unit configured to generate information relating to a light source of the shooting scene based on the spectral
imaging data; and

an appending unit configured to append the information relating to the light source to the image data,
wherein at least one of the first input unit, the second input unit, the generation unit, or the appending unit is implemented
using a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,894,295

IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
a plurality of pixels, each of the plurality of pixels including a photoelectric conversion unit that generates charge by
photoelectric conversion, a holding unit that holds charge transferred from the photoelectric conversion unit, and an amplifier
unit that outputs a signal based on charge transferred from the holding unit, wherein

the plurality of pixels includes
a first group including the pixel that outputs a signal based on charge generated in the photoelectric conversion unit during
a first exposure period in each of frames, and

a second group including the pixel that outputs a signal based on charge generated in the photoelectric conversion unit during
a second exposure period in each of the frames,

the second exposure period is longer than the first exposure period, and at least a part of the second exposure period overlaps
with the first exposure period, and

the pixel belonging to the second group includes in the second exposure period
a first period during which the charge generated in the photoelectric conversion unit is accumulated in the photoelectric
conversion unit, and the charge held by the holding unit is transferred to the amplifier unit, and

a second period during which the charge generated in the photoelectric conversion unit during the first period is held in
the holding unit, and the charge generated in the photoelectric conversion unit after the first period is held by one of the
photoelectric conversion unit and the holding unit.

US Pat. No. 9,894,306

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging system comprising:
a radiation imaging apparatus including a radiation detection unit in which a plurality of conversion elements configured
to convert radiation into electric charges are arranged and a driving unit configured to drive the radiation detection unit;
and

a control apparatus configured to control the radiation imaging apparatus,
wherein the control apparatus comprises:
an operation detection unit configured to detect an operation instruction for the control apparatus;
a determination unit configured to determine, in accordance with the operation instruction detected by the operation detection
unit, whether a difference time acquired by subtracting an elapsed time from initialization of the radiation detection unit
from an image sensing enable time indicating a time capable of image sensing a radiation image in use of the radiation detection
unit is not less than a threshold time; and

a control unit configured to change operating states of the radiation detection unit and the driving unit in accordance with
a determination result of the determination unit, wherein if it is determined that the difference time is not less than the
threshold time, the control unit energizes the radiation detection unit and the driving unit to set the operating state to
an image sensing enable state, and wherein if it is determined that the difference time is less than the threshold time, the
control unit stops energizing the radiation detection unit and the driving unit to shift the operating state to a sleep state.

US Pat. No. 9,888,209

REMOTE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING REMOTE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A remote communication system comprising:
a first information processing apparatus, the first information processing apparatus including:
a first projection device;
at least one control circuit configured to function as:
a first projection unit that controls the first projection device to project an image onto a first projection surface,
an acquisition unit that acquires, as a meeting material shared with a user at a remote site, an image of a document placed
on the first projection surface,

a first image capturing unit that captures an image of an area including a projection area projected by the first projection
device by using an imaging device,

a first detection unit that detects a distance to an object for each of pixels of an image captured by the first image capturing
unit,

and a first extraction unit that extracts an image indicating a user and included in the image captured by the first image
capturing unit on a basis of the distances detected by the first detection unit; and

a storage unit that stores a mode for sharing a meeting material with a user at the remote site; and
a second information processing apparatus set at the remote site, the second information processing apparatus including:
a second projection device; and
at least one control circuit configured to function as:
a second projection unit that controls the second projection device to project an image onto a second projection surface,
a second image capturing unit that captures an image of an area including a projection area projected by the second projection
device by using an imaging device,

a second detection unit that detects a distance to an object for each of pixels of the image captured by the second image
capturing unit, and

a second extraction unit that extracts an image indicating a user located at the remote site and included in the image captured
by the second image capturing unit on a basis of the distances detected by the second detection unit,

wherein the first projection unit projects, onto the first projection surface, an image including at least an image indicating
the user at the remote site and extracted by the second extraction unit,

wherein the second projection unit projects, onto the second projection surface, the image of the document acquired by the
acquisition unit and the image indicating the user extracted by the first extraction unit, and

wherein the first information processing apparatus and the second information processing apparatus switch a scheme for sharing
a meeting material on a basis of the mode stored in the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,885,998

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A REMOVABLE IMAGE BEARING MEMBER UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly;
an image bearing member unit including an image bearing member, said image bearing member unit being demountable from and
mountable to said main assembly in a direction parallel to a rotational axis of said image bearing member;

a developing unit including a developer carrying member configured to form a toner image on said image bearing member;
an accommodating portion configured to accommodate said image bearing member unit and provided with an inserting opening through
which said image bearing member unit is insertable;

a rotatable openable member configured to open and close said inserting opening;
a moving mechanism configured to move said developing unit in interrelation with opening and closing of said openable member,
said moving mechanism contacting said developing unit to said image bearing member unit by a closing operation of said openable
member and spacing said developing unit from said image bearing member unit by an opening operation of said openable member;

a gap regulating portion provided on said image bearing member unit and configured to regulate a gap between said image bearing
member and said developer carrying member by contacting said developing unit;

a positioning portion configured to position said image bearing member unit with respect to an inserting direction of said
image bearing member unit into said image forming apparatus when said image bearing member unit is mounted to a mounting position;

a moving portion for moving said image bearing member unit, wherein when said image bearing member unit is in a predetermined
range between the mounting position and a predetermined position a predetermined distance away from the mounting position
in an upstream direction with respect to the inserting direction, said moving portion being capable of moving said image bearing
member unit to the predetermined position or to a position upstream of the predetermined position with respect to the inserting
direction; and

a contact surface provided on said openable member, said contact surface is capable of being contacted by said image bearing
member unit when said openable member is moved to a closing position in a state that said image bearing member unit is in
the predetermined position,

wherein an angle formed between a normal line of said contact surface and the inserting direction in a downstream side is
not less than 90 degrees.

US Pat. No. 9,884,482

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a bubble forming chamber capable of retaining a liquid therein;
a heating element disposed in a surface oriented towards the bubble forming chamber, the heating element capable of heating
the liquid retained inside the bubble forming chamber;

an ejection port that ejects the liquid that the bubble forming chamber has retained and that has been heated;
an ejecting portion that communicates the liquid between the ejection port and the bubble forming chamber;
a liquid supply port that supplies the liquid to the bubble forming chamber; and
a flow path resistor that serves as a resistance of a flow of the liquid in the bubble forming chamber,
wherein upon heating performed by the heating element, a bubble is formed in the liquid retained in the bubble forming chamber,
the liquid is ejected, and the bubble disappears without any atmospheric communication,

wherein when a length L is a length of the heating element in a direction in which the liquid is supplied, when viewing in
a direction in which the liquid is ejected, a position of a center of gravity of the ejection port is spaced apart from a
position of a center of gravity of the heating element by L/3.5 or more in the direction in which the liquid is ejected, and

wherein when a length of the ejecting portion in the direction in which the liquid is ejected is l and a length of the bubble
forming chamber in the direction in which the liquid is ejected is h, l/h is 2 or smaller.

