US Pat. No. 10,102,621

APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR PROCESSING IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire a tomogram of a subject eye obtained by B-scan;
a first extraction unit configured to extract a structural object in part of the tomogram determined according to a user operation by analyzing the tomogram;
a difference acquisition unit configured to acquire a difference image of a difference between the tomogram and a reference image obtained by scaling down a scaled-up tomogram to an original size, the scaled-up tomogram being obtained by scaling up the tomogram;
an emphasizing unit configured to perform emphasizing processing for emphasizing a portion common with the structural object over a portion not common with the structural object in the difference image; and
a combining unit configured to scale up the difference image on which the emphasizing processing is performed by the emphasizing unit to a size of the scaled-up tomogram and combine the scaled-up difference image with the scaled-up tomogram.

US Pat. No. 10,098,536

IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD OF OPERATING AN IMAGING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:a light source configured to irradiate light that is frequency swept;
an interference unit configured to diverge the irradiation light into irradiation light, which is to be irradiated on an object to be inspected, and reference light, to generate coherent light from reflected light of the irradiation light from the object to be inspected and the reference light;
at least two conversion units configured to subject at least two analog signals, which are obtained by diverging an analog signal of the coherent light, to analog-to-digital conversion;
an association unit configured to associate indices of at least two data arrays obtained by the analog-to-digital conversion;
an integration unit configured to integrate the at least two data arrays based on the associated indices; and
an image generating unit configured to generate an image of the object to be inspected based on a data array obtained by the integration.

US Pat. No. 10,101,663

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus for imprinting a pattern of a mold to a photo-curing resin coated on a substrate, by bringing a pattern surface of the mold into contact with the resin, and curing the resin with light, to transfer the pattern of the mold onto the substrate, the imprint apparatus comprising:an irradiation unit configured to irradiate light to the resin on the substrate; and
a control unit configured to control the irradiation unit,
wherein the substrate includes a plurality of shot regions including edge shot regions and non-edge shot regions, each of the edge shot regions being a shot region including an edge of the substrate, each of the edge shot regions including a first partial region located near and including the edge of the substrate and a second partial region different from the first partial region, the second partial region being located farther away from the edge of the substrate than the first partial region, the pattern on both the edge shot regions and on the non-edge shot regions being formed by the same mold, and
wherein the control unit is configured to control the irradiation unit to:
when forming the pattern onto the edge shot region:
start irradiating light only to the resin on the first partial region before the pattern surface of the mold comes into contact with the resin in the second partial region; and
thereafter irradiate light to the resin on the second partial region while in a state where the pattern surface of the mold has been brought into contact with the resin on the first partial region and the second partial region; and
when forming the pattern onto the non-edge shot region, irradiate the resin on the non-edge shot region while in a state where the pattern surface of the mold has been brought into contact with the resin on the non-edge shot region.

US Pat. No. 10,101,950

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a display;
a user interface which receives a user's operation; and
a controller which controls the information processing apparatus, wherein the controller is configured to function as:
a storage unit configured to store job information of jobs;
a display control unit configured to display, on the display, a list of objects corresponding respectively to the jobs, the objects in the list being arranged in an execution order of the corresponding jobs;
an accepting unit configured to accept, via the user interface, a user's drag operation for dragging an object in the list being displayed and a user's drop operation for dropping, on a position on the list being displayed, the dragged object in order to change the execution order of the jobs;
a predicting unit configured to predict, during the user's drag operation for the object and before the user's drop operation for the object, an effect to be caused by the change of the execution order of the jobs by the drag and drop operations for the object, based on the job information of at least the job corresponding to the dragged object and another job corresponding to the position on the list; and
a changing unit configured to change the execution order of the jobs, in accordance with the user's drop operation for the object,
wherein the display control unit further displays, during the user's drag operation for the object and before the user's drop operation for the object, the predicted effect on the display in addition to the list.

US Pat. No. 10,101,698

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a touch panel capable of detecting multi-touch operations, the information processing apparatus comprising:one or more memories storing instructions; and
one or more processors which, when executing the instructions, causes the information processing apparatus to perform:
detecting a touch event based on an operation by a user on the touch panel;
determining, in a case where the detected touch event is a multi-touch event including touch positions of two points, whether an operator target application supports multi-touch events;
generating, in a case where it is determined that the operation target application does not support the multi-touch events, a single touch event including a touch position of one point based on the detected multi-touch event; and
transmitting the generated single touch event to the operation target application not supporting multi-touch events.

US Pat. No. 10,101,954

JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT MANAGES HISTORY INFORMATION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A job processing apparatus comprising:a memory storing a set of instructions; and
one or more processors that execute instructions of the set of the instructions and cause the job processing apparatus to function as:
an executing unit configured to execute a job;
a storage unit configured to store history information of the job executed by the executing unit;
a first output unit configured to output, in accordance with a user instruction, the history information stored in the storage unit;
a setting unit configured to set a type, from among output types, received via a setting screen;
a second output unit configured to automatically output, according to the set type, history information that is not managed as output history information, among the pieces of history information stored in the storage unit; and
a control unit configured to control not to manage, as the output history information, the history information output by the first output unit in a case where the set type is not a predetermined type, and to manage, as the output history information, the history information output by the first output unit in a case where the set type is the predetermined type,
wherein the control unit controls to manage, as the output history information, the history information output by the second output unit.

US Pat. No. 10,104,295

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH DISPLAY OF CROP AREA AND GRID LINES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an optical finder;
a first display segment placed on an optical path in the optical finder, the first display segment being a display segment for displaying a first crop area and having a frame shape;
a second display segment placed on the optical path, the second display segment being a display segment for displaying a grid line and having a shape with a plurality of lines that intersect one another and located inside the first display segment;
a third display segment placed on the optical path, the third display segment being a line-shaped display segment for displaying a grid line and located outside the second display segment, wherein in a state where the second display segment and the third display segment are simultaneously displayed, the lines included in the second display segment and the lines included in third display segment are visually recognized as lines in same straight lines; and
a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a setting unit configured to set a crop area;
a control unit configured to perform control
in a case where the first crop area is not set by the setting unit, to display both of the second display segment and the third display segment without displaying the first display segment, and
in a case where the first crop area is set by the setting unit, to display the first display segment and the second display segment without displaying the third display segment.

US Pat. No. 10,104,320

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE WITH SIGNAL PROCESSING AND LEVEL SHIFTING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup device, comprising:a pixel array including a plurality of pixels, each of the plurality of pixels including a photoelectric conversion unit and a transfer transistor configured to transfer charge generated in the photoelectric conversion unit;
a signal processing unit configured to process signals output from the pixels; and
a level shift unit configured to supply a pulse to a gate of the transfer transistor,
wherein amplitude of the pulse supplied to the gate of the transfer transistor is larger than amplitude of a pulse supplied to a gate of a transistor that constitutes the signal processing unit,
wherein the pixel array and the level shift unit are arranged on a first semiconductor substrate, whereas the signal processing unit is arranged on a second semiconductor substrate stacked on the first semiconductor substrate, and
wherein a gate insulating film of a transistor that constitutes the level shift unit is thicker than a gate insulating film of a transistor that constitutes the signal processing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,102,787

IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image signal processing apparatus that can display an image signal and a luminance waveform corresponding to the image signal, on a display unit, the image signal processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory that stores a program executable by the at least one processor, wherein the program, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the at least one processor to function as a display control unit that:
displays the image signal on the display unit so that a first area in the image signal, whose luminance level falls within a preset luminance level range, is displayed in a predetermined color, and
displays the luminance waveform on the display unit so that a second area in the luminance waveform, which corresponds to the preset luminance level range, is displayed in a color corresponding to the predetermined color, wherein the luminance waveform represents an appearance frequency of each luminance level of the image signal at respective positions in horizontal or vertical direction of the image signal,
wherein the processor sets the preset luminance level range in accordance with characteristics of a gamma curve that is applied to the image signal and based on a luminance level obtained by applying the gamma curve to a preset reference luminance level, and
wherein the display control unit is capable of switching whether to perform the displaying in a color corresponding to the predetermined color in the second area of the luminance waveform.

US Pat. No. 10,102,809

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:a light-emitting unit includes a plurality of light sources of which the emission brightness are individually controllable;
a display unit configured to display an image by transmitting light emitted from the plurality of light sources; and
a controller configured to control an emission brightness of each of the plurality of light sources, and control transmittance of the display unit, wherein the controller:
generates first image data by increasing a lower limit of gradation values of input image data to a first gradation value;
controls an emission brightness of each light source based on brightness of each region of the input image data or the first image data corresponding to each of the plurality of light sources;
generates second image data by correcting gradation values of the first image data based on the emission brightness of each light source;
generates third image data by reducing gradation values of the second image data that are equal to or lower than a second gradation value to a predetermined value; and
controls the display unit to display the image by controlling the transmittance of the display unit based on the third image data, and wherein
in a case where emission brightness of a light source corresponding to a region of the first image data is first brightness, the controller generates the second image data so that gradation values of the second image data in the region is smaller than in a case where the emission brightness of the light source corresponding to the region is second brightness which is lower than the first brightness.

US Pat. No. 10,095,178

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a recording medium, the apparatus comprising:an image-bearing-unit support member that is movable between an inside and an outside of the image forming apparatus while supporting a plurality of image bearing units, which each include an image bearing member;
a belt member that contacts the plurality of image bearing members; and
an image-bearing-unit operating member that moves the image bearing units relative to the image-bearing-unit support member when the image-bearing-unit support member is inside the image forming apparatus, thereby moving the image bearing units from a contact position where the image bearing units contacts the belt member to a separate position where the image bearing units are separated from the belt member
wherein the image-bearing-unit operating member causes at least one of the plurality of image bearing units to be started to move from the contact position toward the separate position at different timing from timing at which the image-bearing-unit operating member causes the other image bearing unit or the other image bearing units to be started to move from the contact position toward the separate position.

US Pat. No. 10,097,507

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,097,763

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:an imaging unit configured to capture image;
an operation unit configured to receive a first operation to set a shooting parameter for capturing image and a second operation to capture image based on the shooting parameter and write data based on the captured image in a recording medium; and
a display control unit configured to display, on a screen, image review based on the captured image after capturing image response to the second operation and then display live view which is generated by continuously capturing image,
wherein a period of displaying the image review is shorter if the first operation is detected successively after finishing detecting the second operation than if the first operation is not detected successively after finishing detecting the second operation.

US Pat. No. 10,097,256

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

17. A communication method using a directional antenna 1, comprising:causing a first determination unit to determine, for each of a plurality of receivers, transmitter antenna directivities with each of which it is possible to transmit a test signal to the receiver as a partner receiver by communication by a main lobe;
causing a second determination unit to determine, as a monitor receiver, for each of the transmitter antenna directivities determined in the causing the first determination unit, if the test signal is transmitted with the transmitter antenna directivity, a receiver capable of receiving the test signal by a side lobe appended to the main lobe;
causing a decision unit to decide, based on reception quality in the partner receiver of the communication by the main lobe and reception quality in the monitor receiver of communication by the side lobe appended to the main lobe, a transmitter antenna directivity to be used to transmit data, and a partner receiver and monitor receiver as reception targets of the data out of the plurality of receivers; and
causing a transmission unit to transmit the data to the decided partner receiver and monitor receiver with the transmitter antenna directivity decided in the causing the decision unit.

US Pat. No. 10,095,010

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:a first lens group which is not moved for zooming and is composed of a single lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens group which has a negative refractive power and comprises at least one lens unit each of which is moved toward an image side during zooming from a wide angle end to a telephoto end;
a third lens group which has a positive refractive power and comprises at least one lens unit each of which is moved toward the object side during zooming from the wide angle end to the telephoto end;
a fourth lens group which is configured to move during zooming and focusing and is composed of a single lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a rear lens group which is composed of at least one lens unit,
wherein intervals between adjacent lens units are changed during zooming,
wherein the first lens group comprises at least three lenses, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
4.80 ?5.00 ?3.50 0.99

US Pat. No. 10,095,125

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measurement apparatus for measuring a position of an object, comprising:a reflecting portion provided on the object and having a reflecting surface on which a plurality of reflectors configured to respectively retroreflect light are arrayed;
an optical system configured to cause first light to be incident on the reflecting surface, receive second light as reflected light of the first light from the reflecting surface, cause third light generated by reflecting the second light by a mirror member to be incident on the reflecting surface, and receive fourth light as reflected light of the third light from the reflecting surface; and
a processor configured to determine the position of the object based on a result of detecting the fourth light and a reference light,
wherein the plurality of reflectors are arrayed on the reflecting surface such that a displacement between optical paths of the first light and the second light is corrected by a displacement between optical paths of the third light and the fourth light.

