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.

US Pat. No. 9,774,849

IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CODING IMAGE, PROGRAM THEREFOR, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR DECODING IMAGE, AND PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image coding method for dividing an input image into a plurality of divisional blocks, and coding the image for each
of the divisional blocks, the image coding method comprising:
setting a first quantization parameter used for quantization of a target block;
acquiring a plurality of pieces of attribute information for the target block to be decoded in association with decoding of
coded data encoded by using the image coding method, the plurality of pieces of attribute information including a quantization
parameter to be set for each block and another piece of attribute information;

acquiring the plurality of pieces of attribute information for a block in a region different from a region corresponding to
the target block;

determining, based on the another piece of attribute information for the target block and the another piece of attribute information
in the block in the region different from the region corresponding to the target block, one or more blocks, from at least
one block in the region different from the region corresponding to the target block, as a block(s) for coding information
for designating the first quantization parameter, and

coding a difference value between the first quantization parameter and a second quantization parameter as information for
designating the first quantization parameter, the second quantization parameter being a quantization parameter to be used
for quantizing the determined block in the different region and different from the first quantization parameter or a quantization
parameter based on the other quantization parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,773,322

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD WHICH LEARN DICTIONARY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. An image processing method performed by an image processing apparatus which comprises a plurality of dictionaries configured
to store information, each of the dictionaries learned by using a respective one of a plurality of existing scenes, the method
comprising:
extracting a sample of an object and a sample of a background from a new scene;
estimating respective object adaptability of the plurality of dictionaries to the sample of the object extracted from the
new scene based on the sample of the object and the information stored in each of the plurality of dictionaries;

estimating respective background adaptability of the plurality of dictionaries to the sample of the background extracted from
the new scene based on the sample of the background and the information stored in each of the plurality of dictionaries:

integrating the respective object adaptability of the plurality of dictionaries to the sample of the object and the respective
background adaptability of the plurality of dictionaries to the sample of the background to obtain respective total adaptability
of the plurality of dictionaries to the new scene;

selecting a dictionary from the plurality of dictionaries, based on the respective total adaptability of the plurality of
dictionaries to the new scene; and

performing a learning of the selected dictionary using the sample of the object and the sample of the background extracted
from the new scene.

US Pat. No. 9,772,811

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. An image processing apparatus capable of communicating with a projection apparatus, the image processing apparatus comprising
at least one processor coupled to at least one memory, the at least one processor being programmed for:
controlling display on a display device connected to the image processing apparatus;
detecting a change in an image to be displayed on the display device;
controlling to transmit a partial area of an entire area of the image to be displayed, if the detecting detects the change
in the image, the partial area including the detected change of the image and not being the entire area of the image;

controlling to transmit the entire area of the image to be displayed, if a method of transmitting an image to the projection
apparatus is a first communication method; and

controlling to transmit the partial area and not transmit the entire area at predetermined intervals, if the detecting detects
the change in the partial area of the image, the partial area not being the entire area of the image, if a method of transmitting
an image to the projection apparatus is a second communication method,

wherein transmission of the partial area and/or the entire area is controlled based on whether a reception response is made
to transmission of the image.

US Pat. No. 9,772,581

DEVELOPER CONTAINER CONFIGURED TO REDUCE DEAD SPACE IN THE PATH OF THE DEVELOPER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container configured to store developer therein, the developer container comprising:
a conveyance member configured to allow the developer to be placed thereon and convey the developer;
an opening member including an opening for discharging the developer; and
a coupling member (i) coupling the opening member and the conveyance member with each other and (ii) capable of extending
and compressing by receiving a vibration,

wherein the conveyance member includes a vibration receiving portion configured to receive a vibration, and
wherein the coupling member extends and compresses when the conveyance member conveys the developer toward the opening side
by receiving the vibration through the vibration receiving portion,

wherein the conveyance member forms a bottom of the developer container.

US Pat. No. 9,772,591

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus having a replaceable unit, the image forming apparatus comprising:
an output unit configured to output information indicating that a usage amount of the replaceable unit has reached a threshold
value for determining replacement of the replaceable unit;

an input unit configured to input setting information for setting the threshold value; and
a control unit configured to set the threshold value in accordance with the setting information input by the input unit,
wherein the output unit outputs a first image sample and a second image sample by using the replaceable unit, the second image
sample being lower in image quality than the first image sample,

wherein, the setting information includes first information corresponding to the first image sample and second information
corresponding to the second image sample,

wherein, when the first information is input in the control unit, the control unit sets the threshold value to a first threshold,
and wherein, when the second information is input in the control unit, the control unit sets the threshold value to a second
threshold being different from the first threshold, and

wherein the first threshold is smaller than the second threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,773,143

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a predetermined image in a captured image;
determination unit configured to determine, based on a position of the predetermined image detected by the detection unit,
a position regarding setting of image analysis processing; and

a setting unit configured to perform, based on the position determined by the determination unit, setting regarding the image
analysis processing to be performed on an image of a monitoring target range, wherein the image analysis processing includes
detection processing to detect an event, regarding an object different from the predetermined image, at the determined position.

US Pat. No. 9,770,870

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANUFACTURING STRUCTURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing method of a structure in which the structure is manufactured by laminating a modeling layer which becomes
the structure while supporting a structure under formation with a support member, the method comprising, in this order:
preparing the modeling layer provided on a surface of an intermediate transfer member;
bringing a regulating surface of a regulating member for regulating a surface of the modeling layer into contact with a surface
of the modeling layer which is an opposite side of the intermediate transfer member,

loading a material for the support member which becomes the support member which is different from a material forming the
modeling layer to fill a gap between the intermediate transfer member and the regulating member in the periphery of the modeling
layer while the regulating member abuts the surface of the modeling layer, and solidifying the material for the support member;

removing the regulating member from the layer constituted by the support member and the modeling layer; and
transferring the layer formed by the support member and the modeling layer exposed by removing the regulating member to a
structure under formation.

US Pat. No. 9,742,897

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication apparatus
to:

receive a first request signal from a first other communication apparatus by a wireless communication that complies with a
first communication method;

if the first request signal is received and the communication apparatus comprises media data which has not been transmitted
to an external apparatus, perform connection processing by using a wireless communication that complies with a second communication
method different from the first communication method, and otherwise, not perform the connection processing; and

if the connection processing is performed transmit the media data which has not been transmitted by using the wireless communication
that complies with the second communication method.

US Pat. No. 9,774,753

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a USB interface to which a USB device is connectable;
one or more processors which (a) control communication between the USB device connected to the USB interface and an external
apparatus, and (b) shift the image forming apparatus from a first power state, in which power is supplied to the USB interface,
to a second power state, in which power supply to the USB interface is stopped; and

an input device which receives a setting from a user,
wherein if the input device has received a first setting to permit the image forming apparatus to shift to the second power
state at the time of use of the USB device, the one or more processors shift the image forming apparatus from the first power
state to the second power state at the time of use of the USB device, based on a predetermined condition being satisfied,
and

wherein if the input device has received a second setting not to permit the image forming apparatus to shift to the second
power state at the time of use of the USB device, the one or more processors do not shift the image forming apparatus from
the first power state to the second power state at the time of use of the USB device.

US Pat. No. 9,742,933

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING USER LOGIN FUNCTION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data transmitting apparatus, comprising:
a storage configured to store a destination address, the storage being able to store a plurality of destination addresses;
a transmitting unit configured to transmit image data to at least one destination address selected from the plurality of destination
addresses stored in the storage;

a selecting unit configured to select to register a destination address to be registered at least as a destination address
which is made public to a user who has logged in to the data transmitting apparatus, or as a destination address which is
made public to a group to which the user belongs; and

a registering unit configured to register, in the storage, the destination address based on selection by the selecting unit,
wherein the transmitting unit, the selecting unit and the registering unit are implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,774,759

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control apparatus for controlling a print unit configured to print an image on a print medium based on a print
job, comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive the print job;
a determination unit configured to, in a case where the print job received by the reception unit is an authenticated print
job requiring authentication processing, determine whether there is a plurality of persons near the print control apparatus;

a hold unit configured to, in a case where it is determined by the determination unit that there is a plurality of persons
near the print control apparatus, hold print processing based on the authenticated print job; and

a control unit configured to, in a case where a state in which there is a plurality of persons near the print control apparatus
has changed to a state in which there is a single person near the print control apparatus, restart the print processing held
by the hold unit,

wherein a print product produced by printing the image on the print medium by restarting the held print processing is discharged
onto a discharge unit of the print control apparatus, and

the determination unit, the hold unit, and the control unit are implemented by a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,742,941

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECODING MEDIUM REGARDING RETURNING FROM A POWER SAVING STATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a scanner unit which reads an original;
a signal output circuit which outputs a pulse signal;
a light emitting element which outputs a light if the pulse signal is in a first state and does not output the light if the
pulse signal is in a second state;

a light receiving element which outputs a light reception signal based on receiving the light from the light emitting element,
the light output from the light emitting element is blocked or transmitted by setting the original to be read by the scanner
unit;

a processor, which includes a predetermined port and is able to be put into a first processor state and a second processor
state, shifts from the second processor state to the first processor state when a predetermined voltage signal is input to
the predetermined port, wherein the first processor state is a state in which power supply to the scanner unit is controllable,
and the second processor state is a state in which power supply to the scanner unit is uncontrollable; and

a detection signal output circuit which receives the pulse signal and the light reception signal and outputs, based on the
pulse signal and the light reception signal, a detection signal which is the predetermined voltage signal,

wherein, in response to an input of the detection signal to the predetermined port from the detection signal output circuit,
the processor shifts from the second power state to the first power state and controls the power supply to the scanner unit
to enable the scanner unit to operate.

US Pat. No. 9,774,769

MOUNTED ELECTRONIC COMPONENT INCLUDING CONNECTION PORTIONS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A surface mounted electronic component including a first connection portion and a second connection portion, each of the
first connection portion and the second connection portion having a solder wettability for a connection to a mounting board,
comprising:
an upper surface on which an electronic device is mounted;
a lower surface located on an opposite side of the upper surface; and
side surfaces each configured to share a side with the lower surface, wherein
the first connection portion includes a joint region arranged on the lower surface,
the second connection portion includes a lower surface region arranged on the lower surface, and a side surface region connected
to the lower surface region and arranged on one side surface of the side surfaces, the one side surface sharing one side of
four sides with the lower surface,

the lower surface region is arranged apart from the joint region in a direction along the one side,
a length of the lower surface region in the direction is longer than a length of the joint region in the direction,
a length of the side surface region in the direction is shorter than the length of the lower surface region in the direction,
and

the side surface region is spaced apart from both ends of the one side surface in the direction.

US Pat. No. 9,738,076

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing method of a liquid ejection head including a flow path connected to an ejection orifice that ejects liquid,
the manufacturing method comprising:
a step of preparing a substrate including a first layer;
a step of forming a flow path mold for forming the flow path and a member, from the first layer, the member is not part of
the flow path mold and is located outside the flow path mold with a gap between the flow path mold and the member;

a step of providing a second layer so that the gap is filled with the second layer, the second layer covers the flow path
mold and the member located outside the flow path mold with the gap between the flow path mold and the member;

a step of forming an ejection orifice forming member for forming an ejection orifice from the second layer;
a step of removing the second layer on the member;
a step of removing the member located outside the flow path mold;
a step of forming a third layer so that the third layer covers the ejection orifice forming member; and
a step of forming a wall member located outside the ejection orifice forming member from the third layer, with a gap between
the ejection orifice forming member and the wall member.

US Pat. No. 9,742,948

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DELETING APPLICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of adding and deleting applications, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a designating unit configured to designate an application and a file to be deleted; and
a deleting unit configured to delete a designated file associated with the application designated by the designating unit,
wherein in the case where (1) the designating unit designates an application that has, as an application type, either (a)
a system application that can be reloaded, wherein the system application is an application embedded in a system or (b) a
login application that can be reloaded, wherein the login application is an application executed at the time of a login and
(2) the designating unit designates a file that has, as a file type, a program for the application, the deleting unit deletes
that program, and

wherein in the case where (1) the designating unit designates an application that has, as an application type, either (a)
a general application that cannot be reloaded, wherein the general application is an application other than a system application
or a login application or (b) a login application that cannot be reloaded and (2) the designating unit designates a file that
has, as a file type, a program for the application, the deleting unit deletes a folder that contains that program and data
of that program.

US Pat. No. 9,740,133

CHARGING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A charging member comprising:
an electro-conductive support; and
an electro-conductive elastic layer on the electro-conductive support, wherein
the electro-conductive elastic layer comprises 10% by mass or more and 50% by mass or less of an aggregate of crosslinked
rubber particles,

the aggregate of the crosslinked rubber particles has a circle-equivalent diameter of 10 ?m or more and 50 ?m or less,
the crosslinked rubber particles have one of an acrylic resin and a styrene acrylic resin chemically bonded to a surface thereof,
the charging member comprises protrusions derived from the aggregate of the crosslinked rubber particles on a surface thereof,
and

the protrusions have an average height of 50 nm or more and 200 nm or less.

US Pat. No. 9,738,085

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus, comprising:
a first ink tank configured to contain ink;
a second ink tank configured to contain ink supplied from the first ink tank;
a hollow pipe, having conductivity, configured to connect the first ink tank and the second ink tank, and having an opening
provided at one end connected to the second ink tank, said opening being open into the second ink tank, wherein the hollow
pipe is provided on an upper surface of the second ink tank in a gravity direction when ink is supplied from the first ink
tank to the second ink tank via the hollow pipe;

an electrode provided on the upper surface of the second ink tank; and
a detecting unit configured to detect that an ink amount in the second ink tank is greater than a prescribed amount by applying
an electric current between the hollow pipe and the electrode,

wherein a lower end position of the hollow pipe is below a lower end position of the electrode in the gravity direction, and
a highest position of the opening is above the lower end position of the electrode in the gravity direction.

US Pat. No. 9,740,146

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH UPDATES FOR SPEED-BASED SETTING OF TRANSFER VOLTAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a transfer member configured to form a transfer portion where the toner image is transferred from said image bearing member
onto an intermediary transfer member;

a voltage source configured to apply a voltage to said transfer member;
a speed setting portion configured to set a speed of said image bearing member at either one of speeds including a first speed
and a second speed different from the first speed;

a test mode executing portion configured to execute an operation in a test mode in which the speed of said image bearing member
is set at a predetermined speed and a target voltage at which a predetermined target current corresponding to the predetermined
speed is obtained from a relationship between a voltage and a current when the voltage is applied to said transfer member
in a period in which the toner image does not exist at the transfer portion;

a renewing mode executing portion configured to execute an operation in a voltage renewing mode in which a first target voltage
is obtained by executing the operation in the test mode at the first speed and then is renewed and further configured to execute
an operation in a conversion coefficient renewing mode in which a second target voltage is obtained by executing the operation
in the test mode at the second speed and a conversion coefficient is obtained from the first target voltage renewed in an
immediately preceding voltage renewing mode and the second target voltage and then is renewed, wherein said renewing mode
executing portion executes the operation in the voltage renewing mode at a frequency higher than a frequency of the operation
in the conversion coefficient renewing mode; and

a setting portion configured to set a voltage applied to said transfer member, in a period in which the toner image exists
at the transfer portion when image formation is executed at the first speed, at the first target voltage renewed in an immediately
preceding voltage renewing mode and further configured to set the voltage applied to said transfer member, in a period in
which the toner image exists at the transfer portion when the image formation is executed at the second speed, at a voltage
on the basis of the first target voltage renewed in an immediately preceding voltage renewing mode and the conversion coefficient
renewed in an immediately preceding conversion coefficient renewing mode.

US Pat. No. 9,742,982

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus capable of attaching to a detachable converter lens and executing automatic focus detection
of an imaging optical system using an image signal obtained from a set focus detection region, the image capturing apparatus
comprising:
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire first information on aberrations of the imaging optical system, wherein pieces
of the first information correspond to positions of a plurality of focus detection regions, respectively;

a second acquisition unit configured to acquire second information which is related to information on a magnification of the
converter lens in a case where the converter lens is mounted;

a processor; and
a memory containing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising:
converting the first information indicating an aberration of the imaging optical system based on the magnification of the
converter lens in a case where the converter lens is mounted;

calculating a correction value for correcting a difference, caused by the aberration of the imaging optical system, between
a result of the autofocus and a focus condition at a time of shooting an image based on the converted first information; and

controlling a position of a focus lens provided in the imaging optical system, based on the result of the autofocus that has
been corrected using the correction value,

wherein in converting the first information, information on the positions of the focus detection regions related to the first
information is converted based on the magnification of the converter lens.

US Pat. No. 9,773,291

RENDERING PROCESSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. A sub-processor connected to a processor comprising circuitry configured to:
transfer, after acquiring, for a rendering target image that is divided into first and second regions, first information used
for rendering the first region and second information used for rendering the second region, the second information to another
sub-processor connected to the sub-processor;

render a first part of the first region using the first information; and
output a rendering result of the rendering of the first part to the other sub-processor in response to reception of a predetermined
signal from the other sub-processor, and

wherein the other sub-processor renders a second part, corresponding to the first part, of the second region using the second
information, outputs a rendering result of the second part without reception of an output control of the rendering result
of the second part from an external source, outputs the predetermined signal to the sub-processor triggered by an output of
the rendering result of the second part, and outputs without modification the rendering result of the first part output from
the sub-processor.