US Pat. No. 9,888,154

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR PROCESSING INFORMATION, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for processing information, the method comprising:
determining, in a luminance image that represents luminance components of an input image obtained by capturing a document
image, a shaded region affected by shade and a specific pixel region including specific pixels less affected by the shade
through a color of an object in the document image by using the luminance components of pixels of the luminance image; and

generating a shade image that represents shade components of the input image by referring to pixel values of pixels adjacent
to the specific pixels and replacing a pixel value of each of the specific pixels with a value of the shaded region adjacent
to the specific pixel,

wherein in the generating, replacing a pixel value of each of the specific pixels with the value of the adjacent shaded region
is repeated until the specific pixel region disappears in the luminance image.

US Pat. No. 9,888,175

IMAGE CAPTURING ACCESSORY, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING COMMUNICATION CONTROL PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An accessory detachably attachable to an image capturing apparatus, the accessory comprising:
a communicator configured to communicate with the image capturing apparatus in multiple communication modes; and
a communication mode setter configured to set one of the multiple communication modes which corresponds to command information
received from the image capturing apparatus as a use communication mode used to communicate with the image capturing apparatus,

wherein the communication mode setter is configured to:
set the use communication mode corresponding to the command information in response to reception of the command information
and reception of first correspondence information different from the command information and in correspondence with the command
information, from the image capturing apparatus, and

transmit, to the image capturing apparatus, second correspondence information different from the command information and in
correspondence with the command information in response to the reception of the command information from the image capturing
apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,868,600

SHEET CONVEYING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying device comprising:
a device body;
an opening/closing member supported to open and close relative to the device body;
a conveyance merging part where sheets conveyed from different directions join;
at least a first sheet conveying path and a second sheet conveying path configured to convey sheets to the conveyance merging
part;

a fixed guide member fixed to the device body;
a first pivoting guide member supported pivotally on a common axis between the fixed guide member and the opening/closing
member and disposed on a side of the fixed guide member;

a second pivoting guide member supported pivotally on the common axis between the fixed guide member and the opening/closing
member and disposed on a side of the opening/closing member; and

a third pivoting guide member supported pivotally on the common axis between the fixed guide member and the opening/closing
member and located between the first pivoting guide member and the second pivoting guide member,

wherein, in a state in which the first and second sheet conveying paths are formed, the first pivoting guide member pivots
toward the third pivoting guide member to expand the first sheet conveying path when pushed by a sheet conveyed from the first
sheet conveying path, and the third pivoting guide member pivots toward the first pivoting guide member to expand the second
sheet conveying path when pushed by a sheet conveyed from the second sheet conveying path.

US Pat. No. 9,871,975

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an image sensor;
a shutter configured to be movable to a position at which the image sensor is shielded from light, and to a position at which
the image sensor is not shielded from light, wherein a moving speed of the shutter changes during movement; and

at least one processor that operates to:
calculate a light amount change characteristic of light from an object; and
perform exposure control of the image sensor based on a movement characteristic of the shutter and the calculated light amount
change characteristic so that a center timing of an exposure period of a center region of an imaging area of the image sensor
differs from a timing when the light from the object satisfies a predetermined condition, the light being calculated by the
at least one processor,

wherein the timing when the light from the object satisfies the predetermined condition is included in an exposure period
of the image sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,871,982

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT DETECTS FLASH BAND AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus that has an image pickup unit and detects a band-shaped luminance step appearing in a plurality
of frame images, which are obtained through image pickup by the image pickup unit, in a video comprised of the plurality of
frame images, comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a detection area, which is for use in detecting the luminance step, in a part of the frame
image according to a subject included in the frame image, wherein said setting unit obtains a subject area based on distance
information indicative of a distance between the image pickup apparatus and the subject and sets the detection area according
to the subject area; and

a detecting unit configured to obtain luminance data on a line-by-line basis in the detection area, and based on a difference
in luminance data between corresponding lines in the frame images, detects the luminance step.

US Pat. No. 9,871,989

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit;
a communication unit;
a memory; and
a processor for executing a program stored in the memory, tine program including following steps of:
capturing an object by the image capturing unit and generating image data;
communicating with an external apparatus via the communication unit by a procedure selected from a plurality of procedures,
the plurality of procedures including a first procedure in which user operation is input until the communication apparatus
and an external apparatus are connected and a second procedure in which user operation which is simpler than the user operation
in the first procedure is input until the communication apparatus and an external apparatus are connected, wherein the procedure
is selected before connection between the communication apparatus and the external apparatus is established by the communication
unit;

operating in a first transmitting anode when the connection with the external apparatus is established via the first procedure;
operating in a second transmitting mode when the connection with the external apparatus is established via the second procedure;
wherein, in the first transmitting mode, a content that is selected based on an operation on the communication apparatus is
transmitted and, in the second transmitting mode, a content that is selected based on an operation on an external apparatus
is transmitted,

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,868,181

ASSEMBLY EQUIPMENT AND ASSEMBLY METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. Assembly equipment comprising:
a base;
a first holding hand provided in a first robot arm set on the base;
a second holding hand provided in a second robot arm set on the base; and
a control device configured to control the first and second robot arms and the first and second holding hands,
wherein the first holding hand includes a first rotation unit that rotates about an axis of rotation A and a second rotation
unit that rotates about an axis of rotation B,

wherein the second rotation unit is attached to the first rotation unit, an aligning holding unit is attached to the second
rotation unit, and the second rotation unit is disposed between the first rotation unit and the aligning holding unit,

wherein the second rotation unit and the aligning holding unit rotate together with the first rotation unit about the axis
of rotation A,

wherein the aligning holding unit rotates together with the second rotation unit about the axis of rotation B,
wherein the aligning holding unit and the second rotation unit are disposed at all time with a virtual line traversing therethrough,
the virtual line being an extended line of the axis of rotation A, and

wherein a cooperative working area of the first and second holding hands is provided in an overlapping area where working
areas of the first and second holding hands overlap with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,857,707

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner, comprising:
a toner particle containing a binder resin and a colorant; and
an inorganic fine particle comprising a silica fine particle A, the silica fine particle A having (i) a number average particle
diameter (D1) of a primary particle of 80 to 200 nm and (ii) a half width of a maximum peak in a weight-based particle size
distribution of 15.0 nm or less, wherein

the toner particle has an average circularity of 0.960 or more, and
the toner satisfies formula (1) and formula (2):
Fp(A)?25.0 nN  (1)

(Fp(B)?Fp(A))/Fp(A)?0.60  (2)

in which Fp(A) represents an inter-particle force (nN) of the toner, which is measured by using a consolidated body of the
toner prepared by compressing the toner with a load of 78.5 N; and

Fp(B) represents an inter-particle force (nN) of the toner, which is measured by using a consolidated body of the toner prepared
by compressing the toner with a load of 157.0 N.