US Pat. No. 10,086,617

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a carriage configured to move with a printing head which discharges ink mounted thereon detachably;
a supply tube configured to supply ink from an ink tank to the printing head;
a head set cover rotatably and axially supported by the carriage, configured to move to a first orientation at which the printing head is fixed to the carriage and a second orientation at which the printing head is attachable to or detachable from the carriage; and
a joint unit arranged on the head set cover, configured to move to a first position connected to the printing head for supplying ink from the ink tank to the printing head via the supply tube and a second position separated from the printing head,
wherein the joint unit does not move to the first position from the second position when the head set cover moves to the first orientation from the second orientation, and moves to the second position from the first position in cooperation with movement of the head set cover when the head set cover moves to the second orientation from the first orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,088,437

COMPUTING DEVICE, COMPUTING PROGRAM, X-RAY MEASURING SYSTEM AND X-RAY MEASURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computing device configured to obtain information about a subject using a detection result detected by an X-ray detector which detects a monochromatic X-ray transmitted through the subject irradiated with a monochromatic X-ray in a certain wavelength, the device comprising:a unit configured to obtain detection results detected by the X-ray detector;
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain information about a tomographic image of a complex refractive index n of the subject for the monochromatic X-ray; and
a second obtaining unit configured to obtain information about a tomographic image of a mass absorption coefficient (?/?) of the subject in accordance with a correlation between a parametric ratio (?/?) according to a complex refractive index n and the mass absorption coefficient (?/?),
where ? denotes a linear absorption coefficient of a subject for a monochromatic X-ray in a certain wavelength, ? denotes mass density, n denotes a complex refractive index of a subject for a monochromatic X-ray in a certain wavelength, and 1?? and ?? respectively denote a real part and an imaginary part in the complex refractive index n,
wherein the detection results are detected at different angles while changing an irradiation angle of the monochromatic X-ray with respect to the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,070,925

MEDICAL MANIPULATOR AND MEDICAL IMAGING SYSTEM INCLUDING MEDICAL MANIPULATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,067,411

DRIVING APPARATUS APPROPRIATE FOR DRIVING MIRROR UNIT AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,067,420

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which cures an imprint material in a state in which the imprint material on a substrate is kept in contact with a mold, and separates the mold from the cured imprint material, thereby forming a pattern on the substrate, the apparatus comprising:a supply unit configured to supply the imprint material onto the substrate from a discharge outlet which discharges the imprint material; and
a generation unit configured to emit soft X-rays and generate ions, by the emitted soft X-rays, to be supplied to a space including an imprint position,
wherein the discharge outlet is arranged in a position where the soft X-rays emitted from the generation unit to the discharge outlet are shielded by a holding member configured to hold the mold, and
wherein the generation unit generates ions in a space in a lateral direction of the mold by emitting soft X-rays to the space in the lateral direction of the mold without passing through the mold.

US Pat. No. 10,067,427

HOLDING DEVICE, HOLDING METHOD, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A holding device for holding a substrate, the holding device comprising:an attracting unit having attraction mechanisms configured to vacuum-attract the substrate;
a first measuring unit configured to measure pressure in the attracting mechanisms; and
a control unit configured to:
acquire reference data that includes time-dependent variation in pressure in the attraction mechanisms as a reference, in a case where the attraction mechanisms vacuum-attract the substrate based on a first sequence that indicates a sequence of the attraction mechanisms that start vacuum-attracting the substrate;
control the attraction mechanisms to vacuum-attract a first substrate based on the first sequence;
control the first measuring unit to measure pressure in the attraction mechanisms while vacuum-attracting the first substrate based on the first sequence and acquire measurement data that indicates time-dependent variation in the measured pressure;
acquire a comparison result by comparing the reference data and the measurement data and determine whether the comparison result satisfies a predetermined condition;
control the attraction mechanisms, in a case where the comparison result satisfies the predetermined condition, to vacuum-attract a second substrate based on the first sequence; and
control the attraction mechanism, in a case where the comparison result does not satisfy the predetermined condition, to vacuum-attract the second substrate based on a second sequence different from the first sequence.

US Pat. No. 10,067,430

MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A member for electrophotography comprising:an electro-conductive base; and
at least one electro-conductive resin layer, wherein
the electro-conductive resin layer of an outermost layer contains urethane resin, and
the urethane resin has a structure of a silicone graft fluororesin and a structure represented by Formula (1)

wherein, in Formula (1), A1 represents at least one structure selected from the group consisting of (A101), (A102), (A103), and (A104);
the (A101) structure containing a structure represented by Formula (A101a) shown below and a structure represented by either or both of Formula (A101b) and Formula (A101c)

the (A102) structure containing a constituent unit represented by Formula (A102a) and a constituent unit represented by either or both of Formula (A102b) and Formula (A102c)

wherein, in Formulae (A102a) to (A102c), R1 and R2 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having carbon atoms of 1 or more and 4 or less;
the (A103) structure represented by Formula (A103a)

wherein, in Formula (A103a), R3 and R4 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having carbon atoms of 1 or more and 4 or less and m represents an integer of 7 or more; and
the (A104) structure represented by Formula (A104a)

wherein, in Formula (A104a), R5 and R6 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having carbon atoms of 1 or more and 4 or less and p represents an integer of 6 or more.

US Pat. No. 10,067,431

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,067,432

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,067,443

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,067,444

REMANUFACTURING METHOD OF DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A remanufacturing method of a cartridge, the cartridge comprising a flexible container and detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus, the remanufacturing method comprising:filling a used flexible container with developer, the used flexible container being configured to accomodate developer and provided with a plurality of openings for discharging developer; and
attaching a sealing member to an outside surface of the used flexible container such that the sealing member covers the plurality of openings.

US Pat. No. 10,067,447

IMAGE HEATING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING REGULATION OF LUBRICANT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,067,448

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,067,455

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,067,459

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,067,461

DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE WITH A RESTRICTED PORTION THAT CONTACTS A RESTRICTING PORTION OF AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing cartridge capable of being attached to and detached from a body of an image forming apparatus, the developing cartridge comprising:a developer carrier configured to contact an image carrier that is provided to the body;
a first unit fixed to the body when the developing cartridge is in a predetermined attachment position in the body; and
a second unit supporting the developer carrier, the second unit being assembled to be movable with respect to the first unit for contact or separation of the developer carrier with respect to the image carrier, and the second unit including a restricted portion that comes into contact with a restricting portion provided to the body,
wherein an inserting direction in which the developing cartridge is guided up to the predetermined attachment position differs from a direction in which the developer carrier makes contact with or separates from the image carrier,
wherein the developing cartridge is capable of being attached to the body in a state in which the image carrier is attached to the body, and
wherein the restricted portion contacts the restricting portion when the developing cartridge has not reached the predetermined attachment position such that the developer carrier and the image carrier are prevented from making contact, and the restricted portion does not contact the restricting portion when the developing cartridge is in the predetermined attachment position.

US Pat. No. 10,070,037

IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS, ACCESSORY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-capturing apparatus to which an accessory apparatus is detachably attachable, the image-capturing apparatus comprising:a camera communicator configured to provide, with the accessory apparatus, three channels that are a clock/communication request channel used for providing a clock signal and a communication request from the image-capturing apparatus to the accessory apparatus, a first data communication channel used for transmitting accessory data from the accessory apparatus to the image-capturing apparatus, and a second data communication channel used for transmitting camera data from the image-capturing apparatus to the accessory apparatus; and
a camera controller configured to perform communication with the accessory apparatus through the camera communicator,
wherein:
the camera controller is configured to be capable of switching its communication method between (a) a first communication method in which the camera controller receives the accessory data and transmits the camera data while providing the clock signal by alternately switching a signal level of the clock/communication request channel between a first level and a second level and (b) a second communication method in which the camera controller provides the communication request by switching the signal level of the clock/communication request channel from the first level to the second level, as a request to the accessory apparatus to transmit the accessory data to the image-capturing apparatus, and transmits the camera data; and
the camera controller is further configured, in response to detecting a communication error in the communication in each of the first and second communication methods, to transmit through the second data communication channel a specific signal for restoring the communication while keeping the signal level of the clock/communication request channel at the first level.

US Pat. No. 10,070,044

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,070,078

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR WITH PIXELS HAVING IN-PIXEL MEMORIES, MOTION INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor for acquiring respective signals of a plurality of pixels disposed in a matrix in the solid-state image sensor, by sequentially reading the signals in signal lines disposed along a column direction, the solid-state image sensor comprising:first pixels that are disposed in columns of the matrix; and
second pixels having in-pixel memories and disposed in columns of the matrix different from those of the first pixels,
wherein a difference in exposure timings of the second pixels between adjacent rows of the matrix is caused to be different from a difference in exposure timings of the first pixels between adjacent rows of the matrix, by reading signals from the second pixels after holding the signals in the in-pixel memories for a predetermined charge retention time,
wherein an aperture ratio of photoelectric conversion units of the first pixels is larger than an aperture ratio of photoelectric conversion units of the second pixels,
wherein the first pixels are first ranging pixels and the second pixels are second ranging pixels, and
wherein image information is generated by selecting image information acquired in the first ranging pixels in a case where a value of the signals acquired in the second ranging pixels is smaller than a first value and by selecting image information acquired in the second ranging pixels in a case where a value of the signals acquired in the first ranging pixels is larger than a second value, the second value being greater than the first value.

US Pat. No. 10,061,159

LIGHT-EMITTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS WITH A PARTITION MEMBER SEPARATING ADJACENT LIGHT SOURCE UNITS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light-emitting apparatus comprising:a board on which a plurality of light source units are provided;
a partition member provided on the board and enclosing each of the plurality of light source units; and
a fixing member arranged in a boundary portion between two or more light source units that are adjacent to each other and fixing the board and the partition member, wherein
the partition member is a sheet member which separates each of the plurality of light source units from adjacent light source units,
in the boundary portion between the two or more light source units, a space is formed between the partition member and the board, and
the fixing member is provided in the space.

US Pat. No. 10,063,732

LINE SENSOR, IMAGE READING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A line sensor comprising:light-receiving-element rows each including a plurality of light receiving elements that are disposed in a first direction; and
a plurality of transmitting portions that are disposed in correspondence with the plurality of light receiving elements,
wherein the plurality of transmitting portions include first transmitting portions that transmit light having a first wavelength, second transmitting portions that transmit light having a second wavelength differing from the first wavelength, and third transmitting portions that transmit light having a third wavelength differing from the first wavelength and the second wavelength,
wherein the plurality of light receiving elements that are disposed in the first direction include first light receiving elements corresponding to the first transmitting portions, second light receiving elements corresponding to the second transmitting portions, each second light receiving element being disposed towards a center of a corresponding one of the light-receiving-element rows so as to be adjacent to a corresponding one of the first light receiving elements, and third light receiving elements corresponding to the third transmitting portions, each third receiving element being disposed towards the center of a corresponding one of the light-receiving-element rows so as to be adjacent to a corresponding one of the second light receiving elements,
wherein the light-receiving-element rows are disposed such that a first light-receiving-element row, a second light-receiving-element row, and a third light-receiving-element row are disposed side by side in three rows in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction,
wherein the transmitting portions corresponding to the light receiving elements that are disposed side by side in the second direction in the first light-receiving-element row, the second light-receiving-element row, and the third light-receiving-element row include the first transmitting portions, the second transmitting portions, and the third transmitting portions,
wherein a center of first transmitting portion is displaced from a center of a corresponding one of the first light receiving elements in a direction of the center of a corresponding one of the light-receiving-element rows,
wherein a center of second transmitting portion is displaced from a center of a corresponding one of the second light receiving elements in a direction of the center of a corresponding one of the light-receiving-element rows, and
wherein a center of third transmitting portion is displaced from a center of a corresponding one of the third light receiving elements in a direction of the center of a corresponding one of the light-receiving-element rows.

US Pat. No. 10,063,734

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT RECEIVES DATA FROM EXTERNAL APPARATUS VIA NETWORK, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a storage unit configured to store a plurality of processed data items; and
at least one processor connected to a memory, the at least one processor being configured to:
acquire apparatus information concerning an external apparatus holding unprocessed data corresponding to processed data;
communicate with the external apparatus using the apparatus information, and request the unprocessed data; and
receive a result of processing performed on the requested unprocessed data from the external apparatus,
wherein the apparatus information includes at least one of development capability of the external apparatus and remote startability of the external apparatus, and
wherein the at least one processor is configured to request the unprocessed data sequentially from a plurality of external apparatuses according to the apparatus information.

US Pat. No. 10,063,765

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus including a focus detection pixel configured to perform focus detection by a phase difference method,wherein the focus detection pixel comprises:
a photoelectric conversion unit arranged in a substrate;
a microlens arranged above the photoelectric conversion unit; and
a light guide arranged between the photoelectric conversion unit and the microlens,
wherein a refracting power of the microlens on a first plane is smaller than a refracting power of the microlens on a second plane,
the first plane passes through a top of the microlens, is perpendicular to an upper surface of the substrate, and is located along a direction in which the focus detection pixel performs the focus detection, and
the second plane passes through the top of the microlens, is perpendicular to the upper surface of the substrate, and intersects the first plane.

