US Pat. No. 9,736,445

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more circuits or one or more processors programmed to function as:
a white balance correction unit that extracts data of a color extraction range from a captured image to estimate a light source
color and that uses a white balance correction value adapted to the estimated light source color to apply white balance correction
to the captured image,

a shifting unit that shifts the color extraction range according to a shutter speed applied to imaging of the captured image,
wherein, when the shutter speed is at a second shutter speed higher than a first shutter speed, the shifting unit shifts the
color extraction range to a second color extraction range wider than a first color extraction range corresponding to the first
shutter speed.

US Pat. No. 9,734,439

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,769,336

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, MOBILE TERMINAL, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system including an image processing apparatus with an image scanning unit and a mobile terminal,
wherein the mobile terminal comprises:
a wireless communication unit configured to perform wireless communication;
a memory storing instructions; and
a processor that can execute the instructions, causing the mobile terminal to:
identify a distance from the image processing apparatus based on wireless communication with the image processing apparatus
by the wireless communication unit;

display a first screen that prompts a first scanning method if the identified distance is less than a predetermined first
distance;

display the first screen or a second screen corresponding to a second scanning method different from the first scanning method
if the identified distance is not less than the first distance and the identified distance is less than a predetermined second
distance;

control, based on a user operation accepted via the first screen, an image scanning operation by the image scanning unit in
cooperation with the image processing apparatus; and

display not the first screen but the second screen if the identified distance is not less than the second distance.

US Pat. No. 9,766,531

SHUTTER DEVICE, AND IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING SHUTTER DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,731,928

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to print an image on a sheet;
a stapleless binding unit configured to perform a stapleless binding process for binding, without using a staple, a plurality
of sheets on which images are printed by the printing unit;

a combining unit configured to combine, with a print target image, a mark image to be printed on at least one of the plurality
of sheets indicating a position proximate thereto, yet separate therefrom, where the stapleless binding process is to be performed,
the mark image identifiably showing that the plurality of sheets has been bound; and

a control unit configured to, in a case where the stapleless binding unit performs the stapleless binding process, perform
control so that an image with which the mark image is combined by the combining unit is printed on a sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,769,404

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

14. A camera comprising:
a solid-state image sensor comprising a pixel array includes at least one light-receiving pixel having a first photoelectric
converter, a second photoelectric converter and one microlens provided in common for both the first photoelectric converter
and the second photoelectric converter, and at least one light-shielded pixel having a third photoelectric converter and a
fourth photoelectric converter, and a processor configured to process a signal from the pixel array; and

a processing unit configured to process a signal output from the solid-state image sensor,
wherein in reading signals output from each of the first row and the second row, the processor holds (a) a first signal corresponding
to charges of only a part of the plurality of photoelectric converters of the light-receiving pixel, (b) a second signal obtained
by adding a signal corresponding to charges of a part of the plurality of photoelectric converters of the light-receiving
pixel and a signal corresponding to charges of another part of the plurality of photoelectric converters of the light-receiving
pixel, and (c) a third signal obtained by adding a signal corresponding to charges of a part of the plurality of photoelectric
converters of the light-shielded pixel and a signal corresponding to charges of another part of the plurality of photoelectric
converters of the light-shielded pixel, and

wherein in a period from starting output of signals with the first row to starting output of signals associated with the second
row, the processor outputs (a) a signal associated with the first signal, (b) a signal associated with the second signal,
and (c) a signal associated with the third signal, and in the period, the processor does not output (d) a signal corresponding
to charges of only a part of the plurality of photoelectric converters of the light-shielded pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,766,845

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,768,935

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,734,300

DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,762,753

APPARATUS WHICH CAUSES A DEVICE TO PRINT AN IMAGE AFTER COMMUNICATION WITH THE DEVICE VIA A SHORT DISTANCE WIRELESS COMMUNICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus which causes a device to print an image, the apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
a display screen,
wherein a state of the apparatus is changed from a first state to a second state when the image is settled as a print target
by a user, the first state being a state in which the at least one processor does not cause the device to print the image
even if the apparatus is put close to the device and the second state being a state in which the at least one processor can
cause the device to print the image if the apparatus is put close to the device,

wherein the at least one processor causes the display screen to display first information for confirmation of the image and
not to display second information for prompting the user to put the apparatus close to the device for printing the image before
the image is settled as the print target by the user when the state of the apparatus is the first state,

wherein the at least one processor causes the display screen to display the second information with the first information,
after the image is settled as the print target and when the state of the apparatus is the second state, and

wherein after the apparatus in the second state performs a short distance wireless communication with the device, the device
prints the image.

US Pat. No. 9,762,500

PRINTING APPARATUS AND A METHOD FOR CHANGING POWER MODES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. A method for controlling a printing apparatus having a printer and a network interface, the method comprising:
when the printing apparatus shifts from a first power mode in which a communication speed of the printing apparatus is a first
speed to a second power mode in which the communication speed of the printing apparatus is a second speed different from the
first speed, the network interface transmits identification information of the printing apparatus a first plurality of times;
and

in accordance with a predetermined time period passed after the first plurality of times of transmission has completed, the
network interface further transmits the identification information a second plurality of times.

US Pat. No. 9,763,277

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication device comprising:
a searching unit configured to search for a function provided by another communication device;
a notification unit configured to perform a notification of a function provided by the communication device;
a determining unit configured to determine whether, when a wireless network is newly established between the communication
device and the other communication device, performing a predetermined service via the wireless network is indicated from a
user or not at the communication device; and

a controlling unit configured to perform control, on the basis of a determination made by the determination unit, to increase
a time period for the search performed by the searching unit and reduce a time period for the notification performed by the
notification unit, or to reduce the time period for the search performed by the searching unit and increase the time period
for the notification performed by the notification unit.

US Pat. No. 9,762,770

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING DYNAMICALLY RECONFIGURABLE CIRCUITS TO PERFORM IMAGE PROCESSING, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING COMPUTER PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, as a target for job execution, image data that includes a plurality of pages;
a determination unit configured to determine image processing corresponding to each of the plurality of pages of the acquired
image data;

a logic device including at least one dynamically configurable image processing circuit, wherein the logic device is configured
to dynamically configure the at least one image processing circuit for executing the determined image processing; and

a control unit configured to cause the at least one image processing circuit configured in the logic device to execute the
determined image processing for each of the plurality of pages of the acquired image data.

US Pat. No. 9,762,798

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT SHOOTS MOVING IMAGE FOR PREDETERMINED TIME PERIOD AT THE TIME OF SHOOTING STILL IMAGE, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup unit;
one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which,
when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image pickup apparatus to:

receive a still image shooting instruction,
control to record, in a recording medium, a still image picked up by the image pickup unit in response to the received still
image shooting instruction, and a moving image picked up before lapse of a predetermined time period after the still image
shooting instruction, and

a second still image shooting instruction has been received within the predetermined time period since the first still image
shooting instruction was received, control to record, in the recording medium, a moving image picked up before lapse of the
predetermined time period after the second still image shooting instruction from a moving image shooting starting timing corresponding
to the first still image shooting instruction as a sequence of moving images.

US Pat. No. 9,762,800

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS FOR PREDICTING MOTION OF CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising a CPU that performs to:
acquire a first image signal and a second image signal of a frame later than a frame of the first image signal obtained by
photoelectrically converting, by a image sensor, an optical image incident via an optical system including a plurality of
lenses and an actuator that drives at least part of the plurality of lenses to realize optical image stabilization;

acquire information indicating a driving amount of the actuator; and
predict a motion of camera, having the image sensor, based on the first image signal, the second image signal, and the information
indicating the driving amount of the actuator in a case where the actuator drives at least the part of the plurality of lenses
when the second image signal is obtained,

wherein:
a plurality of corresponding points in a second image signal corresponding to a plurality of points of interest in the first
image signal are extracted,

a position of each of the plurality of corresponding points based on the driving amount of the actuator is corrected, and
a motion of camera is predicted based on plurality of points of interest and the plurality of corresponding points each position
of which is corrected.

US Pat. No. 9,759,985

LENS BARREL AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:
a main aperture stop;
a first sub aperture stop including a first stop blade and a first driving member rotatable about an optical axis to drive
the first stop blade in its open and close direction;

a second sub aperture stop including a second stop blade and a second driving member rotatable about the optical axis to drive
the second stop blade in its open and close direction; and

a cam barrel including a first cam portion engaging with a first engagement portion provided to the first driving member and
a second cam portion engaging with a second engagement portion provided to the second driving member, the first cam portion
and the second cam portion having mutually different cam shapes, the cam barrel being rotatable about the optical axis to
rotate the first and second driving members,

wherein a first changeable range of a first stop aperture diameter of the first sub aperture stop and a second changeable
range of a second stop aperture diameter of the second sub aperture stop are mutually different, and

wherein the first stop aperture diameter and the second stop aperture diameter are mutually different at each zoom position
from a wide-angle end to a telephoto end.

US Pat. No. 9,762,802

IMAGE BLURRING CORRECTION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, OPTICAL DEVICE AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image blurring correction apparatus comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate first shake correction data based on a shake signal, and generate second shake correction
data based on the shake signal so as to obtain a greater shake correction effect than the first shake correction data; and

a calculation unit configured to use the first shake correction data in a case of a first movie shooting mode to calculate
a shake correction amount that is a movement amount of an image blur correction unit, and to use the second shake correction
data in a case of a second movie shooting mode to calculate the shake correction amount,

wherein the first movie shooting mode is transitioned to the second movie shooting mode when a magnitude of the shake signal
is less than or equal to a first predetermined range and the second movie shooting mode is transitioned to the first movie
shooting mode when the magnitude of the shake signal is greater than or equal to a second predetermined range,

wherein the first movie shooting mode is a mode that performs a change to a cut-off frequency of a filter at all driving positions
of the image blur correction unit,

wherein the second movie shooting mode is a mode that does not perform a change to the cut-off frequency of the filter at
driving positions of the image blur correction unit that are at or below a predetermined value, and

wherein when transitioning from the first movie shooting mode to the second movie shooting mode, the calculation unit obtains
a difference between the second shake correction data and the first shake correction data at the time of the transition, and
uses corrected second shake correction data obtained by subtracting the difference from the second shake correction data to
calculate the shake correction amount.

US Pat. No. 9,762,804

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,762,805

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS PERFORMING TONE CORRECTION PROCESS AND METHOD, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS PERFORMING TONE CORRECTION PROCESS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor, and
a memory storing instructions for causing the at least one processor to perform operations of following units:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image signal obtained by imaging an object by an image sensing unit:
a generation unit configured to obtain a luminance distribution of the object based on the obtained image signal;
a division unit configured to divide a partial region having a luminance lower than a predetermined luminance extracted from
the generated luminance distribution into a predetermined number of sub-regions, and obtain a most frequent region having
a highest luminance frequency from the divided sub-regions;

a selection unit configured to select a correction table, based on the obtained most frequent region and a ratio of an image
signal having a luminance lower than the predetermined luminance in the obtained image signal, from a plurality of correction
tables stored in a storage unit; and

a processing unit configured to perform a tone correction process on the image signal by using the selected correction table,
wherein the selection unit selects a correction table with which the image signal is corrected in larger degree in the tone
correction process as the ratio increases.

US Pat. No. 9,762,808

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREFORE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
at least one memory having stored thereon instructions that when executed by the at least one processor cause the at least
one processor to function as:

a detecting unit configured to detect a flicker caused by illumination;
a processing unit configured to, in a case where the flicker is detected, perform anti-flicker shooting processing, which
is shooting processing at a position where a change rate of a light amount due to the flicker is small;

a selection unit configured to select a shooting mode of the imaging apparatus from among a plurality of shooting modes by
a user operation;

a setting unit configured to set whether to perform the anti-flicker shooting processing in a predetermined shooting mode;
and

a control unit configured to control, in the predetermined shooting mode, that detection of the flicker is notified when the
flicker is detected and, in a shooting mode that is not the predetermined shooting mode, that the detection of the flicker
is not notified even when the flicker is detected.

US Pat. No. 9,760,000

IMPRINT APPARATUS, IMPRINT METHOD, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprint apparatus that performs processing including dispensing of an imprint material and molding of the dispensed
imprint material using a mold with respect to each of a plurality of imprint regions on a substrate, the apparatus comprising:
a dispenser including a discharge section having an array of ports for discharging the imprint material, and configured to
dispense the imprint material;

a driving mechanism configured to change relative positions of the discharge section and the substrate, the driving mechanism
being configured to change the relative positions in a direction perpendicular to an array direction in which ports are arranged
in the array of ports while the dispenser dispenses the imprint material; and

a controller configured to control the dispenser, during the processing for the plurality of imprint regions, such that a
first subset of the array of ports is used for dispensing the imprint material onto a first imprint region of the plurality
of imprint regions, and a second subset, different from the first subset, of the array of ports is used for dispensing the
imprint material onto a second imprint region, different from the first imprint region, of the plurality of imprint regions,
to determine, based on information of arrangement of concave portions of a pattern of the mold, the first subset and the second
subset such that each of the first subset and the second subset includes a plurality of discontinuous ports depending on the
arrangement of the concave portions, and continuous unused time of ports of the array of ports is reduced compared to a case
of use of one of the first subset and the second subset, and to control the driving mechanism to change the relative positions
of one of the plurality of imprint regions and the discharge section in the array direction in accordance with which of the
first subset and the second subset is used for the one of the plurality of imprint regions.

US Pat. No. 9,762,831

IMAGE SENSOR AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:
a plurality of pixels each including:
a photoelectric conversion portion;
a floating diffusion portion which holds charge transferred from the photoelectric conversion portion;
an addition capacitor; and
a connection switch which connects the additional capacitor to the floating diffusion portion;
a plurality of column output lines; and
a controller which controls the connection switch to connect the additional capacitor to the floating diffusion portion in
a case where signals are simultaneously output to the same column output line of the plurality of column output lines from
pixels selected from the plurality of pixels.

US Pat. No. 9,760,016

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus which performs a process of forming a pattern on a substrate conveyed from a coating apparatus
which coats the substrate with a resist, the lithography apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain, from the coating apparatus, first specifying information which specifies a processing
target substrate conveyed from the coating apparatus to the lithography apparatus, out of a plurality of substrates which
are coated with the resist by the coating apparatus and on which the process is to be performed; and

a processing unit configured to:
select offset correction information corresponding to the processing target substrate from a plurality of pieces of offset
correction information respectively corresponding to the plurality of substrates based on the first specifying information,
the offset correction information including an offset on a substrate basis for changing a correction value corresponding to
a lot in which the processing target substrate belongs, to a correction value corresponding to the processing target substrate,
and

perform the process on the processing target substrate based on the correction value corresponding to the lot and the selected
offset correction information.

US Pat. No. 9,762,837

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:
a first photoelectric conversion element including a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type;
a first floating diffusion region of the first conductivity type, associated with the first photoelectric conversion element;
a second photoelectric conversion element including a second semiconductor region of the first conductivity type;
a second floating diffusion region of the first conductivity type, associated with the second photoelectric conversion element;
a contact part;
a third semiconductor region of a second conductivity type, comprising:
a first region in which the first semiconductor region and the second semiconductor region are arranged; and
a second region in contact with the contact part; and
an amplifier transistor including a gate connected to at least one of the first floating diffusion region and the second floating
diffusion region,

wherein the first semiconductor region, the second semiconductor region, and a part of the third semiconductor region including
the second region form a continuous active region, and

wherein the gate of the amplifier transistor is arranged between the first floating diffusion region and the second floating
diffusion region.

US Pat. No. 9,762,839

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR DRIVING IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged in rows and columns and each including a photoelectric conversion unit and an amplifying transistor
to which an electric charge generated by the photoelectric conversion unit is input;

a plurality of vertical signal lines disposed in correspondence with the columns of the plurality of pixels and each connected
to the amplifying transistor of each pixel in a corresponding one of the columns;

a plurality of current sources each connected to a corresponding one of the plurality of vertical signal lines; and
a reference current source connected in common to the plurality of current sources through a first common connecting line;
wherein each of the plurality of current sources includes:
a first transistor connected to a corresponding one of the vertical signal lines to constitute a source follower circuit together
with the amplifying transistor;

a first switch;
a second transistor connected to a corresponding one of the vertical signal lines via the first switch to constitute a source
follower circuit together with the amplifying transistor; and

a second switch;
wherein a gate of the first transistor is connected to the first common connecting line; and
wherein a gate of the second transistor is connected to the first common connecting line via the second switch.