US Pat. No. 9,857,761

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A SUPPORTING MEMBER FOR DISMOUNTABLY SUPPORTING ONE OR MORE CARTRIDGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly provided with an opening;
a supporting member configured to dismountably support a cartridge configured to form an image on a recording material, said
supporting member being movable between an inside position, which is inside said main assembly, and an outside position, which
is outside said main assembly, through said opening;

an openable member configured to open and close said opening; and
a connecting member configured to connect said openable member and said main assembly with each other, and configured be rotatable
with respect to said openable member and said main assembly, said connecting member being provided with a movement regulating
portion configured to regulate movement of said supporting member placed in the outside position in a state in which said
openable member opens said opening,

wherein said connecting member is provided with one of (i) a projection engaged with a groove of one of said openable member
and said main assembly, and (ii) a groove engaged with a projection of one of said openable member and said main assembly,
wherein by movement of said projection in said groove during one of an opening operation and a closing operation of said openable
member, said connecting member is moved in interrelation with the one of the opening operation and the closing operation of
said openable member, and

wherein, in a state in which said openable member is open, said projection is in a recess provided at an end portion of said
groove, and said recess is configured such that said projection is locked with said groove upon a movement in a direction
including an upward component.

US Pat. No. 9,857,767

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge detachably attached to an image forming apparatus, the process cartridge comprising:
a drum unit configured to rotatably hold a photosensitive drum;
a developing unit that is assembled in such a manner as to be rotatable relative to the drum unit and includes a developing
roller configured to supply a developer to the photosensitive drum;

gap maintaining members provided to the photosensitive drum or the developing roller on both end portions of the photosensitive
drum in an axial direction, the gap maintaining members holding the developing roller while being apart from the photosensitive
drum with a gap in between; and

urging members configured to bias the developing unit toward the drum unit in such a direction that the developing roller
comes into contact with the photosensitive drum,

wherein the urging members are respectively disposed on outer sides of the gap maintaining members disposed at both end portions
in the axial direction, and

wherein the drum unit or the developing unit includes an electric contact portion configured to come into contact with an
electric contact of the image forming apparatus when the process cartridge is attached to the image forming apparatus, the
electric contact portion being disposed between the gap maintaining members in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,860,462

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, METHOD OF DRIVING SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of driving a solid-state imaging device comprising a pixel including:
a photoelectric conversion element;
an amplifier transistor configured to output a signal based on a potential of a gate thereof;
a transfer transistor configured to transfer charges generated in the photoelectric conversion element to the gate of the
amplifier transistor; and

a reset transistor configured to reset the potential of the gate of the amplifier transistor, the method comprising:
supplying a first voltage to a gate of the reset transistor when charges are accumulated in the photoelectric conversion element,
the first voltage being a voltage between a second voltage and a third voltage;

subsequently supplying the second voltage to the gate of the reset transistor when the reset transistor is turned on in order
to reset the potential of the gate of the amplifier transistor; and

subsequently supplying the third voltage to the gate of the reset transistor when the amplifier transistor outputs the signal
based on the potential of the gate of the amplifier transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,851,552

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a light source which emits excitation light;
a phosphor which converts the excitation light into fluorescent light and rotates;
an image display element which modulates the fluorescent light; and
a control unit which controls the image display element so that the image display element repeats first displaying based on
an image signal and second displaying which is darker than the first displaying, at a predetermined frequency, wherein

the control unit can be operated in a moving image display mode which repeats the first displaying and the second displaying,
and in a still image display mode which does not repeat the first displaying and the second displaying, and

in a case of operating in the moving image display mode, when a higher frequency of the predetermined frequency and a rotation
frequency of the phosphor is represented by Fhigh, and a lower frequency thereof is represented by Flow,

the frequencies satisfy a relationship of:
|Fhigh/2?Flow|<15.

US Pat. No. 9,854,121

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR GENERATING A DIGITIZED DOCUMENT BY USING IMAGE DATA AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input first image data and second image data, the first image data and the second image data having
a same layout;

an extraction unit configured to extract text data of character strings contained in the first image data and information
about position of the character strings in the first image data, and extract text data of character strings contained in the
second image data and information about position of the character strings in the second image data

a receiving unit configured to receive, from a user, a specifying of one character string out of the character strings contained
in the first image data;

a determination unit configured to determine whether a character string at a position, in the second image data having the
same layout as the first image data, common to the first position in the first image data matches the one character string,
the specifying of which has been received by the receiving unit, using the text data and the information about the position
of the text data extracted, by the extraction unit, from the first image data and the text data and the information about
the position of the text data extracted, by the extraction unit, from the second image data; and

a storage control unit configured to perform control so as to store, in a case where the determination unit determines that
the character string at the position, in the second image data, common to the first position in the first image data matches
the one character string, the first image data and the second image data in one folder of which a name includes the character
string received by the receiving unit and configured to perform control so as to store, in a case where the determination
unit determines that the character string at the position, in the second image data, common to the first position in the first
image data does not match the one character string, the first image data and the second image data in different folders,

wherein at least one of the input unit, the extraction unit, the receiving unit, the determination unit, and the storage control
unit is implemented by one or more processors.

US Pat. No. 9,848,769

OPHTHALMIC DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT APPARATUS AND OPHTHALMIC DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire a volume image of a retina;
a detection unit configured to detect a center of a macula lutea by analyzing the volume image;
a comparing unit configured to compare a thickness of the retina obtained from the volume image with a threshold value to
obtain a difference as a degree of abnormality;

a determining unit configured to determine a portion where the difference obtained by the comparing unit is larger than the
difference of another portion on the retina, the portion determined by the determining unit being a different portion from
the center of the macula lutea; and

an acquiring position setting unit configured to set a single scan line for imaging and/or displaying a tomographic image
of the retina, the single scan line passing through the portion determined by the determining unit and the center of the macula
lutea.

US Pat. No. 9,854,169

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions, the one or more processors configured to execute the instructions, thereby causing the image
processing apparatus to function as:

a determination unit configured to determine an optical transfer function based on shooting condition information;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire shake information corresponding to a shake;
a control unit configured to select a method of image restoration based on the optical transfer function and the shake information;
and

an image restoration unit configured to perform the image restoration based on the selected method of the image restoration,
wherein the control unit selects the method of image restoration from among methods of image restoration that include a method
to correct an image blur caused by the shake,

wherein the determination unit is configured to:
determine, as a first optical transfer function, the optical transfer function based on the shooting condition information,
and

determine a second optical transfer function based on the first optical transfer function and the shake information, and
wherein the determination unit is configured to combine, with the first optical transfer function, frequency characteristics
of a shake acquired based on the shake information to determine the second optical transfer function.

US Pat. No. 9,850,083

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:
a stacking unit drawably mounted on an apparatus body, the stacking unit comprising a stacking member on which a sheet is
stacked;

a feeding member configured to feed the sheet stacked on the stacking member;
a conveyance guide forming a conveyance path through which the sheet is conveyed, the conveyance guide being disposed above
the stacking unit and having an opening; and

a movement unit configured to move the feeding member between a first position on which the feeding member comes into contact
with the sheet stacked on the stacking member and a second position disposed above the first position, the movement unit comprising
an entry portion configured to be located within the opening upon the feeding member being positioned at the second position,

wherein the stacking unit comprises a contact portion,
wherein the movement unit comprises a movable portion configured to come into contact with the contact portion and a first
urging member urging the feeding member toward the second position,

wherein upon mounting the stacking unit on the apparatus body, the contact portion presses the movable portion against an
urging force of the first urging member so as to move the feeding member from the second position to the first position, and

wherein upon drawing the stacking unit from the apparatus body, the contact portion is separated from the movable portion
so that the first urging member moves the feeding member from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,851,932

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS ENABLING CHARGING MANAGEMENT, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
an interface which receives print data from an external device;
a memory storing instructions;
one or more processors which execute the instructions and cause an image forming apparatus to function as:
an identifying unit configured to attempt to identify a user who has transmitted the print data based on the print data; and
a printing control unit configured to print, on a basis of a first condition that the identifying unit identifies the user,
the received print data without a print instruction given via a user interface of the printing apparatus after the receiving
of the print data,

wherein the printing control unit is configured to store, on a basis of a second condition that the identifying unit cannot
identify the user, the received print data in a storage so that the printing control unit prints the received print data according
to a print instruction given via the user interface after the receiving of the print data.