US Pat. No. 10,063,801

IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,062,018

PRINT CONTROL SYSTEM, PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT DETERMINE WHETHER PRINTING CAN BE PERFORMED BASED ON PAPER INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control system that controls a printing apparatus having a paper feed unit, the system comprising:one or more processors operating:
to determine whether printing using print data can be performed, based on first paper information included in a print setting in the print data, second paper information that is set in the printing apparatus, and printability information indicating a printable combination of the first paper information included in the print setting and the second paper information set in the printing apparatus, wherein the first paper information included in the print setting and the second paper information set in the printing apparatus each includes both of (i) information regarding a type of paper and (ii) information regarding a size of paper; and
to control the printing using the print data, based on a result of the determination,
wherein (i) it is determined that the printing using the print data can be performed in a case in which the first paper information included in the print setting and the second paper information set in the printing apparatus are matched, (ii) it is determined that the printing using the print data can be performed in a case in which a combination of the first paper information included in the print setting and the second paper information set in the printing apparatus is the printable combination indicated by the printability information, even if the first paper information included in the printing setting and the second paper information set in the printing apparatus are not matched, and (iii) it is determined that the printing using the print data cannot be performed in a case in which the first paper information included in the print setting and the second paper information set in the printing apparatus are not matched and a combination of the first paper information included in the print setting and the second paper information set in the printing apparatus is not the printable combination indicated by the printability information,
wherein the printability information indicates that the combination of the first paper information and the second paper information is the printable combination, in a case in which the information regarding a type of paper included in the first paper information and the information regarding a type of paper included in the second paper information satisfy a specific condition, even if the information regarding a size of paper included in the first paper information and the information regarding a size of paper included in the second paper information are not matched, and
wherein the printability information indicates that the combination of the first paper information and the second paper information is the printable combination, in a case in which the information regarding a size of paper included in the first paper information and the information regarding a size of paper included in the second paper information satisfy a specific condition, even if the information regarding a type of paper included in the first paper information and the information regarding a type of paper included in the second paper information are not matched.

US Pat. No. 10,063,843

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR ESTIMATING THREE-DIMENSIONAL POSITION OF OBJECT IN IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors, the memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the apparatus to:
acquire an image from a first image capturing unit and a second image capturing unit;
detect a first object and a second object in the image;
associate detection results of the first object and the second object;
store a positional relationship between respective fields of view of the first image capturing unit and the second image capturing unit;
estimate a three-dimensional position of the first object based on the positional relationship and the first object detected in respective images captured by the first image capturing unit and the second image capturing unit; and
estimate a three-dimensional position of the second object based on the three-dimensional position of the associated first object.

US Pat. No. 10,053,312

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:a tray unit which includes a sheet stacking tray on which a sheet is stacked and a bottom portion configured to rotatably support the sheet stacking tray and to be rotatable with respect to an apparatus main body, the tray unit being configured to be capable of taking (1) a position at which the tray unit is opened with respect to the apparatus main body and (2) a position at which the tray unit is closed with respect to the apparatus main body by rotating the bottom portion;
a feeding portion configured to feed a sheet which is stacked on the sheet stacking tray;
a lifter arm configured to abut against the sheet stacking tray from below and to move the sheet stacking tray such that the sheet stacking tray can be located (1) at a stand-by position and (2) at a feeding position at which a sheet can be fed, the feeding position being located above the stand-by position;
a motor configured to drivingly connected to the lifter arm; and
a restricting portion provided on the sheet stacking tray, the restricting portion being configured to restrict rotation of the sheet stacking tray by contacting with the lifter arm when the tray unit is opened with respect to the apparatus main body.

US Pat. No. 10,054,872

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING REMOVABLE DEVELOPING UNITS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a first image forming portion having;
a first image bearing member;
a first developing unit detachably attached to the image forming apparatus and developing an electrostatic latent image formed on the first image bearing member by using a first developer including a first toner and a carrier,
the first developing unit having a first developing container with a first opening and containing the first developer, a first developer bearing member disposed at the first opening and developing a latent image born on the first image bearing member, a first developer supplying portion supplying the first developer to the first developing container, and a first developer discharging portion configured to discharge a part of the first developer according to supplying of the first developer by the first developer supplying portion,
a second image forming portion having;
a second image bearing member;
a second developing unit detachably attached to the image forming apparatus and developing an electrostatic latent image formed on the second image bearing member by using a second developer including a second toner and a carrier,
the second developing unit having a second developing container with a second opening and containing the second developer, a second developer bearing member disposed at the second opening and developing a latent image born on the second image bearing member, a second developer supplying portion supplying the second developer to the second developing container, and a second developer discharging portion configured to discharge a part of the second developer according to supplying of the second developer by the second developer supplying portion;
a first conveying pipe detachable from the first developing unit and attached to the first developing unit when the first developing unit is disposed in the image forming apparatus and for conveying the first developer discharged from the first developer discharging portion to a collection portion;
a second conveying pipe detachable from the second developing unit and attached to the second developing unit when the second developing unit is disposed in the image forming apparatus and for conveying the second developer discharged from the second developer discharging portion to the collection portion;
a first detection unit which detects a toner content of the first developer in the first conveying pipe; and
a second detection unit which detects a toner content of the second developer in the second conveying pipe,
wherein the first developing unit can be removed from the image forming apparatus in a state that the first conveying pipe and the first detection unit remain in the image forming apparatus, and
wherein the second developing unit can be removed from the image forming apparatus in a state that the second conveying pipe and the second detection unit remain in the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,057,440

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus, comprising:an image reading portion configured to read an image on a sheet;
a sheet feeding portion comprising a roller and configured to feed the sheet to a reading position of the image reading portion by the roller;
a rotatably connecting portion which rotatably connects the sheet feeding portion to the image reading portion;
a fixing member;
a first fastening member configured to fasten the fixing member to a frame of the sheet feeding portion; and
a second fastening member configured to fasten the fixing member to the rotatably connecting portion in a state where the frame is nipped between the rotatably connecting portion and the fixing member,
wherein the fixing member does not include a roller, and
wherein in case the fastening of the first fastening member is released and the fastening of the second fastening member is released, the fixing member is detachable from the frame and the rotatably connecting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,054,881

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,054,882

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus that heats an image formed on a recording material, the image heating apparatus comprising:a heater, the heater having a plurality of heating elements arranged in a direction orthogonal to a conveying direction of the recording material; and
a control portion that controls electric power to be supplied to the plurality of heating elements, the control portion being capable of individually controlling the plurality of heating elements, wherein
the control portion sets a heating condition when controlling each of the plurality of heating elements, according to the thermal history of a heating region heated by one heating element and the thermal history of a heating region heated by a heating element adjacent to the one heating element.

US Pat. No. 10,055,956

MONITORING CAMERA APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR MONITORING CAMERA APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A monitoring camera apparatus comprising:at least one memory;
at least one processor which is connected to the at least one memory, the at least one processor configured to:
reading setting data from a transmission control program;
upload a video captured by the monitoring camera, on which a privacy mask is superimposed, to a server via a network for a general client which is not a privileged client;
receive a request for transmitting a video from a privileged client;
determining that the request is a first transmission request with a set restriction setting to transmit a video without the privacy mask to the privileged client in accordance with the request;
in a case where a setting request is received from the privileged client, performing setting processing to invalidate an upload processing stop flag when it is determined by the transmission control program that an item to be set is recorded in the setting data; and
stop uploading of the video with the privacy mask to the server for the general client when the video without the privacy mask is transmitted to the privileged client in accordance with the request.

US Pat. No. 10,048,906

MOBILE TERMINAL THAT PERFORMS LOGIN PROCESSING, METHOD OF PERFORMING LOGIN PROCESSING, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mobile terminal comprising:a communication controller configured to receive beacon signals transmitted by an image forming apparatus and transmit user information to the image forming apparatus; and
a processor configured to implement instructions stored in a memory and execute:
a first determining task that determines whether or not a received signal strength of a received beacon signal is not lower than a predetermined signal strength;
a second determining task that determines, after the first determining task determines that the received signal strength is not lower than the predetermined signal strength, whether or not a difference between the received signal strength of a first beacon signal received by the communication controller and the received signal strength of a second beacon signal received by the communication controller after receiving the first beacon signal satisfies a predetermined condition, wherein the difference reflects a change amount of a distance between the mobile terminal and the image forming apparatus; and
a transmission task that transmits the user information to the image forming apparatus, using the communication controller, for logging in to the image forming apparatus in a case where the second determining task determines that the difference satisfies the predetermined condition.

US Pat. No. 10,048,410

LIGHT-SHIELDING FILM FOR OPTICAL ELEMENT AND OPTICAL ELEMENT HAVING LIGHT-SHIELDING FILM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical element comprising a lens or a prism having a light-shielding film on an outer portion,wherein the light-shielding film comprises a resin and (i) a colorant and non-black particles having a refractive index (nd) of 2.2 or more or (ii) inorganic black particles having a refractive index (nd) of 2.2 or more and 3.5 or less,
wherein the light-shielding film has an average thickness of 2 ?m or more and 30 ?m or less, and
wherein the average of extinction coefficient of the light-shielding film for light having wavelengths ranging from 400 to 700 nm is 0.03 or more and 0.15 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,050,477

POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD FOR POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power transmission device comprising:a first power transmission unit configured to perform wireless power transmission;
a reception unit configured to receive, from a power reception device, a notification signal indicating a presence of the power reception device;
a modulation unit configured to modulate a medium used for the power transmission performed by the first power transmission unit, the medium modulated to transmit predetermined information; and
a control unit configured to cause, in a case where the reception unit receives the notification signal from the power reception device, the first power transmission unit to perform the power transmission to the power reception device that has transmitted the notification signal based on a result of negotiation with the power reception device,
wherein the control unit sets, as a target of the power transmission to be performed by the first power transmission unit, a second power reception device that has transmitted a notification signal including the predetermined information while the first power transmission unit is caused to perform the power transmission, using the medium obtained by the modulation by the modulation unit, to a first power reception device, wherein setting the second power reception device as a target of the power transmission performed by the first power transmission unit is based on a result of a negotiation with the second power reception device.

US Pat. No. 10,051,537

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first communication unit configured to perform proximity wireless communication in a tag mode in which information is received from another communication apparatus in a writer mode;
a second communication unit configured to perform short-range wireless communication having a communication range broader than a communication range of the proximity wireless communication;
a receive unit configured to receive, in a communication started by the first communication unit with the another communication apparatus in a case where the communication apparatus is in a power-off state, a communication parameter from the another communication apparatus via the first communication unit operating in the tag mode wherein the communication parameter includes at least one of a service set identification (SSID), a key and an authentication type for performing the short-range wireless communication; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where the communication apparatus is shifted out of the power-off state into a power-on state, control the second communication unit to perform processing for communication connection based on the communication parameter received by the receive unit.

US Pat. No. 10,051,577

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a communication unit configured to perform Near Field Communication;
a detection unit configured to detect a partner apparatus that exists within a communicable range of the communication unit;
a determination unit configured to determine, in the case where the communication unit transmits a first signal, whether or not the communication unit has received a response to the first signal; and
a control unit configured to control, in the case where the partner apparatus is detected by the detection unit and it is determined by the determination unit that the communication unit has not received the response to the first signal, the communication unit to transmit a second signal that has a higher amplitude than the first signal and a higher power than the first signal,
wherein the second signal is a signal that is of a different type from the first signal and is for causing the partner apparatus to transition into a state in which the partner apparatus can respond to the first signal, and
wherein the communication unit performs wireless communication with the partner apparatus in the case where the communication unit has received the response to the first signal from the partner apparatus after transmission of the second signal.

US Pat. No. 10,050,564

VIBRATION ACTUATOR AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS MOUNTING THE VIBRATION ACTUATOR THEREON

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,040,662

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,043,245

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM THAT EXECUTE A RE-ANTI-SHAKE PROCESS TO REMOVE NEGATIVE INFLUENCE OF AN ANTI-SHAKE PROCESS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor operatively coupled to a memory, serving as:
(a) a first anti-shake unit configured to execute an anti-shake process on image data relating to a captured image, and to record image data after the anti-shake process on a recording unit; and
(b) a second anti-shake unit configured to execute a re-anti-shake process while performing a control process of removing influence of the anti-shake process, which adversely affects the re-anti-shake process executed by the second anti-shake unit, executed by the first anti-shake unit on the image data, after the anti-shake process recorded on the recording unit, based on auxiliary information regarding the anti-shake process output by the first anti-shake unit,
wherein the first anti-shake unit performs (i) a first geometric deformation anti-shake process of correcting shake occurring in the captured image by performing geometric deformation on the captured image, and (ii) an optical anti-shake process of correcting the shake occurring in the captured image by outputting a driving signal to a shake correction unit, and the second anti-shake unit executes a second geometrical deformation anti-shake process.