US Pat. No. 9,762,841

SOLID STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid state imaging device comprising:
a pixel unit including a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix, wherein each of the pixels includes a photoelectric conversion
element;

a signal line;
a readout circuit that outputs, to the signal line, a first signal corresponding to a state where the pixel is reset and a
second signal based on charges generated by photoelectric conversion in the photoelectric conversion element;

a signal output circuit including an amplifier and a clamp capacitor, wherein a first terminal of the clamp capacitor is connected
to the signal line and a second terminal of the clamp capacitor is connected to an input terminal of the amplifier;

a correction circuit that generates a correction signal based on a difference between an output signal of the amplifier and
a reference signal; and

a holding circuit that holds the correction signal and applies the correction signal to the input terminal of the amplifier
when the first signal is output to the signal line.

US Pat. No. 9,760,285

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR CONFIGURING LOGICAL CIRCUIT ON CIRCUIT ACCORDING TO CONFIGURATION DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing system comprising:
a circuit capable of configuring a logical circuit according to configuration data;
a storage unit configured to store first configuration data for configuring a first logical circuit in a predetermined area
on the circuit, and second configuration data for configuring a second logical circuit in the predetermined area; and

a configuration unit configured to perform first configuration processing for configuring the first logical circuit in the
predetermined area, by using the stored first configuration data and predetermined configuration data, on the predetermined
area and an area different from the predetermined area, and to perform second configuration processing for configuring the
second logical circuit in the predetermined area, by using the stored second configuration data and predetermined configuration
data, on the predetermined area and the different area,

wherein a logical circuit configured in the different area by the first configuration processing and a logical circuit configured
in the different area by the second configuration processing are identical, and

wherein the predetermined configuration data used for the first configuration processing and the predetermined configuration
data used for the second configuration processing are not stored in the storage unit in a duplicated way.

US Pat. No. 9,760,030

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
a laminated body and a hole transporting layer on the laminated body, the laminated body comprising:
a support;
an undercoat layer having a thickness of d1 (?m), on the support; and
a charge generating layer having a thickness of d2 (?m), on the undercoat layer, wherein
the hole transporting layer has a thickness of 15 ?m or less,
the undercoat layer comprises a polymerized product of a composition including an electron transport material represented
by formula (1), a cross-linking agent, and a thermoplastic resin having a polymerizable functional group:

Z1—X—Z2  (1)

in which Z1 and Z2 each represent a group having an electron transport property;

X represents a linking group, and the linking group is a substituted or unsubstituted alkylene group, a substituted or unsubstituted
arylene group, a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group, or a group derived by substituting one of methylene groups
in a main chain of the substituted or unsubstituted alkylene group with R1, the R1 representing an oxygen atom, a sulfur atom, SO2, NR2, CO, or a substituted or unsubstituted arylene group, the R2 representing a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, or an aryl group; and

at least one of Z1, Z2, and X has a polymerizable functional group, and the polymerizable functional group is a hydroxyl group, a thiol group, an
amino group, a carboxyl group, or a methoxy group;

when the charge generating layer of the laminated body is charged by corona charging so that a dark potential of a surface
of the charge generating layer after 1.0 second from the corona charging being defined as Vd1, Vd1 satisfies expression (4)

Vd1=?100×(d1+d2)  (4), and

a dark potential of the surface of the charge generating layer after 0.80 second from the corona charging is defined as Vd2,
Vd1 and Vd2 satisfies expression (2)

0.20?|Vd2?Vd1|?2.0  (2), and

when the surface of the charge generating layer which has a potential of Vd1 (V) is exposed to a laser light having a wavelength
of 780 nm for 1 microsecond and a light intensity so that the potential of the surface of the charge generating layer decays
by 20% with respect to Vd1 (V) after 0.04 second from the exposure to the laser light, and a transit time (ms) determined
based on a time change rate of the potential of the surface of the charge generating layer after the exposure to the laser
light is defined as ?, ?, satisfies expression (3):

??10  (3).

US Pat. No. 9,762,850

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to receive an input of an input image signal including a high resolution component signal and a low
resolution component signal having a lower resolution than a resolution of the high resolution component signal;

a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a high frequency component signal of the high resolution component signal included
in the input image signal;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a low resolution signal obtained by scaling down the resolution of the high resolution
component signal included in the input image signal;

a changing unit configured to change a value of at least one of the low resolution signal and the low resolution component
signal based on a combination of a value of the low resolution signal obtained by the second obtaining unit and a value of
the low resolution component signal included in the input image signal input by the input unit; and

a generation unit configured to generate an output image signal corresponding to the input image signal based on the at least
one of the low resolution signal and the low resolution component signal whose value has been changed by the changing unit,
and the high frequency component signal obtained by the first obtaining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,760,037

DEVELOPING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:
a developer carrying member for carrying a developer including toner and magnetic carrier to develop a latent image formed
on an image bearing member, said developer carrying member including a surface having a plurality of grooves extending in
a longitudinal direction;

a magnet, provided inside said developer carrying member, for attracting the developer on the surface of said developer carrying
member;

a regulating member, provided spaced from said developer carrying member, for regulating an amount of the developer carried
on said developer carrying member,

wherein said regulating member is made only of non-magnetic material, and
wherein an amount M/S (mg/mm2) of the developer carried on a unit area of said developer carrying member after passing by said regulating member, a gap
SB (mm) between a free end of said regulating member and said developer carrying member, a density G (mg/mm3) of the developer, a groove ratio ? which is a ratio of the grooves in the surface of said developer carrying member, and
a depth D (mm) of the groove satisfy,

0.1?M/S (mg/mm2)?0.45,

0.2?SB (mm), and
M/S (mg/mm2)×¼??×{SB(mm)+D(mm)}×G(mg/mm3)

US Pat. No. 9,759,549

DISTANCE DETECTING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A distance detecting device comprising computing unit for detecting a distance to a subject on the basis of a first signal
due to a light flux that has passed through a first pupil area of an imaging optical system and a second signal due to a light
flux that has passed through a second pupil area of the imaging optical system, the first signal and the second signal being
generated by image pickup member formed by arranging a plurality of pixels,
the computing unit being so configured as to execute:
a tentative region definition processing of defining tentative distance detection ranges as ranges of pixels to be used for
tentative detection of the first signal and the second signal;

a tentative image shift amount calculation processing of calculating a tentative image shift amount from the first signal
and the second signal in the tentative distance detection ranges;

a region definition processing of defining distance detection ranges as ranges of pixels to be used for detection of the first
signal and the second signal on the basis of the tentative image shift amount;

an increase/decrease processing of increasing/decreasing the number of distance detection ranges from the defined distance
detection ranges; and

a distance calculation processing of calculating the distance to the subject on the basis of the first signal and the second
signal in the distance detection ranges defined by the increase/decrease processing.

US Pat. No. 9,759,297

RACK INCLUDING FORCING UNIT AND OPTICAL APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A rack mounted to a movable member including a lens unit and configured to transfer a driving power of a driver to the
movable member, the rack comprising:
a first member including a main tooth to be engaged with a lead screw rotated by the driver;
a second member including an opposite tooth disposed opposite the main tooth with respect to the lead screw and engageable
with the lead screw, the second member being rotatable with respect to the first member;

a first forcing unit configured to force the main tooth against the lead screw; and
a second forcing unit configured to force the main tooth and the opposite tooth closer to each other,
wherein on a plane perpendicular to the central axis of the lead screw, each of an area on which the first forcing unit contacts
the first member, an area on which the second forcing unit contacts the first member, and an area on which the second forcing
unit contacts the second member is disposed on an optical axis side of the lens unit with respect to a straight line connecting
a rotating axis of the second member and the central axis of the lead screw.

US Pat. No. 9,727,282

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,761,626

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A device having an image sensing region in which a plurality of pixels are arranged in a matrix form, each of the pixels
having a converting unit, a first transistor configured to transfer electric carriers in the converting unit, an accumulating
portion configured to accumulate electric carriers transferred from the first transistor, a second transistor configured to
transfer electric carriers from the accumulating portion, a floating diffusion configured to accumulate electric carriers
transferred from the second transistor, and an overflow transistor configured to output electric carriers accumulated in the
converting unit,
the device comprising gate drive lines for the first transistor, the second transistor, and the overflow transistor, the gate
drive lines extending in a direction of rows of the pixels in one wiring layer,

wherein a gate drive line for the first transistor is positioned in proximity to the converting unit, and
wherein the gate drive line for the first transistor and a gate drive line for the overflow transistor are not positioned
in proximity to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,762,916

ENCODING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An encoding apparatus comprising:
a configuration unit configured to make a center of each of displace screen sizes correspond to a center position of an image;
a dividing unit configured to divide the image into tiles according to each of the display screen sizes;
a determining unit configured to determine, for each of the tiles, a reference region to be searched for a prediction pixel
block when performing encoding;

an encoder configured to, when encoding a predetermined coding target block, search for a prediction pixel block from the
reference region determined and corresponding to a predetermined tile including the predetermined coding target block, and
performs prediction coding for the coding target block based on a difference between the predetermined coding target block
and the found prediction pixel block; and

a processing unit configured to process encoded data so as to independently perform decoding for each of the tiles,
wherein the dividing unit determines a coordinate position indicated by each side of each display screen size as a position
where the image is divided.

US Pat. No. 9,758,324

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:
a stacking portion on which sheets are stacked;
a rotator conveying a sheet by rotating in a contact state with the sheet stacked on the stacking portion;
a separating member pressing the rotator and separating the sheets one by one at a contact portion where the rotator and the
separating member contact each other;

a holder holding the separating member;
a guide portion rotatably provided with the holder and capable of guiding a front end of the sheet to the contact portion,
the guide portion configured to rotate with respect to the holder in a direction separating from the rotator in a state where
the separating member presses the rotator;

a regulating portion regulating the guide portion from rotating in a direction approaching the rotator in a state where the
guide portion contacts against the regulating portion, and

a guide portion biasing member biasing the guide portion, at a position upstream of the contact portion in a sheet conveyance
direction, toward the rotator,

wherein the guide portion covers both the holder and the separating member from outside in a width direction orthogonal to
the sheet conveyance direction, and is arranged upstream of a downstream end, in the sheet conveyance direction, of the separating
member.

US Pat. No. 9,758,327

ROTATION DETECTING UNIT, SHEET FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A rotation detecting unit comprising:
a light emitting device for emitting light;
a light receiving device for receiving the light;
an output device for outputting an output waveform changing depending on a received light quantity of said light receiving
device;

a rotatable plate, rotatably supported by a shaft, for being irradiated with the light emitted from said light emitting device
and entering said light receiving device; and

a discriminating device for discriminating a state of said rotatable plate on the basis of the output waveform of said output
device,

wherein said rotatable plate includes a first portion and a second portion which are alternately provided along a circumferential
direction, a third portion provided between said first portion and said second portion with respect to the circumferential
direction, and a fourth portion provided between said second portion and said first portion with respect to the circumferential
direction,

wherein when a region of said first portion is irradiated with the light emitted from said light emitting device and received
by said light receiving device, the received light quantity of said light receiving device is a maximum,

when a region of said second portion is irradiated with the light emitted from said light emitting device and received by
said light receiving device, the received light quantity of said light receiving device is a minimum, and

wherein when said third portion or said fourth portion is irradiated with the light emitted from said light emitting device
and received by said light receiving device, the received light quantity of said light receiving device is larger than the
minimum and is smaller than the maximum.

US Pat. No. 9,757,093

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,757,863

ROBOT APPARATUS, EXCHANGER APPARATUS AND ROBOT SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot apparatus comprising a mounting portion that detachably supports a supported portion of an operating unit that
operates an operating object, wherein
the mounting portion includes:
a guiding unit that guides the supported portion so as to enable the supported portion to pass through from one end part of
the guiding unit to another end part thereof; and

a lock mechanism that moves the supported portion from the one end part of the guiding unit toward a mount position between
the one end part and the another end part, to thereby bring the supported portion into a restricting state at the mount position,
and moves the supported portion toward the another end part from the restricting state, to thereby bring the supported portion
from the restricting state into a releasing state.

US Pat. No. 9,752,924

CAPACITANCE TYPE TRANSDUCER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a capacitance type transducer comprising a plurality of cells each having a structure in which
a vibrating film is supported so as to be vibrated, the vibrating film comprising: a second electrode formed so that a gap
is interposed between the second electrode and a first electrode; and an insulating film formed on the second electrode,
the method comprising:
forming a sacrificial layer on the first electrode;
forming a layer including the vibrating film on the sacrificial layer;
forming an etching hole to remove the sacrificial layer; and
forming a sealing film configured to seal the etching hole,
the method further comprising, before the forming an etching hole to remove the sacrificial layer:
forming a through hole in the insulating film on the second electrode; and
forming a conductor film on the insulating film including the through hole to electrically connect a conductor in the through
hole and the second electrode to each other,

wherein the conductor film electrically connects second electrodes of the plurality of cells to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,721,538

INFORMATION DISPLAY APPARATUS, INFORMATION DISPLAY SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

5. An information display apparatus which superposes information on an imaged image and displays them, comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a movement direction of the imaged image relative to an imaging target;
a determination unit configured to determine a location of a target area within the imaged image, based on the movement direction
detected by the detection unit, wherein the location of the target area is shifted within the imaged image in the movement
direction detected by the detection unit;

a recognition unit configured to recognize an object in the imaged image; and
a display control unit configured to superpose, on the imaged image, a display form of the information related to the object
existing in the target area and a display form of the information related to the object existing outside the target area as
respectively different display forms,

wherein the detection unit further detects a speed of movement of the imaged image, and
wherein, in a case where the speed detected by the detection unit is equal to or lower than a first threshold value, the determination
unit determines the target area as a first area which is near the center, and, in a case where the speed detected by the detection
unit exceeds the first threshold value, the determination unit determines the target area as a second area which is shifted
within the imaging target in the movement direction detected by the detection unit, and

wherein, in a case where a ratio of the objects existing in the imaged image does not exceed a threshold value, the detection
unit does not measure the movement direction and the speed, the determination unit determines the whole imaged image as the
target area, the recognition unit recognizes the objects being recognizable in the imaged image, and the display control unit
superposes, on the imaged image, the information related to the recognized objects in the imaged image.

US Pat. No. 9,721,609

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an imager which includes an image sensor which has an effective pixel region and a reference pixel region which outputs a
reference signal for correcting an output signal of the effective pixel region;

a compressor which compresses reference pixel region data that corresponds to the reference pixel region in an image data
obtained by the imager;

a recorder which records the image data after the processing performed by the compressor; and
a controller which controls a compression operation by the compressor based on change in an image capturing condition of the
imager,

wherein the image capturing condition contributes to generation of a correction target component,
wherein the compressor compresses the reference pixel region data regardless of compression of effective pixel region data
that corresponds to the effective pixel region in the image data obtained by the imager, and

wherein the controller controls the compressor to compress the reference pixel region data in a case where a degree of change
in the correction target component included in the effective pixel region data that corresponds to the effective pixel region
in an image data obtained by current image capturing performed by the imager relative to previous image capturing performed
by the imager is less than or equal to a threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,720,348

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container comprising:
a developer accommodating body configured to contain developer, wherein a surface is provided inside of the developer accommodating
body, with the surface being configured to move the developer;

a developer discharging body in fluid communication with the developer accommodating body such that the developer can flow
from the developer accommodating body to the developer discharging body, the developer discharging body including a discharge
opening through which the developer can be discharged from the developer discharging body;

a gear configured and positioned to receive a rotational force;
a pump having a variable volume, the pump being configured and positioned to force developer out of the developer discharging
body through the discharge opening when the volume of the pump is reduced; and

a cam projection and a cam groove operatively connected to the gear and the pump, the cam projection and the cam groove being
configured and positioned to convert the rotational force received by the gear to a force for changing the volume of the pump.

US Pat. No. 9,720,353

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic intermediate transfer member comprising:
a base layer; and
a surface layer,
wherein the surface layer has in the thickness direction a matrix-domain structure, and
the matrix contains a binder resin and
the domains contain a perfluoropolyether, and wherein:
a microhardness of a surface of the electrophotographic intermediate transfer member measured by an ultramicro-hardness meter
is 50 MPa or more, and

the binder resin is an acrylic resin.