US Pat. No. 9,841,703

DEVELOPING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:
a developing container configured to contain a developer;
a stirring-conveying screw configured to feed the developer in said developer container, said stirring-conveying screw including:
a first feeding screw portion configured to feed the developer in a first direction;
a second feeding screw portion provided at a position downstream of said first feeding screw portion with respect to the first
direction and configured to feed the developer in a second direction opposite to the first direction; and

a third feeding screw portion provided downstream of said second feeding screw portion with respect to the first direction
and having a radius smaller than a rotational radius of said second feeding screw portion, said third feeding screw portion
being configured to feed the developer in the first direction;

a first feeding passageway accommodating parts of said first feeding screw portion, said second feeding screw portion, and
said third feeding screw portion, and through which the developer is fed;

a second feeding passageway provided with a communication opening in fluid communication with said first feeding passageway,
said second feeding passageway having a bottom portion at a level higher than a bottom surface of said first feeding passageway
with respect to a vertical direction, said second feeding passageway accommodating said third feeding screw portion and through
which the developer is fed;

a discharging portion provided in said second feeding passageway to permit discharge of the developer from said developing
apparatus; and

a bottom surface portion disposed at an end of said first feeding passageway proximate to said communication opening, said
bottom surface portion having a first portion provided at a position higher than a bottom surface of said second feeding screw
portion and a second portion provided at a position lower than a bottom-most portion of said communication opening, wherein
said bottom surface portion is located downstream of said second feeding screw portion with respect to the first direction
and faces said third feeding screw portion.

US Pat. No. 9,841,724

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CARTRIDGE HAVING CHANGEABLE RELATIVE POSITIONING OF A COUPLING MEMBER AND ANOTHER PART OF THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus cartridge comprising:
a guide member positioned at a side of the image forming apparatus cartridge;
developer contained in the image forming apparatus cartridge;
a developing roller having an axis L1, the developing roller being rotatably supported in the image forming apparatus cartridge to permit rotation about the axis
L1; and

a coupling member having an axis L2, the coupling member including (i) a first end portion operatively connected to the developing roller, (ii) a second end
portion including at least one projection having a facing portion that faces the axis L2, and (iii) a connecting portion connecting the first end portion and the second end portion,

wherein, for at least a part of the connecting portion, a maximum distance from the axis L2 along a line perpendicular to the axis L2 to an outermost surface of the connecting portion is shorter than a distance between the facing portion and the axis L2 along a line perpendicular to the axis L2,

wherein, for at least part of the second end portion, a maximum distance from the axis L2 to the outermost surface of the second end portion along a line perpendicular to the axis L2 increases as the distance along the axis L2 from the connecting portion increases, and

wherein a relative positioning of the coupling member and the guide member is changeable between (i) a first relative position
in which a tip of the at least one projection is a first distance away from an end of the guide member as measured in the
direction of the axis L1 and (ii) a second relative position in which the tip of the at least one projection is a second distance away from the end
of the guide member as measured in the direction of the axis L1, wherein the first distance is greater than the second distance.

US Pat. No. 9,838,270

MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND MANAGEMENT METHOD FOR MANAGEMENT APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A management apparatus comprising,
a memory storing instructions related to a management application for managing network devices on a network; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the management apparatus to:
generate, as a function of a plug-in for adding a service to the management application, a first task which is a remote task
for determining whether the network devices support the service provided by the plug-in;

generate, as a function of the plug-in, a second task which is a remote task specified to be executed by a user operation
performed via a management screen provided by the plug-in, and which is a remote task having a higher priority than the first
task;

generate, as a function of the plug-in, a third task which is a remote task having a lower priority than the first task;
register, in an execution waiting task queue, the remote tasks generated by the plug-in according to the priorities of the
remote tasks; and

execute, as a function of the plug-in, the first one of the remote tasks registered in the execution waiting task queue,
wherein, when the second task is specified to be executed via the management screen provided by the plug-in, display control
is performed to disable operations via the management screen since a time when the execution is specified by the user until
a time when the second task is executed and the execution result is analyzed by the plug-in.

US Pat. No. 9,834,683

COMPOUND HAVING AZO SKELETON STRUCTURE, PIGMENT DISPERSANT, PIGMENT COMPOSITION, PIGMENT DISPERSION, AND TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A compound comprising a polymer having a repeating unit represented by the formula (2), the polymer further having a partial
structure represented by the following formula (1), and the partial structure being bonded with a linking group;
in the formula (1),
Ar represents an aryl group,
Ar and R1 to R3 satisfy at least one of the following conditions (i) and (ii):

(i) Ar has the linking group which is bonded to a carbon atom in the aryl group and is constituting a bonding moiety with
the polymer; and

(ii) at least one of R1 to R3 is the linking group which is constituting a bonding moiety with the polymer,

when R1 has not the linking group, R1 represents a hydrogen atom, an amino group, an alkyl group, a phenyl group, or an aralkyl group,

when R2 has not the linking group, R2 represents a hydrogen atom, a sulfonic acid group, a CONR4R5 group, or a COOR6 group,

when R3 has not the linking group, R3 represents an alkyl group, a phenyl group, a hydroxyl group, a NR7R8 group, a CONR9R10 group, a COOR11 group, a CH2COOR12 group, or a C2H4COOR13 group,

R4, R5, and R7 to R10 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a phenyl group, or an aralkyl group, and

R6 and R11 to R13 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a phenyl group, an aralkyl group, or a cation forming a salt
with a carboxylic acid anion;

in the formula (2),
R14 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group, and

R15 represents a phenyl group, a carboxyl group, a carboxylic acid ester group, or a carboxylic acid amide group.

US Pat. No. 9,834,434

CAPACITIVE TRANSDUCER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a capacitive transducer including a cell including: a first electrode; and a vibration film including
a second electrode that is provided with a gap from the first electrode, the method comprising:
forming a convex part on or above the first electrode;
forming a sacrifice layer on or above the first electrode and the convex part, the sacrifice layer having a thickness larger
than a thickness of the convex part;

forming a membrane on the sacrifice layer;
forming an etching hole in the membrane at a position above the convex part;
etching the sacrifice layer through the etching hole;
sealing the etching hole; and
forming the second electrode,
wherein a diameter of the convex part is smaller than that of the etching hole, and
wherein a material used in the sealing of the etching hole covers the convex part and seals the etching hole.