US Pat. No. 10,043,253

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:one or more processors; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to perform operations including:
receiving input of a plurality of images having different exposures from one another,
generating gain information indicating relationships between coordinates and gains within each of the input plurality of images,
wherein generating the gain information includes generating, using a specific image, gain information indicating a relationship between coordinates and a gain of one image of the plurality of images having an exposure that is the smallest among exposure of the plurality of images, wherein the specific image is an image having a frequency band or resolution different from that of the image having the smallest exposure, and includes generating gain information indicating relationships between coordinates and gains of the rest of the plurality of images based on the generated gain information,
applying gain processing to each of the plurality of images based on the generated gain information,
applying development processing to each of the plurality of images to which the gain processing has been applied, and
compositing the plurality of images to which the development processing has been applied by applying the development processing.

US Pat. No. 10,042,235

ILLUMINATION DEVICE AND ILLUMINATION CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,040,199

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING WORK TO BE PICKED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,042,249

IMPRINT APPARATUS TO DETECT A CONTACT STATE BETWEEN A MOLD AND A SUBSTRATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprint apparatus configured to form a pattern with an imprint material on a substrate by using a mold, the imprint apparatus comprising:a drive unit configured to bring part of a pattern formed on the mold into contact with the imprint material to form a contact state between the pattern of the mold and the imprint material, and then bring the pattern of the mold into contact with the imprint material so that a contact surface area between the pattern of the mold and the imprint material increases;
an interference fringe detecting unit configured to detect an interference fringe generated around the contact surface area between the mold and the imprint material by reflected light from a surface of the mold facing to the substrate and reflected light from the substrate; and
a state detecting unit configured to detect deformation of the mold around the contact surface area between the mold and the imprint material based on an interference fringe that varies according to a space between the mold and the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,042,250

IMPRINT APPARATUS, IMPRINTING MOLD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprint apparatus for forming a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate by using a mold, the apparatus comprising:a mold holding member configured to hold the mold; and
a mold deforming mechanism for applying a force to a side surface of the mold in a direction along a pattern face of the mold in which the pattern is formed in order to deform the pattern formed in the mold held by the mold holding member,
wherein the mold deforming mechanism includes a contact portion to contact with the side surface of the mold to press against the side surface, and
wherein, regarding the shape of the contact portion in a thickness direction of the moldy, a slope surface is formed such that a dimension of part of the contact portion to contact with the side surface of the mold is less than a dimension of part of the contact portion away from the side surface of the mold, and a slope of the slope surface of the contact portion is equal to or more than 1 mrad and equal to or less than 10 mrad with respect to a plane surface perpendicular to a pressing direction that the contact portion applies a pressing force from the side surface of the mold.

US Pat. No. 10,043,276

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, ROBOT APPARATUS, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing method by which an arithmetic operation unit performs image processing on an input image in which work positions in the input image of a work held by a holding unit imaged by an imaging unit appear preferentially in a plurality of distributed regions on the input image, comprising:a setting process in which the arithmetic operation unit sets searching regions on the input image so as to correspond to the plurality of distributed regions, respectively; and
a detecting process in which the arithmetic operation unit detects the work position by performing pattern matching processing by using a reference image, in a plurality of searching regions that have been set in the setting process, wherein,
in the detecting process, the arithmetic operation unit determines an evaluation value of pattern matching, every time the pattern matching processing is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,044,814

INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL AND CONTROL METHOD FOR PROCESSING BOTH SERVICE SEARCHED ON NETWORK AND SERVICE PROVIDED VIA SITE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing terminal having a relay function for causing a client that manages data and a service that provides a function using the data managed by the client to cooperate with each other, the information processing terminal comprising:a memory storing instructions related to the relay function; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the information processing terminal to:
by searching for services via a network using a predetermined network protocol, acquire first function information, which is used to request a first service provided by a network device connected to the network;
acquire second function information, which is used to request a second service, via a site of a network device that provides the second service;
execute, using the relay function, registration processing of the acquired first function information and the acquired second function information, wherein, through the relay function, the first function information and the second function information are individually managed as a target to perform a search for a corresponding service and as a target not to perform the search, respectively;
display a page based on page data provided by the client; and
in response to a detection that a button on the displayed page has been pressed, control display of a list of function information including the first function information and the second function information registered according to the registration processing, wherein, if the service corresponding to the first function information that has previously been registered according to the registration processing has been found by a search for services via the network using the predetermined network protocol, the display of the list is updated according to a state of the first service included in a result of the search,
wherein a search for acquiring the state is not performed on the network with respect to the second service corresponding to the second function information included in the list.

US Pat. No. 10,039,448

OPHTHALMIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmic apparatus, comprising:a large area image acquisition unit configured to acquire a large area image of a fundus of an eye to be inspected at a low resolution based on first return light of first measuring light from the fundus;
a small area image acquisition unit configured to acquire a small area image of the fundus at a high resolution based on second return light of second measuring light from the fundus; and
a dichroic prism configured to guide the first measuring light and the second measuring light to a common optical path toward the eye to be inspected, and to separate a return light from the eye to be inspected to the first return light toward the large area image acquisition unit and the second return light toward the small area image acquisition unit,
wherein the large area image acquisition unit includes an optical member having a positive optical power, which is arranged at a position opposite to the eye to be inspected with respect to the dichroic prism.

US Pat. No. 10,042,266

DETERMINATION METHOD, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A determination method of determining a first prediction formula for predicting a fluctuation in optical characteristics of a projection optical system while a substrate is exposed on a first exposure condition, the method comprising:an obtaining step of obtaining a correlation coefficient between the first exposure condition and a second exposure condition corresponding to a second prediction formula for predicting the fluctuation in the optical characteristics; and
a first determining step of determining, in a case where the correlation coefficient falls within an allowable range, the first prediction formula based on the second prediction formula and a difference between the first exposure condition and the second exposure condition.

US Pat. No. 10,042,272

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:a support; and
a photosensitive layer on the support, wherein
a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises a copolymerized product of a hole transporting compound having an acryloyloxy group or a methacryloyloxy group and having a triphenylamine backbone, and a compound represented by formula (1) or formula (2):

where m1 represents 2 and X1 represents a 2-valent group obtained by removing 2 hydrogen atoms from any of a linear or branched alkane having 2 to 18 carbon atoms, a cyclic or polycyclic alkane having 6 to 12 carbon atoms unsubstituted or having a linear or branched alkyl group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, and an arene having 6 to 12 carbon atoms unsubstituted or having a linear or branched alkyl group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, provided that the number of carbon atoms in X1 is 2 to 18; and

where m2 represents 1, m3 represents 1, and Y1 represents an oxygen atom or a sulfur atom,
X2 represents a 2-valent group obtained by removing 2 hydrogen atoms from any of a linear or branched alkane having 1 to 15 carbon atoms, a cyclic or polycyclic alkane having 6 to 12 carbon atoms unsubstituted or having a linear or branched alkyl group having 1 to 9 carbon atoms, and an arene having 6 to 12 carbon atoms unsubstituted or having a linear or branched alkyl group having 1 to 9 carbon atoms, and
X3 represents a 2-valent group obtained by removing 2 hydrogen atoms from any of a linear or branched alkane having 1 to 15 carbon atoms, a cyclic or polycyclic alkane having 6 to 12 carbon atoms, unsubstituted or having a linear or branched alkyl group having 1 to 9 carbon atoms, and an arene having 6 to 12 carbon atoms, unsubstituted or having a linear or branched alkyl group having 1 to 9 carbon atoms,
provided that the total number of carbon atoms in X2 and X3 is 2 to 16.

US Pat. No. 10,042,280

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND STORAGE UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an apparatus body having an opening formed therein;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a plurality of storage portions configured to store, inside the apparatus body, a sheet having an image formed thereon by the image forming unit;
a sheet moving unit configured to move the sheet stored in each of the plurality of storage portions and to stop the sheet in an exposure state where a part of the sheet is exposed outside the apparatus body through the opening;
a control unit configured to control the sheet moving unit; and
a sensing unit configured to sense a sheet that is in the exposure state,
wherein the control unit controls the sheet moving unit to move a first sheet stored in a first storage portion and to stop the first sheet in the exposure state, and
wherein, in a case where the sensing unit enters a state in which the first sheet is not sensed by the sensing unit from a state in which the first sheet is sensed by the sensing unit, the control unit controls the sheet moving unit to move a second sheet stored in a second storage portion, other than the first storage portion, and to stop the second sheet in the exposure state where a part of the second sheet is exposed outside the apparatus body through the opening through which the first sheet is exposed.

US Pat. No. 10,042,281

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,042,289

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH VIBRATION CONTROLLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,042,299

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

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 compressor configured to pressurize air;
an air nozzle configured to blow the air pressurized by said compressor onto said first rotatable member; and
a supplying mechanism including a plurality of air tubes configured to supply the air from said compressor to said air nozzle, and a plurality of clamping portions configured to connect said plurality of air tubes to provide an air supply line from said compressor to said air nozzle,
wherein said plurality of clamping portions includes a predetermined clamping portion capable of being unclamped by a predetermined internal pressure lower by 20% or more than an internal pressure at which other clamping portions, of said plurality of clamping portions, are unclamped.

US Pat. No. 10,042,309

PHOTORECEPTOR AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,042,312

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING REDUCED COMPONENT AND ASSEMBLING COST

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,044,883

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
an adjustment unit configured to select a type of adjustment processing to be executed for the image forming unit from among a plurality of types of adjustment processing, and to execute the selected type of adjustment processing for the image forming unit;
a determination unit configured to determine a required time of the selected type of adjustment processing; and
a display unit configured to display a remaining time to be taken until the selected type of adjustment processing finishes being executed based on the required time,
wherein the display unit counts down the remaining time,
wherein the display unit controls a resolution of the remaining time based on the selected type of adjustment processing,
wherein the plurality of types of adjustment processing includes a first type of adjustment processing and a second type of adjustment processing,
wherein the first type of adjustment processing is executed again if the first type of adjustment processing fails,
wherein the second type of adjustment processing is not executed again if the second type of adjustment processing fails,
wherein the resolution includes a first resolution corresponding to the first type of adjustment processing and a second resolution corresponding to the second type of adjustment processing, and
wherein the second resolution is finer than the first resolution.

US Pat. No. 10,039,511

BREAST TOMOGRAPHY SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A breast tomography system comprising:an X-ray generation tube including a reflection type target and an electron emission source, the reflection type target being irradiated with an electron and generating an X-ray, the electron emission source irradiating the reflection type target with an electron beam;
an X-ray detector that detects the X-ray emitted from the reflection type target and transmitted through a breast;
a gantry having a storing space in which the X-ray generation tube and the X-ray detector are stored and a front panel between the storing space and a subjectee;
a rotation drive unit that rotates the X-ray generation tube around an imaginary rotation axis; and
a breast insertion portion configured to be communicated through an opening provided in the front panel,
wherein the X-ray generation tube is secured to the rotation drive unit to allow a tube axis of the X-ray generation tube to extend along the front panel, and
wherein when an opening diameter of the opening is ?, and when a thickness of the front panel is t, an angle ? between the focal spot and the front panel satisfies the formula below
0???tan?1(t/?).

US Pat. No. 10,040,284

DISCHARGE ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,044,900

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that attaches a consumable including a memory that stores information for indicating use results of a consumable material and including identification information of the consumable, and that forms an image by using the consumable material accommodated in the consumable, the image forming apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing instructions which, when the instructions are executed by the at least one processor, cause the image forming apparatus to:
obtain the information from an attached consumable repeatedly;
create a record, including the identification information of the attached consumable, of the attached consumable based on the obtained information in a case that an obtaining of the information succeeds in an obtainment of the information, and create a record of the attached consumable that makes the identification information of the attached consumable be predetermined information other than the identification information in a case that the obtaining of the information fails in the obtainment of the information; and
change the identification information of the consumable in the record based on the information that is currently obtained in a case that identification information of the attached consumable included in the information that is currently obtained does not match the identification information of the consumable in the record,
wherein the change does not occur until the identification information of the attached consumable included in the information that is currently obtained does not continuously match the identification information of the consumable in the record in a predetermined number of times in the repeatedly obtaining of the information.

US Pat. No. 10,044,903

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,040,292

LIQUID EJECTION SUBSTRATE, LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejection head including:an ejection opening array in which a plurality ejection openings for ejecting a liquid are arranged in a first direction;
a plurality of pressure chambers communicating with the ejection openings, each of the plurality of the pressure chambers having an element generating energy for ejecting the liquid;
a plurality of supply passages extending in a second direction intersecting the first direction, the plurality of supply passages supplying the liquid to the pressure chambers;
a plurality of collection passages extending in the second direction and collecting the liquid from the pressure chambers;
a common supply passage extending in the first direction and supplying the liquid to the plurality of supply passages; and
a common collection passage extending in the first direction and collecting the liquid from the plurality of collection passages.