US Pat. No. 9,736,624

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, COMMUNICATION DEVICE CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication device comprising:
a first wireless communication unit configured to transmit information stored in a memory to a communication partner device
via a first wireless communication system of short range wireless communication;

a second wireless communication unit configured to communicate with the communication partner device via a second wireless
communication system which is different from the first wireless communication system;

a first write unit configured to write to the memory one of application information used to activate an application and setting
information used to establish communication with the second wireless communication system;

a first transmission unit configured to transmit the information written by the first write unit to the communication partner
device via the first wireless communication unit;

a second write unit configured to write to the memory, in a case where the transmission by the first transmission unit is
performed, either the application information or the setting information, whichever was not written by the first write unit;
and

a second transmission unit configured to transmit the information written by the second write unit to the communication partner
device via the first wireless communication unit in a case where the communication by the first wireless communication unit
starts in a condition that the writing by the second write unit is being performed.

US Pat. No. 9,731,504

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head including at least one energy generation element for generating heat to be used for ejecting a liquid,
comprising:
an insulating layer which is provided in contact with a substrate and supports the energy generation element;
at least one heat transmitting layer which is composed of a material having a higher thermal conductivity than that of a material
of the insulating layer and which is provided, in the insulating layer, between the energy generation element and the substrate;
and

a heat transmitting member which thermally connects the at least one heat transmitting layer and the substrate,
wherein the heat transmitting member is connected to an area, on the heat transmitting layer, excluding an area directly below
the energy generation element in a position interposed between the energy generation element and the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,734,585

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DETERMINING WHETHER A TARGET PIXEL IS A CHARACTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory to store instructions;
one or more processors which execute the instructions and operate to:
count the number of pixels having an identical color to a target pixel in a target window in image data, the pixels having
the identical color to the target pixel when the pixels have a color difference that is smaller than a first predetermined
color threshold value;

count the number of pixels having a similar color to the target pixel in the target window, the pixels having the similar
color to the target pixel when the pixels have a color difference that is equal to or greater than the first predetermined
color threshold value and is smaller than a second predetermined color threshold value;

count the number of pixels having a different color from the target pixel in the target window, the pixels having the different
color from the target pixel when the pixels have a color difference from the target pixel that is equal to or greater than
the second predetermined color threshold value;

determine that the target pixel is a character pixel in a case where a count value obtained by the count of the number of
pixels having the identical color to the target pixel in the target window is equal to or greater than a threshold value,
a count value obtained by the count of the number of pixels having the different color from the target pixel in the target
window is equal to or greater than a threshold value, and a count value obtained by the count of the number of pixels having
the similar color to the target pixel in the target window is smaller than a threshold value; and

process the target pixel based on the determination result that the target pixel is a character pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,734,846

MAGNETIC RECORDING APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD OF MAGNETIC RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A magnetic recording apparatus comprising:
a writing unit configured to form a recording column extending in a first direction, by applying a recording magnetic field
to a recording medium;

a moving unit configured to move a relative position of the recording medium and the writing unit to a second direction perpendicular
to the first direction; and

a controlling unit configured to control the writing unit and the moving unit such that, on the recording medium, the recording
columns mutually adjacent in regard to the second direction partially overlap in the second direction,

wherein the controlling unit controls the moving unit such that a quantity of movement in the second direction in a case of
deleting information written on the recording medium by overwriting with the writing unit another information on the recording
column in which the information has been written is larger than a quantity of movement in the second direction in a case of
writing information on the recording medium with the writing unit, and

wherein the writing unit, the moving unit, and the controlling unit are implemented by at least one circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,731,525

RECORDING MATERIAL FEEDING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording material feeding device comprising:
a stacking portion on which a recording material is stacked;
a driving source that rotates for moving the stacking portion to a first position;
a feeding member for feeding the recording material stacked on the stacking portion in a case that the stacking portion is
moved to the first position by the driving source;

a holding member for holding the stacking portion at a second position different from the first position;
a torque limiter for limiting transmission of a driving torque from the driving source to the stacking portion so as to permit
the transmission until a torque exerted on the driving source reaches a predetermined torque and to stop the transmission
of the driving torque when the torque exceeds the predetermined torque, in a case that the driving source rotates in a state
in which the holding member holds the stacking portion at the second position;

a storing portion for storing information on a holding state of the holding member; and
a controller for controlling the driving source to rotate at a rotational speed slower when the information stored in the
storing portion is information indicating that the holding member holds the stacking portion at the second position than when
the information stored in the storing portion is information indicating that the holding member does not hold the stacking
portion at the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,734,865

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a display unit configured to play back a sequence of images on the display unit;
a detection unit configured to detect an attitude of the display apparatus or the display unit;an obtaining unit configured to obtain orientation information whether an image to be displayed is a landscape image or a
portrait image; and
a control unit configured to control the display unit to, in either one of a case where the attitude detected by the detection
unit is horizontally-oriented and the orientation information obtained by the obtaining unit indicates that the image to be
displayed is the portrait image, and a case where the attitude detected by the detection unit is vertically-oriented and the
orientation information obtained by the obtaining unit indicates that the image to be displayed is the landscape image, pause
playback of the sequence of images and display said sequence of images in a reduced state against when said sequence of images
is not rotated and in a rotated state according to the attitude detected by the detection unit, and display an item to start
playback of said sequence of images, even when playback of the sequence of images is started, wherein the control unit is
configured to start playback of said sequence of images in the rotated and the reduced state when the s operated.

US Pat. No. 9,734,439

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

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 image processing apparatus to:

determine tone information from pixel values of pixels included in each predetermined region which is constructed by a plurality
of pixels of multi-value image data, thereby converting tone information for each pixel into tone information for each predetermined
region, and store the tone information for each predetermined region in a storage unit;

generate attribute information representing an attribute of a pixel from the multi-value image data, the attribute information
representing that each pixel of the multi-value image data is any one of a white pixel, a gray pixel, and a black pixel, and
store the generated attribute information, separately from the tone information, in the storage unit; and

generate halftone image data corresponding to the multi-value image data based on the tone information for each predetermined
region and the attribute information that have been stored in the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,766,531

SHUTTER DEVICE, AND IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING SHUTTER DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A shutter device comprising:
a motor;
a control unit to control driving of the motor;
a cam member on which a cam portion is formed, and driven by the motor;
a light-shielding member on which an engaging portion that engages the cam portion is formed, and is movable between a closed
state where an aperture is closed and an opened state where the aperture is opened in conjunction with the cam member being
driven; and

a detecting unit to detect that the light-shielding member has passed a predetermined position when the light-shielding member
moving to the closed state and to the opened state;

wherein the light-shielding member is able to shield the detecting unit from the light,
wherein the detecting unit detects that the light-shielding member has passed a predetermined position based on whether the
detecting unit is shielded from the light or not,

wherein the cam portion is provided with a first zone where the light-shielding member maintains the closed state or the opened
state even if the cam member is driven by the motor, and a second zone where the light-shielding member moves from the closed
state to the opened state or from the opened state to the closed state if the cam member is driven by the motor,

wherein the first zone and the second zone are provided to the cam portion such that, when the cam member being driven in
one direction, the engaging portion follows through the first zone, and thereafter the engaging portion follows through the
second zone, and

wherein the control unit changes at least one of a driving start timing at the time of driving the motor and a driving speed
at the time of driving the motor, based on the detection results of the detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,768,620

WIRELESS POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A wireless power supply system for wirelessly supplying power to an assigned power receiving apparatus, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing computer executable code that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to function as:
an assigning unit configured to assign, to the power receiving apparatus, a power transmitting apparatus;
a determining unit configured to determine a power supplying schedule such that, when the assigning unit assigns, to a particular
power receiving apparatus, a plurality of power transmitting apparatuses including one master power transmitting apparatus
and a plurality of slave power transmitting apparatuses, the plurality of power transmitting apparatuses supply the power
to the particular power receiving apparatus, not simultaneously; and

a power transmission controlling unit configured to control a power transmission such that, according to an instruction from
the master power transmitting apparatus, in a period assigned by the master power transmitting apparatus to each of the plurality
of power transmitting apparatuses, the plurality of slave power transmitting apparatuses supply the power to the power receiving
apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,766,561

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support, and
a photosensitive layer on the support, the photosensitive layer comprising a charge generating layer containing a charge generating
material, and a charge transporting layer containing a charge transporting material, in this order, wherein

the charge transporting layer contains:
(?) at least one selected from the group consisting of a polycarbonate resin having a structural unit represented by formula
(A), and a polyester resin having a structural unit represented by formula (B);

(?) the charge transporting material;
(?) a methoxybenzene; and
(?) at least one compound selected from the group consisting of a methoxycyclohexane, and a methoxybenzene having a methyl
group or an ethyl group as a substituent, the content W? of (?) being 0.001 to 1% by mass based on the total mass of the charge
transporting layer:


where R11 to R14, and R21 to R24 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a methyl group, or an ethyl group;

X1 and X2 each independently represent a single bond or a divalent hydrocarbon group; and

Y1 represents a phenylene group or a diphenylene ether group.

US Pat. No. 9,768,375

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, MULTILAYERED PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR MULTILAYERED PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGE DEVICE, ULTRASONIC MOTOR, OPTICAL DEVICE, VIBRA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A piezoelectric material that is free of potassium, comprising a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by general formula
(1):
(NaxM1-y)(Zrz(Nb1-wTaw)y(Ti1-vSnv)(1-y-z))O3  (1),

where M represents at least any one of Ba, Sr, and Ca, and relationships of 0.80?x?0.95, 0.85?y?0.95, 0 and 0.05?1-y-z?0.15 are satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,766,579

FIXING APPARATUS FOR AN ELECTROGRAPHIC OR ELECTROSTATIC IMAGING FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus which fixes a toner image on a recording material, comprising:
a tubular film;
a heater disposed in contact with the film, the heater including a substrate and a heat generating resistor formed on the
substrate;

a contact member disposed in contact with a first surface of the heater opposite to a second surface of the heater in contact
with the film, a thermal conductivity of the contact member being higher than that of the substrate, a coefficient of linear
expansion of the contact member being larger than that of the substrate; and

a support member configured to support the heater, the support member sandwiching the contact member with the heater,
wherein a grease is applied to at least a longitudinal end portion of a contact region between the heater and the contact
member, and

wherein an outer edge of the surface of the substrate on a first surface side of the heater has cut grooves formed by a laser
scribed cut.

US Pat. No. 9,766,845

OPERATING DEVICE, AND CONTROLLING METHOD OF CHANGING POSITION OF DISPLAYED IMAGES BASED ON RECEIVING A PRINT INSTRUCTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An operating device comprising:
a display;
one or more memories that store a set of instructions; and
one or more processors that execute the instructions to perform the following steps:
display a plurality of images within a preview display area on the display;
receive a printing instruction for a displayed image; and
change, in accordance with a progress of a printing process based on the printing instruction, a display position of the images
such that some images of the plurality of images exits from the preview display area and other images of the plurality of
images move within the preview display area,

wherein the change of the display position of the images is stopped, in accordance with occurrence of a printing error.

US Pat. No. 9,766,587

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE USED THEREIN

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly; and
a cartridge capable of supplying developer and detachably mountable to said main assembly,
wherein said main assembly includes a mounting portion for mounting said cartridge and a door for causing said mounting portion
to be in an open state and a closed state,

wherein said main assembly or said cartridge includes an expansion and contraction member for displacing at least a part of
said cartridge,

wherein opening and closing of said door is interrelated with expansion and contraction of said expansion and contraction
member,

wherein in the closed state, said cartridge mounted in said mounting portion is in a first position, inside said main assembly,
where an image is formable,

wherein in the open state, said cartridge mounted in said mounting portion is in a second position where at least a part thereof
projects to an outside of said main assembly, and

wherein said cartridge includes a grip portion for being gripped when said cartridge is mounted into and demounted from said
main assembly,

wherein said expansion and contraction member displaces said grip portion in a state in which said mounting portion is not
displaced, and

wherein said grip portion is accommodated inside said main assembly at the first position and is projected outside of said
main assembly at the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,768,935

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a packet from another communication apparatus;
a transmission unit configured to transmit, after a predetermined time period has elapsed without another packet having been
received from the other communication apparatus since the reception unit receives the packet, a response to the packet received
by the reception unit to the other communication apparatus; and

a notification unit configured to notify the other communication apparatus of information of the predetermined time period,
wherein the transmission unit transmits the reply to the other communication apparatus before the predetermined time period
has elapsed if a predetermined number of packets are received by the reception unit.

US Pat. No. 9,734,300

DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A diagnosis support apparatus which supports diagnosis based on information associated with a diagnosis name in advance,
the apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information set by a user and a diagnosis name set by the user;
an inference unit configured to obtain a diagnosis name as an inference result based on information set by the user, and obtain
negative information for the inference result identical to the diagnosis name set by the user; and

a providing unit configured to provide the negative information for the diagnosis name set by the user based on the information.

US Pat. No. 9,729,739

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus with a touch panel comprising at least one processor that executes a program to function
as:
a detection unit configured to be capable of detecting a touch of an input instruction member on the touch panel, and a position
of the touch of the input instruction member, and a release of the input instruction member touching the touch panel from
the touch panel;

a display control unit configured to be capable of switching between a first display mode for displaying a screen including
a first display area for displaying a preview image and a second display area in which the preview image is not displayed,
the second display area being for displaying at least one button for operating the preview image being displayed on the first
display area, and a second display mode for expanding the first display area to be larger than the first display area in the
first display mode, and hiding the second display area, or reducing the second display area and displaying the reduced second
display area; and

a calculation unit configured to calculate a distance between or among at least two input instruction members touching the
first display area, based on the detecting result of the detection unit,

wherein, based on the distance between or among at least two input instruction members touching the first display area, the
display control unit enlarges or reduces the preview image being displayed in the first display area, and switches between
the first display mode and the second display mode based on enlargement or reduction in size of the preview image.

US Pat. No. 9,760,747

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
an antenna;
a battery;
a communication unit configured to be able to use external power that is generated by receiving a signal from an external
apparatus via the antenna, thereby transmitting a response to the signal that is received from the external apparatus to the
external apparatus;

a deactivation unit configured to, in a case where the external power is generated by receiving the signal from the external
apparatus via the antenna, deactivate supply of the external power from the antenna to the communication unit by using the
external power;

an interrupt circuit that is coupled with the deactivation unit and configured to interrupt, in response to an input signal,
deactivation of supply of the external power from the antenna to the communication unit by the deactivation unit;

a central processing unit (CPU) configured to operate using power from the battery and input a signal to the interrupt circuit
based on a CPU state; and

a detection circuit that is coupled with the deactivation unit and configured to detect voltage of the battery and to input
a signal to the interrupt circuit based on the voltage of the battery,

wherein the deactivation unit, in a case where a signal output from the communication unit in response to reception of the
signal from the external apparatus is input, deactivates supply of the external power from the antenna to the communication
unit,

wherein the communication unit includes a signal output terminal configured to output a signal in response to reception of
a signal from the external apparatus,

wherein the deactivation unit includes:
a first switch including an input terminal and configured to be turned on when the signal is input to the input terminal;
and

a circuit configured to connect the signal output terminal to the input terminal of the first switch, and to shunt the antenna
to ground in a case where the first switch is turned on,

wherein the CPU further includes a control output terminal configured to output a control signal, and
wherein the interrupt circuit includes:
a third switch including an input terminal and configured to be turned on when the control signal from the CPU or the signal
from the detection circuit is input to the input terminal; and

a circuit configured to connect the control output terminal of the CPU and the signal output terminal of the detection circuit
to the input terminal of the third switch, and to shunt the input terminal of the first switch to ground in a case where the
third switch is turned on.

US Pat. No. 9,762,804

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR ABERRATION CORRECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one non-transitory memory;
at least one processor;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain lens information including a zoom position and a zooming direction while a live view
image or a motion image is captured;

a readout unit configured to read out a correction coefficient corresponding to the zoom position included in the lens information
obtained by the obtaining unit from the memory, the correction coefficient used for correcting aberration;

a correction unit configured to perform an aberration correction for the live view image or the motion image by using the
correction coefficient read out from the memory; and

a calculation unit configured to calculate a correction coefficient for correcting aberration corresponding to a zoom position
closer to an end of the zoom position in the zooming direction than the zoom position corresponding to the correction coefficient
for correcting aberration stored in the at least one memory based on the zooming direction included in the lens information
and to store the calculated correction coefficient in the at least one memory,

wherein the obtaining unit, the readout unit, the correction unit, and the calculation unit are implemented by the at least
one processor executing at least one program recorded on the at least one non-transitory memory.

US Pat. No. 9,762,840

IMAGING DEVICE AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of driving an imaging device including a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels is arranged, each of the pixels
including a first photoelectric conversion unit, a second photoelectric conversion unit, and a micro lens that collects incident
light to the first photoelectric conversion unit and the second photoelectric conversion unit, the method comprising:
reading out a first signal based on a signal electric charge generated in the first photoelectric conversion unit, and a second
signal based on a signal electric charge generated in at least the second photoelectric conversion unit, from each of a plurality
of pixels included in a part of the pixel array, in a first frame period; and

reading out a third signal based on the signal electric charge generated in the first photoelectric conversion unit and the
signal electric charge generated in the second photoelectric conversion unit, from each of a plurality of pixels included
in another part of the pixel array, and from which the first and second signals have not been read out in the first frame
period, in a second frame period other than the first frame period.