US Pat. No. 9,720,358

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,720,372

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main body of the apparatus;
a cartridge having a first unit and a second unit pivotably coupled to the first unit; and
a cartridge supporting member configured to support and move the cartridge, and configured to be movable with respect to the
main body between (i) a mounting and demounting position where the cartridge supporting member is located at an exterior of
the main body of the apparatus and is supported by the main body of the apparatus and allowing the cartridge to be mounted
to and demounted from the cartridge supporting member and (ii) an image forming position where the cartridge supporting member
is located within an interior of the main body to locate the cartridge at a position where the cartridge is allowed to perform
formation of an image,

wherein the first unit includes a position-restricted portion, and the first unit is located below the second unit in a state
in which the cartridge is mounted on the cartridge supporting member,

wherein the cartridge supporting member includes a position restricting portion configured to restrict movement of the cartridge
with respect to the cartridge supporting member by coming into contact with the position-restricted portion,

wherein the position-restricted portion is a projecting portion projecting downward from the first unit in a state in which
the cartridge is mounted on the cartridge supporting member,

wherein the position restricting portion includes a first contact portion to contact the position-restricted portion while
the cartridge supporting member is moving from the mounting and demounting position to the image forming position, and includes
a second contact portion to contact the position-restricted portion while the cartridge supporting member is moving from the
image forming position to the mounting and demounting position, and

wherein, while the cartridge supporting member is supporting the cartridge, at least one of the first contact portion and
the second contact portion does not contact the position-restricted portion.

US Pat. No. 9,720,374

CARTRIDGE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge used for forming an image on a recording material, the cartridge comprising:
a memory for storing information, wherein the memory has an outer configuration having a length in a first direction and a
length in a second direction longer than the length in the first direction in a plane crossing a thickness direction thereof;

a first cartridge constituent member;
a second cartridge constituent member for supporting an image bearing member;
a supporting portion provided on the second cartridge constituent member and provided with a slit for permitting the memory
to be inserted in an inserting direction; and

a preventing portion, provided on the first cartridge constituent member, for preventing movement of the memory inserted in
the supporting portion,

wherein a prevention width of the slit with respect to a direction crossing the thickness direction of the memory is longer
than the length of the memory in the first direction and is shorter than the length of the memory in the second direction
as seen in the inserting direction of the memory, and

wherein the slit regulates movement of the memory in the thickness direction and is contactable to both sides of the memory
in the thickness direction.

US Pat. No. 9,723,201

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor which captures a plurality of moving images; and
a processor which adds special effects to each of the plurality of moving images,
and generates a joined moving image constituted by the plurality of moving images to which the special effects have been added,
wherein the special effects include a color/tone conversion filtering effect corresponding to control for applying a filter
that converts at least one of a color and a tone, and at least one of a variable framerate effect corresponding to control
of a playback speed of a moving image and an afterimage effect corresponding to control for adding an afterimage to a moving
subject using a recursive filter,

wherein the processor determines the special effects to be added based on analysis of at least one of the plurality of moving
images captured by the image sensor, and

wherein the processor adds, to all of the plurality of moving images constituting the joined moving image, a common color/tone
conversion filtering effect, and adds, to each of the plurality of moving images constituting the joined moving image, at
least one of a variable framerate effect and an afterimage effect depending on each of the plurality of moving images.

US Pat. No. 9,719,922

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OPTICAL QUALITY MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,714,829

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, ASSEMBLY APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT GENERATE A MEASUREMENT PATTERN HAVING DIFFERENT AMOUNTS OF IRRADIATION LIGHT DEPENDING ON IMAGING REGIONS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor operatively coupled to a memory, serving as:
(i) an irradiation unit configured to irradiate a measurement target with a measurement pattern for distance measurement;
(ii) an imaging unit configured to obtain a captured image including the measurement target irradiated with the measurement
pattern;

(iii) a first detection unit configured to detect a first region and a second region from the captured image obtained by the
imaging unit, the first region including a first portion of the measurement target that reflects a greater amount of light
toward the imaging unit, and the second region including a second portion of the measurement target that reflects a lesser
amount of light toward the imaging unit than does the first portion;

(iv) a second detection unit that detects, from the measurement pattern, a first region with which the first portion is irradiated
and a second region with which the second portion is irradiated;

(v) a generation unit configured to generate a measurement pattern that has different amounts of irradiation light depending
on regions, such that an amount of irradiation light in the first region is less than an amount of irradiation light in the
second region;

(vi) an instruction unit configured to cause the irradiation unit to perform irradiation with the generated measurement pattern;
and

(vii) a deriving unit configured to obtain, from the imaging unit, a captured image including the measurement target irradiated
with the generated measurement pattern, and to derive a distance to the measurement target using the obtained captured image,

wherein the first detection unit is further configured to detect the first region and the second region from a captured image
including the measurement target irradiated with a preliminary measurement pattern, and

wherein the generation unit is further configured to generate the measurement pattern by correcting the preliminary measurement
pattern so as to realize at least one of (i) a decrease in an amount of irradiation light in a region with which the first
portion is irradiated, and (ii) an increase in an amount of irradiation light in a region with which the second portion is
irradiated.

US Pat. No. 9,715,200

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a rotatable member;
a heater configured to heat the rotatable member, the heater including a first surface contacting the rotatable member, the
heater extending in a longitudinal direction of the rotatable member;

a heat conductive member configured to contact a second surface of the heater opposite to the first surface of the heater;
and

a supporting member configured to support the heater through the heat conductive member,
wherein a recording material on which an image is formed is heated by heat from the rotatable member, and
wherein the supporting member includes a facing surface, facing the heat conductive member, which has a first region and a
second region adjacent to the first region in a short direction of the heater, the first region of the supporting member being
configured to contact the heat conductive member, and the second region of the supporting member being configured not to contact
the heat conductive member.

US Pat. No. 9,715,722

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS TONE CORRECTION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory for storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor and the memory to function as:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a luminance histogram from image data;
a correction unit configured to perform tone correction on the image data using a correction curve generated based on the
luminance histogram obtained by said obtaining unit;

a setting unit configured to receive a setting as to a correction intensity of the tone correction from a user and set parameters
for determining coordinate values of control points on the correction curve according to the correction intensity; and

a tone control unit configured to generate the correction curve based on the luminance histogram and determine the coordinate
values according to the parameters set by said setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,715,021

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,715,044

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,710,524

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:
an association unit configured to associate, according to a user's instruction, a first object which is retrieved with a first
keyword and a second object which is retrieved with a second keyword different from the first keyword;

a retrieval unit configured to be able to retrieve, with the first keyword, the first object and a third object which is not
associated with the second object; and

a display control unit configured to display the retrieved first and third objects in a first display field,
wherein the display control unit is further configured to be able to display the second object in a second display field after
the association of the first object and the second object, in a manner such that the retrieved first and third objects in
the first display field and the second object in the second display field are visible together, and the second display field
is distinguishable from the first display field, indicates that the second object in the second display field is associated
with the first object in the first display field, and does not indicate whether or not the second object in the second display
field is associated with the third object in the first display field, and

wherein the display control unit is further configured not to display the second object in the second display field before
the association of the first object and the second object.

US Pat. No. 9,709,381

SURFACE EMITTING LASER AND OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A surface emitting laser comprising:
a lower reflector;
an active layer;
a gap portion;
an upper reflector; and
a driving unit,
wherein the lower reflector, the active layer, the gap portion, and the upper reflector are arranged in that order,
wherein the surface emitting laser is capable of varying a wavelength of emitted light by changing a distance between the
upper and lower reflectors,

wherein the driving unit moves one of the upper and lower reflectors in an optical axis direction of the emitted light,
wherein, ?g is a wavelength at which a gain at a time of laser oscillation of the active layer is at a maximum, ?0 is a center wavelength of the emitted light, and ?r is a wavelength at which a reflectance of one of the upper and lower reflectors from which the light is emitted is at a maximum,
?r
wherein ?g is greater than ?0 and

wherein one of the upper and lower reflectors from which the light is emitted includes
a laminated body in which first layers and second layers are stacked alternately to constitute a multilayer structure, the
second layer having a refractive index lower than a refractive index of the first layer, the first layers including outermost
layers of the laminated body, and

a third layer provided on at least one end of the laminated body and configured such that an optical thickness nd of the third
layer satisfies ?0/4 a refractive index of a layer provided adjacent to the third layer at a side opposite to a side at which the laminated body
is provided.

US Pat. No. 9,712,716

PRINT SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND PRINT APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print system in which a print server and a print apparatus are communicably connected, wherein the print apparatus comprises:
a holding unit configured to hold destination information of a print server trusted as a request destination; a reception
unit configured to receive a print request;

a determination unit configured to determine, when the print request is received by the reception unit, whether destination
information of a print server designated by the print request matches the destination information held by the holding unit;

an access unit configured to request access to the print server indicated by the destination information held by the holding
unit when the determination unit determines that there is no match for the destination information; and

an update unit configured to update the destination information held by the holding unit to the destination information of
the print server designated by the print request received by the reception unit when, as a response to the request by the
access unit, a destination that is the same as in the destination information of the print server designated by the print
request received by the reception unit is received as a redirect destination, and

wherein the print server comprises:
a reception unit configured to receive a request;
a management unit configured to manage in association destination information of a first destination and destination information
of a second destination that becomes a redirect destination of the request; and

a processing unit configured to respond, when a destination designated by the request received by the reception unit is the
first destination, to a request source of the request so as to redirect the request to the second destination, based on the
destination information managed by the management unit.

US Pat. No. 9,704,905

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor which includes a semiconductor layer having a first surface and a second surface, comprising:
charge accumulation region pairs which are arranged between the first surface and the second surface, one of the charge accumulation
region pairs including charge accumulation regions to accumulate a charge;

a transfer gate which is arranged on a side of the first surface so that the transfer gate transfers the charge;
microlenses which are arranged on a side of the second surface so that one of the microlenses is assigned to the one of the
charge accumulation region pairs;

an intra-pair isolation region which is arranged between the charge accumulation regions of the one of the charge accumulation
region pairs; and

an inter-pair isolation region which is arranged between the charge accumulation region pairs,
wherein a first potential barrier formed by the intra-pair isolation region is lower than a second potential barrier formed
by the inter-pair isolation region.

US Pat. No. 9,701,130

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INSPECTING INKJET PRINT HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for inspecting an inkjet print head in which ink can be ejected through a plurality of ejection openings forming
an ejection opening array, comprising:
a control unit configured to print a predetermined inspection pattern on a printing medium by dividing the plurality of ejection
openings into a plurality of blocks to subject the inkjet print head to time division driving so that an ink ejection timing
is staggered for each of the blocks, the predetermined inspection pattern being printed by ejection openings belonging to
the plurality of blocks;

a reading unit configured to read the inspection pattern printed on the printing medium;
an acquisition unit configured to subject image data of the inspection pattern read by the reading unit to image processing
to acquire position displacement amounts of dots formed on the printing medium by ink ejected through the ejection openings;
and

a correction unit configured to correct, for each block, position displacement of the dots on the basis of a correction amount
while synchronizing ink ejection timings of the ejection openings belonging to a same block, the correction amount being set
for each block based on the position displacement amounts of the dots acquired by the acquisition unit, the correction amount
of each block being individually set based on the position displacement amounts of the dots formed by ink ejected through
the ejection openings belonging to the corresponding block,

wherein the acquisition unit acquires, for each dot, based on a positional relation between a gravity center point of the
printed dot and an ideal grid point, the position displacement amount of the dot, and

the ideal grid point is a point set by the least-square method so that a plurality of dots formed by ink ejected through the
plurality of ejection openings have the minimum position error under a condition in which positions of the dots are fixed
in an x direction and a y direction.

US Pat. No. 9,701,146

INK SET AND THERMAL TRANSFER RECORDING SHEET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,704,221

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
(A) a storage;
(B) a processor; and
(C) a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the image processing apparatus to function
as:

(a) a first correction unit configured (i) to perform a first type of correction for original image data, based on a result
of analysis of the original image data, to produce corrected image data, and (ii) to store the corrected image data in said
storage;

(b) a second correction unit configured to perform a first type of manual correction for the image data stored by said storage,
using a correction parameter in accordance with a user instruction; and

(c) a third correction unit configured to perform a second type of correction for the original image data, based on a result
of analysis of the original image data, in a case when a second type of correction instruction based on an image analysis
is input, after the first type of manual correction is performed by the second correction unit, the second type of correction
being different from the first type of correction performed by the first correction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,701,671

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic compound represented by general formula (1) or (2):

where X1 and X2 are each independently selected from a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group and a substituted or unsubstituted aralkyl
group, and

R11 to R20 are each independently selected from a hydrogen atom and a substituent, the substituent being any of a substituted or unsubstituted
alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxy group, a substituted or unsubstituted aralkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted
aryl group, a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group, a substituted amino group, a halogen atom, and an acyl group,
and A1?and A2?each independently represent a monovalent anion.

US Pat. No. 9,704,248

POSITION AND ORIENTATION MEASURING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position and orientation measurement apparatus comprising:
at least one memory storing computer executable instructions; and
at least one processor configured to execute the computer executable instructions to implement:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from an image including a target object, at least one coarse position and orientation
of the target object, wherein the coarse position and orientation is acquired based on a predetermined resolution;

a generation unit configured to generate, based on the acquired coarse position and orientation and the predetermined resolution,
at least one candidate position and orientation which is different from the coarse position and orientation; and

a deriving unit configured to derive a position and orientation of the target object in the image based on the generated position
and orientation and model information of the target object.

US Pat. No. 9,703,512

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor and a memory storing a computer program that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to function
as:

a storage unit configured to store a plurality of groups of processing modules, at least one of the groups including a plurality
of processing modules for processing a plurality of types of PDLs (Page Description Languages);

a determination unit configured to determine a type of PDL of a print job; and
a processing unit configured to be able to perform processing of enabling, from the plurality of groups stored in the storage
unit, at least one group including a processing module corresponding to the type of PDL determined by the determination unit
and another processing module corresponding to a different type of PDL from the determined type of PDL, by at least reserving
work memory for the one group, interpreting a rendering command described in the PDL of the print job by using the processing
module that corresponding to the type of PDL determined by the determination unit and the work memory reserved for processing
the determined type of PDL, and generating page data,

wherein the processing unit disables a group different from the one group based on the determination by at least releasing
work memory reserved for the different group.

US Pat. No. 9,704,294

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

obtain a curved slice from a three-dimensional tomographic image of an object based on a reference position and a reference
distance in the three-dimensional tomographic image; and

generate a two-dimensional tomographic image corresponding to the curved slice from the three-dimensional tomographic image,
wherein the curved slice is obtained having a predetermined positional relationship with the reference position in the three-dimensional
tomographic image.

US Pat. No. 9,703,015

PHOTOMASK, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING OPTICAL ELEMENT ARRAY, OPTICAL ELEMENT ARRAY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photomask for an optical element array comprising:
a first optical element having a bottom surface on a first surface including a first direction and a second direction that
intersects the first direction; and

a second optical element having a bottom surface on the first surface and arranged so as to abut on the first optical element
along the first direction,

wherein a light transmission rate distribution of the photomask along the first direction includes a first area in which the
first optical element is to be formed, a second area in which the second optical element is to be formed, and a third area
provided between the first area and the second area,

wherein the light transmission rate distribution of the photomask along the first direction includes:
a first light transmission rate at an end portion of the first area;
a second light transmission rate having a light transmission rate higher than the first light transmission rate at another
end portion of the first area, which corresponds to a boundary between the first area and the third area on a side opposite
to the end portion;

a third light transmission rate at an end portion, which corresponds to a boundary between the second area and the third area;
and

a fourth light transmission rate having a light transmission rate higher than the third light transmission rate at another
end portion of the second area on a side opposite to the end portion, and

wherein the light transmission rate distribution of the photomask along the first direction includes: the light transmission
rate higher than a segment of light transmission rate connecting the second light transmission rate and the third light transmission
rate in the third area.