US Pat. No. 10,044,904

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,044,929

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,044,943

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,044,956

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,044,961

IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND MOVING BODY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,042,144

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,044,992

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS, DRIVING METHOD THEREFOR, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving method of a solid-state imaging apparatus comprising a pixel unit including:a first pixel having a higher sensitivity in a first wavelength band than in a second wavelength band and a third wavelength band, and configured to output a first pixel signal,
a second pixel having a higher sensitivity in the second wavelength band than in the first wavelength band and the third wavelength band, and configured to output a second pixel signal,
a third pixel having a higher sensitivity in the third wavelength band than in the first wavelength band and the second wavelength band, and configured to output a third pixel signal, and
a fourth pixel having a higher sensitivity to a light than a sensitivity to the light of the first, second and third pixels, and configured to output a fourth pixel signal, the method comprising:
outputting first pixel signals from the first pixel at a first interval;
outputting second pixel signals from the second pixel at a second interval;
outputting third pixel signals from the third pixel at a third interval; and
outputting fourth pixel signals from the fourth pixel at a fourth interval,
wherein a contribution of the first pixel signal to a luminance of an image signal generated by the first, second and third pixel signals is higher than a contribution of the second pixel signal to the luminance and a contribution of the third pixel signal to the luminance, and
the first interval and the fourth interval are shorter than the second interval and the third interval, and the fourth interval is shorter than the first interval.

US Pat. No. 10,040,652

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,040,657

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,036,868

LENS BARREL AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,037,136

DISPLAY CONTROLLER THAT CONTROLS DESIGNATION OF POSITION ON A DISPLAY SCREEN, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display controller comprising:an input device configured to receive an input of a position to a display screen;
at least one processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to:
cause a position designation target and a marker that designates a position on the position designation target to be displayed on the display screen;
in a case where a display size of the position designation target is larger than a predetermined size, when the input of the position to the display screen is received by said input device, change a display position of the marker according to the input of the position, in a state in which a display position of the position designation target is fixed, and in a case where the display size of the position designation target is smaller than the predetermined size, when the input of the position to the display screen is received by said input device, change the display position of the position designation target according to the input of the position, in a state in which a display position of the marker is fixed; and
perform processing corresponding to the position of the marker with respect to the position designation target, which has been changed by said at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 10,035,673

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR FORMING IMAGE ON CONVEYED SHEET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a conveyance unit configured to convey a sheet on a conveyance path;
a first detection unit configured to detect a sheet on the conveyance path;
a determination unit configured to determine an adjustment amount for adjusting an interval from a trailing end of a preceding sheet to a leading end of a succeeding sheet according to a difference between a measurement interval from the trailing end of the preceding sheet to the leading end of the succeeding sheet, measured based on a result of detection by the first detection unit, and a target interval;
a correction unit configured to correct the adjustment amount according to a difference between a measurement value of a length of the preceding sheet in a conveyance direction, measured based on the result of detection by the first detection unit, and a reference value of the length of the preceding sheet in the conveyance direction; and
a control unit configured to control the conveyance unit such that a conveyance speed of the conveyance unit is accelerated or decelerated during a period of time that corresponds to the adjustment amount corrected by the correction unit.

US Pat. No. 10,038,815

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a printer;
a USB interface;
a wired LAN interface connected to a network;
a memory that stores a program; and
a processor that executes the program to function as:
a TCP/IP processing module that establishes a connection between the image forming apparatus and a first host computer via the network and that receives first IPP print data from the first host computer;
a Web server module that processes HTTP protocol;
a USB control module that performs a USB communication with a second host computer via the USB interface and that receives PDL data and second IPP print data from the second host computer; and
a print processing module that controls the printer to perform print processing,
wherein in a case that the USB control module receives the PDL data from the second host computer via the USB interface, the USB control module transmits the PDL data to the print processing module,
wherein in a case that the TCP/IP processing module receives the first IPP print data from the first host computer, the TCP/IP processing module transmits the first IPP print data to the Web server module,
wherein in a case that the USB control module receives the second IPP print data from the second host computer via the USB interface, the USB control module transmits the second IPP print data to the TCP/IP processing module by loopback and the TCP/IP processing module transmits the second IPP print data to the Web server module; and
wherein in case that the Web server module receives the first or second IPP print data from the TCP/IP processing module, the Web server module transmits the first or second IPP print data to the print processing module.

US Pat. No. 10,038,816

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of communicating with an external apparatus and operating in a plurality of operation modes which include a first operation mode in which one application exclusively displays a window in an application display area and a second operation mode in which a plurality of applications can display windows respectively in the application display area, the information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor that executes instructions to:
obtain information transmitted from an external apparatus; and
cause a notification to be performed based on the obtained information,
wherein, in a case where the information processing apparatus is operating in the first operation mode, a notification based on the obtained information is performed in a second notification screen that is smaller than a first notification screen, and, in a case where the information processing apparatus is operating in the second operation mode, a notification based on the obtained information is performed in the first notification screen,
said information processing apparatus further comprising at least one memory storing a first application, which when executed by the at least one processor, operates to determine whether a window provided by a second application different from the first application is being displayed on a display unit, in a case where the information processing apparatus is operating in the first operation mode, and
wherein, in a case where the information processing apparatus is operating in the first operation mode and it is determined that the window provided by the second application is being displayed, the notification based on the obtained information is performed in the second notification screen.

US Pat. No. 10,038,820

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,038,821

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,031,455

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,031,461

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING MULTIPLE IMAGE FORMING MODES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,032,279

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more memories storing instructions; and
one or more processors that, when executing the instructions, causes the information processing apparatus to:
acquire a plurality of images obtained by imaging a target object onto which a plurality of patterns having a bright portion and a dark portion are projected in a time series by a projector;
allocate, to each pixel in the plurality of images, a label corresponding to luminance of the pixel by referring to a characteristic of the plurality of patterns;
change the allocated label based on a time-series change of luminance of the projected plurality of patterns;
derive correspondence relationships between positions of the plurality of patterns in a projection plane of the projector and positions of the plurality of patterns in the acquired image based on the changed label; and
derive three-dimensional coordinates of a surface of the target object based on the derived correspondence relationships.

US Pat. No. 10,029,481

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,031,406

IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image projection apparatus comprising:a light modulator configured to perform modulation of light based on an image signal, the light modulator having a first divided illumination area and a second divided illumination area;
a projection optical system configured to project the light modulated by the light modulator;
a light detector configured to detect a non-projection light component that is not projected through the projection optical system;
a first light source unit corresponding to the first divided illumination area;
a second light source unit corresponding to the second divided illumination area;
an illumination optical system configured to illuminate:
the first divided illumination area and the second divided illumination area at the same time when the first and second light source units are lit; and
only the first divided illumination area, among the first and second divided illumination areas, when the first light source unit is lit and the second light source unit is unlit; and
a light source controller configured to control light quantities of the first and second light source units:
to change illuminances of the first and second divided illumination areas independently so that a difference between a brightness at the first divided illumination area and a brightness at the second divided illumination area becomes smaller depending on a detection result of the light detector.

US Pat. No. 10,022,979

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,022,981

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aqueous ink for ink jet comprising:a self-dispersible pigment; and
a compound represented by General Formula (I):

wherein, in General Formula (I), each R1 independently represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,027,906

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,028,191

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DUAL MODE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN COMMUNICATION DEVICES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,025,219

PRINTING APPARATUS AND SUBSTRATE FOR DRIVING LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a light-emitting element;
a light-receiving element having an output terminal configured to output the monitor current, and configured to output, from the output terminal, a monitor current having a value corresponding to a light-emitting amount of the light-emitting element;
a comparison unit having a first input terminal and a second input terminal and configured to compare the monitor current with a reference current;
a driving unit configured to drive the light-emitting element based on a comparison result by the comparison unit;
a current generation unit configured to generate a first current having a first current value; and
a conversion unit having an input terminal configured to receive the first current, an input terminal configured to receive a control signal, and an output terminal configured to output, as the reference current, a second current having a second current value,
wherein a ratio of the second current value to the first current value is set based on the control signal, and
wherein the output terminal of the light-receiving element, the output terminal of the conversion unit, and the first input terminal of the comparison unit are connected to each other, and the second input terminal receives a reference voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,025,220

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,024,980

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:a radiation detection panel configured to detect radiation;
an electrical component electrically connected to the radiation detection panel;
a housing configured to house the radiation detection panel, the housing comprising a first portion through which radiation passes to enter the radiation detection panel, and a second portion; and
a cover member, wherein
the radiation detection panel is arranged between the first portion and the second portion,
the second portion has a first surface that is exposed outside the housing, and a flat supporting surface on which the radiation detection panel is supported and which is at an opposite side of the first surface,
the second portion has a concave portion formed therein so that the second portion has uneven thickness, the concave portion being accessible from outside via an opening formed in the first surface, and at least part of the first surface surrounding the concave portion,
the electrical component is arranged in the concave portion, and
the cover member is arranged to cover the concave portion to close the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,022,955

INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,025,265

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container, comprising:a frame that forms an opening and accommodates developer;
first and second partition members each of which covers at least a part of the opening; and
an opening member that is arranged at a position that allows contact with the developer, fixes one edge of each of the first and second partition members, and opens the opening by causing the first and second partition members to move, wherein
in a state where at least a part of the opening is covered with the first and second partition members,
the first partition member includes an overlapping part at least a part of which overlaps with the second partition member,
at least a part of the overlapping part overlaps with a part of the opening, and
in a case of opening the opening, the first partition member moves away and separates from a part of the frame forming the opening earlier than the second partition member does
wherein in a case where the overlapping part is set as a first overlapping part, the second partition member includes a second overlapping part that overlaps with the first partition member, and the first overlapping part includes a region that is not welded to the second overlapping part.

US Pat. No. 10,025,269

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING MEMBER FOR POSITIONING CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:an apparatus main body;
a cartridge including a supported portion and a rotating member;
a main body side positioning portion provided on the apparatus main body and configured to position the cartridge in a position capable of image formation by supporting the supported portion;
a moving member configured to move with respect to the apparatus main body with the cartridge attached thereto, and thereby being moveable between an external position, in which the moving member is positioned at least partially outside the apparatus main body and wherein the cartridge is attachable and detachable from the image forming apparatus when the moving member is in the external position, and an internal position, in which the moving member is positioned at least substantially inside the apparatus main body and wherein the cartridge is positioned by the main body side positioning portion when the moving member is in the internal position; and
an opening/closing member provided on the apparatus main body and configured to open and close an opening for the moving member to be inserted into,
wherein movement of the moving member in an inserting direction from the external position to the internal position causes the cartridge to be positioned by the main body side positioning portion while the opening/closing member is open,
wherein the moving member includes a first force application portion configured to, when the moving member moves toward the internal position, apply a force to the cartridge to move the cartridge into the apparatus main body,
wherein the first force application portion is configured to apply the force to a force reception portion provided on the cartridge, and
wherein the first force application portion and the force reception portion are configured to, when the moving member is in the internal position, be separated from each other and when the moving member is at the internal position, the force reception portion is disposed downstream of the first force application portion with respect to the inserting direction rather than when the force reception portion is receiving a force from the first force application portion.

US Pat. No. 10,019,919

PROCESSING APPARATUS, COMMAND GENERATION METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,018,961

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,021,328

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,019,810

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,019,811

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,020,340

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSING ELEMENT AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,021,622

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND 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 processor(s), cause the apparatus to:
receive a request signal for causing another communication apparatus to acquire service information provided by the communication apparatus while the wireless connection with said another communication apparatus to be established by execution of the wireless connection processing with said another communication apparatus is not established;
1) transmit a response signal to the request signal in a case where the request signal is a query signal for specifying a service,
2) not transmit a response signal to the request signal, on a basis of number of other communication apparatuses to which the communication apparatus is wirelessly connected, in a case where the request signal is a signal which requests the service information provided by the communication apparatus without specifying a service; and
establish the wireless connection by execution of the wireless connection processing with said another communication apparatus, in a case where the response signal is transmitted and establishing the wireless connection with said another communication apparatus is determined.

US Pat. No. 10,021,627

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,021,403

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR PREDICTING A BLOCK OF VIDEO SAMPLES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of decoding a current block encoded using intra-prediction, the method comprising:determining prediction modes for coding blocks neighbouring the current block;
generating prediction values for edge samples of the current block from intra-prediction reference samples of the neighbouring coding blocks by applying an intra-prediction process to the intra-prediction encoded current block if a number of the neighbouring coding blocks determined to use a prediction mode that is one of an intra-block copy prediction mode and a palette mode is greater than or equal to a predetermined threshold;
alternatively generating the prediction values for the edge samples of the current block from intra-prediction reference samples of the neighbouring coding blocks by applying a filter to reference samples of the neighbouring blocks; and
decoding the current block based on the prediction values.