US Pat. No. 9,760,059

PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photosensitive member unit detachably mountable to a main assembly of a image forming apparatus, said photosensitive
member unit comprising:
a rotatable photosensitive member;
a charging member including an elastic layer and contactable to said photosensitive member to electrically charge said photosensitive
member;

first urging means configured to urge said charging member toward said photosensitive member;
a rotatable portion provided on said photosensitive member and configured to rotate by a driving force from the main assembly;
a rotatable spacer member including a contact portion contacted to said rotatable portion and capable of receiving the driving
force through said rotatable portion, said spacer member being rotatable between a spacing position for maintaining a spaced
state in which said contact portion contacts said rotatable portion to space said charging member from said photosensitive
member, and a contact position in which the spaced state between said photosensitive member and said charging member is disestablished
to permit contact between said photosensitive member and said charging member, and said spacer member being movable toward
said photosensitive member with movement of said charging member toward said photosensitive member by said first urging means
when the spaced state is disestablished;

a supporting member configured to urge and support said spacer member in a state that said spacer member is in the spacing
position; and

second urging means configured to urge said supporting member toward a rotation axis of said spacer member.

US Pat. No. 9,727,282

JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS TO DISPLAY SCREENS BASED ON INTERRUPT AND LOGGED IN USER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A job processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor;
an execution unit implemented by the at least one processor and configured to execute a job; and
a display configured to display, when a first interrupt factor is generated in the job being executed by the execution unit,
a first screen regarding an operation for resuming the job which the first interrupt factor has impacted, and configured to
display, when a second interrupt factor is generated in the job being executed by the execution unit, a second screen regarding
an operation for resuming the job which the second interrupt factor has impacted,

wherein, based on the first interrupt factor that has impacted the job instructed by a previous user who has logged in to
the job processing apparatus, the display displays the first screen while the previous user is logging in to the job processing
apparatus,

wherein, based on the second interrupt factor that has impacted the job instructed by the previous user, the display displays
the second screen while the previous user is logging in to the job processing apparatus,

wherein, based on the first interrupt factor that has impacted the job instructed by the previous user, the display displays
the first screen while a different user from the previous user is logging in to the job processing apparatus, and

wherein, based on the second interrupt factor that has impacted the job instructed by the previous user, the display does
not display the second screen while the different user from the previous user is logging in to the job processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,761,185

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus capable of executing calibration of at least one of brightness and a color of a screen, the
image display apparatus comprising:
a light-emitting device;
a display panel configured to display an image on the screen by modulating light from the light-emitting device;
one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing a program which, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the image display apparatus
configured to:

control light emission of the light-emitting device on the basis of input image data;
execute, for each of a plurality of groups, to each of which two or more images for calibration belong, display processing
for displaying the two or more images for calibration belonging to the group on the screen in order;

execute, for each of the plurality of images for calibration, processing for acquiring a measurement value of light emitted
from a region, of the screen, where the image for calibration is displayed; and

execute the calibration on the basis of the measurement values of the plurality of images for calibration, wherein
for each of the plurality of groups, at least a part of the display processing for the group is executed again in a case where
it is determined that a light emission state of the light-emitting device changed during the execution of the display processing
for the group from a light emission state of the light-emitting device before the execution of the display processing.

US Pat. No. 9,757,093

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:
a plurality of conversion elements configured to receive an acoustic wave reflected within the object and to output a plurality
of received signals;

a first processor that acquires, using the plurality of received signals, a power intensity signal showing a distribution
of power intensity in a plurality of positions within the object through processing using frequency domain interferometry
to which adaptive signal processing is applied;

a corrector that performs correction processing on the power intensity signal to output a corrected power intensity signal;
and

an image processor that outputs image display data based on the corrected power intensity signal,
wherein the first processor is configured to
calculate a plurality of correlation values of frequency components using the plurality of received signals,
perform frequency average processing on a correlation matrix that is a set of the plurality of calculated correlation values
to acquire a first power intensity signal using a plurality of values obtained by the frequency average processing, and

perform processing of reducing variance of elements in a diagonal direction of the correlation matrix by averaging at least
one of super-diagonal and sub-diagonal elements using the plurality of calculated correlation values to acquire a second power
intensity signal using the plurality of values subjected to this processing, and

wherein the corrector outputs the corrected power intensity signal using the first power intensity signal and the second power
intensity signal.

US Pat. No. 9,754,198

PRINTING APPARATUS TO AUTOMATICALLY SELECT SHEET SUPPLY SOURCE, CONTROL METHOD FOR PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of sheet storage portions;
a reading unit configured to read an image on a document to generate image data corresponding to the read image;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information about the document the image on which is read by the reading unit;
a printing unit configured to print an image on a sheet supplied from any one of the plurality of sheet storage portions based
on the image data generated by the reading unit;

a control unit configured to cause, in response to accepting a job execution instruction, which is an instruction to execute
a job, the reading unit to perform image reading and the printing unit to perform image printing;

an automatic selection unit configured to automatically select, from among the plurality of sheet storage portions, a sheet
supply source, which is a source for supplying a sheet that is used for printing, based on the information acquired by the
acquisition unit; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether the automatic selection unit is enabled or disabled,
wherein, in a case where it is determined by the determination unit that the automatic selection unit is enabled, if a user
specifies a predetermined sheet storage portion as a sheet storage portion that supplies a sheet for printing from among the
plurality of sheet storage portions and the specified sheet storage portion has no sheet stored therein, the control unit
does not allow the job execution instruction,

wherein, in a case where it is determined by the determination unit that the automatic selection unit is disabled, if a sheet
storage portion that supplies a sheet for printing from among the plurality of sheet storage portions has no sheet stored
therein, the control unit allows the job execution instruction, and

wherein the acquisition unit, the control unit, the automatic selection unit, and the determination unit are implemented by
at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,753,262

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising:
a first lens group;
a second lens group, on an image side of the first lens group;
a focus lens group having a negative refractive power, and configured to move during focusing, wherein the focus lens group
is on an image side of the second lens group, and

a positive lens group having a positive refractive power and arranged adjacent to the focus lens group on an image side of
the focus lens group, wherein the positive lens group includes one or more lenses,

wherein the focus lens group includes, in order from an object side of the focus lens group to the image side of the focus
lens group, a positive lens and a negative lens,

wherein a distance between lens groups of the zoom lens arranged adjacent to each other changes for zooming and/or focusing,
and

wherein the following conditions are satisfied:
0.50<(RF?RR)/(RF+RR)<200.00, and

|RR|<|RF|
where RR represents a curvature radius of an object-side surface of the negative lens included in the focus lens group, and
RF represents a curvature radius of an image-side surface of the positive lens included in the focus lens group.

US Pat. No. 9,720,358

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a conveyance unit configured to convey a recording material;
a fixing unit configured to fix an image on the recording material conveyed by the conveyance unit;
a driving unit configured to drive the fixing unit; and
a control unit configured to control the driving unit,
wherein the fixing unit comprises:
a rotation member;
a pressure member configured to form a first nip portion with the rotation member and press the rotation member; and
a heating member configured to form a second nip portion with the rotation member and to heat and press the rotation member,
the fixing unit fixing the image on the recording material by nipping the recording material at the first nip portion, and

wherein the control unit controls the driving unit so that the driving unit continues to drive the fixing unit at least until
an exposed length of the recording material from the first nip portion in a direction toward the conveyance unit becomes shorter
than an exposed length of the recording material from the second nip portion in the direction toward the conveyance unit,
in a state in which the recording material is wound around the rotation member.

US Pat. No. 9,720,362

HEATING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus for heating a toner image on a recording material, said apparatus comprising:
a cylindrical film;
a plate-like nip forming member contacted with an inner surface of said film, said nip forming member including a base member
and a coating layer on said base member, said coating layer having a thermal expansion coefficient smaller than that of said
base member; and

a roller cooperative with said nip forming member to form a nip,
wherein said nip forming member includes a first surface contacting said film, a second surface opposite to the first surface,
and a peripheral surface perpendicular to the first surface, and

wherein said coating layer is provided on the first and second surfaces of said nip forming member, and is not provided on
the peripheral surface of said nip forming member.

US Pat. No. 9,723,195

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, EXTERNAL DEVICE, IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING EXTERNAL DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus that communicates with an external device, the image capturing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor;
a field-of-view mechanical mechanism configured to change a field of view for capturing an image of a subject;
a receiving unit configured to receive, from the external device, a command for controlling the field-of-view mechanical mechanism;
a control unit configured to control, when the receiving unit receives a command to start to change a field of view using
the field-of-view mechanical mechanism, the field-of-view mechanical mechanism to start to change the field of view; and

an amount-of-change determination unit configured to determine an amount of change in the field of view using the field-of-view
mechanical mechanism,

wherein the control unit controls the field-of-view mechanical mechanism such that the amount of change in the field of view
determined by the amount-of-change determination unit becomes a predetermined amount or more, irrespective of whether the
receiving unit receives a command to stop changing the field of view using the field-of-view mechanical mechanism, and

wherein the receiving unit, the control unit, and the amount-of-change determination unit are each implemented by at least
one of the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,719,922

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OPTICAL QUALITY MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical system comprising:
a photodetector;
a first light-receiving system configured to cause the photodetector to receive first reflected light with a first angle of
reflection, the first reflected light generated by reflecting, from a surface, a first light from a light source; and

a second light-receiving system configured to cause the photodetector to receive second reflected light with a second angle
of reflection, different from the first angle of reflection, the second reflected light generated by reflecting, from the
surface, a second light from the light source,

wherein the first light and the second light are generated in a sequential order to generate the first reflected light and
the second reflected light in the sequential order,

wherein a first light-receiving area of the photodetector configured to receive the first reflected light from the surface
via the first light-receiving system is spaced apart from a second light-receiving area of the photodetector configured to
receive the second reflected light from the surface via the second light-receiving system, and

wherein the first light-receiving area of the photodetector is spaced apart from an area of the photodetector which reflected
light, different from the first reflected light, generated by reflecting the first light from the surface reaches via the
second light-receiving system, and the second light-receiving area of the photodetector is spaced apart from an area of the
photodetector which reflected light, different from the second reflected light, generated by reflecting the second light from
the surface reaches via the first light-receiving system.

US Pat. No. 9,715,358

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor in communication with at least one memory that operate to:
first determine whether an input setting value input via a print setting screen can be set in combination with another setting
value;

if the first determination determines that the input setting value cannot be set in combination with the other setting value,
secondly determine whether there is a setting value that belongs to a target category and can be set in combination with the
other setting value; and

change the input setting value to the setting value that can be set in combination with the other setting value based on a
result of determination performed by the first determination and a result of determination performed by the second determination,

wherein the second determination determines whether there is a setting value that belongs to a same category (a first category)
as that of the input setting value and can be set in combination with the other setting value, and determines whether there
is a setting value that belongs to a second category different from that of the input setting value and can be set in combination
with the other setting value if the second determination determines that there is no setting value that belongs to the first
category and can be set in combination with the other setting value.

US Pat. No. 9,714,146

SHEET STORAGE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet storage apparatus comprising:
a storage apparatus body;
a sheet stacking portion on which a sheet is stacked, the sheet stacking portion configured to be movable upward and downward
with respect to a bottom portion of the storage apparatus body, the sheet stacking portion having an opening opened in an
upward and downward direction;

a rear end regulation member supported movably on the bottom portion in a sheet feed direction and a direction opposite to
the sheet feed direction, the rear end regulation member configured to regulate a position of an upstream end, in the sheet
feed direction, of the sheet stacked on the sheet stacking portion;

a side end regulation member configured to regulate an end position, in a width direction orthogonal to the sheet feed direction,
of the sheet stacked on the sheet stacking portion, the side end regulation member being movable in the width direction within
a space formed by the opening; and

a rear end regulation attachment being detachably attached to the rear end regulation member, the rear end regulation attachment
comprising a regulating portion extending toward the bottom portion of the storage apparatus body through the opening in a
state where the rear end regulation attachment is attached to the rear end regulation member, and regulating the upstream
end of the sheet on a position downstream, in the sheet feed direction, of a regulating position of the rear end regulation
member.

US Pat. No. 9,715,021

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging pixel configured to acquire a radiation image, wherein the imaging pixel includes an imaging switching element
for outputting a signal from an imaging conversion element;

a detection pixel configured to detect radiation incidence, wherein the detection pixel includes a detection switching element
for outputting a signal from a detection conversion element;

a first control line electrically connected to a control electrode of the imaging switching element;
a second control line electrically connected to a control electrode of the detection switching element;
a signal line electrically connected to a main electrode of the detection switching element;
a capacitance line arranged to be capacitively coupled with the signal line, wherein the capacitance line is different from
the first control line and the second control line;

a driving unit electrically connected to the second control line and the capacitance line and configured to apply a voltage
to the detection switching element and the capacitance line; and

a control unit configured to control the driving unit to apply, in a case where an on-state or off-state voltage is applied
to the detection switching element, a voltage having an opposite polarity to that of the on-state or off-state voltage to
the capacitance line.

US Pat. No. 9,715,044

ANTIREFLECTION FILM, AND OPTICAL ELEMENT AND OPTICAL SYSTEM THAT INCLUDE THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical element comprising:
a substrate having a refractive index between 1.40 and 1.85 inclusive for light having a wavelength of 550 nm, and
an antireflection film including an intermediate layer arranged on the substrate and a concavo-convex layer arranged on the
intermediate layer, wherein:

the concavo-convex layer includes a part having a refractive index that continuously increases from a side closer to a surface
toward a side closer to the substrate,

the intermediate layer includes a plurality of thin film layers having different refractive indices, and at least one of the
thin film layers has a refractive index higher than the refractive index of the substrate,

the thin film layers include:
a first layer arranged on the substrate, and
a second layer arranged on the first layer and having a physical thickness d2 (nm), and

the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
ns 1.72?n2?1.95, and
230?n2d2?290,
where ns is the refractive index of the substrate at a wavelength of 550 nm, and n2 is a refractive index of the second layer at a wavelength of 550 nm.

US Pat. No. 9,711,547

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels,
wherein at least one of the plurality of pixels includes:
a photoelectric conversion unit;
a reset transistor;
a floating diffusion region;
an amplification transistor configured to amplify a signal based on charges generated by the photoelectric conversion unit;
and

a capacitance that has a PN junction constituted by a first semiconductor region having a first conductivity type and a second
semiconductor region having a second conductivity type and can accumulate the charges;

wherein the one of the plurality of pixels is configured to change a capacitance value of an input node of the amplification
transistor by switching a connection state of the capacitance,

wherein a switching transistor is configured to switch a connection state of the capacitance with the input node of the amplification
transistor,

wherein a gate electrode of the amplification transistor is arranged on a main surface of a semiconductor substrate, and a
third semiconductor region having the second conductivity type is arranged under the gate electrode of the amplification transistor,
and

wherein an added impurity concentration of impurity having the second conductivity type on the PN junction surface of the
capacitance is higher than an added impurity concentration of impurity having the second conductivity type at a point in the
third semiconductor region, the point being at a same depth as a bottom of one of a source and a drain of the amplification
transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,711,563

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE HAVING AN INSULATING FILM IN TRENCHES OF A SEMICONDUCTOR SUBSTRATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, comprising:
forming, over a semiconductor substrate comprising a first region and a second region, a first film having a first part located
over the first region and a second part located over the second region;

reducing a thickness of a portion of the first film located over the first region, so that an upper face of the first part
is positioned at a lower height from the semiconductor substrate than an upper face of the second part, and so that a first
difference in height from the semiconductor substrate between the upper face of the first part and the upper face of the second
part is larger than a second difference in height from the semiconductor substrate between a lower face of the first part
and a lower face of the second part;

after forming the first film, forming one or more trenches in the first region penetrating the first part of the first film
and reaching an inside of the substrate and one or more trenches in the second region penetrating the second part of the first
film and reaching the inside of the substrate;

forming, over the first film, a second film which is an insulating film, a portion of the second film passing through the
one or more holes of the first part and being located inside the one or more trenches of the first region, and a portion of
the second film being located inside the one or more trenches of the second region; and

polishing the second film to remove a portion of the second film located over the first film, so that a third difference in
height from the semiconductor substrate between the upper face of the first part and the upper face of the second part after
the polishing is smaller than the first difference,

wherein in the forming of the second film, the second film is formed so that the second film has a first portion located over
the first region and a second portion located over the second region and an upper face of the first portion of the second
film is positioned at a lower height from the semiconductor substrate than an upper face of the second portion of the second
film.

US Pat. No. 9,710,062

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRONIC APPARATUS TO PROVIDE TACTILE SENSATION FEEDBACK

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

14. A method for controlling an electronic apparatus comprising:
detecting a touch on a display unit;
generating tactile sensations to be given to an object touching the display unit;
capturing content by an imaging unit;
controlling the display unit to display a setting item for specifying a tactile feedback setting detail and for setting detail
to be set about content on a setting screen for making a setting about content based on meta data before capturing of the
content by the imaging unit, wherein the content comprises at least an image, capture of the image, and display a content
item representing the captured image on a content screen; and

controlling the generating of the tactile sensations to give the object touching the setting item on the setting screen a
tactile sensation according to the touched setting item, and controlling the generating of the tactile sensations to give
the object touching the content item on the content screen the same tactile sensation as that given when the setting item
for specifying the tactile feedback setting detail set for the touched contents is touched,

wherein the tactile sensation according to the touched setting item occurs when the object touches the setting item on the
setting screen, and

wherein the generating can simultaneously generate different tactile sensations on different portions of the display unit
based on multiple touches on the different portions.