US Pat. No. 9,836,676

COLOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND PROGRAM FOR EXECUTING IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. A method for controlling a color image processing apparatus including an image forming unit, the method comprising:
an image processing step of implementing a plurality of image processing methods that achieves a plurality of types of halftone
representations;

a color measuring step of performing color measurement of the color image formed by the image forming unit;
a single-color calibration step of executing single-color calibration by causing the color measurement step to perform color
measurement of a pattern image including a plurality of single-color patch images that is formed using a same single-color
recording material, among a plurality of single-color recording materials, and that has densities different from one another,
the plurality of single-color patch images being formed for each of the plurality of single-color recording materials by the
image forming unit, and then acquiring, based on a result of the color measurement by the color measurement step, a correction
data to be used to bring a reproduction characteristic of a single-color image formed by the image forming unit close to a
first target value; and

a multi-color calibration step of executing multi-color calibration by causing the color measuring step to perform color measurement
of a pattern image including a plurality of multi-color patch images having colors different from one another, each of which
is formed using multiple color recording materials by the image forming unit, and then acquiring, based on results of the
color measurement by the color measuring step, correction data to be used to bring a reproduction characteristic of a multi-color
image formed by the image forming unit close to a second target value,

wherein two or more image processing methods among the plurality of image processing methods are used to form the pattern
image including the plurality of single-color patch images during the single-color calibration, and one or more image processing
methods among the plurality of image processing methods are used to form the pattern image including the plurality of multi-color
patch images during the multi-color calibration, and

a number of image processing methods used at a time of forming the pattern image including the plurality of multi-color patch
images is smaller than a number of image processing methods used at a time of forming the pattern image including the plurality
of single-color patch images.

US Pat. No. 9,820,646

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a detecting unit configured to detect at least one layer boundary on a tomographic image of an eye obtained by performing
tomographic imaging on the eye by using optical interference;

a determining unit configured to determine, based on the detected at least one layer boundary, a region of the tomographic
image including a retina of the eye; and

a processing unit configured to convert an intensity distribution of a region other than the region including the retina by
using an amount of conversion which is greater than an amount of conversion used to convert an intensity distribution of the
region including the retina.

US Pat. No. 9,826,047

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM, FOR TRANSMITTING PACKET DESPITE BLOCKAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that transmits an SLP packet, the apparatus comprising:
a display that displays a setting screen for a user to set a transmission standby time;
a memory that stores instructions;
a processor that executes the instructions to:
detect a link-up; and
transmit an SLP packet when a time elapsed after detecting the link-up reaches the transmission standby time set by the user,
wherein the SLP packet is not transmitted until the time elapsed after detecting the link-up reaches the transmission standby
time set by the user, and

wherein the information processing apparatus is a printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,820,711

BREAST TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A breast tomography apparatus comprising:
a gantry incorporating a radiation source and a radiation detector;
a breast insert portion, which is provided in the gantry and in which a breast of an object as an imaging target is to be
inserted;

a detection unit, which is arranged on the gantry and includes a detection sensor configured to detect contact with the object;
a CPU; and
memory,
wherein the CPU and the memory are operatively coupled to function as a determination unit configured to determine an insert
condition of the breast into the breast insert portion based on detection of contact by the detection sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,825,077

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE, METHOD FOR PRODUCING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a photoelectric conversion device that includes a pixel region in which a plurality of pixels
are arranged in a matrix, each of the pixels having a photoelectric conversion element, a first transistor for outputting
a signal generated in the photoelectric conversion element to a signal line, and a peripheral circuit region, arranged outside
of the pixel region, having second transistors for a scanning circuit configured to supply a drive pulse to the first transistor,
the pixel region being located on a semiconductor substrate and the peripheral circuit region being located on the semiconductor
substrate, the method comprising steps of:
forming gate electrodes of the first transistors and the second transistors;
implanting impurity ions of a first conductivity type using the gate electrodes as masks;
forming a first insulating film that covers the peripheral circuit region and an entirety of the pixel region;
removing portions of the first insulating film formed on the peripheral circuit region while protecting the pixel region by
the first insulating film formed on the entirety of the pixel region, such that side spacers of the second transistors are
formed and side spacers of the first transistors are not formed;

implanting impurity ions of the first conductivity type using the side spacers as masks;
forming a second insulating film that covers the pixel region and the peripheral circuit region;
forming contact holes, by an etching process, in regions of the second insulating film corresponding to drain regions of the
first transistors; and

filling the contact holes with a conductor,
wherein, in the forming contact holes, the first insulating film left in the pixel region after the forming the side spacers
of the second transistors is used as an etch stop film in the pixel region, and

wherein, in the forming the side spacers of the second transistors, the first insulating film is not left on regions of sources
and drains of the second transistors.

US Pat. No. 9,826,384

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
one or more memories that store instructions; and
one or more processors that execute the instructions to:
receive a search signal from another communication apparatus that is not wirelessly connected;
detect an execution state of a predetermined service;
transmit response signals to the search signal in a case where the predetermined service is not being executed, and transmit
no response signals to the search signal in a case where the predetermined service is being executed; and

perform wireless connection processing for connection to said another communication apparatus in a case where the response
signals are transmitted and not perform wireless connection processing for connection to said another communication apparatus
in a case where the response signals are not transmitted.

US Pat. No. 9,823,829

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a display unit configured to display an image based on an input image data on a screen;
a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the process, causes the image display apparatus to:
calculate, based on the input image data, an amount of blue light emitted from the screen in a case where the image based
on the input image data is displayed on the screen; and

perform control, in which a notification image is displayed on the screen, based on the amount of blue light, wherein
the amount of blue light is calculated based on:
blue pixel values of the input image data; and
a size of the screen.

US Pat. No. 9,824,089

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, DATA CONTROL METHOD IN SAID APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM FOR DATA CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communicating apparatus comprising:
at least one central processing unit (CPU); and
a memory device storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one CPU, cause the communicating apparatus to:
import a transfer condition which is used by another apparatus for transferring data and a transfer destination address of
a first file server in the another apparatus, data received by the another apparatus being transferred to the first file server
in the another apparatus in a case where the transfer condition is satisfied in regard to the data received by the another
apparatus;

determine whether the communicating apparatus is connected to a network via an external controller or the communicating apparatus
is connected to the network not via the external controller;

add, in a case where it is determined that the communicating apparatus is connected to the network via the external controller,
a predetermined port number to the imported transfer destination address;

receive data from the network;
transfer, in accordance with a satisfaction of the transfer condition, the received data to a second file server in the communicating
apparatus using the imported transfer destination address in a case where it is determined that the communicating apparatus
is connected to the network not via the external controller; and

transfer, in accordance with the satisfaction of the transfer condition, the received data to the second file server in the
communicating apparatus using an address which is generated by adding the predetermined port number to the imported transfer
destination address in a case where it is determined that the communicating apparatus is connected to the network via the
external controller.