US Pat. No. 9,700,199

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an extracting unit configured to extract a depolarizing region in a plurality of polarization-sensitive tomographic images
of an eye;

a detecting unit configured to detect motion of the eye using the extracted depolarizing region; and
a positioning unit configured to position a plurality of tomographic luminance images corresponding to the plurality of polarization-sensitive
tomographic images, using the detected movement.

US Pat. No. 9,700,210

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
at least one processor that acquires a tomographic image of an eye portion; and
at least one memory to store the tomographic image of the eye portion;
wherein the processor is configured to:
detect a layer of the eye portion from the tomographic image stored in the memory,
detect, in the detected layer, a portion of the detected layer located deeper than a threshold in the depth direction of the
eye portion,

calculate, as a normal structure of the detected layer, a curve which does not extend across the detected layer and contacts
with a part of the detected layer at the portion of the detected layer, such that the detected layer does not protrude below
the calculated curve, and

quantify a difference between the detected layer and the calculated curve,
wherein the normal structure represents a boundary of the retinal pigment epithelium in the depth direction of the eye portion
before the boundary is deformed into a wavy shape of the detected layer.

US Pat. No. 9,700,214

PHOTOACOUSTIC MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoacoustic measuring apparatus comprising:
a light source;
a holding unit which holds an object and is configured to move in a direction to press the object held by the holding unit;
a light diffusing unit which is positioned apart from the holding unit at a fixed interval and diffuses light incident from
the light source; and

an acoustic wave obtaining unit which obtains an acoustic wave generated from the object by the light emitted via the holding
unit and the light diffusing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,701,500

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,705,089

ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An organic light emitting element, comprising:
an anode;
a cathode; and
an emission layer placed between the anode and the cathode,
wherein:
the organic light emitting element further comprises
a first organic compound layer placed between the cathode and the emission layer, and
a second organic compound layer placed between the emission layer and the first organic compound layer, and contacted with
the first organic compound layer;

the first organic compound layer contains a first organic compound;
the second organic compound layer contains a second organic compound; and
the first organic compound comprises a viologen compound represented by the following general formula [1] and the second organic
compound comprises an organic compound different from the viologen compound:

in the formula [1], R1 to R6 each represent a hydrogen atom or a substituent selected from the group consisting of a fluorine atom, an alkyl group, an
alkoxy group, an aryl group, and a heteroaryl group, when any one of R1 to R6 represents an alkyl group or an alkoxy group, the alkyl group or the alkoxy group may further have a fluorine atom, and when
any one of R1 to R6 represents an aryl group or a heteroaryl group, the aryl group or the heteroaryl group may further have a fluorine atom, an
alkyl group, an alkoxy group, or an amino group.

US Pat. No. 9,694,937

COMPONENT CARRYING TRAY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A component carrying tray comprising:
a bottom plate having a planar carrying surface capable of having a plurality of components stacked thereon;
a plurality of projections formed to project from the planar carrying surface, each projection of the plurality of projections
including:

a main body, the main body being hollow and having a tapering shape defined by a pair of side-wall plates;
a regulator, the regulator being formed on at least one end of the pair of side-wall plates and having a regulating surface
perpendicular to the planar carrying surface, the regulating surface configured to regulate each of the plurality of components
stacked on the planar carrying surface by contacting an inside surface of each of the plurality of components stacked on the
planar carrying surface; and

an opening formed between the pair of side-wall plates and configured to avoid, when the component carrying tray is stacked
on an identical additional component carrying tray, interference between one of the plurality of projections of the component
carrying tray and a regulator of the identical additional component carrying tray;

a through-hole in the bottom plate at a position corresponding to the hollow portion of the main body configured to allow,
when the component carrying tray is stacked on the identical additional component carrying tray, a projection of the identical
additional component carrying tray to enter the hollow portion of the main body; and

a handle, the handle being disposed at a location surrounded by the plurality of projections and being formed to project from
the bottom plate in the same direction as the plurality of projections,

wherein, when the component carrying tray is stacked on the identical additional component carrying tray, the opening of the
component carrying tray is co-planar with the regulator of the identical additional component carrying tray, and

wherein the plurality of projections are spaced out from one another.

US Pat. No. 9,699,344

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,690,531

SYSTEM, A DEVICE, AND A METHOD FOR NOTIFYING AN INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS OF AT LEAST ONE OF A PRIVATE EVENT AND A PUBLIC EVENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system comprising:
a device, and
at least one information processing apparatus having a processor,
wherein the processor is configured to request a notification registration for a public event,
the processor is configured to request a notification registration for a private event, and
the processor is configured to requests cancellation of the notification registration, when operation of the information processing
apparatus ends,

wherein the device comprises
a notification unit configured to notify the information processing apparatus of at least one of the private event and the
public event based on the notification registration for the public event and the notification registration for the private
event,

wherein if a first information processing apparatus requests the notification registration for a public event and the notification
registration for a private event related to the device, and a second information processing apparatus requests the notification
registration for the public event, the notification unit notifies the first information processing apparatus of the public
event and the private event, and notifies the second information processing apparatus of the public event, without notifying
the second information processing apparatus of the private event,

wherein the device includes a management unit configured to manage, as a listener, a first application of the first information
processing apparatus and a second application of the first information processing apparatus,

wherein if both of the first application and the second application request cancellation of the notification registration,
the notification unit stops notifying the first information processing apparatus of the private event, and

wherein if at least one of the first application and the second application does not request cancellation of the notification
registration, the notification unit performs notifying the first information processing apparatus of the private event.

US Pat. No. 9,648,266

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving method for an image pickup device having a plurality of pixels, a vertical signal line, and a signal processing
circuit, the plurality of pixels having a first pixel and a second pixel, the first pixel having a first photoelectric conversion
unit and a first amplifying transistor, the second pixel having a second photoelectric conversion unit; and a second amplifying
transistor, the method comprising:
amplifying a signal output to the vertical signal line with one of a first amplification factor and a second amplification
factor lower than the first amplification factor by the signal processing circuit;

performing a first operation if the signal processing circuit amplifies the signal output to the vertical signal line with
the first amplification factor; and

performing a second operation without performing the first operation if the signal processing circuit amplifies the signal
output to the vertical signal line with the second amplification factor,

wherein the first operation includes an operation in which a first signal and a second signal are mixed in the vertical signal
line by at least partially overlapping a period when the first amplifying transistor outputs the first signal based on electric
carriers generated by the first photoelectric conversion unit to the vertical signal line with a period when the second amplifying
transistor outputs the second signal based on electric carriers generated by the second photoelectric conversion unit to the
vertical signal line; and

the second operation includes an operation in which the first and second photoelectric conversion units output a first number
of signals based on electric carriers acquired by performing photoelectric conversion on incident light, and includes an operation
in which the image pickup device outputs a second number of signals by performing a process of the first number of signals,
the second number being smaller than the first number.

US Pat. No. 9,645,515

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, AND PHTHALOCYANINE CRYSTAL AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support; and
a photosensitive layer on the support, the photosensitive layer comprising a phthalocyanine crystal containing a compound
represented by formula (1),


wherein X represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 or 2 carbon atoms, and
the content of the compound represented by formula (1) is 0.1 to 1.7% by mass based on a phthalocyanine in the phthalocyanine
crystal.

US Pat. No. 9,639,778

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,670,027

SHEET DISCHARGING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,639,023

DEVELOPING ASSEMBLY AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing assembly, comprising:
a rotatable developer bearing member for bearing a developer;
a sliding member that slides against the developer bearing member with the developer therebetween, so that the developer is
borne by the developer bearing member; and

a regulating member that regulates the amount of the developer borne on the developer bearing member by sliding against the
developer bearing member with the developer therebetween,

the developing assembly executing a development action on an image bearing member by using the developer, the amount of which
is regulated by the regulating member,

wherein the sliding member has a free end that extends toward a downstream side of a direction of rotation of the developer
bearing member, and a tip portion that is provided on the free end of the sliding member and slides against the developer
bearing member,

the developer bearing member has a first region where, when the developer is placed on a vertical direction upper side of
the developer bearing member which is in a stationary state, the developer can remain without dropping, and

a position against which the tip portion of the sliding member slides, the first region, and a position against which the
regulating member slides are located on the developer bearing member in this order toward the downstream side of the direction
of rotation of the developer bearing member during execution of the development action.

US Pat. No. 9,674,228

METHOD OF PROCESSING DISORDERED FRAME PORTION DATA UNITS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,637,329

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
an apparatus body;
a storage cassette including a cassette body which is provided in the apparatus body to be mountable and in which a sheet
is stored, and a regulation member which is supported on the cassette body to be movable and regulates positions of the sheet
stored in the cassette body; and

a size detection portion configured to detect a size of the sheet stored in the cassette body, the size detection portion
including:

a size detection member which is swung around a pivotal shaft extended in a direction intersecting with a mounting direction
of the storage cassette, in accordance with a movement of the regulation member;

a shaft support portion provided on a downstream side of the cassette body in the mounting direction and configured to swingably
support the size detection member around the pivotal shaft;

a plurality of detection elements which are provided in the apparatus body on mutually radially different positions around
an imaginary axis and detect the size detection member in a case where the storage cassette is mounted;

a mounting base supported on the apparatus body and integrally supporting the plurality of detection elements;
an engaging portion provided on the shaft support portion; and
an engaged portion provided on the mounting base and configured to engage with the engaging portion such that the pivotal
shaft of the size detection member and the imaginary axis are collinear in a case where the storage cassette is mounted on
the apparatus body.

US Pat. No. 9,639,922

GENERATION METHOD OF IMAGE RESTORATION FILTER, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A computer-implemented image processing method for correcting a deterioration of an image captured through an optical system
using an image restoration filter (W) comprising:
a step of calculating, through a fixed-point arithmetic, a frequency characteristic of the image restoration filter (W) so
that a restoration gain value is set within a restoration gain limiting value (Gm) calculated based on a maximum value operable
through the fixed-point arithmetic,

a step of generating the image restoration filter (W) through a Fourier conversion of the frequency characteristic of the
image restoration filter (W), and

a step of correcting the deterioration of the image by applying the image restoration filter (W) to the image,
wherein the restoration gain limiting value (Gm) is calculated by dividing a maximum value operable through the fixed-point
arithmetic by a data point number of the image restoration filter (W).

US Pat. No. 9,641,741

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,637,336

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:
a rotation axis rotatable in a predetermined rotating direction, and including a first portion to be engaged that is integrally
rotated with the rotation axis, and a second portion to be engaged that is integrally rotated with the rotation axis;

a first rotating member including a first sheet abutting portion that is configured to abut on a conveyed sheet and a first
engaging portion that is engaged with the first portion to be engaged, and rotatably provided on the rotation axis, the rotation
axis being rotated in the predetermined rotating direction in a state where the first engaging portion and the first portion
to be engaged are engaged, by the first rotating member being rotated in the predetermined rotating direction, by the first
sheet abutting portion being pressed by the conveyed sheet;

a second rotating member including a second sheet abutting portion that is configured to abut on the conveyed sheet and a
second engaging portion that is engaged with the second portion to be engaged, and rotatably provided on the rotation axis,
the rotation axis being rotated in the predetermined rotating direction in a state where the second engaging portion and the
second portion to be engaged are engaged, by the second rotating member being rotated in the predetermined rotating direction,
by the second sheet abutting portion being pressed to the conveyed sheet;

a detector that is configured to detect that the sheet has passed through a sheet conveying path, according to movement of
the first rotating member or the second rotating member;

a positioning unit that is configured to position the rotation axis to a stop position by rotating the rotation axis in the
predetermined rotating direction;

a first force applying member that is configured to apply a force to the first rotating member to cause the first rotating
member to be rotated in the predetermined rotating direction; and

a second force applying member that is configured to apply a force to the second rotating member to cause the second rotating
member to be rotated in the predetermined rotating direction,

wherein in a case that the second rotating member engages with the second portion, the second rotating member rotates together
with the first rotating member, and

in a case that the second rotating member contacts with the conveyed sheet in a status that the rotation axis and the first
rotating member are stopped by the positioning unit, contact status of the second rotating member with the conveyed sheet
is cancelled as the conveyed sheet passes the second rotating member and the second rotating member rotates independently
from the first rotating member by the second force applying member.

US Pat. No. 9,641,742

IMAGING DEVICE AND METHOD OF DRIVING IMAGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a defocus amount for an optical image which is obtained by an imaging element;
a recording unit configured to record a driving speed of a lens in association with the defocus amount in response to an instruction
from a user, wherein the lens is controlled, for adjusting a position at which the optical image is focused, by a lens driving
unit;

an information generating unit configured to generate lens driving information specifying a relation between the defocus amount
and the driving speed of the lens based on information of the driving speed recorded by the recording unit; and

a control unit configured to control the lens driving unit so that the lens is moved to a position at which the optical image
is in-focused to the object at a predetermined speed specified in the lens driving information as a driving speed corresponding
to the defocus amount acquired by the acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,641,744

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,641,756

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an object detection unit configured to detect a predetermined object in a captured image that is captured by an image sensor;
a movement amount acquisition unit configured to acquire an amount of movement of the predetermined object that moves in an
image capturing semen, from two captured images that are captured by the image sensor;

object tracking unit configured to suppress the amount of movement of the predetermined object the image capturing screen,
by moving an optical element in a direction that is different from a direction of an optical axis of an image capturing optical
system that guides a light beam toward the image sensor, the optical element constituting the image capturing optical system;

a motion vector detection unit configured to compare two captured images that are captured by the image sensor and detect
a motion vector indicating an image blur amount;

an image blur correction unit configured to correct image blur, based on the motion vector;
a switching unit configured to switch whether or not to perform object tracking using the object tracking unit in accordance
with a user's manual instruction,

wherein the object tracking unit suppresses the amount of movement of the predetermined object in the image; capturing screen
even when the image capturing apparatus is not moving and the predetermined object is moving, and

wherein the image blur correction unit makes effect of the image blur correction in a case of performing the object tracking
smaller than effect of the image blur correction in a case of not performing the object tracking.

US Pat. No. 9,641,757

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT SETS MOVING IMAGE AREA, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image combining unit configured to generate a combined image, by setting one of a plurality of images as a basic image,
and disposing a moving image generated from the plurality of images in a moving image area which is designated in part of
the basic image to thereby perform image combining;

a display unit configured to display the basic image;
a setting unit configured to set a still area in part of the basic image; and
a designation unit configured to designate the moving image area, according to a touch operation performed on a display surface
of said display unit on which the basic image is displayed,

wherein in a case where the moving image area is designated in a manner overlapping the still area, said image combining unit
performs image combining processing by deleting the overlapping area from the moving image area.

US Pat. No. 9,671,719

LAYER THICKNESS RESTRICTION MEMBER, DEVELOPMENT DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LAYER THICKNESS RESTRICTION MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A layer thickness restriction member that is disposed with respect to a developer bearing member, which bears a developer,
with a gap between the layer thickness restriction member and the developer bearing member, and restricts an amount of developer
on the developer bearing member, the layer thickness restriction member comprising:
a base portion that extends in a longitudinal direction of the developer bearing member; and
a layer thickness restriction portion that projects from the base surface, extends in the longitudinal direction of the developer
bearing member, and restricts the amount of developer on the developer bearing member,

wherein the base portion extends along a tangential direction of the developer bearing member at a position on the developer
bearing member closest to the layer thickness restriction portion, and includes an upstream-side opposing portion, which is
adjacent to the layer thickness restriction portion on an upstream side in a rotation direction of the developer bearing member
and opposes the developer bearing member, and a downstream-side opposing portion, which is adjacent to the layer thickness
restriction portion on a downstream side in the rotation direction of the developer bearing member and opposes the developer
bearing member,

wherein the layer thickness restriction member is integrally formed of resin by injection molding and comprises an injection
portion through which the resin is injected to form the layer thickness restriction portion in the injection molding,

wherein the injection portion is provided in just one position in the layer thickness restriction member where a distance
of the one position from one end of the layer thickness restriction member in a longitudinal direction of the layer thickness
restriction member is in a range of ten percent or more and under forty percent with respect to a full length of the layer
thickness restriction member, and

wherein the injection portion is provided on a side surface of the downstream-side opposing portion which is along the longitudinal
direction of the developer bearing member.