US Pat. No. 9,710,897

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire a first image which is captured by a first image capturing unit having a first angle
of view and a second image which is captured by a second image capturing unit having a second angle of view smaller than the
first angle of view, the second image including an image of an object same as that in the first image;

a transforming unit configured to perform positioning and transformation of the first image and the second image such that
images of the same object are superposed;

a detecting unit configured to perform processing of edge detection for detecting an edge of each of the images of the object
in a region in which the first image and the second image are superposed;

a deciding unit configured to decide weights at a time of applying weighted composition to the first image and the second
image which are subjected to the positioning and the transformation by the transforming unit; and

a composition unit configured to apply the weighted composition to the first image and the second image which are subjected
to the positioning and the transformation by the transforming unit, by using the weights decided by the deciding unit, wherein

the deciding unit decides the weights such that a weight of the first image with respect to the second image in a partial
region including a region, which is detected as the edge by the detecting unit, is smaller than a weight of the first image
with respect to the second image in a region other than the partial region.

US Pat. No. 9,709,907

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising a support, a charge generation layer formed on the support, and
a charge transport layer formed on the charge generation layer,
wherein the charge generation layer comprises
a gallium phthalocyanine crystal,
a nitrogen-containing heterocyclic compound contained in the gallium phthalocyanine crystal, and
an amide compound represented by a formula (1) below,
in the formula (1), R11 represents a methyl group or a propyl group,
a nitrogen atom in a heterocyclic ring of the nitrogen-containing heterocyclic compound has a substituent,
the substituent of the nitrogen atom having a substituent is a substituted or unsubstituted acyl group, —(C?O)—O—R1, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted
aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group, where a substituent of the substituted acyl group is a group
described in (i) below; and R1 represents a group described in (ii) below,
(i) a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted
aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group where, in this (i), a substituent of the substituted alkyl
group, a substituent of the substituted alkenyl group, a substituent of the substituted aryl group, and a substituent of the
substituted heterocyclic group are each a halogen atom, a cyano group, a nitro group, a hydroxy group, a formyl group, an
alkyl group, an alkenyl group, an alkoxy group, or an aryl group,(ii) a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted
aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group where, in this (ii), a substituent of the substituted alkyl
group, a substituent of the substituted alkenyl group, a substituent of the substituted aryl group, and a substituent of the
substituted heterocyclic group are each a halogen atom, a cyano group, a nitro group, a hydroxy group, a formyl group, an
alkyl group, an alkenyl group, an alkoxy group, or an aryl group,
wherein the nitrogen-containing heterocyclic compound is a compound represented by a formula (2) below,

in the formula (2), R21 represents a substituted or unsubstituted acyl group, —(C?O)—O—R2, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted
aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group,

a substituent of the substituted alkyl group, a substituent of the substituted alkenyl group, a substituent of the substituted
aryl group, and a substituent of the substituted heterocyclic group are each a halogen atom, a cyano group, a nitro group,
a hydroxy group, a formyl group, an alkyl group, an alkenyl group, an alkoxy group, or an aryl group, and

a substituent of the substituted acyl group is a group described in (i) below, and R2 represents a group described in (ii) below,
(i) a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted
aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group where, in this (i), a substituent of the substituted alkyl
group, a substituent of the substituted alkenyl group, a substituent of the substituted aryl group, and a substituent of the
substituted heterocyclic group are each a halogen atom, a cyano group, a nitro group, a hydroxy group, a formyl group, an
alkyl group, an alkenyl group, an alkoxy group, or an aryl group,(ii) a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted
aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group where, in this (ii), a substituent of the substituted alkyl
group, a substituent of the substituted alkenyl group, a substituent of the substituted aryl group, and a substituent of the
substituted heterocyclic group are each a halogen atom, a cyano group, a nitro group, a hydroxy group, a formyl group, an
alkyl group, an alkenyl group, an alkoxy group, or an aryl group.

US Pat. No. 9,712,740

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire image data representing a captured image;
a first input unit configured to input a first user instruction indicating an in-focus position of a refocused image for generating
the refocused image, wherein the in-focus position is a position to be in focus in an image and the refocused image is an
image in which the in-focus position of the captured image represented by the image data is changed;

an output unit configured to output the refocused image in focus at the in-focus position according to the first user instruction,
wherein the refocused image output by the output unit is an image in which an image region corresponding to the in-focus position
is emphasized compared to in the refocused image in focus at the in-focus position.

US Pat. No. 9,709,930

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING OPENINGS AND DUCTS TO PERMIT FLOW OF AIR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a fixing portion configured to fix a toner image formed on a recording material thereon, said fixing portion including a heating
member having a heat source, a pressing member cooperating with said heating member to form a nip while pressing against said
heating member, and a frame containing said heating member and said pressing member;

a first opening provided in said frame and configured to permit air to flow from an inside of said frame to an outside of
said frame;

a second opening provided in said frame and configured to permit air to flow from the outside of said frame to the inside
of said frame; and

an external duct provided outside said fixing portion and configured to guide the air discharged through said first opening
to said second opening;

wherein at least a part of an inner wall of said external duct is made of a metal plate, and the air introduced through said
second opening is guided to said pressing member.

US Pat. No. 9,712,753

EXPOSURE CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An exposure control apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit including a plurality of pixels that are arranged two-dimensionally, and configured to acquire image data;
and

at least one processor or circuit that performs the operations of the following units:
a compression unit configured to compress the image data and generate compressed data;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a first photometric value based on the compressed data;
a conversion unit configured to convert the first photometric value into a second photometric value corresponding to the image
data before the compression; and

an exposure control unit configured to perform exposure control based on the second photometric value.

US Pat. No. 9,712,755

INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM FOR CORRECTING LIGHT FIELD DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory coupled to the processor, the memory having instructions that, when executed by the processor, perform operations
comprising:

obtaining light field data representing directions and intensity of light beams emitted from an object to an image pickup
unit;

correcting the light field data on a coordinate of the light field data; and
generating image data from the corrected light field data,
wherein the light beams pass different parts of a lens so that the directions are distinguished, and
wherein the image data is obtained by performing integration in a certain direction on the light field data on the light field
coordinate.

US Pat. No. 9,712,756

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 of a count-down operation of a self-timer when
performing self-timer shooting, the notification being via light emission;

a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a mode setting unit configured to set one of a plurality of operation modes; and
a control unit configured to control the light emitter to provide the notification of the operation status of the self-timer
in self-timer shooting if the mode setting unit has set a first operation mode which is not an operation mode for a dark place,
and to control the light emitter not to provide the notification of the operation status of the self-timer in self-timer shooting
if the mode setting unit has set a second operation mode which is an operation mode for a dark place.

US Pat. No. 9,712,757

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF COMPOSITING IMAGES GENERATED USING THE SAME DEVELOPMENT PARAMETER AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor;
a processor; and
a memory storing a computer program which, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to:
control the image sensor to repeat image capture of frame images under different exposures;
apply development processing to develop each of the captured frame images;
generate a composite image by compositing temporally consecutive developed captured frame images that have been developed,
and

generate HDR video using sequentially generated composite images, wherein
the processor generates, from one captured frame image of the captured frame images, a first image and a second image that
are associated with different development parameters, one development parameter in the different development parameters being
calculated for the one captured frame image of the captured frame images and another development parameter in the different
development parameters being calculated for another captured frame image of the captured frame images other than the one captured
frame image of the captured frame images, and

the processor generates the composite image by compositing temporally consecutive developed captured frame images that have
been developed using the same development parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,705,427

ULTRASONIC MOTOR AND LENS APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving motor, comprising:
a member including a contact surface;
a vibrator including a contact part that is brought into contact with the contact surface, wherein the vibrator and the member
move relatively by a vibration of the vibrator;

a pressing unit comprising an elastic member so as to apply a pressing force on the contact part against the member including
the contact surface; and

a contact member configured to be located between the pressing unit and the vibrator,
wherein the contact member has a curved surface portion formed as an arc shape curved toward the pressing unit, and the contact
member comes into contact with the pressing unit at the curved surface portion, and

the curved surface portion is formed so as to locate a position of a center of a circle including the arc shape of the curved
surface portion not closer to the contact member than to the contact part.

US Pat. No. 9,701,146

INK SET AND THERMAL TRANSFER RECORDING SHEET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

4. A thermal transfer recording sheet, comprising:
a first ink layer containing a compound represented by General Formula (1) shown below; and
a second ink layer containing a compound represented by General Formula (2),

wherein, in General Formula (1),
R1 represents an alkyl group, an unsubstituted aryl group, an aryl group having a substituent, an acyl group, a carboxy group,
an alkoxycarbonyl group, a carboxamide group, an amino group, an alkoxy group, or a cyano group,

R2 represents an alkyl group, an unsubstituted aryl group, or an aryl group having a substituent,

R3 represents an alkyl group, an unsubstituted aryl group, an aryl group having a substituent, or a heterocyclic group,

R4 and R5 each independently represent an alkyl group, and when R1 to R3 are the aryl groups having a substituent, the substituent is an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, or a sulfonic acid salt group,


wherein, in General Formula (2),
R6 and R7 each independently represent an alkyl group, R8 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an unsubstituted aryl group, or an aryl group having a substituent,

R9 represents an alkyl group, an unsubstituted aryl group, or an aryl group having a substituent,

R10 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an unsubstituted aryl group, an aryl group having a substituent, or —N(—R11)R12, wherein R11 and R12 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, or an acyl group and R11 and R12 may be bonded to form a ring, and

when R8 to R10 are the aryl groups having a substituent, the substituent is an alkyl group or an alkoxy group.

US Pat. No. 9,703,724

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
an input unit configured to input a deletion instruction of data stored in a nonvolatile memory;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the nonvolatile memory has reached an end of its rewrite operating life
in accordance with the deletion instruction input by the input unit;

an acceptance unit configured to accept an instruction for setting a password to the nonvolatile memory in a case where the
determination unit determines that the nonvolatile memory has reached the end of its rewrite operating life; and

a setting unit configured to set the password to the nonvolatile memory in accordance with the instruction accepted by the
acceptance unit.

US Pat. No. 9,702,982

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus which receives a radiation image from a radiation imaging apparatus, the control apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store examination information and a radiation image received from the radiation imaging apparatus
in accordance with the examination information;

a determination unit configured to determine whether any unreceived radiation image exists, at the time of activation, based
on a storage state of a radiation image corresponding to the examination information in the storage unit; and

a request unit configured to request, in response to a predetermined operation input from a user, the radiation imaging apparatus
to transmit a radiation image when the determination unit determines that the unreceived radiation image exists.

US Pat. No. 9,703,758

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR CONVERTING AN ORIGINAL DOCUMENT HAVING A FORMAT INTO A FILE HAVING A DIFFERENT FORMAT AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to set whether to store an original document in a common file;
a receiving unit configured to receive an instruction for an original document having a first format;
a generation unit configured to generate a common file having a second format by converting the original document having the
first format, wherein the common file having the second format can be handled by a predetermined application, and wherein
the second format is different from the first format;

a determination unit configured, when the generation unit generates the common file, to determine whether the instruction
received by the receiving unit is an editing instruction or a printing instruction, wherein the editing instruction is an
instruction for starting an editing screen that enables a user to perform editing the generated common file, and wherein the
printing instruction is an instruction for printing the generated common file without starting the editing screen; and

a storage unit configured to store the original document having the first format in the generated common file having the second
format if the determination unit determines that the received instruction is the editing instruction and the setting unit
sets that the original document is to be stored in the common file,

wherein the storage unit does not store, even if the setting unit sets that the original document is to be stored in the common
file, the original document having the first format in the generated common file having the second format if the determination
unit determines that the received instruction is the printing instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,703,249

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a conveying unit configured to convey a sheet along a main conveying path;
a printing unit configured to perform printing on the sheet conveyed by the conveying unit;
a fixing unit including a fixing section configured to perform fixing processing to the printed sheet that is conveyed on
the main conveying path by the conveying unit and is subjected to printing by the printing unit;

a bypass path that comprises a conveying path branching from the main conveying path and that does not pass through the fixing
section; and

a switching unit configured to switch a conveying path of the printed sheet between a main conveying path passing through
the fixing section and the bypass path.

US Pat. No. 9,706,081

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one hardware processor; and
at least one memory coupled to the at least one hardware processor and having stored thereon instructions which, when executed
by the at least one hardware processor, cause the image processing apparatus to perform:

determining a black background area where a plurality of black lines are successive in image data, the black line being a
line formed from a predetermined number of black pixels in a sub-scanning direction;

obtaining a number of pixels in a sub-scanning direction in a white area adjacent to the black background area determined
in the determining;

obtaining a number of pixels in a sub-scanning direction in a black area adjacent to the white area in a different direction
from the black background area; and

based on the number of pixels in the white area and the number of pixels in the black area, correcting a pixel value in a
black background area so that a density per a unit area decreases,

wherein if the number of pixels in the white area is a first number of pixels and the number of pixels in the black area is
equal to or more than a predetermined value, the correcting reduces an amount for decreasing a density per the unit area in
the black background area than if the number of pixels in the white area is a second number of pixels which is larger than
the first number of pixels and the number of pixels in the black area is less than the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,701,500

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus, comprising:
a sheet conveying portion configured to convey a sheet;
a sheet conveying path through which the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveying portion is conveyed; and
a burr pushing roller having a cylindrical shape and configured to rotate on an axis of rotation, the burr pushing roller
being positioned on the sheet conveying path and pushing down a burr at one side edge of the sheet in a width direction orthogonal
to a sheet conveying direction of the sheet,

wherein the axis of rotation is offset with respect to the width direction orthogonal to the sheet conveying direction such
that the axis of rotation is further upstream in the sheet conveying direction as the axis of rotation extends toward to a
center of the sheet conveying path in the width direction orthogonal to the sheet conveying direction, and the axis of rotation
is further downstream in the sheet conveying direction as the axis of rotation extends away from the center of the sheet conveying
path in the width direction orthogonal to the sheet conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 9,696,678

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
a sheet stacking portion on which a sheet is stacked;
a pick-up roller configured to contact with stacked sheets on the sheet stacking portion from above the sheet stacking portion
and to feed an uppermost sheet from among the stacked sheets on the sheet stacking portion:

a driven rotating body contacting with the pick-up roller and driven by the pick-up roller;
a driving source configured to drive the pick-up roller;
a shutter member movable between a first position where the shutter member abuts against a downstream end portion in the sheet
feeding direction of the sheet fed by the pick-up roller and stops the sheet and a second position where the sheet passes
the shutter member, the shutter member disposed in a vicinity of a nip portion formed by the pick-up roller and the driven
rotating body; and

a torque limiter provided between the pick-up roller and the driving source, transmitting a driving force of the driving source
to the pick-up roller in a state that a load of less than a predetermined torque is applied to the pick-up roller by the sheet,
and not transmitting the driving force of the driving source to the pick-up roller in a state that the sheet is stopped by
the shutter member and a load of more than the predetermined torque is applied to the pick-up roller by the sheet,

wherein, when the shutter member is in the first position, the shutter member overlaps with the pick-up roller when viewed
along a rotational axis of the pick-up roller.

US Pat. No. 9,696,436

SCINTILLATOR CRYSTAL AND RADIATION DETECTOR USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A scintillator crystal comprising:
a plurality of first crystal phases; and
a second crystal phase covering respective side surfaces of the first crystal phases,
wherein each of the plurality of first crystal phases is a columnar crystal that includes a perovskite type oxide material
containing both Gd and Tb, and emits light by being excited by radiation,

wherein the second crystal phase includes alumina, and
wherein, assuming that a, b, and c respectively represent Gd, Al, and Tb in an element ratio among them that are contained
in a total amount of substance of the scintillator crystal, the element ratio is within a range defined by (a, b, c)=(0.174,
0.795, 0.031), (0.207, 0.756, 0.037), (0.213, 0.775, 0.012), and (0.194, 0.795, 0.011) as vertexes in a ternary composition
diagram.

US Pat. No. 9,699,344

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF TEST PRINTING, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, DESTINATION SORTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that is connected to a post-processing apparatus for performing post processing on printed recording
media, and is controlled independently of the post-processing apparatus, comprising:
a test printing execution unit configured to execute test printing of a printing object having a plurality of pages; and
a controller configured to control, when executing the test printing, not to convey the printed recording media to the post-processing
apparatus in a case where the post processing is designated to be performed on the printed recording media by the post-processing
apparatus and less than all of the plurality of pages are to be printed in the test printing, and to convey the printed recording
media to the post-processing apparatus in a case where the post processing is designated to be performed on the printed recording
media by the post-processing apparatus and all of the plurality of pages are to be printed in the test printing.

US Pat. No. 9,696,620

COMPOSITION, METHOD FOR PRODUCING FILM WITH THE COMPOSITION, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. A method for producing a film, comprising a step of subjecting the composition according to claim 1 to cationic polymerization.