US Pat. No. 10,015,347

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,012,920

TONER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,012,921

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,015,746

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first transmission unit configured to transmit, to a relay apparatus, identification information for identifying a push message to be transmitted to the communication apparatus;
a registration unit configured to register the relay apparatus as a transmission destination of a push message identified by the identification information, in a server apparatus serving as a transmission source of a push message;
a reception unit configured to receive, from the relay apparatus, a push message transmitted by the relay apparatus after the first transmission unit transmits the identification information to the relay apparatus; and
a control unit configured to perform a process for switching an operation mode of the communication apparatus from a first operation mode to a second operation mode lower in power consumption than the first operation mode after the first transmission unit transmits the identification information to the relay apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,011,138

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a creasing unit configured to crease a sheet conveyed from the image forming unit;
a case binding unit configured to glue inner sheets with a cover sheet and to form a bookbinding product from the inner sheets and the cover sheet, wherein the inner sheets are conveyed from the image forming unit and are not creased by the creasing unit while being conveyed toward the case binding unit, and the cover sheet is conveyed from the image forming unit and is creased by the creasing unit while being conveyed toward the case binding unit; and
a control unit configured to determine a creasing position of the cover sheet based on at least (i) a size of the cover sheet, (ii) a thickness of a spine cover of the bookbinding product, and (iii) an offset value which is a length from an edge of the spine cover, wherein the thickness of the spine cover is determined based on a type of the cover sheet, a type of the inner sheets and a number of the inner sheets, and the offset value is a value input in accordance with a user instruction,
wherein the control unit is configured to control the creasing unit to crease the cover sheet at the determined creasing position.

US Pat. No. 10,012,938

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,013,742

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,000,406

AMORPHOUS ALLOY MOLDING DIE AND METHOD FOR FORMING OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An amorphous alloy comprising Ni and Nb,wherein the amorphous alloy has
a composition containing Nb with a content in the range of 19.6 atomic % to 80.9 atomic %, Re with a content in the range of 7.4 atomic % to 59.2 atomic %, and Ni with a content in the range of 4.1 atomic % to 56.9 atomic %, and
wherein the sum of the contents of Nb, Re and Ni is 97.0 atomic % or more.

US Pat. No. 9,996,018

TONER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,996,020

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,996,041

BELT FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,996,052

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,986,109

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR FACSIMILE TRANSMISSION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of instructing a facsimile transmission by controlling a device capable of transmission of a facsimile, the information processing apparatus comprising:a processor coupled to a memory and configured to function as:
a designation unit configured to designate a document which is a transmission target;
a specifying unit configured to specify destination information related to a transmission destination of the document designated by the designation unit;
a first determination unit configured to determine whether or not a communication mode is designated in the destination information specified by the specifying unit;
a second determination unit configured to determine whether or not a driver for causing the device to perform a facsimile transmission supports the communication mode; and
a control unit configured to:
(i) in a case where the first determination unit determines that the communication mode is designated in the destination information and the second determination unit determines that the driver supports the designated communication mode, cause the facsimile transmission to be performed in accordance with the designated communication mode,
(ii) in a case where the first determination unit determines that the communication mode is not designated in the destination information and the second determination unit determines that the driver supports a communication mode other than G3, display a screen via which a user selects a communication mode for performing the facsimile transmission, and
(iii) in a case where the first determination unit determines that the communication mode is not designated in the destination information and the second determination unit determines that the driver only supports G3, cause the facsimile transmission to be performed by G3.
US Pat. No. 9,981,292

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:a perovskite metal oxide represented by following general formula (1);
Mn; and
a trivalent Bi,
wherein an amount of the Mn is 0.0020 moles or more and 0.0150 moles or less relative to 1 mole of the metal oxide, and an amount of the Bi is 0.00042 moles or more and 0.00850 moles or less relative to 1 mole of the metal oxide
Baa(Ti1-xZrx)O3  (1)where 0.02?x?0.13 and 0.986?a?1.02, andwherein a relative density of the piezoelectric material is 93% or more and 100% or less.

US Pat. No. 9,985,939

SERVER SYSTEM, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SERVER SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM, FOR PROVIDING A SERVICE BASED ON AUTHORIZATION INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A server system including a service provider configured to provide a predetermined service using an external service, the server system comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the server system to perform operations comprising:
issuing authorization information in response to an authorization operation, which is performed by a user via an authorization confirmation screen displayed on a client, for granting the server system a right of the user with respect to the external service;
storing the authorization information;
providing the predetermined service using the external service without use of authentication information about the user, by using the authorization information stored by the storing unit; and
updating, in a case where the authorization information stored by the storing unit is old authorization information issued in another server system that is different from the server system, the old authorization information with new authorization information according to a case in which information about authorization that is identified based on the old authorization information satisfies a condition,
wherein the condition is whether a first state is indicated, the first state being a state in which an issuer of the old authorization information that is identified based on the old authorization information is the same as an authenticated user.

US Pat. No. 9,982,102

PHOTOCURABLE COMPOSITION AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING FILM USING THE COMPOSITION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a film, comprising:a placing step of placing a photocurable composition on a substrate;
a mold contact step of bringing the photocurable composition and a mold into contact with each other;
a light irradiation step of irradiating the photocurable composition with light;
a mold release step of releasing a cured product of the photocurable composition and the mold from each other after the light irradiation step; and
a residual film removal step of removing a film remaining in a recessed portion of the cured product by etching after the mold release step to expose a surface of the substrate,
wherein the photocurable composition comprises:
a polymerizable compound, wherein the polymerizable compound comprises (2-methyl-2-ethyl-1,3-dioxolan-4-yl)methyl acrylate and at least one selected from the group consisting of isobornyl acrylate and hexanediol diacrylate;
a photopolymerization initiator; and
a surfactant represented by one of the general formulae (2) and (3):

wherein, in the general formula (2) and (3), n represents an integer of 1 or more.

US Pat. No. 9,985,962

AUTHORIZATION SERVER, AUTHENTICATION COOPERATION SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An authorization server comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory having instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the at least one processor, controls the processor act as:
a unit configured to receive an authorization token generation request along with a representative authorization token information and a local user information from a client device, the client device receiving transfer of an authority for using an application server based on an authorization operation performed by a user, the client device registering a first authorization token issued based on the transfer as representative authorization token information,
wherein the local user information is user information used in a local authentication process performed by a local authentication server, which is connected to the client device via a local network, and the unit receives the authorization token generation request after the user is locally authenticated by the local authentication server;
a unit configured to, in a case, where the client device is authenticated successfully on the basis of the representative authorization token information received along with the authorization token generation request, respond with a second authorization token to the client device and generate and store authorization token information by associating the local user information received along with the authorization token generation request with the second authorization token;
a determination unit configured to receive an authorization token verification request including the second authorization token from the application server that received a processing request along with the second authorization token from the client device, and, in a case that the authorization token is verified successfully on the basis of the received second authorization token and the authorization token information, determine whether a local authentication cooperation mode of a tenant identified by the second authorization token is enabled or not; and
a responding unit configured to, if determined by the determination unit that the local authentication cooperation mode is enabled, respond with the local user information included in the authorization token information and tenant information included in the authorization token information to the application server, and, if determined by the determination unit that the local authentication cooperation mode is not enabled, respond with another user ID included in the authorization token information,
wherein the application server processes a request from the client device based on the received local user information.

US Pat. No. 9,980,637

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a processing unit configured to perform, on a luminance distribution acquired in at least one direction crossing a vessel region in a fundus image of a subject's eye, a first smoothing operation with a first size and a second smoothing operation with a second size smaller than the first size;
a first identifying unit configured to identify a position of a vascular wall in the fundus image on the basis of the luminance distribution obtained by performing the first smoothing operation; and
a second identifying unit configured to identify positions of inner and outer boundaries of the vascular wall in the fundus image on the basis of the luminance distribution obtained by performing the second smoothing operation.

US Pat. No. 9,985,780

HASH VALUE GENERATING DEVICE THAT PERFORMS ROUND PROCESSING OF A HASH ALGORITHM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A hash value generating device comprising:a ? processor operating to perform ? processing included in round processing of Secure Hash Algorithm 3 (SHA-3 algorithm);
a ? processor operating to perform ? processing included in the round processing;
a ? processor operating to perform ? processing included in the round processing;
a ? processor operating to perform ? processing included in the round processing; and
an ? processor operating to perform ? processing included in the round processing,
wherein the ? processor includes a ?1 processor operating to calculate column sum and a ?2 processor operating to add the calculated column sum to a predetermined bit, and
wherein, in the round processing, the ? processor performs processing before the ?2 processor and the ? processor perform processing and after the ? processor performs processing.

US Pat. No. 9,971,248

SHUTTER UNIT, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

11. A shutter unit for a lithography apparatus form forming a pattern of an original on a substrate, the shutter unit comprising:a first plate having a light passing region through which light passes; and
a shutter having a first light shielding portion and a second light shielding portion overlapping each other,
wherein the first light shielding portion and the second light shielding portion are disposed so that the light passing region and part of the first plate are sandwiched between the first light shielding portion and the second light shield portion while the shutter is closed.

US Pat. No. 9,971,131

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:a first lens unit having positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having positive refractive power;
a fourth lens unit having negative refractive power; and
a rear lens group including one or more lens units and having positive refractive power,
wherein a distance between the lens units arranged next to each other changes during zooming,
wherein one lens unit among the fourth lens unit and the one or more lens units included in the rear lens group comprises a resin lens Lkp having positive refractive power and a resin lens Lkn having negative refractive power, and
wherein following conditional expressions are satisfied:
50.0 15.0 1.500 1.500 where a refractive index of a material of the resin lens Lkp having positive refractive power is denoted by Ndkp, Abbe number thereof is denoted by ?dkp, a refractive index of a material of the resin lens Lkn having negative refractive power is denoted by Ndkn, and Abbe number thereof is denoted by ?dkn.
US Pat. No. 9,958,801

TONER AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner, comprising a toner particle containing a binder resin, comprising:a graft polymer having (i) an amorphous vinyl polymer segment and a crystalline polyester segment branched from the amorphous vinyl polymer segment, or (ii) a crystalline polyester segment and an amorphous vinyl polymer segment branched from the crystalline polyester segment;
the crystalline polyester segment comprising a unit derived from a monomer (a) and a unit derived from a monomer (b), monomer (a) being one or more monomers selected from the group consisting of a C2-11 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic diol, a C2-13 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic dicarboxylic acid, a C2-12 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic monohydroxymonocarboxylic acid, an intramolecular acid anhydride of a C2-13 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic dicarboxylic acid, an alkyl ester of a C2-13 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic dicarboxylic acid, an alkyl ester of a C2-12 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic monohydroxymonocarboxylic acid and a lactonized compound of a C2-12 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic monohydroxymonocarboxylic acid, and monomer (b) being one or more monomers selected from the group consisting of a C12-22 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic diol, a C14-24 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic dicarboxylic acid, a C13-23 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic monohydroxymonocarboxylic acid, an intramolecular acid anhydride of a C14-24 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic dicarboxylic acid, an alkyl ester of a C14-24 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic dicarboxylic acid, an alkyl ester of a C13-23 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic monohydroxymonocarboxylic acid and a lactonized compound of a C13-23 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic monohydroxymonocarboxylic acid, wherein
the crystalline polyester segment has a content X (mol %) of the unit derived from the monomer (b) of 1.0 to 20 mol % as calculated from X={Mb/(Ma+Mb)}×100 where Ma (mol/g) is the number of moles of the unit derived from the monomer (a) per unit mass, and Mb (mol/g) is the number of moles of the unit derived from the monomer (b) per unit mass, and
a melting point of the graft polymer is 50 to 85° C.

US Pat. No. 9,960,343

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,956,776

METHOD FOR PRODUCING LIQUID-EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid-ejection head comprising:a substrate on or above which a plurality of actuators are formed, the plurality of actuators generating energy for ejecting a liquid; and
a flow-passage-forming member on or above the substrate, the flow-passage-forming member defining ejection ports through which the liquid is ejected and a plurality of liquid chambers each having a corresponding one of the plurality of actuators,
the flow-passage-forming member including an orifice plate defining the ejection ports and liquid-chamber side walls defining side walls of the plurality of liquid chambers,
the flow-passage-forming member being formed of an inorganic material and having a depressed portion between the liquid chambers, and the depressed portion being filled with a photosensitive resin,
wherein pinholes are formed in the photosensitive resin filled in the depressed portion, and
wherein the area of the cross section of a pinhole of the pinholes parallel to the substrate is smaller than the ejection port.