US Pat. No. 9,639,948

MOTION BLUR COMPENSATION FOR DEPTH FROM DEFOCUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,641,778

IMAGING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DRIVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,672,771

LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light-emitting device comprising:
a pixel block including:
(a) a plurality of light-emitting elements disposed on a long substrate and aligned in a longitudinal direction of the substrate,
(b) a plurality of pixel circuits respectively connected to the plurality of light-emitting elements,
(c) a control signal line connected to the plurality of pixel circuits, and
(d) a pixel block select circuit connected to the control signal line and configured to output a control signal to the plurality
of pixel circuits,

wherein the plurality of pixel circuits are divided into a plurality of groups,
wherein the control signal line includes a first interconnection portion and a second interconnection portion,
wherein the first interconnection portion is disposed along the longitudinal direction of the substrate and is connected to
the plurality of pixel circuits,

wherein the second interconnection portion is disposed in a region between the plurality of groups and is connected to the
pixel block select circuit,

wherein the first interconnection portion and the second interconnection portion are connected to each other in the region
between the plurality of groups, and

wherein a distance, in the longitudinal direction of the substrate, between the plurality of pixel circuits is smaller than
a distance, in the longitudinal direction of the substrate, between the plurality of light-emitting elements.

US Pat. No. 9,667,504

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,662,885

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process for producing a liquid ejection head, comprising:
a first step of providing an element substrate including an element for generating energy to be utilized for ejecting a liquid,
a wiring substrate electrically connected to the element substrate by a lead wire, and a support member including a first
support portion and a second support portion which includes a tip surface of a projected portion projected with respect to
the first support portion;

a second step of applying a sealant to the tip surface of the second support portion, the second step being performed after
the first step;

a third step of placing the element substrate on the first support portion to which an adhesive is applied and embedding the
lead wire in the sealant applied to the tip surface of the second support portion, the third step being performed after the
second step; and

a fourth step of curing the sealant in which the lead wire is embedded, the fourth step being performed after the third step.

US Pat. No. 9,662,887

PRINTING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,665,720

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a memory; and
a processor connected to the memory and configured to execute instructions that, when executed, cause the image forming apparatus
to:

download compressed update firmware in background of operation of the image forming apparatus;
expand the downloaded compressed update firmware to generate update firmware modules;
store the expanded update firmware modules;
generate first verification information in response to the downloaded compressed update firmware being expanded to the expanded
update firmware modules, and generate second verification information after the first verification information is generated
and before the stored expanded update firmware modules are applied at an application time when the stored expanded update
firmware modules are to be applied,

wherein the first verification information includes first hash information corresponding to storage areas where the expanded
update firmware modules are stored, and the second verification information includes second hash information corresponding
to the storage areas where the expanded update firmware modules are stored;

determine whether the stored expanded update firmware modules have been tampered with by verifying the generated first and
second verification information based at least on a comparison between the calculated first hash information and the calculated
second hash information; and

apply the stored expanded update firmware modules to the image forming apparatus if it is determined that the stored expanded
update firmware modules have not been tampered with.

US Pat. No. 9,667,820

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which is communicably connected to an image forming apparatus and an external device,
and which generates image data based on a print request from the external device and transfers the generated image data to
the image forming apparatus, comprising:
a first network interface which receives a network instruction for returning the information processing apparatus from a first
power saving state, from the external device via a network;

a switch which receives a user instruction for returning the information processing apparatus from the first power saving
state, from a user;

a power controller which returns the information processing apparatus from the first power saving state in accordance with
the reception of the network instruction or the user instruction; and

a processor which determines whether the image forming apparatus is to be returned from a second power saving state in accordance
with whether the received instruction is the network instruction or the user instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,663,310

SHEET FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding device comprising:
a raising and lowering portion for raising and lowering a stacking member for stacking a sheet;
a first detecting portion for detecting whether or not an uppermost sheet stacked on said stacking member raised by said raising
and lowering portion is in a feeding position;

a feeding portion for feeding the uppermost sheet by causing a feeding roller to press contact the uppermost sheet;
a second detecting portion for detecting whether or not the feeding roller is in a position where the feeding roller is capable
of feeding the uppermost sheet; and

a controller for controlling said raising and lowering portion,
wherein said raising and lowering portion raises said stacking member and detection that the uppermost sheet is in the feeding
position is made by said first detecting portion, and thereafter said feeding portion causes the feeding roller to press contact
the uppermost sheet, and

wherein when a change in a state of the feeding roller from a state in which the feeding roller is in the position where the
feeding roller is capable of feeding the uppermost sheet to a state in which the feeding roller is not in the position where
the feeding roller is capable of feeding the uppermost sheet is detected by said second detecting portion and then a change
in a state of the uppermost sheet from a state in which the uppermost sheet is in the feeding position to a state in which
the uppermost sheet is not in the feeding position is detected by said first detecting portion, said controller determines
a correction amount on the basis of a time from change timing of said second detecting portion to change timing of said first
detecting portion and controls said raising and lowering portion to raise said stacking member on the basis of the correction
amount.

US Pat. No. 9,625,787

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, FOCUS DETECTION METHOD AND PROGRAM, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory,
wherein said processor is configured to operate as:
a setting unit configured to set a focus detection area; and
an operation unit configured to calculate correlation of first image data and second image data, and to output a plurality
of first correlation data which are a result of the correlation calculation, the plurality of the first correlation data respectively
corresponding to a plurality of division areas of an image sensor,

wherein said memory is configured to hold the plurality of first correlation data output from the operation unit, and
wherein said processor is further configured to operate as:
a generation unit configured to generate second correlation data from selected first correlation data among the plurality
of first correlation data stored in the memory, in accordance with the focus detection area set by the setting unit; and

a determining unit configured to determine focus states using the second correlation data.

US Pat. No. 9,628,656

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR CONTROLLING SUPPLYING POWER TO A DEVICE OF THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus on which a plurality of applications is installed and which includes at least a first
device and a second device, comprising:
a display unit configured to display a screen for selecting an application to execute from among the plurality of applications;
an acquisition unit configured to obtain attribute information about the application selected on the screen displayed on the
display unit, wherein the attribute information includes application information indicating whether the selected application
is a specific application or not, and device information indicating whether to supply power or not for each of the first device
and the second device when executing the selected application;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the selected application is the specific application or not based on
the application information obtained by the acquisition unit; and

a control unit configured to, if the determination unit determines that the selected application is the specific application,
perform a control as to whether to supply power for each of the first device and the second device separately based on the
device information obtained by the acquisition unit, and if the determination unit determines that the selected application
is not the specific application, perform a control as to whether to supply the power for the first device and the second device
together.

US Pat. No. 9,628,694

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT DRIVINGLY CONTROLS LENSES AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,628,696

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus configured to perform a reconstruction for a first image so as to generate a plurality of second
images having a plurality of focus positions different from each other, the image pickup apparatus comprising:
an imaging optical system;
an image pickup element including a plurality of pixels configured to obtain the first image;
a pupil divider configured so that a ray from the same position of an object plane enters pixels of the image pickup element
different from each other in accordance with a pupil region of the imaging optical system through which the ray passes;

a focus adjusting portion configured to adjust an imaging position of the imaging optical system; and
an image processing portion configured to perform the reconstruction using image pickup condition information of the first
image for the first image obtained by the image pickup element so as to generate the second image,

wherein the focus adjusting portion is configured to perform a first focus adjustment that adjusts an imaging position of
the imaging optical system for a reference object, and a second focus adjustment that moves the imaging position of the imaging
optical system for a main object so as to improve a resolution of the main object in accordance with a shift amount of pixels
that are to be combined by the reconstruction,

and wherein the shift amount of pixels is a shift amount of overlap pixels which are projected on a plurality of virtual imaging
planes corresponding to the plurality of focus positions.

US Pat. No. 9,628,533

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,626,731

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,625,975

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,628,602

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,618,370

OPTICAL ENCODER AND APPARATUS PROVIDED THEREWITH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical encoder comprising:
a scale provided with a scale pattern that reflects or transmits light from a light source;
a sensor configured to receive the light from the scale pattern, the sensor and the scale being moved relative to each other
in a relative movement direction; and

an intermediate pattern provided between the scale and the sensor,
wherein:
the sensor is provided with multiple light-receiving element groups each including plural light-receiving elements, the light-receiving
elements being arranged on the sensor with a pitch P in the relative movement direction, and outputs of the plural light-receiving
elements within each light-receiving element group being added together;

the intermediate pattern includes a first pattern to form a first light intensity distribution with a first spatial period
shorter than the pitch P and a second pattern to form a second light intensity distribution with a second spatial period longer
than the pitch P;

a position of the intermediate pattern and a position of the sensor are relatively fixed with each other; and
the first pattern and the second pattern are arranged in a direction perpendicular to the relative movement direction.

US Pat. No. 9,622,012

AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, MOVIE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An audio signal processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories coupled to the one or more processors, the one or more memories having instructions stored thereon which,
when executed by the one or more processors, cause the audio signal processing apparatus to:

acquire a specific audio signal based on at least one of audio signals of a plurality of sound capturing channels captured
by a plurality of microphones;

cancel a signal corresponding to the specific audio signal in the audio signals of each of the plurality of sound capturing
channels;

allow a user to specify a position or a direction for locating the specific audio signal in a surround audio field; and
generate a surround audio signal corresponding to at least three directions, such that a sound source of the specific audio
signal is located at the specified position or direction in the surround sound field, using the specific audio signal and
the audio signals in which the signal corresponding to the specific audio signal was canceled.

US Pat. No. 9,612,645

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR REDUCING POWER CONSUMPTION IN RESPONSE TO A TRANSITION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a controller; and
a network interface device,
wherein the network interface device comprises:
a memory that stores instructions; and
a processor that executes the instructions to:
specify a reception interval between a reception of a first address resolution protocol (ARP) announcement in which an internet
protocol (IP) address of the printing apparatus is assigned and a reception of a second ARP announcement in which the IP address
of the printing apparatus is assigned, in a case where the printing apparatus operates in a power-saving mode where power
is supplied to the network interface device and not supplied to the controller; and

cause the printing apparatus to transition to a normal power mode where power is supplied to the network interface device
and the controller, in a case where the specified reception interval is within a predetermined time period,

wherein, in response to the transition of the printing apparatus to the normal power mode, the controller determines an IP
address of the printing apparatus in accordance with AutoIP, and

wherein the network interface device is connected to a network, and the controller communicates with an external apparatus
on the network via the network interface device.

US Pat. No. 9,613,419

IMAGE GENERATING DEVICE AND IMAGE GENERATING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image generating device comprising:
a first calculation unit configured to calculate degrees of correlation between a plurality of images;
a second calculation unit configured to calculate an amount of character points in the plurality of images with respect to
an image of a large structural object extending over the plurality of images; and

an order determination unit configured to determine an order of performing position adjustment of the plurality of images
for generating a panoramic image generated by stitching the plurality of images based on calculation results of the first
calculation unit and the second calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,615,016

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM, WHERE EACH SUBJECT IS FOCUSED IN A RECONSTRUCTED IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising one or more processors configured to function as:
an obtaining unit which is able to obtain data which was captured by an image capturing apparatus, where each pixel of the
data is corresponding to a light beam passed through a divided pupil region of an imaging optical system;

a display unit which is able to display images to a display;
a selection unit which is able to select a plurality of subjects on an image displayed by the display unit;
a setting unit which is able to specify focus positions corresponding to the plurality of subjects selected by the selection
unit and set a focus range defined by the specified focus positions; and

a generation unit which is able to generate a reconstructed image, in which each subject corresponding to the focus range
set by the setting unit is focused, by applying a reconstruction processing to the data.

US Pat. No. 9,615,017

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD, METHOD OF CONTROLLING FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:
an image sensor including a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements which form a pair of signals having parallax;
a CPU controlling a focus detection using the pair of signals; and
a memory holding a program which makes the CPU and a circuit function as:
a generation unit configured to generate a first signal pair of a first resolution by using signals formed by the plurality
of photoelectric conversion elements included in a first area which corresponds to a predetermined focus detection area and
generate a second signal pair of a second resolution lower than the first resolution by combining signals formed by the plurality
of photoelectric conversion elements included in a second area which corresponds to the predetermined focus detection area
and is wider than the first area;

a focus detection unit configured to perform focus detection processing based on at least one of the first signal pair and
the second signal pair which are generated by the generation unit; and

a recording image generation unit configured to generate a recording image by using a signal output from the image sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,615,045

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,612,787

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that performs setting of a print setting item used in a printing device, comprising:
a first setting unit configured to accept setting of a setting value to a predetermined print setting item via a first user
interface screen configured to select one setting value from a first set including a plurality of setting values;

a second setting unit configured to accept setting of a setting value to the predetermined print setting item via a second
user interface screen configured to select one setting value from a second set serving as a subset of the first set;

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the setting value set by the first setting unit is comprised in
the second set; and

an addition unit configured to, if the determination unit determines that the setting value set by said first setting unit
is not included in the second set, add the setting value set by said first setting unit to the second set,

wherein the first user interface screen and the second user interface screen are displayed by selecting a link arranged on
a third user interface screen provided by an operating system running in the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,613,300

MATERIAL CLASSIFICATION USING MULTIVIEW CAPTURE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,612,557

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a first image forming unit for forming an image by using black toner;
a second image forming unit for forming an image by using color toner;
an intermediate transfer member on which an image formed by the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit
is transferred; and

a controller configured to control the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit,
wherein the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit each respectively include:
an image bearing member;
a charging device which charges the image bearing member; and
a developing device which develops the image bearing member on which a latent image is formed after being charged while applying
at least a DC bias to the image bearing member,

wherein the controller is capable of performing the following modes:
(1) a color mode in which color image formation is performed by using the first image forming unit and the second image forming
unit, with the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit being in contact with the intermediate transfer
member;

(2) a first monochrome mode in which monochrome image formation is performed by using the first image forming unit and not
using the second image forming unit in a state that the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit are in
contact with the intermediate transfer member; and

(3) a second monochrome mode in which image formation is performed by using the first image forming unit and not using the
second image forming unit in a state that the first image forming unit is in contact with the intermediate transfer member
and the second image forming unit is separated from the intermediate transfer member, and

wherein during an image forming job in which image forming is performed on a plurality of recording materials, in a case where
the monochrome image formation is performed after the color image formation in the color mode, the controller determines whether
the first monochrome mode or the second monochrome mode is performed based on an image forming speed which is set when the
monochrome image formation is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,610,773

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,612,372

DIFFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENT AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical element comprising:
a diffraction grating for diffracting incident light, the diffraction grating having a continuous surface including optical
effective surfaces and wall surfaces that are disposed alternately and are directly connected with each other,

wherein an aluminum oxide layer is formed on the optical effective surfaces of the diffraction grating so that incident light
can pass through the optical effective surfaces,

wherein an aluminum metal layer is formed on the wall surfaces of the diffraction grating so that incident light cannot pass
through the wall surfaces,

wherein the aluminum metal layer has a film thickness of 50 nm or more and 1 ?m or less, and
wherein the aluminum oxide layer has a film thickness of 5 nm or more and 30 nm or less.

US Pat. No. 9,606,460

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus that performs patterning on a substrate with a beam, the apparatus comprising:
an optical system configured to irradiate the substrate with the beam;
a plurality of detectors each configured to detect a mark on the substrate; and
a controller configured to control the patterning so that a first operation and a second operation are alternately performed,
the first operation irradiating the substrate with the beam by the optical system while scan movement of the substrate is
performed in a first direction, the second operation performing step movement of the substrate in a second direction different
from the first direction;

wherein the controller is configured to cause, in the first operation, at least one of the plurality of detectors to detect
the mark, and

the plurality of detectors are arranged, in the second direction, at an interval which is a positive integer multiple of a
distance of the step movement.