US Pat. No. 9,659,988

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

3. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels each having a first photoelectric conversion unit and a second photoelectric conversion unit, a floating
diffusion, a first transfer transistor configured to transfer electric carriers from the first photoelectric conversion unit
to the floating diffusion, a second transfer transistor configured to transfer electric carriers from the second photoelectric
conversion unit to the floating diffusion, and an amplification transistor configured to amplify signals based on the electric
carriers transferred to the floating diffusion;

first-conductivity type first semiconductor regions serving as channel regions for the first transfer transistor and the second
transfer transistor and a first-conductivity type second semiconductor region serving as the channel region for the amplification
transistor; and

a contact plug configured to supply a reference voltage to the first semiconductor regions and the second semiconductor region,
wherein

during a period from a start of an accumulation period of electric carriers for the first photoelectric conversion unit and
the second photoelectric conversion unit, to an end of a reading period for which signals based on the electric carriers generated
in the accumulation period of electric carriers are read to the outside of the pixel, a number of times an on-state voltage
is supplied to a gate electrode of the first transfer transistor is larger than a number of times an on-state voltage is supplied
to a gate electrode of the second transfer transistor, and

the image pickup apparatus further comprises a plurality of first active regions each having a second-conductivity type third
semiconductor region partially constituting the first photoelectric conversion unit and accumulating the electric carriers
generated in the first photoelectric conversion unit, a second-conductivity type fourth semiconductor region partially constituting
the second photoelectric conversion unit and accumulating the electric carriers generated in the second photoelectric conversion
unit, and a second-conductivity type fifth semiconductor region constituting the floating diffusion, wherein

the contact plug is arranged in at least one of a first first active region and a second first active region adjacent to the
first first active region among the plurality of first active regions, or arranged in a second active region arranged between
the first first active region and the second first active region, and

a distance from the contact plug to the gate electrode of the second transfer transistor arranged on the first first active
region is shorter than distances from the contact plug to the respective gate electrodes of the first transfer transistors
arranged on the first first active region and the second first active region, and at the same time, is equal to or shorter
than a distance from the contact plug to the gate electrode of the second transfer transistor arranged on the second first
active region.

US Pat. No. 9,689,974

IMAGE FORMING METHOD USING ULTRASOUND AND ABERRATION CORRECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming method for forming an image using an ultrasound signal processing apparatus to form an image using ultrasound
reflected from an object when ultrasound is transmitted to the object by an ultrasound probe, where the ultrasound signal
processing apparatus comprises a signal processor, the method comprising:
a first step of the ultrasound probe receiving a first reflected wave reflected from the object when first ultrasound is transmitted
to the object, and generating a first signal therefrom, the first reflected wave being a reflection of a first ultrasound
having a first center frequency;

a second step of the signal processor obtaining an aberration correction value based on the first signal;
a third step of the ultrasound probe receiving a second reflected wave reflected from the object when second ultrasound corrected
based on the aberration correction value is transmitted to the object, and generating a second signal therefrom, the second
reflected wave being a reflection of second ultrasound having a second center frequency, wherein the second center frequency
is not lower than 0.5 MHz and not higher than 20 MHz, and wherein the first center frequency is not lower than 3/16 and not higher than 9/20 of the second center frequency; and

a fourth step of the signal processor forming an image from the aberration correction value and from the second signal obtained
by transmitting, by the ultrasound probe, the second ultrasound which has been corrected based on the aberration correction
value,

wherein the first center frequency is determined in such a way that the value E defined by the following formula (1) with
respect to a beam pattern formed by the second ultrasound corrected using the aberration correction value falls within a predetermined
range:


j(x): weighting function
I(x): transmitted beam power normalized by maximum power
PT: threshold

x: position.

US Pat. No. 9,659,227

DETECTING OBJECT FROM IMAGE DATA USING FEATURE QUANTITIES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object detecting apparatus comprising:
an extracting unit configured to extract, from an input image, a pattern of directional characteristic indicating a pattern
in which a pixel value for a predetermined direction changes for each pixel;

a generating unit configured to generate a first feature quantity based on at least one of a relation in which a directional
characteristic extracted by the extracting unit is rotated and a relation in which the directional characteristic is reversed
with respect to an axis;

a converting unit configured to convert the first feature quantity generated by the generating unit into a second feature
quantity, by rotating or reversing, with respect to the axis, the first feature quantity; and

a detecting unit configured to detect an object by using the first feature quantity and the second feature quantity.

US Pat. No. 9,690,238

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A CONTROLLER FOR EXECUTING A RUBBING PROCESS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
first and second rotatable members configured to form a nip for heating a toner image on a sheet;
a rotatable rubbing member configured to rub an outer surface of said first rotatable member;
a moving mechanism configured to move said rotatable rubbing member toward and away from said first rotatable member; and
a controller configured to control said moving mechanism to execute a rubbing operation by said rotatable rubbing member,
wherein when said controller executes a single rubbing operation, said controller alternately executes a first process for
contacting said rotatable rubbing member with said first rotatable member and a second process for spacing said rotatable
rubbing member from said first rotatable member a plurality of times.

US Pat. No. 9,659,242

APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS CALIBRATION FOR MAINTAINING IMAGE QUALITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a printer configured to form an image on a recording medium based on image data;
a memory configured to store a first converting condition corresponding to a specific recording medium; and
a controller having a processor configured to perform tasks including:
a correcting task that corrects image data based on a correcting condition for forming an output image by the printer;
an obtaining task that obtains read data by a reading unit reading a measurement image formed on the recording medium by the
printer;

a converting task that converts the read data into density data using a converting condition corresponding to the recording
medium;

a first generating task that generates the correcting condition based on the density data;
a printing task that, in a registering operation for registering another recording medium to be used for generating the correcting
condition, controls the printer to form a first patch image on the specific recording medium and a second patch image on the
other recording medium; and

a second generating task that generates a second converting condition corresponding to the other recording medium using first
read data obtained by the reading unit reading the first patch image formed on the specific recording medium, second read
data obtained by the reading unit reading the second patch image formed on the other recording medium, and the first converting
condition stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,661,556

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information, about (1) a beacon interval and (2) a number of beacon intervals between
successive beacons that include a Deliver Traffic Indication Message (DTIM), of a base station defined in IEEE 802.11 series;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the communication apparatus is operated in a power save mode, in which
a state to receive data from the base station and a state not to receive the data from the base station are alternated, as
defined in IEEE 802.11 series, based on the beacon interval and the number of beacon intervals between successive beacons
that include a DTIM; and

a control unit configured to operate the communication apparatus in the power save mode or a mode, in which the state to receive
data from the base station is maintained without shifting to the state not to receive data from the base station, different
from the power save mode, based on the beacon interval and the number of beacon intervals between successive beacons that
include a DTIM.

US Pat. No. 9,690,537

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that transmits image data to be displayed in a display unit to a display control apparatus,
the information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor;
a communication interface;
wherein the at least one processor functions as a capture unit, a transmission control unit and a detection unit, wherein
the capture unit captures the image data to be displayed on the display unit of the information processing apparatus;
the transmission control unit performs control such that the captured image data is transmitted to the display control apparatus
via the communication interface; and

the detection unit detects an operation performed on the information processing apparatus,
wherein in a case where the detection unit detects a predetermined operation for changing a display appearance of the image
data to be displayed, the transmission control unit performs control such that information of an amount of change resulting
from the predetermined operation is transmitted before transmission of the captured image data, to the display control apparatus
via the communication interface.

US Pat. No. 9,690,112

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor in which a plurality of light receiving elements are arrayed with respect to one lens on an image sensing
plane on which an object image is formed by an imaging lens, the lens being arranged such that an exit pupil of the imaging
lens and the light receiving elements are in a conjugate relationship;

a polarizer arranged at approximately a position of the exit pupil of the imaging lens, and having a plurality of areas that
have different polarization directions corresponding to a plurality of different areas of the exit pupil; and

at least one processor or circuit configured to perform the operations of the following units:
an image processing unit that generates a plurality of images corresponding to the plurality of areas of the polarized from
output of the in plurality of light receiving elements; and

a compositing unit that divides each of the plurality of images into a plurality of block areas, obtains polarization information
for each block area by comparing images of corresponding block areas in the plurality of images, and composites the plurality
of mages based on the obtained polarization information for each block area.

US Pat. No. 9,659,872

MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:
a first semiconductor substrate;
a second semiconductor substrate;
a first pattern which is included in a first metal layer arranged between the first semiconductor substrate and the second
semiconductor substrate;

a second pattern which is included in a second metal layer arranged between the first semiconductor substrate and the second
semiconductor substrate; and

conductive sections which penetrate through the first semiconductor substrate,
wherein at least two of the conductive sections are in contact with the second pattern, and the second pattern is electrically
connected with the first pattern via the at least two of the conductive sections in contact with the second pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,692,971

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF AUTOMATICALLY SWITCHING FROM REPRODUCTION MODE TO SHOOTING MODE AND DISPLAYING LIVE VIEW IMAGE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising a memory storing a program and a calculation processing device for executing the
program stored in the memory, the calculation processing device:
switching, in response to an instruction from a user, an operation mode of the image capturing apparatus to one of a plurality
of operation modes including a shooting mode and a reproduction mode;

performing control such that a reproduced image is displayed in the reproduction mode; and
performing control such that, when the reproduced image is displayed in the reproduction mode, in response to accepting a
specific instruction, based on attribute information of the reproduced image being displayed, at least a part of settings
from shooting settings for when the reproduced image was shot are set in the image capturing apparatus, switching from a reproduction
mode to a shooting mode is performed without any user operation after the specific instruction, and a live view image in which
the part of settings are reflected is displayed without any user operation after the specific instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,692,979

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising:
a storage unit configured to store an adjustment value for adjusting a position at which a photographing lens stops during
an automatic focusing operation performed with respect to an object, the adjustment value being selected by a user; and

a control unit,
the control unit comprising:
a first mode for controlling so that when an image switching request has been received, before a switched image is displayed
on a display unit, a thumbnail image corresponding to the switched image is displayed on the display unit; and

a second mode for controlling so that when the image switching request has been received, the switched image is displayed
on the display unit without displaying the thumbnail image,

the control unit being configured to, in an operation state for selecting the adjustment value, control in the second mode
so that the switched image is displayed on the display unit without the thumbnail image being displayed.

US Pat. No. 9,661,238

REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND REPRODUCING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image output apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store a plurality of image data;
a combining unit configured to combine at least two image data of the plurality of image data, and to output a combined image
to a display unit;

an acquiring unit configured to acquire a characteristic corresponding to a partial area of a display image displayed by the
display unit, in response to the partial area of the display image being designated by a user; and

a control unit configured to control combining by the combining unit based on the characteristic corresponding to the partial
area designated by the user.

US Pat. No. 9,652,832

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,648,188

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF BEING SET TO POWER SAVING MODE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to make, according to a user's instruction, one of a first setting indicating that disconnection
of a communication link is not to be performed when the image forming apparatus is shifted to a power saving mode, and a second
setting indicating that a communication speed is to be changed to a lower speed when the image forming apparatus is shifted
to a power saving mode; and

a control unit configured to cause the image forming apparatus to be shifted to a first power saving mode in a case where
the first setting has been made by said setting unit, and cause the image forming apparatus to be shifted to a second power
saving mode in a case where the second setting has been made by said setting unit,

wherein in a case where the image forming apparatus is shifted to the first power saving mode, disconnection of the communication
link is not performed, and

wherein in a case where the image forming apparatus is shifted to the second power saving mode, the communication speed of
the image forming apparatus is changed to the lower speed.

US Pat. No. 9,639,778

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an image holding unit configured to hold a multi-viewpoint image captured from a plurality of viewpoints;
an object information holding unit configured to hold information about an object and relationship information indicating
a relationship between a user of the information processing apparatus and the object;

a recognition unit configured to recognize a plurality of objects in the multi-viewpoint image based on the information about
the object;

a determination unit configured to determine a target object from the plurality of recognized objects based on the relationship
information; and

a generation unit configured to generate a combined image in which the target object is in focus, based on the multi-viewpoint
image,

wherein, when the determination unit determines a plurality of objects as the target object, the generation unit sets a focal
length based on focal length of the target object and a parameter for an aperture diameter that provides a depth of field
covering the target object, and generates a combined image in which the target object is in focus, based on the multi-viewpoint
image.

US Pat. No. 9,670,027

SHEET DISCHARGING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet discharging apparatus comprising:
an apparatus body;
a discharge unit configured to convey a sheet in a sheet discharging direction so as to discharge the sheet;
a sheet stacking portion comprising a stacking surface on which the sheet discharged by the discharge unit is stacked, the
sheet stacking portion being configured such that a sheet processing device configured to process the sheet discharged by
the discharge unit is mountable; and

an attachment unit removably attached to the apparatus body, the attachment unit comprising:
(1) a pressing portion pressing the sheet to bend the sheet in a width direction intersecting with the sheet discharging direction;
and

(2) a projecting portion projecting from the apparatus body, the projecting portion being configured to project downstream
of the pressing portion in the sheet discharging direction and being disposed at a position where at least a part of the projecting
portion overlaps with the stacking surface in a plan view.

US Pat. No. 9,640,570

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a solid-state image sensor, including
a charge accumulation region of a first conductivity type formed on a semiconductor substrate,
a first charge holding region of the first conductivity type formed on the semiconductor substrate,
a first transistor configured to transfer charges from the charge accumulation region to the first charge holding region,
a second charge holding region of the first conductivity type formed on the semiconductor substrate, and
a second transistor configured to transfer the charges from the first charge holding region to the second charge holding region,
the method comprising:
forming, on the semiconductor substrate, a first resist pattern having a first opening on the charge accumulation region;
injecting a first impurity of a second conductivity type via the first opening so as to make the charge accumulation region
be a buried type;

forming, on the semiconductor substrate, a second resist pattern having a second opening on the first charge holding region;
and

injecting a second impurity of the second conductivity type via the second opening so as to make the first charge holding
region be the buried type,

wherein, in the injecting the first impurity, the first impurity is injected in a first direction inclined toward a normal
to an upper surface of the semiconductor substrate and headed from a side of the first charge holding region to a side of
the charge accumulation region, and,

in the injecting the second impurity, the second impurity is injected in a second direction inclined toward the normal and
headed from a side of the second charge holding region to the side of the first charge holding region.

US Pat. No. 9,674,420

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,674,463

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,636,014

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND ALIGNMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,674,228

METHOD OF PROCESSING DISORDERED FRAME PORTION DATA UNITS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encapsulating data units of at least one encoded video frame into a data stream, said data units representing
frame portions of the video frame, the method comprising the following steps:
determining whether said data units are capable of being decoded by a receiver according to an order of the data units different
from a nominal data unit decoding order, and

encapsulating said data units into said data stream,
wherein said data stream is associated with an ordering information indicating the compliance of the order of the data units
with said nominal data unit decoding order, the ordering information being set as follows:

a first value when the video stream conforms to the nominal data unit decoding order;
a second value when the ordering of the frame portions conforms with the nominal decoding order but not with the ordering
of the data units within a frame portion; and

a third value when the ordering of the data units and the ordering of the frame portions do not conform with the nominal data
unit decoding order.

US Pat. No. 9,636,022

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,672,451

PRINTING SYSTEM INCLUDING A PRINTING APPARATUS AND AN INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT IS CAPABLE OF COMMUNICATING WITH THE PRINTING APPARATUS CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system including a printing apparatus and an information processing apparatus that is capable of communication
with the printing apparatus,
wherein the information processing apparatus comprising:
a first processor coupled to a first memory;
a status determining unit configured to determine whether or not the printing apparatus is in a power saving state;
a sending unit configured to send attribute information of a sheet to be set on a sheet holding unit of the printing apparatus
to the printing apparatus in a case that it is determined by the status determination unit that the printing apparatus is
determined as not in a power saving state; and

a holding unit configured to hold the attribute information to be sent by the sending unit without returning the printing
apparatus from the power saving state in a case that it is determined by the status determination unit that the printing apparatus
is in the power saving state,

wherein the sending unit sends the attribute information held by the holding unit to the printing unit in a case that the
holding unit holds the attribute information and the printing apparatus returns from the power saving state, and

wherein the status determining unit, the sending unit and the holding unit are implemented at least in part by the first processor,
and

wherein the printing apparatus comprising:
a second processor coupled to a second memory;
a receiving unit configured to receive the attribute information sent by the sending unit;
a setting unit configured to set the attribute information received by the receiving unit to the sheet holding unit as attribute
information of a sheet to be stored in the sheet holding unit; and

a printing unit configured to perform printing based on the attribute information set by the setting unit,
wherein the receiving unit and the setting unit are implemented at least in part by the second processor.

US Pat. No. 9,641,741

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:
an image sensor that has a plurality of pixels arranged two-dimensionally;
a processor and a memory storing therein program instructions which, when executed, cause the processor to operate as a setting
unit, a control unit, a processing unit and a focus control unit, wherein:

the setting unit sets a thinning rate a main-scanning direction of the image sensor depending on a frequency of signals that
are to be extracted from an image outputted from the image sensor and processed for obtaining a focus state evaluation value
in a sub-scanning direction of the image sensor;

the control unit performs control such that image signals are sequentially read with the thinning rate set by the setting
unit from a detection area, on which focus control processing is performed, of areas of the plurality of pixels and are stored
in a storage unit;

the processing unit extracts, each time image signals of a number of lines required for a processing for obtaining the focus
state evaluation value are stored in the storage unit, signals with the frequency from the stored image signals and obtains
the focus state evaluation value using on the extracted signals; and

the focus control unit performs the focus control processing based on the focus state evaluation value obtained by the processing
unit,

wherein the setting unit sets, in a case where the frequency is a first frequency that is higher than a second frequency,
the thinning rate that is lower than that in the case where the frequency is the second frequency.