US Pat. No. 9,823,595

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner, comprising a toner particle, the toner particle having a core-shell structure comprising:
a core containing a core resin, a colorant, and a wax;
a shell layer containing a resin “A” on a surface of the core, the resin “A” containing a segment having an organopolysiloxane
structure and being a polymer of a monomer composition comprising a monomer “a” having two or more polymerizable unsaturated
groups in one molecule thereof, the monomer “a” satisfying (Xa?1.0)×Ya?3.0×10-5 where Xa represents an average number of polymerizable
unsaturated groups in one molecule of monomer “a”, and Ya represents a number of moles (mol/g) of monomer “a” with respect
to a total mass of all monomers in the monomer composition; and

between the core and the shell layer, an intermediate layer containing a resin “B”, the resin “B” containing a segment having
an organopolysiloxane structure and being a polymer of a monomer composition containing a monomer “b” having two or more polymerizable
unsaturated groups in one molecule thereof, wherein

the toner particle has an amount of Si (atomic %) derived from the organopolysiloxane structure of resin “A” of 6.0 to 10.0
measured by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (ESCA),

resin “A” and resin “B” satisfy Za>Zb, where Za represents an amount of Si of the resin “A” measured by fluorescent X-ray
analysis (XRF), and Zb represents an amount of Si of the resin “B” measured by fluorescent X-ray analysis (XRF), and

resin “A” and resin “B” further satisfy (Xa?1.0)×Ya?(Xb?1.0)×Yb, where Xb represents an average number of polymerizable unsaturated
groups in one molecule of monomer “b” in resin “B”, and Yb represents a number of moles (mol/g) of monomer “b” with respect
to a total mass of all monomers in the monomer composition in resin “B”.

US Pat. No. 9,823,603

FEEDING DEVICE, CLEANING DEVICE, DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A feeding device for feeding a developer, comprising:
an accommodating member for accommodating the developer;
a first helical feeding member provided rotatably in said accommodating member and including a first region having a first
diameter and a second region having a second diameter smaller than the first diameter in a named order with respect to a first
feeding direction in which the developer is fed;

a second helical feeding member, provided rotatably in said accommodating member, for feeding the developer in a second feeding
direction crossing the first feeding direction; and

a wall provided in said accommodating member and extending toward said second helical feeding member so that said wall is
spaced from said first helical feeding member toward a downstream side of said first helical feeding member with respect to
the first feeding direction to branch a flow path of the developer,

wherein with respect to the first feeding direction, the second region is provided between the first region and a position
where said first and second helical feeding members cross each other.

US Pat. No. 9,824,664

CALIBRATION DEVICE, CALIBRATION METHOD AND DISPLAY DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A calibration device for a display device, the calibration device comprising:
a processor; and
a memory coupled to the processor to store instructions that cause the processor to execute:
receiving a confirmation image selected by a user;
controlling the display device to display a colorimetry image on a first display region of the display device and the confirmation
image on a second display region of the display device; and

performing calibration to update set values of a plurality of image quality adjustment items based on colorimetry results
from the colorimetry image; and

selecting whether or not to carry out synchronous display mode for displaying the confirmation image in synchronism with progress
of the calibration; wherein

in a case that the synchronous display mode has been selected, the display device is controlled so as to display the confirmation
image in the second display region using a plurality of set values, which are set before the calibration, at the start of
the calibration, and update the plurality of set values of the second display region in synchronism with progress of the calibration
during the calibration; and

in a case that the synchronous display mode has not been selected, the display device is controlled not to update the confirmation
image with the plurality of set values during the calibration.

US Pat. No. 9,824,415

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing apparatus for performing a plurality of sequential processes to input data, the plurality of sequential
processes including a first sequential process and a second sequential process branching from the first sequential process
in a logical connection sequence, the data processing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of communication units connected in a ring shape by a ring bus, each of the plurality of communication units being
configured to receive and transfer a packet in the ring bus and extract data held in a received packet if needed;

a plurality of processing units, each of which is connected to one of the plurality of communication units, including a processing
unit configured to perform the first sequential process and a processing unit configured to process data for a pixel group
having a second data size as part of the second sequential process, wherein the second data size is smaller than a first data
size processed in the first sequential process; and

a deletion unit connected to one of the plurality of communication units, the deletion unit being configured to delete, as
part of the second sequential process, part of data received from the first sequential process in accordance with the pixel
group, preceding in the logical connection sequence the processing unit configured to process data for the pixel group.

US Pat. No. 9,819,888

IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, DRIVING METHOD FOR IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, AND DRIVING METHOD FOR IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup device comprising:
a plurality of pixels including a first pixel and a second pixel each outputting a pixel signal based on incident light;
a ramp signal output unit configured to output a ramp signal whose potential changes in a ramp changing period that is from
a start to an end of a change in potential of the ramp signal; and

a plurality of AD converters including a first AD converter and a second AD converter each having a comparator that outputs
a comparison result signal by comparing the ramp signal and the pixel signal, the first AD converter generating a digital
signal based on the pixel signal output from the first pixel, based on changing of a signal value of the comparison result
signal of the first AD converter, the second AD converter generating a digital signal based on the pixel signal output from
the second pixel, based on changing of a signal value of the comparison result signal of the second AD converter,

wherein the signal value of the comparison result signal of the first AD converter changes a plurality of times in a period
for which the signal value of the comparison result signal of the second AD converter changes once, and the period is included
in the ramp changing period.

US Pat. No. 9,804,514

METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for producing a toner comprising a toner particle including a binder resin, a colorant, a crystalline polyester,
and a wax, wherein
the crystalline polyester and the wax satisfy the following Formula (1),
45
where Tp (° C.) represents a peak temperature of a crystallization peak (Pp) in the crystalline polyester measured by differential
scanning calorimetry (DSC), and

Tw (° C.) represents a peak temperature of a crystallization peak (Pw) in the wax measured by differential scanning calorimetry
(DSC),

the method comprising the steps of:
(i) setting a temperature of an aqueous medium in which a coloring particle is dispersed to at least the Tw, the coloring
particle including the binder resin, the colorant, the crystalline polyester, and the wax;

(ii) cooling the aqueous medium at a cooling rate of at least 5.0° C./min after the step (i) in a temperature range where
an integral value relative to a total area of the Pw becomes at least 70%; and

(iii) obtaining the toner particle by the following step (a) or (b):
(a) holding the aqueous medium in a temperature range of the Pp for at least 30 min after the step (ii),
(b) cooling the aqueous medium at a cooling rate of not more than 1.0° C./min after the step (ii) in a temperature range where
an integral value relative to a total area of the Pp becomes at least 50%.