US Pat. No. 9,606,461

MEASURING APPARATUS, MEASURING METHOD, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measuring apparatus for measuring a position of an alignment mark formed on a substrate and including a first mark having
position information in a first direction and a second mark having position information in a second direction different from
the first direction, the apparatus comprising:
a stage configured to hold the substrate and to be movable;
a detector configured to detect an image of the alignment mark;
a controller configured to control movement of the stage and detection by the detector; and
a processor configured to obtain a position of the alignment mark whose image is detected by the detector,
wherein the controller is configured to cause the detector to detect the image of the alignment mark with the stage moving
in the first direction, and cause the detector to detect the image of the alignment mark with the stage moving in the second
direction,

the processor is configured to obtain a position of the second mark in the second direction based on an image of the second
mark detected by the detector with the stage moving in the first direction, and obtain a position of the first mark in the
first direction based on an image of the first mark detected by the detector with the stage moving in the second direction,

the controller is configured to cause the detector to detect the image of the alignment mark with the stage stopped in a second
period between a first period during which the stage is moved in the first direction and a third period during which the stage
is moved in the second direction, and

the processor is configured to obtain the position of the second mark in the second direction based on the image of the second
mark detected by the detector in the first period and the second period, and obtain the position of the first mark in the
first direction based on the image of the first mark detected by the detector in the second period and the third period.

US Pat. No. 9,605,961

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPE MEASUREMENT, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input image data of a target object, onto which a pattern has been projected by a projection apparatus
and which has then been photographed by an imaging apparatus, wherein the pattern varies in luminance only in a predetermined
direction;

an association unit configured to associate a two-dimensional coordinate (x?c, y?c) on the image data of the target object with a one-dimensional coordinate (yp) in the predetermined direction on image data of the pattern based on the input image data;

a first correction unit configured to obtain a first corrected two-dimensional coordinate (xc, yc) on the image data of the target object by correcting the two-dimensional coordinate (x?c, y?c) on the image data of the target object based on a first distortion model which expresses an influence of distortion, by
a lens of the imaging apparatus, to a reflected light reflected by the target object when the reflected light passes through
the lens of the imaging apparatus;

a first viewing vector-deriving unit configured to derive a first viewing vector which is through the first corrected two-dimensional
coordinate (xc, yc) on the image data of the target object and an optical center of the imaging apparatus;

a second correction unit configured to obtain a second corrected two-dimensional coordinate (x?p, y?p) on the image data of the pattern based on an equation derived from (i) the one-dimensional coordinate (yp) in the predetermined direction on the image data of the pattern and (ii) a second distortion model which expresses an influence
of distortion, by a lens of the projection apparatus, to an emitted light emitted from a light source of the projection apparatus,
when the emitted light passes through the lens of the projection apparatus, and the first viewing vector, wherein the second
corrected two-dimensional coordinate (x?p, y?p) is obtained directly from the equation without processing of projecting a three-dimensional coordinate onto the image data
of the pattern;

a second viewing vector-deriving unit configured to derive a second viewing vector which is through the second corrected two-dimensional
coordinate (x?p, y?p) on the image data of the pattern and an optical center of the projection apparatus; and

an intersection coordinate-deriving unit configured to derive coordinates of a point, in a three-dimensional space, of intersection
between the first viewing vector and the second viewing vector.

US Pat. No. 9,606,501

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND DRAWER MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, said apparatus comprising:
a main assembly provided with an opening;
a drawer member movable relative to said main assembly while supporting an image forming portion including at least an image
bearing member for carrying a toner image, between an inside position which is inside said main assembly and in which an image
forming operation is enabled and an outside position to which said drawer member is drawn out of said main assembly through
said opening and in which a cartridge including at least a part of said image forming portion is mountable to and dismountable
from said drawer member;

an optical unit provided in said main assembly and configured to project light onto said image bearing member;
a shutter member provided in said main assembly and movable between a closing position for closing an optical path for the
light to be projected onto said image bearing member from said optical unit and an open position for opening the optical path;
and

an operating portion configured to move said shutter member from the open position to the closing position in a process of
movement of said drawer member from the inside position to the outside position and configured to move said shutter member
from the closing position to the open position in a process of movement of said drawer member from the outside position to
the inside position.

US Pat. No. 9,606,246

RADIATION IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGE SENSING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation image sensing apparatus comprising an image sensor configured to sense a plurality of radiation images at a
frame rate according to a synchronization signal, and a controller configured to control the image sensor,
wherein in a case in which the frame rate is lower than a predetermined frame rate, the controller causes the image sensor
to perform a temperature controlling operation of generating additional heat other than heat generated by an image sensing
operation in addition to the image sensing operation so as to reduce a change in a temperature of the image sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,595,447

DETECTION APPARATUS, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PRODUCTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,596,006

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND POWER SUPPLY CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for controlling a communication unit configured to perform short distance wireless
communication and a power reception unit configured to receive wirelessly transmitted power, comprising:
a providing unit configured to provide a user interface for prompting a user to designate a function which an external apparatus
is to be instructed, via the communication unit, to execute; and

a control unit configured to control power reception by the power reception unit based on the function designated through
the user interface.

US Pat. No. 9,595,809

WAVELENGTH TUNABLE LASER DEVICE AND OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A wavelength tunable laser device, comprising:
a first reflector;
a second reflector;
an active layer formed between the first reflector and the second reflector;
a quantum well structure layer that exhibits a quantum confined stark effect by a reverse bias voltage; and
an electrode configured to apply the reverse bias voltage to the quantum well structure layer,
wherein the active layer and the second reflector have a gap formed therebetween,
the gap having a length to be changed to thereby sweep a resonance wavelength, and
wherein the electrode is further configured to change application of the reverse bias voltage to be applied to the quantum
well structure layer depending on the length of the gap when the resonance wavelength is swept.

US Pat. No. 9,595,838

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

16. A method comprising:
receiving power from a power transmitting apparatus wirelessly via a power receiving antenna;
connecting an external apparatus different from the power transmitting apparatus and receiving power from the external apparatus;
and

controlling that performs determining of whether to change a mode of an electronic apparatus between a first mode and a second
mode in a case where the connecting connects the external apparatus,

the first mode used for performing a predetermined process and a charging process in parallel using the power received from
the external apparatus different from the power transmitting apparatus, the second mode used for performing the predetermined
process and the charging process in parallel using power received from the power transmitting apparatus,

wherein, in the second mode, in a case where the determining performed by the controlling has determined to change the mode
of the electronic apparatus to the first mode, the controlling monitors the power being received from the power transmitting
apparatus via the power receiving antenna before the changing the mode of the electronic apparatus to the first mode, and
the controlling does not change the mode of the electronic apparatus to the first mode until the power from the power transmitting
apparatus becomes equal to or lower than a first predetermined value,

wherein, in the first mode, in a case where the determining performed by the controlling has determined to change the mode
of the electronic apparatus to the second mode, the controlling monitors the power being received from the power transmitting
apparatus via the power receiving antenna before the controlling changes the mode of the electronic apparatus to the second
mode, and the controlling does not change the mode of the electronic apparatus to the second mode until the power from the
power transmitting apparatus becomes equal to or higher than a second predetermined value, and

wherein the first predetermined value is lower than the second predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,586,317

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,588,404

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,589,216

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,584,674

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more computer-readable media including instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image
forming apparatus to perform operations comprising:

executing correction data generation processing including first correction data generation processing for generating first
correction data used to bring reproduction characteristics of an image formed by an image forming unit close to a target value,
and second correction data generation processing for generating second correction data different from the first correction
data;

executing a plurality of adjustment processing including the second correction data generation processing;
receiving an instruction that causes correction data generation processing to be executed within a predetermined time period
after execution of adjustment processing;

canceling, on the basis of the received instruction, the execution of the second correction data generation processing included
in the plurality of adjustment processing; and

performing control in a manner such that the first correction data generation processing and the second correction data generation
processing that are included in a plurality of correction data generation processing are executed after processing other than
the second correction data generation processing, which is included in the plurality of adjustment processing and which has
not been canceled, is executed,

wherein the first correction data is more accurate than the second correction data.

US Pat. No. 9,584,679

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which communicates with a print server which manages a printer, the apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to control an OS (Operating System) and a print proxy
for realizing a communication with the print server using a message by HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol):

wherein the print proxy comprises;
a receiver configured to receive, via a spooler and a port monitor which supports IPP (Internet Printing Protocol) and is
incorporated in the OS as a default, printing data generated by a printer driver corresponding to a printer object managed
by information of a virtual printer corresponding to the print server, when performing printing by using the printer object,
wherein the receiver receives the printing data as a message by the IPP;

a specifying unit configured to specify job information including document information from the received printing data;
a message converter configured to convert a message between a message by the HTTP and a message by the IPP; and
a controller configured to control transmission of the printing data and the specified job information with respect to the
print server, wherein a message by the HTTP according to the message converter is used in the transmission,

wherein the controller performs at least one of band limitation control of a network between the information processing apparatus
and the print server, and retry processing for printing.

US Pat. No. 9,584,684

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a detecting unit configured to detect an original which has been placed on a document feeder;
a reading unit configured to read an image of the original detected by the detecting unit;
a printing unit configured to print the image read by the reading unit on a sheet;
a setting unit configured to set, based on a user instruction, whether or not to automatically enable a shift function for
shifting the sheet on which the image is printed by the printing unit in response to detection of the original by the detecting
unit; and

a controller configured to automatically enable, in a case where automatically enabling the shift function is set by the setting
unit, the shift function in response to detection of the original by the detecting unit, and to determine a discharge destination
to which the sheet is discharged,

wherein the controller is configured not to automatically enable, in a case where automatically enabling the shift function
is not set by the setting unit, the shift function in response to detection of the original by the detecting unit, and is
configured to determine, in a case where automatically enabling the shift function is set by the setting unit, the discharge
destination from among discharge destinations where the sheet can be shifted, and

wherein the controller determines the discharge destination to which the sheet is discharged further based on a priority order
of the discharge destinations.

US Pat. No. 9,584,689

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a print job execution unit configured to execute a print job for printing image data;
a storage unit configured to store a history of the print job executed by the print job execution unit, the history including
at least the image data and settings of the print job;

a receiving unit configured to receive an instruction to execute a transmission job for transmitting image data stored in
the storage unit; and

a transmission job execution unit configured to execute the transmission job in accordance with the instruction received by
the receiving unit, wherein the transmission job is generated by reflecting at least one of the settings of the print job
included in the stored history of the print job to one or more settings of the transmission job, and the image data included
in the stored history of the print job is processed by the transmission job.

US Pat. No. 9,584,691

ORIGINAL READING APPARATUS FOR READING IMAGE OF AN ORIGINAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An illumination apparatus comprising:
a substrate;
a plurality of light-emitting elements arranged on the substrate; and
a light guide, the light guide having:
a light entrance surface facing with a light emitting surface of the plurality of light-emitting elements;
a first boss arranged between positions of two light-emitting elements adjacent each other in a longitudinal direction of
the light guide;

a second boss arranged on one end area of the light guide in the longitudinal direction of the light guide; and
a third boss arranged on another end area of the light guide in the longitudinal direction of the light guide,
wherein in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the light guide, the first boss is arranged closer to
the light entrance surface than both of the second boss and the third boss, and

wherein, the second and the third boss are arranged further outward in the longitudinal direction than the plurality of light-emitting
elements.

US Pat. No. 9,584,713

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SPECIFYING AN OBJECT IN IMAGE DATA BASED ON OBJECT DETECTION, MOTION DETECTION AND/OR OBJECT RECOGNITION, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS COMMUNICATING WITH IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a communication unit configured to communicate with an external apparatus;
an image capturing unit configured to generate image data by capturing an object;
a setting unit configured to set a shooting condition;
a specifying unit configured to specify an object in image data captured by the image capturing unit,
wherein the object specified by the specifying unit is used to set the shooting condition by the setting unit; and
a shooting control unit configured to control shooting based on the shooting condition set in accordance with an object specified
by the specifying unit,

wherein processing for specifying the object by the specifying unit is configured to use a result of object detection processing
of detecting a feature of an object and at least one of results of motion detection processing of detecting a motion of the
object and object recognition processing of determining whether the object detected by the motion detection processing is
a predetermined object, when shooting upon reception of an instruction by directly operating the image capturing apparatus,
and

wherein processing for specifying the object by the specifying unit is configured to use a result of the motion detection
processing and not to use a result of the object recognition processing, when shooting upon reception of an instruction from
the external apparatus connected via the communication unit.

US Pat. No. 9,580,576

PIGMENT DISPERSION AND YELLOW RESIST COMPOSITION FOR COLOR FILTER AND INK COMPOSITION CONTAINING THE PIGMENT DISPERSION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A pigment dispersion comprising a dispersing medium, C.I. Pigment yellow 185, and a compound represented by formula (1),
the C.I. Pigment yellow 185 and the compound being dispersed in the dispersing medium:

wherein:
A represents —CON(R4)R5, wherein R4 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group, and R5 represents an alkyl group;

R1 represents an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an amino group;

R3 represents an alkyl group; and

R2 represents a hydrogen atom, a cyano group, a carboxylic acid group, a carboxylic acid ester group, a carboxylic acid amide
group, or a carbamoyl group, and

wherein the dispersing medium is water, an organic solvent, or a mixture thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,580,847

POROUS LAMINATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A porous laminate, comprising: a layer A formed on a support, the layer A comprising a porous film containing polymer nanofibers;
and
a layer B formed on the layer A, the layer B comprising a porous film containing polymer nanofibers, wherein:
an existence ratio of the polymer nanofibers contained in the layer A is larger than an existence ratio of the polymer nanofibers
contained in the layer B; and

a difference between the existence ratio of the polymer nanofibers contained in the layer A and the existence ratio of the
polymer nanofibers contained in the layer B is more than 40%,

wherein the existence ratio of the polymer nanofibers contained in the layer A is a ratio of a volume of the polymer nanoflbers
contained in the layer A to a volume of the layer A,

wherein the existence ratio of the polymer nanofibers contained in the layer B is a ratio of a volume of the polymer nanoflbers
contained in the layer B to a volume of the layer B, and

wherein the existence ratio of the polymer nanofibers contained in the layer A is 70% to 97%; and the existence ratio of the
polymer nanofibers contained in the layer B is 10% to 45%.

US Pat. No. 9,579,843

IMPRINT APPARATUS IN WHICH ALIGNMENT CONTROL OF A MOLD AND A SUBSTRATE IS EFFECTED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus in which alignment control of a mold and a substrate is effected with respect to an in-plane direction
of the substrate and a pattern formed on the mold is transferred onto a pattern forming layer provided on the substrate, the
imprint apparatus comprising:
a mold holding portion for holding the mold;
a substrate holding portion for holding the substrate; and
a control portion for effecting control so that the mold held by the mold holding portion and the substrate held by the substrate
holding portion are brought near to each other while effecting the alignment control, based on a driving profile, after the
alignment control is started, to bring the mold and the pattern forming layer into contact with each other and then the pattern
forming layer is cured, wherein the control portion changes the driving profile for the alignment control after the alignment
control is started and at least one of before and after the mold contacts the pattern forming layer,

wherein the driving profile for the alignment control includes at least one of an acceleration, a speed, a driving voltage,
and a driving current.

US Pat. No. 9,581,941

BELT FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREFOR, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A belt for electrophotography,
comprising:
a base layer; and
a surface layer provided on the base layer
or comprising:
a base layer;
an elastic layer provided on the base layer; and
a surface layer provided on the elastic layer,
wherein:
the surface layer comprises heteroaggregate comprising
an inorganic oxide particle having an average primary particle diameter of from 10 to 30 nm, and
an electroconductive metal oxide particle having an average primary particle diameter of from 5 to 40 nm,
the electroconductive metal oxide particle being different from the inorganic oxide particle; and
wherein:
a ten-point average roughness Rzjis of a surface of the surface layer satisfies a relationship:
0.3 ?m?Rzjis?0.7 ?m.

US Pat. No. 9,582,232

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR BUILDING A PRINT APPLICATION USING A HYBRID APPLICATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for executing, by a processor, a program including a first program layer with an instruction
set to be interpreted and executed by the processor and a second program layer with an instruction set interpreted in advance
by a unit other than the processor, comprising:
a conversion unit configured to convert content described in a first description language, by which a drawing result is not
obtainable from an operating system (OS), into content in a second description language, by which the drawing result is obtainable
from the OS, in the first program layer;

an instruction unit configured to cause the OS to draw the content in the second description language;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain, from the OS, data of the content obtained by drawing the content in the second description
language; and

a print instruction unit configured to issue a print instruction to perform a printing operation using a printer connected
to the information processing apparatus, based on the data of the content obtained by said obtaining unit,

wherein at least one of said conversion unit, said instruction unit, said obtaining unit and said print instruction unit is
implemented using the processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,583,818

METAMATERIAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A metamaterial configured by arranging at least one element on a planar conductor plate,
the at least one element having:
a first conductor portion arranged a predetermined distance away from the conductor plate in a two-dimensional plane that
includes the conductor plate; and

a second conductor portion arranged so as to connect the conductor plate and the first conductor portion,
wherein the element further has a third conductor portion that is arranged so as to be connected to an end portion of the
first conductor portion, is approximately perpendicular to a straight-line shaped side of the conductor plate, and is straight-line
shaped and extends toward the straight-line shaped side, and

wherein the element further has a fourth conductor portion that is arranged so as to be connected to an end portion of the
third conductor portion, is approximately parallel to a straight-line shaped side of the conductor plate, and is straight-line
shaped and extends toward the second conductor portion.