US Pat. No. 9,641,744

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CAPABLE OF EFFECTING CONTROL BASED ON A DETECTED TOUCH OPERATION AND ITS CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup unit;
a display unit configured to display sequentially images picked up by the image pickup unit;
a photographic preparation unit configured to adjust a photographic setting of photography by the image pickup unit;
a photographic processing unit configured to effect the photography of an image by the image pickup unit on the basis of the
photographic setting adjusted by the photographic preparation unit and execute a photographic processing for recording a photographed
image onto a recording medium;

a detection unit configured to detect a touch operation applied to the display unit; and
a control unit configured to effect control of the photographic preparation unit and the photographic processing unit such
that if a touch applied to the display unit is detected by the detection unit, the photographic preparation unit makes an
adjustment to a photographic setting on the basis of an object at a position of the detected touch in the image displayed
by the display unit, and subsequently, if it is detected that the display unit loses the touch applied thereto, the photographic
processing unit executes the photographic processing.

US Pat. No. 9,639,948

MOTION BLUR COMPENSATION FOR DEPTH FROM DEFOCUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of determining a depth measurement of a scene using an optical blur difference between two images of the scene,
each image being captured using an image capture device with different image capture device parameters, the method comprising:
identifying a corresponding image patch from each of the captured images, motion blur being present in each of the image patches
and the corresponding image patch for each of the captured images being at least a portion of the respective captured image
of each of the captured images;

determining a kernel of the motion blur in each of the image patches, the kernel of the motion blur in at least one of the
image patches being used to generate a difference convolution kernel;

convolving a selected first image patch with the generated difference convolution kernel to generate a modified image patch;
and

determining a depth measurement of the scene from an optical blur difference between the modified image patch and the remaining
image patch.

US Pat. No. 9,671,984

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR MANAGING MEMORY, PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for executing, by a processor, a program including a first program layer with an instruction
set to be interpreted and executed by the processor and a second program layer with an instruction set interpreted in advance
by a unit other than the processor, comprising:
a division enlargement unit configured to execute division processing and enlargement processing for image data; and
an output unit configured to execute output processing to an external device using a plurality of image data obtained by the
division processing and the enlargement processing by said division enlargement unit,

wherein one of the first program layer and the second program layer includes said division enlargement unit,
wherein the external device forms an image before the division by printing a plurality of images corresponding to the plurality
of image data, based on the image data output by said output unit, and

wherein said division enlargement unit and said output unit are implemented by the processor.

US Pat. No. 9,641,778

IMAGING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DRIVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
a plurality of pixels, each including
a photoelectric conversion unit,
a floating diffusion configured to hold charge generated in the photoelectric conversion unit,
an amplifier transistor electrically connected to the floating diffusion, and
a capacitor including an electrode, the capacitor being disposed so that electrical connection of the capacitor to the floating
diffusion is switchable in accordance with a signal supplied to the electrode,

wherein the electrical connection of the capacitor to the floating diffusion is switched to vary a capacitance value of an
input node of the amplifier transistor,

wherein each of the plurality of pixels has an active region including a first region and a second region, the first region
and the second region being arranged with the electrode therebetween in plan view,

wherein a portion that is a portion of the active region and that is located under the electrode forms at least a portion
of the capacitor,

wherein the first region includes a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type, the first semiconductor region
forming at least a portion of the floating diffusion,

wherein the second region includes a second semiconductor region of a second conductivity type opposite to the first conductivity
type, and

wherein an insulating film is disposed on the second semiconductor region.

US Pat. No. 9,667,504

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM HAVING MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND USER APPARATUS, MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, USER APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a processor and a memory storing code to be executed by the processor, wherein, the processor executes the code to function
as:

a transmitting unit configured to transmit device information of the communication apparatus to a first another apparatus
in a sharing process, with the first another apparatus, for sharing communication parameters for getting a wireless connection
to the first another apparatus;

a determination unit configured to determine, if the wireless connection to the first another apparatus is established using
the communication parameters, whether the first another apparatus possesses account information corresponding to the communication
apparatus, wherein the account information is used when making a second another apparatus perform a predetermined function;

a first requesting unit configured to request the account information to the first another apparatus in a case where the determination
unit determines that the first another apparatus possesses the account information, and not to request the account information
to the first another apparatus in a case where the determination unit determines that the first another apparatus does not
possess the account information;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire the account information from the first another apparatus in accordance with the
request from the first requesting unit; and

a control unit configured to control, by using the account information acquired by the acquisition unit, for making the second
another apparatus perform the predetermined function,

wherein the first another apparatus and the second another apparatus are different.

US Pat. No. 9,662,887

PRINTING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing device comprising:
a print head having an ejection opening surface on which a plurality of ejection openings that eject ink are formed;
a wiper that performs a wiping operation to wipe the ejection opening surface;
a holding member that holds a fluid to be transferred to the wiper before the wiping operation is performed;
a transfer member that transfers the fluid to the wiper;
a connecting member connectable to the holding member and the transfer member; and
a switching unit configured to switch between a communicating state in which the holding member and the transfer member are
in fluid communication with each other by moving the connecting member to a connecting position where the connecting member
is connected to the holding member and the transfer member, and a non-communicating state in which the holding member and
the transfer member are not in fluid communication with each other by moving the connecting member from the connecting position.

US Pat. No. 9,667,844

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH A PLURALITY OF TIERS OF ROTATION OPERATION MEMBERS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
an image pickup apparatus including:
a holder that is fixed to an exterior member;
a first rotation operation member that is supported by said holder in a rotatable manner;
a second rotation operation member that is disposed in a manner opposed to said first rotation operation member in an axial
direction and is supported by said holder in a rotatable manner;

a first click mechanism configured to generate a click force in a case where said first rotation operation member is rotationally
operated; and

a second click mechanism configured to generate a click force in a case where said second rotation operation member is rotationally
operated,

wherein said first click mechanism and said second click mechanism are arranged in a space in which said first rotation operation
member and said second rotation operation member are opposed to each other in the axial direction,

wherein said first click mechanism comprises:
a first click member;
first engagement portions provided in plurality in said first rotation operation member in a direction of rotation of said
first rotation operation member, for engagement with said first click member; and

a first urging portion that includes a portion for accommodating said first click member, and urges said first click member
toward said first engagement portions,

wherein said second click mechanism comprises:
a second click member;
second engagement portions provided in plurality in said second rotation operation member in a direction of rotation of said
second rotation operation member, for engagement with the second click member; and

a second urging portion that includes a portion for accommodating said second click member, and urges said second click member
toward said second engagement portions, and

wherein said first urging portion and said second urging portion are formed integrally with a plate member fixed to said holder,
wherein said first urging portion formed on said olate member is bent upward and said second urging portion formed on said
olate member is bent downward.

US Pat. No. 9,667,866

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,665,049

MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY, AND IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A member for electrophotography, comprising
a substrate,
an elastic layer comprising a silicone rubber,
a surface layer comprising a fluorine resin, and
an adhesive layer between the elastic layer and the surface layer,
wherein the adhesive layer contains a polyimide silicone, and
wherein when a peel test of the surface layer from the elastic layer is conducted after the member is left in the environment
of 260° C. for 10 hours, the elastic layer undergoes a cohesive failure.

US Pat. No. 9,667,878

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,667,888

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,668,144

METHOD OF SHAPING THE SPECTRUM OF AN INPUT BITSTREAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,665,319

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PRINTING RECEIVED PRINT DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that uses a storage capable of storing printing data and an image forming device that forms
an image on a sheet based on the printing data, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a controller, having a processor which executes instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry, being configured to:
cause the storage to store therein plural printing data, including first printing data and second printing data, associated
with a specific user;

accept a login by the specific user;
determine that printing data, whose document name is same as a document name of the first printing data, does not exist in
the plural printing data, and causing the image forming device to perform image forming based on the first printing data not
on a basis of a printing data selection instruction made by the specific user but automatically on a basis of the login by
the specific user; and

determine that printing data, whose document name is same as a document name of the second printing data, exists in the plural
printing data, and causing the image forming device to perform the image forming based on the second printing data on a basis
of the printing data selection instruction made by the specific user.

US Pat. No. 9,667,892

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,666,626

IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE THAT IS PROVIDED WITH PERIPHERAL CIRCUITS TO PREVENT CHIP AREA FROM BEING INCREASED, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup device comprising:
a first semiconductor substrate and a second semiconductor substrate which is stacked on the first semiconductor substrate;
a pixel section including a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix form, wherein the pixel section is formed on an area
of the first semiconductor substrate;

a plurality of column signal lines which have signals output thereto from the plurality of pixels of the pixel section;
a plurality of column circuits, each of which is respectively connected to one of the plurality of column signal lines and
configured to perform predetermined processing on the signals output from the column signal lines, wherein each of the plurality
of column circuits includes an AD converter; and

a plurality of column memories each of which is respectively connected to one of the plurality of column circuits and which
store digital signals output from the AD converter,

wherein the plurality of column circuits and the plurality of column memories are formed on an area of the second semiconductor
substrate,

wherein at least two column circuits and at least two column memories adjacent to each other, among the plurality of column
circuits and the plurality of column memories, are arranged at different locations on the second substrate with an offset
in at least a column direction.

US Pat. No. 9,635,331

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS TONE CORRECTION AND EDGE ENHANCEMENT, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first correction unit configured to multiply a signal of a target pixel in image data by a first gain based on values obtained
by reflecting signals of pixels around the target pixel;

a gamma conversion unit configured to, for a signal of the target pixel output from said first correction unit, carry out
gamma conversion based on the signal of the target pixel;

an edge extraction unit configured to extract an edge signal from the image data;
a second correction unit configured to multiply the edge signal corresponding to the target pixel by a second gain to generate
a corrected edge signal; and

an adding unit configured to add the corrected edge signal output from said second correction unit to a signal output from
said gamma conversion unit,

wherein the second gain is based on the signal of the target pixel in image data that has been multiplied by the first gain,
and the edge signal is extracted from image data that has not been multiplied by the first gain.

US Pat. No. 9,635,235

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus having a first image capturing device arranged on a first face and a second image capturing device
arranged on a second face that is different from the first face, comprising:
at least one processor;
a communication interface configured to communicate with an external image capturing apparatus; and
wherein in a case where communication with the external image capturing apparatus via the communication interface is not established,
the at least one processor switches between a first mode in which an image is captured by controlling the first image capturing
device and a second mode in which an image is captured by controlling the second image capturing device, and

in a case where communication with the external image capturing apparatus via the communication interface is established,
the at least one processor switches between the first mode and a third mode in which an image is captured by remotely controlling
the external image capturing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,635,263

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:
an estimator configured to estimate a position of a blur correcting lens based on a control amount in accordance with a difference
between a target position and a current position, and a numerical model, and to output a first position signal;

a first extractor configured to extract a first frequency band of the first position signal, which is higher than a predetermined
frequency;

a second extractor configured to extract a second frequency band of a second position signal that is output from a detector
configured to detect the position of the blur correcting lens, which is equal to or lower than the predetermined frequency;

a combiner configured to combine a signal extracted by the first extractor and a signal extracted by the second extractor;
and a controller configured to control driving of the blur correcting lens to move to the target position based on a third
position signal combined by the combiner.

US Pat. No. 9,630,406

LIQUID DISCHARGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharging device comprising: a pressure chamber formed by a first side wall made of a piezoelectric element,
a second side wall made of the piezoelectric element, a floor wall or a ceiling wall, and a substrate, wherein an electrode
is formed on a face of the first side wall and a face of the second side wall, the faces each facing an inner side of the
pressure chamber to apply voltage to the piezoelectric element in order to change a volume of the pressure chamber by deforming
the piezoelectric element;
a liquid supplying unit provided on a liquid supply side of the pressure chamber to supply the pressure chamber with liquid;
and

a nozzle plate provided on a liquid discharge side of the pressure chamber and having a hole through which the liquid of the
pressure chamber is discharged,

wherein the first side wall and the second side wall provided with the electrode are joined via an elastic member to the substrate,
and

wherein the elastic member covers a part of a side of the first side wall and a part of a side of the second side wall, the
sides each facing the substrate, and the electrode is formed also on the covered first and second side walls.

US Pat. No. 9,632,471

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:
a first rotator;
a second rotator configured to convey a sheet together with the first rotator;
a cam member configured to change a position of the second rotator with respect to the first rotator;
a drive unit configured to rotate the cam member; and
a load portion configured to apply load on a rotation of the cam member, the load portion including:
a contact member having a cam surface formed on a side surface intersecting a line extending in an axial direction of the
cam member;

an abutment member capable of abutting against the cam surface; and
a biasing member configured to bias one of the contact member and the abutment member toward the other in the axial direction
such that the cam surface of the contact member and the abutment member come into contact each other,

wherein a biasing force of the biasing member in the axial direction is converted into a force in a direction opposing a rotating
direction in which the cam member is driven by the drive unit by contact between the cam surface and the abutment member.

US Pat. No. 9,626,605

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,628,694

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT DRIVINGLY CONTROLS LENSES AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
at least one processor or circuit configured to perform the operations of the following units:
an image pickup unit configured to convert a subject image formed by an image pickup optical system into an electrical signal,
the image pickup optical system having a zoom lens and a focus lens;

a drive unit configured to drive the zoom lens so as to suppress variations in an angle of view due to driving of the focus
lens; and

a setting unit configured to set an amount of wobble of the focus lens based on a focus amount of the focus lens, a drive
amount of the focus lens, drive characteristics of the focus lens, sensitivity of the focus lens, a drive amount of the zoom
lens, drive characteristics of the zoom lens, and sensitivity of the zoom lens,

wherein the sensitivity of the focus lens is expressed by a change amount of a focus plane of the pickup unit/the drive amount
of the focus lens,

the sensitivity of the zoom lens is expressed by a change amount of a focus plane of the pickup unit/the drive amount of the
zoom lens, and

the drive characteristics comprise at least one of hysteresis, phase characteristic, temperature characteristics, aging variation
characteristic, and posture difference characteristic;

wherein the setting unit performs setting such that a focus operation is performed using the focus lens without using the
zoom lens, in a case where the sensitivity of the focus lens is lower than that of the zoom lens.

US Pat. No. 9,625,852

CLEANING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cleaning unit for an image forming apparatus, the cleaning unit comprising:
a cleaning blade adapted to contact a rotatable image bearing member for removing developer from the image bearing member;
a frame that includes a developer accommodating portion for accommodating the developer removed by the cleaning blade;
a first sealing member sealing between the frame and the cleaning blade to prevent leakage of the developer from the developer
accommodating portion; and

a second sealing member sealing between the frame and the image bearing member to prevent leakage of the developer from the
developer accommodating portion, the second sealing member being provided at a position opposing the cleaning blade in an
axial direction of the image bearing member,

wherein a gap is provided between the cleaning blade and the second sealing member in the axial direction, and
wherein the first sealing member includes a rib extending in the axial direction, the rib (a) overlapping the gap in a stacking
direction in which the frame, the first sealing member, and the cleaning blade are sequentially stacked, and (b) being compressed
by the cleaning blade, the second sealing member, and the frame.

US Pat. No. 9,628,533

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR GENERATING A DESCRIPTION FILE, AND CORRESPONDING STREAMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for generating a description file for a client device to retrieve a video segment containing a region of interest
from a video sequence at a server device, the method comprising for each video segment:
determining a time interval in the video sequence during which the region of interest is spatially included in a same frame
region in the video sequence;

detecting a position of the region of interest in each frame of the video sequence by using an object content recognition
method;

encapsulating the video sequence based on a position of the region of interest and the corresponding time interval; and
generating a description file comprising spatial information describing the frame region in the video sequence in which the
region of interest is spatially included for the determined time interval and comprising temporal information describing a
duration at least equal to the determined time interval.

US Pat. No. 9,626,731

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD THAT CALCULATE A NUMBER OF PIXELS, REQUIRED FOR OUTPUTTING A SIZE OF AN OUTPUT IMAGE, ACCORDING TO OBTAINED PROCESSING PARAMETERS AND A PREDETERMINED PROCESSING ORDER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus that controls an image processing apparatus in which a plurality of image processing modules is connected
by a bus in a ring shape and the plurality of image processing modules performs, on an input image, a series of image processes
in a predetermined processing order to generate an output image, the control apparatus comprising:
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a size of the output image that the image processing apparatus is caused to output;
a second obtaining unit configured to obtain the predetermined processing order in the series of the image processes and processing
parameters for processing performed by, among the plurality of image processing modules, each of at least two image processing
modules configured to perform the series of the image processes;

a calculation unit configured to calculate a number of pixels, required for outputting the size of the output image, according
to the processing parameters and the predetermined processing order, wherein the calculation unit is configured to set an
image processing module of interest, among the plurality of image processing modules performing the series of the image processes,
in a reverse order to the predetermined processing order, and the calculation unit calculates the number of pixels required
for the image processing module of interest using, as the size of an output image, the number of pixels required for an image
processing module which performs processing after the image processing module of interest; and

a determination unit configured to determine a size of the input image to be input to the image processing apparatus based
on the number of pixels calculated by the calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,626,743

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image stabilization apparatus comprising:
a processor programmed to function as a signal separation unit, a panning determination unit and a control unit, wherein:
the signal separation unit separates a shake signal output from a shake detection unit into a low frequency band shake signal
and a high frequency band shake signal;

the panning determination unit determines, based on an output from the shake detection unit, whether a panning operation is
performed; and

control unit controls a first image stabilization unit which optically corrects image blur based on the high frequency band
shake signal and controls a second image stabilization unit which optically corrects image blur based on the low frequency
band shake signal and is different from the first image stabilization unit,

wherein the apparatus has a first mode in which if said panning determination unit determines that a panning operation is
performed, control is performed to make the second image stabilization unit approach a center of correction of the second
image stabilization unit, and no control is performed to make the first image stabilization unit approach a center of correction
of the first image stabilization unit.