US Pat. No. 9,807,331

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,807,222

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a memory that stores instructions;
a processor that executes the instructions;
a first wireless communication interface configured to communicate with an external apparatus by a first communication method;
a second wireless communication interface configured to communicate by a second communication method different than the first
communication method; and

a near field wireless communication interface configured to perform communication by near field wireless communication,
wherein the processor executes instructions to register one or more external apparatuses and to enable, in accordance with
having performed near field wireless communication with an external apparatus by using the near field wireless communication
interface, communication by the first wireless communication interface or the second wireless communication interface to perform
communication with the external apparatus,

wherein, in a case where an operation mode of the communication apparatus is a predetermined operation mode for transferring
predetermined transfer target data, communication is enabled by the first wireless communication interface,

wherein, in a case where the operation mode of the communication apparatus is not the predetermined operation mode and the
external apparatus has been registered in advance, communication is enabled by the second wireless communication interface,
and

wherein, in a case where the operation mode of the communication apparatus is not the predetermined operation mode and the
external apparatus has not been registered in advance, processing is enabled for registering, using the second wireless communication
interface, the external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,801,596

RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging system, comprising:
a plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses, each radiation imaging apparatus comprising
a radiation detecting panel including a plurality of pixels arrayed in a two-dimensional matrix and configured to convert
radiation into image signals, and

an enclosure enveloping the radiation detecting panel;
wherein the plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses are arrayed so that a part of each of the radiation imaging apparatuses
spatially overlap as seen from a radiation irradiation side, and a radiation image is acquired based on image signals from
each of the plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses,

wherein the enclosure of at least one radiation imaging apparatus of the plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses is formed
so that a radiation transmittance of the enclosure positioned in the overlapping region is higher than a radiation transmittance
of the enclosure positioned in a region that is different to the overlapping region,

wherein a power switch for the radiation imaging apparatus, a display unit for displaying a power state of the radiation imaging
apparatus and a connection portion of the radiation imaging apparatus are disposed on the enclosure positioned in the region
that is different from the overlapping region of the radiation imaging apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,807,268

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING FIRMWARE UPDATE FUNCTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, PROGRAM FOR EXECUTING THE METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising: a storage unit that stores (i) a first firmware including a control program for
controlling at least an image processing of the image forming apparatus and an update control program for controlling update
of a second firmware, with (ii) the second firmware controlling update of the control program in the first firmware;
a first update unit configured to update the control program in the first firmware for controlling at least the image processing
in the image forming apparatus;

a first verification unit configured to verify, by performing a first verification program, whether or not the second firmware
has been tampered with, before updating the first firmware;

a first control unit configured to cause the first update unit to perform the update of the first firmware in a case where
it is verified that the second firmware has not been tampered with;

a second update unit configured to update the second firmware used in the updating of the first firmware;
a second verification unit configured to verify, by performing a second verification program, whether or not the update control
program has been tampered with, before updating the second firmware; and

a second control unit configured to cause the second update unit to perform the update of the second firmware in a case where
it is verified that the update control program has not been tampered with.

US Pat. No. 9,807,280

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a binarizing unit configured to generate a binary image by executing a binarization process on an input image;
a first determining unit configured to determine a character region within the binary image;
a character segmenting unit configured to acquire a region surrounding a character contained in the character region as character
segmentation rectangle information;

a thinning unit configured to acquire a thinned image by executing a thinning process on a region within the binary image,
the region being identified based on the character segmentation rectangle information;

an edge detecting unit configured to acquire an edge detected image by executing an edge detection process on the region identified
based on the character segmentation rectangle information;

a logical operation unit configured to take a logical AND of the thinned image and the edge detected image;
a second determining unit configured to determine, based on a result of the logical AND performed by the logical operation
unit, whether the character identified based on the character segmentation rectangle information is a character to be separated
from a background by the binarization process or not; and

an image processing unit configured to perform a predetermined image process for a character on the region being identified
based on the character segmentation rectangle information based on determination of the second determining unit that the character
identified based on the character segmentation rectangle information is a character to be separated from a background by the
binarization process,

wherein the image processing unit does not perform the predetermined image process for a character on the region being identified
based on the character segmentation rectangle information based on determination of the second determining unit that the character
identified based on the character segmentation rectangle information is not a character to be separated from a background
by the binarization process,

wherein the units are implemented by one or more processors, a circuitry, or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,798,256

METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,800,790

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF DETECTING GEOMAGNETISM, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit configured to capture an image of a subject and output an image signal;
a control unit configured to control output of the image signal of the image capturing unit; and
an azimuth direction acquisition unit configured to detect geomagnetism, and acquire azimuth direction information indicating
a direction in which the image capturing apparatus is oriented, based on the detected geomagnetism,

wherein the azimuth direction acquisition unit detects the geomagnetism during an operation of the image capturing unit, the
operation being related to the output of the image signal, and acquires azimuth direction information in which an influence
on the detected geomagnetism, the influence being caused by a current supplied for the output of the image signal, has been
corrected,

wherein the control unit regularly outputs an instruction to cause the image capturing unit to output the image signal,
wherein the azimuth direction acquisition unit detects the geomagnetism in response to the instruction being regularly output
from the control unit, and

wherein the control unit regularly outputs the instruction based on a frame rate of a moving image, the frame rate being set
by a user.

US Pat. No. 9,799,526

LIQUID COMPOSITION AND ETCHING METHOD FOR ETCHING SILICON SUBSTRATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,793,314

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

7. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit; and
a junction type field effect transistor configured to output a signal based on a carrier generated by the photoelectric conversion
unit,

wherein
the junction type field effect transistor includes a channel region of a first conductivity type, a source region of the first
conductivity type, a drain region of the first conductivity type and a gate region of a second conductivity type,

the channel region includes a first region and a second region, the first region and the second region being disposed in this
order from the source region to the drain region,

an impurity density of the second region is lower than an impurity density of the first region,
the gate region includes a surface gate region and a buried gate region disposed at different depths from each other, and
the channel region is disposed between the surface gate region and the buried gate region.

US Pat. No. 9,792,107

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS FIRMWARE UPDATE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a network interface; and
a processor configured to:
receive instructions to perform a firmware update;
obtain version information of a plural of pieces of firmware currently installed on the image forming apparatus;
obtain version information of update firmware corresponding to each of the plural pieces of firmware via the network interface;
identify a update firmware having a version difference from one of the plural pieces of firmware;
obtain the update firmware via the network interface;
determine whether the one of the plural pieces of firmware to be updated has characteristic information regarding TSF;
display a prompt to the user to choose whether to perform the update, wherein the prompt has a message indicating that the
characteristic information regarding TSF will not be maintained if the update is performed; and

update the one of plural pieces of firmware with the obtained update firmware in accordance with the user selecting to perform
the update on the prompt.

US Pat. No. 9,794,465

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit;
a plurality of driving units configured to change a shooting direction of the imaging unit by driving each of a plurality
of movable units having different driving directions;

a detection unit configured to detect rotation angles of the plurality of movable units; and
a driving control unit configured to acquire the rotation angles detected by the detection unit to control the plurality of
driving units,

wherein the driving control unit corrects a target position of each movable unit according to a correction value corresponding
to the rotation angle of the movable unit with respect to a plurality of different positions of the plurality of movable units
when the imaging unit capture in the same shooting direction in order to control each driving unit by using a corrected value,

wherein the image pickup apparatus comprises a plurality of correction tables each including the correction value corresponding
to the rotation angle of the movable unit, and the driving control unit selects any one of the plurality of correction tables
through a determination by comparing the rotation angle of the movable unit with a threshold value and acquires the correction
value corresponding to the rotation angle of the movable unit using the selected correction table.