US Pat. No. 9,583,311

DRAWING APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY SYSTEM, PATTERN DATA CREATION METHOD, DRAWING METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. A method for creating pattern data to be supplied to a plurality of optical systems, the pattern data creation method comprising:
dividing data corresponding to a drawing pattern and generating a plurality of data each corresponding to a region having
a width obtainable by dividing a drawing width of one optical system of the plurality of optical systems,

allocating information relating to continuity of drawing instruction data to the data, and
changing exposure amount information in data corresponding to an overlapping drawing region based on the information relating
to the continuity.

US Pat. No. 9,575,456

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING FIXING PORTION INCLUDING INDEPENDENTLY CONTROLLABLE FIRST AND SECOND HEAT GENERATING ELEMENTS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a power source portion configured to convert an AC voltage of a commercial power source into a DC voltage;
a fixing portion configured to heat and fix an image, formed on a recording material, on the recording material, wherein said
fixing portion includes a first heat generating element which generates heat by electric power supplied from the commercial
power source and a second heat generating element which is controlled independently of the first heat generating element and
which generates the heat by the electric power supplied from the commercial power source; and

a controller configured to control the electric power supplied to the first and second heat generating elements, wherein when
a plurality of periods of an AC waveform of the commercial power source constitute one control period, said controller sets
a waveform of a current to be passed through each of the first and second heat generating elements in the one control period
so that the total electric power supplied to the first and second heat generating elements in the one control period is dependent
on the temperature of said fixing portion,

wherein said controller sets the waveform of the current to be passed through each of the first and second heat generating
elements so that, in a synchronous half wave in the one control period, when the current passes through one of the first and
second heat generating elements from a halfway point of the half wave, the current either passes or does not pass through
the other heat generating element throughout a period of the half wave, depending on a duty ratio of the total electric power
supplied to said first and second heat generating elements, and

wherein said controller sets a current supply starting timing of the current passing through the one of the first and second
heat generating elements from the halfway point of the half wave, at a timing when a current passing toward said power source
portion stops.

US Pat. No. 9,574,967

WAVEFRONT MEASUREMENT METHOD, SHAPE MEASUREMENT METHOD, OPTICAL ELEMENT MANUFACTURING METHOD, OPTICAL APPARATUS MANUFACTURING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND WAVEFRONT MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A wavefront measurement method comprising steps of:
causing object light to be incident on a Shack-Hartmann sensor, which includes an image sensor and a microlens array including
a plurality of microlenses, and capturing a first spot image under image pickup conditions;

calculating, based on the first spot image, data of first spot positions that correspond to the first spot image;
simulating a second spot image based on the image pickup conditions and information of a travelling direction of diffracted
light generated when the object light passes through the microlenses;

calculating second spot positions that correspond to the second spot image; and
correcting the data of the first spot positions based on data of the second spot positions including data of a detection error
due to the diffracted light, and calculating data of a wavefront of the object light.

US Pat. No. 9,575,314

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING POLYGON MIRROR FORMED WITH A PLURALITY OF REFLECTION SURFACES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a scanning device including a light source configured to emit a laser beam and a polygon mirror formed with a plurality of
reflection surfaces, the scanning device configured to scan the photosensitive member with the laser beam by reflecting the
laser beam by the reflection surfaces of the rotating polygon mirror;

a generating device configured to generate a pulse signal required to modulate the laser beam based on image data, and to
output the pulse signal to the scanning device; and

a storage unit configured to store information associated with a deviation amount between a length of a scanning line formed
by each reflection surface of the plurality of reflection surfaces and a reference value,

wherein the generating device is further configured to generate the pulse signal by inserting or deleting one or more pulses
each having a width smaller than a width corresponding to one pixel of the image data into or from a pulse signal corresponding
to the image data based on the information stored in the storage unit, so as to adjust lengths of scanning lines formed by
the plurality of reflection surfaces to be closer to the reference value,

wherein the generating device is further configured to divide one scanning line into a plurality of segments, and to insert
or delete one or more pulses each having the width smaller than the width corresponding to one pixel of the image data into
or from each segment, and

wherein a number of the segments of the scanning line is determined based on a number of pulses to be inserted into or to
be deleted from the scanning line.

US Pat. No. 9,571,790

RECEPTION APPARATUS, RECEPTION METHOD, AND PROGRAM THEREOF, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD, AND PROGRAM THEREOF, AND TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND PROGRAM THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A reception apparatus configured to receive a segments including content data from a transmission apparatus, the reception
apparatus comprising:
a metadata reception unit configured to receive metadata indicating URL information for requesting the segment and ordering
information of the segment;

a determination unit configured to determine whether a mode of the reception apparatus is a store mode for storing the content
data; and

a transmission unit configured to, when the metadata received by the metadata reception unit includes information of a plurality
of segments which have not been acquired by the reception apparatus from the transmission apparatus,

(i) transmit a plurality of requests for acquiring the plurality of segments based on an order according to the ordering information
indicated by the metadata, in a case where the determination unit determines that the mode of the reception apparatus is the
store mode, and

(ii) transmit a request for acquiring a latest segment of the plurality of segments, in a case where the determination unit
determines that the mode of the reception apparatus is not the store mode.

US Pat. No. 9,570,264

X-RAY GENERATOR AND X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transmission type X-ray generator comprising:
an anode having an electron path formation member having an annular inner wall surface so as to define an electron path hole,
an integrated target including a target layer, an insulating substrate supporting the target layer and a conductive metal
layer including a metal component, and

an electron source facing the target layer so as to irradiate the target layer with electrons passing through the electron
path hole so as to generate a main X-ray,

wherein the electron path formation member has a sub X-ray generating portion receiving reflected electrons reflected from
the target layer and generating a sub X-ray at the annular inner wall surface;

wherein the target layer is disposed at a central area of the insulating substrate and is remote from a periphery of the insulating
substrate;

wherein the conductive metal layer is overlaid partially on the target layer such that the target layer is electrically connected
to the electron path formation member via the conductive metal layer and the sub X-ray generating portion is irradiated with
electrons reflected from the target layer or is overlaid under the target layer such that the target layer is electrically
connected to the electron path formation member via the conductive metal layer and the sub X-ray generating portion is irradiated
with electrons reflected from the target layer; and

wherein at least a part of a peripheral area of the integrated target corresponding to the substrate not covered with the
target layer has higher transmittance than that of the central area of the integrated target corresponding to the substrate
covered with the target layer, with respect to the sub X-ray.

US Pat. No. 9,568,742

IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image stabilization apparatus mounted on an optical apparatus, comprising:
an image stabilization unit configured to compensate image blurring due to shake, by moving a compensation member in directions
along drive axes of the image stabilization unit that are orthogonal to an optical axis;

a first shake detection unit configured to detect an angular velocity of the shake;
a second shake detection unit configured to detect shake by a different method from that used by the first shake detection
unit;

an orientation detection unit configured to detect an inclination status of the optical apparatus relative to a reference
position;

a calculation unit configured to calculate, for each of the drive axis directions, a compensation value from a first signal
based on output of the first shake detection unit, a second signal based on output of the second shake detection unit, the
compensation value being a moving amount of the compensation member; and

a weighting unit configured to perform weighting on the compensation value of each of the drive axes of the image stabilization
unit, based on a correlation between the first signal which is based on the output of the first shake detection unit and the
second signal which is based on the output of the second shake detection unit using an orientation determination value based
on the orientation detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,571,828

IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS, IMAGE ENCODING METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image encoding apparatus comprising:
an encoder configured to encode blocks in an input image;
a calculator configured to calculate a plurality of evaluation values for the block, the plurality of evaluation values including
at least a first evaluation value and a second evaluation value,

wherein the first evaluation value is an average value of luminance values belonging to the block, and the second evaluation
value is one of an activity of the block, a distribution of the block, and a total value of a magnitude of a difference between
the luminance values belonging to the block and the average value; and

a controller configured to:
determine a quantization parameter for quantization processing on the block in accordance with results of comparison of the
plurality of evaluation values including at least the first and second evaluation values calculated by the calculator with
a plurality of threshold values,

specify into which class in a plurality of classes a first block is classified based on the results of comparison of the plurality
of evaluation values of the first block and the plurality of threshold values,

derive a first quantization parameter for quantization processing on the first block, based on the specified class, and
determine whether to correct the first quantization parameter based on a magnitude of the derived first quantization parameter,
and

wherein in a case:
where the first quantization parameter is determined to be corrected, and
a difference value between the second evaluation value of the first block and the second evaluation value of a second block
is higher than a predetermined threshold value, the second block being located spatially adjacent to the first block, then

the first quantization parameter is corrected by the controller so that the first quantization parameter becomes smaller.

US Pat. No. 9,569,814

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a processor implementing the functions of a display control unit, a decision unit and a first determination unit, wherein:
the display control unit is configured to display, together with an image on a display unit, items related to a plurality
of objects in the image, the display control unit displaying the items related to the respective objects at basic display
positions having a predetermined positional relationship with the objects;

the decision unit is configured to decide an object from the plurality of objects, which has high priority; and
the first determination unit is configured to determine whether a face area of the object having high priority and a basic
display position for an item of another object overlap each other,

wherein in case that the first determination unit determines that the face area of the object and the basic display position
for the item of the other object overlap each other, the display control unit controls to display the item related to the
other object at a position shifted from the basic display position.

US Pat. No. 9,569,829

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHODS FOR THEM, GAIN IMAGE CREATION METHOD, RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories coupled to the one or more processors, the one or more memories having instructions stored thereon which,
when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to:

obtain a plurality of radiation images that have been sensed in the absence of an object to be irradiated and that include
a defect, and information about the defect included in the radiation images; and

generate a sensitivity correction image without the defect based on the plurality of radiation images and the information
about the defect.

US Pat. No. 9,566,001

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
a first light source configured to output first light to be applied to an eye fundus of an eye to be examined;
a first scanning unit configured to scan the eye fundus with the first light;
a second light source configured to output second light having a wavelength different from a wavelength of the first light;
a second scanning unit configured to scan the eye fundus with the second light;
a reflective member configured to reflect light from the first scanning unit and light from the second scanning unit to apply
the light from the first scanning unit and the light from the second scanning unit to the eye fundus; and

an optical path synthesis and separation unit arranged on an optical path from the first scanning unit to the reflective member
and on an optical path from the second scanning unit to the reflective member, the optical path synthesis and separation unit
being configured to synthesize an optical path from the first scanning unit to the eye fundus with an optical path from the
second scanning unit to the eye fundus and separate an optical path of return light from the eye fundus into an optical path
on which the first scanning unit is arranged and an optical path on which the second scanning unit is arranged,

wherein a reflection optical path of the optical path synthesis and separation unit is arranged opposite to the eye to be
examined with respect to the optical path synthesis and separation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,566,003

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic photographing apparatus comprising:
an index projecting unit configured to project an index onto an anterior ocular segment of an eye to be inspected;
an image pickup element configured to capture a common index image for alignment states in both (a) horizontal and vertical
directions and (b) a working distance direction, the common index image corresponding to the index projected by the index
projecting unit;

a contrast evaluation unit configured to evaluate a contrast of the common index image;
a detecting unit configured to detect a first alignment state between the eye to be inspected and an apparatus in the working
distance direction based on the evaluated contrast of the common index image; and

a control unit configured to control a display unit to display (1) a fundus image of the eye to be inspected, (2) the common
index image, based on output of the image pickup element, and (3) a detection result of the first alignment state,

wherein the common index image is also used for a second alignment state in the horizontal and vertical directions.

US Pat. No. 9,568,846

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
an undercoat layer on the support; and
a photosensitive layer on the undercoat layer,
wherein the undercoat layer contains zinc oxide particles subjected to a surface treatment with an organometallic compound
or an organosilicon compound and titanium oxide particles subjected to a surface treatment with an organometallic compound
or an organosilicon compound,

the titanium oxide particles have an average primary particle diameter of 100 nm or more and 600 nm or less, and
a volume ratio of the titanium oxide particles represented by formula (1) is 1.0 or more and 25 or less:
where, in formula (1), R1 represents an average primary particle diameter of the zinc oxide particles, R2 represents an average
primary particle diameter of the titanium oxide particles, S1 represents an area ratio of the zinc oxide particles relative
to a total area of the zinc oxide particles and the titanium oxide particles per unit area of the undercoat layer, and S2
represents an area ratio of the titanium oxide particles relative to the total area of the zinc oxide particles and the titanium
oxide particles per unit area of the undercoat layer.

US Pat. No. 9,571,676

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a scanning unit configured to scan a document including a plurality of pages;
a holding unit configured to hold image data of the document of the plurality of pages scanned by the scanning unit;
a connection unit configured to connect a removably connectable storage device;
a storage control unit configured to store, in the removably connectable storage device connected by the connecting unit,
the image data of the document of the plurality of pages held in the holding unit;

a searching unit configured to search, from image data which has been stored in the removably connectable storage device,
for image data which corresponds to a part of the document of the plurality of pages

a determining unit configured to determine, after storage of the image data of the document of the plurality of pages is started
by the storage control unit, whether or not the storage of the image data of the document of the plurality of pages is completed;
and

a deleting unit configured to delete, in a case where it is determined by the determining unit that the storage of the image
data of the document of the plurality of pages is not completed, the image data found in the search by the searching unit,

wherein the deleting unit does not perform deletion of the image data which has been stored in the removably connectable storage
device in a case where it is determined by the determining unit that the storage of the image data of the document of the
plurality of pages is completed.

US Pat. No. 9,568,867

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, the image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form the image on the recording material according to image data;
a fixing unit configured to fix the image on the recording material, the fixing unit having a heating member;
a temperature detector configured to detect a temperature of the heating member;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire density information of the image from the image data; and
a controller configured to control power supplied to the heating member,
wherein, in a case where the image is fixed on the recording material, the controller controls the power so that a detection
temperature detected by the temperature detector becomes a fixing temperature according to the density information of the
image to be fixed on the recording material, and

wherein, in a case where image formation is consecutively performed onto a plurality of recording materials including a k-th
recording material and an l-th recording material after the k-th recording material, and the acquisition unit acquires a first
density which is the density information of the image formed on the k-th recording material, and a second density, higher
than the first density, which is the density information of the image formed on the l-th recording material, while the image
is being fixed on the k-th recording material, the controller controls the power so that the detection temperature becomes
a temperature higher than a first temperature which is the fixing temperature according to the first density, and lower than
a second temperature which is the fixing temperature according to the second density, and while the image is being fixed on
the l-th recording material, the controller controls the power so that the detection temperature becomes the second temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,571,687

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

receive a declared resource amount to be used from each of applications installed on an application platform;
hold a plurality of declared resource amounts received from the applications for each application; and
in response to a resource acquisition application programming interface (API) being called from an application that initiates
a process using a resource, determine whether or not a sum of a resource amount used by the application which has called the
resource acquisition API and a resource amount requested by the application exceeds the declared resource amount held for
the corresponding application, issue a notification that the resource amount exceeds the declared resource amount to the application
as a response from the acquisition API, in a case where it is determined that the resource amount exceeds the declared resource
amount, and issue a request to the application platform to generate a resource and deliver a resource object generated in
response to the request as a response from the acquisition API, in a case where it is determined that the resource amount
does not exceed the declared resource amount.