US Pat. No. 9,625,975

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CONNECTING TO NETWORK IN POWER SAVING STATE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that communicates with an external apparatus via a relay apparatus, comprising:
a response unit configured to respond, when the information processing apparatus operates in a power-saving mode, to a reception
packet received by the information processing apparatus while maintaining the power-saving mode according to a response condition;

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the relay apparatus has a response function of responding to a
reception packet, on behalf of the information processing apparatus, received by the relay apparatus; and

a changing unit configured to change the response condition when the determination unit determines that the relay apparatus
has the response function,

wherein the response condition indicates a plurality of packet patterns,
the response unit is configured to respond to the reception packet received by the information processing apparatus while
maintaining the power-saving mode, when the reception packet received by the information processing apparatus matches any
one of the plurality of reception patterns, and

the changing unit is configured to delete the packet pattern corresponding to the response function of the relay apparatus,
out of the plurality of packet patterns.

US Pat. No. 9,623,652

LIQUID DISCHARGE COMPONENT AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge component including a plurality of discharge units arrayed to form a plurality of columns each extending
in a first direction and a plurality of rows each extending in a second direction, wherein
each of the plurality of discharge units includes a discharge orifice, a liquid chamber communicating with the discharge orifice,
an element configured to apply energy to a liquid in the liquid chamber, and a driving circuit configured to drive the element,

the liquid discharge component comprises a logic circuit configured to control the driving circuits of the plurality of discharge
units,

the number of the plurality of columns is less than the number of the plurality of rows,
the logic circuit includes a plurality of shift registers configured to transfer, in the second direction, data to be supplied
to the driving circuits of the plurality of discharge units,

each shift register is configured to supply data to the discharge units of at least one row,
each shift register includes a plurality of flip-flops arranged in the second direction in correspondence with the plurality
of columns and connected in series,

each of the plurality of flip-flops supplies data to the driving circuit of the discharge unit that is included in the at
least one row corresponding to the shift register including the flip-flop, and included in a column corresponding to the flip-flop,

the liquid chamber of each of the discharge units forming one column out of the plurality of discharge units communicates
with a supply port configured to supply a liquid,

the supply port includes a first portion extending in the first direction, a plurality of second portions configured to make
the first portion communicate with the liquid chamber of each of the discharge units forming one column out of the plurality
of discharge units, and beams provided between the second portions adjacent to each other among the plurality of second portions,
and

at least one of the shift registers transfers data through a wiring pattern provided on one of the beams.

US Pat. No. 9,623,654

LIQUID EJECTING CONTROL METHOD AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejecting control method for ejecting liquids from a plurality of nozzles comprising:
a step for obtaining control information indicating one drive mode to be associated among a plurality of drive modes in which
an amount of liquids ejected from one nozzle is different from each other; and

a drive signal generating step for generating a drive signal to an individual pixel according to the control information and
image data that is input for each pixel, wherein the control information is preliminarily set according to a control information
setting method including:

a step for obtaining a plurality of ejection amounts corresponding to the plurality of drive modes in regard to each of the
plurality of nozzles;

a setting step for, in regard to one pixel, setting one drive mode out of the plurality of drive modes by comparing the plurality
of ejection amounts of the nozzle corresponding to the pixel with a target ejection amount set to the pixel;

a difference obtaining step for finding a difference between an ejection amount corresponding to the drive mode set by the
setting step and the target ejection amount; and

an adjusting step for adjusting a target ejection amount to the other pixel to which the drive mode is not set, based upon
the difference.

US Pat. No. 9,626,767

SURFACE NORMAL INFORMATION PRODUCING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, SURFACE NORMAL INFORMATION PRODUCING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING SURFACE NORMAL INFORMATION PRODUCING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A surface normal information producing apparatus configured to produce surface normal information on a normal line to a
surface of an object by using a captured image acquired by image capturing of the object, the apparatus comprising:
an image acquirer configured to acquire, as the captured images, (a) multiple first images in which light source positions
relative to the object are mutually different and (b) three or more second images in which polarization states are mutually
different;

a divider configured to perform area division of the surface of the object depending on at least one of luminance information
that changes corresponding to the light source positions acquired from the first images and polarization information acquired
from the second images; and

a producer configured to select, for each divided area obtained by the area division, information to be used in production
of the surface normal information from (c) information relating to change of the luminance information corresponding to the
light source positions and (d) the polarization information to perform the production of the surface normal information.

US Pat. No. 9,626,782

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

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:
obtain an output area of RAW image data to be displayed on a display means;
obtain a reference area of the RAW image data, which reference area is to be pasted to the output area of the RAW image data;
develop the output area of the RAW image data and the reference area of the RAW image data, using development parameters,
but not to develop an area that is neither the output area nor the reference area of the RAW image data, wherein the development
parameter indicates at least one of digital gain, white balance, sharpness and brightness;

paste a development result of the reference area of the RAW image data on a development result of the output area of the RAW
image data;

execute display processing of the development result of the output area of the RAW image data on which the development result
of the reference area of the RAW image data was pasted; and

obtain, as the reference area, an assembly area including a plurality of reference areas, if a total number of the reference
areas which each have an area below a predetermined value is more than a predetermined number.

US Pat. No. 9,628,602

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a first communication unit configured to communicate with an external apparatus using a first communication method;
a movable display unit movable into a first state in which a display screen faces a casing of the communication apparatus
and a second state in which the display screen does not face the casing of the communication apparatus; and

a control unit,
wherein, if the first communication unit receives a predetermined communication start request, the control unit controls information,
displayed on the display unit, for predetermined communication with the external apparatus,

wherein, after the predetermined communication start request is received, the control unit performs control such that the
predetermined communication is performed using the information for the predetermined communication, and

wherein, if the display unit is in the first state, the control unit performs control such that the external apparatus recognizes
that the predetermined communication cannot be performed.

US Pat. No. 9,623,688

DRIVING FORCE TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving force transmission apparatus; comprising:
a driving member configured to rotate by receiving driving force from a driving source;
a driven member configured to concentrically rotate with the driving member by receiving driving force from the driving member;
an engaging portion configured to be movably held on the driven member and to be engageable with the driving member;
an abutted portion configured to be movably held on the driven member;
an abutting member configured to be movable between a contact position at which the abutting member is in contact with the
abutted portion and a non-contact position at which the abutting member is not in contact with the abutted portion, wherein
the engaging portion separates from the driving member in a case where the abutting member is positioned at the contact position;
and

a biasing member configured to bias the engaging portion,
wherein, when the engaging portion is engaged with the driving member, driving force is transmitted from the driving member
to the driven member via the engaging portion,

wherein, when the engaging portion is disengaged from the driving member, transmission of the driving force from the driving
member to the driven member is stopped,

wherein the biasing member is disposed between the engaging portion and the abutted portion,
wherein biasing force by the biasing member acts on the engaging portion and the abutted portion in directions in which the
engaging portion and the abutted portion are attracted to each other, and

wherein, when the abutting member is in contact with the abutted portion and the engaging portion is engaged with the driving
member, the biasing member biases the engaging portion in a direction where the engaging portion is disengaged from the driving
member.

US Pat. No. 9,623,439

METHOD OF FORMING FILM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a film, comprising:
applying, onto a substrate, a photocurable composition containing a polymerizable monomer, a photopolymerization initiator,
and a photosensitive gas generator that generates a gas through light stimulation to form an applied film;

bringing a mold into contact with the applied film;
irradiating the applied film with light through the mold to cure the applied film and to generate the gas in the applied film;
and

releasing the mold from the applied film after the irradiation of the applied film with the light to form a film having a
predetermined pattern shape on the substrate,

wherein in the irradiation of the applied film with the light, a reaction rate of a polymerization reaction of the polymerizable
monomer in the applied film is higher than a reaction rate of a gas-generating reaction of the photosensitive gas generator
in the applied film, and

wherein the photosensitive gas generator comprises a molecule with a repeating unit of an ethylene oxide group at a non-terminal
location.

US Pat. No. 9,618,872

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus comprising:
a light source configured to emit a light beam for exposing a photosensitive member;
a rotary polygonal mirror configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source so as to scan the photosensitive
member;

an optical box configured to house the rotary polygonal mirror in an interior thereof and provided with a plurality of box
engaging portions at a plurality of positions on an outer surface of a wall of the optical box; and

a cover mounted on the optical box and provided with a plurality of first protrusions and a plurality of second protrusions
along the outer surface,

wherein each of the first protrusions is provided with a cover engaging portion configured to engage one of the plurality
of box engaging portions and the plurality of cover engaging portions engages the plurality of the box engaging portions respectively
to fix the cover to the optical box,

wherein the plurality of second protrusions protrudes from corners of the cover when looked from a direction of rotating axis
of the rotary polygonal mirror,

wherein the plurality of the first protrusions and the plurality of the second protrusions are provided to the cover so that
a distal end of at least one of the plurality of the second protrusions and a top portion of the wall pass each other prior
to timing when distal ends of the first protrusions and the top portion of the wall of the optical box pass each other when
mounting the cover on the optical box, and

wherein the distal ends of the plurality of the second protrusions function as guide members for determining the direction
of relative movement between the cover and the optical box while moving along the wall by either allowing or restricting movement
between the cover and the optical box.

US Pat. No. 9,618,404

TRANSDUCER AND MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,621,744

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a generating unit configured to generate a packet including image data; and
a transmission unit configured to perform a first transmission method for transmitting the packet generated by the generating
unit using a predetermined coding method, and to perform a second transmission method for transmitting the packet generated
by the generating unit without using the predetermined coding method,

wherein the transmission unit transmits, in the first transmission method, a plurality of packets based on a waiting time
between completion of transmission of a packet and start of transmission of a next packet, the waiting time being a period
when a packet is not transmitted by the transmission unit,

wherein the transmission unit transmits, in the second transmission method, a plurality of packets not based on the waiting
time, and

wherein at least one of the generating unit and the transmission unit is implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,619,183

DOCUMENT PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. A document processing method, comprising:
displaying a first preview image for first document data and a second preview image for second document data, wherein the
first document includes a first element and first print setting information in association with each other in a higher hierarchical
level, and a third element in a lower hierarchical level, and wherein the second document data includes a second element and
second print setting information in association with each other in the higher hierarchical level, and a fourth element in
the lower hierarchical level;

generating combined document data based on the first and second document data, and
wherein the higher hierarchical level of the combined document data includes the first element and the first print setting
information and neither includes the second element nor the second print setting information, and

an association unit configured to associate the second print setting information with the fourth element so that the lower
hierarchical level of the combined document data includes the second print setting information associated with the fourth
element.

US Pat. No. 9,621,787

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING, TO LENS UNIT, CONTROL INFORMATION FOR FOCUSING AND STOPPING AT DIFFERENT TIMINGS, LENS UNIT, AND METHODS OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus capable of detachably mounting a lens unit including a plurality of optical members that includes
a stop and a focus lens, the image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to accumulate charge in synchronization with a vertical synchronizing signal to generate an image
signal; and

a processor programmed to function as a control unit configured to perform communication in synchronization with the vertical
synchronizing signal with the lens unit,

wherein the control unit is configured to receive information relating to the optical members from the lens unit in the communication
in synchronization with the vertical synchronizing signal,

wherein the control unit is configured to generate control information for each of the stop and the focus lens of the mounted
lens unit on the basis of the information relating to the optical members from the lens unit, and to transmit the control
information for the focus lens to the lens unit in the communication in synchronization with the vertical synchronizing signal
at a first timing which is a different timing from a timing to receive the information relating to the optical members, and
to transmit the control information for the stop to the lens unit in the communication in synchronization with the vertical
synchronizing signal at a second timing which is a later timing than the first timing.

US Pat. No. 9,621,789

IMAGING APPARATUS AND ITS CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging device that outputs a parallax image of a first image signal and a second image signal;
a first focus detecting unit configured to calculate a defocus amount by a phase-difference detection method using the first
signal and the second image signal;

a second focus detecting unit configured to calculate a contrast evaluation value based on a combined signal, wherein the
combined signal is a signal obtained by relatively shifting phases of the first and second image signals and combining the
first and second image signals; and

a saturation detecting unit configured to detect saturated pixel signal of the first and second image signals, and
a control unit configured to, when a number of the saturated pixel signals detected by the saturation detecting unit is a
first value, control a focus adjustment operation using a result of the first focus detecting unit, whereas when the number
of the saturated pixel signals detected by the saturation detecting unit is a second value which is less than the first value,
the control unit controls the focus adjustment operation using the result of the first focus detecting unit and a result of
the second focus detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,621,534

AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS, AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM, AUTHENTICATION METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. A service processing method of a service processing apparatus having a server and a service processing unit, comprising:
determining, by the server, an authentication scheme used for a received message from a client,
generating, by the server, an authentication result indicating that first authentication data does not exist in the received
message, in a case where it is determined that the authentication scheme used for the received message is not a predetermined
authentication scheme;

generating, by the server, an authentication result indicating whether the first authentication data does or does not exist
in the received message, based on whether or not predetermined data exists in the received message, in a case where it is
determined that the authentication scheme used for the received message is the predetermined authentication scheme; and

deciding, by the service processing unit, whether or not to execute a process for
a service for the received message based on whether or not second authentication data exists in the received message and on
the generated authentication result.

US Pat. No. 9,621,797

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that performs image processing for light-field image data which has been stored after shooting
and for which a focus range is changeable after shooting, the image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
a memory storing program which, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the processor to function as:
an analyzing unit configured to analyze a characteristic of partial image data in a trimming area specified with respect to
the stored light-field image data;

a range determining unit configured to determine a focus range of the partial image data of the trimming area in accordance
with a result of analysis by the analyzing unit;

a focus range appending unit configured to append information about the focus range determined by the range determining unit
to edited light-field image data which is generated by trimming a part of the stored light-field image data;

a storage unit configured to store the edited image data after trim editing and the information about the focus range appended
to the edited image data, and

an output unit configured to output, to a display unit, an image which is brought into focus on the focus range determined
by the range determining unit by reconstructing the edited light-field image data using the appended information.

US Pat. No. 9,621,809

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. A method for controlling a display control apparatus comprising:
displaying, via a first display unit, a GUI including a plurality of selection items in an eyepiece viewfinder;
displaying, via second display unit, the same GUI in a similar format including the same plurality of selection items displayed
by first display unit, so that the GUI display is visible without a user's eye being in contact therewith the second display
unit;

controlling, via a control unit, the second display unit to display a soft keyboard on the second display unit without displaying
the soft keyboard on the first display unit in response to an operation for displaying the soft keyboard during display via
the first display unit,

detecting, via an operation control unit, a touch operation performed on the second display unit and inputting characters
in response to the touch operation performed on the soft keyboard displayed on the second display unit; and

controlling, via a direction operation member separate from the first display unit and second display unit, control to select
any of a plurality of items displayed on the first display unit in response to an operation performed on the direction operation
member, and to disable an operation performed on the direction operation member in response to the operation for displaying
the soft keyboard during display on the first display unit,

wherein the plurality of selection items displayable on both the first and second display units includes at least one selection
item including indicia representing a soft keyboard associated with the at least one selection item, so as to connote to an
operator of the display control apparatus that selection of the at least one selection item having the indicia representative
of the soft keyboard associated therewith, will result in display of the soft keyboard.

US Pat. No. 9,621,856

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image input unit configured to input an image of a plurality of objects;
an orientation estimation unit configured to estimate each of a plurality of orientations of a plurality of picking target
objects included in the plurality of objects based on the image;

an occurrence likelihood storage unit configured to store an occurrence likelihood corresponding to each of the orientations
that the objects can have;

an occurrence likelihood obtaining unit configured to obtain each occurrence likelihood for each of the plurality of orientations
of the plurality of picking target objects by referring to the occurrence likelihood storage unit, wherein each occurrence
likelihood represents a likelihood of occurrence of each of the plurality of orientations;

a reliability obtaining unit configured to obtain a reliability for each estimated orientation of the plurality of picking
target objects, based on the obtained occurrence likelihood, wherein the obtained reliability increases as the obtained occurrence
likelihood increases;

a comparison unit configured to compare the obtained reliabilities of the plurality of picking target objects; and
a selection unit configured to select an object, among the plurality of picking target objects, to be picked by a picking
unit, based on the comparison of the obtained reliabilities of the plurality of picking target objects,

wherein the image input unit, the orientation estimation unit, the occurrence likelihood obtaining unit, the reliability obtaining
unit, comparison unit, and the selection unit are implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,621,860

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor including a pixel area where a plurality of unit pixels are arranged, each of the unit pixels including a
photoelectric conversion portion configured to convert incident light into charges, a first charge holding portion, a second
charge holding portion, a third charge holding portion, a first charge transfer portion provided between the photoelectric
conversion portion and the first charge holding portion and configured to transfer charges accumulated in the photoelectric
conversion portion to the first charge holding portion, a second charge transfer portion provided between the first charge
holding portion and the second charge holding portion and configured to transfer charges held in the first charge holding
portion to the second charge holding portion, and a third charge transfer portion provided between the second charge holding
portion and the third charge holding portion and configured to transfer charges held in the second charge holding portion
to the third charge holding portion;

a light projector which projects light to an object; and
a controller which controls said image sensor and said projector to set the second charge transfer portion in an OFF state
synchronized with a light projection operation by said light projector while keeping the first charge transfer portion in
an ON state after controlling the photoelectric conversion portion to perform photoelectric conversion, and setting the first
charge transfer portion and the second charge transfer portion in the ON states.