US Pat. No. 9,960,109

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printed circuit board comprising:a semiconductor package including a semiconductor element and a package substrate; and
a printed wiring board on which the semiconductor package is mounted,
wherein a plurality of first lands are formed apart from each other on a surface of the package substrate,
wherein a plurality of second lands are formed apart from each other on a surface of the printed wiring board corresponding to the plurality of first lands,
wherein the surface of the package substrate and the surface of the printed wiring board face each other, and each of the plurality of the first lands and a corresponding one of the plurality of the second lands are bonded to each other with solder having a height of 30% or less of a diameter of a solder bonding portion at a corresponding one of the plurality of the first lands,
wherein the package substrate includes an insulator of which a base material is ceramic,
wherein a solder resist layer including a plurality of openings respectively corresponding to the plurality of second lands is formed on the plurality of second lands, each of the plurality of openings defining a bonded area where the solder is on the corresponding one of the plurality of second lands, and
wherein an opening area of, at least an area where a distance between the first land and the second land corresponding to the first land is greater than an average of values of distance between the first lands and the second lands corresponding to the first lands provided over the printed wiring board, the plurality of openings is 56% or greater and 81% or less of a solder bonded area of the corresponding one of the plurality of first lands provided in the facing package substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,956,779

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD FOR EJECTING LIQUIDS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a first ejection opening group in which a plurality of ejection openings that eject a first kind of liquid onto a print medium are arranged in a first direction; and
a second ejection opening group including a plurality of ejection openings that are provided along the first ejection opening group to eject the first kind of liquid onto the print medium,
wherein the first ejection opening group is provided upstream of the second ejection opening group with respect to a relative moving direction between the print medium and the liquid ejection head,
the plurality of ejection openings included in the first ejection opening group are disposed in the first direction in a zigzag shape in which a distance along the relative moving direction between adjacent ejection openings is equal to or less than 1 ms×a speed of the relative moving,
wherein a common liquid flow passage for supplying the liquid to the plurality of ejection openings extends in the first direction, and
wherein the common liquid flow passage includes a first common liquid flow passage provided at one end side of the zigzag shape of the ejection openings in the first ejection opening group with respect to a second direction crossing the first direction, the second direction corresponding to the relative moving direction, a second common liquid flow passage provided at the other end side thereof, and a third common liquid flow passage provided along the first common liquid flow passage between the first common liquid flow passage and the second common liquid flow passage.

US Pat. No. 9,960,370

ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

[Substituent group ?]

US Pat. No. 9,959,605

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An age processing apparatus comprising:an image acquirer configured to acquire a first image generated by image capturing through an image capturing optical system;
a filter memory configured to store data relating to multiple image restoration filters that are used for an image restoration process and correspond to a mutually different first F-numbers;
an interpolation data memory configured to store interpolation data corresponding to each of mutually different second F-numbers different from the first F-numbers, the interpolationdata relating to an interpolation proportion in an interpolation process; and
an image generator configured to generate, when an image capturing F-number an F-number for the image capturing is one of the second F-numbers, a second image by performing on the first image a correction process that includes the image restoration process and the interpolation process, respectively using at least one of the image restoration filter corresponding to the first F-numbers and the interpolation data corresponding to the image capturing F-number,
wherein the multiple first F-numbers are set such that multiple F-number ranges sectioned at the first F-numbers between a minimum F-number and a maximum F-number each settable as the image capturing F-number include an F-number range corresponding to a different number of F-number steps from that of another F-range.

US Pat. No. 9,959,094

ARITHMETIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME USING CORDIC ALGORITHM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,961,426

CYLINDRICAL MEMBER HOLDING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF STABLY HOLDING CYLINDRICAL MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cylindrical member holding apparatus comprising:a base portion;
a holder portion configured to hold a cylindrical member; and
a plurality of elastically-deformable supporting portions configured to be disposed respective opposite sides of the cylindrical member, which is held by said holder portion, in a direction of an axis of the cylindrical member and connect said base portion and said holder portion together,
wherein:
said plurality of supporting portions have such a shape as to be more easily elastically deformed in a first direction than in a second direction and a third direction, where the first direction is the direction of the axis of the cylindrical member held by said holder portion, the second direction is a direction that is perpendicular to the first direction and connects said holder portion and said base portion together, and the third direction is a direction that is perpendicular to the first direction and also perpendicular to the second direction,
one of said holder portion and said base portion is provided with a convex portion, and the other one of said holder portion and said base portion is provided with a concave portion into which the convex portion is inserted with a clearance left and in a noncontact state, and
the clearance is configured to have such dimensions as to limit an amount of change in position of said holder portion relative to said base portion to a predetermined amount or smaller.

US Pat. No. 9,959,648

MEDICAL IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A medical image display apparatus that displays, on a display screen, a display image having undergone gray level transform of changing a number of gray levels of a medical image, the medical image display apparatus comprising:at least one processor and at least one memory that cooperate to act as units comprising:
(a) an obtaining unit configured to obtain, in the medical image, a representative value of pixel values concerning a region of a block, wherein (1) the block corresponds to a partial region in a region designated in the display image and (2) each partial region in the designated region corresponds to a respective block;
(b) a setting unit configured to set a specific region in the display screen so as to include the designated region; and
(c) a display control unit configured to (i) superimpose and display and (ii) arrange representative values obtained by the obtaining unit on the specific region in correspondence with an arrangement of the partial regions.

US Pat. No. 9,959,904

REPRODUCTION CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A reproduction control apparatus comprising:an instruction unit configured to give an instruction so as to move a reproduction position of time series data; and
a control unit configured to perform, when there is an instruction from the instruction unit to move the reproduction position forward, control to move a current reproduction position forward by a first period in a case where a remaining time from the current reproduction position to a terminal end is longer than a total period of the first period and a second period, and to move the current reproduction position to a position that is the second period before the terminal end in a case where the remaining time is less than or equal to the total period and longer than the second period.

US Pat. No. 9,959,651

METHODS, DEVICES AND COMPUTER PROGRAMS FOR PROCESSING IMAGES IN A SYSTEM COMPRISING A PLURALITY OF CAMERAS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. A device for optimizing processing of at least two images obtained from at least two sources of images, a sub-image of each of the at least two images representing an overlapping area of a real scene, the device comprising a processor configured for carrying out the steps of:generating a two-dimensional (2D) map representing the overlapping area of the real scene;
partitioning the overlapping area of the generated 2D map into a plurality of sub-areas as a function of an occlusion criterion determined for each point of the overlapping area;
associating an identifier of a source of images with each point of the generated 2D map, the associating step being based on the occlusion criterion or on a detection score depending on the sub-areas; and
generating a 2D role map based on the generated 2D map and on the associated identifiers, the 2D role map comprising a plurality of parts, all the points of each part of the 2D role map being associated with a single identifier of a source of images so that only one of the at least two sources of images is to be selected to process a representation of a portion of the overlapping area.

US Pat. No. 9,961,228

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an input unit having one or more input devices through which a first image switching operation and a second image switching operation can be made;
one or more processors that execute computer executable instructions to function as:
a control unit configured to switch a displayed image in accordance with an image switching operation made through the input unit,
wherein the control unit:
switches an image being displayed to an image generated from an image file being different from an image file used to generate the image being displayed in a case where the first image switching operation has been made through the input unit; and
switches the image currently being displayed to a different image generated from the image file used to generate the image being displayed in a case where the second image switching operation has been made through the input unit, and
wherein;
the different image is an image representing the same scene as the image being displayed but having a different area being in focus; and
the different image is an image obtained by carrying out an adaptive process adding a bokeh effect on a pan-focus image.

US Pat. No. 9,961,231

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD THAT ATTEMPTS DECODING OF ADDITIONAL INFORMATION USING A PLURALITY OF DECODING METHODS, AND APPARATUS THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method, performed by a processor executing a program stored in a memory, of acquiring additional information from image information obtained by shooting a printed product on which the additional information is multiplexed by at least one of a plurality of different multiplexing methods, comprising:attempting decoding of the additional information from the image information by a plurality of different decoding methods corresponding to the plurality of different multiplexing methods; and
outputting the additional information successfully decoded,
wherein the additional information is multiplexed for each block formed by dividing the image information, and
in the attempting decoding, the decoding of the additional information is attempted for each block by each of the plurality of different decoding methods, and a rest of the image information is decoded by the decoding method that has succeeded in the decoding.

US Pat. No. 9,961,233

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM TO DISPLAY AN INITIAL SCREEN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors;
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to perform operations including:
setting, as a first setting, a common initial screen that is made common to each user of the information processing apparatus based on an operation performed by an administrator user having an administrator authority,
setting, as a second setting, a user initial screen that is made specific to each user of the information processing apparatus based on an operation performed by each user, and
setting, as a third setting and based on an operation performed by the administrator user having the administrator authority, whether to display the user initial screen for each user; and
a display configured to display a screen,
wherein, in a case where it is set by the third setting that the user initial screen for each user is to be displayed and the information processing apparatus starts to be used, the display displays the user initial screen set by the second setting, and
wherein, in a case where it is set by the third setting that the user initial screen for each user is not to be displayed and the information processing apparatus starts to be used, the display displays the common initial screen set by the first setting even in a case where priority is placed on the user initial screen by a user for the user.

US Pat. No. 9,950,512

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:an element substrate, having plurality of discharge ports through which a liquid is discharged, to which an electric signal is supplied;
a flexible printed circuit board connected to the element substrate and configured to supply the electric signal to the element substrate; and
a printed circuit board, including a wiring line, an insulating layer covering the wiring line, and a base substrate having a surface on which the wiring line is provided, and configured to supply the electric signal to the element substrate via the wiring line,
wherein the printed circuit board includes a protruding structure,
the protruding structure having a length in a direction perpendicular to the surface of the base substrate approximately equal to a length of the wiring line in the direction perpendicular to the surface of the base substrate,
the protruding structure being provided on the surface of the base substrate,
the protruding structure being covered with the insulating layer, and
the protruding structure being disposed along the wiring line, and
wherein a terminal end portion of the flexible printed circuit board is overlapped over the printed circuit board and bonded to a portion of the insulating layer located on the wiring line.

US Pat. No. 9,953,423

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR IMAGE PROCESSING BASED ON PRIORITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to the at least one processor, the at least one memory storing instructions to be executed by the at least one processor to cause the image processing apparatus to perform steps comprising:
obtaining, among feature points obtained from at least one of a first medical image and a second medical image, priority feature points that are registered preferentially and nonpriority feature points that have priority orders lower than those of the priority feature points to be registered;
setting a weight of each of the nonpriority feature points based on an evaluation value that evaluates a characteristic of the nonpriority feature point, and setting a weight of each of the priority feature points, that has a value larger than the weight of each of the nonpriority feature points, without depending on an evaluation value that evaluates a characteristic of the priority feature point;
registering the first medical image and the second medical image using the priority feature points, the weights of the priority feature points, the nonpriority feature points, and the weights of the nonpriority feature points; and
displaying an image on a display device based on the registration of the first medical image and the second medical image.

US Pat. No. 9,953,225

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising a processor executing a program recorded on a memory device, the executed program performing functions of:an object detection unit configured to detect an object area corresponding to an object from an image by using a first method;
a tracking unit configured to track the detected object;
a trajectory management unit configured to manage a trajectory of the object being tracked;
a specific object detection unit configured to detect a specific object area corresponding to a specific object having a specific character or a specific pattern from the image by using a second method capable of detecting the specific object area without using a result of detection by the first method; and
an object association unit configured to determine, based on a size of a crossover between the object area detected by the object detection unit by using the first method on the image and the specific object area detected by the specific object detection unit by using the second method on the image, whether to associate the object detected by the object detection unit and the specific object detected by the specific object detection unit,
wherein the trajectory management unit stores data indicating that the object detected by the object detection unit and the specific object detected by the specific object detection unit are associated with each other by the object association unit.

US Pat. No. 9,946,214

CONTROL OF AN ENVIRONMENT HEATER IN AN IMAGING FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a storage unit configured to store a recording sheet;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the recording sheet conveyed from the storage unit;
a direct-current (DC) power source;
a first heater configured to generate heat upon application of a DC voltage from the DC power source, wherein the first heater is provided in the image forming unit;
a second heater configured to generate heat upon application of an alternating-current (AC) voltage from a commercial AC power source, wherein the second heater is provided in the storage unit;
an AC power supply line for supplying power from the commercial AC power source to the second heater;
a switch provided at the AC power supply line;
a detection unit configured to detect whether the switch is turned on or off; and
a control unit configured to control power supply from the DC power source to the first heater in accordance with a detection signal from the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,944,478

SHEET SUPPORTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet supporting apparatus comprising:an apparatus body comprising a conveyance guidance portion;
a supporting unit, configured to be drawn from and inserted to the apparatus body, comprising a supporting member on which a sheet is supported;
a conveyance guide, comprising a first engagement portion and a second engagement portion that engage with the conveyance guidance portion, configured to move between a first position at which a sheet conveyance path is constituted and a second position corresponding to a position of the conveyance guide drawn from the first position along the conveyance guidance portion, the second engagement portion being disposed further downstream in a drawing direction of the supporting unit than the first engagement portion; and
a regulation unit regulating the conveyance guide positioned at the second position from moving in an inserting direction of the supporting unit in a state where the first and second engagement portions engage with the conveyance guidance portion.