US Pat. No. 9,571,692

IMAGE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS PROVIDING NOTIFICATION FOR START OF TRANSMISSION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image communication apparatus adapted to perform transmission of a digital signal, perform in-band transmission of an
audio analog signal, and connect to a handset to provide IP phone communication, comprising:
a storage device; and
a processor configured to execute computer executable instructions recorded on the storage device, the computer executable
instructions including instructions, that when executed by the processor, cause the image communication apparatus to:

establish, when destination information about another image communication apparatus inputted by a user is transmitted via
the handset, a session for media type “audio” with the another image communication apparatus to start the in-band transmission;

receive a signal from the another image communication apparatus after the establishment of the session, wherein the received
signal is a notification that the another image communication apparatus is ready to receive a facsimile (FAX) transmission;

output, based on a reception of an audio signal, a sound generated from the received audio signal to the handset; and
generate, based on a reception of an INVITE message with media type “image” or “application” from the another image communication
apparatus, wherein no audio signal is received, an audio notification and output the generated audio notification to the handset,

wherein the generated audio notification is different from the sound generated from the received audio signal.

US Pat. No. 9,571,693

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect one or more blank pages in image data obtained by reading an input original document,
wherein the input original document includes a plurality of pages;

a first determination unit configured to determine a page position of the one or more blank pages in a print output obtained
by printing out the image data;

a designation unit configured to designate an insertion position of one or more insertion sheets in the image data, wherein
the insertion sheets are not included in the image data obtained by reading the input original document;

a second determination unit configured to determine, when it is instructed to perform blank-sheet skip printing, in which
printing is performed while skipping the one or more pages detected as blank by the detection unit from the image data, whether
a position of the one or more pages detected as blank by the detection unit is before the insertion position of the one or
more insertion sheets instructed by the designation unit to be inserted or not; and

a control unit configured to, when it is determined by the second determination unit that the position of the one or more
pages detected as blank is before the insertion position of the insertion sheets instructed to be inserted, keep a relative
insertion position of the insertion sheets instructed to be inserted to a position of a preceding page corresponding to the
number of the blank pages that are determined to be before the insertion position of the insertion sheets, said keep being
performed by decrementing a page number of the insertion sheets, and not to change the page number of the insertion sheets
instructed to be inserted when it is not determined that the position of the one or more pages detected as blank is before
the page number of the insertion sheets instructed to be inserted,

wherein at least one of the detection unit, the first determination unit, the designation unit, the second determination unit
and the control unit are implemented by a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,571,715

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A camera control apparatus comprising:
a control unit configured to perform control to execute a camera control function in response to a start of a single operation
on an operation member and terminate execution of the camera control function in response to an end of the single operation
which has continued from the start of the single operation;

a time measuring unit configured to measure a time from the start of the single operation; and
an output unit configured to output a notification about an operation method for continuously executing the camera control
function using the operation member in response that the single operation which has continued from the start of the single
operation ends before the time measured by said time measuring unit exceeds a predetermined time after the single operation
starts,

wherein the notification is not output prior to the end of the single operation,
wherein, when the single operation ends before the time measured by said time measuring unit exceeds the predetermined time,
the camera control function is executed in response to the start of the single operation, and is terminated in response to
the end of the single operation, and then the notification, which indicates an operation method for continuously executing
the terminated camera control function, is output.

US Pat. No. 9,571,740

IMAGE RECOGNITION DEVICE THAT RECOGNIZES SPECIFIC OBJECT AREA, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM, AS WELL AS IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND DISPLAY DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image recognition device that recognizes a specific person from images sequentially input in time series, comprising:
a non-transitory memory device;
a processor;
a face detection unit configured to detect face areas from each image;
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the face areas detected by said face detection unit are appropriate
as a recognition target;

a selection unit configured to select at least one face area from the face areas which has been determined to be appropriate
as the recognition target with reference to a selection result in past images, wherein in a case where the number of the face
areas detected by said face detection unit is larger than a predetermined number which is settable for the recognition target
and an unselected face area which has not been selected as the recognition target is included in the past images, said selection
unit preferentially selects the unselected face area; and

a recognition unit configured to perform recognition processing on the at least one face area selected by said selection unit,
wherein said face detection unit, said determination unit, said selection unit, and said recognition unit are implemented
by the processor executing at least one program recorded on the non-transitory memory device, and

wherein in a case where the number of the face areas detected by said face detection unit is larger than a predetermined number
which is settable for the recognition target and an unselected face area which has not been selected as the recognition target
in the past images is not included, said selection unit preferentially selects a face area which has not been selected for
a longest time period since the face area was selected last time as the recognition target.

US Pat. No. 9,561,013

MOVABLE RADIOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND MOVABLE RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS HAVING WIRELESS COMMUNICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A movable radiographing apparatus having a wireless communication function, comprising:
a radiation generating unit including a radiation source;
an arm portion configured to support the radiation generating unit;
a support pillar configured to support the arm portion;
a moving unit configured to support the support pillar and including an operation unit to be operated by a user; and
a plurality of connector units each configured to receive therein a removable external antenna which is for wireless communication
between the movable radiographing apparatus and a flat panel detector,

wherein the connector units are provided on at least two of the radiation generating unit, the arm portion, the support pillar,
and the moving unit, and

wherein the external antenna is attachable to any one of the connector units.

US Pat. No. 9,565,367

IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING FRAMING ASSIST CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom control apparatus, comprising:
a first zooming controller which is configured to zoom in an image to a first zoom state based on a user operation with a
first operation member; and

a second zooming controller which is configured to zoom out an image by a predetermined amount from the first zoom state,
wherein the second zoom controller is configured to zoom out an image by the predetermined amount from a current zoom position
obtained at the time when the second operation member is operated by a user, and

wherein a zooming speed by the second zooming controller is controlled to be faster than a zooming speed by the first zooming
controller.

US Pat. No. 9,560,238

PORTABLE TERMINAL CAPABLE OF DISPLAYING IMAGE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A portable terminal comprising:
a capturing unit;
a display; and
a processor connected to a memory, the processor and memory configured to:
obtain a captured image of a printed document captured by the capturing unit, wherein location information of original data
corresponding to the printed document is printed on the printed document;

receive an instruction to enlarge and display the obtained image;
determine whether the obtained image enlarged in accordance with the instruction satisfies a predetermined image quality;
enlarge and display the obtained image in accordance with the instruction in a case where it is determined that the obtained
image enlarged in accordance with the instruction satisfies the predetermined image quality;

acquire, based on the location information printed on the printed document of the captured image, the original data corresponding
to the printed document of the captured image, in a case where it is determined that the obtained image enlarged in accordance
with the instruction does not satisfy the predetermined image quality; and

regulate a size of the acquired original data and display the regulated data in accordance with the instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,560,245

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus having a lens or a mount unit for mounting a lens on an object side surface of an apparatus main body
and a grip unit at an end portion on one side of the apparatus main body, the imaging apparatus comprising:
at least one processor coupled to a memory;
a setting unit configured to set a prohibit state that prohibits changing a setting value of a specific setting item;
an operation member to be used in changing the setting value of the specific setting item;
a temporary cancel member; and
a control unit configured to perform control,
wherein, in a case where the prohibit state is set and if the temporary cancel member has not been operated and the operation
member has been operated, the control unit is configured to perform control not to change the setting value of the specific
setting item,

wherein, in a case where the prohibit state is set and if the temporary cancel member has been operated and the operation
member has been operated, the control unit is configured to perform control to change the setting value of the specific setting
item according to an operation performed on the operation member,

wherein, in a case where the prohibit state is not set, the control unit performs control to change the setting value of the
specific setting item according to an operation performed on the operation member regardless of whether the temporary cancel
member has been operated, and

wherein the setting unit and the control unit are implemented by the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,560,251

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus that includes a light emission unit which holds a light emitting part and moves between a housing
position at which the light emission unit is housed in a housing part formed in a base member and a light emission position
at which the light emission unit projects from the housing part, the apparatus comprising:
an arm member, one end of which is pivotally supported by the light emission unit and the other end of which is pivotally
supported by the base member;

a circuit board that is disposed inside the image pickup apparatus;
a flexible wire member that connects the light emitting part and the circuit board;
a holding member that holds a magnet and is fixed to the arm member;
a magnetism detection unit that is provided inside the image pickup apparatus and detects magnetism of the magnet; and
a control unit that controls light emission of the light emitting part based on an output of the magnetism detection unit,
wherein the holding member is fixed to a surface facing the housing part in a case where the arm member is housed in the housing
part, and

wherein a part of the flexible wire member is disposed between the magnet held by the holding member and the arm member.

US Pat. No. 9,559,015

METHOD OF FORMING A CONDUCTIVE LINE PATTERN IN FINFET SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A formation method of forming, on a substrate, a fin pattern in which a plurality of linear fins extending in a first direction
are arrayed in a second direction different from the first direction, the method comprising:
forming a resist pattern having a line-and-space shape on the substrate;
forming a side wall in each of a plurality of line elements in the resist pattern;
removing the resist pattern; and
forming the fin pattern on the substrate by etching the substrate by using the side walls as etching masks,
wherein the substrate includes a first active region and a second active region adjacent to each other in the second direction
and different in a conductivity type, and

in the forming the resist pattern, the resist pattern is formed on the substrate such that an interval between a first fin
and a second fin becomes wider than a pitch of the fins formed in the first active region and a pitch of the fins formed in
the second active region, the first fin being closest to a boundary of the first active region and the second active region
out of the fins formed in the first active region, and the second fin being closest to the boundary out of the fins formed
in the second active region.

US Pat. No. 9,554,695

OPHTHALMOLOGIC INFORMATION PROCESS SYSTEM AND OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPLICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic system comprising:
an ophthalmologic apparatus including a display unit configured to display a selection information image including a plurality
of selectable items; and

a computer connected to the ophthalmologic apparatus,
wherein the ophthalmologic apparatus includes (1) a photographing unit configured to photograph an ophthalmologic image, and
(2) an operation unit including a selection key that selects one item from the plurality of selectable items and an execution
key that causes the computer to execute the selected item, and

wherein the computer includes:
(a) a reception unit configured to receive information including operation information of the operation unit which is transmitted
from the ophthalmologic apparatus;

(b) an image generation unit configured to generate the selection information image in which the selected item is emphasized
in response to receiving the operation information indicating use of the selection key; and

(c) a transmission unit configured to transmit the selection information image generated by the image generation unit to the
ophthalmologic apparatus, and

(d) a behavior control unit configured to control a behavior of the computer in response to receiving the operation information
indicating use of the execution key.

US Pat. No. 9,557,545

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in sequential order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a second lens unit having a positive refractive power, the first lens unit and the second lens unit moving along respective
loci different from each other during zooming,

wherein the first lens unit includes a cemented lens G1b including a positive lens and a negative lens cemented to each other, and having a positive refractive power as a whole,

wherein the second lens unit includes a positive lens satisfying conditional expressions,
85.0
?0.25
?Ct=(nC?nt)(nF?nC),
where nC, nt and nF are refractive indices of a lens material for a C-line, a t-line and an F-line, respectively, and ?d is
an Abbe number for a d-line, and
wherein conditional expressions,
0.016<1/?dp?1/?dn<0.060, and

1.3 are satisfied where ?dp is an Abbe number of a material of the positive lens included in the cemented lens G1b, ?dn is an Abbe number of a material of the negative lens included in the cemented lens G1b, hw is an incident height of marginal rays of an on-axis light flux passing through the positive lens included in the second
lens unit at a wide angle end, and fw is a focal length of an entire system at the wide angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,560,116

NETWORK DEVICE, SYSTEM, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. A non-transitory storage medium on which is stored a computer program for making a computer execute a method in a first
network device, the method comprising:
determining whether or not the first network device itself is able to communicate with a management device by HTTP via a firewall;
transmitting, when it is determined that the first network device is able to communicate with the management device by HTTP,
a handshake request to the management device for establishing a connection with the management device using a WebSocket protocol;

making, when it is determined that the first network device itself is able to communicate with the management device by HTTP
and the connection fails using the WebSocket protocol in the handshake request, a request for utilizing the WebSocket protocol
to a second network device within the firewall;

receiving an instruction, which has been transferred from the second network device after the request for utilizing the WebSocket
protocol, the instruction having been given from the management device through a connection between the management device
and the second network device using the WebSocket protocol; and

executing the received instruction,
wherein the connection using the WebSocket protocol is established beginning at a handshake request from the second network
device to the management device.

US Pat. No. 9,560,164

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM, AND DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:
a central processing unit (CPU);
a dynamically reconfigurable circuit of which a circuit configuration can be configured dynamically;
a memory storing first configuration data for configuring a first parameter output circuit which outputs a first parameter
as a fixed value, second configuration data for configuring a second parameter output circuit which outputs a second parameter
as a fixed value, and third configuration data for configuring a data processing circuit which performs data processing using
the first parameter or the second parameter; and

a configuration controller which configures the first parameter output circuit in the dynamically reconfigurable circuit using
the first configuration data stored in the memory, and configures the data processing circuit in the dynamically reconfigurable
circuit using the third configuration data stored in the memory,

wherein the data processing circuit configured in the dynamically reconfigurable circuit performs data processing using the
first parameter outputted from the first parameter output circuit configured in the dynamically reconfigurable circuit,

wherein the configuration controller, when the data processing to be performed by the data processing circuit is changed from
the data processing using the first parameter to the data processing using the second parameter, reconfigures the second parameter
output circuit in the dynamically reconfigurable circuit using the second configuration data stored in the memory, without
reconfiguring the data processing circuit,

wherein the data processing to be performed by the data processing circuit is image processing for copying, and
wherein a change by the data processing circuit from image processing using the first parameter to image processing using
the second parameter is performed due to a change from color copy to monochrome copy or a change from monochrome copy to color
copy.

US Pat. No. 9,557,904

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor coupled to at least one memory, the at least one processor being programmed to perform division and
enlargement processing, and

display an image;
detect a touch of at least three points;
detect an operation in which three different points on the displayed image are touched and, while fixing one of the three
points, a pinch-out is performed with the remaining two points; and

in response to detection, perform control to display a first display image which is a partial image of the image and is an
enlarged partial image including at least the center of the pinch-out, and a second display image which is a partial image
of the image and is an unenlarged partial image including at least the one fixed point,

wherein the control displays side by side the first display image and the second display image.

US Pat. No. 9,560,228

DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD IN DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A document reading apparatus comprising:
a conveying unit configured to convey a document;
a reading unit configured to read an image of the document conveyed by the conveying unit;
a detecting unit configured to detect multi-feed of the document conveyed by the conveying unit;
a setting unit configured to make a setting indicating whether, based on the detecting unit detecting multi-feed of the document,
conveyance of the document by the conveying unit is to stop;

a stopping unit configured to stop conveyance of the document by the conveying unit in a case where the setting made by the
setting unit indicates that, in response to the detecting unit detecting multi-feed of the document, the conveyance of the
document by the conveying unit is to stop; and

a displaying unit configured to display a screen,
wherein, in a case where the setting made by the setting unit indicates that, in response to the detecting unit detecting
multi-feed of the document, the conveyance of the document by the conveying unit is to stop, the displaying unit displays
a screen for receiving, from a user, an instruction not to stop conveyance of the document by the conveying unit, even in
a case where the detecting unit detects multi-feed of the document.

US Pat. No. 9,560,229

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to print an adjustment image for adjusting a printing position on a sheet;
a conveying unit configured to convey the sheet on which the adjustment image is printed;
a reading unit configured to read an image to generate image data, the reading unit being executable to perform reading using
a first reading method for reading an image of a sheet without conveying the sheet or a second reading method for reading
the image of the sheet while conveying the sheet;

a receiving unit configured to receive a first instruction for causing the reading unit to read the adjustment image using
the first reading method or a second instruction for causing the reading unit to read the adjustment image using the second
reading method;

a displaying unit configured to display on a screen a first button via which the receiving unit receives the first instruction
from a user and a second button via which the receiving unit receives the second instruction from the user;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain, in a case where the first instruction is received from the user via the first button,
an amount of shift in the printing position based on image data generated by reading, using the first reading method, the
adjustment image printed on the sheet, and obtain, in a case where the second instruction is received from the user via the
second button, the amount of shift in the printing position based on image data generated by reading, using the second reading
method, the adjustment image printed on the sheet; and

a print controlling unit configured to control the printing unit based on the amount of shift in the printing position so
that an image is printed on the sheet,

wherein the displaying unit displays, in a case where a type of the sheet on which the adjustment image is to be printed is
a specific type, the first button without displaying the second button on the screen.