US Pat. No. 9,794,534

IMAGE PROCESSING METHODS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICES AND SYSTEM FOR A SCALABLE MULTI-PROJECTION SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing device, for a multi-display system, to process a first sub-image of an image split into a plurality
of sub-images according to a display scheme, wherein each of the plurality of sub-images is configured to be displayed by
a display device, wherein the image processing device is associated with a first display device and is configured to be connected
to a source device through a first network and to at least one other image processing device through a second network, the
image processing device comprising:
at least one processor that operates to:
receive the first sub-image from the source device via the first network;
receive, from the at least one other image processing device via the second network, at least one part of at least one second
sub-image to be displayed by another display device associated with the at least one other image processing device; and

generate a first clustered sub-image to be displayed by the first display device, the first clustered sub-image comprising
the received first sub-image and the at least one received part being merged and appended along a common edge or border such
that the first clustered sub-image is larger than the received first sub-image,

wherein the at least one part of the at least one second sub-image is adjacent and connected to the first sub-image before
the image is split into the plurality of sub-images and after the first clustered sub-image is generated, and the at least
one part of the at least one second sub-image is separated from the first sub-image after the image is split and before the
first clustered sub-image is generated,

wherein the first clustered sub-image is displayed by the first display device such that at least a portion of the displayed
first clustered sub-image overlaps with at least a portion of at least one second clustered sub-image being displayed by the
another display device associated with the at least one other image processing device, the at least one second clustered sub-image
comprising the at least one second sub-image and at least one part of the first sub-image being merged and appended along
a common edge or border such that the at least one second clustered sub-image is larger than the at least one second sub-image,
and

wherein the at least one second clustered sub-image is generated at the at least one other image processing device.

US Pat. No. 9,786,806

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,776,411

INKJET RECORDING HEAD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,781,287

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of adding a function by an extension program, the information processing apparatus
comprising:
a registration unit configured to register information on the extension program having an interface defined for each type
of function;

a setting unit configured to set a use condition of the extension program;
an execution unit configured to execute a process sequence by combining a plurality of extension programs according to a definition
file defining the process sequence including a plurality of steps; and

a determination unit configured to dynamically determine, when the process sequence is executed by the execution unit, extension
programs that execute the respective steps of the process sequence according to information on the extension programs registered
in the registration unit and the use conditions of the extension program set in the setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,781,302

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR AVOIDING A FEEDING DIRECTION RESTRICTION WHEN PRINTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. A method of controlling an image forming apparatus comprising a memory and a controller, the method comprising:
receiving, in the controller, image data;
in a case where the image data has a first resolution, storing, in the controller, the image data in the memory without halftone
processing;

in a case where the image data has a second resolution higher than the first resolution, storing, in the controller, the image
data in the memory after the halftone processing thereof;

in a case where the halftone processing has been performed for the image data stored in the memory and a direction of the
sheet does not correspond to the direction of the image data stored in the memory:

performing, if a type of the sheet is an envelope, a rotation processing of the image data, and causing the image forming
device to perform an image forming on the sheet based on the rotated image data, and

causing, if the type of the sheet is not an envelope, a display device to display an alert screen without performing the rotation
processing.

US Pat. No. 9,781,344

PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND PROCESSING METHOD FOR OBTAINING DISTANCE INFORMATION FROM A DIFFERENCE IN BLUR DEGREE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processing device which obtains distance information of a subject, comprising:
a calculation unit configured to calculate the distance information of the subject from a difference in blur degree of a plurality
of images picked up by an image pickup unit;

a correcting unit configured to correct the distance information using correction data; and
an extraction unit configured to extract a predetermined frequency band from each of the plurality of images, wherein
the calculation unit calculates the distance information from a difference in blur degree in the plurality of images in the
predetermined frequency band; and

the correcting unit corrects the distance information using correction data in the predetermined frequency band.
US Pat. No. 9,778,598

MAGNETIC CARRIER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magnetic carrier, comprising:
a ferrite core particle having magnetism; and
a coating resin,
wherein:
the coating resin has a surface resin layer, and a resin composition present between the ferrite core particle and the surface
resin layer;

the resin composition contains a resin, and at least one selected from the group consisting of an inorganic particle and carbon
black that are subjected to a hydrophilic treatment;

the surface resin layer
(i) contains a resin,
(ii) is free of the inorganic particle or the carbon black that is subjected to the hydrophilic treatment, and
(iii) has a thickness in a range of from 0.01 ?m or more to 4.00 ?m or less; and
a moisture percentage change (A-B) between a moisture percentage (A) when the magnetic carrier is left to stand under an environment
having a temperature of 30° C. and a humidity of 80% RH for 24 hours, and a moisture percentage (B) when the magnetic carrier
is left to stand under an environment having a temperature of 23° C. and a humidity of 5% RH for 24 hours after the standing
under the environment having a temperature of 30° C. and a humidity of 80% RH for 24 hours is 0.030 mass % or less.

US Pat. No. 9,778,613

CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge for a main assembly of an electrophotographic image forming apparatus, wherein the main assembly includes a
rotatable driving coupling member including a driving force transmitting portion for transmitting a driving force and a driving
side abutment portion, wherein the cartridge is dismountable from the main assembly in a dismounting direction that is substantially
perpendicular to a rotational axis of the driving coupling member, the cartridge comprising:
a casing;
a photosensitive drum rotatably supported in the casing;
a rotatable driven coupling member, provided on an axial end of the photosensitive drum, the driven coupling member including
a driving force receiving portion for receiving the driving force to rotate the photosensitive drum, and a driven side abutment
portion to be abutted by the driving side abutment portion,

wherein at least one of the driving side abutment portion and the driven side abutment portion is inclined,
wherein the driven coupling member is translatable with respect to the casing in a predetermined direction, which is substantially
parallel to a rotational axis of the photosensitive drum, by a force received by the driven side abutment portion from the
driving side abutment portion when the cartridge is dismounted from the main assembly in the dismounting direction, and

wherein a distance between the rotational axis of the driven coupling member and the driven side abutment portion is not more
than a distance between the rotational axis of the driven coupling member and the driving force receiving portion.

US Pat. No. 9,778,616

PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge capable of being detachably attached to an apparatus body of an image forming apparatus, the process
cartridge comprising:
a process cartridge body having a rotatable image bearing member on which a developer image is formed; and
a handle attached to the process cartridge body so as to be pivotal relative to the process cartridge body,
wherein a rotational axis line of the image bearing member is parallel to a pivotal axis line of the handle,
wherein, when the process cartridge is in a non-used state containing developer and the handle is supported an end portion
of the process cartridge body that is located on the image bearing member side is positioned above a horizontal plane that
includes the rotational axis line, and

wherein, when the process cartridge is in a used state where the developer has been consumed and the handle is supported,
the end portion of the process cartridge body is positioned below the horizontal plane.

US Pat. No. 9,779,701

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,778,686

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, ITS CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a touch detection unit configured to detect a touch operation to a display unit;
a display control unit configured to control operation so as to display a touch icon to the display unit;
an attitude detection unit configured to detect an attitude of the electronic apparatus;
a setting unit configured to set a case mode to be used in a case when the electronic apparatus is put in a case; and
a control unit configured to control operation, in a case when the case mode is not set by the setting unit, to change a position
of a touch-responsive area adapted to receive a touch operation to the touch icon in accordance with the attitude of the electronic
apparatus detected by the attitude detection unit, and, in a case when the case mode is set by the setting unit, not to change
the position of the touch-responsive area irrespective of the attitude of the electronic apparatus.