US Pat. No. 9,948,840

OPTICAL DRIVING APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical driving apparatus removably attachable to a lens apparatus, the optical driving apparatus comprising:an attachment portion attachable to the lens apparatus;
a driver configured to electrically drive an operation member, the operation member being configured to manually move an optical system of the lens apparatus in an optical axis direction, the driver including a gear configured to engage with the operation member, wherein at least a part of the gear is exposed at an opening formed in the optical driving apparatus;
a storage portion configured to store a battery portion to supply power to the driver; and
a controller configured to control the driver based on an instruction via an input portion,
wherein the controller is configured to:
allow an operation of the driver when the optical driving apparatus is attached to the lens apparatus; and
limit the operation of the driver when the optical driving apparatus is not attached to the lens apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,948,850

IMAGE SENSOR, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:a pixel array in which focus detection pixels and imaging pixels are arranged in a matrix, wherein each of the focus detection pixels outputs a signal for focus detection with a phase difference detection method and an image signal and wherein each of the imaging pixels outputs an image signal and does not output a focus detection signal; and
a controller that controls signal readout from the pixel array,
wherein the focus detection pixels and the imaging pixels are arranged in a first pattern in a first type of pixel row in the pixel array, and the focus detection pixels and the imaging pixels are arranged in a second pattern in a second type of pixel row in the pixel array,
the controller performs readout control that differs between the first type of pixel row and the second type of pixel row, and
the controller performs the readout control such that a signal readout operation in one of the first type of pixel row and the second type of pixel row is performed without waiting for a signal readout operation in the other type of the pixel row.

US Pat. No. 9,943,224

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing a tomogram of an eye fundus, the apparatus comprising:a memory; and
a processor that is in communication with the memory, the processor being configured to function as units comprising:
(a) a feature acquisition unit configured to acquire anatomical features of the tomogram;
(b) a morbid portion acquisition unit configured to detect a first morbid portion and a second morbid portion from a plurality of layers specified by the anatomical features acquired by said feature acquisition unit;
(c) a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the first morbid portion and the second morbid portion exist on an identical tissue structure;
(d) a generation unit configured to generate a composite image by projecting information of the tissue structure, the first morbid portion and the second morbid portion detected by said morbid portion acquisition unit, and a result determined by said determination unit onto a predetermined two-dimensional image; and
(e) a display unit configured to display the composite image generated by said generation unit,
wherein said determination unit determines whether or not the first morbid portion and the second morbid portion exist on an identical tissue structure in accordance with x,y-coordinate information of each of the first morbid portion and the second morbid portion.

US Pat. No. 9,943,284

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:an information processing apparatus configured to receive captured radiographic images captured by a plurality of image capturing apparatuses each having a wireless communication function;
a wired apparatus configured to be connected to the information processing apparatus in a wired manner;
a confirmation unit configured to confirm that, according to one of the plurality of image capturing apparatuses having been connected to the wired apparatus, the connected image capturing apparatus has been set as a slave unit;
a setting unit configured to set, according to a result of confirmation performed by the confirmation unit, the connected image capturing apparatus as a master unit of wireless communication; and
a communication unit configured to receive, via the image capturing apparatus set as the master unit by the setting unit, a captured image of a different image capturing apparatus that is received through wireless communication by the image capturing apparatus set as the master unit from the different image capturing apparatus set as a slave unit of wireless communication.

US Pat. No. 9,937,660

CARTRIDGE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a cartridge attachable to and detachable from a main body of an image forming apparatus, the method comprising:preparing a unit that includes a frame including a developer storage unit storing developer and an opening connecting to the outside from the developer storage unit, and a first sheet member including one surface and an other surface, the one surface being a surface for attachment to the frame, the other surface being an opposite surface;
fixing a second sheet member to the first sheet member via a connecting member such that the connecting member is in contact with the other surface of the first sheet member and in contact with the second sheet member, and
attaching a rotation member onto the opening so that the rotation member abuts on the second sheet member,
wherein the second sheet member projects in a direction toward the rotation member farther than the first sheet member.

US Pat. No. 9,942,544

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DERIVING A SET OF ENABLED CODING MODES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for deriving a set of enabled coding modes relative to the encoding of an image or image portion which forms part of an image sequence, the method comprising:obtaining statistics related to enabled coding modes of one or more previously encoded images of the sequence;
analyzing the statistics and deducing from the analyzed statistics one or more coding modes to be enabled for the current image or image portion; and
enabling, for the current image or image portion, the one or more coding modes to be enabled.

US Pat. No. 9,936,927

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus for an X-ray imaging system, the control apparatus comprising:an obtaining unit configured to obtain examination information including a plurality of imaging techniques and a plurality of imaging conditions corresponding to the plurality of imaging techniques;
a changing unit configured to change content of a condition item of an imaging condition selected from the plurality of imaging conditions in accordance with an operation input from an operator, wherein the imaging condition includes, as the condition item, an imaging target part, an imaging posture and detector information indicating a detector to be used for X-ray imaging, and the changing unit changes at least one of the imaging target part, the imaging posture and the detector information; and
an applying unit configured to apply a change made by said changing unit to an imaging condition other than the selected imaging condition of the plurality of imaging conditions.

US Pat. No. 9,939,753

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,939,755

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, which is configured to form an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion comprising:
a photosensitive member to be rotated;
a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a deflection unit configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source so that the light beam is scanned on the photosensitive member;
a developing unit configured to develop an electrostatic latent image, which is formed on the photosensitive member through scanning of the light beam, with use of toner; and
a transfer unit configured to transfer a toner image developed on the photosensitive member onto the recording medium,
the image forming portion being configured to control an image forming speed depending on a type of the recording medium on which the image is to be formed, the image forming speed including: a conveyance speed of the recording medium; a rotation speed of the photosensitive member; and a scan speed of the light beam;
a fixing unit configured to fix the toner image, which has been transferred onto the recording medium, to the recording medium;
a storage unit configured to store a light intensity correction data used for correcting a light intensity of the light beam to a light intensity corresponding to each of a plurality of different positions in a scanning direction of the light beam in association with a first scan speed of the light beam;
a setting unit configured to:
set a light intensity correction data corresponding to an exposure position from among a plurality of light intensity correction data stored in the storage unit according to exposure positions of the light beam in the scanning direction while the light beam is being scanned on an image forming area of the photosensitive member at the first scan speed;
calculate a light intensity correction data corresponding to a position between the plurality of different positions in the scanning direction based on the plurality of light intensity correction data stored in the storage unit; and
set the light intensity correction data stored in the storage unit and a calculated light intensity correction data according to the exposure position of the light beam in the scanning direction while the light beam is being scanned on the image forming area of the photosensitive member at a second scan speed lower than the first scan speed; and
a light intensity controller configured to control the light intensity of the light beam based on the light intensity correction data set by the setting unit,
wherein the setting unit fixes a switching period of the light intensity correction data while the light beam is being scanned on the image forming area of the photosensitive member regardless of the scan speed, and switches the light intensity correction data according to the exposure position of the light beam at the switching period to set the light intensity correction data.

US Pat. No. 9,939,757

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING A CONTACT-SEPARATION MECHANISM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a plurality of photosensitive drums;
a plurality of development rollers respectively corresponding to the plurality of photosensitive drums, and configured to develop electrostatic latent images formed on the plurality of photosensitive drums as toner images;
an image bearing member onto which the plurality of toner images developed by the plurality of development rollers are transferred;
a shifting mechanism configured to shift between a contact state in which the plurality of photosensitive drums and the plurality of development rollers are in contact with each other and a separated state in which the plurality of photosensitive drums and the plurality of development rollers are separated from each other; and
an engine controller configured to control whether to shift the plurality of photosensitive drums and the plurality of development rollers into the contact state or the separated state,
wherein the plurality of development rollers includes at least a first development roller and a second development roller, and the plurality of photosensitive drums includes at least a first photosensitive drum corresponding to the first development roller and a second photosensitive drum corresponding to the second development roller,
wherein the second photosensitive drum and the second development roller are disposed on an upstream side of the first photosensitive drum and the first development roller in a moving direction of the image bearing member, and
wherein, in a case where an electrostatic latent image formed on the first photosensitive drum is to be developed by the first development roller after the engine controller shifts the first development roller and the first photosensitive drum into the contact state and shifts the second development roller and the second photosensitive drum into the contact state, the engine controller controls timing at which the electrostatic latent image formed on the first photosensitive drum is to be developed by the first development roller so that toner to be supplied onto the image bearing member in response to the second photosensitive drum and the second development roller being shifted into the contact state is not superposed on a toner image obtained by developing the electrostatic latent image by the first development roller and transferred onto the image bearing member.

US Pat. No. 9,939,760

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a recording material feeding portion configured to feed a recording material from an accommodating portion configured to accommodate the recording material;
an image forming portion configured to form an image, on the recording material fed by said recording material feeding portion, with a liquid developer containing toner and an ultraviolet curable agent;
a heating portion configured to heat the recording material on which the image is formed by said image forming portion;
an ultraviolet irradiating portion configured to irradiate the image on the recording material, with ultraviolet radiation, when the recording material is in an ultraviolet irradiation position and is already heated by said heating portion;
a detecting portion configured to detect a temperature corresponding to a temperature of the recording material which has not yet been heated by said heating portion; and
a controller configured to control an output of said heating portion depending on the temperature detected by said detecting portion, so that the temperature of the recording material, when the recording material heated by said heating portion enters the ultraviolet irradiation position, is within a target temperature range that is set in advance.

US Pat. No. 9,939,762

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SHEET FEEDING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,939,766

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND RECORDING MATERIAL DETERMINATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image formation unit configured to form an image on a recording material;
a conveyance unit configured to convey the recording material;
an irradiation unit configured to emit light onto the recording material being conveyed by the conveyance unit;
an image capturing unit configured to capture the light emitted by the irradiation unit and reflected from the recording material as a surface image of the recording material; and
a control unit configured to control an image forming condition of the image formation unit based on the surface image of the recording material captured by the image capturing unit,
wherein the image capturing unit captures a plurality of surface images of the recording material having different resolutions, and the control unit controls the image forming condition based on the plurality of surface images of the recording material having different resolutions.

US Pat. No. 9,939,768

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus for performing printing on a sheet by using a recording material, the printing apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
select a setting relating to a notification of a remaining amount of the recording material from at least a first setting and a second setting according to a user's instruction, the first setting being a setting in which a user-set threshold value is used for the notification of the remaining amount of the recording material wherein the user set threshold value can be changed by the user, and the second setting being a setting in which the user-set threshold value is not used for the notification of the remaining amount of the recording material;
display a display item relating to input of the user-set threshold value on a display device, being triggered by accepting a user's instruction for selecting the first setting,
wherein, the display item relating to input of the user-set threshold value is not displayed on the display device in accordance with accepting a user's instruction for selecting the second setting;
identify a value corresponding to the remaining amount of the recording material;
perform a predetermined notification for the user based on a state that the identified value is equal to or less than the user-set threshold value, in a case where the first setting is selected; and
perform the predetermined notification for the user based on a state that the identified value is equal to or less than a predetermined threshold value which cannot be changed by the user, in a case where the second setting is selected,
wherein the user is prompted to change the setting relating to the notification of the remaining amount of the recording material from the first setting to the second setting in a case where a predetermined function is enabled.

US Pat. No. 9,939,774

CONNECTION MECHANISM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet post-processing apparatus for performing post-processing on a sheet on which images have been formed by an image forming apparatus, comprising:a post-processing unit configured to perform post-processing on a sheet; and
a connecting portion including a rotation arm rotatable about a rotation shaft at a first end of the rotation arm and,
an urging unit configured to urge the rotation arm, the connecting portion being capable of being inserted integrally into a connected portion provided on the image forming apparatus,
wherein the rotation arm includes an engagement pin provided on a second end opposite to the first end of the rotatable arm,
wherein the connecting portion includes a case member configured to cover the rotation arm, the case member is configured to perform positioning, in a width direction intersecting an insertion direction of the connecting portion, of the connecting portion with respect to the connected portion,
wherein the engagement pin is guided by a guiding portion provided in the connected portion, and
wherein the engagement pin is configured to move along the guiding portion while the case member is inserted into the connected portion.

US Pat. No. 9,941,315

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:a photoelectric conversion unit including a first electrode, a second electrode, a photoelectric conversion layer arranged between the first electrode and the second electrode, and an insulating layer arranged between the photoelectric conversion layer and the second electrode;
an amplifier unit electrically connected to the second electrode and configured to output a signal generated in the photoelectric conversion unit; and
a reset unit configured to supply a reset voltage to the second electrode, wherein
in accordance with a voltage applied between the first electrode and the second electrode, an accumulating operation for accumulating signal charges in the photoelectric conversion unit and a charge removing operation for removing the signal charges accumulated by the accumulating operation from the photoelectric conversion unit are alternately executed, and
the charge removing operation is executed multiple times between a first accumulating operation and a second accumulating operation which is executed after the first accumulating operation, the accumulating operation being executed multiple times including the first and second accumulating operations.