US Pat. No. 9,614,986

DATA OUTPUT APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME AND OUTPUT SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a wireless communication unit;
a reception unit configured to receive image data;
an output unit configured to output image data; and
a control unit configured to automatically perform, with an establishment of a wireless connection between the communication
apparatus and another communication apparatus via the wireless communication unit as a trigger, a predetermined processing
for outputting image data, which is received from the other communication apparatus by the reception unit prior to the establishment
of the wireless connection, by the output unit.

US Pat. No. 9,615,045

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:
an imager including a plurality of pixels, each of the pixels including:
a photoelectric converter;
a plurality of charge accumulation portions which accumulates a charge generated in the photoelectric converter;
a controller which controls accumulation of charge in each of the plurality of charge accumulation portions; and
an output portion which outputs a signal corresponding to the charge from each of the plurality of charge accumulation portions;
and

a generator which generates a signal of each of the pixels from the signals respectively output from the plurality of charge
accumulation portions,

wherein the photoelectric converter is formed in a first chip, and the plurality of charge accumulation portions, the controller,
and the output portion are formed in a second chip, and

wherein the plurality of charge accumulation portions are arranged in parallel.

US Pat. No. 9,613,300

MATERIAL CLASSIFICATION USING MULTIVIEW CAPTURE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for material classification of an object fabricated from an unknown material, comprising:
selecting multiple pixels from a first image of the object captured at a first viewing direction;
applying a first trained classification engine to the selected pixels so as to obtain an initial estimate of material at each
selected pixel, wherein the first trained classification engine is trained at a first training direction, and wherein the
first trained classification engine is characterized by performance characteristics that vary based at least in part on directional
deviation from the first training direction;

calculating a posterior probability for the collection of selected multiple pixels, wherein the posterior probability is calculated
based at least in part on the performance characteristics and a directional deviation of a surface normal of the object at
a selected pixel from the first training direction; and

classifying material of the object based on the calculated posterior probability.

US Pat. No. 9,610,773

METHOD FOR PRODUCING LIQUID-EJECTION-HEAD SUBSTRATE AND LIQUID-EJECTION-HEAD SUBSTRATE PRODUCED BY THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing a liquid-ejection-head substrate including a substrate, an energy-generating element provided on
the substrate and configured to energize liquid and cause ejection of the liquid, and a pad provided on the substrate and
electrically connected to the energy-generating element, the method comprising:
providing the substrate having the energy-generating element and the pad, the pad including a wiring layer, the wiring layer
having a relatively thick portion and a relatively thin portion; and

performing electrical inspection by applying a contact probe only to the relatively thin portion of the wiring layer.

US Pat. No. 9,606,718

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a touch-screen device which can display one or more icons;
a touch detection unit configured to detect a touch operation on the touch-screen device;
a display control unit configured to control to display a specific display item on the touch-screen device, wherein the specific
display item represents a specific function and overlaps at least a portion of a first area and at least a portion of a second
area, the first area and the second area do not overlap each other on the touch-screen device; and

a control unit configured to control to execute the specific function in response to a touch operation as a touch at a position
in a first area, at least a portion of which is included in a display area of the specific display item, and

to control not to execute the specific function in response to a touch operation as a touch at a position in a second area,
at least a portion of which is included in a display area of the specific display item,

wherein the specific function is not executed when a touch is made in the second area, even if the touch occurs in the display
area of the specific display item, and

wherein the specific function is not executed when a touch-up occurs in the first area after a move-in action occurs from
the second area to the first area.

US Pat. No. 9,607,361

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

a combining unit configured to perform combining processing for combining the plurality of the image data by adjusting positions
of the plurality of the image data based on a position of an object included in each piece of the plurality of the image data,

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

US Pat. No. 9,607,180

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS IN A MAINTENANCE MODE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
at least one processor coupled to a memory device and programmed to provide:
a setting unit configured to perform a setting for limiting an access by users including a service person to a removable storage
medium connected to the information processing apparatus; and

a controller configured to control to limit an access by the users including the service person to the removable storage medium
in a case where the setting for limiting the access to the removable storage medium is set by the setting unit and the information
processing apparatus is not in a maintenance mode or a service mode, and to permit an access by the users including the service
person to write information from the information processing apparatus to the removable storage medium in a case where the
setting for limiting the access to the removable storage medium is set by the setting unit and the information processing
apparatus is in the maintenance mode or the service mode,

wherein the maintenance mode and the service mode are activated by a predetermined operation to the information processing
apparatus by the service person.

US Pat. No. 9,597,803

ROBOT DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot device, comprising:
an end effector tool having:
a main body,
a stereo camera provided in the main body to measure a three-dimensional position, and
guide grooves provided in the main body; and
a robot arm having:
a robot hand at an end of the robot arm, the robot hand having three hand claws that are movable from three different points
toward a center position of the three hand claws,

wherein the robot hand is configured to separately grip a workpiece by opening and closing operations of the three hand claws,
and the end effector tool by gripping the guide grooves so that the end effector tool is electronically connected to the robot
arm,

wherein when the end effector tool is gripped by the three hand claws, the center position of the three hand claws and a center
position of the guide grooves are aligned along the same axial line, and the stereo camera is configured to transmit an image
taken by the stereo camera through a connection in the robot hand to an image processing apparatus for measuring the three-dimensional
position of a workpiece; and

wherein the guide grooves of the end effector tool are not part of the three hand claws of the hand.

US Pat. No. 9,602,736

IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,595,447

DETECTION APPARATUS, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PRODUCTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A detection apparatus configured to detect a moire pattern generated by grid patterns having grid pitches different from
each other, the detection apparatus comprising:
an image-pickup unit configured to pick up an image of the moire pattern;
an imaging optical system configured to form the image of the moire pattern on the image-pickup unit;
a processing unit configured to process an image-pickup result of the moire pattern picked up by the image-pickup unit; and
a reference mark, disposed on a member, which has a plurality of pattern elements periodically arranged in a first direction,
wherein none of the pattern elements have widths larger than a resolving power of the imaging optical system in the first
direction,

wherein the widths of the pattern elements and intervals between the pattern elements in the first direction vary in the first
direction,

wherein the reference mark is different from the grid patterns and is for evaluating the detection apparatus by an image of
the reference mark alone,

wherein the imaging optical system picks up the image of the reference mark alone.

US Pat. No. 9,596,368

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. A method for controlling a server apparatus configured to receive a job from
an information processing apparatus and generate print data to be printed by a printing apparatus, the method comprising:
searching for, in response to reception of the job, a camera configured to image a printing apparatus identified by the job;
instructing the camera about imaging conditions for the printing apparatus to be imaged by the searched camera;
receiving an image of the printing apparatus captured by the camera; and
and distributing the received image to an information processing apparatus identified by the job;
detecting a user who operates the printing apparatus based on the image distributed from the camera; and
in a case where the detection unit detects the user who operates the printing apparatus, performing a control not to transmit
the print data generated from the job to the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,596,382

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CUSTOMIZING OPERATION SCREEN BASED ON PERSONAL SETTING INFORMATION AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of communicating with a server apparatus, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
input user information for identifying a user;
obtain, from the server apparatus, personal setting information corresponding to the inputted user information;
display, in a case where first personal setting information of a first type has been obtained from the server apparatus within
a predetermined time corresponding to the first personal setting information, an operation screen by using the obtained first
personal setting information;

display, in a case where the first personal setting information has not been obtained from the server apparatus within the
predetermined time, an operation screen by using cache information corresponding to the inputted user information, the cache
information being stored in the image forming apparatus before an obtaining of the personal setting information; and

display, without depending on whether the predetermined time has elapsed to obtain second personal setting information of
a second type from the server apparatus, an operation screen by using the obtained second personal setting information.

US Pat. No. 9,586,317

CONTROLLING METHOD OF ROBOT SYSTEM, PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND ROBOT SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot system comprising:
a multi joint robot having an end effector or a portion of a distal link, wherein the end effector or the portion of a distal
link has a mark;

a camera configured for photographing the mark; and
a controlling unit configured to control the multi joint robot and the camera, wherein,
the controlling unit is configured to photograph, during a pivotal movement of one of a plurality of joints of the multi joint
robot from a predetermined position and orientation, the mark using the camera in order to acquire first photographed data,
and to photograph, during a pivotal movement of another of the plurality of joints from the predetermined position and orientation,
the mark using the camera in order to acquire second photographed data, and

wherein the controlling unit is further configured to identify a joint causing position or orientation offset among the one
of the plurality of joints and the other of the plurality of joints of the multi joint robot based on the first and second
photographed data.

US Pat. No. 9,585,570

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND LASER APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,588,404

OPERATION APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS, LENS SYSTEM, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE LENS SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An operation apparatus, which is mountable and dismountable to and from a lens apparatus comprising an optical element
that is movable,
the operation apparatus comprising:
a first detector that detects a position signal corresponding to a position of the optical element in a state in which the
operation apparatus is mounted to the lens apparatus;

a reference memory that stores a reference position signal, which is a position signal at a time when the optical element
is located at a reference position, in the state in which the operation apparatus is mounted to the lens apparatus;

a determiner that determines whether or not the operation apparatus is dismounted from the lens apparatus after the reference
position signal is stored;

a controller that switches between a case where the operation apparatus operates in an adjustment mode in which the reference
position signal is stored in the reference memory and a case where the operation apparatus operates in a normal mode in which
the reference position signal is not stored, the controller further controlling the operation apparatus to operate in the
adjustment mode when the determiner determines that the operation apparatus is dismounted from the lens apparatus after the
reference position signal is stored; and

a deriver that derives a position of the optical element based on the position signal and the reference position signal,
wherein, when the operation apparatus operates in the normal mode, the position of the optical element is derived with use
of the deriver.

US Pat. No. 9,589,216

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, DISTRIBUTED PRINTING SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING PRINTING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print server for, making, by going through or without going through a printer object corresponding to a printer provided
by a system, an instruction for printing by the printer, the print server comprising:
at least a processor and at least a memory coupled to the at least the processor and having stored thereon instructions, when
executed by the at least the processor, and cooperating to act as:

a determination unit that determines whether or not document data to be printed is printable without going through a printer
object corresponding to a designated printer, and,

that the document data is not printable without going through the printer object, determines whether or not the printer object
corresponding to the designated printer exists; and

a unit that, in a case where it is determined by the determination unit that the printer object corresponding to the designated
printer does not exist, causes the printer object to be generated by the system,

wherein the print server is one of a plurality of print servers, a print request from a client terminal being transmitted
distributively to any one of the plurality of print servers by a load balancer,

the print server receives a predefined print request and generates the printer object,
the print server which has received a deletion request via the load balancer deletes the generated printer object and stores
information indicating that the printer object has been deleted in a storage shared by the plurality of print servers, and

another print server which is one of the plurality of print servers and has generated a corresponding printer object corresponding
to the print object deleted confirms that the printer object has been deleted based on the information stored in the storage
and deletes the corresponding printer object according to confirmation that the printer object has been deleted.

US Pat. No. 9,582,064

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF BEING INSTRUCTED TO POWER OFF BY A COMMAND FROM EXTERNAL APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which is able to communicate with an external apparatus, comprising:
a manual switch adapted to be operated by a user and to be moved between an on state and an off state;
an actuator adapted to move the manual switch from the on state to the off state;
a relay circuit connected with the manual switch in parallel;
a reception unit adapted to receive a command for turning off the power of the information processing apparatus from the external
apparatus;

an execution unit adapted to execute a shutdown process of the information processing apparatus in accordance with receiving
of the command from the external apparatus; and

a control unit adapted to control the actuator to move the manual switch from the on state to the off state and to control
the relay circuit to be shifted from an on state to an off state after the execution unit starts the shutdown process.

US Pat. No. 9,581,933

REGULATING MEMBER, DEVELOPING DEVICE AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device for an image forming apparatus, said developing device comprising:
a developing roller including a surface for carrying developer; and
a regulating member for regulating the developer carried on said surface of said developing roller, said regulating member
including a plate-like metal portion and a resin portion provided on said metal portion,

wherein said metal portion includes a facing surface facing said developing roller and a non-facing surface opposite from
said facing surface, with said resin portion being provided on both of said facing surface and said non-facing surface, and
with said metal portion being provided between a part of said resin portion contacting said developing roller and a part of
said resin portion provided on said non-facing surface along a line perpendicular to said surface of said developing roller,
and

wherein, in a contact region between said developing roller and said regulating member, said resin portion on said facing
surface is thicker than said resin portion on said non-facing surface.

US Pat. No. 9,583,523

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,578,482

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus which establishes a connection with a device in a network by using a discovery protocol for discovering
the device, comprising:
a communication interface that communicates with a device in a network;
a processor that controls operation of the communication interface; and
wherein the processor:
controls the communication interface to transmit a search command to search devices in the network;
controls the communication interface to receive pieces of device information transmitted from devices in the network in response
to the search command;

selects a device based on an instruction via an operation unit of the communication apparatus from among the devices from
which the pieces of device information are received;

controls the communication interface to transmit an advertisement signal to advertise to devices in the network of presence
of the communication apparatus after the selection of the device;

controls the communication interface to receive a connection request transmitted from a device in the network, the connection
request being transmitted by a device which has received the advertisement signal;

determines whether the connection request has been transmitted from the selected device; and
controls the communication interface to transmit a response representing that a connection is accepted in response to the
connection request if it is determined that the connection request has been transmitted from the selected device.

US Pat. No. 9,575,425

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,575,437

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING WIDTHWISE ADJUSTMENT OF ENDLESS BELT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to carry a toner image;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the toner image from said image bearing member onto a transfer material, said transfer
unit including a movable endless belt, a first stretching roller configured to stretch said belt, a second stretching roller
configured to stretch said belt, and an adjusting unit configured to adjust movement of said belt in a widthwise direction
of said belt by inclining said first stretching roller relative to said second stretching roller,

wherein said transfer unit further includes a contacting member provided between said first stretching roller and said image
bearing member in a moving direction of said belt and contacting with an inner surface of said belt,

said contacting member is supported such that said contacting member contacts the inner surface of said belt at a position
in an image bearing member side across a common internal tangent between a surface of said image bearing member and such a
portion of a surface of said first stretching roller as is moved closest to said image bearing member by said adjusting unit,
the common internal tangent contacting a portion of said image bearing member where said image bearing member contacts said
belt and contacting a portion of said first stretching roller where said first stretching roller contacts said belt, and

wherein said contacting member is supplied with a voltage to transfer the toner image from said image bearing member toward
said belt.

US Pat. No. 9,575,702

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM HAVING A LAYERED STRUCTURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a processor;
a storage unit configured to store an application program having a layered structure including a first layer constituted by
a script instruction set which is translated to be able to be executed by said processor, and a second layer constituted by
an instruction set which is translated in advance to be able to be executed by said processor, the application program executing
an application by cooperation between the first layer and the second layer;

a first display control unit configured to cause a display device, in the first layer, to display a screen in which an instruction
by a user is accepted;

an image obtaining unit configured to obtain image data, in the second layer, in accordance with the instruction by the user
accepted by the screen displayed by said first display control unit;

a conversion unit configured to convert a format, in the second layer, of the image data obtained by said image obtaining
unit to a predetermined format which is interpretable in the first layer;

a second display control unit configured to cause the display device, in the first layer, to display an image based on the
image data of which the format is converted to the predetermined format by said conversion unit;

a determination unit configured to determine rendering information, in the first layer, for rendering print target data corresponding
to the displayed image displayed by said second display control unit, based on at least one of a drawing position and a size
of the displayed image; and

a rendering requesting unit configured to request a rendering unit, in the first layer, to render the print target data for
printing, in accordance with the rendering information determined by said determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,573,398

CARRIAGE ASSEMBLY AND HEAD POSITION ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A carriage apparatus moveable with respect to a sheet along a guide shaft which has a circular shape in a cross section,
comprising:
a first structure, which includes a first sliding face that contacts the guide shaft, and on which a head is to be mounted,
and

a second structure, which includes a second sliding face that contacts the guide shaft, and which holds the first structure
to allow positional adjustment of the first structure relative to the second structure,

wherein a portion of the first sliding face that contacts the guide shaft is shifted by performing the positional adjustment
to adjust a gap between the head and a surface of the sheet, and

wherein the first sliding face has a vertical face that is parallel to a direction perpendicular to the surface of the sheet
and contacts a side of the guide shaft, while the second sliding face has a sloped face that is inclined relative to the surface
of the sheet and contacts an upper portion of the guide shaft.